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Unless you’ve been living under a rock you know AI (artificial intelligence) assistants are the new must-have tech gadget. They are quickly popping up in homes everywhere and making families lives so much easier.
Google Home with its Google Assistant has the deepest wealth of knowledge to pull from (ahem… Google Search) and can sync up with your existing Google account preferences. Which means you don’t have to worry about downloading extra apps, creating new accounts or recreating the content and information you already have elsewhere.
To perform tasks Google Assistant uses pre-established “Home Commands” that trigger an action. To signal that you are speaking to the assistant you start your request with “Okay Google”. If you have an Android you might already be familiar with this process. Which is another tick on the pros column for Google Home for those who are keeping tally.
Get your itinerary by asking “Okay Google, what do I have planned next week” or “What do I have planned today”. Google Assistant will pull right from your Google Calendar and remind you of upcoming appointments, reminders, and events.
Set a timer when cooking by simply stating how long you need one to be set for. You can also set alarms by request. Change your morning alarm or set up daily reminders to take a medication or start dinner, for example.
Control your smart home devices with Google Home. The Assistant can raise or lower the temperature of your home if you have a smart thermostat. It can also turn lights and devices on or off to those hooked up to a smart outlet.
Of course, there is always the option to ask Google Assistant to play music, radio, podcasts or an audiobook. Perfect for to keep your mind busy during those deep cleaning days or when exercising at home.
Never forget anything again by asking the Assistant to remember things for you. It can be anything - to call your mother, pick up a birthday present to your nephew or know how long that sauce has been in the fridge. Then when you need to know you can simply ask for the Assistant to remind you.
Order pizza through Domino’s. Pizza on demand. Need I say more?
With face recognition capabilities Google Home hooked up with a smart doorbell can tell you who is at the door. The Nest Hello doorbell has a built-in camera to allow Google Assistant to recognize faces that you’ve configured it to remember.
Use IFTT, the automation app, If This Then That, to come up with your own commands. Use it to create commands that trigger an action of your choosing. You can add to your to-do list, iPhone calendar, and other apps. Ask for the Assistant to call your phone when it inevitably gets lost (probably between the couch cushions).
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Are you concerned about what ingredients are in your cleaning products? If you find yourself getting headaches, sinus infections, or skin rashes, your household cleaning products could be making you sick. Many household cleaning products contain thousands of toxic chemicals that can negatively affect you and your family's health. By switching to products free of toxins, your health can significantly improve.
What’s in your cleaning products?
Many household cleaning lines contain harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde, arsenic, phosphates, naphthalene, and parabens. Chemicals like these have been linked to serious health concerns such as cancer, birth defects, allergies, asthma, and infertility. Make the switch to non-toxic cleaning products by checking your cleaning bottles and disposing of anything that presents itself as toxic. Switching to a greener lifestyle will not only improve your health but give yourself peace of mind. Stop worrying about kids and pets accidentally ingesting ingredients that can hurt them. By swapping your current cleaning materials for greener ones, you'll be confident that your family will be safe no matter what.
The first step to getting a greener clean is ridding your household of its current hazardous products. Research your current cleaning ingredients to search for hidden toxins. Switch out your old toxic products for brands that use only natural components such as Honest, Method, and Mrs. Meyers. There are many more brands of green cleaning products, so find the one you like best.
Make it yourself!
The best way to know what's going in your home is by making your own cleaning products. Use all natural materials such as vinegar, baking soda, castile soap, and peroxide to get a healthier clean. Add these items to a spray bottle for convenient cleaning on the go. Another benefit of going natural is that it's much cheaper. Save your budget potentially hundreds of dollars a year by transitioning to natural ingredients that are probably already in your pantry.
The health difference.
There are many notable benefits to making the switch to natural household products.
- You can ensure the safety of your children and pets.
- Keep the air you breath free of harmful chemicals.
- Save money.
- Help the environment by keeping your water source free of toxins.
Health is the main reason why you should swap toxic chemicals for safe cleaning products. Start your evaluation of what's in your home today. Ask your neighbors to join your effort to be confident that your water supply is free of harmful chemicals.