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Outdoor Essentials Checklist: 5 Items You Need Before Heading Outdoors

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Depending on whether you love getting out on the lake, going camping, hiking, or just spending some time outside on a beautiful day, your need-to-pack list might be wildly different. Your camping gear may require a first aid kit and a tent. Hiking calls for good, solid shoes. And your lake trip may have you transporting water skis and a lifejacket.

However, these 5 outdoor essentials are must-haves for your packing list and are suited for any outdoor activity you have your heart set on. We took these items along on a recent camping trip with my daughter’s Girl Scout troop and really put them to the test.

Outdoor Essentials Checklist: 5 Things Not to Forget Before Heading Outdoors

  1. Water bottles for staying hydrated
  2. Durable tech gear for backup power and portable charging  
  3. Suitable clothing with durable fabric    
  4. Portable outdoor-rated light sources 
  5. Storage and organization (proper bags, packs or containers)
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Topics: LED Lighting, How To, Safety & Security, Mobility

Zombie Apocalypse / Emergency Storm Preparedness Guide

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Storms can strike at any time of year. But winter storms, with their higher probability of power outages, can be one of the most stressful to experience. This emergency preparedness guide will help you be ready for any winter storm or emergency situation that arises by helping you plan as though you've found yourself in the midst of a zombie attack.

Whether it's a snowstorm or the zombie apocalypse, being prepared to be stranded with no power and very little possibility to venture outside requires a surprisingly similar set of basic supplies. Read on to learn what you need to be storm (or zombie) prepared:

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Topics: Around the Home, Safety & Security

Houzz Feature | 11 Low Stress Ways to Update Your Kitchen

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Check out these ideas from our friends at Houzz to help you refresh the kitchen space without splurging on a whole new kitchen.

Investing in a new kitchen can be costly and involves an awful lot of upheaval. Instead of embarking on a huge project, consider these snappy ideas and indulge in a little low-stress kitchen refreshment.

 

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Topics: LED Lighting, How To, Around the Home

Voice Activated Virtual Assistants: What to Know and Why You Need One

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At this point, you have seen or at least heard of voice activated virtual assistants somewhere online or from a friend. These devices have been around since 2014 and have continued to rise in popularity and are quickly becoming a device that you will find in most homes. The major players in the voice activated virtual assistant space are Google’s Home Assistant and Amazon’s EchoEcho Dot and most recently, the Echo Plus, which has a built-in hub that seamlessly connects and controls ZigBee smart devices.

I will not be comparing the Amazon Echo Devices or Google Home Assistant and recommending one over the other. If you know you want to add one to your home and are trying to decide on a specific device, check out this article for some insight on which device is best for you.

This particular post is simply to further inform you of voice activated virtual assistants and how they function as well as some ways you can use virtual assistants in your day-to-day to make life a little easier.

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Topics: Connected Home, Around the Home

Q&A: Cafe String Lights

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Whether you call them outdoor string lights, party lights, bistro lights, globe lights, or specifically Enbrighten Cafe Lights (our personal favorite), it’s clear that cafe string lights are very trendy right now. They add a touch of magic to any space and you’d be hard pressed to find a patio (or reading nook, home theater, or garden) that couldn’t be improved by the glow of beautiful cafe string lights.

If you’ve been considering adding cafe lights to your space but still have questions, we have all the answers to your cafe lights questions in this Q&A session!

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Topics: LED Lighting, Around the Home, Q&A

Cut the Cord? Watch Your Favorite TV Shows With an HD Antenna

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With the average cost of cable over $100/month and up to $1,200 a year - it's no wonder people everywhere are making the decision to ditch their cable plan and cut the cord. But to many, cutting the cord seems terrifying. How can you watch your favorite shows without cable? Can one honestly live without it? The answer is simple: yes you can, and you can do it easily! Getting your TV fix without cable is easier now than it has ever been. You can still watch TV without cable and catch any, and all, of the best shows by using:

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Topics: How To, Cutting the Cord

Introducing the New EcoSurvivor.com

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We're excited to announce the launch of the newly designed microsite for our EcoSurvivor brand of products. You can check it out now at EcoSurvivor.com! Our team members have worked hard to create a completely new site that's visually engaging and easy to navigate, shop for products, and learn about our story and technology behind EcoSurvivor.

With a growing line of durable LED lighting products, portable power solutions, and audio accessories, we knew we needed a site that not only supported the expanding line of products but also helped support and educates people about the real purpose behind our brand and nonprofit partnerships with Water4 and Justin Wren.

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Topics: LED Lighting, Mobility, News, Power

Feature | Keeping Up With USB-C

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This post is originally published on lifehacker.com, read the full post here.

We hate to break it to you, but the traditional USB ports you’ve used to connect your cameras, controllers, and other gizmos for the past 20 years aren’t long for this world. The whole squad’s getting replaced by a few great alternatives, though they each come with their own pros and cons. If you’re thinking of upgrading your devices this year, here are the ports you’ll need to get familiar with to keep up with today’s tech.

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Topics: Mobility, News

How to Reduce Energy Bills–The Easy Way

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Energy bills can add up to outrageous costs. Fortunately, reducing your energy usage isn’t as difficult (or expensive) as you may think. By installing smart technology, turning off or dimming lights and cutting the cord, you can easily reduce your energy bills and save some green! 

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Topics: LED Lighting, How To, Around the Home

Style Finder Quiz: What Style of Cafe Lights Are Right for You?

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Accent lighting has the ability to make or break the look and feel of the entire atmosphere you're trying to achieve. Luckily, there's no right or wrong way to decorate with cafe string lights. However, if you're not sure what style of cafe lights you should use to brighten your outdoor or indoor space, start here with this fun Style Finder Quiz and find your ideal lighting!
Discover Your Style »

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Topics: LED Lighting, How To, Around the Home