Alexa Skills on the Amazon Echo that I Love

Dark green leaves with pink blossoms. Amazon Echo Alexa Skill I love (written in white)

Last Christmas I gave Alexa my heart…

No this isn’t about the absolute classic of a tune by Wham but about my ongoing love affair with the wonderful and ever so slighting irksome artificial intelligence known as Alexa (the voice ‘assistant’ of Amazon Echo).

We were gifted an Amazon Echo Dot for Christmas and it’s safe to say that it’s been a complete and utter game changer and something I’d recommend for anyone and in particular for those of us with chronic illnesses/disabilites.

There are literally thousands of different ‘skills’ (that’s what the games/music etc. are called) that you can access and I’m finding new ones daily. Some of them are very strange like the Meow which just meows at you!
I use it for just about everything you can think of and am continually learning new and exciting skills to use.

Organisation

Routines

One of the first things I discovered were the routines on the Alexa app which you can easily personalise to your own need adding music, reminders etc. For my morning routine I’d say ‘Goodmorning Alexa’ and then she’d reply with a random greeting, tell me an interesting fact, give me a reminder I’d set up and then play 5 minutes of classical music (for me to do my morning breathing exercises to). I also had a similar one for nightime with the addition of a bedtime story!

Timers

I use the timers for when I need to have a timeout’ from screen time and set an alarm to ensure I don’t use my phone/laptop during this time or to prevent me from falling down the Pinterest rabbit hole I’ll set the alarm for ten minutes then get off the site once the bell goes.

Alarms/Reminders

I use the alarms/reminders to make sure I do my daily routine of stretches/activities at set times and for the evening to remind me to switch my phone off an hour before bed. They’re so simple to set up and are perfect for those who take medication too. No missed pill days for us!

Relaxation

Meditation

I ask Alexa for a 5-minute meditation timer to do my daily meditation and breathing.

Meditation Studio– with timed and guided meditations these are perfect for taking time to relax.

Music

When you first get your Amazon Echo Dot you can get three months of Spotify Premium to try for 99p with full access to their playlists and songs (make sure you cancel this before it automatically goes to £9.99 a month). You can either pay £9.99 a month to continue listening to Spotify Premium or you could try the 30 days free trial of Amazon Music which is then £3.99 a month and a much better bargain than Spotify premium. You can also get Amazon music as part of Amazon Prime.

Heart/classic/rock fm and there are plenty of other radio stations you can listen to including BBC stations for free.

Entertainment

Interactive Stories

These are perfect for when you’re lying on your bed with enough brain power to do something but reading/watching TV is too much. I’m constantly looking for new stories to play so if you know of any please tell me!

My spaceship– this is a fun star trek (rip off) themed game where you make decisions and can become admiral of the spaceship.

The Dark Citadel– you play a hero, go on adventures and fight (a lot) with orcs and miscreants.

Magic Door- this is an interactive story game where you can go through forests and mountains to find a wizard. I really enjoyed this.

Codename Cygnus– bit like being in a James Bond film (but less bloody) another interactive story game. Utterly brilliant (but not suitable for children).

The Vortex- a fantastic space themed game that’s one of the most immersive games I’ve played.

Yes Sire– fun and quick choice game.

Quizzes

Song quiz– can play against other people or you can play against someone in your house. Plays you a short clip of music (from 60s-2010s), you can choose the decade and have to name the artist and song.

Question of the day- does what it says on the tin. I do this everyday to get the little grey cells going.

Spiritual

Christian

Bible verses– as you’d think !

Our daily bread- I love this and use this daily. It has a short anecdote which it relates to a bible passage, then the bible passage and finally a prayer. A short but simple way for those of us who aren’t able to get to Church to feel more connected. I’m currently on a mission to find a good sermon skill (there a lot of them out there)

Miscellaneous

My poems- an actor reads a poem to you (and you skip it if you don’t like them)

Sleep sounds, beautiful dream– beautiful, tranquil sounds if you fancy just listening to some background music or just before bed. There are lots of different versions too jungle noises/rain/oceans etc.

Radio Mystery Theatre– listen to old radio plays (of varying quality).

Word of the Day– I’ve had to start writing these down as I keep forgetting them! Gives you a word, pronunciation, spelling and meaning.

I will continue to update these as time goes on. Have you tried any of these or do you have any you love? Let me know in the comments below.

19 thoughts on “Alexa Skills on the Amazon Echo that I Love

  1. Nathan AM Smith May 13, 2019 / 8:03 pm

    Who knew! I had no idea! That’s awesome!

    • lucy May 13, 2019 / 9:04 pm

      You didn’t know how awesome Alexa was?

  2. Thesacredspaceap May 15, 2019 / 6:29 pm

    This is pretty cool. I don’t have an Alexa and I didn’t realise all the things you can do with it!
    It sounds like it is really useful.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Alyssa
    THESACREDSPACEAP.COM

    • lucy May 15, 2019 / 6:43 pm

      Thank you commenting. Before I had one I had no idea why you’d want one!

    • lucy May 15, 2019 / 6:44 pm

      Thank you for taking the time to comment. Yes, it’s been great!

  3. Penny Pinching Ninja May 15, 2019 / 6:37 pm

    These are some amazing Alexa abilities that I was unaware of. I have found the convenience of having that little dot in our house has been amazing but it looks like we haven’t even scratched the surface!

    • lucy May 17, 2019 / 8:39 pm

      Thank you commenting. Before I had one I had no idea why you’d want one!

  4. Jennifer Karran May 20, 2019 / 7:44 pm

    I don’t utalise Alex’s enough!
    My favourite g Alex’s bark like a dog/ cry like a baby to see the pups reaction.
    I am super glad you have found it benificial 😊
    You also can get amazon music with an amazon prime account, along with their next day delivery service, TV etc (I love amazon)

    • everydayjoyandme_qli50s May 20, 2019 / 8:01 pm

      That’s true I’d forgotten that! I don’t have prime but will add that to this. O I bet their reaction is hilarious!

  5. Alison May 20, 2019 / 7:53 pm

    I wonder if the friend who bought you this realises what you can do with an Amazon Echo, probably not.
    I really need to do more with mine than play music

    • everydayjoyandme_qli50s May 20, 2019 / 8:02 pm

      Hopefully they do now! There’s just so much you can do.

  6. Carol Hodge May 20, 2019 / 9:52 pm

    Sounds good fun …must look into it !!

    • everydayjoyandme_qli50s May 24, 2019 / 12:03 pm

      It really is! I’m constantly discovering new things.

  7. Jessben1 May 21, 2019 / 9:31 am

    We have just got one too. Didn’t know all the things it could do though but will try some out. She just makes me laugh. I told her last week that I loved her – try it she is so polite 😊

    • everydayjoyandme_qli50s May 24, 2019 / 12:05 pm

      I have done! She’s so funny. She makes me laugh when you ask for something and she mishears you! She can be a bit stubborn too. Thank you for reading and commenting.

  8. bellavitanyc May 30, 2019 / 6:52 am

    This is such a great post! I’ve had my Alexa for a while and had no idea it could do all these things. I’m excited to try them out!

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