Santa Barbara Moving Company Provides Helpful Summertime Tips For New Home Buyers

Dear Friends,

Memorial Day is finally here, and Hazelwood Allied would like to take a moment to give thanks to all the brave me and women who laid down their lives for this beautiful country. These brave soldiers paid the ultimate price and this Memorial Day it is important that we remember these men and women. We are so proud of their bravery and dedication.

Another thing Memorial Day reminds us of is that summer is officially here, and with it, the kids are out of school, summer temperatures climb higher and higher, and home buying season is in full swing. According to the US Census Bureau, almost half of all domestic moves happen between the months of June and September, making summer the busiest time of year for moving.

With the hectic months of summer, you may need the help of a professional moving team like Hazelwood Allied.  Below are helpful tips for streamlining your summertime move.

Make Your Reservation: Yes, it bears repeating because you may find yourself with a quickly approaching move but with no reservation. Additionally, weekends and the first of the month are the most popular times to move, so be sure to lock in your move date with us as soon as possible.

Stick to the Work Week: If at all possible, try to schedule your move during the workweek. This will ensure a smoother move by staying away from peak moving days. This will also allow you to be more flexible on your moving day, as we have more availability during the week.

Beware of Heat-Sensitive Items: Be sure to box up items such as candles, anything made of wax, aerosol products and electronics in clearly marked boxes. Avoid leaving boxes out in the sun, in a hot garage, or any place that will subject them to long periods of high heat. Better yet, trust the professionals with all your boxing needs, and we’ll make sure nothing gets damaged by the incredible high summer temperatures.

Dress for the Occasion: Remember you’re moving not going on a date night. Stay away from white fabrics. Instead opt for lightweight breathable fabrics. Also, don’t’ forget about sunscreen. You may have a painful surprise waiting for you after a full day of walking around in the sun.

Hydrate, Hyrdate, Hyrdate: Everyone knows to drink lots of water, so why do people still not do it? Seriously, be sure to drink lots of water while working on your move. Many times people get tunnel vision and get wrapped up doing work for the move and forget to take care of themselves.

Or maybe you’d rather just relax in the cool AC while Hazelwood Allied does everything from boxing, loading and then unloading. Leave the heavy lifting to us, while you chill with a cold drink. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Give us a call today and make sure you get the Hazelwood guarantee for your move.

After your all moved into your new home, you might need to find a reputable cleaning company.  We recommend Rosie’s Cleaning Service for handling all your cleaning needs.  Like Hazelwood, Rosie’s has an A+ rating on BBB.

Did you know that Hazelwood Allied regularly helps seniors move from senior living communities like Casa Dorinda?  We’re Senior Move Certified through the CRTS.

Thinking about a commercial move or relocating a business? HazelwoodAllied can take care of that as well.

Don’t take unnecessary risks by hiring a less experienced and professional company. Contact Hazelwood Allied for a free estimate or give us a call at 800.541.5958.


Casey McCann
Phone: (805) 963-4493

Memorial Day Weekend Events in Santa Barbara:  

Memorial Day Celebration: Join the Veterans Coordinating Council to honor the sacrifice of American military members. Lunch will be provided. (Monday May 29th at 12:30 pm. 112 West Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Call 455-5259)

Pierre Claeyssens Veteran’s Museum & Library: This Memorial Day, join the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation (PCVF) at the Santa Barbara Cemetery in remembrance of those who gave the greatest sacrifice for our country. The ceremony will include a patriotic program featuring the Santa Barbara Choral Society, bagpipers, and keynote speech from featured guest, Captain Charlie Plumb.

iMadonnari Street Painting Festival: Palettes of color and culture come together for three days each spring at Old Mission Santa Barbara. Watch street painters transform Mission plaza using pastels on pavement to create over 150 vibrant and colorful large-scale images.

Luxury Spa Packages For Veterans at Qui Si Bella: Qui Si Bella is running a Memorial Day special for their day spa and massage services.

Santa Barbara Comedy Show: Laughter is the best medicine!  Max’s Restaurant has a comedy show every Saturday.

About Hazelwood Allied Moving and Storage: Hazelwood Allied Moving and Storage is one of the oldest family-owned Santa Barbara moving companies. It has everything needed for local, national, and international moves, and manages both residential moves and commercial moves. Its affiliate, McCann Mini Storage, provides storage units in Santa Barbara. Visit the website at to read testimonials about the Santa Barbara movers. “Like” the Facebook page for moving and storage tips. Call 800-541-5958 for a free moving estimate or information on Santa Barbara storage units.


How Mothers Help Define Our Business

Dear Readers,

Hazelwood would like to wish all the moms a Happy Mother’s Day and thank them for all their hard work. We are extremely proud to encapsulate the care, attention, and love mothers show when it comes to helping our customers. Let us give you the mother’s touch with our outstanding service.

When it comes to doing business and working hard, mothers are a perfect role model. A mother’s dedication to her family helps inspire us to provide our customers with the highest quality of service. Don’t believe us? Here’s how Hazelwood Allied is inspired by mothers across the world.

  • M is for Movers: Santa Barbara’s most reliable movers since 1918. Going on a century spent in the business, let us use our experience to save you time, money and headaches.
  • O is for Our Staff: Our pride begins with our staff. From office workers, to movers, to drivers, we staff only the most professional and highly skilled employees. They are the heartbeat of our business.
  • T is for Transportation: Whether you are relocating in state, out of state, or out of the country, Hazelwood Allied can get your belongings to you safely no matter where they are heading.
  • H is for Home: There’s nothing more special than walking into your new home full of your belongings all carefully packed, transported, and unpacked to your specifications.
  • E is for Everything: That’s right, Hazelwood does it all. We are truly full service and can meet any of your needs: relocating, packing, transporting and storing. Either residential, commercial, domestic and international. We do everything.
  • R is for Rave Reviews: We’re proud of what our customers have to say about us. Read our client letters or reviews on Facebook and social media. We take care of our customers and aren’t afraid to let people know.
  • S is for Safety: Doesn’t matter if we’re storing your belongings or relocating them, the safety of your possessions is our top priority. Your home is full of the most priceless and important belongings, and we take the safety of them very seriously.

Hazelwood Allied has been family owned by the McCann family for 41 years, and we know the importance and dedication it takes to maintain a happy and healthy family. That’s why we incorporate those wonderful family values into our business practices. Hazelwood Allied is proud of its A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Did you know that Hazelwood Allied regularly helps seniors move from senior living communities like Casa Dorinda?  We’re Senior Move Certified through the CRTS.

Don’t take unnecessary risks by hiring a less experienced and professional company. Contact Hazelwood Allied for a free estimate or give us a call at 800.541.5958.


Casey McCann
Phone: (805) 963-4493

P.S. As a resource to you, each month we will recommend local area partners that we feel may be of value to you. Looking for a peaceful getaway for Mother’s Day, check out The Eagle Inn which has everything you need to create the special day for Mom. Or maybe a wonderful dinner at Max’s Restaurant & Cucina is exactly what Mom needs.

Top May Events in Santa Barbara: Here are the may events in Santa Barbara that may be of interest to you and your family.

Weekend Paint in the Vineyard: Treat Mom to a fun painting experience in a beautiful, stress-free environment at Brander vineyard in Santa Ynez. No previous painting experience necessary. Included in the price of the event is a full wine tasting. (Saturday May 13th from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm. Highway 154 at Roblar Ave. Los Olivos, CA 93411. Admission is $65. Call (805) 990-2105)

CycleMania Family Bike Parade: A fun bike parade to celebrate Mother’s Day. Kids and parents can decorate their bikes and join the parade, or sit back and just watch the parade. There will be prizes for family themes, bike decoration and more, plus lots of goodies for Mom. (Sunday May 14th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. 651 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Free admission. Call (805) 963-7283).

Mother’s Day Tea: Treat the special woman in your life to a tour of the Lotusland gardens followed by tea and refreshments on their pavilion patio. Advanced reservation are required. (Sunday May 14th from 1:30 to 4:00 pm. Cold Springs Road, Santa Barbara , CA 93108. Call (805) 969-9990)

Luxury Spa Packages For Mom at Qui Si Bella: Qui Si Bella is running a Mother’s Day special for their day spa and massage services.Treat your mom to a fun and relaxing day at Qui Si Bella.

About Hazelwood Allied Moving and Storage: Hazelwood Allied Moving and Storage is one of the oldest family-owned Santa Barbara moving companies. It has everything needed for local, national, and international moves, and manages both residential moves and commercial moves. Its affiliate, McCann Mini Storage, provides storage units in Santa Barbara. Visit the website at to read testimonials about the Santa Barbara movers. “Like” the Facebook page for moving and storage tips. Call 800-541-5958 for a free moving estimate or information on Santa Barbara storage units.

South Bay Allergy Center: Beware of Easter Allergy Triggers

Dear Friends,

Easter can be a fun time of eggs, candy and flowers, but it can also be dangerous for people who suffer with allergies. There are so many opportunities for danger if that bunny leaves something more than yummy treats. Riviera Allergy Medical Center (RAMC) provides advice year-round to help allergy sufferers cope with the potential allergy triggers that can hide in innocent packaging.

Dr. Ulrike Ziegner, allergy treatment specialist, recommends following these tips below to help keep Easter safe for people who suffer from allergies, asthma, and food sensitivities.

  • Safe Egg DecoratingKids With Food Allergies has some great egg decorating ideas so your kids won’t have to miss out on all the fun. Instead of using real eggs they suggest painting wooden, plastic, Styrofoam, ceramic or other types of non-allergy inducing eggs. Be sure to look at their ideas for safe Easter baskets and Easter activities, along with some yummy recipes.
  • Watch Out for Flowers and Pollen: The Easter lily is a beautiful flower, but it can also be an allergy trigger. In addition, this is the time when spring pollen starts appearing in various types of tree pollen, causing additional sneezing and wheezing.
  • Traveling Concerns: People like to visit each other around holidays. Make sure you take any allergy medications along in case they have a dog, cat, or even a bunny that might induce an allergic reaction. Ask what ingredients went into any baked good items, or take safe treats along for your child.
  • Easter Candy: It’s hard to resist a brightly-decorated basket of tempting treats. Make sure you inspect all candies for nuts, milk, wheat, eggs or other triggers that can affect your child. has a listing of Allergy-Friendly Easter Candy that is made in dedicated facilities. You can also consider a basket filled with plastic eggs that contain small toys, stickers, Legos, or other items your child will enjoy. Throw in some crayons and a rubber ducky, top it off with a brightly colored stuffed animal, and the basket will be a real treat.


Ask Riviera Allergy Medical Center about other safe practices you can follow, and learn about actions to take in case of an allergic reaction. We can show you how to recognize an allergic reaction and anaphylaxis. Dr. Ziegner can advise you on whether antihistamines or an epinephrine injector are appropriate for your allergic reactions, and will offer sound suggestions on how to manage and possibly even prevent them.

Dr. Ziegner and the entire staff at Riviera Allergy Medical Center want to wish you and your family a safe and allergy-free Easter!

Dr. Z and Staff

1711 Via El Prado, Suite 101
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Phone: 310.792.9050
Fax: 310.792.9048



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Worst U.S. cities for spring allergies

If you’re cursing Mother Nature right now, we understand. The official start of spring was March 20, and yet signs of winter abound.

There’s snow on the ground in the North, and the South is being tossed between 40-degree and 70-degree weather like a pingpong ball.

Yet “even in the throes of what feels like a 2014 Ice Age, millions of Americans have begun showing up in doctors’ offices with the tell-tale signs of allergies,” the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says.


Polar vortex may mean miserable allergy season

It may be even worse for allergy sufferers in certain cities across the country. The foundation has released its annual list of the worst places for spring allergies. Topping the list this year are Louisville, Kentucky; Memphis, Tennessee; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

These so-called allergy capitals are ranked based on pollen levels, use of allergy medications and the number of board-certified allergists in the area.

Louisville has moved up the list from No. 5 last year because of higher-than-average pollen counts, high use of allergy medications and too few allergy specialists, according to the foundation.

New York; Columbia, South Carolina; and San Antonio are new to the top 20. Only Los Angeles residents can breathe a sigh of relief; the city fell 39 places from No. 38 last year to No. 77 this year.

Here are the worst cities for spring allergies in 2014:

1. Louisville, Kentucky

2. Memphis, Tennessee

3. Baton Rouge, Louisiana

4. Oklahoma City

5. Jackson, Mississippi

6. Chattanooga, Tennessee

7. Dallas

8. Richmond, Virginia

9. Birmingham, Alabama

10. McAllen, Texas

Why, you may ask, would lingering winter weather affect spring allergy season?

Where do allergies come from?

“Allergy and asthma patients already have a chronic sensitivity to things like pollen, mold and other airborne allergens, but they can also be more susceptible to rapid changes in temperature and moisture,” Dr. Clifford Bassett, medical director of Allergy and Asthma Care of NY and an ambassador for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, said in a statement. “A blending of the winter and spring means these patients are at risk of multiple symptoms simultaneously.”

And in case you were keeping a close eye on this type of thing, here is last year’s list of spring “allergy capitals”:

1. Jackson, Mississippi

2. Knoxville, Tennessee

3. Chattanooga, Tennessee

4. McAllen, Texas

5. Louisville, Kentucky

6. Wichita, Kansas

7. Dayton, Ohio

8. Memphis, Tennessee

9. Oklahoma City

10. Baton Rouge, Louisiana


RAMC on Salt Therapy: Why Salt Works for Respiratory and Skin Disorders

Salt as Therapy for Respiratory, Skin Disorders

Sodium chloride (NaCl), more commonly known as salt, is found in abundance in nature and is without a doubt the most frequently used condiment around the globe. Its use as a seasoning, as a preservative, and for medicinal purposes has been documented in almost every civilization.

Salt is an essential part of daily life, and this is reflected in several language derivations. In fact, the word “salary,” which comes from the Latin “salarium,” denotes money that was paid to Roman soldiers so they could buy salt rations. Likewise, the Austrian city of Salzburg literally translates as the “salt fortress” and derives its name from the barges carrying salt on the Salzach river.


Regular consumption of salt is necessary for proper functioning of the nervous system, as well as for the regulation of water balance in cells.   

Salt is found in a variety of forms. Sea salt is so abundant that there has been no scientific discussion of reserves. Other salt deposits are scattered around the world in areas thought to have once been ancient oceans that evaporated, leaving large salt deposits. The total world production of salt is estimated to be 290 million tons, with the United States being the largest producer at more than 44 million tons. In folk medicine, warm saltwater gargles for sore throats and salt poultices for soft-tissue infections are two of many commonly used salt therapies. 


The majority of clinical trials researching the efficacy of salt therapy target respiratory conditions. Therapeutic methods range from spending time in a natural salt cave­ to breathing aerosolized hypertonic salt water.

In the respiratory tract, salt’s mechanism of action is multifaceted. Because salt particles are smaller than most particulate matter in the air, they can be inhaled deeper into the airways. Once in the respiratory tract, salt triggers a cascade of therapeutic events.

Salt acts as a mucolytic, allowing natural ciliary action to improve: it decreases bronchial edema; it is an antimicrobial; and, due to these properties as well as an anti-inflammatory action, salt suppresses bronchial hyperreactivity. 

Aerosolized hypertonic saline has been studied as a treatment for cystic fibrosis. Researchers randomized 24 cystic fibrosis patients to receive either nebulized hypertonic saline (5 ml of 7% NaCl) four times a day with or without pretreatment with amiloride (Midamor), a mild diuretic. Treatments were continued for two weeks with pulmonary function and mucus clearance measured at baseline and periodically during therapy.

At the end of the trial, the study group that used only nebulized saline showed a twofold improvement in both immediate and sustained mucus clearance, and nearly a 7% improvement in pulmonary function (as measured by forced expiratory volume in one second [FEV1]). The hypothesis for the dramatic difference in the two groups was that by allowing the natural water-retaining action of the salt to function uninhibited by diuresis, the mucolytic action was much more effective.  

A study of the effect of dry salt aerosol on lung function focused on 393 patients with severe obstructive pulmonary disease. Participants were assigned to traditional therapy (aimed at bronchodilatation) alone or to traditional therapy coupled with aerosol salt therapy. After one hour, the patients receiving dual therapy showed an increase of 6.5% in oxygen saturation levels and a 26% reduction in respiratory rate compared with only 3% and 19%, respectively, in the standard-therapy group. 

Dermatology is another emerging area for salt therapy. About 2% to 3% of the world’s population is afflicted with psoriasis. In a phase 3 trial, researchers randomized 367 psoriaris patients to either traditional ultraviolet light therapy (UVT) alone or UVT and bathing in a Dead Sea hypertonic salt solution. After 35 treatments, the combination group showed a 46% greater symptom improvement than the UVT-only group.

Salt also may relieve atopic dermatitis in children with severe disease. Researchers compared topical therapies of traditional emollient cream with therapies utilizing cream enriched with Dead Sea salts. Eighty-six children were randomized, and at the end of 12 weeks, participants receiving the Dead Sea salt-enriched cream showed significant improvement in all symptom areas.


Although excessive salt consumption has been deemed potentially dangerous — especially for cardiovascular, renal or endocrine conditions — no warnings were found for topical applications.

Cost, How Supplied

Ionic salt generators, used in inhalation therapy, cost anywhere from $50 to several hundred dollars. Topical salt products are widely available and, depending on the concentration and purity, cost $30 to $100 for a one-month supply.


Data show that the various forms of salt therapy are safe and effective. However, many conditions require more than one type of therapy or medication. Consider salt therapy for patients with psoriasis in particular, as this treatment has shown significant efficacy in reducing sympto­matic lesions.   

This article originally appeared on Clinical Advisor June 21, 2013

About RAMC – Riviera Allergy Medical Center offers comprehensive treatment for the most common food allergiesskin allergy medicine, and asthma prevention. Located at 1711 Via El Prado, Suite 101 in Redondo Beach, the allergy and asthma center is headed by renowned seasonal allergy treatment specialist, Dr. Ulrike Ziegner. Visit the website and Facebook page or call 310-792-9050 for more information or to schedule an appointment for allergy treatment.