December 13, 2017
9 Christmas Tree Pet Safety Tips

If you have seen National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, you probably recall the tragic scene where Clark goes into the living to room to find the string lights on the Christmas tree are out. After noticing the plugs are disconnected, he then goes to plug them back into the outlet, and unbeknownst ...
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December 1, 2017
LivingWise Guru |
7 Tips to Help Prevent Theft During the Holidays and Beyond

More than 103 million Americans—the most on record—are expected to travel for the 2017 year-end holidays, according to AAA. Moreover, insurance claims peak toward the end of the year, mostly due to holiday travels and all of the valuable gifts left behind at home. By following these mischief-def...
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August 9, 2017
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,” packi...
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July 31, 2017
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 bac...
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June 28, 2017
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-roo...
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April 20, 2017
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...
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March 9, 2017
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 independe...
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March 24, 2016
Shannon Lewandowski |
The Big Reveal: Our Finished LivingWise Home

It's been many months, my studies. We've learned much together: how to engage with our surroundings in smart, sustainable ways, how to build structures that reduce our environmental footprints, and how  to look at the world around us with fresh eyes. Today, we're happy to show you the LivingWise...
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December 11, 2015
LivingWise Guru |
Your Chance To Win $100! Help LivingWise Build A Wiser Wonderland This Holiday.

Happy holidays, my studies! I love this time of year: the cheeriness, the increased awareness of how our actions affect others, the clean scent of pine and fresh-fallen snow. But every year, I find myself wondering more and more how we can reduce our holiday footprint. Did you know that, accor...
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September 1, 2015
Shannon Lewandowski |
LivingWise Progress Report: Finishwork and Trim

American Modern’s LivingWise Gurus are wrapping up work on the flooring, hanging cabinets, and focusing on details like filling nail holes and painting the doors and trim. ...
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