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national park week: free entrance days

I know many of you feel as I do about spring time: I love the sun and its warmth. Spring brings fun, new growth, rebirth, blossoms, fresh air, sweet rain, and green grass. I love waking up to eager boys just waiting to explore, adventure, discover, and get completely covered in dirt. This month hosts National Park Week. What better way to celebrate National Park week than by 

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earth day 2014

Kermit said it best, it ain’t easy being green.  We know that it takes work to live green.  Recycling, conserving energy and

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using your smart phone to get the best price in-store, every time

A few months ago I was in a pinch. I needed a humidifier for my baby girl who was struggling to breathe because of croup, and I needed it now. The only problem was, I knew that this particular humidifier would be about $55 in-store, but I could’ve gotten it for about $39 online at the time. And then a little light bulb

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how to stay safe at public events

With the anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing approaching, safety at large-scale events is in the forefront of the minds of many people. It’s tough to enjoy an event without a sense of security, but the best course of action is not to swear off public events. Instead, keep yourself aware 

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5 tips for safe online shopping

I’ll admit: I am basically addicted to online shopping. I’ll do anything to avoid long lines and searching from store to store for what I’m looking for. It’s worth it for me to wait a few days for the mail to come. However, as online shopping is becoming 

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cell phone hygiene

There are bacteria all around us, but chances are pretty good that you are carrying around some pretty nasty stuff in your pocket right this minute. Think about how many times you wash your hands each day, and then think about how many times you touch your cell phone. Then try to remember the last time you washed or sanitized your cell phone. If you are like

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printable neighborhood—forest full of trees

This week we’re thinking all things green! That’s right: we need a forest full of green leafy trees to populate our neighborhood of houses, businesses, church, and school. It’s spring time after all, even if it hasn’t started quite yet in my 

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arbor day: 5 tree planting techniques

National Arbor Day is Friday April 25, and there is no better way to celebrate than by adding a tree to your yard this spring. Trees make great additions to our homes. They can offer shade in warmer climates, protection from wind in harsher climates, beautiful fruits and flowers, and even add to the property value of your home. Trees not only belong to our individual homes

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meet the ferrells

When Josh and Dana Ferrell made the decision to install a Vivint system in their home, it was about convenience and peace of mind.

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5 steps to protect your identity

High-tech gadgets like eye-scanners, thumb-print recorders and voice recognizing software are what Hollywood has taught us is the best and most secure way of protecting your identity. While the glam is great for spy activities and superhero work, you’re probably like most of us and don’t have a super-suit in your closet.

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arbor day: tree planting awareness

Did you know that healthy trees add an average of 10% to a property’s value? Not only that, but properly placed trees can reduce air conditioning needs by as much as 30%! Arbor Day is the last 

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5 interesting ways to celebrate national library week

Going to the library will always have a special place in my heart. It has been a place where I can get lost in information, and even with all the technology around us it’s still the place were the possibilities seem endless. April 13–19 is 

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mystory live—recap

At Vivint, our customers are our obsession. Second only to serving with honesty and integrity, our customers are our priority, and we strive to always provide exceptional customer service. 

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national park week: learn how to get invovled

This week is National Park Week and you can celebrate by becoming a volunteer at your local park. There are a number of ways for you to participate, including park cleanup, working at visitor centers, or joining research projects. There are more than 

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community service: 4 ways to give back

Community service doesn’t always have to be an organized group of people getting together to pick up trash on a Saturday morning. Although that is a great thing to do, simple everyday neighboring is a great way to serve your community. There are hundreds of ways that we can 

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national window safety week

This week is National Window Safety Week and it’s a great reminder of the importance of window safety. Since we live in a very hot and humid climate, the windows in our home are only used a few months out of the year. I honestly

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records and information month

In 2014, I have gone all-digital. No more receipts, no more paper statements, and no more file boxes full of junk I don’t need. For the purposes of record keeping and information storage, I scan all necessary documents into the cloud and know that they are safe and secure and backed up everyday. I do this using

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23 ways to go green the simple way

Going ‘green’ is the latest trend for homeowners and is surprisingly simpler then you could imagine. 

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5 types of identity theft

You would think that the sketchy gas station in the middle of nowhere would be the perfect setting for identity theft to take place, and you would be right; but it’s not the most common point of fraudulent activity. Identity theft can happen where you least expect it.

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printable neighborhood—your new spring home

Spring is coming, right? I swear it has to be out there somewhere! I catch myself dreaming of far-flung places only because the pictures of them include warmer weather. 

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the grass can actually be greener

Every neighborhood I’ve ever lived in, and I’m sure probably every neighborhood in the world, has that one guy and his yard. You know who I’m talking about. The guy whose lawn bursts forth in verdant splendor the minute the snow melts, while yours looks

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world health day: the fitness apps you need this spring

Thinking about your health does not have to mean dropping off the face of planet while doing so. Get yourself pumped up and get connected with friends while you app your way to health and 

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window safety part 2

The first full week of April marks National Window Safety Week. It’s a real thing and it’s real important. Every year over 5,000 children in the U.S. visit the emergency room due to injuries sustained from window falls. Younger children make up two thirds of window fall injuries, and 2-year-olds are the most common

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how to make the most of april showers

We’re all familiar with the old adage April showers bring May flowers, and even though I really do enjoy those flowers in the spring, sometimes the dark clouds, colder temperatures and wet hair can really bring a girl down. Luckily, I’ve been thinking about how to make the most of these rainy springtime days

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simply smarter ways to keep america beautiful

The environment gets a lot of love in April. You’re probably already familiar with Earth Day, which is held annually on April 22. But did you know that April is also Keep America Beautiful Month.

Founded more than 60 years ago

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signs of identity theft

When you think of being prepared, do you get overwhelmed with the thought of preparing 72 hour kits, outlining emergency plans and storing an adequate food and water supply? Emergency preparation takes a lot of energy and forethought; which, if you’re lucky, will only be used if the unthinkable happens. But there are other parts of your life that need attention and preparation too, the most basic being your identity.

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online medical prevention strategies

When I have a cold, the last thing I want to do is get out of bed, drive across town, and head to the doctor. Even with an appointment, I’m usually at the doctor’s office for over an hour and most of that time is spent in the waiting room. Or sometimes I’m feeling a bit under the weather

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tips for finding balance with social media

Do you ever feel completely consumed by the Internet and social media? I know I do. It’s far too easy to be constantly connected and I am often guilty of photographing/sharing/updating life’s moments on social media instead of simply enjoying them.

How do we find balance and enjoy the benefits of social media while 

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online shopping 101

There are some things that I am just not good at in life. I am a pretty terrible housekeeper, I am even worse at sewing, and I am a pitiful athlete. But I am one lean mean online shopping machine.

Not all online shoppers are created equally. It’s kind of like a sport, online shopping. The more you do it, the more

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alternative energy of the future

The Back to the Future movies promised us a lot of technology that was supposed to be here by now. Even if we don’t have hover boards yet, you would think we would have at least developed more 

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