Summer Fun in the Piedmont Triad Area

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If you are you new to the Piedmont Triad Area of North Carolina, you may be wondering what the locals do for fun during the summer. You are in luck! We have a finger on the pulse of the summertime fun in the local area. Even if you have you been in the area for a while, you are sure to find some activities to add to your summer bucket list with the Memorial Day weekend nearly upon us!

Festivals

There are so many festivals to choose from during the summer, there must be at least one suited to the interests of every single person in the Piedmont Triad Area. Music, gardening, food and drink are just a few of the many options.

Spirits of Summer – June 1, Winston-Salem

Juneteenth SOULebration – June 15, High Point

Summer Solstice Festival – June 22, Greensboro

Eastern Music Festival – June/July, Greensboro

Summertime Brews Festival – July 20, Greensboro

Southeast Crab Feast – Sept 7, Winston-Salem

Explore Nature

On the outskirts of the three cities that form the Piedmont Triad there are mountains, lakes, trails, and rivers for you to explore. Power down your devices and soak in the energy of our beautiful scenery.

Hanging Rock State Park

Pilot Mountain State Park

Hagan – Stone Park

Take a Dip

Cool down at one of the many pools or splash pads in the area. You will find a great list here. If you prefer nature’s pool party, you can find some amazing natural swimming holes. Start your exploration with this list.

Museum Hopping

Beat the heat with a little museum hopping this summer. Here are some of the top attractions to explore.

International Civil Rights Center & Museum

Greensboro Science Center

Greensboro Children’s Museum

Greensboro History Museum

10 Creative Graduation Party Ideas

As the end of the school year wraps up, graduation is right around the bend for many students.  Get started planning for you or a loved one’s graduation party with these ideas!

  1. Graduation cap cupcakes

Top a chocolate cupcake with a square piece of chocolate to mimic a graduation cap.  Add an m&m candy in the middle of it with a piece of string to complete the tassel for this sweet treat!

2. Class rings

Lay out a tray full of ring pops for a funny graduation themed candy.

3. Photo letters

Attach black and white photos to wooden block letters, it’s recommended to use the word “GRAD” but you can also use the graduate’s initials or Alma mater.

4. Memory jar

Place a jar on a table, accompanied by a stack of sticky notes and pens.  When people walk by they can write some of their favorite memories about the guest of honor for them to keep forever.

5. Diploma rolls

Fill a tortilla wrap with any food items of your choosing.  A savory option being ham, cheese, mushrooms, etc.  A sweet option being Nutella, peanut butter, bananas, strawberries, and more! Tie a little string around the wrap to complete the diploma aesthetic. 

6. Graduation wreath

Display an arrangement of photos from childhood to present time in a circle, with their graduation cap on the top to complete the wreath.

7. Backdrop

Cover one wall in school colors with their graduation year in big numbers at the top of this wall.  This makes for a great decoration, as well as a nice photo-op.

8. Theme

If this is for a high school graduate, and they have already chosen what college they are going to attend, deck the place out in the color scheme and logos of their future college. If they have just graduated college and are planning on taking on a career such as a doctor or teacher, perhaps decorate it accordingly to their future occupation.

9. Large balloon numbers

Get some classic big helium balloons to celebrate their graduation year as well as create another great photo op.

10. String lights

String lights always add a pleasing aesthetic to any party.  Whether you are stringing these lights outdoors, or inside along a wall, they will serve as a lovely piece of décor for your graduate.

If your graduate is moving off to college or moving home from college, get a quote from Zippy Shell today to help you move your belongings! 

Top 3 Cleaning Hacks For Your North Texas Home

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Are you feeling as if your home needs a little deeper cleaning than normal? We at Zippy Shell live and work in the North Texas community, so we understand the challenges our environment brings to keeping your home spic and span.

Hack 1 – Clean ceiling fans without the dust shower: Ceiling fans are an integral part of any Texas home, thanks to our famous heat! Most of us have dusted the fans only to find our floors and maybe ourselves covered in a shower of dust. However, if you take an old pillow case, spray a little furniture polish inside and then run the pillow case up and down the fan blade, all that gross stuff is trapped.

Hack 2 – Clean your blinds in a jiffy: Blinds can be a real pain to clean. Use an old sock, dip it a mixture of water and vinegar and run it over the blind or slats. Pro tip: If you or a loved one are sensitive to chemicals, this is also a great way to use less cleaning solutions in the home.

Hack 3 – Make those stainless-steel appliances shine: Many North Texas homes include stainless steel appliances. We can certainly see the allure, but we also don’t like the finger prints that are usually par for the course. Use a little dish soap and water on a very soft cloth to clean the appliance and then follow with olive oil or mineral oil to make it shine.

Hack 4 – Eliminate garbage disposal smell: We’ve heard of using lemons in your garbage disposal, but recently saw a great idea we wanted to pass along to our North Texas neighbors – rosemary lemons cubes. Put some chopped citrus peels and rosemary in each ice cube tray and then fill with white vinegar. Freeze them and then when you are ready to freshen up the disposal, just pop one in. Brilliant!

As part of the community, the Zippy Shell North Texas location stands ready to help you with all your moving and storage solutions (and a few cleaning hacks, too).

Tips for Moving to Philadelphia, PA with Kids

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Philadelphia, PA is a great city with a lot to see and do for families with kids. If you are moving to Philadelphia, there a few ways to make it easier on the kids before, during and after your relocation.

Involve your kids early in the process: This is especially important if you are moving from one type of area to another. For example, if you live in a rural area or a suburb but are moving to one of the urban Philadelphia neighborhoods, help them understand the differences.

Show them what they can look forward to: Philadelphia is a grand city! Show them videos of what they can expect to see and do in Philadelphia. VisitPhilly.com has a lot of great things listed and the Mommy Poppins blog is specifically geared to kids in Philadelphia. You can check it out here.

Make room for their loved stuff: One of the best things about using portable storage units is that you can moving and keep your things in secure storage until you need them! This offers you and your family time to decompress with what you need in the new home and then have the rest of your things delivered to you when you are ready. Your kids can have their beloved objects in the home now and you can have other items delivered later.

Stick to a routine: ChildMind.org suggests keeping your kids on a regular routine after you are in the new home. You may have a big desire to push ahead with unpacking, having your storage unit delivered, etc. but it might be better to keep the kids on an established schedule.

Moving with kids doesn’t have to be stressful and we are here to help at the Philadelphia Zippy Shell location with the flexible moving and storage solutions you need. It’s one less thing to worry about during a move.

3 Problems with Moving Van Rentals

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You’ve heard a thousand times that moving is one of the top ten stressful events during a lifetime. The team at Zippy Shell knows all too well how hectic moving across the street, across town or across the country can be for families. To help ease the burden of decisions that come along with this time of your life, we want to take a look at one of the major decisions: moving van rentals vs portable moving containers. Below are several of the most common difficulties with moving truck rentals. We hope this outline will help to make the decision easier.

Aggravation when you have reached your limit. They say prepare for the worst and hope for the best, but it’s hot outside! Your help is probably late. The dog just got out. And you’re just plain irritated. Only thing that can add insult to injury is going to be problems with your moving truck. You’ll need to factor in a useless reservation number, a hike in price when you go to pick it up, sad fuel mileage, uncertain safety, and being unaccustomed to driving this large vehicle and more. At any other time, these mounting issues might be easier to deal with, but when you’re moving mole hills are mountains. You’re fussing, tired, anxious and probably sweating. Your stress level has peaked. And the setbacks with the moving truck could very well be what sends you to the moon.

“Sorry, we’re all out.” Surely, you’ve heard that tale of horror. You get to the rental place and guess what? Your moving van has been rented to someone else, or better yet, they can’t find your reservation. Just like the friendly skies, moving companies will often over book during a busy time of year to ensure they are maxed out. Fortunately, lawsuits have stopped this practice for the most part, but there’s nothing stopping John Doe from returning his truck, which happens to be your truck, late (or not until the next day)!

Changes in rates. This is probably the most important warning of all. Sure, you see those promotional rates for moving trucks stamped all over billboards, flyers and bus benches. However, they fail to mention the added fees like mileage, fuel, hitches, weekends, etc. And my goodness, for those out-of-town moves, the rates can jump even more during peak moving periods (the beginning and end of the month and the whole summer). Moving vans/trucks simply cost more to rent.

We invite you to compare Zippy Shell to moving truck rentals. We think our portable storage and moving containers offer tons of flexibility with a predictable cost that will leave you with a lot less stress. No move is going to be perfectly stress free, but when it comes to the big decisions, make the smart one.

Why You Should Store with Zippy Shell of Northern Illinois

Zippy Shell of Northern Illinois provides high-quality moving and storage services in the Northern Illinois area. As a member of the Zippy Shell franchise system, we benefit from the resources of a trusted national organization. So, why should store your belongings with us?

  1. We are Local: Zippy Shell of Northern Illinois is locally owned and operated. We live in the area and understand the best ways to maneuver around to make sure we are on time and efficient in servicing your moving or storage solution. Your items will be safely stored in our Lake Zurich storage facility. While Zippy Shell has all the resource of our national brand, you can rely on receiving our top-notch local service.
  2. At Home or In-Facility: Zippy Shell of Northern Illinois offers two storage solutions to fit your needs. The in-facility storage solution is provided by delivering a storage container to your home where it’s packed full of the items you want to place in storage. Next, the Zippy Shell team takes it back to our secure climate-controlled storage facility for the storage period. Our on-site storage solution starts with our team delivering a storage container to your home where we can place it wherever you need it on your property. The container will remain in that spot throughout the entire duration of storage. You’ll have easy 24-7 access to your items safely stored in our weatherproof container. So, which solution would work best for you?
  3. We can Move You: The Zippy Shell system is designed to provide storage and moving services seamlessly. We will safely store your items as long as you need during the middle of your move, then safely deliver them back to your new home when you are ready.
  4. Top Rated Customer Service: Our team is committed to providing you with the highest level of customer service possible. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can help with your storage needs.

Want to learn more about Zippy Shell of Northern Illinois?

Visit www.zippyshell.com today or give us a call directly at 888-947-7974!

How to Prepare for Winter

As winter is beginning it is important to make sure you are prepared to weather the storm.

Insurance

First and foremost, make sure your home is insured, that way if you happen to have a home emergency involving a plumbing leak or a roof caving in from snow, you will not have an immense cost to worry about. It is also important to make sure your car is insured as well to avoid any damages caused by icy or snowy roads.

Thermostat

Slowly lower your thermostat during the day, and night as well, to prevent your wallet from taking a beating in the cold winter months. Bringing the temperature down by one degree a week can make a huge difference. If this is too difficult you can always layer up to make the adjustment easier.

Prep your car

Your car will go through a lot during winter weather. To make your drive more pleasant, throw an extra blanket and sweatshirt in your car for the drive while your car is still heating up. Make sure you also have a little shovel, salt, and window scrappers to avoid any problems resulting from snow.

Stock up

Stock your house with extra food and water in case you happen to get snowed in for an extended period of time. Keep extra shovels and snow salt in your garage to avoid having your car snowed in and having no way of getting out onto the road. Make sure you also have extra firewood if you have a wood fireplace, or have an extra gas insert if you have a gas fireplace. Candles, flashlights, and batteries should be easily accessible in case of a power outage.

Visit your doctor

Get an annual check-up to make sure you are healthy going into the cold winter season. Get a flu shot to avoid being bedridden for up to a week. Always remember to wash your hands and avoid sharing food or drinks with sick people. Check that your prescriptions are up to date as well.

Winter Activities for the Whole Family

Whether you are trying to stay warm inside or enjoy the snow outdoors, here are just a few activities your family can partake in this winter.

Go snow tubing
Visit your local ski resort to go snow tubing. The whole family can enjoy this thrilling snow activity without the risk or skill required for snowboarding or skiing.

Play board games
If it is too cold and windy outdoors, have a family game night indoors with your favorite board games!

Go bowling
Enjoy a day or evening at the bowling alley as a fun way to enjoy a cold winter day.

Go ice skating
Enjoy a fun winter activity that doesn’t require the weather to be a nice winter day at the ice rink!

Sledding
Once the snow falls, go enjoy a day of sledding outside. Make sure to stay safe and have fun!

Bake cookies
In order to stay warm from the cold outdoors, bake your favorite treats during this holiday season. Cookies, brownies, cupcakes, and more! You can even try making some homemade hot chocolate.

Arts and crafts
Enjoy some time inside by making snowflakes, snowmen, and other winter characters out of paper or cardboard.

Happy Holidays!

Thanksgiving Recipes

Spice up Thanksgiving with some new recipes to enjoy all the holiday foods you love with a twist.

 

Brie bites

Get your serving of cranberry sauce served up with some extra flavor.  Using pre-made biscuit dough, place a cube of brie into the middle of your biscuit.  Then top the brie with a spoonful of cranberry sauce.  Finally, bake them in the oven with the directed time and temperature  for the dough.

 

Mashed sweet potatoes

Change up your ordinary mashed potatoes for mashed sweet potatoes! This dish can be made with butter and seasonings to go with dinner or add some brown sugar and cinnamon for dessert!

 

Apple pie salsa and chips

Create a dish of apple pie filling and put it in a small bowl.  Serve it with a plate of cinnamon flavored chips or crisps to have apple salsa!

 

Stuffing muffins

Make your usual stuffing recipe, but do not transfer it into your turkey.  Place it into a bowl and shape little circles together to fit into your muffin dish.  Use an egg or butter to get the stuffing to hold together in a ball.  Bake until golden brown.

 

Seasoned sprouts

Brown your brussels sprouts in olive oil and season with salt to taste.  Add butter, chicken stock, and shallots to accentuate the flavor of the brussels sprouts and cook until soft and tender.

 

Oreo turkeys

Using candy eyes and candy corn, create a face and a tail of feathers on an Oreo using frosting as glue to stick the pieces on.

 

Pumpkin spice chocolate chip cookies

Make a batch of your favorite chocolate chip cookies and mix pumpkin puree into the batter!

Fall Activities

Try out one of these activities with the whole family on a nice fall day!

Apple picking

Go apple picking to get some of the freshest apples of the season.  Once you have all your apples at home, use them in a classic fall recipe, such as candy apples or apple pie.

Have a bonfire

Build a bonfire in your very own backyard using a fire pit or a safely dug out hole surrounded by stones or bricks.  Roast marshmallows or cook hot dogs and enjoy a cool night.

Hiking

Don’t let the cold weather stop you from getting outside and exercising.  Enjoy the crisp fall air with a nice hike at your local hiking trail.

Hayride

Hayrides can be a fun fall activity for anyone to enjoy.  Take your kids out for a fun day or have a date night with your significant other.

Make a holiday decoration

Using fallen leaves from your backyard you can create your very own holiday decoration.  Attach them to a circular ring to create a festive fall wreath to hang on your front door!

Go to a football game

Tailgate at your favorite football team’s game with friends then enjoy cheering them on at the game!

Make sangria

Spice up your typical sangria with cinnamon, apple slices, and/or caramel to turn your normal sangria into a festive drink!

Drive through fall leaves

As the leaves are changing color, go get a sight of them before they fall.  Take a drive down any local road that is full of large trees to get to see the beautiful fall leaves.