Essentials for a Momma to Be


It has been many years since I was pregnant and things have changed ALOT!  My Facebook feed has been filled lately with birth announcements and pictures of adorable new babies.  So are you a soon to be mom? Or do you know someone who is having a baby?  Here are some great must have recommendations:

1. A pregnancy (body) pillow or extra pillows Pillows are a good way to get more comfortable in bed. Tucking one pillow under your tummy and another pillow between your legs supports your lower back and may make sleeping on your side more comfortable. You can also buy pillows made specially for pregnancy. A wedge-shaped pillow supports your tummy when you lie on your side. A full-length body pillow will support your back and cradle your belly.

2. Tennis Balls. I know, you’re like, “What?” But seriously, keep a couple of these handy. When you’re further along, have your hubby or significant other roll one around on your lower back with his hand using firm pressure; it’s amazing. You can even do it yourself, using a convenient wall and a bit of balance–but be careful! Also great during back labor.

3. Aveda ‘Stress Fix’ Soaking Salts. These natural lavender scents help with sleepless nights and restless legs. These soaking salts used at the end of the day or early in the morning soothe those achy body parts!

4. Ginger. Ginger is wonderful for dealing with morning sickness, especially the kind that never goes away! There is candied ginger, which is slightly chewy and spicy-sweet, but you can also add it to foods or try it in homeopathic remedies.

5. Wintergreen Essential Oil. Wintergreen is a natural muscle relaxant.  However, it is really strong when concentrated so mix a few drops with almond oil to dilute {check the packaging on your oils to see if they are concentrated}. It also works wonders on headaches when applied to your temples.

6. Almond Oil. All over the body, twice a day – will help to avoid stretch marks at all costs!  If I only knew this way back when.  🙂

When I asked my customers what their top picks were for “must have momma products”  The first one was a Zip Top Organizing Tote.  It is water resistant, has 7 outside pockets and is the perfect size for carrying everything you will need.  It is a practical solution for mom before baby is born and then is can be used as a bag to take to the hospital. It can be personalized with their name, an icon or just leave it blank.

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Next up was Thirty One’s Double Duty Caddy.  This makes a GREAT mobile changing station for anywhere in the house.  It has 2 separate interior compartments and 4 exterior mesh pockets, there’s plenty of room to take whatever you need with you when you’re on the go.  it will hold up to 15 lbs.!  It is approximately: 10.5”H x 10”L x 8”D

  

What were some of your favorites when you were pregnant?  I wanted Mexican food 24/7, crazy right?  Let the expectant momma make a wish list and let me help coordinate what she wants and needs.  What about a surprise Thirty One Baby Shower?  Who doesn’t love a party?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Jumpin’ June at Thirty One

June is CRAZY busy….. end of the school year, graduations, Father’s Day, weddings, Christenings, baby showers, and of course birthdays and anniversaries.  Are you ready?  Do you have all of those gifts together?

In direct sales, June is one of those dreaded “J” months.  The story is “J” months are traditional bad for business.  Think about it – January is the month after Christmas so everyone is broke.  June is crazy busy who has time to shop.  In July, everyone is on vacation so the last thing they are thinking of is shopping or partying.  I am here to “debunk” the myth.  Over the years, June and July have been some of my best months.  Why?  Because Thirty One offers amazing specials.

So let’s see what is happening in June…..

#1 – Did you know you could make some extra money with just a little bit of work AND using some amazing products? Maybe you could pay off some bills? Or pay for the kids summer activities?  Maybe you just need some girl time?  Maybe you are looking for a career change?  Whatever your reason, I would love to help you reach your dream…For just $99, you get over $350 in FREE product.  You get to pick your print option to fit your mood or color palette. PLUS with $600 in orders, every month for the first 4 months, you get to pick ONE of these AWESOME bundles.  That is an additional $600 in FREE product during your first 4 months in our StartSwell program.

#2 – I get having a business is not on everyone’s to do list.  so why not host a girls get together? Sip some wine (or your favorite beverage), catch up with friends, shop and have fun.  When was the last time you hung out with the girls without the kids?  You supply the friends and I will do all of the work.

For just $200 in orders, YOU can have a qualified party. Did you know only 6 orders of $35 will get you a $200 party? I offer home, catalog/online, fundraisers, drinks at a local restaurant and 31-minute Facebook LIVE parties. Which one will fit into YOUR busy schedule

With a $400 party (yes, just $400 NOT $600), you get this AMAZING hostess special for just $35.  The cinch sac is the new thermal one, along with the All About the Benjamins Wallet and the Getaway Tote.  The wallet along is $48 and you are going to get the whole set for $35.

#3 –  I get it, you don’t need extra money and parties aren’t your thing.  BUT you just LOVE to shop? So here is the AMAZING Thirty One Customer Special for June…

All Thermals are 50% with a $35 purchase.  For each multiple of $35, you get to pick a thermal.  Thermals are so much more than just for keeping things hot or cold.

So, to sum things up…there are THREE opportunities with Thirty One this summer:

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Which opportunity is for you? Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Diaper Bag and More

I can’t count the number of times I have been asked “Does Thirty One have a diaper bag?”   I think back to when Belinda was little (MANY years ago) and I’m not even sure I had one.  I’m sure I did but it was probably the same bag I sent her to daycare with Monday through Friday.  Even back then I was practical (okay, sometimes).  I wanted a bag I could use for many things, not just one use and then giveaway, sell or toss.

Thankfully, Thirty One has SEVERAL options to meet the different needs of new moms.  From the busy mom on the go to the working (out of the home) mom.

It is all about your style…. We have lots of different totes to meet whatever the demand including ones Dad is willing to carry.  Here are some basic options:

The  Number 1 requested “diaper bag” is the Zip Top Organizing Utility Tote.  It has seven pockets for all your essentials, plus a convenient zipper to keep everything safe and secure!

 

My favorite is the Cindy Tote.  This signature tote can hold almost anything. Named after our Founder, President & CEO, Cindy Monroe, this has been one of our most popular totes for years. It’s roomy enough for all your essentials and stylish enough to carry wherever the day takes you! Easy to transition from Baby to Momma!

For those who would prefer a Backpack, we have you covered with the Going My Way Backpack.  Get ready for school, work or a family outing with this roomy backpack featuring plenty of pockets and adjustable shoulder straps for a comfy fit. The simple design and choice of prints makes it perfect for moms, dads and kids, too! 

Did you notice these can be personalized too? The best part is when you don’t need a diaper bag any more, it is still a GREAT bag to use every day.

Looking for something a little smaller to take on those short trips to the park?  Why not try the Sling-Back Bag?  So easy to grab and go, this bag offers a great hands-free backpack option, and one shoulder strap can easily be converted for right- or left-handed use. Put the pockets to work to house all your essentials, and you’re set for the day.

So, which bag will meet your needs?  Not sure, let’s talk.  Send me a message and I will help you decide which one will best fit your needs.

Whose ready to shop??? Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Unique Gift Ideas

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Happy Saturday! I along with LOTS of other people are at the Seaside Boardwalk – Walking for a CURE for MS.  I am blessed to have my good friend, Karen Peet walking with me.  I’m praying that the predicted rain holds off…

I love finding new uses for products.  Thirty One’s Fold and File teamed with a Zip Top Organizing Tote as a mobile office, right?  Business owners everywhere use it to ensure that they have everything they need at a moment’s notice when they are out and about.  It has saved many a direct seller from a business disaster.

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Did you ever think of using it for a baby shower gift?  The Zip Top Organizing Tote is the perfect diaper bag

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BUT who would have thought of adding a fold and file to it for a baby shower gift?  Why, you ask?  Fill it with file folders and label them with things like:

  • doctor visits,
  • warranty papers (swing, crib, etc.),
  • important hospital papers,
  • and the list goes on.

This way the parents have everything in one place. New parents love it.

Why we are on the subject of NEW parents, Mother’s Day is May 8th and Father’s Day is June 19th.

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What about as a house warming gift?

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June is the time for weddings so bridal showers are happening in the Spring.

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How about filling a Catch-All Bin with a personsonalized pillow for the happy couple?  Maybe a bottle of their favorite wine.  Maybe a personalized cutting board.  Be creative.  You don’t even have to wrap the gift – just a cello bag from the dollar store with a pretty bow.

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This AWESOME gift set is on special for the month of April…

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Wouldn’t it be fun to have a personal shopper?  Someone who you just call (or text) and they do all of your gift shopping – what do you think?  Let me help you avoid the “gift faux pas” this busy gift giving season.

What special occasion do you have coming up that you need help with? Share and let’s see if we can help you find some unique gift giving ideas.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Share the Blessings

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Lately, my mailbox has been flooded with political campaign literature and requests for donations.  I am amazed at the extent of the mailing (calendars, address labels, greeting cards, etc) that organizations requesting money go to in an effort to “win” your donation.  Coming from a grassroots non-profit background, I am amazed at the money spent that could go to services and families in need.  So I want to offer you the opportunity to help others with little or no expense to you.

I want to share the blessings that I have been given with others, won’t you join me?  This is the season of being thankful for what we have (no matter how great or small) while we share with others who are not as fortunate.

Fundraising is defined as the process of gathering voluntary contributions of money or other resources, by requesting donations from individuals, businesses, charitable foundations, or governmental agencies.

What if I could show you a FUN way to raise much needed funds?  Funds to help not only are sports teams, schools, churches, and organizations BUT also individuals who need of assistance.  Maybe you know a group or organization that could use some “comfort bags”.  Maybe you think this is CRAZY, this will never work.  Guess what?  I am here to say, let’s work together to make a difference in the life or lives of others today!

If you aren’t bold enough to ask online for help from family and friends? If you are the average family struggling to pay for unexpected expenses? Or maybe your child (children) want to play on a sports team but you don’t have the money for uniforms or equipment? What if you have overwhelming medical bills and an extra $100 or $200 would help eliminate the stress? What if you are expecting a new addition to the family BUT the cost of new furniture, diapers (have you seen how expensive they are?) and formula is already stressing you out?  Maybe you know a group of women (or men) who could desperately use some cheering up with a comfort bag.

I have a solution. No, you don’t have to beg for money. No, you don’t have to tell everyone your sad story.

What about a Girl’s Night Out either in your home or at a local restaurant? What about a Fashion Show? What about a BINGO night? Sounds like a lot of work, right? I am here to take care of the details, all you have to do is invite the people.

How does it work? You select the type of Thirty One event – home party, On the Go Party, fashion show, BINGO, Baby Shower, Housewarming party, pool party, online party, catalog or Facebook party. I will set up the details and you invite your friends and family to shop. No one needs to know that we are fundraising for you unless you want to tell them. You just share the Thirty One Gifts catalog full of awesome products. I mean who can resist the opportunity to shop and help a good cause.

Easier and different then the traditional candy bar or wrapping paper fundraiser. Everyone LOVES Thirty One. The products are fun, functional, fashionable and affordable. There is something in everyone’s price range.

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Interested in knowing more about fundraising opportunities, Or, are you ready to join in the fun and raise some much needed money? Click HERE to fill out a questionnaire so we can start planning your event.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!