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you might have a dumb home if…

If you come home from a Costa Rican vacation and find vagabonds eating your marshmallow puff, your home is dumb.  Read more…

how to keep a fire in your home safely

Who doesn’t love crowding around a warm fireplace after a long chilly day? It is a tradition many people have upheld over the years that just doesn’t get old.  Sipping hot chocolate with your family and

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chimney cleaning 101

If you are like me, then cleaning your chimney is pretty high up on the list of “Things I Want To Ignore”; right alongside dusting the baseboards, vacuuming out bathroom cupboards, and sorting mismatched socks. But, as it turns out, ignoring the task of chimney cleaning can be extremely dangerous for your home.

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5 ways to be a great neighbor

This month we celebrate Good Neighbor Day; a day that encourages us to think just little more deeply about the people with whom we share our home environment

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how to be active with your family

Being active with your family can be tricky.You have different likes, talents, abilities & ages. When wea dopted Rocco, Sam was alreadyf ive. Finding activities to do as a family was not as easy as I thought it would be. Here are five simple solutions to being Active as a Family.

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october neighborhood calendar – new orleans

Fall is well on its way and the holidays are just around the corner. The year has a tendency to speed up during this time, but that doesn’t mean you need to.

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getting your home ready during fall

Although I don’t like to admit it, the first frost and the chill of winter are quickly approaching. Fall is the perfect time to prepare your home to withstand

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best ifttt recipes to streamline your life

I love having everything in my life automated so that I can spend time doing the things I enjoy. I am just getting my new house set up and I can’t wait to automate everything with Vivint 

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national preparedness month from a techie perspective

It’s terrifying to think about something awful happening to you or your belongings and being left with nothing. I sometimes have nightmares about what I would grab out of my house if it were on fire,

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how to make meaningful memories with your family in and out of the home

“Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.”

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best productivity apps for the home

There’s no doubt that my smartphone makes my life easier. Sometimes I worry that I’m even a bit too dependent on it; its got lists, contacts, email chains, and all of the apps that work to take a little bit of work off of my shoulders.

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green basket programs

Autumn is a time of harvest and the perfect opportunity for the family to learn a little about the origin of your food.  The local food movement is going strong with many towns and cities hosting weekly farmer’s markets

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printable neighborhood round-up

We’ve reached a magical number in this series: forty! That’s right, there are now 40 different printables for you to download, print, cut, glue, and play with.

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city bike-sharing programs on the rise

When New York City launched its bike-sharing program last summer, I wondered if it would simply be a short-term fad. After all, who besides bike messengers would want to cruise the city streets of Manhattan on a two-wheeler?

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babysitter checklist

I have four children so heading out with my husband for a kid free moment can be both an exciting and daunting task. When you are responsible for juggling the needs, wants and activities of little kids it takes a lot of

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how to be prepared for anything at home

Preparation is a major anxiety reliever. House fire preparation…Earthquake preparation…Preparation H (just kidding).  But seriously though, with proper preparation you can face emergencies with confidence knowing that you have taken steps to plan for whatever the crisis may be.

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diy natural cleaner

Think of all of the packaging (plastic) of cleaning supplies that we buy and use per year…and how much waste is created! It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for the longest time. For whatever reason I thought

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10 “dumb” ways to use home automation

With all this talk about a “smart” home, it begs the question: what makes a home “dumb”? And what are some ways to smarten up a “dumb” home?

While Vivint home automation is all about smarter living, there are in fact some “dumb” ways to

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goal tracking: finish the year with a bang!

When September rolls around it means the sweet days of summer have come to a close and it’s time to refocus. The holidays and the year’s end are upon us and this time of year always seems to move faster than most. With January right around the corner, it’s time to

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10 ways to give back on this national day of service

The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance was established to pay tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and heroes through good deeds that

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unplug: 3 apps to help curb your media habit

Let’s face it; sometimes your best friend can become your worst enemy. That seems to be the way it works with our smart technology anyway. We rely on our phones, tablets, and desktops to keep us

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say goodbye to summer

What better way to say goodbye to summer than with a Buffalo Barbecue Bash? Simply print each page in an 8×10 format & Cut out the printables. The Pin the Tail on the Buffalo can be enlarged to a 18×24 print if desired. Below you’ll find

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car emergency kit

So often when we think of preparing for emergencies and natural disasters we go through checklists of items we may need in our home. Having food storage, 72-hour kits, and clean water storage are

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strong foundation: safety, health, eduacation

My oldest daughter celebrated her 14th birthday last month. (This statement totally and completely makes my head spin.) All those years have passed in a twinkle of an eye. I still vividly remember the moment she

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hurricane season: flood sensor

One of the unfortunate side effects of hurricanes is the potential for flooding. Though we often think of strong, damaging winds when we think of hurricanes, it’s important to know that they are also as likely to bring

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weather alerts

If you live in an eastern coastal city you’re probably keeping a closer eye on the weather than you normally do. That’s because we’re in the heart of hurricane season, which runs from

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everyone can live green!

Do you hear people talking about “green living” and get a mental block or even feel so guilty you just want to bury your head in the sand? Well, there’s no need to! There are simple ways to make a

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gutter cleaning 101

As a teen, I was always asked by my parents to clean the gutters. And, boy, did I always do it wrong. I was so eager to get done so I could hang with my friends. Quickly hosing out the leaves does not mean a job well done. Here are a few tips and

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college football

I’m a soccer fan. Love it. Ask me anything about Major League Soccer or any of my favorite international leagues and you’ll be in for a lively discussion. Or you may wish you hadn’t asked me at all. Either way, it’s my thing and I enjoy following it.

College football on the other hand, is a

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how to be prepared for anything at home

Preparation is a major anxiety reliever. House fire preparation…Earthquake preparation…Preparation H (just kidding).  But seriously though, with proper preparation you can face

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last fling

As summer comes to a close and school looms ominously on the horizon we find sometimes find ourselves casting about, wondering if we made the most of our summers and how we can

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