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Neighbor Day – Smart Door Locks

There’s something to be said about having great neighbors. They are people you can count on, grow with, and do life together with. They keep an eye on your home when you’re away, they water your garden, walk your dog, and bring over homemade sweets. Why not celebrate them today and let them know how much you appreciate neighboring with them! Bake them a batch of homemade cookies or even post a kind note to their door.

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11 Tips for Living in an HOA

Do you live in a place with a Homeowners Association? Just those two little words are enough to send some folks running for the hills. After all, many HOAs have gotten a bad rap for being notoriously tough to deal with. But conversely, HOAs are a reality and a necessity to keep things running smoothly. If you’re living in an HOA, read on for our top tips on creating a healthy, happy environment for everyone.

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Garden Safety Tips

If you’ve spent an entire day gardening, you know it’s not for the weak. Gardening is hard work! In order to design a garden that’s safe for your family, it’s important to take precautions. Here are some tips…

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Lawn Care with Pets

If you have a pet that spends time outside, you know that lawn care can be tricky business. Growing grass becomes a bit more complicated with a dog spending time in your yard. Dog urine contains high amounts of nitrogen, as a result of breaking down protein in their food. This can act as a fertilizer but also have consequences on a lawn when exposed in frequent and larger volumes. Female dogs’ urine, in general, is more acidic since it is usually eliminated in larger quantities at one time. This can create burn spots on lawns. Male dogs’ urine is also high in nitrogen, but may have less consequences as males tend to mark their urine in smaller amounts instead of releasing it in large quantities. Whether your dog is male or female, there are preventative steps to keep both your pet and lawn safe and healthy all season long.

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Neighborhood Etiquette

Okay let’s talk neighbors. Some of my absolute favorite people on earth have been my neighbors, and some of my absolute least favorite people on earth have been neighbors. Living in close proximity to others, as a neighborhood facilitates, can mean that personal living spaces overlap. Sidewalks we walk, bike paths we ride, and playgrounds we play in are all shared spaces. Also family noises and smells and that awful hideous lime-green door can all affect our neighbors. After living near the best and the worst of neighbors here is my two cents about what makes a good neighbor, and how to have good neighborhood etiquette.

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Vivint’s Military Policy

If you don’t have any connections to the military — if you don’t have a relative, friend, or neighbor in uniform — you may not know that May 16, 2015 is Armed Forces Day. Of course, that’s one of the reasons why the first Armed Forces Day was held more than 60 years ago: To increase awareness of America’s armed forces and the types of job performed by the our  servicemen and women.

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Color and Create Your Own Story

It’s Reading Is Fun Week and what better way to get your kids reading than having them also become authors! Download our free printable coloring scenes and encourage your children to add their own characters! Each page has a space at the bottom for your child to write a caption for each scene. They can create their own narrative and explore their own creativity! The coloring pages can be cut in half and rearranged in any way they wish. When it’s time to bind the book together, simply place the cover page on the outside and the story pages on the inside and staple the binding together for your child.

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Protecting and Connecting Military Families with Vivint

Did you know that Military Spouse Appreciation Day was on May 8th? Many civilians don’t, but the day holds special meaning to me because I was a military spouse for six years before my husband separated from the Air Force. It was nice to be recognized once a year for the sacrifices I was making in order for my husband to serve our country.

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Being A Vivint Mom

I’m a mom and I LOVE Vivint!

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A Man’s Guide To An #EPIC Mother’s Day

Guys, we often hear phrases like “I don’t need”, “I don’t want”, or “There is nothing wrong” from the women in our lives.

For centuries men have been trying to figure out the real meanings behind such statements. Some have even tried developing technology that would translate a woman’s remarks into an understandable language.

“I don’t need anything for Mother’s Day.”

Have you heard this from your wife this year? From what men already understand about women, husbands know this statement has an underlying complexity to it. Sorry guys, when translated, this statement actually means much more.

What does it mean? Find out what she really needs and deserves in our step-by-step guide to make her Mother’s Day #EPIC. 

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World Red Cross Day

Today is World Red Cross Day, a day to celebrate the aid that the Red Cross provides and the perfect opportunity to lend a hand. The Red Cross organization offers dozens of services to those who are in need; be it natural disaster relief, blood supply, or medical assistance. I’m sure you may have heard of opportunities to donate money to the Red Cross and to volunteer with the Red Cross, but there are plenty of other ways to get involved!

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Why Moms love Space Monkey

I’m a photo addict. I snap pictures on my smartphone and my DSLR constantly. At this moment, I have about 30,000 photos saved on my external hard drives. But since our first baby came along about five months ago, I’ve been even more of a photo hound, if that’s possible. I mean, how can you not want to document every sweet little smile or milestone? And with a video camera oh-so-conveniently in my phone, I’ve been taking lots of video as well and the data is just stacking up. So what’s a mom to do with all of that data? My hard drives are bursting at the seams, not to mention the fact that it’s hard to access those photos and videos from my smartphone, tablet, or other computers.

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Parts of a Vivint System that make mom’s life easier

I asked my wife what about our Vivint system makes her life easier. She said, “Peace of mind.” I said, “Can you elaborate? I have a whole blog post to fill.” So she did. I turns out that my wife and I pretty much love the same features of our system, only for different reasons. All of these features revolve around the ability to control the system from our mobile devices.

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Email Organizations Strategies

I have a love-hate relationship with my email. On one hand, it is completely awesome. It allows me to quickly and easily share information and files, stay connected, have conversations and schedule meetings. But on the flip side it never ends and is impossible to turn off. No matter how hard I work to empty my inbox, within minutes it’s filling back up again.

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Meal Planning Tips

I will be the first to admit that I am far from having all of my ducks in a row. As a business owner, a wife, a mother, and an artist I’m basically just “winging it” for the most part. But there are a few rare tasks in my life that I have buttoned-down pretty tight. And one of those things is meal planning. I should probably begin by stating the honest truth: I don’t really enjoy cooking (gasp!). It’s not really my creative medium and I don’t like the mess and unpredictability of it. I mean, if a craft goes wrong it can be a happy mistake, but if your chicken dish goes wrong it is ruined or can even make you sick. This uncertainty and my aversion to cooking is probably why I am so good at meal planning! If you are feeling like you want a little more organization and strategy when it comes to meal planning, I’m here to spill the beans.

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Remodeling your home with Vivint

Are you thinking of embarking on a home remodeling project?  My husband and I recently purchased a 1960’s rambler in need of major improvements.   We quickly learned that remodeling a home forces you to make a lot of decisions, many of which have lasting consequences.  We made our fair share of both good and bad decisions.  One of our best decisions was to install a Vivint system.

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How to Teach Children to be Earth Friendly

April 22nd marked the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, which began as a grassroots protest and has evolved into a worldwide movement. As kids, we were taught the mantra “Earth Day Every Day,” although, at the time, the message was more about conservation than environmentalism.

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10 common household items recycled in inventive ways for Earth Day!

It’s that time of year again—you know the time I’m talking about…Earth Day time! That’s right! Time to celebrate Earth, her beauty, and come up with ways to keep her clean and pretty and healthy. In other words, Earth Day is the perfect day to re-evaluate ways to recycle, up-cycle, and ways to protect our environment. Today I want to share with you some innovative ways to up-cycle 10 items in your home, which basically means giving new life and purpose to 10 items instead of throwing them out!

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Spring Break with Vivint

Spring break is around the corner and if you’re like me, you’ll be staying in town or rather, staying at work, while some neighbors are hitting the beach. If one of your neighbors is heading out of town for the week, have they asked you to keep an eye on their house while they’re away?

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Teaching Children About Money

When we were potty training my oldest son, we used pennies as a reward for going on the toilet. He’d get one or two pennies depending on…well, you know.  

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Is 4K worth it?

So this should be a nice short article. The answer is no. Well, almost no. Well, it depends what you’re looking for. I suppose that bears at least a little explanation.

If you asked, “what is 4K?” then it’s definitely not worth the money but I’m happy to answer that question anyway. 4K is sometimes referred to as Ultra High Definition or UHD. A 4K television has around 4 times the resolution of a 1080p or High Definition TV, hence the name.

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The best vegetables, herbs, & flowers to plant this spring

Maybe you’re lucky enough to live in a warm climate with year round gardening, but the majority of us are anxiously awaiting the last frost in order to begin spring gardening season. Gardening is science, and when you’re getting started, it’s important to research, plan ahead, and develop a schedule in order to ensure success. So how do you know what to plant and when?

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Spend Your Tax Refund Wisely

There’s nothing like an unexpected (or anxiously awaited) windfall to get the old creative spending juices flowing. Our minds immediately picture all the stuff we’ve been wisely saying no to throughout the year… like new golf clubs just in time for spring!! As tempting as those items may be, a nice tax refund is actually a great opportunity to secure your financial future with a wise investment. Here are a few less than fun but truly worthwhile ways to spend that refund.

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#TBTHome: THE GARAGE DOOR CHANGED EVERYTHING

In 1926 the electric garage door changed basic sheds into the modern day garage. #TBT #TBTHome

Wearable Technology: Fad or Fab?

Have you jumped on the wearable technology bandwagon yet? With the advent of the Apple Watch, lots of other wearable tech is coming under scrutiny and the question is raised: Is this the future, or is this just a fad?

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World Health Day: Staying Connected to Global Issues

When there’s so much happening in our lives day to day it’s often hard just to keep up with our friends and our neighbors—let alone those outside our community. I know this is a challenge for me as work and family seems to occupy all my time and attention. But I’m challenging myself to start looking beyond my home and community and begin keeping up with global issues. It’s important to me to not only know what’s going on in the world but know how I can participate too.

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Eight Fresh Easter Egg Ideas

Will you be getting your Easter egg on this year? If you’re tired of the same old Easter egg dyeing kits from the store, we’ve rounded up eight totally fun, fresh ideas to get your egg game on point! And the best part is that lots of them can be made with supplies you have already around the house, so you might not even need that pesky egg dye anyway!

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top 10 best tips to remember while planning a garden

As the weather gets warmer, we all look for more ways to spend quality time outdoors. One of my favorite ways to enjoy the fresh spring and summer air is spending time in the garden. Starting a garden is a fun and ambitious project. It requires a lot of time and effort but the results are so rewarding. Are you looking to plant a garden this year?

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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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