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4 Tips for Setting Health Goals This Spring

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New Year’s resolutions come from a place of good intentions. New year, new you, right? The new year may seem like the perfect time to be setting health goals, however, it’s almost a self-destructive practice to try to make these major changes in the middle of winter when the rest of nature is hibernating. Spring, however, brings with it a better time to set goals for ourselves. More daylight hours and a renewed appreciation for spending time outdoors is exactly the right setting to set goals for your health. Follow these 4 tips for setting health goals and having a healthier spring.

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Topics: How To

Q&A: Under Cabinet Kitchen Lighting

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If you’ve been binge-watching home renovation shows and are itching to make some changes around the house, you likely have kitchen upgrades at the top of the list. Adding under cabinet kitchen lighting can make a major impact in your space. Under cabinet lights are also one of the more affordable ways to upgrade your home. But how do you get started?

Wandering the aisles of your nearest home improvement store and trying to compare the different types of light fixtures could result in confusion. What do these numbers mean? What type of light is best? We’re going to help you navigate all the ins and outs of choosing the best under cabinet lighting for you and your space in this Under Cabinet Fixtures edition of our Q&A Series.

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

Q&A: Timers

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Timers are one of those nifty products that you almost never think about, but can save you time and money! Have you ever thought, “Wouldn’t it be nice if this appliance automatically turned on/off at X time?” Or, “I wish I could come home to my lights already on, but I don’t want to waste electricity by leaving them on all day!” In the timer edition of our Q&A series, we’re going to answer all your timer-related questions so you can confidently choose the right timer to make your life easier.

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Topics: Around the Home, How To, Q&A

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, Safety & Security, Mobility, How To

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

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 questions in this cafe lights Q&A session!

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

Easy Home Upgrades That Anyone Can Handle

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Home improvement projects can be intimidating. You see this great idea on Pinterest. It’s going to change your whole world. You have every intention of getting started. But then you see how many tools and skills are needed to complete this project, so you decide to put it off. You tell yourself that maybe after you do more research on the topic, it won’t seem so difficult. Maybe...

Fret not! There are a number of easy home upgrades that literally anyone can handle, no professional needed!
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Topics: Around the Home, How To

6 MORE Things You Can Do with a Timer

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Most people think timers are primarily used for switching on their decorative holiday lights during Christmas time, which is still a fine use of these tried and true devices. However, whether it's a digital indoor plug-in timer, a durable outdoor timer, or a simple mechanical timer, there are countless ways that timers can be used to make your life more efficient, more secure and more pleasant–no fancy smart home systems required. 

Last week, we listed 6 easy things you can do with a timer around your home. Here are 6 MORE things you can do with a timer to make your life just a little bit easier. 

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Topics: Around the Home, How To, LED Lighting, Safety & Security

6 Things You Can Do With a Timer

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Some days it just feels like you can’t possibly get everything done. Like you need a clone or an army of robots just to get through the day. Before cloning or robot armies really take off though, you can easily automate many day-to-day functions with simple plug-in timers. Here are 6 things you can do with a timer–helping you save some time and energy–and also helping you have some fun to keep your sanity intact!

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Topics: Around the Home, How To, LED Lighting, Safety & Security

4 Simple Steps to Prepare for a Power Outage

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Tornadoes, hurricanes or even just severe thunderstorms can easily knock out power and destroy valuable electronic equipment in your home. There’s no way to know when electricity will be restored, so your best bet is to always be prepared. Even when we're warned days in advance of possible severe weather, power outages and surge spikes can still take us by surprise. Be ready for the unexpected by following these 4 simple steps to prepare for a power outage.

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Topics: Around the Home, How To, Power, Safety & Security