I can still clearly remember a cartoon I saw in my brother's Mad Magazine when I was a kid. A boy was admiring his new school supplies when his mother walked in and suggested how great it was going to be to use all of his new things to do his homework when school started. The boy was aghast! How could she suggest that he dirty his new pad of paper or make his new pencils less sharp by using them! I guess after all of these years, I still remember that comic because I could relate to it. I hated to see my new pencil become less pointy and have to be sharpened and then they would become shorter and the eraser would get used and not be as shapely and pink. On the other hand, I could hardly keep from writing on my new paper and filling it with my imaginings. Even today, there is nothing like a new box of crayons with their shiny, pointy tops, or new pens that I just have to try out, or all of the other myriads of office/school supplies. Are my girls and I the only ones or are there others out there who love office supplies, too? Is it hard for you to walk past the hanging racks of paper clips and push pins in Staples? Then today's Friday Fave is for you:
What is your favorite office supply?
You would be surprised just how difficult this was for some of us to answer! There are so many great choices out there! Since so many office things are small and they can be decorative, tiny and cute, it made it even harder. But, let us begin!
#1: Lindsey's choice As you know, LIndsey is a lawyer. Here is a picture of her desk, (photo redacted).
Can you guess what her favorite office supply is? That's right, the sticky notes! Lindsey says that she lives in a world of paper and Post-it Notes, (or sticky notes) save her life.
And who doesn't love them? They come in so many colors and shapes and sizes, they are almost stickers, but more useful! Here is one of the best prices for the 1 1/2 x 2 inch pads. There are 12 pads of 100 sheets each for $4.99 and if you have Prime, the shipping is free! The colors are vibrant in this collection, which of course makes them better than ever! Just click the picture to purchase them.
If you don't mind a different brand of sticky notes, Dollar Tree carries a brand called Jot. You can buy them in store or online. If you purchase them online, you must buy a carton of 24 pads, but that might come in handy in a case like Lindsey, who needs them to save her life!
#2: Alicia's choice: While we are still in the paper mode, Alicia's choice surprised me a little bit because she has loved office supplies for so long and I thought she would go for something like push pins or sharpeners. But instead, she chose note cards! Her choice makes sense for her because she just finished her Masters Degree. She said that the note cards really came in handy to help her organize her thoughts as she wrote her paper. (Sometimes that old school style really works!) They also work great for making flashcards to help you study, and they are so portable to take wherever you go. And, of course, you can use them for recipe cards as well. Click that link above and get a package of 200 (in a case of 24) for $1.00. Or, get on Amazon and get 1000 cards for $10.51 in a brand you know. Don't forget, you can get them in lots of colors, too!
#3: Helen's pick I was going to pick pads of paper, because I can't resist them. (Look at these at Dollar Tree! You can order as few as 4 of these packs on line and they come 4 in a package in pretty colors, too! I think they may be perfect for my girl's at camp this year. Shh!) But, I decided that the other thing I really like and used a lot when I was teaching AND they are so cute are binder clips! Look at these that I found on Amazon! They have cute prints, 4.5 stars and they are only $1.00 for 24 of them! I am sending for them right now. They do have a shipping cost of only $1.00, so that makes it $2.00 for this bunch of cute clips! They would work great to organize things that need to go together, or in a planner. And have you ever seen the life hack video about using them for easels and phone holders, etc.? These little babies are awesome! Click on the photo to see them and to order yours.
#4 & 5: Maddy's Picks Try not to notice that I kind of sneaked in an extra pick above, because this week Madalynn actually gets to pick two things. She is my daughter who has the most training in art. So, her first pick is no surprise, gel pens! Amazon has so many great sets to choose from besides the ones I linked above! Look at these , or these! So many colors, so many possibilities. Fancify your writing, color code your planner.
Speaking of planners, that is Maddy's second choice! She (and Alicia) love to make lists and plan things out. Now that we are in February, if you haven't picked up a new planner yet, you are sure to find some on sale! Look at some of these on Amazon!
There are many, many more to choose from! Just get some pens, your journal, some binder clips and you will be so organized and ready to face the world! And, don't worry, when you fill up the pages of your planner or note pad, and the tips of your pencils have worn down and the ink all runs dry, you will have probably created some pretty neat stuff, and done some really awesome things and then you get to pick up some more brand new supplies!
What office supplies do you use the most or just like because they are so dang cute? Leave us a comment! Thanks for hanging out with us at Friday Faves!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!