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How Can I Protect My Home and Family From Intruders?

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Although it may not seem like it, violent crime has been decreasing for years. However, this doesn’t mean that one shouldn’t take steps to ensure the safety of our home and family. A dog can alert a family by barking at an intruder, or an app can send an alert to our phone when a motion sensor is activated. Fortunately, there are many solutions that one can employ to increase safety and guard against home intruders.

Get a Dog

The classic “guard” dog breeds such as German Shepherds, Rottweilers, and Doberman Pinschers are certainly some of the most imposing dogs and will make any potential home intruder think long and hard; however, the reality is that nearly any dog can be an effective guard. One of the biggest threats to a burglar or home intruder is noise, and even a smaller dog can be trained to alert and bark in response to proper stimuli. This is usually enough to convince the would-be-robber to pick a different, quieter target for their nefarious activity.

Recording Devices Covering Outside the Home

Outdoor cameras, such as those on video doorbells, can act as a deterrent to would-be intruders. Security systems with cameras have the potential to capture their face, clothing, movements and actions–all on a nice little video that the police can view if needed. Placing cameras in a position to cover potential entry points such as doors and ground-level windows can significantly impact the decision made by a potential ne’er-do-well. Additionally, these cameras can often be controlled via phone apps, allowing owners to view live looks and access, and can be combined with other security features like smart locks.

Connect With Neighbors

The last thing a burglar needs is an active community looking out for each other. While a traditional Neighborhood Watch program can be helpful, it can be as simple as having a few sets of eyes on your house. This can be especially useful when you are away. Neighbors can help keep trash in order, empty a mailbox, hold packages, trim the yard and more. All this will help make it seem like your home is in order and occupied.

Use Smart Locks and Garage Door Openers

Many of burglar’s first action is to simply try to open the door. Most homes already use deadbolt locks and garage door openers. However, with digital Smart Locks and Openers, your home’s entrances can be controlled at any time from anywhere via an app, no hidden key required. This can be combined with cameras to confirm a person’s identity and then allow them access, even if you aren’t home. With Smart Locks, there are no more guessing games wondering if you forgot to lock the front door.

Window Sensors

Once fairly exclusive to expensive home security companies, today’s technological proliferation means window sensors can be purchased from a variety of home improvement stores or online and are generally quick and easy to install. Depending on your window style, burglars may be able to pry them open with surprising speed. A properly placed sensor can detect unwanted opening or breakage and set off an alarm and ping an app. For those who don’t want or can’t have dogs, this can be a sensible alternative.

Use Automatic or Smart Exterior Lighting

The best way to combat home intrusion is to know what a potential intruder wants: fast, easy, quiet, and low visibility entrance to a home. Automatic lights, including newer Smart Lighting systems, deny burglars the ability to remain in low visibility, even on the darkest of nights. Few things will send an intruder running faster than to have their stealthy approach foiled by sudden flooding of bright light over an area. Best installed near potential home entry points like doors and garages, these lights can also help friendly visitors find their footing in addition to acting as a deterrent.

The thought of someone breaking into your home to steal your things or even assault your family can be terrifying. However, these solutions and security systems should give hope and inspiration that we can take control of our homes and environments. The power to be safe and secure is in our capable hands.

Danger to your home and family doesn’t always come from outside–but from inside forces as well, especially in the form of mental illness. Protect your children from the harm of mental illness today with these tips!

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How to Stay Sane as Life in Isolation Drags On

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For many individuals, life ground to a halt as governments and businesses began employing social distancing and quarantine regulations. Being cut off from friends and fun activities to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has quickly spread another disease, boredom. If you feel like you’re going crazy from boredom, you’re not alone. Here’s a few tips that can help ease your mind and enjoy yourself during these unprecedented times.

Stay Social

Social distancing is about social distancing, not eliminating social interaction. There are plenty of ways you can remain compliant with social distancing recommendations and still socialize. If your friends have smartphones or computers, you can call or video chat with them. You can use this to play games together, watch movies, or just talk. If you have a significant other or a hot date, you could each cook a meal and enjoy a romantic virtual dinner. If your hot date turns out to not be your type, this will at least save you from an awkward doorstep scene.

Make Life as Normal as Possible

How you dress and groom yourself has a lot to do with how you feel about yourself. While it might be nice to stay in your pajamas every once in a while, consistently neglecting to get ready for the day will make you feel lazy and unproductive. Try tostick to your daily routine as much as possible. Get up at the same time each day, shower and get dressed. If you normally go to the gym, try some home exercises. Try to work the same number of hours that you usually do. You’ll probably find that you still have some extra time on your hands. If that is the case, try this next tip.

Refine Your Skills

All this time in quarantine can be a blessing or a curse. It will be a curse if you waste your time. It will be a blessing if you take the extra time to improve yourself. If you’re an athlete, you may not be able to meet with your team, but there’s nothing to stop you from working on your individual skills. If you enjoy art or dance, you now have more time to practice the basics. You could even take this time to try tolearn something new. Try learning a language or building something.

Your life will be what you make of it. This has never been more true than during quarantine. During your normal life, you have so many voices and obligations that are demanding your time and attention. During quarantine, you have been blessed with a few extra hours that you can use as you wish. So, what are you going to do?

Once this madness is over, why not throw a party? Read some great party planning tips in this article: 5 Tips for Hosting a Fun After-Quarantine Party

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Top Tips for Making an Amazing Mother-Daughter Day

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The relationship between a mother and daughter is a sweet dynamic that deserves to be nurtured. One of the best ways that you can do this is to plan regular days out together, spending time with each other, or connecting over a fun activity. Here are three tips to help you to plan a memorable mother-daughter day.

Make It Meaningful

In order to ensure an enjoyable mother and daughter day, take care to pick an activity and location that both of you will appreciate. Every family is different with specific interests and preferences, which makes it important to carefully consider your own individual needs. If your daughter is a sports fanatic, you might want to consider taking her to watch her favorite team in action. If she likes to feel pampered and relaxed, a spa day is always a great idea when looking to spend time together. If your daughter loves adventure, a day trip to somewhere new and exciting can satisfy her wanderlust.

Style It Up

Set the tone for the day by going out of your way to style it up. Depending on the age of your daughter, she might appreciate wearing a matching clothing style as her mom. There are some top pro tips you can use to color your hair before you go out. Starting off your big day with mother-daughter pedicures and manicures will help you to look your best while having fun at the same time. Be sure to take lots of pictures of your special day out when you are all glammed up so that you can remember your day together.

Buy a Souvenir

Another idea to help you to commemorate a mother and daughter day out is to come home with a meaningful souvenir. If your day involves traveling somewhere new, a magnet or coffee mug from the destination will allow you to bring home the memories of the outing. If you dined at a cool restaurant, consider asking for a copy of the menu or other memorabilia. By coming home with something material to represent your day, you will be reminded of how significant this time was with each other.

The bond that you share with your daughter should be nurtured and encouraged. You will create lasting memories by being intentional about spending time together. A mother-daughter day out can be as simple as getting a scoop of frozen yogurt to planning a full day of activities with one another.

If you want to do a more outdoor based activity with your daughter, read on here!

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Rough Commute? Try These Tips to Keep Your Zen Up

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Even if you love your job, if you’re like most people, there’s one part you dread: the commute. Whether it’s seemingly endless stretches of rural roads or a packed city at rush hour, a difficult commute can try the patience of even the most laid-back person. Here’s how to help stay calm and focused on your daily commute.

Develop a Routine

Do you rush out of bed in the mornings, hustle through a quick getting-ready routine, and jump behind the wheel? If so, this might be priming you to feel even more stress on your commute. Instead, focus on creating a regular morning routine. For some people, this might involve meditating or setting an intention for the day. For other people, it may look like making a to-do list or preparing a fresh cup of coffee. Having a set routine that helps you create some mental space will do wonders when it comes to coping with a frustrating commute.

Change Your Environment

Environmental factors are common causes of stress, and the same goes for the inside of your vehicle. Budget says while premium vehicles may have less room than standard vehicles, they are generally equipped with far more creature comforts. Of course, this isn’t to say that you should rush out and buy a premium vehicle — there’s plenty of things you can do with your vehicle interior to make driving a more relaxing experience. Keeping a clean car with help your mental focus, as will keeping the interior detailed. Just as a clean room helps support focus, a clean vehicle will help you arrive at work with a clear, calm head.

Make Use of the Time

Plenty of people are frustrated by the fact that they can’t use their time commuting to do something productive. And while there are plenty of things you can’t do while driving, there are a few things you can do to use your commute wisely. Plenty of professionals enjoy listening to audiobooks on their commutes. Others prefer podcasts. Even creating a playlist of your favorite songs can help you find some measure of joy, even on rough commutes. And, when you can maintain your zen on the way to work, you’ll arrive focused, refreshed and ready for the day.

In conclusion, nobody likes a rough commute. But when you intentionally take steps to make your routine and your commute calming and purposeful, you’ll do wonders for your own well being.

Here is another article that you may like: 3 Utterly Relaxing Activities to Reduce Your Stress

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