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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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apps you don’t need

Every time I watch a television show about hoarders and hoarding I feel an overpowering need to organize my linen closet and throw out half of my wardrobe. Something about seeing so much stuff on TV makes me want to have less stuff in real life

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stop being a dumb home

Dear Homeowner,

I know you have poured your heart and soul into me. I know you saved your pennies in a piggy bank before you bought me with everything you could scrape together for a down payment

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my garage code is . . .

I recently realized that over half my neighbors know my garage code. I’m not super concerned because I know and trust them but when I really stop and think about it, it’s kind of a strange feeling knowing my house isn’t totally secure

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most popular technology gifts for dads

You can always get Dad a new tie or a wallet for Father’s Day, but there are so many cool tech gifts out there, who would want to? Whether you are shopping for you’re your own Dad

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summer vacation safety checklist

Summer is the perfect time to load up the car and head off on an adventure with your family! Though vacation is a much anticipate time, there are so many things to think about. You have to plan all the details for your trip

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home automation for the summer

Summer is quickly approaching and soon that means the kids are out of school for the summer. While it is a welcome change in many ways

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roundup of best bug repellents and zappers

There is nothing worse than bug bites. They itch like crazy, spread disease, ruin summer fun, and worst of all they look like huge zits when what really happened was a tiny biting bandit moved into your personal space and took a bite. I plan to fight nature with nature this summer

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ways to interact with armed forces overseas

As a military spouse, I know firsthand the challenges of being separated from my husband during a deployment. Responsibilities you shared with your better half—everything from parenting to household maintenance—can seem overwhelming at first, and being alone feels, well, lonely

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bypassing sensors

Did you know that you can manually enable and disable the individual sensors in your home alarm system? It’s actually really easy to do and is helpful in avoiding false alarms

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plants in the home

My adventures in growing herbs, vegetables, some of my favorite flowers has been very rewarding. Before I started, the thought of growing anything seemed impossible without a lawn or a backyard

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selling your home

They say the best time of the year to sell a house is the spring. The rush of the holidays is finally over, the weather is inviting, green grass and bright flowers bolster curb appeal, and tax refund checks are burning holes in buyers’ pockets

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how automation making mom’s life easier

While I may not be a mom, I can definitely appreciate how home automation has improved and simplified our lives. For mothers, I would imagine home automation has even more benefits.

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thermostat rules

Now that’s it’s spring, the temperature outside is rising. It’s not only time to start wearing shorts and sandals but also time to adjust your thermostat’s schedule. If you have a smart thermostat, you’ll want to create a new cooling schedule 

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spring cleaning your computer

With your household spring cleaning tasks well underway, you are probably doing everything you can to avoid the dreaded spring-clean on your computer. If you are anything like me, you hoard images on your desktop

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the pros & cons of cloud storage

Cloud storage has changed the way that the world does business and handles information. We used to keep our documents all on local hard drives (or even worse, shoeboxes and filing cabinets.) Now everything has gone digital, and is floating in the invisible data cloud over our heads.

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national park week: technology

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. For lots of us, that means adventure time is here! The U.S. is filled to the brim with beauty as far as the eye can see, much of it held in our precious national parks. If you’re planning an adventure to see some amber waves of grain or purple mountain’s majesty, these apps will 

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using your smart phone to get the best price in-store, every time

A few months ago I was in a pinch. I needed a humidifier for my baby girl who was struggling to breathe because of croup, and I needed it now. The only problem was, I knew that this particular humidifier would be about $55 in-store, but I could’ve gotten it for about $39 online at the time. And then a little light bulb

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cell phone hygiene

There are bacteria all around us, but chances are pretty good that you are carrying around some pretty nasty stuff in your pocket right this minute. Think about how many times you wash your hands each day, and then think about how many times you touch your cell phone. Then try to remember the last time you washed or sanitized your cell phone. If you are like

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5 interesting ways to celebrate national library week

Going to the library will always have a special place in my heart. It has been a place where I can get lost in information, and even with all the technology around us it’s still the place were the possibilities seem endless. April 13–19 is 

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