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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…

apps for taking daily medicine

No matter how organized we all may be, one thing that seems to be the hardest to remember is taking our daily vitamins and/or medicine.

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protection against identity theft

Identity theft is a crime that affects 1 in 25 Americans. For anyone new to the phrase, it is where someone unlawfully uses your personal information in a fraudulent way typically for financial gain.  Your personal data ­can be used by someone else to profit at your expense.

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7 ways to keep your pets safe on halloween

It all became instantly clear to me when our curious seven-month-old golden retriever mix puppy thought pumpkin stems were the best sticks he had ever seen: there is much more to consider for Halloween this year.

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medical information card

How prepared are you in case of a medical emergency for either yourself or a loved one? I recently had to rush my daughter to the hospital in the middle of the night for a heart issue. It wasn’t exactly a life or death situation, but I was still completely flustered and unable to think clearly.

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storing prescriptions

When you think of home safety, door and window sensors probably come to mind. And you probably think of them being used in conjunction with an alarm system, right? While that’s often to most popular use for them, they can also be used to provide non-emergency alerts to make your home safer too. They can be used to help you keep an eye on sensitive areas like the place where you store medications.

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orange is the new green

There are few things that bring more family fun come October than a trip to the pumpkin patch.  The colors are gorgeous this time of year and if you head on out to a local pumpkin farm you can enjoy the full spectrum of orange pumpkins, along with green, white, and some beautiful marbled tabletop squashes.  When it comes to selecting that oh so special pumpkin to grace your front porch this fall, why not go green?

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saving money in the kitchen

There are about a zillion and one things to think about and keep track of when you’re a grownup. And one of the things on my list for improvement is staying efficient and saving money in the kitchen.

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5 easy homemade halloween costumes

Half the fun of dressing up for Halloween is making your own costume. Don’t stress if you haven’t done this before. I’ve created quick and clever ways to create different customers using materials you already have at home.

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halloween candy for cheap

I love me some sugary candy-filled Octobers as much as the next Halloween enthusiast, but I have to admit that as an adult who is now footing the bill for a household supply of candy it can be a bit hard to chew.

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four rules for de-cluttering your kitchen

For years, my husband and I lived in a teeny tiny (450 square foot) New York City apartment where our kitchen consisted of a countertop with two cabinets and an oven the size of a postage stamp. Suffice it to say, we learned how to keep an efficient and fully functioning kitchen

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tips for halloween fire safety

Halloween is just around the corner! And that means that it’s time to carve the pumpkins! Jack-o-lanterns are THE Halloween mascot. It can be a little dangerous lighting them up so here are a few tips to help you keep the porch lit safely!

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keeping your digital information organized and accessible

There is nothing worse than trying to login into an online account and not knowing the password. You try all of your regular ones, then you remember you had to change it last year, and then

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how to get the most out of your customer service call

Most of us avoid calling customer service in any business for help to fix our problems as a very last resort because, let’s face it, we’ve probably all had experiences with customer service calls that have made us feel

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how to safely put out a fire

Fall is upon us, and that means it’s the perfect time to set up a roaring campfire and roast those marshmallows. But whether you’re camping or just in your back yard, it’s important to know not only how to get a fire started and maintained safely, but how to extinguish it

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how to test a smoke detector

It’s fire safety week and not only is it a great time to reinforce the importance of fire safety to your kids, it’s also a good time to check that the smoke detectors in your home are functioning properly.

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saving energy in the bathroom

The bathroom probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think about reducing energy consumption in the home. However, there’s actually a lot you can do (besides cold showers in the dark) to make sure that your time in the bathroom is as low impact on the environment (and the budget) as possible.

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keeping the ducts clean

There are no shortage of good reasons for keeping your chimney or furnace clean and well maintained. For starters, it’s good luck to shake hands with a chimney sweep. Also, if you have a house that gets visited by a big guy in a red suit, it’s just bad form to have him slide down a dirty chimney. Even more compelling are the very real health and safety reasons for keeping a clean chimney or furnace.

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saving energy in the kitchen

Hello autumn! We are so ready to spend cool fall days around the kitchen table with family, preparing delicious pumpkin pies, pierogis and banana loaves. It is a time of tradition so whatever you and your family loves to do together, we are willing to bet it has something to do with the kitchen.

While the change of season certainly sees us spending more time indoors and therefore using more energy, it is also time to be more conscious about the energy we are using when we aren’t busying our selves over a hot stove.

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kitchen safety

Statistics say that most accidents occur at home and most home accidents occur in the kitchen. No matter how you look at it, the kitchen is a dangerous place.

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How to Make Your Windows as Energy Efficient and as Safe as Possible

The hours of warming sunshine are getting shorter, the colors on the leaves are changing and with this time of year our minds start trying to come up with ways  to stay warm!  One of the biggest culprits of heat stealing are those beautiful windows that can let in such light and warmth. 

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how to keep a fire in your home safely

Who doesn’t love crowding around a warm fireplace after a long chilly day? It is a tradition many people have upheld over the years that just doesn’t get old.  Sipping hot chocolate with your family and

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chimney cleaning 101

If you are like me, then cleaning your chimney is pretty high up on the list of “Things I Want To Ignore”; right alongside dusting the baseboards, vacuuming out bathroom cupboards, and sorting mismatched socks. But, as it turns out, ignoring the task of chimney cleaning can be extremely dangerous for your home.

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5 ways to be a great neighbor

This month we celebrate Good Neighbor Day; a day that encourages us to think just little more deeply about the people with whom we share our home environment

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how to be active with your family

Being active with your family can be tricky.You have different likes, talents, abilities & ages. When wea dopted Rocco, Sam was alreadyf ive. Finding activities to do as a family was not as easy as I thought it would be. Here are five simple solutions to being Active as a Family.

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october neighborhood calendar – new orleans

Fall is well on its way and the holidays are just around the corner. The year has a tendency to speed up during this time, but that doesn’t mean you need to.

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getting your home ready during fall

Although I don’t like to admit it, the first frost and the chill of winter are quickly approaching. Fall is the perfect time to prepare your home to withstand

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best ifttt recipes to streamline your life

I love having everything in my life automated so that I can spend time doing the things I enjoy. I am just getting my new house set up and I can’t wait to automate everything with Vivint 

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national preparedness month from a techie perspective

It’s terrifying to think about something awful happening to you or your belongings and being left with nothing. I sometimes have nightmares about what I would grab out of my house if it were on fire,

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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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