Become a Thirty-One Gifts consultant for just $1!

Have you been looking for a way to earn income from home? Have you considered Thirty-One gifts?

Thirty-One is a direct sales company with great products. They have a wide range of products with various designs and personalization available. Personally, I’ve been using their duffle and an insulated bag for my baby’s bottles.

Thirty-One is currently offering a great way to get involved for just $1. You can start out your sales online and if you choose to, you can purchase a kit at a later time. This would make a great way to get some extra cash for the holiday’s which are coming up all too soon.

Why Thirty-One?
I’ll tell you a few of my favorite things about this company.

  • Ohio based
  • Woman owned
  • Faith based (the name comes from Proverbs 31!)
  • The owner cares about helping other women succeed as business owners
  • Thirty-One Gives

So if you’ve been considering it, NOW is the time to take action and become a sales consultant with Thirty-One! You pay $1 to join, plus $14.95 monthly for your personalized website. Not only is it affordable to join, their products are fashionable and convenient. You’re sure to know at least a few people already who would love to be your first customer! You can get started by heading over to www.thirtyonegifts.com/join/ But hurry! This offer is only good through Friday, October 14th!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey are taking us Out of this World!

It’s that time again! For those of you near Cleveland, Ohio it’s time to get your tickets to enjoy the newest tour of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. This circus tour is coming to the Quicken Loans Arena on October 20th-23rd.

Through the lens of a magic telescope, Out Of This World transports your entire family on an unforgettable journey as the circus Star Seeker battles to bring the most spectacular and talented performers back to Earth after years in outer space. Children Of All Ages will be amazed by the cosmic voyage as you discover the wonders of gravity-defying acrobats, orbital aerialists, majestic animals, fearless daredevils and humorous clowns.

Today I’m here to share a couple exciting offers and opportunities for your family!

You can now purchase a Circus $25.00 Snack Pack. With this, you will receive:

  • One ticket to any of these performances:
    Friday, October 21st, 7 PM
    Saturday, October 22nd, 11 AM/7 PM
    Sunday, October 23rd, 5 PM
  • One $10 concession voucher valid at Fan Fare Stands.

You can purchase this VALUE package at: www.theqarena.com

 You can also take part in helping with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District Giveback Night which takes place on Friday, October 21st at 7 PM. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey has partnered with the CMSD and Radio One to give back to the NE Ohio community. For each ticket sold to the Friday performance (by October 18th), $1 will be donated to Shoes and Clothes for Kids.

They have also organized an attendance initiative to reward schools with the most improved attendance leading up to the show. They will be giving away 500 tickets with this initiative.

 I hope that you are able to get in some family time at the circus and take advantage of being able to help the local schools at the same time. Head on over to www.theqarena.com to purchase your tickets!

Dear Single Moms and Dads – Take that selfie!

Dear Single Moms and Dads,

Take that selfie! Take a picture of yourself no matter if you’re at your best or worst. Take a picture of you alone, or a picture of yourself with your kids.

You’re a single parent so it’s up to you alone to capture your children’s pictures from day to day. What about you? That letter that’s being shared around the internet tells dad’s to take pictures of mom’s. But what about us single parents? We have to rely on ourselves to have those pictures our children will want to look back on.

So, what are you waiting on? Grab that camera and get to it!

Sincerely,

A new single mom who’s learning it all she goes

 

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Duct Tape Bags – Review and Giveaway

One day Richela Fabian Morgan was shopping with her children at a hardware store where they saw a wide variety of duct tape. Richela has been obsessed ever since. She started out making various items at home with her daughter and decided she had to share her ideas with the world. She had already written three books covering 242 duct tape crafts and recently Duct Tape Bags was released.

duct-tape-bags-coverDuct Tape Bags has tutorials for creating 40 different projects for totes, clutches, messenger bags, and bowlers. After learning about Richela’s projects and books, I couldn’t wait to receive my copy in the mail. I’ve always loved seeing other peoples various duct tape projects but have never taken the time to try one myself. This book came at the right time since I just so happen to have about 6 different colors of duct tape.

I’ve decided I’m going to make this a weekend project with my 8 and 5 year old. We’ll likely be trying a simple shoulder bag or a clutch. I’m not super crafty, so if we get through it, I’ll be sure to share pictures in a future post.

This book is great to have on hand for a fun activity to do yourself or with your kids. I don’t want to admit that the holiday’s are coming, but this would make a great Christmas (or birthday!) gift as well.

If you’d like to get a copy for yourself or for a gift, head on over to Amazon.com to get yours for just $11.25.

ENTER TO WIN a copy of Duct Tape Bags by Richela Fabian Morgan!

Be sure to do the mandatory entry listed below. After that, feel free to do any of the extra entries for more chances to win. Entries will be accepted until 9pm, Sunday, October 16, 2016. A winner will then be chosen via random.org and will be announced on Facebook and confirmed on our giveaway winners post. The winner will also receive an e-mail and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

MANDATORY ENTRIES: You must do at least ONE of the mandatory entries. Feel free to do both if you’d like.

1 Entry – “Like” The Boy Meets Girl Blog on Facebook

1 Entry – Follow The Boy Meets Girl Blog via e-mail.

BONUS Entries:

1 Entry – “Like” Crafty Richela on Facebook

2 Entries – Follow thebmgblog on Twitter

2 Entries – Follow boymeetsgirlblog on Instagram

2 Entries – Get a friend to enter this giveaway. (They must leave a comment with your name. You must also do your two entry comments for it to count.)

3 Entries – Retweet about this giveaway for 3 extra entries EVERYDAY.

3 Entries – Comment on a non-giveaway post.

4 Entries – Enter another current giveaway (when available).

Kids Eat FREE at IHOP in September

As we’re all still getting settled in to our new routines with another new school year, we all know that easy dinners are important for our busiest days. IHOP is helping make that a little easier on us all this month as they are feeding our kids for FREE! Dinner out at IHOP in September allows for some relaxing family time that is easy on your wallet.

The night before my kids went back to school, we took advantage of the free kid’s meals in the midst of our mad dash to get last minute supplies and get to the school to meet teachers.

 

My kids both ordered the and they couldn’t wait to dig in. My boy was especially excited about the many choices of syrup and yes, he tried most of them!

My parents joined us on our crazy day and the three of us tried out the new Criss-Croissants and we all loved them. It was not something I would normally try but I am glad I did.

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These meals come with different side options which I loved. I love eggs and potatoes with my breakfasts but I’m not a fan of bacon or sausage. I liked that I was able to choose the sides that fit what I wanted.

Be sure to head over to your local IHOP to try out the Criss-Croissants and let your kids enjoy a tasty meal for free through Saturday 25th between 4pm and 10pm.

My Wonderful Distraction

Some of you have noticed that I’ve disappeared a bit through the month of August. If you’re not a Facebook follower, you may not have seen the picture I shared a couple weeks ago to give an idea of what’s taking up all of my time these days. It’s a wonderful distraction…

My baby boy arrived on the 4th! We spent a couple day in our delivery hospital, 12 hours at home, and then a day and a half in the NICU at Children’s Hospital before we came home for good! Baby Ethan turned 3 weeks old yesterday, which seems crazy to me. He’s ALREADY growing up too fast! He’s my last baby and I can already see him growing up and leaving me way too soon. He’s grown almost two inches and is about a pound over birth weight. Too soon…

Anyway… I’ve been away because I’ve been tending to my newborn son, who, right now, sleeps best and longest ON me. Just like his big brother. The bassinet and swing are just small helpers here and there. I’ve also been busy with my older kids. My girl started third grade and my older son… my baby for the past 5 1/2 years…  started Kindergarten. Let me just say it helped being ‘distracted’ with a newborn while sending him off to BIG KID school with his sister.

Big sister and brother love helping me out with baby any chance they get when they’re home. One of the perks to the larger age difference is that they can do and enjoy so much more with their baby brother.

Baby Ethan likes to be held a majority of the days and nights. While it can get frustrating when all I want to do is make a cup of coffee, or clean some part of the house… I’m cherishing every single moment to the best of my ability. I am NOT in any rush for him to not need me. With that being said, I’ll be a bit ‘distracted’ for a while as baby needs me. But I will be sharing reviews of some wonderful products and of course some great giveaways as time and energy allows.

Oh, and I can’t end this without a peak at my wonderful family. Enjoy!

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Charley’s Philly Steaks at Chapel Hill Mall – Review & Giveaway

Charley’s Philly Steaks is a restaurant based right in Ohio. They opened up their first restaurant thirty years ago on the OSU campus. Now they have over 500 locations around the U.S. I’ve always loved Charley’s, but I love it a bit more now that I know it got it’s start in Ohio. Local based businesses are very important to me.

I’ve been enjoying Charley’s Philly Steaks for as long as I can remember at my local malls. I haven’t been to the mall in a while but I took my kids there recently. We were heading to Babies ‘R’ Us, to get a few things for baby, but first we stopped to have lunch with my sister’s family at Chapel Hill Mall in Cuyahoga Falls. There was no question – we were there for Charley’s.

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Charley’s is known for their Philly Cheese Steaks, loaded gourmet fries, and refreshing lemonades. I’ve also ordered the last two items along with the Chicken California sandwich. This recent visit was no different.

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Typically my kids enjoy any type of kids meal available where we dine out. For this visit, my son decided to be different and have the same meal as I did. My daughter stuck with one of her favorites – a chicken strips kids meal.

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Charley’s introduced two new menu options for the summer – Nacho Deluxe Fries and Raspberry Signature Lemonade.

The Nacho Deluxe Fries come loaded with warm cheddar cheese sauce, shredded cheddar cheese, bacon bits, diced tomatoes, zesty Jalapeno Ranch dressing, jalapenos, and chives. Personally, my kids and I cannot handle anything spicy so we took my brother in law and nephew’s word that they were good while we enjoyed ours without the jalapenos. 🙂

The three of us did enjoy each of the lemonades. The Raspberry Signature Lemonade is the other limited time menu option. I was excited to see that offered and enjoyed every drop. My kids each enjoyed the other flavors.

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The staff at #MyCharleysAkron was wonderful, prices were reasonable, and the food was delicious. Charley’s at Chapel Hill Mall is definitely #MyCharleys and I’ll be taking my kids back there again soon.

When you’re out and about running errands, take time to stop by the food court at Chapel Hill Mall in Cuyahoga Falls and enjoy lunch or dinner at Charley’s Philly Steaks. If you’re there with your children and some time to just have fun, be sure to check out the toddler play zone and the carousel in the food court, and Ja’Lae’s Jungle Rides within the mall.

 

ENTER TO WIN $25 Gift Certificate for Charley’s Philly Steaks at Chapel Hill Mall!

Be sure to do the mandatory entry listed below. After that, feel free to do any of the extra entries for more chances to win. Entries will be accepted until 9pm, Tuesday, August 30, 2016. A winner will then be chosen via random.org and will be announced on Facebook and confirmed on our giveaway winners post. The winner will also receive an e-mail and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

MANDATORY ENTRIES: You must do at least ONE of the mandatory entries. Feel free to do both if you’d like.

1 Entry – “Like” The Boy Meets Girl Blog on Facebook

1 Entry – Follow The Boy Meets Girl Blog via e-mail.

BONUS Entries:

1 Entry – “Like” Charley’s Philly Steaks on Facebook

2 Entries – Follow thebmgblog on Twitter

2 Entries – Follow boymeetsgirlblog on Instagram

2 Entries – Get a friend to enter this giveaway. (They must leave a comment with your name. You must also do your two entry comments for it to count.)

3 Entries – Retweet about this giveaway for 3 extra entries EVERYDAY.

3 Entries – Comment on a non-giveaway post.

4 Entries – Enter another current giveaway (when available).

 

Find out your Interior Design style!

I was excited to see this Interior Design quiz and see what it came up with for me. I’m FAR from a designer. I took a quiz and found my style!

Interior Design Style Results

My results said my style is Shabby Chic. 

Romantic and vintage-inspired styles are two things you appreciate. Decor in your home should have a quaint, cottage-esque feel with rosy tones throughout. Furniture and window coverings that look distressed, yet elegant, will make your home feel cozy and comfortable.

If you’d like to find out what your interior design style is, take the quiz! Feel free to comment with your results below.

 

Thirty-One Gifts – Review & Giveaway

Have you heard of Thirty-One Gifts? I’ve known about this company for years, but I’ve recently learned a lot more and I love this company! The first thing I recently learned was that this is an OHIO based business! I’m shocked that I never knew Thirty-One Gifts was based out of Columbus, Ohio. It’s actually one of the largest woman-owned businesses in central Ohio.

Thirty-One is a direct sales company that offers products including purses, wallets, bags, totes, jewelry, organizational products and much more! There are about 77,000 sales consultants spread throughout the U.S. and Canada. Thirty-One is known for even more than just their products.

Thirty-One is all about empowering women and girls and strengthening families. They have been recognized as one of the most giving organizations. They have donated more than $85 million in cash and products over the last three years to nonprofits that share their mission. How awesome is that? Not only are many mom’s making a difference for their families as a sales consultant, but they are also contributing to much more.



During the recent conference in Columbus, the consultants and their families were involved in giving back to the local community during their time in the city. They were encouraged to leave encouraging messages, 31% tips, donations to local charities and more. I love hearing about companies giving back to their local communities.

I LOVE Thirty-One. I have always loved their products, yet I have never had a chance to actually check out any myself. I finally received my own Thirty-One Duffle this week and it came at the absolute perfect time! My baby is due in just 6 days and, well, I’ve put off packing my hospital bag way too long. Part of that, was due to not really knowing what I was going to pack my things in. I’ve been wanting to get myself a nice overnight bag so this opportunity to share Thirty-One came up at the perfect moment.

THIS is my hospital bag and I couldn’t be happier with my choice.

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This is the All Packed Duffle in the Dotty Chevron style. It comes with a removable shoulder strap, a nice front pocket, and a special mesh compartment on the side.

Today I get to share with you Thirty-One’s various All Packed Duffles from their spring/summer and fall catalog. Along with the Dotty Chevron, the spring/summer catalog includes the Navy Perfect Pendant and Black duffles.

All Packed Duffle - Navy Perfect Pendant All Packed Duffle - Black

 The fall catalog is introduces the Duffles in blue, charcoal, and pink.

Blue, Charcoal, and Pink Crosshatch

These duffles are great for taking to the gym and overnight getaways. As with many Thirty-One products, these duffles are available to be personalized.

Thirty-One’s Duffles are available for $80. Remember your purchase is helping empower women as the company gives back but also as it helps a consultant earn a little extra for her family.

ENTER TO WIN a Thirty-One Duffle of your choice!

Be sure to do the mandatory entry listed below. After that, feel free to do any of the extra entries for more chances to win. Entries will be accepted until 9pm, Monday, August 22, 2016. A winner will be chosen via random.org and will be announced on Facebook and on our giveaway winners post. The winners will also receive an e-mail and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

MANDATORY ENTRIES: You must do at least ONE of the mandatory entries. Feel free to do both if you’d like.

1 Entry – “Like” The Boy Meets Girl Blog on Facebook

1 Entry – Follow The Boy Meets Girl Blog via e-mail.

BONUS Entries:

 

2 Entries – Follow thebmgblog on Twitter

2 Entries – Follow boymeetsgirlblog on Instagram

2 Entries – Get a friend to “Like” The Boy Meets Girl Blog on Facebook (They must leave a FB comment with your name. You must also do you two entry comments for it to count.)

2 Entries – Get a friend to enter this giveaway. (They must leave a comment with your name. You must also do your two entry comments for it to count.)

3 Entries – Retweet about this giveaway for 3 extra entries EVERYDAY.

3 Entries – Comment on a non-giveaway post.

4 Entries – Visit www.thirtyonegifts.com and come back to comment your favorite product.

4 Entries – Enter another current giveaway (when available).

What is a Subchorionic Hematoma or Bleed

If you are currently pregnant and researching this pregnancy complication, I hope and pray that you have a good outcome. I also welcome you to read my story here:
I Had a Subchorionic Hematoma.

When I was diagnosed, the ER doctor explained this to me as holes in my placenta that were bleeding. These were the cause of my vaginal bleeding that landed me in the ER in the first place. I was told that a subchorionic hematoma is the biggest cause of first trimester bleeding, that it was very normal, and the outcome could go either way. I was not given any information outside of that. So the next days and months I went to the internet to find out what I was dealing with.

I found this explanation on whattoexpect.com:

Subchorionic bleeding is the accumulation of blood within the folds of the chorion (the outer fetal membrane, next to the placenta) or between the uterus and the placenta itself.

Many hematomas are discovered when vaginal bleeding is looked in to. That is exactly how mine was diagnosed during my visit to the ER. The hematomas can cause bleeding to go on for weeks, even months, while some women never even experience the bleeding.

In many cases, the hematomas will eventually dissolve on their own and the pregnancy will continue on normally. However, if you are experiencing this, you do need to be aware and prepared with the knowledge that there is a risk of miscarriage and even preterm labor. Some women will be told their hematoma has dissolved and then it reappears during the pregnancy or comes out during birth.

This is a common complication in pregnancy, however treatment is not standard and every doctor goes about them differently. Some may recommend moderate to intense bed rest and pelvic rest, while others will give the go ahead to continue your normal activities.

YOU need to be aware of how your body is handling the hematoma. If you bleed more when you’re active, take a step back as much as you can and ask for help when it’s needed. Rest when you can and continue to drink your water.