Marvee Musings

Tips and Tutorials for Voice-Activated Living

for all to use their voice

Marvee Blog

Tips and Tutorials for Voice-Activated Living

for older adults, families and all who may assist with care

We’re looking for Writers over the age of 65.

Are you a current or former writer? Are you a playwright, script writer, or blogger? Perhaps you are retired and looking for ways to continue your craft. We are growing our core of conversation writers to help script, test and tweak the voice experiences we create for the over-65 generations. If interested in using your skills in the Voice-First world, contact us!  Email Heidi directly at



Alexa Blueprints Series

Alexa Blueprints for your home   Amazon recently launched what is called Alexa Blueprints. In a nutshell, Alexa lets anyone create their own custom Alexa Skill with Alexa Blueprints. I'll be doing a full series on how to create different types of blueprints for...

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Safety Tips for Home

Check Safety Hazards To Prevent Falls - First, an initial note here as this post is not Alexa-specific, but I believe is a topic that bears mentioning to the Marvee audience. (We will be adding a checklist to our suite of health and wellness Alexa Skills over the...

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What’s The Weather?

Planning An Outdoor Activity? -   Summer is upon us and it is fantastic to be able to say "Alexa" what's the weather this weekend?" and Alexa responds with the weekend forecast. However, there are times when Alexa gets it wrong..... or is it us? I just asked...

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Alexa, Are You Ready? (Hurricane Re-Post)

Another Hurricane Season Approaches As a new year brings with it the annual hurricane season, I thought I would repost, for a re-read, an earlier post on my experience during Hurricane Irma last year.  Hopefully 2018 will be a peaceful, storm-free year,...

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Happy Mothers Day

We honor all moms! Mom's are special. Mom's gave us life. Mom's are often selfless, even when we are unaware or don't think so. Mom's are our protectors Mom's teach us that tough love is valuable Mom's have our back, even when we're wrong! Mom's get up early to help...

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Reminders To Take Your Medicine – Hmmm

Can You Set Alexa to Remind You To Take Your Medicine? I've had several folks mention they are using "Reminders" as a way to remember to take their medicine. I think this is a great feature as a redundant practice to take your meds. However, I don't believe anything...

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Do You Have A Mom | Dad | Grandma Light?

And then there was light One of the first things we did after setting up the Echo for mom, and gaining some initial use was to become a "Connected Home". Whether connecting to devices like SmartThings, Wemo or Hue, we added not just lifestyle ease but safety was first...

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Guides, Tutorials & Cheat Sheets

Voice Command Guide

Here’s a cheat sheet of common voice commands


Light Ring Color Guide

We can al use a guide to the many ring light colors on the Echo device.


Bonus Tips For You

We’ve put together a a compilation of top tips to guide you on your voice journey.


Alexa Calling Cheat Sheet

Print a cheat sheet to personalize call commands


Play Some Music Cheat Sheet

Print your personalized cheat sheet for your music favorites!


Smart Home Cheat Sheet

Print out to remember your device names and commands


Have a Marvelous Day!

Enjoy using your voice!