When I'm 64

I was (okay - still am) a serious geek when it comes to school/office supplies.

So as a kid, of course, I always wanted the 64-count box of crayons.  You know - the cool one with the built-in sharpener on the back. (Photos courtesy of Crayola).


Some years, my mom would relent and get me the 64-count, but I other times I had to settle for 48.  I must point out my school was so not helpful in this quest, as the supply list only recommended a 24-count box.

Fast-forward (more than a few) years - and you can totally customize a box of crayons!  Pick fun colors - and even personalize the box with your name and a photo. 

They are super-easy to do.  Just go to the "MyWay" section of Crayola's web site.

Pick the box size and count.  You can do eight-count boxes, but where is the fun in that?  Now that I am an adult, I am going for 64.  Because I can.

Next, pick your colors.  Do the classic assortment - or load up on oodles of shades of pinks, greens, yellows - whatever.  You can also bling out your box with neons, glittery shades and other options.

Just a few of the options.

Just a few of the options.

I'm all about the glitter, neons, greens and pinks (kind of preppy):

Then, pick from dozens of themes and designs (happy birthday, first day of school, etc.), upload a photo and name or other text - and voila!  Your own box.  With the oh-so-important sharpener on the back.  Here a few boxes I showed on a recent TV segment in Denver:

With host Christ Parente on Colorado's "Everyday" show.

With host Christ Parente on Colorado's "Everyday" show.

When it comes to school supplies, what were your favorites as a kid?  Or - what are the must-haves for your children?

Say "Happy Mother's Day" With Coloring Books and Chardonnay

Coloring books, glittery bottles of Chardonnay or gourmet dipped strawberries for Mother's Day?  Uh - how about all three?

If you're looking for something a little different for Mom (her day is May 8), I partnered with several companies on TV segments to show some traditional and not-so-traditional gift ideas.

If Mom is into the coloring book trend, Crayola's Color Escapes Adult Coloring Book Kits - available only on their web site - feature scenic pages from National Parks and other designs.  You can even personalize boxes of crayons, pencils and markers with her photo and name! (Photos courtesy of Crayola).

Moms with a sweet tooth will love these scrumptious strawberries from Shari's Berries - gourmet dipped and covered in chocolate chips, pink shimmer sugar and white swizzles. (Photos courtesy of Shari's Berries).

With the adorable Tender Hearts Collection from Personal Creations, you can customize plates, aprons, treat jars and other gifts with illustrations that resemble her children and grandchildren. (Photos courtesy of Personal Creations).

Toast Mom with delicious wines from OneHope Wine that also give back.  From supporting breast cancer treatment to providing meals to children to finding forever homes for shelter animals, you can do good and give a thoughtful gift at the same time.  Their Core Collection ChardonnaySparkling Brut and Pinot Noir are also available in fabulous “glitter” bottles - perfect for presenting as gifts. (Photo courtesy of OneHope).

Customize jewelry for Mom at Origami Owl.  You select a chain and locket, and fill it with charms and messages that suit her taste and style. (Photo courtesy of Origami Owl).

Everything Mom needs for a gorgeous, long-lasting gel manicure is packed into this stylish metal Pro 45 Train Case from Red Carpet Manicure. (Photo courtesy of Red Carpet Manicure).