Tara Maurer

Since joining the Safe Smart Living team, Tara has covered topics ranging from home security and identity protection to smart travel and educated living. After graduating with a BA in Multimedia Journalism from Simpson College, Tara began work in the wellness industry. In the past seven years, she has personally tested countless supplements and holds a holistic nutrition certification. Tara is passionate about personal safety, especially for women. It’s a sad truth that most women experience harassment while in public spaces during their lifetime, and we must learn tactics to protect ourselves. As a female runner, Tara has tested various safety products, including alarms, pepper sprays, reflective gear, and tracking devices. When not working, you’ll most likely find Tara running, reading the latest fantasy novel, or trying out a new healthy recipe.

Tara Maurer
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Complete Guide To Engagement Rings For Gay Men

Traditionally, when people hear the phrase “engagement ring,” they automatically presume it’s for a woman. But for queer couples, these expectations are thrown out the window. And, as gender roles continue to evolve, more women are proposing, more same-sex couples are getting married, and more gay men are choosing engagement rings to symbolize their commitment before the big day. In the United States, the typical engagement ring is a diamond on a metal band. But gone are the days when everyone wants to look alike. Many jewelers today are capitalizing on the fact that their LGBTQ clients want to defy tradition and opt instead for unique engagement rings. Thus, nontraditional stones have grown more coveted, and band styles range from simple to utterly extravagant.

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Best Gut Microbiome Testing Companies (2024): BIOHM vs Viome vs Ombre vs TinyHealth & More

What’s in your gut? Scientific advances in the last decade show that a diverse host of microorganisms that live in our digestive systems serve both good and bad roles in our overall health. If you suffer from chronic stomach problems, are curious about your gut makeup or want to contribute to ongoing DNA research to learn more about your gut microbiome, read on.

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How Much Does A Home Security System Cost in 2024?

A dependable security system doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. But the initial offer you receive may look sweeter than it is, and may not contain all of what you’ll end up paying out of pocket. In addition to your equipment price or monthly monitoring fee, there are often installation, upgrade, add-on, and other hidden costs you’ll encounter after you sign up. Our experts compare the top providers and sift through the hidden fees so your wallet won’t be surprised later.

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Best Home Security Systems That Work With Alexa In 2024

Is Alexa Amazon’s answer to a virtual assistant? You can use Alexa through any of Amazon’s Echo speakers, and it can help you automate your home. It’s also possible to integrate some home security systems with Alexa, so you use voice commands to control your system. Amazon Alexa is an excellent tool to help you make your home security more accessible and convenient to use.

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Best Doorbell Cameras: SimpliSafe vs Ring vs Nest vs Arlo vs Eufy vs Wyze vs SkyBell & More

Want to know who’s on your front porch when you’re out of the house or snatching your packages (porch pirates!)? Whether you live in a high-traffic neighborhood or a remote location, it’s important to keep your home safe from intruders. We review the top doorbell cameras on the market with pros, cons, pricing, and user feedback.

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LifeLock Reviews: Is It Worth It? Cost, Customer Service, Promo Code, & More

Uh oh, you’ve heard about the data hacks and credit card breaches—identity theft is serious business and a security threat for each and every one of us. But now it’s time for you to learn more. Our LifeLock review includes the pros, cons, key features, pricing, customer testimonials and more to help you decide if the cost of LifeLock is worth it.

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Best Glass Break Sensors In 2024: Ring vs Simplisafe vs ADT vs Vivint & More

In some situations, window and door entry sensors and motion sensors won’t always suffice when an intruder is determined to access your home. But glass break sensors can add a crucial first layer of defense. How do they work? And when should you use them? We’ll give you the lowdown and tell you our picks for the best glass break sensors for various home security needs.

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