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Wow! Do preschoolers LOVE moving trucks or what?  Armstrong Relocation’s van operator Tony Behrig recently volunteered his time to go out to a Carrollton Early Childhood PTA meeting and show all the preschool kids his United Van Lines truck.  Tony talked to the kids about his truck, what he does for Armstrong/United, and about moving.  The kids had a blast checking out the trailer (well….really running the length of the trailer over…and over…and over again), but the cab was definitely everyone’s favorite area.  Tony let the kids get up into the cab to check out the sleeping quarters and pretend they were driving his truck! 

Everyone had a great time and Tony was such a great sport about it all!  Thanks Tony for everything you do here at Armstrong and especially for spending the day with these kids to give them a taste of what Armstrong’s van operators do on a daily basis!

Here are a couple of shots from the day….hope you enjoy them!

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This is a very interesting article based on results from a worldwide Manpower Group survey. This trend, if indeed it is a trend, will eventually prompt employers to beef up their benefits packages, including their employee relocation policy. As experts in employee mobility, that’s exactly where we can help.

Role reversal: Employers say they can’t find workers.

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Whether you’re trying to keep your little ones busy DURING the move or while you’re in transit, we’ve got a few apple apps that are all the craze! Check them out and let the little ones have at em!

My Fishpond

Per itunes: My fishpond is a virtual fishpond on your pocket, you can raise, feed, sell dozens of different kinds of fish to earn money and experience. When you reach a new level you can unlock newer fish and even buy a new pond. Remember to clean the pond everyday and feed your fish when they are hungry. You can also decorate your ponds as per your choice with dozens of kinds of aquatic plants and so many types of cool decor like skull, ancient pot and even katana. If you are happy with your carefully decorated ponds you can take a screenshot and share it on facebook with your friends.

Nighty Night!

Per itunes: The bedtime book “Nighty Night!” for iPad helps children get to know animals interactively while preparing to go to bed. Dog, Pig, Sheep, Duck, Cow, Fish and Chickens moo and bubble, hop and lay eggs, until a kid turns the light out and the animals go to sleep. “Nighty Night!” is the perfect app for a daily go-to-sleep ritual with sweet music and actor Alistair Findlay as a narrator.

Plic, Ploc, Wiz

Per itunes: Have fun with Plic, Ploc, Wiz and create your own funny illustrations.

Place the different shapes on the illustration as if playing with stickers and let your imagination guide you : move the shapes, multiply or erase them, change their colors and create your own funny illustrations. You can save them on your gallery and send them by mail to all your friends.

Plic, Ploc, Wiz is great fun and extremely creative!

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Well look what strolled into our parking lot last week!

Pretty cool huh? Even Mickey Mouse moves with United Van Lines!

{This truck belongs to another United agent down in Pensacola, Florida: B.R. Relocations}

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Per our entry here, Armstrong Relocation is committed to helping our employees live healthy lifestyles, however we’re also committed to helping our customers live healthy and stay healthy.  We know that the few days prior to the move and the few days after the move are extremely hectic and it’s definitely hard to still find the time (or the supplies) to prepare home-cooked and nutritious meals for your family.  So we thought we’d help you with this by providing a handful of delicious meals that require only SIX cooking supplies or less!  Now…this does exclude plates and utensils, as we figured you could pick up disposables at the grocery store.  But yes, these meals will only utilize six pieces of cooking equipment! 

So….wash your hands and let’s get cooking!

English Muffin Pizzas {Simply Recipes}

 

Supplies needed: Skillet, cutting board, chopping knife, spoonula or equivalent, baking pan {FIVE pieces only here}

Go to Simply Recipes to get the exact recipe

Linguine with Spicy Red Clam Sauce {Myrecipes.com}

Supplies needed: Large pot, skillet, spoonula or equivalent, cutting board, chopping knife, can opener

Go to My Recipes to get the recipe

Vegetarian Chili {Simply Recipes}

Supplies needed: Cutting board, chopping knife, wooden spoon, can opener, large pot, baking pan (Skip the lemon zest so you don’t have to mess with finding your zester…I think the recipe will get by without it!)

Go to Simply Recipes to get the recipe

Loaded Guacamole with Chicken Kebabs {Mark Bittman}

Supplies needed: Cutting board, chopping knife, food brush, large bowl for the guac, mashing utensil, skewers (if you use wooden skewers then you don’t have to worry about finding yours and you also will need your grill, however that should be readily available in your backyard!)

Check out the recipe at Mark Bittman.com

Chicken and Mushroom Pasta Bake {Jamie Oliver}

Supplies needed: Cutting board, chopping knife, large saute pan, mixing bowl, large pot, baking dish

(If you substitute chicken stock/broth from a tetra pak and used pre-shredded parmesan cheese, you won’t have to find your wine opener or grater!)

For complete recipe go to Jamie Oliver’s website.

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1. Check out this fun idea over at Pure and Noble that could easily be turned into a “moving” project.  Create a map with your kids from your old house to your new house and let them hang onto it during your travels.

{image via Pure and Noble}

2. Host a going away party for your kids and invite their closest friends.  Check out these pictures for some inspiration!

{image via Stanton and Rubi}

{image via Best Madison Realestate}

3.  Create a scrapbook to help your child document their old home, old room, moving day, and finally the new house and their new room.

4.  In preparation for the move, let your child know that they are your “special helper” and give them tasks to do to help your family get organized before the move.  You could even make them a special badge to wear during all of this.  Perhaps one similar to this over at papernstitch:

image via papernstitch

5.  Get a custom stamp from here or stickers from here made for your child that they can use when sending letters and cards back home to friends!

6.  Buy the Berenstain Bears Moving Day book before the move and read it a few times before the real moving day.  

7.  Suggest to your children that they can be pen pals with friends from back home and write letters, draw pictures, and send emails to them after they’ve moved.

8.  Find creative DIY projects that you and the kids can work on together to help decorate the new home…such as a front door wreath like this one from Pure and Noble!

9.  If you have large trees at your old home, help your child make a small and inconspicuous (for the new buyers’ sakes) carving that says something like SMITH FAMILY 1999 – 2011.  This will be exciting for your kiddo…and feel a little exciting and scandalous to you also! {grin}

10.  And finally, once the move is over and done with, find some creative and crafty things to do with all those used moving boxes.  Here’s some inspiration for you!

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