This post is sponsored by HP and Intel.

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I was so excited to experience working on-the-go with the HP and Intel Stream, a new kind of tablet with Intel Inside ®!  You see, I thought I was not a “tablet person.”  For a really long time, I resisted tablets because I thought they were redundant.  I had a desktop and I had a smart phone – what did I need a tablet for?  I thought tablets were mostly ‘big phones’ that you can’t actually make real phone calls on.  Hah.


Enter – the Stream 8. 


Here’s why I’ve really loved this tablet: it’s not a ‘big no-call phone’ reserved for playing games and online shopping, it’s a device you can actually do work on.  It runs Windows 8 and comes with Microsoft Office 365 FREE for a whole year.  That’s Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and more (you also get 1 TB free cloud storage).  These all are programs that I use all the time on my desktop computer and found the programs translate pretty nicely to a tablet with a touchscreen keyboard.


You see, I get a very limited window of work hours each day, but I get writing ideas all the time… like when I’m trying to play trucks with Henry while simultaneously breastfeeding Claire.  I end up trying to tap out the concept on my phone (so I don’t forget it)… but usually end up giving up because it’s so annoying to ‘write’ long ideas on my phone.  But the touchscreen keyboard on the tablet makes it a lot easier.  And it’s nice to be able to browse other websites on the large 8-inch screen. 


I’ve been stashing the Stream 8 in my purse so I can actually record my thoughts in a more productive way, no matter where I am. So far, it’s working (I wrote most of the ‘gender predictors’ post while at the doctor’s office with Claire!). 


And while it’s convenient for me to be able to work on-the-go while doing mom things (like waiting in the preschool parking lot for school to release!), it’s extra nice to be able to do work from my happy place – which is OUTSIDE.  We’ve been blessed with a few cold-but-sunny days recently and it’s sooo nice to be in the fresh air and not tied down to my desk.  I spend enough of my life indoors!


Most importantly —> The Stream 8 comes with FREE 4G data.  How cool is that?!  No contracts to sign or anything – just free Internet access that you can use when your WIFI signal is low or non-existent. 


Other thoughts on the Stream 8:  It has good battery life, so you can get a lot of work done before needing to recharge it.  And like many tablets, it comes with a front and rear camera so you can take pictures and do video chats.  My only complaints about the Stream 8 is the camera quality and screen resolution could be better, but it’s what I expected at this price point.  This will not replace my smartphone for on-the-go photo-taking.


Best part? It’s only $179.99 on Amazon, which I think is an incredible value for money.


Questions for you – Do you have a tablet? What kind? And what’s your #WorkFromHappyPlace location?  Mine is most definitely in the sun!


This post is sponsored by HP and Intel. Thanks for reading sponsored content. It’s how I help support our family. <3 <3 <3



  • Heather January 12, 2015, 11:16 am

    I’m glad to get a review of this, especially from someone who seems like a pretty diehard Mac person!

    • Caitlin January 12, 2015, 11:18 am

      Oh I’m not a Mac person. I do love my iphone but I MUCHHHHHHHHHHHHH prefer PC and Windows. Macs confuse me. LOL I have an HP desktop and adore it. <3

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed January 12, 2015, 11:30 am

    I have a lap top, so right now a tablet seems redundant… however it’s like the world’s largest lap top so whenever I have a baby, a tablet seems like it would be more practical. I love how much the price point has dropped on them.

  • Lauren January 12, 2015, 11:47 am

    That 4G no contract part sounds good! I can’t imagine adding another bill/contract to our household!

    • Caitlin January 12, 2015, 11:50 am

      I know! And the offer is good forever.

  • Debbie @ Live from La Quinta January 12, 2015, 12:23 pm

    I didn’t know I needed this until I read this post 😃! What a great price, especially with free data. Can you print from it if you have a wireless printer or through a network computer?

    • Caitlin January 12, 2015, 1:46 pm

      That’s a good question – I think you can, I don’t have a wireless printer but I image you would be able to. I will double check.

  • Bonnie January 12, 2015, 1:07 pm

    So I’m just curious- for writing this post, did you get the stream 8 for free? I personally like the idea of a tablet, but I think it’d just end up being forgotten or used for dumb stuff. That, and I love handwritten things. I’ve had a handwritten planner FOREVER (like I was the one too excited when they gave out agenda books in middle school… and then I graduated high school and went out and bought a planner for college… obsessed) and I have hand written journal, notebooks, etc, so for me, I think it’d be just as easy (and much cheaper) to buy a small notebook for my bag to jot down ideas when I’m out. Although, if someone offered me one for free, I wouldn’t say no. 🙂

    • Caitlin January 12, 2015, 1:48 pm

      Yes, it was a product review so I was given the tablet. I totally agree with you on the ease of a notebook but I HATEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE writing long things down!!! I love my paper planner for organizing but I cannot for the life of me write long concepts on paper. I actually remarked to my mom the other day that when I have to write more than a list of items, my hand gets all crampy and my handwriting looks terrible LOL I guess it’s because I *never* use a pen for that kind of stuff.

  • Jen January 12, 2015, 1:47 pm

    That 4G data thing is insane! I have been shopping around for a tablet, but I’m torn because I really love the iPad but I don’t want to spend that much. Have you watched any video on it? Can you speak to the quality of the viewing? I’m hoping to watch some TV in my kitchen while I’m cooking. 🙂

    • Caitlin January 12, 2015, 1:52 pm

      Yes I have! So the resolution and pixel density on the tablet is lower compared to an iPad (but I think you have to weigh that against the price of both devices). Obviously there has to be a way to get it priced so affordably compared to an iPad. I personally didn’t think the resolution issue was a “problem,” it was just something that I noted about the device when I was looking for “cons” to share with you guys. If you are going to use the device for TV viewing and very detailed picture quality is SUPER important to you, it may not be the device for you. But if you’re okay with pretty good resolution and are really looking for something under $200, I think it’s a good option – it’s not like the quality of video is necessarily LOW, just lower in comparison to pricier devices. Know what I mean?

      • Jen January 14, 2015, 1:51 pm

        Thank you! I’m smelling what you’re cooking. I really appreciate it – now to get my hands on one to try out!

  • Maria January 12, 2015, 1:57 pm

    Totally off topic reply, but Claire is so adorable on that pic – what a cutie!

    • Caitlin January 12, 2015, 2:02 pm

      squuuueeee, i know! thanks 🙂

  • liana@runtomunch January 12, 2015, 2:26 pm

    I don’t have a tablet, but really love one. I work from home a lot in the winter due to weather, so my #WorkFromHappyPlace is my couch with the cat when i’m not at my standing desk.

    This tablet looks great!

  • Liz January 12, 2015, 2:50 pm

    I love how Claire looks very similar to baby Henry but with her own little features too, such a cutie!!

  • Rebecca January 12, 2015, 4:39 pm

    We got my dad a tablet for Christmas and he really hasn’t used it a ton yet, even though he wanted one. That’s probably a timing thing, though, as he’s not at home a ton and hasn’t had a lot of time in his schedule for tablet-ing. I have a Kindle fire but don’t use it a ton. It was a gift I was not expecting, nor did I really want it. There are books and games on it that I go back to sometimes but not often. My sister has an iPad and uses it allllll the time. My mom uses her Kindle a lot, too. I guess it’s just a personal thing. I much prefer my laptop. I don’t like touchscreen keyboards. Even texting gets annoying, as convenient as it is. And my Kindle is impossible to read in the sun so that’s annoying, because sometimes I would have liked to have read things waiting for rides at school and stuff.

    It’s so funny to me how many people whip out their iPads or tablets for pictures and I’m sitting there with my tiny point-and-shoot digital camera or my smartphone. The quality seems fine, but it seems so awkward to take a photo with something that large.

    • Bobbie January 13, 2015, 3:43 pm

      A regular kindle as opposed to the fire would allow you to read in the sun. I believe they call it a paper white now. I have the original kindle from WAY back in the day and I read on the beach with it. It’s not a tablet though…solely for reading. Maybe you could trade your FIRE in for a regular kindle on amazon. I think they take trade-ins.

  • Jessi January 12, 2015, 5:32 pm

    Love this! If I didn’t already have an iPad I would totally be interested.

    On an unrelated note, Caitlin, I’m curious if you’ve tried Chipotle’s new Sofritas tofu option? I remember that you are a big Chipotle fan and I saw it on the menu the other day and wondered if it was any good. I like the veggie bowls too much so I’m nervous to try it, but I thought it was cool they are offering tofu now!

    • Caitlin January 12, 2015, 6:04 pm

      No I need to!!! I think it’s a cool idea.

  • Katie January 12, 2015, 5:32 pm

    Sounds intriguing! I got a hand-me-down iPad for Christmas, and I’m afraid to admit I’ve barely used it. I just can’t really find a need beyond what my phone and computer already do!

    I’m curious — I know you were trying to spend less time on your phone last year, and I think you recently wrote about it being one of the changes you’ve made to make you happier. How do you see the tablet fitting into that equation? Are you worried you’ll reach for it a lot, like a phone? Just curious!

    • Caitlin January 12, 2015, 6:03 pm

      Nope. I think I’ve broken the mindless browsing habit. Plus I have almost no time for mindless browsin really now that C is here!

  • Beks January 12, 2015, 5:36 pm

    That’s a GREAT value! Holy cow! I have an RCA Voyager 7, which I got for Christmas. It’s okay, but look at it from the wrong angle, and everything looks like a photographic negative. But, I can read and play games on it. *shrugs*

  • Jen January 12, 2015, 8:30 pm

    This is super timely as the husband’s laptop is going to die soon and we were just having the “what to replace it with?” debate on the weekend. He will be thrilled to learn that he can get all the programs he needs with the portability of a tablet AND won’t have to shell out extra $$ for the software since it’s already included! Great deal!

    • Caitlin January 12, 2015, 9:06 pm

      I don’t know if it has all the same perks, but also check out the stream 11. I haven’t tested it but was intrigued by it!

  • Kristin | W [H] A T C H January 12, 2015, 9:45 pm

    So affordable! And definitely really convenient to be able to use Microsoft products.

  • Angie January 13, 2015, 3:02 pm

    Die-hard Mac user here. I have an iPad that I have used extensively for work. I use Dropbox and have the Microsoft suite of products through their app (I think it was $10-20, well worth it). I have a laptop, too, but there are times when I want something smaller. The iPad is great for watching videos, too; we use it on trips all the time! My #WorkfromHappyPlace has to be either my backyard or our neighborhood pool in the summer.

  • Becky January 13, 2015, 9:53 pm

    That sounds awesome. I have a Kindle that I love, but I dont have a smart phone, so I use it for everything. That being said, lately I can not access your site from the tablet. All other websites are still working, but yours will not load. Just wanted to give you a heads up in case something is messed up.

    • Caitlin January 13, 2015, 10:14 pm

      Thanks! Can you tell me what browser and version you use?

      • Becky January 23, 2015, 9:33 pm

        Its a Kindle Fire, so I use their silk browser

        • Becky February 10, 2015, 4:00 pm

          FYI It still won’t load on the tablet

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