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Cox Smart Home at Canopy at Esencia

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post to spread the word about the Cox Smart Home and Amazon links in post are affiliate links.

Did you know that the average household connects six devices to the internet these days? We are talking phones, laptops, tablets, gaming systems, etc. and that number is expected to increase to 50, yes 50, devices by the year 2022.

I don’t  know about you, but my Wi-Fi can be S-L-O-W at times and it drives me crazy. Lots of spinning rainbow wheels and error pages on dropped web searches. Lagging Wi-Fi can also result in a very irritated 5th grader when it inhibits her from posting one of her fabulous videos on Musical.ly.

With the need for internet connection and speed increasing and our tolerance for slow connection decreasing, Cox Communications and Warmington Residential are paving the way to the future of digital living at one of Orange County’s new master planned communities, Canopy at Esencia in Rancho Mission Viejo with gigabit-internet speed.

It’s the future people.  And it’s here.

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This week I got to preview Cox Communications and Warmington Residential’s Cox Smart Home in Esencia where they have designed a modern living space to showcase all of the different ways families are going to be using technology in the future and all that is possible with gig-speed internet. The Cox Smart Home will be open this weekend to the public and I urge you to go  see it for yourself.

Cox Smart Home at Canopy at Esencia Powered by GIGABLAST Internet Speeds
Open to the public
Sat. 10/1/16 and Sun. 10/2/16 from 10am – 6pm
100 Vasto Street, Rancho Mission Viejo, CA 92694

For those of us that are not super techie, let me tell you what living the Gig Life means. Gigabit connectivity gives customers internet speed that is 100, yes 100, times faster than the average speeds offered today. Now that is what we call GIGABLAST!  Sign me up Cox!

With gigabit internet service you can run all your devices at the same time, download an HD movie in less than 60 seconds, upload 1,000 photos in about a minute, download 100 tunes in only 3 seconds, stream live video, do anything that requires heavy bandwidth, and do it at lightning speed.

My Top Five “That is So Cool!” Moments at the Cox Smart Home

I saw so many cool things in every room of the gorgeous three story home, my head was spinning with awe and the times I said, “That is so cool!” were countless. Please just go and see it for yourself because it was impossible to cover everything in this post so I will highlight some of my favorites.

1. Wemo Smart Wi-Fi Enabled Slow Cooker

It’s on Prime mamas, might as well just buy it now.

I didn’t know such a dreamy slow cooker even existed! With three heat settings you can control with your smart phone from wherever you are, you can adjust the temperatures or settings and never risk overcooking a dish again.

Here is fabulous flood blogger Whitney Bond demo-ing the cooker, powered by Gigablast.

Whitney’s tagline is “Traditional Recipes with a Bond Girl Twist.” Check her out, I adore her site. In fact, I am making her One Pot Italian Sausage Shells and Cheese dish tonight. YUM.

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2. Amazon Echo and Philips Hue Smart Bulb

Echo is a hands-free speaker that connects to the Alexa Voice Service and can control things from playing music, reading books, looking up the weather, and even turn on thermostats and lights with compatible devices.  All you have to do is ask her. Do you guys have one yet? It’s on my birthday list. Honey, are you reading this? Honey?

For example, “Alexa, play me Justin Timberlake!” Done. “Alexa, turn on the light in the kid’s room.” Done. Feels very George Jetson, doesn’t it?

Just another device making our lives easier, powered by Gigablast.

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3. Virtual Reality Gaming

Welcome to the future of gaming – virtual reality –  where you are not only playing a video game, you are immersed in it. Moms everywhere will be thrilled to learn this technology can also be educational, in a highly entertaining way.

At the Cox Smart Home, I got to meet two young men from Labcoat Studios, an app development company behind virtual reality games and experiences.  They were showcasing one of their virtual reality typing games to help develop keyboard skills.

It was so cool I was squealing with delight as I tried to burst the words with my mad typing skills. See the word “rain” on the screen? That word was coming towards me and I had to type it as fast as I could. SO fun.

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4. House Calls of the Future

How many times have you sat there looking at your sick child and wondered if you should take them in to the doctor but dreaded the idea of getting them there?

The telehealth program at CHOC Children’s Hospital has a system that uses modern, digital, communication technologies changing the way patients are able to access care, remotely, 24 hours a day. With the use of the InTouch mobile robot, the technology enables secure, real-time connections between providers and patients.

The telemedicine field is rapidly growing so one day we will be able to see our doctor from the comfort of home, on your device, without leaving the house. Again, powered by Gigablast.

The doctor will see you now…

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5. Distance Learning

With Facetime, Skype, Google Hangouts, etc. there are so many opportunities to have face-to-face instruction by experts around the globe and the opportunities for education are endless.

At the event, I had the privilege to see the legendary violinist, Jason Yang (who has toured with Madonna!), demonstrating with the use of technology, how he can teach students and stream live seminars in high-definition to his students and fans internationally.

Just think of all the opportunities we will have for children to take music classes from amazing instructors anywhere without the need to chauffeur them. Once again, at speeds powered by Gigiblast.

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You guys, please go and check out the Cox Smart Home this weekend with your families.  It will be such a fun outing and you will be in awe of all the amazing things available to residents when you have Gigablast internet service.

Some other amazing features you will get to see are a Wi-Fi BBQ smoker, Wi-Fi vacuum, Wi-Fi pet and pet feeder, Wi-Fi weighing scale, Wi-Fi drawing robot, Cox’s new, Voice Remote Contour TV system and more. (And you might even get the chance to WIN one!!) Go, just go!

About Esencia

Encompassing nearly 23,000 acres, Rancho Mission Viejo (The Ranch) is planned to provide multiple villages which could consist of up to 14,000 homes as well as sites for parks, playgrounds, trails, clubhouses, farms, schools, shopping and entertainment and more in beautiful South Orange County.

The community of Rancho Mission Viejo currently includes villages of Sendero (sold out homes) and Esencia (homes now available for purchase.)

The hillside village of Esencia is the second village on The Ranch and is planned to inlcude 2,810 residential units. For more information visit www.ranchomissionviejo.com.

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Personalized Cards Mailed From Your Phone!

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I love the Ink Cards app and think every mom should have it on their phone. Seriously.

Once you download the app, you can customize and then mail a personalized card or postcard from your phone for less than you can buy a greeting card in the store with postage!

Personalized Cards Mailed From Your Phone 

You can find Ink Cards in the Apple store here and Google Play here.

It’s SO easy! Your camera roll will populate at the bottom of the designs. Just scroll through, pick a cute design, select your photo(s) and then customize with your own text.

Many postcards are only $1.99 each with free shipping and custom cards with postage and envelopes were only $4.99 ea with free shipping!  You can barely find a generic greeting card in the stores these days for less than $4.99 for a good one, and that isn’t even personalized.  I can’t tell you the hours I have wasted reading greeting card after greeting card in the stores looking for the perfect cards for friends. Now I don’t even have to step foot in a store again!

I just personalized two cards to send to two different people and it took me less than five minutes., now go and download and tell me what you think!

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It’s So S’well

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Recently my hair stylist and knower of all the coolest and latest things, Tera Rae Stephens, was sipping her water at the salon out of the most fabulous looking water bottle. I asked where she got it and she exclaimed, “You don’t know about S’well bottles?!?!” And she went on to profess how it was the BEST water bottle ever and said, “Jen you NEED one!”

So I went and ordered one for myself for Valentine’s Day and give it to my husband to wrap up. We’re really romantic like that. But hey, it was the BEST gift ever! I carry my S’well bottle everywhere!

Why the S’well is SO Swell   

1. They come in 3 sizes: 9 oz, 17 oz + 25 oz. I bought myself the 25 oz and LOVE it. I keep it in the car, take to the gym, basically my S’well goes wherever I do.  (Fun fact: It also holds a bottle of chardonnay and will keep chilled for 24 hours. Just sayin’.)

2. It has a screw on top that DOES NOT LEAK. I can’t tell you how many water bottles I have cycled through over the years and had to end up tossing them because of leakage issues. This one doesn’t.

3. They keep cold beverages cold, like ice cold, for 24 hours and hot beverages hot for up to 12 hours.

4. Feel good fact: S’well is a charitable parter of organizations like Unicef donating money to fund clean water for children who need it.

They are not cheap, but you will get your money’s worth, I promise.

And on the note of other things SWELL, Tera just opened her own salon in the newly renovated areas of Lido Marina Village called TReSs Apothecary + Salon. Gals, it is amazing. She is working on carrying the S’well bottles in her retail section, so if you are local, pop in and check out her fabulous new space. Also be sure to follow @tressapothocary on Instagram for some amazing eye candy.

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Frogglez Goggles

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Recently I was contacted by a company called Frogglez which claims to make the best swim goggles for kids – comfortable, leak-free, pain-free goggles. I was interested to learn more.

Over the years  I have dished out a ton of money on swim goggles for my girls and have yet to find a pair they actually like and wear! Until now!

The design is fabulous and my girls love them.  Here they are explaining why they love these comfortable swim goggles for kids!

Click on over to Amazon and buy your Frogglez here (affiliate link)! Your kids will love them too!

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Minted Foil-Pressed Promo

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Did you know you can save a lot of money by placing your holiday card order early?  Even better, wouldn’t it be lovely to get your cards done and ready by December 1?

If you are in the mood to check your holiday card order off the list this month before it gets completely cray-cray, Minted is running a special promo through 11/16/15 where you can get 20% off all Minted foil-pressed products including their holiday cards and custom art. Simply use Minted promo code FOIL at check out.

Make Your Cards Sparkle with Foil 

Minted’s foil-pressed cards are simply swoon worthy.  With different foil choices like gold, rose gold or silver, you can opt for a foil-pressed design that will sparkle as bright as the holidays.

In the search for my own Minted holiday card, I felt compelled to share a few of my favorite foil-pressed designs I came across featured above.

They are, in order, from left to right:

Lots of Dots

Merrily Merrily Merrily

Painted Prism Border

Gold Rush Holiday Ornament Card

Wonders of His Love

Christmas Love

Save 20% on Foil Art Gifts

Minted also carries a unique line of foil art prints you can personalized with a selection of fine art frames, family photos or even upload a piece of your child’s artwork and Minted will make it into a foil-pressed print!

What an amazing gift idea. Here are a few of my favorites….

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Left to right:

Most Wonderful Time

Delicate Frame

California Map Filled

Your Drawing as an Art Print

Holiday Wreath

About Minted 

Minted is a design marketplace of independent designers. Every month Minted has art and design challenges and then the best designs are sold on the site. To learn more and shop, visit www.minted.com!

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