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The HP Envy Challenge…

On the 1st day of Christmas HP sent to me a HP Envy 4500 e-All-in-One Series printer..!

I absolutely adore it having had a printer on my list of things I need for ages yet unfortunately it keeps getting knocked lower down the list by other essentials. With endless bits of school work, photos and forms all now appearing online as well as lots of great craft projects I knew it was something that would make my life a little easier and it’s not only done that but has provided lots and lots of family fun too…

It was so easy to set up; you just plug it in and follow the on-screen instructions, pairing it with your WI-FI. As you go along it prints out alignment pages, further instructions and tips on how to make your printer even smarter – which I was very impressed by. I was a little worried when I saw the CD in the box; not having a disc drive on my laptop but needn’t have been. By signing in and claiming your printer via a code it prints; you can download everything needed to print wirelessly from a laptop.

By downloading the HP ePrint App on my iPhone and iPad I can also print straight from these not only around the house but I can send them home whilst I’m out and about – it’s been a while since I’ve had a printer and I’m still taken aback by how smart these devices are now!

Also online at HP Connected I can select fun and useful printables and either print them straight off or schedule them to print daily or weekly. So the printer automatically delivers the children with fun puzzles and colouring pages  – more stuff that amazes me!

On the 5th day of Christmas HP Challenged me to get a kiss under the mistletoe…

For a fun way to learn what our printer could do; HP sent us a giant advent calendar full of treats and challenges. I enjoyed the chocolate coins but once removed the calendar looked a little bare so the first thing we did was print off all our favourite instagrams from the year and begin gluing them into the spaces after opening.

The big spaces had a challenge and the first was for festive kisses but I didn’t have any mistletoe. Not to worry, we found some photo booth props online printed them off and glued them to sticks and soon Mummy was getting a kiss from Santa..!

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On the 9th day of Christmas HP Challenged me to put on a nativity…

Not too hard this one with enough children to take on all the parts it just took a bit of bribery (thanks to HP’s chocolate lollies) and we had created the not so idyllic manger scene. Baby Jesus may have been delivered by the Angel Gabriel in a shopping trolley but hopefully trusted Mary a little more than this one to hand him over. The Shepherd wasn’t particularly impressed but the king was pleased to have made it for the entertainment but then I suspect the frankincense and myrrh had gone to his head. We sent the very traditional nativity shenanigans photos off to the printer to giggle at…

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On the 12th day of Christmas HP Challenged the children to write lists…

This is never hard for them, having started dog earring the Argos catalogue in September the list can become more a case of ‘what don’t you want’! Still for this post I got them to limit thing to their top 5 or so picks – we stuck the images together and printed them out to add to our calendar!

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On the 17th day of Christmas HP Challenged me to share my favourite recipe…

Cake!! Without a doubt, I love baking and decorating but rarely get time and have to grab any precious opportunity. Not to worry Nigella’s Chocolate Christmas Cake can be made last-minute and it’s Christmas cake with chocolate, need I say more? Boiling all the ingredients allows them the fruit to soak up the alcohol quicker and therefore you don’t need to soak it months in advance – or at least that’s what Nigella tells me and we all trust Nigella – don’t we!?

Downloading HP Photo Creations and choosing a template allowed me to display ‘my’ recipe on a pretty card on just about the perfect day to make it! There are loads of templates, backgrounds, fonts and themes to really make your pictures lots of fun…

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On the 20th day of Christmas HP challenged me to share my favourite Christmas memory…

Using the Photo Creations software again I created a collage of all the best pictures of the children from this Christmas and two of our very special and favourite traditions; looking at a Selfridge’s Christmas lights and reading ‘The Night Before Christmas’.

On the 23rd day of Christmas HP challenged me to make some origami…

Master E wanted a black star and the smaller children folded angels then they covered them and the rest of the house in glitter. origami instructions are one of the things you can schedule the printer to deliver which has absolutely delighted Master E – just watch out for our napkins on Christmas Day…

Finally HP challenged me to get a picture of all the children with our finished calendar – I failed but here it is…

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