Tasty Tuesday Recipes

Tasty Tuesday: Southwest Chicken Kale Salad


Thank you Hungry Girl for another AMAZING recipe.  I never get tired of salad!

This is a refreshing compliment to summer’s hot dogs, hamburgers, and other BBQ fare.  This zesty recipe makes two huge and satisfying meals… but it can also double as a multi-serving side dish!

1/2 of recipe (about 7 cups): 307 calories, 3g total fat (0.5g sat fat), 827mg sodium, 39g carbs, 9g fiber, 12.5g sugars, 34.5g protein — PointsPlus® value 7* — SmartPoints® value 4*  MAKES 2 SERVINGS

Prep: 15 minutes     Chill: 1 – 2 hours


8 cups chopped kale leaves
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped red or yellow bell pepper
1/2 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1/4 cup seeded and chopped fresh jalapeño peppers
6 oz. cooked and chopped skinless chicken breast

1/4 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
2 tbsp. seasoned rice vinegar
1/2 tsp. taco seasoning mix


  • Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk dressing ingredients until uniform. Add dressing to salad, and toss to coat.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 1 – 2 hours, to allow flavors to develop.

Whether you are taking your salad to work for lunch or eating it outside on your porch, the perfect thermal to keep your drinks cold is Thirty One’s Bring a Bottle Thermal.

Celebrate Thirty-One’s 15th anniversary year with this Customer-favorite bring-back style! Use this handy single-bottle thermal for school, work and travel. Our insulated drawstring cooler pouch keeps up to a 20-oz. bottle of water, milk or other drinks cold on the go. Includes a carabiner to clip on your gym bag, diaper bag, bike, golf bag or sports bag.

It will even hold a 750ml bottle of wine.





Add a strap from the Studio by Thirty One collection to make it hands free carrying when you are walking.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!


Hope Wissel

Saturday Spotlight: Wine Shop At Home

Anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE wine.  I love sweet wine and usually a Moscato or even a sangria is good.  What better way for some girl time then with a wine sampling party, right?

Meet Lisa and see why she loves her business:

I’m Lisa Bynum and my job is to keep good people from drinking bad wine. I represent Wine Shop at Home, a winery based in Napa, CA. Our award-winning wine maker gets grapes from around the world and makes hand-crafted, small batch artisan wines on site at the winery. How can you bring Napa to your doorstep? By hosting a tasting! Simply invite up to 14 of your friends, pick a sampler package of 6 wines, and provide a few cheese and chocolate pairings. I guide you and your guests through the wines and give fun wine tips along the way.

Why do I spend my limited time with this business? Wine, Money, Friendships. Where else do you have the flexibility to work a business on your own schedule, get to try new wines and meet fun people while being highly compensated along the way? Wine Shop at Home is debt free, experiencing high growth and is the only winery out of 4700 in California which makes 4 new wines a month. I’ve never felt more support from a company and am proud to be a part of this business.

Check out Lisa’s website at:  www.wineswithlisa.club or on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/wineswithlisa  

If you love wine as much as I do, you will want to check out Wine Shop at Home.  Share your favorite wine with us…..

Have a ThirtyOne-deful day!

Hope Wissel

What Could Be Causing Your Weight Gain


For the last 2 years (since reaching goal weight), I have struggled with maintaing my weight.  I have said it was health issues but always thought it was an excuse.  When the diagnosis of MS came, I figured weight gain was related to it.  Then it was low cortisol – not low enough for doctors to worry but low enough to cause concern for us.  Hubby was vigilant in trying to find answers.  Some would say he was obsessed.  Some say “he reads too much”.  Let me tell you, I am grateful for his persistence. We got the results back from the allergy tests – WOW!  Tops on the list was Candida Albican followed by mozzarella cheese and kidney beans.

What is Candida Albican? In simple terms, it is a a yeast fungus which everyone has BUT sometimes it gets out of control,  Yup, it is out of control in me.  When it is out of control, it sends toxic stuff throughout your body affecting your immune system leaving it open for other diseases.  UGH!  How do I fix it?  A total change in diet – eliminating some of my favorite foods (fruit) for awhile along with gluten.

I tell you all of this to say, be vigilant when you think there is something wrong in your body.  Don’t take “we can’t find anything” or “the tests are inconclusive” as a reason to stop searching for answers.  I remember telling my clients this many years ago so I am now practicing what I preached to them.

So are you putting on some extra pounds or has your weight loss has stalled, but you can’t figure out why, here is the 411 which might help you. Some surprising factors could be sabotaging your weight goals!

#1 Lack of Sleep

It took me a long time to get this.  When you skimp on sleep, you’re more likely to make poor food choices the next day.  Research studies show people who get more sleep weigh less than short sleepers.  I always thought I could run on five hours a night, but that was when I was at my heaviest.  I have made sleep a priority, and start winding down earlier in the evening. The result is not only do I feel rested BUT I make good choices when eating.

#2 Sitting for Too Long

Do you have a job which keeps you desk bound?  Did you know studies show  prolonged periods of sitting can lead to weight gain?  I know it sounds like a no brainer, right?  Do you need to take little breaks here and there, so you aren’t in one spot for hours. Drinking lots of water is a good trick – you get up for refills and the bathroom.

#3 Stress

It’s a harsh reality stress can make us put on weight. Chronic stress can actually boost your hunger!  So, give yourself some down time to clear your head, even if it’s just a few minutes.  It might seem like something you just don’t have time for, but it’s in your best interest to find room in your schedule. Deep breaths…

#4 Your Friends & Family

No, they are not deliberately sabotaging you, but studies have found the people closest to you have an impact on how you eat, since we tend to mirror their behavior. How many times, have you changed your order because you liked what someone else was ordering?  At a big family dinner and everyone is indulging, chances are, you will too. Keep this in mind, and be true to yourself. Don’t be afraid to be the odd man (or woman) out.

#5 Drinking Your Calories

The holidays are here so we know what it going to happen, right?  The truth is  calories from beverages really add up over the course of a day, starting with your coffee with sugar and a generous pour of 2% milk in the morning.  A couple glasses of wine with dinner, and voila — you’ve could add over 400 calories to your day.  Sip carefully, and keep track of drinks in addition to food.

So, what are you doing to remain on traffic on your weightless journey this holiday season?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Hope Wissel

The Gift of Wine


How many times have you gone to a friends house for dinner and taken a bottle of wine?  Okay, I will admit I am the bearer of wine ALWAYS at my best friend’s house.  The truth is the gift of a bottle of wine can be so much more.

Wine is the perfect gift when having dinner with friends. It is a great housewarming gift.  A special anniversary gift for friends or family.  Whatever the occasion, buying a bottle of wine for someone else it not as easy as it sounds.  Buying a bottle of wine for a gift is a different shopping experience. Do you make your decision based on the label descriptions, expert recommendations, selecting a bottle you once enjoyed or as a last resort (and not always the best) by the appeal of the packaging.

Whatever your method, the gift of wine is always welcomed but selecting the ‘right’ wine for the occasion can be a challenge.  Whatever the occasion is a Christmas present, a birthday gift or a hostess thank you gift, there is a wonderful world of wines waiting to be discovered.

Here are some great tips to make it a little easier on yourself:

#1 Memories of a Special Trip – Wines bring the world to the dinner table. Pick a wine from a country the recipient has visited or longs to visit.  This could bring back memories of a trip, but it is also an opportunity to re-tell adventures or to share their dream of traveling to lands far away.

#2 Milestone Years – For graduate, a bottle from the year they started their diploma or degree is a fun way to mark a milestone.  A bottle of red wine is a better choice than a white wine as reds generally age better over time.

#3 – Wines to Grow Old With – This theme is ideal for a wedding gift, selecting wines from the year the couple first met, accompanied by a note suggesting a particular anniversary they could save it for.


#4 Past, Present and Future – Someone making a big change in their life? Moving to a new city? A new career? Celebrate with three bottles of wine or perhaps a red, white and a sparkling wine. Mark each as Past, Present and Future suggesting they can remember the past, consider the present and look forward with anticipation to what the future may hold when enjoying each bottle.

Did you know red wines tend to age better than whites?  Select a wine in a dark bottle. The colour of the bottle defracts the light and protects the wine. Wines in clear bottles are intended to be consumed immediately. Hmm, I am a definite white wine (Moscato) drinker. Light can dramatically alter the taste of the wine.  A dark bottle is a quick indicator the winemaker intends for the wine to age for a few years.

Splurge on a bottle of something different or special to mark an occasion. A sparkling wine always suggests a celebration. A port or icewine is the perfect ending to a perfect evening.

Add a personal touch to your wine selection by writing a message on each bottle mentioning the reason for choosing the wine, suggest an occasion to enjoy the wine or provide tasting notes and food pairing suggestions.

Packaged in a gift bag, box or basket, giving the gift of wine is as much fun creating the gift as it is receiving it.


Reusable wine totes, like Thirty One’s Picnic Thermal or Gather Together Bag, are definitely handy when it comes to safely and easily carrying bottles of wine, but they deliver more than just wine; they let the gift keep on giving.  It gives the receiver an opportunity to remember you each time they use the reusable bag.  

By picking a bag to compliment the gift of a bottle of wine, the receiver knows some thought went into the gift.  How often have you received a bottle of wine and for a moment  thought it was a “quick, non-thoughful gesture” by the giver.

The truth is the gift of a bottle of wine can be a thoughtful gift when you share more than just the bottle.  Tell a story, trigger a memory, share a dream… let the receiver know how much you mean to them.

Who will receive a bottle of wine on YOU shopping list?  Need some help check #Momsandwine

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!


Business Tips and Tricks

Do You Have A Routine When You Work?

monday morning Does your Monday look like this?

Worker-on-Monday Or is this how you look this morning?

I have to be honest, despite working from home, my Monday mornings can go either way.

When I take time to plan out my week and schedule all of the things I have to do – I am ready to conquer the world.  When I wait till the morning to get things scheduled for the day, I am a hot mess who is unable to stick to a routine.  I squirrel towards the next shining object and then get frustrated when nothing seems to be getting done.

Here are 5 simple steps to help you get a little bit more motivated while working from home:

1. Set Working Hours

Decide on what your working hours will be, and stick to them!  This one is really tough for me.  Hubby is off on Monday and Tuesdays PLUS he works the 4 – 12midnight shift.  It means he is home during the day and has his own plan for the day.  I set my alarm for the same time Monday to Friday and stick to a morning routine as if I was going to work (out of the house).  I have found when I stick to a schedule of early office hours, a break to do things with hubby and then back in the office in the afternoon – life is so much better.  I love starting my work day at the same time every day!

2. Use A Planner


Plan out your week using a planner – either on your phone or a hard copy. I need paper when it comes to this.  Hubby bought me a Passion Planner and I absolutely LOVE it.  Lots of room for notes, scheduling appointments daily and setting goals.  I have daily to-do lists so you have a clear sense of what needs doing and get started on tasks immediately.  Having a planner and planning out my time has been a giant stress reliever.  It also helps to give your work days and week structure, while working from home!

3. Create A Workspace

Okay, so I don’t work from bed but I will admit to being in my sweats. I get shower and have my coffee just like I would if I had an office job.  I take the “commute” down to my office.  It is important to create a space in your home  – your own personal “workspace”. Even if it is your living room table or a desk in your bedroom! Set aside space solely for work and nothing else!  Set it up like you would a cubby or office with motivational quotes and make it pretty.

4. Leave The House

It’s unhealthy to stay at home all day and not get some fresh air. So get up every couple of hours to take a work break – make yourself some tea and scroll through Instagram. Take your lunch break out of the house too. Even if you make food at home, pack it up and eat it outside to take a step away from your desk for a change of scenery.  This is one I am working on.  I would have to say my work break is having lunch with hubby every day.

5. Socialize


Do you feel isolated working from home?  With no kids to taxi around, I have found “girl time” is more important than ever.  After-work drinks aren’t as easy when there’s no one to go with from work!  So organize some social meetups post work with friends. Whether they work from home or not, socializing after work is a must. Cocktails? Yes please, always!

Do you work from home? What are your top tips for creating a work-from-home routine and staying motivated?  Share your best tips with us…

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!