Hope Wissel

Civilians Helping Military Families


I am so excited to a part of this project “Civilians Helping Military Families“.

I am working with several other women business owners who have adopted TWO military families.  Each family has provided a wish list of items that we are gathering to help bring a smile to their face and to make their life just a little bit easier.  It is a great way to support our Military and their families who sacrifice so much for us every day.

Here are the wish lists that we need help filling:

Navy son’s Wish List(age11)

  • Books(hatchet series)
  • Movies(adventure movies)
  • Music(pop,alternative,Bruno Mars,death cab for cutie,pink Floyd,vampire weekend)
  • Clothing(boys large or men’s small shirts, size 12 pants,size 6 shoes, size 12 running pants)

Marine Wife’s Wish List

  • Makeup
  • Jewelry
  • Candles
  • Craft supplies
  • Decorations for her home
  • Essential oils(safe for pregnancy)
  • Lotions
  • Body wash
  • Body oil
  • Nail polish
  • Pedicure stuff
  • Manicure stuff
  • Yoga mat
  • Yoga DVDs
  • Exercise DVDs
  • Books

Marine son’s Wish list (age 10)

  • Legos(favorite type Chima)
  • Basketball stuff
  • Science kits or science stuff
  • Books
  • His favorite basketball team is the LA Lakers
  • Clothing(12 slim pants, young men small shirts or 12-14 boys)

Marine’s Unborn child’s wish list:  Mom is asking for neutral colors and they have nothing so let work together to help this family out with there unborn child! 

Navy daughter’s Wish List (age7)

  • Clothing(shirts7/8 girls or medium,size 7 pants,size 1 1/2 shoes,7/8 bathing suit)(clothing ideas loves cats,skinny jeans and sundresses)
  • Headbands and hair clips
  • Earrings
  • Books(Junie b jones,skinny john jones,Judy Blume,Beverly cleary,dork diaries)
  • Music( pop and loves Taylor swift)
  • Jewelry
  • Loves frozen

Navy wife’s needs Wish List

  • Lotion
  • Candles
  • Makeup(younique,Mary Kay,avon,store brand)
  • Jewerly
  • Scentsy
  • Decoration for her home
  • Cooking mixes
  • Cookware(pampered chef, Tupperware, bakeware, pots, pans,ect)
  • Beach gear (sunscreen,umbrella,towels,sand castle buckets)
  • Outdoor wear (bug spray,ect)
  • Clothing (large shirts, size 7 pants, and shoes 5 1/2-6)
  • Movie (drama, comedies, horror)
  • Music(anything but country)
  • Essential oils(no lavender)
  • Books(hunger games series, divergent series,Nicholas Sparks,James Patterson)
  • Body wash
  • Body oil
  • Pedicure stuff
  • Manicure stuff
  • Nail polish

If you just want to mail your donations, send them to:

Jennifer LaFleur
90 Beechwood Lane
Bristol, CT 06010

Below is a form that you can fill out to get involved or if you have more questions:


I will be posting a NEW wish list, every month.  We have adopted these families and we want to CELEBRATE – ENCOURAGE – REWARD them for their sacrifices. 

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!


Business Tips and Tricks, Hope Wissel

Increase Your Home Party Sales

Happy Monday Morning.. Since this is Christmas week, it is a short week.  Some may be taking this whole week off while others are plugging along.  With the pending release of the NEW Thirty One Spring catalog, I have been putting things together for my January parties when I came across a blog by JulieAnne Jones which made me giggle.  She starts off with:

I know, I know, your home party plan merchandise sells itself. I’ve heard that a million times from my direct sales clients and friends and I believe it…to a point.

So why did I giggle?  Because that is what I say to potential hostesses when we are talking about booking a Girl’s Night Out.  Admit it, you have said it too.  It is true because when people are having fun and you are providing them with solutions to every day problems, they will shop.

I know that none of us want to be the pushy sales person BUT you need to be using some sales techniques or you are going to leave money on the table.  Okay, maybe not literally but you will miss out on the opportunities in front of you at a home party.

So here are some tips on how to maximize your sales at the end of your home party..

1.  A Wish List.   This is a great way for your guests to keep track of the items that they like and helps with checkout.  I tried this once but did not really stress how helpful it was for the customers when they begin to order.  Starting in 2015, this will be part of my guest packet.  The end result will be that I will be able to help them with the best deals whether it is placing an order, hosting a party or joining my team.

2.  Shopping.  Be sure that you include information on how to shop in at the end of your presentation.  Things like: handing out catalogs, outlining host and customer specials for the current and next month, and sharing logistics like methods of payment you accept, how their orders will ship, etc.  This seems like a no-brainer but the truth is sometimes we forget something.

3.  Provide a Nordstrom, not a Wal-Mart experience for your guests.   I LOVE doing this.  I always tell the guests, I will help them find the best deals so that they get the most value for their dollar.  Dedicated time to each customer to answer their questions and help them with choices will increase sales and  build relationships which will lead to future bookings and sales.

4.  Add-on Products.  Solution sets have always been a part of Thirty One’s party experience – one core product teamed with two other products.  The truth is that sometimes in the craziness of the party, I forget to do this.  Asking guests if they want the monthly special is easy and usually a welcome reminder according to party guests.  Your job is to know your merchandise and catalog so well that you can suggest add-on products based on what your customers like (it’s called upselling). A high percentage of people will say yes to relevant suggestions, increasing your bottom line.

So, which one of these tips are YOU going to implement at your upcoming parties?  Better yet, what is YOUR best tip for increasing home party sales?  Share with us…

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

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