• Smart Devices

    Saving Money With A Smart Thermostat: A Gadget Mom Favorite

    My husband and I  are working towards having a smart home. We like investing in technology that makes our lives easier, our household chores more efficient, and saves us money.  We were very excited to replace the old thermostat with a wifi enabled device shortly after moving in to our home last winter. We chose a Nest and were really interested to answer the question – will the Nest actually improve our electricity costs? It looks a little complicated. But… does it work? Here are the real numbers: Before NestDecember 2017: $261.53January 2018: $261.61After  NestFebruary 2018: $218.96March 2018: $160.42April 2018: $167.62May 2018: $177.86 As you can see, we had a…

  • Parenting Hacks

    One Simple Trick That Made Grocery Shopping Fun Again!

    Grocery shopping has long been a dreaded chore on my to-do list.  With two small kids, a trip to the grocery store is time consuming, requires a lot of planning, and has to be perfectly timed out (between naps). There have been so many embarrassing moments along the way (like the time my daughter threw herself to the ground and then wailed hysterically the entire shopping trip. Actually, that’s pretty common – my kids hate the grocery store unless I bribe them with M&Ms). Quickly reminded why we don't shop on Black Friday… #blackfriday #tantrum #familyfun A post shared by Wisconsin Busy Kids (@wi_busykids) on Nov 24, 2017 at 9:00am…