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back-to-school: tech needs for kids

We are only weeks away from putting away our summer camping gear and trading it in for back-to-school clothes and shiny new backpacks. As the dog days of summer wrap up, it is important to start thinking about

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get involved in your community garden

I remember when my husband and I lived in New York City, I would always get so excited when we passed by a community garden. There’s something so special about a green space like that, especially in an

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back to school – carpool time

The lazy days of summer are quickly coming to an end and school is right around the corner.  Getting my kids to and from school, especially with three kids in three different schools, can be overwhelming. To save time, gas, stress and my sanity I’m

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printable neighborhood – let’s go camping!

This week’s printable is a camper – one of my all time favorite pieces of rolling stock. Though in my dream of dreams this camper would be an Airstream, somehow I think all of those

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preserving summer memories

Summer will be wrapping up soon, and I know you’ve had some adventures! Hopefully you’ve spent the last couple of months eating popsicles, splashing around, and making lots of fantastic summer memories. And now that it’s coming to a close, there are some great

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data storage and fraud awareness

In an age where we conduct transactions online and our important banking and personal data is shared between computers everyday, how can we be sure that our identities and financial information are

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how can farmer’s markets save you money?

Every Sunday in my neighborhood, there is a farmer’s market that has the most delicious and fresh California produce. We try to go every week to snag some samples, peruse the homemade goods, and just get some fresh air. It can be a real gamble whether the farmer’s market can save you money

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frequenting farmer’s markets can simplify your life

Grocery stores are LOUD in every way!  From the fluorescent-colored serial boxes, rows of canned goods, toy, diapers, baby food, various packaged goods screaming out at you, to the rattle and squeak of shopping cart wheels surrounding you, a trip to the grocery store is usually the worst part of a stressful day.

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a beginner’s guide to the farmer’s market

Seeking out a one stop family friendly destination for fun, food and a little time in the sun this summer? Look no further than your local farmer’s market! Farmer’s markets are becoming a popular destination not only for picking up the freshest and most local seasonal produce and flowers, but farmer’s markets are also

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spotting the signs of identity theft

Identity theft is not something that should be taken lightly.

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farmer’s market and family

I was fortunate to have lived in a very small village in France. One of the great privileges of living there was getting to shop at the beautiful & delicious open Marche each week. We had our choice of fresh milk, fruits, vegetables, cheeses, bread, flowers & much, much more. Once I was gifted a few

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how to streamline your evening routine

Every day is different and while some evenings allow more time than others, it’s important to remember that evenings have a significant effect on mornings. By doing everything on our list and in our routine at night, it ensures a calm and organized morning to be

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how to streamline your morning routine

While there are some mornings that I feel relaxed and organized…there are also mornings that I feel lucky to make it out the door in one piece. It’s so simple yet I often forget: mornings set the tone for the entire day. So why can they be so

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using your tablet outside

After diaper bag essentials are packed, there is rarely room for anything else. When I received a Mini Ipad it saved time, decreased clutter & kept everything I wanted to take with me in one small, practical & portable space. Sadly my “mini office”, “entertainment center”, “library”, & “child panic button” was thrown into

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waterproof gadgets for the pool

Summertime has always been water time.  In this exciting new world of expensive but “necessary” electronic technology we enjoy having with us at all times there are now options to be able to take them along and also keep them safe until we

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august neighborhood calendar – maine

The last month of the summer is right around the corner. August is your last chance to sneak in some last minute summer adventures. Jump in the lake. Soak up the sun. Run on the beach. Make a sand castle. Venture out on a sail boat. Go hiking, fishing, biking, or rafting. Whatever it may be, make sure to

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happy national parents day!

We know you love your families and want to keep them safe.

As a society, we have come so far when it comes to technology advancement. From skype calls to shutting your garage door with your cell phone, it feels like there’s nothing we can’t do. With the advancement of all this amazing technology, comes various dangers regarding

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the best things about a smart thermostat

Living through a hot, sticky summer in Florida definitely makes me appreciate having air conditioning. And the times we don’t have a/c, like when the power goes out during a storm, makes me appreciate it even

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national family reunion month: connecting digitally

My family has always stayed relatively close, geographically. So when family reunion season rolls around there’s not much call to have a big shindig – we see each other frequently regardless. But there are plenty of families who

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7 awesome grilling gadgets

The best part about summertime is all of the backyard cookouts that come with the warm weather. Every meal can be grilled and enjoyed outside in the warm evening glow. Here are a few grilling gadgets that will make your summer

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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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demand response: beneficial to community and consumer

A few months ago I came across an article debating the benefits and downfalls of demand response programs. My first thought was, what in the heck is demand response? I’ll do my best to answer this first question in a minute. My second thought was, do I even need to read this article? Does it apply to me? and the answer is “Yes!” If you are

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lightning safety tips

Summer storm season is in full effect. Have you been experiencing significant weather? In the Midwest, where I live, weather radios have been altering us to tornado warnings and watches with frightening

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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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national hot dog month

July is National Hot Dog month, and it is a perfect time to enjoy a hot dog on a summer afternoon. Whether it is at a ball game or at a backyard barbeque, the hot dog is the perfect summer meal. My absolute favorite hot dogs come from

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bug spray repellant round up

It’s officially the middle of summer (how did that happen?) and I am covered in bug bites. Unfortunately that’s the cost of spending so much time outdoors in the summer – especially when it’s been

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backyard fire pit safety

I have so many great summer memories of being gathered around a fire pit, roasting
marshmallows or telling ghost stories or playing a guitar and singing with friends.
(My life sounds like an eternal summer camp, huh?) There’s something so magical
about being

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solar + shade

Out in California where we enjoy nearly 300 days a year of sun, going solar is a no
brainer. But take away the predictable sunny weather and solar can be a bit of a

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what is a demand response program?

Demand Response Programs are designed to find fiscally and environmentally responsible ways to respond to occasional and temporary peak utility demand periods. The basic idea is to decrease the amount of power we use & build a reserve of power for when or in case it is needed. Programs often offer incentives to those that

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inventive uses of solar

I have raved a time or two in this space about how incredible it is to witness the speed with which our world is changing and the impact of innovation on our daily lives. However, one area of innovation that I’ve always been a bit disappointed with is renewable energy. Historically it’s been tough to generate enough

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