Safety During Halloween
October 27, 2017
LivingWise Guru
10 Safety Tips To Follow During Halloween

The apples have been bobbed, the pumpkins are carved, the cobwebs are hung, and the spooky movie marathon has been viewed, leading up to one of the most anticipated nights of the year for both kids and adults: Halloween.   But some Halloween statistics can be pretty frightening. According to, only 1/3 of parents talk to their little goblins about Halloween, yet 3/4 of parents report having safety concerns. American Modern® has collected a trove of tips to keep kids of all ages safe this Halloween season.   1. Before you leave the house to go haunting, check ...
August 9, 2017
LivingWise Guru
Do’s and Don’ts to Safeguarding Your Home While on Vacation

“We live on the most boring street in the whole United States of America, where nothing even remotely dangerous will ever happen.” - Buzz McCallister, Home Alone   Over the course of this summer, half of the American population are setting their emails to “out-of-office,” packing their bags, and embarking on well-thought-out vacations. While you’re jotting down a list to remember everything from sunscreen to passports, American Modern® has prepared a floor-to-ceiling list that will prep your home for security while you are sipping out of coconuts or slipping into water...
July 31, 2017
LivingWise Guru
Sit Back and Unwind This Summer with American Modern’s Pool Safety Guide

Now that summer is in full swing, it’s likely you and your family are spending a lot of time cooling off by the pool. American Modern® knows it’s important to create poolside memories with your family and friends, and that’s why we’ve created this essential summer guide to keeping your backyard pool oasis secure and safe.   With drowning being the leading cause of accidental death in young children between the ages of 1-4, there are easy steps you can take to keep your children and others safe while enjoying summer’s favorite pastime. The following tips will make all the...
Protecting your home and family with smart technology
June 28, 2017
LivingWise Guru
Tiny Homes Thrive with Innovative Smarts

When American Modern finished our very own LivingWise smart home, we set out to discover if and how smart technologies could fit into an even smaller footprint, say between 100-400 square feet. The tiny home movement is now more mainstream than Elvis, who coincidentally was born in a tiny two-room shotgun house no more than 15 feet wide. In America, tiny homes have a rich, but uncelebrated history (unless the home happens to be the birthplace of Elvis Aaron Presley). But we know Elvis left his humble shotgun childhood home and grew into a superstar, moving into the super-sized lavish Gr...
April 20, 2017
LivingWise Guru
The Secret to Safeguarding Your Gadgets? Be Your Own Hero.

We are increasingly living in the age of gadgets-as-gifts, where sentiment and technology go together like marshmallows and hot chocolate. Let’s face it: most of us are either too giddy or paralyzed in food comas during the holidays to stop and think about safeguarding all of our new tech gifts. But it’s finally time to ask, “Have you taken the best measures to protect your shiny new gizmos?” American Modern, ever the technology enthusiasts, brings you simple, yet hardcore advice so that you can be your own hero when it comes to keeping your gadgets secure. Insuring your gadgets ...
Protecting your family with smart technology
March 9, 2017
LivingWise Guru
How I Keep My Teenagers Safe by Minimally Annoying Them within our Smart Home

  Having two teenage daughters is simultaneously a father’s proudest achievement and worst nightmare. A double-edged sword that is a blessing and a curse all packed into one shining symbol of authority and protection. On one end, a hope to shape young women to be kind, smart, and independent; on the other end, a silent wish to put them under house arrest so they can never be harmed or much worse, speak to boys. You could say I’m a proud Dad who is still learning the art of trusting my teenagers with the help of smart technology in our home. Devices and apps make it a little easi...
November 28, 2016
LivingWise Guru
5 smart devices to protect your home during the holidays

If you're like me, my studies, you're gearing up for the holiday shuffle, hopping from one home to the next and soaking up as much holiday cheer as possible. Since so many of us travel during the holidays and because home thefts tend to increase this time of year, now is a great time to think about home security. Take a look at these Om-inducing smart devices that can help keep your home secure during the holiday season and beyond. Smart security cameras. Using your mobile device you can watch a live feed of your home or receive notifications when the camera's motion sensor detects any...
September 28, 2016
LivingWise Guru
Valuable Lessons in Preventing Water Damage

After two-and-a-half hours, 416 gallons of water, and several million paper towels, we finally wrapped our flood test. So, slip on your galoshes my studies, and let's take a closer look. Check out this video to see how we flooded the house and the kind of damage it caused. I'll give you a hint; it's bad. I've always wanted to walk on water, my studies, but this isn't exactly what I had in mind. Cleaning up the damage  After turning off the water we let it sit for an hour before cleaning up. Watch this video to see how we tackled the cle...
September 13, 2016
LivingWise Guru
Opening the flood gates

I crave peace and tranquility, my studies, so when I heard the news that we were planning an experiment to see how the house's building materials and sensors reacted to water, it nearly knocked me off my bare feet. They weren't referring to the serene trickling fountain in my meditation garden either. They flooded the house! Gaze upon the video and see for yourself. We simulated a burst pipe between the first and second floors, and for nearly two-and-a-half hours pumped more than 400 gallons of water into the house. The water seeped down the walls, dripped from the door casing, flowed un...
March 10, 2016
Shannon Lewandowski
Tips for Making Site Clean-Up Simple

Good day, my studies. Ready for today's learning? Come in. Sit down. When we began our LivingWise journey together all those months ago, we set out to build a home for the 21st Century — one built with an eye toward environmental responsibility — using sustainable materials, smart technology and green building practices. The construction on our LivingWise home is complete. And that means that we should turn our attention to cleaning up our construction site. As in the building phase, we need to be careful to protect our surroundings from environmental hazards during our wind-down. ...