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This month’s faves are:
- Mod Podge®
- HP Instant Ink
- Aussie Instant Freeze Hairspray
First November fave – Mod podge
November’s first fave is Mod Podge! I can’t believe I haven’t written about this multi-purpose product before! I’ve been using it a lot in my crafts lately so it’s only fitting to give it some love.
If you’ve never used Mod Podge before let me tell you a little bit about it. Mod Podge bills itself as a waterbase sealer, glue and finish. It’s sold by Plaid® and comes in a ton of different formulas and varieties nowadays. Mod Podge is the product to use if you’re trying to decoupage things or want to give projects a topcoat. It applies over almost any surface but I usually use it over paint to give a finished look. And it comes in brush on and spray formulas, now.
For those of you who are familiar with Mod Podge it’s not just your basic decoupage glue you may be used to. There are still basics like gloss, satin and matte finishes but now you can also find Antique Matte, Mega Glitter – Hologram and Sparkle to jazz up your craft projects. And there are a whole lot of others to choose from.
And it’s not just different finishes available, there are new products that help you transfer images, protect items for outdoor use and stiffen objects like ribbon and fabric. Plus, Mod Podge makes brushes, various crafting tools and kits to help you create cool crafts. There are so many types of Mod Podge available you’re sure to find one to help make your crafting projects a little easier.
Second november fave – hp instant ink
My second fave for November is a service I’ve had for almost 2 years. It’s called HP Instant Ink and it has helped change the way I think about printing. A few years ago I bought a pretty expensive printer that I loved. It was big and bulky but did everything I wanted a printer to do. The only downside to the printer was the cost of ink when it came time to refill it. I would lay out almost $100 each time the cartridges need to be replaced.
One day while shopping at Best Buy we ran into an HP salesman. He introduced us to the HP Instant Ink program. At first, I was very skeptical. There was no way I was going to sign up for an ink refill subscription. Nobody needed to know how much I was printing. But after doing the math the plans made more sense.
For instance, say I replaced my cartridges twice a year at $100 each time. That would run me $200 a year for ink! The instant ink plans charge monthly and not by how much ink you use but by how many pages you print. The Occasional Printing Plan starts with 50 pages for $2.99/month and $1 for every 10 extra. The next plan, the Moderate Printing Plan allows for 100 pages for $4.99/month and $1 for every 15 extra. The Frequent Printing Plan allows 300 pages for $9.99/month with each additional 20 pages costing $1 more. The last plan caters to businesses and is appropriately called The Business Plan. You get 700 pages and 2 spare cartridges for $19.99/month with 20 extra pages running $1. Each plan also gets a specified amount of rollover pages.
So choosing a plan that fit our printing needs would have us paying around $120 a year which is way cheaper than $200. So we chose the Frequent Printing Plan because we knew our girls wanted the ability to print a bunch of photos each month.
Our first year went off without a hitch, we even got a couple of months free because of specials that HP ran. We never ever ran out of ink. We never had to wait to print something because the ink was dried up or wasn’t full. The ink was sent prior to the cartridges running out so that you’d have your new ones when you needed them. And printing quality was no different than before so there was no downside to the whole subscription thing.
After about a year we decided to knock our plan down to the Moderate Printing Plan because we weren’t printing anywhere near 300 pages a month. Plus we weren’t using the extra pages that rolled over each month. This plan has worked really well for us. It was super easy to switch plans and if we ever want to switch back we can without any issues.
There are a couple of things to know before going with the Instant Ink subscription. For starters, you have to make sure your HP printer is compatible. Our printer was not. In order to save money in the long run, we got rid of that big printer. We bought a smaller more photo-friendly printer that was compatible and have been happy with it. Also, you need to get over the thought that someone is keeping tabs on your printing habits. I don’t care who knows how much I’m printing because I’m happy with the service overall.
I would definitely recommend the HP Instant Ink service to anyone who prints at home. You get your ink when you need it (actually beforehand), can change plans anytime you want and never have to search the ads for who has ink on sale and for the cheapest. Wanna find out more about each HP Instant Ink plan? Click here.
Third november fave – aussie instant freeze hairspray
My last November fave is Aussie Instant Freeze Hairspray. I’m a big hair fan and have mentioned in previous posts how I use products to achieve it. You can read about my other favorite products here, here and here. Well, the one product that I use with all of those is this Aussie hairspray. I’ve been using it for years and it’s something I can’t do without.
You can easily find the Aussie Instant Freeze spray at Walmart, Target and other drugstores for around $3.50 for a 10 oz can. It’s an aerosol spray in a metal can. I would consider the actual spray to be a little on the heavy side. It can definitely build up if you use too much but I’ve never noticed a white cast or flaking. I’d also recommend holding away from your hair when spraying. The spray contains Australian jojoba oil and sea kelp and I don’t find it too drying even with everyday use.
Because the spray is a little heavier/tackier than some it helps your style hold it’s place once it dries but can make the hair a bit stiff. Still, some styles require that and I can definitely count on it to hold mine. If you have a hairstyle that requires an extreme hold hairspray I would give the Aussie Instant Freeze spray a try.