Hope Wissel

Back to School: Backpacks and Thermals

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I think it is safe to now talk about those dreaded words for kids…. “back to school”.

I know some of the kids have been back to school for a little while BUT here in Jersey, it is always after Labor Day. The smell of pencils, paper, crayons, the excitement of a new backpack (or Trapper Keeper!)…remember those days? Or did you dread going back to school?

I want to share two options for back to school – the first is a cinch sac from Thirty One Gifts.  I know, based on what the kids have to carry back and forth to school, this may not be the best solution BUT….it is great for the younger kids AND for those smelly gym clothes.13912344_10101822516579273_6476467343845494805_n

Now, for those adults (and kids) who need clear bags…. I want to share “stadium bags” designed by my friend, Dori DeCarlo.  Check them out….13901412_1175911629097041_4989520814235758469_n

Now, for thermal totes, you know that Thirty One has the BEST!  Yes, I am a little bit partial!

8542580A0000  The NEW hot ticket is the Go To Thermal .  The best part is that it is machine washable.  Yes, you can toss it in the washer to get rid of the smells and keep it fresh.

8415040A The Chill-icious is a great size for kids.  I love that the handle is a clip on so it can attach to the book bag without taking up space inside.

3000565A0000 The thermal tote is a classic favorite.  Whether you need to keep your food cool or warm, it does the job. Great for school or work lunch, or for taking to a ballgame. Also great as a baby bag to keep bottles cold.

What is your favorite thing to pack for the kids (or you) for lunch?  I need some fresh ideas.  Share your tips.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!


Hope Wissel

Word of Mom Radio


I met Dori DeCarlo in October of 2014 at ETTW’s annual conference. The first thing that caught my eye was her hat!  Yes, I am a hat fanatic – mostly pink ones but I love all kinds of hats.  Then I got to meet her and her energy was contagious.

Here is the 411 on Dori and Word of Mom Radio:

Word of Mom Radio is on BlogTalkRadio at 10amPT/1pmET Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Tuesday our Business Spotlight shares Social Media Help Not Hype with Janice Clark and Managing Mompreneur Mayhem with Cena Block. On Wednesday we have a rotating platform with Kas Winters and The Sneaky Mom Show, Elissa Sungar and Debi Dutton with Productive Play and Glenda Cates and Branding Beyond Blogging. Dori DeCarlo once a month hosts #Music Monday and The Mompreneur Model every Thursday. Meet our show hosts and see our monthly schedule. Whether you tune in while we are on the air or listen LIVE on your time in archive we are here empowering Mompreneurs – the NEW Business Women!

Dori DeCarlo ~founder of Word of Mom Radio, is the “Roz” in the background all of our shows as well as the host of her own shows. The evolution of #WoMRadio, from one show to seven and counting…Dori hosts different shows of her own and produces all of the shows that air during the week. A mompreneur since 1994, Dori began #WoMRadio to give moms who work from home a voice…and that has grown to empowering working women and moms in and out of the house!

Beginning in April, I became a proud sponsor of Word of Mom Radio.  Can I get a WOOP!  WOOP!?  I joined some other AMAZING women who have their own business to be a part of  Mompreneur Marketplace which “focuses on FABULOUS women in business”.  I get to join some of my other fav mompreneurs like: Jersey Cookie Girl, and Teascapes.  Be sure to click the Marketplace link to check out all of the mompreneurs.

Don’t miss the radio shows too because there is lots of great information…

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!