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Home Security Installation Made Simple : Now, home security is a DIY job - and an easy one, at that. Learn how!

When you think of setting up home security features at your house, what comes to mind? Do you envision dragging out all of your bulky tools? Do you imagine lots of drilling on ladders, rewiring, and the general headache that goes along with a DIY project? Maybe you even instantly picture calling in the professionals to do the job for you – all with big dollar signs in their eyes like some crazy emoji.

Through a partnership I’m very excited about, I’ve already introduced you to Iris by Lowe’s and all it can do to keep your family safe and secure. Today, I’d like to branch off and share with you how easy it is to make Iris work for your family. It truly is an easy DIY project that won’t eat up an entire weekend and leave you red in the face (or hardly speaking with your significant other).

Through a huge variety of simple-to-use products, Iris allows you to select just the right option for your family’s needs. Whether you’re looking to cut costs and wastefulness by monitoring your energy and water use or you hope to give your family some added safety and security, there’s an option to fit your budget and skill level. You can pick as many or as few features as you want.

Take, for instance, when I installed Iris motion sensors and smart plugs. I was unsure what to expect when my Iris package first arrived. My worry was for nothing though, and I ended up really impressed by how easily and simply the sensors and devices paired. Each took just a few seconds in the Iris by Lowe’s app.

The same can be said of the installation of the hub, keypad, and other devices. Each one came with the option of where to install (to a wall, window, etc.) using perfectly-sized adhesive strips or screws. I opted for the screw-based installation, which consisted of a small hanger that the sensor or device can snap or slide into. This allows for secure attachment, but also gives easy access when it comes time to replace batteries.

Once everything was installed and set up in the app, the Iris system was ready to go. Depending on your settings, you’ll receive an alert on your phone through the app. Through these features, you can also check out your history log (which I know I’ll find rather useful when we have teenagers).

Home Security Installation Made Simple : Now, home security is a DIY job - and an easy one, at that. Learn how!The fact that the products offer automation is a lifesaver. The Iris by Lowe’s smart home system installs in minutes and offers an abundance of tools to help automate your home ¬– saving you both time and energy. Pair the hub with motion sensors, smart plugs, or even LED bulbs and you’re set. You can even automate your lighting to maximize your energy savings! Check out this video to see just how simple it is to pair an LED light.

A programmable thermostat ensures that you can set it and forget it, as well. While there are many options available on the market, many of these systems are also compatible with the Iris by Lowe’s smart home system. While most Wi-Fi thermostats offer an app, it’s clunky to have to deal with multiple programs. Iris helps reduce the clutter and confusion by working with multiple devices seamlessly.

Most of the Iris options are just as simple as switching out an outlet or light bulb. Others might take the use of a screwdriver (or simply use of the adhesive pads), but are designed specifically with ease-of-use in mind.

Now, securing your home really is a DIY job – and an easy one, at that.

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Menstrual Cup Chart MetricThis page regularly updated and is best viewed in ‘desktop mode’ because of the tables & photo comparison tools. If you are on mobile, you can easily toggle to desktop view at the bottom of this page (click here).

The chart featured here is a metric version of my original chart. If you need more guidance than simple measurements, please check out the blog post featuring my original Menstrual Cup Comparison Chart for tips on how to choose the right cup for your body.

The table below is a size comparison for several brands of cups, the first set are brands that I have personally used (testing does not equal endorsement). The cups below are all made from silicone, with the exception of the Keeper (Rubber) and Me Luna cups (TPE). These cups range in price from about $20 – $40 – and they are well worth it!

Menstrual Cup Comparison Chart (Metric)

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Brand Size Length Diameter Capacity Stem Sizing / Misc Features
Diva Cup 1 57 mm 43 mm 30 ml 10 mm Hollow Round <30
Diva Cup 2 57 mm 46 mm 30 ml 10 mm Hollow Round >30 or After Childbirth
FemmyCycle Petite 38 mm 31 mm 17.5 ml 19 mm Ring Before Childbirth
FemmyCycle Regular 43 mm 36 mm 30 ml 20 mm Ring After Childbirth
FemmyCycle Low Cervix 43 mm 36 mm 30 ml 6 mm Ring Low Cervix
JuJu Cup 1 46 mm 40 mm 20 ml 19 mm Solid Thin Before Childbirth
JuJu Cup 2 50 mm 46 mm 30 ml 19 mm Solid Thin After Childbirth
LENA Small 46 mm 41 mm 25 ml 25 mm Solid Flat Before Childbirth (light to med flow)
LENA Large 50.7 mm 45 mm 30 ml 19.7 mm Solid Flat After Childbirth (med to heavy flow)
Lily Cup A 78 mm 40 mm 25 ml Length includes stem <30
Lily Cup B 78 mm 43.5 mm 28 ml Length includes stem >30 or After Childbirth
Lily Cup Compact A 58 mm 42 mm 20 ml Length includes stem <30
Lily Cup Compact B 58 mm 45 mm 25 ml Length includes stem >30 or After Childbirth
Lunette 1 47 mm 41 mm 25 ml 25 mm Solid Flat Younger or Light Flow
Lunette 2 52 mm 46 mm 30 ml 20 mm Solid Flat Normal-Heavy Flow
MCUK (Mooncup UK) A 50 mm 43 mm 30 ml 21 mm Hollow Round >30 or After Childbirth
MCUK (Mooncup UK) B 50 mm 46 mm 30 ml 21 mm Hollow Round <30
Sckoon Cup 1 40 mm 40 mm 23 ml 30 mm Thin Soft Taper Before Childbirth
Sckoon Cup 2 50 mm 45 mm 30 ml 20 mm Thin Soft Taper After Childbirth

These cups in the table above have been reviewed by me, or are currently being reviewed.

Brand Size Length Diameter Capacity Stem Sizing / Misc Features
EvaCup Small 48 mm 43 mm 25 ml 14 mm Solid Round Before Childbirth
EvaCup Large 51 mm 46 mm 30 ml 16 mm Solid Round After Childbirth
Femmecup One Size 50 mm 45 mm 30 ml 15 mm Solid Round (18ml Capacity to Holes)
Fleurcup Small 47 mm 41 mm 20 ml 23 mm Solid Flat Before Childbirth (light flow)
Fleurcup Large 52 mm 46 mm 28.5 ml 18 mm Solid Flat After Childbirth (heavier flow)
Keeper A 54 mm 45 mm 21 ml 25 mm After Childbirth / Rubber
Keeper B 54 mm 46 mm 25 ml 25 mm Before Childbirth / Rubber
Keeper Moon Cup A 54 mm 45 mm 21 ml 25 mm After Childbirth
Keeper Moon Cup B 54 mm 46 mm 25 ml 25 mm Before Childbirth
LadyCup Small 46 mm 40 mm 21 ml 19 mm Hollow Round <25
LadyCup Large 53 mm 46 mm 34 ml 13 mm Hollow Round >25 or After Childbirth
MeLuna S 45 mm 55 mm 15 ml 12 mm Stem, 8 mm Ball, or 10 mm Ring Classic, Soft or Sport firmness
MeLuna M 48 mm 60 mm 20 ml 13 mm Stem, 9 mm Ball, or 12 mm Ring Classic, Soft or Sport firmness
MeLuna L 51 mm 66 mm 24 ml 15 mm Stem, 11 mm Ball, or 15 mm Ring Classic, Soft or Sport firmness
MeLuna XL 56 mm 69 mm 30 ml 15 mm Stem, 9 mm Ball, or 13 mm Ring Classic, Soft or Sport firmness
MeLuna Shorty S 35 mm 45 mm 8 ml 12 mm Stem, 7 mm Ball, or .10 mm Ring Classic, Soft or Sport firmness
MeLuna Shorty M 38 mm 48 mm 10 ml 13 mm Stem, 7 mm Ball, or .10 mm Ring Classic, Soft or Sport firmness
MeLuna Shorty L 41 mm 52 mm 14 ml 14 mm Stem, 7 mm Ball, or 11 mm Ring Classic, Soft or Sport firmness
MeLuna Shorty XL 44 mm 55 mm 16 ml 15 mm Stem, 8 mm Ball, or 11 mm Ring Classic, Soft or Sport firmness
OrganiCup A 47 mm 38 mm 23 ml 17 mm Stem <30
OrganiCup B 49 mm 44 mm 30 ml 18 mm Stem >30 or After Childbirth
Ruby Cup S 46 mm 40 mm 24 ml 19 mm Stem Light Periods
Ruby Cup M 51 mm 45 mm 34 ml 17 mm Stem Heavy Periods
Shecup One Size 54 mm 44 mm 28 ml 5.5 mm Knob  
Super Jennie S 47.5 mm 43 mm 32 ml 9 mm Stem <30
Super Jennie L 52 mm 47 mm 41.61 ml 16 mm Stem >30 or After Childbirth
Yuuki 1 49 mm 42 mm 25 ml 18 mm Hollow Round Before Childbirth
Yuuki 2 56 mm 47 mm 37 ml 18 mm Hollow Round >28 or After Childbirth

These cups in the table above have not been reviewed by me.

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Menstrual Cup Comparison Guide & Visual Tool
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Menstrual Cup Comparison Guide & Visual Tool
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Don’t see the brand you were looking for?  If I was unable to find a store that shipped to the US, the cup was omitted from this list.  If you know of a shop, I would be happy to add it to this list. Please leave a comment or email me.

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Menstrual cup size chart and comparison tool. Slide each image to easily compare cup shapes, sizes, and features.

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Secure Your Home in Under 30 Minutes: Offering an affordable, contract-free option, Iris's a security system gives users the ability to control their own home safety, simply and tailor-made. There’s nothing quite like peace of mind. For any parent, the concern of keeping our families safe is priority #1. Today’s homeowners can utilize smart home technologies to “communicate” with their houses and ensure the security of its inhabitants. But, while safety is important, the idea of shelling out thousands of dollars on a vast home security system and monthly subscription seems wasteful and intimidating.

This is where Iris by Lowe’s can help. (Special thanks to them for setting me up with this system to review!)

Secure Your Home in Under 30 Minutes: Offering an affordable, contract-free option, Iris's a security system gives users the ability to control their own home safety, simply and tailor-made.Offering an affordable, contract-free option, Iris is a security system that gives users the ability to control their own home safety, simply and tailor-made. Iris utilizes a free monitoring app to access your home’s energy and safety information remotely, allows new sensors to be paired in mere seconds, and no membership is required. Choose from two customizable plans: the free Basic Plan, which creates the perfect foundation for a smart home, or the Premium Plan that delivers a truly “smart” system to customize products further with only a $9.99 monthly fee, if desired.

There are a number of ways to mix-and-match Iris products for your family’s needs. Iris’s home safety features will put your mind at ease, from their WiFi enabled cameras to light switch controls, motion sensor lighting to smart keypads and, of course, alarms. Homeowners can even access the status of their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms far from home.

What makes all of these features even more appealing is Iris’ help in lessening our environmental impact. The best way to lower your energy and water waste is by taking control of it. So, Iris monitors and lowers energy use allowing you to create settings to moderate your home’s temperature through a programmable thermostat and motion-sensor ceiling fans. Set the optimal times for lighting with high-tech light switches and dimmers or use the app to remotely conserve electricity. Even use the water heater control feature to avoid heating water when it’s not needed.

The best part of the Iris by Lowe’s system is how it can work for almost any unique situation. If you’re a pet owner with animals in need of easy access to a food or potty area, try their pet door option. If you receive packages regularly, ensure safe delivery with a motion sensor light and camera set-up. Or, if you oversee the safety and well-being of an elderly or disabled loved one (even if they don’t live closely), the Iris care service, wearable red security alarm button, and any number of safety products allow for safe independent living.

When my Iris package arrived I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I knew the pieces, of course, but I was unsure of how simple the installation process would be. I really impressed by how simple pairing the sensors and devices were. Each took just a few seconds in the Iris by Lowe’s app.

Secure Your Home in Under 30 Minutes: Offering an affordable, contract-free option, Iris's a security system gives users the ability to control their own home safety, simply and tailor-made.The installation of the hub, keypad, and other devices was a breeze as well. Each device comes with the option of installation (to a wall, window, etc.) using perfectly sized adhesive strips or screws. I personally prefer using screws. We’re in the middle of a home renovation, so I knew that the sensors will be moved in the next six months or so. The screw installation option consists of a small hanger that the sensor or device can snap or slide into (depending on the device), which allows for secure attachment but easy access to replace batteries when the time comes.

Once installed, and set up in the app, the Iris system is ready to go. You will receive an alert on your phone through the app, depending on your settings. In addition, you can also view a history log, which I find really interesting (and quite useful once we have teenagers in the house!)

I would love to see the app utilize a fingerprint login on iOS (since my email is quite lengthy and logging into any service on my phone is cumbersome), but overall the system is simple to use and I love that I’m not locked into a contract.

Whatever your needs – security for your family, preserving precious energy and resources, or even just having better control over your personal space – Iris by Lowe’s has a configuration to meet them. Whether it’s a simple deadbolt upgrade or a complete home system overhaul, you should be able to find the device to meet your needs thanks to Iris. Peace of mind was never quite so easy to attain or quite as fun to access!

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Minecraft Invitation { Free Printable } Choose PDF, PSD, or JPGProcrastination is my favorite. I did recently read that it’s great for creativity and my life tells me that must be true. Big deadline? No problem! Put it off until the 11th hour and it’ll get done 😉 Birthday invitations and cake designs are no exception to my master procrastination powers.

This year I threw together this invitation, commissioned by my son, for a sleepover birthday party. He loved if and I hope you and your little (or not so little) one will too!

If you have Photoshop, you are welcome to download the .PSD file. You will need a couple of fonts: Minecrafter & Minecraft (both are free!). Simply install and then open up the file and edit the text.

If you do not have Photoshop, or any PDF or photo editing software you, I would suggest downloading the JPG and editing it for free at PicMonkey.com. Simply upload the image, add your text, save, and print.

Alternatively, you can simply print the JPG onto any paper that you can write on (try a Sharpie for glossy). No editing required!

These invites are 2 per page and formatted to fit on a standard piece of paper (I use a full sheet of photo paper). You could easily print it on smaller paper and scale it to fit.

Choose a file type below and get to editing! I hope you enjoy it.

Minecraft Invite PSD

Minecraft Invite JPG

Minecraft Invite PDF

 

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