Tech, and travel, and chocolate! Oh my!

Last week I had the chance to go to the Hilton in downtown Salt Lake City for an event about tech and travel. We got to see some of the fun new technology for the home, and great ideas for the upcoming holidays too. We also learned some travel tips, toured the hotel, and watched a cooking demo. Our lunch was amazing, with one of the most delicious chocolate desserts I have had in a long time! Just look at how pretty it was too:

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The event was hosted by Techlicious, Traveling Mom and the Consumer Technology Association. As I mentioned, the event was held at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center. One thing about this hotel is they know that their guests love technology, there are even outlets in the furniture in the lobby! And the pool is so amazing, I wanted to jump right in. The location in the heart of the city can’t be beat either. They have some great deals too, so be sure to check out the website if you are coming to Salt Lake.

If you know me at all, you know I am a tech lover. This event showcased some great products for personal use and for the home. If you are looking to make your home into a “smart home” these are the products to put on your wishlist:

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1. The Honeywell Lyric round Wi-Fi thermostat. Connect to your thermostat with your app and control the temperature in your home even when you aren’t home! Having this kind of control can be a real money saver since you can make sure you aren’t heating/cooling a house that no one is in.
2. The Philips Hue White Ambiance starter kit. These neat light bulbs are controlled from an app or the dimmer switch. You can set up your lights to mimic a sunrise/sunset to help you ease into your days. It’s very cool.
3. Alarm.com lets you access and control your home security system and smart thermostats, HD video, locks and lights through a single screen.

Tech Stocking Stuffers:

JVC Gumy Bluetooth Headphones
They come in pink, blue, white and black. What I liked most about these headphones is unlike other earbud styles, these fit in my ears comfortably. They are shaped a bit differently than others. They also have a microphone and remote so you can accept calls, control volume, pause playback and skip forward and backward through tracks.

Griffin iTrip Clip
The iTrip Clip connects your favorite headphones wirelessly to your smartphone or tablet using Bluetooth 4.1. Perfect for the newer iPhones that no longer have a headphone jack.

Otterbox universe Case System

The uniVERSE Case System is super cool, very protective case, that you can attach a variety of accessories from leading brands such as camera lenses, batteries, speaker, and much more.

Misfit Ray
This activity tracker is slim and sleek. It also has many options to personailze it, inluding the option to wear it as a necklace or on your wrist. The most interesting part is that it runs on batteries which only need to be changed every 6 months!

It was a fun event, and there is so much more to share but this post is getting so long! We all had a pretty good laugh at the top things people were searching for in 1996 (oh how far we have come from the days of VCRs and camcorders). Is there anything on your tech wishlist this year?

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