Top 5 School Supplies for Back to School

Back to School: Top 5 School Supplies - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

It’s that time of year again! For me, back-to-school time ranks up there with Christmas and my birthday! There’s just something about pretty pens and new notebooks. I may not be a student anymore, but I still can’t get enough of the supplies! I’ve broken down my top 5 school supplies into categories below. Enjoy!

Back to School: Top 5 School Supplies - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Top 5 School Supplies


1) Notebooks

May Designs - Top 5 School SuppliesMay Designs May Books

I LOVE notebooks from May Designs! If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve definitely seen my collection before. I have over 20 of these notebooks, so it just makes sense to have them as #1 on my list of top 5 school supplies! Each May Book is completely customizable. You can choose the size of the notebook, the cover art, text on the front, and the inside pages. I wish I had known about these notebooks when I was in school. I’d have had one for each and every subject!

Moleskine Journal - Top 5 School SuppliesMoleskine Cahier Journal

These journals are similar in size to the Classic May Books above. Perfect for slipping in your bag and taking notes on the go! I love the kraft paper cover and how easy they are to decorate on your own. No decoration is necessary though. The kraft paper is classic and chic.

2) Pens & Pencils

Paper Mate InkJoy Gel - Top 5 School SuppliesPaper Mate InkJoy Gel Pens

I’ve been using these pens for years and absolutely love them. The colors are bright and fun. The gel ink is smooth, dries very quickly, and rarely ever smears! Nowadays, I use my black ones the most but like to break out the colored pens for special occasions and birthday cards!

Paper Mate Flair Pens are a lot of fun too! Middle school, high school, and college Natalie got in on the Flair pen action! For a while there, I was using them every single day. There are just so many colors to choose from!

Cynthia Rowley Pens - Top 5 School Supplies

Cynthia Rowley Ballpoint Pens

If gel pens aren’t your thing, which I totally understand, perhaps you’ll like these ballpoint pens. There’s nothing too exciting about how this pen writes. The real excitement is the appearance. Wow, aren’t these gorgeous! They come in silver and rose gold. The silver is nice, but rose gold is my absolute favorite!

U Brands Pens - Top 5 School SuppliesUBrands Ballpoint Pens

Another great option if you prefer ballpoint pens. UBrands has quite a few pattern options when it comes to their pens. I have dotted ones, striped ones, floral ones, and ombre ones. They also offer them in felt tip. I have a few of those and love them too!

Paper Mate Clearpoint - Top 5 School Supplies

Paper Mate Clearpoint Mechanical Pencil

When it comes to crafting, I like to use wooden pencils. When it comes to schoolwork and lengthy writing, I’m all about the mechanical! I think I’ve been using these mechanical pencils since middle school. I’m that big of a fan. I’ve tried others and always come back to the Clearpoint 0.7. There’s just nothing better.

3) Highlighters

Zebra Mildliner Highlighter

I recently discovered these highlighters and absolutely love them! They come in tons of different colors and most of the colors are light enough to be easily seen through. If high school Natalie had known about these, they definitely would’ve been in her pencil pouch!

Bic Brite Liner - Top 5 School SuppliesBic Brite Liner Highlighter

If you’re all business when it comes to highlighters, I get that too. College Natalie used these Bic Brite Liners every single day. They’re inexpensive and work great! You never have to worry about the ink being too dark to see through either. Yellow highlighters are a classic for a reason.

4) Sticky Notes

Post-it Notes - Top 5 School SuppliesPost-it Notes

Over the years, I’ve collected tons of cute, themed sticky notes. Every time I go to use them, I have one problem though. They never seem to stick. And if a sticky note doesn’t stick, what’s it good for? Post-it Notes always stick, and they come in lots of colors. You just can’t go wrong with them!

5) Planners

You can’t go back to school without a good planner! Over the years, I’ve tried out my fair share of planning styles. The below planners and planning styles work best for where I am and what I’m doing in my life right now. Other great planners include the Erin Condren LifePlanner and the Day Designer.

Simplified Planner - Top 5 School SuppliesEmily Ley Simplified Planner

I’ve been using a Simplified Planner for a little over a year now. At work, I use it more as a dated to-do list than a place to keep track of meetings. It has a page for every day (except for the weekend) and lives up to its name when it comes to simplicity. I’m a big fan! I’ll be buying another one in the next few weeks for 2019.

Weekly Planner Printable - Top 5 School Supplies - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Planner Printables

If you’re looking for something more economical and customizable, look no further than my free printables! You can find dozens of printables here on my blog that will help you make your perfect planner! If you’re looking for something you can’t find, shoot me a message! I’m always looking for printable suggestions!


I hope you enjoyed my list of top 5 school supplies! Do we have some of the same items on our lists or are your top 5 school supplies completely different than mine?

Is one of your top 5 school supplies something you think I’d enjoy? Share in the comments below! I love discovering new notebooks, pens, pencils, etc.


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School Days Planner Stickers: Free Printable

Hello Planner Friends!

Summer is ending and the school year is beginning.  That’s pretty sad, but you know what’s not?!  School supplies!  I LOVE buying school supplies, so back-to-school time has always held a special place in my heart! 🙂

Sadly, I’ve graduated and won’t be going back to school this year.  Sooo I will have to live vicariously though the School Days printable I’m releasing today!

PBTT Back to School Digital

I went with a primary + green color scheme for this printable!  I like the traditional color choices a lot!

PBTT Back To School Sticker Sheet

Here’s a better look at the printable!

I think my favorite stickers are the colored pencils with doodles trailing behind!  I just LOVE the way those turned out!  I’m also really fond of the No. 2 pencils! 🙂

Before we get into all the serious business and the actual sticker file, I wanted to let y’all know that big and exciting things are coming for Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes!  I’ve had something in the works for several weeks now and hope to reveal it very soon!  I’m super excited about it and know that y’all will be too!  So stay tuned my friends and follow me on Instagram if you don’t already! @pinkbowstwinkletoes 🙂

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming!

Before I give you the file, there are a few things I’d like to say.  I spent a lot of time designing and creating this printable, so please be kind when you use it.

  • Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes printables are for personal use only
  • You may not re-sell, redistribute, or claim this work as your own
  • If you post this on the internet, please give the credit to Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes and link it back to my blog (pinkbowstwinkletoes.com)

Enough of the heavy stuff! Now it’s time for the stickers!

You can download the sticker file here, PBTT School Days Sticker Sheet.

Be sure to tag me in any and all Instagram posts featuring my stickers and your planner! (@pinkbowstwinkletoes and #pinkbowstwinkletoes)  I would love to see what you do with them! :)

Happy Planning!

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Ipsy Review – August 2014

Hi everyone!!

August has been a super busy month for me, so I haven’t been able to post as often as I’d like!  Hopefully, September will be a better month for crafts and blog posts!

I’ve been an Ipsy subscriber for three months now, and August is my favorite month yet!

Want to be an Ipsy subscriber?! Click here!!

DSCN2792It’s always a great day when I see this shiny, pink envelope in my mailbox!

DSCN2806August’s theme is “Beauty Schooled.”  It’s a cute theme for “back to school” time!

DSCN2800Here are all my goodies!!

  • Manna Kadar Cosmetics – Sheer Glo
  • GLAMGLOW – YOUTHMUD  TINGLEXFOLIATE TREATMENT
  • Urban Decay – 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil
  • Coastal Scents – Shadow Palette Sample
  • Bee All Natural – Organic Lip Balm

I’m going to apologize in advance for my blurry pictures!  I don’t know what was going on with my camera, but it wouldn’t focus on the products.

DSCN2810Manna Kadar –  Sheer Glo

I’m not sure how much use I (or anyone else) will get out of shimmer lotion. 

DSCN2812GLAMGLOW – YOUTHMUD  TINGLEXFOLIATE TREATMENT

I’m really excited to try this mask! 

My friend, Lindsey, loves all the GLAMGLOW masks and has been telling me to try them for quite some time!

I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, but I’m hoping to sometime in the next few days.

DSCN2841Urban Decay – 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil – Plushie

I love Urban Decay eye liners!  They are so smooth and have fantastic pigmentation!

Plushie is a smoky purple, so I’m not sure how often I’ll use it!  I’m still excited to get it though!

DSCN2827Coastal Scents – Shadow Palette Sample

Shadow colors (clockwise starting with the top left):

  • Peach Fuzz
  • Sea Spray
  • Sand Dune
  • Deep Viridian

I don’t like this sample palette at all.  The packaging is very plain and unimpressive, and only two of these shadows are useful to me. 

DSCN2833Bee All Natural – Organic Lip Balm – Grapefruit

I am absolutely addicted to Burt’s Bees lip balm, so I’m pretty excited to try this product! 

Bee All Natural definitely won’t replace my Burt’s Bees, but I’m more than willing to give it a try! 

The grapefruit scent is a huge plus! I’ve been wanting to try the grapefruit Burt’s Bees for a long time, and now I don’t have to go out and buy it!  (Yes, I know it’s not exactly the same, but it will do!)

DSCN2800The Urban Decay eye liner and the GLAMGLOW mask make this bag worth it for me! These two products make the bag worth over $30!

I also really love the makeup bag for August!  It’s festive, fun, and perfect for pencils in your backpack!

What did you think of your August Ipsy?!

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