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December 2018

Long Distance Movers Near Me – steps to Choosing the Best Moving Services

cartoon man carrying a box on his back

If it is the first time for you to look for a moving company and want to make the best choice, you are in the right place. By courtesy of, we have prepared for you a guide with the criteria to keep in mind when choosing people to help you.

  1. The first step is to make an accurate inventory of what you want to move. This way you will know the services you need. Do you want to move the large closet in the bedroom? Maybe you need people to disassemble it and reassemble it in the new location. Move ceramic vases or painting on the hallway? Then you should consider effective packaging for fragile things. Moving companies who know their customers offer all these services and can assure you that all goods arrive at their destination in good condition.
  2. Estimation

The best solution is to ask for an on-site estimate. A representative of the company comes to you and makes an offer depending on the goods you want to move, handling, access to the location (parking space, floor, lift) and the distance to the new site. Estimation is free, and we think it should stay like this. Establish with the company representative all necessary services. He can tell you how many people it takes and how long the entire relocation operation will take. It’s an excellent opportunity for you to meet the company and find out more information.

  1. Working method

Will we use hook anchors for heavy things? Will the wrapping be done with expanded foil or expanded polyethene? What vehicle will be used for transport? It’s useful for you to know how things will be moved to make sure they’re safe. Work methods have also evolved for relocation companies. Those who choose only quality can give you a risk-free move.

man moving a pile of boxes

  1. The price

A good company knows that it will make its customers happy if it offers two things: quality and affordable prices. Once you have the details of the move, you receive the price offer. We recommend that you ask for suggestions from more than one company and choose the best one. However, we must emphasize that the best offer does not always have the lowest price. A good proposal must first ensure that the move is done in the best conditions and the price reflects the quality. Who offers the best quality recommendations if not satisfied customers?

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  1. Customer Reviews

A satisfied customer speaks on average to three friends about his experience. An unhappy customer can talk with up to 10 friends about a dreaful experience. Companies also encourage customers to write about their experiences in the company website’s review section, if they have one. If other customers were satisfied with the services they received, you would know, and the decision becomes more natural. What happens if there are no reviews? Well, who would want to choose a non-transparent company?

A moving company offers you the possibility to benefit from professional, planned and organized moves services, capitalizing your time and energy efficiently and pleasantly. They guarantee superior quality services at the lowest prices on the market.

Companies offer:

  • Handling, transport and installation-disassembly services;
  • Packaging and protection materials (stretch foil or air bubbles; boxes of different types and sizes);
  • Experienced, young and well-trained staff, prepared for any difficulty in moving your furniture and personal goods.

trolley for moving boxes

Relocation to another space can be very tricky, especially when it comes to a complete move with all pieces of furniture. Regardless of the distance between the two addresses or the weight of the goods, each customer has an efficient and fast solution to carry all the required accessories. From sofas, cabinets, desks, beds and more, moving companies are careful to make sure that everything gets transported in the best transport conditions. With an extensive range of trucks, vans and special packaging equipment, your furniture is 100% safe on hand.

During relocations, there may be more problems: from approximating the new space to the actual assessment of the building in which the relocation is made. In order to prevent these issues, a particular organization is needed.

a box with a key

What advantages can you have with a transport service?

  • You have free GPS monitoring throughout your move and personalized assistance from the company. This way you will always be aware of the address of the goods and the status of the relocation process. Free GPS monitoring service has a considerable contribution to the peace of mind with regard to your assets, with the certainty that they are always safe, in the care of responsible drivers and with extensive experience in the work No matter the city or country where the route is made, you have all the information at your fingertips.
  • The goods are properly stored and packed with individual sheets, which protect them from harmful factors such as moisture, dust, dirt or scratches.
  • Customers benefit from guarantees and insurance for goods sent to relocation up to € 1 million. The protection of 10,000 euros can be obtained.
  • Clients also have specialized assistance from a licensed APR manager who organizes everything needed.
  • Fragile goods are taken with increased attention and transported under the best conditions, in a clean and well-maintained environment.

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The Christmas Town By Donna VanLiere – Book Review #52

Well, I’ve completed my challenge and over a month early as well! The Christmas Town is the 8th book in this series and the 9th has recently been released.

The Christmas Town

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Lauren Gabriel spent many years of her childhood in foster homes, wishing her mother would come back for her and be the family she needs. Now twenty-years-old, she still longs for a place that she can truly call home. Her work as a cashier is unfulfilling, and at Christmas it’s unbearable with the songs and carols and chatter of Christmas that she hears throughout the day.

When Lauren ends her shift one night, she finds herself driving aimlessly in order to avoid returning to her lonely apartment. And when she witnesses a car accident she is suddenly pulled into the small town of Grandon, first as a witness but then as a volunteer for the annual fundraiser for Glory’s Place, a center for single mothers and families who need assistance. Could this town and its people be the home she has always longed for?

My Thoughts

I think this is probably one of my favourites of the series. I love the notes that Ben writes then drops them in their grocery bags while he’s packing them.
It’s lovely that everyone wants to go to the till where Ben works so they can get one of his special messages. They don’t care how long the line is, it’s worth the wait for them!

I’m now back to my thrillers, but I’m staying with the Christmas theme and reading The Advent Killer by Alistair Gunn.


The Christmas Town By Donna VanLiere

Goodreads 2018 reading challenge - 52 books read and challenge completed


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New Year’s Eve Plans

We don’t usually make any New Year’s Eve plans; we stay home and have a quiet night. If we manage to stay up until midnight we’re doing well!

This year is going to be different, however, because we’ve been invited to my brother and sister-in-law’s house for a New Year’s Eve party 🙂
They live in Derbyshire and we live in Lincoln so we’re going to be staying overnight.

I’m really looking forward to it. When I was growing up one or other of my aunts would have a party on New Year’s Eve and I loved going to them. It’s going to make a really nice to change to spend the evening with family.

New Year's Eve plans 2019

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My Favourite Christmas Photos Taken In 2018

I’ve not taken as many photos this Christmas I usually do, for example, I totally forgot to take any photos at all on Boxing Day! I’m seeing this as a good thing, however, because it means I was enjoying the day with my family and not worrying about getting photos for the blog of social media.
Here are my favourite Christmas photos taken in 2018.

1 – The first snowball drink of the season

Favourite Christmas photos 2018 - the first snowball drink of the season

2 – KayCee and Ella decorating the tree. Aiden helped but he doesn’t like his photo taken!

decorating the Christmas tree

3 – Every year my Christmas mug collection gets bigger and bigger!

Christmas mug collection

4 – I’m going to be very sad when I have to take down the tree.

Our Christmas tree all decorated and pretty

5 – We all love the treat trolley 🙂

Our Christmas treat trolley

6 – The North Pole breakfast is very popular!

North Pole breakfast

7 – We have many ways to countdown advent!

book advent, chocolate advent calendars, dvd advent, activity advent

8 – It took many hours to make this Christmas cross stitch but it was worth it.

Santa Christmas cross stitch

9 – This is my own Christmas tradition; hot chocolate, chocolate, a Christmas TV guide and a pen to circle what we’re going to watch 🙂

Christmas tv guide, box of matchmakers, hot chocolate with marshmallows and a Nutcracker pen to circle what we're going to watch

10 – Our first family get together of the get together


11 – Our second family get together on Christmas Eve.

Christmas eve party

12 – Santa came

Presents under and around the tree

13 – Opening presents on Christmas morning

opening presents on Christmas morning

14 – My delicious Christmas dinner cooked by the super wonderful husband.

Christmas dinner


The Best Ways to Reach Steady Tree Service Leads

Tree service - man cutting tree branches

Starting a tree service is a very promising job, but like any other start-up, it requires investment. This not only applies to financial expenses, but also to the required knowledge and skills to go with this business, and then to develop it further, however, financial expenses can be high when you’re just starting out.
You’ll need to invest in safety equipment such as ear protection, safety goggles, a helmet and climbing boots as well as assorted tools to do the job; ladders, climbing ropes, saws and wedges. If you’re having trouble  finding the best tools for the job, check out the top rated saw field.

We assume that you have something of the mentioned items; you didn’t just wake up one morning with the intention of starting a tree service out of nowhere.

Services related to maintenance, cutting, trimming and removal of trees are needed both in the countryside and in the city. Logically, the broader area you cover with your business, the more chances of getting a job you’ll have.

Steady Leads Mean Steady Job

There is no period in the year when the demand for tree service stagnates; only the service is different. For example, trimming is mostly done at the end of winter and in spring, when trees are blooming and developing new offsprings. During the winter, people usually ask for cutting branches that have been dried or frozen.

So there is work, but also competition. Attracting and retaining customers are getting more difficult than ever. You have to be creative, following trends and always ready for action. With tree services, you have to be especially original to stand out amongst the competition and to attract leads.

Advertise Locally

Computer, tablet and mobile phone

Tree service is not a business that can be done remotely, so you shouldn’t force the territorial expansion. Since contractors usually use tools and machines that are not easy to carry, working across the country doesn’t pay off. It is, therefore, the best to position locally.

It’s easy to say, “Be the best, and everyone will come to you.” Customers won’t be familiar with the quality of your work unless they hire you. And to show any interest in your tree service, you need either a good advertisement or a good recommendation. If you are just starting a job, you probably don’t have any of them. Until you get some good ones, the proper advertising can do a lot to attract customers.

You can get tips online like how First Call Tree Services marketing and other advertising strategies work. Also, you can start locally by using materials like flyers and brochures, then advertising on local TV and radio stations, and organizing workshops, where you will present your business to all people who come and, at the same time, take advantage of the chance to share with them, other marketing materials.

Ask Customers for a Review

Every word from a client is crucial in business. And if this “nice words” brings new customers, it means even more. To get a good review, you have to satisfy your clients and more than that. Please note to clients that their feedback is valuable to you.

Ask previous clients to leave a few words about your tree service on some review websites, where future clients are looking for someone with good recommendations. If you play right, that could easily be you. People read reviews and respect that written words when choosing products and services for the first time.

Use Social Networks

Social networks may have made people apart from each other, but they brought many benefits to business owners. One of them is advertising, which doesn’t have to cost a fortune, but can bring a lot. You can do much to promote your work on social media all by yourself, but the expert engagement will quickly pay off too.

First, you need to define who your target group will be. Knowing the structure of social network users, you know where you’ll get the most out of advertising, but also what kind of promotional messages to send. A general communication with potential customers and already seen things are a failure in prediction.

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Your customers are usually family people, householders who want to know where they spend their money. Provide them with this information and give them added value in the form of some attractive prices for new customers, or online discounts, etc.

Follow Every Move of Your Competitors

Competition is not always a bad thing. Sometimes, following their moves, you can do something good that can attract the customers. Of course, you don’t have to do this at any cost, if that jeopardizes your business, but in some ways, you have to keep up with competitors and market trends.

If they have some promotional action, you lower the prices temporarily. However, the long-term underbidding will not always attract customers. One of the options to compete with other tree services is to offer an unusual service, promote the latest tools and techniques you use, etc.

Although there are people who consider a price as the most relevant factor, there are still those who are willing to pay for the best service if they’d really get it. If you provide a steady quality of your work, your business will have a bright future. And if you believe that you can attract customers without dumping your prices, go for it.

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Our Christmas Day Photos 2018

Christmas day seemed to be a little less hectic this year, even with hosting Christmas dinner for us 5, my father-in-law and 2 of our adult children who don’t live with us anymore!
Here are our Christmas day photos 2018 and as usual, there are quite a few!

Christmas day photos 2018 - gifts under and around the tree
We have a very big family so always end up with lots of lovely, thoughtful gifts 🙂

Christmas day photos 2018 - Christmas morning

Christmas day photos 2018 - Christmas morning
Present opening time

Christmas day photos 2018 - Christmas morning Christmas day photos 2018 - Christmas morning

Christmas day photos 2018 - Christmas morning

Christmas day photos 2018 - Aiden's gifts
Aiden’s gifts
Christmas day photos 2018 - Aiden's gifts
Aiden’s gifts
Christmas day photos 2018 - Aiden's gifts
Aiden’s gifts
Christmas day photos 2018 - Aiden's gifts
Aiden’s gifts
Christmas day photos 2018 - Ella's gifts
Ella’s gifts
Christmas day photos 2018 - Ella's gifts
Ella’s gifts
Christmas day photos 2018 - Ella's gifts
Ella’s gifts
Christmas day photos 2018 - Ella's gifts
Ella’s gifts
Christmas day photos 2018 - Ella's gifts
Ella’s gifts
Christmas day photos 2018 - Ella's gifts
Ella’s gifts
Christmas day photos 2018 - Ella's gifts
Ella’s gifts
Christmas day photos 2018 - KayCee's gifts
KayCee’s gifts
Christmas day photos 2018 - KayCee's gifts
KayCee’s gifts
Christmas day photos 2018 - KayCee's gifts
KayCee’s gifts
Christmas day photos 2018 - KayCee's gifts
KayCee’s gifts
Christmas day photos 2018 - Ant's gifts
Ant’s gifts
Christmas day photos 2018 - my gifts
My gifts
Christmas day photos 2018 - my gifts
My gifts
Christmas day photos 2018 - my gifts
My gifts
Christmas day photos 2018 - my gifts
My gifts
Christmas day photos 2018 - my gifts
My gifts
Christmas day photos 2018 - Christmas dinner
Family dinner
Christmas day photos 2018 - Ella, Jervais and Aiden
Ant, Aiden, Jervais and Ella
Christmas day photos 2018 - Ant, KayCee, Jerome and Granddad
Ant, KayCee, Jerome and Granddad
Christmas day photos 2018 - my dinner
My yummy dinner


Our Christmas Eve Photos 2018

As usual, we hosted a Christmas Eve party for family and friends and as usual, we all had a wonderful time. Here are our Christmas Eve photos 2018.
I want to thank everyone who came from Derbyshire to be with us for a couple of hours 🙂

Christmas eve was a little different this year because Ella no longer believes in Santa; it has lost a little of its magic now, but I’m pleased to say I still had a great day.

Christmas Eve photos 2018 - KayCee and Ella
Our gorgeous girls, KayCee and Ella
KayCee and Ella's Christmas tree decoratons
This year I made the Christmas tree decorations
Christmas Eve photos 2018 - Ella and Dobby
Ella and Dobby
Aiden's Christmas tree decoration
Aiden’s Christmas tree decoration

Christmas Eve photos 2018 - Granddad Christmas Eve photos 2018- Mason Christmas Eve photos 2018 - various family members Christmas Eve photos 2018 - KayCee and Keiron Christmas Eve photos 2018 - Stacy KayCee and Ella in their new pjs new snowman mug

However you spent Christmas Eve, I hope you all had a truly wonderful day.

Merry Christmas 2018

My family and I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas 2018 and we hope 2019 is a wonderful year for you and yours.

Merry Christmas 2018

The Christmas Song

“Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nipping at your nose
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir
And folks dressed up like Eskimos

Everybody knows a turkey and some
Mistletoe help to make the season bright
Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow
Will find it hard to sleep tonight

They know that Santa’s on his way
He’s loaded lots of toys and goodies
On his sleigh
And every mother’s
Child is gonna spy to see if
Reindeer really know how to fly

And so, I’m offering this
Simple phrase to kids from
One to ninety-two
Altho’ it’s been said many times
Many ways
“Merry Christmas to you”

Merry Christmas 2016
Merry Christmas 2017

The Christmas Light By Donna VanLiere – Book Review #51

The Christmas Light is the 7th book in this series.

The Christmas Light

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

In the small town of Grandon, five very different people discover the true meaning of Christmas. Jennifer and Ryan are both single parents, struggling with their own losses and heartache as they attempt to move forward in the present while still holding onto the memories, joy, and heartache of the past.

Sixteen-year-old Kaylee is faced with a life-changing situation that has affected her whole family. Stephen and Lily are happily married and ready to start a family. All of them are facing their own struggles, and all are finding their way through the dark. When they are brought together for a rather unconventional church Nativity, they will learn that with strength, courage, and love, there is always hope.

My Thoughts

I’ve enjoyed all of these books and I’m a little sad that I’ve only got 1 more to read. I’ve decided to just add the last book to my wishlist rather than buying it now because I don’t know if I’m going to get time to read much more now with Christmas fast approaching.

I enjoyed this book as I have done all the others. I must say, though, that I’ll be happy to get back to reading a thriller or two. It seems I can have too much Christmas schmaltz after all!

The Christmas Light By Donna VanLiere

Goodreads reading challenge 2018 51 books read


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