Christmas is almost here and my Facebook and Instagram feed is full of wonderful decorations and happy baked goods! I love seeing everyone’s ideas and often find inspiration from all of the fantastic creations I see. We decorate our own home starting Thanksgiving day. We have so much fun hunting down the perfect tree and then bringing out all of the lights and shimmer. It is a family tradition that is great to see the boys get into.
One thing I like to do is find a new free printable banner for our mantel every year. This year I found the most unique and adorable one from Team Kitten. The red and white are a perfect match for my stockings and I love that it doesn’t scream “Christmas” but hints at it. I’ve actually received quite a few compliments on this particular bunting this year. I used simple twine to hang it from each end of our stocking hooks. If you don’t have a mantel this would look adorable strung across a main window or the top of your kitchen cabinets.
I have found that printing off my decorations and Christmas needs has saved me tons of money and time. If you have the right programs and a little time you can even create some fun ideas if you aren’t finding what you like online. For instance, does Santa wrap gifts at your home? He does for our kids and he likes to make his gifts extra special. Santa seems to like vintage (he is 1,743 years old after all), so the gift tags I created have a vintage flair to them. Just download, print these cuties off, punch a hole in the top and have Santa tie these to his gifts. Easy, cute and unique! Trust me, Santa is going to thank you.
We were able to print all of these off seamlessly with our new HP ENVY 5530 e-All-in-One Printer. I even sent the bunting to the printer from my phone! Because the printer is wireless it works with all of the devices in our home and has been really reliable over the past few weeks of use. I also really enjoy the quality of the photos that are printed from the ENVY. I can scan photos directly to my mobile device as well as view them easily with the almost 3 inch color touchscreen monitor as well as find fun crafts to print off for the boys with the included apps.
The main problem I have with a printer is keeping ink on hand and available when I need it. Luckily, HP now has Instant Ink. That means that HP will be monitoring my ink levels wirelessly and will send a new shipment when the levels get low. The plan is based upon pages printed instead of ink levels which means you will save up to 50%. For instance, we are moderate printers (100 pages per month). That means we would need the $4.99 a month plan which saves us $180 a year once you break it all down! If you only print every once in a while you can enroll for only $2.99 per month. In my opinion, this is an excellent savings as well as sanity saver. I am always running out of ink at the most inconvenient times and now it will be waiting on me when I need it!
Stay tuned for even more fun craft and family ideas brought to you via my new HP products. I will also have a huge giveaway to share so keep an eye out!