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10 “dumb” ways to use home automation

With all this talk about a “smart” home, it begs the question: what makes a home “dumb”? And what are some ways to smarten up a “dumb” home?

While Vivint home automation is all about smarter living, there are in fact some “dumb” ways to

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goal tracking: finish the year with a bang!

When September rolls around it means the sweet days of summer have come to a close and it’s time to refocus. The holidays and the year’s end are upon us and this time of year always seems to move faster than most. With January right around the corner, it’s time to

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unplug: 3 apps to help curb your media habit

Let’s face it; sometimes your best friend can become your worst enemy. That seems to be the way it works with our smart technology anyway. We rely on our phones, tablets, and desktops to keep us

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college football

I’m a soccer fan. Love it. Ask me anything about Major League Soccer or any of my favorite international leagues and you’ll be in for a lively discussion. Or you may wish you hadn’t asked me at all. Either way, it’s my thing and I enjoy following it.

College football on the other hand, is a

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last fling

As summer comes to a close and school looms ominously on the horizon we find sometimes find ourselves casting about, wondering if we made the most of our summers and how we can

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control your home, away from home

I can probably count on one hand the number of times I came home from school to an empty house when I was growing up. I was the oldest of six kids so my mom wasn’t exactly mobile. On those rare occasions when my mom couldn’t be home after school, she’d leave a note on the door that said

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should children have cell phones?

My three-year-old son has his own iPhone. No, it doesn’t have cellular service. My husband turned his iPhone 4 into a “game phone” for our toddler, Levi, when he upgraded to the iPhone 5S. Levi can only use

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cell phones in the classroom

We are in the age of technology and, with that, we face certain battles. More and more children are being given cell phones at a young age. I remember not having a

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technology in school

Every Friday I get an email from my teenage daughter’s school management system. It shows me all my daughters missing assignments, late assignments, assignments scored below 70 and the current grades in her classes. I look forward to this email, while my daughter usually

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back-to-school: tech needs for kids

We are only weeks away from putting away our summer camping gear and trading it in for back-to-school clothes and shiny new backpacks. As the dog days of summer wrap up, it is important to start thinking about

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data storage and fraud awareness

In an age where we conduct transactions online and our important banking and personal data is shared between computers everyday, how can we be sure that our identities and financial information are

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spotting the signs of identity theft

Identity theft is not something that should be taken lightly.

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how to streamline your evening routine

Every day is different and while some evenings allow more time than others, it’s important to remember that evenings have a significant effect on mornings. By doing everything on our list and in our routine at night, it ensures a calm and organized morning to be

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how to streamline your morning routine

While there are some mornings that I feel relaxed and organized…there are also mornings that I feel lucky to make it out the door in one piece. It’s so simple yet I often forget: mornings set the tone for the entire day. So why can they be so

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using your tablet outside

After diaper bag essentials are packed, there is rarely room for anything else. When I received a Mini Ipad it saved time, decreased clutter & kept everything I wanted to take with me in one small, practical & portable space. Sadly my “mini office”, “entertainment center”, “library”, & “child panic button” was thrown into

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waterproof gadgets for the pool

Summertime has always been water time.  In this exciting new world of expensive but “necessary” electronic technology we enjoy having with us at all times there are now options to be able to take them along and also keep them safe until we

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the best things about a smart thermostat

Living through a hot, sticky summer in Florida definitely makes me appreciate having air conditioning. And the times we don’t have a/c, like when the power goes out during a storm, makes me appreciate it even

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national family reunion month: connecting digitally

My family has always stayed relatively close, geographically. So when family reunion season rolls around there’s not much call to have a big shindig – we see each other frequently regardless. But there are plenty of families who

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7 awesome grilling gadgets

The best part about summertime is all of the backyard cookouts that come with the warm weather. Every meal can be grilled and enjoyed outside in the warm evening glow. Here are a few grilling gadgets that will make your summer

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grilling like a boss

I love Sundays in the summer. It’s a great time to have some folks over for a lazy afternoon of grilling and chilling. The only problem for me is that I’m not the best griller in the world. I’m getting better, but it would be a stretch to say

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you are a workaholic if…

Have you ever wondered if you’re a workaholic? Maybe you love your job or maybe you just have a hard time leaving work at work, but here are some signs that you might be a workaholic…

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time wasters

Time is a precious commodity. While there are many things that we think
of as valuable in this world, the thing you can never replace is

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backyard pool safety

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! SUMMER. That word, to me, means sunshine, warmth, swimming, and lots of

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road trip technology: driver essentials

My wife and I have probably logged tens of thousands of miles in our car on road trips.
We switch between driver and passenger during the drive, but in terms of
prepping for a lengthy road trip, she usually is in charge of

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road trip technology: passenger essentials

As one half of a married couple who just lives for a road trip, I’ve learned a thing or two about what it takes to make a great one. And for me (usually the passenger), a
lot of that means

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new home. safe home.

You did it!  You bought a home! The process involved in purchasing a new home, more often then not, can be a long and stressful experience. It starts with

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are we creating technology for the wrong reasons?

Take a look at your phone, how many apps do you have? It might seem like a silly question, but

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protect your nest with tech

First is there anything more adorable than chubby baby legs? I think not! My husband often travels for work and when he’s away

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tech isn’t always smart

Technology is one of the most important tools in today’s society. For most of us, I don’t think we could even function without it. It’s how we pay our bills, communicate with one another, and even

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is your home dumb?

As much as we love to talk about the home of the future, the reality is that a Jetsons-status dwelling is still a little ways off in our home. We reside in an apartment (which has been admittedly very good to us) and can’t always

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