Y’all! We have just moved and it’s been a crazy journey so far.
This move was long overdue but delays after delays have happened. Last June, we sold my husband’s bachelor home but we encountered some major roadblocks that prevented us from closing and moving in to our new home.
But this couldn’t have come in a more perfect timing. My husband’s birthday is coming up in a few days, the holidays are just around the corner and in three months, it will be our first anniversary already! Geez, where did time go?
But we’re truly excited and grateful! Our house is still a mess…boxes are everywhere. We haven’t completely unpacked everything but the first thing that we did was to make our home “smart.” If there are smart phones, why can’t there be smart homes?
And Hive makes it SO EASY to make your home a smart one!
Here are 3 Reasons Why You Should Make Your Home a Smart Home:
Peace of Mind
There’s no doubt that one of the most useful Hive products for me is the Hive Active Plug. One of the things that I tend to forget too often is unplugging or turning off my flat iron. I would often use it and head out the door in a hurry or just start working around the house. It could easily over heat and burn down our place.
By plugging my flat iron to Hive Active Plug, I can easily check on my Hive App if I have turned my iron off or not and can easily turn it off from there if it’s still on.
Being able to access important things around the house through the Hive App gives me a solid peace of mind. Imagine how crazy it will drive me and the urgent need to go back home if I wasn’t sure if I unplugged my iron or not?
Another cool Hive product is the Hive Active Light. When we moved two weeks ago, my husband and I would be running errands a lot. We would leave in the morning and not come back till 8 or 9 at night to find our home the darkest house in the neighborhood because we were not home to turn on any lights.
Well, now with the Hive Active Light installed, we don’t have to worry about coming home late at night with all the lights turned off, possibly inviting intruders. We can easily turn it on or schedule it to turn on or off at specific times as we wish through the app. The brightness can also be adjusted according to your preference.
The peace of mind that Hive products gives me is truly priceless!
This is my husband’s workstation upstairs. The lamp is installed with a Hive Active Light.
Our formal dining area. We can easily turn this light on or off, or schedule it with the Hive Active Lights.
Convenience and Comfort
Aside from having peace of mind, Hive products also give you convenience. How about being able to adjust the temperature at your house from anywhere you are or schedule it with the Hive Thermostat?
I am a cold-natured person and my husband is the opposite. Since I work from home, I normally turn it off or set it to 80 degrees (ha!) when he leaves. But then I tend to forget too often (just like the issue with the flat iron) to turn it back on and he comes home to a sizzling hot (or so he feels) home.
Again, with the scheduling feature on the app, I can control and set the temperature of the house that makes it convenient and comfortable for the both of us. Since the weather is getting cooler here in Houston, I normally turn the heater on. Well, now I don’t have to worry about my husband coming home to a heated home or having to keep reminding myself to turn the AC to cool. I can set everything all at once and it’s good to go.
Also, you can plug in any of your kitchen appliances to the Hive Active Plug and schedule to have your favorite meal freshly cooked in your crockpot when you get home or freshly-brewed coffee from your coffee maker. The potential uses can fit your lifestyle seamlessly.
If security is important for you and your family, then there is no doubt that you should have security devices installed in and around your house.
A couple of years ago, before getting married, my husband’s house got broken into. It was the most infuriating feeling ever because not only do thieves take valuable items but they also ravage and destroy your home. There’s that feeling of violating your personal space.
Even though he had an alarm system then, without other security devices installed, there’s not much the cops can do to get the culprits. We were told that often times, home invasion cases don’t get solved.
The sensors allow us to hear the doors or windows open from anywhere in the house and if we are in one room together, we know that it’s neither one of us and someone has probably come in.
The Hive Camera is wide-angled to give us a wider scope where it’s installed and see any activity if we’re not home, and it’s night-vision enabled so we can see even if it’s dark. It can also be used as a nanny cam! You can get alerts on your phone whenever it detects any motion.
One of the Hive security camera is upstairs on my husband’s workstation. It captures anyone going up the stairs since the workstation is right by it.
So how do you make your home a smart home?
If you think that it is complicated to turn your home into a smart one, then think again. In fact, it is VERY easy with Hive. All we had to do is connect the Hive hub to our wi-fi, which is where all your Hive devices communicate through, and set them up in our Hive app. The whole installation, depending on how many Hive devices you have, can take anywhere from 15-20 minutes.
If you’re wondering about the cost, it’s not expensive either. Hive makes it so affordable with their Welcome Home Plan for $24.99. It comes with the Hive Hub, 4 Active Lights, 2 Active Plugs, 1 Motion Sensor, 2 Window and Door Sensors, and Thermostat. With their Starter Plan, your home can be a smart home for as low as $9.99/month.
For the price of about 5 Starbucks coffee every month, you can have a smart home with Hive and have peace of mind, convenience, comfort, and security.
Go to www.hivehome.com to get more information and see how you can get started today and use my discount code HIVELYNNE to get 10% OFF.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hive. The opinions and text are all mine.