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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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“undercover boss” behind the scenes with vivint employee mark woods.

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Q: How would you describe your “Undercover Boss” experience?

A: My experience on Undercover Boss was great. I’ve never talked to Todd or met with him personally before. It was really cool to be able to work with him for an entire day. Actually, he kind of worked for me, which made it all more interesting. Read more…

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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slow cooker recipe: tasty turkey chili

You’re at work, it’s snowing outside and you know that you will have hungry mouths to feed as soon as you get home. You can’t possibly bear the thought of cooking tonight. Luckily, you already prepared an easy, healthy chili in the slow cooker. You just need to turn it on. With Vivint’s Small Appliance Control, you can start dinner with just a swipe in your Vivint app.

Below is a recipe for all you super-moms on the go.

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battery day – how to recharge your mental batteries

I’m sure I’m not the only one that likes to push myself in most areas of my life. Sometimes my overachieving tendencies leave me exhausted, overwhelmed, overextended, or even worse, ready to snap. We push ourselves for many reasons…to feel smarter, more productive, more accomplished…and suddenly we reach a limit we didn’t know we had. Ever been there?

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“undercover boss” behind the scenes with vivint ceo todd pedersen

Vivint CEO Todd Pedersen will be featured on the Season 6 finale of CBS’s award winning series, “Undercover Boss,” Friday, February 20, 2015.  We talked to Todd about his experience being part of the show. He shared some details that provided a great sneak peek to the episode.

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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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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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