Who Needs a Care Package?

Giving back has always been one of my favorite things to do in my business…Whether it’s showing support in a time of crisis, to help someone start a new phase of life or just to let someone know you care, sending a care package is like sharing a piece of your heart.  The blessings you receive from just one simple act of kindness is AMAZING!

Whether it is a few small items found at your local grocery or drug store or a card with a gentle reminder they can carry with them….it all makes a difference in someone’s life.

Want to do something but don’t know where to start?  Have a cause near and dear to your heart…..Here are a few simple care package ideas for six special groups:

Service Members

Send your loved one in the Armed Forces a taste of home with their favorite nonperishable snacks – especially ones with extra protein like nuts and energy bars. They may be experiencing a lot of downtime, so board games, cards, movies and even video games are always appreciated. And because they may be on the move, easy-to-carry items like travel-size toiletries and instant coffee or cocoa packs are preferable to full-size. With the help of some local kids, we sent a batch of Zipper Pouches filled with yummy treats to a battalion stationed in Iraq.  Don’t forget to check your country’s regulations for sending items overseas (here’s the info for the U.S.)

Cancer patients

Every year, my AMAZING customers do Chemo Care Bags for those who are newly diagnosed and receiving treatment at the Cancer Center at the local hospital.  In addition, I have was able to bless a friend on her cancer journey with items to help her stay comfortable, like warm blankets and socks, lip balm, water and snacks. Puzzles, books and movies can keep her busy during long treatment sessions. Add wet wipes and hand sanitizer so she can stay germ-free when she’s out and about. Tuck it all inside a versatile Thermal Tote or All-In® Organizer or a Zip Top Organizing Tote.  Be sure to include a personal note letting her know you are always there for her.

College students

Is your baby all grown up and on her own for the first time. Whether it is at college, or in their own apartment, a care package it ALWAYS appreciated. Help them tackle “adulting” tasks with items like cleaning supplies, laundry pods, a first aid kit and microwave-safe cookware. Encourage them to connect outside of text messages with pre-addressed, stamped postcards to send home. Healthy snacks and single-serve foods will fuel late-night study sessions. Pack it all in a Crossbody Organizing Tote, which – bonus! – doubles as a great school bag.  There are some great totes options for the boys who are growing up too.

NICU parents

I was blessed with a healthy baby but I know some who have had to spend numerous days in NICU.  It can be a long and stressful experience for new parents. Most-wanted items for parents of preemies include gift cards for local restaurants, gas cards to pay for trips to and from the hospital and snacks for long days at the NICU. Fill a Double Duty® Caddy with self-care items for mom like essential oils, a water bottle and a hardcover journal to document their journey.

Children’s Mental Health Unit

Did you know one in five children is living with a mental illness?  The stigmas surrounding mental and behavioral health mean these kids often don’t receive the visibility and support they need. Why not put together care packages for kids in your local children’s mental health unit with books, puzzles, art supplies and games to help break the stigma and support these kids on their journey.

Looking for more ways transform children’s mental health and support life-changing research? Round Up! your order to the nearest dollar or make a donation of any amount when you shop Thirty-One this month.

Random Acts of Kindness

Make a difference in someone’s life today.  Your small act of kindness can be the ONE thing which brings a smile to their face.  Whether it is holding the door, saying thank you or even paying for someone’s coffee.  Those small gestures can make a difference.  Check out my “A Simple Act of Kindness” page for more details on how I would LOVE to help you make a difference in someone’s life.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Will You Splash Into Spring?

Today’s blog post is from Janet Kinkade who is the creator of JK by Thirty-One jewelry. She joins us with a mutual passion to inspire women and help them recognize their own beauty and potential.

Who doesn’t love a great novelty print?  You can’t get much cuter than a bunch of playful critters on your go-to tote! So in the spirit of springtime fun – and all of the wonder and whimsy you love from Thirty-One – allow me to introduce three new friends (and three new trends) just right for your warm-weather adventures.

Lovin’ those llamas

With their long necks and toothy grins, llamas are the quirkiest bunch in the barnyard – and they put a smile on our face, too! Native to the Andes in South America, llamas also give a subtle nod to the global influences we’ve been seeing in accessories and home goods. Whatever it is, I’ll be the first to admit: I’m lovin’ llamas!

You’ll see our Llama-Rama print on several Thirty-One styles this spring, but I can’t stop looking at his cute little face on the Thermal Tote and Littles Carry-All™ Caddy! (Speaking of Littles, did you know a baby llama is called a “cria,” pronounced KREE-uh. Adorable, right?) And with embroidered llama personalization, you can choose your own colors and make any tote or bag llama-mazing!

It’s a flamingo frenzy!

They say everything old is new again, and the kitschy 1950s flamingo lawn ornament on your grandma’s lawn is  BACK, too – and he’s making a fashion statement!

Today’s flamingoes are a must-have trend for the season: vibrant, fresh and playful. Flamingoes are all over – from party themes to cell phone accessories to pool floats and fancy drinks!  Is their popularity because of the happy place they remind us of, with palm trees, a sandy beach and a fruity drink? Or is it the gracefulness of this instantly recognizable bird with its pink feathers, slender neck and legs that go on forever?

Be sure to check out our new print: Let’s Flamingle. Everyone is going to want the structured new Small Utility Tote or super-portable Foldaway Tote covered in pink flamingoes! And who can resist the ever-popular Cool Zip Snackers featuring our flamingo friend wearing some cool green sunnies?

Mermaids make a splash

Mermaids have always captured our collective imagination, and they’re back in the pop culture zeitgeist this spring: There are mermaid swimming schools, mermaid hair, shimmery make-up and even a new mermaid emoji!

This season, mermaids are also making a big splash here at Thirty-One. So if you’ve ever dreamt of living that mermaid life, then you’ll love our new Foldaway Tote in Mermaid Lagoon – and you must have the Cool Zip Snacker featuring a shiny, shimmery mermaid’s tail!

Check out more of Thirty One’s spring and summer collections at my website: www.partywithHope.com.  If you LOVE getting FREE products ask about our 5 different ways to earn them.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday: Yippee-Ki-Yay Spicy Southwest Chicken Chowder

Thank you Hungry Girl for another AWESOME recipe.  I am such a soup girl when the weather gets cold.  I usually need to be warmed up AND it is so easy to heat and make when dinner is just me while hubby is at work.  I like to create my own “concoctions” with things I have on hand so trying new recipes is always fun.  Hungry Girl helps us to spice up our life with a bowlful of this hearty soup!  Flavor, fiber, and all that protein — poultry power!!

1/10th of recipe (about 1 cup): 163 calories, 1.5g total fat (0.5g sat fat), 654mg sodium, 18.5g carbs, 3g fiber, 4.5g sugars, 18.5g protein. MAKES 10 SERVINGS.  Freestyle™ SmartPoints® value 2*

Ingredients:

2 – 14.5-oz. cans (about 3 1/2 cups) fat-free chicken broth
15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
14.75-oz. can cream-style corn
1 cup chopped red bell pepper (about 1 pepper)
1 cup chopped onion (about 1/2 onion)
2 tbsp. chopped canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (about 2 peppers)
1/2 cup plain light soymilk
1 tsp. chopped garlic
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1 1/2 lb. raw boneless skinless chicken breasts, halved
1/2 tsp. each salt and black pepper
1/2 cup instant mashed potato flakes
1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Directions:

  1. In a slow cooker, combine broth, beans, corn, bell pepper, onion, chipotle peppers, soymilk, garlic, and cumin. Stir well.
  2. Season chicken with salt and black pepper and place in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 3 – 4 hours or on low for 7 – 8 hours.
  3. Transfer chicken to a bowl. Shred with two forks — one to hold chicken in place and the other to scrape across the meat and shred.
  4. Stir shredded chicken into the soup in the slow cooker. Stir in potato flakes, sour cream, and cilantro. Enjoy!

NOTE:  HG Alternative! Skip the chipotle peppers for a deliciously mild chicken chowder.  Although I LOVE spicy, I will probably skip the peppers this time around.

This is an AWESOME hearty lunch on those chilly days…..What’s the perfect way to take your lunch to work?  That’s right – one of Thirty One’s thermal totes is the correct answer.  The Around the Clock Thermal is one of our most versatile thermal totes.  It is great for lunch or snacks anytime, anywhere—work, school, festivals, road trips, pool, beach, golf course, boating or sporting events. The water-resistant thermal lining keeps contents cool and makes cleanup easier.   If you need a visual for size – think a six-pack of soda!  Yes, it will fit in it and still have some room at the top for some more snacks.  A removable shoulder strap means you can carry it any number of ways, including as a crossbody for hands-free movement. An interior mesh pocket and exterior front zipper pocket provide separate storage options when needed. Makes a great gift for friends, neighbors, kids, teachers and everyone else on the go!

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

 

Tasty Tuesday – Simple Keto Pizza Chicken Bake

No…. I’m not on the Keto  diet BUT this looked yummy.  I am always curious how these recipes will translate to Weight Watchers’ Smart Point…Thank you Moscato Mom for today’s recipe.
This simple and delicious Keto Pizza Bake will win over your pizza loving family!
Prep Time:  10 mins     Cook Time:  30 mins
Total Time:  40 mins     Servings:
Weight Watchers Smart Points: 4
Ingredients
  • 3 Large boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tsp. Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. Basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp. Olive oil
  • 12 tbsp. Low carb Marinara sauce
  • 1 c. Mozzarella cheese (for WW use part skim cheese)
  • 24 Pepperoni slices

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Slice the three chicken breasts in half lengthwise to create 6 pieces of chicken.
  3. Sprinkle 2 teaspoon of garlic powder evenly over both sides of the chicken breasts.
  4. Add ½ teaspoon of basil to each side of the chicken breasts.
  5. Apply salt and pepper to taste to each side of the chicken.
  6. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Once the skillet has come to temperature, add the chicken breasts. Sear them for 1-2 minutes on each side without moving, so that they get some good color.
  7. Place the chicken breasts in a single layer in a casserole dish or other baking pan with high sides.
  8. Cover each piece of chicken breast with two tablespoons of a low carb marinara sauce. You can substitute this with any other low carb pasta or pizza sauce of your choosing, just make sure that sugar is not in the ingredients.
  9. Sprinkle 1 cup of mozzarella cheese over top of the chicken breasts.
  10. Top each chicken breast with four slices of pepperoni.
  11. Bake the chicken for 30-40 minutes or until the toppings have browned, and the chicken is cooked through.

Have leftovers?  Why not take them to work with you the next day?  Why not try Thirty One’s NEW Lunch Break Thermal Ltd?   I know the LunchBreak Thermal is NOT new but this style is…. You can elevate your style with one of our popular lunch thermals in sophisticated fabrics and finishes. Perfectly sized and styled for packing lunch and snacks for work or travel, our roomy insulated cooler bag has a water-resistant thermal lining, zipper closure, extended handle for ease of carrying and chic cotton fabrics. I love the feather personalization because it reminds me of angel wings….  What would your lunch tote say?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Back to School with J. Elizabeth Boutique & ThirtyOne

I have teamed up with Kelly Winter of J. Elizabeth Boutique for a great Back to School Deal.  Pick one of three options of a School Life T-Shirt from J. Elizabeth Boutique and a Thermal Tote from Thirty One…….. you save 20% on the total!

What a great way to kick off back to school shopping, right?

If you have been following my blog for awhile (or are even a newbie), you know all about Thirty One.  Our Thermal Totes is one of our most popular items.  It is the perfect-sized lunch bag for work, school, play dates, sporting events, golf outings, fishing trips or travel. The thermal lining and zipper closure help keep your food cool or warm, while an exterior pocket is the perfect place to keep your cell phone, wallet or other important small items. Also makes a great gift for your kids’ teachers, tutors and babysitters, or your coworkers, neighbors and friends! .  You have a choice of 6 colors.

J. Elizabeth Boutique is new in the direct selling world… J. Elizabeth Boutique began in December 2017 with their line of cute and sassy t-shirts. They have expanded to also include boutique items and accessories such as hats, jewelry and bags. Their motto “Whatever makes your soul happy…do that!”. This back to school special features 3 different styles of tee shirts: Color Your Soul, School Life and Class of 2019.  Pick one style, with your choice of print option and size for this bundle.  Multiple bundles can be purchased.

Kids bundles are $39 including tax and shipping.  Adult bundles are $45 including tax and shipping.  This offer is only good until August 13th at 8PM.  To place your order, click the LINK HERE.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me directly via phone/ text at 609.457.4249

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!