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Get the Look: My Back to School Supplies

Post sponsored by Wayfair. They came up with the back-to-school concept, but the content is all me.

I always considered back-to-school the best time of year, even when I was a kid, and later a teenager. Even in high school  I’d itch for homework, buying standardized test books to keep me busy. I realize that sounds incredibly nerdy, but I had a job, and a boyfriend, and friends, I swear. I still get excited when continuing ed catalogs come in the mail, but alas, my school days are over.

I don’t really need to buy school supplies for the kids, since their schools provide pretty much everything they need, but that doesn’t stop me. When retailers break out the crayon and glue stick displays in August  I get giddy. I’ve always had a well-stocked desk and still do. (And a back up supply closet.) I keep a designated bin of stuff for the boys, but that doesn’t stop them from raiding my shelves. My husband thinks I’m a little whacky with my inexplicable possessiveness over scissors;  it’s one of my quirks.

Although I have a firm no paper rule (everything gets photographed and filed electronically, I still keep a paper calendar. I use the monthly At-A-Glance calendars which I fill in and color-code by activity. (Green for work deadlines, red for birthdays, turquoise for my appointments, purple for the kids, yellow for days off, etc.);I have a silly attachment to see through fluorescent highlighters and can’t pass up a good set of markers. I even use White-Out.

Last fall I started a consistent exercise program, Skyping with my frriend Sarah (search Sarah John Fitness on FB) for personal core training twice per week, and her friend Kristy another two times weekly for yoga. I’m currently on hiatus (we’re all moms, hip hopping around for the summer), but am eager to get back into a routine. It’s time to upgrade to an  extra thick yoga mat (I have knobby knees). I love the tall glass water bottles with wooden lids too, even though my husband finds them annoyingly tippy in the fridge.

Finally, extra iPhone chargers. Although I try to keep mine put at my desk, it sometimes disappears after smaller people in the house “borrow” it, having bent their own into oblivion. You can suffer through back-to-school season at big box stores or you can order everything online from Wayfair. Here are my 15 must-have for me back-to-school supplies.

Modern Desk Accessories And School Supplies


Acrylic Tape Dispenser

2 Pentel Fine Point Color Pens

3 Fiskars Recycled Titanium Softgrip Scissors

4 Liquid Highlighters

5 At-A-Glance Monthly Planner

Hand Stop Bookend

7 Plank Table Lamp

8 Retro Stripes Laptop Sleeve

9 Charger for iPhone 5

10 Areaware Alarm Docking Station for iPhone 5

11 GoFit Printed Yoga Mat

12 Polka Dot Glass Water Bottle with Wood Lid

13 Super Strong Cube Magnets

14 David Weeks Ursa the Bear Figurine

15 Cork Yoga Blocks

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide, Part II

After a morning (ok, and an afternoon) cavorting along Newbury Street and enjoying a lovely lunch al fresco, I’ve gathered ten more pretty items perfect for Mother’s Day. Here’s the StyleCarrot Mother’s Day Gift Guide, Part Deux.



1. Stella & Dot x May Designs Patterned Notebbooks

2. Mar Y Sol Crocheted Clutch

3. Lucite Tape Dispenser

4. Woven Striped Rope Bracelet

5. Half-Dipped Mugs

6. Pomegranate Bud Vase

7. Stephanie Sherman Grand Waves Photo Print

8. Hand Carved African Bowl

9. Jennifer Meyer Diamond & Gold Circle Ring

10. Baggu Boat Tote

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Orange And Yellow Throw Pillows

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Crafty: Rustic Pencil Holder

I was scrolling through my Crafty Pinterest board today when this rustic wood pencil holder caught my eye. It’s a project from arts & crafts blog Strawberry Chic. Blogger Andrea’s husband made it for her out of a piece of wood that his friend found by a river bank. Her husband just added a few holes and sanded down the edges. Think you can do it? In addition to a slice of wood, you’ll need a sandpaper, hand saw, drill, and a 7/16″ drill bit.

If I were so inclined (which I’m not), I have access to pretty much every small sized tool. In my condo! Although we live in the city, my husband insists on keeping fully stocked tool boxes in our storage closet. (Thank goodness we even have a storage closet.) He has explained his four basic kits to me. Ready?

The drill kit has electric drill (not cordless because we don’t actually ever use it; wouldn’t want the batteries to run out in between), a variety of drill bits—wood bits, concrete bits, metal bits, along with a separate  tap and die set.  The socket/wrench kit contains hundreds of pieces, which was a favorite plaything when the boys were younger.  The third is the catchall tool box. It’s got hammers, saws, levels, screwdrivers, clamps, stud finder, razor knife, mallets, and any other tool one needs to fix something around the house. The fourth is the electrical tool box, which contains a volt meter, circuit testers, lineman’s pliers, wire strippers, wire nuts, wire, and a soldering iron. (Seriously. He actually used it to fix our dishwasher.)

I think when he retires he should become a landlord, right? Certainly this is waaay over and above any apartment dwellers’ tool stash. Obviously he could never complain that my shoe collection takes up too much space. You could probably get an  all-in-one tool kit and have everything you need, and more.

Make Your Own Rustic Wood Pencil Holder

For the full tutorial click over to Strawberry Chic.

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Gift Guide: 12 Gifts for Her Under $50

Raising the bar a few dollars. . .  Last Wednesday it was Gifts for Her Under $25. Do I see see $50? Splurge a little on your sister or your BFF. These presents under $50 are all seriously cute. I’d love the earrings. The tape holder is tres chic, but not sure my desk is glam enough. The note blocks are cool though. And if you’re not totally into camo fashion, but want a taste of the trend, the cosmetic pouch is perfect.

Gift Guide Presents For Women Under $50

S H O P P I N G 

1 Camo Printed Cosmetic Case

Lucite Tape Dispenser

3 Cable Beanie with Fur Pom Pom

4 Painted iPhone 5 Case

5 Hay & Scholten & Baijings Tower Blocks Paper Notes 

6 Tassel Necklace

7 Wishbone Jewelry Holder

8 Bamboo Mortar & Pestle

9 Turkish Bath Towel

10 Evil Eye Bangle

11 LaVanilla Laboratories Candle Tin

12 Elizabeth Cole Chinese Turquoise Earrings

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Giveaway: Parker Pen

Parker Pens has been around for nearly 125 years, and they continue to create new designs.  The company has recently introduced Parker 5th technology, which they call a “fifth mode of writing” where the pen adjusts to your personal writing style in a few strokes. The innovation is incorporated into several  collections including Ingenuity (designed exclusively for Parker 5th), Sonnet Feminine, Urban Premium, and IM Premium. They’re really beautiful, with art nouveau / art deco styling, in finishes that include pink gold, pearl and gun metal.


StyleCarrot is giving away one Parker IM Premium pen with Parker 5th technology, which retails for $80. It’s perfect for writing old-fashioned love letters. Leave a comment on this post telling me the last time you wrote an actual letter (or even a card or note that you mailed), and to whom. Just curious. : )

Deadline for entering is next Wednesday, Feb. 6, so the winner can have her new pen by Valentine’s Day. Love letters rock.




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