GIVEAWAY // Win a Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt + Handle Set (Worth $300!)

It’s funny the things that you notice in your own home, and how certain details can drive you crazy when others can be easily overlooked. For example, we have some pretty awful light fixtures hanging that came with the townhouse when it was built (we’re talking super gaudy and just bad) that I am somehow able to completely block out of my field of vision. Yet I haven’t been able to ignore the chipped, stock brass door handle and lock on our front door, and have been vowing to replace them for what feels like forever. (That’s the snazzy ‘after’ shot with our pretty new deadbolt and handle above, FYI. See below for the original.) The other issue with the lock is that I have lost the keys, like, a dozen times. Somehow I have been able to hold onto the one car key I have for our car for a few years now, but I cannot seem to keep a set of house keys no matter what I do.

Recently, I came across a new product that I realized would solve both of these “problems” by upgrading to a much more aesthetically pleasing lock/handle and making a physical house key no longer necessary. I was instantly in. The product is called Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, and we were so excited about it after we ordered it that we installed it the same day it arrived. (We went with the Century Style in Satin Nickel, but there are several options for style and finish available.) It was incredibly simple to switch out – we just removed the current handle and deadbolt with a screwdriver (no wiring necessary), and replaced them with the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and matching handset. It took less than 15 minutes and was an instant improvement. And we’ll be able to take it with us when we eventually move, which is a major bonus because I don’t think I could leave this awesomeness behind.

In addition to being really easy on the eyes, the key-free lock uses technology that works with Bluetooth and allows us to control our door lock using our iPhones. And when our iPhones are beyond Bluetooth range from the door (about 40 feet), we can remotely connect using our Apple TV. So we can even use it when we’re not home. Pretty great, right? (The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt can also be used with the Apple Watch, iPad, iPod Touch, or even Siri voice control.) To set it up, we just downloaded the iOS app, and we were good to go. I love that we can set and assign up to 30 access codes to give to others (family, friends, babysitters, etc.), and that we can view a list of our activity (when codes were created, when the door was locked and unlocked, etc.) in an instant. We can also use the app to update settings and check battery life. And if we don’t have our phones with us (which, let’s face it, never happens – but still), we can just use the lock’s illuminated touchscreen to enter our codes. It’s been a huge relief not to have to worry about a key at all anymore, and I’m looking forward to using the system on an everyday basis in the coming months. It’s also reassuring that it comes with the highest industry rating for security and durability, and includes Schlage’s patented and patent pending technologies.

The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt is currently available for pre-order at, and, and will be available for retail starting this month in select Lowe’s and Home Depot stores and on,, and And one lucky Bubby and Bean reader is also going to win a Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt of their very own, in winner’s choice of finish, plus choice of door handle set to match (valued at $ 300)! 

To enter, use the form below. Also please make sure to read the very important information below the entry form. 

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This giveaway will run through November 22, 2015 and is open to readers in the United States. A winner will be randomly chosen shortly after the end of the giveaway and announced here. By entering this giveaway, if you win, you agree to complete a written questionnaire with feedback surrounding Schlage products and installation. Once the prize has been shipped to the lucky winner and they’ve had time to install and use the hardware, a Schlage representative will get in touch for this feedback. Also note that as stated above, Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt requires an iOS device for use (iPhone®, iPad®, iPod® touch, etc.), and that if you want to use the product’s remote capabilities, you will need an Apple TV®.

Big thanks to Schlage Sense™ for making such an incredible product and for giving Bubby and Bean readers the chance to win one of them! You can find Schlage Sense™ on their website, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and their blog.

This post is in collaboration with Schlage Sense™. Thank your for supporting the brands that make Bubby and Bean possible. 


Bubby and Bean ::: Living Creatively

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Little ‘Biggie’

Another puppy-fix today.  Here’s little ‘Biggie’ again doing what a Jack Russell does best – exploring and having fun.

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I have 2 3yr old maltipoo and just got a 2mo old l…

I have 2 3yr old maltipoo and just got a 2mo old labradoodle whos really full of energy. My male is ok with her playing with him but its been 2 days and he keeps trying to hump her not letting her out of his sight. My other one is scared of her own shadow so shes very slowly coming around but growl and snarls at the lil one but wags tail as doing it… so not sure if thats a good thing. Id like to know best way to go about this. The puppy is bigger than my older dogs.

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Fido’s Freebie Friday Has Car Trouble!

Well, after 16 years with our Jeep, this has been the week of car trouble. What began as a strange electrical problem–no power locks or windows, no odometer, and a check engine…

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Shorty-Rossi-HaloFeeditForwardLuigi “Shorty” Rossi, star of Animal Planet’s Pit Boss and founder of Shorty’s Rescue, an organization set up for Bully Breed Awareness and Fighting BSL Laws, attended BarkWorld Expo 2015 this past weekend and helped feed a shelter pet through #HaloFeeditForward.

In addition to donating a meal for every #Barkworld registered attendee, Halo Pets had another way for pet bloggers and influencers to donate more meals.

During the social media conference, registered attendees were able to feed a shelter pet by taking a picture with our Rescue Hero frame and posting it online.

Were you at #Barkworld? Did you take a picture with our Rescue Hero frame? Make sure you tag yourself in our Facebook #Barkworld album.

For more information about our campaign, visit our #HaloFeeditForward page.


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Part Two of #BetterwithPets: Interactive Exhibits

This post and my attendance at Better with Pets were sponsored by Purina. As always, all opinions and statements are entirely my own, and I only share information that I believe will be helpful to…

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The 5 Secrets to Social Success with Biblical Principles by Dr Lina W Liken (Book Review)

The 5 Secrets to Social Success with Biblical Principles by Dr Lina W Liken My rating: 3 of 5 stars Written in a semi-workbook style, I found, “The 5 Secrets to Social Success with Biblical Principles” to be a good book to be used in teach “social skills” in a junior high to high school…

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Sunflower Faith

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EOTW: Back to School for Brody One Ear!

Today we bring to you our second Ear of the Week:


Yes, the kids are back to school this week, but why should they have all the fun? Just because a dog only has one ear doesn’t mean he can’t be fully functional.

Really, in many ways this ear surpasses the original one. His old ear didn’t have a pen holder, after all.


He’s already learned that the hat and the camera mean fun time and treats, so rest assured no one is more on board with this ear project that Brody himself.

Now if only I could teach him to make coffee…

Pawcurious: With Veterinarian and Author Dr. V

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Offside in Airole!

Airole, Italy



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Why is the Canada lynx a distinct species?

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For many years, there was a bit of debate about how many Lynx species there were. In the 1980s,  the Canadian lynx and the Eurasian lynx  were thought to represent a single species.

The Canada lynx is not a northern bobcat, as one might think. These cats are very similar to each other in size, and it actually gets quick touchy trying tease apart historical accounts of bobcats and lynx in North America.

But bobcats come from earlier invasion of the Lynx lineage that came into North America between 2-5 million years ago. The Canada lynx came about when an ancestral Eurasian lynx came into North America within the past 200,000 years. The Canada lynx is more closely related to the modern Eurasian lynx than to the bobcat.

Compared to the bobcat and Eurasian lynx, the Canada lynx is a bit weird. Eurasian lynx and bobcats are very much generalist predators. The Canada lynx is a super specialized predator. They pretty much live on snowshoe hares alone, and their populations track the snowshoe hare population cycles. It is pretty weird that this animal has hitched itself to such a tenuous prey species.

One could make the case that the Canada lynx is nothing more than a specialized Eurasian lynx, even though it is significant smaller.

I think this is a bit hard to justify. For one thing, there is absolutely no gene flow between Eurasian lynx and Canada lynx, except in captivity. Canada lynx, bobcats, and Eurasian lynx all can interbreed and produce fertile offspring, but unless the Bering Land Bridge appears again, there is no way for Eurasian lynx to arrive to hybridize with them.

I also don’t think there is any way to get around the super-specialized body of the Canada lynx, which is long-legged and big-pawed. It’s also a lot smaller than the Eurasian lynx.

So I think it is hard to get around the simple fact that this animal is distinct enough to be a species, even it can hybridize with bobcats and Eurasian lynx.

Natural History

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