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Garden Safety Tips

If you’ve spent an entire day gardening, you know it’s not for the weak. Gardening is hard work! In order to design a garden that’s safe for your family, it’s important to take precautions. Here are some tips…

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Lawn Care with Pets

If you have a pet that spends time outside, you know that lawn care can be tricky business. Growing grass becomes a bit more complicated with a dog spending time in your yard. Dog urine contains high amounts of nitrogen, as a result of breaking down protein in their food. This can act as a fertilizer but also have consequences on a lawn when exposed in frequent and larger volumes. Female dogs’ urine, in general, is more acidic since it is usually eliminated in larger quantities at one time. This can create burn spots on lawns. Male dogs’ urine is also high in nitrogen, but may have less consequences as males tend to mark their urine in smaller amounts instead of releasing it in large quantities. Whether your dog is male or female, there are preventative steps to keep both your pet and lawn safe and healthy all season long.

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Neighborhood Etiquette

Okay let’s talk neighbors. Some of my absolute favorite people on earth have been my neighbors, and some of my absolute least favorite people on earth have been neighbors. Living in close proximity to others, as a neighborhood facilitates, can mean that personal living spaces overlap. Sidewalks we walk, bike paths we ride, and playgrounds we play in are all shared spaces. Also family noises and smells and that awful hideous lime-green door can all affect our neighbors. After living near the best and the worst of neighbors here is my two cents about what makes a good neighbor, and how to have good neighborhood etiquette.

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Vivint’s Military Policy

If you don’t have any connections to the military — if you don’t have a relative, friend, or neighbor in uniform — you may not know that May 16, 2015 is Armed Forces Day. Of course, that’s one of the reasons why the first Armed Forces Day was held more than 60 years ago: To increase awareness of America’s armed forces and the types of job performed by the our  servicemen and women.

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Color and Create Your Own Story

It’s Reading Is Fun Week and what better way to get your kids reading than having them also become authors! Download our free printable coloring scenes and encourage your children to add their own characters! Each page has a space at the bottom for your child to write a caption for each scene. They can create their own narrative and explore their own creativity! The coloring pages can be cut in half and rearranged in any way they wish. When it’s time to bind the book together, simply place the cover page on the outside and the story pages on the inside and staple the binding together for your child.

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Protecting and Connecting Military Families with Vivint

Did you know that Military Spouse Appreciation Day was on May 8th? Many civilians don’t, but the day holds special meaning to me because I was a military spouse for six years before my husband separated from the Air Force. It was nice to be recognized once a year for the sacrifices I was making in order for my husband to serve our country.

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A Man’s Guide To An #EPIC Mother’s Day

Guys, we often hear phrases like “I don’t need”, “I don’t want”, or “There is nothing wrong” from the women in our lives.

For centuries men have been trying to figure out the real meanings behind such statements. Some have even tried developing technology that would translate a woman’s remarks into an understandable language.

“I don’t need anything for Mother’s Day.”

Have you heard this from your wife this year? From what men already understand about women, husbands know this statement has an underlying complexity to it. Sorry guys, when translated, this statement actually means much more.

What does it mean? Find out what she really needs and deserves in our step-by-step guide to make her Mother’s Day #EPIC. 

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World Red Cross Day

Today is World Red Cross Day, a day to celebrate the aid that the Red Cross provides and the perfect opportunity to lend a hand. The Red Cross organization offers dozens of services to those who are in need; be it natural disaster relief, blood supply, or medical assistance. I’m sure you may have heard of opportunities to donate money to the Red Cross and to volunteer with the Red Cross, but there are plenty of other ways to get involved!

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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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Meal Planning Tips

I will be the first to admit that I am far from having all of my ducks in a row. As a business owner, a wife, a mother, and an artist I’m basically just “winging it” for the most part. But there are a few rare tasks in my life that I have buttoned-down pretty tight. And one of those things is meal planning. I should probably begin by stating the honest truth: I don’t really enjoy cooking (gasp!). It’s not really my creative medium and I don’t like the mess and unpredictability of it. I mean, if a craft goes wrong it can be a happy mistake, but if your chicken dish goes wrong it is ruined or can even make you sick. This uncertainty and my aversion to cooking is probably why I am so good at meal planning! If you are feeling like you want a little more organization and strategy when it comes to meal planning, I’m here to spill the beans.

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Remodeling your home with Vivint

Are you thinking of embarking on a home remodeling project?  My husband and I recently purchased a 1960’s rambler in need of major improvements.   We quickly learned that remodeling a home forces you to make a lot of decisions, many of which have lasting consequences.  We made our fair share of both good and bad decisions.  One of our best decisions was to install a Vivint system.

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Spring Break with Vivint

Spring break is around the corner and if you’re like me, you’ll be staying in town or rather, staying at work, while some neighbors are hitting the beach. If one of your neighbors is heading out of town for the week, have they asked you to keep an eye on their house while they’re away?

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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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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

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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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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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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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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“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…