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Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2021

Mom, this one’s for you

The soccer game cheerers. The dinnertime heroes. The kissers of scraped knees and givers of the best advice. Moms are kind of magical – which is why on their special day, they deserve a celebration as amazing as they are. For someone who gives so much, Mother’s Day is the one day a year that’s all about mom. It’s a day to say thanks, to show our appreciation and to give something back.

If you’re having a tough time thinking of gift ideas, don’t worry! We’re kind of experts on moms, and we’ve put together some of our top Mother’s Day gifts for all the moms-to-be, mamas and grandmas in your life. Once you find that perfect present, make it even more special with personalization for a gift she’s sure to cherish for years to come. Come on, let’s get gifting!

Mother’s Day gifts for moms-to-be

For expecting moms with little ones on the way, gifts to get ready for baby will be much appreciated. Personally, we think a cute and functional diaper bag or organizing pouch is the way to go – we’re talking pockets galore and plenty of space for all those new-mom must-haves. When baby arrives, she’ll be so happy to have your thoughtful and useful gift! For an added touch, tuck some self-care spa essentials inside that she can use when she needs a moment to relax.

Gift Ideas

Our top picks for diaper bags go to the Everyday Essentials Tote and Zip-Top Organizing Utility Tote. Pockets? Check. Plenty of room? Check. Cute prints that she’ll actually want to wear 24/7? Double check. And to up their organization even more, pair these bags with a Zipper Pouch or Size Up Expandable Pouch. Pouches are so handy for storing extra baby clothes, bibs, binkies and more.

Make it personal(ized)

For a thoughtful touch, personalize her bag or pouch with an embroidered Icon-ItTM, message or monogram. Add a sweet Fox or Elephant Duo Icon-ItTM, baby’s name or one of these cute phrases:

  • #momlife
  • Oh baby
  • Blessed
  • Baby on board
  • The adventure begins
  • Dear Mom, you’ve got this

Mother’s Day gifts from moms with young kids

Once the kids learn to walk, mom’s life is nonstop. Errands, sports practice, school activities, play dates – the calendar is always full, and organization. Is. Life. The perfect gift? A gift basket full of her favorite things that she can repurpose later for organization!

Gift Ideas

When it comes to gift baskets, there’s nothing more versatile than the Canvas Storage Caddy. This small storage bin is soft yet structured and has a top handle to make carrying it around the house or out and about a breeze. Plenty of pockets provide added organization, and the neutral canvas goes with any space – plus it looks great with all kinds of personalization! Fill it up with whatever mom loves – coffee supplies, baked goods, spa essentials. Here are some Mother’s Day gift basket ideas we love.

Make it personal(ized)

What do you think mom will use her new caddy for after she’s finished all the gift basket goodies? Use that to inspire your choice of personalization! Here are some ideas for icons and phrases.

  • For crafty moms – Craft Queen (with Art Supplies Icon-ItTM)
  • For board game storage – Play on! (Message personalization) 
  • For home organizing – Homebody (with Home Outline Raised Embroidery)
  • For first aid supplies – Get well soon (with Stethoscope Icon-ItTM)
  • For coffee supplies – I love you a latte (with Coffee Mug Icon-ITTM)

Mother’s Day gifts for moms with teens

By the times the kids are in high school, moms are multitasking pros. The diaper bag may have been retired long ago, but mom still needs a purse with plenty of room for when she’s running around. This Mother’s Day treat her to a tote that’s not only roomy enough for her lifestyle, but also stylish and organized to boot!

Gift Ideas

Looking for that perfect purse that checks all of the boxes? With these all-star options, you can’t go wrong! With its colorblocked details, secure zipper pockets and wipeable interior, the Step Up Tote is a functional bag that’s also cute as can be. For a classic and relaxed vibe, the crossbody Window Shopper Ltd. is a Customer favorite. And for moms who mean business, the Modern Tote in a fun pattern or pop of color is the perfect treat.

Make it personal(ized)

When it comes to purses, a classic monogram using mom’s initials is the way to go. Try these timeless and on-trend options.

  • Old World Monogram 
  • Border Initial 
  • Bracket 
  • Circle Monogram 
  • Diamond 
  • Dotted Line 
  • Inner Circle Initial 

Mother’s Day gifts for empty nesters

Once the kids have left the house and headed off to college or on new adventures, it’s time for parents to plan some adventures of their own! Mom will love these travel-themed gifts that she can use on her next big trip or weekend getaway. 

Gift Ideas

For a small but thoughtful gift perfect for packing, we love gifting mom a makeup bag or travel pouch. The Half-Moon Pouch is a stylish option that’s great for storing makeup, lip balm or hair accessories. For travel shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste and other toiletries, go for the Glamour Case or the roomy Hanging Traveler Case, both of which have wipeable interiors!

Make it personal(ized)

Take the travel theme one step further with some adventure-inspired embroidery on your gift.

  • Adventure Kit
  • Ready, set, go!
  • Wander
  • Away We Go
  • Compass Icon-ItTM
  • Here’s to new horizons
  • Let’s get lost
  • Vacay all day

Mother’s Day gifts for grandmas

Don’t forget to say a big thank you to grandma this Mother’s Day. Of course, she’ll love anything the grandkids give her, but to make her day extra special, give her a gift that’s picture perfect.

Gift Ideas

Photo Key Fob personalized with a picture of the grandkids makes the sweetest little gift that grandma can clip onto her purse, wallet or keys. Or, put card-sized family photos inside the Half-Moon Card Wallet or Rubie Mini for her. She’ll love the beautiful accessories, but she’ll love the precious memories tucked inside them even more.

Make it personal(ized)

When personalizing the Rubie Mini, think about what word or phrase would brighten grandma’s day. Here are some ideas.

  • LOVE
  • HOPE
  • Spread kindness
  • Proverbs 31 (or another bible verse)
  • FAMILY
  • BELIEVE
  • Choose happiness

Here’s to you, mom

Whether you’re celebrating a stepmom, grandma, wife, friend or yourself this Mother’s Day, remember that when it comes to gifts, it’s the thought that counts. For even more great gift ideas for mamas, head over to our Mother’s Day shop. Happy gifting!

Need help???? Send me a message and I will be happy to help you select the perfect gift.  

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

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How To Create a Cute Pumpkin

Fall means Halloween is just around the corner, with witches, ghosts and monsters galore. I used to love this holiday because I got to make some fun costumes for Belinda and her friends.  You can start getting in the spooky spirit with Halloween totes, pillows and embroidery designs in Thirty One’s Fall Catalog – and this easy DIY pumpkin painting craft that’s perfect for big and little ghouls alike.

What you’ll need:

  • Small pumpkins or gourds
  • Acrylic paint
  • Alphabet craft stickers
  • Assorted paintbrushes
  • Paper plates
  • Newspaper
  • Paper towels
  • Cups of water

Optional:

  • Glitter
  • Rhinestones
  • Glue

Directions:

Lay down newspaper to keep your table or counter mess-free. Use paper plates as paint palettes and squeeze out the colors of paint you want to use. Then, get painting! When you need to switch to a new paint color, just rinse out your brush in a cup of water and dry it on a paper towel.

These pumpkins can be as simple or as funky as you want! Go for one neutral color palette, or let the kids go to town by choosing the colors for their own personal pumpkins.

Spell out spooky words like “Boo!” or “Trick or treat” by placing letter stickers on your pumpkin before painting it, then peeling them off after the paint dries. Or go for a bedazzled look with glitter and rhinestones attached with glue. Check out Hallmark’s Think. Make. Share. blog for more pumpkin-painting inspiration.

Bonus tip: Opt to paint your pumpkins this year to save on the mess and cleanup of carving! Decorate your windowsill or mantelpiece with mini pumpkins, or use them as a festive Halloween centerpiece on the dining room table. Plus, they stay fresh much longer than carved pumpkins.

Looking for some place to store all of your craft supplies.  Check out Thirty One’s Get Creative line.  The Get Creative Caddy is great for crafts, work, or church. Craft time is any time when you pack up our specially designed shoulder bag with paper crafts, knitting, crochet, scrapbooking, painting and more. The stylish Get Creative Caddy has three compartments and seven pockets to organize and transport crafting and sewing items as well as toiletries, toys and travel essentials. These craft caddies partner beautifully with our Get Creative pouches and cylinders.

The Get Creative Carry-All is my favorite.  I carry craft supplies to show and have plenty of room for lots of “stuff”.  I have home health aides who use this to carry their supplies.  Teachers love it because it is roomy. Don’t leave home without your favorite project in this craft bag or sewing bag! Pack up your yarn, paper crafting and scrapbooking items, art supplies and more in this stylish and sturdy travel craft bag. The structured satchel top stays open for easy access to projects while you work, while eight pockets organize crochet hooks, knitting needles, markers, brushes and more. This craft bag can be personalized to make a distinctive and special gift.

Share your pumpkin creations with us…. Have a blessed day!

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Your Wedding Registry

Do you know someone getting married in the coming months?  Maybe it is you or a close friend or family member, whoever it is wedding registries are part of the planning process.  Just like shopping for rings or meeting with the florist, registering for gifts is one of the time-honored to-dos brides and grooms check off their list as they count down to their upcoming wedding.  I will admit, I had more fun doing this than hubby did.

But like lots of couples (us included), you may have been on your own for almost a decade (or more) and already have a fully outfitted kitchen and bedroom. Sure, you don’t “need” anything, but your wedding guests still want to give you something personal, beautiful or useful for your big day.

Although there will always be some non-negotiables when it comes to wedding etiquette (thank-you notes are a must), couples have more freedom than ever in building a wish list which fits their needs. Here are five ideas for making your registry your own:

#1 Enjoy an experience

If you truly can’t think of any “things” you want or need, make your first year as a married couple more memorable by registering for experiences like cooking classes, zip-lining excursions or dancing lessons. You can also create a special registry to help fund your honeymoon – everything from flights and hotels to sightseeing tours and fine dining.

#2 Upgrade what you already have

If your place is full of hand-me-downs, college-era furniture and the mismatched plates have seen better days, now is the time to upgrade to the higher-end cookware and linens you’ve coveted but wouldn’t necessarily buy for yourself. Think stand mixers, eco-friendly cookware and hello, 1000-thread-count sheets! Guests will love they can gift you with something you’ll use every day.

#3 Outfit your honeymoon

You’ve planned the trip of a lifetime, and you need the luggage to get you there! Ditch the beat-up suitcase you took to summer camp and register for a luxe matching set. Or let each of your personalities shine through with monogrammed travel bags from Thirty-One: the All Packed Duffle and new Away for the Weekender come in stylish prints and classic solids. Add a coordinated Glamour Case for your toiletries.

#4 Think outside the house

All set on dishes, towels and sheets? More retailers than ever are getting into the registry game to offer products outside the realm of bed and bath. If homeownership is in your near future, consider registering for gardening tools or even a lawnmower to make yardwork less of a chore, or create a welcoming patio area with furniture or a grill. Does a night under the stars sound romantic? Take your registry to the great outdoors with camping, hiking and fishing gear.

#5 Entertain Your Way

Sure, the fine china set is gorgeous, but when was the last time you hosted a formal dinner party for 12 – and wanted to hand-wash the dishes after? Save the cabinet space and register for the entertaining items you’ll actually use, like board games for casual nights in with friends, beer glasses for your favorite brews or a turntable for your vinyl collection. Build your wine and cheese spread on a personalized Close To Home™ Round Tray – so chic!

I am happy to set up a Thirty One Gift Registry for you which friends can easily access.  Make your wish list, reach out and I will set things up for you.  Need gifts for the bridal party?  Let me help you create one of a kind personalized gifts they will treasure forever.

Have  a ThirtyOne-derful day!

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How to Pack the Perfect Picnic

 

The sun is shining and it’s a beautiful day!  Well, one can dream, right?  The Jersey Shore seems to have more clouds then sun lately but we know it won’t be long, right?

With the Memorial Day weekend here is just about a week, a picnic is a wonderful way to celebrate!  There will be lots of barbecues and tailgating happening during the holiday weekend and we want to be sure you are prepared.  So here are some tips from Thirty One to help you pack the perfect picnic….

Whether you are picnicking alone or with a group of family or friends, we have a tote or thermal just for you!

For the gang….

When you’ve invited all of your daughter’s soccer pals or each of your son’s camp buddies to join you on a picnic, only Thirty-One’s Large Utility Tote will do!  A best-seller since it was introduced, the Large Utility Tote is big enough to pack everyone’s favorite foods. The wire support around the opening means it holds its shape, and you can see all of the food and drinks you have packed so you don’t forget a thing. Add a Top-A-Tote to keep the contents covered and secure.

For the family..

Create some memories by taking the family dinner outside! The Perfect Party Setreally is perfect – perfect for keeping food either hot or cold in one of its two thermal compartments. Each water-resistant section is large enough to fit a 9×13″ pan, making it a flexible option for any picnic. Place your hot casserole in the bottom compartment, and don’t forget a dozen cupcakes on top!

A picnic for two

Whether you’re picnicking with your bestie or your special someone, the Picnic Thermal Tote is an ideal option. Tall enough to fit your favourite bottled beverage, the tote even has a Leak Lock thermal lining for ice to keep things cold. The zip-around closure makes it easy to load and unload, and the adjustable, detachable strap means you can keep your hands free. Remember to stick a few extra napkins in the exterior front pocket!

A picnic for you

At work or at home, the Lunch Break Thermal is the convenient choice when you need a picnic all to yourself! Throw it in your car, tuck it in your office refrigerator or take it to the beach – the durable fabric will make it your thermal of choice when you want some time alone. The extended handles allow you to throw it over your shoulder in a moment, and the exterior pocket is roomy enough for your keys, phone or wallet. So go ahead: Make your escape!

On the go

Life is busy, and the Around The Clock Thermal is ready to follow you at lunchtime, snack time or anytime! If you’re not quite sure where you’ll be throughout the day, this thermal is one of your most versatile options. The thermal lining means you can be confident your food will stay cool, and (bonus!) it’s water-resistant to make clean-up a breeze. Large enough for lunches or a variety of snacks, the interior mesh pocket and front exterior zipper pocket also are handy options for storage. If you’re on the go from dawn to dusk, this thermal is the one for you!  Need a visual…. it will hold a 6-pack with some room for a few snacks.

Picnics are a blast, so make sure you have some fun with whichever picnic thermal or tote you choose! Don’t forget: A monogram or other personalization adds a special touch to a special meal, all season long.

Thank you ThirtyOne for today’s blog post…  Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

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Hostess Engagement

Happy Monday…. No, I am not talking about getting engaged to your hostess.  I’m talking about getting your hostess engaged in the planning process when they book a party – online, on Facebook or a home party.

I have heard it a million times from team members and other consultants, “How do I get my hostess to be involved?”; “How come one is active and the other is a flop?”.  The truth is, each hostess is different and each one will react to things in a different manner.  The trick is to have a conversation with your hostess when you are planning the party.  I know we all “talk” to our hostesses BUT do we ask questions to help us figure out what is best for them.  Are we asking questions but then just going about our usual way of doing things?  SMACK!  Sometimes the truth hurts.

I have made the same mistakes and sometimes fall back into the old bad habits.  I can usually tell the difference in the parties when I ASK questions and LISTEN for the answers then those where I just move along doing the same old, same old.

The goal of the initial conversation is to plan the party with your hostess.  If you ASK these questions and focus on her answers, you will see an amazing different.

  1. What does she want to happen at the party?
  2. What does she want to earn?
  3. Who does she want to invite?
  4. What does she expect of me?
  5. What do I expect of her?

This conversation should happen early in the planning stage, so everyone is on the same page.  I love this sample script from Team Connections BUT be sure to make it sound like you.  It may take some practice till you find the format which works for you…

“Susie, this is Mary from XYZ Company. I am so excited about our party on the 29th. I am calling today to spend about 10 to 15 minutes planning our party. Did I call you at a bad time?”  (I prefer this instead of “is now a good time to talk” because it is never a good time to talk for busy women.  When we ask if I called you at a bad time, you may tell me what you are doing but agree to talk for a few minutes).

“Susie, I want this party to be a great night for you and your friends. What would make it one?”  

LISTEN for her answer – not what you are going to respond with.

“Super, to create a night for you, we are a team so let’s work together to make sure there are people attending and everyone has a great time.”

“Is there anything specific you would like to earn as a result of hosting a party?”

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Connect this to the number of people and orders required!

“Let’s talk about the invitations. How do you and your friends typically communicate? I still love paper invites and am happy to send them for you. Even if you connect via text or FB, a paper invite lives on the frig and is a great reminder!!”

Even when hosting a Facebook party, I do paper invites.  Many people do not see the invites on Facebook so paper invites gives them a heads up.  At the same time, if they can’t make the party, they have all of the information they need to place an order.

“Having 12 to 15 people in the room is a comfortable and fun number. There will be great energy and no one will feel pressured to buy. To make that happen we will need 20 yeses. Something always happens at the last minute for a few people. It usually takes 30 to 40 invitations to end up with 12 to 15 attending. How does that sound to you?”

LISTEN to her response.  This number could sound overwhelming to her especially for a home party.  It is also to reassure her if there are NOT 12 – 15 people attending, it is still okay to have the party.  Overcome her fears of failing with reassurance of other ways to gather orders to reach her goal.

“It’s my job to help you create the list, so let’s work on it together.”  

MAKE suggestions on who she could reach out to.  I also do a VIP invite to at least 5 people who are a “must” be at the party.  These people are sent an incentive along with a catalog to encourage them to help the hostess collect orders.

“I will continue to stay in touch.” (Tell her exactly how often and by what means. Also, repeat any other promises you have made, like sending out invitations.)

“I will be expecting your list on Friday.” (Repeat any other expectations of her.)

“We’re a team, so be sure to call on me if there is anything you need or I can do to make your party a success.”

“Thank you, I’m looking forward to meeting your friends and having a great night.”

Remember hostess engagement is a result of hostess coaching.  It’s all about creating a relationship and forming a partnership!

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Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!