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Sunset @ Sunset event!

Saturday October 2nd 2021!

Come and see East Coast Moving at the town of Sunset Beach’s Community Block Party!

The event will the held on October 2nd 2021 at 7625 High Market Street. The property will be located between LA Cucina and Fibbers. Corners of Sunset Blvd. and Park. There will be a lot food, crafts, vendors, bands and non-profits for you to enjoy!

We hope to see y'all there! 

For more information please visit http://www.sunsetatsunset.com !

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Tracking Hurricane Nicole

As Nicole makes it’s way to the Carolinas, there are a few things to keep in mind.

We are expecting strong rip currents and beach erosion, and as a result, it’s encouraged to stay away from the water. Gusty winds are also on the radar, so it’s a good idea to to remove any outside furniture or any type of debris that could be impacted by strong winds. Also, to help reduce water damage, ensure your gutters and drains are clear.

With the fall season here, there are a lot of leaves already on the ground. These leaves can easy clog the storm drains if blown into them.

This storm is not expected to impact southeastern North Carolina as much as Hurricane Ian did, but it’s still a strong storm that residents should be mindful of.

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12 Room Organization Ideas for Your Home

Organize Your Spices.
Opt for a step organizer for spices placed in deep cabinets. A tiered organizer allows you to have easy access to your spices and see the names of all of them at once. 
Transform Your Junk Drawer Into an Everyday Drawer. Instead of calling it a junk drawer, think of it as an everyday necessity drawer.
Employ Over-the-Door Storage.
Taking advantage of doors is an easy way to add storage space.
Add Drawer Dividers for Extra Space. Maximize the storage capacity and organization of your drawers with drawer organizers or dividers.
Color Coordinate Your Closet. It can help you to organize clothes in your closet by color and make them visually appealing. 
Use Hooks to Maximize Wall Space. Hooks are a handy way to utilize wall space, especially if you live in a small home or apartment. 
Incorporate Shoe Boxes. Shoe boxes prevent your shoes from getting dusty and damaged by other shoes being thrown on top of them. 
Fold Your Jeans.
You generally don’t have to worry about jeans getting creased if you fold them. So to keep them organized, store your jeans in a neatly folded stack rather than spending time hanging them. 

File Your T-Shirts.
By folding your T-shirts in such a way that they file one behind another, you can pull out one shirt without the others moving. This also allows you to see what’s on each shirt all at once.
Label Containers for Pet Treats.
Don’t forget to organize your pet items. Since dry pet food bags can be bulky, a great way to keep things neat and organized is to empty the food into a plastic container.
Store Children’s Toys in Bins.
Bins are a terrific way to organize children’s toys in one place. Large items such as stuffed animals, dolls, and sports balls tend to take up a lot of space, and it can be difficult to find a suitable storage spot for them.
Use a Track System for the Garage. Track systems come in different forms, but they all have a horizontal track with different ways to hold items vertically. They often have hooks or clips that allow you to effortlessly hang many items you need in a garage
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How to Protect Floors and Carpets When Moving

Here are some things you can use to help protect your floors and carpets:

Furniture sliders – minimize or even eliminate the friction between the object and the floor

Doormats – prevent, as much as possible, dust, mud, water, snow, or other types of debris to be introduced into your home.

Old rugs – keep water or dirt away from the floors below and to provide a protective cushioning barrier against dents and scratches

Floor runners – are made of a special material and have an anti-slip surface on one side to keep them from shifting when in use.

Painter’s Drop cloths – repels the messiest dirt, protects valuable carpet and flooring, durable, long lasting and reusable. You can typically purchase these at local Home Depot & Lowes stores.

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9 Simple Steps to Move out in a Month

Step 1: Organize and Clean to Start Preparing to Move Out Start organizing and cleaning your current home as soon as you find out your moving. This way you know what you have and you don’t get overwhelmed by a messy home. Do a deep cleaning in every room, even if the move is a month away. Organizing all the belongings in you home will help you pack like things together more easily than if everything is everywhere.

Step 2: Pack up Decor and Seasonal Items If there are no major holidays coming up before you move, make sure you pack up all of your holiday and seasonal décor and items. Along with out of season clothes and regular décor. If you haven’t already, now is a great time to choose a space in your home to stack all of the boxes that you’ll be packing up before you move.

Step 3: Gather Packing Supplies If you are moving on a budget DO NOT GO OVERBOARD here. You don’t need to buy fancy bubble wrap or packing peanuts or anything like that. Seriously, you don’t, it’s just a waste of money. Use dish towels to help cushion dishes, or you know all those plastic bags you get your groceries in that you don’t want; use those.

Step 4: Pack Up Anything You Know You Won’t Use in the Next Few Weeks This will include, hopefully, most of the items in your kitchen, physical copies of movies, books, and whatever else you may have that you know you could live without for a few weeks. This should be the majority of your packing and should be done before your final week at your old home.

Step 5: Update Address About 2 weeks before you move you should update your address. Along with telling friends and families about your new address, there will be companies and doctors offices that you’ll need to inform, as well.

Step 6: Pack All Non-Essentials At the beginning of your final week in your home, you’ll want to pack up everything that you can live without for a few days; ALL of the non-essentials.

Step 7: Clean Again and Pack All Essentials Once you have the majority of your belongings packed, make sure you do a deep cleaning again. It should be a lot easier this time! Then, the day before you move, pack up the rest of your belongings. Well, all but toothbrushes, stuff to use during your shower, and whatever it is that you may be sleeping on for your last night in your old home.

Step 8: Move Everything to New Home Then comes moving day!

Step 9: Clean Old Home for the Last Time and Fix any Minor Damage The final step you’ll have to worry about concerning your old home; do one more deep clean and fixing any minor damages that may have occurred while living there. AKA making sure there’s no crayon on the walls.

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8 End of Summer Cleaning Tips

Once Labor Day has passed and school has started, that pretty much marks the end of summer for most people.   Out with the heat and in with the cooler weather and thoughts of upcoming holidays. The end of summer means trading your sleeveless tops and flip flops for warmer clothes.  With the kids back in school (homeschool or otherwise) we have a little more time for other things, and now is a great time to do an end of summer clean up!

Wash And Store The Beach Towels

Since the outdoor pool and beach season has come to an end, give those beach towels their much-needed cleaning and disinfecting before you prepare them for storage.

Change Your Air Conditioner Filters

After running the air conditioning all summer this is a great time to change your air conditioner filter one last time before winter, too.  Because we all know changing it once a month throughout the summer months will help it work better.

Scrub Your Outdoor Furniture

Give your outdoor furniture a little more love with a thorough cleaning! Remove all the built up debris and keep them looking good by spraying them with an all-purpose cleaner and wiping them down with a damp cloth or sponge.

Sweep The Garage

Clean out your garage and get rid of all the grass and debris that accumulated during the hot weather months.  If you are worrying that cleaning your garage is hard, there are simple ways you can maintain the cleanliness of your garage.

Clean The Barbecue Grill

After days of summer barbecues, your grill could use a serious cleaning to remove all of the cooked-on grit and grime.  

Prevent Your Items From Getting Grimy

You may not be aware but your favorite summer essentials may get grimy and even mildewed if not stored properly.  The floaties, plastic pool toys, and rafts need to be cleaned.

Don’t Forget The Garden

Be sure to clean all of the garden tools.  You want to make sure they are well disinfected so they don’t spread any disease.  It’s a good idea to disinfect them each time you move from one plant to another, too.

Check Your Weather-proofing

Keep your family safe and bring down your utility bills with weatherproofing.  Unnoticeable small leaks can threaten your whole family’s health. 

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6 Essential Kitchen Ice Cube Recipes

1. Herbed Ice Cubes

When purchasing fresh herbs from the store, it’s always more than most will use in my recipes so you can chop everything up and make ice cubes with the left-overs and they are available and ready for me to pull out of the freezer for future recipes.

Basil, Oregano, Cilantro, Thyme, and Rosemary are just a few of the herbs that can be stored in the freezer with either water or olive oil in an ice cube. Chives, peppers, and onions, just chop and put directly into a storage container to freeze. You can break off what you need and put the container right back into the freezer.

2. Buttermilk

Again, you can’t just buy a 1/2 cup of buttermilk so use what you need and then freeze 1 tablespoon in each ice cube square so that they are pre-measured for your future recipes.

3. Wine Cubes

That last bit of wine that no one drank from a bottle? Don’t let it go to waste. Measuring it out into tablespoons for your cubes makes popping it into recipes so easy and already measured.

4. Fruit Cubes

Do you have left over fruit from the week that you don’t want to waste? Pop the fruit into ice cube trays with water and have refreshing cubes to liven up your water or glass of sparkling wine over the weekend. You can do the same with lemons and limes.

5. Gravy Cubes

There always seems to be left over gravy anytime it is made. Pop them into cubes and you have either quick gravy for a weeknight meal or added flavor for stews or soups.

6. Left-Over Coffee Cubes

When making a full pot of coffee, there always seems to be some left. Put them into ice cube trays and you will have them available for iced coffee that doesn’t get watered down.

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Working with the B.U.D.S. Association

Coastal Bringing Up Down Syndrome (BUDS), southeastern North Carolina’s Down syndrome association, needs volunteers for iCan Swim Camp August 8th through 12th. iCan Swim is an adapted swim program for children and adults with Down syndrome and other disabilities.

The week-long camp is at the YWCA Lower Cape Fear and is open to those age 3 and up with Down syndrome or other disabilities. Slots for swimmers are full and currently on a waitlist.

Coastal BUDS is still seeking volunteers to serve as buddies at the camp. Volunteers need to be at least 15 years old and comfortable in the water, but no special swim skills are required. Those interested in volunteering can call 910-742-5204 or visit coastalbuds.org to sign up.

Coastal Bringing Up Down Syndrome (BUDS) has received a grant from the Global Down Syndrome Foundation to expand iCan Swim Camp for children with Down syndrome and other disabilities into Brunswick County in 2023.

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Increased bear sightings on highways of Brunswick County in the summer

Wildlife says the increased bear sightings during the summer months is due to bear cubs being sent away by their mothers to explore and go off on their own. Bears will then attempt to cross the road, at a time when there are more drivers on the road during the summer tourist season.

“Anytime you’re on a highway, or a road, you can always come in contact with a deer or some other animal, but bears are so big, they’re dark, especially at nighttime, it’s tough to avoid those type of collisions, so you just have to be cognizant of watching your speed in general being careful of anything that can run out in front of you” -NC Wildlife Master Officer.

The NC Wildlife Resources Commission also reminds drivers, if you do hit a bear, do not take it or its remains home with you. They emphasized that it is illegal to possess them when it’s not an active bear hunting season.

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How To Save on Flight Costs During Inflation as One-Third of Americans Overspend

One thing you should prepare for when you start planning your trip is that flights will likely be more expensive than you might typically expect. In addition to trying to recoup lost revenue during the pandemic, airlines are reeling from skyrocketing fuel costs and lingering travel restrictions. However, there are still ways you can get the best deals, even if it’s just on a relative basis:

  • Travel on off-peak days, typically Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.
  • Compare prices at low-cost airlines, but factor in all ancillary costs.
  • If your ticket is flexible, continually recheck prices for rebooking opportunities.
  • Consider flying into or out of alternate airports.
  • Take a redeye or fly at unpopular hours.
  • Use reward air miles, if possible.