How To Rock Halloween In Your Neighborhood


I hate to break it to you, but being labeled the “new neighbors” comes with a little bit of pressure. I know you have 5 million other things to worry about in your new home, but if we don’t give you the head’s up & keep it real—you may never know the T-R-U-T-H.

Whether you like it or not, a lot is riding on whether you’re going to graduate into the “we love our new neighbors!” level or quickly detour down the unwanted path of…. “the super weird neighbors”.

Between us, no one wants to be labeled the weird neighbors- no one. We won’t get into the ugly truths of what those weird neighbors are all about (that’s a post for another day), let’s just keep it at this: you stick with us and you won’t have to worry about that daunting future, but more so, a future of welcoming waves and endless opportunity to borrow ingredients you forgot to pick up at the store. You are welcome!

So here’s the deal. Tomorrow is Halloween, and although it doesn’t seem significant to you, NOW IS YOUR CHANCE to make a move. Halloween is the perfect opportunity to make that move toward earning some serious “street cred” around your new hood. How, you ask? Get those trick-or-treaters gossiping how AWESOME your house’s Halloween Treats were and you will automatically be labeled the coolest house on the block from the most important people in the ‘hood- the kids. You get that squirrelly group on your side and you can bet your next paycheck that that crew won’t ever mess with your property. Here’s how you win them over, and in turn, earn some much deserved R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

  1. Give out King Sized Candy Bars – Talk about setting yourself apart from the rest! Based on experience, they’ll never forget you or your generosity.
  2. Give out Juice Boxes – Because when you run house to house all afternoon you get parched. Plain and Simple.
  3. Don’t take forever to answer your door – Time is valuable. This group has a lot of land to cover before sunset. The least you can do is hustle to that doorbell.  
  4. If they don’t have costumes on, don’t call them out – Fact: wearing a full-blown costume is totally uncool at least a few years before you retire from trick-or-treating all together.
  5. Never reference their Halloween Look as “sooo cute” – Do I even need to explain?


On the other hand, it’s just as important to talk about what NOT to do in order to win these bad boys over. Whether their mothers like it or not, here’s a list of things you should avoid at all costs:

  1. Pennies- Hmmmm…. So 25 years ago.
  2. Popcorn balls – These don’t pair well with braces, consider the consumer.
  3. Candy that you only find in your Great Grandma’s House – Unfortunately, this population doesn’t necessarily appreciate the nostalgic value the same way we do. #theyllcomearound 
  4. Toothbrushes – Is that a backhanded compliment?
  5. A healthy alternative to Candy – Even in 2014, Halloween is a time for kids to be kids… high fructose corn syrup overload and all.Candy

You laugh, but trust us… earning street cred from this group is worth every King Size Candy bar you could ever get your hands on. You have 24 hours to make a game plan — go get ‘em!


How Do I Pack a Glass Lampshade?

Packing a Glass Lampshade

Survival Techniques

Packing your typical lampshade requires very few instructions: Use a big enough box. Cushion the inside with packing paper. Write ‘LAMPSHADE’ and ‘TOP LOAD’ all over the outside. There’s really not much more to it.

A glass lampshade, however, requires a much higher level of attention. And whether you’re dealing with an antique Tiffany or someone’s favorite keepsake the objective is the same: Pack it to survive Niagara Falls.

Here are 5 tips for Survival.

Wrap the Lampshade in Bubblewrap

  1. Wrap the lampshade in bubble wrap, covering every inch. Consider using masking tape instead of box tape – masking tape will hold well enough but will not put up any real resistance when it’s time to unpack.
    Fill the Lampshade with Packing Paper
  2. Fill the interior cavity of the lampshade to overflowing with packing paper. This will keep the lampshade from resting on its bottom edge with all its own weight bearing down on it.
    Wrap the Lampshade in a Large Towel or Sheet
  3. Wrap it in a large towel or sheet. Especially if the lampshade is on the larger side, packing paper will not always stay in cradling place around it. If it’s on the smaller side you might slip it into a pillowcase after wrapping it up in paper.
    Fill Lampshade Box with Enough Paper Padding
  4. Fill your carton with enough packing paper to keep the shade from shifting around inside. Not only do you want to keep it away from the inside walls of your carton when you pack it, you want it to remain that way.

Now to really get ready for the Falls…

Pack Your Lampshade Box in Another Box

  1. Take your carton with the lampshade inside and pack it in another, larger carton, using plenty of packing paper once again to keep your smaller box away from the inside walls of this larger carton, all the way to destination. This may seem like overkill – until you consider: (1) A glass lampshade is heavier than a regular one made of fabric; through a quick moment of inattention (by the customer or one of the crew) it may not end up at the very top of the load. (2) Without asking the customer there’s no telling just how much that lampshade – and in turn the entire lamp – is worth. Rest assured, though, it’s more than the extra packing material.

We finish up with two extra points:

1 – Take no chances! Remember to write in big bold letters all over your carton.

2 – Make that “cartons”. Because you’ll also want to be just as attentive when packing the base to that (possibly outrageously expensive) glass lamp.


Homeowners – Here’s your Fall To Do List to Prep for Winter


Last week, we showed you how to transform your front yard to welcome the new fall season. But let’s be honest, being a homeowner isn’t just about making your home look good. You also want a home that works well and runs smoothly all four seasons of the year. With winter just a couple of months away, you’ll want to start to prepare your home now so you can easily transition to the brutally cold season.


Here’s a fall to do list of things you should tackle long before the first snow falls. Continue reading


Show Off Your Fall Front Yard


We’ve all seen it. That home on the block that goes waaaaay overboard when it comes to any holiday or season.

Christmas… 50 blow up Santas in the yard.
Easter… 6ft eggs covering every inch of the lawn.
Fall… pumpkins, gourds, plastic Halloween figures, cobwebs, and a witch on the roof.

Yep, just about every neighborhood has that house.

We know you don’t want to be the crazy person with too many lawn ornaments, but no one wants to be a complete Debbie Downer either, with absolutely nothing outside of their home. So today we want to chat about how you can welcome the fall season in that nice “in between zone.” Adding a bit of fall celebration without being too over the top.

Moving 101

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