Connecting with Family Despite the Distance #HPFamilyTime

I’ve been a military spouse for the past 16 years and lived in various locations across Canada. Most of my family lives in Ontario so I’ve spent the majority of my adult life living far away. I used to only stay connected via phone calls, but technology has opened up a new avenue of possibilities. I can still chat on the phone with my mom, dad and sisters, but we’ve also discovered the wonderful world of Skype!

Funny story….when I was young I used to imagine an invention where you could talk to someone and actually see the person you were chatting with. Back in the 80s, this idea seemed very futuristic and it’s neat to see that it’s actually a means of communication now. Technology is such a cool thing. My 8 year old self is still in awe with how far communication has advanced.


HP Canada provided me with an ENVY Recline 23 TouchSmart All-in-One before Christmas and it’s been a true blessing. Not only did I create gorgeous Christmas cards and decorations, but I also was able to see and talk to my family in Ontario over the holiday season.  My parents own the HP ENVY X2 PC and both of them have been really enjoying our chats. Seeing and hearing them makes me feel closer despite the distance. It was wonderful to see their faces Christmas morning and wish them a “Merry Christmas”. They told me no pictures though since they were still in their pyjamas. I guess I understand that!

On another call, I was able to virtually meet my sister’s new French bulldog, Charlie. He is so cute! I just wanted to reach through the screen and kiss his little face. He sat nicely on my dad’s lap and looked right at the screen. He could see and hear me calling his name. The ENVY Recline 23 TouchSmart All-in-One has a HP TrueVision HD Webcam and a 23-inch diagonal Full HD touchscreen. It’s the next best thing to being there in person. The picture was clear and sharp.


Of course, my parent’s dog, Maude, wanted to say hi too. She was jealous Charlie was getting all the attention!


We were also able to grab a quick picture of the two of them together on my dad’s lap. They are so adorable and have become good friends.


In addition to the incredible visual experience on the ENVY Recline 23 TouchSmart All-in-One, there’s also the top notch audio experience. The PC is fully equipped Beats Audio™, dual speakers and a subwoofer. Voices come through crystal clear with zero muffling or feedback. I could close my eyes and it would seem like my dad was sitting right beside me.



My dad loves to crack jokes and make people laugh. Of course, he had to tease me and tell me a funny story. I really miss him!

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He started making funny faces too. He’s almost 60, but still a kid at heart.


I really enjoy our chats and how the  ENVY Recline 23 TouchSmart All-in-One allows me to stay connected with my loved ones from far away. I can see them smile on the large 23-inch HD touchscreen and hear their laughter like they are right there with me.


Plus, the  ENVY Recline 23 TouchSmart All-in-One has an adjustable all-in-one touchscreen where you can change the viewing angle to whatever your preference.

skype-3Staying connected is so important especially when you are at a great distance.  I look forward to more skype chats with my mom and dad. My dad will be working on some new jokes to tell I’m sure!

Learn more about the ENVY Recline 23 TouchSmart All-in-One. Watch for upcoming post where I’ll be sharing another way I’m using the ENVY Recline 23 TouchSmart All-in-One: Adobe Photoshop Elements 12!

HP and Adobe products mentioned in this post were supplied by HP Canada and Adobe Canada.

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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