Small Updates, Big Impact – Use These to Make Your Smart Home Even Smarter

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I like to consider myself an early adopter when it comes to technology and I was very quick to jump on the smart home trend. We started off with smart speakers, streaming devices and displays and later started adding in other smart products like plugs, lightbulbs, and cameras.

I was excited when I found out that The Home Depot carries an exclusive line of smart home products that also integrate into their easy to use app, Hubspace. The Hubspace app is intuitive and makes setting up smart products easy. Visit to learn more about the Hubspace products and App.

The Hubspace App

The Hubspace app is available for Android and IOS operating systems, has a simple interface, and is extremely intuitive! Device setup is also simple:

  • Scan the QR code included with the device
  • Name the device and assign it to a room
  • Pair to your network

Download the Hubspace App

Ceiling Fan

My daughter’s room is always a little bit cooler or a little bit warmer than the rest of our second floor so I’ve been wanting to add in a ceiling fan for a while. I’ve been hesitant because I’ve wanted one that I could control without having to disturb her sleep.

The Hampton Bay Ceiling Fan has been a great addition to her room so far! This fan is 54” and is designed for a slightly larger room than what she has, but it’s definitely been a blessing to have a ceiling fan in her space!

The fan can be controlled with a physical remote, via the Hubspace app, or with the “Hey Google” command we use with our smart speakers (it also works with Alexa).

Smart Bulbs

We already had a few smart bulbs in our home but the Ecosmart smart light bulbs are a new favorite because they’re dimmable AND they’re tunable. What does tunable mean? Well… let me tell you! 

Tunable means that you can change the color temperature of the bulb! If you prefer cooler light, there’s a setting for you! If you gravitate more towards warm light, there’s also a setting for that! You can even adjust the light to replicate daylight and candlelight. I haven’t had a smart bulb with that option before and that’s what makes these bulbs unique.

Smart Plugs

I added a few smart plugs to the house, two indoors and one outdoors. The indoor smart plug that I will use the most is one that I added to my kitchen for my espresso maker! This is an espresso maker manufactured in the 1990’s so it’s far from smart. For the longest I haven’t had a way to have an auto-on setting for my espresso maker but now I do! I can just put my ground espresso beans in the machine before I go to bed and can tap the “on” button on my phone when I wake up to trigger the brewing of a few shots of espresso! It’s been a game changer (and much cheaper than buying a smart espresso maker).

The other indoor plug is for use with our iron. I have a better peace of mind being able to switch it off remotely just in case I forgot to turn it off before I left the house.

The Defiant outdoor smart plug is a perfect addition to our deck space. I have the most beautiful cafe lights but prior to this smart plug I would have to plug them in and then unplug them every time we would hang out on the deck. The smart plug can be controlled by the Hubspace app, via “Hey Google” commands, or via buttons directly on the plug. I love that I don’t have to bend over and pull the plug everytime I want to turn the lights on and off.

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Let’s start this year off clean + Free Printable Cleaning Checklist!

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Is there any better way to enter into the new year than with a clean home? I know I’m not the only who takes time to clean, declutter, and refresh before wrapping up holiday vacation. I’ve spent a lot of time this week clearning my home and I’m committed to staying on top of my cleaning as I go into the new year.

Today, I want to share a few cleaning resources with you!

  • Highlight a cleaning tool and acessory kit that has simplified cleaning.
  • Share a printable cleaning checklist that focuses on daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly home cleaning.
  • Provide you with quick tutorials for cleaning and updating a variety of household surfaces and items.

Dremel Versa Cordless Power Scrubber Kit and Accessory Mega Kit

One of the reasons why I typically dislike deep cleaning is because it requires so much scrubbing. I recently started using a tool that has made cleaning much less labor intensive.

The Dremel Cordless Versa Power Scrubber Kit and Accessory Mega Kit have been a game changer for our home. The Power Scrubber Kit is a cordless and high speed cleaning tool that makes small cleaning projects a breeze. The Accessory Mega Kit has replacement and additional cleaning accessories that expands what I can clean with the scrubber.

The Versa Cordless Power Scrubber is high powered and usable in wet and dry applications. The kit includes the Versa High-Speed Power Cleaner Tool, eraser pad, non-scratch pad, bristle brush, corner brush, heavy duty pad, a pplash guard, and a charger. The scrubber charges fully in about 2 hours and can handle a small cleaning job on a single charge. I’ve found that the best way to extend the battery life is to plug it into the chager during cleaning breaks.

The best thing about this tool is that it eleminates most of the labor that goes into scrubbing. The powerful roatry function means that the tool does 99% of the work, all that’s required of the user is to guide and stabilize. Just pick the appropriate accessory for your cleaning surface, attach it to the cleaner, and watch it work it’s magic.

Although the Power Scrubber Kit comes with 5 acessories, the Accessory Mega Kit provides you with a host of replacement and additional accessories. The Accessory Mega Kit Includes 15 cleaning pads (3-pieces of each); polishing, non scratch, eraser foam, extreme scour, and kitchen scour. It also includes an additional corner scrubbing brush, and storage bag. Having the Accessory Mega Kit means that I have additional cleaning pads when I need them.


Free Download: Home Cleaning Checklist

Growing up, my mom and dad put a list on the refrigerator that broke down each child’s daily cleaning responsibilities. It kept us accountable to cleaning and helped keep us in the habit of tidying up. My goal for this cleaning checklist is to replicate the list my parents provided me with when I was young.

This checklist isn’t all inclusive but it does break down daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly recommendations that will help develop the habit of doing just a little bit of cleaning every day of the week. My hope is that if I can commit to just a little cleaning every day, I will be able to avoid the frustration of doing a big clean once a week.

Quick Cleaning Tutorials

Bathroom Shower Glass and Mirror

Use a cleaning cloth to wipe down any build up. Spray the surface with your desired cleaner (I recommend a cleaner with bleach for shower glass and windex or a water/vinger solution for mirrors). Attach the Versa tool with the Eraser Pad accessory and guide the tool along the glass or mirror to remove any dirt or water marks. Rinse or wipe down with water and dry with a microfiber cloth.

An alternative to the versa tool is to use a hand held eraser sponge.


Bathroom Tile

Spray tile and grout with the cleaning solution of your choice. I recommend a cleaner with bleach for best results. Use the Versa tool with the Brisle Brush accessory and guide the tool along the grount and tile until clean. Replace the Bristle Brush accessory with the Corner Brush accessory to clean hard to reach nooks and crannies.

An alternative to the versa tool is using a hand held scrubbing brush.


Golf Balls:

Rinse off golf balls and place them in a bucket filled with warm water and anti bacterial soap and let sit for 30 minutes. Use the bristle bruch accessory on the versa tool and scrub off any dirt or sand. Rinse off the golf balls and place in a bucket with water a cap full of bleach and let sit for 30 minutes. Pour off the water and dry the golf balls with a clean cloth or rag.

An alternative to the versa tool is to use a hand held scrubbing brush.



Spray doors with your desired disinfectant cleaning spray. Attach the Eraser Pad to the Versa cleaning tool. power on the tool and guide it along the door, focuding your attention on areas nearest to the door knob. Once the door has reached your desired level of cleanliness wipe it down with water and a damp rag to remove any residual cleaning solution.

An alternative to the versa tool is to use a hand held eraser sponge.


Polishing Shoes


Use a rag to apply a thin later of shoe polish to your shoes. Let the polish dry completely. Attach the Polishing Pad (included in the Mega Accessory Kit) to the versa cleaning tool. Run the polishing pad along the shoes to buff out the polish and to shine your shoes.

An alternative to the versa tool is to use a shoe polishing cloth.

DIY Mini Wood Charcuterie Board

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So many times I see photos of gorgeous oversized charcuterie boards overflowing with cheese, grapes, jams, nuts, and meats. But I always wonder if all of that beautiful food gets eaten — I doubt it. Sometimes you just want to sit down alone or with a friend (or in my case, a toddler) and share a small charcuterie style snack.

Today I’m showing you how to make a mini wood charcuterie board that’s perfect for midnight snacks, pretend play with kids, or a date night.

The great thing about this simple DIY is that it only requires 2 tools, a jigsaw and a Dremel rotary tool. I’m using the Dremel 4300 with a few of the accessories that are included in the kit.

The reason I like using the Dremel 4300 is because of its size, power, and ease of use. The attachments are easy to switch out and the sanding bands and discs are easy to manage on small projects like this one. The sanding band can reach into nooks and crannies that would be more difficult to do with another tool. The sanding discs provide for more precise sanding than a larger scale electric sander. The Dremel 4300 aslo comes with a keyless chuck which eliminates the need to change the collet based on the attachment you’re using. The Dremel 4300 kit comes with a host of attachments and includes all of the attachments and accessories I’m using for this DIY project.

If you do not have a Dremel you can substitute it with an electric sander (just make sure you protect your hands because this is a small scale project).


If you don’t have a Dremel you will need the following tools and accessories in addition to those listed above.

  • Power Sander
  • 60 grit power sander sheets
  • 240 grit power sander sheets

Step 1

Trace your desired shape onto your lumber. I’ve provided two printable PDF templates below.

Step 2

Clamp your wood board to your work station for a secure hold. Using a jigsaw, cut out your desired shape from your lumber.

Step 3

Attach the drum sander and sander band to the Dremel 4300. Using the appropriate speed, run the sander band along all the edges of your board until they’re smooth and rounded.

If you’re using an electric sander for this step you can replicate this by using 60 grit sandpaper.

Step 4

Attach the 120 grit sanding disk to the Dremel 4300 and give a sanding to the entire board until smooth. Repeat this step with the 260 grit sanding disc to finish.

Step 5

Wipe any additional dust from the board, using a vacuum if necessary. Apply the butcher block oil with a soft, clean cloth according to the package directions. If you desire an additional coat, Allow at least 6 hours dry time before recoating. The board must cure for 72 hours before use. Wash the board thoroughly before first use.