Thursday, July 02, 2009

Mayflower Giveaway



Doesn't it feel like a good day for a Giveaway? I think so too. So how does this sound: win a $150 Gift Card to Home Depot by leaving a comment below. I'm not even kidding. $150 to spend as you please. On new paint. Or a new drill. Or maybe the materials to build a giant table.




Remember how awesome Mayflower was during the big move from New York to Colorado? Well. To thank them, I offered up a Giveaway spot. And they said: Sure thing! How about a gift card to Home Depot because we know how often home improvement projects are part of a move — both before and after. And I said: Right on.

I can hardly believe it, but our move was a full 2 months ago. Amazing. I loved looking through our photos of the big day and remembering the awesome crew.





So thanks to Mayflower for giving us this fab prize. I hope it inspires you to do/make/build something fun. And for those of you who are planning to move, or mid-move, or just moved, maybe a prize like this will help relieve some of the stress.

Speaking of which. So many of you gave me such great advice on how to make the move as stress-free as possible. I'd love to hear more. What are your best moving tips? Your best moving advice?

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eave a comment to enter. I'll announce a winner on Monday.

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Congratulations carly k! You are the big winner of the Home Depot giftcard from our friends at Mayflower. Yay!

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1226 Comments:

Blogger Sunshine said...

yeah for home depot- all the things i could do with that gift card!!!!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:27:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Emily said...

We might be moving soon! I would LOVEEEEEEEEE to win this!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:28:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Christy said...

My best moving advice- use Mayflower - we did 3 years ago and they were the best!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:28:00 PM EDT  
Blogger susan said...

We've only done small local moves, but I would say to not be cheap! Hire the pros, like Mayflower, or at the very least rent a Uhaul that your family and the EQ can help load.

Everyone that loves you enough to help you move will love you even more for making things easier on them (and yourself).

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:29:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Aaron and Karrie said...

Ooh ooh ooh! Me please :)

My moving tip: PACK YOURSELF NO MATTER WHAT.

We just moved, had a moving company pack for us (My husband's new employer insisted on it) and it was a total DISASTER.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:32:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Andrea said...

If you have a house full of bored kids, and a house full of moving boxes, let the kids loose with markers to decorate the boxes. Keeps them busy for hours.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:32:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Misc Jenn said...

My best moving advice is to plan on packing taking twice as long as you think it will. I'll never forget telling my husband "we're done" and then as we drove away remembering the attic. Twelve more boxes to go! augh!

Also, while I love your table I'm just not that creative for inside. Instead, I'd use that money to work on my deck and figure out how to make it less suburban-boring and more tropical-relaxing.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:32:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Melanie said...

Count me in! I'm not moving, but I'd love to purge/organize like I am. Home Depot could CERTAINLY help me out with that.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:33:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jen said...

Count me in. Would love to do something for our patio. Thanks!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:33:00 PM EDT  
Blogger maria c said...

I wish I was moving to San Francisco, too. Good luck!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:33:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous karen said...

my best tip is to get someone to pack for you. worth every penny.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:34:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jeremiah Burns said...

Home Depot gift card would be great! We have lived in our house for a year and still have white walls. Paint would be great!!!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:34:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Dana said...

I would love a HD gift card! We have plans to paint the kitchen soon so that would be great!

Best packing/moving advice?
Don't try to do it without wine or margaritas!!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:37:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Linda said...

Oh, the colors I could put on my bathroom walls!! It is surprising how hard it is to comment while crossing my fingers!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:37:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Susan said...

Love Home Depot. My best moving advice is to label everything in detail.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:37:00 PM EDT  
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Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:37:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jill Kaufusi said...

Oh I would love this prize!

And about making moving easier- I just de-junk the entire house before packing. We have moved 3 times in the course of our 2 year marriage and the de-junking is the only thing that makes it work (moving, not our marriage).

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:40:00 PM EDT  
Blogger The Ormsby's said...

My moving advice is that the more organized the packing, the easier it is to unpack and set up house. That and LABEL! I always hate opening the "mystery box".

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:40:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Melissa said...

Seriously perfect give-away. I have no tools. Well, except for a tiny hammer and 1 screw driver. I need tools!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:43:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Karen said...

i love home depot!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:45:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jaime said...

AWESOME! Mayflower moved us years ago and they were wonderful!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:45:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Carlos and Flash said...

I love home depot!!!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:46:00 PM EDT  
Blogger David and Jenny said...

yeah!!! we just bought our first home and we could really, really, really use the gift card! yeah for home depot and yeah for mayflower!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:47:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Happy said...

I've moved right before my husband & I became engaged. We were married in April of 09 and are still fixing up our 1950's townhome. I'd use the gift card towards a beautiful/yet function medicine cabinet for the 1/2 bath we are currently remodeling. Everytime our house guests compliment the cabinet I'll refer them to your fabulous blog!

As for my moving advice...Once you arrive at your new place be sure to set up your bed/s first so at the end of the day you can slip right into them! Trust me you'll be ready for a good nights sleep after a long day of transition ; o ) and the last thing you'll want to do is assemble a bed at midnight!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:48:00 PM EDT  
Blogger E said...

Oh I would love to surprise my husband with this- we are still projecting post-move and it was 2 years ago :)

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:48:00 PM EDT  
Blogger julianne said...

If only it were as easy to decide what project to spend this on as it is to enter the contest!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:49:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jaime Stephens said...

We are building right now so I could totally use this and use all this advice!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:51:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Meagan Lynn said...

Here's a moving tip: If you have to pack something breakable,microwave some popcorn and use the popcorn as packing material instead of those Styrofoam packing peanuts.

Packing peanuts are not biodegradable, popcorn is. And it comes in handy in case you get hungry on the long trip. I've also used this when shipping presents to family and friends.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:53:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Christy said...

My moving tip: If it's still in a box since your LAST move, don't move it again!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:55:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jill said...

Moving advice, huh? I haven't moved that many times, but I would say the best thing I can think of is to edit as much as possible beforehand. Nothing is worse than taking the effort to move a bunch of stuff that you end up getting rid of!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:56:00 PM EDT  
Blogger mGk said...

I love Mayflower AND Home Depot!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:57:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Christina said...

Great prize! My best advice is to keep a notebook just for all the details related to your move- a section on your current home with dates and reminders for shutting off utilities, etc., a section for your new home with checklists for turning on utilities, transferring phone numbers, etc., and a section for transit- how is everything getting from here to there, what did you pack together, etc.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:57:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Rachel McKibbens said...

Wish I'd known about Mayflower when we moved into our house last year. A Home Depot gift card would allow me to finish my daughter's room!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:57:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Koenig Family Blog said...

Label each box, 1, 2,3,.... and then have a typed packing list for each box.... keep all of those together in a folder. Takes a lot of time, but will be worth it in the end!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:57:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Kate Wurges said...

I need all of the above - paint, trim, windows, walls, fixtures, KITCHEN...(sob)

Someday we'll be able to move in. maybe.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:57:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Wendy said...

Pick me! I have more projects than I can count waiting for funding at my house!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:57:00 PM EDT  
Blogger beccy said...

my advice is to purge every time you move. Its easier to unpack that way!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:58:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jon and Sarah said...

Awesome! We just moved and the gift card could really help us spruce up the place. Moving tip: if you are having packers, send your kids to a sitter. It's less for you to worry about and they don't freak out when they see their toys disappear into big box.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:58:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Erika said...

Awesome prize! So many ideas!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:58:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Zeke said...

Home Depot rocks!

Moving advice - have a garage sale before! You get to purge AND make moolah.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:58:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jana said...

My advice: Move often!

I know some people who despise moving, but honestly, I know of no better technique for "spring cleaning". I'm only 26 and have moved more than 13 times in my life.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:58:00 PM EDT  
Blogger AllisonM said...

YEAH! I could splurge on some paint! Best moving advice--use moving as an opportunity to purge some items you haven't used in a while!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 3:59:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jenni said...

If you haven't used it in a year, get rid of it!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:00:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Mayflower! We JUST moved and we spend a ton of time and $ and Home Depot - we love them, too!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:00:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Katie said...

I moved on Saturday. The best thing I did was hire movers--little do they know I would've paid them twice what they charged just so I didn't have to move myself in 100+ degree weather! Worth every penny.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:00:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Rachel said...

I would love that! (I need to paint my kitchen!)

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:00:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Mandaleighta said...

My best moving tip is: make tons of lists--nothing beats good organization when you're moving!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:01:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Corbett Family said...

My moving tip is NOT to move around a holiday. The movers came to pack us up for a cross-country move the week of Thanksgiving. We and they were in a hurry and the packing was rushed--many things broken and ruined. If there is a next time, I wish we and the movers would have taken our time.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:01:00 PM EDT  
Blogger The Vits said...

We just moved from Brooklyn to Austin and our new garden desperately needs a trip to Home Depot which we can't afford for now.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:01:00 PM EDT  
Blogger everyday inspirations said...

We will soon be in your shoes (moving) and this would be put to wonderful use - what great timing for this awesome giveaway - thanks for the opp to win - hope you're settling in!

catherine s.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:02:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Eve said...

I guess my advice would be to live like a move is coming. I like to get rid of junk often, especially kids clothes and toys.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:02:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous melanie said...

We are hopefully moving soon- if somebody would just buy our house!! We could do alot in our new huge backyard with that giftcard!!

eastsideoliveoyl at aol dot com

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:02:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Katie said...

Wow!! I've moved so many times that I would think I would have tips, but I don't really. Somehow I've managed very few breaks. We used PODS for one move because we had to put things in storage for half a year inbetween our moves.

Thanks for the giveaway! There's loads of things I could do with that.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:02:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Missy said...

I'm a huge Home Depot fan!

I hate moving, but love the fresh start you get when you land in your new location. Best of luck with the move.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:02:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Mom101 said...

My best moving advice is to have the movers pack your kitchen for you. They do a way better job with all those breakable dishes and glasses and jars, and it's so time consuming for us to do it it was a worthy expense.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:03:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Meghan said...

we are just getting ready to move ourselves out to the country...we sure could use some home depot lovin! thanks for the giveaway!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:03:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Ashley said...

We just moved...my tip would be to do as you did and get some help. My husband and I moved our king size matress upstairs to the master bedroom. No idea how we did it, but I pulled a neck muscle in the process.

And if at all possible, avoid moving in the rain!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:03:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Deb said...

We just bought ourselves a 1919 Tudor style home with some work to put into it! That gift card would sure help us out! My best moving advice would be Don't move!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:03:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Kelly said...

Like with so many huge, stressful things, I think the only approach to moving is to expect the best but prepare for the worst!
I could so spend $150 at Home Depot with my eyes closed!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:03:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Shauna said...

this would be great! we spend far too much at Home Depot as it is. :)

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:03:00 PM EDT  
Blogger miznyc said...

ooh I could really use one of these!

My tip. Don't take the clothes of the hangers in your closet. Instead attach the hangers together with twist ties, cut a hole in the bottom of a garbage bag and stick the bundled hangers through there. Easy peasy!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:03:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Dana said...

My tip, if at all possible HIRE MOVERS! Even if you have to pack yourself, hire someone else. Your friends will thank you!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:04:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jen said...

This would be great. I have some painting projects to get started.

Have a box of picture hooks, tp, hammer, paper towels, and other things you would need first at your new home, and place in your car.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:04:00 PM EDT  
Blogger becca said...

I love being a woman that loves Home Depot. What a great give away!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:04:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Stefan, Sarah and Lukka said...

We are trying to sell our house for the second year in a row...this would be the best opportunity to spruce a few things up for potential buyers!
Sarah M.
ssmast@hotmail.com

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:04:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Em said...

I will definitely have to check into Mayflower next time we move! Thanks for all the tips. Here's to hoping the gift card is around to buy paint!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:05:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Michelle said...

I would love this! I'm getting married in a few months and there are a few things I would like to change in my fiancee's house ;)

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:06:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Kara said...

Start early don't wait till the last minute.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:06:00 PM EDT  
Blogger lizzie said...

Our last move was almost a year ago, but I can think of so many home improvement projects that could benefit from a little extra moola!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:07:00 PM EDT  
Blogger AlliSMiles said...

We're building our first home right now and I could REALLY use this! Please pick me!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:07:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Mikel said...

We're moving in two weeks! We SOO need this! Thanks for a great giveaway.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:08:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Alisha said...

I would love a Home Depot gift card. Oh, the projects we have... This would help tremendously!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:08:00 PM EDT  
Blogger ellen said...

Before I moved from LA to Boston 21 years ago I went through ALL my stuff and got rid of things that I didn't need/want. No sense in moving it across the country.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:09:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Deb said...

My best tip: Label what room each box goes to. It makes unloading so much easier.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:09:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Tippetts said...

Oh my husband would be so jealous!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:09:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous FairfieldCountyChild.com said...

We're moving at the end of July and a Home Depot gift card would be divine just about now. The new place is a fixer upper and we still have lots of fixing to do. My advice is to win this great giveaway!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:09:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Charmaine @ randalswife said...

Best advice: get someone to load and drive the stuff for you!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:10:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jinjer said...

Count me in. My husband would dig $150 to do with as he pleases at Home Depot.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:11:00 PM EDT  
Blogger slip4 said...

My advice is to start packing early! I kept putting it off, thinking I might need something. Just pack it - and make do if you need an item. Especially in the kitchen. Get it done!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:11:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Beth said...

i can tell you exactly what NOT to do...pack almost everything in garbage bags the night before you move. how's that for a tip? ;)

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:12:00 PM EDT  
Blogger DaViD + KaTie + aLeXiS said...

oh the things I could do with a HOme Depot card- like get organized (the most important pre & post move advice!)

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:12:00 PM EDT  
Blogger JDzJane said...

This would be so great for my new home!!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:13:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Emily said...

Stretch wrap, extra wide. For $22 bucks you can get 1500 ft 18 in. wide and it is so great for sealing up any and everything. We just moved to Portland, Or and our 1921 house could really use that $150! Thanks Mayflower!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:13:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jessica Jewkes said...

My best moving tip is to get more boxes then you think you will need. Just packing up my kitchen alone took WAY more boxes then I thought. What an awesome giveaway!
Who doesn't love Home Depot!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:14:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Mika McDaniel said...

Pick me, Pick me! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:15:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Shannon said...

Best moving advice?

Purge purge purge.

It's the best time to donate, sell, recycle, freecycle or toss all the stuff sitting around.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:15:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Lisa said...

Thanks Mayflower! We're moving in 3 months and will surely be spending plenty of time at Home Depot!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:16:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Kimberley said...

I have a 50 year old house in need of paint and new baseboards! Pick me!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:16:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Beth said...

We had a horrible experience renting a Uhaul online...I would suggest if you are going the rental route to call a local distributor!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:17:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous maya | springtree road said...

mayflower is the best!

we moved earlier this year (still not finished unpacking - don't tell anyone!) and still haven't painted our room or our daughter's. this card would be fab!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:18:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Sarah said...

great giveaway!

Moving advice: Throw it out! You don't want to uppack those dried roses. So don't pack them in the first place.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:18:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Big D said...

Home repairs go on and on and on...whether you've just moved in or been in the same home for quite some time. I would love a gift card to home depot so we can work on one of our many, never-ending projects. Thanks.
Anne M.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:18:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Teresa said...

We have never ending projects at our house so that gift card will be much appreciated!

Pack a box or two for the first night...sheets, blanket, towels, box of cereal,bowl, etc to make it easier to get the busy day started.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:18:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous naisy said...

This card would go straight to my get-rid-of-the-1980's-carpet fund!!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:18:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Brooke Rane said...

i can't even BEGIN to think of the ways we could use this—it'd be gone in a flash!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:18:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Natalie said...

OOhh pick me pick me! We bought this house a year ago and fixed it up... well, we still have a ton of finishing touches needed!!! I swear that Home Depot was my second home here for a while!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:19:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Kristen said...

The best moving advice I have is label label label! It is the only thing that helps. It may take longer to start with but in the end it is the best time saver.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:20:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Kristy said...

Like so many others have said: de-junk! No need to lug two extra toasters from home to home just because you might need them someday.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:20:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Through the Looking Glass said...

I am a huge Home Depot fan - hope I win!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:20:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Miranda said...

What a fantastic giveaway! I would recommend NOT moving half of your stuff in a horse trailer...which is what we did when we moved here to Denver. Ha!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:20:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Howlerpost said...

My comment is " I visit you each day you post" Now, I want to also comment that I would LOVE LOVE to win a Home Depot GC! HA HA Have a great 4th!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:21:00 PM EDT  
Blogger jennie o. said...

My best moving tip would be to declutter before you start packing and make several trips to your local thrift store, church or shelter to donate it to those that need it more than you do!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:21:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Kathrin said...

i would love to win this!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:21:00 PM EDT  
Blogger kelli said...

I wish I didn't have enough moves under my belt to have tips, but that's not the case. And we have another one soon. I would say:
1. organize before you pack.
2. move your self or go with a large/reputable company. one of our biggest mistakes was to trust "Boston Quality Movers" to take us cross-country.
3. ask for help with post-packing and pre-move in cleaning. it's too exhausting to do it all on your own.

Hoping for a home depot trip. That's a perfect incentive to do it all again.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:22:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Tamsin said...

I wouldn't really recommend it to anyone, but last time we moved, I got stomach flu on The Big Day. I spent the day tucked up in bed (OK, on a mattress on the floor) sipping clear liquids while my house was assembled around me. I didn't move a thing.

And let me tell you, one year later and we could STILL use the Home Depot card :)

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:22:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Tina said...

We are moving this weekend!!! Wish us luck!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:22:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Amy said...

My kitchen needs some Home Depot love!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:22:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Liz said...

Have a great weekend ~ your intinerary sounds wonderful! Just recently came across your blog and have it saved to my favorites that I check into daily. Thanks for sharing your life, ideas, and creativity with us all! p.s. thanks for the sandwich recipe!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:22:00 PM EDT  
Blogger HopiQ said...

This is the coolest giveaway ever!!! Yay for home improvement stores! My best advice? Purge, purge, purge! Let it go! Be free from what you don't absolutely love. We are still getting rid of stuff...after the move. We are temporarily renting a very small house waiting for our house to sell. You realize how little you really need to be happy when you have your family together. :)

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:23:00 PM EDT  
Blogger eve said...

Moving is on the horizon and who wouldn't love a Home Depot gift card? Thanks Mayflower!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:24:00 PM EDT  
Blogger kim & co. said...

My best advice is to get rid of everything you possibly can. Seriously, think about how much it will cost to get each size of truck (or if a company is moving, how much you are paying per pound or foot or however they do it), and then decide if you really love the stuff that much. Is your old couch worth the $500 it will cost to get the next bigger truck, or would you rather buy a new one when you get there with the money you saved by moving smaller (and by selling the couch on Craigslist--we figured we had about a $700 difference by getting rid of a few big items like that). Its so much easier and you can buy new stuff that you really love and will use that way!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:24:00 PM EDT  
Blogger sara said...

I. Will. Take. It!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:24:00 PM EDT  
Blogger ailie said...

So great! Much like you, my husband just finished his PhD and we'll be moving our family to Boise, ID where my husband has a job as a biology professor.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:25:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Meg said...

i don't plan on ever, ever moving again...unless they cart me off to an old folks home in 60 years...so i don't have any advice.
but i would LOVE a home depot card!!!!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:26:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Sheila D. said...

it's not green, but my advice is to splurge on clean paper (instead of newspaper) from the moving company or a local storage place for wrapping glasses, dishes, etc. -- that way you won't have to wash the dirty ink off everything when you unpack

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:26:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Rebecca said...

We just moved about 4 months ago and had movers pack all our stuff. One thing I would have done differently is put together a few essentials to be packed together and clearly marked. Three months later my husband was still looking for his DRILL and we found it in a wardrobe box with a few jackets.

The gift card would come in handy towards that new screen door we're eyeing!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:27:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Awesome. Thanks for this!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:27:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Sherry said...

I would love the gift card!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:27:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Diana said...

Now THIS is a giveaway I'd like to win. The possibilities are endless!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:27:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Nancy said...

My favorite moving tip? After 17 moves in 37 years, the best tip is to have one box loaded with sheets for everyones bed, a towel/wash rag a piece, paper towels, flashlight, soap,... you can at least shower and sleep...

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:29:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Mrs McGlaun said...

Awesome!!
Oh, my tip would be to write a short description on the boxes. Where it goes, what's in it etc.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:29:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Andrea J said...

Triple check your moving dates w/ everyone involved. Nothing worse than expecting a truck to be available and then finding out that you and the company are on different pages.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:29:00 PM EDT  
Blogger StaceyQ said...

Oh the possibility of getting some projects completed...or at least started!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:30:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Reba said...

Orange is my signature color! Pick me! My best moving advice is to hire someone like Mayflower to do the work. Makes moving lovely!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:30:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Foutz Family said...

My dream come true! Please pick me!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:32:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Bryce said...

We just moved into a house and have some MAJOR projects to work on- this gift card would be heaven! Thank you!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:32:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Katrina said...

having just moved a month ago myself, I could TOTALLY use a home depot gift certificate.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:33:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Nat said...

A home depot gift card would allow me to make so many of my creative ideas a reality- I hope I win it!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:34:00 PM EDT  
Blogger CourtneyM said...

Making a mental list for Home Depot & a mental note for Mayflower. Now crossing fingers!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:34:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Mama's Boys said...

Another great givaway! I've already mentally spent the $150! There are always about 12 more projects to do than there is time around here.

Moving tip? Serious purge first.

utahraptors at zookee dot org

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:34:00 PM EDT  
Blogger R G Racing said...

Who doesnt love Home Depot!!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:34:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Ginger said...

Gasp! Pick me!
I'm closing on a new house in 2 weeks, so I really would love this! Oh, please, please, please!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:35:00 PM EDT  
Blogger loft2dwell said...

Get more boxes than you think you need, recruit help, and start packing as soon and as much as you can.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:35:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure I could find some good use for $150 at Home Depot! Paint to fix my troubled table to start with...

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:35:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Kimba said...

We JUST moved, for the 4th time in 4 years, and I'd say friends. We couldn't have done it without them! Literally!

Also, a moving company WOULD be nice. :)

And again, never wait to move until AFTER the baby. Baaaaad idea!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:36:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Ryan, Melissa and Addy said...

This would be great to win!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:39:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Princess Ang-hamin said...

Ooh, I wouldn't know which project to use it for!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:39:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Lisa said...

Oooh! I love Home Depot!

I have no moving advice. It has never gone very smoothly for me!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:39:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Emily said...

I hope to not be moving again for a few years, but when I do I will have plenty of boxes. My moving tip, save all of your boxes when you buy things at target or get a delivery!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:40:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Emily said...

Is there ever a time when a gift card to home depot wouldn't be useful? Move or not, count me in!!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:41:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Lindsay said...

Hook me up. I've got lots of room to paint.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:41:00 PM EDT  
Blogger molly said...

oh my goodness gracious, yes please!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:41:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Gena said...

I want to redo my daugters room so bad!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:42:00 PM EDT  
Blogger ral said...

this would be such a helpful prize! Mayflower is an awesome company!!!
Happy 4th to All:)

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:42:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Moni and G Shipp said...

PICK ME PLEASE!!!!!
My hubby and I recently got married and are in dire NEED of some type of Dresser with Drawers so I don't have to put all my jeans/pants on the floor inside our TINY CLOSET!! PLEASE PLEASE!!
Ok Moving Advice: Unpack ALL your boxes, otherwise you'll look for things you need for ages and not know they are packed away in some corner of your house....

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:43:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Kathy said...

Thanks for the great advice! We hope to move in the next 6 months.....

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:44:00 PM EDT  
Blogger BBC said...

ooo... this would be put to great use! my best moving tip is to save the boxes that your larger things come in so that when you move, you can just them back into the box you bought them in and it fits perfect!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:45:00 PM EDT  
Blogger charlotte said...

During our last move I was pregnant with our first child. We repainted nearly every room with colors I chose on my own - my husband was not about to argue with a pregnant woman over paint colors. My house now resembles a bag of rainbow skittles. We also have a new rule in our family - pregnant women are not allowed to choose paint colors! If I win the Home Depot gift card I will put it towards repainting our house before I get pregnant with our second child!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:45:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Kris Tina said...

I've already spent this card three times over in my mind!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:45:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Anu said...

fingers crossed!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:46:00 PM EDT  
Blogger sportyrls said...

fun fun fun

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:46:00 PM EDT  
Blogger alishka babushka said...

i'm pretty sure i'd be my mother's favorite child if she got this randomly in the mail. their house in VA needs help, they just can't afford it!!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:46:00 PM EDT  
Blogger jody said...

Moving advice- Downsize and simplify! We had a "moved" sale after we moved to our new place because we brought too much stuff. Dumb!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:46:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous little t jane said...

oh, awesome! thanks so much. my moving method- donate freecycle donate freecycle donate! also, make lots o lists, start packing up as much stuff as early as you can, and use big chunky permanent markers to clearly label each box.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:47:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous julie C said...

have the kids pack their toys in a special box. that way when you arrive in the new house it is like opening a present and it is easy to find something for them to do!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:47:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Trina said...

We are doing some remodeling so that we can, hopefully (fingers crossed), move soon.

This would be quite nice. :)

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:47:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Lindi said...

Moving is never easy! Yeah for Home Depot!! Please...

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:47:00 PM EDT  
Blogger skt said...

sign me up.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:48:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jen said...

My favorite part of our move across country was the fact that the moving company packed us. It was so much more relaxing than our move across town (where we packed and moved ourselves).

And I would dearly love this gift card. I'm totally in nesting mode and want to paint my entire house! :)

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:48:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Shoebox Princess said...

awesome giveaway!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:49:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Billy and Heather said...

what a great giveaway. it would go straight to our backyard makeover.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:50:00 PM EDT  
Blogger MMG said...

Home Depot! Wow -- my husband and I are always looking for little ways to improve our (first) apartment! Or I would love to give it to my FIL... he is a regular handy-man who has done some much around here, it would be nice for him to get a chance to invest in some fun stuff (aka tools).

My advice: enlist a great team of friends and family... and try to have as much fun as possible!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:51:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Marti said...

Three cheers for Mayflower AND Home Depot!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:53:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jenny said...

what a great giveaway! thanks!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:53:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Emily Anne said...

Don't forget the dog!...we almost did.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:53:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Ambyr said...

We just moved after having a baby on June 1st...and I NEED to repaint the living room. Would LOVE to win this!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:54:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Rachael said...

I need to paint!!! This would be awesome!! I hope I win, I hope I win, I hope I win.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:54:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Kiasa said...

I could definitely use moving advice myself! I do love to purge each time I move. And taking advantage of friends to watch the kiddos while going through everything. Next time I move I will strive to NOT procrastinate!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:54:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Celeste said...

Oh, fabulous!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:54:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous ginny said...

We could really use that Home Depot card as I watch the water leak onto the floor in our new addition. FUN times. {crossing fingers that I win}

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:55:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jamie said...

hope I'm not double posting-- there was some problem with my original comment... This is a fabulous giveaway. I'm sure my husband would salivate with all the things he would like to get. (Maybe we just won't tell him!)

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:55:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Me? A Mom? said...

Best moving advice is when packing up, if you haven't worn/used it in the last 2-3 years, DONATE IT!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:56:00 PM EDT  
Blogger My said...

What a great giveaway!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:56:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Bowlby said...

Oh the possibilities!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:57:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Ali said...

working on remodeling the kids bathroom next week...this would be lovely. Thanks!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:57:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Ryleee said...

Im getting read to paint my room! this would be awesome!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:59:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Ruth said...

Oh, I could really use this! Best moving advice. Purge, purge, purge!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:59:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jason and Layna said...

We need this at our house!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 4:59:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Beth said...

My advice: Moving is a hassle and not much fun. Do your best to go with the flow and remember that life is a journey...not a destination.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 5:02:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jen said...

this would go straight towards paint for our blue-and-green-and-mustard-yellow (and all wrong) walls. thank you for the opportunity to win such a generous prize!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 5:04:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Betty Beguiles said...

Ooh! I love it! Thank you!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 5:05:00 PM EDT  
Blogger klein814 said...

Hi - long-time reader but this is my first post for a giveaway and we could really use this one! We are moving across the country next month - from Phoenix to DC (okay trying not to panic as I read that! only six weeks left) and are totally excited for this new adventure. Less excited about putting our house on the market here and paying for the move. SO, the Home Depot GC would be a huge help wrapping up our house here and making our new apartment homey. And, will definitely give Mayflower a call for a bid - nice to hear about good experiences with movers. Thanks for the recommendation and fingers crossed we get picked! :] Carrie K.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 5:05:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Linds said...

I am moving in a month and this would be awesome!
Happy 4th of July :)

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 5:05:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Amber said...

I could really put this gift card to use!!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 5:06:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Brittney said...

My moving advice...hire someone else to do it! :)

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 5:06:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Zom! said...

Before a move we always have a moving party in which the guests are encouraged to take whatever they want from a designated room in the house. Stuff gets new owners, friends get momentos, and we get lighter boxes on moving day, a win all around!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 5:07:00 PM EDT  
Blogger robin said...

I am dying to buy a new light fixture for my dining room.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 5:07:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Amy said...

Hmm, advice...having a professional help pack you up is awesome! Especially when you are 8 months pregnant (like I was).

Take the opportunity when packing up to PURGE or GIVE AWAY what you no longer use...you'll be happy when you unpack!

Make one (or two) boxes of stuff you need right away (toiletries, clothes, towels for the shower, etc). Definitely get your bed set up first thing!

Most importantly, if people help you move. THANK THEM. And return the favor when it comes their turn!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 5:07:00 PM EDT  
Blogger argylesocks said...

I love this giveaway. I am so impressed at all the stories about Mayflower, I am so going to remember them for the day we have to move. Which I am hoping is no time soon.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 5:08:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Christy said...

well we are about to move and my husband is stressing BIG time--this would make him feel better!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 5:08:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Sarah said...

please? we're the kind of couple that goes on dates to home depot. no seriously. :)

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 5:09:00 PM EDT  
Blogger megan said...

have to try! crossing my fingers

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 5:10:00 PM EDT  
Blogger happyfamily said...

Power saw and paint. That's what I have my fingers crossed for!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 5:10:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Darci said...

We so need that. We are buying a new house that is a fixer-uper.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 5:11:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Caroline said...

with breakables, err on the side of too much packaging- boxes DO get dropped, and you want the china to be secure!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 5:11:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Cass said...

Wow, that truly is a fantastic giveaway ... thank you so much!

(And aren't stress-free moves so wonderful?? My parents had a nightmare of a move and so it's so good to hear of the good ones!)

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 5:12:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Marie said...

Summer projects here we come!!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 5:12:00 PM EDT  
Blogger MMW said...

well done mayflower. great company name. and great job in moving the Blairs.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 5:12:00 PM EDT  
Blogger mary j. said...

I could really use this gift card, so many house projects in process for us right now! I have loved reading all the moving tips. Along the lines of many others, my advice is to use the move to get rid of extra junk that's just taking up space: purge! We all have so much more than we need but we get complacent with it; a move can be the impetus to clear it out.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 5:16:00 PM EDT  
Blogger caroline said...

what a fantastic giveaway!

One thing that helped us a lot in our most recent move is color-coding boxes to correspond to rooms. I just used colored post-it notes on the boxes (held down with packing tape), and that made it really easy for us and the movers to put the boxes in the right rooms (who wants to lift & move a box twice?).
A lesson I learned from my dad (who worked in shipping for many years) is to ALWAYS tape your boxes shut, with the two sets of flaps laid flat. The approach of interweaving the flaps (so that 1/2 of each one is sticking out) compromises the strength of the box.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 5:16:00 PM EDT  

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