Epson Stylus CX8400 Printer Review

I know, I know...this review is a bit "different" from the norm here on But I have to be honest...I'm a digital photo buff and anyone who takes digital photos needs a means of printing them out. I also have a HUGE stack of pre-digital-age photos that need scanned and saved, otherwise, they are going to get yellow with age and I'm all about preserving my memories.

So, that being said. I'm really digging the new Epson Stylus CX8400 All in One printer/scanner/copier. No, no one is paying me to write this review. I have this printer and I LIKE it.

This all-in-one retails for around $99.99 but with a couple of instant rebates offered, you can get this baby for as low as $59.99, which makes for an affordable Christmas gift!

I've had a couple of different scanners/printers over the years and so far, this one runs smoothly and I haven't had any trouble with it. The colors are vibrant and the individual ink cartridges retail between $12 and $17 at your local office supply store.

Of course, here are some notable features of the printer:

*Epson DURABrite Ultra Ink: It dries instantly.
*Auto Photo Correction with advanced face detection: If you aren't a Photoshop pro, never fear! The printer is smart and can help you out with photo corrections needed prior to printing.
*Epson Easy Photo Fix: Great for scanning those old family photos that could use a "touch-up" or two.
*BorderFree Photo Printing: No perforations or edges to trim (hello, time saver?!)

The printer has met all of my needs thus far, whether it has been printing directions to a holiday party or scanning a receipt to print and send in for a rebate, it has worked as good as gold. I've been pleased with the quality of the photos I have printed as well.

The Epson Stylus CX8400 is definitely worth checking out!

*Epson was a part of our holiday scavenger blog hunt!

Play Along with a Book

Before I knew who Publications International, Ltd. was, I already had quite a few of their electronic books on Hailey's bookshelf.

Included in her collection are some of her favorite characters; Nemo, Elmo, Dora, Baby Einstein and her absolute favorites, the Little Einsteins. We also have the Disney Princesses floating around our house somewhere...

She has enjoyed these books ever since she could sit up and use her motor skills, which has been a long time now. Her most recent favorites are the Little Einsteins book pictured above and her "Party Time with Blue" book. She loves moving the hands of the clock and listening to what time it is. She's actually learning how to tell what time it is at age 2 because she plays with this book so much. Don't get me wrong, I'm still the best teacher for her but a little help along the way doesn't bother me in the least.

You can find these electronic books virtually everywhere and they make for GREAT, inexpensive gifts (generally retailing under $20) for the little ones.

We've also just discovered the Story Reader line by Publications International, Ltd. The Classic Story Reader Line (ages 3-8 yrs) and My First Story Reader (6 mos-3 yrs) are fantastic additions to your gift list this year. Both retail for around $20 and include three interchangeable books. I highly recommend the Story Reader books. We actually also have the Leap Frog Little Touch LeapPad and I prefer the Story Reader books to that, plus they are cheaper.

So, you may have to run back out and grab something from Publications International to put under the tree this still have plenty of time left! :)