I bought some IKEA NYMÅNE lights for the TV Room. They are PERFECT. They blend in, are minimal and they didn’t need to be hardwired. Oh, and they’re under $20 each. My only gripe is that the on/off switch on each cord sits high. I think the only solution (if you find that it bothers you) would be to have them rewired to remove that chunky switch….which I may do, but right now I can live with it.
A few years ago I installed a Ring video doorbell. I was going to write a long post about it, but I’ll save you the log list of grievances and tell you that it didn’t work for us (one major issue – we had a package stolen from our porch and the video quality was so awful you couldn’t see who it was). After some research and knowing what I didn’t like about the Ring system, I decided on replacing it with the Nest system. After a few weeks of use, I can happily say, I’m in love.
So what we bought and love….
We put a Nest Cam Outdoor (not the IQ one) at the back of our house where we have a laneway and we park our car occasionally. This camera is super easy to install, it’s plug in and is made for outdoor use. We had electricity going to our shed, so it was an easy install – we placed the camera facing our parking spot at the back. Plug and go….
The camera detects both movement and, people. It will alert you by saying it see’s either, but it’s helpful that it differentiates between the two for when you’re scrolling through the history of activity. The racoons are our biggest offender back there. We know their whole evening routine.
The front of the house was a little more tricky as the Nest Hello doorbells need to be hardwired. We didn’t have an existing doorbell at the front of our house (The Ring was a battery system, which was a whole other set of issues) so we ended up hiring an electrician to come to our house to install it for us. (Side note, I found an electrician through the Jiffy app and I was REALLY happy with the service. I’d recommend hiring someone to do this, but it is something you could technically do.
I bought these at Lowes and Amazon separately, based on what pricing worked out to be the best. Lowes had a coupon if you spent over a certain amount. These things aren’t inexpensive, but they are worth it based on me using it the last few weeks. The video quality is AMAZING and I 100% recommend this line.
Ps., Although I would say this upfront at the beginning of the post (also, not in some clever creative writing way to hide it), this post is not sponsored. I’m not a #Partner and this is not an #ad. xo
Our deck gets a lot of wear and tear over the winter, snow sitting on it, us walking over it. It got pretty grimy and gross …. so as soon as the weather got slightly warmer I broke out my power washer and started going to town on getting the deck in better shape for the Summer. Continue Reading →