This holiday season I am on a mission to stress less. Two weeks ago I lost the most important person in my world, my grandmother. She was the light of my life, my best friend and I had the joy of seeing her every day as I was her caregiver for 13 years. It’s been very difficult, friends and family have been telling me that I need to take time for myself and to relax, but like we all know, it can be fairly difficult. Thankfully, one of my favorite tech experts and mentors, Mario Armstrong joined me for an interview this week to dish on his favorite products and tech gadgets that will help us all stress less in every aspect of our daily lives!
Candace Rose: What is your number one tip for stressing less over the holidays?
Mario Armstrong: “Candace, I love this wearable device called SPIRE. Basically you wear this on your waist or on your chest just like any other fitness tracker, except this is tracking how you breathe. It’s tracking your respiratory patterns and getting a sense of whether or not you’re stressed out or you’re very tense or not.Once it does that, it can then alert you on your phone and give you notifications, tips and advice on deep breathing and other things to help you calm down and get focused and recenter. This is great for increasing those endorphins, it’s great for lowering that blood pressure and just getting you to be more calm and more relaxed. I’m a big fan of that. I meditate, and deep breathing is a powerful, powerful part of meditation, so anything that can notify us when we’re stressing to remind us to deep breathe is a great thing. Plus, they have a great discount: 25% off on this device. If you go to their website SPIRE.io and get 25% off.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any suggestions to help give peace of mind for holidays and beyond?
Mario Armstrong: “The biggest thing is our home, where we live. For me, we’ve been dealing with some water leaks in our basement. One actually ruined our carpets completely, so I’m so glad that I’ve been able to use the sensors from Samsung SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit that basically allows you through my phone to monitor different areas of my house with these sensors all around the house. I can check on things like home intrusion detection, smoke, fire, water leaks and more. The setup is really easy, they tell you everything that you need to do right inside and they have a great Black Friday/Cyber Monday special on this at 20% off. Go to SmartThings.com.”
Candace Rose: What device would make a great gift?
Mario Armstrong: “A lot of people ask for tablets and tablets, so look for 2-in-1s this holiday season. This is a really great 2-in-1 here (please see video above for details) this is the HP Spectre x2 powered by Intel® 6th Generation™ Core® M Processor 2-in-1 device. This has a sixth general Intel Core processor and that’s a big deal because you want peak performance. You want it to be fast, you want it to boot up quick and it’s going to be great for work, school or play and entertainment. You can also pop the tablet piece right off, so it’s really versatile and mobile. It’s HP’s thinnest and lightest detachable ever that they’ve made. You get 10 hours of battery life with that as well, and you can add McAfees LiveSafe for added security as well.”
Candace Rose: Cars are always a great holiday gift. Do you have any thoughts on how we can stress less whether we’re buying or selling?
Mario Armstrong: “Buying a car or selling a car is a very stressful experience for a lot of people, so do this at home in your pajamas relaxed by using the website Vroom.com. They have a huge selection, big inventory and not only that, it’s 100% stress-free because there’s no pressure, there’s no haggling so can just chill out in your home, go online and look through and see what’s there. They deliver to your home door to door, which is great. You also get a seven day money back guarantee with that as well. If you wanted to sell your car, all you have to do is scan your vehicle identification number, upload a few photos and they’ll tell you how much extra cash you can get for it as well.”
Candace Rose: What do you have for those of us who will always want to be rock stars?
Mario Armstrong: “Yes, for all the rock star people out there and all the air guitar types out there, you want to check out two things that I have for you, one is a Bluetooth wireless speaker from iHome. It’s not just any Bluetooth wireless speaker, this is the iBT12 and the iBT32, they are in the shape of a flask, which is really, really cool. You can even us the flask for all types of controls and stuff. Portable, wireless Bluetooth. It sounds great and you can get 30% off if you use the coupon code Mario30 by going to their website iHome.com.
Last but not least, Guitar Hero Live, the game that everybody loves to play with the video game controller being your guitar. You get two new things with Guitar Hero Live, and one is the first person point of view, so you’re actually on the stage with your bandmates rocking out and you’re getting what that view looks like and feels like to be that rockstar. The other thing is that they have something new that is the first playable music video network called GHTV. Check this out Candace – you can basically jump into other music videos and play along and compete right inside the music video, which is a lot of fun.”
Candace Rose: Thank you as always, Mario. Where can we go for more information?
Mario Armstrong: “Candace, we have all the details, the discounts, coupon codes and links on our website: ThunkNews.com/StressLess.”