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A Busy Mom’s 5-Minute Makeup Routine

This 5-minute makeup routine that can perk up even the most dull skin.
Nate and I have been doing a ton of photo shoots for various brands lately. I am SO thrilled to see the media development end of the business really picking up. It's always been a dream of ours to break into direct photo and video development. We take pictures for brands and then pass them off for their advertising and social media...

A Closer Look at a Smart Refrigerator

Samsung smart refrigerator - creating a tech-filled kitchen hub area that makes sense for a family.
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 our friends come over, loud exclamations come from the kitchen. "OH MY GOD IS THAT THE NEW SMART REFRIGERATOR?!?!" I wouldn't say our last refrigerator was dumb, but it certainly wasn't smart enough to keep up with our smart...

Our Easy Outdoor Projector Setup

Easy outdoor projector (wireless, no cords or adapters needed).-5
We often run an outdoor projector when we camp, creating a fun-and-easy entertainment spot for the family. It's always been a big hit with fellow adventurers, who inevitably wander over and ask five zillion questions about the setup. That's how we lure them in. Setup has always been the tricky part, though. Our outdoor projector used to require a power source, external speakers,...

Ring! What’s the Password?

This video doorbell lets you respond to visitors at your house, even if you're out running errands.
Ring a ding ding dong! Well, at least that's the way it used to go. Someone comes to your door, and no matter what's going on, they hit the little button that sets of the bells of Notre Dame in your house. What was worse, some little neighborhood goob would sneak up to your house, hit it and be gone around the...

Smart Home Safety Monitoring

Smart home safety monitoring with an app.
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 it all landed for the time being. Our whole family jots important notes down here, and then those notes get converted to digital memos on our tablet. Initially, I didn't completely understand why. It seemed really redundant. Chelsea,...

This is Way Better than an Alarm Clock for Kids

The best alarm clock for kids is actually a light.
The boys are at that age. Sleep patterns are getting really engrained. We've been looking into an alarm clock for kids to help regulate things since we're trying to ease into the kindergarten idea, and smart home tech has been making its way into their room. It started with the Logi Circle that I mentioned we've been using to keep an...

How to Clean a Keyboard with a Post-It

How to clean a keyboard, both a quick dust collection and a deeper clean.
When I figured out how to clean a keyboard with a post-it, it was like some sort of divine organizational intervention. I've mentioned a time or two that  I work from home and tote my trusty laptop along pretty much everywhere. I may have also told you all that I'm pretty much obsessed with post-its. Post-it, meet laptop. Laptop, post-it. How...

The Best Christmas Cards, in 5 Steps

Looking to send out the best Christmas cards this year? We've got you covered. I come from a family that is crazy about Christmas. Obsessed. My grandma used to make her home up in full Martha Stewart-style. In the natural style of mother-daughter holiday happenings, that attention to detail was passed down to my mom and eventually to me. I've...

Easy, Creepy Zombie Family Costume

Easy, creepy zombie family costume with outfits that can be re-worn outside of the holiday
Happy Halloween week! We test-drove our zombie family costume yesterday and I'm thrilled to say it was a huge success. Our family is going as a bunch of ironic hipster zombies this year. The zombie family costume was so easy: just some funny shirts and a little makeup. Plus, these are outfits that we can re-wear on a non holiday, so we didn't...

Sugar Scrub Recipe with Apple (Semi-DIY)

Apple sugar scrub (three ingredient, semi-DIY) makes an easy holiday gift
I've been making this sugar scrub recipe since I was in junior high school, back when we made things at home out of necessity and not just because it was trendy. Geez, I feel like I'm aging myself. This time of year rolls around and I quickly get nostalgic. I'm reminded of my days growing up in Washington, picking apples off...