Back to School Goodies

When I was a kid, one of my favorite days was when I received my teacher assignment in the mail. Now only did I learn who I would be spending my days with, we also received our school supply lists. It was like Christmas in July.

Visions of new notebooks and pens and folders would dance through my head.

It was like a whole event for me. My mom would always start the trip saying that we would get what the list said, but we shouldn’t just buy frivolous things or the most expensive things. (I realize now how freaking expensive it can be to buy ALL those supplies. And some things on the list are ridiculous.)

I would wander the aisles, meticulously picking out notebook colors and coordinating folders. Searching to make sure I didn’t repeat colors, because how else would I tell the difference between my social studies and my math notebooks?!

The lists always said no mechanical pencils, but my mom usually gave in, or we compromised. One pack of regulars and a couple mechanicals. Pretty sure the regular ones ended up smashed and broken in the bottom of my backpack.

And then there were the crayons.

You could tell who was cool in grad school simply based on the crayons, colored pencils, and markers. Crayola folks. Crayola all the way. Those crappy Roseart ones were too waxy and never colored properly and their colored pencils were a strange color. Luckily, even my money conscious mother understood the importance of Crayolas. Even better? The package with the built in sharpener. How else can you precisely darken your outline and shade in the interior?!? Life in grad school sure was hard…

And this love affair with new school supplies has not decreased as I’ve gotten older. If anything, it’s gotten worse. I can now not only just go to Walmart with mom to get everything, I can go to Target, Office Depot, Staples, Barnes and Noble AND search the internet. The options are endless.

I mean, when Barnes and Noble and Target didn’t have any of the Molekines that I wanted, hulloo internet! (And side note- cheaper from moleskine’s website usually than the store.) Our living room is full of shopping bags from various stores filled with binders and planners and pens and highlighters and other silly things that I probably don’t really need, but man they sure sound important right now! I mean, colors and patterns and 1 inch or 2 inch binders and how on earth will I decide which pens I want to mercilessly butcher grade with?

My moleskines arrived on my doorstep today and I was like a little kid ripping open the box and looking at my pretty new notebooks. Thinking about the notes I would take in them about Beloved and Turn of the Screw. Yes, I am a complete nerd and I’m good with it.

But I figured I wasn’t alone in my obsession. I mean, how could anyone not like getting new things before the start of a new school year?

So, here I am with a Back to School Giveaway!!

Yep. Just for you wonderful readers.

I truly love giving gifts and just wish I had a never-ending checking account so I could send things to ALL of you. I really do. Unfortunately, until I win the lottery, I can only give one prize package away. (But don’t worry. The holidays are coming. I will come up with something!)

So here is what you can win:


I found some fun things that I thought would be great as the new school year starts. Even if you aren’t a student or a teacher, I think these things are usable and might just put a smile on your face.

Yes, that IS a Berenstein Bears coloring book in the back! Who doesn’t love to color? It’s a nice little stress reliever and I loved those books when I was a kid. So of course there are some Crayola crayons. (And hey, nice to have around in case any nieces or nephews or friends’ kids come over. )


I’ve been talking about these notebooks so much, that i just figured it wasn’t right to share. And I picked black because never know which color the lucky winner would like. Black goes with everything.

There are some pens and a pack of Sharpie pens. They are ultra fine and just great for notes and such.


And whether you’re headed back to school or not, a calming candle is great. This was a unique color combination, but it smells amazing. Might be nice after a long day, accompanied by a glass of wine.


This is a fun dry erase weekly calendar. Would be perfect for an office or a refrigerator. And black pens are boring, so i threw in some fun colored dry erase markers as well!


These were some fun Post-its. The blue says, “I’d rather be shopping” and the purple has some shoes.


And this was so fun that I bought one for myself. It’s a girl statue that holds two pens in her hands. She’s fairly sturdy, so shouldn’t tip over, even with the fanciest of pens.

So there it is!!

Now, for the rules:

To enter the giveaway, you must post a comment with one of your favorite school memories. Anything at all. Naptime, recess, school shopping, lunch, art class. Anything! Just tell me a fun story and you are entered!

For a second entry, leave a comment with your blog address and your Twitter name! (if you don’t have either, just leave me your email address!)

This contest runs through 11:59pm on Tuesday, August 9th.

I will use a number generator and announce the winner on Wednesday, and hopefully get it in the mail Wednesday as well!

**None of the companies that make these products paid me or paid for the products. These were just things I found and liked, so I bought them myself.

Good luck and have a great school year to all the students and teachers! And just have a great rest of the year for all you non-school people!



Filed under giveaway, Happy little posts, Things I Love

24 responses to “Back to School Goodies

  1. Lesley

    I loved school…so much so that I became a teacher then a school administrator. My favorite elementary school memory is of my awesome 3rd grade teacher who gave out Jolly Ranchers and always complimented my outfits. She was the best!

    On Twitter I’m wahine0814 🙂

  2. One of my favorite school memories was that my mom would always write notes on our napkins…well into high school! I just think that’s such a sweet thing to do!

  3. Fun giveaway! My favorite school memory is when we got to play tag in preschool. They would let all of us kids run around screaming our heads off for 15 minutes. Ironically it was right before naptime.

  4. Rachel's Cottage House

    My favorite school memory was getting the school supplies. Just like you mentioned, I loved finding cute notebooks and pretty pens!

  5. I’m addicted to school supplies too. I wish that I could have a reason to go crazy at Staples! I used to love shopping for new clothes, too. Even though I mostly wore uniforms, it was still nice to get new shirts for the school year.

  6. Pauline

    One of my favorite school memories is from kindergarten. Our playground was fenced off from the rest of the field and we had one of those merry-go-round type things. I don’t think you see much of them nowadays because they’re “dangerous.” Whatever, they were so much fun! I also loved singing songs to learn about different things.

  7. I love school supplies too! I have a repressed love because I was only ever allowed to get super-plain, super-boring stuff when I was in school.

    My favorite memory, though, is getting one of the jumbo boxes of Crayola crayons for Christmas one year. I LOVED them and had specifically asked for them. I was so popular at school after that!

  8. One of my favorite memories is buying school supplies! I loved getting new binders, pens, and my new school planner. It’s one of the things I miss the most about being in school!

  9. Christine

    My favorite school memory was of course school supply shopping. I just love the abundance of supplies to choose from. From binders, pens, notebooks etc. It has always been my favorite. I literally would buy so much supplies and loved everything color coordinated.

  10. Sonya

    One school memory is from 2nd grade. My mom had been volunteering that day and she gave me cough medicine before she left. During the read aloud that afternoon I fell asleep at my desk! One of my classmates had to wake me up. Luckily my teacher was a lady that went to our church so she wasn’t upset!

  11. Sonya



  12. Newspaper was always my favorite part of school — high school and college.



  14. My favorite thing in the whole world growing up was school supply shopping! I actually loved it more than Christmas! New pens and pencils. New notebooks and pencil cases for your desk. Fun colors of glue! I still to this day can not get out of an office supply store in under an hour. I have to stop and examine every pen and pencil to make sure that something new and amazing hasn’t come out that I missed. …. Yes I just said I look for new and amazing pens like there could be something revolutionary going on in the pen and pencil world. I’m a nerd as well, and I’m okay with it. 🙂

  15. My 7th grade reading teacher told us that she had burned the king of Bavaria on a school field trip in her youth. I never actually figured out which king, even though I eventually spent some time in Bavaria, but I do seem to recall that the story revolved around torches, stone stairwells and a crypt. Maybe that’s not so much a favorite, as a bizarre school memory? meh, such is my life.

  16. You are so cute. 🙂 I love how excited you are – especially because I can remember that excitement well. I used to love picking out my Trapper Keeper for grade school – and I used to argue with my mom over whether I needed the 64-color box of crayons or the 120something box.

    Hope you had a great first day!!

  17. While I don’t need school supplies anymore, I love getting office supplies to try to organize my office and my life. Also, I totally agree about coloring still being a stress relaxer. I probably need to do a little more of it.

    One of my favorite school memories was hot lunch days. I went to a Catholic elementary school from 1st through 8th grade. We didn’t have a cafeteria, but we did have hot lunch days once a week. Among the parents at the school, we had owners of McDonald’s, Carl’s Jr., Del Taco, and pizza places, so each Wednesday one of these places supplied lunch. It was fun to have those lunches to break up the brown bag lunch each week.

    I have to say I am a little jealous of you going back to grad school in English. That was my plan at one time and there are many times when I wish I had.

  18. I think my favorite school memory was always the lunches my parents would join me for. They were never big or special, but I loved that they always came.



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