Make A Connection That Matters This Mother’s Day #HPMothersDay #HPLovesMoms

I married a man in the Canadian military and with that lifestyle, came lots of moving! We’ve lived all across Canada from Alberta, Ontario, New Brunswick and now where I currently reside in Nova Scotia. For the past 13 years, I’ve moved more times than I can even count. Needless to say, I don’t get to visit my family and friends in my hometown of Pembroke, Ontario very often. In fact, the last time I was there for a visit was in 2010.

It’s not for lack of not wanting to go, but circumstances make it really hard. I’m very close to my mom. My girls are also very close to her, my dad and my two sisters. They love their grandma dearly and I know she feels the same about them. We talk on the phone every day and I tell her just about everything. I know I can count on her for sound advice. She’s a very wise woman.

Chatting on the phone is fine, but technology has advanced so much over the years and changed the way we communicate with people. I mean I chat and Skype with friends online, but my mom? She’s doesn’t even own a laptop.

When my mom found out she was getting a Mother’s Day present from the folks at HP, she was beyond excited. I wish I could have been there to capture her reaction. I could hear the excitement in her voice as she said, “No way! For me?” I told her to think about all the fun we were going to have together.


HP sent both my mom and I the sleek HP ENVY X2 PC. My mom also received an HP 120 e-All-in-One printer! I already have the HP Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One printer. Not only is the HP ENVY X2 PC a laptop, but it’s also a tablet! The screen comes off with a click of a latch. She’s going to have to keep that  hidden from my dad or he will keep the tablet for himself.

My dad took a picture of my mom the dad her PC and printer arrived. You can see how she is literally glowing with excitement.


Along with the HP ENVY X2 and HP ENVY 120 e-All-in-One printer, my mom also received the HP Printing Supplies Kit for her new printer.  It 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″ x 6″

HP Printing Supplies Kit

My mom is a scrapbooker and creates gorgeous, one-of-a-kind scrapbooks. She’s made both myself and my two sisters scrapbooks showcasing our childhood. She’s also made scrapbooks for my girls.She can use the printer and photo paper to print out pictures she takes and put them into her creations! I can’t wait to see what new things she comes up with next.

She also saw my Picture Tile Wall Art and commented that she would like to make something like that for her home. Well, Mom, now you can!

The HP laptop and printer made it easier for my girls and I to connect with my mom. Over the course of the last week, you may have noticed me sharing pictures on Twitter and Instagram with the different ways that we’ve been using them to create special moments and memories. I’m grateful to have been able to spend quality time with my mom and also to be able to share with her some of my daughter’s artwork.

Check out the different ways we connected as a family in the week leading up to Mother’s Day. We may not be able to physically visit Ontario for the holiday, but we celebrated it in our own special way thanks to HP.

Skype with Family

My mom has never chatted online let alone go on a Skype video call. We usually only ever talk on the phone so I knew she would need a little handholding to get her set up to do a family Skype call. I walked her through creating an account. Skype is one of the apps that was already on her PC so after she signed in and added me as a contact, we were ready to start.

Bridget and I sat down to wait for Grandma’s Skype call to come through. I think Bridget was surprised to see Grandma’s face and hear her voice. She had never done this before either!


The picture and sound were so sharp and clear thanks to the HD TrueVision webcam on the PC. It felt like my family was right there with me. Well, they were sorta I guess!


Of course, with my mom’s new toy, my dad got right in there and had to check it out too. My sister and niece were over at my parent’s house and we were able to talk to them too. I haven’t seen my niece, Avery, since she was a baby. She’s now 5 and in school! Time flies.



Bridget wanted to show her cousin, Avery, the new shoes Grandma and Poppa bought her. They visited us briefly in Nova Scotia in late April and took the girls shopping in Halifax.


And then came the feet…not sure what happened there! Bridget wanted to show off her socks I guess. She was giggling and being silly.


I was also able to walk around the house with the tablet and show them the work we had recently done on the house. We are undergoing major renovations on our master bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. My parents saw all the tiling John finished in the bathroom. My mom even gave me some good advice on paint colours!

We had an interesting chat and it was great to see everyone again. We may be 1500 km apart in physical distance, but using Skype through our new HP ENVY X2 PCs has brought us closer together where it matters most.

We’ve got another call planned for this weekend and plan to continue on doing Skype video calls once a week. It’s something nice to look forward to at the end of a long week!

Mother’s Day Cards

When I was looking online for crafts for Bridget, I discovered FREE Mother’s Day Photo Cards on Snapfish. I made a few different ones and we printed our favourite to mail out to my mom. They are very easy to make. All you really have to do is pick your template for your card, upload your images, add your text and print. The site recommends HP 8.5×11 Brochure Paper 180g Matte or 180g Glossy, but I used my HP Everyday Photo Paper and it still turned out good.

I really liked the look of The Only Thing Better is Grandma.


We ended up printing out the Best Grandma Ever card.


My post with Mother’s Day Printables has a list of my personal favourite Mother’s Day Photo Cards.

Mother’s Day Crafts

I’d been looking for a really fun Mother’s day craft that was easy for Bridget to do. When I told her we would be making a Family Photo Tree, she squealed with excitment and said she had never made one. I told her I would show her how and be there to help her. After picking up a few supplies like stickers and coloured cardstock, we got busy. I wrote a post earlier this week detailing the steps we took to create the Family Photo Tree. It turned out beautifully!


I shared it on my Facebook profile and received many compliments from my family and friends. My mom saw it on Facebook and loved it. She told Bridget how talented she was!

Mother’s Day Printables

Of course, another huge plus of living in an online world is all the cool things that are literally available with a few clicks (or with the tablet- a touch!). I discovered a HUGE amount of Mother’s day printables via some of my favourite blogs, Pinterest and of course using Bing.

Bridget helped me select the ones she wanted to work on and ran over to the printer to grab her papers and get busy. She did activity sheets, cards, and even bookmarks. It kept her busy for a good hour or so. I’m so lucky to have such a thoughtful daughter.


You can check out my full list of Mother’s Day printables that I found. It includes printables for kids, photo cards and other printables like cupcake toppers and party banners. I looked for good quality printables so I hope you like the ones I picked!

Fresh Paint App

Windows 8 also has the Fresh Paint app which is perfect for a creative girl like Bridget. She thought it was the neatest thing to be able to draw on the computer and then we could print out the pictures in full colour and “professional style” as she says. It’s an easy app for kids (or adults if you are so inclined!) to use. You can choose from a wealth of colours and brush styles. It looks like oil paint don’t you think? Another big plus? NO MESS!

Bridget created this pretty rainbow for her grandma to give to her for Mother’s Day. She was proud of her work and I think she did a very nice job.


I emailed the image to my mom and she printed it on her HP ENVY 120 e-All-in-One printer.


She has it now on display on her fridge in the kitchen. Her fridge is looking a bit lonely so Bridget’s rainbow adds a nice splash of colour!

When I talked to my mom later that day, she said she thought it was so cool that Bridget drew that pic right on the computer. I think at first she thought Bridget drew it on paper and I scanned it into the computer. I told her to check out the Fresh Paint app on her HP Envy X2 PC and that’s where Bridget had created her work of art.


Now that we have the HP Envy X2 PC, Grandma better get ready for more pics to fill up that fridge.

How will you be connecting with your mom or other special lady in your life this Mother’s Day?

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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