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Enter To Win A Fully Furnished Smart Home + Mercedes Benz And $100,000 From HGTV #HGTVSmart

May 19th, 2016 by Christen How would you like to win a fully designed, super connected smart home?  What if you could win an awesome 2016 Mercedes Benz and $100,000 in cash too?  From bluetooth enabled locks, wireless home security and of course a state of the art home entertainment system - this smart home has it all.    HGTV Smart Home 2016   This HGTV Smart Home 2016 with a two-car garage was designed for a family to enjoy, with Southern traditional craftsman style, cottage details and a subtle color palette that creates a memorable welcome.    HGTV Smart Home 2016   HGTV and DIY is offering one lucky winner the smart home of their dreams in the Smart Home 2016 giveaway.  Awarded to one lucky winner later this summer, the grand prize includes the home, its furnishings, a 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC and $100,000 from national mortgage lender Quicken Loans.   sh2016_media-room-tv-and-stairs_h.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.966.725   NOW through 5 p.m. ET Thursday, June 2, 2016, viewers can put technology to work for their chance to move into the HGTV Smart Home 2016. Eligible viewers can enter twice per day -- once at and once at -- for their chance to win the grand prize package valued at more than $1.2 million.   sh2016_master-bedroom-wide-shot_h.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.966.725       What would you do if you won this amazing  HGTV Smart Home 2016 prize?  Tweet us at @DivasandDorks #HGTVSmart

The Best Holiday Gifts For Any Homeowner On Your List

December 15th, 2015 by Christen Finding the right gift for new homeowners or holiday house warming parties can be tricky.  While most may reach for sharing stylish home accessories, why not upgrade homeowner gifts with security for the homeowner in your life?  From connected cameras to bluetooth enabled door bells, I'm all about connected home accessories these days.  Discover just a few of my favorite holiday gifts (that I'm sharing & want for myself) for any homeowner on your list below! connected home nest cam

Nest Cam

Nest Cam is a sleek Internet-connected security camera that's super easy to setup and use. It's entirely controlled through the Nest app or online, so it works with your smartphone (iOS and Android), tablet or computer. It sends you notifications when it detects motion and sounds. Since it's so connected, you can watch a live feed of your video, and save video clips — though the latter comes at an extra cost. The 130-degree wide-angle lens gives you a default video resolution of 1,280 x 720 (720p HD). You can also bump it up to 1,920 x 1,080 (full HD) for extra clarity, and there's night vision, too. ($199)  

kwikset Kevo

Kevo Smart Lock

You can turn your smartphone into a virtual key. Use your phone to lock and unlock your door and create keys for guests by granting access during specific times. Use the Kwikset Kevo app to send, delete or reassign eKeys anytime/anywhere allowing you complete control of your users. Provide your eKey recipients with anytime, scheduled, or guest access for a truly automated experience. ($199)   Connected Home Ring Doorbell

Ring Video Doorbell

Need a little extra security for guests and package deliveries? Never miss a bell with Ring, a smart doorbell that comes equipped with a camera. The iOS/Android app gives you instant alerts when someone rings your doorbell. The wide-angle HD camera shows you who's on your doorstep, so you can see or speak to them via your smartphone. As an added security, motion detection alerts you of any activity at your home. It records footage and has HD night vision, too. Ring makes sure you never miss a guest or package delivery, even if you're not home. ($199)  

Phillips Hue lights

Phillips Hue Smart Lights

The Philips Hue smart lights have been around for years, but now they're a part of Apple's HomeKit. You can use Siri to control the lights, and it works with other HomeKit products, like garage door openers, front door locks, thermostats and blinds. Just remember, to get Hue up and running with HomeKit, you'll need the new square-shaped Philips Hue Bridge 2.0. (Bulbs $15)   Why not step up your gift giving efforts this year with amazing connected home gifts for the loved ones on your list?  Are you a home owner?  Share what connected home gifts you'd like to receive in the comments below!

Stay Comfortable “No Matter What” With Honeywell Lyric (@HoneywellNow)

June 18th, 2014 by Christen Honeywell Lyric   The new smartphone powered Honeywell Lyric thermostat has launched this week, making it the newest "must have" addition for any connected home enthusiast this year.  This week in various New York City hot spots, the Honeywell Lyric team brought together journalists and bloggers for unique experiences sure to rattle comfort and completely get you out of your comfort zone.
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Facing a fear isn't always pretty...

The instructors at Hollywood Stunts hung, held and taught journalists how to repel from a high scaffold (from 30 feet in the air) and how to practice safe stunt fights (sorta like the ones you see in movies).  During my uncomfortable climb on top of the 30-ft scaffold, I tried reminding myself that I don't really have a fear of heights, but by the time I reached the top - I realized that I failed convincing myself.    

Must Read:  Meet Honeywell's Lyric Thermostat - Home Comfort That's In Tune With Your Schedule

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My instructor was pleased with my first step at rappelling down the 30ft wall...

  From atop of the 30-ft scaffold, I was instructed by my Hollywood Stunts professional on how to secure my equipment and the proper way to safely rappel myself down the massive astroturf wall.  The skill of rappelling is an essential climbing skill than many use for sport activity and military travel.  
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Slow and steady wins this rappel race.

  Learning the art of using the belay and adjusting my hand grip simultaneously had me scaling down the wall in no time.  Although it took a little convincing and reassuring that I had what it takes to scale down the wall on my own, there was no better feeling that having my feet safely planted on the ground.  
Honeywell Lyric

The face of a champion! There's o better feeling in the world than reaching a goal and defeating your fears!

  The Honeywell Lyric product experience highlighted how easy the Honeywell Lyric is to install and use for home comfort while at home and savings while away.  Our time at Hollywood Stunts not only got us journalists out of the office and into some tense, uncomfortable moments but it made for an afternoon that I'll never forget. (Thanks Honeywell Lyric for a fun-filled afternoon in Brooklyn that definitely got me out of my comfort zone and maybe into a new career as a Hollywood stunt woman!)   For more information on the Hollywood Stunts experience visit  You can also find more information on how you can get a Honeywell Lyric thermostat of your own visit

Trends from CES 2014: The Connected Home

January 10th, 2014 by Christen Check out more fun from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  For the fourth year in a row, will be on the ground running to show you only the biggest and brightest trends at CES 2014 - check out the video below highlighting the trends and gadgets you need to create a smart, connected home near you. This year, we’ve partnered with OnStar and General Motors to bring the hottest trends in tech directly to a screen near you with daily “trendspotting” videos daily on and  From apps that track your sleeping habits to light bulbs that serve as speakers and alarm clocks, there’s no shortage of ways to stay connected in the comfort of your own home.

 connected home sleep number x12

  Check out the full video featuring, Belkin WeMo technology, the Sleep Number X12 and MiPow below:
For more #ConnectedByOnStar CES 2014 coverage, visit:



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