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Nifty home printer tips for moms

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Whether you are a stay-at-home or working mom, being a mother is a full time job. Managing the family schedules, arranging extra-mural activities and overseeing homework all before dinner time can be stressful.

Having a home printer can help take some of the stress out of a mom’s daily activities. Epson, leaders in home-printing technology, offers some helpful hints to make the most out of your printer at home.

Take advantage of mobile connectivity

In the case of last-minute school projects, where your child needs a few urgent images for a home-made poster of their favourite things, make use of your home printer’s mobile functionality to multi-task. Many printers nowadays offer printing directly from your smartphone with apps such as Apple AirPrint or Epson iPrint. This means that your child can easily search for and print the images they need, while you prepare for bath time.

Print your picture-perfect memories 

Being a mom is filled with precious moments that should be captured and remembered. Save yourself the hassle of trucking the kids to a photo lab by investing in a Wi-Fi-enabled home photo-printer that enables you to print your favourite memories directly from your tablet or smartphone. The ease of printing at home means that you can seamlessly update your images, add additional photos of family celebrations or even a new pet.

Be your own Nigella Lawson 

If your kitchen cupboard is bursting at the seams with saved editions of foodie magazines, create space and save the environment by scanning and storing your favourite recipes instead. Organise your menu by saving your recipes to a Dropbox folder, or better yet, a Pinterest board, for easy reference.

Share your new found love for menu planning by downloading free printable templates to create your own homemade recipe book, and print personalised gifts for fellow moms and foodie friends.

Encourage your kids to go old school

With a host of digital games and services on offer, kids can easily spend hours in front of a screen. Encourage your children to tap into their imagination by helping them to create and print their own board games. Simply select and print a range of images that will be used for a personalised version of Monopoly or Snap, then cut, glue and stick it all together to make a custom board game that will keep them busy for hours – and give you some time to put your feet up. Save the game for family night and allow your kids to teach you their weird and wacky rules.

Practical party planning 

Planning a child’s birthday party doesn’t have to be a time-consuming and expensive process. Once you have selected your theme, use your home printer to create your own décor, signage and party packs. There are plenty of inspirational ideas online, and a short trip to the shops to buy coloured cardboard and a few sticky labels can save you hours of searching for the right décor. If the birthday boy or girl has older siblings, involve them in the process and make it a family effort.

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