Sunday, August 4, 2013

Staples. That WAS easy!

So you want to talk about printers? Let me tell you first hand. I have some experience. 

I tend to be the type that labors over the Internet until 2am for at least 3 days utilizing Google, Amazon reviews, and any sort of information I can get from real first hand owners before making a large purchase like a vacuum, or a new printer, for example.

A few years back I spent painstaking days selecting my new printer and when the cartridge ran out, I trotted on over to Office Max  & bought the printer brand, correct cartridge. Brought it home, my engineer husband installed it & can you guess what happened?

We got an error message. To make a long story short, the printer did not read the cartridge, it gave us a ink error. We bought new cartridges, same thing. I spent 2 hours on the internet & their 1-800 line only to be told that the cartridge essentially broke our entire printer, there was NO fix for it but HEY, they would give us a deal on a new one. I asked them to note my file, the price, etc & I would call back after discussing this with my spouse. Called back 15 minutes later only to be denied the free shipping, and got the new version of the same printer sent over.

It tends to be finicky, and quite frankly, I have a grudge against it. 

When Staples told me they liked my review style ( Yay me!) and asked if I was interested in reviewing for them I jumped & immediately knew I wanted to check out these laser printers they now have.
I selected the hp LASERJET PRO 200.

My reasoning?

-The reviews were high. 4.5 stars out of 5 with over 50 people reviewing on Staples website. It wasn't a $2500 product, nor was it at the bottom of the price selection. It was a nice median that a typical family, like myself, could afford on their regular budget when needing to buy a new printer for their home use.
-It is laser! No more rifling through ink cartridges to find your color coded, dot/button/letter/number coded match only to have them error on you.
-They say they are fast & more cost efficient than a ink printer. We print a good deal with a 5 & 7 year old. Between sports releases, coloring pages, copies of SSN/Birth certificates, school registration & so on & so forth, we do a good bit of  waiting for our printer to "spit" out our pages. I thought it sounded pretty good to cut back some of that wait time.

So what did I think?

I think I made a pretty good choice if I do say so myself.

-The time is definitely shorter between pages. It doesn't "spit them out" like our prior printer did.

-Sometimes when I would print on textured paper ( say, for scrap booking) it would give me a bit of what I referred to as "thick spots" and I haven't seen that with the LaserJet.
Think using a paint marker vs a ball point pen. When you are doing crafts, that is a pretty important feature!

-Speed, accuracy &precision would be the 3 words I choose to describe the difference between a laser printer &  a ink printer.\

-However what really takes the cake is the picture printing. Holy moly. Beautiful isn't a good enough word. The images are bright, defined, vibrant & printed in record time. They literally look like images from a glossy paged book.

I can not tell you how happy I am with this printer. I expect it to last MUCH longer than the previous 4 we have been through in our married 7 years, and to also endure the time with the same accuracy & definition as the  very first print.

I strongly recommend that you check out Staples, and their line of laser printers, especially, when you are shopping for office gear. Honestly, it really is THAT easy.

Full disclosure: Staples provided me with the HP Printer for review. The thoughts and opinions expressed are strictly my own and no other compensation was received.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

How did your dog get their name?

We have, and have had, several pets since The Man & I first got together nearly 8 years ago. However, our first fur baby, was a not very baby min pin named Echo.

I do not know how she got her name, because we got her from a International Rescue for miniature pinschers. We made the decision to adopt from this rescue & began our search.
After we were approved for adoption we were given a list of dogs in the 4 hour range we said we'd be willing to drive. Echo was mentioned. She was living with a woman who took the old, sick, etc dogs who no one wanted. 
She had around 50..
Echo " Never looks for attention,when all the dogs come running & clamoring, like she truly doesn't think she deserves it. We'd be lucky to get $50 for her, we don't know how old she is" and I was sold.

Soon after I drove 4 hours on a HOT Summer day to meet a woman in a animal shelter parking lot, she had driven 3 hours,  and as she tried to hide her emotions we made the quick trade off.

Echo was missing an ear & shaking. 

I put her in a blanket, held her in the car awhile, and then settled her in to drive home.
We stopped at a metro park, where I quickly found out she wasn't the type of dog who takes walks. 

So we headed home. We had a crate, toys, a bed, food & water dishes, everything for her. After showing her around I let her explore a bit, when she came back to me she was crying.

Literally, she had liquid tears running out of her eyes.I like to think it was happy tears, myself.

She has been to Florida & back to Ohio with me since then. Through 4 houses, 2 babies, 3 cats & a fish. 

She's blind, deaf, and often spends hours staring at nothing.She bumps into walls & her tongue permanently hangs out one side of her mouth. She's had oral surgery to remove all but one of her teeth. When we found out she was micro-chipped we had her traced back to the original puppy mill she was seized from, where she had been a breeder (she shows extensive signs of having had multiple litters) and where her ear was bitten off by another dog. She has wandered away, been found. Been loved by the boys, and terrorized, dressed up, snuggled by & attacked by the cats. She has worn a pink Snuggie & has a custom knit ski cap.

She'd kind of awesome, in a now diapered ( yes, so seriously, Target brand, size 3, cropped tail- no holes= saved carpets!! Don't judge...)  mostly blind, one eared way. She is ours forever, and we are her forever home, something that so many rescued & shelter animals will never know. She certainly is trouble sometimes, as elderly & aging dogs can be, but for a pint size pup, weighing in a a whopping 9 pounds, she is a pretty good girl & I absolutely love her.

Though we will never know how she came to be called Echo, we know her as our dog, and love her!

That is my story about how our dog got her name. The rest of our pets, cats, all name human names. Max, Chuck(a female) and Bill, our 6 month kitten. I think there is something humerus about human names for pets, myself! 

Do any of your pets have good stories about how their names came to be?

This post was brought to you by the "What's in a Name?" Campaign hosted by our friends at dog bark collar.

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

November, 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!
Today I am thankful for turkey, and pie, and all the yummy sides as well as my family, and wonderful friends, including you, and you, and you too! ( but not you in the corner, I don't like you one bit.)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

November 23, 2011

I am so thankful for a beautiful house to cook beautiful pies in, today!
I am still in that delightful stage where occasionally I find myself smiling "This is MINE" about our home.
Last night I sat on the porch at midnight & saw every single star in the milky way with nothing but my eyes. There is no light pollution here, and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. I have seen some good stars from our balcony in the last 3 months, but these topped them ALL. I couldn't believe how much I could see, it looked like a fake sky you'd see in a movie, or planetarium, the amount of visibility was amazing.
I'm pretty damn thankful for this beautiful home to raise our family in!

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