The month of May is always such a busy (but amazing) time of year. Mother’s Day rolls around, graduation ceremonies are taking place, school lets out for summer vacation, and for my personal family, we’re celebrating a birthday AND an anniversary all in the same month! Though our schedules can get a little hectic this month, it’s all gravy! I know that summer is well on it’s way, and that means we can finally pack up the car and head down to the surf and the sand for a little rest and relaxation before the newest member of the family gets here in early August!

The month of May is always such a busy (but amazing) time of year. Mother’s Day rolls around, graduation ceremonies are taking place, school lets out for summer vacation, and for my personal family, we’re celebrating a birthday AND an anniversary all in the same month! Though our schedules can get a little hectic this month, it’s all gravy! I know that summer is well on it’s way, and that means we can finally pack up the car and head down to the surf and the sand for a little rest and relaxation before the newest member of the family gets here in early August!
Just a note- I don’t sell Thirty-One.  I have had over a dozen readers e-mail in the last few days to let me know they do and would be more than happy for me to use their links.  I have the link of a friend in this post who helps me with stuff on a pretty regular basis and this is my way of returning the favor.  However if you have a friend who sells 31 be sure to contact them – I know they would appreciate the commission!
I started using Thirty-One throughout our time in Italy.  I used the bags to keep our small apartment organized and I especially used them when we traveled. I quickly realized that a Large Utility Tote was indispensable when we traveled. I used one in the back of the van for snacks, drinks, trash bags, and food (since we exclusively stayed in Airbnb homes).  I realized that using multiple Zipper Pouches was a more efficient idea than having Ziplocs in my mom bag.
This company was created by a wonderful woman who truly wants to help women better their families lives. I had the pleasure to daily assist consultants. Many of these women are 31 consultant in addition to holding down full time jobs. They work hard to supplement their incomes to pay rent/ mortgages, feed their children, make car and insurance payments, etc etc etc. And Cindy Minroe is one of the most honest, ethical & caring humans you could ever meet. Not only does she work very hard to help her consultants to succeed, she treats each and every one of her employees like family. Respect and kindness abound here.

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5. Zip-Top Organizing Utility Tote ($35)– This is my basic grab and go mom bag. I’ve used it for the gym, pool, library, and for a kiddo weekend bag. It has pockets all around the outside, zips on top, and has interior pockets too. The ZOUT is the number one teacher and nurse bag. This one is on special this month too. Spend $35 and get a ZOUT for $10.


I stopped selling Thirty-One last December after about 5 yrs. At that time, I started using my many Deluxe Utility Totes as my laundry baskets. Plastic baskets just kept breaking. Now it is SO NICE to toss a DUT over my shoulder and head upstairs to put away laundry. I anow totally obsessed with the purple they have for fall. I want everything that comes in the purple!
Just a note- I don’t sell Thirty-One.  I have had over a dozen readers e-mail in the last few days to let me know they do and would be more than happy for me to use their links.  I have the link of a friend in this post who helps me with stuff on a pretty regular basis and this is my way of returning the favor.  However if you have a friend who sells 31 be sure to contact them – I know they would appreciate the commission!
"Hi there! I'm Laura, and I'm a child of God, a wife, and a mother of two. My roots are planted deep in rural Alabama. Monograms, crafting and Southern cuisine - yes, these are a few of my favorite things! Join me as I grow my family in the beautiful South where the tea is sweet, the accents are sweeter, & someone's heart is always being blessed." [Read more...]

Thirtyone Gifts Denim wallet with coin purse. Condition is Pre-owned and clean. Shipped with USPS First Class Package.This 8" wide clutch/wallet is denim on the outside (so it is durable) and the inside is tan/white stripe.  It holds 6 credit cards and an easy access license holder.  Four additional card holders, a zippered  8" pocket, and three other 8" pockets.  There is a bonus!  A cute little change purse as you can see in the picture.  Love this style - wish they hadn't stopped making it.

6. Swap-It Pocket ($25)– Right now this one is in my Retro Metro being used as it was designed to be used …I have all of my pens, makeup, notebooks, etc inside. Then I just move the entire thing to a new bag instead of having to dump out all of my crap. In the past though I’ve used it for planner supplies (see below). It’s a great size for personal sized planners and TNs with supplies.

One of our most popular items, the Large Utility Tote makes a great camping tote, sports equipment bag, picnic basket or beach/pool tote. Capable of holding heavy loads, this big tote makes the perfect storage piece or closet organizer for just about anything around the house, including toys, books, blankets, laundry, tools, seasonal clothing or shoes, holiday decorations, car care items and more. Wire support around the top allows it to keep its shape and stand up when in use, and collapse down for easy storage when not in use.
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While the Thirty One Gifts catalog shows beautiful traditional purses, they are only a small part of the impressive product catalog made available to lucky 31 Gifts party goers. From large totes that are ideal to bring along to the beach to small organizational pouches for home use, shoppers enjoy the selection of fabrics, embroidery customization options and matching accessories available for each product. With a color and pattern palette that greets each season with exciting new offerings and secret hostess-exclusive items, there’s a little something for everyone under the Thirty One Gifts umbrella. 
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