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Shop pink and help support 3 great causes!

As October comes to a close, we wanted to feature some of our favorite pink items that help support reserach and awareness foundations. Cehck out more in

Expo Dry Erase Marker. Sanford donates a portion of the proceeds from each purchase to the nonprofit City of Hope for breast cancer research, treatment, and education. Expo Pink Ribbon dry-erase marker displays your support for breast cancer treastment with a speical Pink ribbon logo. Marker contains specially formulated low-odor, pink ink and delivers a consistent color quality for bright, vivid messages during those important brainstorming sessions. Versatile chisel tip allows broad or fine writing. Use on whiteboards, glass, and nonporous surfaces. 2 per pack; Certified AP nontoxic ink.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Atlantis Retractable Ballpoint Pen. Keep track of all your weekly meals and tasty recipes with these great pink pens that support Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Soft rubber drip and smooth click retraction provide superior writing comfort. And smooth gliding ink with a medium piont tip makes for a satisfying writing expereince. 4 pens per pack. BIC makes a donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure with every purchase.

Swingline Pink Stapler. Pink desktop manual stapler has soft grip surface and staples up to 20 sheets of 20-lb. paper at a time. the metal spine and magazine provide durability. Made from lightweight durable plastic housing with lanyard loop, this stapler has a 210- staple capacity. REfill with Swingline Half-Strip Color Bright Pink Staples for added recognition and a little flair. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Five important things to file away about mammograms…

Besides “get one!”

Pink Top File Folder only $34.98/bx

There is a good time to start. Most doctors and health providers recommend that women get a mammogram once a year, beginning at age 40. If you’re at high risk for breast cancer, with a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer, you may need to start having annual mammograms at a younger age. Discuss this with your health care provider.

1. They can save your life. Early detection is crucial for reducing risk of dying by 25-30% or more.

2. There is no need to fear them. Mammograms are fast  (done in 20 minutes or less, usually) and are minimally uncomfortable for most women. It is a safe procedure, with minimal  radiation, and most centers will give you results before you leave.

3. Mammography is still the most important detection tool, but other things are important as well. Don’t forget to do breast self-exams and have clinical breast examinations on a regular basis.

4. Don’t assume the worst. An unusual result may require further testing (1 in t10 women), but may times biopsies or further tests will turn out to be normal . More information is always key.

Friday Recipe: Pink Ribbon Cookies

We’ve all done a variation of the classic fundraiser, the bake sale. But baked goods can be used for a much larger variety of activities than just bake sales. The key is to tie in your baked item to your cause, like making ribbon cookies. Serve them atbreast cancer fundraising events, sell kits to make sugar cookies at home (give all components along with a ribbon cookie cutter), or just make a batch to feed your volunteers.

Sugar cookies are easy to make but what makes them really special is that they are so easy to personalize, decorate and make unique. Dye the frosting pink for breast cancer fundraising.

Here is an easy recipe for sugar cookies, and some fun ways to personalize them for your cause.

You will need:

2 3/4 cups all- purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup butter, softened

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Begin by preheating your oven to 375 degrees. Mix the baking powder, baking soda, and flour in a small bowl and set aside. In another bowl, mix the sugar and the butter until smooth. Beat in the egg and the vanilla then gradually add the dry ingredients . roll teaspoons of dough into balls or roll out and cut with a ribbon shapped cookie cutter. Place them two inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Allow the cookies to set for two minutes before serving or decorating.

Put a few drops of pink food coloring in vanilla frosting. If you put the icing in a Ziploc bag and cut a corner off, you have a hand, home-made piping bag.

Personalize the cookies by writing names of donors or sponsors on them, and then serve them at a walk-a-thon. Hand the cookies out as prizes for breast cancer fundraising games. The possibilities are endless to make these cookies unique for your event. Visit for more great fundraising ideas!

Think Pink- Brainstorming Ideas

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women in the United States after skin cancer, according to the Mayo Clinic, and yet so many are unaware of the risks or tools for prevention. October has been designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and there are many ways in which your community or business can participate in building awareness for breast cancer. The simplest idea for increasing knowledge and raising awareness is to play an ongoing role in helping ensure that all young women in your community are educated about breast and ovarian cancer prevention and early detection.

Most businesses and communities see October come and go without paying any homage to this critical and ongiong health crisis for women. Here are a few ideas of things you can do in your own backyard so to speak:

  • Host outreach groups that provide support and a sense of community to young women who are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer.
  • Hold a rummage sale and give the proceeds to a local breast cancer charity.
  • Organize breast health education workshops to arm young women with the knowledge and resources they need to prevent breast and ovarian cancer or detect these diseases at early, non life-threatening stages.
  • Represent breast cancer awareness at community health fairs and other outreach initiatives; contact various local and national charities for more information on how to volunteer and represent their organizations.
  • Collect stories of survivors and have them share their personal experiences for others in newsletters, on company websites, or in marketing initiatives.
  • Distribute educational literature to medical professionals and patients to ignite conversations between doctors and patients about breast and ovarian cancer risk and strategies for prevention and early detection.
  • Provide a venue for fundraising events, which raise awareness and provide funds for the outreach programs and breast cancer charities nationwide.
  • Be creative and have fun by hosting a concert, talent competition, or contest that has an entrance fee and provide refreshments, raffles, or other items for sale at the event.

Last but not least, you can do the simplest thing of all, which is to “Think Pink” by wearing pink and exhibiting pink throughout the month of October in your office, at your home, in you community. People will soon take notice.

Idaho Halloween Recipes

Potato Ghosts

  • Active time: 30 min
  • Start to finish:1 3/4 hr
You and your guests will be utterly charmed when you see how easily mashed potatoes can be transformed into a gaggle of ghosts. Simply form them into pointy mounds and then personify—no, make that “ghostify” —them with seed “eyes.” Don’t be surprised if these become a new family must-have for Halloweens to come.
  • 4lblarge boiling potatoes (preferably white-fleshed)
  • 3/4stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 1/4cupswhole milk
  • 3large egg yolks
  • Nigella seeds (sometimes mislabeled “black onion seeds”) or caraway seeds for garnish
  • Equipment:

    a potato ricer or a food mill fitted with medium disk; a pastry bag with 3/4-inch plain tip
  • Peel and quarter potatoes, then cover with water in a 4-qt pot and season well with salt. Simmer, partially covered, until tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
  • While potatoes are simmering, heat butter and milk in a small saucepan until butter is melted. Remove from heat and cover to keep warm.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in middle.
  • Drain potatoes and force through ricer into a large bowl (or mixer bowl if using stand mixer). Beat in milk mixture, yolks, and 1/2 tsp each of salt and pepper with an electric mixer at low speed until combined.
  • Spread about one-third of potatoes in a buttered 1 1/2-qt shallow ovenproof dish. Transfer remaining potatoes to pastry bag. Pipe potatoes close together into 2 1/2- to 3-inch-high pointed mounds to form “ghosts” and garnish each mound with 2 seeds for “eyes.”
  • Bake until tips of ghosts are golden and potatoes are firm, 20 to 25 minutes.
Cooks’ note:
  • Potatoes can be piped into dish 1 day ahead and chilled, loosely covered with plastic wrap.

Recipe can be found here

Welcome Knobe’s Office Supply to our Porter’s team!


October 1, 2012


REXBURG, IDAHO—Porter’s Office Products, one of Idaho’s leading independent office products dealers since 1915, and Knobe’s Office Supply in Jackson, WY, have merged.

Knobe’s owner Chet Knobe will join the Porter’s organization and serve as account executive for its new Jackson customers.

The acquisition continues Porter’s aggressive expansion program which earlier this year saw the dealership acquire the commercial office products business of M&H Office Supply in Blackfoot, ID.

“We’re delighted to welcome Chet Knobe and Knobe’s customers to the Porter’s family and look forward to sharing with them our unique brand of Blue Cow service,” commented President Mark Porter.

Blue cows, he explained, are rare and unique, just like the outstanding customer service provided by the dealership the Porter family has operated for close to 90 years.

“We’re locally owned and proud of it,” Porter added, “but we also have the resources to meet and beat anything our big box competition might offer when it comes to pricing or breadth of product offering.”

In additionto providing free next-day delivery on over 37,000 office supply items, Porter’s also carries a broad offering of office furniture solutions, janitorial and cleaning supplies, promotional products and customizable items, as well as money-saving managed print programs.

ABOUT PORTER’S OFFICE PRODUCTS: A family-owned and operated business since 1915, with the fourth generation of the Porter family now at the helm, Porter’s Office Products is Idaho’s fastest growing office products dealer, with locations in Rexburg, Pocatello, Blackfoot, Logan, UT, and now Jackson, WY. Porter’s Office Products is the home of Blue Cow Service. Blue cows are rare, never before seen and unique, just like Porter’s. Even if a customer orders something outrageous like a blue cow, we will sit down and
think outside of the box in order to meet their needs. For more information,

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Porter’s Office Products makes the Inc. 5000 List…. Again!

Inc. Magazine Unveils Its Annual Exclusive List of
America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc.500|5000

Porter’s Office Products Ranks No. 2926 on the 2012 Inc. 500|5000
with Three-Year Sales Growth of 76%

NEW YORK, August 21, 2012 — Inc. magazine today ranked Porter’s Office Products NO. 2926 on its sixth annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. Unified Payments tops this year’s list. Porter’s Office Products joins Yelp, yogurt maker Chobani,, KIND and famed hatmaker Tilly’s, among other prominent brands featured on this year’s list.

“We are honored to be apart of the Inc. 5000 again this year and are excited to continue to work toward continued growth and success in the future,” says President Mark Porter.

In a stagnant economic environment, median growth rate of 2012 Inc. 500|5000 companies remains an impressive 97 percent. The companies on this year’s list report having created over 400,000 jobs in the past three years, and aggregate revenue among the honorees reached $299 billion.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at

“Now, more than ever, we depend on Inc. 500/5000 companies to spur innovation, provide jobs, and drive the economy forward. Growth companies, not large corporations, are where the action is,” says Inc. Editor Eric Schurenberg.

About Inc.

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 6,000,000 today. For more information, visit

Click here to see Porter’s Office Product’s ranking!

Welcome M&H Customers!


REXBURG, IDAHO—Porter’s Office Products, one of Idaho’s leading independent office products dealers since 1915, and Blackfoot-based M&H Office Supply have merged. Porter’s President Mark Porter made the announcement.

Under the terms of the agreement, Porter’s is acquiring M&H’s commercial office products business. M&H also operates
a scrapbook store which will continue to operate independently.

M&H owner Rocky Moldenhauer will join the Porter’s organization and serve as account executive for its new Blackfoot

“Porter’s has been proudly operating as an Idaho-owned and operated company for nearly 90 years and we’re delighted to broaden our footprint in the state by bringing our unique combination of outstanding value and service to our new customers in Blackfoot,” commented Porter.

Combining the two dealerships means Blackfoot customers will now have access to Porter’s comprehensive office furniture
offering—the dealership represents Steelcase, the office furniture industry’s largest manufacturer—as well as Porter’s feature rich online ordering system, giving them 24/7 access to over 37,000 office products items.

ABOUT PORTER’S OFFICE PRODUCTS: A family-owned business since 1915 and Idaho’s fastest growing office products dealer, Porter’s Office Products is the home of Blue Cow Service. Blue cows are rare, never before seen and unique, just like Porter’s. Even if a customer orders something outrageous like a blue cow, we will sit down and think outside of the box in order to meet their needs. For more information, visit

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Kitchen Command Center Organizing Ideas

Keeping a family organized means taking control of information and schedules
for everyone’s activities. Here are some ideas to set up your own home base to
divide and conquer the paperwork. Follow these three steps to create an effective kitchen command center:

  1. Centralize.
  2. Categorize.
  3. Utilize.

You’ll keep your troops ready for action, and you’ll feel more in charge of
the paperwork and your time.

Smead Frequency Expanding File


  • Designate one place as your command center. Make sure
    it’s a spot that doesn’t interfere with normal kitchen activities. Include a
    flat surface area, some wall space and a drawer if possible.
  • Dedicate the space to managing the activities of the
    household, such as kids’ school, sports and extracurricular activities, family
    schedules, and neighborhood, church or community events.
  • Include a master calendar where all of the family
    members’ activities can be seen at once. A white board for writing messages is
    helpful, too.
  • Make the command center the landing place for incoming
    mail and activities paperwork. Be sure all family members put their schedules,
    invitations, registration and order forms, assignment lists and other
    activity-related materials here.


  • Review any mail and new papers daily. Keep bills
    separated from activity materials. Reserve the command center for managing
    schedules and upcoming activities only.
  • Sort the activity paperwork into groups for each family
    member. Write important dates on the master calendar.
  • Use a Poly Frequency Expanding File to hold all
    activity materials. Use different pockets to hold materials for each activity.
    Write the person’s name and the activity on the tab inserts. Use a different
    color insert for each family member for quick identification.
  • Use multiple pockets to divide children’s activities
    into school, sports and extracurricular activities.
  • Keep the Poly Frequency Expanding File on the counter
    where it’s easily visible and accessible. Rugged poly material and a protective
    flap make it portable and secure.


  • Check the calendar daily to stay aware of upcoming
    events. Look ahead a few days to make sure you are on track for all scheduled
  • Review the materials in each person’s activity pockets
    every day for any paperwork that pertains to the events on the calendar. Fill
    out any forms that need to be turned in. Include payments if needed.
  • Keep the command center uncluttered. Do not store
    papers permanently in the expanding file. Discard or file materials that are no
    longer important for an upcoming event.


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