The Summer Slide is Real— This Solution From Khan Academy is Brilliant

Khan Academy: Summer Slide

Sure, summer vacation is hard earned, but according to RAND Corporation, many kids without access to learning in June, July and August spend one full year over the course of their K-12 career re-learning information they forgot. (Yep, I was as surprised as you probably are by that stat.)

Enter Khan Academy and their online education program, LearnStorm. Basically, it’s a free (I repeat, free) six-week challenge that helps students in grades 3 through 12 brush up on the skills they need to start the school year strong.

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Direct-to-Consumer Brands I’m Wildly Excited About


RIP retail. Lately, I’m not the biggest fan of department store browsing, but there’s something refreshing—and ultimately a lot more wallet-friendly—about shopping online with direct-to-consumer brands. First, as I mentioned, direct-to-consumer means you get the product minus the traditional retail markup. (Basically, this means the price is the price and you don’t have to panic that you might be missing out on an upcoming mega-sale.) Second, direct-to-consumer brands can get to know their audience a lot better and cater to their needs. It’s about a lifestyle versus a trend, which is something I really love. That’s why I’m rounding up some fashion, beauty and wellness direct-to-consumer brands that should definitely be on your radar.

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Two New Budget-Friendly Ways Make Your Home Smart

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You’ve hemmed and hawed for years (yep, it’s been that long) about jumping on the “smart” bandwagon when it comes to upgrading your home. You’ve debated whether making your home safer or more energy efficient is worth shelling out the cash for a new device or two. But here’s the good great news: Now is actually the easiest and cheapest time to make the digital switch, thanks to two companies who already have stellar reputations in the market offering less expensive versions of their top-rated products. Here, two pieces of brand-new smart technology worth investing in ASAP. Read More

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That’s One Smart Trailer! Touring the Intel & Amazon Smart Life Roadshow


This post was written in partnership with Amazon and Intel. All opinions are my own and not edited by the sponsor.

I recently hopped on down to the CEDIA conference in sunny San Diego  where I bumped into the Intel and Amazon Smart Life Roadshow. The roadshow features an adorable trailer set up to show off smart and seamless home technology that seems futuristic, but is an option for your home right now.

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Lost Videos from CEDIA 2016!

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Earlier this month, I had so much fun at CEDIA, the annual conference for home integration installers. It was my second year hosting their big awards dinner, as well as running around the show floor to see what was new in the world of smart home, home theater and security.

It reminded me that last year at CEDIA 2016, I created a ton of video content that I never showed you on the blog. To be honest, I had forgotten all about them! But I watched them all back after the show this year and, even though they’re a year old, they’re still very much indicative of current trends in the marketplace. I had a ton of fun running around the show floor with Ed Wenck who manages content for CEDIA and is a ton of fun.

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