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!

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.

Saving Memories with Seahorse

I attended four, count them, FOUR blog conferences this year. Am I crazy? Probably. Because everyone there is obsessed with social media, we're on our phones the entire time and snapping pictures as if we all have short-term memories, which we probably do. The annoying part of it all is missing a shot that someone else took, then having that person send us the pic or wait until is posted and kindly "borrow" it. Well I'm pleased to tell you that the problem is no more, thanks to the Seahorse app!

This is, by far, the easiest way I've found to share pictures. Whether it's a family reunion, girls' night out, or even events from a decade ago, you can create albums with your friends and family so no memory is lost. Here's how simple it is to use…

Search in your app store for Seahorse or use these direct links for iPhone and Android to download the free app. After signing in, you can start sharing!

Create a New Scene, name it, then start adding friends. If they already use Seahorse, they'll receive an invite to your event. If not, they will have to download the app. But they'll want to anyway because hey, it's awesome!

Now it's time to add media. You can give Seahorse access to take photos directly in the app, import from your camera roll, or access the event through your desktop and add images there. For this album, I chose pictures from this year's SNAP Conference.

Once your event images are uploaded, they're stored on a secure cloud. The beauty of Seahorse is all your images retain their resolution, so when sharing, exporting, or printing, there's no distortion.

If you find you need more storage for your events, fear not! Seahorse is offering you, my dear readers, an extra 5GB or storage by entering the promo code CLEVERHORSE. This code is good until October 31 and can only be redeemed once per user.

To redeem…

  1. Tap the icon on the top left corner to access your account settings
  2. Tap "Redeem"
  3. Tap "Write code" and enter CLEVERHORSE
  4. Tap "Go" on your keyboard

Done! You now have an additional 5GB of room for all your shared experiences. So go have fun and make/relive some memories!

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