*48 or 60 month agreement (48 months in AR, CA, and WI) at minimum $53.99/month for Home Security (HS) Package and $69.99/month for Full Home Automation (FHA) Package. $1500 equipment and $199 activation based on FHA package. Promotion value varies by package. Home ownership, and satisfactory credit history required. Free equipment and free installation generally included in all Vivint packages. Taxes and permit fees may apply. New customers only. Services not available in all areas. Click here for Vivint licensing information. All services in Louisiana performed by Vivint Louisiana, License #F1819. Legal Disclaimer. Offer valid 2/19/15 to 2/23/15.
I am a big fan of social media. I mean, how else am I supposed to pass the time as I wait in line for a turkey sandwich during a lunch rush. Social media is like a babysitter for adults. Set 5 women on a couch with Instagram and it has the same effect as turning on Pixar for a couch full of toddlers.
When we first had our Vivint system installed, I considered it mainly as a burglar deterrent system. I didn’t think it was good for anything else. Boy was I wrong. I quickly learned that there are so many ways I can use the system to protect my family, keep us safe and save us money by monitoring the small everyday things.
The door lock has been protecting families, keeping treasure safe and helping maintain privacy for thousands of years. The earliest know door locks consisted of a wooden pin lock, bolt, door fixture and key.
I will never forget the day my husband bought me my very first cell phone. I didn’t want it and thought it was a complete waste of money. I looked at it as more of an annoyance than anything else. I didn’t think it was necessary for someone to get ahold of me every second of the day. It basically sat uncharged on the kitchen counter for months.
When my husband and I were looking to buy our first home, we evaluated the neighborhoods as well as the houses. Was the street quiet? Did we see any neighbors interacting with one another? Were there children playing outside? Was the neighborhood safe?
Let me pose a few questions: Do you hate when people talk on their phones in public? Do YOU talk on your phone in public? Did you know that in Japan and Europe, it is considered rude to use your phone on public transportation?
We all have different families, careers, and schedules so it’s important that our home fit our lifestyle. Customization doesn’t just stop at selecting flooring or kitchen countertops though, it continues into home technology too. If you’re been wanting to dip your toe into having a smart home but weren’t sure exactly how that would fit your needs, here are a few ways you can customize your smart home.
Q: How would you describe your “Undercover Boss” experience?
A: My experience on Undercover Boss was great. I’ve never talked to Todd or met with him personally before. It was really cool to be able to work with him for an entire day. Actually, he kind of worked for me, which made it all more interesting. Read more…
Remember home alarm systems back in the day? If you’re like me, and you’ve gotten used to having a home alarm system that does way more than just alert you when a door opens, then it’s probably a little difficult to remember what home alarm systems used to be like. So let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we?
There are moments, especially during winter, when our homes and lives can feel full of inconveniences. From accidentally locked doors and cold thermostats, sometimes these inconveniences seem to multiply by the moment. Despite these irritating realities of modern-day life, thankfully there are solutions to make our lives easier with home automation and smarter living.
You’re at work, it’s snowing outside and you know that you will have hungry mouths to feed as soon as you get home. You can’t possibly bear the thought of cooking tonight. Luckily, you already prepared an easy, healthy chili in the slow cooker. You just need to turn it on. With Vivint’s Small Appliance Control, you can start dinner with just a swipe in your Vivint app.
Below is a recipe for all you super-moms on the go.
I’m sure I’m not the only one that likes to push myself in most areas of my life. Sometimes my overachieving tendencies leave me exhausted, overwhelmed, overextended, or even worse, ready to snap. We push ourselves for many reasons…to feel smarter, more productive, more accomplished…and suddenly we reach a limit we didn’t know we had. Ever been there?
Vivint CEO Todd Pedersen will be featured on the Season 6 finale of CBS’s award winning series, “Undercover Boss,” Friday, February 20, 2015. We talked to Todd about his experience being part of the show. He shared some details that provided a great sneak peek to the episode.
When it comes to the safety of your home, belongings and family, I think it’s safe to say that you’ll want the very best. It’s so important to feel secure in the fact that you and your home are well protected. But what does that even mean nowadays?
We moved into our first home a few months ago and have been steadily working to make updates to smarten it up a little bit. See, my husband is all about tech and gadgets and automating everything that we possibly can. But we moved into a home that was built in the 1950’s, which means that it’s not the easiest thing to update it and bring it into the here and now.
When I was a kid, my house was hit by lightning. The crack was unbelievably loud and I remember waking up to the feeling of falling back into my mattress, as though I’d been hovering a few feet above it. Scared the bejeezus out of the entire family. As crazy as that was, it was the aftermath of the strike that was most bizarre. Every fluorescent light in the house was on, ignited by the raw current in the air.
The whole digital media revolution is a bit of a good news bad news situation. It’s great to be able to purchase and access music and movies instantaneously. It’s awesome that a huge movie library doesn’t require an entire wall of shelves in your house anymore. It’s neat that media is so portable. Unfortunately, portability is where we run into the bad news.
I can think of any number of reasons why somebody would want a smart home, a house equipped with lighting, heating, security, and multimedia functions that can be controlled remotely. From home security to energy management, the ability to control your house from anywhere using a smartphone, computer, or tablet is appealing. Plus, full home automation is the wave of the future though many early adopters have been enjoying the benefits of a smart home for several years already.
I recently read a story in the news about a 13-year-old boy who was interviewed by a local street photographer. During the interview, he was asked “Who’s influenced you the most in your life?’ He said it was his school’s principal and told about how she had impacted his life by believing in him and showing him that he mattered. Because of these kind words more than $1-million has been raised online for his school. This money will be used for class trips and scholarships.
We’ve all been there. You’re out and about and you really really really need to use the map app on your phone to find out where you’re going and your battery is at a dreaded three percent. You’re racing against the clock to get that stupid map to load and BOOM your phone dies.
He was the lead singer of a local rock band– Rated Hero they were called. He had dropped out of college his sophomore year to focus on music. And there he was focused on his music, playing lunch hour in the local sandwich shop just off campus.
Their third Valentine’s Day as a married couple–a few years later–was, as Valentine’s often can be, somewhat of a letdown. She was pregnant with their first child and she wasn’t feeling her prettiest. Did he still see her as he had seen her those years before in that sandwich shop? All blonde hair and false eyelashes? Some days it didn’t seem like it.
I consider myself pretty tech savvy and am usually an early adopter of new technologies and devices. I own a computer, iPhone and iPad and always have at least one device within arms reach. Even with all those devices, I am I living in an archaic period?
One of the things I vividly remember when I was a little one is my mom’s address book. It sat on our counter under our home telephone and on top of the phone book. My mom would flip through it almost daily, sending letters, looking up street addresses, finding friends’ phone numbers. The crazy thing is that these days, the phone book, the home telephone, and the address book have all become totally obsolete because of the seemingly infinite amount of technology available to us.
If you always have to have the latest and greatest gadget before your friends, you can stop reading here. You’re an “early adopter” and already understand the risks and benefits of adopting new technology.
A new year means a renewed effort at being organized for so many of us! If your work life has got you frazzled, it might be time to take control at the office. Whether you need help organizing your physical workspace, or you could use some tips for organizing your headspace, we’ve got some fresh ideas that’ll get you set for success in the new year.