About Erin Henry

Since its founding in 2015 by suburban mother Erin Henry, Suburban Simplicity has provided an outlet for like-minded women to connect and share their methods for a serene and simple home life. It has become a trusted resource for advice on simple, modern homemaking, appearing on Oprah Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Buzzfeed, MSN and Yummly.

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  1. Emily says

    I’ve seen the commercials for this and have been wondering if people are finding it useful around the house! Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday this week!

  2. Carol says

    I’ve been totally clueless about this. Thanks for introducing me to it. It looks like something our adult kids would really love to have. Maybe next year for Christmas gifts for them.

  3. Kathryn says

    The one time we saw this in action was at a friend’s house. My kids would not stop talking to Alexa. 🙂 They loved it! I’m sure it would be a big hit if we purchased it. Thanks for the great and creative review!

  4. Dawn says

    Thanks for sharing your real life experiences with your echo. I’ve seen commercials for it but didn’t really get what it does!Sounds like your whole family is using it.
    PS) found you through the Merry Monday Link party!

    • Erin says

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Dawn. Yes, the whole family is using it, but my techie husband is the most into it! I have to say it’s nice to turn on music while making dinner without having to use my dirty hands 🙂

  5. Lynn says

    Erin, I’ve been really curious about Echo so I really enjoyed reading your first hand account of her benefits. So, she’s kinda like having Siri on your countertop? Does she synch with all your devicwes (apple and droid)? I’m sure I could look this up myself, but my mind is just whirring right now.
    Thanks for the review.
    Hugs, Lynn

    • Erin says

      Yes, Alexa is like having Siri on your countertop, but if you ask her, she says she doesn’t know Siri 🙂 We are an Apple family, but I would imagine it would sync with droid devices too. Hugs!

  6. Kim says

    Interesting, I had never heard of this. If it’s sitting around in your house, will it speak up and remind you to do things? I’m bad about putting reminders on my phone but then my phone is either left on vibrate or it’s in my purse or something and I don’t see/hear them.

    • Erin says

      Hmm, good question, Kim. We set timers for things all the time, but have never asked Alexa for reminders for specific task. I should look into that. It would be convenient to get a verbal reminder instead of a phone reminder.

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