Blogging for Business

Are you scared to blog?  Are you wondering how blogging can help your business?  I will admit, I am not an expert BUT I do know as a result of blogging daily for over 4 years (OMG!) I have made a difference which is my purpose personally and in my business.

A simple challenge from Vanessa Coppes of ETTM, changed my life.  On those days I want to quit, I go back to the emails I received from readers and customers to see how something I shared has helped them.  Do I struggle some days finding a topic? YES!  Do I wonder if anyone actually reads them?  YES!  It is the occasional comment or message from a friend or reader which keeps me going, wanting to write more and share more.  I am always amazed how many people actually read my blog!  It is humbling to think people read AND share it with friends, family and team members.

The Sales MOMS Network actually did a story on Blogging for Direct Sales“.  There are some great suggestions in there on how to get started if you are in direct sales and are considering blogging.  It can be a little scary at first but the benefits far outweigh the scare factor.  They also shared a blog on “The 7 Tips of Basic Blogging”.

I remember the first time Deb Bixler included my name in a tweet – I was shocked, honored and for those who know me – yes, I cried just a little but they were tears of joy.

I know my blog is all over the place.  I go from talking about my business to sharing personal health struggles to organizing tips and product spotlights.  I have heard pros and cons about the best way to blog – focused versus general.  Most days, my blogs are about what I need to hear and I hope some where along the way, it helps someone else.

Are you considering blogging?  What have you got to loose, right?  Will it give you instant business?  Probably not.  Will it help you to develop relationships?  Absolutely.  I know for me, it has changed my life.  It has helped me step just a little further out of my comfort zone by sharing sides of myself very few people know.  I LOVE helping others to grow – personally and professionally to be the best they can be.  Remember “You can’t fail if you don’t stop BEFORE you SUCCEED.” Wise words from Mary Christensen.

I challenge each of you to move the walls of your comfort zone so you can grow.  If it isn’t blogging, maybe it is picking up the phone and making calls. Or is it sharing the gift of your business with someone you don’t know?  Whatever the wall is – step beyond it and experience the greatest gift of all – overcoming your own personal FEAR.  I look forward to hearing about the walls you are moving – please share.  If you are blog or are starting a blog – share your link below so we can all check it out.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day.

Fall Frenzy

No, I have  not lost my mind (well, maybe but this is happening)!  For those who follow me on Facebook or are part of my VIP Customer group you already know the Fall kicked off on July 24th.  See why it is important to be a part of my VIP group?

Are you a fan of purple?  Check out these GORGEOUS purple products. Yes, there is more purple with two purple prints.

I am flippin’ excited about this month’s customer special.  When you spend $35, you can pick ONE of these: a cinch sac, a slingback bag or an essential storage tote!

Yes, I love the products offered at an amazing price BUT check out these special edition icons:

want the little monster and the turkey! Of course, bones on the cinch sac it pretty awesome too.

August is still a crazy busy time for people – back to school shopping, vacations and the list goes on, right?  Look at this NEW limited edition product available to hostesses for a minimum of a $200 party! But the best part is, if your party jumps to $600 or more, you get this for FREE!  Two bags for the price of one.

I get it.  I have been the crazy momma  but I will make it quick and easy!  I will be happy to come to the baseball field.  At the pool – I will come there. No big presentation, just a party on the go – complete in about 1 hour. OR how about an online party? We can do a Facebook party for 31 minutes LIVE or a theme party over 4 days. Lots of themes to pick from with fun and games.

Maybe you are thinking…. I can do what she does. I could use an extra $300 per month to help with bills or have for the kids activities or save (whatever your reason), then join my team, the Rays of Hope. Join us before the holiday shopping season starts.  You get to make some money so you could have a CASH holiday season.  Wouldn’t it be nice?

Pick either enrollment kit for $99.  I will help you set-up your launch party either via Facebook or an in home party.  You start earning commission with your very first order!

When you submit $600 in orders in the first 30 days and not only will you earn a $150 commission check but you will also earn $150 in FREE products of your choice. I will be there to help you every step of the way.

Have questions, feel free to call/text me at 609-457-4249.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Today is all about gift ideas for your dad (or your hubby or the soon to be dad or someone who has been like a dad).

Thirty One has a variety of items for the men in your life….from backpacks to thermals.

We have Camo, Digital Camo, Blue Crosshatch and Charcoal Crosshatch. Check out the Cinch Sac, Picnic Thermal (will hold 2 6-packs of beer) the Around the Clock Thermal (lunch or a six pack of beer), the Deluxe Utility Tote, the Large Utility Tote (on special for $10 with a $35 purchase) and the Zip Top Organizing Utility Tote.  

How about a bundle of products from Simple Man?  Great for the graduate as well as the man in your life.  This bundle includes: 1 Travel Bag, 1 Body Balm, 1 Body Wash, 1 Shampoo, 1 Conditioner, 1 Deodorant, 1 Bamboo Toothbrush and 1 Peppermint Toothpaste.  You can also do a “auto ship” for your collage bound student so they never run out.  I have used these products too and LOVE them.  So, they aren’t just for the man in your life -you can enjoy them too.

The best gifts are those which are home-made….In going through my dad’s things, we found two things in the fire proof box along with his important papers.  They were a letter I wrote him one Father’s Day when we didn’t have any money to buy gifts AND a poem Belinda had written the same year.  I will admit, I was surprised and really didn’t remember it but it showed just how special it was to him.

On a budget, check out some of these cool gifts:

Don’t spend much time with your dad – carve out some time jut for him.  For many years, Father’s Day was just one of the two holidays we spent with my dad.  There really weren’t presents because we didn’t have the money but the gift of time (no electronics) was the best gift of all.

Make your dad’s favorite meal or something special just for him.  Write a letter or a poem or record a song – share your heart with him,  Make him a picture, a mug, a card or anything to show how much you care.

No matter what it is you give – give from your heart.  What are you giving to your dad or the special man in your life this year?  Share your gift ideas with us – we can always use some more.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday: Buckwheat And Brussels Sprout Salad

I LOVE brussels sprouts.  I know for some it may be a weird veggie you never wanted to eat but we do like it in our house.

Brussels sprouts are really nutritious veggies with complex flavors and a subtle, crunchy texture. They also have some antifungal properties, so they might even help to keep your gut flora in balance.  Thank you to Candida Diet for this recipe.

I like this because it can be served two different ways. Warm side dish or eat it alone as a salad tossed with a bit of extra virgin olive oil.

Prep time: 10 minutes     Cook time: 30 minutes     Total time: 40 minutes     

Yield: Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

2 cups water
1 cup whole buckwheat groats
Pinch of salt
2 Tbsp. oil, such as extra virgin olive or coconut
¼ cup shallots, thinly sliced
¼ cup celery, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
8 Brussels sprouts, cut in half lengthwise
1 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
1 cup vegetable broth or water
Salt and pepper to taste
2 to 3 leaves Swiss chard, cut across into ribbons
Fresh herbs, such as thyme or parsley, minced
Crushed, toasted nuts, such as hazelnuts, pecans or walnuts

DIRECTIONS

  • In a medium saucepan, bring water and salt to a boil. Add whole buckwheat groats, cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat, let rest for 5 minutes, fluff with a fork.
  • While buckwheat groats are simmering, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallots, celery, garlic, Brussels sprouts and saute until vegetables begin to soften and brown (about 5 minutes). Next, add fresh or dried thyme leaves, broth or water, salt and pepper to taste and simmer covered over medium low heat for about 10 minutes. Then add the Swiss chard, stirring to wilt for about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Lastly, add cooked buckwheat groats to the skillet, and stir to combine.

To serve, you can garnish with fresh minced herbs and crushed, toasted nuts. For a salad, cool it to room temperature and toss with 2 to 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (I leave out the lemon juice).

If you decide to have this as a salad, take it with you in one of Thirty One’s thermals.  Great for the beach or when eating light during the warmer (yes is it coming) weather.

Try Thirty One’s NEW Cool Cinch Thermal.  You love our Cinch Sacs and now it is a thermal.  The best of both worlds in one bag!  

The Cool Cinch Thermal makes packing meals or snacks wherever you go easy and fun. Its spacious thermal compartment keeps food and drinks cool and fresh. This style comes wipeable and machine washable, making it easy to clean! Dimensions: Approx. 18.5”H x 14.5”L

Have a recipe you want to share with us?  I would love to spotlight your favorite recipe in our Tasty Tuesday column.

Have  a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

 

Tasty Tuesday: Easy Desserts Low in Calories

 

Thank you Hungry Girl for some more YUMMY desserts.

Hungry Girl’s Healthy Personal Peach Pies 
Prep: 15 minutes   Cook: 10 minutes

Serving: 1/12th of recipe (1 mini pie): 47 calories, 0.5g total fat (<0.5g sat fat), 55mg sodium, 10g carbs, 1g fiber, 4.5g sugars, 1g protein,  SmartPoints® value 1*

Ingredients:

12 small square wonton wrappers (stocked with the tofu in the refrigerated section of the supermarket)
1 tbsp. cornstarch
3 cups finely chopped peaches (fresh or thawed from frozen; no sugar added)
2 tbsp. brown sugar (not packed)
1 packet no-calorie sweetener (like Truvia)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Dash salt
1 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread, room temperature
Optional toppings: light whipped topping (like Skinny Truwhip or So Delicious Dairy Free CocoWhip! Light), additional cinnamon

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick spray.
  • Place a wonton wrapper into each cup of the muffin pan. Press it into the bottom and up along the sides.
  • Lightly spray wrappers with nonstick spray. Bake until lightly browned, about 8 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a nonstick pot, combine cornstarch with 1/2 cup water and stir to dissolve. Add all remaining ingredients except butter. Set heat to medium. Stirring frequently, cook until peaches have slightly softened and mixture is thick and gooey, 6 – 8 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, and stir in butter/buttery spread.
  • Spoon peach mixture into wonton cups, about 3 tbsp. each.
  • MAKES 12 SERVINGS

HG Tip: If you’re not serving all of these the same day they’re made, don’t add the filling to the wonton cups. Store the cups at room temp in a sealable container or bag. Store the filling in the fridge in a sealed container, and fill the cups right before serving.

Open-Faced Apple S’mores

Prep: 5 minutes     Cook: 5 minutes or less

Serving Size: Entire recipe: 126 calories, 3g total fat (2g sat fat), 30mg sodium, 26g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 18.5g sugars, 1g protein.  SmartPoints® value 5*

Love s’mores?  Why not change things up a little for a healthy alternative.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Two round 1/2-inch-thick Gala or Fuji apple slices
  • 2 tbsp. mini marshmallows
  • 1 low-fat graham cracker (1/4 sheet), finely crushed

Directions:

  • In a very small microwave-safe bowl, microwave chocolate chips at 50 percent power for 25 seconds. Stir until smooth and uniform.
  • Spread chocolate over apple slices. Top with marshmallows.
  • Using a kitchen torch, heat marshmallows until slightly melted and toasted, 5 – 10 seconds. (Alternatively, microwave for about 20 seconds.)
  • Sprinkle with crushed graham cracker.
  • MAKES 1 SERVING

A perfect way to keep snacks cool for the kids is in Thirty One’s NEW Cool Cinch Thermal.  If your kids LOVE our cinch sac’s they will FLIP over the new thermal version.  

The Cool Cinch Thermal makes packing meals or snacks wherever you go easy and fun. Its spacious thermal compartment keeps food and drinks cool and fresh. This style comes wipeable and machine washable, making it easy to clean! Dimensions: Approx. 18.5”H x 14.5”L

Share your favorite healthy snacks with us.  Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!