Yesterday we went into London to the Epson #printingdory event to get hands on with the new EcoTank printer range at The Disney Store on Oxford Street. As Oscar broke up from school on Friday for the Summer he got to come along too and was so excited. We drove into London, parked up and walked round to the store and was shown upstairs to where the event was being held. When the lift doors opened we were greeted by a gorgeous brunch and drinks and Oscar was drawn straight to the photo booth basket of all of the characters in the new Finding Dory film which is released on the 29th July and we can’t wait to go and see it!
We were then given a short presentation from Leonie and Neil from Epson and Bobbi from Disney. So what are the new EcoTank printers all about? Epson’s new EcoTank range of printers features revolutionary refillable ink tank technology that offers an unbeatable combination of convenience and value for homes, home offices and small offices. You can now print without cartridges at a very low cost. Research showed that most people use around 70 ink cartridges over a two year period when using an old printer but now thanks to the Eco Tank way of printing when you buy a new EcoTank printer it comes with two years worth of ink which is up to 11,000 pages in black and colour! It truly is a printing revelation. When you finally run low you simply buy the additional ink bottles and refill your EcoTanks inside your printer.
I am someone who uses a printer a lot. From printing off boarding passes to photos to update our picture wall in our lounge and it is so annoying when your in the middle of printing and suddenly one of the colour cartridges becomes low and the rest of your printing is not as clear as when you started. I love that with the new Eco Tank printers you can just top up what ever colour is needed using the individual bottles. I did have a good look at the printer and the bottles and refilling the EcoTanks looks so simple and easy to do. I can’t wait to have our new printer delivered to try it for myself!
The EcoTank printers have a wide range of connectivity options making it so easy to print anything from your laptop, tablet device or smart phone using Wi-Fi with auto-setup, Wi-Fi Direct and Ethernet. These are combined with the simplicity of email print and the ability to print from your Android and iOS phones and tablets using Epson’s free iPrint app. EcoTank printers also support AirPrint. I often use the email function on my printer so whatever I need is ready for me to grab when I get home.
We then sat down and took part in lots of Finding Dory arts and crafts that Epson have put together with Disney which will keep your little ones entertained over the Summer holidays. Oscar loves doing art and crafts and it hardly costs a thing and we can spend hours making different things and spending quality time together. Research showed that most families over the Summer holidays will spend a whopping £1500 on days outs and activities. Epson have made some great and easy to make printable art and crafts activities and we made Squirt the turtle, some photo booth props and a pretty collage. There is also pop up cards, origami Dory and many more things to choose from.
We had a really lovely day and the boys enjoyed it so much! I can’t wait to get started using our new EcoTank printer and I will write another post so you know how we got on with it. Thanks Disney and Epson for a really special day!
Halloween is just over a week away and as Oscar has had a two week half term we have had great fun making Halloween arts and crafts ready to decorate the house next week ready for Halloween.
Baker Ross have a wide range of fantastic art and craft activities ready for Halloween and will keep your little ones entertained over the school holidays. Firstly we made some spider weaving place mats that come in a pack of 4 for £4.48 and we had great fun making them. As always with Baker Ross products the step by step instructions are easy to follow and after I showed Oscar how to weave he got it quite easily and as he had never done it before he was determined to learn to do it right. After he had weaved the different coloured ribbons he stuck on the eyes and mouth and the backing to cover the ribbons. They look really good and instead of using them as place mats Oscar wanted to hang them around the house.
We then made Bat hand print decorations where we decorated the bats with stickers and then drew around Oscar’s hands and cut out the hand prints and attached them as the bat wings. There were four different coloured bats within the packet that are only £3.49 or they come in a larger pack of 16. They have ribbons so you can hang them up and we decorated a picture by the front door with them, so when we get trick or treaters they will see them.
The Day of the Dead key rings/bag hangers were quite challenging for Oscar as I had to teach him how to sew with the plastic needle. After practising making the first two key rings, the third one was much easier for him and he was really proud of himself that he had learnt how to do it. We then stuffed the skulls and decorated them. Again he wanted to use them as decorations and using the key ring hung them off the light switches. For the pack that has three key rings inside it is £3.75 and you can also get larger packets too.
Last but not least Oscar made Halloween Mosaic wands, he had his friend Lauren over for a play date and they made them together. They used the coloured sticker mosaic squares to bring the wands to life. As well as using them as Halloween wands they did a Halloween puppet show for us using them which was a fab idea. For a packet of four wands it is £3.96. They really enjoyed making them and were easy for them to do on their own to have some quiet time on a play date. Perfect!
Disclaimer: We were sent the above arts and crafts for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are honest and my own.
With less than two weeks to Halloween and half term too I have some frightfully fun ideas for you and your children to have a fun time. I started making Halloween arts and crafts with Oscar last week and they are perfect for keeping children entertained too. You can pick up all sorts of fun activities. We made our own spooky wands.
Over the last few years since Oscar has understood Halloween I have picked up some decorations for the house. We even make a Halloween haunted gingerbread house. We love carving our pumpkins and last year we got a template off the internet and made Mickey Mouse, I was surprised how well it turned out. Oscar’s school has a pumpkin competition at their annual fireworks display and Oscar loves to enter and takes it very seriously. 🙂
This year as Halloween is on a Saturday Oscar has one of his friends coming over for a Halloween tea and then we are going trick or treating down our road. I have been looking on the internet for some fun Halloween inspired meal ideas and am going to make them a vegetable and houmous skeleton, witches fingers hot dogs and oranges filled with jelly to look like mini pumpkins.
Obviously the best part of Halloween is dressing up. I love seeing all on the wonderful costumes the children wear for trick or treating and they all always look like they are having great fun! Last year Oscar was Mike from Monsters Inc which we got from The Disney Store who have a great range of Halloween costumes and decorations. The quality of the costumes is always amazing and Oscar has a few costumes from them and they have lasted for ages and are in great condition still for me to keep for Archie to use in a couple of years. This year Oscar wants to be Darth Vadar and I am taking him in to our local Disney Store tomorrow to surprise him and get it for him. At the moment (8/10/15 until 4/11/15) there is 25% off and £1 delivery on selected costumes. I am also going to get him a R2-D2 trick or treat bag.
For girls they have the most gorgeous Disneyland Paris Minnie Mouse dress, I wouldn’t mind it in an adult size :). They have the perfect costume for every little boy or girl. They even have a Mike Monsters Inc outfit for babies, which will be perfect for Archie to wear on his first Halloween.
I hope you all have a lovely and fun Halloween and I would love you to share your photos of your little ones all dressed up with me. You can share them with me on twitter tagging me @mummyszone or on my Instagram tagging me @mummyszone. #Halloween Check out the full range of fantastic Halloween costumes from the Disney Store HERE.
Disclaimer: We were kindly sent a voucher for the Disney Store to get Oscar a Halloween outfit.
Oscar is a big fan of the minions and we have lots of different minion toys from the delightful fart (we call it splat) gun to a giant inflatable robot minion that flies around my kitchen floor. I had seen the Crayola Alive books and app before and when we were asked to try out the new Minions Crayola Colour Alive I knew Oscar would love it!
So Oscar set to work using the seven pens that came with the colouring book colouring in the first page why I downloaded the app on to our Ipad. The Crayola Colour Alive app is free to download from the app store or google play and you can use the same app with the different Crayola colouring books that are available to bring your drawings alive.
Once the app was downloaded and Oscar had coloured in his minion we scanned the colouring with the app and his minion creation came alive in 4D exactly how Oscar had coloured him in. I must say I was pretty amazed, as was Oscar and it is so clever how it copies every detail and colour to perfection. The background scenes even are on your screen too.
Once you have scanned your colouring you can move your phone or tablet screen around to see the 4D image of your minion move around and from all different angles, it’s so bloomin clever!
The Colour Alive books have an RRP of £6.99 and there are a variety of different themed books to choose from. It takes colouring in to a how new level and for a little boy like Oscar who wasn’t overly keen on sitting down and colouring, he absolutely loves the colour alive idea and as he has been doing it quite a lot his colouring within the lines has really improved! At £6.99 they make a great birthday present or the perfect stocking filler for Christmas which seems to be only just around the corner.
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Disclosure: We were sent the above product for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are honest and my own.
When we were chosen to take part in the Snapfish hand-made gift ideas project I was over the moon as it was perfect timing as Oscar is on his school holidays and making the hand-made bits and pieces was a fun activity that we could do together. Oscar loves arts and crafts so he was excited to help me. I have used Snapfish loads of times and every Christmas the Grandparents get their annual photo calender which they absolutely love and it gives a real personal touch to their presents.
So I sat down and had a think and thought it was a quirky idea to make photo holders out of coloured glass bottles. I picked them up in a craft shop and am really pleased with how they have turned out. Oscar also made one for his Great-Nanny and when she gets back from Devon Oscar is going to give it to her. She will love it! I ordered some photo prints and Oscar chose which ones he wanted to use. If you sign up to Snapfish you can also get 50 free photo prints a month! We trimmed the photos to fit inside the bottles and then rolled them up and slid them inside the bottles and then positioned them. I think they look great. You could also use jam jars if you didn’t want to buy coloured glass bottles.
We also chose photos to put on our photo wall, some new, some old. It looks great and is a cheap way of jazzing up a room. Everyone who has seen it has commented on what a great idea it is and how great it looks. If you don’t want to use frames Snapfish have lovely acrylic prints which I absolutely love. They come in various different sizes and you can get them to use as wall art or a acrylic photo block to have on a shelf or desk. They would make a great birthday or Christmas present. I am going to get one made of Oscar and Archie for Greg’s birthday next month for his desk at work.
Taking part in this project has given me lot’s of inspiration to make hand-made gifts and I will be making them with Oscar for his Grandparents for Christmas. I saw on Pinterest a great idea using thick cardboard, cutting it into a Christmas tree shape, covering it in felt and using ribbon to attach cards and photos which we will be making at Christmas and I will post it on my blog when it’s done. It is so easy these days to walk into a shop and buy a gift that is chosen randomly and means nothing special. Making a hand-made gift means so much more to the person receiving it and is fun to make too. There are so many products on the Snapfish website that can help you come up with the perfect hand-made gift.
I also put together a photo book for Oscar’s first year and will make one for Archie for his first birthday. I have so many photos stored on my camera and on my phone and taking part in this project has made me realise I need to print them off and organise them or make them into photo books. This is my job to do in September when Oscar goes back to school before I get so behind that I don’t know which photo is Oscar and which is Archie as they look identical as baby’s. I would love to see what hand-made gifts you have made before. Tweet me a picture I would love to see your ideas! Snapfish have kindly given me a code saving 30% off across their website to my readers using the code MUMMYSZONE. Enjoy! Valid until the 6th September 2015.
Disclaimer: I was given a voucher to buy the products for this project.
Oscar has quite a long Easter break and filling three weeks of bits and bobs for him to do can sometimes be quite difficult. So when I went into Poundland last week to see what they had in for Easter I was blown away by their huge selection of Easter arts and craft sets. Over the last week we have been none stop making puppets and bunting and Easter masks. All the craft kits that I brought came with everything you needed inside, so no half made bits and bobs when you realise you are missing something. Even the sewing kits came with a plastic sewing needle. Oscar really enjoys making things and painting!
I also brought some egg decorations and fluffy chicks from Poundland and we went off hunting for the perfect twig then made our own home made Easter tree decorating it with glitter. I think it looks quite good. We also decorated plates to hang in our hall way next to the tree which was also from a craft kit. Each craft kit has a full step by step instruction guide inside and pictures to copy so they are perfect for any age.
Oscar had friends around yesterday and whilst the bigger boys were playing football Oscar and his friend Stevi made bunny and chick puppets and Easter baskets to collect their eggs in when they have an Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday. I also got a cuddly chick and a solar powered moving chick to put in Oscar’s bedroom to add a bit of decoration. The Easter garland making kit is great as you have to stick the letters on so it gave us a chance to practice Oscar’s letter sounds at the same time. I think Oscar’s favourite activity was the chocolate egg decorating that came complete with icing and sprinkles.
We also made chocolate cornflake cakes and put them on our cup cake stand for when Nanny and Grandad comes around this weekend to see us. I just can’t believe all these bits are really only £1! I also got some cute Easter crackers for Oscar to have with Easter Lunch. Poundland also have a huge range of Easter baskets, cards, wrapping paper and gift bags so head to Poundland this week to have a fun, crafty and cheap rest of the Easter holidays!
Disclaimer: I was sent a voucher by Poundland to purchase these items but I choose the items myself and all opinions are my own. Happy Easter!
We have had great fun over the weekend sewing together our Sock Monkey from The Makery. The Makery is a website and they also have two stores in Bath where they sell all sorts of craft ideas. They sell amazing Make Away kits where you have create your very own creations. They have sock monkey kits, purse making kits, cushion making kits, bunting making kits and many more. You can also buy great craft books, fabric, buttons and trimmings, things for paper crafting, felting and even kits on how to make your own lampshades.
We had never used a kit like this before as I am not he best sewer in the world (I always send Oscar’s uniform to each of his Nanny’s for them to sew in the name tapes!) This did not matter at all with the make away kits as in the box there was easy to follow step by step illustrated instructions and even I could follow them!
Oscar really enjoyed putting together his very own sock monkey, helping me to stuff it and telling me where the buttons should go. It was nice to do something a bit different with him other then the usual arts and crafts we do at home. The Make away kits are only £15 and they would also make great gifts too. The kit came complete with everything we needed to make our sock money the kit contained: A pair of socks, 2 buttons, needle and thread, polyester filling, and instructions.
You can also book various workshops and great parties through their website too. There whole business was started around the ethos: “We just can’t stand waste of any kind, whether it be fuel, food, materials or even potential. It’s just such…. well, a waste!” And so The Makery was born, a place where people can come and learn how to be more resourceful.
Disclaimer: This products was sent to us for the purposes of reviewing, however all opinions were independently formed by Laura and Oscar at Mummy’s Zone.
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