Jan 202019


And that’s a wrap, almost! Just one last week of school holidays to go until the kids return to the classroom for an exciting start to term 1. For most mums this final week is filled with school uniform fitting, ironing on labels, prepping the freezer with healthy school snacks and grabbing all the must-have stationery items from the shops.

Make sure to leave time for a visit to your local Smiggle store because that’s where you’re guaranteed to find the coolest ‘Back to School’ gear. Hip tip: There is no such thing as a ‘quick’ trip to Smiggle, believe me, I’ve tried! There is simply too much fabulous stuff to see, try, feel and smell and choosing favourites is no easy task.

This spacious Faves Hardtop Strap Lunchbox (RRP $32.95) is perfect for kindy, school, daycare or even just a day out. It has a handy (removable) shoulder strap and handle for easy carrying and two large zip compartments to hold lunch, snacks and fruit to last the day. The lunchbox lining is BPA free and food grade safe, so parents can rest assured that all meals are safe from nasty chemicals. Of course if you score an awesome lunchbag like this you’d hate to lose it, so don’t forget to fill out the name tag inside.

Whether you are creating a unique piece of art or just want to add a pop of colour to a boring homework assignment, these Smiggle Scented Bon Bon Highlighter Pens (RRP $9.95, 10-pack) are exactly what you need. Not only are they dual ended, giving you 20 different ways to brighten your day, they are also scented! I wonder if you’ll get extra points from your new teacher if he/she smells a yummy fragrance when doing the marking?

Mistakes happen to the best of us, and they’re certainly not something to get upset about with the Stax On Erasable Highlighters (RRP $5.95). This giant stack of highlighters measures almost a foot tall and features a range of bright fluro shades. If you’ve gone a little overboard on colour you can erase your work with the magic eraser tip, easy as pie. Alternatively it adds a unique touch to an art project too, using colours as the background and making your drawing stand out in white.

To find out more about Smiggle, to locate a Smiggle store near you or to order online visit www.smiggle.com.au.

For your chance to win a Smiggle ‘Back to School’ pack (containing the Faves Hardtop Strap Lunchbox in black, Smiggle Scented Bon Bon Highlighter Pens and Stax On Erasable Highlighters) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter. Good luck!

Epson EcoTank, Print As You Please

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When I think back to my own time in primary school, I remember school yard games and music, plays, arts and crafts, cooking and excursions, but I most certainly don’t remember homework. Times have changed a lot since then and at just 5 and 7 years old our three students, as young as they are, are bringing home homework every day. You’d think they are not too keen on all this studying but to our big surprise they love it! Not only do they finish their homework as soon as they come back from school, they even ask me for more!

Epson EcoTankBack in the day this would have required a trip to the local library and a whole jar of 10 cent coins for the photocopier, luckily these days there are plenty of online resources available. In just a few clicks I can select math sheets, tracing activities, spelling exercises, crafty projects, colouring pages and more to print at home, easy peasy. The only problem with printing-at-home is that the printer always seems to be out of ink right when you need it…

The printing specialists at Epson understand how annoying it is to run out of ink, which is why they have developed the revolutionary Epson EcoTank range. Epson EcoTank printers are designed to fulfil all your printing needs (wireless black & white, colour or photo printing, copying and scanning) and come with up to 2 years worth of ink. You read it right: TWO YEARS of printer ink is included, that means you can set up your new printer, forget all about it and print as you please.

EcoTank Black White

Not only does the EcoTank concept save you the inconvenience of running out of ink and the time and hassle of regularly replacing expensive ink cartridges, it also saves you money in the long run by being able to refill the high capacity ink tanks using great low-cost Epson ink bottles (RRP $16.99). Priced at RRP $449 – $599 an Epson EcoTank printer is a fantastic cost-effective investment for both home and office use.

EcoTank Ink

This week alone we have used our Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2550 (RRP $499) to print extra homework for the twins, colouring pages for miss 3, sight words cards for miss 5, a family photo to take to show-and-tell and passport applications for the whole family; so easy and no more worries about running out of ink half-way or ‘saving’ ink for an emergency. Aside from the refillable tankstation on the side the printer is the same size as a regular printer so you get a lot more value for a little extra space.

EcoTank Photo

For our EcoTank ET-2550 the ‘2 years of ink’ promise is based on an average monthly print volume of about 150 pages or a total of 4,000 pages in black and 6,500 pages in colour. Knowing our prints are such excellent value I will be able to say ‘Yes’ more often when the kids ask me to print them yet another sheet, and I will finally be able to print off all the recipes I have been storing on my computer. Later in the year we’ll be taking the kids out of school for 5 weeks to visit Europe so I’ll be putting the printer to good use then by making each child a personalised holiday-schooling pack, very exciting.

Good to know: As you all know I am a sucker for a generous warranty period, this Epson EcoTank immediately comes with a 12-month Return to Base warranty and by registering your purchase online you receive an additional 12 months bonus warranty. That’s great peace of mind!

To find out more about Epson EcoTank, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.epson.com.au/EcoTank.