Making Back To School Easier with HIVE {sponsored}

We are officially in the swing of Back To School. It is day two and I’ve survived so far. Mr. Air Force took the day off yesterday because we were sending our baby off to Kindergarten. I think this week I’m going to be living in denial and next week will really begin my new reality. It might seem like I’m a free bird, that I’ve got all the time in the world, but there’s just a whole new world of things that I’ve been dying to do that I just couldn’t before. This is a whole new season of life for me and I’m giving myself a week to wallow and then I’ll be excited about it. But, its the little things that can make life easier that can make all the difference.

You’ve heard me talk about HIVE recently. I unveiled this product on my blog about a month ago and we are still loving it. The product isn’t anything major, it hasn’t totally revolutionized our lives or made life-altering changes; but isn’t the small things that can make life easier? We can also save money and be safer too! Having three kids in school means more evening activities. More time for us to be out of the house. Now with a simple app and HIVE our outdoor lights at night will switch on, we can adjust the temperature in our home (what is with this cold, rainy weather today?!) and know when our oldest gets home if we had to leave before he arrived.

So in the business of Back To School and adjusting to new schedules and our new found busy-ness it is nice to not have to worry about stuff like this. If I forgot to make sure the outside lights go on, or the lamp in the living room so that I don’t walk into an empty house, HIVE will do it for me. If suddenly the day that was supposed to be cold gets ridiculously hot I can make sure that the air conditioning comes on so that it’s not forced to overwork by cooling down a suddenly sweltering house! And while I’m constantly warring in my head over technology and how much I should have in my home, I will admit that when I’m alone and busy THIS kind of technology is exactly my speed.

  1. Affordable – With three plans available to you, anyone can find one that fits for them! Welcome Home kits contain a little bit of everything and range from $9.99 to $39.99 a month. Control lights, temps and know when your back door opens!
  2. Safety – The HIVE Home Check plan is exactly for those that want to up the safety aspects of their homes. For $19.99 a month you can make sure your porch light is on before you come home, check your door and window and be alerted to any motion! Feel secure when you come home. 
  3. Efficiency – Being efficient makes the whole affordable thing even better. For only $12.99 a month you can take your thermostat to the future! I talked about this specifically in my last post, and how even in our old home we were able to get this connected and set up. And efficiency is older homes can be TOUGH!! But being able to manage our homes heating and cooling from anywhere is a game changer. I can adjust it to begin cooling before we get home, but I don’t have keep the air running the whole time I’m gone. This I can get behind.
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Getting Smart with Hive Smart Home Techonology

Its not oft that I fall in love with a new product like I have with this new product in my home. You guys, it is really the coolest thing that I’ve come across in awhile and I am so excited to be a part of the company’s US kick off. Smart technology is everywhere, people use it for their home safety and to get in their door. The closest we’ve come is our doorbell and I was excited about the concept of upping the technology in our home. Living in an older home might make a little more difficult, but I am anxious to keep my cute, quaint home and add a little modern flair to it.

So what is Hive?

We ran into a slight hiccup when we were connecting our HIVE thermostat, but all it took was figuring out the wiring (old house problems), but it ended up being a color issue. As long as your home has been updated with a central heat/air program with continuous power you should be all right. The only problem will be the wiring color, but you should be able to figure it out in no time.

Mr. Air Force was the most excited about the programmable light, that he promptly added to our security lighting that we had trouble controlling with a switch (again, old house problem). I’m excited about the fact that I can now turn on my coffee machine from my bed, and I always can make sure my curling iron is in fact turned off.

What do you need? What do I get?

All you need is a broadband/wifi connection and to chose your Hive plan! Its as simple as that.
Pick a monthly plan of 9.99, 24.99 and 39.99. Each plan comes with a different number of products that can all be controlled from an app on your phone. You can be alerted with your door or window opens and control the thermostat from your can on your evening commute.

What do I think?

So far we’ve loved it. I’m excited to really experience over the next few months and share with you our experience with these products. Stay tuned for a full video and written review in the coming months! But I encourage you to check out the products and ask me any questions.

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