Friday, December 14, 2012

My Favorite Thing: This Will Change Your Life

Seriously, I've been wanting to write this blog post for a long time now, but I worried that you might not appreciate it or would think it is boring... THEN, I saw that The Nester is hosting a "Favorite Things Party" today, and I decided this was the perfect opportunity.  (I also sort-of tried to trick you into reading this post by not exactly disclosing what the "thing" is in the title. Did it work?)

Anyway, prepare to have your lives (or at least your handwriting) changed, and allow me to introduce... My favorite pen in the whole world:
The VBall Grip (Extra Fine) by Pilot

Yes, at first glance, you might think "well, that is a funny thing to be so passionate about," but let me assure you... I am VERY serious about this.  I might even go so far as to say that this is one of the products I am most passionate about in my life. In fact, aside from Diet Coke (which, even that has been known to be substituted with Diet Dr. Pepper from time to time), I don't think I am more loyal to any one product in the world.

My love affair with the Vball Grip Extra Fine began my first year of teaching (2007ish).  In a mad dash around Staples buying everything in sight all the supplies I needed for the start of the school year, I picked up a three pack of these pens.  And, I'm being 100% sincere, there was NO going back.

I have not bought another type of pen in almost six years.  I have these ALL over my house, my purse, and my classroom.  (My students even know not to borrow them because I am obsessed, and if I see one of them writing with the same type, I will immediately question whether or not it was stolen from me.)  Honest to goodness, I literally cringe when I find myself in the rare situation that requires me to write with another pen. Just yesterday, in fact, I caught myself reaching into my purse for my own pen to sign-in at the dentist's office. (And, yes, in case you are wondering, as I'm writing this, I'm realizing how crazy I must sound,  Hopefully there are at least one of two other crazies out there that will appreciate this.)

So, there you have it.  My favorite thing: The Vball Grip (Extra Fine) pen by Pilot. It will change your life. 

At over $8.00 for a pack of three, they are not cheap.  BUT, I promise you, they are worth it.  So far, I know I have converted my sister, my former co-teacher, and several students at least, but probably many many more.
Snapped this shot of the pens on my school desk with my phone.  Just photographic proof of my obsession.

Are you convinced yet?  If you're ready to take the plunge, you can order them online at Amazon or  In Roanoke, I have only been able to find them at Staples - and, trust me, I have searched. They come in red, blue, and green too (all of which I use for grading papers sometimes - see above); but, I really just prefer black.  Also, and this is important, you must be sure to get the EXTRA FINE variety; I have tried the others and they just do not compare.

Finally, if and when you DO try these, will you shoot me an email and tell me how much you love them? I will be so proud!

Jeff, Ineedlotsoftheseinmystockingthisyear.  (How's that for subliminal messaging?)

Ok, that's all.  Off to browse other favorite things to see if anyone else is as crazy as me!  Happy Friday!
P.S. I'm headed to Fredericksburg this afternoon for a weekend (sans baby and husband) with my sister.  I'm SO excited!  I'll see you all here on Monday with the reveal of our 2012 Christmas card.  I can't wait to hear what you think!

Oh, and, just to clarify... Pilot and Staples have no idea I'm writing this post.  I've received NO form of compensation at all; but, I'd gladly become their product ambassador if they asked! :)


  1. Looove your passion for this topic! I feel simarly about my fave pens and have added them to my Amazon wish list this year so that there is no confusion! I have never tried this kind...does the ink smear? I drag my hand through the ink when I write, so quick-drying ink is my top priority!

  2. You are hilarious. But... I get it. I LOVE a good pen. I am officially obsessed w/ the Sharpie pen, I am sure you've seen it, although it hasn't been out as long as your obsession, so maybe not! I love it. I might have to try the vball grip now, though - except if it's better that's gonna hurt me financially! The sharpie pens are like $5 a pack (of three) & that's kinda pricey too! But worth it! :)

  3. Ha, you're so funny! I love me a nice pen, so I might have to check these out. :-)

  4. When grading a gazillion papers, a sweet pen makes all the difference. I get it, sister. I also use and love these. (Though admittedly not with quite the same passion as you!) I like to grade in the blue.

  5. I identify with you 100%. schoolsupplies have always been something about which I am crazy passionate!

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  7. i've never been a pen person but this makes me want to try them! i'm also a devote diet coke drinker, yummm!

  8. I have to write in 15 charts a day at work and am super picky about my pen. But I will have to give these a try.

    We will be in Fredericksburg on Wednesday - too bad your trip wasn't for the next weekend :-( hope you guys have a wonderful Christmas!

  9. Ok, I have to add in my pen obsession here. I am totally obsessed with the Pilot Frixion erasable gel pens in black. I can only find them in Staples too. They are a gel pen that doesn't smudge, but is totally erasable (it uses friction techonology, not like your old erasable pens that didn't work). I love love love this pen and everyone knows it. I love writing neatly and love the fact that I can erase with this pen. I do wish the pen wrote a little darker, but otherwise it is perfection. I have converted a lot of people. If you have an interest in an erasable pen -- you will love this pen!

  10. I love that someone else has a favorite pen... I have undying loyalty to Uniball Signo Micros that my husband thinks borders on insanity. I even have an "emergency" one hidden in our house in case we lose all of them I can't find one for the checkbook. I ask for a package every year for Christmas but I won't take mine to school and if I do the kids know they can't use them!


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