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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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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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my home security system works for me.

When we first had our Vivint system installed, I considered it mainly as a burglar deterrent system. I didn’t think it was good for anything else. Boy was I wrong. I quickly learned that there are so many ways I can use the system to protect my family, keep us safe and save us money by monitoring the small everyday things.

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cell phone courtesy

Let me pose a few questions: Do you hate when people talk on their phones in public? Do YOU talk on your phone in public? Did you know that in Japan and Europe, it is considered rude to use your phone on public transportation?

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customizing your smart home

We all have different families, careers, and schedules so it’s important that our home fit our lifestyle. Customization doesn’t just stop at selecting flooring or kitchen countertops though, it continues into home technology too. If you’re been wanting to dip your toe into having a smart home but weren’t sure exactly how that would fit your needs, here are a few ways you can customize your smart home.

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home alarm systems then and now

Remember home alarm systems back in the day? If you’re like me, and you’ve gotten used to having a home alarm system that does way more than just alert you when a door opens, then it’s probably a little difficult to remember what home alarm systems used to be like. So let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we?

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10 ways to inconvenience yourself

There are moments, especially during winter, when our homes and lives can feel full of inconveniences. From accidentally locked doors and cold thermostats, sometimes these inconveniences seem to multiply by the moment. Despite these irritating realities of modern-day life, thankfully there are solutions to make our lives easier with home automation and smarter living.

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what to look for in a home security system

When it comes to the safety of your home, belongings and family, I think it’s safe to say that you’ll want the very best. It’s so important to feel secure in the fact that you and your home are well protected. But what does that even mean nowadays?

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saving money with a smart home

We moved into our first home a few months ago and have been steadily working to make updates to smarten it up a little bit. See, my husband is all about tech and gadgets and automating everything that we possibly can. But we moved into a home that was built in the 1950’s, which means that it’s not the easiest thing to update it and bring it into the here and now.

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safety through surge protection

When I was a kid, my house was hit by lightning. The crack was unbelievably loud and I remember waking up to the feeling of falling back into my mattress, as though I’d been hovering a few feet above it. Scared the bejeezus out of the entire family. As crazy as that was, it was the aftermath of the strike that was most bizarre. Every fluorescent light in the house was on, ignited by the raw current in the air.

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what is a smart home?

What is a Smart Home?

smart home

noun

  1. A home equipped with lighting, heating, and electronic devices that can be controlled remotely by phone or computer.

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you can’t take it all with you (yes you can)

The whole digital media revolution is a bit of a good news bad news situation. It’s great to be able to purchase and access music and movies instantaneously. It’s awesome that a huge movie library doesn’t require an entire wall of shelves in your house anymore. It’s neat that media is so portable. Unfortunately, portability is where we run into the bad news.

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why a smart home?

I can think of any number of reasons why somebody would want a smart home, a house equipped with lighting, heating, security, and multimedia functions that can be controlled remotely. From home security to energy management, the ability to control your house from anywhere using a smartphone, computer, or tablet is appealing. Plus, full home automation is the wave of the future though many early adopters have been enjoying the benefits of a smart home for several years already.

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five ways to save your smartphone’s battery life

We’ve all been there. You’re out and about and you really really really need to use the map app on your phone to find out where you’re going and your battery is at a dreaded three percent. You’re racing against the clock to get that stupid map to load and BOOM your phone dies.

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keeping up with the digital age

I consider myself pretty tech savvy and am usually an early adopter of new technologies and devices. I own a computer, iPhone and iPad and always have at least one device within arms reach. Even with all those devices, I am I living in an archaic period?

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stay connected: digital address books

One of the things I vividly remember when I was a little one is my mom’s address book. It sat on our counter under our home telephone and on top of the phone book. My mom would flip through it almost daily, sending letters, looking up street addresses, finding friends’ phone numbers. The crazy thing is that these days, the phone book, the home telephone, and the address book have all become totally obsolete because of the seemingly infinite amount of technology available to us.

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tips on adopting new technology

If you always have to have the latest and greatest gadget before your friends, you can stop reading here. You’re an “early adopter” and already understand the risks and benefits of adopting new technology.

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the best apps to keep your finances organized

I remember when Quicken on my desktop was the end-all-beat-all for managing finances.  My Dad, a CPA, had me start using it as soon as I opened up my first bank account in high school.

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the best planners for 2015

Ahhh, it’s a new year. It’s another chance to get organized and wrap your head around everything on your list of things to accomplish. I love gathering my thoughts, goals, and to-do lists at the beginning of each year, and I’ve tried my fair share of ways to organize them all. Some years I go digital and some years I go analog, but I’ve always got a planner of some sort. If you need a way to organize yourself in 2015, here are a few awesome ways to do it.

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tech solutions for keeping track of thank you cards

There’s an unwritten rule that you should send a thank you note within 5 days of receiving a gift. There is of course flexibility in there; for wedding gifts it is totally fine to take some time for your honeymoon. Around the holidays though, the lines are even more blurred about who deserves a thank you note and when.

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streamlining the holidays: going out of town part two

This holiday season my husband and I will be traveling across the state and then across the country to spend Christmas with our family. While it seems that I still have a long holiday to-do list (I’m only a third of the way done with my Christmas shopping), getting our home ready before our trip is one thing I have crossed off my list.

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