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Tips for a Successful Sports Season

Back to School means back to sports for many of parents.  The two often go hand-in-hand, and many times, the sports season begins even before the school year does! While the coach usually provides a list of necessary gear, like helmets, rackets, cleats, etc., they don’t always mention the other important items you’ll want to have on hand for a successful season.  I actually looked forward to the fall – the start of Belinda’s sports seasons (gymnastics, then field hockey then all-star cheerleading).  It was a crazy busy time but so much fun.

Here are a few products you and your sports star will be glad you have:

Water bottles. Being hydrated isn’t something moms just nag about. Kids who play sports expend tons of energy. Each drop of sweat is fluid lost from their body. It’s important they have a good water bottle to help keep them cool in warmer weather. Even in the coldest winter months they’re still running and sweating and need to keep the fluids coming.

Healthy snacks.  Whether or not they play sports, it’s important for growing bodies to receive proper nutrition. Sports kids need even more to fuel their bodies. Some easy snacks are things like fruits, veggies, and protein-packed yogurt and cheese. To keep the snacks fresh, use Thirty One’s Around-The-Clock Thermal.  When practices and games fall within meal times, this thermal will allow you to pack enough to keep everyone fueled up. It holds up to 15 lbs. and is generously sized to fit water bottles, sandwiches, and snacks.Back-to-Sports Gear: Tips for a Successful Season

Quality backpacks are also an important thing for sports kids to have. I love the Sling Back Pack. If you’ve got a kid who flings their bag of gear over their shoulder, a sling back pack is a good solution. It’s easy to carry, stylish, and holds everything they need. It’s the perfect pack for in school use, sports games, and for weekend trips as well.

Duffle bags. Our Thirty-One All-Packed duffle bag holds everything from tablets to laptops to knee pads, football helmets and snacks. One of my favorite features of this bag is the separate compartment for shoes, so the rest of the gear doesn’t get dirty. The bag also does double duty if we travel, holding enough clothes for a few days away from home. This is an especially attractive and versatile bag that will really work for anyone.

Thirty-One also offers personalization options, allowing you to customize items with your name, your team’s name, etc. I can’t even begin to tell you how helpful it is to have your child’s name on their bag when there are 30 of them laying on the ground after a game! You can also personalize using icons like soccer balls and cheerleading megaphones. Sports mom lesson #1: Label everything!

Another thing I’ve learned over the years is wipes are necessary long after the child is out of diapers. Whether they’re 5 or 15, they still spill things and/or get them on their clothes. And your car’s seats too! Wipes make short work of little messes. Sports gear gets a little messier, as you can imagine, and for that we use antibacterial wipes. Cleaning the equipment after use helps keep kids healthy. Wiping things down immediately also makes for easier deep cleaning later. Mud comes off a football helmet with less effort before it gets dried on!

How about keeping a plastic bag or laundry bag inside the kids’ bags. It makes it much easier to collect dirty uniforms after events. Most kids can’t seem to find the laundry basket if their life depends on it, so by providing the laundry bag inside their bags, You have a much better chance of washing those socks before they can stand on their own. Grab the bag and throw the stuff in the wash.

It should also be said sports gear isn’t something you should skimp on when it comes to quality. If you purchase a lower quality item at your local discount store, you’ll likely end up doing that two or three times throughout the year. Usually this happens at 9pm when your child says something like “Hey mom, I forgot to tell you there’s a big hole in this thing needed for 6am practice tomorrow.” It just makes more sense financially and from a convenience standpoint to buy the higher quality items the first time.

Sports seasons can get crazy, but it is likely the most fun that you’ll have while your kids are in school. There’s nothing quite as exciting as sitting on the sidelines cheering them on as they play hard and work as a team toward a goal. Being a sports mom is one of the most rewarding experiences ever, and with a little pre-planning and the right gear, you’re in for an awesome season.

Are you a sports mom? Do you have tips to share?

Have a ThirtyOne-deful day!

Hope Wissel

Tailgating Season is Back!!!

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The weather was a little crazy the last week on the East Coast!   I actually woke up to snow on the ground BUT I also saw signs that baseball season was starting at the local fields.  First comes outdoor sporting events then it is beach weather…. YEAH!!!  Here are some things to help you be prepared, as well as be the “cool mom”….

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Taking snacks, waters and other beverages with you can save you time and money.  We all like to do both, right?  The added bonus is that it will help you and the kids eat healthier rather than buying things on the go.  Yes, it will require a lithe preparation and the right gear.  Everyone loves with Thirty One’s Picnic Thermal Tote.  It’s just the right size for a few drinks, some sandwiches and some drinks. Not too big and not too small this can easily fit on the floor of the back seat, and hold enough food for your whole family. It’s adorable and comes in lots of fun patterns. It has an adjustable strap so you can carry it out to the soccer field or to a picnic spot. It’s easily wipeable when it gets dirty and it even folds down for easy storage. You can keep groceries cold on their way home from the store!  It will hold up to FOUR bottle of wine or a six pack of beer – perfect for those “adult” getaways.  It even comes in MAN colors so it makes a great gift for dad for Father’s Day!

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Tired of having the soccer ball roll around in the trunk? Or looking for a missing shoe just before you are ready to head out the door?  The Large Utility Tote by Thirty One can come to the rescue.

You’ll be amazed at how much this classic tote can hold. The structured metal frame keeps it open for bulky items and provides strength for durability. Keep it in your closet to help organize your shoes or the “stuff” that seems to gather on the floor.  It is great for carrying or storing toys and easy for the kids to manage on their own.  Hate those plastic bags when you go grocery shopping? Or do you go to stores like Aldi’s where you have to pay for bags?  Here is the perfect alternative – keep it in your truck.  You can use it as a basket as you walk around the store, empty it to check out and then reload it to head home.   It even collapses for easy storage!

Yes, it comes in MAN colors as well as fun prints.  These can be personalized as well for your favorite team or with a catchy phrase.  Want some for the whole team?  Why not Fundraise with Thirty One?  contact me at HopeWs31@gmail.com for more details.

Be the envy of your friends when you show up full stocked with snacks and drinks while looking fashionable and organized.  Isn’t that every mom’s dream?

Click on the product links to order yours today!  Need help, just reach out to me.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Business Tips and Tricks

The Summer Scoop

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WOW!  Can you believe it, summer vacation is almost here.  The kids will be out of school.  No time for you or your business, right?  Did you know that what you do now sets the tone for your business for 90 days from now?  Crazy, right?  Maybe you were thinking about being a Vacation Veronica.  I mean it is only a few weeks or maybe even a month, right?

I have already heard the rumblings of “the summer is hard” from my team.  They have already planted the seed that this will be a typical “J’ month (January, June & July).  In direct sales, we all know that traditionally they have been bad months BUT I am here to tell you that you can change that.

The biggest problem is that when we take the summer off or start thinking we can’t BEFORE we even try – we set ourselves up for failure. The summer is a GREAT time to have parties.  If you live at the shore, don’t you have a ton of people wanting to crash at your house for the summer to go to the beach?  So does everyone else.  Cash in on it with a theme party.  Don’t you wish you had more money to do more things in the summer?  Or that you didn’t have to miss time with the kids, hubby or friends because of work.  Why not check into the benefits of your own business with Thirty One.

Your summer parties may look a little different – more outdoor parties, more open house formats, more kids – the key is to just have fun. Get creative. Remember, the summer parties will set you up for a successful Fall so keep your business on track with some of these ideas:

1. Set goals for the Fall. I know it may be crazy to plan this far in advance but with a good plan, you and your team will know what they are working towards. Do they need money for holiday gifts? Do they want to take a holiday vacation? Whatever the goal, break it down to how many parties you need and your personal sales volume.

2. Give them incentives they really want. Who doesn’t LOVE an extra gift or two right?  Now I am not saying give away TONS of stuff.  Think about it, don’t parties increase when there is an incentive? For Hostesses, why not an additional gift for having outside orders BEFORE the party or having 10 people at the party.  Get creative.  If you are looking to encourage your team – what would be an incentive for them, ask them? Do a Facebook Survey on your team page. Do a Google survey so that they can give you more information. CELEBRATE – ENCOURAGE – REWARD your hostesses, customers and team.

3. Get creative on how to work your business during the summer months. Host a trunk party. Do an open house party with a hostess who has a pool – kids swim, parents shop. Lots of sporting events where you can take your product & catalogs to share with other families. Do a Facebook party. How about a “twisted fundraiser“? Do a theme party. The ideas are endless. The key is to not give up – go for 100 No’s and you will end up with some Yes’s.

Don’t let the summer months set the tone for the Fall and the biggest selling season of the year.  Whose ready to party?  Share your ideas with us…

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Hope Wissel

Putting FUN in Fundraising

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Fundraising is defined as the process of gathering voluntary contributions of money or other resources, by requesting donations from individuals, businesses, charitable foundations, or governmental agencies.

Doesn’t that sound like fun? NOT!  The truth is fundraising has become more vital than ever.  Not only are sports teams, schools, churches, and organizations working hard to raise needed capital BUT also individuals are seeking help through GoFundMe.

What if you aren’t a group or bold enough to ask online for help from family and friends?  What if you are the average family struggling to pay for unexpected expenses?  Or maybe your child (children) want to play on a sports team but you don’t have the money for uniforms or equipment?  What if you have overwhelming medical bills and an extra $100 or $200 would help eliminate the stress?  What if you are expecting a new addition to the family BUT the cost of new furniture, diapers (have you seen how expensive they are?) and formula is already stressing you out?

I have a solution to all of these situations.  No, you don’t have to beg for money from friends or family.  No, you don’t have to tell everyone your sad story.

What about a Girl’s Night Out either in your home or at a local restaurant?  What about a Fashion Show?  What about a BINGO night or BUNCO?  Sounds like a lot of work, right?  I am here to take care of the details, all you have to do is invite the people.

How does it work?  You select the type of Thirty One event – home party, On the Go Party, fashion show, BINGO, BUNCO, Baby Shower, Housewarming party, pool party, online party, catalog or Facebook party.  I will set up the details and you invite your friends and family to shop.  No one needs to know that we are fundraising for you unless you want to tell them.  You just share the Thirty One Gifts catalog full of awesome products.  I mean who can resist the opportunity to shop and help a good cause.

Easier and different then the traditional candy bar or wrapping paper fundraiser.  Everyone LOVES Thirty One.  The products are fun, functional, fashionable and affordable.  There is something in everyone’s price range.

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Interested in knowing more about fundraising opportunities, fill out the contact form below:

Or, are you ready to join in the fun and raise some much needed money?  Click HERE to fill out a questionnaire so we can start planning your event.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!