Thursday, January 26, 2012

Budons Stationary: a review and giveaway **Closed**

For my first giveaway it seemed only appropriate that I choose stationary, an item that we bow down and worship in this household.

And given the tight leash I had on our back to school budget this year Maddy did not get any new and exciting products to flash at school.
So you can imagine the rejoicing that could be heard when we got home from QLD yesterday and a parcel from Budons stationary was waiting.

I hadn't even heard of Budons before I made contact for the review, but as far as fun, innovative stationary goes they are definitely giving Smiggle a run for their money.
Maddy is in love with her new scratch and sniff books and name tags. That's right. Think those coveted little apple scratch and sniff stickers that you would get on your spelling list when you got 100% way back in the 80's. Only cooler. The whole book is covered in scratchy motifs - between the bubblegum on one and the mint on the other Maddy is torn to pick a favourite. The books are lined so will be perfect for class use. I suspect the bubblegum girl will become our homework book and the smaller minty alien book will be her dance diary.

When I first took on the review I thought they were an Internet based company but lo and behold when I was wandering through Target I spied a huge stand covered in Budons so these little goodies will be easier to get my hands in than I thought.

Stationary is my goto present for birthday parties at the moment. It's a safe bet for any pre-teen girl. Some 11 year olds have moved past toys and are interested in pop stars, makeup and boys already. Others are still playing with the toy of the moment (littlest pet shops, zhu zhu pets) so it can be hard to buy the right gift. Bright and colourful stationary however is always a winner no matter the kid. Given how hooked Maddy is on her bubblegum scented notebooks I suspect that Budons will be our 2012 goto gift.

And finally, the very lovely folks at Immerse Agency and Budons have given me a 2nd pack to giveaway to one of my readers. To equip your kidlets with something unique and special (and since its coming from me its FREE!) for school you just have to follow these 2 easy peasy steps:

1. Follow my blog in whatever way suits you most - Facebook, twitter, google friend connect, networked blogs, email, however tickles your fancy AND
2. Leave me a comment telling me how you follow and what your favourite stationary item is.

I'm only a wee baby blog looking for new friends so feel free to say howdy on any of my other posts. I get far more excited about comments than I should.

Terms and conditions: winner will be chosen by 31/01/12 and contacted by email. Winner will have 3 days to respond or prize will be redrawn. Prize will be mailed by the promoter. Australian residents only.

In the interests of full disclosure I was not paid for this post but I was sent a Budons stationary pack to review which is not exactly a hardship in this household. The opinions expressed are mine and my 11 year old daughters


  1. Following via GFC & Facebook. I am a pen and notebook freak! I have so many books scattered all over the place. I fear Miss 4 is following in my stationery addicted footsteps as she always has to come and draw her smiley faces all over any page that I happen to be writing on!

  2. Congrats on your first giveaway! I'm following on GFC and networked blogs :) My fave items are PENS... I have way too many of them but I just can't help myself! Cheers Monique ps. thanks for adding my to your blog roll, I'll add you to mine too :)

  3. Liked you on FB.

    I am addicted To anything at 'Smiggles' pencils, especially the rainbow ones.. Rubbers that smell, pencil sharpeners, rulers, small notepads etc etc.

    I took my two children into have a look and couldn't help but introduce them to it. Now they are addicted too.

  4. I follow via Twitter and am about to GFC & FB too :)

    I love a pen that writes beautifully and I love little notebooks, as does my 6yo daughter who pilfers them regularly!

  5. I follow via GFC, Facebook, Networked Blogs: Mary Preston.

    I always love beautiful pens that write smoothly. I can't pass up fun notebooks & post its.


  6. Hi there! I follow via GFC.

    I adore fresh stationary! Back to school time is a highlight of the year with all the pretty new notebooks hitting the shelves! I have 2 girls in my house (5&10) who are also notebook freaks!

  7. Following on Twitter here.
    I'm always a sucker for art supplies - textured coloured papers, water colours, pencils, pastels... *swoon*
    Addicted to post its!
    I used to work at a stationery store... it did NOTHING to cure me! Oops!

  8. FB Follower

    Love the glitter pens, puts a little sparkle into all my little to-do lists!

  9. I follow via Facebook. I love all stationary and think it's a prerequisite of being accepted into teacher training! I especially love smelly pencils, crayons and textas- as long as they don't get too close to my nose.

    1. russellcathryn at

  10. I follow on facebook. I love all the fancy little erasers you can get - so cute - problem is that I don't want to use them because it will wreck them!


  11. I am following you on FB too! I love all of those stationery items and it would be a great prize as I have a little girl is into all of these things big time~

  12. I follow with GFC and I love notebooks, all the shapes, sizes and colours. The patterns, the designs the choices are endless. I love a good clearance section at stationary stores! Don't feel as bad buying them when they are on clearance.

  13. I follow via GFC as Liz... my favourite is highlighters! As a student, my notes were always highlighted in a rainbow pattern, and I loved it!

  14. I have four grandchildren who are always looking for things to do when they come to stay and as all grandparents do they love to have keepsakes of their grand child's drawings, so I find note books a great way to capture their achievements.

  15. I so love stationery - I had heaps when I was younger as my late Grandma would buy me something different whenever she came to visit :)
    Following you on facebook!

  16. Im a new follower via GFC.
    I am crazy about pens and notebooks. I dont care what type of notebook as they are all extremely handy and any pens that are smooth when writing are a winner!!

  17. Im a new follower Via facebook.
    I have to say I'm in love with my Smiggle's maze pen at the moment. It's purple and it keeps me occupied when I'm talking on the phone at work.

  18. I follow on Facebook.

    Love stationery, probably not as much now I'm a stay at home mum, not as much need for it. I do love having a nice notebook.

  19. Tina from QueenslandJanuary 31, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Facebook 'liker' who LOVES notebooks. :-)