My Top 10 Favorite Ways to Use Alexa
Did you get an Echo device for Christmas or are thinking about getting one? If so we have the Top 10 Alexa skills we want you to know! Maybe, you already have one and didn’t know all the things it could do or are still learning. Anytime you want, go peruse the Alexa Skills page on Amazon. But here are just some of my favorite ways to use my Amazon Echo Dot and Alexa Skills! See my Amazon Echo device review here. You can also learn the differences between all the Echo devices.
Bedtime & Relaxation
The Amazon Storytime skill offers a growing collection of professionally narrated short stories for kids ages 5 – 12. This collection contains curated stories from the Amazon Rapids app library as well as a selection of Audible short stories. You can also get the popular Sleep & Relaxation Sounds skill. This plays ambient sounds to help you sleep peacefully or block out unwanted noise at work or home. 50+ sounds to choose from!
Alexa can order food for you from Amazon Restaurants, Dominos, Pizza Hut, and more.
Set a Timer
This is great whether you need a timer for dinner to be done, or the kids want to set a timer for how long they are reading. Just say “Alexa, set a timer for 30 minutes.” (no skill enabling necessary!)
Get the Weather and Traffic Instantly
Want to know the weather for the week, or the traffic driving into the City. Just say “Alexa, what’s the weather for the week.” or say “Alexa, Whats the traffic to so and so.” You will need to make sure you have your location set up in the Alexa app in order to do this!
Get Help in the Kitchen
Do you need to know a recipe? Just say “Alexa, whats the recipe for Banana bread?”. Or need to convert teaspoons to tablespoons and your hands are full?? Well Alexa can help with that to just ask her. There are a TON of skills you can use to help you in the kitchen, including one for Instant Pot! Need to add to your shopping list? Just tell Alexa! You can also order right from Alexa on your AMazon account (set a pin so your kids aren’t allowed to order). You can also
Entertainment for the kids
Need to keep the kids entertained for a while? It’s really fun for adults too. Just say “Alexa, tell me a joke.” She has some funny ones! You can also enable the Jeopardy skill, or ask her what games she can play! You can see many others here as well.
Looking for some music, you don’t even have to lift a finger Just Ask “Alexa, play Christmas music.” And music you shall have. To have access to UNLIMITED music, right now you can get THREE months of Amazon Music Unlimited for just $.99! After that, Alexa users can subscribe to it for $3.99/mo!
Your Daily Alarm
You can tell Alexa that you need an alarm everyday for 7Am and an Alarm you will have daily. Even better if you do not care for the sound of an alarm Just say “Alexa set alarm to “favorite music” at 7am.”. Go to your Alexa app and you can also find some funny alarm sound options. Just go to settings >> select device >> sounds >> Alarm >> and check out the ones under “celebrity”. My kids love the Missy Elliot and the Grand Tour Alarm sounds.
Call/Text Family and Friends
You can call family and friends. It’s basically like being on a speaker phone, you use the Alexa app on your phone to set this up and the people you can communicate with. Go to the Alexa app, click on the “conversations” icon, then click on the people icon in the top right corner to see your list of contacts. You can change settings for each contact (if you have someone you don’t want on there, you can set it so they can’t see you). You can also allow them to drop in on you if you want them to. You can also enable the Mastermind SMS Text Messaging & Phone calls skill. This is a very popular skill and you may be placed on a waitlist! There are many other options HERE.
Are you or a child working on a project and need answers fast? Without going to your computer you can find out just by asking. Just say “Alexa, what’s the distance from Earth to the Sun?” Or any other questions you needed answered. She’s smart and fun to work with!
These devices have so many options and things you can do, hopefully you find these devices as great and useful as we do. If you are thinking about getting one you can do that here. I recommend the Echo Dot! See my facebook live video review HERE!
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