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Connecting Families on Mother’s Day, Thanks to HP


Unlike years ago, people these days tend to live further distances from family. Cities, provinces and even countries apart. Most of our immediate family does live in the same city, yet we have many friends and even family that are spread out everywhere. Years ago, it was huge events like weddings that got us all together, to see each others’ faces and really connect. Now, thanks to technology, you can connect like never before – strengthening bonds even across distance.

We used to connect with others via long distance phone calls, I recall trying to find time when each party would be home. This resulted in much ‘phone tag’ and frustration. Again, technology saves the day and brings people together, in ways like never before – and much cheaper than long distance calls.

HP Mother's Day

Thanks to HP, I got to surprise my Mother-in-law with a fantastic Mother’s Day present, one which was surely needed in their house.

Arriving at their door was a HP ENVY 23 Touchsmart All-In-One Desktop PC AND a HP ENVY 120 e-All-in-Printer. It arrived to them while we were on a family vacation in Mexico, yet I’m sure I could hear the screams of excitement from there.

HP Mother's Day

Not too long ago their old laptop crashed and they have been looking for a new PC to replace it. So, how awesome was the timing for this to come? It sure marryied an awesome surprise and gift with something that they really needed and wanted.

Truth be told, I can’t wait for them to see the capabilities of this dynamic duo and open up a whole new world for them, in easy communication and connection.

With the HP ENVY 23 Touchsmart All-In-One Desktop PC and HP ENVY 120 e-All-in-Printer, she also received the HP Printing Supplies Kit to use with her new PC and Printer. This kit includes:

  • High- capacity Original HP XL Ink cartridges that save up to 40% on your printing. Colours included: Black and Tri-color
  • HP Bright White Inkjet Paper (sustainably-sourced, FSC- certified paper with ColorLok technology for brighter colours, fewer smears and bolder blacks)
  • HP Advanced Photo Paper, Glossy, 4×6″


While my Mother-in-law has just scratched the surface when it comes to discovering all that their new HP products can do, we are here to teach and get them used to the latest technology. My daughter, who loves our HP Envy x2 Laptop/Tablet Hybrid as well as our own HP TouchSmart Desktop Computer {reviews at the links!} is the one eager to show her the ways as well.

Stay tuned for some great ideas and easy ways that we connected on Mother’s Day {which can be applied to any day, of course}. For now, here’s a little something we made for my Mother-in-law for Mother’s Day. It’ll be our first lesson for her, on how to make the most of her Hp products. So yes, more to come!

Have you checked out the Free Printable Cards at Snapfish yet?

We discovered a huge selection of nice Mother’s Day Printable Cards on the Snapfish website. The girls chose the card they thought Gramma would like, and I was shocked at how easy it was to make the card.

Uploading photos is fast, and you have many options for colors and font. Then, you click to print on matte or glossy paper {yet I used HP Everyday Photo Paper and they turned out fine}. I do use the everyday photo paper in a pinch, yet I do have to remember to get more glossy photo paper next time I’m at the store.

I print a lot of photos at home to make collages for the girls, which is why I’m always out! Who needs a trip to the store for developing?! heh.

Here’s how their card turned out – nice, right? I thought it was a great way to show love as well share a few photos from our trip to Mexico. Wait until she finds out how easy it is to print her own photos at home with her new HP printer! Better warn her to find more frames and space on the fridge!

I’m sure Gramma will love this card, just as how I loved the ease in making it. So, Spoiler alert … Gramma, don’t scroll down!

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Disclosure: I received product to facilitate this review, all opinions are my own.



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  1. What a great post… I get so irritated that everything is so electronic now a days, i love that HP makes something you can HOLD and cherish… Thank you

  2. I love the card you made for your Mother in Law. I wish I’d thought of doing this in time for mine. What an incredible Mother’s Day present she’s gotten. Perfect for keeping up with family, printing out the photos you send her of the grandkids, and she’s going to learn a lot as you show her all it can do.

    1. Yes and Yes – I love that she’ll be able to do so much, more than she could have ever imagined!

    1. I used to more often years ago too, and got away from it. Now my oldest think it’s the greatest thing, so we do it more often. Happy to have gotten back into it, everything is a lot more ‘professional’ looking than years ago, that’s for sure!

  3. wowzas! There’s some perks to having you in the family, jk! Really, what a generous thing for HP to do. I bet she is over the moon. Can’t wait to see what she thinks, was looking at this PC at the store today actually.

    1. I was in Costco today too and stopped to have a look. I wasn’t the only one either, it’s a hot PC right now. Agreed, we are very fortunate to work work with HP over the years, and I’m happy to tell others all about their great products!

  4. Can’t wait to hear more, that is one incredible PC, great screen size too. Lucky mother-in-law! wow!

  5. What an awesome surprise! I’m sure your mother in law will be thrilled! I hope you have a Happy Mother’s Day as well, Tammi!

  6. I love the Snapfish cards! I remember having to pay for cards like that. It’s awesome that they are free. They turn out beautifully on the HP Photosmart Printer.

    Can’t wait to see how you guys connected!!

  7. Oh WOW! What an amazing surprise! πŸ™‚

    I am a huge fan of printing up your own cards, etc.. I started doing that recently, and have gotten such wonderful reactions to the cards πŸ™‚

    1. Will have more to say about these HP products soon, like getting to know them and my in-laws are SUPER IMPRESSED!

  8. I didn’t know SnapFish has free printable cards! Cards can be so expensive these days so this seems more of a cost-efficient solution. Plus, my kids can personalize them!

    1. So true Heidi, the site is so user friendly, my daughter made one for a friends’ birthday just the other day!

  9. like the idea of the cards. wish my kiddies still made their own cards, alas they buy them if I even get one.

  10. Such a nice idea making cards yourself that you can personalize with pictures of the kids!! Love these ideas! Thanks!

  11. All the printers I ever had were HP. They are great! thanks for the Snapfish idea! LOve the personalized touch!

    1. Got to play with the ENVY 120 printer tonight – WOW!
      You have to see how this printer works, it’s brilliant!

  12. Wow, everyone should have one of these, the pictures and cards turned out perfect!! Love the card you made. HP has some pretty awesome products!!

    1. They really do. My in-laws couldn’t believe how easy it was to set up, not much to it compared to the troubles of older computers. Very senior-friendly.

  13. Hello, MOC. The latest technology does take some getting used to but once they learn what it can do and how to use it they are so impressed and happy to have these capabilities it is all worth it. What a great surprise for them and two wonderful tool that you have given them. Everyone wins with these gifts, My Organized Chaos.

  14. Wow what an awesome Mother’s Day gift!!
    We moved across the country to Alberta in February so this my first Mothers Day away from my mom :'( I’m hoping we’ll get home to NB in September for a visit. Fingers crossed πŸ™‚

  15. I have a new HP laptop and I’m pretty sure I don’t use even half of all of the amazing features! Love the cards you made! This summer I want to use my HP to do some photo projects that I have been putting off!

  16. What a great idea, I will have to remember this next Mothers day. I love giving personalized cards

  17. What a fantastic gift for your Mother in law. I have always loved HP printers. Great brand!

  18. A long time ago we always used to make cards and print them up, don’t know why we stopped. The technology of the HP Printer is awesome compared to our old one. Your card of the girls is beautiful and I’m sure Grandma loved it.

    1. Oh, it’s a great one! Love the features of this printer, now I want one myself!

  19. I’m in dire need of a new printer and the ENVY 120 looks like a brilliant one to own!


  20. It is awesome that hp has made things so easy for the whole family to use and create such memorable moments!

  21. I just purchased a new hp printer and I love it. It’s the best printer I’ve ever owned, SO much easier than all the others, and I’ve had like 10 over the years.

  22. HP Printers are the absolute best on the market. The kids love making their own cards and printing them off and it really does save on money these days..

  23. what an awesome surprise! I’m in need of a new computer also, I may look into this one!

  24. I love the card you and the kids made, it is so beautiful. HP has the best printers, we had one like 15 years ago and it lasted until 2 years ago. My sister gave us her old one but when we buy a new one it will be an HP for sure.

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