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Finding Your “New Normal” after Moving + Giveaway

***This post is sponsored by TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.***NashvilleSkylineMoving to a new town can be very exciting! I know all about it. I’ve moved at least 15 times.  Maybe this spring or summer you’re moving for a new job opportunity, to prepare for growing your family, or just to see a new part of the world.  But even the most adventurous family craves some sense of normalcy at home, and it can be tough to become settled in your new neighborhood.Two men and a truckFor this post I’ve teamed up with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK–  Nashville’s local moving professionals for over two decades –  and they’re ready to share all of their secrets on finding your “New Normal.”newnormal

First, find your nearest must-haves.

These include a new primary care physician, the nearest emergency room, convenient grocery store options, a pharmacy, and even a veterinarian clinic if you’re moving with pets.  If you’re living in a Nashville suburb, you may only have a few options for each of these categories.  However, anyone moving to the more condensed regions, such as the Gulch or Midtown neighborhoods, will have a ton of options for doctors, grocers, and vets.  To narrow it down, search online for reviews about how attentive and timely certain hospitals and doctors are, as well as the convenience in office hours for each.  You’ll also want to check with your health insurance company to see which local offices are considered in-network for your plan.

Next, start scoping out the “dailies.”

What makes up your morning routine?  Maybe you like to always visit the same coffee shop, walk your dog along some trails, or bring the kiddos to a nearby playground.  At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville, all of our movers like to start off the day with some weight lifting at their favorite gym.  Later in the day, you may want some regular lunch spots to choose from, a cheap gas station, or a laidback music venue where you can bond with your new coworkers.  Think through these rituals so you can start researching your new daily visits.

Finally, make your children the top priority!

Moving to a new town means finding new schools, and this can be complicated, as every city has different regulations regarding zoning.  In metro Nashville, elementary and middle school students are zoned by location, but high school students can choose their school based on the Academy they wish to join.  Nashville also has traditional, magnet, and charter school options in the public school system, as well as specialty schools for families with nontraditional needs.  For further information on schools (including the Academies of Nashville in high schools), check out Metro Nashville Schools. MovingIf you’re looking for pre-Kindergarten options for your little tikes, Nashville offers public early childcare options through MNPS, as well as private day cares and pre-Kindergarten programs.  You can find the best private childcare for your young one by finding a provider with a high “star rating.”  Through the Star-Quality Program in Tennessee, private childcare providers can opt to be rated by the state with 0-3 stars.  3-star schools offer the highest quality of care based on attributes like staff education and training, parent involvement, and on-site program assessment.  You can find more information on the Star-Quality Program hereTwo men and a TruckAnother way to shape your child’s “New Normal” is through finding enriching activities they can become excited about!  If your child isn’t old enough or skilled enough to participate in sports programs through school, every community center in Nashville offers plenty of team sports options.  You can find your nearest community center by visiting the metro government website.

Other after-school programs are available through the awesome Nashville After Zone Alliance (NAZA) with partners like the Nashville Children’s Theater and Nashville Public Library.  These options can be explored at http://NashvilleZ.org.  The Volunteer State also has a plethora of local non-profit organizations, such as the Nashville Humane Association and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, that love engaging young volunteers.  To find the right volunteer opportunities for your family, visit HandsOnNashville.org.




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Rinnai Tankless Water Heater GIVEAWAY

“This post is sponsored by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand and I have been compensated for my participation. All opinions are my own.” #BuildWithPropanetankless water heater

Are you showers barely warm? What about your bath water? Perhaps it’s time for a new water heater. The life span of most water heaters is 10-12 years before performance goes downhill. I know mine is getting up there.

Water heaters are the second-largest energy users in a typical home. That means they have a big impact on your energy costs, as well as your carbon footprint. Depending on your needs, a tankless propane water heater can help reduce both, saving you money and lowering your environmental impact.

With a tankless water heater you can do multiple tasks such as showering, washing dishes and doing laundry all at the same time and still have plenty of hot water. There’s no tank to limit how much water you can use and when to use it, which means there is no need to worry about running out. I love that!


Why propane and how well do you know propane?

Did you know that propane is used in nearly 50 million households and businesses for water and space heating, cooking, clothes dryers and back up power?

  • Propane allows for modern, independent living when natural gas is unavailable.
  • Propane is a reliable source for back-up power in homes, commercial facilities, and on the jobsite
  • Propane offers efficiency, comfort, and reliability to residential homes and commercial buildings
  • Propane reduces emission,
  • Propane creates American jobs
  • There’s an abundant supply of propane
  • Propane provides affordable energy


Lower Costs

Propane-powered tankless water heaters deliver lower annual ownership costs than electric or heating oil models in most parts of the country. They save up to 9 to 16 square feet of floor space; save more than $150 in annual energy costs; and have up to 60 percent lower CO2 emissions.

Endless Supply of Hot Water

Propane tankless water heaters provide comfort, versatility, convenience, and efficiency
by supplying high volumes of hot water with compact and highly innovative technology.
They delivery an endless supply of hot water. What more can you ask for?

In fact, propane tankless water heaters can deliver an average of more than 200 gallons per hour, whereas a standard 50-gallon electric storage tank water heater can deliver only
64 gallons of hot water in the first hour. The notable difference in performance can mean
taking a hot shower or a cold shower.

If you want to learn more about propane the Propane Education & Research Council can help. Head over to PROPANE -Clean American Energy  and learn everything you wish to know about propane. You can also sign up for incentives, newsletters, and take online classes.



One lucky reader can win a Rinnai Tankless Water Heater. Good luck! Winners must be in the US.

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Win tickets to MAD Bash at Adventure Science Center, Nashville

MAD BashThe Adventure Science Center may be fun for kids, but the MAD Bash is an amazing event that’s perfect for adults. The mad science fundraising party will feature imaginative cocktails, tantalizing foods and an electrifying array of events filled with fire, liquid nitrogen and robots designed to delight your senses and excite your imagination. You don’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind evening.

The event itself is more party than black tie affair and will include fun experiments and drinks just for adults. It promises to be a great event for Nashville adults of any age.

All proceeds support Adventure Science Center’s interactive exhibits and hands-on science experiences.

Mad Bash

2016 MAD Bash 

When: Saturday, March 5, 2016  7 to 11 pm

Where:  The Adventure Science Center

800 Fort Negley Blvd, Nashville, TN 37203


And just to get you even more excited, I’m giving away two MAD Bash tickets to one lucky Mom In Music City reader. Good Luck!

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