Recent college graduates now face the long anticipated excitement of a new career, possibly in a new city, and in a new home! Although a small army of friends and family may have assisted in the move off to college, the move into one's first new home is likely to mean much more work. By following this simple checklist of "things to do", recently graduated new home owners can ease the unnecessary stresses of their new adventure:
Hire a moving company or reserve a rental truck several months in advance when possible, especially if you currently live in a college town.
Hire a maid service to thoroughly clean your apartment or dorm room. Landlords and building managers won't hesitate to fine you for frat house filthiness!
Go ahead and part with some of your college furniture. It can sometimes be both easier and cheaper to buy new pieces than to rent a big truck and haul your items across the country.
Remember to replace all the light bulbs that have burnt out, since this was most likely part of your lease.
Stockpile boxes from local bars and liquor stores. Because they are designed to accommodate glass and a heavier weight, they are built sturdily.
Finally, buy an alumni sticker for your car. This can be a great way to meet people in your new city and might even prove to be helpful if you have car trouble on your journey!
Moving into a new town or neighborhood can be a real adjustment, and not just for the kids. Mom and dad need to make friends too. Becoming a regular face around town is a great way to establish yourself!
Here are a few ideas for getting to know the people in your neighborhood:
Take it outside. Plan to spend time outside – yes, that means the front yard - in the morning or early evening when neighbors are coming and going. Make sure to look presentable. First impressions can mean everything, so don’t head out in your pj’s!
Take your dog or children for a regularly scheduled walk or bike ride and make contact with the people you run into. This allows you to make casual contact and remember people based on their daily habits.
Get involved in a local association. Decide what level of responsibility you are interested in before attending the meeting so you can avoid overcommitment, but joining your child’s PTA or homeowner's association will put you in direct social contact with parents and influential neighbors. The HOA, community chamber, and city websites often post their meeting schedules, as well as previous agendas online.
Join the YMCA or a popular local gym. Not only will you improve your cardio health, you will burn off the stress of your move and meet a variety of local residents. To insure you get a diverse sampling of people, sign up for both a weeknight and weekend fitness class. Give yourself 15 minutes before and after class to mingle with people you think you might want to get to know better.
Once you get to know a handful of people, host a cocktail hour and invite everyone to your new home. Serve something simple and keep the event relatively short – specify a beginning and end time to avoid overexposure to someone who turns out to be different than what you had expected.
By allowing yourself a variety of local venues and initiating contact, you can begin to develop a social circle in no-time!
Starting May 5th and running through June 9th, Market Street in The Woodlands will be presenting their popular summer concert series every Thursday night from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in Market Street’s Central Park.
This season’s line up of free performances, sponsored by Sewell Infiniti North Houston and The Falls at Imperial Oaks, features some of the area’s hottest musical talents along with much loved bands that are both family-friendly and accommodate a wide range of tastes.
This year’s melodic line-up is scheduled follows:
May 12 - Joseph Vincelli – Saxophone Jazz and Contemporary hits
May 19 - Althea Rene – Soul and Jazz music
May 26 - The Brew - Latin Jazz
June 2 - Joe Carmouche - Classic Rock and Dance hits
June 9 - TBA
Bring a blanket or lawn chair and unwind to the live music or make reservations to eat on the patios at Jasper’s, 1252 Tapas Bar, Tommy Bahamas Tropical Cafe, UNI Sushi or any other Market Street restaurants and enjoy the concert. Market Street fashion retailers also are open before, during and after the performances.
Plan to bring your glass, paper, plastic and aluminum to a recycling station at the Andrea and Bill White Promenade at Discovery Green on the second Saturday of each month starting at 10 a.m.! The program even welcomes old computers so that Comp-U-Dopt, a non-profit organization, can refurbish and donate your old computer to a child who does not have one in their home.
The park staff will accept your recyclable items in the park office during the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., regardless of whether the container is on site, at the pavilion near the intersection of McKinney and Crawford. Visit DiscoveryGreen.com/GreenPark for more information.
Discovery Green is an urban park that serves as a village green, a source of health and happiness for our citizens, and a window into the diverse arts and traditions that enrich life in Houston. It is operated by Discovery Green Conservancy, a private, non-profit organization. At the behest of Houston’s Mayor Bill White, the Conservancy was formed in December 2004 and was charged with designing, building and operating Houston’s new urban park, which opened in April 2008.
The Green Event Center, located at 2000 West Parkwood Avenue in Friendswood, along with insurance agent Angela Johnson, will be hosting a positively enchanted Mother's Day Brunch benefiting the March of Dimes on Sunday, May 8, 2011.
The brunch will be a treat for the whole family and is open to the public so invite your Wife, Mom, Aunt, Grandmother or other special mother in your life to the Mad Hatter themed event, which will include a visit from Alice, the Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit too. The event is sure to be a crowd pleaser for the children and adults who participate and support the cause.
Brunch will consist of a delicious menu including mimosas, an omelet station, a waffle bar, sausage on a stick wrapped with a pancake, caprese salad, deviled egg canapés, minted melon balls, caesar salad with fresh steamed shrimp, freshly baked muffins, egg pinwheels, potato casserole, grilled ham, chicken vol au vent, an assorted dessert bar, coffee, tea, juice and more.
In addition to the delectables, generous vendors will be donating jewelry items for sale and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the March of Dimes. Upon your arrival at the brunch hostesses will have the gifts wrapped and ready for you to give.
Mike Giardina of Photographically Ever After will be on hand to capture commemorative moments with family in a nice spring setting. A portion of his proceeds will also be donated to the March of Dimes.