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How Your Family Can Benefit From Smart Speakers (like Amazon Echo)

Amazon Echo and Google Home are smart speakers that can understand your commands and perform tasks for you. It short, they are voice-powered personal assistants on hand at all times. They are used by individuals of all kinds, but what many don’t know is that they offer a wide variety of benefits for families with children too. Here are a few ways that Amazon Echo and similar devices can benefit your family.

Pure Search Engine Power

This is no doubt the most useful tool that Alexa and Google Home has to offer. At any point in time, you or your child can activate the device with one word such as “Alexa” and then ask any question. This is extremely useful for studying, cooking, or anything else. Imagine your child is doing homework, and they come to a point where they have a question to ask. Normally, they come to you and you are forced to search your brain for the twenty-sixth president of the United States. Now, all you have to do is say, “Alexa, who was the twenty-sixth president of the United States?” and she will spout out an answer like, “The twenty-sixth president of the United States was Theodore Roosevelt.” She may even add some extra quick facts, such as birth, death, and famous quotes. Cooking and need a conversion, just ask her, “How many tablespoons are in a cup?” or “What’s a good substitute for sugar?”

Conversation Pieces

When everyone gets home from school, work, and practice, it’s nice to sit around the table and talk about your day. But sometimes, it’s hard to find a topic after the overviews are finished. With these devices, you can say things like, “I’m feeling lucky,” or “give me a random fact.” This is a great way to get to know each other even better. Alexa loves to get the conversation going with fun info. You can even tell the device to give you trivia questions for a fun game or solve a debate with a dice roll. Want to learn a language together? Alexa is a great teacher. Ask her to say anything in nearly any language you can imagine.

Music on Hand

Whether you like listening to music while cleaning, having a family game night, or even dancing, these systems are there for you. They can use Pandora, Spotify, or downloaded music. You can customize lullaby lists to put your baby to sleep, instrumentals for our child’s singing lessons, or a compiled list of the family’s favorite songs. The best part is that they can be played with just a short command. Not only that, but you can turn it up, down, on, or off with your voice as well. Can’t agree on a song, take turns by naming which song each person wants to play next.

Shopping Made Easy

How many times a week do you hear, “Mom, we need toothpaste!” or “We’re out of cereal again.” With these personal assistants, they can skip telling you and add it to the list with their voice no matter how small they are. It won’t be purchased this way, but Google and Alexa will add them to your phone’s shopping list. You can sync the list to your phone or send it to the kids or your spouse. If you don’t know if a said retailer or grocery store has an item in stock, you can check that too. “Does Wal-Mart have Cap’n Crunch?” There may be more than one way to find out, but none of them are as easy as asking your personal assistant who can have an answer in five seconds or less. If she doesn’t know, she can set your reservations for your favorite restaurant or order a pizza instead.

Total Control

Need to set an alarm for school or work? No problem with Alexa. What about setting a bedtime? Just tell the device that your child needs to go to bed at a set time. What’s even crazier is that you can program her to shut the garage door, turn off the kitchen lights, or even turn the coffee pot on.v

Conclusion

Devices like Amazon Echo and Google home are a complete asset for anyone, but especially families. Not only is the ease of access nice. With less time spent on grocery lists, asking questions, setting alarms, and even turning off the lights, there is more time to spend together. That is always a good thing!

POS Systems That Accept Gift Cards

Gift cards are one of the most versatile gifts a person can give. It not only provides a present, but it provides an opportunity for your business to attract new business with an invitation into your store. Point of sale systems for businesses are tools that can help employees earn rapport with customers, and breed relationships between your store and it’s patrons that will last for years to come. Accepting gift cards can help build new relationships between your client’s loved ones and your store. It is a win-win for all involved.

A great POS system for retailers is one that can help track which items attract newer customers, and after the initial purchase which items create repeat buyers. This strategy can potentially build a business and keep new customers coming in all of the time.

The Clover POS system is one option that can help your business reach these kinds of goals. Learning about what products attract new customers and what items keep them coming back for more is an efficient strategy that will allow your business to thrive, and keep growing in the future.

The information gathered doing this can also be used to help your business experiment with different displays and advertisements to customers. Knowing what new customers like can be an invaluable tool in attracting business. This will allow you to stay ahead of the curve and make accurate predictions about what customers will buy, and what they will leave in the isles. Using this info can also add character to your store. Like in any advertising campaign, an artistic eye can create art out of your inventory and attract the attention of customers both new and old.

Melissa Bolona Featured In Film Category 5 Directed By Rob Cohen

What do you get when you cross a disaster movie with a heist flick? A film like this sounds great on paper, and with Melissa Bolona in Category 5, this sounds like it could be a good time for any fan of this kind of crossing genres. Movie goers will be treated to Category 5, Rob Cohen’s next project on Nov. 5, 2017. Bolona is slated to be featured in the upcoming film.

Category 5 is a film about a meteorologist and a treasury agent trying to stop a group of hackers from infiltrating and stealing $102 million from a U.S. minting facility. Melissa Bolona is set to play the role of Sasha. While little is known about the character and her role in the movie, fans of Bolona and her work should be in for a treat when the film drops this November.

In her acting career, Bolona has been in over 20 different films and television shows since 2013. She is slated to appear in 8 different productions this year alone, and her acting career is only becoming more pervasive in the film industry. Melissa Bolona’s Category 5 appearance is not her only big role for this year. She is also set to play the role of Amethyst Stone in The Year of Spectacular Men. Between these two films alone, Bolona is making waves in the film industry.

Her rise to stardom is building momentum and showing very little cause for slowing down. At this rate, Bolona could be headlining any multitude of films within the next few years. For more information about her acting ventures and future plans in the limelight, go check out Melissa Bolona’s IMDB page to find out where you can see her next film on the silver screen.

Woozie–They’re Fun for Your Wine Glass!

I love finding great wine glass accessories–who doesn’t like to pretty up their glass of wine? You can match your glass to your mood, your personality or to match your favorite sports team. I like to think that life is too short to have a boring wine glass. Why not pretty it up a little bit and make yours stand out from the crowd with a glass of wine in your left hand and a Moscow Mule in the right.

Meet Woozie. Woozie is a wine glass insulator that both insulates your wine glass as well as feels great. What is a Woozie? It’s a wine glass insulator! How many times have you picked up your wine glass to find that it’s already warm? This has happened to me on many occasions and I never would have thought of having an insulator for my glass. Both genius and cute.

The Woozie is a drawstring wine glass sleeve that is made from top quality neoprene. This not only keeps your wine cool, but makes it soft as well. You can order your Woozie either on a card cutout or have it arrive on an actual wine glass.

With holiday season rapidly approaching–and not to forget the many birthdays during the year–giving someone a Woozie will definitely make me smile. Gifting a Woozie is great for Secret Santas, stocking stuffers or to give a hostess to thank them for the fabulous holiday party that they threw.

Woozie offers so many different styles that you can surely find one that will make the perfect gift. Not only do they offer the Original Woozie, but they also offer Bottle Stoppers, Bottle Bags, Coasters–and many, many more options that are all equally cute.

Be sure and keep up with them on their Woozie Facebook page to keep in the know with all things Woozie!