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2012 Back to School Give-Away Winner

First, we have to give a big thank you to Avery! They donated $500 in free school supplies to make this the biggest give-away in history! And thanks to all the teachers and parents who entered the Back to School Give-Away on Facebook, Twitter and here at the blog.

Ok, now for the part you’re all waiting for. The winner of the Back to School Give-Away & more than $500 in free school supplies is…

Jami Hamel Dela Cerda!

Congratulations, Jami! Everyone else, take heart. We’ve got another massive give-away coming up next month. Stay tuned for another chance to win free stuff from

School Supply Checklist


Don’t want to to take your chances on winning the  Back to School Give-Away? Use this school supply checklist to get everything your kids need for the new school year.

Elementary School Supplies

Basic school supplies for early learners:

 Pencils  Crayons
 Pencil-top erasers  Washable markers
 Scissors  Watercolor paints
 Ruler  Sketch pad
 Pocket folders  Glue sticks
 Notebook   Supply box

Middle School Supplies

Middle school students need the same supplies as younger kids, plus:

 3 Ring Binders  Colored pencils
 Wide-ruled notebook paper  Dictionary
 Index Tabs  Calculator
 Spiral notebooks  Assignment notebook
Erasable Pens
source: Chicago Public Schools has everything you need, and at bargain prices to boot! Plus, they ship everything the same day, so your school supplies will arrive in just a day or two.

Tip: use Post-it Notes to clean your keyboard.

Martha Stewart is a genius. I saw this tip at Real Simple and just had to try it out. The results are in: if you don’t have a can of compressed air on hand, you can totally use sticky notes to clean your computer keyboard.

Step 1: Fold up the sticky part of the Post-it Note.

Post-it Note Keyboard Cleaner, Step 1

Step 2: Slide the sticky portion between your keyboard keys.

Post-it Note Keyboard Cleaner, Step 2

Step 3: Get grossed out by all the debris hiding in your keyboard.

Post-it Not Keyboard Cleaner, Step 3

Clearly, I need to stop eating lunch at my desk.

Cutest 2013 Calendars at has new 2013 calendars in stock. Here’s a round up of the cutest, in our completely objective, unbiased opinion.

Puppy Calendar: nothing’s cuter than puppy pictures…

Cute Puppy Calendar by House of Doolittle.

House of Doolittle Monthly Calendar

…except maybe kitty pictures: Kitten Calendar

See the cute kitten calendars at

House of Doolittle Monthly Calendar

Nature Photo Calendar: a better view than your cubical walls or the parking lot.

Get a gorgeous waterfall calendar at

AT-A-GLANCE Erasable Yearly Calendar

Floral Calendar: a pretty calendar to get you through the drab winter months.

Floral AT-A-GLANCE Calendar at

AT-A-GLANCE Desk Pad Calendar

Pink Ribbon Calendar: cute calendar & GREAT cause!

Pink Ribbon 2013 Calendar: just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

AT A GLANCE Pink Ribbon  Monthly Calender. A portion of proceeds goes to City of Hope.

Fantasy Island Calendar: a scenic calendar to fuel your fantasies of retiring in Tahiti.

2013 AT-A-GLANCE Calendar: check out the photos in this tropical calendar

AT-GLANCE Monthly Calendar

Cute calendars are a great way to brighten up your work area, without going to extremes. These 2013 calendars will brighten up the dreariest office cubicle. You can see more pretty calendars for sale at