4 Reasons Why The HP DeskJet 3635 Ink Advantage All-in-One Printer Is The Most Ideal For Your Home

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I have always believed that a printer is not much of a necessity at home. I can always have documents and files printed at the computer shop here in our neighborhood and go online to have precious photos printed, anyway.  I thought the amount I have to shell out to get my own printer will not be well worth it if I cannot maximize its use and only print stuff occasionally. Well, that has changed when the little man started going to school.

Can you believe the number of images preschoolers need for their homework? Most times, the images they require cannot even be found on magazines or old workbooks that there is no other choice but to search from the net and print them. You also get more good-quality images that way and saves busy mums a considerable amount of time. This is where your very own printer at home will come handy and I am rather relieved that we managed to get our very own unit just in the nick of time. Indeed, a good and reliable printer will prove to be a very worthy investment for mums with school-aged kids.

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About a week ago, I was sent an HP DeskJet 3635 Ink Advantage All-in-One Printer for review. Our printer is also an All-In-One HP Printer, so I am excited to give this one a go and see if it also has the same top notch quality as our trusty printer.

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My One Word For 2016

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I first read about One Word last year when I chanced upon it on a fellow mum blogger’s site. It was too late then to choose for my 2015 word, but if I had chosen one, it would no doubt be grateful as I have practiced to be more grateful and was mindful to be thankful for each and every blessing that I received last year.

It took awhile for me to choose my One Word for this year as I have been having difficulty choosing between a couple of my options, including connect, create, and blessed. In the end, something led me to one word that I hope would best describe 2016 for me ~ flourish. It was rather apt as I intend to flourish in different aspects of my life. I would like to flourish as a mum, as a wife and a life partner, a homemaker, as a sister, as a blogger, and as a budding gardening enthusiast {and I hope for my plants to flourish as well} I would also love to flourish in my relationships with significant people in my life, as well as flourish in my creative pursuits for this year.

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According to Google, flourish means a number of things, including:

  • to grow luxuriantly, or thrive in growth, as a plant
  • to grow well; to be healthy
  • to be very successful
  • to do very well
  • a bold or extravagant gesture or action {which I thought was perfect to describe calligraphy and hand-lettering which I plan to learn this year, too!}

So, yes, I am claiming this to be my One Word for 2016 with a prayer that my life, as well as the lives of the people I touch as I journey on, flourish as much as mine.

What is your One Word for this year and what are your reasons for choosing it?

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5 Romantic Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

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Isn’t 2016 zooming by ever too quickly? It seems only yesterday when I stashed away the Christmas tree and all its accoutrements and a few weeks from now we are celebrating the sweetest and romantic season of all.

Valentine’s Day is indeed almost right around the corner and if you have not decided on what sort of gifts to give your beloved, here are a couple of expressive Valentine’s Day gift ideas that I am sure any recipient would love and appreciate.

  1. A Bouquet of Fresh FlowersNothing beats a bunch of lovely fresh flowers to warm anyone’s heart on Valentine’s Day. A beautiful arrangement complete with the recipient’s favorite blooms in her favorite colors will surely make her extra special on the Day of Hearts. Whether you decide to order flowers online or handpick them yourself in the nearby flower shop, I am betting it will be much appreciated. You can even get creative by opting for flowers in lovely pots, vases, or other equally eye-appealing vessels and if you happen to live in Australia, Flowers For Everyone offers beautiful bouquet of flowers. :rose:
  2. Beautiful Calligraphy Love Letter ~ You can never go wrong with a well thought-out calligraphy love note, anyone can easily fall in love with it! You may choose to have a love letter especially written in calligraphy for your special someone or you can up the ante by having her favorite quote or song written in those flourishing strokes and have it framed. It will look great on your wall and it will definitely score you loads of “Husband of the Year” points!

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  3. A Dinner Complete With Your Special Home-Cooked Dish ~ If you are not much of a cook, then it is about time to let out your inner chef and cook up a storm for your loved one. Since most of the restaurants and malls will be packed with couples celebrating Valentine’s anyway, you are most likely to save you and your partner all the trouble if you stay at home and enjoy a quiet and stress-free candlelit dinner for two. Throw in a nice bottle of wine to pair with your sumptuous meal and do not forget that delectable dessert to end your dinner on a good note. If you have the perfect spot, you can set-up your special dinner outside and enjoy your date al fresco.  :plate:  :drink:
  4. A Surprise Out-Of-Town Trip ~ If long drives and trips have been far and few since you had children, Valentine’s is but the perfect excuse to put the in-laws or the aunts in-charge of the kids for a change and whisk your better half off to a romantic out-of-town surprise trip. A new destination will be perfect or you can always be extra romantic by bringing her to your favorite place, where you both used to go during weekends before you became busy parents. A romantic familiar view will surely rekindle the love and the passion you both have in the beginning of your relationship, while going out on a new adventure together will surely make your bond as lifetime partners even stronger. :car:
  5. A Relaxing Spa At Home ~ He is always tired from the long drive to and from work, the Day of Hearts would be a great excuse to set up a special spa treatment for him at home. You can prepare him a relaxing foot spa and massage to give his tired feet the rest and pampering they deserve. You can follow this with a soothing back rub to melt his stress away. Use aromatherapy candles and soft music for a complete relaxing experience.

Of course, expressing our love for the ones we love needs no special reason or occasion. Any day is as good as any to treat him extra special or cook him his favorite meal. Any day is also perfect for that special back rub or foot massage. After all, taking care of our loved ones is but one of the most perfect ways to show them how much we love and appreciate them.

What do you plan to surprise your husband with this Valentine’s mums? Share your sweetest ideas in a comment below.  :heart:

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