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Pencil Crush!

Helping my daughter with her homework has made me nostalgic for pencils.  Yes, nostalgic.  I didn’t recall the last time I had used one.  I’m always typing or tapping and when I do write something down I grab a pen from the drawer full of pens (how does that always happen?!  why do we have so many pens? – because I don’t remember ever buying any!).  But as soon as I heard the lead push across the paper I remembered how much I used to love drawing and writing with pencils.  I even had a cute little pencil case.  I was obsessed with my handwriting – didn’t like it – so I would sit down and trace over writing samples I thought looked nice .  Over and over again.  And now my love for pencils and handwriting things has returned.  Of course, I’ll never give up the pen but the pencil’s forgiveness for mistakes is hard to beat.

Princess Bride pastel pencil set by The Carbon Crusader

Anchorman engraved pencils from Earmark

The Paris Collection by Amanda Catherine Designs

Always Sunny pencils (LOVE THEM!) from Pop Culture Pencils

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Do Your Own Taxes With Style

Birds are chirping, specks of green are pushing up through the soil, my winter clothes have all been neatly folded and stored away, receipts are piled up on the desk, thoughts deductions and dependents fill my head … yes, it’s TAX TIME!  Even if you’re expecting to get money back, tax time is not something most people look forward to.  It’s just one more thing we have to squeeze into our already busy schedules.  I was recently contacted about doing a giveaway on my blog for H&R Block’s At Home Deluxe software package and I thought it would be a perfect fit for all of my DIY readers.

With this software package [a $49 value], you can efile for free, get step by step instructions, automatic error check, audit and investment support, and the ability to import your data from the previous tax year and maximize your deductions.  Basically, it makes doing your own taxes a lot easier and saves you from having to pay the $300 I had to shell out to visit a tax professional last year.  Learn how to win this package HERE!

Now all you need are some must-have supplies to get your tax info in order and adorn your desk with some style!

This super cute notepad from It’s Our Earth Inc. is made from recycled floppy disks and acid free recycled paper.  Perfect for jotting down tax notes, grocery lists, or dreaded to-dos!

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Get out your #2 pencils … these graphite pencils are from ForestChoice and are made using Incense-Cedar wood from an environmentally well-managed forest in California.

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How fun are these drumstick pencils from ThinkGeek?!

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A calculator is a tax time must have.  These models from the Japanese company, Caina.jp mimic a computer keypad [via geek alerts].  Great design!keypadcalc

Or for you Lego lovers, there is this building block calculator available from Pylones in red, black, blue, and green.

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And my favorite is from Lexon – part of their bamboo line and last time I checked, sold out.  I’m hoping it will be back in stock soooooon!

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Bring a little piece of nature to your work space with this pencil holder from Made in the Hudson Valley made out of a branch from a fallen maple tree.

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You’re going to need a place to keep all of those receipts, so try this DIY Memo Pockets Kit from Paperama.  I would love to make these if I had the time [or the crafting skills].

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