Hope Wissel

Fundraising for Lily

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Tomorrow night, I have the honor of doing a Facebook Fundraising party for a very special girl or should I say, her class.  Tonight is my “31 party for Lilygirl’s Classroom”.  Here is why we are fundraising:

Lily has autism.  She is in a self contained class in her high school. It’s a wonderful school, however, her teacher and paras pay for many classroom supplies and activities. Please help Lily’s class, so they can have an amazing year!!!

I met Lily and her mom, Tina, over two years ago at a vendor event.  Tina and I spent the day talking as we were vendors at the same event.  Over the next two years, we did many events together and I always looked forward to seeing Lily’s smiling face.  The greatest joy was at the last event when she quickly smiled and gave me a Lily hug.  I am honored to call them both friends.

When I saw her grandmom’s plea for help with raising funds for classroom supplies, I quickly offered to do a Thirty One fundraiser.  Tina took the book into the classroom to encourage sales.  I will be donating 25% of all sales to Lily’s AMAZING teacher to help with keeping the classroom supplied throughout the year.  I am also donating 10% of all sales for parties booked as a result of this event.  Parties need to be held between now and December 15th so that I can present them with a VISA gift card to start off the new year.  If you want to join in the fun on Facebook tomorrow night, click HERE to go to our event.

I love fundraising for organizations, individuals in need and causes that are near to my heart.  Since meeting Tina and Lily, I have heard of many other families who are struggling with autism in their family.  I was blessed with an amazing daughter despite my bad habits during my pregnancy so I want to be able to give back to others.  Each child is a blessing from God and is giving to us for a particular reason – healthy, health issues, mental health issues or for only a moment.  I would love to help other families who are struggling with financial needs.

When I started with Thirty One over three years ago, I said I wanted to give back and that was my why.  To share the blessings that God has given me with others in need – emotionally, physically or financially.  If you know someone in need, and you would like to help raise funds for them, contact me below:

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Hope Wissel

Tastefully YUMMY

Happy Saturday Everyone!  I have been doing a lot of experimenting this week with seasoning on my veggies.  I have also tried a few new recipes – all with the help of some AWESOME seasonings from Tastefully Simple.  Here are some of my favorites:

Seasoned Salt has become my  NEW favorite way to eat cucumbers.  I mean let’s be honest, they don’t have much taste or at least I don’t think they do.  The seasoned salt gives them a little ZIP with just a taste of salt.  I hear that it is AWESOME on popcorn too but I haven’t tried it yet.  I should say, I tried to sprinkle it on but since I use “no butter” microwave popcorn, there is no way for it to stick.  I am thinking that I might try microwaving my own popcorn and sprinkle some on BEFORE it pops.  Could be interesting.

Onion Onion is the BEST way to add the onion flavor to a recipe WITHOUT the mess of chopping and crying.  I use it is my meatloaf ALL of the time.  I used it in chili this week too.  I love when I am making meatloaf and hubby asks “where is the onions?” because I am not chopping and complaining about the burning in my eyes.  He loves onion in his meatloaf so this is a GREAT way to save me from the pain.

Fiesta Party Dip is my quick solution to a lack of salsa in the house.  I always seemed to have diced tomatoes around because I use them ALOT.  So instead of mixing the fiesta party dip with mayo and sour cream, I use a little in the diced tomatoes for salsa in a minute.  I tend to make it too spicy for hubby but I love it! I can also use it as salad dressing to change it up a little bit.  Of course if I have the Simply Salsa in the house, that makes a better salsa.

Corn & Black Bean Salsa is my all time favorite.  I could sit and eat the whole jar with some chips or on a salad.  I have even mixed some with quinoa and added some veggies for a light dinner.

I am not gluten-free by a long shot but I do like the GlutenFree Vanilla Bean Pound Cake Mix.  I didn’t even know it was gluten free!  I haven’t made it myself for fear that I would eat the whole thing but I LOVE it when someone else makes it. Those are my picks from Tastefully Simple.  I have tried many of their products, but these are the staples in my cabinet.  I am not a baker – I leave that up to my daughter Belinda but I do like to cook.

What are your favorite Tastefully Simple products?  Need some help picking some out, reach out to Tina – she is AWESOME! Share your favorites with us…

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!