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Staples Back to School Giveaway!

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September 10, 2013

I’m an addict when it comes to school supply/back-to-school shopping…let’s face it, when I was growing up, it was all I could think about. Which Lisa Frank binder to get, how to decorate my locker, what color pencil box to bring on the first day…yes, these were important decisions in my life…my how things change in the blink of an eye. 
A few weeks ago, I was contacted by the friends of Staples to talk about their product offerings and just how easy they make it for parents and students of all ages to get ready to go back to school. They offer everything you need to make learning fun AND offer an assortment of educational supplies, too. When I visited our local store, I was pleasantly surprised to find some of my favorite brands…Melissa and Doug, Crayola, and Leap Frog, just to name a few. 

My favorite part was the Crayola “crayon wall”, where you can pick up a tin and fill it with all sorts of fun crayon colors so YOU choose the contents…and yes, I was SO wishing they had created this when I was in school!!!!

I picked up a few essentials while I was there, too. Something I had never seen before were Dry-Erase Pencils from Crayola (of course those were instantly added to my basket) and then I picked up a wooden puzzle by Melissa and Doug as we have started working on our alphabet/letters with Miss Caroline. 

Even more exciting is that Staples is letting me offer one lucky lady a $25 gift card to spend at one of their stores! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below telling me your favorite school supply item OR your favorite detail of going back to school…easy peasy, right?? 

Contest starts today and runs through Friday when I will select a random winner…good luck!! 
(P.S. this is a sponsored post by Staples, though the opinions expressed above are that of my own, for all those inquiring minds) 
  1. Amanda says:

    I am a school-based Speech Language Pathologist and constantly get bogged down in paperwork; so I LOVE getting adorable office organization items that help me keep on top of all my paperwork and look cute while doing it! Staples' filing folders, binder clips, and post-it notes are among my faves!

  2. Dawn says:

    I LOVE all things school supply related! Like you, I always obsessed over back to school supplies! Even now, stationary, pens, markers are among my favorite things! As a part-time teacher, I love shopping at Staples to get items for my students (and well..myself too:))

  3. I LOVE back to school supply shopping! Definitley one of the perks of going to back to school. I loved getting organized, new binders, etc. My favorite school supply items are colored pens. I especially love the new Sharpie pens, they are great!

  4. LOVE getting new pens. I don't know why but new pens just make everything better!

  5. Mami2jcn says:

    I love crayons!

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  6. Shannon says:

    I love getting anything organizational….paperclips, desk organizers, post it's, pen holders….:) Love it all!

  7. Mary Leigh says:

    How great! One of my favorite things to get each year is a new planner! It's so fun to be able to mark it up with all the fun things that the new year holds!

  8. Megan says:

    Times have changed! A crayon wall, where was this when we were kids!?

    Megan
    Hello Newlywed Life Blog

  9. Jessica says:

    I always LOVED getting fresh new markers, pens, and pencils. I so miss going back to school!

  10. Taylor says:

    Oh my gosh, I had so much fun school supply shopping with my daughter this year! She is in 1st grade, so we got to buy all the fun crayons and markers! New pens and crayons are my favorite!

  11. Lindsey says:

    I love fresh paper, pens, and organization tools- everything is so new and crisp!

  12. Jessica says:

    So awesome! I love school supplies, especially pens 😉

  13. Laura O says:

    Although this is the first semester I haven't gone "back to school" as I have finally graduated, I still let myself back to school shop for supplies for what is now my home office. I absolutely love staples and office/school supplies make me giddy. Husband labels it an addiction.

  14. Fun! I just purchased a Lisa Frank unicorn notebook. Who says you fully have to grow up? I love crayons and actually color when I get stressed. Weird, I know but it helps. And I love Staples because it has a lot of variety in not only the school supplies department but also snacks, utensils, etc.

    aylgreene@gmail.com

  15. Jennifer says:

    I love love love Mr. Sketch Markers!! Plus notebooks, pentel pens, crayons oh my!

  16. Michele says:

    I love new pens! There's also nothing better than a fresh notebook and box of crayons!

  17. The Reynolds says:

    Back to school shopping is the best… seriously so exciting! My favorite things to get are pens and highlighters. It seems like every year, there is a new type of highlighter (fun ones where you can see the ink in the tube, new colors, highlighters with the sticky tabs attached, etc)… and pens – how fun! There are so many options – gel, ball point, fancy colors, etc!

  18. oh my gosh! to this day, i still love school supplies! my favorites will always be colored pens, cute notepads, and a fresh box of crayons! my 10 year old self would have died to shop that crayon bar! xoxo

  19. Arielle says:

    I love school supplies! I love the sharpie pens! 🙂

  20. Mrs.W says:

    I was always obsessed with shopping for school supplies. My favorite were new colored pens and pencils! 🙂

  21. Kara K says:

    I love the soothing nature of a new, unused box of Crayons! All the possibilities!

  22. Tara Smith says:

    My favorite school supply item was always picking my favorite pens! I'm very picky about the pens that I write with even at work today, so I loved testing all of them out!

  23. Jamie Pruitt says:

    My favorite thing about starting back to school was getting to buy a new planner and some good colored pens to go with it!! I am VERY OCD and LOVED getting to color code my new planner with my new pens!! LOVE me some Staples!!

  24. Kelly says:

    School supplies are my favorite!! I loved getting new pens. I still always buy supplies each year even though I'm 30 and have no children! 🙂

  25. Lauren says:

    I am already excited to buy Elyse new school supplies…and it's still 3 years away! However, I don't think a fresh box of crayons can be beat, I've always loved rubbing my hand over the sharp pointed edges deciding which crayon will be tainted first!

  26. Jenny says:

    I love a brand new pack of crayons!

  27. Amber says:

    Dry erase crayons?!?! Those sound amazing and perfect for a toddler! I may need to go pick some of those up today!

  28. Brooke Haas says:

    I have younger kids and they aren't in any type of school (yet) but my favorite part of back to school is finding a good notebook and fancy pen to write with (and of course, wayyyy less crowd at the malls and zoos, etc!). Lisa Frank was by far my favorite growing up and I have introduced my almost three year old to LF coloring books and other school supplies! SO FUN!!

  29. kellyr78 says:

    I like colorful folders.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

  30. Before having our little blessing (who is 8 months) I taught kindergarten. My favorite thing about back to school is organizing!! I'm a little OCD when it comes to organizing and absolutely live buying things to help with my OCD! Staples binders (love, love, love the rubber on the perimeter of the binders), dividers WITH pockets so I can keep important weekly handouts right beside my lesson plans for each week, post it labels to organize the binder dividers even more, sharpie pens (my fave!!), and smelly markers to surprise my school babies! I'm not gonna lie…it's tough being a teacher at heart and not being able to participate in the back to school excitement…which is why I now subject my eight month old to my OCD by organizing (and re-organizing when I'm bored) his play nook. I hope he appreciates the importance of labeling book bins, books, and toy crates when he's older! Haha

  31. Candice Lynn says:

    A CRAYON WALL???? That's amazing. I might need some.

  32. A crayon wall? OMG!!! I wish that was around 25 years ago! 🙂 I would have to say my favorite school supply is that pen that has 8 different colors in it. You know what I'm talking about? it was big, fat and had different "buttons" to push for different colors. I loved that freakin pen! 🙂

  33. meg1t says:

    i love a good planner and spend the longest time picking one out each year!

  34. Lauren Burk says:

    I loved school supply shopping too! I loved getting new binders and dividers. It felt good to start the year off organized.

  35. Bre says:

    I have an obsession with pens. I have so many yet every time I walk past school supplies I find new ones!

  36. Catherine says:

    I'm now obsessed with sharpie pens! Must have in my classroom!

  37. I loved Lisa Frank too as a kid. Now I love new notebooks and colorful pens!

  38. Whitney says:

    I'm a school supply freak…AKA office supplies now! 🙂 I always was obsessed with my mom buying me CRAYOLA crayons, not any of that RoseArt crap!

  39. Holly says:

    I LOVE new mechanical pencils!! Also, my newest obsessions are the fine-tip Sharpie pens!! Love!! These are a MUST in my classroom.

  40. Kelly says:

    I have an odd penchant for organizers. If it has a calendar, a cute cover, and places to write my schedule down I'm hooked! Unfortunately, I think I only get hooker for about two weeks before I forget about them or loose it. My quest to be super organized is yet to be fulfilled!

  41. Sarah Karp says:

    I ADORE a new box of colored pencils/crayons/pens/pencils. I love the smell of crayons!!!

  42. Anna Lingel says:

    Back in the day is was all about JELLY ROLL pens! Now I'm much more refined and prefer colored sharpies and neon post it notes.

  43. Kelly says:

    I'm old so my favorite part of back to school was picking out my new Trapper Keeper! Now it's seeing how excited my kids are to go shopping for new supplies and meet their new teachers!

  44. Alex Keszler says:

    Oh my goodness how I WISH I was still in elementary school when back to school shopping was the most fun!!! I was always so excited to organize my SPACEMAKER PENCIL CASE and fill it with SCENTED MARKERS, SCENTED ERASERS and the ever popular JELLY PENS (although I STILL use these!) 🙂 Of course, the trapper keeper was a huge one too, especially the brightly colored and animal print Lisa Frank ones! Oh to reminisce!

  45. Pamela says:

    I LOVE bright post its & pens!! Especially since I have my own desk!

  46. I am dying over that crayola wall! I loved picking out folders and binders when it was time to go back to school.

  47. Toni :O) says:

    Post It Notes in Bright Colors are totally my FAV!

  48. My favorite part was the highlighters! and getting everything detailed and color coded in my planner.

  49. Tess says:

    I always loved buying binders – making them my own and organizing them to the nines!

  50. Aubrey Laine says:

    I love a great pack of pens 🙂
    alaine74014 at gmail dot com

  51. Bree says:

    I love all the cute 3-ring binders!
    jitterbug1 (at) gmail (dot) com

  52. Katie says:

    I had to seriously restrain myself from buying school supplies this year…couldn't resist picking up some crayons for the little lady though! I always loved having color coordinated folders & binders for each class…nerd alert! 🙂

  53. Sara says:

    Awesome! I'm a big fan of Sharpies! I want them in every color!

  54. I love getting a brand new set of notebooks and pencils!

  55. Britni says:

    I love Sharpies, I feel that my writing looks nicer. 🙂

  56. Kendra Lee says:

    I am a sucker for cute notebooks! Those and cool pens 🙂

  57. Samantha says:

    i dont love anything like i love post its!!!

  58. I'm LOVING the new Sharpie Gel highlighters!!!

  59. Cait says:

    omg i love sharpie highlighters or anything with notebooks! what a great giveaway! i'd love to win this 🙂

  60. Tabathia says:

    I would have to say ink pens are my favorite school supply

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  61. Day Old News says:

    Binders. I just love binders. I have a rainbow of them at home and always want categories to need a new binder for. 🙂

  62. Lauren says:

    Post-It Notes–what did anyone do before these!

  63. Kristy says:

    Sharpies in assorted colors! My fave 🙂

  64. . says:

    I loved getting a new planner and RSVP pens 🙂

  65. Chelsea L says:

    I was always obsessed with getting new planners, pens and highlighters 🙂

  66. Sarah says:

    Nothing beats a new planner for me! 🙂

  67. Sara says:

    I always love getting a new set of colored pens!

  68. Paige says:

    I love pencil boxes! I buy a bunch every year (for my class and a few for me too!)

  69. I love my new planner … But as a 1st grade teacher, I love all school supplies. That crayon wall looked amazing!!!

  70. Elizabeth says:

    Love school supplies…as a student, I always enjoyed finding the perfect pen. Now,the perfect calendar is my love!

  71. The crayon tubes look cray cray awesome! Thank you,
    Heather P.
    hef117(at)gmail(dot)com
    spunky real deal

  72. Lauren says:

    I've always loved pens and folders. Oh, but that crayon deal looks really fun…

  73. Kitty says:

    I LOVED Lisa Frank stuff! I always loved picking out my folders 😉

  74. Susieutk84 says:

    I love school supplies! I'm also in need of a new planner for the upcoming year, and I'm in grad school, so I'm always in need for notebooks.

  75. I really have two, inseparable, back to school items 🙂 I LOOOOOVE brand new notebooks and pens. A pack of colorful pens and red pens were always my favorites. Along with Sharpie pens that had dark, thick ink. Made things a lot easier for this partially blind girl to read 🙂

  76. Ruth says:

    My school always gave us planners so I loved using new colored pens and highlighters to fill it in and get organized. I haven't been in a Staples for awhile, but the crayon wall looks so fun! 🙂

  77. Jess Norden says:

    I LOVE back to school shopping….I always love new pens. And paper. I love the freshness of them! 🙂 Great giveaway!

  78. I am a school supplies freak!!! Awesome giveaway!! I hope I win!

  79. Robin says:

    I love love love storage items. Little boxes and tins and drawers to keep my supplies organized!

  80. Oh my goodness – a crayon wall! I need to go check out Staples because I did not see this last time I was there. Love their Martha Stewart line too!

  81. I loved brand new crayons. I am still a sucker for them now too! Especially since I am a teacher 🙂

  82. I loved brand new crayons. I am still a sucker for them now too! Especially since I am a teacher 🙂

  83. Pens! I can't get enough pens!

  84. Alicia Boyde says:

    I love getting new pens and notebooks ! 😀

  85. My favorite school supplies to buy are pens with the cutest notebooks I can find!

  86. Kate Hollis says:

    There's nothing like a brand new box of Crayola crayons meticulously arranged in Roy G Biv order!

  87. Kristen says:

    As a kid I always loved a new box of markers, as a teacher I love a few new felt tipped sharpes!

  88. arbarge says:

    I had no idea staples sold melissa and doug toys! This is great news! My favorite back to school supply was a box of No. 2 pencils!

  89. Sara says:

    I always loved and still love the giant box of crayola crayons.

  90. Astrid Rosas says:

    Favourite school supply is pens of all different colours 🙂

  91. dawn sweeps says:

    My favorite school supply item would have to be binders. Even though I'm way out of school, I love pretty colored binders to keep my work in.

  92. Natasha says:

    I love shopping for notebooks! When I was a kid I would love to pick out all the ones with the cute designs on the cover!

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