• Happy Prime Day!! I’m so excited to be shopping all the deals today, how about you?? #ad Lucky for us, my fave @kindsnacks are on sale! You can stock up just in time for the craziness of back to school. This Caramel Almond and Sea Salt bar is sweet and salty with just 5g of sugar! It’s keeping me going while I shop all day. 😉 #kindcollective #bekindtoyourself #primeday #amazonprimeday
  • Blaire cleaned her room and made her bed today. I think it’s so cute when she makes her bed and carefully arranges her animals! She usually cleans her room once a week, Sunday is the perfect day to start fresh. The majority of her toys are in there, she gets them all set up how she wants and I just feel bad making her put them away! Do your kids pick up their toys every night?
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  • Well we don’t have a Nordstrom near us, but we do have an Aldi. Most of their summer items are on clearance and we scored this sweet pool for $7. Winner, winner. 🦄☀️ #blaireandben
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  • messy house, no makeup, and a kid who doesn’t want to wake up from his late car nap... meaning bedtime will be difficult. But what’s so different about that?! 🤪☹️ When your kids come out of your bed for the 1937 time tonight, just know you’re not alone. •
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  • Happy Fourth! It’s finally under 90° so we are out and waiting for fireworks to start! 🙌🏻 Hope you had a great day with your family. ❤️🇺🇸💥
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stranger: when are you due?
me: October 8.
stranger: 😳😳😳😳
I can’t believe it’s only another 14 weeks to go! Ben was born just past 38 weeks, so it could only be another 12. 😬😬😬🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 #photobyblaire •
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  • Blaire walked in on me doing the dishes and asked if she could take over. After, she proclaimed she was really good at it so it should be her new “chore”. They’re all yours, kid. 🧽 Do your kids do chores? Do they get an allowance? #blairep
  • This kid! He loves the water just like his sister and they’d spend all day and night at the pool if we let them. I can’t wait for the long weekend! What are your plans for the 4th? 💥 #benjaminp
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  • #ad You guys know we bought our forever home in March, after nearly a year of looking. Finding the right home is stressful! We lucked out and found one in an AMAZING neighborhood! While we love our house and love the location, there are a few things that need to be updated. Like the windows… and while they don’t NEED to be replaced immediately, we know they need to be replaced in the near future and it’s going to be a big job.
We are lucky because my dad is an electrician and super handy! But something like windows? That’s something even he suggests we leave to a professional. I’m so excited to be able to use @HomeAdvisor to match us with a professional for the job! They have been the best resource for planning and budgeting this huge project. You can find a link in my bio to learn more about using HomeAdvisor to get matched for any home improvement project, from remodels to pools to fences, they’ll help you find the right match! #HomeAdvisor
October 8, 2018

9 reasons to consider a home security system


Mom playing with two kids in living room
I LOVE our home security system. I have never, ever felt as comfortable in my home as I have now that we have our security system. There are so many reasons I wanted to feel better protected. It’s not just about stuff, it’s about protecting our children and our pets.

Having a husband who occasionally travels for work, I was lucky to get a few hours of sleep the nights he was away. I would stay up late watching TV in bed, with my heavy dresser in front of my bedroom door, both kids in our room, both of them constantly stirring because of the light from the TV. None of us slept well. Every noise sent my brain into overdrive. 

If you are on the fence about whether or not you need one, here is a round-up of 9 reasons to consider a home security system.

1| Keep your home safe from burglary.

Okay, so this is number one for most people. When thinking about home security systems, I know many people think it’s about protecting your “stuff”. It’s about protecting your stuff while you’re away from your home. Having the security system means they 1) see the sign and are deterred from attempting to break in or 2) still make the attempt and the police are alerted immediately.

2 & 3| Feel safe in your home while you’re there and while you’re away.

For me, the number ONE reason we decided to get a home security system was because I worried about keeping our family safe while we are home, mainly overnight. Knowing your home security system’s alarm will go off the second a door is opened, a window is opened/broken or a motion detector senses motion, has helped me sleep better every, single night. Knowing our home is protected even when we are not there was the secondhand thought for me.

4| Protect your family (and pets) from a potential fire.

Knowing our smoke detectors are connected to our security system gives me such peace of mind. House fires have long been a focus of my anxiety. I have jokingly blamed it on too many episodes of Unsolved Mysteries at my grandma’s house as a kid. But, all jokes aside, there were years of my life I couldn’t talk myself into the thought of ever living in a two-story house because of the fear of house fires. Knowing Per Mar would dispatch the fire department if our detector goes off has helped me sleep better at night. They even gave us “Pet Stickers” to document the type and number of pets we have in the home. In case of emergency, they would know how many to search for in our home.Per Mar Pet Sticker

5| Protection from carbon monoxide.

Knowing that carbon monoxide is colorless, tasteless and odorless is scary. Many states are passing laws that make it illegal to not have a carbon monoxide detector in your home. Having a monitor in your home means not only will you be alerted in your home when the gas is detected, but help will also be dispatched, by Per Mar, to your home.

6| Keep an extra ear on sneaky toddlers.

Turning the chimes on for our door sensors was one of the things I was looking forward to most. We have all heard the horror stories of children getting out of their homes. It seems like it’s something that will never happen to you… until it does. It’s not uncommon for children to wake before their parents. And no matter how many times you tell them to wake you up right when they’re awake or to never open the door on their own, all it takes is ONE time. Having our alarm panel make a noise every time a door opens gives me extra assurance I will be alerted anytime someone is entering or leaving our home.You can choose from a chime or the panel can actually say the name of the sensor that is opening (ex. Back Door Open). In addition to doors, when you arm your motion detectors, you’ll know if your toddler is up and around the house because your sensor will go off. In addition to your panel going off and your phone app alerting you, you will receive a call from Per Mar to see if everything is okay. 

7| You could save on your homeowner’s insurance

I actually had NO idea about this one. But thankfully when our security system was being installed, the tech mentioned “these are the forms you submit to your home owner’s insurance”. When I asked what he meant, he said many companies give you a discount when you have proof of a home security system. And he was right!

8| You no longer have to have a home phone line for a security system.

 I don’t know anyone who still has a home phone line. Even though I would assume they’re relatively cheap these days, having another monthly cost was something I was dreading. When I started reaching out to security companies for more information, I was excited to know they don’t require phone lines anymore. They typically use your in-home WiFi and then have a backup receiver that allows them to continue to receive signal even when the power is out.

9| Mobile apps and user-friendly technology makes it easy to use.

I am a bit of a control freak. Whenever we’re traveling, we have pets who need to be taken care of. I love that I can create a pin for each of our family members to use that is easy to remember for them. Since we use the mobile app, I get an alert any time the alarm is armed or disarmed. And I LOVE that. That might make me sound crazy. But it’s an easy way for me to see my brother has been there to feed the cats and let Mocha out. It was nice to know my mom was up with the kids in the morning while we were in the Dominican Republic, and it let me know when she was in bed for the night, so I knew not to bug her with any questions. She said it made her feel safe in our home and I love that!

Per Mar Home Security SignMom playing with two kids in living room Mom playing with two kids in living room Mom playing with two kids in living room Mom playing with two kids in living room Mom playing with two kids in living room Mom playing with two kids in living room Mom playing with two kids in living roomYou deserve to feel safe in your home. And when I became a parent, my family’s health and safety became my top priorities.

Knowing our home is being monitored by the largest family owned, full-service security provider in the Midwest definitely puts my mind at ease and makes me feel like I’m doing my best to protect our little family (and our home). Per Mar Security Systems has 22 branches across Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Per Mar was founded in 1953, they are still family-owned and based in Davenport, Iowa.

You can fill out a request on their website if you’re interested in speaking with a member of their sales team about securing your home.


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