Back to School: My Favorite School Gear Roundup

Every year at this time, it gets me. That nerdy feeling of wanting to sharpen my pencils, pack up my backpack and get ready for the first day of school.

And then I remember that I'm a grown up who's been out of school for some time and I have a real job that doesn't require snack times and show-n-tell. Dang. 

But in the meanwhile, some of you out there are actually living the dream (did I just say that?) and are still in school or are prepping your kiddos for heading back to school. I'm pretty sure we go back early here in the south (all of my friends who are teachers had to report back this week, with kids returning next week!), but even if you've got awhile before your kids start back, beat the crowd and check out some of my favorite back-to-school items!

I'm an old-fashioned pencil girl... won't touch a mechanical pencil with a 10 ft. pole. These adorable, quirky pencils from Mackenzie Horan's Design Darling shop are perfection!

An owl backpack? It doesn't get much more precious.

Even now at my job, I go through a ridiculous amount of spiral notebooks. I'm just the kind of girl who, even with the dawn of the computer and other tech gadgets, likes to write it all down. These custom chevron notebooks are adorable.

Maybe it's my OCD, but I hate having anything scratched out. Enter my favorite tool- white out tape!

I've said it once and I'll say it again... nothing beats the amazing Erin Condren planner! I used one this year and I will definitely be using one again next year! Every organized gal's delight.

Don't lie, you get really excited about multi-colored Sharpies, too.

Ahem. Do you see the adorableness that is this shark pencil holder? I can't even handle it. It's just so precious I might need one for myself now. Can you see me showing up to my law office with one of these?

I'm a girl who loves her Post-It notes. They cover my desk, my planner and my computer screen. Definitely a must-have in a few different colors.

Big chunky highlighters in a bunch of colors are another necessity, that's for sure!

Erin Condren has a few other cute items your kiddos could use, including these personalized notepads and the personalized book plate stickers.

What are your favorite back-to-school items this year? Share all of the good stuff... no, no... not for me... I'm just taking notes for when my little man starts school... in like five years.... ; )


  1. Oh my gosh!!! So funny!! I always love back to school time too---and I don't have children nor am I in school---and yes---I've been out for quite a while also. Love your picks!

  2. As a teacher, I like to spoil myself with some cute school supplies, too. Thanks for the ideas :-)

  3. oh my goodness I must have that shark!! Thank goodness I work at a college so I can get away with still buying back to school supplies :)

  4. I love school supplies!!! I know that I will not be able to stay away from Target this weekend and will probably pick up some new pencils and notebooks for my 9-5 sit behind a desk job haha :)

  5. This is the first year we are packing for college and not school. Have to say, I don't miss the crayons just yet!!

  6. So fun. I just picked up all of Riley's school supplies and love it. I am a real pencil girl as well. Super cute roundup.

  7. Loving the owl backpack! I'm currently on the lookout for nice durable reusable lunch pails. Any suggestions?

  8. Oh man, I love nothing more than fresh sharpies. I get to order all of the office supplies for our office...I'm like a kid in a candy store.

  9. I took the kids shopping for school supplies yesterday. One of my favorite mom duties ;) I LOVE school supplies!!! I was the kid with the cool Hello Kitty pop up pencil holder boxes - are you too young to know what I'm talking about? I also loved me (and still do) a multi-colored pen - HA! I would take notes by paragraph in different colors - so nerdy........but so true! ;)

  10. Cute stuff, Michelle! You should've seen the long faces here today -- we had orientation, schedule pick-up, and senior portraits for my older son. Talk about a buzz kill! We're not ready for summer to be over. :-)
    xo Heidi

  11. This is such an adorable round up of back to school supplies! Im SUPER picky with what kind of pens/pencils/markers I use. Are you like that as well?

  12. i too love school supplies! that owl backpack is too cute!


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