Don’t fret your mistakes – just clean them up. (Pixabay/)
Hundreds of years ago, people used soft gritty stones like pumice, others used soft bread or wax. But in 1770, when an engineer discovered that bits of rubber tree plants could gently erase pencil lead from paper, he started marketing them. Maybe you’ve heard them called ‘rubber’ or ‘gum erasers’ because they were made from natural rubber gum.
In 1839, tire-maker Charles Goodyear revolutionized the industry when he developed a way to make rubber stronger and more durable. He also found that this cured rubber made an excellent pencil eraser, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Made of 100 percent latex-free rubber, these are a familiar sight around the schoolroom. (Paper Mate/)
Great for taking any test where you need to completely and cleanly erase your marks. Have you started writing a letter on unlined paper and realized a few lines in that your lines don’t flow straight across the paper? Grab an eraser and quickly clear your paper and be done with your practice round. This package of a dozen familiar pink erasers have both a long flat side and some diagonal corners, great for lines and detailed erasing.
Not just regular school pencils, but these gentle erasers are ideal for colored pencils and watercolor pencils, too. (Pentel /)
These top-quality erasers are great little values. Why not tuck a few in the school supplies donation bin? The smooth block eraser only needs a soft touch to easily removes pencil lines. Because of their hi-polymer construction, these four white erasers will stay soft for use month after month. It also means that they’re gentle on paper and won’t pull and tear it, or leave smudges and smears. The block-style erasers have sleeves to keep your eraser clean, too.
Simple to use and since they’re so small, they’re easy to store and tote in pouches or boxes. (Mr. Pen/)
Just flip over your pencil and quickly erase your pencil marks without missing a beat. About 20 years after Charles Goodyear started manufacturing pencil erasers, pencil top erasers started appearing on the pencils of the late 1850s. In pink, purple, yellow, and green, these erasers add a touch of color to 120 standard-sized pencils. Since they’re latex-free, they won’t scratch or rip even the thinnest of pages.
Its sharp corners aim to up small areas with little wear. (STAEDTLER/)
If you’re looking for the Mercedes Benz of erasers, this could be your choice. (It’s just a coincidence they’re also made in Germany, right?) Each eraser is individually wrapped and comes in a protective wrap to ensure it’s clean and fresh. It’s also phthalate- and latex-free, making it eco-friendly. And it works on paper, vellum, drafting film, and more.
They’re also certified as completely not toxic. (Ticonderoga/)
The crisp corners and lines on these assorted erasers make it simple to erase with precision. This combination package of 15 erasers adds color to your classroom supplies. With 12 neon purple, yellow, pink, and green pencil top erasers and three more brightly colored larger erasers, you’ll be ready to amend any pencil mismarks you should accidentally make. Designed to be gentle and easy for small hands, these pencil erasers are effective enough that artists and teenagers find them whimsical to use, too.
Do you have enough mechanical pencils for school and home? (Pixabay/)
Mechanical pencils are a favorite for students and professionals alike. Here are our notes on some of the best mechanical pencils.
Each has a contrasting colored clip and a bright white eraser just in case you make a little goof. (BIC/)
Everyone in the family can add a few to their pencil holders with dozens of colorful mechanical pencils. Looking like pens, but delivering a #2 pencil, these mechanical pencils are just right – not too hard, like #2 ½ and #3 pencils, or the soft #1. The choice of students in the classroom and taking scanned tests, mechanical pencils are a great addition to your pencil pouch, case, or pocket. This package of 40 has eight of each color: purple, orange, red, yellow, and blue.
The clear base provides a nice contrast to the deep blue textured grip area and other blue accents. (Paper Mate/)
With a quick click, you can advance your lead for seamless composition and test-taking. We have all taken some fill-in-the-bubbles test and realized that we accidentally skipped a line. That’s where this mechanical pencil really shines. With a twist, the eraser comes out revealing a convenient larger-than-you-think eraser, to quickly get you back on track. The see-through barrel on this mechanic pencil lets you see the leads, so you can always add a few more if needed. Ergonomically designed for long-lasting writing comfort, this set of 12 pencils holds 0.7 mm leads.
It has the easy-to-hold that design engineers, architects, and students demand. (Pentel /)
Whether you’re using metal straight edges or templates, this longer 4mm pencil tip yields superior results. In the yellow tone we all recognize as pencil color, these 12 always-sharp mechanical pencils are easy to locate in the bottom of your backpack or bookbag. They come filled with a polymer lead that is made from 100 percent recycled plastics. We chose the standard 0.7mm leads, but you can also get fine point 0.5mm, or wide 0.9mm leads as well.
The clean style and full metal barrel make these durable and long-lasting. Even the eraser has a metal cover. (Mr. Pen/)
From budding designer to an aspiring artist, enjoy the complete pencil versatility these five pencils can provide. With an assortment of pencils and leads in sizes 0.3mm, 0.5mm, 0.7mm, 0.9mm, and 2.0mm, you can draw and design with all those thicknesses at your fingertips. Plus, they are all refillable and come with extra high-polymer ink. We love that the largest size, 2.0mm pencils, come with colored pencil leads, too! Ten more erasers are also included in this convenient set.
Check out our picks for best highlighters for students and professionals. ( Pixabay/)
When you’re hitting the books, be prepared to quickly mark the lines to reference. You’ll need a great set of highlighters to do this. Do you highlight in multiple colors? Prefer an angle or a straight edge? We have an assortment of highlighters to color your life. Here are our picks.
Use it to remember important events in your journal or day planner, or use it in coloring books to add a bright, unique punch. (Sharpie/)
These big style highlighters are full of ink for your volumes of books. Have you ever written a report and then found out you have to make it an oral report instead? That’s when it’s time to pull out the highlighters. This package of 36 bright yellow highlighters has a chisel tip. This allows you to pull it diagonally through the lines, rotate it 45 degrees for thick lines, or turn it on its side for thin lines. These thick highlighters won’t smear once they are dry.
Each of the colors from reds to blues is filled with water-resistant ink that dries quickly so you can flip pages without waiting. (Zebra Pen/)
This versatile set of highlighters allows you to customize your highlighting. This set of 15 pens features 14 colored highlighters and a gold one, too. We like how each of the pens has two sides. Open up the large cap for use in textbooks, journals, and handwritten reports. The tight-fitting small cap on the other side has a fine tip for making remarks or other small notations. And this set of pens is perfect for color-coding jobs.
Depending on how you hold it in your hand, you can vary the width of your line from one millimeter to four millimeters. (ZEYAR/)
Easy to hold and easy to tote, these highlighters have a narrow profile, just right for your pocket. This macaron cookie color collection looks good enough to eat. Pastel colors set this package of six highlighters apart from the other collection. There are additional other collections of six including pastels, brights, and mild colored highlighters. These highlighters have water-based ink that is acid-free to keep your writing or highlighting from damaging books and notebooks.
The wide tools come in six colors: pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, and lilac. (TWOHANDS/)
Designed to dry rapidly, these highlighters won’t smear or puddle, so you can work quickly. One of the features we love about this set of markers is that, turned on its side, it can write one millimeter thin, and thicker than our other highlighters at 5 millimeters. Use the sturdy hooks attached to the caps to attach the pen to your book, journal, or notebook so you don’t forget to bring your highlighters before heading off to the library. The ink reservoir is designed for extra-long highlighting life.
It’s hard to dispute the usefulness of a zippered binder. (Amazon/)
Depending on your school needs, you can find a great trapper keeper or zipped binder and have a functional way to organize everything all in one. Plus they’re still cool. Here are our favorites.
Contains three full sets of eight light rainbow-colored plastic tabs, each with two pockets. (Amazon Basics/)
It’s packed with all the tabs, dividers, and pocket pages in various and coordinated hues. When you’re always on the go, this classy-looking organizer both traps and keeps your assignments and projects organized. In the center of this trapper keeper is the large three-ring binder that could hold 600 pieces of binder paper. Keep everything with you as you move from school to your other activities, then zip everything into the attractive black case with a comfortable, removable strap.
The geometric design is understated, but it also comes in red, bright blue, magenta, and yellow. (Five Star/)
Close it up and don’t worry about this fabric trapper keeper, since its durable design repels water. This zippered binder is a great design if you have papers without three-hole punches in them. That’s because there is a large six-pocket expanding file that can hold up to 500 pieces of paper inside. You don’t even need to open the binder to reach it, as you can access it from the outside, too. Keep your pens, pencils, and erasers in the zippered mesh pocket in the front.
We love the mesh pocket in the front for your supplies. On the back, there’s even a little flash drive and calculator holder. (Case-it/)
With the binder on one side and the expanding file on the other, it’s easy to keep all your papers in their places. It’s the little features that make this trapper keeper great for younger children. We love how the velcro closure is easier for small hands than working with zippers and corners. Once you open the two-inch red binder, you’ll see ample room in the binder for over 450 pages. On the left side is another velcro strap holding the five tabbed accordion pockets for filing your pages and projects.
The large mesh pocket holds your accessories, and there are three holders for your writing implements. (Five Star/)
Quickly reach your calculator and erasers by unzipping the outside pocket. There are two little pockets in there to hold flash drives, too. Drop it on the floor or into the locker, this water-resistant trapper keeper is strong enough to take it. The three-ring binder can hold up to 300 sheets of paper, and the expanding file can hold almost 200 handouts and notes. The zipper binder is about 11 inches wide by about 13 inches high and 2-3/4 inches deep. With lots of colors to choose from, this trapper keeper can give you a lot of classroom organization.
Buy plenty of pencils for the home, office and school. ( Unsplash/)
The most practical and elegant designs are often the simplest. This is certainly true when it comes to the convenience of the pencil. Gone are the days of dusty white chalk and blackboards, or reaching for the tedious fountain pen and ink well when you need to write something down.
They’ve been manufacturing these functional and reliable models for more than 100 years. (TICONDEROGA/)
Ninety-six pencils worth of sturdy, smooth performance are contained in this Ticonderoga pack. If you asked someone to show you a picture of a pencil, they’d be hard-pressed to find a better example than the classic yellow #2. And what better example than from the company who invented it. This is the iconic yellow pencil that we’ve used successfully forever. And by incorporating sustainable practices with responsibly managed forests, Ticonderogas will continue to be a solid example of form and performance for years to come.
The lead is soft enough to allow smooth motion but heavy enough to provide clear readability. (Amazon Basics/)
As long as students take tests, pencils with a good eraser are a necessity. Many a Scantron sheet has fallen prey to an incorrect answer that wasn’t quite completely erased. These pencils from Amazon Basics come pre-sharpened, so they’re ready to use right out of the box – a handy timesaver that you’ll appreciate when you go to use them. And the soft eraser ensures that any mistakes are easily removed. Because we all make them. Take that, Scantron tests.
At this large quantity, you can keep some at school, at home, in your office, and in the glove box of your vehicle. (Arteza/)
This 180-pack won’t smear your multitasking plans. There’s the right tool for the job and this is it. These artist-designed pencils are a good tool for seamlessly moving from a morning form drawing class into that afternoon math test. The hard lead ensures there won’t be any smears or smudges, and the hexagonal shape, along with a soft satin-matte finish, feels right at home in your hand. These come pre-sharpened, so no matter the job, you’ll be prepared for anything.
Strong and break-resistant with a graphite lead that works well for drawing, sketching or writing, these will go with you from semester to semester. (Madisi /)
This pack of 320 pre-sharpened pencils has got your needs covered. The many demands of school or work – or both at the same time – can be overwhelming. Here’s one less thing to worry about. Students and teachers alike can rest easier with this bulk pack of pencils, all pre-sharpened and ready when you need them. Teachers, did your student forget their pencils? Does a classmate need to borrow one? Is a co-worker always taking yours? Whatever the scenario, you’ll be fully stocked.
Given all the record-breaking indicators—low inventory and time on market, high home prices and bids—many prospective buyers are wondering how long the frenetic pace of the market will last and whether they should wait out this period of intensity.
Wide-ruled paper has many uses beyond schoolwork. ( Amazon/)
We seldom think about it, but there are differences in types of writing paper. Once upon a time, we wrote on papyrus or vellum. Now we use pulp to make the recyclable paper we’re all familiar with. We primarily utilize one of two standard paper types, either college-ruled or wide-ruled. “Ruled” simply means how far apart the lines are on the page. Wide-ruled paper generally offers 27 lines per page, while college-ruled paper has narrower lines, resulting in 33 lines per page.
This is a practical choice for any writing task – its uses are seemingly endless. (Mead/)
This 200-sheet pack of 10-1/2″ x 8″ wide-ruled paper gives you large spaces for big ideas. You can’t go wrong with this Mead loose-leaf paper. Use it for assignments at school, for homework, for taking notes at the office, and truly much more. Each sheet is 3-hole punched, which makes it a cinch to add to a binder or folder. This pack of wide-ruled paper is truly essential for school and to simply keep on hand for a variety of uses at home or in the office.
We like that this paper is resistant to ink bleed, so you can write on both sides. (Five Star/)
Never tear a sheet again with this 3-pack of 10-1/2″ x 8″ reinforced, heavyweight paper. If you’re looking for a strong, resilient paper, Five Star’s reinforced filler paper is your choice. This heavyweight, 20-pound paper doesn’t rip easily. Its reinforced, triangular holes keep it anchored and secure in binders and folders. Do you need to put an important presentation or handbook together in a sturdy binder? Use these strong sheets. Keep your notes legible and your pages intact with these hearty pieces of paper.
Your writing tools glide effortlessly across the smooth surface, making note-taking just a little less tedious. (KAISA /)
This 150-sheet pack of wide-ruled paper is the companion your writing tools need. From short stories, to work meeting notes, math problems, or poems, Kaisa’s loose-leaf paper gives you a high-quality writing surface for it all. Stock up ahead of time, or replenish your stockpile with this pack of three. The letter-sized sheets (10.5″ x 8″) make great binder paper, too. Put a pack in each one of your subject binders for school. In addition to white, it also comes in four sunny colors.
Fanatics of time capsule homes were clearly tickled by a Pennsylvania home with throwback interiors. Filled with glorious decor choices, the otherwise nondescript residence built in 1950 rocketed to the top of the week’s most popular homes on Realtor.com®.
And there was good reason for all the gawking. The original owners had the home professionally decorated when it was built and never looked back.
What remains seven decades later are carefully constructed interiors the likes of which just couldn’t be reproduced today. Inside this well-preserved place, you’ll see vintage wallpaper, original cabinetry, and a wood-paneled rec room—all of which appear as if they’ve emerged unscathed from another era.
Besides the vintage vibes, you were also gaga for gossip this week. Clicks on a $65 million mansion in Los Angeles soared after the throwback couple Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck toured it while house hunting in Southern California. The massive mansion is outfitted with every imaginable luxury (including a private medical room!) and the entire place is furnished by Fendi.
Other highlights include a bright-blue dome in North Carolina, an upscale suburban home outfitted with a doomsday bunker that can accommodate up to 60 apocalypse survivors, and a century-old log cabin in the woods.
For a full look at all of this week’s most popular properties, scroll on down …
Why it’s here: Cheesehead nirvana. Located right across the street from Lambeau Field and decked out in green and gold glory, this home is the ideal crash pad for a football weekend.
Built in 1967, the duplex offers an array of opportunities for a buyer. A income-generating rental property? A place to entertain corporate clients? Or just a place to revel with fellow Pack fans?
The two units each have two bedrooms and a single bathroom. One half is Packers-themed and the other unit is more subdued, for daily living. Out back, the yard features a built-in grill with granite countertops, for pre- and post-game fun.
Why its here: This blue home is far from bashful. The peppy teal geodesic dome house was built in 2007. A curvy, one-bedroom abode, it sits on a 10-acre piece of property with two additional mobile homes currently being leased.
Newly painted inside and out, the dome house features a kitchen with maple floors, plenty of storage, and a large front porch.
Why it’s here: Built back in 1971, and thoughtfully updated throughout, this huge, 10,124-square-foot custom mansion comes with an indoor pool and steam room, theater room, and ornate finishes throughout. Best of all, the four-bedroom home sits on a 30-acre parcel conveniently located in the heart of town.
Why it’s here: Known as Hickory Lodge, this wooded 26-acre getaway offers easy access to Lycoming Creek. The five-bedroom log cabin was built over a century ago and features a fireplace from the original armory on the site, a cypress kitchen designed by a local master craftsman, and a number of charming details.
Why it’s here: Grist Mill was built in 1714 and has been transformed into a lovely five-bedroom home with 4,218 square feet of living space.
Highlights of the historic structure include grain chutes, exposed stone walls, stained glass, reclaimed hardwoods, and a living room with 9-foot ceilings. The kitchen has recently been renovated, and there’s also an unfinished lower level.
Why it’s here: This massive 31,450-square-foot mansion was recently toured by the noted home shopper Jennifer Lopez.
As she looks for a spot to alight in L.A., the A-lister recently toured this ultraprivate, eight-bedroom home furnished by Fendi with current (and former) flame Ben Affleck. And this huge domicile has everything a diva could ever need—including an indoor pool, theater, wine room, bowling alley with game room, as well as a luxury pool and cabana.
Why it’s here: A terrific time capsule, this intriguing home remains awash in immaculate 1950s decor.
It’s been painstakingly maintained for decades by the original owners, who had the home custom-built and professionally designed and didn’t touch much after that. Filled with incredible throwback decor and fixtures, the four-bedroom home needs a buyer who appreciates a vintage vibe.