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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 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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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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emergency home plan: round up of best emergency preparedness strategies

While preparing this post I realized how unprepared I am for emergencies. You never think a natural disaster will hit your small town or that your children could ever get their hands on cleaning supplies & small objects perfectly crafted to lodge up their nostrils. Sadly, these situations happen daily. Here are quick tips on

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emergency home plan: medical

Picture this: Your child falls and cuts himself while under the supervision of a babysitter. There’s a significant amount of blood, and he’s crying in pain. Does the babysitter know where to find

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emergency home plan: home alone

There is one thing in life that is quite certain — that it is NOT certain when an emergency is going to happen.  Therefore, it is imperative to be prepared.  Speak to anyone who has been in an emergency situation, and those that were prepared for an emergency say that they

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emergency home plan: toxic and poisonous materials

My husband and I are preparing for our first little one this fall. With all of the exciting planning (baby clothes are really fun!), it’s also gotten us thinking more closely about how some of the products in our home seem harmless but can be toxic for

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emergency home plan: tornados and hurricanes

Having grown up in Florida, hurricanes and inclement weather were part of growing up. Whether you’re in a hurricane watch area this season or you’re in the middle of a tornado zone, it’s important to have

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emergency home plan: floods

Do you know what your family would do if your home and neighborhood suddenly became flooded? Even through your neighborhood may not be in a flood zone, it’s important to remember that when heavy rain comes, there’s a possibility for

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safety at home: fire home plan

When I think fire drills I’m taken back to the 7th grade. There a pudgier version of me stood in line on the baseball fields watch our school not burn to the ground as blood-curdling alarms echoed across the tetherball courts. Awkward little middle school children testing the patience of

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september neighborhood calendar – miami

September brings countless new beginnings as the Fall season draws near. The invigorating smell of fresh, crisp Fall air. Revamping your wardrobe. The start of a new school year. Your favorite

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national senior citizens day

August 21st is National Senior Citizens day in the US (not to be confused with National Senor Citizens day…just kidding), and many of us are staring at out computer screen wondering what this holiday means for you. You may ask yourself: Do I

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