Throwback Thursday: Bekins Northwest at Super Bowl XLVIII

Bekins Northwest is taking the Seattle Seahawks to the Super Bowl again!

As the official mover of the Seahawks for over 12 years, Bekins Northwest will be making its third trip to American Sports largest stage in Arizona this Sunday.

Let’s take a look back at Bekins Northwest’s trip to Super Bowl XLVIII last year in New York City and celebrations in Seattle.  ​

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Follow Bekins Northwest’s blog and Facebook page for updates from the Super Bowl XLIX.

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“Hats off to Keaton” Social Media Contest Underway

For the finale of another successful annual campaign for Keaton’s Korral at Give Kids the World, Bekins Van Lines is hosting Hats off to Keaton event to reach the final $22,000 for the annual fundraising goal and raise awareness for the Village. The van line is matching ALL donations made to Keaton’s Korral until January 31.

To participate in the Hats off to Keaton photo contest:

1. Visit Bekins Facebook page:
2. Click “Hats off to Keaton” and post a pic of yourself in a hat of your choosing.
3. Share and encourage your friends to vote. Be sure to include #HatsOffToKeaton and the link www.gktw.org/keatonskorral to participate in the contest.
4. Enter between January 26-31, 2015
5. Entries receiving the most votes as of January 31 at 11:59 p.m. will win the following prizes:

1st place – $100.00
2nd place – $ 50.00
3rd place – $ 25.00

If wearing a hat isn’t your thing, please support the contestants by voting for your favorite picture.

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Wheaton World Wide Moving | Bekins Van Lines has been a partner of Give Kids The World since 2000. Through its generous support of Keaton’s Korral, 7,300 families each year have been able to experience  the fun of horse and pony rides, as they wear western hats and get to live out their cowboy dreams. Keaton’s Korral was named for Keaton White, an alumni wish child who spoke at a Wheaton |Bekins conference shortly before he lost his battle with cancer. His story touched so many of the agents and  employees, as he told of his dream to ensure every child got to experience the joy he felt during his time at the Village.  “Give Kids The World was one of the happiest times of my life,” White said. “I just want to be sure that someday another little boy or girl and their family are loved just as much as me and my family were loved.”

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Remembering Extreme Village Makeover at Give Kids The World

A year ago, Give Kids The World took on the daunting task of renovating 88 25-year old villas in a two-week period, a task that was achieved with the hard work and planning of thousands, including a team from Wheaton | Bekins. We are looking back at the successful renovation with the people that helped make it happen from the members of the Wheaton| Bekins team.

Planning started back in June 2013 when Michael Bausman of Give Kids The World called Jason Fontaine of Central Moving & Storage for help with the two-week renovation. Jason went to his dad and owner of Central Moving & Storage, Jim Fontaine, about how they could help.04-29-2013-xtreme-village-makeover

“I told him that the Village was going to renovate approximately 100 units over a two-week period. He quickly did some math and said we could pull that off in two weeks then I told him that the renovation was going to be two weeks, but we have two days to get all the furniture fixture & equipment (FF&E) items in,” explained Jason Fontaine. “He replied you didn’t tell them we could do it. My answer was if we don’t do it somebody else will. This is something we had to do for the kids and the Village.”

The two started brainstorming on how to get the manpower and keep the cost down for the Village, so Jason contacted President of Wheaton | Bekins , Dave Witzerman, to help recruit agents and corporate staff to help with the renovation.

With plenty of planning over the next seven months, Jason and the team worked with the Wyndham group for what was deemed – Extreme Village Makeover, and extreme it was.

“Central Moving & StoragMore Loading Bekins Trucke handled more than 350,000 lbs. of FF&E/construction items for this project. We received approximately 300,000 lbs. in our warehouse,” Fontaine said. “There was a total of 38 trailers that were unloaded by CMS and their volunteers in two days. There was an additional four trailers loads of kitchen cabinets and four trailers of construction material that we delivered prior to the install.”

While Central Moving & Storage worked on the staging and operations, a 75-person Wheaton | Bekins team consisting of agents and corporate staff went to Orlando to unload and reassemble the furniture in the final days of the Extreme Village Makeover Project.

Jerrod_CIO_GKTWChief Information Officer at Wheaton | Bekins, Jerrod Carter, remembered what it was like trying to make the two-week deadline of renovating the villas for Extreme Village Makeover.

“The biggest thing I would say is it was enthusiastic and chaotic, but it was a very organized chaos. Everyone knew what their job was and there was a lot of activity going on all at one time in one unit.” Carter said. “We were just trying to get all of that work done as quickly as possible so Give Kids The World could get back to their mission of having kids on site and providing that unforgettable experience for that family. Everyone there knew that and were enthusiastically there to support that.”

With the hard and enthusiastic work of all the volunteers and businesses, the project was successfully completed in the short two-week time frame. The new villas were unveiled on ABC’s Good Morning America along with Ty Pennington of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
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For all of his hard work as one of the main coordinators of the event, Fontaine was given an inaugural key to the village for his hard work on the project.

“I was honored,” Fontaine said. “There was still actually work that needed to be finished up, but Philip Torres of GKTW grabbed me and said you need to take a break and get something to eat and listen to the closing speeches. When they called my name, I was in total shock. I was just doing what was right for the Village.”

The completion of the villas was not only a huge success, but it brought the Wheaton | Bekins team closer together.

“Things like this bring all of us so much closer as agents and friends. It reminds me of the early days when we all had more time to do things together, which were the best years ever,” said Henry Cadle of Preferred Moving & Storage.

Wheaton|Bekins has been a partner of Give Kids The World since 2000, leading the efforts of Keaton’s Korral, where 7,300 families each year have been able to experience the fun of horse and pony rides, as they wear western hats and get to live out their cowboy dreams. Currently, Wheaton | Bekins is matching all donations to Keaton’s Korral until Jan. 31. To donate, please visit www.gktw.org/keatonskorral.

You can watch the recap of it all here, including the unveiling of the Villas here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YE2UEu8LXu4

Ian Hazzard from Hazzard Moving & Storage also documented the experience which can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrbxQOpdLCM

A very special thank you to all of the agents that had participated in the makeover.

AAA Moving & Storage:
George Bunkis
Richard McCant

Action Moving & Storage:
Shawn Biggs

American Relocation & Storage Systems:
Steve Lancashire

Bell Moving & Storage:
Deb Jablonski
Jim Jablonski
Joe Maddux
Marie Coakley
Neil Coakley
Tamara Kissel
Bill Kissel

Boerman Moving & Storage:
Dan Boerman
Mark Paloucek

Friends of Central Moving & Storage:
Drew Benedetto
Pam Benedetto
Adam Palmer
Pam Haines
Preston Haines
Paul DeCarlo

Florida Transfer & Storage:
Angelo Rick
Rachel Husky
Scott Huskey
Tracy McDuffy

Frank & Sons Moving & Storage:
Alex Hillman
Jim Gravedoni

Gilmore Moving & Storage:
Clayton Shaffer
Fredrick Riley
Steven Surles
Roni Gilmore

Hart Moving & Storage:
John Hart

Hazzard Moving & Storage:
Patrick Hazzard
Ian Hazzard

Liberty Movers:
Anthony Mandella
Callie Fontaine
Eric Desorcy
James Bibeau
Jason Dion
Jennifer Hennessy
Karen Fontaine
Mason Husser
Matthew Anderson
Matthew Walsh
Michael Fontaine
Michael Mandella
Paul Fontaine
Ryann Fontaine
Stephen Fontaine
Timothy Harris
William Henry
David Fontaine
Joe Fontaine
Scott McNamara
Audra McNamara

Preferred Moving & Storage:
Henry Cadle
Megan Cadle
Mark Crantz
Graham

Wheaton | Bekins corporate
Dave Witzerman
Jerrod Carter
Steve Burns

And all of the staff at Central Moving & Storage
Jason Fontaine
Jim Fontaine
Tammie Fontaine
Al Rossi
Chris Chapman
Chuck Gurganious
Jeffery Richardson
Jim Foley
John Brennan
John Christie
Nick Benedetto
Pam Fontaine
Willie Weeks
Mark Compton

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9 Reasons Relocating in the Winter is the Right Move

With some preparation, winter might be the easiest and cheapest time to move. Plus, who wants to wait until the busy spring and summer months to relocate? Here are the top 10 reasons to consider moving in the winter: 

Why You Should Move in the Winter

    • Moving in the winter can save you money when hiring a moving company. Most household moving companies have cheaper rates compared to the peakCoupon - Copy moving months (May to September). Bekins currently offers This is moving. Relocation Prograwhere you can save $150 and receive other service guarantees on your upcoming move.
    • Movers are more flexible with dates in the winter. You may not need to give as much notice or you may even get your household goods quicker.
    • Weather permitting, travel can be quicker due to the lack of cars and construction on the roads.
    • There are less homes on the market during the winter and sellers often are eager to move from their residences.
    • There can be fewer buyers during the winter because more people prefer to move in the warmer months.
    • Due to a decrease in volume during the winter, mortgage lenders usually have fewer loans and less paperwork to process.
    • Due to the slower market, real estate professionals have more time to devote to your search for a new home.
    • Lenders may forgo certain fees to stay busy in the off-season.
    • Because landlords want to fill vacant apartments and homes in the winter, they are more likely to entice you to move with bonus offers, lower rent or a smaller deposit.

To learn more about how to organize a winter move and how to make your move as easy and stress-free as it can possibly be, contact Bekins for a free moving quote. Don’t allow the thought of bad weather to interfere with making the right move!

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Moving? How to Help Kids Adjust to a New Community

Moving can be exciting and exhilarating for people of all ages. Moving brings the promise of a fresh start, interesting places and faces, and new adventures.

But moving also means leaving friends, familiar places, and sights of home behind. While leaving these things behind is hard for adults, children and teenagers often experience additional difficulty. Children may feel intimidated by the thought of living in a new town, attending a new school, and making new friends.

Moving doesn’t have to be scary or intimidating though. Use the tips below to help your kids adjust to a new community.

Make Special Considerations for Children of Different Ages

Your children’s ages and personalities affect how they will respond to moving. While one of your children might adapt easily to a new place, another might need more help and emotional support to make the adjustment. Keep the following in mind:

  • Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers will not understand the meaning and complexity of a move. They don’t interact with very many people outside of the home, and they don’t experience change very often. Young children thrive on predictably, so try to keep their routines as normal as possible once you’ve moved.
  • Elementary school-aged children want to fit in with their peers. As a result, your children might feel scared about living in a new community. Focus on the excitement of attending nervous-boy-back-to-schoola new school and meeting new people. Tell them about a person or group of people, such as immigrants, who overcame their fears to come to exciting new places.
  • Although teens are old enough to understand the need to move, they might resist change. Teens may feel like they can’t establish valuable friendships in a new community, which might make it hard for them to transition into a new school. Moving is especially hard on teens who participate in sports or other extracurricular activities. To help ease your teens’ worry, research the programs in your new town. Does the high school have a state championship swimming team? Is there a state-of-the-art performance hall?

You have to focus on the positive to help kids transition to a new. Listen to their questions and concerns, and reassure them that they have things to look forward to.

Provide Support After the Move

The first few months in a new town prove volatile for many children, so pay extra attention to their emotional needs. Here are a few ways you can provide emotional support as your children settle into a new community:

  • Explore your new community. Visiting nearby parks and finding the best local restaurants can help your whole family feel more at home.

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  • Find ways for your children to get involved in the new community. If your children participated in music or drama clubs in your former town, help them get involved in the same activities in your new town.
  • Encourage your children to express their feelings. Many children want to know that they have a friend and confidant who understands what they’re going through. You can be that confidant. Listen carefully and intently as your children vent their frustrations. Don’t get short with them, as this can make them feel even more insecure.

Set an Example for Your Children

Children of all ages take cues from their parents, especially in new or scary situations. As you settle into your new community, model the kind of behavior and attitude you want your children to adopt. For example:

  • Socialize with families in your new neighborhood. If you encourage your kids to get involved in the community but never leave the house, your children might take this is as a sign that they don’t need to branch out. Invite your neighbors and their children over for a dessert night. This will allow your children to meet new people in a nChildrenon-threatening setting.
  • Stay up-to-date on events at school and in the community. The more you know and learn about your new community, the more your children will feel at home. On the other hand, the less you know about the community, the less likely your children are to embrace their new surroundings.
  • Don’t complain about your new house or community in front of your kids. Chances are, you’ll feel frustrated or stressed about unpacking and settling into a new home. Try not to let your children see this frustration. If they hear you badmouthing your new community, they might do the same. This makes it harder for them to settle in.

Adjusting to a new community doesn’t have to be stressful or scary for you or your children. Focus on the positive aspects of the new community. Provide outlets from your children to vent their feelings and frustration. Set an example for them to look to as they adjust. By helping them feel at home in a new community, you’ll be able to enjoy your new adventure that much more.

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7 Tips to Make Your Winter Move Easier

Whether you finally found your dream home, or your job transferred you to a new location, moving in winter offers a lot of benefits. Winter is the off season for many companies, so you may enjoy better rates and more flexible moving dates. And in the colder seasons, roads tend to have less traffic, resulting in shorter, faster drives.

However, moving in winter also has its shortcomings. Poor weather and icy roads turn an otherwise safe journey into a harrowing experience. Fortunately, you can make the trip easier with these cold-weather tips.

1. Check the Weather

HeadlightsAs you pack and prep for the upcoming move, periodically check weather reports. Schedule your moving day during a bout of warmer weather, but give yourself a range of acceptable moving days in case the weather turns dangerous.

Even if the weather is supposed to be clear on your moving day, stay ready to call off the move at a moment’s notice. Weather can prove fickle, especially in Indiana. You’ll do better to postpone your moving trip in favor of better conditions than to work in the ice and the cold.

2. Keep Winter Supplies on Hand

Even if you plan to move to a warmer climate, you’ll want to keep your winter gear on hand while you move. Items such as a snow shovel, ice scraper, and salt will help you clear a path safely through the snow, while winter clothing such as heavier coats, hats, and gloves will help you stay warm while you move.

As you dress for your move, layer your clothing. Layers keep warm air from escaping and provide better insulation. This will keep you warmer during colder conditions. And since you may be moving heavier boxes and working harder, the layers enable you to shed unnecessary clothing to prevent overheating.

3. Clear Snow from Walkways

Moving boxes, appliances, and furniture is hard enough. You don’t want to have to deal with slip and falls on top of your move.

Use your snow shovel to clear a path through the driveway, sidewalk, and any other places Clear the Walkwaysyou and your crew will move consistently. Use salt to melt the ice faster and sand to provide traction.

If you hire a moving company to help you, make sure the company has a liability and protection plan in place. This will ensure that both the movers and your items have coverage in the case of an accident. If someone slips and falls on the sidewalk, you won’t have to worry about paying for medical coverage or for replacing your glassware.

4. Use Cardboard and Sheeting to Protect Floors

Even if you do a careful job clearing ice and snow from your driveway, chances are likely that you’ll track some of the slush into your home. The water, mud, and other debris can soak into and damage your carpet, and as a result, you may have to spend more time cleaning your home before you lock up.

Additionally, icy water on tile or wood floors poses a safety risk for you and your movers. The slick surface combined with limited visibility from heavy furniture create the perfect setup for an injury.

You can keep your flooring and your team safe by laying cardboard and sheeting near the entryways and other areas that see a lot of foot traffic on moving day. Keep towels near the front door to dry off dolly wheels and other moving equipment.

5. Board Your Pets

While you’ll want to take your beloved Fluffy along for the move, you don’t want your furry friend to frolic underfoot during the moving process. With multiple people traveling in and out of your home, someone might step on a paw or tail. Or in the excitement of the day’s events, your pet might slip out the door unnoticed.

Rather than spending hours tending to a pet’s injury or searching for a missing pet, take your pet to a local animal boarding facility. If you have a tight budget, consider asking your neighbor to watch your dog or cat for a few hours while you move.

6. Stay Warm with Hot Drinks

Constant changes between the warmth of your house anCup-of-black-coffeed the cold air from the outside take a toll on your body. While you might not immediately notice your dehydration, you may notice that it’s easier to become fatigued while moving heavier items.

Do your body a favor by drinking regularly while you move. If cold water sounds unpleasant in the chilly weather, opt for warmer drinks like hot cocoa, cider, or tea. Don’t forget to offer some to your moving team-they’ll likely appreciate it!

7. Call the Professionals

If you have a large family and a group of friendly neighbors to help you during the move, you may feel tempted to save money and pack your items yourself. However, not everyone is equipped to handle cold weather ventures, and this increases the risk of injury to you, your family, and your items.

When moving in winter, you’ll have better success transporting your valuables if you call on a professional moving team. With the right moving company, you can move your items quickly and safely. Don’t hesitate to ask professionals to assist you in your next winter move-with these tips, you’ll be out of your old home and into your new home in almost no time!

2014 A Year in Review: Bekins Van Lines

As 2014 draws to a close, Bekins Van Lines will reflect on another great year and the great people that shared it with us. Check out some of the highlights from 2014.

We Moved People…

Bekins Van Lines continued to do what it does best – move people. With 123 years of moving experience under its belt, Bekins continues leading the industry in relocation services. Bekins helped thousands transition seamlessly throughout the country and will continue to do so in 2015.

We said hello…

There were 33 smiling faces that joined the Bekins corporate team throughout the year.

Campbell Moving & Storage in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. joined the ever-growing agency network throughout the United States.

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Four longstanding employees announced their retirement.

VP of Operations, Gary Reynolds, Staff Accountant, Diane Schueller, Equipment Coordinator, Dave Rhodes and Warehouseman for Crown Moving & Storage, Sam Napier. We honored each of the individual’s contribution with a retirement dinner on December 11. Read about Gary, Diane, Dave and Sam here.

We gave back…

Move For HungerBekins continued to feed the hungry in conjunction with Move for Hunger. Wheaton agents offered to pick up the unwanted, non-perishable food items from those who are moving and delivering it to their local food banks. As of Dec. 15, agents have collected 45,274 lbs. of food – that’s 37,728 meals!

Bekins Van Lines also continued to support Keaton’s Korral at Give Kids the World. Keaton’s Korral has had 7,300 families each year have been able to experience the fun of horse and pony rides, as they don western hats and get to live out their cowboy dreams. KeatonsKorral_Logo

To kick off 2014, agents and members from Bekins corporate office participated in the Give Kids the World Extreme Village Makeover. The team renovated 100 vacation villas. Check out the video from the Makeover.

For Giving Tuesday on December 2nd, Bekins announced it will match ALL donations to Keaton’s Korral through January 31st.  We are over half way to the goal of $22,000! Please consider contributing to this amazing cause at www.gktw.org/keatonskorral.

It was a hot August day in Indiana and we wanted to cool off for a great cause by accepting and donating to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Check out the video from the event!

Employees of Bekins delivered donations to the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana  for Santa’s Workshop. Santa’s Workshop allowed parents and siblings staying at the Ronald McDonald House to shop for gifts at no cost during the holiday season.

The corporate office collected more than 430 items from employees in drop boxes from early November through mid-December. Items included everything from pajamas, slippers and personal care items to toys, books and puzzles. From cash donations, Bekins also donated a selection of gift cards. The team that delivered the donations were treated to a tour of Ronald McDonald House – check out the photos from the tour.

We Learned…

In the first half of the year Bekins hosted its annual sales boot camp at the corporate office in Indianapolis and regional meetings in Atlantic City, N.J., Indianapolis, Ind. and Las Vegas, Nev.

The 60th annual partnership conference at the Hyatt Regency in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Nov. 5-8. Hyatt ScottsdaleThe four-day conference featured eight educational sessions, awards, keynote speaker Dan Coughlin and fun activities. Check out the photos from the conference.

We celebrated…

Roaring into the Summer Week – April 21-25

National Moving Month – MayI-Heart-Customers-High-Res

Driver Appreciation Week – Sept. 14-20

Customers Experience Week – Oct. 6-10

Employee Appreciation Week – Dec. 15-19

We recognized…

Agent of the Year- A & P DLP_5291Moving & Storage, Novato, Calif.

Drivers of the Year-

Direct Lease – Clifford Bowe

Permanent Fleet – Dana Caputo

Intermittent Fleet – Richard Parobeck

Stephen F. Burns Extra Mile Award – Bob Watson

J B Cupp Award – Ed Worthen

Employee of the Year- Kellee Johnson

Thank you to the staff, drivers, agents and most importantly the customers for another great year. Bekins is looking forward to moving into 2015!

Home for the Holidays

How to Make Your New House Feel Like Home for the Holidays

You already know that there’s no place like home for the holidays-but you’ve just left your old, comfortable home and its many holiday memories behind. You’ve left old friends and family members who usually celebrate with you. You might be dreading your next holiday season instead of looking forward to it.

Moving to a new home doesn’t consign you to a lonely holiday, though. In fact, celebrating your first holiday season in a new house can an exciting time full of new and interesting experiences. Follow the tips below to banish the holiday moving blues and enjoy the holiday season to the fullest.

1. Learn about Holiday Activities in Your Area

Maybe your hometown had an ice skating rink where you took the kids every winter. Or your old city had an annual lights-on celebration that you and your significant other attended every year without fail.

You’re probably not going to find the exact same celebrations and venues in your new city, and it’s okay to feel sad about that.

But even though it can’t replicate the exact experiences from your hometown, your new town probably has something just as fun to offer. In time, you might come tSouthwestSkylineRinko value these new holiday activities just as much-if not more-than those you participated in back home.

Look around for city celebrations not just in your new town, but the surrounding towns. Find out about holiday-themed concerts, sing-alongs, plays, and movies. Look for free activities for kids at local libraries and museums. See if your local recreation center offers hockey lessons. Do whatever you can to get you and your family in the holiday spirit while getting involved in local events.

In the process, you’ll create a new tradition that your family will value throughout the coming years.

2. Put up New Holiday Decorations

Chances are, your traditional holiday decorations are still packed away in a box, and that box is probably buried under hundreds of other boxes. Even if you had the tiChristmas Decorationsme to hang up holiday decorations while unpacking everything else, chances are low that you could even find the box.

However, holiday decorations can really help you set a holiday mood in your home. If you can’t find your old decorations, buy a few new decorations around town. Even a small wreath on the front door can make your home seem more festive.

Your kids might feel particularly lonely after moving away from their friends during the holiday season. They might not feel like their new house is quite a home yet. To help them turn the new house into their own space, let them choose a few holiday decorations for themselves. Giving kids a choice and a sense of independence can go a long way towards making them feel more comfortable in their new home, as well as getting them excited for the holidays.

3. Get to Know Your Neighbors

You’ll need to meet your neighbors sooner or later. Why not break the ice with a holiday-themed welcoming snack? Bring your favorite homemade cookies or another treat over to your neighbors’ houses. While you’re at it, ask about their favorite local holiday traditions. They’ve lived here longer than you have and probably have some insight into the city’s best holiday activities.

Invite your neighbors for drinks and games sometime during the holiday season. Simply having people in your house can make it feel homier just in time for the holidays.

4. Start a New Tradition

Most people cling to old traditions during the holiday seasons. You might worry that without the annual trip to Grandma’s house on Christmas day or the family Hanukkah gathering at your aunt’s house, the holidays just won’t feel the same.

You’re probably right-you can’t recreate the exact experience you had at your old home. However, this doesn’t mean you should give up hope for a happy holiday season. Since you can’t participate in all of the activities you used to back home, why not start a few new traditions? Ask the kids for input, and decide on a few family activitiesHoliday Decorations that everyone can enjoy. Maybe staying in for a hot chocolate and movie night once a week during the holiday season will become your new favorite tradition.

It’s okay to experiment; not everything you try during the first holiday season in your new home will stick. As long as you find a few holiday-centric activities that bring your family closer together during the move, you’ll have spent your time well. You can always adjust your activities next year.

It’s also okay to give the kids-and yourself-a sense of stability by relying on some of your oldest holiday traditions. Modify your most important holiday traditions for your new home. The combination of new and old traditions will make for a dynamic, exciting season.

If you have to move during the holiday season, don’t despair. These tips can help you transform your new home into a holiday friendly zone. Follow the above four steps, and you and your family will get your new home off to the perfect start by making exciting new holiday memories.

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How to Adjust to Moving to a New Time Zone

You’ve decided to move abroad for work, school, or pleasure, and you feel excited. You have an adventure in front of you, and you can’t wait to get started. You’ve spent months preparing paperwork, hiring a moving company and scoping out the local culture-but you haven’t finished preparing yet. You still need to get ready for one feature of moving abroad: living in a new time zone.

A new time zone may not sound like a big deal, but picture this. When you wake up at 8 am in Indianapolis, people in London have just returned from lunch at 2 pm. Meanwhile, people in Moscow have just sat down to dinner, and people in Sydney have long since gone to bed.

Depending on where you move, you could have a difficult experience while you transition to a new time zone. You might experience jet lag, except you’ll have to put your new house together at the same time, so it might feel even worse. Streamline your transition by using the tips below.

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1. Slowly adapt to the new sleeping schedule.

A month to two weeks before you leave, start reorienting your sleeping schedule to match your destination’s time zone. You should do this slowly by going to bed 15 minutes earlier each day. Keep adding an extra 15 minutes until you’ve fully adjusted. This way, your body will already have the energy it needs to start moving in when you arrive, and you won’t walk around in an exhausted stupor.

2. Rest for three days before you leave.

If you want your body to feel rested after your flight, you’ll need to do most of your resting before the aircraft ever takes off. For three days before your flight, keep activities to a minimum. Don’t leave all of your packing and moving to the last minute.

3. Cut back on alcohol, caffeine, and sugar before you leave.

These substances don’t just keep you awake; they also make it harder for your body to adjust its circadian rhythm. They make your body stressed, which means it’ll feel tight and exhausted when you arrive. Cut these things out of your diet for at least three days prior to your flight. You should also avoid heavy meals the day before your flight. Your body uses heavy meals as part of its circadian rhythm; if you avoid eating them until after you arrive, you’ll adjust more quickly.

4. Drink plenty of water.

A hydrated body also adapts to a new sleep schedule more quickly. Make sure you drink eight cups of water daily during the week preceding your relocation. Your body needs to get used to feeling hydrated-a single glass of water before your flight won’t help you fight jet lag.

During the Flight

1. Drink some more water.water

Your hydration won’t last if you don’t drink water on the plane. Aircraft cabins have very dry air, and they’ll dehydrate you quickly. By the time you arrive at your destination, your body won’t have the water it needs to adjust. Maintain your hydration by drinking plenty of water during your flight.

2. Sleep or stay awake (depending on arrival time).

If you’ll arrive early in the morning, you should sleep during the flight. Take off your shoes and curl up with a blanket and pillow. You’ll arrive feeling ready to greet the morning. However, if you will arrive in the evening, don’t sleep. Force yourself to stay awake by stretching and walking down the aisles. Just make sure you don’t disturb the other passengers.

Even if staying awake exhausts you, you’ll arrive tired enough to go to bed at the correct hour for that time zone. This will give you a head start on your transition.

3. Reset your watch.

While you fly, you should get your mind used to thinking about the time in the new area. Set your phone, computer, MP3 player, and watch to the new time zone.

After the Flight

1. Go to bed or eat breakfast (depending on arrival time).Business_Woman_Walking_Through_Time_Zones_Horizontal
If you want a quick transition, you need to act like you’ve always lived in that time zone as soon as you arrive. Don’t take a quick nap, and don’t eat a heavy meal if you plan to go to bed. Do whatever the locals do at that hour.

If you arrive in the morning, go for a brief walk. The sunlight will help your body regulate its rhythm. Breakfast will too. But if you arrive at night, feel free to have a small snack and go straight to bed.

Don’t worry if your body feels strained at first. You have to force it to adapt. It won’t like it at first, but it will catch up eventually.

2. Use melatonin.
If you have trouble falling asleep in the new time zone, take melatonin. You may have to buy it before you go abroad though many countries don’t offer it over the counter.

Now that you know how to adjust to your new time zone, you can go forward with confidence. You won’t have to postpone your adventure as you try to recover from your move. If you use these tips, you can jump into the new culture as soon as you land.

Contact your international movers if you have any further questions about moving abroad.

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9 Ways to Eat Healthy During a Move

We’ll be the first to admit that moving can be exhausting and stressful. It might seem like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything on your seemingly endless to-do list done. And chances are, cooking and eating healthy might be the last thing on your mind.

But by focusing on eating right during your move, you can save money and a keep few inches off your waistline. Eating healthy foods will also boost your energy, which will provide some much-needed motivation throughout your move.

Keep these healthy eating tips in mind as you prepare to move to your new home.

Before the Move

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Free Bekins Weekly Meal Planner

Preparation is the key to any successful move, and the same is true for eating healthy during your move. Before you even start packing, be sure to take the following steps:

  1. Make a plan.

How far out is your move? If it’s two weeks away, create a daily menu for what you’ll eat each day leading up to the move. Good meals to make during a move include soups and stews, casseroles, and pastas. You can make these dishes in bulk, so you’ll be able to eat them for at least two or three days.

Creating a menu will help alleviate the stress you feel as your schedule gets busier and busier. Once you’ve made your meal plan, set aside any utensils you’ll need to make these meals. You can pack these utensils together right before you actually hit the road.

  1. Clear out your refrigerator, freezer, and pantry.

It’s tempting to eat out every night leading up to a move. But you’ll save a lot of money by using food that you already have. Plan your daily meals around what you already have in your refrigerator and freezer. You should only buy food to complete these meals.

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While You’re Packing

While looking for a home and filling out paperwork is stressful, packing your belongings is perhaps the most stressful and chaotic task of all. Keep the following tips in mind as you strive to eat healthy while you’re packing:

  1. Keep time in perspective.

At the end of a long day of packing, all you’ll want to do grab some fPositive family preparing lunch togetherast food or order a pizza.  Keep in mind that it will take about the same amount of time to prepare a meal as it would to have a pizza delivered. Plus, you’ll feel less guilty after preparing a home cooked meal than you would after eating pizza.

  1. Ask for help.

Don’t be afraid to enlist the help of your friends or family members. Chances are, your friends or kids would be happy to whip up a healthy meal. Remember: many hands make light work.

While You’re Traveling

Whether you’re moving a few miles away or across the country, driving will make you tired. And when you’re tired, a burger and fries might sound like the most delicious thing in the world. But heavy, processed fast food will make you even more tired. Eat healthy while you’re on the road by doing the following:

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  1. Pack your meals ahead of time.

Prepare a few meals the night before you hit the road. Store them on ice in a cooler, and be sure to replace ice as needed along the way.

Foods that travel well include:

  • Fruits: apples, oranges, grapes, and bananas
  • Vegetables: carrots, celery, snap peas, and bell peppers
  • Cold pasta
  • Green salads (be sure to keep dressing in a separate container)
  • Hummus
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Jerky
  • Pre-cooked or chilled meats: turkey, chicken, salmon
  • Pre-made wraps or sandwiches

Be sure to pack separate meals for every person in the car. This will eliminate the hassle of taking out all of the food and divvying it out to each person.

  1. Plan ahead if you’ll be eating out.

You don’t have to completely avoid eating out en route to your new home. If you want to eat out on the road, find a restaurant that serves healthy options.

  1. Stay busy while you drive.

Driving on long, wide highways can be boring. To keep yourself from dozing off, you may want to munch on salty or sweet snacks. Keep your munching to a minimum by listening to music and talking with those in the car.

After the Move

AhealthyfooditemsArriving at your new home will surely bring a huge sigh of relief. To continue your healthy eating habits and settle in as quickly as possible, keep the following in mind:

  1. Unpack kitchen utensils first.

Remember that box of kitchen utensils you packed right before you moved? That should be the first box you unpack in your new home.

Rather than ordering a pizza from a local restaurant your first night in the new house, make dinner. You can run to a local grocery store to pick up a few items to make your first meal in your new home. This will help make your new house feel more like home.

  1. Keep your meals simple.

You’ll want to keep your meals as simple as possible until you unpack all of your boxes and really settle into your new home. For simple, healthy meals, stock up on proteins and produce.

Moving doesn’t have to take a toll on your emotional and physical health. By eating healthy during your move, you’ll be able to tackle your to-do list and maintain a positive attitude.