The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Our foster daughter brought the total count of our family up to 7.  Doing laundry for 7 people is no easy task.  Even though the kids all help at varying levels, our washer and dryer stay so busy that I almost feel sorry for them.  Laundry made easier sounds so nice right?  That’s exactly what you get when you check out the LG Twin Wash system at Best Buy.

LG TwinWash

Here is what Best Buy says about the LG TwinWash.

If you want to upgrade your laundry room for the new year, there’s no better way than with an LG washer and dryer. Raise your appliances to a comfortable height and get valuable storage with a traditional pedestal. Or choose the SideKick pedestal washer that will wash an additional small load ─ perfect for a load of delicate items.

If you’re interested in refreshing your clothes without laundering, consider the LG Styler ─ a steam clothing care system that can reduce wrinkles and odors in as little as 20 minutes.

While many of these features sounds nice….wrinkle reduction, nice height when using a pedestal…the feature that really gets me going is the SideKick pedestal washer that can wash an ADDITIONAL small load!  What??? That seriously is mind blowing to me!!! Laundry made easier?  Yes please!  I know it’s a small load capacity, but still.  We could get all the underwear and bras through the SideKick while the regular clothes went through the TwinWash.  What a brilliant idea and it does not take up more room!

SOLD!

If you are thinking of upgrading your washer and/or dryer then make sure you head to Best Buy, either a physical store or online.  And they have a special offer now through April 4, 2018 to save $500!! Get all the details on their site.

 

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

There are seven people in our home, plus a dog.  We have so much laundry.  So. Much. Laundry.  We do at least one load a day and often more.  I worry sometimes about what our energy bill will be, especially in the winter when we have all those snow pants and gloves and hats to wash and dry.  Thankfully I have been hearing about a great option that helps to address my concerns.  ENERGY STAR® dryers use 20% less energy than standard models and ENERGY STAR  washers use 25% less energy and 45% less water!  That could be some potential great savings for us!

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Not only do ENERGY STAR washers and dryers offer savings on your energy and water bills, they also are better for the environment.  The average owner will save $490 with an ENERGY STAR certified clothes washer and could save even more when paired with an ENERGY STAR dryer.  One feature that jumped out to me is that these ENERGY STAR washers do not have a central agitator, that is supposed to help minimize wear and tear on clothing.  And the dryers use a sensor to sense when clothes are dry which also helps reduce wear and tear on your clothing.

ENERGY STAR washers and dryers can be bought from Best Buy. If you are intrigued by this idea, then make sure you watch this video about being a laundry star!

If you are in the market for a new washer, new dryer or possible even both, then visit the Best Buy Blog to learn more!

I would love to hear from you about your best laundry hacks!  What saves you time when you do laundry?  Then go check out ENERGY STAR and let me know if you’d make the switch!

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

It is never too early to start protect your family from the potential dangers of the internet.  Of course the internet is fun and so much valuable information to offer, but it does come with some inherent risks, which is why you should have a smart firewall.  CUJO is a smart firewall.

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While the Cujo was easy to connect, it wasn’t flawless. I plugged the power in before the ethernet cord. I think that was enough to stall the set up until I went back and unplugged the coffee-cup-like Cujo device.
It scans for connected devices. Which — if you are like our household — the number has gone up astronomically in the past two years. From a couple cell phones and two laptops, there are now more than eight including some household-running boxes that do magic tricks for us.

CUJO is a smart firewall #ad #CUJO
You can assign devices to people and groups and pause the Internet. Once assigned to a person, it took a couple minutes to figure out how to “unassign” from a user. swipe to right on a device in the user’s assigned devices, delete and go to the new owner to assign — easy once you learn that it works much like the contacts in my phone. I still have not delved into the threat assessment directory. Being able to restrict our kids’ access to naughty and dangerous content was our primary concern and we’re not sure we’re willing to pay the annual or monthly fees for enhanced services, but much comes free with any CUJO purchase.

Designed to protect variety of devicesYour home is full of smart devices. They are not protected by antivirus, leaving your home open to hackers. The CUJO uses machine learning to secure everything from tablets to TVs and baby monitors.

Business-level Internet securityDetects and blocks malicious sites and hacks.

Safeguard your family with Parental ControlsYou can control what your kids access online. Set time limits, schedules, and sites that are permitted. Apply access policy to any or all devices.

Cryptographic hardware accelerationOffers fast and reliable security.

Downloadable CUJO appAllows you to easily monitor your home network activity from compatible iOS and Android devices.

Simple to startThe CUJO takes just a few minutes to start. Plug the CUJO device into your router and follow the step-by-step guide on your CUJO app.

Two Gigabit Ethernet portsProvide fast network connection and will not slow down your network.

Designed for use with your existing networkThe CUJO offers easy integration.

Presents optimal performanceWith Dual core 1GHz processor, 4GB flash memory and 1GB DDR SRAM memory inside.

Free subscriptionYou will not have to pay a monthly fee for your CUJO and the features described here.

Within minutes of installing, we received alerts about malicious sites.  Since then we have seen ads pop up on our devices that have a message that lets us know we are protected by our pal CUJO.

CUJO is a smart firewall #ad #CUJO

CUJO is a smart firewall that is cute and easy to use.  Check out bestbuy.com or visit your local Best Buy to learn more!

 

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Every time I hear about a robbery, I think about the security of our home.  I have definitely considered a home monitoring system, but we’ve been turned off by both the price tag and the lengthy contract periods.  But now there’s a new player in town and it’s got us seriously considering a home monitoring system for the first time!

Vivint is a new concept.  It provides a 24/7 home monitoring system, but without the contract.

Vivint home monitoring system #ad

This home monitoring system is AMAZING! It does everything from one intuitive app.  Want to turn lights off? Check the temperature of your home? Open or close the garage?  Give someone an access code to open your front door?  See who just rang your bell while your home is empty?  You can do ALL of that and more via the app.

Vivint home monitoring system #ad

Here is what the website has to say:

When you purchase a Best Buy Smart Home package along with security monitoring, Vivint will handle your product installation and any monitoring of your home. If your alarm is triggered, Vivint will contact you and dispatch police, fire or medical personnel.

  • The most comprehensive smart home experience available, anywhere
  • Award-winning 24/7/365 monitoring for fire, police and medical
  • 24/7 customer and technical support
  • Highest-rated smart home app

I’ve not used the Vivint home monitoring system, but based on the demo I saw, it is the one that will get us to cross the bridge and buy one.  I was very impressed by how easy the app was to use and how many products we could get to truly fit our needs and/or customize our home.   You can do as much, or as little, as you’d like.  Having 5 kids, we are very interested in the garage door, front door and temperature controlling.  I loved that the front door lock could have a key code.  And while hundreds of miles away, if one of our kids was locked out, I could send them a key code to open the front door.  Also, no more giving a key to neighbors when they feed your dog or cat.  Just use a key code and allow it to work only during the time you are gone.

Vivint is available through Best Buy.  Check your local store and take advantage of the informative in-store demo.

 

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

Our kids love listening to music, audio books and radio broadcasts.  The issue has been streaming them into their rooms.  Typically we have had to take in a computer.  No biggie for the girls, but we don’t trust the boys not to use a computer to perfect their ninja moves. LOL! Thankfully, Best Buy just sent us Google Chromecast Audio!

Google Chromecast Audion #ad

The Chromecast Audio, is an easy-to-set up and easy-to-use Google device. It’s drawback is the same since the stone age of computers, 1995 — compatibility.
It took less than five minutes to plug the votive-sized puck into a computer speaker in our boy’s room. Our intent, was to be able to stream music and stories into their room at night for them to listen to as they go to sleep.
This is our second Chrome device — fourth if you count Chromebooks. We’ve had an HP Chromebook since 2014 that works as well now as the day we bought it. It took some time getting used to it’s complete dependence on wifi, but it’s got an enviable battery life and it stands up to kid use. We got a ChromeCast for a second tv. I bought it the day after Christmas after the grandparents bought a flatscreen tv for our kids. We’re pretty much an Apple family but we have been bothered that we can’t get Amazon Prime shows on our Apple TV, so Chromecast seemed like an excellent option. No podcasts on it. There’s other apps that have some stories, but you need to buy the premium app to cast it. Overdrive — the app used by our library system for audio books, doesn’t cast from iPhones without some workarounds listed on several sites that come up under a perfunctory Google search. Tunein Radio, a free app with a premium option, seems to be a great source. We were able to stream Adventures in Odyssey — one of the boys’ favorites, from the radio station here.

Google Chromecast Audion #ad

Now that we have some compatible apps, we are loving this!

Google Chromecast Audion #ad

It sits nicely on the boys little bookshelf in their room and it’s so sweet to see them sitting there and listening to stories with their Chromecast Audio.  Another bonus to this system is that you can stream to multiple rooms!

Google Chromecast Audion #ad

It uses wi-fi and has a crystal clear sound with no delays and skips.  There are hundreds of compatible apps available, so take your time and find out which work best for you and your family!  You can learn more about this over at Best Buy.

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen