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Tech Tips 101 | How to Use Tech to Your Advantage

Categories: Blog, Tech Tips 101, Uncategorized | Posted: December 13, 2018

There is no doubt that today’s technology has redefined how we live our daily lives. It’s never been easier to get around, connect with friends and family, and do our routine tasks in record time. The possibilities for convenience in a Cornerstone Homes community are endless, and they’re just getting started! 


See your grandchildren from a hundred miles away on FaceTime, order a new piece of furniture with the click of a button, ask Alexa to turn off your lights, and the list goes on… Take a look at our favorite apps, tips, and products to take advantage of the beauty and ease of modern tech:


Tech Tip #1: Kindlekindle tech tips

 If you live and breathe books, the Kindle will change your life! No matter where you are, whether traveling on a plane or lying in bed, the Kindle lets you download an unlimited amount of novels, so you’ll never miss a page of something extraordinary. Extra light lets you read in the dark, and you can even increase the font size! Gone are the days of carrying heavy books around.


Tech Tip #2: Yelpyelp tech tips

 Every Cornerstone Homes community is surrounded by a town with delicious restaurant options, but any opinion makes the choice for dinner so much easier. The closest thing to word-of-mouth, Yelp is a website filled with real reviews from patrons, along with photos, ratings, hours and info, and much more.


Tech Tip #3: Map My Walk walking couple chickahominy farms cornerstone homes

A leisurely walk along one of our scenic trails is one of the most enjoyable ways to relax and get some exercise in. When it comes to health data, clear your mind and don’t think about your steps — this app will do all the work! Map My Walk tracks your time, distance, speed, and calories burned.


Tech Tip #4: WhatsApp

Grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends… WhatsApp understands that you want to stay connected to everyone. This intuitive messaging system lets you make group chats with up to 25 people! Best of all, it can be used internationally wherever there’s WiFi, so you can stay in touch while traveling.


Tech Tip #5: Facebook 

Once used solely by college kids, Facebook is now the world’s largest circle of friends. Once you’ve created an account, add your high school, college, previous workplaces, etc. to connect with people from your past, as well as watch all of your grandkids’ adventures. You can send messages to others, view photos, and write updates about your life.


Tech Tip #6: Uber and Lyft uber tech tips

Today, you can go wherever you want, whenever you want, with a few simple taps on your phone. Uber and Lyft are apps that pair you with skilled drivers to take you to your destination. Keep these apps handy for when you’re not able to drive (or hey, when you just don’t feel like it!)


Tech Tip #7: Pill Reminder by Medisafe

Remembering to take your medication never has to be stressful again. This phone app will remind you to take your meds, and setting everything up couldn’t be easier. You can also check medication interactions, browse your daily med overview, and much more.


Pro Tip — Emergency Call on iPhone

In certain situations, you want help fast. Fortunately, your iPhone is designed to make emergency calls as quickly and easily as can be. When your phone is locked, simply press the home button once and tap “Emergency” at the bottom left corner.


Pro Tip — Notes App tech tips

From social apps to email, it can be hard to keep track of all of your passwords — but writing them down ensures that you’ll never get locked out of an account. Along with a physical entry on paper, keep your passwords stored in the “Notes” section on your iPhone for easy access.


When you live in a Cornerstone Homes community, life is all about luxury, leisure, and enjoying the little things. Modern technology, whether an app on your iPhone or a convenient product, makes every task even easier, so all your time and energy is spent doing what you love. And what do our homeowners love?  Meeting neighbors at the clubhouse, going to social events, playing cards, having pot lucks, sitting by the pool, exercising in the fitness center, walking the trails, walking the neighborhood sidewalks and stopping to chat, picking fresh veggies out to the community garden, and the list goes on!!


Embracing today’s tech means freeing up your days to truly enjoy your hard-earned retirement. Who would want to miss a moment of the fun that awaits here? We can’t wait to see what adventures you get into in a Cornerstone Homes community!


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How to Find the Best Christmas Gifts Online for Stress-Free Holiday Shopping

Categories: Blog, Tech Tips 101, Uncategorized | Posted: December 7, 2018

‘Tis the season to shop! While there are many stores near your Cornerstone community, internet shopping is a quick and easy way to find the perfect holiday gifts. If you’re stuck on what to buy or where to look, don’t worry — we’ve compiled a list to make navigating the internet easier than ever this Christmas!

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Whether for grandchildren, siblings, friends, or neighbors, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for without the lines and stress of brick and mortar stores. This year, enjoy the fun of shopping from the comfiest spot on your sofa (while only getting up to eat more Christmas cookies, of course):


AmazonChristmas gift ideas

 You’ve certainly heard of Amazon, but have you utilized its 2-day shipping option? If you’re pressed for time or think of the perfect present at the last minute, Amazon is your go-to. Plus, searching has never been easier (everything is categorized), and each product comes with reliable user reviews.

*Gift Idea: Apple Airpods (wireless earphones), Google Home



christmas gift ideas head gardenerEtsy

There’s nothing as sweet as a customized gift. Etsy is an online marketplace where artists/crafters list and sell their handmade goods, many of which can be personalized! A custom name puzzle for your grandchild or a personalized wall key rack are a few ideas to inspire a big-hearted statement.

*Gift idea: Matching coffee mugs (with your special touch)



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Who doesn’t love a nice gift for the home? With everything from coffee makers and luggage to TVs and vacuum cleaners, this website tests and reviews a wide range of products so you don’t have to! Purchase the best of the best of what you’re looking for, so “mediocre” is never a worry.

*Gift idea: New luggage for the vacation your daughter is planning this year


lego set Christmas Gift ideasWalmart

Shop by category and price, and save big on brand name items! If you don’t want to wait for your gifts to ship, see what’s available at your neighborhood store and pick them up yourself. All you have to do is click on the “Stores” icon at the top right of the screen, type in your zip code, and voila!

*Gift Idea: Lego set for your grandchildren


Uncommon Goodsbaseball christmas gift ideas

This is your new one-stop shop for thoughtfully unique gifts.  Uncommon Goods features lists of gift ideas, categorized by price, recipient, and interest. You’ll be sure to find something extraordinary for everyone on your list, even that family member who seems to have it all!

*Gift Idea: Baseball stadium blueprints for the fan in your family who never misses a game



Think of this website as a giant online coupon… Search for gifts from the category, price, rating, and more, and you’ll automatically find the best deals from all over the internet. It’s never been easier to save, so why not save on some of your biggest purchases of the year? Your wallet will love you!

*Gift Idea: Robotic vacuum


Grouponspa session Christmas Gift ideas

While Groupon offers deals on an abundance of products, they also offer discounts on “things to do.” If you’re shopping for someone who values an experience over a tangible gift, this website is for you. From concerts to events to theme parks, find deals on getaways that’ll create lifelong memories.

*Gift Idea: A local cooking class, a spa session


Last but not least, it’s important to always browse the internet safely. This means shopping only with online retailers that you know and trust, and never giving out your private information to any site that feels like a scam. Now that you’re ready to shop ‘til you drop, grab a warm drink and your coziest slippers, and open up the internet… the whole world is right at your fingertips — literally! From all of us at Cornerstone Homes, have a wonderfully happy holiday.



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Tech Tips 101: Smart and Easy Living in Your Cornerstone Home

Categories: Blog, Tech Tips 101 | Posted: November 29, 2018

smart home easy living cornerstone homesToday, technology makes it easier than ever to simplify your life and maintain your independence. From turning on lights, music, heat, and more with the flick of a switch, to controlling your security system while you’re miles away on vacation, many features let you live in the moment without worrying about the safety and function of your home. 

There are a lot of “smart” choices available to make your home smart and give you peace of mind. In fact, there are so many choices that it can be a bit mind-boggling… That’s why Cornerstone Homes is going to simplify everything so you can decide what you want for yourself in your new home!

These modern conveniences start with having a well-networked home, called “structured wiring.” Structured wiring is the backbone of your home’s communication and entertainment systems. Commonly called the “fourth utility,” it’s no longer an option — it’s a necessity! For instance, structured wiring and smart home technology can allow you to:


Play music in one room or throughout the house.

You can dance in any room – or every room!- with this feature.


Network all the computers in the house.home office cornerstone homes lower level living

Share files, software, and hardware such as printers and scanners.


Feel more secure than ever before.

Install systems that let you check in on your home with 24-hour monitoring and control lighting settings off-site. Give your children access to these systems if you feel secure with them checking in on you. In addition, devices today allow you to lock, unlock, and see who is at the door, all from your smartphone or device.


Make your home more comfortable.

You can dim the lights before bed or turn them on before you return home at night. Adjust your home’s temperature directly from your smartphone so that you come home to a space that’s as cozy or cool as you need it to be. You can even adjust these settings from the comfort of your couch, because who wants to get up from under the blanket to turn up the thermometer?


Make your least favorite chores easier than ever.

A Central Vacuum System allows you to clean your home conveniently, without having to drag a heavy unit around the house. This system creates cleaner and healthier air, while increasing your home’s value.


Enjoy a seamless entertainment experience.

Stream a movie or run a Blu-Ray on one player and watch it on any TV in the house.



And there’s so much more! From security systems and a central vacuum system, to devices like the Amazon Alexa and NEST thermostat that lets you adjust the thermostat while you’re out to save energy in your home – all from one convenient place. Technology today takes home automation to new heights. Talk to your Cornerstone Homes sales manager to determine which comfort, convenience, and safety systems work best for your lifestyle in your new home.



Whether you value quick and easy home security or an unbelievable home entertainment experience, the features you choose for your home will prove to be the “smartest” choices you’ve ever made… We can’t wait to see how wise your home becomes!



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