7 Ways We Protect What Matters To Us Most

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It’s funny, isn’t it? This building a life thing. It really ramps up in your 20’s and 30’s. Sometimes you’re completely ready for it, or so you think. You plan ahead, you apply for things, you sign paperwork on dotted lines, and you make joint decisions.

Sometimes you’re ready for it.

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And, sometimes you’re not.

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When we bought our first house five years ago, after years of renting various places in New Jersey, San Francisco, and even Massachusetts, Scarlet was two-years-old and I was six weeks pregnant with Des. It took some time to get used to living in the woods and away from people, but we have embraced our gorgeous nature landscape and we enjoy working on the home. I write about outdoors projects, but recently we began an indoors project – a DIY smart home + security system.

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There are a few reasons we made this decision. For one, we’ve been homeowners for five years now and needed better security. We are planning a full upstairs renovation during the next few months, and our chicken coop is still under construction. We have people coming and going quite a bit. Also, next year we will have two kids in elementary school! Summer is coming and will bring some key opportunities for travel. There are so many reasons to explore these avenues! So much of life is out of our control, but there’s power in being able to add protection and security to our home and family.

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Here are 7 Ways We Protect What Matters To Us Most:

Here are 7 ways to protect your home and family. Iris by Lowe's is an affordable home security system to give us the peace of mind we need AD MyIrisSecurity

1 – Iris by Lowe’s. What is it? Iris is a simple, customizable smart home system by Lowe’s that can grow with your family. You can start with a single lightbulb or a complete home security system – simply add new devices to your network and sync them with the Iris Smart Hub. Maybe you’re about to remodel a house or move into a new home. Maybe you have experienced crime or a life event that has encouraged you to seek home security options. And maybe you’re planning for a baby or for summer travel. How do you protect what matters most? With customizable smart home devices alongside affordable home security.

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Iris connects an entire range of Iris-compatible smart devices in your home through a single app. It delivers all the benefits of professional security monitoring with a home management system, but without the long-term contract that security systems require. Iris customers can now enroll in the professional monitoring plan. It’s $14.95 per month – and the best value among smart home security systems. With Lowe’s, you can expect great support and customer service – so it’s not surprising that Iris is designed for easy setup and use – with a single mobile app to manage all your home security needs.

I love that you can build your smart home at your own pace, as Iris works with 100+ smart devices.

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We have the Smart Switch to connect directly to the Iris cloud using our home Wi-Fi. We downloaded the free Iris app to get started, and no hub was required. With the app, you can use your smartphone to schedule your lights to turn on and off. This helps you monitor and conserve energy while saving on electricity costs. You can control lights, appliances and electronics on your phone! And Iris works with Amazon Alexa. And this is why Iris by Lowe’s continues to help us sleep better at night!

2 – We have Athena! She isn’t so tough once you get to know her, but a barking dog can do wonders for security! In my old house, my childhood dog once barked and scared away a burglar who had broken into our car. Nothing was stolen!

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3 – Be mindful of who has access to your home keys. Limit that access.

4 – Know your neighbors. We actually have quite a few, even though many of our other neighbors are bears, deer, and skunks. Good neighbors will keep an eye on each other’s houses. Our neighbors always tell us when they’re going on vacation.

5 – Look into strengthening your doors and reinforcing your home windows.

Here are 7 ways to protect your home and family. Iris by Lowe's is an affordable home security system to give us the peace of mind we need AD MyIrisSecurity

6 – Safeguard your hazardous home areas. This could be swimming pool, ponds and streams. This could be garages, sheds or construction areas.

7 – Protect your home from fire. Install a smoke detector and have a fire escape plan.

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Iris by Lowe’s.

What do you do to protect your home?

MYCHANIC: What to Get Your DIY Guy

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of MYCHANIC. All thoughts, opinions, and product love is 100% my own.

What do you get the #DIY guy in your life? The one who can create, build, recreate, and rebuild everything? Mychanic! #gifts #AD TurnYourOwnWrench @Mychanic

I think you all know by now that Cassidy is the ultimate DIY guy!

He’s the handiest-dandiest guy I know. He always finds genius ways to design, fix, create, build, rebuild, start from scratch, dream, and put plans into action. It’s sort of astonishing, actually. You never know what you’re going to find at our house.

It might be a chicken palace!

Or a giant tree costume he made in six days.

How about a vertical pallet garden?

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Or a garden racetrack for Des.

He sometimes says, after the latest harebrained scheme, that maybe he will take a break from all of this creating and dreaming and planning. I really hope he never does! I knew what I was getting into long before I married him. On our first date, in Maine, I confessed that my car was way overdue for an oil change and I was worried it wouldn’t make it back to NYC. I had lost a car that way! I figured that this guy I barely knew would either think I was foolish, or try to find a mechanic. The problem? It was a holiday weekend and a Sunday at that! That’s when he surprised me, for the first time.

He got everything he needed at an auto supply store and gave my car an oil change right then and there.

When I saw him go under the car, I knew it was real. He was REALLY doing a DIY oil change, and he seemed to care about me too. That was convenient, because the sentiment was mutual. I love that we began that way, and with moose in Maine!

Years later, I care about him even more. I get stumped when it’s his birthday, or the holidays, or Father’s Day, or our anniversary, because I always have trouble thinking of gifts for him. What do you get the guy who has – or can build – nearly everything? That’s where MYCHANIC steps in! They have an amazing and useful variety of products using bold ideas, multi-purpose functions, and smart designs. We have the Sidekick Stool. It’s pretty awesome to see him using it around here!

What does it do? It helps you stop straining your back and crushing your knees in your garage! With the Sidekick Stool, you can glide around your project in comfort (and style) and have all of your needed tools within reach. This gorgeous rolling tool chest stool combines plenty of space to keep tools handy, with a comfortable deep-cushioned rolling seat to keep you off the ground. With 450 lbs of capacity, this stool is built to hold a lot of dude, and a lot of tools! You can keep everything at your fingertips! Remember to always follow recommended safety guidelines.

The thing is, the other day was a rare day without rain! Cassidy usually works inside our garage, although with the chickens temporarily being displaced there, it can be a racket! I was super happy to see him using the Sidekick Stool on the driveway. The stool’s heavy-duty steel frame is rugged and powder coated for weather resistance. Then, I was shocked to see him using it in the garden too! Apparently, he has found multi-purpose functions for this garage essential. Pretty cool, right?

With two padded drawers, a removable tool rack and magnetic trays, it’s no wonder he has found great uses for it! So what do you get the guy who seems to have everything? What do you get the DIYer in your life who needs garage essentials to make projects easier? Get the Sidekick Stool! It has 3″ rubber swivel casters for quick movement. It has two smooth gliding ball-bearing drawer slides for quick and easy access. And, it has foldable magnetic trays to keep loose nuts and bolts at your DIY guy’s fingertips. The tool rack can be removed for when you need it (or don’t) and the deep-cushion seat is comfortable.

It’s even comfy for the longest jobs.

Happy Gift Giving!

What do you get the #DIY guy in your life? The one who can create, build, recreate, and rebuild everything? Mychanic! #gifts #AD TurnYourOwnWrench @Mychanic

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of MYCHANIC.