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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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keeping track of teenagers with vivint

I had no idea how much I’d love and use my Vivint home automation system to stay in touch with my teenage daughters. I use it all the time. With a quick look at my phone, I’m able to check and monitor so many things.

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15 ways to improve your memory

Do wish you could remember more? Memories seem to come and go quickly, especially as we get older. Fortunately, there are simple ways we can actively try to improve our memory long-term. Here are 15 ways to improve your memory:

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six ways to improve your credit score

Pop quiz: Do you know your credit score? Do you even know why credit scores matter? Before we get into ways to improve your credit score, let’s cover some basics.

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home repair checklist: what to do after a flood

April showers bring May flowers, right? The rainy season is about to be here and one of the unfortunate things that comes with that is the potential for flooding. Hopefully, none of us will be faced with severe flooding in our home or neighborhood this season but it’s best to be prepared in case we are.

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national procrastination week

We all have things we like to put off. Whether it’s a task at work, a chore at home or a paper for school, we all procrastinate from time to time. Though I admit, some of us are better at it than others. For those of you who like to put things off until the last possible minute, I’m happy to share that this week is officially National Procrastination Week.

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five things you should not be procrastinating

Did you know that there’s a National Procrastination Week? Me neither, but it makes total sense. Sometimes you’ve just got stuff on your list that you plain old don’t want to do. Well this week you apparently don’t have to.

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daylight savings time begins – preparing to spring forward, pay close attention to details affected by the change

Thank goodness it’s March. We are approaching the first day of spring! With that, daylight savings time is soon upon us.

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are you ready for the national day of unplugging?

Could you hit the pause button on technology for 24 hours? What would you with the time you normally spend browsing the Internet or checking your smartphone for social media updates and new emails?

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national severe storm preparedness week – how to become cpr certified

Being that this week is National Severe Storm Preparedness Week it is important to consider ways to prepare for emergency situations. And when it comes to emergencies, needing to administer CPR is a pretty big emergency, right?! When I think of storm preparedness I don’t immediately think of CPR but I certainly don’t want to be caught in a crisis without important skills. That’s why I am taking the initiative to become CPR certified! You can too, and here is how… 

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national severe storm preparedness week – how to become certified in first aid

Maybe it’s a sign that I am becoming more of an adult, but I am paying more and more attention to the news. It seems like every other week there is some kind of severe storm warning either at home or somewhere in the country. I’m sure that it snowed, rained, hurricane-ed, blizzard-ed, and tornado-ed my whole life, but now I am more on the lookout with grown up demands like driving and traveling.

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staying connected

We’ve all heard the term separation anxiety, but you probably don’t think of it in the context of people and technology do you? If you’re like me, I think of pups that chew up everything in sight when their owners leave but I don’t think about people going through separation anxiety when they are separated from their iPhones.

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navigating your way through social media

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.

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my home security system works for me.

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.

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door locks then and now

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.

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home security – my new monthly utility

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.

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creating connections with your neighbors

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?

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cell phone courtesy

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?

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customizing your smart home

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.

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“undercover boss” behind the scenes with vivint employee mark woods.

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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…