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60th Annual Partnership Conference Pictures

2014 November 19
by Wheaton World Wide Moving

This year’s 60th Annual Wheaton World Wide Moving | Bekins Van Lines Partnership Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. was a great success by all accounts. Thank you to the attendees, sponsors and exhibitors.  Please enjoy some pictures from the conference below.

To view all photos from the conference, please visit: http://DougPritchardPhotography.instaproofs.com/Wheaton-Bekins-60th

Cold Weather Survival Guide for You and Your Car

2014 November 17
by Wheaton World Wide Moving
Headlights

Imagine driving on a cold, snowy night and your windshield wipers aren’t working well enough to see, or on one cold morning you are running late for work and your car doesn’t start. You can prevent these mishaps by performing a little maintenance before the harshness of the winter occurs.

Get a tune-up – Your mechanic should check the hoses, belts and anti-freeze. This will prevent a weakened hose or belt from breaking and leaving you stranded.

Check your battery – If your battery is three years or older, consider getting it tested and replaced, if necessary. If it is under three years, check to make sure the battery is mounted securely and the connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free.

Fill up with washer fluid and consider new wiper blades – Make sure your wiper blades and washer fluid are sufficient for winter obstructions.

(AP Photo/The Topeka Capital Journal, Thad Allton)

(AP Photo/The Topeka Capital Journal, Thad Allton)

Check Your Tires – Your tires need to have adequate tread with “grip” to help you when driving in the snow. Make sure the tire air pressure is adequate. Deflated tires close up the tread and significantly decrease traction, increasing the likelihood of sliding on icy patches. If you are in an area that gets hit particularly hard in the wintertime, consider purchasing snow or winter tires and replacing regular tires to help improve traction, braking and control.

Fill up with Gas – Good thing gas is cheap right now, because it is best to fill it up and never let it get below half way at all times. It will help avoid freezing in the fuel lines and will keep you safer in the winter weather situations.

Keep an Emergency Kit in Your Car – In the case of an emergency, it is a good idea to have a kit in your car, consisting of a blanket, extra boots, extra gloves gloves, an extra set of warm clothes, extra water, food, ice scraper, a small shovel, a flashlight, windshield washer fluid, flares, jumper cables, a tool kit, tire gauge, a spare tire with air in it, tire changing equipment, first-aid kit, paper towels, sand or kitty litter.

Four-Wheel Drive- Check the status of your four-wheel-drive system and be sure it’s working correctly – especially because most drivers don’t use their 4WD systems in the summer. Be sure that the system engages and disengages easily and that all the drivers in your household know how to use.

 

References: Today.com, DMV

 

Don’t get Left out in the Cold: Tips on how to Winterize your Home

2014 November 11
by Wheaton World Wide Moving
Sweet winter home

An Arctic blast, polar vortex, cold snap, or whatever describes the winter these days is heading for most of the US this week and it’s time to prepare your home.  We’ve listed a few simple steps to help winterize your home and save on heating costs below:

Furnace
Before it turns cold, test your furnace by setting and running it on a high degree to determine if it’s working properly. You can do some maintenance yourself by changing the air filter, making sure there is a sufficient fuel supply, cleaning out the vents and checking for carbon monoxide leaks with an alarm. Consider hiring a technician to perform the yearly maintenance or if there seems to be an issue with the furnace when testing.

If you have a gas furnace make sure to test the pilot light. The flame should be blue, clear and steady. If it is sluggish or goes out, call your utility company, but don’t turn the furnace off, because the technician will need to look at the flame to see how it is functioning. The pro will clean and relight.

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http://www.owenschimneysystems.com/what-to-burn-in-your-fireplace-this-fall-and-winter/

Chimney and Fireplace
The chimney and fireplace can be a major source of cold air. To prevent drafts, it is best to perform annual maintenance. First, check for bird or squirrel nests with a powerful flashlight. You should also check the flue and the open and close switch to make sure this is properly functioning. An easy way to check if there is an obstruction that isn’t visible in the chimney is lighting a few pieces of newspaper on fire to see if the smoke goes up and out through the chimney. If it doesn’t, you will need to clean the chimney, which is probably best if left to a professional.

Plumbing
Plumbing is especially susceptible to cold weather and freezing. Pipes can burst from freezing temperatures, causing very expensive repairs. To prevent this from happening, insulate exposed piping (crawlspace, attic, outside walls, etc.) with electrical heating tape and wrapping in a foam insulation.

For outdoor plumbing, use hose bibs or sill-cocks to winterize exterior faucets. In order to do this, you need to turn off the water supply inside the house and drain the water from it by opening up the exterior faucet.

In the case you are shutting down a vacant property for several months, you should always shut off the water supply and drain the plumbing system before winter.

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Windows and Doors
One of the easiest ways to winterize your house and cut back on heating costs is to shrink-wrap the windows or use rope caulk to close gaps in the windows. If you have just moved you can also use bubble wrap as insulation on the windows. To winterize gaps on the bottom of a door, use weather stripping on the bottom to prevent drafty air.

Roof
Check the roof for missing or damaged shingles. Make sure gutters and downspouts are clean with no leaves. When leaves remain in the gutters they tend to add significant weight and volume causing damage.

Outdoors

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http://homerepair.about.com/od/exteriorhomerepair/ss/winterize_3.htm

Cover patio furniture and consider giving your deck a fresh coat of sealer before winter. Drain gas from the mower or just let the mower run until it runs out of gas. Drain any water fountains and unplug the pumps for the winter months.

The most overlooked step of winterizing is protecting your outdoor conditioner/condensing unit from wet leaves and debris which can cause freezing and rusting of internal components. A simple waterproof cover goes a long way in extending its life, especially in the winter months.

 

 

References:

Bob Villa

About Home

Good Housekeeping

60th Annual Partnership Conference – Exploring Scottsdale, Ariz.

2014 November 4
by Wheaton World Wide Moving
DowntownScottsdale

Beginning tomorrow, Wheaton World Wide Moving is hosting its 60th Annual Partnership Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch. The Thrive 2014 conference will be packed with plenty of informational sessions, award ceremonies and other fun activities. During downtime, Scottsdale and its surrounding areas have plenty offer. Below are some fun facts and attractions you can find in Scottsdale.

  • Scottsdale averages 330 days of sun and a temperature of 75 degrees. (According to weather.com there will be a 0% chance rain and in the 80’s on Wed-Sat).
  • Popular points of Interest are: Native American and Environmental Learning Center, Hear Mussum, Desert Botanical Garden and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West.
  • There are 200 golf courses are located in the city and the surrounding areas.
  • The Sonoran Desert, located in and around Scottsdale, is the hottest desert in North America.

    Scottsdale Desert

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  • The most popular natural landmarks are Tonto National Forest, McDowell Mountains, Camelback Mountain, Sonoran Desert and Pinnacle Peak Park.
  • There are more than 100 art galleries and museums.
  •  Scottsdale boasts the highest number of destination spas per capita than any city in the US.
  • The New York Times described downtown Scottsdale as “a desert version of Miami’s South Beach” and as having “plenty of late night partying and a buzzing hotel scene.”
  • Scottsdale is home to many high-end corporate retail outlets and independent boutiques. The Scottsdale Fashion Square is nearly 2 million square feet.
  • The slogan of Scottsdale is “The West’s Most Western Town”.
  • The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa has a 2.5-acre water playground with 10 swimming pools, sand beach, three story water slide, whirlpool spa and two poolside bars. They also have Spa Avania, jogging paths and bicycle trails.
Hyatt Scottsdale

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch

With over 600 restaurants, Scottsdale has a wide array of different food options and styles to try. Below are the best restaurants according to both Trip Advisor and Yelp.

1. That’s Amore Gelato
2. Café Monarch
3. Franco’s Italian Caffe
4. Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
5. Mastro’s City Hall
6. Takeda Thai by Moulay
7. Citizen Public House
8. Ocean Trail
9. Cornish Pasty Co.
10. New York’s Best Italian Bistro

If you are attending conference, please make sure to tag #Thrive2014 when posting photos on social media.

Even if you are not attending, stay up to date on conference happenings with the Wheaton Facebook and Twitter pages for updates throughout the conference, including the announcements of Agent and Drivers of the Year on Thursday.

 

References: Trip Advisor, Wikipedia, Experience Scottsdale

Would You Live in a Haunted House?

2014 October 30
by Wheaton World Wide Moving
Photo Credit: www.myrtlesplantation.com

When you do an initial walk-through of a house, you’ll ask about the plumbing, the utility costs, and any previous damage. But you probably wouldn’t even think to ask if the home has any “permanent” inhabitants.

Although homeowners are required to disclose information about the home’s physical condition, they also have to reveal if there have been any murders or suicides in the home. However, when it comes to paranormal activity, the law is a bit vague.

If the home has been declared “haunted” by a government organization, then the owner must disclose that information. However, if there has never been an official record of ghostly visitations, the homeowners can stay tight-lipped about their apparition guests.

Would you live in a haunted house? Would you host spooky parties and séances for your friends, or would you run screaming from an unfriendly ghost? We searched high and low for famous haunted houses in the U.S. to find out how ghosts have treated the houses’ inhabitants. Judge for yourself if the haunted lifestyle is for you.

The Joshua Ward House
Salem, Massachusetts

Joshua Ward was a wealthy sea captain turned merchant who built his home in 1784. Unfortunately, he chose the site of George Corwin’s house and jail. George Corwin served as sheriff during the infamous Salem witch trials. He personally interrogated and sentenced to death dozens of suspected witches. His methods were sadistic: he tortured and killed his suspects to elicit confessions.

Corwin’s home was eventually torn down and replaced with Joshua Ward’s. According to some accounts, victims of Corwin’s cruelty have been seen roaming the halls. Some have seen an older male ghost believed to be Corwin.

Today, the home is a commercial building for small businesses in the Salem area.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

The Amityville House
Amityville, New York

Six members of the DeFeo family were found brutally murdered in their home in 1974. The oldest son, Ronald DeFeo, Jr., was found guilty of shooting and killing his parents and four siblings. Eighteen months later, George and Kathleen Lutz moved into the property. They stayed only 28 days.

The Lutz family reported unexplained noises, strange sensations of “being embraced,” and apparitions of a demon-like pig creature with fiery red eyes. Their story inspired the novel “The Amityville Horror,” which has also been made into a feature-length film.

Today, the home is still a residential property. It was sold in August 2010 for $950,000.

 

 

Villisca Ax Murder House

Photo Credit: http://www.villiscaiowa.com/

Photo Credit: http://www.villiscaiowa.com/

Villisca, Iowa

On June 10, 1912, the six members of the Moore family and two young overnight guests were bludgeoned to death. The weapon was discovered to be an ax, but the murderer (or murderers) were never found. No one knows why the Moore family was targeted.

Over time, visitors to the house reported hearing children’s crying voices, seeing a door that opens and closes mysteriously, and feeling wandering spirits.

In 1994, the home was purchased by Darwin Linn and renovated as a museum. In 1998, the Moore home was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Today, it still stands as a museum that offers daylight and overnight tours to brave visitors.

The Lemp Mansion
St. Louis, Missouri

The Lemp family immigrated to Missouri in 1838. In the 1860s, they started a successful brewery and built the Lemp mansion for the family. The family may have been quite wealthy, but they had a pattern of unhappiness-four family members of different generations committed suicide. In the early 1900s, Charles Lemp had a son with Down syndrome who was a product of an affair. The boy was confined to the attic and died at about age 40. His father killed his dog and himself soon after.

In 1975, the mansion was restored to its former glory after many years of disrepair. During the renovations, contractors reported feelings of being watched by invisible spirits. According to visitors, the spirits seemed to approve of the work being done.

Today, the Lemp Mansion is an inn and restaurant. The employees and guests alike have seen and heard paranormal experiences, including mysterious piano playing, self-stirring drinks, and the sound of a dog panting and clicking his nails on the floorboards.

Myrtles Plantation
St. Francisville, LouisianaMyrtle Plantation

The Myrtles Plantation was constructed in 1796 by General Bradford, who came to Louisiana to escape persecution for his role in the Whiskey Rebellion. Legend has it that Chloe, a French governess to Bradford’s grandchildren, had an

affair with Bradford’s son-in-law, Judge Woodruff. Woodruff punished Chloe for listening in on a business meeting by cutting off her ear. She retaliated by poisoning a cake for his eldest daughter’s birthday. The poison killed Woodruff’s wife and two daughters.

Today, the mansion functions as a bed and breakfast inn. Visitors frequently have paranormal experiences. Some report the presence of a green-turbaned black woman, thought to be Chloe. She wakes guests by lifting the mosquito netting around a bed and staring intently. Others say they have seen the specters of two little blonde girls peeking through the windows.

 

Still not sure if you would live in a haunted house? Be sure to ask the realtor about the history of the home before you make a final offer. For more tips and tricks about home buying and moving, check out our other blog posts.

Breast Cancer Awareness Survivor Story: Marsha Davis

2014 October 28
by Wheaton World Wide Moving
Davis and her grandson Rece

On a sunny, beautiful Monday in early March 2013, Marsha Davis, sat in her doctor’s office. Davis, Director of Revenue Accounting at Wheaton World Wide Moving, found a lump in her breast and her doctor was performing a biopsy. Her doctor was not optimistic the lump was benign, but Davis still had hope the doctor was wrong.

After the longest four days of Davis’ life, the doctor confirmed what she had been dreading. It was breast cancer.

Davis sat at work stunned, speechless with tears rolling down her face.

“When you get that kind of news, so many things go through your mind: ‘Am I going to die?’ ‘I’m not ready to die.’ ‘I won’t be able to see my grandson grow up.’ ‘How do I tell my husband, my son, my mom?’ My life as I knew it changed forever in a single moment.”

No one in Davis’ family had breast cancer, nor did she know anyone that had it, so she had no idea what she was about to endure. Davis had a long battle in front of her — a lumpectomy followed by 10 rounds of chemotherapy and 36 radiation treatments that lasted a year.

Despite the adversity, Davis found strength through the people around her.

“My husband was my ROCK!” She exclaimed. “I also had several great friends, family members and co-workers who gave me such encouragement, inspiration and support. Of course, my grandson Rece (who was four at the time), provided humor to my life at a time when I truly needed it.”

Davis continued to work at Wheaton during her treatments.

“They (Wheaton) allowed me to continue working and contributing through my treatments. They allowed me to work from home when I didn’t have the strength to make it to the office,” she said. “Most importantly they provided me with such unconditional, astonishing, unbelievable friendship, kindness and support through the entire process of kicking cancer’s butt!”

Davis and Wheaton World Wide Chairman of the Board, Stephen Burns

Davis and Wheaton World Wide Chairman of the Board, Stephen Burns

Davis is forever grateful for the Wheaton family that made kind gestures and sacrifices for her. Giving up paid time off, many employees took Davis to and from her four-hour chemotherapy treatments. Olivia Davis, the van line’s Sales Administrative Assistant, also formed a race team in Davis’ honor for the Susan G. Komen® Central Indiana Race for the Cure in April 2013. The team, “Davis’s Daisies,” raised more than $7,000 and was the fourth largest fundraiser in the state of the Indiana.

“The Wheaton World Wide Moving organization is not only a top-class act in moving, but they truly care about their employees,” Davis said. “I have witnessed several gestures of their generosity to many of my colleagues over the past 14 years. Never would I have imagined I would be one of the recipients of such outward compassion.”

With all of the support, Davis had her last chemo treatment on June 28, 2013, but had to continue with one of three drugs for a full year which ended this past April. She continues to have follow-up appointments every three month and takes a pill to slow the cancer cells from growing in her body every day for the next five-to-ten years.

After all Davis has gone through the past two years, she has been kind and brave enough to offer some inspirational wisdom for those who are fighting cancer and other life-threatening conditions.

“I would tell them it’s quite normal to mourn the loss of their health for a short time and that tears are appropriate,” She continued. “Cancer is beatable. The medical field has become much more educated with good information that can alleviate the fear.”

She added that the best resource is your doctor.

“There are a lot of reputable websites out there that provide great information, but there are a lot that are just full of garbage. Don’t believe everything you read,” she cautioned.
She also stated “Do not try to be super woman and allow others to help.”

Wheaton World Wide Moving is privileged to have Davis on its team and honors her, as well as all of the other breast cancer survivors during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Please visit the Susan G. Komen website for more information about breast cancer and Breast Cancer Awareness Month and how you can help.

Hart Moving & Storage Celebrates 50 Years

2014 October 23
by Wheaton World Wide Moving
Hart Moving & Storage

Hart Moving & Storage celebrated its 50th anniversary last Thursday, October 16 in Lubbock, Texas. The event included a ribbon cutting ceremony with Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, facility tours, Barb-B-Que and refreshments.

Hart Moving & Storage has been a Wheaton World Wide Moving agent for 38 years and has won multiple Total Quality Care awards and the KCBD News Channel “Best of the West” in 2012. Founded by Joe Hart, their facility is located in the South Plains of the Lonestar State and is 75,000 square feet with 20 units of equipment and 25 employees.

Below are some pictures and video from the event.

Video:

http://youtu.be/7lbzMjpXKq8

Congratulations to Hart Moving & Storage on their 50th anniversary and to many more!

13 Cleaning Hacks to Help You Keep Your Deposit

2014 October 21
by Wheaton World Wide Moving
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Done packing and think you’re ready to move? Not so fast. If you are leaving an apartment behind and want to retrieve your security deposit, you need to leave the property spotless. Even if you are moving from a house, you still want to clean whatever appliances you are taking and leave the new owners a happy home.

No need to rummage through your packed things for cleaning supplies. You likely don’t need to buy new products either-more supplies just mean more things to move. Most of these tips use common household items like vinegar and baking soda.

In the Bathroom

  1. Grout. Mix baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Scrub the mixture into your grout, let it sit for a few minutes, and then rinse itoff. Also, soak cotton balls in bleach and place onto mildewed areas. 

    Natural cleaners. Vinegar, baking soda, salt and lemon.

    Lemon, vinegar, salt and baking soda can be used to clean almost anything.

  1. Showerhead. Fill a plastic bag with vinegar, and use a rubber band to attach the bag around your showerhead. Let it sit overnight. Future residents won’t have to worry about clogs or lower water pressure. While you’re cleaning the shower, use a fabric softener sheet to remove soap scum. 
  1. Drains. For a sink, combine baking soda and vinegar, and pour it down the drain while the mixture is still fizzing. Come back after an hour or more and flush the sink with hot water.
    • For a bathtub, you can add pressure to further strengthen your unclogging power. Pour the baking soda and vinegar mixture, stop the drain, and then fill in the bathtub. Take out the stopper after about an hour.
    • Boiling water and even Alka-Seltzer tablets have also been known to help with clogs.

4. Toilet. Don’t let hard water stains in your toilet bowl give you a headache. Luckily, there are several fixes. You can use a wet pumice stone and a soft touch to remove the rust. Or you can soak some toilet paper in vinegar and set it around the ring. If you’re feeling adventurous, use Coca-Cola. Pour a 12-ounce can of the soda in the toilet bowl, and watch the acidity break down your stains.

 In the Kitchen

  1. Oven. Pour 1/2 cup of ammonia into a bowl and leave it in your cool oven overnight. Clean out the next morning. While vinegar and baking soda suffice for a lot of cleaning needs, ovens often require a heavy-duty cleaner-this is a circumstance where you’ll want the extra help. 
  1. Microwave oven. Soak a sponge or washcloth, and microwave it for about two minutes on high. The steam and vapors will loosen all of that crusted-on mess. Grab the sponge or washcloth using an oven mitt-or a different cloth-and wipe down the sides. You can get the same effect with a small, microwavable cup of water. 
  1. Stove top. For gas stoves, pour baking soda around the burners. Then add a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide. Wait a bit, and scrub the gunk away. For glass, electric stovetops, you should be able to clean most of the mess with simple dish liquid and water. Use baking soda to break down serious grime. Stove
  1. Cabinets. Got a greasy film on your wooden kitchen cabinets from cooking oils and grubby hands? Homeowners have seen success with mixtures of baking soda and water, baking soda and vegetable oil, and detergent and water. Use your favorite combination or whatever items you have on hand, scrub the surface, and rinse with water. 
  1. Dishwasher. Start by pulling out the filter and washing it as you would a dish. Once you put the filter back in, run the dishwasher on empty. You can either place a cup of vinegar on the top rack or put a few packets of sugar-free lemonade Kool-Aid in the dispenser to clear out residue. 
  1. Stainless steel surfaces. Buff counter tops, the exterior of appliances, and more with some olive oil on a washcloth.

All Around the House

  1. Blinds. Stick your hand in a clean, old sock and wipe down each of the blinds individually. To get rid of extra grime, dip the sock in a mixture of vinegar and water first. 
  1. Windows. Create a solution with one part vinegar to three parts water. Dunk a towel into the solution and clean your window.Wear gloves if you don’t want to smell like vinegar for hours afterward. Then crumple a piece of newspaper to buff up the window. 
  1. Carpet. Once again, vinegar saves the day. Most stains will come out with a cleaning solution of 1/4 teaspoon of vinegar (or a detergent that doesn’t contain bleach) and 4 cups of water.

For heavier stains, like wine, tea, chocolate, and coffee, use a mixture of 1 tablespoon of ammonia and 1 cup of water. Rubbing alcohol will work on glue or nail polish stains.

Use these simple and affordable cleaning solutions to leave behind sparkling surfaces. And most importantly, you can pick up your deposit and head off to your new home in peace.

Celebrate National Pizza Month

2014 October 16
by Wheaton World Wide Moving
Photo credit: IStock

In case you didn’t know, it is National Pizza Month and in the moving and storage industry, pizza should be the official food.

What else can you use bribe your friends with to help when packing?  With one simple phone call, pizza can show up at your place in less than an hour without distracting you from packing and moving tasks.

It’s also a great meal to make from scratch with those random ingredients that you might otherwise have to throw out when you relocate…  If you are in the middle of a move and would like to make pizza we’re here to help with the following 10 delicious recipes:

How to make dough:
Whisk 3 – 3/4 cups flour and a 1/2 teaspoons salt. Add 1 1/3 cups warm water, 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 packet yeast. When foamy, mix in 3 tablespoons olive oil and knead until smooth. Brush with olive oil, cover in a bowl and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour 30 minutes. Divide into two 1-pound balls. Use 1 pound per recipe unless noted.

To save time, you can buy premade dough at your local grocery store or pizzeria.

New York Style
Oil a 15-inch pizza pan and press the dough onto it. Sprinkle olive oil on to the dough, then top with 1/2 cup tomato sauce and 2 cups shredded mozzarella. Bake until golden, then garnish with pecorino, dried oregano and olive oil.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pizza_in_the_United_States#mediaviewer/File:New_York-Style_Pizza.png

Margherita Pizza
Make the dough into two 9-inch rounds. Top each with 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes, dried oregano, salt, pepper and olive oil; bake until golden. Sprinkle with 1/2 pound diced mozzarella, pieces of basil and salt. Bake until the cheese melts, then drizzle with olive oil.

BBQ Chicken
Make the dough into a 15-by-9-inch rectangle. Top with cooked chicken, 1/4 cup barbecue sauce, scallions, jalapeños and 1 cup shredded cheddar. Bake until golden.

Sicilian
Oil a rimmed baking sheet and press the dough onto it. Cover and set aside until doubled. Top with 3/4 cup tomato sauce and 2 cups shredded mozzarella; put olive oil on top and back until golden.

Bacon-Egg
Press dough into 6-inch rounds. Top each with diced raw bacon and bake until crisp. Crack an egg onto each crust and top with olive oil, salt and pepper and bake until the eggs set. Top with baby greens such as spinach or kale.

Artichoke
Stretch dough into a 15-inch round; brush with olive oil. Top with 1 cup shredded asiago and grilled halved artichoke hearts. Sprinkle with thyme; bake until golden.

Hawaiian
Stretch dough into a 15-inch round. Top with 1/2 cup each tomato sauce, shredded mozzarella and diced pineapple, 2 ounces sliced ham, and red pepper flakes; bake until golden.

Vegetable Pizza
Make the dough into 15-inch rounds and bake until crisp. Mix 8 ounces cream cheese, 1/2 cup sour cream, 2 tablespoons chopped basil and 1 minced garlic clove. Spread over crust. Top with chopped mixed fresh vegetables (any available) and shredded cheddar. Sprinkle with paprika.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pizza_in_the_United_States#mediaviewer/File:Chicago-style_pizza.jpg

Chicago Style
Dust a 10-inch cake pan with oil and cornmeal and press 2 pounds dough into it. Top with 2 cups each shredded mozzarella and tomato sauce, some cooked sausage and Italian seasoning. Bake at 425 degrees, 40 minutes.

Squash-Pepper
Stretch dough into a 15-by-9-inch rectangle. Top with paper-thin slices of butternut squash, caramelized onions, olive oil and red pepper flakes. Bake until crisp.

What is your favorite pizza recipe? Let us know by commenting below.

 

For these recipes and more, please visit foodnetwork.com

Where Florida Begins: Jacksonville

2014 October 14
by Wheaton World Wide Moving
Jacksonville

If you are looking for a place with beautiful weather, nature, golf and of course plenty of beaches, then Jacksonville, Florida is for you. After a brief hiatus, we are continuing “Road Trip” series by traveling to Jacksonville, Fla.

Spanning over 840 square miles, Jacksonville is the largest U.S. city by area, as well as, the most populous city in Florida and 14th largest in the United States. It is located on the St. Johns River and the Atlantic Ocean. It is home to the second-largest port of the East Coast which contributes to its steady economic growth.

Ask any Jaxon and they will tell you the biggest benefit of living in Jacksonville is the weather. Jacksonville has a tropical, warm climate with mild winters, however the city is hot and humid during the summers, which can be overwhelming to many. Even though it is located on the Atlantic Ocean, Jacksonville rarely sees hurricanes.

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Photo Credit: PGA Tour

What to Do:

Photo credit: http://www.cruisenewser.com/jacksonville-port/

Photo credit: http://www.cruisenewser.com/jacksonville-port/

Obviously, the beach is the most popular destination for tourists and residents alike. For most residents of the city they have access to a beach within an hour drive. Jacksonville also boasts the largest urban park system with 262 designated parks, covering 80,000 acres.

Jacksonville offers plenty to do for the sports and recreation aficionado. The PGA tour headquarters is located in Ponte Vedra and hosts the annual Players Championships. Not a pro golfer? No worries, there are over 70 private and public courses available for your choosing. If golfing isn’t your thing, Jacksonville is home to the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.

Best neighborhoods:

Consider these neighborhoods when looking for a home in the Jacksonville area.

Northside – These neighborhoods are located close to the airport, Jacksonville zoo and Huguenot Park. Convenient commute downtown, but it is far enough away that is the most rural section of Jacksonville. Many of the properties are on the riverfront.

Riverside – Riverside Avenue had the reputation in the early 1900’s as one of the most beautiful streets in America. It is just a short commute to downtown with the St. Johns River nearby. The St. Vincent’s Medical Center is located here along with plenty of doctor’s offices. This is a trendy area for restaurants, clubs and funky shops and is known for being fun and youthful among the young professional crowd.

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Photo Credit: http://www.insideflorida.com/photo/279/

The Beaches – This is the priciest, but most desirable neighborhoods in the Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach and Jacksonville Beach areas. Locals spend their weekends biking, surfing, running or rollerblading. First Street runs through all of the beach communities.

Orange Park (Westside) – A 45-minute commute from downtown, Orange Park (Westside) is known for its reasonable housing prices in more rural settings. Neighborhoods such as Fleming Island and Doctors Inlet offer convenient dining and shopping, but overall the neighborhoods are still have wooded areas.

Ready to Move?

With all that Jacksonville has to offer, who wouldn’t want to relocate there? After all, the cost of living in Jacksonville is less than the National Average and the job growth continues to improve by 2.4%.

We can help you get there! Wheaton World Wide has two agents located in the Jacksonville area to help with any move to and from Jacksonville.

Florida Transfer & Storage
2940 W. 45th St.
Jacksonville, FL 32209
Phone: (888) 828-6398
www.flatransfer.com

Veteran’s Moving & Storage
5591 Commonwealth Ave.Jacksonville, FL 32254
Phone: (904) 683-6445
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Road Trip: Wheaton World Wide Moving

Be sure to stay connected with Wheaton as we continue our cross-country journey.  So far, we’ve made stops in Los Angeles, Calif., Pittsburgh, Pa., Atlanta, Chicago, Ill. and Charlotte, N.C.

Wheaton World Wide Moving license plate

Next Stop:

We will be exploring Madison, Wisconsin on our next road trip, but we need your help! Let us know the best places to live, things to do and where to eat by commenting below or on our facebook and twitter pages. #RoadTrip