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Smart Home Technology – Friend or Foe?

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Anyone buying any cool tech gifts for themselves or for loved ones this holiday season? The possibilities are endless when it comes to “smart” devices that are available for you and your home! These devices range from smart plugs and smart appliances to smart doorbells that allow you to see a live video of your front porch from your phone when the doorbell rings. But, with every new tech invention, there are always pros and cons. So, what are some of the pros and cons of smart home technology?

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Tips for Your Outdoor Illumination this Christmas

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Dedicated readers of my blog this past year (thanks again to the both of you!) will have noticed a theme – a very suburban dad-ish theme. Let’s continue with that, as the time for our neighbors to judge our Christmas light display is upon us. My neighborhood holds a light contest every year, and I’m proud to sport the third-best display for five years running. Maintaining that consistent level of near dominance takes a lot of expertise, and I’m often called upon to answer these questions:

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The Spirit of Kindness in Customer Service

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The holiday season is officially here (which I like to think started on World Kindness Day in November)! Thanksgiving just passed, today is #GivingTuesday, and Christmas is right around the corner. The holiday season represents more than just tasty food, time off of work, and gifts – it represents a spirit of kindness, being thoughtful and generous, and simply treating others as you would like to be treated (with a smile on your face).

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Small Business Saturday – BIG Cyber Protection

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Shop Small is a nationwide movement that celebrates small businesses every day and helps communities thrive and stay vibrant. Small Business Saturday is a whole day specially dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country, celebrated each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving! Anyone planning to go Black Friday shopping and then shop small on Saturday?

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Don’t be a Turkey! Tips on Deep Frying for the Holidays

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Thanksgiving is a week away and I am already imagining the deliciousness. My mouth is literally starting to water as I type this! Mmm.

There are many ways to cook your holiday turkey, such as roasting it, slow cooking it in a crockpot, smoking it, etc. Deep frying has been popular because if done right, the results are a bird with super crisp skin, moist meat, and a fabulous flavor! However, if you want to deep fry your turkey, be very careful! For the safety of your home and family, only attempt this outside away from buildings or flammable material. Safety first, people!

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Fraud Awareness Week: Small Business

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This week is International Fraud Awareness Week! And, Small Business Saturday is coming up next week! Why not talk about fraud in small business? Genius.

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Collision or Comprehensive: Which Coverage Applies?

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With all the deer roaming around this time of year, it can be dangerous for people traveling on the road (see our recent blog post Oh Deer! Drive Defensively this Season). We also know that ice and snow are coming soon (if it hasn’t already in your area), and that adds to the danger for drivers and their passengers. With the increased possibility of being in an accident this time of year, what better time to re-visit the subject of collision vs. comprehensive auto coverage!

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