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My Favorite Things: The Mini & Pink Edition

Posted Apr 10 2012 9:57pm
It’s been awhile since I have done a favorite things post. And since I am not running right now, I figured it would be a good time to tell you all about the little things that make me smile. :)

I’m pretty much addicted to office supplies and I can spend hours in an office supply store. I like to be organized in my work, blogging, projects, reporting, etc. If I ever do have a home-based business, setting up my office and organizing all of my supplies would be the highlight of getting things off the ground. I like pens, notebooks, paper and file folders. I like every piece of paper to have it’s own unique spot. I like labeling things. I like making lists, keeping journals and recording everything. I keep several different journals detailing running, workouts, food, ideas and goals. I almost always carry at least one notebook with me at all times, plus a notepad and a variety of colored pens or markers.

And without further ado, here are some of my current favorite things!

# 1 Staples 1-inch 5 1/2 “ x 8 1/2 “ Three Ring Binder

Purple notebook

I use it to organize all of my Pace Per Mile information including upcoming race reports, contact information and future race details. I like this notebook because it is small – smaller than a sheet of standard computer paper. It can fit in my purse (I carry a big one), laptop bag or tote. It’s also durable and stylish. I have dropped it many times without it becoming damaged. There are a variety of colors available too – I like the purple! I also like this product because it is customizable and everything you need for a standard-sized binder, you can also find for this one. I found a hole punch (for only $4.99!), folders, sheet protectors and write-on tabs
Mini whole punch

#2 Staples Arc Customizable Binder System


Oh. My. Gosh. Confession time, I buy four three two more than one planner a year because I can never decide on which one I like. They either don’t have something I wish they did or too much stuff that I don’t need. This year, I made an effort to switch to “digital” and use my calendar on my iPhone and computer, but that isn’t working out. I need to write things down, make lists and notes of things I have to remember and jot down things in a hurry. Not to mention, how exactly do you schedule an appointment on your phone, while you are on your phone? Enter the arc system by Staples. I first hear about it from another blog and then decided to check it out myself – I think my planner search is finally over!

What I love about this system is that it is completely customizable. Right down to the ring size. I am using the 1 1/2” rings, which hold about 500 pages. The rings are not like a three-ring binder. The pages just slide on and off. At first I was hesitant, but really like it, plus, it looks cool with the awesome pink cover. The arc comes in a standard notebook size and a smaller size, which I have. The leather cover (which comes in several fun colors) was only $14.99! You can add your own accessories to make it as big or as small as you need to. I added a dividers with a (pre-dated) 2012 Calendar (both monthly and weekly views), business card holder, project planning pages, To-Do lists and a notes section
ARC accessories

#3 HP Mini

Mini HP

This was a Christmas present from my Dad. It’s perfect for blogging, Facebooking and Word Processing. It’s really lightweight and can go just about anywhere. I have a mini laptop-bag for it to keep it protected on the go too. Even my [wireless] mouse and flash drive are mini and pink
Mini flash drive

Mini HP open

# 4 Vera Bradley Business Card Case

This was a gift from my Mom. She gave it to me after one of my half marathons. To me, it is perfectly pretty. It is not too big and bulky and I love the pattern. I think it is called “Love You.”

buisness card holder

# 5 Mini Notebooks

Another Staples find and perfect for on the go or to put in your pocket. The pages are lined
Mini notebooks

So, my entire blogging, writing, reporting “office” can be condensed down to this little, pink pile
Mini stuff

# 6: Mini Basket and Mini Towel

These were in my Easter Basket from my mother-in-law. The basket has entirely endless possibilities. I will probably use it to hold binder or paper clips, post-its or jewelry. The towel is just cute!

Mini basket and towel

# 7 Sephora Bronze Beauty Lip Gloss, Hair Brush and Mini Clip

Pink and pretty…what can I say?! ; ) I really love the Sephora lip gloss. It is just a hint of color and shine. I’ve been wearing it everyday because it goes with everything, but doesn’t overdo it.

Mini brush

# 8 and # 9: And of course, who wouldn’t have these two pups as favorites?

Sadie and Grace

Tell me, what are some of your favorite things right now? Are any the same as mine?

Until the next mile marker,
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