Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A New Thirty-One Gifts Giveaway!

Last October, I introduced you to Courtney. If you are new here, she is an amazing mom with three kids: her daughter has epilepsy, another daughter has heart defects, and her son has a whole host of issues that they are trying to diagnose and treat. Oh, and Courtney herself has had cancer three times. Holy cow.

Courtney is a Thirty-One Gifts consultant, and when I originally introduced you to her, she was just starting out. She started selling in an effort to keep up with her son's rising medical bills that insurance was refusing to cover. Several of you stepped up and purchased some items from her to help. Aw, I have the best readers!
That brings us up to today! She contacted me a couple of months ago and asked if I was interested in running another Thirty-One Gifts giveaway and also providing an update on her son, Zach:
Since the last giveaway, Zach's medical issues haven't changed much. He isn't better, but at least hasn't gotten much worse. They have successfully found one diagnosis for him, Graves Disease, and are still trying to find others. He now wears a painful chest brace for 20-23 hours a day to help with his chest deformity, but unfortunately it puts an intense strain on his breathing and asthma issues. And that doesn't help with the heart problems he is also dealing with. 
Over Christmas, Courtney pulled Zach from school and began homeschooling him. With his medical issues, he was missing class and falling behind. Being homeschooled gives him the flexibility of online learning which he needs as they don't know what each day will bring. Although his issues have caused him to fall behind, they have a plan in place to try to get him graduated on time with his class. He will be a Junior in the fall. 
They were thrilled to be able to purchase a riding lawn mower for Zach to use around the neighborhood. They wanted him to be able to have a job, make money, and experience the accomplishments that normal teenagers experience. Although he is unable to walk much and has a weak immune system, this seems like the perfect fit as he can sit the whole time and stay away from other potentially sick people. Courtney and her husband will fill in for him when he is too sick to get out of bed. He's also working on getting his driver's license. It's slow going, but he is determined to get it one day! 
Courtney and Zach are still working with specialists at Kansas University Medical Center, Children's Mercy Hospital, and St. Jude's Children's Hospital. The specialists are trying to figure out how all the puzzle pieces of Zach's medical issues fit together, but since they don't know yet, they are continuing to treat individual symptoms. Sadly, they know that time is running out before Zach gets worse, so it's a race against time to figure out what is going on. For now, the next big things on his plate are surgery on his legs that will leave him casted for 3-6 months, and another series of surgeries to help with his scoliosis.
Courtney wanted to thank you all for continuing to pray for her son as well as the rest of her family. They certainly still need it as there aren't many more answers than what they had last year. I love what she said in her email to me, "Right now, we are just enjoying the blessings we have. As scary as everything is, especially not knowing what is wrong or what the prognosis is, we focus on what God has provided and our faith in God continuing to provide."

She has an amazing faith in a situation where I know I would really struggle to stay strong and trust God. I love the community of readers we have built here, and appreciate each of you so much for the care that you show to other readers without having even met them! Best. Readers. Ever!

So with that update, let's move on to the giveaway!


~Giveaway~
This year, Courtney is giving away an even bigger prize that what she offered last year. This year, one reader will win a set of three products:

1 Large Utility Tote in the Fun Flops Print. The Fun Flops Print is exclusive to June only!


1 Top-a-Tote in Grey. The Top-a-Tote can zip directly into the top of the Large Utility Tote protecting anything inside and providing a little extra space in the top.


1 Thermal Zipper Pouch in Island Damask. Perfect for packing lunch and throwing it in your Large Utility Tote for later. :)
To enter the giveaway, please use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. The first two tasks are not optional and must be completed to qualify for this giveaway. If you choose the "anonymous option" to comment, please at least include your first name and first letter of your last name. It's impossible to verify comment entries without names! The additional entry tasks are optional. Winning entries will be validated prior to announcing the winner with an alternate drawn if the entries cannot be verified.

As we did last year, I'm including an additional option that will earn your 10 extra entries for purchasing something through Courtney to help with Zach's medical expenses. There is no minimum purchase required to earn the extra entries as anything helps! A purchase is NOT required to enter and win the giveaway, but if you do choose to help them in this way, please make sure that you go through the "A Beautiful Ruckus" party link. That is the only way we have of verifying entries. Thanks!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
The contest ends at 11:59pm on Tuesday, June 25th. The winner(s) will be randomly chosen and contacted by email on Wednesday, June 26th. The winner(s) will have 48 hours to respond to the email with their information so that the prize can be forwarded to them. A Beautiful Ruckus is not responsible for the delivery of the prize and is not responsible if the sponsor does not deliver. This giveaway is open to residents of the United States. A Beautiful Ruckus received complimentary item(s) for review in exchange  for hosting this giveaway from Courtney Rice, Independent Senior Consultant, Thirty-One GiftsFor more info, please see my disclaimer page.

98 comments:

  1. I love all of the thermal totes!

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  2. Courtney, you are one tough mama and an inspiration to others. Prayers continue for you and your family.

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  3. My fav right now is the flip flop utility tote!

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  4. I love the Large Utility tote I take mine everywhere and need to invest in another one.

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  5. The totally organized tote looks great with ll the nifty pockets for stashing junk.

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  6. I love the large utility totes! I would have one in every print if I could afford it! :)

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  7. Love the retro metro tote! It will hold four kiddo drinks in the side pockets!

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  8. missesbozo@hotmail.comJune 18, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    I so want a timeless beauty bag in lotsa dots to organize my daughters stuff in our van...and a large utility tote for park stuff...and another for pool stuff...guess it's a good thing I am having a 31 party on the 29th!

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  9. I like the fold n file.
    ((Kristen L.))

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  10. i love the little coin purses, especially the new turtle! i also am loving the keepsake bags. i have ordered several sets and give them to my daughter, mom, future daughter in laws when they travel. handy and reasonably priced! thanks for such a nice giveaway-i am a 31 addict :)!

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  11. I love the thermal tote!!

    Christine Sutor

    happycatsitting@gmail.com

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  12. I'd love to have one of the picnic thermal totes.

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  13. I love the black floral stroke in the thermal tote

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  14. I love medium thermal tote! It goes to work with me everday. Lori S.

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  15. Praying for your family - that is so many health issues for one fam!! Glad he is able to mow lawns and feel a sense of purpose and achievement!!

    If I could have anything I'd totally get the Pink Pop Medallion pattern of EVERYTHING, but esp the Product # 3121
    Large Utility Tote

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  16. Love the large utility totes! Brenda F

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  17. I like the Retro Metro Weekender.

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  18. I love my organizing utility tote, it's my favorite item from them!

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  19. I love the insulated pouches -- they are so versatile!

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  20. I love the Out and About Thermal in the Island Damask! My little sweet girl is starting K this year and she would love this as a lunch box!

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  21. I tried to follow you on Google+ but your profile wouldn't load. I had already hit confirm... So I didn't mean to have a false entry. If you send me the link I will follow you!

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  22. I love the super organizing tote!

    mosaic317 at gmail dot com
    Claire McKeon (mosaic317)

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  23. Large Utility totes they come in handy with kids

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  24. I really want the organizing utility tote!

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  25. The Large Utility Tote is definitely my favorite.

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  26. The Cindy Tote is my favorite product!

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  27. i have to say that I love the utility tote bag.

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  28. My fave is the organizing shoulder bag. Prayers for Zach and his family!

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  29. I just love everything with the monograms. Its so classy!

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  30. I have never tried any Thirty-One products before, but the large totes seem so great for organizing things!

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  31. The large utility tote is awesome!! I love the flip flop pattern!

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  32. I love 31 bags. My mom gave me one and I use it daily as a purse.

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  33. it's soo hard to choose just one, but i'll go with the super organizing utility tote! :)

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  34. All of them that I own :) my personal fave is cross body purse... Tessa A

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  35. I like the Inside Out Bag in Best Buds and Navy Cross Pop

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  36. I love my super organizer tote! It works as a great diaper bag.

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  37. I would love to get my hands on the metro retro weekender

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  38. I love the Large Utility Tote.

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  39. Id love to have a couple of the Bring-A-Bottle Thermal!
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

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  40. I love the casual cargo purse and the easy breezy tote!

    Maureen
    maureen.tenney@gmail.com

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  41. I like the timeless memory pouches.

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  42. Love the URU Cosmetic bag set! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  43. The large utility totes are awesome! I have 2, but I'm always emptying one out to use for something else :)

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  44. Love the stationery especially the address labels.

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  45. My favorite is the Fresh Market Thermal

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  46. The Easy Breezy Tote is my favorite!

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  47. I love the retro metro tote and the cosmetic bag set! They are life savers.

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  48. Love the retro metro bag. Thinking I need another one.

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  49. I like the Bring-A-Bottle Thermal in Party Punch
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  50. I like the island damask large utility tote.

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  51. The thermal totes,natbelinsky@verizon.net

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  52. I love the Inside Out Bag in Party Punch!

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  53. Aside from the large utility tote I also love the retro metro tote

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  54. I love the organizing utility tote!

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  55. I like the large utility totes!

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  56. I love the Super Organizing Tote! The Skirt Purses are cute too!

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  57. I love the large utility totes! Great giveaway.

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  58. I love, love, love the large utility totes! Use mine all the time!

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  59. Like the fold in file. I have 2 large utility totes that I use as my traveling office for tutoring.

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  60. I don't have a single Thirty One piece YET. I really want to start with that large utility bag. :)

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  61. I love the large utility totes, the organizing totes, and mini utility bins are just a few of my favorites!

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  62. I love the Super Organizing Tote!
    diesel_had_my_baby@yahoo.com

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  63. I love the Product # 3165 Organizing Shoulder Bag in Black Quilted Pick Me Plaid.

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  64. I love the organizing utility tote

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  65. I like the Grey Elite Retro Metro Bag

    tderosa142 at gmail dot com

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  66. I think I'm going to tell my husband that I neeeeeed the organizing utility tote.. and maybe the retro metro weekender too. ;)

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  67. The cinch it up thermal tote wilcarvic
    [at]gmail[dot[com]]

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  68. I love the Elite Retro Metro Bag!!

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  69. I am in love with that flip-flops tote! I also love the weekender bag!

    lora at mortier dot org

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  70. I LOVE the About Town Blanket to keep n my car!!

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  71. I like the totally organized tote and the thermal tote.

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  72. I like the inside out bag.

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  73. Pink Pop Medallion Keep-It Caddy

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  74. retro metro weekender
    jessicawedwards@gmail.com

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  75. Love the flip flop tote!! Sonya H.

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  76. I really want to check out the thermal tote! Perfect for lunches

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  77. I love the Large utility totes, the laundry hampers! :)

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  78. I'd love to have a new tote to use as a diaper bag. God bless you, Courtney.

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  79. I love the weekender bag!

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  80. I like the Collegiate Large Utility Tote

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  81. Those items all look fabulous but I'd be most excited about the thermal bag. With a toddler and a baby on the way we are always packing snacks to run errands.

    Kayla Rief

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  82. I love the Organizing Shoulder Bag in lots of dots print.
    vikki.billings@yahoo.com

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  83. i like the
    Large Utility Tote

    Item Code: 3121

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  84. i love the large utility tote in the fun chevron pattern - i love me some chevron!!!

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