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7 ways the Assistant can help you get ready for Turkey Day

Thanksgiving is just a few days away and, as always, your Google Assistant is ready to help. So while the turkey cooks and the family gathers, here are some questions to ask your Assistant. 

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  • Show up to dinner on time: “Ok Google, how’s traffic?”
  • Prepare accordingly: “Ok Google, set a turkey timer for 4 hours.”
  • And don’t forget dessert: “Ok Google, add apple pie and pumpkin pie to my shopping list”
  • Play a game while you wait for turkey: “Ok Google, play Thanksgiving Mad Libs” 
  • Hear a funny tale: “Ok Google, tell me a turkey story” 
  • Learn something new: “Ok Google, give me a fun fact about Thanksgiving”
  • When Thanksgiving’s over, get ready for the next occasion:  “Ok Google, play holiday music” 

Happy Thanksgiving 🦃

Get moving with some help from your Google Assistant

From caramel apples to pumpkin pie, fall is all about delicious food. But if you’re the hunt for some balance from all of your favorite holiday treats, look no further than your Google Assistant—the walking, biking and “get moving” buddy you’ve been waiting for.


So grab your sneakers and sweatband and say “Ok Google,”

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  • Remind me to take a walk at 5 PM everyday
  • Show me pilates studios nearby
  • What’s the closest park?
  • ….show me directions to bike there. 
  • Play my fall favorites playlist
  • Set a “cool down” timer for 3 minutes (so you can stretch after that bike ride, of course)

Ok Google, let’s get spooky

It’s Friday the 13th and just a couple weeks ‘til Halloween. Whether you’d prefer to hand out candy, dress like a pirate or scare yourself silly, your Google Assistant can help you get in the spooky spirit:

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🤖 "Ok Google, what should I be for Halloween?"

🎃 “Ok Google, get directions to the nearest pumpkin patch”

👹 "Ok Google, how do I get rid of monsters?"

🍬 “Ok Google, add Halloween candy to my shopping list”

🙀 “Ok Google, scare me” 

👻 ”Ok Google, let's get spooky” (this one sets the Halloween vibe, with spooky music and flickering smart lights)

May all your Halloween dreams—or nightmares—come true. Happy (almost) Halloween!

Tackle football season with your Assistant by your side

Football season is officially underway and your Google Assistant is ready to help you keep up with your favorite teams. With your Assistant on your phone or Google Home, start with “Ok Google” and...

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  1. Stock up on the essentials by asking your Assistant to “Add chips and dip to my shopping list”
  2. Ask your Assistant about the competition: “Who does [insert your 🏈 team] play on Sunday?”
  3. Prepare for the game: “What’s the weather in Chicago going to be like today?”
  4. Double check the game date: “When does [insert your 🏈 team] play again?” 
  5. Get to know your Assistant by asking “Who’s your favorite football team?”

Ready, set, hut.

Five ways to co-host a dinner party with your Assistant

Now that the temperatures have dropped and fall is moving in, it’s time to bring the party inside.

Let your Assistant be the perfect co-host for your next dinner party—here are a few ways your Assistant can help prepare:

  1. Take advantage of seasonal produce: “Ok Google, find a recipe for sweet potato fries.”
  2. Prepare for a feast: “Set a potato timer for 45 minutes” and “set a pie timer for 1 hour”
  3. Make an entrance: “Play my ‘girls night’ playlist”
  4. Set the mood: “Change the living room lights to coral”
  5. Have some fun: “Play Lucky Trivia”

Last step—enjoy!

7 Ways your Assistant can help with your last minute vacation

Summer may be winding down, but it's not over just yet. If you have time to squeeze in one last summer vacation before the leaves change, let your Assistant be, well, your Assistant and help you plan your last minute trip.

Let’s say you decide to head to Vancouver. Here are a few questions you can ask your Assistant:

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  1. Do your research. “Ok Google, what’s the weather in Vancouver?”
  2. Schedule your flight. “Ok Google, show me flights to Vancouver on Saturday”
  3. Road tripping instead? “Ok Google, play my summer 2017 playlist.”
  4. Pick your adventure. “Ok Google, what should I do in Vancouver?”
  5. Eat, drink and be merry. “Ok Google, what are the best restaurants in Vancouver.”
  6. Camping? “Ok Google, show me places to camp near Vancouver.”
  7. And if you can’t have one last summer getaway, you can always reminisce … “Ok Google, show my photos from Spain in August.”

So go out there and enjoy a last hurrah for the summer.

“Ok Google, tell me a joke”

What did one snowman say to the other?

Do you smell carrots?

jokes

It’s National Joke Day, and your cheesy, mostly funny Assistant has a few jokes up its sleeve. Here are a couple of our favorites:

  • You: “Ok Google, tell me a joke.”
  • Google Assistant: “One joke, coming up! What is a sea monster’s favorite snack? Ships and dip.” 🛳

Not your speed? What about…

  • You: “Ok Google, tell me a joke.”
  • Google Assistant: “This might make you laugh. How do robots eat guacamole? With computer chips.”

So head outside—“Ok Google, comedy shows nearby”—or take a seat—“Ok Google, tell me a joke”—and cue the laugh track.

Your bookworm Assistant

Get Wilde and re-Joyce on National Book Lovers day by going down the Plath less traveled with your Assistant. Stowe your books and get ready with these questions (we promise you’ll get Thoreau answers).

  • Prepare your shelves: “Ok Google, add that new book about meditation to my shopping list.”
  • There’s nothing like the smell of old books: Say “Ok Google, where’s the nearest library?” to your Assistant on Google Home. 
  • Channel your inner Hemingway: Ask your Assistant on your phone to “take me to the closest café.”
  • Learn a truth universally acknowledged about your favorite author: “Ok Google, tell me about Jane Austen.”
  • Don’t forget your other reading glasses (to pair with your book): “Ok Google, talk to Wine Guide.”
  • Set the scene: “Ok Google, set the reading room lights to 60% brightness”

So with that, we bid you adieu. Parting is such sweet sorrow...but happy National Book Lovers Day!

Your Back-to-School Assistant

We’re in no to rush to get through summer, but it’s officially August and time to start thinking about going back to school! Here’s how your Assistant can help you get back into the school days groove:

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  • Brush up on history: “Ok Google, when was World War II?”
  • Pop quiz: “Ok Google, play American Presidents Quiz
  • Plan your wardrobe: “Ok Google, when’s the first day of Fall?
  • Dust off your French skills: “Ok Google, how do you say ‘how was your summer’ in French?”
  • Keep track with your phone: “Ok Google, remember my locker combo is 6437”
  • Be the first one in: “Ok Google, set my alarm for 7 a.m.” 
  • Order supplies on Google Home: “Ok Google, order three notebooks”

Give me an A! Give me an S... and another S, plus an ISTANT.  What's that spell? Assistant! Go team!

Your Cheesy Assistant

This is nacho average weekend: both National Lasagna Day and National Cheesecake Day are here to fill the Swiss cheese-sized holes in your weekend plans.

If you don’t know how to celebrate these aged-old traditions, don’t be bleu. Your Assistant can serve up some cheesy tips:

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  • In queso you forget: "Ok Google, order lasagna noodles."
  • Don't make me do it prov-alone: “Ok Google, let’s make lasagna” 
  • Sweet treats are made of cheese: “Ok Google, what ingredients are in cheesecake?”
  • Say cheese: “Ok Google, how do you say ‘cheesecake’ in Italian”?
  • Cotija-ha-ha: “Ok Google, tell me a cheesy joke”
  • It's all gouda (or not!): “Ok Google, what’s a good substitute for cheese?”
  • Shred it on the dance floor (or kitchen floor): “Ok Google, play my cheesy goodness playlist.” 
  • Let’s brie honest: “Ok Google, what’s your favorite kind of cheese?”
  • Spread the love: “Ok Google, how do you make a cheese board?” 

Ready, set, asiago! 🧀🎉