Featured Living

How to Setup a Home Security System

I’m not going to lie to you. There are a myriad ways to set up a home security system. This post is merely an attempt to save you the time and pick a system that has worked for us – SimpliSafe. Clearly, if you live in the United States and are fairly close to an urban area you’ve been inundated with offers for free home security systems. In our case, every time we received an offer we soon started wondering “Are we safe?”.

If anything, these “Free Home Security System” offers forced us to do our homework. We did our research only to find out that these so-called free offers were essentially three-year contracts with hefty fees for breaking out of the contract and with very limited capabilities for expanding or enhancing the security system without a contractor. Yet, we also found out that there was a benefit with using a security system – lower home or rental insurance and perhaps most important of all – piece of mind from the sense of safety.

After months of reading home security system reviews from various consumer magazines and lurking on home security system forums we decided to take the plunge and invest in the SimpliSafe home security system.

I’ll cover the steps for guiding you through the process of buying the system, not that you need my help, since the SimpliSafe website is intuitive and their customer service even better, but below is the SimpliSafe system we received:

Each piece in the system was customized and pre-programmed by SimpliSafe to our exact wants and with the simple goal of ensuring that you can set up your home security system in under 10 minutes.

Art Featured

Andy Warhol Butterflies Poster

[quote style=”boxed”]”If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies” – Author Unknown.[/quote]

Andy Warhol, Butterflies 1955 Poster

[divider_flat] We needed change – and now, recently mounted in our hallway is the 1955 Andy Warhol, Butterflies poster. We picked this up from Room and Board during our last trip to their new store in Washington D.C.

Featured Travel

Hotel Fauchere, Milford PA

We just got back from a lovely stay at Hotel Fauchère. Established in 1852, the hotel is located in the heart of Milford, PA. We made the reservation for the hotel through Gilt, as part of their Jetsetter offering. Although, we had to change our dates of travel because of a major snow storm, the staff at Hotel Fauchère and Jetsetter worked with us to ensure we could still enjoy our trip on the dates we selected.


The Room

Since we had booked the room through Gilt, we’re not quite sure if we got the best room or service at the hotel. For example, some rooms include continental breakfast, ours did not. Another thing we noticed was that in-room amenities such as the flat-screen TV with cable were a lot smaller than what we were expecting. Nevertheless, the Frette linens, Kiehl’s bath amenities, heated bathroom floors and warming towel racks made up for it. The cookie and bed time story print out on our pillows were a nice touch for the hotel’s turn down service. The hotel has both wireless and hard-wired internet access, and the connection is complimentary to guests. Parking in the hotel’s private lot is included and is less than a minute away from the lobby.

The Food

We did try out both the The Delmonico Room and Bar Louis. Both places had great good and Bar Louis even had a live band playing the night we stopped by.

The Town

Milford, PA is located in Pike County, Pennsylvania and is just 70 miles from New York. As residents close to a fairly large city, we found Milford to be the perfect place to spend a few days away from civilization. The small antique stores, galleries, gift shops, pâtisserie, corner pizza store and spa all make for a quaint town. In fact, if it wasn’t for the hotel, I’m not sure how many out of town guests would visit during the winter months. Unfortunately, we couldn’t visit the Grey Towers National Historic Site because of site renovation work and will have to make it back for the Black Bear Film Festival and the Milford Music Festival.