My kids have a full week of school under their belts. All those fresh new binders and composition notebooks are labeled and have begun to take on the challenges of 5th, 8th, 9th, and 11th grade. I’m sure they will be filled with essential knowledge throughout this school year and studied throughly before every test. I’m also sure they will be doodled on, spilled on and shoved in the dark corners of backpacks and lockers. Come June they will have served their purpose and will, with cheers and feelings of relief from my children, retire to the trashcan. In August they will be replaced with another generation of fresh new notebooks and we begin again…
Every year I take 4 kids, in 4 grades, with 8 different subjects and VERY specific supply lists shopping and every year I feel like I am losing my mind and verging on a mama meltdown in the back-to-school aisle. But each year we manage and they head off to school with new pencils and notebooks and shoes and expectations of new possibilities.
There are some things we never grow out of and new supplies are one of those things for me. Although my husband is convinced we will all go paperless, I just can’t imagine giving up the pleasure of a freshly sharpened pencil, or writing on that first page of a new notebook. I am a little obsessive about my supplies. And I like them fancy. So to celebrate the start of a new school year I give you my next Fancy Files Giveaway.
A box of Palomino Blackwing pencils.
Now hear me out, I realize some of you may thinking “fancy pencils?”
Yes! I promise you will notice a difference from the $2.99 box of Target brand pencils that you send your kids to school with. My kids notice the difference and I have to hide mine or they tend to disappear. Plus these pencils fit perfectly within my fancy files guidelines – a pretty and practical item of quality that doesn’t break the bank. They are a simple, everyday luxury, even if all you write is a grocery list.
Now let’s take the love of school/office supplies to the next level.
Check out this store in NYC that is all pencils! They have an online shop with 8 pages of pencil selections! They also have a blog that includes posts titled Beginners Guide to Pencils and Profiles in Pencil History.
Of course there are fancy pens, and notebooks too! And don’t get me started on finding the perfect planner. Guess what? It’s not digital! Then there are monogramed notepads, old fashioned pencil sharpeners, and pretty file folders. And I have dreams of creating a card catalog of all my books someday!
So now that you have had a peek into my obsession…
Back to the pencils.
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