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Everything You Need to Know to Properly Cook With a Cast Iron Skillet

So in case you hadn’t heard, I’m currently working with the International Home & Housewares Association on a number of things— I attended the Housewares Show for the first time last year, and this year helped them create a Smart Home Pavilion at the show (which was in Chicago last month). Plus, I’m writing for their blog, Inspired Home. Which is fantastic, because I’m getting to stretch my wings outside of the tech space a bit, and write about cooking and housekeeping topics…

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DIY Ideas For A More Energy Efficient Home

energy efficient home: Nest Learning Thermostat

You know those times where you so badly want to make a difference, but then you do so much brainstorming on the subject that you get totally overwhelmed and end up doing nothing? Earth Day is one of those times. I see it as a great annual opportunity to take stock, to see if there are little things I can do to make a more energy efficient home. I start digging around the web, doing research and taking notes. Pretty…

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Swedish for Smart Home: IKEA’s TRADFRI collection

Ikea Smart Lightbulbs

When most people finally dip their toe into the world of smart home devices, they often start with smart lightbulbs. What’s nice about them is that they’re fairly easy to set up, they don’t require a huge outlay of cash, and they’re don’t require a permanent install of anything (of course you can take your thermostat or smart lock with you when you move, but that won’t be nearly as easy as unscrewing some lightbulbs). Even though they don’t require a…

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Smart Home planning: Where to Start

This post was written in partnership with Nest. Thanks for supporting our sponsors! Smart Home is a buzzy term these days, and I get asked about it wherever I go. The affordable prices and even-you-can-do-it installation many new products offer make it easier than ever to keep an eye on your home while you’re on vacation, and be greeted with the lights on and a cozy temperature when you return. However, all this ease and affordability doesn’t mean it’s always…

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We Quizzed Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: Who’s Smarter?

Originally seen on Apartment Therapy  Amazon’s Echo, a Bluetooth speaker powered by voice assistant Alexa, burst on to the scene a couple years ago and instantly captured the hearts and minds of consumers. You could hear the collective cry: voice control is finally here! Of course, there was lots of voice control on the market already (including Apple’s O.G. Siri), but Alexa was the first out of the gate that promised—and delivered—on making voice commands useful in the home. With…

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If Your Wireless Router Doesn’t Do This, It’s Time to Get a New One

Google Wifi: wireless routers

These days, a weak Wifi signal is more than annoying ­– it can totally disrupt your workday or, worse, put a much-needed Netflix binge watch on pause (the horror!). Depending on your type and frequency of use, a momentary lag every once in a while is understandable, but if you find yourself constantly re-booting your wireless router to get a strong signal, it may be time to get a new one. A new generation of wireless routers does more than give…

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