We made it!

If anyone ever told you that moving was easy they were lying… or either had people come in and pack and unpack everything for them.  Moving is exhausting and time consuming.  Moving makes you never want to move again.

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A little over a week and a half ago we made the big move from Birmingham, AL to Collierville, TN.  Even though Michael Luke had been off of work for over a week before the big day we didn’t have much time to pack because we spent a good bit of it in Nashville at Thrive, an essential oils leadership conference. It made things hectic but it was nice for the two of us to have a few days together at the Gaylord Hotel and get to know our wonderful team better.

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We got back from Nashville with two days left to pack.  It was CRAZY.  That’s pretty much the only way I know how to describe it.  The movers were scheduled to arrive Wednesday morning at eight and we were going late into the wee hours of the morning Tuesday night.  The movers were on time but the original 20′ U-Haul we had ordered looked like it wasn’t going to be big enough so most of the morning was spent trading it in for a 26′ long U-Haul.  Michael Luke and I spent the entire morning trying to finish up the last bit of packing.  You know those random things that you just don’t know what box they go into?  Yeah, it made for lots of fun.

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I ran out to get our last meal in Birmingham from Blackwell’s our neighborhood pub and bar (I’ll have more about our neighborhood in a future post) and we dined in high fashion picnic style on the floor.  That’s the way we roll.  Literally, out of Birmingham. The girls and I had to leave shortly after that because we had to make it to Collierville before the offices at our apartment closed.  I loaded up on NingXia Red and NIngXia Nitro for energy and focus… because sleep and moving don’t go together, took one last picture, and then left Michael Luke to finish up at the house before I started crying about leaving the home we brought both our girls home to.

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I seriously thought he would only be a couple hours behind me.  I mean it didn’t look like THAT much left to pack when we left BUT it was!!!  It was so much that he didn’t finish up until around two that morning.  And that was after the consensus that we would just pay someone to clean the house!

20150211_131457Thankfully, before hitting the road Michael Luke decided to sleep for a whopping hour and a half.  Meanwhile I was so exhausted in Memphis that I didn’t even notice that he had texted earlier in the night.  I woke up at 4:30 that morning and called just to make sure he was on the road because the movers on the Collierville side were scheduled to start unpacking us at eight that morning.  20150212_090147Oh, and our movers the day before were smart because we really did need that 26′ U-Haul. Every foot and inch of it!

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With the help of prayer and a some NingXia Red and NingXia Nitro he made it here safely and only an hour behind.  After being blessed the day before with some of the best movers you could imagine we and our furniture barely survived the “oh not so awesome” men of Fast Movers.  Don’t let that name mislead you though. They are anything but fast and are certainly not careful with your belonging.  At one point I was dispersing the boxes in our apartment quicker than the three of them were bringing the boxes to me. Uggh.

After surviving that experience we were exhausted and hungry so we treated the girls to some fine dining at our new local Chick-Fil A.  Later, we somehow we managed to get the beds put up before crashing that night.  ML was so displeased with the movers that he wouldn’t even let the guys set up our furniture.  It was aweful.

We recouped and spend much of last week unpacking. While it does go quicker than packing it is still slow.  All that remains now are a few boxes in the dining room and office and hanging all our artwork.  Hopefully, soon I can begin sharing pictures with you of our new place.  Have you ever had any horrible moving experiences?  Or good ones?

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The Big Move

So next week is the big week. The week we pack our final bags, say goodbye to Birmingham, and relocate to Memphis.  It’s almost surreal in a way.  We have spent the last month packing and saying goodbye to friends and our favorite spots in town but we haven’t actually left yet.

That all changes next week. I realize I left a bit of a cliff hanger the other week when I mentioned our new place. Things got crazy and I’m just now finding the time to type a few words.  And usually my intentions of typing a few words turn into typing a few hundred. I can’t help myself!  Typing is like therapy.  It’s so relaxing to just sit back and let my fingers tell the story.

So, here goes.  Moving to a new city can be overwhelming.  Moving to a new city where you know absolutely no one can be overwhelming.  Deciding where to live in that city where you are overwhelmed and don’t know a soul can be… difficult.

Michael Luke and I have dreamed and talked about “our next house” for years. physical characteristics we would like our house to have like a spacious front porch or historical marker and neighborhood traits like friends we hang out with as neighbors and kids for the girls to play with.  It’s not that difficult to find houses with the physical characteristics but sometimes it can take a little longer to find houses with the second.

Yeah, we could just pick a neighborhood, move in, and then hold our neighbors hostage until they become friends with us but we want to ease into things and really don’t think the neighbors would like us if we did that.  So, we have decided to rent for a while until we are able to find something that fits our dreams and plans for the future.

We looked at renting houses in Collierville but honestly there aren’t that many to choose from and the ones that fit our budget were smaller and outdated verses the larger and updated apartments available in the area.  So, we are choosing apartment living for a while.  Believe it or not I’m actually pretty excited about it.  Our new apartment will be slightly larger than our current house.  There will be new design challenges here and there and I look forward to tackling them and turning our apartment into a home.

The interior design geek in me always lays out every dwelling place we look at into some type of CAD software.  Now that I’m not working as an interior designer anymore and  I don’t have AutoCAD at my dispense for free I took advantage of a free website called Floorplanner.com.

The Willoway - Madison @ Schilling FarmsThis layout of this apartment at first was a turn off to me because of it’s somewhat shotgun approach but when we toured it in person I really liked it.  I liked how spacious the living and dining area is and I liked the distance of the girls’ room from the living room.  Plus, the linear layout gives the girls plenty of room to run around the place. I just hope the people below us don’t mind.

Noah and Esther are pretty excited about having their own “private” bathroom (that they have to share with guests), a playground right outside their front door, and a swimming pool with in walking distance.  I’m super excited to have an office and plan to turn it into my own personal motivational retreat area!  Michael Luke and I are both excited about simplifying our lives for a little while.  Some of our stuff will be in storage until we buy a house and while that may be discouraging for some people, we look forward to living with less for a while.  Who knows it may even help us realize that we don’t need everything that we think we do!

Has there ever been a time when your family chose to simplify things for a while?  What did you learn from it?

 

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Top Three Valentine Gifts for Men

Top 3 Valentine's Gifts for MenLadies, V-day is just around the corner and as much as we love the romance, chocolate,  and flowers of this holiday, it’s also important that we don’t forget about our husbands.  They like to feel loved too!

But if you are like me you may sometimes find it hard to shop for your man.  I mean take Michael Luke for instance… he wears scrubs everyday to work, barely has time to read, and doesn’t have time to do much else besides spending time with the girls and me.  What do you get a guy like that?  It’s hard. I understand. That’s why I am here to offer my top three Valentine gifts for men.

FitBit

 


The FitBit is a great gift for men because it takes a simple thing like counting your steps and turns it into a competition with all your friends who also have a FitBit.

There are several models available but one of the latest is the Fitbit Charge HR.  It’s worn as a wristband and monitors your daily steps, stairs climbed, heart rate, active minutes, sleep, and even works as a caller id and watch.  It syncs wirelessly to your phone or desktop and makes improving your health fun.

Shutran

Shutran is an empowering essential oil blend that is specially designed for men to boost feelings of masculinity and confidence. Its inspiring aroma appeals to both men and women, and although used like a cologne, Shutran does not contain any synthetic ingredients. Instead, it is formulated with pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils, including the exclusive-to-Young-Living Idaho Blue Spruce, a refreshing, invigorating essential oil to both body and mind.

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I gave Shutran to Michael Luke for Christmas and I absolutely love the way it smells on him! He’s a fan of it too.  If your husband is iffy about essential oils this may be the perfect way to introduce them to him.  Shutran simply replaces the chemical overloaded colognes that are on the market today.  It is so important to be aware of what we put on our bodies and breathe everyday.

To order your bottle of Shutran click here and follow the directions for placing an order as a retail customer… or feel free to check out the benefits of becoming a wholesale customer.

Audible

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Michael Luke has been wanting an Audible membership for a while.  What is it?  It’s a monthly membership program that lets you listen to one audio book a month and then access other audio books at a 30% discount.  He has a twenty to thirty minute commute to work each day… around an hour total and is a really slow reader.  Audible is appealing to him because he can tackle his long list of books he would love to read without having to carve out impossible to find free time in his day.

Your man may find himself in the same place as ML and look forward to “reading” a little on the way to and from work each day.  Plus, that still leaves plenty of time for him to help you with chores around the house.

So there you have it!  My list of the top three gifts to give that special man in your life for Valentine’s Day this year.  I’ll be back later this week with an update on our moving and more details on our future.

Until then, I want to know what was the best Valentin’es gift you ever received?  One year Michael Luke cooked an entire meal from scratch… this particular meal included mushrooms and it just happened to be the night that Michael Luke discovered that he loved mushrooms.  A love for mushrooms was pretty much a prerequisite for marriage… so thankfully this story has a happy ending. :)

I was not paid or compensated for this post, these are my personal opinions about the products. This post does contain affiliate links.

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