This post is sponsored by Hive. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

There’s very little in this world that we have control over (Have you seen the news?!), so I do everything in my power to create a comfortable home. It’s my sanctuary after tedious work days and long travels. Before my casa can be anything else, it has to be safe. Luckily, I’ve discovered a company that brings me peace of mind and simplicity, rolled into some pretty nifty technology. I dare say it allows me to live brilliantly…Enter Hive Home.

The UK’s leading smart home brand is launching here in the States! Their Hive Welcome Home plan easily turns your house into a smart home, allowing you to manage everything from your phone. Even the most technology illiterate among us can use it! Traveling soon? Pull a Kevin McAllister (without all the hassle- lol Home Alone is still one of my favorite movies) and make it look like someone’s there by turning the lights on and off remotely using the Hive app. This is hands down my favorite feature with Hive. Since I have two large fur babies, in the past I’ve just left the lights on in the middle of the afternoon in case I didn’t come home before dark. Now with the Hive Active Light, that’s no longer an issue. If anything sketchy happens while you’re out of town, you’ll be the first to know thanks to the Hive Motion Sensor. Coming home to a dark house? Connect your Hive Motion Sensor to your Hive Active Light. As soon as you open the door the lights will turn on. Can’t remember if you turned your flat iron off? Check on it, using your Hive Active Plug and turn it off via the app.

You can even control the thermostat to make sure you’re not wasting energy. Ready to have your mind blown? The Hive Multizone can create up to three different temperature zones in your home! No more fighting over who’s too hot and who’s too cold!

Hive takes things a step further by connecting to your Amazon Echo, too! Remember the infomercials for The Clapper back in the day? Now, all you have to say is, “Alexa, lights on!” Hive works with IFTTT, as well (the If This, Then That app that many of us rely on), meaning you can connect to your weather app and the lights will turn on if a storm is brewing, or the air will kick on when you’re using an app to map your run, for example. WE ARE LIVING IN THE FUTURE, PEOPLE!

Subscription-based smart home plans range from $9.99 to $39.99 a month, so there’s something for every budget. The Hive Welcome Home Starter Plan is a great place to start. It comes with a Hive Hub, a Hive Active Plug, two Hive Active Lights, and two window or door sensors. After you get the hang of it (which, I promise, will be quickly), you can upgrade. Just install the Hive mobile app and you’re good to go.

Hive is easy to customize and incorporate into your life. If I can install it, anyone can! And you’ll have access to on-demand customer service and ongoing warranty. (If you have any trouble at all, their website has tons of helpful videos to lend a hand.)

Like many, I worry too much, but now I think less and less about budgeting for a high electric bill or whether my home is safe while I’m traveling. To put it plainly, Hive makes my home a better place to live, and allows me to focus on the important things in life.


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hive. The opinions and text are all mine.

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  • Suruchi Mittal

    This is a wonderful review. I had never heard of this before but it looks quite useful especially when you are not at home.

  • Joy A. Nyargem

    Such an insightful post. Thank you for sharing your honest opinion about Hive. I love your writing style.

  • Deepa Malhotra Gandhi

    Never heard of it before but it looks like something really useful and helpful especially when we are not at home.

  • Wow, Hive sounds really good! So exciting to be able to control what’s going on in your house 🙂

  • Brandi Puga

    I have never heard of this, but it seems pretty awesome, useful, and anything that is easy to install is perfect for me!

  • Sarah Ann

    Everyone has been raving about Hive and now I understand why! There’s nothing worse than stressing over high electric bills.

  • This sounds amazing.Hive with IFTT and temperature control.This is perfect to manage my home from my smartphone. Great review

  • Jeanine @

    I’ve heard nothing but great things about Hive! I think it would be a great addition to any home, especially our new one!

  • This is something that I would totally love to have in my home. It looks great!

  • Crystal Mendez

    I’ve never heard about Hive before. What a cool idea, amazing that it can connect to the Amazon echo!

  • I’ve briefly heard about Hive before, it’s amazing that technology! xo

  • I like that it can connect to your Amazon echo now that is what you call innovative technology! I will check out Hive now thank you x

  • Emily Moon

    How cool! I would love to try this out! I’m not too good with installing things but this doesnt look too hard!

  • Sandra Negron

    Wow I never heard of this, it sounds so cool! I must look into this!

  • Chloe

    Hi, several our friends have the HIve system in the UK. They think it’s great and love using the app. We hope to get one later this year.

  • Never heard of this product/brand but it sounds like this would be great to have. My brother loves his home automation.

  • Now this is right up my alley. My husband and I are planning to build our dream home in five years and I definitely want something like this.

  • My husband is very interested in home automation, so I will have to show him this post!

  • Gareth Torrance

    We’re planning on putting Hive into our home once we buy our first house. It would make our lives so much easier.

  • Ayana Pitterson

    Oooh, I have never heard about the Hive.. but this has definitely peeked my interest. I am going to check it out as we travel a LOT and it would be nice to have some of the features accessed when we are not home. Thanks for sharing.

  • This sounds amazing. I love the idea of being able to check on items to make sure I’ve turned them off and to be able to switch lights on and off even when I’m not home.

  • I absolutely love the look of Hive, I need this is in my life!

  • Pam

    You’re right! We ARE living in the future with all of this technology! I completely understand about setting the lights for the pups. We do the same thing here and it would be nice to be able to control it from my phone instead of wasting electricity!

  • I have HIVE at home too and I love it! It’s so easy getting to control everything with your phone x

  • This is something I would totally get when I’m not living in an apartment! I love that it connects to the phone!

  • Carolyn

    I love this. We were gone on vacation and had a timer set for one light to come on in the evenings but using this to turn on various lights in the house from my phone would be even better

  • Mummy Times Two

    I really love the idea of being able to control everything from your phone. I really need to look into getting on of these x

  • Jessica Ijezie

    This sounds so interesting.I’m just hearing of HIVE for the first time.I will look further into it.

  • Hive can do so much! This is such an important product! This is truly exciting news!

  • I am so impressed with all that the Hive can do and think it can totally change someone’s life as well, for example people with limited mobility. What a great leap of technology!

  • Ayesha Farhad

    I saw the ad a few days back and absolutely love the idea! We are already planning on getting Hive Home as soon as we move out!

  • Rebecca

    This is incredible, I love the sound of it! I love the sound of the Echo too.

  • Kira L Curtis

    I love how you have an app and how easy it all is!

  • Leah Shafik

    I have heard great things about Hive – I honestly get the theme tune from the advert stuck in my head x

  • I love the idea of having a smart home and it’s definitely something I want to look into when I move out of my flat x

    • You totally should Rhian!

  • Mummy Times Two

    I really love how it has Multizones, especially as I am always freezing and the Other Half is always too hot!

    • Lol! I can totally relate to that!

  • Melanie

    Never heard of Hive company before, but looks like a fab idea 🙂 x

    • You’d love their products Melanie!

  • Jenna E Morley

    I’ve heard lots of great things about Hive, they seem to be really reasonably priced too!

    • They’re soo affordable! It’s crazy!

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