I don't know about you, but I love summer. I love the warm nights, indulgent visits to the local ice cream shop, BBQ's with friends, and the overall relaxed routine of "life".
With September just around the corner however, I start to get giddy. I can't wait to get back into more of a routine. I revert to using my grocery shopping lists, look forward to scheduled fall activities, try for an earlier bedtime, and aim to goal set while also checking items off my "to do" list. A lot of people find January the month for fresh starts, but for me, I am starting to think that September is that month.
The stationery lover/addict in me loves restocking the pen collection, bookmarks, journals and notepads, and other goodies that help me stay focused and on track. Below, I have compiled some of my favourites from the shop. Please enjoy!
A good pen is imperative. I keep a pen in my purse, car, home office, kitchen, basement, bedroom...pretty much a pen is in every room of the house. You never know when you need to write something down. Be prepared with these awesome paper pens. For those of you in school, these pens won't break the bank if you loan them out or lose them. One way to help keep your pens organized is by using a cute pencil case. I have also seen people at the grocery store using pencil cases to help keep their coupons organized. Both the typewriter keyboard and lined paper cases are perfect!
Oh gosh, you don't even want to know how many notepads I have. I have ones that I love for meal planning/grocery shopping, and then I have ones for weekly planning, list making, and goal setting. Depending on your list loving level, you are bound to find something to help you stay focused and organized. Once I committed to meal planning, our family stopped wasting so much food and didn't overspend at the grocery store. On Sunday night, my Husband and I will do a quick "week at a glance" review of what we all have going on in the coming week and then plan accordingly. I also love making a list and physically crossing off each "to do" after I have done it. It is so therapeutic.
Kids tend to like filling in the weekly planners as much as you will, as you can add stickers and use fun coloured pens, crayons, or markers.
Fabric Push Pins are a great way to spice up a bulletin board. The ones shown here come in sets of six. The clay crafted paperclips help keep your documents together, receipts neatly organized, and books/binders marked. Available in a bunny, cloud, whale, pineapple, and heart.
Of course we live in a digital age where so much is done online or on our computers/smartphones. This is why LBC offers different sizes and styles of notebooks. Small/Big, Lined/Blank, Neutral/Patterned. A notebook is just one of those items that you may never think you need or want, until you need or want it. Why not just even keep a small field notebook in your bag/purse/backpack and jot notes, doodle, daydream, pass out information to new friends or coworkers. A small notebook in the glovebox of your car is never a bad idea to make notes of oil changes or small fixes to your vehicle. If or when you ever sell your car, you can also include the little notebook for the buyer.
Fun bookmarks are great for holding your place when reading a novel, but they can also jazz up a text book, work papers, cookbooks, etc. LBC proudly offers traditional tasseled bookmarks, along with darling magnetic style ones. You are bound to find something you will like. A nice card and a cute bookmark also make a sweet gift for a birthday guy/gal, or thoughtful (and inexpensive) gift for someone who just went away to school or moved cities/countries. I personally enjoy giving a birthday card with the little cupcake bookmark in it.
Now you may be asking yourself why cards are a back to school/back to reality must have. Well, perhaps you know someone going off to college or university or is starting a new job? Perhaps you know someone that has severe summertime sadness and just needs a pick me up, ha! Whatever the reason, giving or sending a card never goes out of style.
Also, these darling lunchbox notes are perfect for a child/spouse/significant other when you want to brighten their day. Wish that special person good luck on an exam, all the best on a business proposal, or just let them know you are thinking of them. I used to have a friend in elementary whose Mom would always doodle and draw on her brown paper lunch bag. It was always so cute, and all these years later I sure remember it, so I am sure she does, too!
I hope you feel excited for fall and ready to tackle back to school, back to work, or just plain back to reality! From August 19 - September 5, enjoy 15% off any item in the Stationery & Fun section of the store with the code: SEPT15
What item/items help keep you organized for back to school/work/reality? I would love to know!