Do you always struggle to print things off for the kids homework?
Have piles of photos that lie in a cloud of digital space somewhere?
Desperate to find things to keep the kids occupied?
I have the answer! I was very lucky to receive a beautiful new Epson printer this summer and I didn’t want to write another normal blog until I realised how much this lovely little piece of tech has helped me in my daily life…
For those of you that don’t know my little boy has just gone into Year 1 this September and the homework has ramped up big time and it involves picking a task to complete each week out of 10 tasks included in their homework book. Most of these involve things like, put a picture of your favorite place in your book and tell us why its your favorite place or put in a picture of you now and when you were a baby and tell us 5 differences. Just a few examples… Well! This little beautiful bit of kit means I can pull it out the cupboard and pop it on the dining table. Within two seconds it is on and ready for action having been set linked into my wifi previously. I purchased some photo paper from the pound shop, downloaded the Epson app on my phone and iPad and away I went. It’s so simple even a technophobe like me can manage it! I select the photo button in the app, select which one I want and press print and voila its done! And the quality that it prints out is fab.!
The difference between this printer and others is that I don’t have to worry about ink. This is because it doesn’t use the traditional cartridges that cost £50-£100 a pop. It uses squeezy bottles of ink that you squeeze into the relevant pots and is said to last approximately 2 years! So even though it is more expensive on the initial outlay the ink replacement means its a no brainer as far as cost is concerned.
Not only have we managed to complete homework, it also means I can print off colouring in pics for my 3 year old and other highly coloured arts and crafts for her to do like the Finding Dory crafts we completed over the summer holidays which included ‘Dorygami’ and fun props on sticks like you use for selfies.
Additionally it scans and copies and then puts away neatly wherever you want it until next time. I honestly can say its been a game changer in our house. Check it out : Epson EcoTank ET-2550
I pulled a Sex & The City style girls brunch in September! It was my very good friends birthday and it was a ‘big’ one so a big girls day out was in order. My lovely friends allowed me to organise the whole day and seen as I had been desperate to try out a bottomless brunch at the fabulous Tanners in Bermondsey this was my first port of call. Yay!
Tanners offer two sittings of their bottomless brunch at either 11-1 or 2-4 so we opted for the second. After sharing a cheeky ‘magnum’! of Prosecco on the train courtesy of the birthday girl we rocked up at Tanners. The venue is so fab at the top of Bermondsey Street, a now very trendy part of the world and well worth a wander on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon for drinks, eats and a gander at all the lovely independent shops plus just round the corner is Maltby Street Market, you can read more about this fab place here.
Anyway back to brunch, by the time we were sat down the whole venue which is just gorgeous and a mix of shabby chic and school room (we were sat on an old gym vault made in to a sofa), was alive and buzzing. The tables are set beautifully with croissants, granola pots and fresh juice to start. Once you’ve settled in you get to choose from one of Tanners signature burgers or signature benedicts and of course your drinking weapon, the staff are attentive and friendly without being intrusive and most importantly keep your prosecco (our choice) flowing. As if that wasn’t enough you also get to choose elderflower jelly or fizzy chocolate pot for dessert, obvs we all went for chocolate!
I genuinely can’t recommend Tanners enough for bottomless brunch for ambiance, food, staff and drink – 10 stars! Plus it’s only £35!!
The rest of our day was filled with posh cocktails.
We started with a table on the terrace of the OXO tower. The views are stunning and if you have a lovely day like we did it really is just lush. You do feel part of the ‘London Set’ lol. Their porn star martinis are to die for and come with a very cute skeleton glass which your shot of prosecco is in. I was actually taken here for my 30th and I’ve always remembered it….
and even more cocktails at the London Cocktail Club in Covent Garden.
Needless to say we all needed a week to recover🙂
Where can you recommend for brunch or a girlie day out?
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So the summer holidays are officially upon us and like many parents I’m keen to make sure we have lots to do. Yesterday whilst big bro was at gym club me and my mini me did baking for the first time with our gorgeous personalised baking set, you can check out some pics of that on my instagram, it all went surprisingly well!
As Florence is turning 3 in October I thought it was time we went to our first blogger event together so a couple of weeks ago we trotted off to the Disney Store in London for a meet up with Epson in conjunction with the new film out this summer Finding Dory. We were met by Elsa and her a lovely crew who had put on a lovely breakfast and then spoken to by Bobbie from Disney who explained they were always keen to make sure parents had a great new film to look forward to. Disney had hooked up with Epson for this to offer even more great ideas for things to do with the kids over the summer period. (Did you know most parents run out of ideas after 3 weeks and on average spent £1500 during the summer holidays?!?) Neil from Epson then took the stand to explain how the world of print had declined in recent years but Epson had come up with an innovative package to ensure users didn’t have to worry about how much they printed, how colourful the subject was or how often they printed. Introducing the Ecotank printer….
The best thing about this printer is it comes supplied with ink to run it for 2 years and when one bottle needs replacing they are only £8… In comparison a normal printer would consume 70 cartridges over this period!
The lovely Alice from More than Toast then stepped up to demonstrate how to make some ‘dorygami’🙂 and explain that with the new printer safely installed at her home it was a great tool for the kids to find pictures to print and colour in and how she didn’t have to worry about printing pages that were full colours or other such worries that we all had with our old printers. She also found that whilst sitting and doing these crafting things with her little ones that they tended to just chat and reveal lots more about their lives than if asked specifically about one thing. This resonated a lot for me especially trying to tap into Zachys feelings about mine and his dad’s separation so this is definitely on the agenda…
Once Alice (and Neil from Epson) had created their wonderful origami whales the rest of us bloggers were set to work on making some great crafts. There really was some truly fab creations (most bloggers had no kids with them btw..) Flo and I on the other hand set to work on the 0-3yr market and she did a fab job of making some great pictures that she was super proud of🙂
We had such a fab day and I can’t wait to try out this fab new printer and go to watch Finding Dory so keep your eyes peeled for all that exciting stuff to come🙂
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Like most mums (and dads) I’m always on the look out to do something different and exciting with the kids to keep them occupied, have fun and if possible give them some educational value so I was delighted when I learnt about the opening of a new shed in West Wickham, Kent.
A shed?! I hear you cry!
It’s not any old shed though…. Set up by Regan Anderton, author of whatiatelastnight.com and food editor for Kent Life Magazine, The Cooking Shed is an adult only or adult and child cookery school right here on my back door step.
Launched on 7th May this year, Regans idea was to set up a relaxed and homely environment where you can spend time one on one with your little one (3 years plus) or in an adult only class to learn how to cook healthy, home cooked food. She had realised that the age old premise of passing down knowledge generation to generation had skipped quite a few of us in our manic day to day lives and wanted to help people to get back in the kitchen and cooking from scratch with quality ingredients (that she sources from quality locally businesses).
I was fortunate to attend an adult and child class with my eldest Zachy (5 1/2 yrs), to learn how to make chinese steamed buns. I didn’t have a clue where to start! Upon arrival you immediately feel like you’re at the seaside entering in to a fresh, well laid out and prepared classroom. Along with 3 other mum/child pupils we all popped on our super cute Cooking Shed aprons and were given some background into asian flavours and chinese cuisine before Regan demonstrated the first part of making our buns. Knives suitable for small people were provided so everyone could get involved with chopping and scraping and the children got really stuck in, anything with a knife is going to be a winner for my boy! Once Regan had finished her part of the demo we continued to work hard making our dough, getting our hands all sticky and gooey whilst hers cook so you can try a bit at the end. No you don’t cook yours there and then – its even better! Once you’ve finished making your buns or whatever else you go to the shed to learn about, you get to take them home and have them for dinner! PLUS there is enough for a family of four! WIN WIN!
So not only have you had a great time with your little one doing something different, fun and educational you don’t even have to make dinner later on!
I can’t recommend the experience high enough. Regan is thoughtful, educational and fun and more importantly you know she’s passionate about food and sharing her wisdom.
So if you want to learn to cook anything from asian to italian, from shellfish to chicken find out more and get booking at www.thecookingshed.com !
Prior to the birth of my second child in October 2013 I would generally just run a 5k Race For Life once a year but after having Flo and deciding I needed to shift my baby (and pre-baby!) fat I decided running would be the answer. Cheap, easy to fit in and the ability to do it at the drop of a hat.
2 1/2 years later and I still manage at least one run a week of between 5 and 10k so I’m pretty chuffed. I’ve managed to loose a lot of weight and I feel good about my body and health.
So why do I still feel like a fraud??
You know what I mean, I don’t class myself as a ‘runner’. Why do we, as mums/women always put ourselves down? Anyhoo that is a point for a completely different post that will come soon enough.
Luckily I was contacted by the lovely Trespass who could see through my insecurities and see me for the runner that I am and I need to thank them for that, because by having a ‘real’ brand get in touch and have belief in me I have actually realised i have belief in myself! Is that hollow? I don’t think so. It’s purely support. Support for me, mums and all of us who are trying to better ourselves and get back to who we were before children (YOU KNOW THE ONES THAT WE LOVE DEARLY – OBVIOUSLY!!) but who take up all our time!
To the point in hand! I had been thinking for ages that I needed a running jacket, I would often go out with a fleece cardigan or a hoodie on, only to get too hot 10 minutes in to my run but because of my earlier discussed insecurities of not being a ‘runner’ I couldn’t warrant the need for a ‘running’ jacket.
WELL!!!! Can I just say! If you run 1k or if you run 20k you NEED a running jacket! The weather is up and down as we know and the thing I didn’t know about these said ‘running jackets’ is that they love and protect you whatever the weather! If it’s cold they will keep you warm, if it’s warm but a bit nippy they take the edge off and even though you get hot and sweaty whilst you run you won’t feel it with one of these bad boys on!
PLUS who can deny you a HOT PINK jacket?! ( apologies for the cheesy picture LOL! )
To purchase my beautiful jacket click here
Happy new Year!
So I’ve been on the missing list and taking a break from my blog, hope you all had as fab a xmas as I did. At the age of 5 and 2 Xmas is turning into a very exciting time in my house and for the forseeable I can only hope that will get even better.
One of the main reasons for me taking a break in December was the amount of pressure put on us parent/blog writers to do arts, crafts, magic elves, xmas eve boxes, santa visits etc etc and as much as admire you all for all your hard work I felt the need not to be judged over the holiday period with how much (or little!) I actually did.!
I’m not saying we didn’t do anything festive but as you may of read in my earlier post I just can’t abide the elf on the shelf. Now I get it if it’s fun etc but all these people picturing their elf drinking wine, making a mess etc well I won’t go on…
So whilst I put my grinch mask down…
We had an elf door for the first time this year. Z loved the fact that their letters to Santa were whizzed off with his ‘lease’ agreement.
We went to our local Xmas lights turn on and supported the local scouts, schools etc with all their stalls.
We visited our schools xmas fair and meet Santa and went snow boarding. Luckily we saw the big man there as we got chicken pox on the day of our official visit😦
We were very proud of Zachary being the kind InnKeeper in his Xmas play.
We enjoyed dressing up and being silly with lots of Xmassy props.
We left our stockings and treats for Santa out.
Mummy even had some fun at her Xmas party and with friends.
Then Xmas day was the best!
Lets see what 2016 can bring!
Now I know I might be unpopular for this post but does anyone else find the elf on the shelf people creepy??
Seriously! We’re telling our kids all year round to behave and then we have these creepy elves causing mischief around the house looking weird and creepy. Agree or disagree??
Leave me a comment and let me know!