Home Security with Panasonic HomeHawk

Thanks to Panasonic for sponsoring today's post. All opinions are my own.

Savannah and I have been talking about getting cameras for our doors since we moved into this house over 3 years ago. We do a lot of online shopping so we receive a lot of packages. And our house is on a busy road and when packages get delivered to our front door, they are visible to a lot of people. With porch piracy on the rise, we've always wanted a way to monitor our packages.

Because of this we were very excited to work with Panasonic HomeHawk! Today we are going to be talking about the 7 things we love about the HomeHawk system.

1. Easy set-up. We honestly couldn't believe how easy this system was to setup. Our biggest struggle was drilling holes in our brick for the mount. Once that was done, it was a matter of minutes before the system was up and running.

2. No monthly fee. This is huge for us and this is what separates HomeHawk from other security cameras. Once you pay for the devices and an SD card, you're done. We all have enough monthly bills, so we really appreciate that we can monitor our home without an additional monthly fee.

3. 2 way talk. The front door camera tells someone when they approach the door that they are being monitored. You could also choose to say something to this person if you wanted.

4. The app. The app is easy to use and it allows you to watch live feed from your cameras. You will get a notification when it starts recording and it will start recording when the motion sensor detects movement.

5. The wide angle. The front door camera has a 172-degree view of our front yard. I was really surprised at how much it can see. Our entire front yard plus the road in front of our house can be seen from the camera.

6. Video quality. We have also been really impressed with the quality of video these cameras produce. Even at night, the quality is good and it's full color.

7. No wires. The cameras run on battery, so there are no wires that you need to mess with. The batteries can last several months without needing to be recharged. You can also see how much charge the batteries have on the app.

So far we have really been impressed with the HomeHawk security camera system. I'm the kind of person who obsessively tracks every package that's coming and I monitor it's every move. So having this as the final piece to package security has been great!

If you've been looking for a great home security system, check out HomeHawk! You can purchase it on Amazon by clicking this link.

How to Celebrate National Italian Food Day at Home

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Michael Angelo's. The opinions and text are all mine.

Hey guys! Happy National Italian Food Day!! Is there a better food day?! We love any reason to have a themed party or get together, so today we are sharing 5 ideas for celebrating National Italian Food Day at home. And we couldn't just celebrate National Italian Food Day with food, we wanted to incorporate ideas to celebrate different parts of Italian culture.
1. Serve delicious Italian food. Well you obviously have to have delicious Italian food, but we have good news for you. You don't have to work hard in the kitchen all day to have that homemade Italian food taste. Michael Angelo's is here for you as they have affordable meal options and you don't have to sacrifice on that homemade taste or ingredients you trust. We love that they don't use fillers, preservatives, and any other additives. We had their Three Cheese Baked Ziti, Lasagna with Meat Sauce, and Chicken Parmigiana, and they were all so tasty. So head to your grocers freezer section and pick up one of their meals for your Italian Food Day. To find the closest store that sells Michael Angelo's, look at their store list here.

2. Decorate for the occasion. We had fun decorating our kitchen nook with the Italian flag colors. Having beautiful decor can elevate a dining experience even when you are eating a frozen meal. We pulled out this red and white checked table cloth that we had purchased at a vintage store and designed our table around it. We also used some red and white cloth napkins we already had, along with a green and red kitchen towel for serving. (It's actually a Christmas towel, but no one needs to know!)

3. Pair it all with a bottle of wine. You can't have Italian food without having wine. Grab yourself a bottle of Chianti, so you can stay true to your Italian theme. It'll pair perfectly with whatever Michael Angelo's meal you decided to serve.

4. Invite your friends. Italian food is not meant to be eaten alone. We have friends who lived in Italy for 10 years and one of things they always tell us is how they always had people over to share a meal with. We love using food as a way to people's hearts. This is actually something we've decided to focus on this year- using our home as way to develop relationships with people in our church + community. Food is a great way to get people over!

5. Watch a movie. To fully round out your Italian experience, watch a movie celebrating Italy and the culture. We love to watch movies that transport us to different places and into the experience of different cultures, so this would be a great time to do just that! If you need movie ideas, I love this list of suggestions from The Culture Trip.

What's great about celebrating National Italian Food Day is that even if you haven't planned anything for today, you can just run to the store and grab a yummy meal from Michael Angelo's and make it as simple as that.

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How To Install A Preset Into Lightroom On Your Phone

Well hello there. Today we are going to tell you how to download presets into your Lightroom app on your phone. We also have a free preset to give you! We understand that not everyone has DSLR camera and you just don't have time to deal with taking photos that way. You just want to use your phone, but still have a professional look to your photos. Today we are talking about one thing you can do to make that happen, all on your phone!

Use the Lightroom app and presets to edit your photos. The Lightroom app lets you edit so many different things on your photos that a lot of other apps don't allow you to do. And bonus, you can use presets like our free one- 'HW Rainbow 1'. For a while you weren't able to use presets very easily on the app, but you can now. So if you don't already have the app on your phone, search 'Adobe Lightroom CC' in your app store and download it. Oh and bonus bonus, the app is free to download and use!

Download our free Rainbow 1 preset. Lately, this preset is the one we have been using on almost every photo. It works well on naturally lit photos (i.e. pictures that are lit by the sun not artificial light coming from light bulbs or fluorescent lights). Soon we will have a collection of Rainbow presets that will work on a variety of different types of photos. With this free one, it will work best if you steer away from artificial light and direct sunlight. But if we are being honest, you should steer away from both of these things anyway to get the best photograph.


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    How To Install A Preset Into Lightroom On Your Phone
    1. Download the preset file.
    2. Unzip the file. If you have an iPhone, you won't be able to do this on your phone. Just unzip the file on your computer and either Airdrop it to your phone or e-mail to yourself. If you e-mail it to yourself, just save the image.
    3. In the Lightroom app, click the button to add a photo. Select the .DNG file(s) and import into Lightroom.
    4. Open the .DNG file.
    5. Slide to the right on the bottom and click 'Presets'.
    6. Click the three dots in the top right corner.
    7. Click 'Create Preset'.
    8. Name the Preset according to what preset it is that you are importing. If you are installing our free preset, you will write 'HW Rainbow 1'.
    9. Select what Preset Group you would like this new preset to live in. You can create a new Preset Group if you'd like to keep all your HW presets in one folder, or you can just keep everything in 'User Presets'.
    10. Click the check mark to complete the process.

    Once your preset is installed, it will be there forever! Just open the photo you want to use in the Lightroom App and apply the HW Rainbow 1 preset to it and voila! There are some adjustments you may have to make in order for the preset to look the best on your picture, and we will talk more about this in another post. For now, make sure you check out the exposure to see if you need to change it according to each photo's needs.

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