We’ve all said it before, a hundred articles have been shared and it’s constantly (and ironically) often used on social media as a marketing spiel: Unplug.
Okay, so we all know it’s important. In this digitally-dependent world we live in, unplugging does not come easy but it is necessary. And why is that? What is it that we do when we unplug that justifies its substance?
I love my tech. I also enjoy social media.
I built a career on it, I’ve reunited with old family and friends I haven’t seen in ages, I’ve gotten answers to plenty of questions I’ve had both for personal life and work digitally, I’ve done plenty of my studies/schooling online, I catch up on current events and news in a jiffy, I’ve saved my sanity in boring doctor visit waiting rooms or long road trips (for my kids)…
tech has been a big advantage in my day-to-day. BUT, I do agree with the reasoning behind unplugging. Sometimes there can be too much noise online, and we just need to switch off.
So the answer is simple to my question above. Unplugging helps us to RECONNECT.
Reconnect with our children. Reconnect with our spouse/partner. Reconnect with ourselves.
But have you ever thought about how we can use tech to help us do just that?
What about ways to reconnect like we do when we are unplugged that will still allow us to keep up with todays digital world?
After shopping around TELUS Connected Experience store at Toronto Eaton Centre (which is like a mini Tech playground!), I came across so many great tech tools that would help me to better reconnect.
RECONNECT WITH YOUR KIDS
We love our children and moments we spend together where we can all enjoy as a family is priceless. It’s not often we can do things or play games that will spark the interest from every member of my family so when I find something that does just that AND is educational to boot, I can confidently say we found ourselves a winner!
The Sphero SPRK edition is an adorable robotic ball which takes the mechanisms used to control toys and uses them as a way to teach children — and adults — the basics of coding. Little engineers in the making!
Sphero 2.0 SPRK stands for “Students, Parents, Robots and Kids,” and thanks to app connectivity and a teaching platform, the robot does exactly what it says it does. Sphero can not only be used at home as a way to gently introduce children to code but also can be used as a valuable teaching tool in schools worldwide.
I’m not the greatest at coding, neither is my husband, so we were learning along with our children when we were playing with our new Sphero SPRK. What instantly caught their attention was how it lit up in different colours (ultra-bright LED’s give you a million lights to choose from!) and then how they were able to control their Sphere from their iPad’s via bluetooth, allowing it to roll along in different directions (Sphero is propelled by an electric motor – rolling up to 4.5 MPH) using their own uniquely-created coding!
And it’s a piece of mind for me knowing that no matter how much fun they’re having with it, the tough polycarbonate shell protects the advanced tech inside.
The Orbotix Sphero SPRK Edition retails for approximately $120 and can be purchased at the TELUS Concept Store.
RECONNECT WITH YOUR PARTNER
As a mother, I’m sure I’m not alone on this. We often focus so much on our children that we tend to neglect someone equally as important in our lives, and that’s our spouse/partner. It’s super important to remember that marital health and wellbeing is extremely important in maintaining a happy and strong home. After all, the parents are the stronghold in this family, as a team, a unit, and carry this example and strength onto their children. I firmly believe that. Happy wife, happy life, am I right? It goes both ways!
One way that my husband and I like to reconnect is to ensure we can (try to!) get at least one “date night” in every month (twice a month or an entire weekend if we are really lucky!). Typically we like to catch a movie and/or dinner or hit up a few great shows or events happening in the city. If we get a weekend away, like we did this past weekend, we make it a staycation not too far from home and stay overnight at a hotel or resort in favourite places like cottage country or Niagara-on-the-Lake.
One of the things that often have us truly reconnecting and rekindling old flames and memories is music. Music always takes us back.
When we are out together, we like to play a lot our own specially curated playlists that remind us of special times in our relationships. I also tend to do this a lot with my girlfriends for GNO’s! It’s always sure to bring on the laughs and great memories!
This weekend we were up north at a beautiful resort and brought along our UE (Ultimate Ears) MegaBoom. The UE Megaboom is like a portable party!
The UE MEGABOOM is the 360-degree wireless Bluetooth speaker on steroids that blasts freakishly amazing sound to every corner of the party. Or in our case, our little romantic party of two.
So whether we were chilling on the patio with some cold drinks, winding down in the hot tub or enjoying a dinner inside, we were able to hear crisp, high-quality sounds thanks to our UE Boom.
This speaker is unreal (in a good way) and a one-speaker army! As nice and sleek as it looks, it’s made from premium materials which makes it extremely durable.
And it also comes with a UE MEGABOOM app which you can download to control the music from afar. Easy wireless updates give you access to awesome features like Tap Controls, Block Party and more.
This is easily my favourite speaker – we even use it when watching movies – trust me when I tell you that you will hear things you haven’t heard before when using this speaker. Amazing quality in sound.
The UE MegaBoom comes in 4 different colours and 1 print. It can be purchased online or at the TELUS Concept Store and retails for $349.00 (Read to the end for a special surprise!)
Another way that like to reconnect as a couple and to help keep us motivated and healthy is also my third form of reconnecting which is…
RECONNECT WITH YOURSELF
By reconnecting with yourself, you’re focusing on your overall well-being. Whether it’s your mental or physical energy, you’re making sure that you are at your best.
The best way to do that is to keep track of your efforts. And remembering that every step counts, no matter how small.
This is why I appreciate tech devices such as the Fitbit. My husband and I both have the Fitbit Charge HR. The Fitbit Charge HR is a waterproof fitness tracker that not only tracks your steps but offers SO much more. It also tracks your distance traveled, calories burned, stairs climbed, and heart rate. And of course tells you the time (well of course, it is a watch too after all).
Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology allows automatic and wireless syncing to over 120 leading smartphones. It also syncs to computers and tablets.
It tracks 7 days of detailed motion data – minute by minute; tracks daily totals for past 30 days.
My husband and I like a little friendly competition so it’s fun to compare our stats at the end of the week to see who’s in the lead. Winner gets to choose their prize! 🙂
The Fitbit Charge HR (Large) is available at TELUS online or in-stores for $169.99 and comes in black or plum.
So how to you like to reconnect? Is it through music? Through meditation/fitness? Through play?
Let me know down below in the comments and you will be entered to win a UE MegaBoom of your very own courtesy of my friends at TELUS (ARV $349!).
Contest is open to Canadian Residents. Ends June 30th, 2016.
TELUS Reconnects Giveaway