This post is sponsored by Blink Home Video Security.
When we set off on our four month road trip adventure, our original plan was to have a friend stay in our house while we were gone. Plans changed and as it turned out, our house was left vacant for all but one week (when out-of-town friends used our house). Our old house was in a safe neighborhood, surrounded by lots of neighbors who offered to keep an eye on the house, but still, we wanted to take precautions.
We packed everything valuable into a safe. We hid away all electronics. We closed all the windows, locked all the doors and put lights on a timer.
And Ryan installed simple, affordable and very effective security cameras.
He originally discovered Blink cameras on a Kickstarter campaign in 2014 and was instantly sold. He put up five of them in the house before we left for the trip and we were able to monitor any movement from his phone no matter where we were in the country. Crazy, right?!
Once, while somewhere far from home like Texas or Oklahoma, Ryan’s phone alerted him that there was movement in the house. He checked the app and watched video of our good friend, Johan, looking around in the garage to borrow our pressure washer. Ryan called him and totally creeped him out when he told him we were watching him on video :)
Thankfully, that was the only time the cameras were motion-activated and all was safe with our house while we were gone. It was really reassuring to know that even though we were miles from home, we could still check in to make sure everything was safe and sound.
We liked the security cameras so much that we’re using them in this new house as well.
Whether it’s during the night, while we’re out for the day, or on a week vacation, it is nice to be aware of what’s happening when we’re not around.
(Ryan is even thinking about putting a camera out by the chicken coop to watch for predators at night!)
So here’s how they work:
You get a camera and receiver for $99 or a set of two cameras + receiver for $169 – check them out here. The cameras come with very straightforward instructions to make set up very easy. You download the Blink app, follow the walk-through, place the cameras where you want them and adjust the settings to fit your needs.
The cameras work on batteries that last two years (no ugly cords!), and the receiver just needs to be plugged into an outlet and connected to wifi.
Once the cameras are set up, you can place them anywhere in the house that you’d like to monitor (typically near entry points of the house).
So far, we have one set up in the entry facing the front door:
See it right there on the tray? It’s nearly missable.
And the second camera is in the kitchen facing the back door:
The camera comes with a low-profile mounting bracket, so you can mount the camera to the wall if that works better for your home.
You monitor everything from the Blink app on your phone. Each camera can be individually armed or disarmed to record whenever movement is detected. If this happens, a notification will be sent to your phone so you can see what is happening. Alternately, you can also open up the app and refresh the camera to see your home in realtime.
I grabbed a quick video so you can see what the quality looks like:
These security cameras are pretty brilliant. They are so simple to set up, easy to monitor from your phone and offer peace of mind while you’re away from the house.
The best part: you don’t have to pay a monthly fee and all you need is wifi (and NO CORDS!).
I don’t do many sponsored posts, but when Blink asked if I would share about their product, it made total sense. We actually use these cameras! And love them! And you know I like to share things that are helpful to our family as they may be just what you are looking for for your home.
If you’re away from your house during the day, want to keep an eye on things at night or you’re headed off on a vacation and would like some extra security measures for keeping your home safe, we could not recommend Blink Security Cameras enough.
The people at Blink are generously offering a set of indoor cameras + receiver to one lucky JDC reader.
To enter the giveaway, simply sign up for Blink’s newsletter here.
Giveaway ends Monday, August 7th.
*UPDATE: the giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Laura D.!*
If you’re interested in purchasing indoor or outdoor security cameras for your home, CLICK HERE to learn more.