Red + Blue Giveaway from Thirty-One Gifts

I’m excited to be partnering with Thirty-One Gifts for my first giveaway on my blog!

The mission of Thirty-One is to empower women to run their own businesses. They do this through their direct sales program. They sell purses, totes, home organization products, jewelry, and more. Thirty-One also has a philanthropic side of the business, Thirty-One Gives. They partner with non-profit organizations that focus on building confidence in women and girls.

Check out my post, Tiny Purse from Thirty-One Gifts – Review, for more reasons to love Thirty-One. To find out about my giveaway, and how to enter, keep reading!

Thirty-One and I have partnered to give one of my lucky readers two of my favorite Thirty-One products. We’re giving away the Tons of Funds Wallet and the Large Utility Tote. I chose to review these products in colors that are near and dear to my heart. Red and blue are the colors of my high school and hometown, Piqua. These were the colors I wore when I ran cross country, competed in Science Olympiad and ran the school paper. My teammates and I even found red and blue mascara to show our school spirit!

Let’s chat about the items we’re giving away and why they’re fabulous!

Tons of Funds is my favorite Thirty-One Gifts item. It only has space for the essentials. I can fit my driver’s license, money, credit cards, keys and a few small items like lip balm, a small pill bottle or a pen. It makes a great wallet and an even better mini purse!

Tons of Funds comes in a lot of bright colors. I love my original Daring Cobalt Pebble (this color is no longer available). Very Cherry Pebble is starting to grow on me. Ever since I started using this purse, I’ve noticed this exact shade of red everywhere! It gives a nice pop of color to my outfits, I prefer to dress in neutrals: gray, black and dark blue. A bright little bag is the amount of color I want most days.

Thirty-One’s Large Utility Tote is a great option when you need to carry a lot! I have used it for family gatherings and a picnic in the park. I’ve been able to fit board games, slippers (I can’t be the only one who takes slippers with them to visit family… can I?) and food to family holiday parties.

It’d also be great for backyard barbecues and shopping at the farmers market. It has a ton of space – you could use it for toting towels, sunscreen and snacks to the beach or the pool. I’m sure it’d be helpful for corralling kids toys or baby gear. The options are endless with this much space!

Making a summer picnic with some of my favorite local foods is my favorite way to use the Large Utility Tote. I picked up a fresh loaf of sourdough bread from Bakehouse Bread & Cookie Company. Rosebud’s Ranch & Garden has delicious fruit butters. I grabbed Vanilla Cherry Plum Fruit Butter and Strawberry Rhubarb Fruit Butter. I packed a nice homemade salad with veggies from the Farmer’s Market and a little wine. Loaded up the Large Utility Tote and I had a simple and delicious summer picnic for two!

I have two Large Utility Totes right now. One in Charcoal Crosshatch and another in Blue Crosshatch. The Blue Crosshatch bag has custom embroidery on it. Check out Thirty-One’s online catalog to play with patterns and embroidery. Pick the product and pattern you want and click Personalize & Order. You can choose what kind of personalization you want, I went with my last name. Choose the style of your personalization, including font, text and thread color. Then click Preview Personalization to see your creation!

Enter to win your own Tons of Funds Wallet and the Large Utility Tote below! Fill out the Rafflecopter (not to be confused with ROFLcopter). You have a chance for 16 entries! Share this post with your friends! The lucky reader who wins will be able to customize their Large Utility Tote with embroidery of their choice!

 

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This Ohio Life giveaway is open to US Residents 18+ until 11:59PM EST on July 21, 2017. The winner will be drawn using Rafflecopter’s Random Number Generator. All entries will be verified, so play fair! I will notify the winner via e-mail and they will have 48 hours to reply before I redraw winners. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. This contest is not affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram in any way. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. If you have any questions, please contact Courtney at thisohiolife [at] gmail [dot] com. Good Luck!

 

Thank you Thirty-One Gifts!

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Thank you to Thirty-One Gifts, a Columbus-based company, for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

Tiny Purse from Thirty-One Gifts – Review

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Until recently, I always carried a big purse. My purse was my safety blanket and it had to be big enough to hold a snack, a book, my reading glasses, my sunglasses, my iPad, paper and pens, and the things I actually needed to have in my purse: my wallet and keys. I was always anticipating “disaster,” going somewhere for dinner that didn’t have enough gluten-free foods for me to eat or being stuck somewhere and getting bored. I felt safer having an emergency snack or book to read, just in case my day didn’t go as planned.

My first purse that I really used wasn’t an actual purse. It was a deep green army bag I bought from a vendor at the Heritage Festival in Piqua while I was in high school. It was perfect for my big purse needs: nice and roomy, a separate compartment for a water bottle, small pockets on the inside for pens and pencils and an adjustable strap. I was able to carry EVERYTHING in this bag. I even decorated it by sewing on fabric patches I had collected from attending birding events. I loved this bag so much – it even went off to college with me.

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Once I graduated from college though it was time for more adult looking purses and bags, sans the birding patches. I’ve had black bags with space for a portfolio and cream-colored bags with room for an iPad. They always had room for a book, a snack, anything I might need and plenty of things I didn’t. Just in case.

Just in case items get heavy, though. I was constantly switching my bag from shoulder to shoulder, or carrying it one hand, then the other. I usually had neck and shoulder pain on the days I was out and about, large purse or bag in hand. I also could NEVER find what I was looking for in my bag. All that stuff and I never had what I needed quickly. Something needed to change.

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Let me introduce to you, my new tiny purse! This little gem is made by Thirty-One Gifts and has changed the way I carry my essentials when I leave the house (I just carry the essentials). I love the bright cobalt blue color of this purse (technically it’s a wallet) and the zip around closure. It’s super small so I can’t carry anything with me that I don’t actually need.

When I was asked by Thirty-One Gifts to partner with them for a review, I chose this wristlet (it’s called Tons Of Funds in Daring Cobalt Pebble) thinking it would be my “travel purse.” Which is what I initially used it for and it was perfect! Plenty of room for cash, credit cards, keys, and an emergency tube Burt’s Bees lip balm (some habits are hard to break).

I couldn’t fit my original glasses case for my reading glasses in this purse, but I found a fabric case which fit perfectly (and my glasses are still intact six months later!).  I also found a pair of sunglasses that fold fairly flat and fit in this purse. Both pairs of glasses do not fit at the same time, but I’m usually wearing one of them so it works. If I pack the purse correctly, I can even fit my phone in it! After my last trip to Seattle, I didn’t feel like swapping everything out of my blue purse to go back into my bigger bag. I just kept carrying my tiny purse, which has become my go-to bag.

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Thirty-One Gifts is a direct sales company that sells purses and wallets, bags and totes, home organization products, thermal food storage products, jewelry, and accessories. Most of their products can be personalized with names or initials. The mission of the company is to empower and support women by giving them the opportunity to run their own business.

Thirty-One was founded in 2003 by Cindy Monroe in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The company is based out of Columbus, Ohio today and has been recognized as one of Columbus’ most giving organizations. In the past four years, Thirty-One has donated more than $100 million to nonprofits that share their mission. Last summer, they donated $10,000 to a local women’s nonprofit during their national conference.

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I like that Thirty-One has a variety of unique products, I mostly browsed purses and handbags and they have everything from cute little wallets and tiny purses to gigantic purses that could double as my overnight bag on my next trip!

The aspect I like most about Thirty-One, though, is Thirty-One Gives. Thirty-One Gives partners with non-profit organizations that focus on building confidence in women and girls and strengthening families. This year, Thirty-One Gives will donate approximately 5% of their net total sales in product and cash to support organizations they work with. Some of the organizations they have worked with include Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Girl Talk, World Vision, Girls on the Run and the Salvation Army of Central Ohio. In 2013, Thirty-One Gives established the Cindy Monroe Values & Vision Endowed Scholarship to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Thirty-One Gifts. Each year one girl in the Chattanooga area of Tennessee, where Cindy Monroe is from, is chosen to win a $12,400 scholarship to support her college career.

Thank you Thirty-One Gifts!

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Address: 3425 Morse Crossing, Columbus, Ohio 43219

Phone Number: 1-866-GIFTS31

Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube

Thank you to Thirty-One Gifts, a Columbus-based company, for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

Clothe Ohio – Review

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Clothe Ohio is a company that wears its heart on its sleeve. Literally. This clothing company operates under a simple, one for one deal:

For every order placed Clothe Ohio will donate a new t-shirt or sweatshirt to an Ohioan in need.

The name of the company, Clothe Ohio, is essentially what the company does. When someone purchases a t-shirt, tank or sweatshirt from Clothe Ohio, they donate a new t-shirt or sweatshirt to an Ohioan in need. They are actually clothing Ohioans. Pretty awesome, right?

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Clothe Ohio works with non-profit and charitable organizations throughout Ohio to give to those in need when they need it most.

Check out this short and sweet video that explains what Clothe Ohio is all about.

Not only is Clothe Ohio a local company with an altruistic mission, they also make really fantastic, Ohio themed, clothes. Clothes that allow you to proclaim your love of the big OH-IO.

I was asked earlier this year to review some of Clothe Ohio’s products. I had seen a few fellow Ohio bloggers wearing their clothes so I was excited to try them out. The website is easy to navigate, which is crucial because Clothe Ohio has a TON of options and even more designs to choose from.

There are t-shirts with “Ohio” written out in big, bold and blocky letters, and lots of designs using the state’s “o” shape as a letter in words like “love,” “local,” “homegrown,” and “OMG.” Whether your state pride arises from our history in aviation or space exploration, the prowess of The Ohio State Buckeyes on the football field or our agricultural heritage – there’s a t-shirt or sweater design you’ll love. They also have city-specific designs.

Needless to say, I had a very hard time narrowing my picks down to three!

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I ended up choosing three different designs, all of which were printed on soft, comfortable fabric.

Ohio Chic Racer Back Tri-Blend Tank Top
I’ll definitely be wearing this tank when the weather warms up again – the fabric is nice and light so it’s perfect for a hike or summer run.

Socialite Ohio Women’s Tri-Blend T-Shirt (it says in the description that it’s crazy soft and they’re not lying ?)
This is my favorite design and just what an Ohio-obsessed blogger needs when out exploring all our state has to offer.

Ohio Est. 1803 Women’s Off-Shoulder Sweatshirt (also crazy soft, and crazy cozy)
This sweatshirt is so comfortable! Great for Ohio’s cold winters (my least favorite thing about Ohio living).

In addition to being locally made and benefiting those in need in our community, each item Clothe Ohio sells is made to order. The company offers hassle free exchanges as well.

If you’re looking for some last minute gifts, I recommend Clothe Ohio for your holiday shopping! ?

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Address: 867 N High St, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Phone Number: (614) 813-4446

Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter

Thank you to Clothe Ohio, a Columbus-based company, for sponsoring this post.

Summer Made LOCAL Marketplace

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Next month, on Sunday July 12th, the Made LOCAL Marketplace will host their 4th summer event. The summer show will benefit Dress for Success Columbus and is a great place to shop for all kinds of locally made artisan products! The show will feature between 70 and 120 Ohio artists, crafters, food artisans, inventors, and entrepreneurs. The event will take place from 12 – 6pm at Polaris Fashion Place with 80 tables spread throughout the mall, all indoors.

Check out all of the amazing summer vendors on the Made LOCAL Marketplace website!

If you can, bring some jewelry you no longer wear to donate to Dress for Success.

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Ready to shop for a great cause? Here are the details:

What: Made LOCAL Marketplace Summer Show

Where: Polaris Fashion Place

When: Sunday July 12th. The event starts at 12pm and goes until 6pm.

Cost: FREE!

Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Image provided by Made LOCAL Marketplace.