Home improvement can mean anything from upgrading appliances, adding safety features or technology, beautifying, or simply clearing space. Emmy® Award winning technology and digital lifestyle commentator, Mario Armstrong has some awesome home improvement ideas that you can do right now:
To celebrate the release of FlexWash™ + FlexDry™, Samsung launched its new “Live Beautiful” campaign, which encompasses the belief that home is the most beautiful place on earth. With the pace of life quickening and families busier than ever, consumers want laundry products that reflect how they actually live.
Featuring two washers in one, and two dryers in one, FlexWash™ washer and FlexDry™ dryer usher in a new era in which the laundry appliance adapts to the needs of today’s modern family.
FlexWash™ features a large capacity front-load washer with a built-in top-load washer that’s ideal for laundering smaller loads, more delicate items or special care needs. The IoT-enabled washer also allows you to monitor remaining cycle time, receive alerts when the cycle is complete and schedule cycles with a smartphone.
FlexDry™ was designed with a smaller top-load drying zone that can perfectly dry delicates or athletic apparel while drying a large load in the front-load dryer.
• With the largest capacity in its class at 5 cubic feet, the FlexWash™ lower washer is ideal for handling the bulkiest of loads, saving you time.
• An additional 1.0 cu ft. of washing capacity in the top-load compartment lets you separate loads ensure your different types of clothes get the best possible care.
• MSRP: Beginning at $1,599
• Model: WV9900 6.0 Total cu. ft. FlexWash™ Washer ($1,899)
• Easily handle large loads and a few delicate items at the same time with the FlexDry™ dryer.
• The bottom compartment features 7.5 cubic feet, enough to handle even the biggest weekend laundry loads.
• MSRP: Beginning at $1,599
• Model: DV9900 7.5 cu. ft. FlexDry™ Electric Dryer ($1,899)
The Roomba® 960 vacuuming robot is iRobot’s most capable cleaning system to date, featuring a new navigation system enabling it to clean an entire level of a home up to 2000 Sq. Ft., recharging and resuming as needed until the job is done.
The Roomba 960 is also Wi-Fi connected and can be used with the companion iRobot HOME App to start and stop cleaning jobs while on the go, customize cleaning preferences, and schedule cleanings for up to seven days a week. The Roomba 960 is also compatible on devices with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant.
New Clean Map reports in the HOME App provide visual post-cleaning maps with information about the robot’s cleaning performance, such as where the dirtiest floor areas are and total space cleaned, so customers can now have greater confidence in knowing the vacuuming is complete.
Canary Flex is the only weatherproof, HD security camera designed for infinite versatility. Use inside or out. Rain or shine. Day or night. Wire-free or plugged in. Watch live or recorded video from anywhere. Keep an eye on your home, inside and out, regardless of the conditions. Unfazed by tough weather, Canary Flex is designed to withstand rain, snow, heat, or cold.
The Canary Flex camera records remarkably crisp, HD video and audio with automatic night vision and a wide-angle lens. The viewing radius ensures your living room, nursery, backyard or porch is entirely visible with vivid clarity. Canary Flex can go wire-free on a single charge thanks to built-in lithium-ion batteries. No wires to hide and fewer boundaries to work around — untethering unlimits the possibilities.
Canary Flex comes with a cutting-edge 360° magnetic swivel base. Simply stick it on a flat surface, snap into place, and twist in any direction you want. Dual-band Wi-Fi technology delivers a robust signal for reliable performance. No additional hubs means no extra clutter, because
every last detail was designed with you in mind.
Honeywell’s Lyric T5 Wi-Fi Thermostat was made for busy families and syncs with your smartphone for convenient control. With customizable geofencing, Lyric ensures comfort when you’re home and savings when you’re away. It’s compatible with Apple HomeKit and Amazon Echo so you can control it using Siri, Alexa and Apple Watch.
With custom scheduling, you can set different temperatures for various activities, like working out or sleeping, or even more traditional 7-day programming, so you’re comfortable through it all!
The Lyric also gives you Smart Alerts about your home’s HVAC system, like if a filter needs to be changed, or if the temperature have gone past a certain point.
The largest, most powerful party speaker in Altec Lansing’s fleet of Everything-Proof speakers, the Sonic Boom boasts 100-ft wireless range and 50 hours of battery life, complete with three built-in phone chargers, car charger, and 2 AC outlets. The Sonic Boom comes with a Beast Mode button to increase the bass for an even more amplified sound. Boasting an IP67 rated waterproof, shockproof, snowproof, the speaker can withstand a sandy beach day, splashes at a pool party, or going overboard, as the speaker also floats! The Sonic Boom is found at Walmart, Target and Academy Sports for $229.99.
Summer vacation season is just around the corner and GameStop is helping families fund their summertime fun with great trade-in offers for unused electronics. GameStop is inviting families to trade-in their unused, working or non-working consumer electronics to receive top dollars that can be used to pay for summer activities.
GameStop’s trade-in program accepts thousands of electronics and video game items – working or not working. Here’s a few examples, trade-in an unused iPhone 7 and receive up to $355 cash, that’s enough to help purchase a round-trip flight for one to Costa Rica*. GameStop is giving up to $120 cash for a Samsung Galaxy 7, which is enough to purchase two services at a spa. For the parents looking for something fun for the little ones to enjoy this summer, trade-in an unused iPad Mini and receive up to $165 cash, enough to rent a bouncy house.
Regardless of your summertime plans, GameStop’s trade-in program pays top dollars for many unused electronics and video game items. If customers don’t have a specific goal in mind on how to use their trade dollars, they can always use their funds to get the newest video game console like the Nintendo Switch that can be used to play games both at home during a “stay-cation” or on the go.
For a complete list of trade-in values for any and all consumer electronics, video game hardware and software, consumers may download GameStop’s mobile app on iOS and Android devices, or visit www.gamestop.com/trade.
*The estimated flights Costa Rica flight price was available on Expedia.com within the past seven days. Price quoted was per person, round trip, for a specified period. Price and availability are subject to change, and additional terms may apply.