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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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kindness

I recently read a story in the news about a 13-year-old boy who was interviewed by a local street photographer. During the interview, he was asked “Who’s influenced you the most in your life?’ He said it was his school’s principal and told about how she had impacted his life by believing in him and showing him that he mattered.  Because of these kind words more than $1-million has been raised online for his school.  This money will be used for class trips and scholarships.

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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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throwback thursday: the fireplace

Warmth, romance, decor and letting Santa in. These are all modern reasons why we have fireplaces in our homes. But do you know who is responsible for the modern day advancement of fireplaces?

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#VivintinesDay: The First Date

He was the lead singer of a local rock band– Rated Hero they were called. He had dropped out of college his sophomore year to focus on music. And there he was focused on his music, playing lunch hour in the local sandwich shop just off campus.

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#VivintinesDay: Another Exciting Valentines Day

Today they have long-since given up wondering about such youthful nonsense. Romance? Desire? Passion? Those things belong to the past… and perhaps to the future.

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#VivintinesDay: Life Happens

Their third Valentine’s Day as a married couple–a few years later–was, as Valentine’s often can be, somewhat of a letdown. She was pregnant with their first child and she wasn’t feeling her prettiest. Did he still see her as he had seen her those years before in that sandwich shop? All blonde hair and false eyelashes? Some days it didn’t seem like it.

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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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how to stay organized at work

A new year means a renewed effort at being organized for so many of us! If your work life has got you frazzled, it might be time to take control at the office. Whether you need help organizing your physical workspace, or you could use some tips for organizing your headspace, we’ve got some fresh ideas that’ll get you set for success in the new year.

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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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green strategies that increase organization in the home

A new year means a fresh start. Did you know that January is Organization Month? After exchanging gifts and packing away holiday decor, there couldn’t be a better time to clean out and get organized at home.

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how green living brings happiness

By now we’re all really aware of the term “going green.” It seems every where we look we find eco-friendly items, practices, and even buildings. Sure we know that green living is good for the earth, but have you ever stopped to think about how green living can also be good for you too?

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organize your house room by room

If you vowed on January 1st that 2015 would be the year you finally get organized at home, you’re not alone. According to a University of Scranton study, getting organized is the second most popular New Year’s resolution. (Coming in at number one? Losing weight!)

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get to know your customers day

It’s 2015 and one thing I’ve noticed is that competition is everywhere. I can Google “pizza” and immediately find close to ten options within fifteen miles of my house. Crazy, right? As consumers, we’re faced with more and more decisions each day, from a cell phone provider to the simple task of choosing a brand of peanut butter.

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random acts of neighboring

Every day is a great day to start showing an extra dose of kindness and generosity to your neighbors. But if you had to pick a time to start really putting this into practice, now is a great time because January 19th is National Day of Service.

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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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a place for everything

I used to think that I wasn’t a very organized person. My wife would accuse me of having a bad case of the dropsies—I would just put stuff down wherever I finished using it.

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new years eve goal setting

2015 sure sounds like a promising year, doesn’t it? With 2014 quickly coming to an end, this is the time of year where we start reflecting on our lives and planning out resolutions for the new year.

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streamlining the holidays: holiday party plan

There are very (very) few things in life that I am an expert in. I am probably more of a “jack of all trades, master of none” when it comes to life. “A work in progress” is another way to say it. But there is one area of my life that I have pretty dialed in, and that is party planning.

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printable new year’s resolution card

I’ll admit, every year around this time I jump on the resolution train and jot down a few things that I’d love to focus on in the new year.

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printable thank you card

Did you know that today is Thank You Card Day? Isn’t that just the best? After all of the hubbub of Christmas and now that all the gifts have all been unwrapped, it’s the perfect chance to return to a spirit of thankfulness.

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merry christmas

Merry Christmas from our neighborhood to yours! We hope you all have a very special day with the ones you love. Be safe, eat a lot of good food and have a very merry Christmas! 

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streamlining the holidays: focusing on the important things

Happy holidays, everyone! It is incredible how quickly this year has passed us by and now here we are preparing to tuck in for the holidays and enjoy spending time with friends and family. And that is exactly what the holidays should be about, right?

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streamlining the holidays: tying up loose ends

As we find ourselves in the midst of the holiday season, you might be shocked to learn that half of December has already flown by! I know I personally am always shocked when Christmas arrives and the season has almost completely passed me by.

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’twas the day before christmas

‘Twas the day before Christmas when Vivint came to our house,
It was just what I wanted—a smart home—for me and my spouse.

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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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