Top Alexa Skills for the Working Mom
It took me a while to board the Alexa train. I never understood how I would use it. Now that I have embraced Alexa, my life will never be the same.For those of you that have been living under a rock for the past year, Alexa is Amazon’s Virtual Assistant that is accessed in Amazon devices such as the Echo Plus, Echo, Echo Dot, and Amazon Fire Stick with Alexa Remote.
Alexa is actually a bit of a savior for busy working moms. Case in point, here are 10 skills that are guaranteed to simplify your life.
Sticky notes? That is a thing of the past. With the bulletin board feature, you can tell simply tell Alexa to leave a message for other members of your household. Leave a note reminding your spouse to pick up your kids from swim lessons, leave a note for your kiddos to be good for their babysitter, whatever your heart desires.
You can connect your supported calendar (i.w. Google Calendar, Outlook, etc.) to Alexa so she can act as your personal assistant. Simply ask Alexa “what is next on my calendar?” or “what does my day look like tomorrow?” to get a rundown of your scheduled activities. I always plan my day the night before and I can get a view of my day while I’m busy packing lunches. Two birds, one stone.
It is hard to stay up to date on current events as a working mom. My television is stuck on Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood 99.999% of the time and my car playlist is filled with the Moana soundtrack. Without Facebook and Alexa, I would literally have no idea what is going in the world (which is actually nice sometimes). There are several news outlets that you can get briefings from such as NPR, CNN, and theSkimm. I love being able to hear the news that I want to hear while I can get stuff done around the house.
As a working mom, my mind is always spinning and my attention span is non-existent on most days. I have the best intention of writing things down on my shopping list but life happens. The Amazon Echo is an amazing solution to this. While running after your toddler, you can quickly tell Alexa to add something to your shopping list. It then compiles these items in the Alexa app. When you are at the store you can just glance at your app and see what you need. Easy- peasy. What I love most about this app is that my entire family can use the shopping list so if my husband needs deodorant, he can add it to the list. I feel more in control with the stock of our groceries and household items after using Alexa.
Amazon couldn’t make it easier to shop with them if they tried. I wouldn’t be surprised if in a few years you don’t even have to physically order something they just get a sense that you need it and it arrives on your doorstep. For now, you just have to tell Alexa to order something and she orders it for you. Seriously. That is all. Me- “Alexa, order me baby wipes.” Alexa- “Done, while I’m at it you are beautiful” Me- “Marry me, Alexa”. This isn’t a real conversation but pretty close to it.
Send Text Message
AT&T has a skill built for Alexa which allows you to text your contacts from your Alexa-enabled device. Doing the dishes and need your husband to pick up some milk? Just tell Alexa to text him. No need to stop what you are doing and find your phone. All you need is your voice and Alexa. Boom.
Alexa will even put your kids in time-out. Enable the Time-Out skill, set the duration of the timeout, and Alexa does the rest. It allows you to set a timeout for up to 10 minutes. For the duration of the timeout, it will remind the guilty party every minute to remain quiet and will even praise them for a job well done. Your kiddos may even be more likely to whine and argue less about it. Sure, go ahead and argue with a robot. See where that gets you, kid.
Baby Stats is an amazing skill for those with a baby. Those silly logs are a thing of the past, track everything with the help of Alexa. Baby Stats lets you track your due date, stool, wet, feedings, weight, pumpings, kick counts and sleep. You only need to track the stats you care about. There is the ability to add multiple devices so you can track the stats wherever you have an Alexa-enabled device. You also have the ability to view the stats via an online viewer. You have enough to worry about when you have a newborn, let Alexa take care of some of the load. Can she cover the night waking sessions, too? No, darn.
What to Expect
Expecting? You have to enable the What to Expect skill for Alexa. What To Expect guides you through pregnancy day-by-day and week-by-week. Just ask Alexa What To Expect every day, and you’ll get exciting updates about your pregnancy or newborn, plus all-new, useful tips to feel prepared and in control – helping you achieve a happy, healthy pregnancy. All this without needing to read, leaving more time for Netflix or sleep. Alexa for the win!
If it weren’t for my amazing mother-in-law, we would probably never have home-cooked meals. I told my husband very early in our marriage that I work or I cook. I don’t do both. Needless to say, we get take out a lot. The Domino’s and Pizza Hut have skills that make it super easy to order food in a hurry. You don’t even have to talk to people. I’m a big fan of that.
What Alexa skills do you use that make your life easier? Leave a comment below, we would love to hear!
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