15 of the Cutest Back-to-School Supplies You’ve Ever Seen
Okay, so yes, it’s a bummer that those lazy days of summer are about to be a thing of the past, but the transition back to school doesn’t have to be all that bad. Sure, there will be homework, boring professors and late nights, but there will also be fun roomie hang-outs and intermural leagues. If you’re not feeling so stoked about the academic side of things, get yourself a little bit more pumped by making your school supply collection the cutest ever. No black notebooks and basic No. 2 pencils here.
1. Peekaboo Folio ($6): Just because you’re in college doesn’t mean your folders can’t look like they did in third grade.
2. Gnome Crayon Set ($10): Let’s be honest — sometimes those early morning classes are a bit of a snoozefest. If you need a quick doodle sesh, bust out some paper and these cuties.
3. Monthly Planner ($5): Have one too many tests popped up without you remembering? Snag one of these adorable planners and keep yourself on top of your busy schedule.
4. Pattern Pens ($5): Because BIC pens just aren’t going to cut it.
5. Stay Focused Pencil Bag ($12): Just in case you need a reminder every once in a while.
6. Princess Bride Pencils ($8): Do that math homework with a little help from some of the characters from a cult classic flick.
7. Tape and Stapler Duo ($24): Why get a basic tape dispenser and stapler when you could get them in your favorite color? Seriously, there are 19 options.
8. Grammar Tote ($18): English majors, this is as necessary a buy as Hemingway’s body of work.
9. Scissor + Rule Combo ($10): Just remember: cut once, measure twice.
10. Donut Eraser ($3): We mean, when are donut erasers NOT a good idea? Never. Especially when they’re also scented.
11. Polka Dot Laptop Sleeve ($60): Be sure you’re keeping your tech protected as you take it from lecture to lecture.
12. Rifle Paper Co. Notebook ($15): The inside of this notebook might be filled with notes on biochemistry, but you’d never be able to tell from the outside.
13. Geometric Sticky Notes ($14): Those to-dos just got a lot more fun.
14. Heart Eraser ($3): Those Pink Pearl erasers ain’t got nothing on these cuties.
15. Patterned Files ($14): Keep your A+ papers extra safe in these cute folders.
Where do you score all your back-to-school supplies? Share with us in the comments below.
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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