Thursday, September 8, 2016

#SPONSORED: Smart Devices That Make Your Life Simpler

Disclosure: As part of the Better Moments Blogger Brigade Program, I did receive compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's. I have been a U.S. Cellular Customer for 15+ years.

OK~ Technology continues to change how we all live. It makes life a lot easier and things that we once thought were years away, are in our daily lives today. It's important to be smart and safe with these devices. Parents want to make note of the Parent/Child Agreement, as this is an avenue of communication and safety for families.

Families are leading very busy lives today and want to know what's going on at home while traveling. They also want life to be simpler when they are home. Here's a few ideas in the world of technology to make your life a little simpler.

According to the same U.S. Cellular survey, 49 percent of smartphone owners use smart home technology or connected home devices on a monthly basis or more. I have no doubt that a lot of these devices and apps are going to be more common words in our day to day lives. There's no going back to that corded telephone, wireless looks to be here to stay!

Nest Thermostat

Who ever imagined that you would be managing the temperature at home from the palm of your hand with the Nest Thermostat, also available at U.S. Cellular. Whether away on vacation or gone for a long day at work, the thermostat can be adjusted from a smartphone and help drastically save money by cutting down on energy usage, especially when the house is empty.

This is just one example of how technology is making life convenient at home.

Nest Cam

With Nest Cam, now available at U.S. Cellular, the whole house can be monitored from any of the latest devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S7. With the Night Vision feature on Nest Cam, it’s possible to keep an eye on things when it’s dark. As a frequent traveler, the ability to do this intrigues me.

Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker

I'm all about simple in the kitchen and it's no secret that cooking is not my specialty. A substantial, hot dinner can be ready right when you arrive home by using the Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker with WeMo, which enables users to set the timer or adjust the setting from any smartphone. How convenient is that?

Smartphones are changing how we live and I have to think that it's all in a good way. We are connected more than ever before. According to a recent U.S. Cellular survey, 91 percent of smartphone owners rarely or never leave their phone at home. This is an interesting statistic, as I drove into town today and reached for my phone and I had left it at home. I will admit it, it felt odd. My Samsung Galaxy S 7 is my lifeline for several things, including the list that I needed while at the store this morning without my phone.

I'd love to hear how you are embracing all of this technology. Are you loving the idea of being connected to your family, friends and NOW your home 24/7? I find it challenging to find the balance, and I continue to work on that. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?