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Do You Have Business Insurance?

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So … you know how I have mentioned my business BFF, Melanie Moore, a few times here on the blog? Well, she has been after me to blog about this topic for a long time because she believes it is a resource that every direct seller needs, whether you have been in the business 10 days or 10 years. I will be honest, I kept pushing back on her about writing about this because it is totally out of my norm for this blog, it is something I am not an expert in, and truthfully it is a little depressing talking about insurance and accidents … but here comes a #truthbomb – “sometimes bad stuff happens to good people”! I want nothing more than to share an awesome resource that could help you should any of that bad stuff happen to you, something that will protect the well-being of your family & your personal family finances!

So here we are, I am going to do it!
We are going to talk about getting BUSINESS INSURANCE for your direct sales business!
YES, such a thing does exist!
YES, you can get it quickly and easily!
YES, you need it!

Why You Need Business Insurance:

Times have changed, my friends, and if you do not have insurance coverage for your business, you should! You are entering people’s private homes, what if you knock over the Hostess’s prize possession with your bag? Or you are carrying-pulling-dragging products, tables, garment racks, and shelving units into vendor events, what if you take out another vendor’s table or worse, hit a child with one of your poles as you blindly walk in carrying more than you should because you are trying to minimize your trips in and out to the car? And with the Spring vendor event season upon us, I have noticed more and more venues requiring “proof of insurance” in order to participate. Do you have proof of insurance for your business? Most home owner’s policies DO NOT cover your business.

I know, I get it, “but that would never happen to me”. But that’s just it, it DOES happen to people like us every day. You need to think proactively for your business and be prepared for the “what if”, just like you do for your home, your health and your cars. Insurance exists to cover the unknown and the accidents.


Getting Quotes:

I am sure you can connect with your own local insurance provider and get quotes, but I went with an insurance company that was referred to me. Just so you know, I do not get any kick backs for this, I just want to provide you with information and a valuable resource that I have found to get you & your family protected!

This insurance company specifically caters to direct sellers and understands our language, that is what I like about them. For only $75 a year, you get $2 million in general liability insurance for your business (including property and bodily injury), plus $3,000 for property coverage (including products and samples). I have looked into other options and for me, this is the best deal.


Printable Insurance Certificates for Events:

But here is what I love the most about this company, the printable event insurance certificates! I can download and print them myself anytime I need to provide them for an event (I just bring it with me to each event). Other companies require you to request a certificate and then you wait until they send it, some charge you extra to print a certificate, but with this company, I can just go print it on my own whenever I need it. They have been a Direct Sales Association Supplier for 27 years, which is quite impressive. And I know that they offer health insurance for Independent Contractors too, but I have not looked into that yet myself, you can check it out on their website.

When you apply for coverage from them, you will have to choose your company from the dropdown menu, they cover A LOT of companies, but not every company out there. A quote from their FAQ page says, “Because we must look at the nature of the product being sold, we must qualify all direct selling companies. When you enroll you need to select from the approved list of companies the one you represent. If your company does not show up on our list then our insurance carrier has not approved issuing a policy to cover your activities on their behalf. We cannot write policies unless your company is on the approved list of companies. Remember coverage will only be for you as a sale representative for the company you register for as an authorized representative.”


Do Your Own Research:

I invite you to check out getting insurance specifically for your business, the truth is …. when you are working with tons of people, taking credits cards and cash, carrying things in and out of locations … you just never know what is going to happen. I am not claiming to know everything about everything when it comes to business insurance, but I can tell you for certain that for $75 a year, it gives me enormous peace of mind that my family is protected from loss. You will need to do your own due diligence and research what is best for your family.

Here is the company we are referring to in this article: http://www.independentdirectsellers.org/




Use Email Templates for Your Thirty-One Business

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You know when someone messages you and asks you for more information on booking a party?

And you’re right in the middle of a manicure, or soccer practice, or waiting in line at Walmart (you’re gonna be there awhile). Well…here’s a way for you to copy and paste a message to WOW your customers and seal the deal!

Check out this quick video:

So WHY would you want to create email drafts and templates for your Thirty-One business?

You’re going to look like a professional:

When you email your customer back in a SHORT amount of time, with this AMAZING and informative email…they’re gonna be like…”Man, this lady is good”. And that’s exactly what you want. To look like the BOSS you are.

You’re not going to FORGET:

How many times have you been at the grocery store and gotten a message. And you’re like…”crap. I’ll answer that when I get home”. 2 days later…you realize you forgot. Your moment to look and act like a professional is GONE.

You’re going to save yourself TIME:

How much time does it take for you to create the same daggone information to send each time? Too much time. It’s stressful, you’re in a hurry, and it’s a PAIN. Now when you copy and paste this message for the first time (and every time after), you’re gonna be like…”yeah, i know I’m the boss.”

You’re not going to leave important information out:

How many times are you in a hurry to send something and you forget to put something in there? Like a file, or the link to your website, or the customer special? And then you have to email them back. Or…you just say “screw it”. And don’t send it at all. Don’t be that guy!

So…there ya go! Secrets of success. Create your templates. Take your time. Check your spelling. Add links. Add pictures. Make it GREAT. But SIMPLE.

And your Thirty-One business will thank you. And so will your customers!

Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts


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Thirty-One March Facebook Script

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March Facebook Party Script**below you will find my entire 4 day Facebook script for March 2016 with all images.

I want to make it FUN for my hostesses and guests!!

So this is my 4 day Facebook party I have created:

1. 4 posts a day

2. I post using http://www.cinchshare.com, so I can pre-post all of those. If you don’t use cinchshare, you SHOULD!

3. I post at 9am, 1pm, 4pm, and 8pm each day

I do a Facebook event the same way for every party. Whether they are having a home show, a catalog show, a Fundraiser, or a Facebook Party. They all get the same 4 day event. This is my way to get in front of as many people as I possibly can!

** I created a BUSINESS PAGE on Facebook that is ONLY for graphics. Do not “like” that page or draw any attention to it PLEASE> That is ONLY to house my albums in a “public” place. You will need to make your own PAGE and your own ALBUMS. But it should be pretty easy if you just choose some of the photos from the albums I already made. You can copy each album and all photos. I don’t mind.

It is IMPERATIVE that you watch this video BEFORE you try to do this script. You HAVE to understand the way this works.

***You canNOT put 31 or Thirty-One in the NAME of your Facebook Business page. The goal is NOT to draw attention to that page and keep just for your parties. And it is against policy and procedure to have 31 or Thirty-One in the title of ANY page.

**You need to read through each post to make sure it doesn’t have any of MY personal information and make it personal to you!

***It takes some time to load these albums, much less for you because i did all the hunting down and organizing for you! But the good thing is…I can change my script up, add pictures, change pictures, and change the BODY of the script…but still keep the albums! My goal is to show them the function and find some new ways to make it interactive.

I focused on the product lines I wanted to showcase, booking seeds, recruiting seeds, and lead generation (getting follow-up information).

I wrote down a list of absolutely everything I wanted to post in a FB event. And this is the outline I ended up with:

PRE-POSTS (I load these before I invite my host and before she invites all her friends)

1. Introduction to ME (always include a picture)

2. Bundle pictures to show what they can get and let them browse products

3. Introduction to FB party: what to expect from ME

4. Customer Special

**some of these pictures are my own, and some are pulled from other fabulous ladies who have shared their creative genius with the rest of us! Thank you if that is YOU.

PRE-POST: Here is my example for the DESCRIPTION of the February FB event:

Sheryl is hosting a Thirty-One Party! And we cannot wait to show you all the amazing gift ideas for you, your friends, and your family this season.

Want to view the whole catalog online? Just click here and you can view it on your phone or computer: http://issuu.com/buymybags/docs/catalog_6c74a58bde2ed0/1

March customer special:

Spend $35 and get any one of these for HALF PRICE (your discount price listed below):

Tons of Funds: $29

Sling-Back Bag: $22.50

Paris: $39

Organizing Shoulder Bag: $22.50

Ready to order?

Go to http://www.buymybags.com

Click on ORDER

Click on Sheryl’s name!

PRE-POST: So Here is an example of my Introduction:

Hello everybody! My name is Melissa Fietsam, and I am an Independent Senior Executive Director with Thirty-One. I have been with the company for over 7 years. I absolutely love my job and want to introduce myself and Thirty-One. I have 5 crazy children and am married to my high school sweetheart. I am a retired Registered Nurse (I used to work in the Emergency Room and taught LPNs on the side). I was able to supplement my income with Thirty-One, and now I’m a full-time mom and business owner!

I love Thirty-One because it gives women the freedom to pursue their dreams. It’s so much more than just a bag:) For those of you who don’t know…Thirty-One was founded on 31 Proverbs and is all centered around celebrating, encouraging, and rewarding women. And I can’t wait to tell you more about it!

I love to give away prizes! And we will be giving away a GRAND PRIZE on Day 4. For each comment, post, or question…you’ll be entered to win! The more you comment and post…the more likely you are to WIN!!!! So let’s have some fun!!




I can’t wait to help you organize with Thirty-One in March!! Who has been to a Thirty-One party before and who has never heard of Thirty-One?

And what’s this FB party all about?

  1. We will have a 4 day event!
  2. Give away a GRAND PRIZE to someone on Day 4
  3. I’ll post lots of ideas for great products and how to use them
  4. And we’re going to help your hostess earn LOTS of free and half price items!
  5. And just have some FUN! That’s what this is all about, SIMPLE~EASY~FUN!

And if you have questions at any time, please let me know! I <3 to answer questions



I’m going to introduce you to March customer special! For every $35 you spend, you get to choose one of these amazing bags for HALF OFF!! Your discounted prices are below!

Tons of Funds: $29

Sling-Back Bag: $22.50

Paris: $39

Organizing Shoulder Bag: $22.50


You can also load an album for all bundle pictures

PARTY TIME>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>



So tell me who you are! I love to get to know a little about my hostesses favorite people!

For every question you answer during the next 4 days, you’ll be entered to win a PRIZE on DAY 4!

I’m a stay at home mom now. But I used to be a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department and taught LPNs on the side!

My favorite TV shows are…hmmm…Walking Dead, Big Bang Theory, and Modern Family!




We have a brand new SPRING catalog! So that means there are lots of NEW products you haven’t seen yet!

The biggest news of the season…our brand new PERSONALIZED PILLOWS…check out all the fun designs: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1028037967286965.1073741840.1022317247859037&type=3


Who wants to win something?

Let’s see who can come up with the most creative pillow??!! Check out all the designs in the previous post. Then go to this link and create your OWN!

1. Take a picture of your pillow designed all nice and pretty

2. Post a picture HERE in the comments so I know you’re entering the contest! 2. Post on your MAIN Facebook page

3. The person with the most LIKES from your friends on their pillow design by the end of the party, WINS A PRIZE!! Just tell them you’re in a contest and need to WIN;)

Hey Miss hostess…YOU have to tell me who wins by having the most likes smile emoticon smile emoticon

**We have to have at least 10 people participate for a PRIZE to be won! And if someone loves your pillow and wants to know where you got it…and orders their own…you automatically when a gift from me 🙂 



March is here and that means EASTER is near!  You can grab some adorable Easter Baskets they can use all year-long! And get yourself a brand new purse for HALF OFF! Sounds like a great excuse to shop;)

March 17th: St. Patrick’s Day

March 27th: Easter

May 8th: Mother’s Day

MAY: teachers gifts and graduations are near! Our personalized pillows make AMAZING personal gifts they will cherish forever!

There’s also some other great ideas for lots of Easter baskets, Mother’s Day, Baby Shower Gifts, and graduation gifts! Thirty-One is a great option for a personalized gift from the heart for any occasion in your life!



What’s the big deal with hosting your OWN Thirty-One party? FREE STUFF of course!!

Click on the link below and view ALL the benefits of hosting your own show in March. And tell me…if you could get ANY ITEM in the catalog for FREE….what would it be??

Check out how easy it is to host your own Thirty-One show. All you need is $200 in orders to get:

$25 FREE, 1 item half off, one hostess exclusive item

But host a $600 show and get:

$100 FREE, 2 items half off, 2 hostess exclusives, AND…the hostess special bundle for the month!

  1. Facebook party?
  2. Home show?
  3. Catalog Party?
  4. Happy Hour party?
  5. or maybe even a Fundraiser?
  6. Wine Tasting Party?
  7. Pajama Party?

We party YOUR WAY!

DAY 2:



Organizing with Thirty-One is my one of my FAVORITE parts of this job! I get to do it for FREE or next to nothing with the consultants benefits I get:) So I want to show you some EASY ways to organize your home with Thirty-One!

Let me show you what Thirty-One can do for your CLOSETS! Check out the album below and tell me which is your favorite!


I’m also putting a link to my FAVORITE album, which is KITCHEN organization. What’s your favorite thing for the kitchen too?!





Time to get your GIRL BACK!

Tell me which one is your favorite?

As women, we always put ourselves last. With Thirty-One, you can spoil everyone in your family AND spoil yourself! Especially with the HALF PRICE customer special this month! Check all these great ways to spoil and celebrate YOU:



There are SO many new products I can’t wait to show you with the brand new spring catalog!! What is your favorite NEW product in the catalog?

Here’s the link if you haven’t had a chance to check out the new catalog:




I LOVE to travel. Tell me your favorite place you’ve BEEN and the place you DREAM of going?

And then check out all these amazing travel bags from Thirty-One. I travel at least twice a month, and I’m always the one with the cutest luggage and travel accessories;) You should be too!



This album is hereby dedicated to all those mothers out there who battle drool, temper tantrums, stomping feet, bath time, and MUCH MORE 🙂 I salute you 🙂

Do you have babies? What ages?

Do you know someone who’s getting ready to have a baby? Cause we have some great gift ideas for you!

Did you know? My oldest is graduating high school this year. And my youngest is TWO! I have a crazy spectrum of emotions and hormones and stages in my life, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything!



DAY 3:



Do you have kids in sports? What do they play?

I have 4 sons and 1 daughter. And sports is simply a part of my life. Baseball and basketball are our #1 sports. I love having all these Thirty-One products to make things CUTE. They’re smelly, they’re gross, they’re dirty…but I can sure make them look CUTE! LOL!





You’ve seen a few products now….so let’s see what kind of Thirty-One girl you are:) Check out this album and tell me your TOP 3 products you see that you LOVE! And I’m going to post a Thirty-One Personality Profile for FUN!



One question. If you had an extra $300 a month, what would you do with it?

Have you ever thought about becoming a Thirty-One consultant?

Whether you love the product and simply want a discount or you’d really like to make some extra money…Thirty-One has what you’re looking for and I’d love to tell you more!

Check out this video I made with some frequently asked questions about joining our team. If you’d like some MORE information…I have that too! Message me and I’ll send you a quick link you can look over with all the information you need to jump in and join us!



There’s some really great bundle deals you don’t want to miss out on! And they’re ONLY available in March! Check out these deals:



Ok friends! I created a Thirty-One Personality Profile for you!

Are you: the Dreamer, the Trend Setter, the Pajama girl??? See what YOUR type is!

STEP 1: Pick an outfit that YOU LOVE
STEP 2: Check the description below your favorite outfit to see if I pegged your personality:)

STEP 3: Tell us which one you picked in the post below!

And guess what? ALL the purses in the Personality Profile are HALF OFF in the customer special this month! Don’t miss out!!




What’s your favorite in this album?

I told you about my babies yesterday. Want to see my crazy teenagers?

I added their picture to the kids album below! Even my older kids love all the functional and FUN items for kids and teens.




What is your FAVORITE item in this album?

Every woman needs some accessories! These are the little things that just make you SMILE!




Do you LOVE Thirty-One? Do you NEVER want to miss an OUTLET SALE and be the first to see the monthly customer specials and deals?

Fill out this 2 second survey and you’ll be my Thirty-One VIP!

http://goo.gl/forms/utA33zCjB1 (((here is a copy of my survey so you can create your own. You can google Melissa Fietsam and create google survey and find a video on how to do it)))


Do we have any office supplies or craft junkies? Maybe some scrapbook queens?

I LOVE organizing my crafts and office spaces with Thirty-One!!! If your best Christmas present this year was a pack of Sharpies…this is your favorite album:)



I just wanted to say THANK YOU for partying with me.

Guess what?

I truly appreciate meeting new people and I’m so thankful for the support from all of my hostesses and their friends.  If there is anything I can do for you, please let me know. I would be happy to help in any way.

This is the end of our Facebook portion, but you have until March 14th to place your orders!

For every $35 you spend, you get to choose one of these amazing bags for HALF OFF!! Your discounted prices are below!

Tons of Funds: $29

Sling-Back Bag: $22.50

Paris: $39

Organizing Shoulder Bag: $22.50

Thanks a million for supporting your hostess this week!!

If you’re ready, just go the website, click on ORDER, then find your hostesses name!

Smiles and Hugs,

Melissa Fietsam,

Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts


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So there it is. My complete 4 day Facebook party. I really hope this helps some consultants out there who are looking for the words to say. I hope this blesses someone a million times over!

Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts


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Making Connections at Your Thirty-One Home Shows

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Making a connection with your customers at the home show can make or break MANY things!

I want to show you really quickly how to increase sales, bookings, and even recruiting at your Thirty-One home parties. Take a look at this quick video:

So there you go! How EASY is that?

Take these little hand sanitizers, I got mine in a 3 pack at the Dollar Tree:

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You slap a business address label on the back and now you’re giving each guest something they will NOT throw away that has your contact information on it.

By asking them these three questions:

  1. How do you know the hostess

2. What’s your occupation

3. and…do you have any kids

You’re making a CONNECTION. You’re making a connection that will help you:

  1. be able to SERVE her
    • If she’s a nurse, what bag would be GREAT for her?
  2. help you with having a conversation with you
    • Maybe you find a common thread. I used to be a nurse. Where do you work? Oh really, do you know so and so…
  3. help YOU to remember her
    • when you START with a conversation, you connect the dots. You’ll remember who she is
  4. find some common ground to even START a conversation with her
    • You said your son is in baseball…so is mine!
  5. figure out a conversation starter for a booking
    • So…you just moved into a new house? You would probably love to host a party, show off the new house, and get some great new organizing products for FREE for your new house. Or…baseball is SO expensive. Have you ever thought about doing a fundraiser?

Make it a point to TRY this at your next home show. And don’t forget to introduce YOURSELF the same way they do. So THEY make a connection to YOU!

Happy Partying ladies!

Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts


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January Thirty-One Guest Packet for Your Parties

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This is my “push” for January at my parties. I love my binders. They go right along with my party presentation and it works perfectly!

Check this out:

The pages in my binder:

Customer Special:

I love the clear pocket on the front to put the customer special on there. No more searching for it. This is an UPSELL and needs to be high lighted!

My Why:

on the back cover I have my family. This gives your customers a “window” to YOU. It’s a personal connection. These people are giving you their time and their credit card #’s. They should be able to get to know you and connect with you. And what better way than showing them who you really are?


Each month I will be including these in my packets. I did this about 6 months ago and people would literally point to a bundle and say, I want that one. Remember, some people simply come to a party to support their friend. And a confused mind will always say NO. But when you give them this visual, it’s so easy for them to say YES.

Ask Me About My Job:

I do this after I hand out my recruiting flier to each person. It’s a great way to open conversation about the opportunity.

Book a Party Flier:

This form is something I created and Bridgett Edwards illustrated for us. It is the single easiest way to walk through the benefits of hosting a show. Especially for our new consultants. This tool has been invaluable.

Hope this helps to see the “why” behind this binder!

I made 20 binders and take 15 to my parties. The fit GREAT in 2 fold n files. I just take them out and set them on the coffee table at my party. And all my pins fit in the pockets of the fold n file. So it’s a great party addition that highlights a product too!

Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts


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Hosting a Thirty-One Party in November 2015

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WHY would you want to host a Thirty-One party in November? Oh….let’s count the ways!!

#1 reason to host a Thirty-One Party in November 2015:

You get this entire hostess bundle with FREE embroidery on all 3 items for $35 when you collect just $200 in orders!! You can knock out THREE Christmas just by collecting a few orders from your friends and family!!


#2 Reason to host a Thirty-One party in November 2015:

Have you seen the new Thirty-One fall catalog? It’s AMAZING!! There’s so many things to fall in love with this holiday season!

Take a peek at the Thirty-one Fall Catalog 2015: http://issuu.com/buymybags/docs/fall_catalog


#3 Reason to host a Thirty-One party in November 2015:

We have a new HOLIDAY shopping list with some really great items your friends and family are going to LOVE! Giving a personalized gift is the best way to show your loved ones you were thinking of something special for them this holiday season. And we have just what you’re looking for!


#4 Reason to host a Thirty-One party in November 2015:

Whether your friends are buying for a few, or buying for the masses…we have gifts to suit everyone. One of my favorite EASY Christmas gifts this year has to do with GIFT CARDS! How many of YOUR friends give gift cards for the holidays?

We have this awesome item called Letters from London. And it is the perfect gift to put a GIFT CARD in! So they have something to keep all year long. I carry this with me everywhere! So whether they’re buying gifts or gift cards, you can earn YOUR Christmas gifts for FREE while helping your friends and family purchase their gifts with Thirty-One in an easy and fun way!


#5 Reason to host a Thirty-One party in November 2015:

All you have to do is collect $200 in orders and you’re going to get to choose between 1-3 THREE hostess exclusives! And this one is only going to cost you $35 as a hostess. I have fallen madly in love with this Take Two Tote. It has a MILLION pockets and it includes a huge THERMAL pocket. I love it so much I’m ordering another one! I use this one for my mobile office. But I want to use the other one for the boys diaper bag!


#6 Reason to host a Thirty-One party in November 2015:


  1. Because you can avoid an elbow to the gut over an item in the store
  2. Because you get to sleep in
  3. Because you want to make sure your Black Friday injuries aren’t going to affect your “clicking” finger for Cyber Monday;)
  4. Because buying a $300 tent to wait in line 24 hours at Best Buy…to buy a TV that’s $50 off…does not add up!
  5. Because it’s more fun to stay home and watch the news stories on Black Friday;)
  6. Because you can shop from your seat, not your FEET!
  7. Because you know you’ll need coffee…along with a million other ladies in a line 3 miles long…at 3am…
  8. Everyone loves a good deal. But let’s face it…as a Thirty-One hostess…you get it FREE and HALF PRICE. There’s no better deal out there!

#7 Reason to book a Thirty-One party in November 2015:

One of my FAVORITE bags in the catalog, the Soft Utility Tote, is on sale as the customer special!! Check this out!

#8 Reason to book a Thirty-One party in November 2015:

Because there’s SO many ways to party!

  1. Host a Facebook party!
  2. Host a catalog party or party to go!
  3. Host a Home Show!
  4. Host a Fundraiser!
  5. Host at your favorite Restaurant during Happy Hour for a girls night out!
  6. Host a holiday BINGO night!
  7. Host a Thirty-One Cookie Exchange!

There’s so many to have fun with Thirty-One while earning FREE and HALF PRICE items:)

#9 Reason to book a Thirty-One party in November 2015:

Because everyone needs this purse. Meet the Fashion Games in Cognac. And as a hostess…you can get this either FREE or HALF PRICE. And either is a steal! This bag is truly AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL and YOU need it! Why not get it for FREE or HALF PRICE? That’s a Merry Early Christmas to YOU;)


#10 Reason to book a Thirty-One party in November 2015:

Because Santa said so!


Santa needs a break. It’s a WIN/WIN to get items FREE and half price while checking things off your Christmas shopping list. It’s SO easy! By collecting just $200 in orders…you’re guaranteed this hostess bundle below for just $35 (all embroidery FREE on that!), $25 in FREE product, ANY item in the catalog half price, AND a hostess exclusive item! With just $200 in orders collected by YOU! That’s like…3 friends ordering something and you making BANK because they bought from you! And if you collect more…which i have no doubt you will…you’ll EARN MORE! let’s give it a try!


So many reasons to party with Thirty-One in November! What are you waiting for???

Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts


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Hostess Gifts for Your Direct Sales Party

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I saw this idea on another board a couple years ago. And I found the supplies for $2 at the Dollar Tree today! Hostess gift for $2? Heck yeah!


You take a bag of rocks to your party. Make sure you get the flat sided ones.

I also got the glass heart bowl at the Dollar Tree.

Then you have each guest at the party write something about the hostess on their rock.

You can get fine tip paint markers (a few of them) and pass those around for them to use.

They can write:

~one word that describes the hostess

~a memory

~an inside joke

…anything they want!


And then you put all the rocks in the glass heart bowl and she has something to remind her how awesome she is…and something to remind her how awesome YOU are too;)

Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts


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A New Way to do Hostess Coaching, the Genius Idea From Sabrina Hayes

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My dear friend Sabrina Hayes came up with this brilliant idea for your hostesses. She shared on youtube. And if you haven’t seen it, you need to!

First, watch Sabrina Hayes explain how to increase your sales with this concept for your hostess coaching:

So I had to get my butt in gear on implementing this. Watch this quick video to see how I’m presenting this to my hostesses. BUT…make sure you watch Sabrina’s video first!

So here is the form I created to send to my hostesses Ride or Die Crew. Below, you’ll find contents of the packet and how I explain this to my hostess! As well as the link to this form you can download, of course!

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So what do you mail the Ride or Die Crew?

  1. The VIP Form above
  2. Catalog
  3. 2 outside order forms
  4. Customer Special flyer
  5. And of course an opportunity brochure

**You’re essentially mailing a mini hostess packet

And why would you want to mail these packets?

  1. It helps your hostess to increase her sales by getting her friends collecting orders too.
  2. It can increase bookings
  3. It can increase party attendance by her bringing friends
  4. And it’s certainly going to get your information into more people’s hands by having more than one person showing off your catalog:)

So how do you explain this whole thing to your hostess? So easy!

I created this post and saved it to my “notes” app on my phone. So I can literally copy & paste with every hostess.

Ok, so here is something I do to increase your sales! I need you to pick your “Ride or Die Crew”.
What’s a Ride or Die Crew?
Well, if you were going to jail, or maybe you had to hide the body…your “Ride or Die Crew” would either:
A) Be in the backseat of the cop car with you
B) Find somewhere to help you hide the body
This could be your mom, sister, best friend, whoever you think would help you collect some orders. I’m going to mail them a catalog and order forms with an incentive to collect a few orders for you! This will help to increase YOUR party sales!
These are the people you can count on to carry you through life. The ones that laugh AT you..not WITH you! These are the people who make life fun!
All you’ll need to do is tell me your TOP 5 Ride or Die Crew and they’re going to get a special package from me with incentives for them to earn some free gifts too!

I’ll simply need each one’s:

A) first and last name

B) address

C) email

And here is your Ride or Die, VIP Hostess Coaching Form you’ll mail to her “crew”: http://1drv.ms/1OPAXeq

Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts


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Thirty-One Christmas Wishlist and Shopping Guide

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Want to get your customers in the holiday shopping mindset at your home parties? This is the way to do it! 31 second Game! Check out this video. And you can find the links to download both PDFs at the bottom of this post:

The 31 Second Game is going to get your customers thinking about ALL the people they have to shop for!

It’s so important to let your customers know they can find a gift for almost every person on their shopping list this season. When you have them focus on the PEOPLE first…then show them the SOLUTIONS next…it’s the perfect combination for increased sales at your parties and solution sets for everyone!

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And then I’m going to follow up with explaining some easy and fun gift ideas they can buy for multiple people!

I really want to focus on taking something and making each gift personal by what THEY add to it. So they can buy 10 Littles Carry Alls but make each gift unique by adding what each person loves the most!

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Here’s the link to both files for you!

Christmas Wishlist: http://1drv.ms/1LPrlha

Who to Buy For: http://1drv.ms/1LPrcuc

Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts


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Party Games for Your Direct Sales Business

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Using games at your home show parties is nothing new. But I thought I’d share a few in my vault. Very few of these are mine originally. And unfortunately, I have no idea who they came from to give credit to. But I wanted to pass along what I had in case you were looking for some ideas to spice it up:)


How Well Do You Know Your Hostess Game

Give a piece of paper numbered 1 – 10 (or give them a blank sheet and let them number it). Ask them to write the answers to the following questions with the goal of writing what the hostess writes! Guests want to match the hostess’s answers!

At the end of the game, the guest who had the most answers matching the answers of the hostess wins. (Be sure to have additional gifts in case of a tie!)

What is your hostess’s …

  1. favorite color?
  1. favorite car?
  1. favorite hobby?
  1. favorite animal?
  1. number of siblings?
  1. favorite flavor of ice cream
  1. favorite actor or actress
  1. hometown (born)?
  1. favorite holiday
  1. brand of cell phone?

After everyone has answered the questions, re-ask the questions and have the hostess give her answers. Have the guests circle the question number if their answer matches that of the hostess. At the end, whoever has the most circles wins. Be sure to have extra prizes in case of a tie!



You tell the hostess to message all her guests the night before and day of the party. And ask them to bring a cup, any cup from their cabinet. Then you do a point system to see who the winner is according to these points.

disposable (2points)

plastic (3 points)

glass (3 points)

coffee cup (5 points)

see through (2 points)

If it has a “chip/crack” in it (3 points)

personalized (10 points)

logo on it (as in team/brand 15 points)

Has a LID (5 points)

TERVIS (5 points)

borrowed from hostess (-5 points)

If you bought it on vacation (3 points)

brought a friend (15 points each)

friend brought her own cup (10 points each)

bought cup on the way to party (5 points)

If you already know you’re going to book a party tonight (15 points)

If you’ve had it for more than 5 years (4 points)


The Snow Woman Game
Each player gets a black piece of paper and chalk. (Paper and Pencil/ Pen will work also)!
As I call out an instruction, draw that and then hold up your pen in the air when you are done.
The trick is…you must keep your eyes closed the entire time, until I tell you to open them.
On the left hand side of the paper, draw a Christmas tree.
On the Christmas tree, draw three glass ball Christmas ornaments.
On the top of your tree, draw a star.
Under your tree, draw a present.
On the right hand side of your paper, draw a snow woman.
Draw hands and arms on your snow woman.
In the hand of the snow woman, put a dollar bill and write $99 on it.
Now draw two more snow women on the right hand side of the paper.
Last, write your name on the bottom of your paper and give your paper to the person on the left
of you.
Now we will “grade” each other’s art!
If the picture you are holding has ornaments on the Christmas tree, give them 1 point.
If the present is under the tree, give them 1 point.
If the star is on the tree, give them 1 point.
If the snow woman has hands and arms attached to her body, give them 1 point.
If the dollar bill has $99 written in it, give them 1 point.
If the two snow women are standing next to each other and not on top of each other or on top of
the other snow woman, give them 1 point.
Now write the number of points at the top of the paper and I will tell you what this picture
The three ornaments on the Christmas tree represent the father, son, and holy spirit. Thirty one is
a faith based company, built on the principles of Proverbs 31. This book in the bible tells of a
virtuous woman, cares for her family, who works both in and outside the home, to provide for
her family, and she is to be rewarded for her hard work and good deeds. We are all Proverbs 31
women in one way or another, and we deserve to be Celebrated, Encouraged, and Rewarded.
Thus Thirty-One’s mission is to Celebrate, Encourage, Reward women for being the unique,
special women God made them to be!
The star on the top of the Christmas tree, and the present underneath represent the gift of being
the “star” of your own party, when you are a Thirty-one hostess, you receive many rewards,
including the “gift” of shopping and girl time with friends and family in the comfort of your
home and free and discounted products!
The snow woman on the right represents a Thirty One consultant. This snow woman joined my
team for only $99, and got the entire kit on pictured on the back of the catalog. The money she is
holding represents the extra income you can earn with a Thirty One business. (Talk about your
why or the incentives you have received)
The three snow women together represents the 3 friends who will hold parties with you when
you decided to join my team and become a consultant, and also the new friends you will make
when you join the sisterhood of Thirty One!
Now, since Thirty One mission is to Celebrate, Encourage and Reward. Let’s reward the winner.
Everyone hold up their paper so we can see who has the most points!
Congratulations! (now give them a small gift!)


The Booty game: Guests sit in a circle. Each time they answer YES to a question, they get to move to the seat beside them even if there is still someone sitting there! They will have to sit on their lap… Winner= first to get all the way back where she started.

  1. Have you been to a 31 party before?
  2. . Are you carrying a 31 product with you tonight?
    3. Do you have Green eyes?
    4. Are you wearing shoes that lace up and tie?
    5. Do you wish you were 31 again?
    6. Have you ever thought of doing what I do?
    7. If you have a son?
    8. Do you own 31 pairs of shoes?
    9. Have you lost your keys recently?
    10. If you are liking the products your seeing so far?
    11. Are shopping for a gift?
    12. If you are wearing Yellow?
    13. Did you just come for the food?
    14. Did you come for the monthly special with 31?
    15. Did you know that 31 has _____ New patterns in this spring Catalog?
    16. Is this your first time at _______ House?
    17. Do you own more than 10, 31 products?
    18. If you are having FUN?
    19. If you have kissed your other half today?
    20. Do you wish you had more time to spend with your family/Friends?
    21. Did you know that you could start your own business for $99?
    22. If you’re wearing heels?
    23. Have you ever received 31 as a gift or given 31 as a gift?
    24. Have you ever been a 31 host before?
    25. Wish someone would get back to their original seat so this game would be over?
    26. Did you know that the red wave print helps raise money for Ronald McD House?
    27. Would you like to make your PJ’s your uniform?
    28. If you have a zipper?
    29. If you are wearing a ring?
    30. If you made the bed you slept in?
    31. Are you shopping for yourself?

Will you book a 31 party tonight… you would be surprised what people will do to get that prize! Use this question when you see them getting close to their original seat… it may be the reason you get a party booked.


The Island Game 

(Each player gets a blank piece of paper and a pen)

Each player must close their eyes… no cheating!

After each step hold your pen up so I can see you’re done


In the center of your paper draw an island

On the left hand side of your island, draw a palm tree

Now draw three coconuts on your palm tree

On the right hand side of your island draw a stick figure of yourself

In the left hand of your stick figure draw a purse with the number 31 inside it.

Now write the word FREE under your purse

In the right hand of your stick figure draw a dollar bill and write the number 99 on it.

On the top right side of your paper draw three of your best friends

Write your name on the bottom of your paper

Open your eyes and pass your paper to the left.


If your palm tree is on your island – 1 point

If your coconuts are on your palm tree – 1 point

If you are on your island – 1 point

If you gave yourself hair – 1 point

If you gave yourself a face – 1 point

If your purse is in your hand – 1 point

If your money is in your hand – 1 point

If the word free is not touching your purse – 1 point

If the number 99 is actually on your dollar bill – 1 point

If your three best friends have hair – 1 point for each

Give yourself 1 point for each of your friends that is not touching another friend

Who has the most points?


Thirty-One offers you a lot of amazing things

  • To start with, the three coconuts on your palm tree represent the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit as 31 is a Faith-based company. The 31 in our name is from Proverbs 31 which celebrates women as wives, homemakers, Mothers, neighbors, teachers and friends.
  • The purse in your hand represents the amazing products that 31 offers
  • The word free under your purse along with your three best friends represents all the fun you’ll have and the free product you will earn when you invite a few friends over and host your very own 31 party
  • The cash in your hand and the island you’re standing on represents the money you can make and the all expense paid trips you can earn when you decide to become a consultant. All it takes is $99 to start and three of your friends to host your first few shows.
  • At 31 our mission is to celebrate, encourage and reward and it is my pleasure to reward the winner of this game:  __________.


This little game is easy to do, You just add figures like 2 plus 2.

Multiply, subtract, or divide, more and more,

There is a prize for the highest score.

I wonder who came here from afar,

Give yourself 5 if you came by car.

Were you on time? Not a minute late?

Punctuality pays, so give yourself 8.

A necklace gives you 5, and earrings 3,

Glasses are 9 more when they are on you,

10 points more if your eyes are blue.

Score yourself 5 if you show any pink,

But take away 10 if you left dishes in the sink.

Count all your buttons, each gives you 1,

Except if they’re white, and then you get none.

Each bow is 1 point, but safety pins are taboo,

So for each one you’re wearing, take away 2.

Open toe shoes are quite fine,

So, give yourself 10 if you are wearing that kind.

Now here’s a chance to score you better,

Add 6 points if you’re wearing a sweater.

1 Point for each year that you have been wed,

But take away 5 if your hair is red.

Now daughters are sweet, and on that we agree,

So for each one you have you may now add 3.
But when adding up points, boys are worth more,

So, for each one of your sons, go ahead and add 4.

If you kissed your husband or boyfriend, add 12,

But into your personal life I must delve’

If you kissed them both you must subtract 20,

Because you’re in trouble and trouble aplenty.

Now that’s all there is, so total your score,

(Except if you’re a special friend, there’s more.)

Its a 50 point bonus for V.I.P.

If you’ll be a Hostess for

(name of your company) and me!



Have each guest write the names of two friends, two relatives, two co-workers, two neighbors and two club members. Give a prize to the first person finished. After they are through, tell them their guest list is already made out for their home (or book) party.


You will need: 4 envelopes and a basket with your inexpensive door prizes. Inside each envelope, put a small piece of paper folded several times so they can’t see it. On one, write $1.00; another $2.00; another $3.00; and another $5.00. Tell everyone what is inside and that they are gift certificate for tonight! Have the first person to your left pick one of the envelopes. But tell her she CAN’T LOOK!!!!
Now, play one of the “Right-Left” game and the envelope travels right and left. At the end, tell the person with the envelope “DON’T LOOK” ~ Because I want to “Make A Deal” with you. Say: “Since you didn’t pick the envelope, maybe your luck is better than hers…so you can trade for another envelope if you want to” (Hold the other envelopes out). Usually everyone is hollering “trade” or “don’t trade”).

Next, say, “DON’T LOOK!” ~ “I’ll make another deal with you…(Pull out your gift basket) “I will trade you the envelope for an item in my basket….that envelope could be worth $5 or maybe just $1” (Everyone is again yelling “trade” or “don’t trade”). She then makes her choice.

Then say, “DON’T LOOK!!!” ~”I have another deal to make with you….I will give you your envelope back and DOUBLE what’s inside or give you TWO prizes from my basket IF you will book a show tonight and help (Hostess) out.”

If she doesn’t book she gets either what’s in the envelope or her gift but MOST of the time they will book.



This is a fun game to relax everybody. Give each person a piece of paper. Tell them to lay in on the catalog and turn lengthwise on their laps. Tell them to close their eyes and keep them closed for the entire game.

We’re going on a Hawaiian vacation, so draw an island in the middle of your paper.

—to the left of your island, draw a ship

—you are surrounded by water, so put some fish in the sea

—this is Hawaii, so put a palm tree on the island

—its a nice day, so put some birds in the air

—that ship didn’t get there all by itself, so put a sailor on the ship

—he might get hungry, so draw some coconuts on the palm tree
—sailors like to see where they are going, so put some port holes on the ship

—sailors like entertainment, so draw a hula dancer on the island

—it’s a sunny day, so put a sun in the sky

Now you can open your eyes! We are going to see how well you did.

Score points if:

Your island is in the middle  10 points

Your ship is to the left of the island, but not touching  10 points

For each fish you have  5 points

For the base of the palm tree being on the island  5 points

For each bird you drew  5 points

If the sailor is on the ship, not swimming  15 points

If any coconut is on the tree  5 points

If the porthole is on the ship  10 points

If the hula dancer is on the island  15 points

Now the sun:

If to the left  20 points
If to the right  15 points

If in the middle  10 points

Highest points wins!



Imagine your paper is a park in the spring time, and follow my directions.

1. Draw a pond in the middle of your park.

2. Draw a sailboat on your pond.

3. The sun is shining high in the sky.

4. There is a big tree on the right side of the park.

5. There is an Easter basket under the tree.

6. There are eggs in the basket.

7. There are birds flying over the water.

8. One of the eggs hatched. Draw a baby chick by the basket

9. There are kids playing ball in the park.

10. Write the date that Easter falls on this year.

11. There is an Easter basket under the tree.

Give yourself points based on the following:

1. 5 points if your sailboat has more than 1 sail.

2. 10 points if your sun has rays.

3. 5 points if you drew a ball for the kids to play with.

4. 1 points for every egg that is touching the basket.

5. 5 points if your chick is on the ground and not in the tree.

6. 5 points if you knew that Easter was on _____ this year.

7. 1 point for every bird in the sky.

8. 10 points if your kids have faces and aren’t just circles.



1. Draw a pumpkin in the center of your page
2. Put some bats above the pumpkin

3. Draw a moon in the upper left corner

4. Oops! Please put eyes and a nose on your pumpkin

5. Put a spider web in the lower right hand corner

6. Did I ask you to put a stem on top of your pumpkin?

Please do that now!

7. Draw some bones below your pumpkin

8. Draw a ghost on your paper (ghosts are invisible remember?)

9. Please draw a witches broom on the left of the pumpkin

10. Oh yes please put a spider in that web.

Points scored as follows:

3 points if your pumpkin is in the middle of the page

1 point for every bat

2 points if the moon is in the left corner

2 points for the nose and each eye that is on the pumpkin

2 points if the web is in the lower right corner

4 points for the stem on top of the pumpkin

1 point for each bone

3 points if you can find the ghost

2 points if the broom is to the left of the pumpkin

10 points if the spider is in the web



Choose 10 letters. For example:











Tell the guests you’re going to call letters out. The first person to find something in their purse that starts with that letter, gets a ticket! Then you draw for a prize at the end. Warning, they get crazy fun and competitive with this one!


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Dice Booking Game


Supplies needed:

  1. One pair of dice
  2. 11 cards with envelopes numbered 2-12
        • 2- GRAND PRIZE
        • 3,4,5,12- WIN A PRIZE
        • 6,7,8,9,10,11- BOOK A SHOW
  3. Several goodie bags (I put a votive and/or a tealight)


 Here’s how to play:


Ask, “Who here likes to gamble?   Great because I’ve got a gambling game for you!  The game is optional to play, but you will win something for playing every time.  The way the game works is you roll the dice and you get the coordinating envelope for the number you roll.”   (For example, if they roll a 3 and a 2 they get envelope #5.)  “Inside each envelope is a prize.  In one envelope it says GRAND PRIZE which is ________ (hold it up for them to see…if you don’t have the item, show them a picture of it in the catalog.)   Some of the envelopes say WIN A PRIZE.  If you get this envelope, you will get a goodie bag to take home tonight.   The rest of the envelopes have the best prize it them…they say BOOK A SHOW!  Now, the catch is whatever envelope you get, you have to follow through.  So, if you get grand prize, you have to take home the grand prize.  If you get Book a show, you have to book a show.  And just so you know, having a candle party is so easy.   All you do is give me a guest list and I send out the invitations for you.  Also, if you provide phone numbers, I will even give your friends a reminder call for you!   And then you reap all the rewards by getting loads of FREE products!  So, do I have any takers?”


Let them roll the dice and take their envelopes, but tell them not to open the envelopes yet.   After everyone that wants to has rolled, tell them, “Okay, I have a deal to make with you.  (Hold up trumpet jar) You can, regardless of what your envelope says, without even looking, go ahead and book a show.   If you do so, you will get a free jar candle like this one at your show AND you will still get the prize that is in your envelope.  Again, you will be helping _____ out, and earning lots of free stuff for yourself.”   Let them decide what to do.  Coax them along by reminding them they have a chance of getting book a show in their envelope and this way they get the jar for booking.   After everyone has decided whether or not to make the deal for the jar, let them open their envelopes.  Give prizes to those that earned them and book the shows of the people that made the deal or got it in their envelope.   Make sure you book the show THAT NIGHT EVEN IF IT IS TENTATIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!


The Penny Game


When each person arrives at the gathering give them a penny and tell them to hold on to it for a game later in the evening. When you’re finished with the demo and everyone is about to order tell them about the penny. They have a few options. They can keep the penny as your gift to them. Or they can redeem their penny and save .01 on their order. Or they can give you the penny to “buy” a prize. Tell them ahead of time what the slips say so they can decide if they want to take a chance. If they decide to “buy” a prize, they must draw a slip from your mystery bag! Inside the bag have slips of paper with: 10% off your order, $2.00 off your order, free shipping, no tax, choose a gift.  They get to reach in the bag and draw a slip. If they are really lucky, they get to book a party ! They must choose a date that night so have your calendar handy. I’ve booked lots of demo’s from this. Everyone likes to try their luck and it’s a “pressure on them” way to get bookings!! Be sure to mark your slips as to not give away to many expensive items, shipping, etc.


Mystery Prize Balloon Game

Before the party blow up balloons and place a folded up slip of paper inside with a discount or a free item….whatever you’d like as an incentive.
As guests arrive, give them a balloon. As you hand it to them, say, “This is yours for the evening, hang on to it and don’t trade it away. You may be holding a special balloon.” When you open the show, casually remind them to hang on to their balloons, you will get to them later on. You will see them shaking the balloon and see the curiosity in her eyes. Towards the end of the evening tell the guests that if they decide to book a show with you tonight they get to keep the incentive/gift inside, otherwise they must return the balloon to you. Let them know if 3 of them pop their balloon, then the hostess gets to pop hers as well.  Wording is key here. There is not a person in that room who is not dying to know what her prize is….  Your hostess will also want to pop hers to see what her mystery prize is, so she will work to get other to pop theirs. Have them bring their balloon to you with their order and pop the balloon with you.

I like to put stickers on three catalogues at the party. They are mixed in when I pass them out at the party. At the end of the party I ask who has them and ask them to read aloud what they say. (they say things like ‘super’, ‘fantastic’, ‘hooray for you’)
then I say it back to the women with the sticker – It’s super, it’s fantastic, hooray for you!!! You three ladies get to book the next parties! Because you have the sticker, you’ll get an extra gift at your party. If you’re not going to use your sticker, give it to someone who will so they can get the prize. And hey, you get to spend a few more hours with me!!



Deck of Cards

When the guests arrive, hand each of them a card from a deck of playing cards. During your booking talk (right before you leave the room to heat up the soup), you say “If you book a Tasting, you can have any item in the catalog that is under $25, for the amount on your card. The Jack is free, ace is 1, Queen is 11 and King is 12. I’m going to pass my open dates sheet around the room on my clipboard so that you can choose a date that works best for you. Write the face value of your card beside your name on the open dates sheet.”


That should get you off to a great start!! I have had these saved for years, so I thought I’d pass some along!

Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts


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