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Balancing Kitchen Duties and Family Time During the Holidays

Smart outlets, digital assistants and kitchen appliances that schedule themselves can reduce stress, improve energy efficiency, and save time for relaxing.

Kids are home from school and in the kitchen, family is scheduled to arrive from out of town, and the holiday spirit is everywhere – along with holiday stress. There’s often too much to do and too little time to do it. Let Smart Neighbor show you a few home automation products that connect to apps on your phone and help coordinate everything in the kitchen so your family get-together is more about making memories than cleaning up afterward.

Start with a Belkin Conserve Surge Protector. It automatically turns on your office machines or small kitchen appliances in the morning and shuts them down at night.

Do you feel like no one listens when you ask for help in a house full of company? Add an Amazon Alexa or Google Home digital assistant. Your wish is their command; they respond with infinite patience and an innate ability to dim the lights, put on mood music, and lock the front door. 


Start with a device that lets you time or turn off a slow cooker, toaster oven, or any countertop kitchen appliance.



If you’re traveling for the holidays, keep those home-cooked dishes wrapped in foil and piping hot inside a YETI Tundra 65. Its Fatwall design boasts 3 inches of insulation in the walls and lid, ensuring your food stays at the perfect temperature to serve the moment the dinner bell rings. After dinner, pack up leftovers in the same cooler and ice them down for a return trip so your leftovers will be safe to serve the next day.

When dinner is done, toss your dirty dishes in the dishwasher, set the timer to clean late at night when energy rates are lower, and enjoy a holiday family favorite film with the budget-friendly Chromecast Media Player.

Fond memories last a lifetime, but making memories can be exhausting. Don’t feel guilty about scheduling some time for self-care when the guests are gone. The smartest thing you can do is actually enjoy your smart home. Direct your brand new digital assistant to dim the lights, order tickets to a movie or favorite event, and fill your home with music while you enjoy well-deserved time alone.

Light Up Your Holidays With Smart Home Technology

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