The Frogbox Frogblog http://frogbox.com/blog en Doug Burgoyne Legacy Scholarship http://frogbox.com/blog/2015/04/doug-burgoyne-legacy-scholarship <div class="field field-lead-image"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_lead_image" width="615" height="410" alt="Doug Burgoyne Legacy Scholarship Frogbox" src="http://frogbox.com/files/blog/lead/doug_burgoyne_frogbox.jpg?1430331564" /></div> <div class="field field-franchises-links"> <ul><li><a href="/boise">Boise</a></li> <li><a href="/calgary">Calgary</a></li> <li><a href="/durham-region">Durham Region</a></li> <li><a href="/edmonton">Edmonton</a></li> <li><a href="/fraser-valley">Fraser Valley</a></li> <li><a href="/halifax">Halifax</a></li> <li><a href="/hamilton-oakville">Hamilton-Oakville</a></li> <li><a href="/kitchener-waterloo">Kitchener-Waterloo</a></li> <li><a href="/lethbridge">Lethbridge</a></li> <li><a href="/london">London</a></li> <li><a href="/minneapolis-st-paul">Minneapolis &amp; St. Paul</a></li> <li><a href="/mississauga-brampton">Mississauga-Brampton </a></li> <li><a href="/okanagan">Okanagan</a></li> <li><a href="/ottawa">Ottawa</a></li> <li><a href="/regina">Regina</a></li> <li><a href="/saskatoon">Saskatoon</a></li> <li><a href="/seattle">Seattle</a></li> <li><a href="/st-johns">St. John&#039;s</a></li> <li><a href="/toronto">Toronto </a></li> <li><a href="/vancouver">Vancouver</a></li> <li><a href="/victoria">Victoria</a></li> <li><a href="/winnipeg">Winnipeg</a></li> </ul></div> <h5> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 17px; line-height: 23.7999992370605px; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.992157);">We lost Doug 1 year ago to Cancer. He believed strongly in the importance of merging business with social &amp; environmental responsibility. <a href="https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/9yh31?utm_campaign=share-campaign&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=04-2015.">Funds raised</a> will give an entrepreneur the tools that helped Doug create a successful business from these values.&nbsp;</span></h5> <p> <a href="https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/9yh31?utm_campaign=share-campaign&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=04-2015.">This endowment </a>is to honour our friend and entrepreneur, Doug Burgoyne. Doug left us a year ago after a valiant battle against cancer but has remained firmly in the hearts and minds of his family, friends and colleagues.</p> <p> Doug passionately believed that business and social responsibility were ultimately connected and that by combining profits with a higher purpose, a deeper level of success could be achieved. He believed in the concept of sustainable prosperity, a vision that views an organization&rsquo;s success as financial progress in step with environmental and socially responsible principals.</p> <p> Doug, personally and through his company&nbsp;<a data-original-title="" href="http://frogbox.com/" rel="nofollow" style="color: rgb(0, 102, 153); text-decoration: none; cursor: pointer;" target="_blank">Frogbox</a>, cared about people and the planet. He became widely recognized as a business leader, after being featured on the Dragon&rsquo;s Den, and winning, and has served as an inspiration to the business community at large</p> <p> It&rsquo;s clear that in his short life, Doug hade a tremendous impact on business. Perhaps most importantly though, he was known as true and trusted friend a devoted and caring father and a loving and committed husband. &nbsp;We are deeply grateful for the work and the passion that Doug brought to life and are dedicated to continuing his legacy through this endowment.</p> <p> The recipient of the money raised here will receive a full scholarship to Social Venture Institute at Hollyhock where they will have access to the same experiences, information and contacts that were part of Doug&rsquo;s success story.&nbsp;Every dollar donated will go into the fund and any extra monies will go toward future bursaries. &nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/9yh31?utm_campaign=share-campaign&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=04-2015."><span style="font-size: 12px; color: rgb(25, 25, 25); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">https://fundrazr.com/</span></a><wbr style="font-size: 12px; color: rgb(25, 25, 25); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><a href="https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/9yh31?utm_campaign=share-campaign&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=04-2015."><span style="font-size: 12px; color: rgb(25, 25, 25); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">campaigns/</span></a><wbr style="font-size: 12px; color: rgb(25, 25, 25); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><a href="https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/9yh31?utm_campaign=share-campaign&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=04-2015."><span style="font-size: 12px; color: rgb(25, 25, 25); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">9yh31?utm_campaign=share-ca</span></a><wbr style="font-size: 12px; color: rgb(25, 25, 25); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><a href="https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/9yh31?utm_campaign=share-campaign&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=04-2015."><span style="font-size: 12px; color: rgb(25, 25, 25); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">mpaign&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;ut</span></a><wbr style="font-size: 12px; color: rgb(25, 25, 25); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><a href="https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/9yh31?utm_campaign=share-campaign&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=04-2015."><span style="font-size: 12px; color: rgb(25, 25, 25); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">m_source=04-2015.</span></a></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></p> <p> <wbr style="font-size: 12px; color: rgb(25, 25, 25); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><wbr style="font-size: 12px; color: rgb(25, 25, 25); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><wbr style="font-size: 12px; color: rgb(25, 25, 25); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><wbr style="font-size: 12px; color: rgb(25, 25, 25); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> <p> <wbr style="font-size: 12px; color: rgb(25, 25, 25); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><wbr style="font-size: 12px; color: rgb(25, 25, 25); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><wbr style="font-size: 12px; color: rgb(25, 25, 25); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><wbr style="font-size: 12px; color: rgb(25, 25, 25); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></p> <wbr style="font-size: 12px; color: rgb(25, 25, 25); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><wbr style="font-size: 12px; color: rgb(25, 25, 25); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><wbr style="font-size: 12px; color: rgb(25, 25, 25); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><wbr style="font-size: 12px; color: rgb(25, 25, 25); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> <p> <wbr style="font-size: 12px; color: rgb(25, 25, 25); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><wbr style="font-size: 12px; color: rgb(25, 25, 25); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><wbr style="font-size: 12px; color: rgb(25, 25, 25); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><wbr style="font-size: 12px; color: rgb(25, 25, 25); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> </wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></p> <wbr style="font-size: 12px; color: rgb(25, 25, 25); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><wbr style="font-size: 12px; color: rgb(25, 25, 25); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><wbr style="font-size: 12px; color: rgb(25, 25, 25); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><wbr style="font-size: 12px; color: rgb(25, 25, 25); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><wbr style="font-size: 12px; color: rgb(25, 25, 25); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><wbr style="font-size: 12px; color: rgb(25, 25, 25); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><wbr style="font-size: 12px; color: rgb(25, 25, 25); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><wbr style="font-size: 12px; color: rgb(25, 25, 25); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></p> <div class="field field-blog-video-checkbox"> <div class="label">Video Checkbox:&nbsp;</div> This blog post does not contain or feature video</div> http://frogbox.com/blog/2015/04/doug-burgoyne-legacy-scholarship#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 18:24:06 +0000 Phil Harbut 1048 at http://frogbox.com Tips for a Greener Holiday http://frogbox.com/blog/2014/12/tips-for-a-greener-holiday-0 <div class="field field-lead-image"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_lead_image" width="2880" height="1800" alt="" src="http://frogbox.com/files/blog/lead/christmas-tree-branch.jpg?1419280163" /></div> <div class="field field-franchises-links"> <ul><li><a href="/boise">Boise</a></li> <li><a href="/calgary">Calgary</a></li> <li><a href="/durham-region">Durham Region</a></li> <li><a href="/edmonton">Edmonton</a></li> <li><a href="/fraser-valley">Fraser Valley</a></li> <li><a href="/halifax">Halifax</a></li> <li><a href="/hamilton-oakville">Hamilton-Oakville</a></li> <li><a href="/kitchener-waterloo">Kitchener-Waterloo</a></li> <li><a href="/lethbridge">Lethbridge</a></li> <li><a href="/london">London</a></li> <li><a href="/minneapolis-st-paul">Minneapolis &amp; St. Paul</a></li> <li><a href="/mississauga-brampton">Mississauga-Brampton </a></li> <li><a href="/okanagan">Okanagan</a></li> <li><a href="/ottawa">Ottawa</a></li> <li><a href="/regina">Regina</a></li> <li><a href="/saskatoon">Saskatoon</a></li> <li><a href="/seattle">Seattle</a></li> <li><a href="/st-johns">St. John&#039;s</a></li> <li><a href="/toronto">Toronto </a></li> <li><a href="/vancouver">Vancouver</a></li> <li><a href="/victoria">Victoria</a></li> <li><a href="/winnipeg">Winnipeg</a></li> </ul></div> <p> <span id="docs-internal-guid-3dc0a3a2-73af-2e71-661c-9027f88c3fc9"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The holiday season is here! And while all of us at <span class="fb_instance"><span>Frog</span>Box</span></span></span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> are very excited for the festivities with friends and family, we&rsquo;ve also taken a moment to make a list (and, yes, we&rsquo;ve checked it twice). There&#39;s lots of ways to enjoy all the goodness of the season without creating all the waste, so here&rsquo;s our list of tips for a sustainable, eco-friendly holiday:</span></p> <ol style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: decimal; font-size: 15px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p> <span id="docs-internal-guid-3dc0a3a2-73af-2e71-661c-9027f88c3fc9"><span style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Buy local</span><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> - Local craft markets and artisan stores are great places to find unique gifts that come without the cost of long-distance transportation and greenhouse gas emissions. There&rsquo;s often less packaging too. Even better, try finding gifts made from recycled or upcycled materials.</span></span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: decimal; font-size: 15px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p> <strong>Give experiences in place of stuff</strong>&nbsp;- experiences make great memories that often last far longer than physical stuff that we may or may not even ever use. Tickets to museums, aquariums, theatrical and other art performances. Trips to a new destination. Ski days. Bungee jumping. Massage. There&#39;s all sorts of things that will make for great lasting memories and less waste in the bin.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: decimal; font-size: 15px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p> <span id="docs-internal-guid-3dc0a3a2-73af-2e71-661c-9027f88c3fc9"><span style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Give &lsquo;battery-free&rsquo; gifts</span><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> - The EPA states that about 40% of all battery sales occur over the holidays. Once discarded, batteries are an environmental hazard. Go battery free and, </span><a href="http://www.parenting.com/gallery/battery-free-toys" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">for kids</span></a><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">, consider giving naturally powered toys.</span></span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: decimal; font-size: 15px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p> <span id="docs-internal-guid-3dc0a3a2-73af-2e71-661c-9027f88c3fc9"><span style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Wrap presents in newspaper</span><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> - it may not be as shiny as traditional wrapping paper, but it eliminates tonnes of unnecessary waste. Wrap gifts in the Sunday comics, old maps, extra wallpaper or reusable fabric gift bags.</span></span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: decimal; font-size: 15px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p> <span id="docs-internal-guid-3dc0a3a2-73af-2e71-661c-9027f88c3fc9"><span style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Make your own holiday cards</span><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> - instead of giving a store-bought card, why not get creative and make </span><a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/49-awesome-diy-holiday-cards" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">an impressive, and more personal, homemade card</span></a><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">. Or save paper by sending an e-card to tech-savvy friends and family.</span></span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: decimal; font-size: 15px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p> <span id="docs-internal-guid-3dc0a3a2-73af-2e71-661c-9027f88c3fc9"><span style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Keep an eye on those lights</span><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> - Opt for L.E.D lights, which use about one-sixth of the energy as traditional lights. For outdoors, look for solar powered lights. And try to turn lights off (or use a timer) so they don&rsquo;t waste energy overnight.</span></span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: decimal; font-size: 15px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p> <span id="docs-internal-guid-3dc0a3a2-73af-2e71-661c-9027f88c3fc9"><span style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Think about food waste </span><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">- consider saving tasty leftovers for future meals, be realistic about how much food you actually need, and compost any unwanted food.</span></span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: decimal; font-size: 15px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p> <span id="docs-internal-guid-3dc0a3a2-73af-2e71-661c-9027f88c3fc9"><span style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Use a real tree</span><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> - Real trees are more eco-friendly than plastic trees, which are made from toxic chemicals, and eventually end up in landfills. But make sure your real tree comes from </span><a href="http://canopy.org/about-trees/sustainable-christmas-trees/" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">a sustainable source</span></a><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">. </span></span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: decimal; font-size: 15px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p> <span id="docs-internal-guid-3dc0a3a2-73af-2e71-661c-9027f88c3fc9"><span style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Use beeswax candles</span><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> - traditional paraffin candles are terrible for both the environment and your health. Try using 100% beeswax or soy candles, which are biodegradable and more eco-friendly to produce</span></span></p> </li> </ol> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <span id="docs-internal-guid-3dc0a3a2-73af-2e71-661c-9027f88c3fc9"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">We hope these tips help to make your holiday a little greener. From all of us at <span class="fb_instance"><span>Frog</span>Box</span></span></span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">, we wish you a fun, safe, and happy holiday season! </span></p> <div class="field field-blog-video-checkbox"> <div class="label">Video Checkbox:&nbsp;</div> This blog post does not contain or feature video</div> http://frogbox.com/blog/2014/12/tips-for-a-greener-holiday-0#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 20:41:37 +0000 mathieson 1040 at http://frogbox.com Changes in Attitude: Awesome Events which mark Environmental Progress in 2014! http://frogbox.com/blog/2014/12/changes-in-attitude-awesome-events-which-mark-environmental-progress-in-2014 <div class="field field-lead-image"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_lead_image" width="460" height="276" alt="Global Climate Change" src="http://frogbox.com/files/blog/lead/climatechange2.jpg?1418849631" /></div> <div class="field field-franchises-links"> <ul><li><a href="/boise">Boise</a></li> <li><a href="/calgary">Calgary</a></li> <li><a href="/durham-region">Durham Region</a></li> <li><a href="/edmonton">Edmonton</a></li> <li><a href="/fraser-valley">Fraser Valley</a></li> <li><a href="/halifax">Halifax</a></li> <li><a href="/hamilton-oakville">Hamilton-Oakville</a></li> <li><a href="/kitchener-waterloo">Kitchener-Waterloo</a></li> <li><a href="/lethbridge">Lethbridge</a></li> <li><a href="/london">London</a></li> <li><a href="/minneapolis-st-paul">Minneapolis &amp; St. Paul</a></li> <li><a href="/okanagan">Okanagan</a></li> <li><a href="/ottawa">Ottawa</a></li> <li><a href="/regina">Regina</a></li> <li><a href="/saskatoon">Saskatoon</a></li> <li><a href="/seattle">Seattle</a></li> <li><a href="/st-johns">St. John&#039;s</a></li> <li><a href="/toronto">Toronto </a></li> <li><a href="/vancouver">Vancouver</a></li> <li><a href="/victoria">Victoria</a></li> <li><a href="/winnipeg">Winnipeg</a></li> </ul></div> <p> <span id="docs-internal-guid-fe1dd7eb-5a08-3dbd-cda7-6f4392f6ba37"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Global warming is serious stuff. And it</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arimo; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">&rsquo;</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">s got the world&#39;s attention. Most of us have heard the bad news that goes along with climate change: rising sea levels, extreme weather, greater flood risks, and changes to crop yields. In fact, it</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arimo; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">&rsquo;</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">s hard to not get caught up in the bad news. </span></span></p> <p> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1; background-color: transparent;">But here&#39;s some good news about prevention: </span></p> <p> <img alt="international flags" src="/files/15/images/international-flags.jpg" style="width: 491px; height: 327px;" /></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">In September, the </span><a href="http://www.un.org/climatechange/summit/" style="line-height: 1; text-decoration: none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">UN Climate Summit</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> was a call for awareness and action on global warming. The goal of the summit was to encourage more than 120 member states to sign-up to a new global climate agreement in 2015. It was the largest number of government heads to ever attend a climate conference. Leaders promised greater use of clean energy, pledged billions for a global climate fund to help developing nations, and set specific targets to curb greenhouse gas pollution. A few days prior to the summit, </span><a href="http://www.worldbank.org/" style="line-height: 1; text-decoration: none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">the World Bank</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> announced that more than 1,000 businesses, 73 countries, and 22 states, provinces and cities have expressed their support for carbon pricing (in other words, putting a tax on carbon emissions). </span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Last month, The United States reached a new agreement with China, which vowed to cut down their carbon emissions by 26-28%, a goal aimed to be met by 2025 by the US, and 2030 by China. President Obama and President Xi JiPing met on November 12th to finalise the agreement that marks the first time the world</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arimo; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">&rsquo;</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">s two largest economies have taken true responsibility for their emissions. This is awesome news, particularly because it may mean that climate change will become a higher priority on the next </span><a href="http://g20.org/" style="line-height: 1; text-decoration: none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">G20</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> agenda, and Obama hopes that this deal will encourage other countries to address climate change as well.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">To end the year the UN Annual Climate Change Conference at Lima, Peru saw more new ground for Climate Change discussion. All 196 countries agreed to an outline text for a new global climate agreement to be reached in Paris in 2015. It&rsquo;s not decisive action, but it keeps that action on track. And it did eliminate a fundamental distinction between developed and developing nations - putting all nations on the same footing. It reiterated language from the US/China agreement. See more in </span><span style="text-decoration: underline; font-size: 15px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"><a href="http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/dec/15/lima-deal-represents-a-fundamental-change-in-global-climate-regime" style="text-decoration:none;">The Guardian.</a></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Here at FROGBOX, we&#39;re happy to see climate change get more time on centre stage. We&#39;re eager to see North American and international leaders commit to action and develop practical plans for reducing greenhouse gases. And we</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arimo; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">&rsquo;</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">re optimistic that these are some real steps toward big, positive changes. The earth is a big, marvellous, and precious place, and now</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arimo; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">&rsquo;</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">s the time to do big things (and small) to take care of it.</span></p> <div class="field field-blog-video-checkbox"> <div class="label">Video Checkbox:&nbsp;</div> This blog post does not contain or feature video</div> http://frogbox.com/blog/2014/12/changes-in-attitude-awesome-events-which-mark-environmental-progress-in-2014#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:58:25 +0000 mathieson 1038 at http://frogbox.com 6 Tips for a Greener Halloween http://frogbox.com/blog/2014/10/6-tips-for-a-greener-halloween <div class="field field-franchises-links"> <ul><li><a href="/boise">Boise</a></li> <li><a href="/calgary">Calgary</a></li> <li><a href="/durham-region">Durham Region</a></li> <li><a href="/edmonton">Edmonton</a></li> <li><a href="/fraser-valley">Fraser Valley</a></li> <li><a href="/halifax">Halifax</a></li> <li><a href="/hamilton-oakville">Hamilton-Oakville</a></li> <li><a href="/kitchener-waterloo">Kitchener-Waterloo</a></li> <li><a href="/lethbridge">Lethbridge</a></li> <li><a href="/london">London</a></li> <li><a href="/minneapolis-st-paul">Minneapolis &amp; St. Paul</a></li> <li><a href="/mississauga-brampton">Mississauga-Brampton </a></li> <li><a href="/okanagan">Okanagan</a></li> <li><a href="/ottawa">Ottawa</a></li> <li><a href="/regina">Regina</a></li> <li><a href="/saskatoon">Saskatoon</a></li> <li><a href="/seattle">Seattle</a></li> <li><a href="/st-johns">St. John&#039;s</a></li> <li><a href="/toronto">Toronto </a></li> <li><a href="/vancouver">Vancouver</a></li> <li><a href="/victoria">Victoria</a></li> <li><a href="/winnipeg">Winnipeg</a></li> </ul></div> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <img height="180px;" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/ny9rQnrFLA89LOQ1jZfZYJP34p1ZNju6zMsYpG43Z01APVHCUz9JnDCFC6oVnRM-lQJ79OdjFd_A2lN-AVwwBPgW9NLpvxMhwqgITX7EF-55TQMShuYoC9XHOUZLS2Ob8A" style="line-height: 13.8000001907349px; color: rgb(5, 133, 158); font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'; white-space: pre-wrap; border: none; transform: rotate(0rad); -webkit-transform: rotate(0rad);" width="550px;" /></p> <div> Here at <span class="fb_instance"><span>Frog</span>Box</span><span style="line-height: 1.15;">&nbsp;we&rsquo;re all about having fun and you know we&rsquo;re into costumes - just check out our mascot! Halloween is a great holiday but it also often encourages the purchase of a lot of one-time-use disposable fun. In honour of this year&rsquo;s Halloween (which is here tomorrow!), we&rsquo;ve got some simple last minute tips to keep it fun, spooky and environmentally-responsible.</span></div> <ol dir="ltr"> <li style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <div> Use What You&rsquo;ve Got! - Think hard about what you&rsquo;ve already got and have a look through the closet before you buy something new. Making a costume out of some old clothes can be extremely effective, even making a thrift store purchase means you aren&rsquo;t purchasing costumes that can be disposable and harmful to the environment.</div> </li> <li style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <div> Re-recycle! - Using old plastics, cans and bottle caps for costumes for kids as well as decorations give one more use for that late night snack!</div> </li> <li style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <div> Paint It - Avoid Rubber/cardboard masks that are essentially single-use items, instead use eco-friendly face paint, perfect for the kids and an awesome activity that lets out your creative side! - <a href="http://www.naturalearthpaint.com/products/natural-face-paint-kit">http://www.naturalearthpaint.com/products/natural-face-paint-kit</a></div> </li> <li style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <div> No Plastics Bags or Buckets - Reuse old pillow cases and decorating them with the kids, they can use them for years to come and will hold enough candy to keep them up all night long, perfect right?!</div> </li> <li style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <div> Carve Smart - Decorations don&rsquo;t all have to be plastic and cardboard, this year keep it natural with an abundance of pumpkins (carving is a fun, creative activity for the kids). Pumpkins can be composted - and hopefully you can use your compost for fertilizer next spring!</div> </li> <li style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <div> Burn Smart - Candles keep it creepy - but paraffin isn&rsquo;t the best for the environment, buy alternative soy-candles to keep those jack-o-lanterns burning <a href="http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/home/954213/five_of_the_bestecofriendly_scented_candles.html">http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/home/954213/five_of_the_bestecofriendly_scented_candles.html</a></div> </li> <li style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <div> Cardboard can be fun - we know there are better options when it comes to moving boxes! But most of us have some cardboard around or can find some easily and it&rsquo;s a very workable, recyclable material for making fun costumes. Check out these examples.</div> </li> </ol> <div> Halloween is a great time to practice reducing, reusing and recycling in the name of good fun. Please share any tips or ideas of your own in the comments. And have a happy Halloween!&nbsp;<img height="354px;" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/DHVlg6j8-qhr-Z96c-_4-5EL1NE8bEE_Iy7FLVxxGBm9WwSpECxF0Aj1pNA5gt21wWERUgec68BebOilZ-O69lmGTzeUeH1zrwxXuJ0YbyuIhHlsXNeXa6UcSH4IGQ5ZAQ" style="color: rgb(5, 133, 158); font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'; line-height: 13.8000001907349px; white-space: pre-wrap; border: none; transform: rotate(0rad); -webkit-transform: rotate(0rad);" width="193px;" /></div> <div class="field field-blog-video-checkbox"> <div class="label">Video Checkbox:&nbsp;</div> This blog post does not contain or feature video</div> http://frogbox.com/blog/2014/10/6-tips-for-a-greener-halloween#comments Moving Supplies Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:45:42 +0000 mathieson 1035 at http://frogbox.com There are FROGBOX moving boxes in that PODS container! http://frogbox.com/blog/2014/09/there-are-frogbox-moving-boxes-in-that-pods-container <div class="field field-lead-image"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_lead_image" width="420" height="212" alt="PODS Container" src="http://frogbox.com/files/blog/lead/house_with_pod_storagebluesky.jpg?1409943922" /></div> <div class="field field-franchises-links"> <ul><li><a href="/boise">Boise</a></li> <li><a href="/durham-region">Durham Region</a></li> <li><a href="/fraser-valley">Fraser Valley</a></li> <li><a href="/halifax">Halifax</a></li> <li><a href="/hamilton-oakville">Hamilton-Oakville</a></li> <li><a href="/kitchener-waterloo">Kitchener-Waterloo</a></li> <li><a href="/lethbridge">Lethbridge</a></li> <li><a href="/london">London</a></li> <li><a href="/minneapolis-st-paul">Minneapolis &amp; St. Paul</a></li> <li><a href="/mississauga-brampton">Mississauga-Brampton </a></li> <li><a href="/okanagan">Okanagan</a></li> <li><a href="/ottawa">Ottawa</a></li> <li><a href="/regina">Regina</a></li> <li><a href="/saskatoon">Saskatoon</a></li> <li><a href="/seattle">Seattle</a></li> <li><a href="/st-johns">St. John&#039;s</a></li> <li><a href="/toronto">Toronto </a></li> <li><a href="/vancouver">Vancouver</a></li> <li><a href="/victoria">Victoria</a></li> </ul></div> <p> Well, maybe not that particular PODS container - but now that PODS has selected FROGBOX to provide reusable moving boxes and eco-friendly moving supplies to its customers in Canada, you&#39;re going to start seeing them together more.</p> <p> So how does it work? PODS customers in Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and their surrounding areas, can now order directly from the PODS website. From there, <span class="fb_instance"><span>Frog</span>Box</span> takes over and delivers sturdy plastic moving boxes, reusable wardrobes, and eco-friendly moving supplies to their door.&nbsp;</p> <p> They&#39;ll be able to get the most out of their PODS container, because FROGBOXES are sturdy and stack more securely than cardboard moving boxes. Sounds great, right? Plus they&#39;ll save a lot of time using <span class="fb_instance"><span>Frog</span>Box</span> moving boxes, since they won&#39;t need to worry about building, taping, tearing apart, and disposing of cardboard boxes.</p> <p> Pairing <span class="fb_instance"><span>Frog</span>Box</span> moving boxes with PODS containers provides a moving and storage solution people can trust. It&rsquo;s very secure, very efficient, and we know you&rsquo;re gonna love it!</p> <p> See the official press release <a href="http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/09/prweb12139174.htm">here</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="/files/20/images/FROGBOX Moving Boxes Delivery.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 243px;" /></p> <div class="field field-blog-video-checkbox"> <div class="label">Video Checkbox:&nbsp;</div> This blog post does not contain or feature video</div> http://frogbox.com/blog/2014/09/there-are-frogbox-moving-boxes-in-that-pods-container#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 18:39:15 +0000 Phil Harbut 1028 at http://frogbox.com How to Pack the Hard-to-Pack Stuff http://frogbox.com/blog/2014/08/how-to-pack-the-hard-to-pack-stuff <div class="field field-lead-image"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_lead_image" width="1452" height="1600" alt="Hard to Pack Item: Fish in a Bowl" src="http://frogbox.com/files/blog/lead/fishbowl_0.jpg?1409182099" /></div> <div class="field field-franchises-links"> <ul><li><a href="/boise">Boise</a></li> <li><a href="/calgary">Calgary</a></li> <li><a href="/durham-region">Durham Region</a></li> <li><a href="/edmonton">Edmonton</a></li> <li><a href="/fraser-valley">Fraser Valley</a></li> <li><a href="/halifax">Halifax</a></li> <li><a href="/hamilton-oakville">Hamilton-Oakville</a></li> <li><a href="/kitchener-waterloo">Kitchener-Waterloo</a></li> <li><a href="/lethbridge">Lethbridge</a></li> <li><a href="/london">London</a></li> <li><a href="/minneapolis-st-paul">Minneapolis &amp; St. Paul</a></li> <li><a href="/mississauga-brampton">Mississauga-Brampton </a></li> <li><a href="/okanagan">Okanagan</a></li> <li><a href="/ottawa">Ottawa</a></li> <li><a href="/regina">Regina</a></li> <li><a href="/saskatoon">Saskatoon</a></li> <li><a href="/seattle">Seattle</a></li> <li><a href="/st-johns">St. John&#039;s</a></li> <li><a href="/toronto">Toronto </a></li> <li><a href="/vancouver">Vancouver</a></li> <li><a href="/victoria">Victoria</a></li> <li><a href="/winnipeg">Winnipeg</a></li> </ul></div> <p> We know you&rsquo;ve probably got a handle on packing basics (for a quick refresher, check out <a href="http://frogbox.com/blog/2013/09/how-to-pack-a-frogbox" target="_blank">this post!</a>), and have got your packing materials, labels, and sturdy and stackable <span class="fb_instance"><span>Frog</span>Box</span>ES ready to go! But not everything fits into a moving box.</p> <p> Here, we&rsquo;ve put together a list of items that deserve special attention, and suggestions on how to pack them with extra care. With a bit of planning and the right supplies you&rsquo;ll be able to move these trickier items with ease.</p> <ul> <li> <strong>Plants.&nbsp;</strong>A move can be disastrous for your green friends, so handle them carefully. For larger plants, you can wrap craft paper around the plant to protect the leaves from damage. If your plants are in ceramic pots, move them to lighter plastic planters and pack up your ceramic planters. Keep in mind that plants need to remain in a temperature-controlled environment. A moving van might be too hot or too cold, so transport your plants in your car where the temperature is just right.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <strong>Artwork.&nbsp;</strong>Moving your art collection can be nerve-wracking. Not only are these items costly, but often highly sentimental. Nobody wants to damage a frame or get nicks in the glass. It&rsquo;s best to wrap each frame in bubble wrap or packing paper and then tape something light, flat and rigid (e.g., cardboard pieces) to each side for added protection.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <strong>Glassware and Fragile Items.&nbsp;</strong>Pack glassware with extra care. It&rsquo;s important to support and cushion fragile glass walls both inside and out. Place glassware and china in the centre of a box, then use clothing, towels, and other soft materials to fill space and line the bottom and top of your box. Pack these fragile items tightly together so they don&rsquo;t shift around in transit. And don&rsquo;t forget to write FRAGILE on your label. &nbsp;<em>Extra tip:</em> We recommend using newsprint to fill space, but not to wrap items; the ink can get everywhere and is slightly toxic. If you need a bundle of ink-free packing paper, <span class="fb_instance"><span>Frog</span>Box</span>&nbsp;has got you covered &ndash; and it&rsquo;s recycled, too!</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <strong>Television and Computer Monitors.&nbsp;</strong>Monitors can be large, heavy, and easily damaged. You can either put a monitor inside a large box or wrap it in a blanket or bubble wrap and carry it. If you decide on the latter, you&rsquo;ll want to spread the blanket on the floor, place the monitor on top of the blanket, then wrap the blanket up and around the monitor and tape it in place.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <strong>Legal Documents.&nbsp;</strong>Here&rsquo;s an item that you should never pack. It&rsquo;s very important to hand-carry car titles, marriage certificates, passports, and insurance policies. Keep these documents close, as they are difficult to replace. And be sure to make copies.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> <strong>Aquariums and Fish.&nbsp;</strong>Fish often don&#39;t survive the motion and varying temperatures of a longer move, so you may decide to sell or give away your fish and aquarium. But if you move them, it&rsquo;s best to move your aquarium and fish in your car, rather than put them in the moving truck. Leave your water-loving companions where they are until the last moment, then transfer them into a plastic bag (suitable only for very short distances) or a plastic moving tank. For more advice, check out <a href="http://www.movers.com/moving-guides/how-to-move-an-aquarium.html" target="_blank">this how-to guide</a> and visit your local aquarium store.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p> Thank you for reading!</p> <div class="field field-blog-video-checkbox"> <div class="label">Video Checkbox:&nbsp;</div> This blog post does not contain or feature video</div> http://frogbox.com/blog/2014/08/how-to-pack-the-hard-to-pack-stuff#comments Moving Supplies Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:17:26 +0000 1023 at http://frogbox.com Tips for Moving in Summer http://frogbox.com/blog/2014/08/tips-for-moving-in-summer <div class="field field-lead-image"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_lead_image" width="640" height="428" alt="dandelion, summer, moving boxes" src="http://frogbox.com/files/blog/lead/dandelion-302129_640.jpg?1407367219" /></div> <div class="field field-franchises-links"> <ul><li><a href="/boise">Boise</a></li> <li><a href="/calgary">Calgary</a></li> <li><a href="/durham-region">Durham Region</a></li> <li><a href="/edmonton">Edmonton</a></li> <li><a href="/fraser-valley">Fraser Valley</a></li> <li><a href="/halifax">Halifax</a></li> <li><a href="/hamilton-oakville">Hamilton-Oakville</a></li> <li><a href="/kitchener-waterloo">Kitchener-Waterloo</a></li> <li><a href="/lethbridge">Lethbridge</a></li> <li><a href="/london">London</a></li> <li><a href="/minneapolis-st-paul">Minneapolis &amp; St. Paul</a></li> <li><a href="/mississauga-brampton">Mississauga-Brampton </a></li> <li><a href="/okanagan">Okanagan</a></li> <li><a href="/ottawa">Ottawa</a></li> <li><a href="/regina">Regina</a></li> <li><a href="/saskatoon">Saskatoon</a></li> <li><a href="/seattle">Seattle</a></li> <li><a href="/st-johns">St. John&#039;s</a></li> <li><a href="/toronto">Toronto </a></li> <li><a href="/vancouver">Vancouver</a></li> <li><a href="/victoria">Victoria</a></li> <li><a href="/winnipeg">Winnipeg</a></li> </ul></div> <p> <span id="docs-internal-guid-09a02e47-ad97-c659-0ee2-3c999b691fe3"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Summer, oh glorious Summer! It&rsquo;s the time of year to soak up some vitamin D at your favourite beach, hike a scenic forest trail, or grill some burgers (or veggie kabobs) with friends. It&rsquo;s also the most popular and busiest time to move!</span></span></p> <p> <span id="docs-internal-guid-09a02e47-ad97-c659-0ee2-3c999b691fe3"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">There are a few reasons for this: 1. </span><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Weather</span><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">. Although it is the hottest time of year, it&rsquo;s likely to be rain-free and guaranteed (almost) to be snow-free, so it makes for a dry move without the dangers or damage caused by rain and ice. 2. </span><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Real Estate Season</span><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">. Statistics show that summertime is when most houses are bought and sold: the precursors to a move. 3. </span><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The School Year</span><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">. Many families with kids plan to move in the months prior to September so that everything is in order for the start of school.</span></span></p> <p> <span id="docs-internal-guid-09a02e47-ad97-c659-0ee2-3c999b691fe3"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">There are many reasons to plan a move during the Summer months, and several things you can do to keep your Summer move from turning into a hot-sticky mess.</span></span></p> <p> <span id="docs-internal-guid-09a02e47-ad97-c659-0ee2-3c999b691fe3"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">You know <span class="fb_instance"><span>Frog</span>Box</span></span></span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1; background-color: transparent;"> has you covered when it comes to providing affordable, easy-to-use, and eco-friendly moving boxes. Here are some more ways to make your move less stressful:</span></p> <p> <span id="docs-internal-guid-09a02e47-ad97-c659-0ee2-3c999b691fe3"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Plan to move on the least busy days of the week.</span><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> Try to move on a weekday in the middle of the month, and do your best to avoid long weekends. Here at FROGBOX, our busiest times are between the 15th and 5th of the following month. </span></span></p> <p> <span id="docs-internal-guid-09a02e47-ad97-c659-0ee2-3c999b691fe3"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Be flexible.</span><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> Even if you&rsquo;re moving within the same city, allocate time for possible delays like vehicle breakdowns, unforeseen personal circumstances, or issues with your moving company. Consider taking an extra day off from work. </span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Consider what items should not be put into the moving van.</span><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> If you&rsquo;re moving during a heat wave, things like artwork or CD&rsquo;s and DVD&rsquo;s may be susceptible to damage, while candles and household cleaners may simply cause a mess. Plan ahead to keep vulnerable items out of the heat.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Be kind to the movers.</span><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> Respect their needs to take breaks, especially if it&rsquo;s uncomfortably hot, and provide cold water for the packing crew. Keep in mind that in the summer your moving team has likely been working plenty of overtime.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Plan carefully for your kids on the big day.</span><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> Your children will need a safe, climate-controlled place to play, nap, and stay out of the way of the moving crew. </span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Think about air-conditioning when moving out and moving in.</span><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> The doors to your house will be open for extended periods, so it could be quite costly to have your air conditioner running. Make sure to pack your fans last and ensure that the electricity is turned on in the new home.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Plan for your pets.</span><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> Make arrangements for your pets so that they are safe from the heat, kept out of the movers&rsquo; way, and won&rsquo;t accidentally be let out of the house or yard. Put your pets in a kennel or have a friend care for them.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1; background-color: transparent;">Don&rsquo;t forget that a summer move means summer celebrations! Once you&rsquo;re settled at your new pad, it&rsquo;s time to indulge in the remaining days of summer with friends and family. It might be hot, it might be busy, you might run out of popsicles, but good planning and good company will keep things cool!</span></p> <div class="field field-blog-video-checkbox"> <div class="label">Video Checkbox:&nbsp;</div> This blog post does not contain or feature video</div> http://frogbox.com/blog/2014/08/tips-for-moving-in-summer#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 23:20:49 +0000 1020 at http://frogbox.com Some Moves Are Tax Deductible! http://frogbox.com/blog/2014/03/some-moves-are-tax-deductible <div class="field field-lead-image"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_lead_image" width="500" height="367" alt="Taxes and Moving" src="http://frogbox.com/files/blog/lead/tax_calculator.jpg?1395274032" /></div> <div class="field field-franchises-links"> <ul><li><a href="/calgary">Calgary</a></li> <li><a href="/durham-region">Durham Region</a></li> <li><a href="/edmonton">Edmonton</a></li> <li><a href="/fraser-valley">Fraser Valley</a></li> <li><a href="/halifax">Halifax</a></li> <li><a href="/hamilton-oakville">Hamilton-Oakville</a></li> <li><a href="/kitchener-waterloo">Kitchener-Waterloo</a></li> <li><a href="/lethbridge">Lethbridge</a></li> <li><a href="/london">London</a></li> <li></li> <li><a href="/mississauga-brampton">Mississauga-Brampton </a></li> <li><a href="/okanagan">Okanagan</a></li> <li><a href="/ottawa">Ottawa</a></li> <li><a href="/regina">Regina</a></li> <li><a href="/saskatoon">Saskatoon</a></li> <li><a href="/st-johns">St. John&#039;s</a></li> <li><a href="/toronto">Toronto </a></li> <li><a href="/vancouver">Vancouver</a></li> <li><a href="/victoria">Victoria</a></li> <li><a href="/winnipeg">Winnipeg</a></li> </ul></div> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <span id="docs-internal-guid-101590f6-dcc3-85a2-198d-e9b967e53882"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">It&rsquo;s tax time and so we thought we&rsquo;d drop a little info that could save you some dough. We wish every move were tax deductible - and though most are not - some are! If you are moving for the sake of employment or to attend university, then you just may be in luck. But we&rsquo;re talking taxes, so of course it&#39;s complicated. And there are many interpretations, so talk to your tax professional. Here&rsquo;s the basics:</span></span></p> <ul style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <span id="docs-internal-guid-101590f6-dcc3-85a2-198d-e9b967e53882"><span style="background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><strong>Moving at least 40km toward your new employment/school OR to enable employment with the same employer</strong>. The first one is pretty clear: you move to a new place for a new job. But the second seems to have been fought for in the courts by people who moved more than 40km toward their current job. Think promotions or moving downtown because you were told you&rsquo;d be fired if you showed up late one more time. 40km is measured as the easiest publically available route - not as the crow flies. Crows don&rsquo;t do taxes.</span></span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <span id="docs-internal-guid-101590f6-dcc3-85a2-198d-e9b967e53882"><span style="background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><strong>Move must be within Canada.</strong> But there are some exceptions for students. PRO TIP: your location for tax purposes is registered on Dec 31 of a given year. So if you&rsquo;re moving to a province with lower taxes, try to get there sooner. And if you&rsquo;re moving to a province with higher taxes, push it into the new year if you can.</span></span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <span id="docs-internal-guid-101590f6-dcc3-85a2-198d-e9b967e53882"><span style="background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><strong>Which expenses?</strong> - Transportation of you and your stuff (includes your moving boxes - er, rather <span class="fb_instance"><span>Frog</span>Box</span></span></span><span style="background-color: transparent; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">ES!), meals and lodging, costs of selling your old home, utility connection/disconnection, address change, and more.</span></p> </li> </ul> <p> <span id="docs-internal-guid-101590f6-dcc3-85a2-198d-e9b967e53882"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Big thanks to Tim Cestnik who wrote this <a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/personal-finance/taxes/turn-your-next-move-into-a-tax-deduction/article13119481/" target="_blank">Globe and Mail Article</a> and <a href="http://www.relocatecanada.com/revcanada.html" target="_blank">RelocateCanada.com</a> for additional info. Remember to talk to your tax professional - we do boxes not taxes. And do let us know if you have any other pro tax tips to help out your fellow Frogboxers. Here&rsquo;s to happy moving!</span></span></p> <div class="field field-blog-video-checkbox"> <div class="label">Video Checkbox:&nbsp;</div> This blog post does not contain or feature video</div> http://frogbox.com/blog/2014/03/some-moves-are-tax-deductible#comments Moving Boxes Moving moving tip tax deductions taxes Thu, 20 Mar 2014 00:09:07 +0000 mathieson 1000 at http://frogbox.com Plan your next move with MOVEYOURPAD http://frogbox.com/blog/2014/03/plan-your-next-move-with-moveyourpad <div class="field field-lead-image"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_lead_image" width="592" height="583" alt="Low-stress-move-with-moveyourpad-moving-checklist" src="http://frogbox.com/files/blog/lead/moveyourpad_mover.jpg?1394720390" /></div> <div class="field field-franchises-links"> <ul><li><a href="/boise">Boise</a></li> <li><a href="/calgary">Calgary</a></li> <li><a href="/durham-region">Durham Region</a></li> <li><a href="/edmonton">Edmonton</a></li> <li><a href="/fraser-valley">Fraser Valley</a></li> <li><a href="/halifax">Halifax</a></li> <li><a href="/hamilton-oakville">Hamilton-Oakville</a></li> <li><a href="/kitchener-waterloo">Kitchener-Waterloo</a></li> <li><a href="/lethbridge">Lethbridge</a></li> <li><a href="/london">London</a></li> <li><a href="/minneapolis-st-paul">Minneapolis &amp; St. Paul</a></li> <li><a href="/mississauga-brampton">Mississauga-Brampton </a></li> <li><a href="/okanagan">Okanagan</a></li> <li><a href="/ottawa">Ottawa</a></li> <li><a href="/regina">Regina</a></li> <li><a href="/saskatoon">Saskatoon</a></li> <li><a href="/seattle">Seattle</a></li> <li><a href="/st-johns">St. John&#039;s</a></li> <li><a href="/toronto">Toronto </a></li> <li><a href="/vancouver">Vancouver</a></li> <li><a href="/victoria">Victoria</a></li> <li><a href="/winnipeg">Winnipeg</a></li> </ul></div> <p> Everyone makes lists. The moving experts at MOVEYOURPAD are no different, except that they have compiled the ultimate moving checklist to help reduce the stress of your next move. You can use their checklist along with pages of helpful moving tips to keep your move on track and make the right choices.</p> <h3> Ultimate Moving Checklist</h3> <p> Enter your move date, and the MOVEYOURPAD moving checklist lets you know the things you should be focused on in the weeks leading up to your move. Weekly email reminders keep you on track, and helpful tips and tricks associated with each task give you the guidance you need to feel in control.</p> <h3> Helpful Moving Tips</h3> <p> In addition to the moving checklist, MOVEYOURPAD also allows you to browse pages of moving tips and tricks. A range of topics cover all aspects of your move, from advice on choosing a mover and packing boxes, to fun activities to do in your new neighbourhood.&nbsp;</p> <h3> Getting Started</h3> <p> Getting started with MOVEYOURPAD is easy. <strong>Just visit the website at <a href="http://www.moveyourpad.com">www.moveyourpad.com</a> and sign up.</strong> That&#39;s it!</p> <p> Moving is one of the most stressful things that you&#39;ll do in your life. MOVEYOURPAD keeps you on track and in control, and helps you enjoy the adventure.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-blog-video-checkbox"> <div class="label">Video Checkbox:&nbsp;</div> This blog post does not contain or feature video</div> http://frogbox.com/blog/2014/03/plan-your-next-move-with-moveyourpad#comments Eco-friendly Moving moveyourpad moving checklist moving tips Thu, 13 Mar 2014 14:05:15 +0000 Phil Harbut 999 at http://frogbox.com Winter is Coming! http://frogbox.com/blog/2013/11/winter-is-coming <div class="field field-franchises-links"> <ul><li><a href="/boise">Boise</a></li> <li><a href="/calgary">Calgary</a></li> <li><a href="/durham-region">Durham Region</a></li> <li><a href="/edmonton">Edmonton</a></li> <li><a href="/fraser-valley">Fraser Valley</a></li> <li><a href="/halifax">Halifax</a></li> <li><a href="/hamilton-oakville">Hamilton-Oakville</a></li> <li><a href="/kitchener-waterloo">Kitchener-Waterloo</a></li> <li><a href="/lethbridge">Lethbridge</a></li> <li><a href="/london">London</a></li> <li><a href="/minneapolis-st-paul">Minneapolis &amp; St. Paul</a></li> <li><a href="/okanagan">Okanagan</a></li> <li><a href="/ottawa">Ottawa</a></li> <li><a href="/regina">Regina</a></li> <li><a href="/saskatoon">Saskatoon</a></li> <li><a href="/seattle">Seattle</a></li> <li><a href="/st-johns">St. John&#039;s</a></li> <li><a href="/toronto">Toronto </a></li> <li><a href="/vancouver">Vancouver</a></li> <li><a href="/victoria">Victoria</a></li> <li><a href="/winnipeg">Winnipeg</a></li> </ul></div> <p> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img alt="winter, the wall" src="/files/50/images/winter wall(1).jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 168px;" /></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 12px;">Winter is coming&hellip;For those of us &ldquo;north of the wall&rdquo; winter can be a trying time to move.&nbsp; Dealing with snow, rain and ice is a challenge; some of us don&rsquo;t have the luxury of waiting until a fairer climate to move. The&nbsp;</span><span class="fb_instance"><span>Frog</span>Box</span><span style="font-size: 12px;">&nbsp;team came up with a top ten list of tips to help ease the pain of snow and rain.</span></p> <p style="margin-left:1.0in;"> 1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Choose your move day clothing wisely. Wear layers and pack an easily accessible change of clothes bag for all family members. *extra gloves and scarves are always a bonus!</p> <p style="margin-left:1.0in;"> 2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Clear pathways the night before (or morning of your move, if possible). Remove snow and salt the paths at the new abode too if feasible.</p> <p style="margin-left:1.0in;"> 3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Turn on the heat and hot water. After a long day moving you are likely going to want/need a hot shower. Make sure you set up your utilities ahead of time.</p> <p style="margin-left:1.0in;"> 4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Have hot drinks to hand. Be nice to your helpers and movers. A thermos of hot coffee and hot chocolate can help keep your team motivated and warm.</p> <p style="margin-left:1.0in;"> 5.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Protect your floors. Ice, snow and mud will dampen your spirits and the carpet in your new hallway. Plan ahead, lay down some floor protection and don&rsquo;t drag your <span class="fb_instance"><span>Frog</span>Box</span><span style="font-size: 12px;">&nbsp;moving boxes along the new hardwood floors!</span></p> <p style="margin-left:1.0in;"> <span style="font-size: 12px;">6.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Pay special attention to pets, plants and electronics. Cute family pets, pretty plants and plasma tv&rsquo;s = things that don&rsquo;t fare well in the snow! Plan ahead, wrap them well, ask a friend to pet-sit.</span></p> <p style="margin-left:1.0in;"> 7.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Prepare your vehicle. Fuel up the day before. Do you need snow chains? Does your vehicle need a service? These are not questions you want to answer on moving day. Plan ahead.</p> <p style="margin-left:1.0in;"> 8.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Arrive early. Winter means dark, early evenings. You don&rsquo;t want to be unloading a moving truck in the dark.</p> <p style="margin-left:1.0in;"> 9.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Pack <a href="http://frogbox.com/blog/2013/08/moving-nutrition-how-to-use-food-to-stay-balanced-during-your-move" target="_blank">healthy snacks</a>. Handy fruit, veggies, nuts and sandwiches are great.</p> <p style="margin-left:1.0in;"> 10.&nbsp;&nbsp; Be prepared. Make a plan b! A flurry of snow on move day may be manageable, but a blizzard?! Have a back-up plan ready to go!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/files/50/images/cars in snow(1).jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 168px;" /></p> <div class="field field-blog-video-checkbox"> <div class="label">Video Checkbox:&nbsp;</div> This blog post does not contain or feature video</div> http://frogbox.com/blog/2013/11/winter-is-coming#comments Tue, 19 Nov 2013 00:18:16 +0000 987 at http://frogbox.com