4 Ways to Wear a Blanket Scarf

This utterly amazing post is brought to you by the equally amazing Hewlett Packard. As always, the writing and opinions I share are mine all mine.

I love clothes. Who doesn't? But since I have an husband and three children I have to dress, shopping for me has gotten a bit trickier. I like items that I can wear multiple ways to create different looks depending on my mood. Saves money and space in my closet! One of my new favorite pieces is the blanket scarf. If I'm going to multitask, so should my clothes! So I grabbed my friend and my HP x360 and we headed out to my favorite cafe. She took the pics while I worked. See? Multitasking!

What's a blanket scarf, you ask? Basically, it's a shawl that is cut halfway through so it will fit over your shoulders. For me, it's much more functional and it stays put more than a regular shawl.

Standard way of wearing a blanket scarf? Throw it on and go. I prefer wearing it with a long-sleeved shirt. It's super cozy, but doesn't get too warm when I have my laptop on my lap. But if you happen to have a springy, lightweight scarf, feel free to chill out and shorten those sleeves.

Want a fancier look? Throw one of the panels over your shoulder. Just that little adjustment elevates the scarf to a sophisticated level. And it helps if you don't want the panels in your way when working on a tablet or other device.

When you want a blanket scarf to stay put and have it feel more like a coat/jacket, overlap the panels and add a pin/brooch. Perfect for heading out in the breeze or sipping your favorite drink. I happened to be watching a video in this pic. Gotta love that the HP x360 can sit tent-style!

Last, but not least, wear it belted. Overlap the the panels, pair it with a skinny belt, and it creates a whole new look. Cinching it in creates a kimono sleeve and makes it look more like a top than an accessory. Wearing it with a belt definitely brings the blanket scarf to a whole new level.

In case you couldn't tell, the HP x360 is just as versatile as a blanket scarf. It has four modes — laptop, tablet, tent, and stand. You've heard of a 2-fer. It's a 4-fer!

Since you can bend the laptop all the way back into a tablet, HP is "bending the rules" (see what I did there?) by going on the road with Meghan Trainor for her All About That Bass tour. They'll be sharing behind-the-scenes episodes with hair, makeup, choreography and more.

Want to follow along? just head to the HP Meghan Trainor Tour site to see how the tour will come to life!

Which is your favorite way to wear a blanket scarf? Which mode would you use the HP x360 in the most? Comment below and let me know!

Posted on February 22, 2015 and filed under Hey Gorgeous, Stuff & Things, Tech.

Lego Printable Valentine

When the week of February 14 rolls around, I either frantically look online for a printable from one of my blogging pals or run to the store for whatever is left that isn't lame. I decided to be a little more on the ball this year and create my own printable valentines! Feel free to pat me on the back the next time you see me.

My children are obsessed with all things Lego, so I designed the ultimate expression of adoration. You know you're truly in love with someone when you would walk across a floor of Legos for them. I've done it for my own kids!

Feel free to print these valentines in primary colors and Lego Friends colors. Want to up the ante? Purchase a Lego brick mold to melt crayons in. Then share your craftiness with your children and their friends. It will be a "make their parents' jealous" moment, I'm sure.

BOY DOWNLOAD

GIRL DOWNLOAD

Download and print in color on heavy cardstock for the best result.

Who would you walk across a floor of Lego bricks for?

Posted on February 11, 2015 and filed under Print Me.

Emoji Defined

Using the emoji keyboard on my phone has turned me into a hieroglyphic master. Or so I thought. There are so many, for lack of a better word, vague emoji. But lucky for me (and you), I discovered exactly what each of them represent.

When using iMessage on my laptop, I can click on the emoji menu that shows me the same options that are on my phone. The advantage is when I mouse over one, a little text box pops up that describes the image.

Some of the descriptions are a little…odd to say the least. I was sure that the orange-red angry face would have stood for "I hate your stinking guts," but I was wrong. Evidently the person in charge of that description has a more intense pouting face than me.

You'll have to share which one surprised you the most. For me, it was the red heart that I used so often to represent love. Guess I'll be using a different color from here on out!

Without further ado…emoji defined!

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Posted on February 5, 2015 and filed under Stuff & Things.

How to Set Goals and Achieve Them

If this were posted on January 1, I probably would have just started a diet, gotten a gym membership, registered for 26 college credits, and set who knows how many lofty resolutions. And I wouldn't be alone. Each year an average of 45% of Americans make New Year's Resolutions, but only 8% reach their goals. I'm determined to be part of that 8% this year, so let's discuss how to set goals and achieve them.

Long-Range Goals

Most worthwhile goals are long-range ones. Things like weight loss and getting out of debt rarely happen in a week. When you're looking to change, begin with the end in mind. Then determine a reasonable time frame to get there, whether its 6 months or 5 years.

Example: lose 25 pounds this year

Intermediate Goals

Once you've established what you'd like to achieve in the long-term, break it down into smaller, manageable goals. If your long-term goal should take a year to reach, intermediate goals would happen each month.

Example: lose 2 pounds each month

Short-Range Goals

It's time to take those intermediate goals and break them down too. If your intermediate goals are each accomplished in a month, short-range goals would be achieved each week.

Example: lose 0.5 pound each week, attend gym 5 days each week, plan weekly meals on Sunday

Daily Tasks

Finally evaluate what you need to do each day to reach your short-range goals. These daily tasks will be the key to reaching your long-range goal.

Example: drink 75 oz. water, high-intensity cardio for 30 minutes, no sweets

A former teacher of mine taught that a goal not written is merely a wish, so I created a worksheet for you to write down your own goals. Just click on the image below and the download option will open in a new window. Print as many as you need to organize each of your long-term goals.

Keep me posted on your goals. I'd love to know when you accomplish them. We can celebrate together!

Posted on December 29, 2014 and filed under Free, You, Print.

Disney Educational App for Early Learning

We are a tech-savvy home and our kids are creeping up on my husband's and my skill level. If my 5-year-old is going to be playing on our iPad, I want to have control over what he plays and how long he plays it. Disney's helping me stay in charge of my family's screen time.

Currently, my son's favorite app is Mickey's Magical Math World. In this space-themed app, he identifies shapes, counts, problem solves, and sorts with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy. All these math concepts, yet he asks to play it more than the "entertaining" apps I have on our iPad.

Lately he's been playing it next to our Christmas tree. I guess the magic of the holidays goes right along with the magic of Disney!

He gets pretty engrossed in the game, but he'll always stop to show me the rocket he just cleaned to take on an alien adventure.

I admit, I get a little giddy about "The Mouse" too. If we had tech like this when I was a kid, I would have been all over this app!

I appreciate that Disney is creating apps that inspire my child's imagination and creativity. But they haven't left me out of the loop. I'm able to connect with my son and his app usage with the Disney Imagicademy Parents app.

This parental resource enables me to monitor how long he plays, the creations he's made, even sending out a virtual "high five" to reinforce his progress.

It also provides me with articles and activities to help me unplug and connect with my children offline as well.

What can I say? Disney has done it again. Bringing families together through technology and fostering creative education. This app most certainly gets two thumbs up from our family!

Click HERE for more information on Disney Imagicademy and how you can engage and enrich your children through the power of imagination and creativity.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Posted on December 22, 2014 and filed under Review, Tech, Family.

Eight Free Crochet Toy Patterns

When birthdays or Christmas roll around, it's easy for kids to ask for everything they see on tv. But sometimes homemade is the best and most meaningful. If you need a gift for babies, toddlers, and children of all ages, here's a roundup of eight free crochet patterns. There's a toy for everyone on your list!

Let me know if you make any of the adorable toys from these talented bloggers.

Hedgehog Taggie Baby Toy from One Dog Woof

Color Sorting Balls from Seriously Daisies

Colored Pencils from Crochet N Play

Crochet Toy Car from Nephithyrion

Margarita Doll from Petite Purls

Baby Owl from Little Muggles

Crochet Ice Cream from Oomanoot

Baddies Robots from Petite Purls

Posted on December 17, 2014 and filed under Crafts, Free, Gifts, Yarn.