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Going Green: Vivint Smart Thermostat

The temperature at my house is a constant topic of conversation and frustration. There is always a steady stream of complaining about it. Someone is always freezing to death while someone else is dying of heat.

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make your music modern, again

Remember those plastic tapes you used to compile your ultimate summer road-trip jams or create the perfect mix of love songs for that special someone? The cassette tape was the dominant music format through most of my childhood. If you’re one of those people who couldn’t part with the fruits of all that labor, then you may have found it’s near impossible to listen to these today as cassette players are becoming increasingly rare.

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keeping track of teenagers with vivint

I had no idea how much I’d love and use my Vivint home automation system to stay in touch with my teenage daughters. I use it all the time. With a quick look at my phone, I’m able to check and monitor so many things.

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15 ways to improve your memory

Do wish you could remember more? Memories seem to come and go quickly, especially as we get older. Fortunately, there are simple ways we can actively try to improve our memory long-term. Here are 15 ways to improve your memory:

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six ways to improve your credit score

Pop quiz: Do you know your credit score? Do you even know why credit scores matter? Before we get into ways to improve your credit score, let’s cover some basics.

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home repair checklist: what to do after a flood

April showers bring May flowers, right? The rainy season is about to be here and one of the unfortunate things that comes with that is the potential for flooding. Hopefully, none of us will be faced with severe flooding in our home or neighborhood this season but it’s best to be prepared in case we are.

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national procrastination week

We all have things we like to put off. Whether it’s a task at work, a chore at home or a paper for school, we all procrastinate from time to time. Though I admit, some of us are better at it than others. For those of you who like to put things off until the last possible minute, I’m happy to share that this week is officially National Procrastination Week.

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five things you should not be procrastinating

Did you know that there’s a National Procrastination Week? Me neither, but it makes total sense. Sometimes you’ve just got stuff on your list that you plain old don’t want to do. Well this week you apparently don’t have to.

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daylight savings time begins – preparing to spring forward, pay close attention to details affected by the change

Thank goodness it’s March. We are approaching the first day of spring! With that, daylight savings time is soon upon us.

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are you ready for the national day of unplugging?

Could you hit the pause button on technology for 24 hours? What would you with the time you normally spend browsing the Internet or checking your smartphone for social media updates and new emails?

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national severe storm preparedness week – how to become cpr certified

Being that this week is National Severe Storm Preparedness Week it is important to consider ways to prepare for emergency situations. And when it comes to emergencies, needing to administer CPR is a pretty big emergency, right?! When I think of storm preparedness I don’t immediately think of CPR but I certainly don’t want to be caught in a crisis without important skills. That’s why I am taking the initiative to become CPR certified! You can too, and here is how… 

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national severe storm preparedness week – how to become certified in first aid

Maybe it’s a sign that I am becoming more of an adult, but I am paying more and more attention to the news. It seems like every other week there is some kind of severe storm warning either at home or somewhere in the country. I’m sure that it snowed, rained, hurricane-ed, blizzard-ed, and tornado-ed my whole life, but now I am more on the lookout with grown up demands like driving and traveling.

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staying connected

We’ve all heard the term separation anxiety, but you probably don’t think of it in the context of people and technology do you? If you’re like me, I think of pups that chew up everything in sight when their owners leave but I don’t think about people going through separation anxiety when they are separated from their iPhones.

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navigating your way through social media

I am a big fan of social media. I mean, how else am I supposed to pass the time as I wait in line for a turkey sandwich during a lunch rush. Social media is like a babysitter for adults. Set 5 women on a couch with Instagram and it has the same effect as turning on Pixar for a couch full of toddlers.

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my home security system works for me.

When we first had our Vivint system installed, I considered it mainly as a burglar deterrent system. I didn’t think it was good for anything else. Boy was I wrong. I quickly learned that there are so many ways I can use the system to protect my family, keep us safe and save us money by monitoring the small everyday things.

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door locks then and now

The door lock has been protecting families, keeping treasure safe and helping maintain privacy for thousands of years.  The earliest know door locks consisted of a wooden pin lock, bolt, door fixture and key.

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home security – my new monthly utility

I will never forget the day my husband bought me my very first cell phone. I didn’t want it and thought it was a complete waste of money. I looked at it as more of an annoyance than anything else. I didn’t think it was necessary for someone to get ahold of me every second of the day. It basically sat uncharged on the kitchen counter for months.

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creating connections with your neighbors

When my husband and I were looking to buy our first home, we evaluated the neighborhoods as well as the houses. Was the street quiet? Did we see any neighbors interacting with one another? Were there children playing outside? Was the neighborhood safe?

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cell phone courtesy

Let me pose a few questions: Do you hate when people talk on their phones in public? Do YOU talk on your phone in public? Did you know that in Japan and Europe, it is considered rude to use your phone on public transportation?

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customizing your smart home

We all have different families, careers, and schedules so it’s important that our home fit our lifestyle. Customization doesn’t just stop at selecting flooring or kitchen countertops though, it continues into home technology too. If you’re been wanting to dip your toe into having a smart home but weren’t sure exactly how that would fit your needs, here are a few ways you can customize your smart home.

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“undercover boss” behind the scenes with vivint employee mark woods.

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Q: How would you describe your “Undercover Boss” experience?

A: My experience on Undercover Boss was great. I’ve never talked to Todd or met with him personally before. It was really cool to be able to work with him for an entire day. Actually, he kind of worked for me, which made it all more interesting. Read more…

home alarm systems then and now

Remember home alarm systems back in the day? If you’re like me, and you’ve gotten used to having a home alarm system that does way more than just alert you when a door opens, then it’s probably a little difficult to remember what home alarm systems used to be like. So let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we?

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10 ways to inconvenience yourself

There are moments, especially during winter, when our homes and lives can feel full of inconveniences. From accidentally locked doors and cold thermostats, sometimes these inconveniences seem to multiply by the moment. Despite these irritating realities of modern-day life, thankfully there are solutions to make our lives easier with home automation and smarter living.

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slow cooker recipe: tasty turkey chili

You’re at work, it’s snowing outside and you know that you will have hungry mouths to feed as soon as you get home. You can’t possibly bear the thought of cooking tonight. Luckily, you already prepared an easy, healthy chili in the slow cooker. You just need to turn it on. With Vivint’s Small Appliance Control, you can start dinner with just a swipe in your Vivint app.

Below is a recipe for all you super-moms on the go.

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battery day – how to recharge your mental batteries

I’m sure I’m not the only one that likes to push myself in most areas of my life. Sometimes my overachieving tendencies leave me exhausted, overwhelmed, overextended, or even worse, ready to snap. We push ourselves for many reasons…to feel smarter, more productive, more accomplished…and suddenly we reach a limit we didn’t know we had. Ever been there?

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“undercover boss” behind the scenes with vivint ceo todd pedersen

Vivint CEO Todd Pedersen will be featured on the Season 6 finale of CBS’s award winning series, “Undercover Boss,” Friday, February 20, 2015.  We talked to Todd about his experience being part of the show. He shared some details that provided a great sneak peek to the episode.

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what to look for in a home security system

When it comes to the safety of your home, belongings and family, I think it’s safe to say that you’ll want the very best. It’s so important to feel secure in the fact that you and your home are well protected. But what does that even mean nowadays?

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saving money with a smart home

We moved into our first home a few months ago and have been steadily working to make updates to smarten it up a little bit. See, my husband is all about tech and gadgets and automating everything that we possibly can. But we moved into a home that was built in the 1950’s, which means that it’s not the easiest thing to update it and bring it into the here and now.

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safety through surge protection

When I was a kid, my house was hit by lightning. The crack was unbelievably loud and I remember waking up to the feeling of falling back into my mattress, as though I’d been hovering a few feet above it. Scared the bejeezus out of the entire family. As crazy as that was, it was the aftermath of the strike that was most bizarre. Every fluorescent light in the house was on, ignited by the raw current in the air.

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what is a smart home?

What is a Smart Home?

smart home

noun

  1. A home equipped with lighting, heating, and electronic devices that can be controlled remotely by phone or computer.

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