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So, you have finally decided to move to another city, and start your life in a complete new environment. It is also very likely that you have found the perfect apartment for your family members. No doubt, moving from one city or state to another is not an easy walk in the park. The process of packing your stuffs and getting them relocated to your new house can be somewhat daunting. This is the reason why a lot of people feel stressed simply by thinking about the entire thing.

However, you can make the process less stressful by following certain tips. The methods mentioned below will prove to be quite helpful for you; right from the process of packing, till un-boxing the items.

How to deal with stress when moving?

  • Clear the clutter

People feel more stressed if there are lots of junk items around them, particularly in the closets. So, the first thing you need to do is get rid of the clutter, because they are stressful. You can do so by organizing things, which can be done by throwing away the items which you no longer need. In this regard, you can create three categories of piles- sell, toss, and donate.

In the sell category, you should include items that are valuable. So, by selling them you will surely get some good amount of money in return. In the donate category, select items that can prove highly useful for the needy ones, such as old clothes, shoes, mats, etc. In the toss category, place items that can be recycled, such as plastic bottles, damaged electronic items, etc.

  • Clear your calendar

Shifting to a new place is a big task, and hence you must focus on it completely. It would be better to keep aside two or three days and dedicate them completely for that single task. If you have kids at home, you can ask your family member or a friend to take care of your kids. In this way, you will not have to worry about the safety of your kids. When you pack things continuously (say for 5 to 6 hours), you end up doing more productive work. In other words, you will be able to pack a lot of things. It would be better if you ask a couple of friends to help you in this process. But, don’t forget to buy drinks and dinner for them!

  • Gather boxes

Once you have decided to move, you should start accumulating boxes and stacks of newspapers for the packing purpose. It would be better if you do the same at least three weeks before the date of move. Newspapers can prove to be quite useful at the time of packing fragile and heavy items, such as flower vases, crockery items, mirrors, dining tables, etc. If you do not buy newspapers, you can buy the old ones from your nearest grocery store.

Likewise, you can ask you neighbours and friends if they have spare boxes which you can use. Again, whenever you visit any local grocery store, you can get a few boxes. In this way, in a month’s time you will have enough packing supplies for your requirements. If you buy packing boxes from the packers and movers, you will certainly get high quality boxes. So, what you can do is purchase a couple of high quality boxes and you can use them only for packing the fragile and expensive items. Plus, the aspect of standard size makes these boxes fit for a wide range of items.

  • Chalk out a plan


Before you start packing your stuffs, it is vital to have a strategic plan. In this context, one of the best ways to pack your stuffs is to systematically move from one room to the other. So, it is better to pack your items in the dining room first, and then move onto the bedroom. While packing, always keep a luggage bag or a suitcase in which you can store items that you will need very soon, such as toothbrush, beard trimmer, socks, underwear, etc. Finally, do not forget to label each and every box as per the room; for example- kitchen, bedroom, dining room, etc.

  • Protect your expensive items

In the end, do not forget to keep your highly expensive items completely safe and at one place, such as wedding ring, passport, important documents, debit/credit cards, etc. You should have a separate bag for it, of portable size. Once the items have been stored, it would be better keep inside a bank safe-deposit box.

So, those were some of the useful methods that you can follow in order to keep the stress level as possible. Plus, hiring the best Brisbane removalist can make things much easier and convenient for you. Hence, go for the best ones!


The Mayor of Times Square Meets One of the World’s Oldest Holocaust Survivors



I arrived to a packed lecture room at a Library in South Florida.   This lecture caught my eye weeks prior and I made sure to have it in my calendar.  After all, how many more times will I get a chance to hear a 99 year old survivor tell his remarkable story of inconceivable hell, survival and ultimately impressive success?   What I heard in the room that day was hard to fathom it wasn’t part of a Spielberg movie with some creative liberty thrown in to embellish an already unbelievable true story.  This was the real deal.  A vivid description of hell on earth.  What I couldn’t understand is how did this survivor go on to create a vibrant family and a very successful business career and not be bitter every day of his life?   Equally remarkable is how someone his age could tell a story from 85 years ago as if it happened yesterday and with energy and charisma of someone half his age.  He spoke for 45 minutes without a break.  Little did anyone in the audience know that, just prior to arriving at the Library, he fell and injured himself, making his perseverance in even making it to the Library even more heroic.  This is no ordinary man.   I approached the stage after the lecture, patiently awaited my turn to speak with him and asked if I could interview him for my podcast.  I am pretty sure he knew little to nothing of what a podcast was, but he agreed as you are about to learn why telling his story over and over is his divine mission.

Eli Marcus and Sam Ron

Sam Ron bears personal witness to the greatest atrocity in human history. He is one of the only remaining Holocaust Survivors his age who survived four concentration camps…and a Death March.  He turns 99 in July.  His story is remarkable…and he himself is equally as remarkable.

Here’s what you will learn when listening to this World Exclusive interview on The Motivation Show podcast:

-Where did Sam grow up and what was life like before the Germans invaded his country

-How life changed once the Germans invaded and how long did the changes take

-Why and when did Sam and his family decide to go into hiding and where did he hide

-How did Sam end up in the Krakow Ghetto, how was it different than the infamous Warsaw Ghetto, and what took place in the Ghetto

-When did Sam first realize that the Germans were not just transporting Jews to what they disguised as labor camps, but were actually killing them.

-How many times was Sam transported in cattle cars and what was that like

-Which concentration camps was Sam in & what were they like

-What was life like in the concentration camps and why did they move Sam around to different camps

-What is a Death March, why and how did that happen and how did Sam survive it

-What lessons should listeners take away from Sam’s experience

-What does Never Again mean to Sam and why is it so important for him to share this and other Holocaust lessons

You can listen to this interview on any podcast listening app or use this Spotify link:    WARNING:  This interview is GUARANTEED to move you to tears!!!

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Events In April Bring Easter, Spring and Flowers Galore.



Photograph: Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy’s, Inc.

Join the Judy Garland and Fred Astaire tradition with the Easter Bonnet Parade on Fifth Avenue. There is also the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden or right at home the flower show at Macy’s. On select Fridays every month, you can enjoy Free Admission to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum between 5 pm and 9 pm.

Until 4/9: Macy’s Flower ShowThe show includes beautiful, bright floral arrangements, special events including live music, and kids’ activities.

until 4/23: This is The Orchid Show‘s 20th year. Reconnect with nature while experiencing the picture-perfect beauty of the orchids. On select nights, adults can experience the exhibition through Orchid Nights, with music, cash bars, and food available for purchase.

4/1-30: Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival, hosted by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, celebrates Japanese culture and the arrival of spring. It features a variety of cultural performances and activities, as well as a small flea market, tea ceremonies, and crafts. The highlight is the magnificent display of cherry blossom trees, with over 200 trees in full bloom. Visitors can admire the pink and white blooms and enjoy a traditional Japanese atmosphere. Tickets are usually around $40 for adults, though seniors and students get a reduced rate of $35.

4/7-16th: The New York International Auto ShowThe first new york Auto Show took place in 1900, for over 120 years now they have been sharing what’s new and interesting in the auto industry.

4/9: The Easter Parade starts near St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 10am. The tradition dates back to the 1870s, where elaborate bonnets and fashion galore is full frontal.

4/9: “Georgia O’Keeffe: To See Takes Time,” comes to MoMA.

4/15: The Tartan Day Parade is an NYC tradition that offers attendees a unique way to celebrate and honor Scottish culture. For the 25th year, there will be bagpipes, dancers, and even Scottish dogs marching in the parade. Attendance is free and open to the public. In addition to the parade, expect a whole week of Scottish-themed events and festivities.

4/15: Pillow Fight in the Park at Washington Square Park.

4/15: The New York Restoration Project is giving out 3,500 free trees to New Yorkers across all five boroughs. To get one of the 3,500 free trees that will be given away, register in advance on this website, where you’ll also get to browse through the current list of distribution dates, times and locations.

4/15 and 29: f the likes of udon, yakitori, ramen, and taiyaki make your mouth water, then mark your calendar for Japan Fes in Chelsea. The event will be held from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and is considered a paradise for Japanese foodies and cultural enthusiasts.

4/16: Holi in The City demands food, music, dance, and fun while embracing people and organizations from all ethnic and religious backgrounds.

4/22: Earth Day celebrated in NYC with a festive, family-friendly outdoor fair in Union Square. There will be dozens of exhibitors, interactive displays, a green-vehicle show, family activities, music, and entertainment. 12-6pm.

4/27: Attend The Queen’s Ball: A Bridgerton Experience

4/27- 30: Antiquarian Book Fair now in its 63rd year, this festival for book collectors at Park Avenue Armory for a full weekend of first editions, maps, manuscripts and other treasures from literary epochs past from nearly 200 exhibitors.


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Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo, George Pettignano Bring Patsy’s Italian Restaurant To Life



Patsy’s Italian Restaurant has been known for years as the restaurant made famous by Frank Sinatra, and his family still enjoys dining here whenever they are in town. George Clooney’s aunt, cabaret singer and actress Rosemary Clooney, was once quoted, “Patsy’s is still the best Italian restaurant in town. I make a pasta pilgrimage there every time I return.”

Other long-time high profile patrons who consider Patsy’s Italian Restaurant their Manhattan dining room include, Tony Bennett, Michael Bublé, George Clooney, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, Tony Danza, Jennifer Lopez, Liza Minnelli, Al Pacino, Rihanna, Martha Stewart, Ben Stiller, Oprah Winfrey, and many others.

Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo

We all had the pleasure to join Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo for a very special Private Lunch on March 18th hosted City Guide and Eli Marcus.

Eli Marcus,George Pettignano

Chef Sal shared some of his riveting stories about celebrities, sports stars and others famous guests. Ha also told us a few one-of-a-kind frank Sinatra stories about Frank’s exclusive table near we were seated.

Popular entertainer George Pettignano, a cousin of Bobby Rydell, sang classic tunes from the 40’s to 70’s ranging from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, The Beatles, Elvis & more!  George, as a former Hollywood stunt man, shared some of his classic stories

Eli Marcus

Everyone enjoyed a great meal and then danced the afternoon away!

Eli Marcus, Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo, Errol Rappaport

Errol Rappaport, Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo,Eli Marcus

Steve Garrin, wife, George Pettignano

Colin O’Leary Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo,Rena Sylvester, Eli Marcus

Colin O’Leary,Rena SylvesterErrol Rappaport

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