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Home of the Future

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Can you imagine a home that manages itself while taking care of your everyday needs? Does your front door automatically open when your hands are full? Do the lights come on when you enter the living room?

As convenient as this may sound, we’re not quite there yet. However, Vivint can make your life more convenient, whether you’re home or not. With Vivint Sky, you get a full-blown home security system that is constantly being monitored, and a comprehensive home automation solution that you can control from just about anywhere, including a best-in-class doorbell camera.

The Vivint Sky system allows you to create custom rules to make routine checks on your lights, thermostat and door locks. Forgot to close your garage door this morning? Pull out your smart phone and close it with our app. Did your kids leave all the lights on when they left for school? Turn them off from the office.

Here is one way Vivint is currently making life easier for families:

“I created custom rules to have the system lock all of my doors at 11:00 p.m. daily and turn off my living room lights at 11:30 p.m. and it followed those rules without fail.” – John R. Delaney, PC Mag

It’s only a matter of time before Vivint comes up with the next smart device to make life at home even more convenient. You’ve got more important things to worry about. Let us take care of the every day tasks.

“…once you decide on a plan you won’t have to lift a finger; Vivint technicians will come to your house, install everything, and give you a comprehensive tour of the system.”

Read Delaney’s full review of the Vivint Sky system to see what people are saying about home automation with Vivint.

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 A few years later, when I was pregnant again, I reconsidered my stance on DIY baby food. “If other moms can do it, so can I,” I proudly thought. Before my younger son was even born, I ordered a baby food maker — and never took it out of its box. The truth is, when it came time to start feeding him steamed and pureed meals, I was intimidated by the process.

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