I've talked about having a personal computer separate from my work computer, using kids messenger programs, and even trying voice control with TV. We're BIG on tech around here. Having a travel laptop dedicated to being used on the road, though? That's a hot topic. It's controversial to integrate a screen into a vacation. Most families think this time should be devoted to personal connections. Here's how our travel laptop helps us learn more, have more fun, and free up more time to spend together.
I'm thirty-three years old. Three years ago, I had laser eye surgery to correct life-long nearsightedness. Before the surgery, I had no trouble seeing close up. Books, computers, cell phones and faces in conversation were easy. What caused me to squint were things like street signs, chalkboards and clocks across the room. The doc warned me that my vision may swing the other way after the surgery: based on my eyes and genetics, I'd likely have trouble seeing close up sooner than most people. Surgery could help me travel and navigate airports or roads, but soon I would probably find myself holding reading material and menus further away, struggling to make out words that were right in front of my face.She was right.
Smart home gadgets have LONG been a conversation piece around here. We’ve shared how we keep our home running with the help of a smart refrigerator, automated lights, video doorbell, and internet hub. A few readers have emailed asking for a complete list of connected smart home items we use to keep things running smoothly while we travel. Not just one-off features, but an item-by-item list of stuff that helps us keep it all together.
I was the first of my friends to have kids. I've been blessed to develop an incredibly large and supportive group of fellow moms since then, but I'll never forget those isolating initial weeks. It was me, a baby, and absolutely NO CLUE what I was doing. I ended up leaning on two women in particular during those early days of motherhood when I needed a gut check, a hand, or just an ear to listen when the little guy refused to sleep at 3am. Nate's mom and grandma (Oma and Nana) were the original members of my mom tribe, and I try to find ways to thank them every year around Mother's Day.
I feel like the picture at the top of this post pretty much sums up summer for me. I haven't had a pedicure in at least two months. The sun is absurdly bright and everything's a bit over-exposed. There are rogue blades of dry grass popping up out of the cracks in the cement around my swimming pool. But I have my summer shoes and I'm ready to take on the world!
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 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.
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.
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.
New friends are often fascinated when they find out that we own a small farm. I always feel the need to jump in and clarify, explaining that it really is very small with just a few goats and sheep and chickens. People are still full of questions. "You travel so much, though! And you have four kids! How do you find time to manage it?"