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dumb things that don’t make your home greener

The saying if these walls could talk certainly applies when it comes to our home. We love this crazy old place but in terms of going green, our house can be a little, how should I say it? Dumb

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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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house products you don’t need

I am just as guilty as the next person when it comes to filling my house up with products I don’t need or don’t use. I’m looking at you 6-foot carnival

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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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supporting our military families

Here’s a quick history lesson: While the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776, it wasn’t until June 14, 1777 that the United States adopted the Stars and Stripes as its official flag.

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using lighting controls to save energy and money

These days, we’re all looking for ways to save money and energy. Whether it’s reducing energy by using electricity less or upgrading appliances to be more efficient, we’re all trying to save the green in our wallets

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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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daddy jobs

After 15 years of marriage to say that we’ve got getting ready for bed down to a routine would be an understatement. There’s the part where the kids have gone to sleep so we finally sack out on the couch for a while to unwind in front of the TV

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hiking safety 101

When summertime hits, there’s just something that makes us want to head into the great outdoors! If you’re planning to get outside for a hike this summer, be sure you know your safety basics

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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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UN World Environment Day: How you can use your vivint system to conserve a little energy

Have you heard of World Environment Day? World Environment Day (WED) was created by the United Nations as an international movement dedicated to encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. It is celebrated in more than 100 countries

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smart community

Being a part of a neighborhood community can be like a full-time job. There are so many things to do to keep up with neighborhood policies, social events, clean ups, etc. Stay safe and smart by being connected to your community

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printable neighborhood—your summer mansion

Summertime always brings out the dreamer in people. We make big mental lists of all the wonderful things we’ll do over the most beautiful months of the year

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the story of stuff

Think about every time you finish a jar of pickles or jam. What if instead of tossing the jar, you took the time to wash it and remove the label in order to repurpose it somehow?

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tips for a green deck (or any other color)

Whether it’s a patio, a pergola or a play set, there’s nothing like the crisp, clean look of freshly-stained woodwork in your yard. There’s also nothing like gazing out over a faded, peeling mess at the beginning of each summer to make you wonder why the heck you decided put so much woodwork in your yard. The every-so-often staining that it takes to keep everything beautiful can be a daunting task

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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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june neighborhood calendar – los angeles

June is almost here and with it comes new possibilities.

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fun in the sunscreen: 8 sunscreen tips

Summer is right around the corner. Before you know it you’ll be splashing in the pool, working in the yard, flipping burgers on the grill and playing at the park. No matter what you have planned this summer don’t forget the sunscreen

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green pool cleaning

Now that summer is quickly approaching it’s time to start thinking about fun summer activities! Swimming, barbecues, and no school come to mind. But the summer also brings not so fun things like cleaning. If you own a pool, you are very familiar with the task of keeping it clean

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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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surviving the pool

My kids have been watching anxiously out the windows as winter’s snows begin to receded . . . then come back . . . then recede again. Each time Spring seems a bit closer but that’s not the real prize. What they’re really thinking about is Summer: no school, warm late nights spent tearing around the neighborhood playing night games and of course, pool time.

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fire pit and grill safety

The wonderful season of grilling and warm summer evenings is upon us. There is nothing more delightful than grilling up fresh vegetables that you’ve just harvested from your garden or roasting marshmallows around the fire pit

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planning an edible garden for spring and summer

As new homeowners, we couldn’t be more excited to have our very own fruit, herb, and vegetable garden this year. Edible gardening is so rewarding and with a bit of planning, you can enjoy continuous harvest from your garden all summer long.

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springtime family activities nationwide

Winter is over! Hallelujah! It’s time to get that family of yours outside and playing. But what to do? Here are some favorite family events across the nation!

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national emergency medical services for children day

Did you know that today is National Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Day? Neither did I. In fact I had no idea that the EMSC program existed, but I am slapping my wrists and making sure people know what the EMSC is!

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energy conservation window tips

Every week (and often several times a week) my husband and I exchange playful banter about our house temperature. He happens to prefer our house to sustain artic temperatures (seriously I have to chisel butter for my toast every morning). I, on the other hand, prefer our home warm enough that I don’t have to wear 4 layers in May

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DIY pest control

This is my first official year with a yard and outdoor garden. I’m a bit intimidated but so excited for the challenge. With practice and lots of research, we hope to enjoy the bounty from our vegetable garden all summer long.

The only problem with an edible garden is there’s no disappointment quite like when critters feast on your plants and destroy all of your hard work

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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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