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Have you heard of HP instant ink?*

If you have kids, chances are you print a lot of documents and pictures? HP instant ink might be something for you to check out, it is an ink subscription service. When you get low on ink it is automatically ordered and comes to your door. There are different subscription plans depending on how many pages you are likely to print. The best bit? The price is the same for a page of simple black and white text or an ink-sucking photograph. Parents take note – print ALL your good photos! Save all the good memories and print out pictures you can hold. Don’t get me wrong, I love having thousands of photographs of the children and pets on the computer, but you can’t stick these to the fridge can you?


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The Epson EcoTank 4500*

Recently a lovely email popped into my inbox. Would I like to review a printer that I already had my eye on but couldn’t afford right now? Erm, yes! Our old printer was old, the software was no longer compatible with our current version of Windows and it was becoming a right nuisance. Worse than that, it had faded from white to some hideous orange-ish beige. When the Epson EcoTank 4500* arrived I was so happy, I actually danced about the kitchen when I saw the delivery guy. “Pleased to see me love?” “Oh yes. That’s my new baby right there.”


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Speck FitFolio Case for Nexus 7 1

Speck were lovely and sent us some cases to try, for 2 of our tablets and 1 of our phones. My eldest son D got his Nexus 7 last Christmas and he bought a very cheap leather look case from Amazon. It did the job, but within minutes of getting the Speck FitFolio case on his device he said he wish he’d got a better one a year ago and he couldn’t believe how much better it felt and looks. It costs £29.95 online. The quality difference is massive between Speck and the five quid generic tatt case he was using.


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WIN – 1 Of 2 Speck iPhone Cases (ended) 9

Another quick pre Christmas Competition. When I went to BritMums Live in the Summer I had 2 Speck CandyShell cases in my goody bag. It seems a shame to waste these, and despite not having the proper packaging are genuine, they were just supplied as a sample to bloggers. Anyone got an iPhone 5 that wants a new case? These are both a dark pink shell with black buttons and features and sell at £29.99 each. Want it? Win it! a Rafflecopter giveaway Listed on Loquax.


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Scooby Doo Adventures – The Mystery Map DVD Review 4

Recently we were sent Scooby Doo’s latest DVD… Ok, not that recently. Around Halloween we watched Scooby Doo Adventures – The Mystery Map. This is a new sort of Scooby Doo. It’s all puppets. Scooby Doo himself is super cute, but Daphne’s hair looks wrong to us, and a few other things don’t seem quite right. Maybe we are a little too old retro? The film lasts 3/4 of an hour, and is a about a search for a pirate treasure map, which has been snatched by “Phantom Parrot”. In classic SD style the phrase “I would have got away with it without you meddling kids!” is in there, and some other bits are on par with the original Hanna-Barbera cartoons. It’s not completely modernified.


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Are Smart TVs Too Smart Now?

When I was a kid, TVs were very basic, a few buttons or tuning knobs. It was on-off, channel and volume. No record, save, rewind, pause, I understood the new bits like rewind and fast forwards when they first came in, and it was great. I think now though it has got to a point where TVs are a bit too flipping SMART! It’s like the TV is secretly laughing at me, as I am one of the many parents who get their children to do the set up bits on the goggle box. I’m no technophobe (obviously as I’ve got this blog) but the TV baffles me. So many menus and buttons, and functions I do not understand. In fact the little wall mounted LED TV I bought my partner for Christmas is worse, it has all kinds of functions I can not use, it is almost a pc, […]