Direct Sales Planner Stickers

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I am so excited to be a consultant with Thirty-One and a fan of planners.  One of the things I have found a great need for is Direct Sales Planner Stickers.  Recently, I discovered how easy it was to make my own stickers and love how organized it makes my planner book to keep track of my parties, meetings, and other things that are always coming up.  It makes such a difference when you are on top of things.  You don’t forget as much and are able to ensure you stay on top of hostess coaching.

 

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Do you have a bag for your planner yet?

I LOVE these ones from Thirty-One:

 

I got the Fold-Up Family Organizer in an old print to colour

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and the Hanging Traveler Case to hold my planner and accessories.

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Pack a Busy Bag for Medical Appointments

You need to Pack a Busy Bag for Medical Appointments for kids, you never know when you may need to run out the door fast to the ER or doctor, be prepared!

 

How many times does it happen that you have little to no warning that you have to go somewhere and keep the kids busy and quiet for a prolonged period of time.  Usually a walk-in clinic, doctor’s office, go to the ER, etc.  This is why you need to be organized and Pack a Busy Bag for Medical Appointments in advance.

I cannot tell you the number of times I have to grab the kids and go to the walk-in for step tests, ER for minor injuries, etc.  The last thing I want to think of when running out the door to take my sick or injured baby to the doctor is what I need to pack and bring with me to keep them entertained.  Even with an appointment we are at our doctors office for usually almost two hours.  A walk in clinic two to three hours.  The Emergency Room (even if considered high priority) three to eight hours.  Sometimes you really need to be prepared to keep your kids busy for a prolonged period of time.  But not just the doctor’s office, restaurants, shopping, non-kid houses, there are tons of places you may go where it can be helpful to have a dedicated bag full of kids activities they can use.


You need to Pack a Busy Bag for Medical Appointments for kids, you never know when you may need to run out the door fast to the ER or doctor, be prepared!

Here are some items I like to Pack in my Busy Bag for Medical Appointments to keep my kids busy at the Doctors office:

  • Grab & Go bags – I find them at the cash at Micheal’s, for a dollar, this is an AMAZING find.  Even just to throw in your purse.  A mini colouring book, crayons, and stickers.  These are perfect to keep kids busy.
  • Books – New-to-them books, or books they don’t read often.  Pick thin paper books so it isn’t as heavy or takes up a lot of room.  They are great to read quietly in the waiting room to kids, or in the examining room while waiting for the doctor or between medical tests.  Bring a bunch.
  • Flash Cards – Great to go through with kids and start conversations.
  • Brain Quests – They have tons starting at 2-3 years old.  Great to keep kids busy and interactive to do with the kids as you sit trying to keep them entertained.
  • Snacks – try to keep it peanut free as you never know what kind of regulations there will be, raisins, fruit pouches, crackers, juice boxes, water bottles, etc.  Don’t forget to pack some snacks for yourself.  Try not to bring items that squish easily.
  • Grab a tablet and chargers as you run out the door, once your busy bag fails, take a break and let them watch Netlflix or play games on your tablet.  Plus, especially in the Emergency Room your phone will die, bring a charger!
  • A book or magazines for you, you will get bored too, bring some stuff to entertain yourself with as well.
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What to pack it in?

  • Cinch Sac – I love this bag, it’s a Cinch Sac by Thirty-One Gifts, we have a bunch we use for different purposes, but I keep this purple one by the door with stuff for a quick visit to the doctors or anywhere else we may have to go.  You can check them out HERE to get one.

What would you Pack in a Busy Bag for Medical Appointments?  Where else would you use one of these bags?

How do you keep your children busy in the doctors office or restaurants?

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I made a bag for kids to use in restaurants check it out below:

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Baby & Toddler Medicine Kit plus Giveaway

How many times have you woken in the night to realize that baby has a fever and needs medication and now you have to find it.  Or gone away and realized baby has a cold and needs some cold meds or cough syrup?  Maybe you are all super organized and have never had to scrounge to find meds at 2:00 am while half-asleep and with no contacts in so can’t even really see.

After one too many of these incidents and also a growing baby who could reach into surfaces and climb anywhere I wanted a safer location to store my meds and all in one spot.

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This was my solution:

Thirty-One Gifts Beauty Bag.  (Not sponsored I swear but after hearing my idea decided to do a giveaway for this bag themselves).  I love my bag, I carry so much in here, it’s all accessible and when I go away, even for a night I grab the whole bag so I am always prepared for whatever.

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  • Baby Advil
  • Baby Tylenol
  • Toddler Advil
  • Toddler Tylenol
  • Camillas for teething
  • Hylands teething tablets or gel
  • Oval
  • Gripe water
  • Thermometer
  • Nail clippers
  • Syringe
  • Baby Vicks / or natural alternative
  • Kids polysporin
  • Kids afterbite
  • Cough & cold medicine
  • Advil cold & flu
  • Salinex
  • Cough syrup (unsweetened for baby and with honey for toddler)

Now whenever one of the kids is sick I have everything in one spot and am ready to handle anything!  Except adult illnesses, I’ll have to work on another bag for the adult meds (anyone want to give me a bag to review for the adult one?!?).

Last week I had a sleepover at my moms house, both kids had fevers and coughs, my mom and sister watched with amusement and were slightly impressed to see me pull out my bag and tackle their issues with all the tools needed in one bag.

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What do you include in your baby and/toddler medical kit?  Anything I am missing?

DIY Restaurant Survival Bag – How to Survive a Restaurant with Little kids

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This is my new favourite discovery.  The restaurant survival bag is a life saver!  I have it packed ready to go, then if we decide we want to go out to a restaurant to eat all I have to do is grab it and we are all set.

We love eating out!  When my husband and I dated we went out to dinner once a week and it was amazing.  Now, not so much.  We try, but it just is not the same experience with kids as it was before.  We can still have some amazing meals, but not always.  We went out to two restaurants with disastrous results.  Both involving carrying screaming children from the restaurant.  I vowed to turn this around and be as prepared as is humanly possible.




I got this bag, which is actually a travel toiletries bag from Thirty-One and it works great.  Has it’s own handles and pockets inside and out.  I love how it even has the wet pocket spot so I can put a water cup in it or bring home wet clothes in it without worrying about it leaking everywhere.

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Here are the contents of my restaurant survival bag:

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  • Summer infant eating mat
  • Puffs
  • Sippy cup
  • Baby spoon
  • Little portable toy that rolls on the table
  • Sophie and other teething toys and things to play with
  • Bib

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  • Raisins
  • Sticker activity book
  • Play dough
  • Flash cards
  • Crayons
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Not listed but also great to have in the bag:

  • Baby wipes to help clean sticky hands and faces.
  • Extra shirts to change into after for the littles.
  • Ziplock bags and/or little containers to bring home leftovers.

Of course you need an awesome handy bag that is easy to grab and bring to restaurants, I also use these two: Hanging Travelers Case or even a Zipper Pouch.

You will notice I have snacks on both lists, it may seem weird since you are at a restaurant,  but if the food is late it helps to stave off the hangry outburst and also keeps them occupied longer.

To save time, I also look at the menu on my phone on the way there and when the server comes for our drink order, I just order everything right away so it doesn’t take as long.   We also try to choose restaurants that have snacks on the table (like chips at Lone Star) and go early before the kids get really hungry and the restaurant fills up so things take longer.   I don’t put Po in his highchair until the last minute as I know his tolerance for sitting in it will be sort so I try to save his patience for when the food comes.

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How Hosting Parties Can Help YOU Buy Christmas Presents for Less

Christmas is a stressful time of year.  There are so many expenses around that time of year and it can be a big financial burden.  I love buying presents for people and cannot wait to give it to them.  But, there are so many people to buy for and it can be hard financially to get presents for all the people you want to without going over budget or into debt.

I started my Christmas shopping in May.   By end of August I am honestly about 75% done.

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Here are some tips to make it more manageable and not as stressful:

  • Make a list of every person you need to shop for, also take into account teacher gifts, gifts for friends, secret Santa exchanges you may be involved in, kids friends, etc.  Maybe have two or three extra versatile gifts for any last minute presents you may need or hostess gifts you might require.
  • Make a budget for every person you need to shop for and stick to it.  Then you know up front how much you are going to spend and can start to make adjustments for it.  It also gives you a realistic expectation of how many you can buy for and what you should budget.
  • Try to spread it out.  Start buying presents as early as you can so the spending doesn’t spike in November and December but is gradual throughout the year, or at the very least throughout the Fall.

How Hosting Parties Can Help You Buy More Christmas Presents

Finally, my number one tip… HOST A PARTY!!  Think of the people you have to shop for, what they have in common and if you could get them similar or even the same things.  There are so many independent consultants now selling multiple products, Discovery Toys, Thirty-One Gifts, Jamberry Nail Wraps, Pampered Chef, Epicure, Scentsy, etc.

DSC_0066For example, if you have a lot of children to buy presents for, Discovery Toys is a perfect idea.  There are a lot of educational toys that you can get and the rewards for hosting a party are the highest of any party I have ever seen.  Thirty-One gifts has bags (for men and women), storage bins, thermal bags, totes, etc.  You get the idea, pretty much every company has so many options for products you can get and I am sure you can find products for most of the people on your list.

A lot of consultants will even host online Facebook parties so you do not have to leave your couch!  Honestly, at this moment I am participating in three Jamberry nail parties.  I participate in I think one Facebook party a week.

DSC_0063Some of the benefits of hosting a party:  Every company has different rewards, but in general as long as you meet the $200 minimum of product sales you get free products, usually at least one 50% item, discounted items or money to put towards other items, as well as exclusive items only available for those who host.

Onlineparties Some of the benefits to participating in a Facebook party:  You get to learn about new products and company’s that you previously may not have known of.  You are supporting a friend of yours who is hosting the party, either morally by participating or by buying products and helping them get free stuff.  Usually in each party there are opportunities to win things like free shipping, 10% off, buy 3 get 1 free, etc.  They are also great opportunities to win free things, which you can also use as presents or add-ons, or just a bonus for you!

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I cannot stress enough how effective these parties are at helping you get organized for Christmas.  I have received so many free products by participating in and hosting parties in the past few months.   Plus, they can be really fun!  Some consultants make the parties so engaging that you keep checking in every hour throughout the party and they make it really enjoyable.

I know consultants all across Canada for the above listed companies so if you are interested in a party and need to be hooked up with a consultant let me know and I can point you in the right direction (no I am not making anything off this post, I am just passionate about it and have a lot of friends who are consultants).  I also think it is important to support fellow moms and people in our community, everyone is trying to make a living and do what is best for their family so I would much rather support a friend buy buying products through her then a big chain store.

Lastly, let’s say you have a budget of $50 for Katie,  you decide to get her a thermal tote worth $50, but, because of the hostess benefits it only ends up costing you $25, it still counts as $50!   It does not mean you need to go back out and find something to spend $25 on to spend the whole budget.  If you get an item on sale, discounted, as a free product, whatever, that is called smart shopping, pat yourself on the back and praise yourself about all the money you saved.

Have you ever participated in an at-home or online party?  Which are your favourite companies and products?

 

 

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