Category: Stationary & Office

Review: International Arrivals “bringing fun to your school day”

Just because work and school can be boring doesn’t mean your stationery supplies have to be! International Arrivals brings fun to your office and school day with their line of stationery items.

Established in 2005, International Arrivals was inspired by former Barnes & Noble buyer Carol Tyner.  With the ingenious idea to create fun and practical supplies for adults and children, International Arrivals has produced clever products such as scented pens, pencils and markers to pencil sharpeners, paper clips and journals, among many other stationery supplies.

Gathering attention from magazines such as O Magazine, Woman’s Day and Real Simple, International Arrivals is paving the way for imaginative writing instruments and stationery supplies.  Check out what all the hype is about at

Our Thoughts…

Both my children were extremely happy when I opened up a box full of unique and fun school supplies  for them to enjoy and use daily during their 2012 school year from International Arrivals. Some of the awesome supplies we received were sweet smelling gourmet Smencils, fuzzy wuzzy and sparkle pencils, jumbo sized markers, self sharpening crayon sticks, candy shaped erasers, rulers, and a few more things!

I think receiving special school supplies to use through out the school year nurtures and shows a big part of your child’s personality.  My four year old daughter for instance, choose the school supplies out of those we were sent to review that I thought portrayed her perfectly. She’s a very happy, extroverted child, she loves the color purple, and anything that sparkles. She right away went straight for the purple sparkle pencils and the purple colored ruler. Once she found out the other pencils and erasers smelled  uniquely different she couldn’t wait to use them and show them off to everyone she came in contact with.

My 20 month son who really loves drawing right now,  enjoyed using the Chunky Monkey set of 10 markers. These markers cover every color needed to create a masterpiece. My son had no issues holding and using these to draw. I like that they come in a clear storable container and that the lids of the markers are easy to take off and put back on.

Out of everything we received, I was really tickled with the Color Appeel crayon sticks! These awesome crayon sticks peel to sharpen, keeping them ready to use without the hassle of digging out your pencil or crayon sharpener to continue drawing or coloring. The names of the colors are equally as fun as the sticks themselves with names such as odd ball orange, lighthouse blue, bamboo brown, and peacock purple to name a few!

I highly recommend check out for yourself, you won’t be disappointed in the products that can be found there. Hurry on! I’m sure any of these products would be sure to brighten the day of any child (or adult!).

Disclaimer: I was sent the above mentioned product to review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

Review: Paper Culture

   At Paper Culture our mantra is “be modern. be eco.” Whether you’re looking for baby announcements, baby shower invitations, holiday cards, birthday party invitations, bridal shower invitations,  stationery or bamboo wall art, Paper Culture has set out to deliver bold modern design through eco friendly products. Over 130,000 people have become fans of Paper Culture on Facebook, and Paper Culture’s products have been featured in People, Real Simple, Daily Candy, the Wall Street Journal and at the Tony Awards.

Great things to know about Paper Culture!

  • Modern Designs – Clean lines, bold colors and fresh typography
  • Eco-Friendly – No new trees are cut down because Paper Culture uses exclusively 100% post consumer recycled paper for card and envelope. In addition, Paper Culture plants a tree with every order and has planted over 200,000 trees to date.
  • Premium Quality – Paper Culture cards are printed on 130 lb. weight heavy stock paper cut with signature rounded corners.  By comparison most leading companies use only 80-110 lb paper.
  • Mail and Message – If you choose, Paper Culture will stuff, address, stamp and mail your cards for you for FREE. The only charge for this service is the actual cost of the stamps!  Also, when you provide your addresses, you have the option to print a unique, personalized message on the back of each card.  Say what you want, to whom, on one, some or all your cards!
  • Signature Packaging –When you choose to address and mail your cards yourself, Paper Culture will ship them in a signature logo box (made of recycled paper of course) – a keepsake to store your cards in style while they wait to be sent.
My Thoughts…

I am completely aware of the fact that some would say it was out of the question to have ordered my christmas cards? four months before the Holiday was to arrive. My reasoning is that I know how busy and sometimes life can get around that time of the year and I’d rather be prepared now. The beauty of ordering online is something I am thankful for everyday!

I am 100% satisfied with the cards I completely customized to my every want like and whim at the Paper Culture website. I loved the huge selection to browse through and the ease of navigating on their website. I never had an issue in wandering around or when checking out.

After I had ordered, I was sent an e-mail proof to make sure everything was as it should have been before the printing process. I like that this is done because sometime being human, we can make a mistake. It’s great to look it over a time or two to make sure everything is perfect!

The cards arrived in a very sturdy little box. I appreciated the extra personal touches that this company so nicely demonstrated. The fact that they’ve gone the extra mile really makes my day and will continually bring me back in supporting them. Also it’s wonderful that for every order the company receives, a tree is planted and you can dedicate it someone you know!

I recommend checking out Paper Culture for all your stationary, cards, invitations, and art needs. I found their prices to be decent and their quality to be impeccable.

Disclaimer: I was sent the above product mentioned for review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.


Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Picture Collage Maker Pro {review + giveaway}

Christmas is only days away and New Year is right after! Can you believe it? I’m preparing myself to begin working on photo books and albums from all my 2011 endeavors. My 2011 was certainly a year full of so very much. I have been looking for place to easily make photo collages, calendars, digital scrapbooks, and cards to share with family and friends. I had been using one program currently but it’s been very limited in what I can do. And though I love the look of scrap-booking by hand, it often becomes quite expensive purchasing papers, embellishments, and more.

I recently was given the opportunity to try out Picture Collage Maker Pro.  This is a useful and helpful software program that gives people the opportunity to easily create and share photo collage projects of all kinds. In fact, right now they have a Special  Christmas Edition that contains 26 abundant brand new professional Christmas templates to create Holiday cards to send along to friends and family. I love that you can choose whether or not if you’d like to print or send your creations by e-mail or regular post. You can even create desktop wallpaper of all your favorite photos!

I’ve been using this software for about a week now and I’ll have to say that it’s very user friendly! There are options to use pre-made templates, but you can also customize and create your very own quite easily. There are backgrounds, stickers, photo frames, and any more items and tools to create a one of a kind gift or greeting that’s specific to you and your family to share or keep for yourself.

There’s a resource page which you can download add on templates to include in the program! Tutorials and design ideas and suggestions also can be found. If you fan the software created Pearl Mountain on Facebook you’ll be able to download some great bonus templates too! If you sign up for their free newsletter you’ll be in the know of when new templates and updates are available.

Overall I am really happy with Picture Collage Maker Pro. It’s user-friendly. It doesn’t slow down my computer like other collage sites and programs I’ve used. It has lots of great pre-made templates to choose from for holidays, seasons, and so much more. I couldn’t be happier!

You can purchase Picture Collage Maker Pro for $ 39.90 off their website or you can try to win 1 of 20  license for free here on my blog! Please enter below through Rafflecopter!

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Pear Tree Greetings | Christmas Cards {review}

I really love browsing and picking out the perfect cards to send out to those I hold near and dear.  And with that being said I tend to favor photos cards. Photo Christmas Card for me personally are much more special. My family lives all over the USA and I don’t’ get to see them as much as I would like and just receiving a card with their loving faces warms my heart. These sorts of cards take residence on my fridge year round.

Pear Tree Greetings offers a wonderful selection of greeting cards for 2010  to send to family and friends during the Holiday season.  I really love that they are offer many stylish options of Christmas Cards from Photo Christmas Cards, Christmas Party Invitations, & Christmas Thank You Cards to suit the needs and taste of everyone!

I received several samples of Pear Tree Greetings cards to review and I must say these cards are top notch.  Envelopes are even included into the price of the cards so no having to make separate orders or doing the math!  Their cards are made with the best heavy  100 lb Matte Card Stock, which is also 100% post-consumer recycled!

Designing and ordering from Pear Tree Greetings is extremely easy and as promised, you should get your order within 4-9 business days, which includes 2 days for processing time. The early bird tends to get the worm and right now if you enter the code EARLYXMAS at checkout. 10% will be deducted from your order total!

DISCLAIMER: Thanks to Pear Tree Greetings for providing these samples in exchange for address lables. My thoughts are mine and my family’s own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else.