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School Emergency Kits

It’s back to school time! Can you believe it? My oldest kiddo starts school this year and I am slightly in denial. I may get a little teary when I drop that cute little boy off.

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Keeping Kids Safe at Home

My neighbor is a wonderful mother of three. When she moved to our neighborhood a few years ago, she came over to let me know her son has autism and often tries to leave the house unsupervised.

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Update Your Child’s Contact Info

Everyday, in schools across the nation, runny noses and uncovered coughs are common sights and sounds. Having a child come home sick from school is bound to happen to everyone.

This school year, be prepared for that inevitable call home by ensuring your child’s school has all the correct contact information

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Close the Garage

I’ve come to love our home automation system. From remotely turning on and off lights to unlocking the front door in just a tap there are so many features I just adore. One of my favorite newest additions to our home automation system is the garage door controller.

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Crime in the Summertime

In 1935, J. Edgar Hoover, the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said, “Offenses of robbery and burglary are most frequently committed in the winter months.” Fast forward to today, burglaries are 10.5% more common in the summer than the winter, according to the Department of Justice.

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Easy Target – Garage Theft

My husband can attest to the fact that I am a worrier when it comes to keeping our doors locked. All day and night I make sure they are locked to prevent my kids from roaming the neighborhood and to keep strangers out. The truth is, I may be a bit over-paranoid about a potential break-in and feeding that paranoia isn’t the best practice…So naturally I started doing a little research on garage theft and was floored by how easily thieves can break into a garage. Like 6 seconds and they are in! The good news is that there are precautionary steps you can take to prevent garage theft and here are a few I found really helpful:

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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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Travel Safety Tips

Traveling is my favorite thing to do. Eating ice cream is a close second :). I love to explore new places and meet new people. I also love that travel can help you grow and learn about the world and about yourself. Traveling can, however, present a few risks that require some extra preparation.

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Vacation Packing Checklist

This summer my family has been constantly on the go. Going here. Staying there. It’s been amazing, but it’s also been a little overwhelming in the packing and prepping department. Getting my family of six out the door, in the car and on the road can be a major undertaking. Without fail we’ve gotten to our destination and discovered we’ve forgotten something.

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Keeping Your Children Safe on the Internet

The Internet has completely changed the way my children interact with the world. With a few clicks on a keyboard they have access to endless amounts of information, in-depth knowledge, tools to express their creativity and programs allowing them to interact with people from all over the world. To them the internet is a magic thing capable of answering all their obscure questions, connecting them face-to-face with grandparents hundreds of miles away and endlessly-repeatable cat videos and loom band tutorials.

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Securing your Home Network

When I think of home security, I really only think about things that provide physical security, such as door locks and alarm systems. I never really think about the security of our home in the virtual world, yet the reality is that protecting our home network is just as important as protecting our physical home.

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Camping Essentials

June is National Camping Month! Which means it is the perfect excuse to sleep outside and pray that wildlife doesn’t eat you in your sleep. Okay I am being dramatic, I know. As a person who thoroughly enjoys the outdoors during daylight hours, I am strangely less warm to the idea of sleeping where bears may also be sleeping. It’s statistically illogical, as my nature-loving husband points out, to worry about such silly things. But when it comes to the outdoors and camping, I like to come prepared. That way I can feel more at ease when we sleep under the stars.

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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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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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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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home office safety

Working from home and having four children can be a wonderful – and complete craziness. Thankfully I’ve been able to create a working environment that allows me to be effective and productive while keeping everyone and everything safe.

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home safety checklist

I love making lists. I have notebooks full of them and nothing makes me happier then finishing something and marking it off. I might even be guilty of occasionally adding something to a list after it’s accomplished just so I can cross it off.

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streamlining the holidays: getting ready for people to stay with you

Tis the season for holiday visitors, out-of-town guests, and family get-togethers. If you think your house is starting to feel more like a hotel rather than a home this month, you’re not alone. Many of us host friends and family in our homes during the holidays.

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candle safety

December is the peak time for gift giving, holiday festivities, and house fires. Didn’t see that last one coming? It’s true that house fires increase during the holidays. This increase is a result of more flammable decorations decking the halls and more folks burning candles (I’m looking at you, apple spice flavored candle). So I suggest you set down that peppermint cookie and read a few tips on how to not burn your house to the ground. 

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home safe home

Can you believe it’s already December?! I don’t know about you but time is flying at a rapid rate. Even though it’s wintertime, here in Utah we have yet to experience our real first snow… not that I’m complaining. But before the storm season really starts for us, it’s time to prepare for whatever Mother Nature brings. And even if you’re already knee deep in the winter weather, it’s never too late to start.

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safety at home during the holidays

The holidays are a constant flurry of activity and merriment. Unfortunately household fires are more prevalent in winter months and all of the holiday decorations certainly don’t help during the month of December. To keep the holidays at home as joyful as possible, a few safety precautions can save time, money, and stress so that you can enjoy the season to the fullest.

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computer security 101

How careful are you with your home computer? Do you often leave it precariously balancing on a stack of pillows on your sofa? Did you leave the room to do something, meanwhile leaving a full glass of red wine right next it and the cat ready to jump?

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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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how to show appreciation to military families

As you may know, November is Military Family Appreciation Month—a month dedicated to honoring, recognizing, and remembering the women and men who serve in our military and their families.

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how to keep your home safe during trick or treating

There are plenty of safety concerns to consider while out taking kids trick-or-treating, but did you ever stop to think about the safety of your home that you leave behind? Halloween is a vulnerable time for homes

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dressing your kids for the weather on halloween

The way I see it, there’s one big problem with celebrating Halloween in October: the weather. Mother Nature usually has a bag of tricks up her sleeve. But whether it’s raining or snowing, mild or cold,

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halloween safety plan

Halloween can be the most mischievous and amusing of holidays. Knocking on neighbor’s doors and stuffing your tummy with candy isn’t exactly the safest of activities

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halloween tricks to get your tots and their treats safely home

There is always safety in numbers. While out with your ghouls and goblins, remember these safety tricks.

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halloween decorating safety tips

Jack-o-lanterns, scarecrows, spooky displays, and more…they are all part of the spirit of Halloween. A festive home with lots of decorations makes for a frightfully fun Halloween. Although between the candy, costumes, and decorating, it’s important to remember the safety risks amidst all of the hocus-pocus.

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how to help children take medicine

My three-year-old son fights us on many things – eating his vegetables, going to bed, watching more Sesame Street

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