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5 Home Security Devices That Will Keep Your Family Safe

hands and houseWe constantly remind our kids of ways to stay safe when they leave the house: don’t get in cars with strangers, be careful when crossing the street, don’t wander alone after dark.

But what about inside the home?

Break-ins can happen to anyone, regardless of your city’s crime rate, the safety of your neighborhood, or the size of your home.

You can’t 100 percent guarantee safety but there are measures you can take to make your home a safer place. And one such measure is to install home security devices.

There are a wide variety of home security devices on the market. Let’s take a look at the top 5 that will help keep your family safe.

1. Full Home Alarm System

An alarm system is essential when it comes to protecting your home and your loved ones.

Homes with alarms systems are less likely to get broken into, according to a study conducted by the Criminal Justice Department of Rutgers University.

The University of North Carolina conducted another study in which they interviewed convicted burglars about their feelings toward home security alarms.

83 percent stated that they would try to determine if the house had an alarm before breaking in, and half said an alarm would deter them completely.

You can either install the alarm system yourself or hire a company to do it for you.

2. Magnetic Alarms

Maybe you don’t quite have the money to spring for the full home alarm system. That’s okay.

An alternative solution is to invest in magnetic alarms instead. These alarms should be placed along the most vulnerable points of entry: the doors and the windows.

You can complement your window and door alarms with a magnetic driveway sensor. These sensors let you know when a vehicle has entered your driveway.

3. Home Surveillance

Private home security cameras are becoming a fixture in more and more homes.

Cameras can be used to catch intruders. But, they can also be used to keep an eye on people coming in and out of your home, such as nannies, plumbers, electricians, and neighbors.

Plus, setting up a home surveillance system is quite simple. You just need to place a few wireless cameras in strategic locations and connect them to your computer network.

4. Video Intercom

You should never open the door to a complete stranger.

But how are you supposed to know if it’s a stranger or if it’s just the pizza boy?

Peering through a window or curtain to see who’s at the door can be quite obvious. Video intercom systems are a discreet and convenient way to see who’s waiting outside.

They allow you to get a good look at the caller from a safe distance.

5. Baby Video Monitor

Silence from your baby’s room is usually a blessing.

But, not always. Sometimes silence can be a sign of trouble. To make sure your baby is safe at all times and to give yourself peace of mind, you should invest in a baby video monitor.

These devices allow you to see and hear your baby’s every move. 

Home Security Devices: Wrap Up

We hope this article gives you some ideas on how to make your home a more secure place for your family.

If you have any questions about the devices on this list, please drop us a comment below.



What Is Reverse Osmosis? 5 Benefits Of Having This Water Filter In Your Home

reverse osmosisEnvironmentalists make a big deal out of sustainability. As thrifty moms, though, we don’t always have the cash to live sustainably. For this reason, a reverse osmosis water filter sounds like something many of us don’t have the money to buy right now.

But is the cost really all that high? That is to say, do the benefits make up for the price?

As it turns out, they do. Find out why below.

1. It Uses Less Energy Than Other Systems

If you’re not currently filtering your water, there is a good reason to. Using a filter is like housekeeping for your water.

If you’re already using a filter, it’s likely not as energy efficient as reverse osmosis filters. Systems such as the well-known Filter Pure Everpure systems, for example, do a great job of saving energy while purifying your water.

And saving energy means saving money, which is something we all want.

2. Your Water Will Be Free of Contaminants

You and your family deserve to drink clean water. Without a filter, your household could be doing just the opposite.

From lead to other metals and particles, your unfiltered water is brimming with unpleasant chemicals. As some of you may know, high levels of lead can be particularly damaging, especially to children. Reverse osmosis filters help remove these nasties from your water and limit your family’s exposure to them.

3. You’ll Save Money

As stated above, reverse osmosis water filters save energy, and that means that they save your family some money. These filters can also save your family money in another meaningful way.

Take a look around your kitchen right now. Do you see any bottles of water sitting around? If so, purchasing a reverse osmosis filter could you save the trouble of buying those bottles of water.

As an added bonus, not buying bottled water would definitely help cut down on plastic waste, which means that your thriftiness would be a boon to the planet in this case.

4. Your Water (and Food) Will Taste Better

Those of you who are coffee fanatics or home chefs will be happy to hear that having a filter in your home will make just about everything you prepare with water from your faucet taste better. Whenever you cook pasta or make tea, the water you use contributes to the flavor of the finished product.

And if you’re using fresh, filtered water, you’ll notice a slight difference in the flavor.

5. They Play Well With Water Softners

Hard water is the enemy of most good hair days. The buildup that it can cause is a headache, so some invest in water softeners.

Of course, softened water doesn’t taste all that great to some people. Fortunately, you can pair a water softener with a water purifier and get the benefits of having both soft water and purified water.

This means that you get to keep your good hair days and have delicious water.

Osmosis Water Filters Are Good Investments

Osmosis water filters are pretty good investments, all things considered. They help save money, remove contaminants from your water, and remove any gross flavors from your water as well.

As usual, thrifty mommas, don’t be afraid to chime in below. What are your experiences with reverse osmosis water filters?

If You’re Heading to Bed Bath and Beyond…

Just wanted to give you a quick head’s up, before your next trip to Bed Bath & Beyond…

One of our Thrifty Momma business owners, founder of Lava Lunch, told me about a charity drive her company is doing where they will donate seven meals to Feeding America in your honor, for each Lava Lunch sold at Bed Bath & Beyond.

It’s a way for you to give your kids healthy home cooked meals AND support hungry children, at the same time. Check out their post for more information, and then head over to BB&B!


The Tastiest Coffee Flavors to Conquer Your Morning

coffee flavors Coffee drinkers love their brew and most have a typical routine. When they need coffee, they need coffee – so much so that the average coffee drinker has almost three cups per day.

Are you part of the coffee lover club? Maybe you’re shopping for a close friend who is obsessed with the brew?

Either way, perhaps it’s time to consider changing things up a little!

In this article, we’re getting down with some of the tastiest coffee flavors to help jumpstart your morning.

Ready for a deeper dive?

Great! Let’s take a closer look.

The Tastiest Coffee Flavors to Conquer Your Morning

Channel the Campfire and Drink it Too

Sweet, dessert-inspired coffee is a great option for your morning pick me up. And, the options are almost endless, ranging from basic French vanilla to coffee flavors like banana foster.

A popular trend of late is the S’mores flavored coffee. With this one, you get chocolate, marshmallow, and graham cracker goodness all with your daily caffeine jolt.

Positive vibes and nostalgic feelings about childhood anyone? Yes, please!

Other popular options here include caramel flavors, coconuts, and even delicious cookie dough.

Donut Inspired Coffee

Many brands offer donut inspired coffee flavors. Check these out if you want to feel like you’ve had a donut for breakfast, without the guilt!

Glazed donut flavor does exist, but if you want something a little less sweet, you can find blueberry flavored coffee too.

Chocolate Lover’s Dream

If you love coffee and chocolate (who doesn’t?), there are multiple options for you.

If you’re using a simple coffee with no flavors added, consider adding some cocoa powder to achieve a chocolatey deliciousness.

Looking for something a little more exciting?

Try experimenting with different flavors. Here, if you want to be right on trend, coffee flavors like German Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Hazelnut, or Mocha Chip are all the rage.

Kick Up Your Go-To Flavor

Your morning coffee has lots of health benefits, and if you’re a creature of habit, the idea of adding coffee flavors might scare you.

Shudder the thought!

If this is the case, don’t worry! Changing up how you prepare your coffee instead, can bring some excitement to your daily mug.

Maybe you can change to iced coffee for a day?

Pro tip alert! Use yesterday’s leftover cover to freeze into ice cubes. Then brew your coffee over these cubes. That way, you’re sure your coffee won’t get watered down.

This will also be helpful on those hot summer days where you still need your caffeine. You can even include cream and sugar before freezing the cubes.

Of course, another summer favorite treat is ice cream. Try a coffee flavored sugar-free ice cream recipe to change up your routine.

Upgrade Your Appliance

Typically use a traditional coffee pot for your early morning brew?

Consider testing out new methods like a French Press. For this, take a look at the best coffee grinder for French Press to make sure you have the best experience.

Adding Extra Spark to Your Morning

So, there you have it.

These are some of our favorite, sweet coffee flavors. Not only do they get us up and running in the mornings, they add a pep to our step as well.

Did we miss out on your favorite flavor? Got any ideas for our early morning coffee brew? Be sure to let us know!

5 Things to Look for When Buying a Bluetooth Headset

bluetooth headphonesA Bluetooth headset can give you freedom in more ways than you think.

When paired with a compatible cell phone, these devices allow you to make calls and listen to music while keeping your hands free to do other tasks. In states where it may be illegal for you to use your cell phone without a headset or speakerphone while driving, this alternative may be your only option to keep you out of trouble.

They’re a handy tool. But before you go out and buy the first one you see there are a number of things to consider, including quality and price. It’s important to have done some research to make sure you’re buying what you need.

These five things will help you get a better understanding of what to look for when shopping for a new Bluetooth headset.

What to Look For When Buying a Bluetooth Headset

1. Fit and Feel

First, you need to know how you’re going to be using the headset. If you’re planning on listening to music while you run or dance, for example, you’ll need a headset that works well with excessive movement.

Deciding which style of headphone you want is also important. Bluetooth headsets can be on-ear, over-ear, in-ear, open back, and most other styles employed by wired headphones.

2. Sound Quality

You want your headset to sound good. This might seem like common sense but sound quality matters if you’re on an important call or listening to music.

Certain headset models will come ready to rock thanks to improved HD stereo sound technology.

Be on the lookout for headsets with aptX support. It offers enhanced sound quality that’s good enough for most people under most conditions.

3. Battery Life

It’s important for your headset to have a long battery life, especially if you need a charge to last all day at the office plus the morning and evening commute.

Many manufacturers will list a product’s battery life, but the best way to get accurate information on how long a single charge will last for a specific model is to check out reviews. A real customer’s take on how long a battery lasts while performing everyday tasks will give you the best insight on battery life.

4. Special Features

Many new headsets have cool features like voice-activated commands, extended use ranges, noise cancelation, and multipoint paring.

Some headsets also come with a micro USB port that allows you to use your phone or tablet’s charger.

If you’re looking to improve your listening experience, definitely check out headsets that offer these kinds of features.

5. Price

Prices for Bluetooth headsets can get a little crazy, but not all super-expensive devices are worth the money.

Expect to pay more for all those added features. Do your research first to make sure you’re buying exactly what you need within the price range you have set.

If you’re on a budget, a look at websites that showcase the best Bluetooth headphones under 100 might be a good place to start.

Another way to find great deals is to keep checking websites with “hot deals” and “coupon pages.”

There you have it. Keep on the lookout for these five things and you’re sure to find the right headset for you.

How to Redecorate Your Kitchen Like an Interior Stylist

interior stylistNo one has to prepare meals for the household in style. Let’s be honest, though: Everyone would probably feel better about food prep if they could do it in style.

Many people don’t have the funds to pay an interior stylist whenever they get bored with their kitchen design.

Luckily for them, they don’t have to. There are plenty of budget-friendly ways to redecorate kitchens, none of which have to involve professional stylists.

Curious what some of these are? Stay tuned to find out.

Updating Countertops

Whenever people think about redecorating their kitchens, they likely think of big changes. Their instinct is to get new appliances and counters.

Fortunately, homeowners don’t have to replace their old counters to get a fresh look. Updating their countertops should suffice in many cases.

The best thing about updating countertops is that there are so many options. From modern to rustic designs, there is a countertop design for everyone.

Regardless of which design homeowners settle on, they’ll enjoy preparing afternoon snacks for the family a lot more from there on out.

Painting Walls

Believe it or not, painting kitchen walls a new color can make a huge difference. A new color can completely change the vibe of the room.

While several people hire professionals, there is nothing wrong with painting walls without the help of the pros.

People who do it themselves should just make sure that they read up on painting like a pro. Doing that research should help things run more smoothly.

Put Some Jars On Display

Anyone who has used jars to store foods knows that jars are surprisingly stylish additions to homes. Cobb salads in jars can add lots of color to fridges, and granola which has been placed in jars can add nice brown hues to kitchen environments.

That said, why not take advantage of the food which has been placed in jars. All a homeowner has to do is get some shelves for the walls and place the jars on them. They can even play around with the idea of putting specific foods in their collection of jars to make the collection a bit more appealing.

Whoever said that people shouldn’t play with their food is clearly wrong.

Try A Window Seat

A kitchen with a nice, big window is a dream. The window allows natural light to pour into the space, giving the kitchen a wonderful glow. Enjoying this light from afar is great, but enjoying it up close is even better.

Which is why homeowners should consider adding window seats or benches.

Of course, this won’t work for everyone. If a family got replacement windows in the Bay Area to capitalize on the sunlight, that would be a wise investment.

if a family in a place which didn’t get much sunlight did the same thing in their kitchen? Not as great of an investment.

Awaken The Interior Stylist Within

No, not everyone can decorate a home like an interior stylist. Despite that fact, people are still capable of transforming their kitchens by making small tweaks.

Having said that, thrifty mommas, tweak away. A kitchen is, after all, where families meet after a long day comes to an end. And why shouldn’t families dine together in style?

The Must-Have Trendy Accessories for Summer

summerAs the summer heats up, the need for all the latest trendy accessories rises up with it! We know that the best accessory is always your beautiful confidence, but at the same time, it’s nice to find some cool new things to add to your wardrobe’s collection!

Continue reading for some inspiration to spice up your styles this summer!

1. Fanny Packs

Yep, you read that right!

These useful little bags are being revived in a big way. With high-end versions being made by the likes of Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Alexander Wang, the stigma of these being “out of date” or even “dorky” is long gone. We’ve seen several that look incredible!

Who could have guessed, right?

Searching out one of these cute bags will be certain to keep your hands free as you enjoy your time out in the sun this summer.

2. Straw Bags

Another item to carry your things in a usefully stylish way is a straw bag. We’ll admit, it doesn’t particularly sound stylish when you think of a bag made of straw.

But don’t let their humble beginnings fool you. They’re great for a more down-to-earth style but can totally be dressed up to match any style you want to pair them with! They look amazing with a nice summer dress, too.

These trendy accessories practically scream out “Summer!” when you look at them.

They’re pretty resilient and hardy, too. Straw bags can be brought out to the beach without needing to worry about the sea water or the sticky sand ruining them.

3. Slide Sandals

Who doesn’t love a quick and easy but still completely stylish choice of footwear? This style of sandal is growing in popularity every day, from simple and chic to embellished and dazzling.

People everywhere are finding them the perfect way to get up and go for some summer adventure to a beloved boutique or easily slipping out of them for a nice dip in the pool.

4. Scarves

Stash away those fluffy ones and bring out the light and airy summer scarves instead! They can be a great accessory to give the same outfit a whole new look. Summer scarves can pair up beautifully with one of your favorite Chanel handbags or perhaps a cute overly-large hat.

The cool thing is that while they are stylish and delicate, they won’t make you overheat in that summer sun. Though, once the sun sets, they’ll provide you with a bit of extra warmth during the night.

Plus, who doesn’t love to wrap something snug around themselves? So comfy!

5. Metallic Tattoos

No longer are temporary tattoos just a fun thing for kids. Now you can indulge in the old past time while using some really beautiful designs in sparkling metallic colors.

It’s like a temporary bit of art adorning your body!

You can find them these days in any kind of shape or color, from silver feathers to coppery dream-catchers. You can also try out some abstract shapes or lines if you prefer something a little less concrete.

Give These Trendy Accessories A Try!

We’ve listed five of our favorites, but it’s always up to your own personal style as to what accessories really work for you. Don’t be afraid to experiment until you find those items that you absolutely adore.

Comment below to let us know some of your favorite accessories you’ve tried this summer!