How To Get Organized

Is one of your New Year’s Resolutions to “declutter” or “get organized”? I take baby steps every year but never seem to get very far. Does that sound like you? Do you seem to take one step forward and two back? Starting in February, Club members will come together to help each other get organized.

I know you are wondering how, right? I found this an amazing book which is also a Netflix series and it is AMAZING! This system may not be right for you BUT there will be some great tips and tricks along the way to help you get organized in as little as 10 minutes at a time.  YES, it can be done.

From February through July, we will work on organizing different parts of our home. Will it be the only focus? Of course we will talk about all kinds of things but I will also be sure to add ways for you to organize a part of your home. How does that sound?

Do you LOVE everything in the catalog and have a wish list longer than your budget?

What if you could shop from the comfort of your home? I know the internet is full of things, right? What if I could help you with organizing and gift giving ideas to eliminate some of the stress in your life? I know, what’s the catch, right?

Have seen those “surprise box” clubs where you subscribe and you never know what you are going to get? Guess what? YOU will get to pick exactly what you want each month. Of course, you will always get a “surprise gift”‘ from me!

What is a Hostess of the Month Club?
You join a group of 6 ladies who agree to purchase (or gather from a friend) a $35 order by the 13th of every month from February  thru July..

Once during the “club” period – YOU will get to earn the hostess benefits. You can decide to do NOTHING and just collect the $25 in FREE product, 1 half price item and 1 hostess exclusive. OR you can have a party – home, Facebook, online, or fundraiser. When you combine one of these with the club member orders, your benefits JUMP! Every month, I will offer tips and tricks for each room in your house. In return, you will agree to spend a minimum of $35 per month.

What are the perks?

  1. You get a gift box on your doorstep with all your catalogs, order forms, and everything you need to get started!  There were be TWO new seasonal guides as well as a NEW catalog during this time period.
  2. You get a special gift just my way of saying THANK YOU
  3. One of the months you will be the Hostess for your group and earn all hostess benefits
  4. You will get VIP access to all Thirty-One information, specials, sales, and much more! You’ll know the goods before anyone else!

Here’s one of the FUN HOTM box!

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Are you ready to get started?
Send me a message and you’ll be on your way!  I will send you a WELCOME party package to get you started.

Not interested in being part of the club… that’s okay. Join me in my VIP customer group on Facebook. CLICK HERE!

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

How To Add Some Happy to Your Day

The last few weeks have been an emotional roller coaster.  Over the last several months, I have been facing “reality” in many areas of my life.

MS struggles seem to have increased with wobbly days, brain fog and a wide range of mood swings.  I have faced addiction relapse issues and am again fighting some inner gremlins. The lack of sun in Jersey hasn’t helped much either.  I know it is January and winter is here BUT a few days of bright sunshine would definitely help!

Okay, so I am rambling but it brings me to a list of things YOU can do to give yourself a boost.  Let’s get those HAPPY endorphins  moving.

1.  Go for a walk.  If you feel like chatting, ask a coworker, friend, or family member to join you!  I know it is a little chilly outside for this so why not head to the mall.  My favorite is walking up and down the aisles of Walmart just to get out!

2.  Be kind.  Pick a day and do one to five random acts of kindness.  They can range from feeding someone’s parking meter or complimenting a coworker. How about leaving a piece of chocolate for someone? Or even a simple thank you when they hold the door for you.  It can be just what another person needs to see to turn their day around—and how you can start a karmic shift!

3. Listen to your favorite song. Music can decrease anxiety experienced by patients before surgery, according to a study in the journal, Anesthesia & Analgesia. If tunes can calm pre-op jitters, surely they can help you find your zen place.

4. Count your blessings. People with a more grateful outlook on life tend to exhibit a heightened state of wellbeing, according to a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Researchers concluded “gratitude is linked with positive emotions including contentment, happiness, and hope.” At some point during the day, make a simple list of five or ten things you are grateful for in your life.

5. Take a breath. Take one minute today and focus on your breath with your eyes closed. A full minute.  I have to set a timer to make sure I am not rushing through this.  You will be amazed at how this can change your outlook.

6. Stroke an animal, like a cat or dog. If you don’t have a pet, go on YouTube and watch a funny animal video.  I know I am not the only one who scrolls through those YouTube videos, right?

Life is what you make it – if you focus on the negative, you will get negativity.  If you focus on the positive (no matter how small), it will come your way.  There are days I struggle to find the good and something to be grateful for.  It in on the days I beat myself up the worst, I work hard to find my happy place.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

What Matters Right Now?

For some reason this year, the holidays have me STUCK!  We have all been there from time to time, right?  I’m an emotional mess.  There is a multitude of reasons (or maybe excuses) I could give but the truth is I am stuck and struggling to reach goals – personally, professionally and financially.

Whether it’s a relationship problem,  a work challenge, a financial habit (good or bad) or a health dilemma……inevitably on the path to our goals, something gets in our way.  It is weird how this has hit me during the holidays.  As I reflect on the past year which was filled with LOTS of challenges and look forward to the new year, I am trying to put things in perspective.

I’m trying to get unstuck AGAIN!  Yup, unfortunately it happens more than once year for me and I’m sure for others too.  My focus gets pulled in a million directions.  My goals start to look unobtainable.  My emotions get jumbled and I am an emotional mess.  I often want to blame it on the MS but the truth is, I used to get like this BEFORE the diagnosis came along.  Time to take responsibility and face the fact I let everything and everyone influence me which causes me to lose my focus.  I play the comparison game despite my best efforts to squash those inner gremlins.  Comparison will not only steal your JOY but it will also have you wondering about “what really matters most?”.

I know, why am I rambling on about this, right?  The truth is there is ONE powerful question which always helps me.  When I find myself overwhelmed, distracted or bombarded with requests or life’s chaos, I stop and ask myself a simple question.  It usually helps me to regain my focus and use your time better:

What really matters right now?

It sounds so simple, right?  It is not as easy as it seems.  This simple, but perspective-shifting question can help you to get unstuck in the most common challenges of everyday life. There are times when the noise in my head is so great, even this one question is difficult to answer. During those times I stop and repeat the Serenity Prayer.   It has saved me more than once over the years when life became unglued.  It helps to focus my thoughts and THEN I can ask the question of “what really matters right now?”.  Staying focused in the present has actually been a blessing to me reaching my goals.

You may need to set a reminder on your phone – once an hour, twice a day or whatever works for you (or however often you need it).   Get into the habit of pausing and choosing what really matters right now. When you do, you’ll find your days more productive, your stress lowered and your time used well.  And in the end, you will find you have reached the goals you have set for yourself – short and long term.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

Tasty Tuesday: Lemon Bread

 

 

Thank you Kathy Stine of Paparazzi for today’s recipe.  This sounds yummy as a light dessert or to have with a hot cup of tea for a snack.   The recipe makes one loaf!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 large lemon
  • 1 ½ cup flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking powder
  • ¾ tsp. Salt
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup nuts (optional)

Directions:

  1. Mix and set aside equal parts from juice of lemon and sugar.
  2. Grate just the yellow of the lemon peel,
  3. Add to flour, sugar, soda and mix well.
  4. Now add oil, milk, eggs and mix.
  5. Put into a greased loaf pan.
  6. Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes or until tooth pick inserted into center comes out clean.
  7. Turn out onto a cooling rack.
  8. Poke loaf all over the top with a skewer and brush with the lemon mixture while hot.
  9. Do this in layers (brush all over top & sides, let set a few seconds and repeat until mixture is gone)
  10. Cool & enjoy

Kathy is a consultant with Paparazzi.  Don’t what what they are about???  What’s the most important thing to know about Paparazzi? It’s fabulous fashion for just $5. Every piece. Every day.  If that’s not enough, you’ll also be glad to know Paparazzi products are:

  • Lead-free and nickel-free
  • One-of-a-kind featuring original design, style, and feel
  • Always changing—buy it when you see it!
  • Designed in the U.S., made in China
  • Produced in facilities with elite standards and regulations for quality and labor
  • Available only through our Consultants

Paparazzi is really about change! Changing the way people look. Changing the way people feel. Changing people’s futures and their lives. Though our fashion-forward jewelry and product parties are centered on fun, Paparazzi fulfills a serious mission. We believe that trendy accessories can be available, and affordable, to women everywhere. We know that wearing a new look, and feeling confident in your appearance, builds amazing self-worth. Our passion is inspiring dreams, empowering talents, and reaching goals by sharing our products and the excitement of Paparazzi. We see it happen every day.

Team their fabulous jewelry up with a Thirty One Baubles & Bracelet Case for an awesome gift.  Keep your jewelry protected and clean as you travel with the Baubles & Bracelets jewelry case. This small case has a zipper closure, three cinch-top organza pouches for necklace and bracelet storage, and interior snap tabs designed to organize and protect rings and earrings. Or use one to store essential oils, medications, nail polish or as a first aid kit.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Printable Gift Tags for the Holidays

Thank you Thirty One for today’s blog post…

There’s nothing better than wrapping that last gift and placing it under the tree (except maybe unwrapping a few with your name on them!). Add the finishing touch to your holiday wrapping with these free gift tags inspired by the personalization and prints in our 2018 Winter Guide. They’re the perfect way to add the finishing touch to an already thoughtful gift.

What you’ll need:

  • Printer
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon, twine, yarn or string
  • Double-sided tape
  • Pen or marker

Need Adobe Acrobat Reader? Download it here.

Print out the sheets of gift tags and use scissors to cut out as many as you need. Use a pen or marker to write on the tag who the gift is from and who it’s for. If attaching to a gift bag, punch a hole in the top corner of your tag. Cut a piece of ribbon, twine, yarn or string and thread it through the hole. Tie the tag to the handle of your gift bag. If attaching your tag to a box or other wrapped gift, use double-sided tape to attach it to the front of the gift.

Wrapping paper, gift tags and ribbon can get expensive, but these free printable tags are oh-so-cute and festive (without breaking the bank). With so many prints and characters to choose from, from Family Holiday to Snow Monster, you’ll be able to pick the perfect tag to go with the perfect gift.

Bonus tip: Heading to any holiday parties this season? Tie them around wine glass stems to identify their owners! Or make these tags pull double duty by using them to label bags of goodies: Put together a bag of cookies, brownies or other holiday treats with a special thank you written on the tag for a teacher, your yoga instructor or the mail carrier.
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!