Mamas, the 99 cent Echo Dot deal has long past its prime #sorrynotsorry, but you can still get in on the Echo Dot action— and maybe even score one for free.
If you really haven’t grasped the importance of the Echo Dot, hear us out. Think of it as a magical lamp, and Alexa is the genie inside. You can ask her to set an alarm, control your music, read you the news, tell you a joke, turn on the lights, adjust your thermostat, order stuff from Amazon, check the weather, and do your dishes. (OK, not the dishes thing, but everything else is really real.) This is like the Mother’s Day Gift that just keeps on giving.
Plus, Alexa, the brains of this baby, has thousands of other skills, lots of which are perfect for parents! There’s a Nursing Notes skill that reminds you which side baby nursed on last, and when, there’s a Kids Court skill to help settle disputes, and a Whose Turn skill to remind the fam who’s up on the chore chart. Alexa can order a pizza, play hide & seek, and read your kid a personalized bedtime story. I mean, we’re not saying she’s almost as good of a parent as you are…but we’re not not saying that, either.
And the Echo Dot with her brainy bestie (Alexa) are not limited to this one little tabletop device either. You can get the brilliance of it all in many other practical, dare we say necessary, home-tech devices. Been wanting a Ring home alarm kit? Get one with Alexa technology (and a free Echo Dot). Ready to ditch the cable bill (hallelujah!) and get up to speed with a Fire TV Stick? Try the one we love with Alexa voice remote technology as part of the Echo Dot bundle. The point is you need an Echo Dot in your life, and it may be free, so spend a little quarantine time honing those tech skills. Or better yet…you’ve got those snarky teens back home with you right now, right? Tell them that next time they plan to eat every single thing in your fridge (and pantry) that they at least owe you a tech set-up on trade.
Let’s start at the very beginning, this is the Echo Dot (3rd Gen). This super compact speaker (less than 4 inches around) plugs into the wall in any room of the house. Once you download the Alexa app on your phone, and connect the two with your wi-fi, you’re basically set. Life as you know it will never be the same. Low-level, you can ask it basic things like the time, the weather, and the news. It also makes a great kitchen timer as you can yell at it to reset over and over without needing to touch anything.
Now, high level, there is so much more the Echo Dot can do. With the technology of Alexa, it can do things like turn your home into a smart home, make calls and even tell jokes (ok, not high level, but very useful).
One reviewer (of more than 300,000) said, “I love my echo dot. I have four of them and they really help make my life easier. They can control almost everything, lights, locks TV, music, thermostat. I really couldn’t ask for a more helpful device. It’s even more handy when I found that I could get a battery base for it. The GGMM D3 base that I found lets me carry the alexa dot around pretty much anywhere. I love that I can take it into the bathroom with me and listen to music while I shower or take it outside and listen to music.”
Now take all of the info above..and add your first smart home plug. This little miracle is the difference between dreaming of the coffee being made and it actually getting made! One of these will get you started in discovering the ease of smart plugs, but you’ll likely find the need for more. Once you’ve got the coffee pot turned on just by yelling (or whispering) “coffee, please”, you’ll dream up other scenarios like “turn off my husband”, “send the kids outside”, and “pick-up dinner”, and while it can’t yet do those things, it can turn on/off any light, put on your towel warmer, or even put the tv on just when you find your husband nodding off on the sofa on Saturday afternoon.
We’re not the only ones who love this device, one reviewer said, “This purchase was the start of something very special, lol. I have fallen in love with this technology and the ability to make my home a smart home. I have purchased two echo show 5’s recently (one to replace my bedroom alarm clock and one as a gift) and more smart plugs. Alexa rarely disappoints.”
Now might be the time to setup the home alarm system you’ve been considering since you moved into your house a dozen years ago. This Ring Alarm System features 8 pieces PLUS a free Echo Dot. Recommended for a 1-2 bedroom home, it includes one base station, one keypad, four contact sensors, one motion detector, and one range extender.
If your home is smaller or larger, there are also 5 and 14 piece bundles. This works through wi-fi and can additionally be monitored by a professional service for $10 per month. The keypad is sleek, and easy to use, and has emergency buttons that can be located quickly. Through the Ring App you have full control over setting the alarm, monitoring it, and disarming it. Great for when nana and pops show up for a “surprise” visit while you’ve run away for the weekend.
While you’re telling the kids about life before remote controls, give Alexa a shout so she hits pause on Workin’ Moms— you don’t want to miss a moment.
This bundle includes the Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote and the Echo Dot which means you get hands-free voice control of your Fire TV with Alexa. In layman’s terms, you never need cable (or even to stand up) ever again.
The Fire TV Stick plugs into your tv making it able to stream Netflix, Hulu, and almost any network you can think of. With the remote (powered by Alexa) you can control it. The added Echo Dot let’s you yell at it (or whisper) as it’s the speaker that controls it all.
The 173,000+ almost perfect 5 star ratings let us know how much everyone loves it, and we mean everyone.
This is exactly what you need when you’re wondering if it’s worth getting out of bed to answer the door. The Ring Spotlight Camera shows you who is coming and going, and whether the package that just arrived is the one you’ve been waiting for. You can choose between the hard-wire or battery version for the camera (depending on how handy you and your SO are) and be up and running (and connected to Alexa) within minutes.
Since we know reviews are everything here, we needed to share this one, “Wow! I had no idea so much happens outside my front door! We’ve captured deer, birds building nests in my door wreath, a fox trying to get in the front door and even raccoons and stray cats wandering on our front porch, not to mention our guests whom I can speak to from other locations. If someone is up to no good, I can sound the alarm from my cell phone. We also can monitor the live feed from our Alexa. We upgraded and purchased the yearly subscription to save all our videos. With two batteries it lasts well over a month of charge. This camera works great and is very responsive. The angle of recording is large enough to capture almost 180. We purchased a second camera to cover our pool and added solar panels to keep it charged. It is great at capturing motion before anyone gets even close to the pool. Great when you have little ones or pets who somehow always find ways to go where they’re not suppose to.”
Now that you’ve finally gotten round to getting the Echo Dot, check out these other must have home and kitchen essentials for mom’s domain!