how stressed should you be about burglary? check out this infographic

You would think that once we moved out of the big city and into the ‘burbs, our fears about crime would be diminished. Not so! In fact we probably think about crime more than ever, as break-ins and even armed robbery seems to be something we read about in our local news all of the time. It doesn’t help that the economy is bad and police departments have been cut.

Luckily, this infographic makes us feel a little bit better about where we live. True, our area in New Jersey isn’t the safest state, but at least we’re not… Houston. (Sorry Houston. We think you’re lovely.)

My husband is leading the charge when it comes to teaching us all about safety. He even had a policeman come and give us an inspection to let us know how vulnerable our home was. Here are a few things we learned:

1. Plant bushes (preferably ones with thorns!) close to windows and yard entry points.
2. Make sure you don’t leave things out in the yard during the day — especially ladders! Thieves can use your own equipment to climb into windows.
3. Place “jam” locks on windows, so even when they are open, they are locked.
4. Use timed lights when you are not home.
5. Make sure you arrange for neighbors to collect mail and papers when you are out of town.
6. Consider a home alarm system or a security camera set up.p

For some more great tips on how to protect your home, see this post at Penolope’s Oasis.

This post is sponsored by Home Security Store.

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You would think that once we moved out of the big city and into the ‘burbs, our fears about crime would be diminished. Not so! In fact we probably think about crime more than ever, as break-ins and even armed robbery seems to be something we read about in our local news all of the time. It doesn’t help that the economy is bad and police departments have been cut.

Luckily, this infographic makes us feel a little bit better about where we live. True, our area in New Jersey isn’t the safest state, but at least we’re not… Houston. (Sorry Houston. We think you’re lovely.)

My husband is leading the charge when it comes to teaching us all about safety. He even had a policeman come and give us an inspection to let us know how vulnerable our home was. Here are a few things we learned:

1. Plant bushes (preferably ones with thorns!) close to windows and yard entry points.
2. Make sure you don’t leave things out in the yard during the day — especially ladders! Thieves can use your own equipment to climb into windows.
3. Place “jam” locks on windows, so even when they are open, they are locked.
4. Use timed lights when you are not home.
5. Make sure you arrange for neighbors to collect mail and papers when you are out of town.
6. Consider a home alarm system or a security camera set up.p

For some more great tips on how to protect your home, see this post at Penolope’s Oasis.

This post is sponsored by Home Security Store.

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Even though our team is no longer in the running, it’s still fun to keep up with what’s going on in the Re-Energized By Design competition. This week, the remaining three teams made over their laundry rooms.

In addition to $500 and energy efficient lighting from GE, the homeowners each received an brand new set of Frigidaire Affinity laundry equipment. These are not your average high-efficiency washers & dryers — this is serious technology in action here. The Affinity dryer will dry a full load in less than 30 minutes, and the washer features allergen reduction and sanitizing features along with having the highest energy star rating. And aesthetically they please, too (though I have to wonder why no one picked the red option).

Love what those scrappy Sayers did in their space with that upcycled laundry drum light fixture. Their creative approach is always surprising, and will be tough to beat in the final round. In the end, the Mendes family’s pastel laundry room didn’t make the cut — that leaves the Sayers and the Reillys to duke it out in the kitchen challenge! who do you think will win?!

From our partners

This is a sponsored post.

Even though our team is no longer in the running, it’s still fun to keep up with what’s going on in the Re-Energized By Design competition. This week, the remaining three teams made over their laundry rooms.

In addition to $500 and energy efficient lighting from GE, the homeowners each received an brand new set of Frigidaire Affinity laundry equipment. These are not your average high-efficiency washers & dryers — this is serious technology in action here. The Affinity dryer will dry a full load in less than 30 minutes, and the washer features allergen reduction and sanitizing features along with having the highest energy star rating. And aesthetically they please, too (though I have to wonder why no one picked the red option).

Love what those scrappy Sayers did in their space with that upcycled laundry drum light fixture. Their creative approach is always surprising, and will be tough to beat in the final round. In the end, the Mendes family’s pastel laundry room didn’t make the cut — that leaves the Sayers and the Reillys to duke it out in the kitchen challenge! who do you think will win?!

From our partners

This is a sponsored post.

Even though our team is no longer in the running, it’s still fun to keep up with what’s going on in the Re-Energized By Design competition. This week, the remaining three teams made over their laundry rooms.

In addition to $500 and energy efficient lighting from GE, the homeowners each received an brand new set of Frigidaire Affinity laundry equipment. These are not your average high-efficiency washers & dryers — this is serious technology in action here. The Affinity dryer will dry a full load in less than 30 minutes, and the washer features allergen reduction and sanitizing features along with having the highest energy star rating. And aesthetically they please, too (though I have to wonder why no one picked the red option).

Love what those scrappy Sayers did in their space with that upcycled laundry drum light fixture. Their creative approach is always surprising, and will be tough to beat in the final round. In the end, the Mendes family’s pastel laundry room didn’t make the cut — that leaves the Sayers and the Reillys to duke it out in the kitchen challenge! who do you think will win?!

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