The kids will be back to school in just two more weeks and although we’ve started (slowly) preparing with things like the bedtime routine, gathering supplies and getting whats left to our supply lists ready, there are still lots of things that need to be done to get everyone prepared. 

When moms busy, she almost needs a second brain!

I was sent over just that; well, almost. Amazon introduced us to Echo and Alexa to help make the back to school transition a little easier. All we have to do is ask! 

What is Amazon Echo?
Amazon Echo is a Virtual Assistant device powered by Alexa that can help you with daily tasks around the home, I’m not kidding.

It’s a hands-free, voice-controlled speaker with an expertly tuned speaker and 7 built-in microphones. Echo connects to the Alexa voice service to do many different things like play music, add/remove items from a list, read the latest news headlines, hear the weather send and receive messages and more! Because it connects via your Amazon account, Alexa can also make and check purchases for you. All you have to do is ask.

Amazon Echo Dot is what I like to call the baby sister. Smaller in size, the Echo Dot can be connected to speakers via Bluetooth or through a 3.5 mm audio cable for louder sound. The sleek and compact design makes Echo Dot is a convenient addition to any room in the house. Perfect for smaller areas like the kitchen, home office or bedroom. It has all the same features as the larger Echo.

Through the Alexa app, you can set up your Echo and any skills you’d like Alexa to learn such as local newspapers, podcasts, local bus, horoscopes, jokes and fun facts plus more.

My favourite features/skills on the Amazon Echo (so far):

- Ease of use: Voice control is a real game changer! Even with that, Echo has manual buttons for volume and also a mute button when you don’t want Alexa listening.

- Personalization: Alexa is a really smart AI. Info is tailored to you from your name down to your voice. After she gets to know you, Alexa will start calling you by your first name, like an old friend.

- Schedules and Lists: Alexa can add/remove events from your schedule, let you know what’s coming up on your calendar and you can even plan an entire day schedule using your voice. Alexa can also add and remove items from lists like back to school or grocery shopping, all I have to do is ask!

- Music: “Alexa play music” and that she will accessing Amazon (or your favourite) music streaming service. Even if you don’t have a subscription to a music streaming service, you can use Echo as a speaker and play whatever’s on your phone.

- Recipes: If I’m ever stumped and not around a device to google, I can just ask Alexa for the best after school snack recipe.

There are so many other features, you have to check it out for yourself to believe how cool Amazon Echo is! Here's a little teaser of Alexa telling me about the weather the other day! 

Echo powered by Alexa couldn’t have come at a better time with schedules and homework plus everything else life will throw at us with back to school time, I’m happy to have Amazon Echo by my side!

You can find the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot on Amazon.ca!

Posted on behalf of Amazon.ca. Complimentary product received in exchange for my honest review. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

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