The best update to a home
It has been 6 months since we bought this home.
Ever since then, we have been changing up things to make it our own, from taking down popcorn ceiling to painting a colorful accent wall! We gave it the best update yet, thanks to the sponsor of this post – MONI Smart Security.
Remodeling a home takes up a LOT of time and energy and it can take a toll on your creative groove!
The best way to break out of that creative funk – take a break!
Vacations are SO good for your soul!
A few months ago, when we started talking about the winter break, we realized we hadn’t been on a vacation in 2 years! We had one planned for the summer but had to cancel it because we bought the home and had to move.
We decided to go on a cruise on Christmas weekend! We had never been on one and were so excited for it! Almost last minute, our close friends decided to join in too!
It was so fun and perfect!
The kids couldn’t wrap their heads around how we would eat, sleep and take a shower on a “boat” with so many people. And what do you mean there is a swimming pool on it?
And my favorite – “Will there be fishes in the shower because we have to use the water from the ocean? I don’t want the fishes to be hurt!”
You should have seen their faces when they actually saw the “boat”!
Just the thought of the vacation gave me the boost I needed to finish up a few last projects and get everything lined up for the much-awaited break!
There was one last thing to do – get professional security monitoring with MONI Smart Security.
Why we needed professional security monitoring –
- Our home is fortunately on a Cul-de-sac which makes it so awesome for the kids to play and ride bikes. Unfortunately, the home is angled such that none of the neighbors have a clear view of the front of the house. Which is nice for privacy but not so great in terms of security when we are traveling.
- You can have all the security systems in the world installed but if you are in an area without cell signal, there is no way you can monitor your home by yourself.
- In the unfortunate event of a security event, are you really equipped to respond appropriately?
We love DIY around here but sometimes, it is best to outsource important things like security monitoring.
MONI is a fantastic choice because it provides 24/7 professional monitoring with unmatched speed and personalization in home security. More than one million customers trust their home security to MONI, which has been providing world-class monitoring for nearly 25 years. They offer a variety of equipment including the latest smart home technology and setup options, from install-yourself options to professional installation. You can learn more about MONI and all their options here.
We went with the DIY route and activated the Nest secure system. It was super easy to install and activate with MONI!
Before we left, we also tested the system with a scheduled system trip test by hitting the panic button. The phone rang before I even took my hand off of the button. My favorite part – real-time texts and emails about the situation to all registered phones. Of course, the husband was at work in a meeting at that time and it added some much-needed excitement to his meeting. 🙂
With the home safe and secure, it is SO much easier to soak up all the little moments – like enjoying this gorgeous sunset as we sailed away!
It has been a week since we got back. It is tough to get back to reality, but MONI has become an integral part of our lives – even on little trips like dropping off the kids to school or a short trip to the grocery store. Having the sense of security that MONI brings takes away a load from our mind that we didn’t even know existed!
The perfect vacation that came with the confidence of having professional monitoring with MONI is exactly what we needed to start off 2018 on the right note!
Cheers to the new year!!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of MONI Smart Security. All opinions are my own.