If you were to tell me that a REFRIGERATOR could keep my family organized, well NOW I would totally believe you but before the Samsung Family Hub refrigerator came into our life I would have laughed in your face. But now that we’ve been using the Samsung Hub every single day, several times a day – I totally get it. This device is brilliant. It’s NOT just the place where our food is stored, this device has become integrated into our family lives. Who knew? NOT ME. I just thought it was going to be this gorgeous refrigerator, nope – it’s so much more.
Let’s talk about family organization. We have 6 people in our house, and a dog. My husband, myself and our 4 kids. Both my husband and I work full-time jobs and the kids, well are currently out of school for summer. To say that our lives our chaotic is an understatement.
As any parent knows, you must FEED the children. Feeding kids is easy enough, right? HA. Trying to make sure that there is enough food for 3 meals a day for our kids is a full-time job in itself. Trying to work a full day, come home exhausted and know I need to make something about of leftover ground beef and a variety of vegetables is a normal occurrence around these parts. On top of all of that, those 4 kids – all of have schedules of their own. Why do I tell you these things? Because this smart refrigerator is helping us sync and organize our family and these “issues” that I complain of.
Syncing Family Calendars
The StickiBoard app is a shared family dashboard that allows our family to keep a connected calendar everywhere, including on our refrigerator’s screen. (You read our Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator Review – right? Yes, this fridge has a 21 inch screen!) I can put down things that are happening and my husband has no excuse not to know about things because NOT only is it on the app – it’s on OUR REFRIGERATOR. Our teen and her crazy schedule, she knows it must be on the calendar or no chance in the events happening. And everyone can see everything on the fridge! Gone are the days of hanging a paper calendar with a magnet to the fridge door. HELLO to a fridge door that has a digital calendar. Brilliant, I tell you!
Meal planning is something that i totally SUCK at, but sounds good in theory and the first few days of grocery shopping – i TOTALLY can do. The good thing about having a teen is that they can help you cook. You just have to plan WHAT to cook.
On the days I remember to meal plan, I put a note into the calendar so she can see what she will be cooking for dinner. NOW, if I could just figure out how to get the fridge to remind me to actually do the meal planning….
Grocery Shopping With Minimal Calls Home
Let’s talk another issue. GROCERY SHOPPING. I can make a list and I can check it twice, but it never fails that I have to call home because a recipe I want to make requires “brown mustard.” If it’s a refrigerated item, I no longer have to call home because my REFRIGERATOR HAS CAMERAS INSIDE OF IT and I can access whats in my fridge from my phone. Nope, not kidding. Here’s a snap shot of what’s in my fridge right this moment.
This is accessed thru the Samsung Hub app.
The other cool thing, you can put digital stickers over items so you know when they go old. Have leftover pizza – put a 4 day sticker on it, so you know when its no longer good. Pretty cool, right?
Before owning this smart refrigerator, my fridge organization well… not so great. Everything was kind of shoved in and organization was pretty much non-existent. The design of the Samsung Hub Refrigerator is brilliant. There are 4 doors allowing easy access to multiple parts of the refrigerator. The bottom right door is a flex-zone. You can choose how you want to use this area. We currently are using it as additional fridge space, but we can easily make it the perfect temperature for wine, or get this – even additional freezer space if needed.
Here’s a short video to show you how the Hub stays organized:
Remember me telling you the dinner issue of needing to find something to cook with leftover ground beef and vegetables? Built into the fridge is the All Recipes app. Sure you can use this without the fridge, but it’s totally great and used all the time since it’s right on the fridge screen.
All Recipes lets you plugin a few ingredients that you have and gives you recipe ideas. There is also a huge database of other recipes, so if you know you want to make say a broccoli cheese soup but have no idea how to – let All Recipes help you out. Their recipes are crowd sourced for ratings so you know what others think of the recipe before you spend a time slaving over the stove to make it.
Grocery Shopping From Your Refrigerator
This feature is not yet available in my area, but according to the fridge it’s COMING SOON. Get this. Mastercard has partnered with grocery stores to DELIVER groceries to your house and get this – YOU CAN ORDER THE GROCERIES FROM THE FRIDGE SCREEN. That’s right, milk to your house, ordered from your refrigerator. Crazy, crazy, CRAZY! Mastercard, please hurry this up to my area. I miss the days of grocery delivery and excited to see this making a comeback, us moms need this in our lives!
Are you guilty of taking photos with your phone and then they stay on Instagram and are never printed? ME TOO. The cool thing is, you can sync your Instagram app with StickiBoard and choose which photos will display on your refrigerator.
No need for magnets! You can also upload pics thru the Samsung app to the fridge’s photo app as well. I love this feature. It’s so nice waking up, all groggy – walking to the fridge to get my iced coffee to see a fun pic from our summer vacation.
We had a sick kid this past week and talk about awesome, well not him being sick. Do you ever play Tylenol tag team? You know when you give your kid meds, then it’s your husband’s turn and he is suppose to know when you gave him meds but can’t find the paper you wrote the time down on? We had this happen this week. Instead of using paper, we are using the refrigerator to keep track of when we last gave the kid meds. So great, no magnet fiddling, the time was right there on the fridge.
Oh, Samsung Hub Smart Refrigerator – let me count the ways that I love you. I never knew a refrigerator could help get my family organized, but you did it.
Several months ago, we moved to the country, bought a fixer upper and have been living in a state of remodel chaos. It’s fun, tedious but this is home. One of the things we love about this house is the 2 acres we live on. We have always lived in the suburbs with homes right next to one another. We have space to run, play and enjoy.
With the space, comes the need for WiFi everywhere. We have a pool house with tables that we enjoy working from and enjoying the country air. Since our router is half an acre away, we ran into some technical issues since well – our wifi reach need is greater than the typical homes.
If you needing to extend your WiFi, here are details about the Nighthawk WiFi Range Extender:
Netgear Nighthawk WiFi Range Extender
Turn your dead zones into fun zones. NETGEAR WiFi range extenders help you keep mobile devices, media players and computers connected to WiFi with a reliable connection and expanded coverage in every corner of your home.
The NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 WiFi Range Extender boosts your existing network range, delivering extreme dual band WiFi up to 1900Mbps. The 700mW high-powered amplifiers provide extreme range, while the dual core 1GHz processor enables maximum WiFi performance. It works with any standard WiFi router & is ideal for HD video streaming & gaming. Get the whole-home connectivity you need for iPads®, smartphones, laptops & more.
Dual band WiFi up to 1900Mbps
700mW high-powered design for ultimate range
Dual core 1GHz processor for max WiFi performance
EXTEND | EXTREME RANGE & PERFORMANCE
Extreme dual band WiFi speedup to 1900Mbps
Dual Core 1GHz processor enables max WiFi performance
700mW high power amplifiers for extreme range
3 external antennas for maximum signal coverage
FastLane technology improves performance using both WiFi bands
STREAM | ULTIMATE CONNECTIVITY
5 x Gigabit ports to connect wired devices like smart TVs and game consoles to WiFi
Access Point mode creates a WiFi hotspot using a wired Ethernet connection
USB 3.0 for up to 10 times faster access to your stored media
DLNA® server to play your media on TVs and game consoles
Access scheduling for parental controls
MOBILE | UP TO 100% FASTER
Whole home WiFi coverage for your mobile devices
High-powered amplifiers and external antennas increase range
Print from an iPad® or iPhone®Make any printer AirPrint® compatible
Optimize your WiFi network with the WiFi Analytics app for Android
Web browser based settings accessible on most devices
So here’s the deal. We moved to the country, we now have a few acres and something we’ve wanted to do is find a way to keep dibs on what we can with a video system. We wanted an easy setup video surveillance system – the Netgear Arlo is our answer!
Netgear Arlo Review
We were able to setup the Netgear Nighthawk Router AND Netgear Arlo system in under an hour. How’s that for easy setup?
Let me give you a little detail on each and why you should consider the Netgear Arlo if you are looking at purchasing a video surveillance system.
The Netgear Arlo from Best Buy comes with 4 cameras. These cameras offer 720p quality video – with night vision. The cameras are extremely easy to install, easy to connect and are accessible via an app on your phone.
We placed the 4 cameras around our house to be able to view every angle. We can see when anyone pulls into the driveway. We can see out near the barn, the pool and the backyard play area. I can pull up the app from wherever and check each area to see what is going on. You can setup notifications to alert you if there is movement or setup a schedule. Videos area stored for 7 days in cloud storage.
The cameras are wire-free. Each Arlo camera runs on 4 CR123 lithium 3-volt photo batteries. The battery life is 4-6 months with normal usage. The cameras attach easily to the mounts and the mounts require a screw to install – easy, peasy.
Netgear Nighthawk DST Router
To ensure that we have adequate WIFI coverage – we setup the Netgear Nighthawk DST router. Here’s a few things to know about the Netgear Nighthawk:
AC1900 high-performance WiFi router with Dead Spot Terminator eliminates your WiFi dead zones
1GHz dual core processor
Supports 10+ connected devices
Advanced features for lag-free gaming
Prioritized bandwidth for streaming videos or music
DST Adapter sets up in minutes – no need to configure or install software
DST Adapter indicates the connection strength at any electrical outlet
Get Rid of WIFI Dead Spots
DST stands for DEAD SPOT TERMINATOR – do you have a dead WIFI spot in your house? The Nighthawk DST comes with a DST adapter that you can plug in where your WIFI needs some boosting. It will carry your signal to make sure you have a strong connection thru out your house.
This was essential as we are covering nearly half an acre with our cameras so want to make sure that we have WIFI access to each.
TIP: If you hate setting up routers or just have no idea where to start, good news. When you purchase the Nighthawk DST at Best Buy – it includes Geek Squad setup and support! My husband ended up setting our’s up (he is a computer engineer by trade.) We were up and running in 10 minutes.
Here’s specifics on the Netgear Arlo video surveillance system and Nighthawk Router
Arlo by Netgear:
The 4 camera set is an ONLY AT BEST BUY product. Customers can buy Arlo cameras at other retailers, but can only purchase this exclusive set a great value at $499.99, ay Best Buy. This products enables you to safeguard your home or business with the 4 motion-activated Netgear Arlo Smart Home security cameras
Downloadable apps enable you to view live video from your compatible Android, Apple® iOS, Amazon Kindle, Windows or Mac device
Completely wire free, for use inside and outside weatherproof for temperatures ranging from 14° to 122°
Enables you to capture 720p video footage both during the day and at night , with a 130° field of view
Motion-activated design automatically records motion once detected, sending e-mail or app notifications
Comes with 6 magnetic camera mounts and 9 mounting screws, for easy installation on a wall or flat surface
Netgear® Nighthawk DST Router and DST Adapter with Geek Squad included new and exclusively at Best Buy
This is a brand new router that was exclusively developed between Netgear, an industry leader in the networking world, and Best Buy, to help provide consumers with an easy, all-in-one solution to support their homes connected devices. As the number of Wi-Fi dependent products increase in a home the average US household has 7 connected devices from smart phones (often several in a home), to tablets, to laptops, to computers, and Wi-Fi printers, this puts a strain on the homes network, especially the router. With the interest in online gaming and 4k TVs, connected devices such as smart thermostats, plus the need to stream shows from Netflix or hulu, it places even more demands on the network. Many households may experience slow Wi-Fi, dropped calls, or experience dead zones which could be improved upon with an AC router, Wi-Fi extenders and expert help.
The AC1900 comes with one DST, or Dead Spot Terminator, adapter to eliminate your Wi-Fi dead zones; place it in an area where you get little/no reception, to improve Wi-Fi access. Additional adapters can be purchased for other dead zones.
This high-performance router was built to support 10+ connected devices you can also prioritize devices for streaming videos or music, and included advanced features for lag-free gaming
See additional fact sheets for both the Router and DST adapter
Best Buy makes it easy with this new high performance Wi-Fi router, which includes a Wi-Fi extender and Geek Squad Set Up and Support via phone & web, for one full year.
The Geek Squad service via phone & web allows customers to call or get help 24/7 whenever they want, vs. the need to schedule an appointment.
A few times a year, I get in the mood to host a party. I was sent a tech product a few weeks ago that has me itching to host another shin-dig because it would be the perfect touch for a party.
Introducing this must have tech for your next party, the StriimLIGHT. It’s a smart light bulb. I know, you are probably scratching your head — I was. Then I got the product and realized WOAH, this thing is really cool and would be perfect for a party.
The Smart LED Lightbulb
Here is my dining room. See that fixture? It’s not just any old lightbulb – the StriimLIGHT has changed this room into the perfect party pad – let me show you how/why. The StriimLIGHT is an LED light that comes with a remote control allowing you to adjust it’s color. That’s right – you aren’t stuck with your standard white light – you can go all festive with pink, green, red, blue and so on.
While the light is an awesome feature – that’s not it. The StriimLIGHT also has a bluetooth speaker. That’s right, there is music that plays from any bluetooth device I have it hooked up to.
Are you seeing why I say you need this smart lightbulb for your next party? It’s a light show and speaker all decked into a pretty package. Cool, huh? I think so!
Another idea would be for a kid’s room. I had totally planned on using this for our toddler’s room. This would be awesome in a lamp – especially if your kid is picky about his lighting and music like mine. I need to buy a different lamp in order for it to work in Zeke’s room – but definitely plan on doing this as I know he will love it.
StriimLIGHT Smart LED Lightbulb
Easy to integrate with its small size and E14 socket
Plays audio right from your Bluetooth music players, including computers and numerous types of smartphones and tablets
Infrared remote control for light on/off, sound volume setup and mute
Bulb: LED, 110-240v, fits standard E26 or E14 socket
I don’t about how your kids go to sleep at night, but our youngest child Zeke, who is 3 — has gone from being the perfect sleeper to being OCD about his sleeping conditions. Tucking in has become a huge series of tantrums. He wants to play, not sleep. Sleep is for… well he doesn’t get that he needs it! We have started using the GE Link smart led bulbs and Wink Hub as a way to help ease him into a new night time routine – best part, it’s all automated!
NOTE: We’re giving away a GE Lighting Kit – keep reading and enter for your chance to win!
With the Wink Smart Hub and GE Smart Light Bulb, you can schedule to turn on and off your light – and get this you can even DIM IT – all from your smart phone! Here’s a demo of my son using the Wink app to turn on, dim and off the lamp.
Did anyone else ever watch the Jetson’s growing up and so wishing that your house had all the cool gadgets and home automation devices that “the future” had? I loved how George was awoken by a machine and thrown into an auto-mated shower, than automatically dressed. Coffee was delivered at the touch of a button, and well then there was Rosie the robot maid who did everything.
While we may not have the home automation down YET like the Jetsons, we are on our way and one of the most recent devices that I was super excited to try out the new Wink Hub and GE Link LED Bulbs.
My 2 toddlers and I headed to Home Depot to pick up these products and an assortment of other household goodies. Who doesn’t LOVE with toddlers? I am so thankful Home Depot had the car carts. I can haul both of the boys at once, and the 2 driver steering wheels keep the boys quiet for about 2.5 minutes.
We found the Wink Hub and GE Lightbulbs on the end cap near the lighting department. There is a HUGE selection of add-ons for the Wink Hub. I found out, we already have 2 other devices that can connect to the Wink Hub!
The boys weren’t excited as I was, but I found a coupon for $20 off when you purchase 2 GE light bulbs and the Wink Hub at the same time. Score! The light bulbs were $14.97 each and the Wink Hub was $49.95, I really thought they would be more expensive than that!
At this point, the boys started melting down. Yes, we are now 5 minutes into our shopping trip. Izaiah is pulling his shirt off, because clothes – who needs them in public? And Zeke, his spidey senses were probably going off that we were doing something about his bedtime behavior. None the less, we somehow made it out of these with all of our stuff.
Wink Hub and GE Link Setup
I got the goods home and while typically I wait for the husband to help put together my tech stuff, I decided to give this a go on my own. Because, hello home automation = AWESOME.
Here are the devices, right after I opened the packages:
The GE Link LED Bulb is really cool looking. It’s quite a bit heavier than a standard lightbulb!
To my surprise, the complete setup of installing the free Wink app, setting up and connecting the Wink Hub and GE Smart Lightbulb took a total of 10 minutes. Easy… peasy and no husband needed!
Lighting and Bedtime Routine
Here is how we are using the Wink App and GE Link LED Bulbs to help create a new bedtime routine:
We now put Zeke down around 9 pm. We will give him a book to read or car to play with. (Thankfully Zeke is still in a crib.)
I have the GE light bulb scheduled as such:
9:00 pm – Light turns ON – at full brightness
9:30 pm – Light DIMS to half brightness
10:00 pm – Light turns ALMOST off
We are able to ease him into quiet time. This allows him to not be sentenced to go straight to sleep and gives him time to adjust. Here is our schedule for this Wifi light bulbs. It was super easy to setup in the Wink app (which is free, by the way!)
So Far – So Good!
So far, so good. We are loving the ability to dim his light – or turn it on. We have a video baby monitor that works pretty well in the dark, but are now able to turn his lamp UP and see Zeke better in the video monitor when he cries!
Enter for your chance to win a GE Lighting kit. The kit will include 1 GE Link LED bulb (size A19-normal general purpose size, $15 value) and 1 Wink hub ($54 value).
We have a slight problem in our house… the garage door just doesn’t like to be kept close. It annoys me to no end, but with 4 kids trailing in and out – it tends to be left open often.
Besides the obvious security issue, there is something else…. We have had the cops TWICE ring our door bell in the middle of the night (2 am-ish) alerting us that our garage door is open. Nothing like being JOLTED awake at 2 in the morning wondering who is at the door bell and then seeing it’s the police. Talk about heart-pounding. I know they are doing their job, and I am grateful for great neighborhood surveillance.
Well that was then, and this is now. Chamberlain sent us over their MyQ Garage which is a smart phone controller for your garage door! And bonus: you don’t have to have a Chamberlain door for it to work with your garage door opener. We can now see at anytime if our garage door is open or close and open and close the garage door with our smart phones. Pretty neat, right?
Here’s more about the MyQ Garage
Feel secure knowing you can control your garage door from anywhere in the world via WI-FI and your smartphone.
Installs in minutes and works with your homes Wi-Fi
Free app with no monthly or ongoing service fees
Included: Wi-Fi Hub, door sensor, mounting bracket, power cord and instructions for free app download.
MyQ Garage App
The MyQ Garage is controlled through you MyQ Garage app, think of it as a garage door controller on your phone. The app is a free download. Setup is totally simple – just create an account, verify your email, login and enter your device’s serial number. Then you are ready to rock and roll.