7 Ways We Protect What Matters To Us Most

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Iris by Lowe’s. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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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.

Use the code: MYIRISSECURITY to receive 10% off Iris starter parks and smart hubs HERE! Offer valid 5/30 – 6/29.

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

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  1. Living in the woods sounds super exciting and a little creepy but in a fun way. How security is super important, especially now a days. Gone are the days where you could leave your doors unlocked. Thanks for letting me know about IRIS

  2. I really didn’t know much about Iris, but now going to check it out at my local Lowes. So what can I say, but thanks for sharing and also for your awesome tips.

  3. I am currently using one called Hive which I actually enjoy using. I read about Iris a few days ago and it sounds like something I might look into later as well.

  4. Hmmm… IRIS might be a good option for the rental house we just bought for our son. It’s in his college town so he’s far away and I worry about safety.

  5. Looks like a great product. We have a similar system and it really brings peace of mind. I think everyone should have a home security system.

  6. I need this security system. A full upstairs renovation? How fun! Or maybe the mess will drive you crazy, but I can’t wait to hear/see about it.

  7. I always swoon whenever I see pictures of your home. it’s so stunning, Tamara <3 And after going to look at Open Homes for months (and seeing that you and Cassidy have been doing the same) I'm glad you are going to stay where you are and do some renos so you can completely customize your house to your liking. Security is huge. My parents' home was burglarized when I was in high school (while my mom was sleeping upstairs!) and it's always been in the back of my mind. What if she woke up to strangers in her house?? Thanks for sharing this <3 I'm excited to follow along and see your renovations, momma!

  8. First time hearing about Iris. Sounds good, and for $14.95 monthly, it’s a steal. I’m paying my company three times that amount monthly! BTW, I have serious home envy whenever I look at your house. It is bomb.com!

  9. All very good ideas! I live in a densely wooded neighborhood. We all look out for each other. Years ago I read an article about a man that lived in the wilderness in the snake river canyon area of Washington state. He said, “If you can see your neighbor’s house, you are a poor man!” 🙂

  10. IRIS sounds great! My little dog has a mighty big bark that has let me know someone is in my yard on more than one occasion. I live in the country too and that comes in handy.

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