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Halloween Solutions using Thirty-One Products

Halloween is coming up fast! Don’t just celebrate with candy and costumes — take this opportunity to organize your supplies!

For your decorating, clean out those bulky plastic bins or old cardboard boxes and put your supplies in the Large Utility Tote! To make it even more storage friendly, add a Top-A-Tote! You can easily see what’s in each tote using the clear PVC window at the top with your supplies safely zipped up inside!  These totes are flexible, sturdy, and have convenient handles! Whether you just set out a few fall-themed arrangements and a candy bowl or build a haunted house on your lawn, Thirty-One can really help you clean up the holiday clutter!

 

Don’t just hand out your candy from a bowl this year! Use a Mini Utility Bin! This neat bag has easy to grip handles on the sides, and can hold lots of candy.  You can also use a few Littles Carry-All Caddys to sort your kids’ candy when they get home. Whether you’re separating it by type (lollipop, chocolate, gum, etc) or per child, these small totes will help keep everything tidy as you inspect their treats! You can also use them to ration out the candy so that no one eats too many sweets in one sitting!

 

For keeping a flashlight close at hand, get a Wristlet Key Fob. Most small or keychain flashlights have a keying or loop at the back. Just attach the flashlight to the key fob. This a very comfortable way to carry a flashlight while you walk around your neighborhood. You’ll have a light always in reach, but your hands can be free if your little ones need a costume adjustment or just help crossing the street.

To get the most use out of your kids’ costumes, put them in a Super Organizing Tote and fill it with other great pretend props like paper crowns, fake treasure, and other small toys. This tote has a zippered top, five pockets, and two mesh side pockets.  This bag can be a big hit on a chilly fall afternoon and lets them use their imaginations instead of a game console.

 

Have a safe and fun Halloween with these great solutions using Thirty-One products!

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Make it a Thirty-One Game Night!

With school starting, it’s about to get a little harder for the whole family to spend time together. There will be afterschool practices, booster clubs, and PTA meetings. Use some great Thirty-One products to spend time with your family!

One night a week, turn off the TV and have a family game night! While sometimes you’ll have to reschedule to accommodate recitals or away games or just homework, try to make it a regular, weekly appointment.

For the first few nights, plan ahead and organize what games you’re going to play. This is easier on you – for setting things up – and will make the game nights smoother until you establish them as routine.

Make a Score kit. For games like charades you’ll be on teams. If you want to keep score, write the numbers 1 – 10 on two sets of index cards longways. Punch a hole in the center of the top of each card and string a ribbon through it or slide each card onto a key ring. Now you’ve got a score card for each team. You can put these cards and other supplies for game night (like spare pens and pencils) in a Littles Carry-All Caddy with sets of card games or spare dice.

Keep your supplies together. Board games and puzzles are a great place to start, but they can get boring if you go back to them too often.  Try using an Organizing Utility Tote to keep up with supplies for DIY games. Get a stopwatch or kitchen timer for games like charades, a blindfold and Velcro-dots for impromptu pin the tail on the donkey, blank stickers for “Who am I?” and other props for the other childhood games you loved.  Don’t forget to include little prizes! Things like “get out of 1 chore” coupons or “winner picks the next game” are free and fun to win!

Make a simple dinner. For game night, keep dinner light and simple and have healthy snacks ready for nibbling between turns or games. The Small Rectangle Basket is a great way to carry all the snacking paraphernalia you’ll need from the kitchen to your den or living room. Fill it with a box of crackers, a block of cheese with a knife or slicer, pre-sliced fruit in a sealed box, nuts, pretzels, party mix, and a closed pitcher of water or tea. Cups, napkins, and plates will also fit in the neat basket. As an added bonus, once game night is over, the Small Rectangle Basket works well to clean up the snack supplies and take them back to the kitchen without making more than one trip.

Don’t let a busy schedule get in the way of spending time with your family!

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Summer Rummage Readiness

Get ready!

Whether you call it a rummage sale, garage sale, yard sale or flea market, Thirty-One has a tote for you this summer.

For those holding yard sales, use the Mini Organizer as your portable cash register & yard sale management base! Keep some extra labels and pens handy in case you need to reprice some items.  Use the exterior pockets like a change drawer – keeping your quarters, nickels, and dimes separated and easily accessible for quick transactions! Your phone can also fit comfortably in one of the 8 pockets! A small notebook will fit easily in the tote itself if you’re tracking your sales.

If you’re participating a large yard sale or need to carry your items a long way from where you store them to were you’ll sell them, use the Large Utility Tote to make your set up and clean up times a breeze.

You can pack your items in the tote, and unload them at the display tables without making so many trips back and forth. This also saves you from lugging cumbersome boxes everywhere.  If you have items left at the end of the day, just line your Large Utility Tote with a trash bag and fill it up!  You can take the trash bag out and drop it off at a local donation center!

For shoppers, the exterior pockets of the Organizing Utility Tote help you organize the necessities while keeping them in easy reach: water bottles (more than one if you’re taking your kids), hand sanitizer, and even one of those tiny battery-powered fans. There’s still room for your keys, phone, and wallet in the large exterior pocket or mesh side pockets!

At the same time, the interior of the bag makes a great shopping tote! You can put your finds in it without having to worry about a plastic sack ripping, and the straps let you carry it comfortably and keep your hands free!

 

Don’t Forget to Take Your Lunch!

 

Dedicated shoppers often picnic at their cars.  Consider building a picnic kit with the Mini Organizer: small paper plates, napkins, cutlery, and cups can all fit in that handy tote!  Don’t forget the food!  For one or two, the Lunch-To-Go Thermal is a great solution! You can easily fit an ice pack, a simple lunch, and drinks in this zipping tote.

 

Families of 3 or 4 should move up to the Picnic Thermal Tote.  This tall tote can fit a small tower of sandwiches and even a 2 liter bottle!

 

 

If your group is larger or if you want to include extra snacks for the car ride, get the Market Thermal Tote! This large tote is great for keeping a large picnic lunch ready and cool without taking up as much space as a cooler. Plus, if you find great produce buys at the flea market, you’ve got a cool place to keep your veggies for the ride home!
If someone in your family has food allergies or a restrictive diet, consider taking individual lunches in the Thermal Tote or Cinch-It-Up Thermal Tote.  These totes can fit each person’s individual lunch and snacks, and if you’re pressed for space, they easily fold up and out of the way!

Get ready for your summer rummage sales in style with Thirty-One!

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Superbowl Party Plays

Superbowl Awareness

Party His Socks Off!

With the Superbowl 2 weeks away, it’s time to make those Super Sunday Party Plans!

Portable Party!

Even if you’re not a football fan, no one wants to be stuck in the kitchen when everyone else is partying in front of the television!

The Serving Tray Basket is a great way to carry coffee table appetizers from the kitchen to the couch in one trip! Plus, with a removable liner, clean up is a lot easier than carpet spot-cleaning!

Unintentional Messiness

There will be spills, crumbs, and confusion; be prepared for them!   Fill a Square Utility Tote with extra napkins, paper towel rolls, your preferred carpet spot pre-treater, & a handheld wet-vac. Now set it somewhere close to the action but out of the way like behind or beside your couch, under the coffee table, or next to you entertainment center. If the excitement causes a mess, you won’t have to run and hunt for any of your trusted supplies.

Don’t forget to have a trash bag handy! With napkins, toothpicks, wing bones, and other disposable/messy components, appetizers and snacks can make clutter & chaos fast! Keep your trash bags looking tidy with a Tall Utility Bin.

Personal Chip Sacs!

Passing a big bowl of chips can get dicey – especially in tense moments when your team is making a big play.  A simple solution is: stop sharing! A big bowl of chips can make a big mess with just one fumbled pass.  Line a few Littles Carry All Caddies with a small paper sack or plastic wrap and set the big chip bowl at your snack buffet with a handy scoop or large tongs.  Your guests can refill their chips as needed — and this tiny tote’s handle makes party plates overflowing with appetizers and chips a thing of the past!

Napkin Caddy & Sauce Bottle-olier

Keep all your sports fans happy by keeping their favorite sauces & condiments handy! Whether adding a dash of hot sauce or a squirt of ketchup – make sure your guests can easily get to what they want without missing a big play! Fill the 5 exterior pockets of a Mini Organizer with a variety of sauces, condiments, or spices and add extra napkins & flatware to the large inner pocket for extra convenience!

Get that Tailgate Feel Indoors (without the mess)

Want that tailgater vibe within sight of your tv? Put a few ice packs (not loose ice) in the Thermal Container and fill the rest with drink cans! Now your guests can get that “reaching into the cooler” moment without a drippy, ice-melting-to-a-puddle cooler scratching up your floor. Plus, the Thermal Container comes in small or large so you can choose the size that best suits your party’s needs.

 

Decorating & “Undecorating”

Don’t let your excitement get smothered before the game! Decorating with Thirty-One is a breeze!  Set out your supplies, then organize them in an Organizing Utility Tote. You can keep tape, scissors, and other small necessities in the side pockets and easy-to-reach while your hang streamers, banners, or signs.

Keep a little notebook and pen is the largest side pocket! Brainstorms for next year’s party or just your next party often hit while you’re hip-deep in setting up today’s party.  Don’t let those great ideas get away! Jot them down & keep them with you without leaving your decorating halfdone. Plus, when it’s time to take it all down, you can note anything that needs replacing (torn tablecloths, ripped streamers, etc).

Take the Party with You!

If you’re not partying at home, Thirty-One products can still make the party go smoother.

Expand-A-Tote Day Extender — If you’re going tailgating or to a barbeque, pack a few cold weather necessities in this versatile tote! An extra throw or blanket, firstaid kit, and handwarmers can come in very handy. With the Expand-A-Tote Day Extender, you can keep them all right at your side, and if the day warms up, you can unzip the middle to expand the tote and keep up with any accessories that are too hot for the party: scarves, gloves, caps. Telling your kids to put their gloves in this tote will help them keep up with their gloves and save you from discovering that they’ve lost a glove at the tailgate-party when you’re getting them ready for school the next day.

Large Utility Tote — Don’t make six trips! We’ve all done it. Walk from the car to the house, car to the house – carrying ugly plastic sacks with extra chips, drinks, a bag of ice, spare cups, and whatever else you’re taking to your friend’s party.  Just neatly stack it all in a Large Utility Tote and set it in your trunk. When you get there, take out the tote and make one trip to the house.  Once inside and empty, you can put yours and your kids coats in the tote to make getting them ready to go outside in the cold a little easier!

Zip-Up Pencil Pouch — Don’t want to be tied down to a large purse or tote for the party? Pack those necessities that won’t fit in your pocket in the Zip-Up Pencil Pouch. Keys, cellphone, tissues, and other supplies easily fit in the pouch, and the pouch will tuck into your coat your jacket! Or with a Wristlet strap you can keep the pouch close by without keeping your hands full!

 

Thirty-One products can make your party go smoother! Whatever your plans are, remember to have a great time!

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Tis the Season to Relax

Give yourself a break before you have a holiday meltdown.

You need a break!

For the holiday, you’ve probably planned at least one major event planned – a big dinner, a Christmas party, or family gathering. Enjoy your holiday celebrations by putting aside your to do lists and giving yourself a little Me-Time!

The Big Spa Kit

Keep a Spa in your Closet!

Keep your beauty treatments organized, easy to get to, and easy to put away!  With the Organizing Utility Tote Thirty-One makes it easy to keep your home spa supplies out of the way of your everyday routine without making you dig out a dozen different boxes, caddies, and small storage bins!

What to put in your Organizing Utility Tote for the Big Spa?

• Folded Robe On Top with Slippers in the pockets

Side Pocket 1 — Hair clips, ties, bandana, or headband

Side Pocket 2 — Tea Candles & Matches or Lighter

Side Pocket 3Manicure Kit, Toe Spacers, Nail Conditioner/Strengthener, Pedicure Stone

Side Pocket 4 — Beauty mask, Eye creams/supplies

Side Pocekt 5 — CDs of Mood Music

• Inside
-  Littles Carry-All Caddy
Waxing Kit – Applicators, Epilating Strips/roll, Wood Spatula or Spoon,   Wax & Warmer
- Mini Organizer
Outer Pockets – Lotions, Essential Oils, & Other bottles
Inside – Herbal Heating Pad/Pack
- Large Lotion, Body Cream, and other Bottles or canisters
- Loofah Sponge or other exfoliating washcloth
- Herbal Hot Pack or Heating Pad

 

Spa on the Go!

15 minutes to Feel Fantastic!

If you’re travelling over the holidays, pack something to help you unwind – make your own travelspa! Pack a MiniOrganizer with your spa supplies, and find 15 minutes to refresh yourself and get in a great mood for the coming celebrations. Fix yourself a cup of an herbal tea like chamomile or lemongrass, grab a chair you can take into the bathroom (preferably one with a back) and sneak off to a bathroom your 15 minutes. Light a candle and turn off the light to let give your eyes a break from the twinkling tree lights and decorations.  Put your body lotion or cream near/on a radiator or heating vent to warm it. Soak a washcloth with warm water and lay it over your face. Sit down and let yourself just relax in the quiet, dark room. Once the washcloth cools, gently pat your face dry and apply your warmed lotion or cream in slow circles, massaging your face and neck as you rub in the lotion.  Now, put your head down on your folded arms on the vanity, close your eyes, and let go of your holiday stress.

Suggestions to put in your MiniOrganizer for a travelspa

• body lotion or cream
• shower cap
• soft face scrub
• candle & lighter
• bath salts
• herbal tea
• exfoliating scrub
• even a folded robe or hot pad!


Shopping Spa

Decompress During your Day After Christmas Shopping!

After a few hours of deal hunting, mall navigating, and line-waiting, you trudge back to your car weary and ready to just go home!  Be ready for that shopper’s-low with a Thermal Tote! That’s right – they’re not just for taking your lunches in style! When you’re getting ready for your shopping trip, wrap a hand warmer (not activated) in a thin hand towel and put it in your Thermal Tote! Once you park at the store you’ll be shopping in, activate the hand warmer (follow the directions – usually you open an air tight wrapper or flex a metal disk inside it) and wrap it back in the hand towel.  Most hand warmers can keep steady heat for as long as 10 hours!

When you get back to your car, get out your warm hand towel and put it over your face. Sit there for a bit, just letting that warmth soak into your skin! Once you’ve relaxed a little, wrap the (hopefully) still warm hand warmer in the towel and drape it over the back of your neck or wrap it around a sore knee.  Now you’re refreshed for your drive home through holiday traffic!

There’s plenty of room in a Thermal Tote to take several thin-towel-wrapped hand warmers! These are great for kids when they just in the car on cold days!  For toddlers and other children child’s too young for you to be comfortable letting them hold a hand warmer without supervision, you can activate two or three hand warmers and spread them out in a small, folded up fleece blanket inside your Thermal Tote. The silver thermal lining will help the hand warmers keep the blanket toasty warm, and nothing hurries up naptime like a warm blanket on a cold day!

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