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tips on adopting new technology

If you always have to have the latest and greatest gadget before your friends, you can stop reading here. You’re an “early adopter” and already understand the risks and benefits of adopting new technology.

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how to stay organized at work

A new year means a renewed effort at being organized for so many of us! If your work life has got you frazzled, it might be time to take control at the office. Whether you need help organizing your physical workspace, or you could use some tips for organizing your headspace, we’ve got some fresh ideas that’ll get you set for success in the new year.

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the best apps to keep your finances organized

I remember when Quicken on my desktop was the end-all-beat-all for managing finances.  My Dad, a CPA, had me start using it as soon as I opened up my first bank account in high school.

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the best planners for 2015

Ahhh, it’s a new year. It’s another chance to get organized and wrap your head around everything on your list of things to accomplish. I love gathering my thoughts, goals, and to-do lists at the beginning of each year, and I’ve tried my fair share of ways to organize them all. Some years I go digital and some years I go analog, but I’ve always got a planner of some sort. If you need a way to organize yourself in 2015, here are a few awesome ways to do it.

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green strategies that increase organization in the home

A new year means a fresh start. Did you know that January is Organization Month? After exchanging gifts and packing away holiday decor, there couldn’t be a better time to clean out and get organized at home.

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how green living brings happiness

By now we’re all really aware of the term “going green.” It seems every where we look we find eco-friendly items, practices, and even buildings. Sure we know that green living is good for the earth, but have you ever stopped to think about how green living can also be good for you too?

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organize your house room by room

If you vowed on January 1st that 2015 would be the year you finally get organized at home, you’re not alone. According to a University of Scranton study, getting organized is the second most popular New Year’s resolution. (Coming in at number one? Losing weight!)

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get to know your customers day

It’s 2015 and one thing I’ve noticed is that competition is everywhere. I can Google “pizza” and immediately find close to ten options within fifteen miles of my house. Crazy, right? As consumers, we’re faced with more and more decisions each day, from a cell phone provider to the simple task of choosing a brand of peanut butter.

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random acts of neighboring

Every day is a great day to start showing an extra dose of kindness and generosity to your neighbors. But if you had to pick a time to start really putting this into practice, now is a great time because January 19th is National Day of Service.

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home office safety

Working from home and having four children can be a wonderful – and complete craziness. Thankfully I’ve been able to create a working environment that allows me to be effective and productive while keeping everyone and everything safe.

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home safety checklist

I love making lists. I have notebooks full of them and nothing makes me happier then finishing something and marking it off. I might even be guilty of occasionally adding something to a list after it’s accomplished just so I can cross it off.

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a place for everything

I used to think that I wasn’t a very organized person. My wife would accuse me of having a bad case of the dropsies—I would just put stuff down wherever I finished using it.

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new years eve goal setting

2015 sure sounds like a promising year, doesn’t it? With 2014 quickly coming to an end, this is the time of year where we start reflecting on our lives and planning out resolutions for the new year.

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streamlining the holidays: holiday party plan

There are very (very) few things in life that I am an expert in. I am probably more of a “jack of all trades, master of none” when it comes to life. “A work in progress” is another way to say it. But there is one area of my life that I have pretty dialed in, and that is party planning.

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printable new year’s resolution card

I’ll admit, every year around this time I jump on the resolution train and jot down a few things that I’d love to focus on in the new year.

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printable thank you card

Did you know that today is Thank You Card Day? Isn’t that just the best? After all of the hubbub of Christmas and now that all the gifts have all been unwrapped, it’s the perfect chance to return to a spirit of thankfulness.

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merry christmas

Merry Christmas from our neighborhood to yours! We hope you all have a very special day with the ones you love. Be safe, eat a lot of good food and have a very merry Christmas! 

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streamlining the holidays: focusing on the important things

Happy holidays, everyone! It is incredible how quickly this year has passed us by and now here we are preparing to tuck in for the holidays and enjoy spending time with friends and family. And that is exactly what the holidays should be about, right?

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streamlining the holidays: tying up loose ends

As we find ourselves in the midst of the holiday season, you might be shocked to learn that half of December has already flown by! I know I personally am always shocked when Christmas arrives and the season has almost completely passed me by.

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’twas the day before christmas

‘Twas the day before Christmas when Vivint came to our house,
It was just what I wanted—a smart home—for me and my spouse.

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tech solutions for keeping track of thank you cards

There’s an unwritten rule that you should send a thank you note within 5 days of receiving a gift. There is of course flexibility in there; for wedding gifts it is totally fine to take some time for your honeymoon. Around the holidays though, the lines are even more blurred about who deserves a thank you note and when. It’s a great habit to instill in your children to write notes to all their relatives that give them gifts each year, and even to write a thank you note to Santa. Keeping track of gifts and who gave what can be a daunting task though, whether it is on Christmas morning or during a wedding/baby shower. Here are a few tips for making sure no one gets left out.

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streamlining the holidays: gift wrapping

How many times have you shopped your heart out for those perfect gifts, sorted those amazing goodies into piles, pulled out that bag or box filled with all the various wrapping papers, ribbons, labels, bows and tapes, only to find it all in such a bungled mess that that you end up having to cut your way out of the tangle ribbon, through away smashed bows, and find that your once-beautiful paper is wrinkled and not so beautiful any more?  Your joy and good will may just have turned into frustration and anger. Well, we’ve had the same problems so we’ve compiled some ideas from the experts and are gifting those ideas to you!   

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#vivintkids help santa

Dear Parents,

As the final hours ‘till Christmas count down, the North Pole has been frantically working overtime, taking additional calls and letters from parents.

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streamlining the holidays: going out of town part two

This holiday season my husband and I will be traveling across the state and then across the country to spend Christmas with our family. While it seems that I still have a long holiday to-do list (I’m only a third of the way done with my Christmas shopping), getting our home ready before our trip is one thing I have crossed off my list.

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streamlining the holidays: going out of town

The holidays are a busy time for everyone. There are gifts to buy, cookies to bake, and family to visit. If you’re heading out of town this holiday season, I bet getting your home set for while you’re away is one of the last things on your list—it definitely is on mine! But thanks to Vivint, getting your home ready for the holidays is oh-so-easy.

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streamlining packing

Holy Holidays Batman!! Congrats and high fives to those who made it this far without having a nervous breakdown or gaining a holiday twitch. In 2009, I made the goal to not hate the Holidays. Sounds awful I know, who hates the holidays? I feel the holidays are meant to be celebrations, yet to often they end up stressing people out. Travel is a big part of our holiday schedule. With two young unpredictable boys this might seem like a bad way to keep your holidays fun and frustration free. However here are four ways to streamline Holiday Travel Packing to keep your holiday spirits high and your stress level low.

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streamlining the holiday season: meaningful online gift-giving

In my lifetime online shopping has evolved from being an anomaly into a viable shopping option—especially during the holidays. It’s true, when I was a wee child you went to the mall and grocery store for everything (this last sentence must be read in an elderly accent to get the full effect). Nowadays you can buy almost anything online that you could in a store with even more options online in many cases. “But doesn’t online shopping diminish some of the sentiment when gift giving?” you may ask. Not at all! In fact here are a few tips when shopping online that will help you streamline this holiday task and still purchase thoughtful gifts!

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holiday coloring contest

To me and my family, the holidays are all about home. Whether we’re actually home for the holidays, or vacationing elsewhere, being with loved ones is like being home. And what would the holidays be without tradition?  In fact, one of my favorite parts about the holidays are the fun activities that I can enjoy with my family as we celebrate together. And Vivint wants to help your holiday be filled with memories, traditions, and being together with your family, too. That’s why Vivint is hosting a Holiday Coloring Contest.

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streamlining the holidays: getting ready for people to stay with you

Tis the season for holiday visitors, out-of-town guests, and family get-togethers. If you think your house is starting to feel more like a hotel rather than a home this month, you’re not alone. Many of us host friends and family in our homes during the holidays.

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hanukkah party shortcuts

Thanks to Adam Sandler, we all know that Hanukkah is the festival of lights. And what’s a festival without a party?

Hosting a Hanukkah party can be a lot of fun – and a lot of work. Thankfully, there are some totally acceptable shortcuts that will make preparing for your Hanukkah party much easier, leaving you with more time to wrap eight nights’ worth of presents!

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