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32 Smart Home Features for an Independent Life

Here in the Day family, I'm always advocating for clever use of resources. Our household duties are often solved with either delegation or automation."Work smarter, not harder" is the driving philosophy around here! Delegating things can be challenging, though, if you're isolated or travel a lot or simply don't want other people mucking around in your house. For seniors and active families, it can be a financial and time burden to manage the comings and goings of helpers. That's when smart home features can step up and hold down the fort to give you the most independent life possible.
Smart home safety monitoring with an app.

Smart Home Safety Monitoring

This is the area of our home that Chelsea calls the "command center." Elements of it have moved around during the never-ending renovation process, but this is where...
Voice control TV

How to Voice Control your TV with DISH and Amazon Alexa

Christmas has come and gone. You've got all sorts of fun new technology itching to get out of the box and get put to good use! We're here to help, with quick and easy rundowns of all our favorite new smart home gear to get your New Year house ALL jazzed up. First on the list? Amazon Alexa and her best pal, DISH. Oh yeah, these two pieces of tech mastery play super well together.

This Smart Wi-Fi Hub helps connect ALL the things

This time of year is no joke. So much running around and things to do. Not gonna lie, you guys, I've been STRESSED! As I always do when things get overwhelming, though, I've taken a nice big step backwards and looked for inefficiencies that I can rectify. Where am I spinning my wheels? What minor, aggravating tasks are eating away at my day? I realized that we've become heavily reliant on tech as a family, but we were missing a smart home controller to bring everything together and minimize friction.
Sonos One smart speaker

The Sonos One Smart Speaker does almost Everything

I don't foresee the Sonos One hopping up to wash my dishes anytime soon, but this sexy little number gives every other smart speaker a run for its money. And there's even more capability on the way. The biggest testament to its abilities? It got this husband and wife to agree that it's the best choice in home assistant hardware on the market today.
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5 Home Air Health Essentials to help Survive Farm Life

Having a little farm, it turns out, is a LOT of work. Nate and the boys are constantly shuffling around wood and dirt and hay - and I'm in a never-ending battle to keep all of that stuff from getting tracked all over my floors, couches and even counters.
Baby sleeps where

You Let Your Baby Sleep WHERE?

Every time Chelsea and I have a baby, people inevitably ask where the baby's sleeping in relation to us and his brothers. The concept of four kids under six years old IS mind-boggling, sure. The bigger issue people seem to be grappling with, however, is the idea of getting any baby to go from sleeping in the parents' room to sleeping in a room with siblings. So, I'll admit it. Here's our big secret.
Showing the toddler that we have all the answers to his questions with Google Home

We Only Have Four Hands

Chelsea and I made what some might call a ridiculous choice to have four children. We honestly must not have been thinking when we got started on...
Untethered entertainment? Here's an easy way to take your DVR on-the-go!

Sharing is Caring. Sharing the Remote, that is!

Sharing is caring, they say. It's not always so easy when the whole family gets together for entertainment, though. It's an American tradition to end...
Samsung smart refrigerator - creating a tech-filled kitchen hub area that makes sense for a family.

A Closer Look at a Smart Refrigerator

Everyone's been talking about this new smart refrigerator that Samsung recently released. I know this because we just got one. And now every single time any of...