• 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? Here are the real numbers: Before NestDecember 2017: $261.53January 2018: $261.61 After  NestFebruary 2018: $218.96March 2018: $160.42April 2018: $167.62May 2018: $177.86 As you can see, we had a pretty dramatic decrease in our bill as soon…

  • 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). When my daughter was an infant, we used a grocery delivery service, and I really loved it. (The groceries are delivered straight to your kitchen!!) But…