Ok - confession time: I am a fool for school supplies.

Actually, I'm a big sucker for office supplies in general; I remember an old stationary store my dad used to take me to when I was a kid. I'd save my allowance money and buy old-fashioned fountain pens with different colored ink cartridges. I thought I was soooo cool. ;-)

Nowadays, I can get my office supply fix anytime I want by taking a quick spin through OfficeMax; I go alone, though. All three of my kids have inherited my love of pens, Post-Its, and rainbow-hued index cards.

Earlier this month, OfficeMax invited me to be part of their Get Organized for Back-to-School blogcast with Peter Walsh via Twitter; it was a great half hour of ideas and the BEST thing OfficeMax did was get input from a teacher! Getting organized at home for back-to-school is only half the battle; kids need to be organized in their classrooms as well.

To view the blogcast (it's about 30 minutes), click here.

Prior to the blogcast, I was sent a set of the new Schoolio-Von-Hoolio kid-centric school supplies to review. I opened the box and just about swooned! These back-to-school products are just so cute and pretty. My eight year old daughter is thrilled with her "girly" back to school supplies.

The kind folks at OfficeMax have also sent me another set of Schoolio-Von-Hoolio supplies for this giveaway! Can I get a WOOT for my readers?! Thanks, OfficeMax!

Here's what (1) lucky reader will win:

How to enter:

We'll keep this one simple, my dear readers, because I know many of you are busy getting ready for back-to-school at your house.

Leave a comment telling us your best back-to-school organization tip - what helps you and your family the most during this busy time of year? No idea is to small so share what works!

You can earn an additional (3) chances to win as well.

1. Tweet about this giveaway then come back here and leave me a separate comment to let me know you tweeted.

2. Post about this giveaway at your blog with a link both to this post; come back and leave the URL of your post in a separate comment.

3. Subscribe to my RSS feed by reader or email and leave a separate comment to let me know you're a new subscriber; you can also drop me a separate comment to let me know if you're already a subscriber for this extra entry.

Remember, you must leave me some way to find you online (by email or by your Twitter handle) if you don't have a blog. Entries with no contact information or means of contacting you online will be disqualified.

This giveaway will end on Sunday, August 30, 2009, at 10:00 pm EST . I will announce the winner (selected by Random.org) on Monday, August 31, 2009.

Good luck!

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  1. hminnesota // August 26, 2009 5:21 AM  

    I don't want to be the first one, because I really want to win!!

    Start buying around July and buy as much supply as you can(when they are a penny or free) whether you need or not. Because in the end, you can always donate it.

  2. hminnesota // August 26, 2009 5:22 AM  


  3. K. Rock // August 26, 2009 6:54 AM  

    Have your child pack his bookbag the night before and make sure he has enough folders to stay organized.

  4. K. Rock // August 26, 2009 6:54 AM  

    I get your feed.

  5. Faerie Mom // August 26, 2009 6:59 AM  

    My DD (HS) uses a white board with day of the week magnets. She writes all assignments on it and breaks down projects by day so that she does not get overwhelmed. It works better than a planner because she cannot ignore it! LOL

  6. Faerie Mom // August 26, 2009 7:00 AM  

    I am a subscriber!

  7. Cheryl // August 26, 2009 7:01 AM  

    Cool blog, I just found it from another site.

    Back to school - to save, I shop the sales all summer and save my receipts for any changes in needed supplies. For school, this is the tip that keeps me sane, I made a calendar/chart for the fridge where I can move around the labeled magnets I made to keep track of who has PE, library, tests, etc.

    toddandcherylshaw (at) yahoo.com

  8. Telamarie // August 26, 2009 7:10 AM  

    I always have EVERYTHING organized the way I want it when I go back to college every semester. I have my binders labeled and reader with paper and pens.

    I usually try to pick out clothes for the week starting on Sunday. It helps me save so much time!

  9. Ellen C. // August 26, 2009 7:39 AM  

    Two things that really work for me are: get the outfits ready the night before and make the lunches the night before. thansk for the chance.

    sweetascandy579 at yahoo dot com

  10. newmami_rgv // August 26, 2009 8:39 AM  

    Tweeted about the giveaway: http://twitter.com/vetsmom_rgv/status/3558424025

  11. newmami_rgv // August 26, 2009 8:42 AM  

    Posted on my blog: http://cjrthemommyblog.blogspot.com/2009/08/great-deals.html

  12. newmami_rgv // August 26, 2009 8:42 AM  

    subscribed via email

  13. Anonymous // August 26, 2009 10:11 AM  

    We were able to get all of our back to school supplies free this year thanks to all the great blogs.

  14. Linnie // August 26, 2009 3:40 PM  

    Yea I'm a new subscriber!

  15. Linnie // August 26, 2009 3:43 PM  

    One idea we use around our house...those multi-tiered hanging organizers are great for having outfits ready for the kids for a whole week. After laundry is done just fold and place so it's ready to go. We also go our new preschooler excited for back to school by allowing her to pick out a new toothbrush, toothpaste and soap to revamp her morning and bedtime routine.

  16. Julie // August 26, 2009 5:16 PM  

    I keep a corkboard in my kitchen where I can put school info on,telephone numbers, school events etc. calender


  17. Julie // August 26, 2009 5:16 PM  

    I am already a email subscriber

    nice giveway :)


  18. Lawanna // August 26, 2009 6:10 PM  

    Starting in first grade (with help from mom) each kid packs their own lunch and backpack. This makes the morning easier so they can just grab and go.

  19. Lawanna // August 26, 2009 6:10 PM  

    I subscribe to your RSS feed. Thanks for all you share!

  20. Anonymous // August 26, 2009 6:29 PM  

    I tweeted @brassycat


  21. Anonymous // August 26, 2009 6:29 PM  

    I subscibe


  22. Kim // August 26, 2009 7:37 PM  

    We pack bookbag and lunch the night before - less to forget in the morning~

    kiwilder at yahoo

  23. Kim // August 26, 2009 7:38 PM  

    I subscribe also!

    kiwilder at yahoo

  24. hminnesota // August 27, 2009 3:20 AM  


  25. hminnesota // August 27, 2009 3:21 AM  

    subscribed- rss feed
    google reader

  26. Juli // August 27, 2009 9:09 AM  

    I am a subscriber already. Love your info. I have been picking up all the sales items for several months now and it usually last the whole school year. We keep it stores in a plastic cart with drawers in my office closet and the school supplies are always available and I no longer have to worry when something runs out.

  27. Tamara B. // August 27, 2009 1:31 PM  

    I hit the Target clearance right after school starts and stock up on tons of pens, paper, folders, glue, markers and binders that will carry over to the next year school supply list. Everything is labeled so this help me out before school starts.

  28. Tamara B. // August 27, 2009 1:32 PM  

    I am a subscriber.

  29. Anonymous // August 27, 2009 7:03 PM  

    1)Each child has one of those 7 day hanging clothes organizers that I fill up, including socks and undies, so a whole week of outfits is ready. 2)Look thru backpacks and sign papers, look at homework, etc. and soon as they walk thru the door and then put backpacks right next to front door for the next day.


  30. Anonymous // August 27, 2009 7:03 PM  

    I am an email subscriber.


  31. Anonymous // August 27, 2009 8:01 PM  

    I always buy my kids their school clothes and supplies in july. That way, I have plenty of time to organize and label everything.


  32. Anonymous // August 27, 2009 8:02 PM  

    I am an e-mail subscriber.


  33. hminnesota // August 28, 2009 3:22 AM  

    reader subscriber

  34. Heather // August 30, 2009 7:37 AM  

    I stock up on free and 1 cent items when they start the sales. I bought all I could of the CVS deals on mine and my dh's card.

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  35. Heather // August 30, 2009 7:37 AM  

    I already subscribe!

  36. Heather // August 30, 2009 7:42 AM  

    Okay I new to Twitter. I did a tweet but don't know how to paste the code here.

  37. Heather // August 30, 2009 7:47 AM  

    I posted about this giveaway on my blog.


  38. Jacob's mommy // August 30, 2009 6:26 PM  

    I searched the online ads for my local stores. I would make a list and ONLY buy what they had a super low prices. I was able to get things for .o5 and such. I bought 4X's the amount I needed as I donated some to my church. I have 4 children;8,7,2,1. So, I use them as art supplies and to replenish at the next semester. I had to go to numerous stores but it was worth the savings.