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All posts by Chelsea Foy

Preparing Your Home for the Change of Season

Is it fair to say that my favorite season is the change of a season? I love the shift from summer to fall – school is back in full swing, the sweltering heat fades away into chilly mornings, and it’s almost time to grab your fall gear. On top of all that, it’s a good time to prep your home for the change of the seasons. With fall comes a few housekeeping chores to check off your list that’ll keep your home running smoothly through fall and into winter.

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Voice Recognition Software Challenge

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: We live in the future. I’m sure that if you told my great grandmother back in the day that in the 21st century we could talk to our phones and they would talk back, she would have said you were off your rocker. But here we are, talking to robots who understand what we’re saying and can respond in kind!

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Preventing Household Theft in the Summer

Ah, summer. Time to pack up, head out, and leave home for a while. It’s also, unfortunately, the time when plenty of houses are targeted for break-ins and theft while families are away. If you’re heading out of town this summer, take a few precautions before you leave and while you’re away to ensure that your house and belongings stay safe and sound.

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Tips For Taking Great Vacation Photos

One of my greatest joys in life is taking photos. There’s something so wonderful about having a memory recorded digitally or on film, especially when the photo looks the way that you remember the moment.

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Conserving Water In and Out of the Home

I love my home state of California – it’s one of the best places in the world in my book. But being a California resident these days is a little nerve wracking, as we’re finding ourselves in the middle of one of the biggest droughts in history.

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Plan a Perfect Picnic at Home

When the weather warms up and summer starts getting into full swing, one of my favorite things to do is have a meal outside! And there’s no need to look any further than your own backyard

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Wave The Flag

Flag Day is here, and that means lots of celebrating the stars and stripes! I love the season of honoring and celebrating the American flag – there’s such a rich history to it, and the symbolism of what it means to our country is fascinating. If you’re getting ready for Flag Day or Independence Day and want to hang up Old Glory on your home, we’ve got some tips for installing and properly flying your own flag!

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11 Tips for Living in an HOA

Do you live in a place with a Homeowners Association? Just those two little words are enough to send some folks running for the hills. After all, many HOAs have gotten a bad rap for being notoriously tough to deal with. But conversely, HOAs are a reality and a necessity to keep things running smoothly. If you’re living in an HOA, read on for our top tips on creating a healthy, happy environment for everyone.

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Why Moms love Space Monkey

I’m a photo addict. I snap pictures on my smartphone and my DSLR constantly. At this moment, I have about 30,000 photos saved on my external hard drives. But since our first baby came along about five months ago, I’ve been even more of a photo hound, if that’s possible. I mean, how can you not want to document every sweet little smile or milestone? And with a video camera oh-so-conveniently in my phone, I’ve been taking lots of video as well and the data is just stacking up. So what’s a mom to do with all of that data? My hard drives are bursting at the seams, not to mention the fact that it’s hard to access those photos and videos from my smartphone, tablet, or other computers.

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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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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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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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what to look for in a home security system

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?

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saving money with a smart home

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.

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five ways to save your smartphone’s battery life

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.

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stay connected: digital address books

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.

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how to stay organized at work

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.

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the best planners for 2015

Ahhh, it’s a new year. It’s another chance to get organized and wrap your head around everything on your list of things to accomplish. I love gathering my thoughts, goals, and to-do lists at the beginning of each year, and I’ve tried my fair share of ways to organize them all. Some years I go digital and some years I go analog, but I’ve always got a planner of some sort. If you need a way to organize yourself in 2015, here are a few awesome ways to do it.

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printable new year’s resolution card

I’ll admit, every year around this time I jump on the resolution train and jot down a few things that I’d love to focus on in the new year.

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printable thank you card

Did you know that today is Thank You Card Day? Isn’t that just the best? After all of the hubbub of Christmas and now that all the gifts have all been unwrapped, it’s the perfect chance to return to a spirit of thankfulness.

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streamlining the holidays: tying up loose ends

As we find ourselves in the midst of the holiday season, you might be shocked to learn that half of December has already flown by! I know I personally am always shocked when Christmas arrives and the season has almost completely passed me by.

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printable thanksgiving thankfulness cards

This year at your Thanksgiving table, start a new tradition. It’s a beautiful opportunity to stop, take a moment, and think about what we are all truly thankful for. Help you guests seize the opportunity by putting this simple printable card at each place setting.

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a thank you for our veterans

Each year, I’m so grateful for the opportunity to say an extra special thank you to the men and women who give of themselves, in order to serve and protect our country.

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little acts of kindness at home

When the Thanksgiving season comes around, there’s always a great focus on showing gratitude and conveying thanks.

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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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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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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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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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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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get involved in your community garden

I remember when my husband and I lived in New York City, I would always get so excited when we passed by a community garden. There’s something so special about a green space like that, especially in an

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