Monday, February 8, 2010

Carolina Pad Review and GIVEAWAY **CLOSED**

Carolina Pad Hot Chocolate Collection
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I have admired Carolina Pad's awesome office supply collections for some time. I LOVE to organize things. The problem is, it often takes me awhile to figure out an organization plan that works for various things in the life. Carolina Pad products are known for being well-made yet fashionable. These products have been seen on 90210, Glee, and Desperate Housewives (you can't get much trendier than that)!
 
When I was given the opportunity to review the Hot Chocolate collection, I decided to see how these products would work for all my readers who are bakers and wannabe bakers. Let me tell you, if you think a bit outside the box, these products work great to help you keep your kitchen organized. Whether you bake for fun or for profit, you can find a way to use these products to simplify your kitchen!

Here are the products I received:
13 pocket folder
File folders
5 decorative tab dividers
26 pocket folder
8 pocket folder
Binder clips
Paper clips

These products are very well made. Every single item was made sturdy and I don't think I will see wear and tear on these things for a very long time. The laminated coating make them perfect for the kitchen (trust me, icing ruins paper products that are not coated). The color blends are also wonderful and very pleasing to the eye.

Here are some ways that I used these fantastic products to help organize my baking:

I used the 8 pocket folder to help keep together upcoming cakes I will be making. I can place a picture, the recipes, and information all in one pocket.


I used the tab dividers to help better organize my "portfolio". Using the tabs, I can separate sheet cakes from tiered, fondant from buttercream, etc. for easy organization!


I really like using recipe pages instead of cards when I bake, so the 13 pocket folder is perfect for keeping these neatly organized.


Here are some thoughts for the professional baker:

Use the file folder to keep client files.
Use the 26 pocket folder (which is nicely divided into 2 sections) for receipt organization. The first half can organize your profits, while the last half can help you keep track of costs. You will be grateful for this come tax time!
Use a binder clip to keep a small stack of business cards in your purse.
Use the 13 pocket folder for forms such as order forms, blank receipts, advertising fliers, etc.

Buy it here: You can purchase Carolina Products here. You can save 10% off online purchases using code: Tax_Relief.  You can also connect with Carolina Pad on Twitter and Facebook

Win it here: Carolina Pad would like to offer one lucky reader a set of products like the one reviewed above!

Mandatory Entry:  Visit Carolina Pad's website and tell me what collection you like the MOST and what you would organize if you won the prize pack.  Please note: if you have won a prize package from Caroline Pad within the last 90 days, you are not eligible for this giveaway.

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6. Enter the Holey Donut contest using my blog as the referral.
7. Buy something from Carolina Pad online between the date this contest was posted and the closing date (10 extra entries!)

Winner will be selected on 2/28  via random.org and will be emailed.

I was provide with the mentioned products. The views expressed here are my own. No other compensation was received.

123 comments:

edmontonjb said...

I like the Graphic In Nature collection and I'd organize all the papers floating around my desk.

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Jamie W. said...

I like the Dreamsicle collection and the Hot Chocolate one you featured the best- but they are all super cute! I've seen a few of these at Target, I think. I love your ideas for using the items in the kitchen- inspiring!

Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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Debbie said...

I like the Pattern Play collection.

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Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} said...

I love the hot chocolate collection. so pretty!Brown and bright colors just like a pretty cupcake :)

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Amy said...

I like the whimsical flwer collection. I have lots of things to organize, but I'd start with my family schedule and grocery lists.

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Puanani503 said...

ooh, I love the Zensational and Royal Twist Collections!!!

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Melissa said...

I love the Hot Chocolate collection, too! I just blogged about needed to organize my recipes, so that's what I'd use this for. Thanks for the chance to win!

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Sarah said...

Whimsical Flower is my favorite collection and I would use it to organize recipes. gert003 at aol dot com

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Amanda said...

My favorite is the Hot Chocolate collection. I would use it to organize the papers on my messy desk!

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Darcie K. said...

I love the Dreamsicle collection
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Sarah Lynne said...

I really like the pearl pinstripe collection!!!

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Mommy to a lil lady[bug] said...

The upcoming Dreamsicle look snice, I'd use thes eitems to declutter my desk!

hondaray6 said...

I love the Whimsical Flower collection! I recently was given my Mom AND my Grandmothers recipe file boxes. These are both 3 X 5 index card boxes crammed full of recipes- both handwritten and clipped from magazines. I'd love to get them into some kind of order! As it it they aren't even in proper catagories. The only thing they both did is stick the most often used at the front of the box! Thanks!
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~J said...

I dig the Simply Chic collection. I would probably organize my bills, my giveaways, and most importantly...my 12 year old son, lol.

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Island Girl said...

I love the dreamsicle collection. I would organize my messy desk with it! All the household papers, mail, kids' papers, etc all end up on my desk all the time! Ughh!
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stephemery said...

I really like the Simply Chic collection. I would organize my work stuff,taxes, and school stuff.

Helena said...

I like the Pattern Play Collection! I do a small MLM business at home and this would definitely help me organize it! Love it!

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Jus and Kat said...

I like the Kendall Kollection the most, and I would use the supplies at work not only to help keep my desk organized but to snazz it up a little!

Bombtastic Belle said...

I like the simply chic collection, I'd use it to keep my couponing supplies organized.
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Ang said...

I love the Dreamsicle Collection. If I won I would organize all my recipes, as the kitchen is my favorite spot, and I have a ton of recipes. I would also use it to organize my once a month cokking and baking.

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YellowTennessee said...

I am in love with the Eye Candy Collection. I would use it for coupons, grocery lists and meal planning.

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Emmi said...

Graphic in nature is my favorite. I would organize my blogging stuff. I have so many contacts, resources and websites that I really want to organize.

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Felissa Hadas said...

I would choose Whimsical Flower. I would organize my Stella & Dot business. I really need to start keeping better track of things like customers birthdays and future events.

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Barb said...

I like the Dreamsicle Collection, but it's hard to choose, they are all so cute!

Thanks for the chance to win!

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JenniferB said...

I like the hot chocolate collection
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Peggy said...

I love the Eye Candy collection! I have to organize everything because I am so forgetful and I need to get eveything organized for my daughters wedding
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Saving for a Home said...

I would love the Hot Chocolate collection. So cute! Thanks!

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Sue said...

I like the Eye Candy collection, and I have things for church that are scattered and really need organizing. Thank you for the giveaway.

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Jennifer said...

I like the Eye Candy collection and I would organize my computer desk which needs help

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For Their Future said...

I love the Eye Candy collection!! I would use this for our homeschool!
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I love the Hot Chocolate and the Chit Chat.

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Karen A said...

I love the Dreamsicle Collection that I would use to organize my couponing.
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- Marybeth I. said...

eye candy is my fave but probably simply chic for work

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MMC said...

Love the Royal Twist collection... I would use it to keep my photography business papers organized and away from household stuff :)

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Anne J said...

I like graphic in nature best, and I'd organize my paperwork for my part time job.

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hot chocolate collection I would organize some old recipes to pass on to my daughter
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I like the hot chocolate pack. I would use it to organize my childcare printouts. I take care of 3 toddlers and I print out alot of coloring sheets, a daily reports forms for each child. 4mytomkat@gmail.com

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Susan said...

I like the looks of the new Zensational Collection.

I'd like to have one place to organize all those important papers I seem to have in so amny places!!!

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