Meet Our HR Manager: Brittney

This week’s blog will be interviews with Two Men And A Truck staff. Today I sat down with Brittney.Staff_5

Where are you from?

Brittney was born in Austell, Georgia and lived there until she was 13. She then moved to Temple, Georgia where she finished middle school and graduated from Temple High Class of 2007.

What is your favorite TV show?

She doesn’t have a favorite show, but she loves to scan Netflix for entertaining content!

What is your favorite Musician?

Rihanna and Aaliyah are Brittney’s favorite, She says it’s too difficult to pick one over the other! Brittney loves mostly Hip Hop/R&B music.

What do you do for fun when you’re not at work?

When Brittney is not working, she loves to spend time with her Kids. They enjoy being outside, Swimming, and going to amusement parks,

What do you love the most about working at Two Men
And A Truck?

She enjoys meeting different people everyday. Brittney loves getting to know all the move teams and trying to grow a positive team.

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Top Five Charities For Kids

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It’s back to school time again! With school back in session, most of are running to the store for clothes and new school supplies. A Lot of kids unfortunately are not that lucky. Here are the top 5 charities for kids.

Share Our Strength

Share Our Strength is a non profit that has several campaigns like No Kid Hungry to help end childhood hunger in the U.S.A and Cooking Matters, which assist low-income families learn to shop and cook healthier.

Kaboom

Kaboom is a non profit dedicated to providing kids in poverty and low income families safe play areas. They work with city and community leaders to build playgrounds where kids can have fun and exercise in a safe environment.

Reach And Read

Reach And Read is a unique non profit for children. They provide books to kids at doctor’s offices when they are getting their check ups. Used books are distributed and money donations are also accepted.

Parents As Teachers

Parents As Teachers assist parents by sending staff to help with parenting skills. The staff teaches them skills to increase their confidence and help them grow as parents. As parents you are the key to a child’s future.

Project Linus

Project Linus is a non profit gives children that have undergone trauma or ill with blankets. Blankets can be quilts, comforters, or fleece throws. Cash donations are also accepted.

Meet a CSR: Courtney

This week’s blog will be interviews with your friend Customer Service Reps. Today I sat down with Courtney.

Where are you from?

Courtney is a native Georgian, and is originally from Decatur. She has lived in Georgia all her life.

What is your favorite TV show?

She has many favorite TV shows, but her favorite show is Power. She loves all the drama and suspense that the show brings.

What is your favorite Musician?

She doesn’t have a favorite musician. Her favorite singer is Fantasia, because she loves her soulful voice.

What do you do for fun when you’re not at work?

When Courtney isn’t at work she loves to relax. She also enjoys spending quality time with her son.

What do you love the most about working at Two Men
And A Truck?

Courtney enjoys that no day is every the same at work. She gets to meet and talk to interesting people every day.

Helping Your Kids Deal With Moves

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No matter how far your move is, children react differently to moving than adults. It can be a stressful thing for their long minds to take in. Leaving a school where they had friends or just having trouble adjusting to new surrounds to be hard.

One thing to do is to make sure your truthful to your kids about your move. Explain to them why you are moving and be receptive to their reactions. Kids don’t always understand why things are happening and be scared of these changes.

Involving your kids in the moving process that be helpful. Make them feel like they are apart of this process. If your moving to a new house that is being built, it may be a great idea to take them and show them the progress. Explore the new neighborhood with your children and make them feel comfortable.

Once you’re moved in, take them to their room. Have them assist moving things into their room. Make them feel apart of the move. This can help them have a sense of familiarity. A move can be challenging, but speaking with your kids and involving them to help towards a smoother transition.

Meet Your General Sales Call CTR Manager: Nicole

I have been interviewing different employees this week. Today I spoke with Nicole about herself and her work with Two Men And A Truck.

Where are you from?

Nicole is originally from Miami, Florida. She has a Son who is 20 and a Daughter who is 17. She has lived in Georgia for 20 years.

What is your favorite Movie?

Her favorite movie is A Good Year. She enjoys the wonderful performance of Russell Crowe and the romantic story.

What is your favorite Musician?

Her favorite Musician is Sam Smith. Especially the song ” Too good at goodbyes.” Sam is her go to when she needs a good jam.

What do you do for fun when you’re not at work?

She loves to spend time with her Friends and Family when not here at Two Men And A Truck. Whether it be Dinner or just socializing!

What do you love the most about working at Two Men
And A Truck?

Nicole loves the challenge of her job. She likes that it’s achievement and goal oriented. She has been with Two Men And A Truck for 7 years and started her career as a CSR.

Fun Summer Activities In Suwanee

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Moving can be hard especially on the kids. This summer when the kids need a break from the action, take them on some fun activities. Here in Suwanee there is a ton of fun things for you and the kids. Here are my top 5 activities in Suwanee.

  1. Suwanee Town Center Park

    Located on the intersection of Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and Buford Highway. This great family park, has large open areas and a performance stage. Surrounding the park is 100,000 square feet of retail space and restaurants.

  2. Ballgame at CoolRay Field

    Enjoy Minor League Baseball with the Gwinnett Stripers! Have a hotdog and cracker jacks with the family, while enjoying baseball. Tickets are inexpensive
    and this makes for a fun experience for the whole family.
    Get your tickets here!

  3. Mall Of Georgia

    Located in beautiful Buford Georgia, this huge Mall is a great place to shop and have fun. Opened in August of 1999, this store features major retailers such as: Macy’s, JcPenney, Dicks, and Barnes And Noble. Also included is an Imax Theatre that’s great to beat the heat!

  4. Kids up Indoor Playground and Party Center

    With two locations in Suwanee and Dacula this playcenter has something for everyone. Including seesaws, slides, and a giant three story playhouse! Get more information here!

  5. Big Splash Interactive Fountain

    Big Splash Fountain is fun for the whole family! It’s the largest interactive fountain in Gwinnett. Located in beautiful Town Center Park, this fountain has multiple water jets and is a great way for the kids to cool off!

10 Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips

On average, it cost $900 dollars to repair a busted pipe. Protect your pipes from freezing with these helpful tips!

 

  1. Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines.
  2. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. To be safe, open the hose bibs all the way so that any remaining water in the pipe can expand.
  3. Insulate attics, basements and crawl spaces for higher temperatures.
  4. Check and insulate hot and cold water pipes in the garage, kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
  5. If you don’t have pipe sleeves or heat tape try ¼” newspaper to protect your pipes temporarily. This works great for homes that don’t freeze often.
  6. Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  7. Consider insulating your garage door.
  8. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air closer to the plumbing.
  9. Let cold water drip from the faucet.
  10. Whether you are on vacation or turning the thermostat down for the night, think twice! Keep the thermostat set to 55° F to prevent freezing.

10 Secrets to a Great In-Law Visit

Love them or loathe them, your in-laws will come by soon. TWO MEN Lawrenceville has a few tips for those trips, vacations and drop-in visits in the weeks to come!

  1. Let them spoil your spouse/kids. Grandparents paid their dues by raising kids. Within reason, new clothing will lighten your budget for a little while. Offer up a zoo or aquarium visit for quality bonding time.
  2.  Use temporary storage. Have a meddling in-law who’s always poking around? Empty out your junk drawers, extra closets and basement/attic. TWO MEN Lawrenceville will pack and store your items onsite! Less doors to lock.
  3. Organize your home/car with your spouse/child present. Your family will need to know where things are once in-laws are present. Cleaning up together can help!
  4. De-clutter your shared living spaces. Pinterest has tips for rearranging living rooms! Let TWO MEN Suwanee take the sweat out of rearranging your space.
  5. Exersize mandatory naptime. Relax with a little nap. Can’t sleep? Bring a nice book or fully charged device to watch your shows. Sneak in “me-time” between events.
  6. Breathe. Follow your in-laws’ lead. Less fighting, more quality time.
  7. Keep it real. Seriously, be honest with your family. Voice your concerns calmly and concisely. Everything will blow over in a few minutes.
  8. Stick with a lose schedule. Togetherness is measured by memories. Watching Netflix or grocery shopping can take hours with extended family. Don’t be a clock-watcher.
  9. Have simple activities on hand. Chalk, board games, dominos, cards, seeds to plant- easy tasks can turn into your loved one’s favorite memories.
  10. Keep coffee, tea and wine/sparkling cider close. Sweet drinks can boost moods!

 

5 Questions to Ask Before You Move

Starting or combining families is an art. TWO MEN Lawrenceville does the heavy lifting after you and your loved ones come to a consensus. Ask your fiance and/or in-laws a few things first:

  1. What can you live without? Future roommates bring all kinds of treasures with them. Evaluate what will be passed down and what needs to be donated. Compromise with photos!
  2. Who has the final say on decor? Consider the size of each shared living space. If multiple generations live together, make a few trips to IKEA or Target so everyone feels included.
  3. Does your current furniture match your new space? Research Pinterest for home accent, gardening and space-saving tips. Even large homes can get crowded if everyone wants to hang around the same room. TWO MEN Lawrenceville can take old appliances and furniture to the dump so y’all can upgrade!
  4. What does me-time look like for everyone? Art corners, cozy reading nooks, gym time, outdoor adventures or TV time- figure out how your new roommates relax. Boundaries work better when everyone knows hubby must watch the game.
  5. Are family dinners important? Work, hobbies and life can rearrange your scheduled time together. Flexibility is key! Try video dinners or watch something over the phone around mealtime.

Beginner’s Guide to Storage

Antiques, family keepsakes and out-of-season clothing take up a lot of space. Use our Lawrenceville staff’s tips to store smarter.

 

Get several in-home estimates. Shopping professional relocation companies helps map out the exact size needed to store your belongings.

Line up insurance before your move. Moving insurance in Georgia is mandatory. Check the highest valued box. Better prepared than unprepared.

Choose a facility near your favorite movers. Leaving the country? Keep your items safe at TWO MEN Lawrenceville’s storage site.

Clearly label boxes. Pinterest printouts, anyone? TWO MEN Lawrenceville will take photos and number each box if you’d like to pull different items out between spaces.

Time. Deciding how long your items will be in storage can be difficult. See if your storage facility has competitive yearly rates.

Use clean boxes. New, fresh out of the box, boxes are a must for short and long-term storage. Old boxes & storage containers can attract creatures. Ew!

Keep in contact with your storage facility. Managers, service reps and owners can change locations. Having a singular point person matters.

Hire professional movers to store your belongings. Getting heirlooms, old clothes or family items out of your home and into storage safely matters! TWO MEN Lawrenceville is trained on 2018’s best safe moving practices. We treat your items as if they were our own.