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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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medication safety

As we enter into the holiday season, I strongly urge you to be cautious in all your holiday endeavors! The holidays are one of the busiest times for hospitals, but there are always dangers to be had around the home. Lower your chances of a doctor visit by following a few of these best practices when it comes to medical safety

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printable emergency phone number card

When was the last time you typed a phone number into your phone from memory—not from your contacts list? When I stop to think about it, I can count all the phone numbers I have memorized on one hand.

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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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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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