*48 or 60 month agreement (48 months in AR, CA, and WI) at minimum $53.99/month for Home Security (HS) Package and $69.99/month for Full Home Automation (FHA) Package. $1500 equipment and $199 activation based on FHA package. Promotion value varies by package. Home ownership, and satisfactory credit history required. Free equipment and free installation generally included in all Vivint packages. Taxes and permit fees may apply. New customers only. Services not available in all areas. Click here for Vivint licensing information. All services in Louisiana performed by Vivint Louisiana, License #F1819. Legal Disclaimer. Offer valid 2/19/15 to 2/23/15.
If you have a pet that spends time outside, you know that lawn care can be tricky business. Growing grass becomes a bit more complicated with a dog spending time in your yard. Dog urine contains high amounts of nitrogen, as a result of breaking down protein in their food. This can act as a fertilizer but also have consequences on a lawn when exposed in frequent and larger volumes. Female dogs’ urine, in general, is more acidic since it is usually eliminated in larger quantities at one time. This can create burn spots on lawns. Male dogs’ urine is also high in nitrogen, but may have less consequences as males tend to mark their urine in smaller amounts instead of releasing it in large quantities. Whether your dog is male or female, there are preventative steps to keep both your pet and lawn safe and healthy all season long.
Okay let’s talk neighbors. Some of my absolute favorite people on earth have been my neighbors, and some of my absolute least favorite people on earth have been neighbors. Living in close proximity to others, as a neighborhood facilitates, can mean that personal living spaces overlap. Sidewalks we walk, bike paths we ride, and playgrounds we play in are all shared spaces. Also family noises and smells and that awful hideous lime-green door can all affect our neighbors. After living near the best and the worst of neighbors here is my two cents about what makes a good neighbor, and how to have good neighborhood etiquette.
If you don’t have any connections to the military — if you don’t have a relative, friend, or neighbor in uniform — you may not know that May 16, 2015 is Armed Forces Day. Of course, that’s one of the reasons why the first Armed Forces Day was held more than 60 years ago: To increase awareness of America’s armed forces and the types of job performed by the our servicemen and women.
It’s Reading Is Fun Week and what better way to get your kids reading than having them also become authors! Download our free printable coloring scenes and encourage your children to add their own characters! Each page has a space at the bottom for your child to write a caption for each scene. They can create their own narrative and explore their own creativity! The coloring pages can be cut in half and rearranged in any way they wish. When it’s time to bind the book together, simply place the cover page on the outside and the story pages on the inside and staple the binding together for your child.
I will be the first to admit that I am far from having all of my ducks in a row. As a business owner, a wife, a mother, and an artist I’m basically just “winging it” for the most part. But there are a few rare tasks in my life that I have buttoned-down pretty tight. And one of those things is meal planning. I should probably begin by stating the honest truth: I don’t really enjoy cooking (gasp!). It’s not really my creative medium and I don’t like the mess and unpredictability of it. I mean, if a craft goes wrong it can be a happy mistake, but if your chicken dish goes wrong it is ruined or can even make you sick. This uncertainty and my aversion to cooking is probably why I am so good at meal planning! If you are feeling like you want a little more organization and strategy when it comes to meal planning, I’m here to spill the beans.
Spring break is around the corner and if you’re like me, you’ll be staying in town or rather, staying at work, while some neighbors are hitting the beach. If one of your neighbors is heading out of town for the week, have they asked you to keep an eye on their house while they’re away?
When there’s so much happening in our lives day to day it’s often hard just to keep up with our friends and our neighbors—let alone those outside our community. I know this is a challenge for me as work and family seems to occupy all my time and attention. But I’m challenging myself to start looking beyond my home and community and begin keeping up with global issues. It’s important to me to not only know what’s going on in the world but know how I can participate too.
Will you be getting your Easter egg on this year? If you’re tired of the same old Easter egg dyeing kits from the store, we’ve rounded up eight totally fun, fresh ideas to get your egg game on point! And the best part is that lots of them can be made with supplies you have already around the house, so you might not even need that pesky egg dye anyway!
I had no idea how much I’d love and use my Vivint home automation system to stay in touch with my teenage daughters. I use it all the time. With a quick look at my phone, I’m able to check and monitor so many things.
Do wish you could remember more? Memories seem to come and go quickly, especially as we get older. Fortunately, there are simple ways we can actively try to improve our memory long-term. Here are 15 ways to improve your memory:
April showers bring May flowers, right? The rainy season is about to be here and one of the unfortunate things that comes with that is the potential for flooding. Hopefully, none of us will be faced with severe flooding in our home or neighborhood this season but it’s best to be prepared in case we are.
We all have things we like to put off. Whether it’s a task at work, a chore at home or a paper for school, we all procrastinate from time to time. Though I admit, some of us are better at it than others. For those of you who like to put things off until the last possible minute, I’m happy to share that this week is officially National Procrastination Week.
Did you know that there’s a National Procrastination Week? Me neither, but it makes total sense. Sometimes you’ve just got stuff on your list that you plain old don’t want to do. Well this week you apparently don’t have to.
Being that this week is National Severe Storm Preparedness Week it is important to consider ways to prepare for emergency situations. And when it comes to emergencies, needing to administer CPR is a pretty big emergency, right?! When I think of storm preparedness I don’t immediately think of CPR but I certainly don’t want to be caught in a crisis without important skills. That’s why I am taking the initiative to become CPR certified! You can too, and here is how…
Maybe it’s a sign that I am becoming more of an adult, but I am paying more and more attention to the news. It seems like every other week there is some kind of severe storm warning either at home or somewhere in the country. I’m sure that it snowed, rained, hurricane-ed, blizzard-ed, and tornado-ed my whole life, but now I am more on the lookout with grown up demands like driving and traveling.
The door lock has been protecting families, keeping treasure safe and helping maintain privacy for thousands of years. The earliest know door locks consisted of a wooden pin lock, bolt, door fixture and key.
I will never forget the day my husband bought me my very first cell phone. I didn’t want it and thought it was a complete waste of money. I looked at it as more of an annoyance than anything else. I didn’t think it was necessary for someone to get ahold of me every second of the day. It basically sat uncharged on the kitchen counter for months.
When my husband and I were looking to buy our first home, we evaluated the neighborhoods as well as the houses. Was the street quiet? Did we see any neighbors interacting with one another? Were there children playing outside? Was the neighborhood safe?
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…
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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.