My Favorite Things: The Mini & Pink Edition

It’s been awhile since I have done a favorite things post. And since I am not running right now, I figured it would be a good time to tell you all about the little things that make me smile. 🙂

I’m pretty much addicted to office supplies and I can spend hours in an office supply store. I like to be organized in my work, blogging, projects, reporting, etc. If I ever do have a home-based business, setting up my office and organizing all of my supplies would be the highlight of getting things off the ground. I like pens, notebooks, paper and file folders. I like every piece of paper to have it’s own unique spot. I like labeling things. I like making lists, keeping journals and recording everything. I keep several different journals detailing running, workouts, food, ideas and goals. I almost always carry at least one notebook with me at all times, plus a notepad and a variety of colored pens or markers.

And without further ado, here are some of my current favorite things!

# 1 Staples 1-inch 5 1/2 “ x 8 1/2 “ Three Ring Binder

I use it to organize all of my Pace Per Mile information including upcoming race reports, contact information and future race details. I like this notebook because it is small – smaller than a sheet of standard computer paper. It can fit in my purse (I carry a big one), laptop bag or tote. It’s also durable and stylish. I have dropped it many times without it becoming damaged. There are a variety of colors available too – I like the purple! I also like this product because it is customizable and everything you need for a standard-sized binder, you can also find for this one. I found a hole punch (for only $4.99!), folders, sheet protectors and write-on tabs:

#2 Staples Arc Customizable Binder System


Oh. My. Gosh. Confession time, I buy four three two more than one planner a year because I can never decide on which one I like. They either don’t have something I wish they did or too much stuff that I don’t need. This year, I made an effort to switch to “digital” and use my calendar on my iPhone and computer, but that isn’t working out. I need to write things down, make lists and notes of things I have to remember and jot down things in a hurry. Not to mention, how exactly do you schedule an appointment on your phone, while you are on your phone? Enter the arc system by Staples. I first hear about it from another blog and then decided to check it out myself – I think my planner search is finally over!

What I love about this system is that it is completely customizable. Right down to the ring size. I am using the 1 1/2” rings, which hold about 500 pages. The rings are not like a three-ring binder. The pages just slide on and off. At first I was hesitant, but really like it, plus, it looks cool with the awesome pink cover. The arc comes in a standard notebook size and a smaller size, which I have. The leather cover (which comes in several fun colors) was only $14.99! You can add your own accessories to make it as big or as small as you need to. I added a dividers with a (pre-dated) 2012 Calendar (both monthly and weekly views), business card holder, project planning pages, To-Do lists and a notes section:

#3 HP Mini

This was a Christmas present from my Dad. It’s perfect for blogging, Facebooking and Word Processing. It’s really lightweight and can go just about anywhere. I have a mini laptop-bag for it to keep it protected on the go too. Even my [wireless] mouse and flash drive are mini and pink:

# 4 Vera Bradley Business Card Case

This was a gift from my Mom. She gave it to me after one of my half marathons. To me, it is perfectly pretty. It is not too big and bulky and I love the pattern. I think it is called “Love You.”

# 5 Mini Notebooks

Another Staples find and perfect for on the go or to put in your pocket. The pages are lined:

So, my entire blogging, writing, reporting “office” can be condensed down to this little, pink pile:

# 6: Mini Basket and Mini Towel

These were in my Easter Basket from my mother-in-law. The basket has entirely endless possibilities. I will probably use it to hold binder or paper clips, post-its or jewelry. The towel is just cute!

# 7 Sephora Bronze Beauty Lip Gloss, Hair Brush and Mini Clip

Pink and pretty…what can I say?! ; ) I really love the Sephora lip gloss. It is just a hint of color and shine. I’ve been wearing it everyday because it goes with everything, but doesn’t overdo it.

# 8 and # 9: And of course, who wouldn’t have these two pups as favorites?

Tell me, what are some of your favorite things right now? Are any the same as mine?

Until the next mile marker,


  1. IsleStyleRun says

    I also love love love office supplies!! I like to write things down and always keep a notebook handy. It’s not as pretty as yours, though =)

    My favorite things right now (since I’m not running at the moment, either) would be my new laptop we purchased earlier this year (SOOO 2012!) after my old one crapped out (purchased in 2006, yikes!) and of course my new baby boy =)

  2. Steph Garcia says

    Right now I have this obsession with colored no bleed sharpies, sugar free popsicles, and baseball, of course! 🙂

  3. runningperseverance says

    those pups are definitely faves 🙂 i love that mini pink HP! so cute! and vera bradley is my absolute fave! love anything vera!

  4. Suzanne Westenhofer says

    Looks like you stay organized very easily!

  5. Hey Sara! One of my faves is Runner’s World, which you saw on my recent post. When I took my recent hiatus from running,I started out saying, “I’ll let my subscription run out since I don’t NEED it anymore.” Ha! When the time came, I couldn’t part with it! Found inspiration, even when I was sad to not be running. April ’12 issue is the one you asked about…great articles about natural running (eye opening!) and about the Amish running (fascinating!).

    Other faves? Hopelessly addicted to planners, supplies, and lists, too. Add calendars (mostly wall)..I buy 4-6 every Jan 1. LOVE them! I’m convinced that I became a teacher so I could justify *ALL* my office supply purchases!! LOL Dunkin Donuts coffee makes the list (brewing right now), Philiposophy’s Pure Grace perfume/bath/lotion stuff. Smells like a fresh t-shirt, right out of the dryer…sooooooo wonderful!!! Ben Gay max strength and Bio Freeze (love the smell & the effects) of both, but not at the same time! Same shade of pink as you…I call it my running color. 🙂

    New or current faves? My new Saucony Kintara 2s (awesomely light!!), new Oakley running shades (wrapped in style, but a BIG splurge), new Tommy watch (gift from Hubs….BIG face, silver..sleek & stylish), and… my new plants (have been filling the yard since buying our home last summer). Oh, and Amazon Prime service. $79/yr is worth ALL the deliveries we get at no shipping cost AND in two days. LOVE. LOVE. It’s how the Kintaras arrived so fast this week. Love Amazon, anyway. Love ’em even more w/ Prime.

    Fun post! Thnx for asking our faves, too… 🙂 Seems you and I have similar faves!

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