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Football Season

I love a good football game as much as the next red-blooded American, but usually it is the whole nostalgia of football season that gets me really excited. Sure jaw-dropping touchdown catches are thrilling, but conversations over mounds of chips and salsa are equally fun for me.

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The Modern Latch Key Kid

When I was a kid, there were few things I liked to come home to more than a note on the door that said “Go to the Webber’s.” That meant that my mom wasn’t home and that the garage door opener had been placed in grill. It also meant I could do whatever I wanted for a while… yes!

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Video Game Guidelines

I had big plans for my family this summer. We were going to read piles of books, organize the entire house (and garage) and take educational adventures every week. Sadly, these things didn’t all happen. We did read a few books, clean out a couple of drawers and visit the local museum but sadly way too much of our time was spent in front of screens playing video games.

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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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Home of the Future

Can you imagine a home that manages itself while taking care of your everyday needs?

Would this home of the future automatically open your front door when your hands are full or suggest preheating the oven as you drive home from the office?

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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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Wearable Fitness

Wearable technology is the latest frontier that gadget makers are battling to dominate. The trick has been finding products that consumers find not only novel and cool but also useful enough to buy. Already, the field is littered with products that didn’t quite make that cut (see: Google Glass) either because they were ahead of their time or just didn’t provide enough benefit to be worth shelling out for.

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Vivint Features that Make Our Lives Simple

It’s no secret that life is complicated. We’re often running from here to there and trying to catch my breath. Since getting our Vivint home automation system, I’ve noticed unexpected ways that help minimize the stress in our day. Sometimes the little things like remembering to lock the door and checking on our dog, help the day run much more smoothly.

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Vacation With Vivint

Heading out of town this summer? We are! One of the many things on my to do list before we head out of town is to get our home ready for our absence. The good thing is that our home automation system makes this so easy to do that I have more time to decide which swimsuit to pack.

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How Technology is Making Package Delivery Easier

Isn’t it funny to think that people aren’t sending as many letters anymore, yet package delivery is exploding? We don’t just want our packages to travel across the country in a couple weeks, we now want them in two days! (I’m totally guilty of this. Thank you, Amazon Prime.)

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Stay Online While Out-of-Doors

Usually, a trip to the great outdoors is the perfect opportunity to unplug and get away from it all. But, for some serious Internet addicts, it is very important to stay wired while out camping.  Luckily, there are plenty of gadgets to help you stay connected.

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Summer Solstice

One of my favorite things about our home automation system is the light controls. We’ve seriously gotten used to the convenience of being able to turn lights on and off from our iPhones and iPads. We no longer have to fight it out via rock, paper and scissors over who is going to get out of bed to turn off the last lamp in the house.

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Easy Chair Command Center

When I was a kid, I read about homes that could be controlled from your bedroom and dreamed of a future when I could actually do all that stuff. As I use my phone to do a quick check on the status of my house while I’m sitting (and writing this article) from an RV in the redwood forest, I realize that I’m living that future today.

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Why Every Dad Needs Vivint

Speaking as a Dad, I can tell you first hand that once you’ve had a Vivint system, you’ll never go back. There’s just too much great stuff that I’ve already started taking for granted.

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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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Epic RV Adventure

I am in the process of packing my family of six for a 16-day motorhome vacation. We’ve rented the RV and will be traveling through six different states and doing tons of amazing things

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Never Miss a Visitor

Anyone getting excited about summer? I know I am! For me, summer can often be as busy as it can be relaxing. Between vacations, parties and work, summer can be a little hectic. If your home is like mine, that means lots of friends will be stopping by throughout the season. Between backyard barbecues, doggie playdates and neighbor visits, our home—and more particularly, our front porch— will be seeing a lot of visitors this season.

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Neighbor Day – Smart Door Locks

There’s something to be said about having great neighbors. They are people you can count on, grow with, and do life together with. They keep an eye on your home when you’re away, they water your garden, walk your dog, and bring over homemade sweets. Why not celebrate them today and let them know how much you appreciate neighboring with them! Bake them a batch of homemade cookies or even post a kind note to their door.

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Being A Vivint Mom

I’m a mom and I LOVE Vivint!

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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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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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Parts of a Vivint System that make mom’s life easier

I asked my wife what about our Vivint system makes her life easier. She said, “Peace of mind.” I said, “Can you elaborate? I have a whole blog post to fill.” So she did. I turns out that my wife and I pretty much love the same features of our system, only for different reasons. All of these features revolve around the ability to control the system from our mobile devices.

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Email Organizations Strategies

I have a love-hate relationship with my email. On one hand, it is completely awesome. It allows me to quickly and easily share information and files, stay connected, have conversations and schedule meetings. But on the flip side it never ends and is impossible to turn off. No matter how hard I work to empty my inbox, within minutes it’s filling back up again.

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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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Is 4K worth it?

So this should be a nice short article. The answer is no. Well, almost no. Well, it depends what you’re looking for. I suppose that bears at least a little explanation.

If you asked, “what is 4K?” then it’s definitely not worth the money but I’m happy to answer that question anyway. 4K is sometimes referred to as Ultra High Definition or UHD. A 4K television has around 4 times the resolution of a 1080p or High Definition TV, hence the name.

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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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make your music modern, again

Remember those plastic tapes you used to compile your ultimate summer road-trip jams or create the perfect mix of love songs for that special someone? The cassette tape was the dominant music format through most of my childhood. If you’re one of those people who couldn’t part with the fruits of all that labor, then you may have found it’s near impossible to listen to these today as cassette players are becoming increasingly rare.

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are you ready for the national day of unplugging?

Could you hit the pause button on technology for 24 hours? What would you with the time you normally spend browsing the Internet or checking your smartphone for social media updates and new emails?

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staying connected

We’ve all heard the term separation anxiety, but you probably don’t think of it in the context of people and technology do you? If you’re like me, I think of pups that chew up everything in sight when their owners leave but I don’t think about people going through separation anxiety when they are separated from their iPhones.

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navigating your way through social media

I am a big fan of social media. I mean, how else am I supposed to pass the time as I wait in line for a turkey sandwich during a lunch rush. Social media is like a babysitter for adults. Set 5 women on a couch with Instagram and it has the same effect as turning on Pixar for a couch full of toddlers.

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