A little but powerful moment with the HP Spectre x360 #ReinventGiving

This post is sponsored by HP.

A lot of my visuals on the blog use a handwritten font. It’s a great way to show what’s in my head or personalize an image — especially when I want to portray my excitement. Think old school Batman with the “POW”, “ZING”, “BOOM”. The only problem, it’s not my handwriting. Sadzies. I use fonts that look like handwriting. That may not bother you as a reader, but as a graphic designer who’s overly passionate about imagery, it’s maddening. There’s just something magical, something one-of-a-kind about using my own handwriting. It makes everything more personable and unique.

How I get my handwriting on images with the HP Spectre x360 #ReinventGiving

In the past, I found a work around to hand sign my cover letters when I email resumes. I literally signed my name on a piece of paper, took a picture of it with my phone, and popped it into Photoshop. Then I played with the contrast and brightness to finally get a white background but not lose the inked lines. Finally, I would place it into my file. Talk about a band-aid fix. To do this on the fly with other images it putzy and time consuming.

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Wireless Sound and Smart Lighting — Sengled Lightbulbs

This post is sponsored by Sengled. 

When Sengled Lightbulbs asked if I wanted to try their lightbulbs, I was like, ummmm, it’s a lightbulb. *shrugs* What’s to try, right? Before I agreed, I typed Sengled into google to do a little research and soon found out that these were not your ordinary lightbulbs. 

Sengled Lightbulbs - Element lightbulbs change color and dim all through an app or Alexa

The Boy is all about controlling the house from his phone. We live in a smart home. From the thermostat to vacuum cleaner, all devices bow to the palm of his hand. Sengled lightbulbs fit right in because they could be controlled from an app. Element bulbs could be scheduled, dimmed, turned on or off, and it integrated with Alexa. (Since install day, there’s been a lot of, “Alexa, dim lights to 20%.”) Pulse had a wireless built in JBL Bluetooth speaker, and Snap (which I didn’t test) has a built in security camera. Who knew lightbulbs could be exciting.

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Faster and Farther with eero WiFi Network

Brought to you in partnership with eero. eero is offering all HOH readers FREE overnight shipping with the purchase of an eero system. Please be sure to select overnight shipping upon checkout, and use the promo code HIPSTERS. 

When we first moved into the house, my phone was slow. My iPad was slow. My laptop…you guessed it, slow. The Boy was at his wits end with 3 different WiFi networks in the house plus multiple repeaters. If you were upstairs, you got dropped from the stronger network. Sometimes you’d be on the slowest network, and no matter how many times you changed over, the iPhone would switch back to the slowest network. Nothing did the trick. I think my exact words were, “if we can’t fix this, Imma chuck my phone out the window”.

Eero WiFi Network has an easy app setup

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Patio DesignOff with World Market, Jojotastic and House Of Hipsters

There’s a lot of things I love about our new home, but it has a few nooks of sadness. One being the patio, and that’s the one place during the summer months where we love to spend our time. There’s nothing quite like kicking back in the evening, crickets chirping, fireflies lighting up the woods. All that was missing last summer was the pool and a cabana boy. We had it good at the old place.

Patio Makeover Challenge with World Market, House Of Hipsters and Jojotastic

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Blogs I Enjoy Reading

Hey you guys! This is a post I’ve been meaning to do for quite some time. A post to share some love, show some support and introduce you to a few really cool blogs I enjoy reading on the daily. You all know Grace and Laura, but in the sea of amazing blogs, I have some other hidden gems. Some you may know, some you may never have heard of.

Blogs I Enjoy Reading

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