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
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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