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31
Jan

First-Aid Kit Basics

I have a confession to make: I am prone to accidents. Not like car accidents, or other indelicate accidents nor am I clumsy. I just have…accidents, because I rush all the time. This means I have a lot of bruises and cuts and scrapes, and keep a ready supply of band aids at hand.

I rush when I’m walking so I tend to brush up against things (or slam into them full force) and end up with a bruise or a scrape. Like this morning, rushing to turn off my bedside light before I left for work. I brushed right past the blinds and scrape! Took off a bit of skin and drew a little blood. Because of things like this, I have two first aid kits in my house.

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I also have boxes of band aids, and Neosporin, and peroxide all over the house as well, but there really isn’t anything like a well-stocked first aid kit. I usually put together my own, because I know what I’m prone to, and with pre-made kits I always have the odd items left over. I do keep a standard kit in my car, however, and when we go camping, I have a full kit that travels with us.

Some basic things to have in a good kit would be Band-Aids, disinfectant (Bactine is my favorite), an antibiotic ointment, burn cream, aloe, gauze, and medical tape. You can also incorporate things like splinter tweezers, pain killers like Tylenol, medical gloves, needle and thread, etc to make the kit personalized for you. Now that I’ve talked your ear off about first- aid kits, I have to go clean up my arm! Have a great day!

Terry

29
Jan

Office Supply Nostalgia

Today’s offices are so efficient that most of them don’t even use paper anymore. Everything is digital, and some are even moving away from CD’s and moving to online cloud storage to communicate with other businesses and clients. USB flash drives have become so inexpensive that they are now the portable storage of choice.

Who remembers typewriters? I remember the sound of an office in full swing, the clickety-clack of typing echoing throughout. Then there were the whispered curses when a mistake was made and the Wite-Out was needed or the correction tape. Oh, and the awesome sound of a dot-matrix printer, slowly going back and forth, printing in black and white dots.

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Computers were room sized until the bulky desktops were introduced that used floppy disks and had a whopping 20 megs (MB) of hard drive space! We had copiers that needed their own rooms, that were so intimidating with all their trays and doors. I always hated making copies on them.

Fax machines were equally confounding, and I avoided them at all costs. The loud screeching noise was annoying, and then the machine would beep loudly if I did something wrong (which was usually all the time) and I would walk away, embarrassed that I couldn’t master a stupid machine. I do, however, miss the simple desk phones that were common. This multi-line, many-buttoned phone that we use now never works right for me. I think it hates me. What retro office supplies do you remember?

Terry

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28
Jan

Kitchen of Dreams

We sell restaurant supplies, did you know that? Oh it’s great, you really need to check them out! We carry everything from take-out containers to small appliances, and at unbeatable prices! You can trick out your kitchen at home to be as efficient and well-supplied as a restaurant, at half the price!

If you’re like me, you love to cook and bake. Plus, my husband is a pastry chef, so there is a ton of baking that goes on at my house. I get a lot of my kitchen supplies here. Baking supplies, kitchen supplies, and for entertaining, I get glassware and flatware, along with dinnerware and such.

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I’m crazy about my stainless steel mixing bowls, and my baking pans! When my husband needed to replace his pastry tips, it turned out we were less expensive than the supply house he had used in the past. AND I use bakery boxes during holidays to give out baked goods for gifts.

Our glassware and flatware are cost-efficient and the prices come in handy if you find that you’re going to be entertaining a lot. You don’t have to use your everyday stuff and risk breakage.  Plus, you can get take-out containers for a song, so you never have to worry about whether or not your Tupperware will make it back to you when you send guests home with food! Check out all of our specials today, and get free cookies if you order $100 or more!

Terry

25
Jan

And Now for Something Unusual

It’s no secret we at ReStockIt love office supplies – we work for an office supply company! Binder, file folders, pens, organizers, printers…we love it all. We love to personalize our desks too, with toys and figurines and funny posters or magnets. Sometimes though, we have to break from the ReStockIt inventory and find funky stuff on our brethren sites.

Today, I’m going to showcase the top 10 items I’ve found mining on other websites; some of them are fun, some are functional, and some are fun AND functional. And they will all probably end up on my desk in the near future. Enjoy the selection, and have fun today! It’s Friday!

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How much fun are these? You can find them here, and turn anything on your desk into an inanimate object of expression, and you too can be Tom Hanks and Wilson, without all the hair and not eating.

 

 

 

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File Folders that speak volumes, sold at one of my favorite sites. And a *little* bit of the truth, admit it.

 

 

 

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Whimsical and fun, these bird clips are a conversation starter worth squawking about. Sorry, I had to. Find them here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Another great find at Paper Source.It’s Panic Pete, need I say more? Squish him and his eyes and ears bug out! How is that NOT stress relieving??

 

 

 

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Yes, I am fond of file folders, especially those with words of wisdom and wit. It just makes it fun to actually use them. Buy them here.

 

 

 

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A stapler with a “meh” face? Perfect. I think Urban Office is going to be a fave of mine.

 

 

 

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Yes, yes more file folders, but aren’t they pretty?? I love this site!

 

 

 

 

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Okay, this is one of my favorites, because its gremlins and steam-punky all in one. And its a neat little game to play when you have those rare moments of office boredom…you can find it here.

 

 

 

 

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Magnets are just fun, period. And functional. And these encompass those qualities and more, along with nostalgia for some vinyl. You can find more retro items here.

 

 

 

 

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A miniaturized Skee Ball game. ‘Nuff said. There’s more desk top games to be found at this site though, if Skee Ball isn’t your game. Weirdo.

24
Jan

Who’s Calling Please?

I love phones. It’s one of those collectible things, I guess, but I love them. I hate answering them, and I am not one of those people that could talk for hours on a phone, but still, I love them. I was going to do a retro office supply blog today, and I will still do one possibly next week, but today I am devoting the blog to something we can’t live without: the telephone.

Telephones have come a long way, even in my time. When I was a kid, I was excited when we got our first push button phone, and I no longer had to use the annoying rotary dial one. It always scared me; I thought I was going to get my finger stuck in it. Our first push button phone was an ugly almond phone on the kitchen wall, and it had a really long cord that we all tripped on, especially when my sister would be on it because she would pull the cord as far as it would go and talk on the patio. Navigating out of the kitchen became a limbo game.

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When we got our first cordless phone, with the metal extendable antenna that always broke, I was in heaven. That’s when I spent hours on the phone with my best friend, and I could walk all over the house while we talked and not be stuck in the kitchen. That was also around the time that second lines became popular in homes, along with the advent of call waiting, and I begged for those features! My mom eventually caved because she actually wanted to use the phone as well, and it was usually glued to my ear from the time I came home from school till I went to bed.

Now, with cell phones being our predominant phone method of communication, a lot of homes have done away with the lowly land line. Gone are the days of kitchen wall phones with 20 foot cords and cordless phones with no reception because the metal antenna broke off. Collectors try to hold on for nostalgia’s sake, and buy princess phones, old-fashioned wall phones, novelty phones, and the ones I lovingly refer to as tanks – the squat, square ones that were commonly found in offices but people had them at home too. What weird items do you like to collect? Are you a retro phone lover too?

Terry

22
Jan

The (Power) Cords That Bind

We are living in a digital age, that’s no secret. Computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming systems…all around us are digital products that keep us connected. And have lots of power cords. Power cords are essential (obviously) and you need a place to plug them in. Unless you’ve built your home to include an insane amount of electrical outlets, that means you use power strips, otherwise known as surge protectors.

Power strips are great, and they come in many shapes and forms, but they too become overloaded with cords. The space between my wall and entertainment center looks like a tangle vine of cords that is just waiting to trap the cat should she venture back there. I keep waiting to hear plaintive meowing that we have to track down so we can rescue her.

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In my bedroom at least, I’ve tried to take a proactive stand against cord overload. I’ve purchased two USB hubs that plug into my electrical outlets so that I don’t have to have everything plugged in together. One hub charges my iPhone and our two Kindles, and another charges my husband’s spare phone battery and his Bluetooth.

I know it seems that it’s still a whole slew of cords, but they are easier to unplug the cords during the day and I don’t have a whole power strip sitting on my floor that someone can trip over! And most of my power strips are what I lovingly refer to as Squidward, because instead of being a standard strip, it has five movable arms that spread out. For my electronics I have color coded strips so I don’t unplug the wrong thing, which can be bad if someone is playing a video game and you accidentally unplug their game. They get grumpy when that happens…

Terry

21
Jan

Top Five Teacher Essentials for the Classroom

Even though it’s a school holiday today, I thought that I would talk about the top five things that a teacher might need in their classroom, besides the mental strength to deal with children of all ages. Especially nowadays, teachers have to supply a lot of their own classroom materials, and that can get pricey.

Obviously, there are more than five things that a teacher needs for the classroom, but I’m going to showcase the most important, can’t-do-without items. Obviously maps, reference books, and other school supplies are essential, but a teacher can’t do without:

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5) Grade Book/Lesson Planner: Whether its an old-fashioned write-in type, or a program on your computer, teachers MUST have a grade book and lesson planner.

4) Stickers: For immediate rewards and gratification, stickers are a must have. Children love stickers, and what better way to show them right away that they are accomplishing goals and doing a good job?

3) Awards: For long-term goals and achievements, award certificates are priceless. Its something that a student can keep with them through the years, and is tangible evidence of their accomplishments.

2) Basic Supplies: Pens, pencils, markers, crayons, highlighters, paper…need I say more?

1) A Sense of Humor: Let’s face it: if you can’t laugh away a stressful situation or day, then why bother? Being stressed in the classroom, or bringing it home to the family isn’t healthy for anyone.

Terry

18
Jan

Five Packaging Supplies Essential to Building a Fort

When we were kids, Saturday mornings were fort days. We turned the living room sofa into our own personal fortress, complete with a bulwark and moat. The cushions of the sofa and the sofa itself were the walls, the loose pillows the bulwark, and a blue table cloth the moat.

We fought imaginary invaders, from the French to orcs, and there was always a damsel in distress, usually imprisoned under the dining room table, which doubled as the enemy castle. Sometimes the love seat cushions came into play as a bridge or stepping stones if we had to cross a river of lava or slime.

So, in honor of Fort Saturdays, I’ve compiled a list of the five shipping supplies that you can use for an impromptu fort battle in the shipping room….just don’t tell your boss when you get caught that you heard it from me!

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1) Boxes – Cardboard is the next best thing to a sofa for creating a fort. You can make walls, roofs, doors…the possibilities are endless!

2) Mailing Tubes – Weaponry. They can be swords, jousting sticks, cannons, etc. Only your imagination limits their uses.

3) Foam Inserts – You know those pieces of sheet foam that are used for bracing breakables? They can be fashioned into armor!

4) Packing Tape – The glue that holds everything together. You can’t build walls, swords, or cannons without it.

5) Ice Packs – Unfrozen, of course. They are like bean bags in their liquid state, so they make decent projectiles, as long as minimal force is used. DO NOT use frozen ice packs!

Terry

17
Jan

Correction Fluid Do-Overs

With the invention of Liquid Paper in the 50’s (originally called Mistake Out), we have been correcting our typing and writing mistakes with alacrity, and thanking Bette Nesmith Graham (Liquid Paper’s inventor) for her bad typing skills and inventiveness. Granted, with our technology today, correction fluid use is becoming obsolete, but I still use it around the house for notes and forms.

I started thinking about something though the last time I used my little correction pen. What would I use correction fluid for in my life? Bad mistakes, bad decisions, that terrible perm in 1989? So I decided to ask around and see what everyone else would Wite-Out, and I brought their answers to you. What would you erase, if you had the inclination?

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1) The first digit of the mortgage balance – this one is kind of self-explanatory. Who wouldn’t want to owe less on their mortgage?

2) Excess inches on the waistline – again, pretty self-explanatory.

3) Excess monthly payments – car payment, house payment, credit card payments, etc. Yeah, this is one of my favorites!

4) The years between age 18-23 – I didn’t ask, and they didn’t specify…

5) Exes – boyfriends, girlfriends, friends, spouses…whether its hurt or extreme dislike, people want to forget certain relationships.

6) Bad habits – smoking, gambling, over-eating, spending. Basically, fun things that are no good for you.

7) Bad Hair – That perm I mentioned in 1989, the blunt bangs that no one should wear, the really bad magenta dye job…

8) Body imperfections – Double chins, big noses, droopy eyes, bad complexions all made the list.

9) Negativity – From road rage to rudeness, one of the biggest things people wanted to erase was negative attitudes and feelings.

10) Debt – not current debt, but past debt. Bad credit decisions, equity loss in the real estate crash, etc.

And one last candidate, a late-comer to the poll -

11) What happened in Vegas – need I say more?

Terry

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blog-pfm.imf.org
genevieveng.com
tminx.wordpress.com
localeats.com
15
Jan

The Humble Dinner Napkin

Today will be a brief departure from the norm, and will be mostly pictorial. I wanted to have a little fun with a basic staple of dining tables everywhere – the humble dinner napkin. The beauty of the dinner napkin is that it is so versatile when it comes to being twisted, folded, and mutilated into some napkin work of origami art. Enjoy the pictures, and try these at home!

Terry

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embellish.ctwfeatures.com
marthastewart.com
howaboutorange.blogspot.com
napkincentral.com
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hiwtc.com
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