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Moving Tips To Relocate To Jacksonville

If you rent a house or buy a house, of course, not to say that this is your last stop. But all this, of course, also results into a strenuous move. Moving is a big event especially if you"re moving to another city or another state or here in Jacksonville to be particular. In my experience, I always seek the help of moving companies near me to do the job. Nonetheless, with or without the help of moving companies, here are some tips that may help you get a less stressful situation:

Tips for packing

packPacking your belongings is quite a task, especially if you have to do this for your whole house.

-Grab room by room and start with the things that you use at least.

-Tape the bottom of each box even further so that they do not break.

-Never fill a box so heavy that you can not lift it safely.

-Spread the heavier things in different boxes, and put the boxes in the balance of them to further fill with lighter items such as towels.

-Place the lighter objects always on top.

-Use bubble wrap or newspaper or even your towels if you pack fragile items.

-Write on each box to which room it belongs to have detailed labels.

-Have a separate box with essential items you may need for your first night in your new home. Things that you might need to use overnight such as toiletries, toilet paper, snacks and clothing if you do not get everything unpacked immediately.

Tips for moving your pets and plants

Even animals and plants need much attention during a move.


pet-Maintain the daily rhythm of your pet as good as it can before and after the move. If you have the habit at a certain time to give your pet food and play with it, do it during the move.

-Pets, especially dogs, can sometimes be aggressive towards strangers. In this case, you can leave your pet to your friends and family during moving day.

-If you decide to keep your pet with you on the big day,  put a collar on and write your name and mobile number.

-Make your new home more comfortable by arranging old toys and other familiar objects. Show your pets that they can fit in at your new residence.


-Bind larger plants together to pack up and transport them easily.

-Remove the excess water from the pot before you pack them.

Tips for the big day

Be prepared to start the big day to start it right.

-Make sure you go to sleep the night before we go in time so that you have enough rest.

-If you lived in a house, check that all the closets, but also rooms and storage areas to ensure that you have everything and leave nothing behind.

-Remove all the lights and take the meter readings.

-Keep important and valuable items such as jewelry with you.

-Make sure that you have a toolbox at hand.

-First place your larger items such as seats in place before you start packing personal items and accessories.

-Keep some empty boxes on hand in case you decide it is the right time to keep cleaning time.

-If you do not all the furniture in one day to set up, make sure your bed is set up with clean sheets so you can have a good sleep at the end of this exhausting day.

MOCA Jacksonville: A Destination For Art Enthusiasts


Photo courtesy of Doug Eng.

Art is very inspirational and motivating especially for people who want to spark their imagination. There is something about art that actually gets our attention. It"s complex yet beautiful at the same time.

In Jacksonville, there are some places of interests that could satisfy your artistic sense but, this time, we"re going to put the spotlight on the Museum of Contemporary Art or MOCA in Jacksonville. If you"ve never been to this place, you"re totally missing out and maybe, you should grab the chance of going here while you still can.

What is MOCA?

The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville (MOCA) which is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Jacksonville, Florida focuses on exhibiting and artworks of national and international artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. It was founded before as the Jacksonville Fine Arts Society in 1924.

This place was a total mind blip, I loved spending the afternoon exploring and experiencing the art, they had some amazing pieces. – Brittany M. , yelp.com


Why visit the MOCA?

Okay, here comes the fun part. You might be wondering why you need to visit this place and why you should consider it to be on your to-do list, here are pretty good reasons why you should do so:

Affordable admission. When you think about museums, you immediately think it"s expensive. However, admissions in the MOCA is relatively affordable for all people of different ages. Adults are only at $8 and a special rate of $5 for seniors, military, students and children. You can enjoy stunning art without worrying about too much expenses.


Step right in and awaken your creativity!

Awesome promotions. If you don"t want to spend a dime on appreciating art, that"s no problem either as the MOCA has some special promotions if you want free admission. You can enjoy a lovely time at the first Wednesday of very month and if you"re a college student, you can also enjoy free admission on Tuesdays. Not having enough money to spare is definitely not a reason to skip a visit.

Okay for kids, too. Museums can be boring for children but in MOCA that all can change. They have a special place for the kiddos to unleash their hidden creativity by coloring. If you"re a kid at heart, you can have loads of fun, too.

Interesting exhibitions. The exhibitions change from time to time which can be really captivating especially if you want to experience something different on every visit. The masterpieces are nicely arranged for you to have a better chance of appreciating them.


Here"s one of those interesting exhibitions you might experience in the MOCA:

Famous Musically Talented People From Jacksonville

“I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me – like food or water. Ray Charles

Jacksonville has a rich history of music and culture which captivated the hearts of music lovers. In fact, some talented individuals have emerged from this bold city. Indie groups and traditional rock stars had a humble start in Jax which made it"s music sense more delightfully tasteful over the years.

Here are some of the famous musicians from Jax:


Ray Charles.

Ray Charles. An influential artist in the modern music scene. He was born in Greenville but he first started to build his reputation as a musician in Jacksonville when he moved. Initially, he played piano for bands at the Ritz Theater but eventually moved to a bigger city for better opportunities.

The Allman Brothers Band.
Formed in the 1969 by brothers Duane and Greg, this band helped the development of southern rock.  Their hit single “Ramblin" Man", made it possible for them to become front runners in 1970"s music scene.

Lynyrd Skynard. First formed in 1964, this rock band popularized the southern rock genre. The name of their group was inspired from Leonard Skinner, a gym teacher from Robert E. Lee High School.


Limp Bizkit.

Limp Bizkit. This rap rock band was formed in 1994 and their Lead Vocals, Fred Durst, specifically named the band that would turn people"s head away. The band has sold 40 million records worldwide and has been nominated for three Grammy awards.

Cold. In 1996, this rock band was formed and was originally called Grundig. They initially started in Jax but, moved to Atlanta to be a big hit. Their logo was inspired from a pet tarantula and described their music to kind of creeps along like a spider.

Shinedown. Formed in 2001 and has sold more than ten million albums worldwide. This rock n" roll band was famously known for its cover of  Lynyrd Skynyrd"s “Simple Man".

These are just some of the famous musicians that came from Jax. Let"s end our day with a song from Ray Charles: