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Three Simple and Easy Valentine’s Day Crafts

Whether you have little ones in the house or not, crafts are such a fun and engaging way to rally the family together. This Valentine’s Day, we want to share with you some fun ways to get creative with some cardboard boxes, some heart-shaped stickers, a glass vase, some pencils, and a spool of twine.

Valentine’s Day Pennant Banner

What you need:

  • 1 small TMAAT box
  • 1 spool of twine
  • 1 box cutter knife
  • 1 pink marker
  • Handful of heart-shaped stickers
  • 1 hole puncher

What to do:

  1. Cut 12 little triangles for the pennant
  2. Color the pennants with pink marker
  3. Put the sticker hearts on the pennant, space them out to your own liking
  4. Hole punch the top 2 corners of each triangle
  5. String the triangle pennant onto twine

Heart Door Hanger

What you need:

  • 1 small TMAAT box
  • 3 ft. of gold garland
  • Red paint
  • Red pipe cleaners
  • 1 box cutter knife
  • 1 hole puncher
  • 1 stapler

What to do:

  1. Pencil the outline for the shape of a heart
  2. Cut the heart out
  3. Write “Be Mine” or any other message you want
  4. Staple the gold garland around the edge of the heart
  5. Punch 2 holes on the top side of the heart
  6. String a pipe cleaner through the holes and twist the ends together

Bouquet of Pencil Messages

What you need:

  • 1 small TMAAT box
  • 1 pack of pencils
  • 1 glass vase
  • A few heart stickers
  • Tape
  • Red marker

What to do:

  1. Cut out 6 small heart shapes out of cardboard
  2. Write “Be Mine, XOXO” or any other message you want
  3. Tape the small heart to the pencils
  4. Arrange the pencil in vase

We hope you had as much fun as us making these simple and easy Valentine’s Day crafts. Give it a try; you will be surprised at how easy they are. Give us a call at 615-248-6288 to let us know if you enjoyed making these crafts or if you need any moving boxes, we would love to hear how yours turned out.

So you’re moving to the Sylvan Park Neighborhood

So you’re moving to the Sylvan Park Neighborhood – located slightly west of Downtown. We absolutely adore this charming area. From funky little homes to sophisticated businesses, it is no wonder restaurants and businesses continuously pop up weekly. Because of its proximity to our office, we know some inside scoops about this area and would love to share with you our favorites.

Morning Java: Our top pick is Headquarters – a cozy little place offering the perfect reading vibes. We love taking a lunchtime stroll and grab a cup of joe to cure that afternoon slump. Star Bagel Café, one of the oldest and longest standing bagel shop in Nashville – not only do they have the best bagels around, but they also have wonderful homemade cream cheese. The owners have perfected their bagels using the best organic and local ingredients.

Best Playground: McCabe Community Center – located right in the heart of the Sylvan Park neighborhood, has so much to offer. They have lovely scenic trails perfect for walking or jogging with your fur friends, a good outdoor play set to keep the little ones occupied, and a wonderful golf course to play a few rounds.

Casual Eats: Hugh Baby’s – a new burger joint- is quickly stealing the hearts of the locals. They have freshly made burgers and fries to satisfy the pickiest eaters. For hot chicken lovers, we highly recommend Hattie B’s – you know it’s good when there is always a line out the door. The chicken is always on point – with juicy insides and perfectly seasoned crunchy outside – we recommend the hot-level. For the sports lovers, M.L. Rose is a must – offering a variety of burger and beer options, with TVs on every facing wall.

Family Fun: Richland Park, a year-round farmers market that happens every Saturday morning, offers locally grown vegetables, fruits, and artisan goods. For the active families, I recommend packing a picnic and head to McCabe Community Center. There are plenty of activities for all – play a few rounds of golf, take a stroll or bike the green way, or let the little ones play on the outside jungle gym.

Grown-Up Fun: For trivia lovers, be sure to check out TailGate Brewery every Thursday night at 7:30. For happy hour seekers, we recommend Double Dogs, Edley’s Bar-B-Que, or Local Taco – happening 2 to 7 every day. For the shopaholics, take a stroll through Ellen Gray – a women’s boutique offering sophisticated fashion, accessories, and one-of-a-kind gifts.

Staycation Attractions: I suggest taking the family to Climb Nashville and conquer some heights. They have plenty of walls ranging from easy to hard, climbing lessons, belay lessons, and bouldering. Another great spot to check off the Nashville list is Love Circle. This lovely spot has a wonderful view of Downtown Nashville – pack a yummy picnic and enjoy this cute little hideout.

Unique Spots: If you are looking for a place to buy local fruits, vegetables, honey, cheese, meats, and bread – Produce Place is the place for you. For those with restrictive diets, Vegan Vee – a vegan and gluten free bakery is a must, offering cakes, cupcakes, donuts, and rolls. One of the first of its kind – Blooma Nashville is such an awesome concept, a yoga studio designed especially for moms to-be, new moms, and their families.

Moving Help: Now that you have an insider’s guide to everything in the Sylvan Park neighborhood, let’s get to exploring. With Two Men and A Truck right down the road, we would love to help make Sylvan Park your home quickly and smoothly. We offer packing and unpacking services along with an array of other moving services– give us a call at 615-248-6288 or visit our website for more information.

OFFICE WORKOUTS TO ACHIEVE YOUR FITNESS GOALS

As we begin a new year, it’s time to get after those goals and resolutions. Many people will have some of sort of fitness goal, but how do we accomplish these goals when we work a 9-5? So many times we make too many excuses or make it hard for ourselves to accomplish the goals we set, but it is so much easier to achieve those goals if we set ourselves up for success.  I want to share with you some helpful office workout tips to achieve your fitness goals whether you’re sitting at your desk, standing at the printer, or on your lunch break.

At Your Desk Workouts

Sitting at a desk can create a lot of muscle strains on your eyes, neck, shoulders and legs. To relieve those muscles, here are some easy and quick workouts and stretches to do while you’re at your desk. Be mindful of how much inactivity we experience each day and take extra measures to be more active while sitting at the computer.

For your eyes: Take a few minutes and look out the window. Looking at a computer screen can create a lot of eye strain. By looking at a fresh scenery, it relaxes those particular eye muscles used for short distance vision. For your neck: Tilt your head forward and go to the left and then to the right. Our necks have a huge job of holding our heads up straight, which can create a lot of strain as we sit at a desk and stare at a screen all day. For your shoulders: Shrug your shoulders up and rotate them in a 180-degree motion. Desk jobs involve so much typing and dealing with constant office stress, which can create a lot of tension in the shoulders; this easy workout will help to relax your shoulders. For your Legs: Lift your legs from the ground, hold it for 5 seconds, and then let them down. Sitting at a computer comprise the majority of our work day, but we can put those legs to work by doing this super simple workout.

Standing at the Printer Workouts

While standing at the printer or talking with a coworker, here are some simple workout to get those restless legs moving and flowing.

Glute kicks: Lift your legs one by one and kick your buttocks. Hold on to the printer to stabilize while you wait for your prints. Take terms with each leg. Calf raises: Stand straight and lift your heels from the ground like you are trying to reach something on the high shelf. Repeat the motion up and down continuously while standing.

On your Lunch Break Workout

Lunch breaks are such a wonderful time to recharge and refuel. I recommend packing some healthy and yummy lunches that you look forward to eating, such as carrots with hummus or a BLT sandwich with an apple. When you set yourself up for success, you will not be tempted to eat out. After eating your healthy packed lunch, I would suggest taking a nice stroll around the neighborhood. This will not only refresh your mind, but it will also help your body get some physical activity to conquer that afternoon slump.

Now it’s time to get after those New Year’s resolution, be intentional about each work day and you will surely succeed. As the MOVERS WHO CARE, we would love to hear your feedbacks about these office workout tips and would love to hear additional tips you found helpful. Leave us a message or call us at 615-248-6288, we would love to hear about how you’re achieving your goals.

5 TIPS FOR WINTERIZING YOUR HOME

We have officially entered the dreaded winter months. Luckily,  winter days in the south is not nearly as unpleasant as the north. For those days when we do reach freezing or below, I want to share with you some helpful tips to combat the cold and winterize your home. It will save you some money along the way too!

Insulate the Pipes

It is common knowledge to leave the faucets dripping when the cold hits, but there’s an easier way to avoid the frozen pipes. By insulating your pipes, you not only help decrease the chance of the pipes freezing, but you also will pay less for hot water. I recommend stopping by your local hardware store and pick up some pre-slit pipe foam, and then cut them to the desirable size depending on length of your pipes.

Turn Down the Water Heater

Turn down the what? You heard us. I recommend turning down the water heater for the winter months. Typical water heaters are set at 140 degrees Fahrenheit by the installers. By lowering it to 120 or lower, it helps to save you water heating cost by 6 to 10 percent, and it decreases your chance of being scalded by extremely hot water.

Consider the Thermostat

When you leave for work, remember to turn down the thermostat. This will not only prevent the heater from working over time when no one is at home, but it will also save you about 1 to 3 percent on the heating bill for every degree that is lowered. For those who have a hard time remembering to change the thermostat, there are programmable thermostats for as little as $50.

Change the Filters

This maybe the most simple task, but it can also be easily forgotten. I recommend changing your air filter at least once a month in the winter. This will not only increase the efficiency of the heater, but it will also help the quality of airflow in your home, which will save you money as well.

Wear a Sweater

Cozy up in a sweater can actually save you money. Each degree on the thermostat is costing you money. On average, a light sweater can add up to 2 degrees of warmth, whereas a heavy sweater can add up to 4 degrees of warmth. So even if you happen to be inside, keep those cute or ugly sweaters on and start saving!

I hope these tips are helpful as you prepare for the winter months. Please give us a call at 615-248-6288 if you have additional tips or if you found these tips to be useful. We would love to hear your feedback! And if you are looking for more ways to save time and simplify your life, check out our website, we would love to assist you with any moving needs.

FREE CHRISTMAS EVENTS IN NASHVILLE

This past weekend, the city of Nashville kicked off the Christmas season with its own version of the Macy’s parade. I got to experience the fun floats, the various, festive marching bands, the lovely Grand Marshall-Mike Fisher, and the magical Santa Claus. It was such a wonderful weekend to usher in the Christmas season and get in the Christmas spirit!

The holidays can be very expensive as we buy gifts for everyone on our list. To relieve some of the costs and stresses of the holiday season, I want to share with you some fun family events in Nashville to get in the Christmas spirit without breaking the bank.

Opryland Hotel

At Christmas time, the Opryland Hotel gets transformed into a magical Christmas wonderland. You must bring your whole family to experience the millions of twinkling lights. It’s free to walk around the hotel and enjoy the lights, the 48-foot tall Christmas tree, and the life-sized nativity scene outside. It’s open daily from 4PM – midnight until January 1.

Music City Winterfest

Whether you’re trying to do some Christmas shopping, wanting to get in the Christmas spirit, or just wanting to get the kids out of the house. Music City Winterfest is filled with things to do for everyone. There are local vendors and artisans selling unique gifts, local bands to help you get in the Christmas spirit, and lots of games, crafts, and even a photo-op with Santa! This event is happening December 9th from 10AM-4PM at Centennial Park.

Warner Park’s Winter Story Walk

This event kicks off Dec. 5, and it’s an ongoing, self-guided activity all throughout the winter months from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Warner Park’s Winter Story Walk is the perfect event for the active little ones in the family. Start the hike at Little Acorn Trail and enjoy nature as you walk and wander through the trails to reveal many winter stories.

Now you have no excuses to sit at home. It’s time to enjoy some festive Christmas outings. If you need help decorating your house for Christmas or rearranging your house for family gathering or Christmas parties, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 615-248-6288, or visit our website for all the information. We would love to help you out with any holiday moving needs!

How Our Employees Celebrate Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving, a time to gather with family to eat delicious food and give thanks. We, at Two Men and A Truck, have so much to be thankful for, but we are most thankful that we get to spend thanksgiving with our family. Thanksgiving is just over a week away, and we cannot wait to spend time with family and eat delicious thanksgiving food.  We also want to share with you some of our favorite traditions.

Our general manager, Nick, loves to eat a whole pumpkin pie and spend time with his family. Chris, Keith and Korey, our operations manager, training manager, and sales manager respectively, also love to spend time with family members they have not seen in a long time and eat yummy food.

 

Patrick, one of our sales representative, loves to eat thanksgiving food and playing charade with his family. Mathew, another one of our sales representative, loves to eat thanksgiving food with friends since he does not get to go home. Another one of our sales representative, Bernicia, loves spending thanksgiving in her PJs all day with her whole family.

Our dispatcher, Darrian, not only loves spending time with family members, but also, he loves to play some friendly rounds of board games. As for me, I love being with my family and cooking for our thanksgiving feast. I love playing with my nieces and have some friendly competition of board games and card games. I especially love having all my family member together in one place since we don’t have the chance to get together often.

All of us at Two Men and A Truck want to wish you a wonderful thanksgiving full of family, fun, and food. After the thanksgiving feast, please give us a call at 615-248-6288 if you need help decorating or pulling out those Christmas decorations. We would love to give you a free estimate or check out our website for more details!

Tips for executing an office move

Whether you’ve outgrown your current office, you are merging with another company, or you’ve got a big new promotion, it’s time to get into that brand new office. Office moves can be stressful, especially, if it is your first time. We want to alleviate the situation by providing you with some helpful tips.

Have a game plan
First, make a timeline and checklist of everything that needs to be done to accomplish the move. Stay in constant communication with the managers to make certain plans are being carried out. For a small office move, you will usually need at least three months to prepare. For a medium to large sized office move, we recommend at least six to eight months. Next, find out the layout of the new office-get a blueprint of the new place and compare the two offices. This way you can troubleshoot any problems of the new layout. If there were any issues or things you disliked about the current layout, you can add plans to the new office to make certain it is move-in ready!

Rally together as a team

For a small office move, it’s a good idea to have at least one person to keep everyone organized. This person needs to stay in constant communication with everyone and make certain things are being accomplished as the time for the move gets closer. For a medium to large office move, appoint a few people to organize and coordinate the packing process and the move. Divide up the tasks and make sure everyone is aware of the timeline for the move.

Give everyone a job
Meet with the move coordinator and discuss timeline for the move and what all needs to be done before the big move. Give everyone a specific job as you prepare for the move. This will not only be more efficient as you make the move, it will also make everyone feel important and included in the big decisions around the office.

Let the world know
Whether it’s notifying your clients, suppliers, or business partners, it’s very important to get the word out about your move. Assign this job to one or two people to specifically reach out to all the business partners and clients to get the word out about the move. Let them know when and where specifically you are moving and how the business will operate during the move. Moving can create a lot of lost in businesses and clients, and by personally notifying your clients and business partner will minimize that risk.

We have over twenty years of knowledge and experience helping hundreds of Nashville businesses, and we would love to help your business make that big move too. Give us a call at 615-248-6288 for a free estimate or visit our website for more information.

Paw Patrol Halloween Boxtumes

It’s that time of the year again, Halloween time. It’s time to dust off those fun costumes and bring out the yummy treats. Whether you prefer tricks or treats, it’s a fun time for everyone in the family to get out to make some new friends and load up on delicious treats.

We, at Two Men And A Truck, love Halloween because we get to showcase and participate in our annual tradition of making boxtumes! What might you ask is a boxtume? Well, it’s a costume make out of our boxes, of course! This year, we decided to make the Paw Patrol gang, Marshall, Chase, and Rocky.

 

Materials needed for boxtumes:
• Two Men And A Truck medium boxes
Multi-colored construction papers
• Glue sticks or spray glue
• Scissors
• Crafting knife
• Spray paint
• Foil
• Ribbons

Steps to make the boxtumes:
• First, I found some templates for the badges and the wheels
• Next, I found some inspirations online for ideas on how to make each of their accessories.
• Then, I moved onto cutting and trimming all the accessories to prepare for each of the costumes.
• Subsequently, I cut out the boxes for fit a person inside.
• Finally, I glued the accessories onto the boxtumes and added ribbons for the shoulder straps.

We can’t wait to show them off at one of the local Trunk and Treat next Friday. Meet us at Our Savior Lutheran Academy, October 27th from 5PM-7PM. We can’t wait to meet you and give you some yummy treats!

For your boxtume needs, feel free to give us a call at 615-248-6288. We will even deliver the boxes you need right to your doorsteps for free! We would love to help you out with any boxes or moving needs to make your holidays stress-free! Check out our website for more information on other services we offer.

SO YOU’RE MOVING TO THE BERRYHILL NEIGHBORHOOD

Home to 40 recording studio – Berryhill is located just south of Nashville. This up and coming neighborhood offers some refreshing choices for food and fun. Berry Hill is the perfect neighborhood to get away from the city life and appreciate the charm and diversity that Nashville offers.  With its ever-growing food and entertainment scene, Berry Hill just keeps on surprising us with every corner we explore. Here are some of our favorites.

Morning Java: Our favorite coffee shop is none other than, Sam and Zoe’s. You must check out this cozy coffee shop offering many options such as coffee, smoothies, breakfast, and lunch. You can also check out a fun little pancake house right down the road, The Pfunky Griddle, if you are up to the challenge of cooking your own breakfast. This will surely keep your little ones entertained!

Best Playground: We love Sevier Park. It is located less than 10 minutes from the Berryhill neighborhood. The outdoor playset will sure to be a hit for your little ones, and there are also lots of trails for running or walking your fur babies. The indoor community center is another a great space to use for those raining days. Coleman Community Center is also a great option for those seeking fun after school activities.

Casual Eats: Baja Burrito, you know it’s good because there’s always a line out the door. Not only do they have amazing burritos, fish tacos, and chips and queso, the prices are very reasonable. For a lighter and healthier option, I would highly suggest Calypso Café. It has yummy and healthy option for those who also need to pinch some pennies. Another healthy, new establishment is Vui’s Kitchen. It is a fresh Vietnamese restaurant offering fresh and delicious food from Pho Noodle Soup (YUM!) to Bahn Mi Sandwich.

Family Fun: One of the first Escape Game in Nashville opened its door right in the heart of Berryhill. The Escape Game is such a fun place to bring the family together for some wholesome and mystery solving fun. If your family love movies, you must take them to check out the fun, colorful lit theater, Regal Hollywood, to catch a movie.

Grown-Up Fun:  If you are a craft loving person, you must take a trip to The Beaded Bungalow. It’s a crafting person’s paradise. You can take classes on jewelry making or you could take a group of friends. For the beer connoisseurs, be sure and check out, The Sutler, a laid-back bar with yummy food, or The Black Abbey, a brewery with over 25 beers to try.

Staycation Attractions: So you’ve worked a long week, now it’s time to unwind and enjoy your long weekend. For those who love shopping, I highly recommend checking out Nadeau or Gas Lamp Antique. These stores are packed with unique furniture finds and antique decorations that you cannot find anywhere else. For those wanting more of a relaxation experience, I recommend checking out Float Nashville, it is a salt water floating experience, where you are lured to deep relaxation.

Unique Spots: Gilchrist Gilchrist, a family owned shop with loads of shabby chic decors and furniture, winning even the approval of Taylor Swift. Another funky spot to check out is Supreme Kreme. This rolled ice cream shop has instantly become a hit with the locals. You must check it out! For those who are health conscience, check out The Herbal Heart. In this funky little shop, you can find countless herbal remedies for relief instead of taking harsh medications.

Moving Help: And of course, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is always here to help you move into your new home. Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288, and we will gladly take care of the hard parts; so you can have all the fun exploring your new neighborhood and finding your new favorites.