Thursday, December 5, 2013

#GiveAllTheThings: Thirty-One Gifts.

UPDATE: This contest is now closed - congratulations, Cecilia!

I was recently diagnosed, so I don't really have an organizational horror story yet... but I did come to work the other day without my insulin pen, which resulted in a long drive home and back to work. Maybe if it was in a cuter carry case, I wouldn't forget as easily :)

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What you can win: Organizational goodness: one Mini Zipper Pouch (color is Taupe Wave), one Your Way Rectangle (color is Black Cross Pop) and a $25 gift certificate code good towards an online purchase - all for one lucky winner! Both products have a blue circle, as a nod to diabetes awareness.



Made possible by: Melissa Thorpe, independent consultant with Thirty-One Gifts.

Why you want this: Standard diabetes accessories can be boring (hello black meter cases!) and these products allow for personalized and fun storage solutions! The Mini Zipper Pouch is perfect for holding a meter, test trips, and lancet device, with extra room for glucose tabs, a few syringes, or a small village of DNA-laden used test strips. Additionally, the Your Way Rectangle can be used to keep all of your supplies organized.

If you'd like some of your own personalized, fun storage solutions (not just for diabetes!) you can order your own through Melissa's website www.mythirtyone.com/melissat031. Go to "My Parties" and click "Shop Now" next to #GiveAllTheThings. Proceeds from orders placed by the end of the day Sunday, December 8th (to ensure delivery before Christmas) will be donated to JDRF.

To enter today's contest: Use the Rafflecopter widget below to join this contest! You can be entered to win up to three times - two for a blog comment left on this post (required), and one for a Facebook Like for Melissa's Thirty-One Gifts page.

In your comment, tell me a diabetes organizational horror story. For example: I tend to stuff everything amongst a few drawers in our entertainment center, and a couple of weeks ago I found a tube of expired test strips from 2008.

Rules: This contest ends tonight at midnight CST, and is open only to U.S. addresses. #GiveAllTheThings contests are intended for people with diabetes (or their caregivers) only. Since the Rafflecopter widget requires you to share an email address, I'll be emailing the winner (as well as announcing them through an update on this post) Friday morning - you'll need to respond to me by Sunday evening (let's say 7:00 pm CST) with your shipping address in order to claim your prize. If I don't hear from you, I'll pick a new winner.


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24 comments:

  1. I'm always on the lookout for a new meter/test kit... it looks like the pouch might be big enough to hold my PDM too. That would be awesome!

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  2. Hmmmm, I'm not sure I have an organization horror story - but I can say I have supplies stored all over the house (which to me is a HORROR!!). Strips and lancets on a shelf of the entertainment center. Pump and CGM supplies in a dresser drawer. More pump supplies in our armoire. Old meters and back up syringes and such in decorative boxes in the living room. I definitely have been known to go on quite a search to find something!!

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  3. I have actually been looking into purchasing a 31 bag for my daughter to carry her D supplies in, winning this would be awesome!

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  4. I'm not sure I have an organization horror story either! Perhaps the funniest diabetes organization thing in my life right now is the fact that I'm using an empty margarita mix bottle for my sharps container....not opaque, I know, but when you return to the States after two years away, it takes awhile to make an empty fabric softener bottle...

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  5. My organizational horror story is that I'm not. There are several meters around my house and I always seem to be hunting for the bottle of strips to go with it.

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  6. My whole life is an orginizational horror story..I need to majorly reorganize my D-Stuffs.

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  7. My horror story is going away for only 2 nights and unfortunately going through every single pod I brought with me for various reasons (errors, dragging it off accidentally after swimming, etc.). We had to go beg the nice nurses at the ER for an insulin needle since it was Sunday and the local small-town pharmacy wasn't open. These 31 bags look cool!

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  8. My story is that I have accidentally stabbed myself several times while digging around for diabetes supplies. The most recent time was the worst, with a needle going deep into the pad of my finger. Lots of pain. Lots of blood. I need help!

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  9. So my hall closet o' supplies is set up like a game of Jenga in order for everything to fit. If I pull the wrong box of sensors or infusion sets out, everything comes toppling out. And has.

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  10. I was diagnosed relatively recently, so I've not had enough time to make a mess of my organisational skills (although I've also accidentally stabbed myself a few times), but the first time I brought home a bunch of supplies from the pharmacy (all 3 month supplies because of my insurance), I had a mass of big paper bags and my friend commented, "Wow! You've got more drugs than a chemo patient!"

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  11. Organizational skills can be tricky. I have *tried* to keep a full supply of everything at work and to keep them as close together as possible, no loose test strip tubes running around my desk. The problem came about when I saw the box of test strips in my drawer and thought I was fine. I wasn't. It was empty. I had no test strips. I could have ran to the pharmacy, but I had PLENTY of full boxes at home and didn't want to pay for anymore. Home is 30 minutes away, so that wasn't an option. *sigh* That day I relied on my CGM for dosing {NOT RECOMMENDED} and did.. decently. You'd think I would have learned. Nope, I just found an empty box in my desk yesterday.

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  12. I would use this to replace my black boring meter case.... I hate it and I'm ready for something new!

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  13. I have a closet filled with boxes of supplies (I hoard just in case of the apocalypse...) and one day I was trying to grab a new Dexcom sensor when I tipped one box over and pump supplies came crashing down on my head. I really should make a separate bin (maybe the gray one above...) for a weekly/monthly collection instead of digging through boxes every other day.

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  14. I'm a sucker for helpful and beautiful organizational supplies. And by the looks of my linen closet, I need to wrangle the D supplies into something as lovely as these.

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  15. I was recently diagnosed, so I don't really have an organizational horror story yet... but I did come to work the other day without my insulin pen, which resulted in a long drive home and back to work. Maybe if it was in a cuter carry case, I wouldn't forget as easily :)

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  16. Since my T1D daughter is young, I use the diaper bag as a supply carrier when we are going out. Because of this I often find random glucose tabs and test strips hidden throughout the bag. I'd love to have something separate to carry her supplies. These bags are great because not only are they functional but I love that they help raise awareness, too!

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  17. My family members find my used test strips everywhere--it is embarrassing!

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  18. I'd use the pouch instead of random little bags in my backpack to keep everything organized at college! It's hard to find cute things for diabetes supplies and these definitely are!

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  19. We moved a couple years ago during our 5 mile move, I managed to lose 3 20 gallon totes containing all off my diabetes supplies. After freaking out, calling the cops, and driving the routes 20 times, we found them. For some reason I had packed then with the Christmas stuff.

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  20. Horror Story. I packed my bag for a friends house and threw my overstuffed diabetes bag in on top. I pulled it out before dinner at her house and it exploded. There were used test strips EVERYWHERE! I cleaned up as many as i could but of course didn't get them all. My friend found strips for weeks after! needless to say i got a new bag that held everything... but i could use an upgrade(:

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  21. One day I forgot to zip close the little meter case and I hadn't emptied out the pocket which I of course fill with all of my dirty test strips, so later that day I went to test my blood sugar and the dirty test strips fell all over the floor, there was like two weeks of test strips in there and they took forever to clean up. It wasn't until I got home that I realized that the strips also filled the bottom of my bag. I had to empty everything out to get them...

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  22. I'd use the pouch for MY tester and pump supplies that i carry in my purse/diaper bag. This also relates to my (somewhat) horror story. My daughter likes to reach in my purse when I'm not paying attention and one time I caught her waving a syringe around. With a zipper pouch, I can hopefully keep that from happening again. It's hard to believably tell a crowd that you are diabetic and not a drug user. lol

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  23. I would use it as a case for my diabetes meter and other stuff. We all know that there is so much stuff to carry around with us!

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  24. My daughter is turning 8 next week and was just complaining that she is tired if her bag that carries her test strips and meters. She has been using the same one since she was diagnosed almost 3 years ago. Then I saw this blog topic and thought ah-ha, this Thirty-One gift would be the perfect birthday gift for Alexis.
    AND my horror story is that I am pretty organized with our diabetes supplies but need to find a new place to store things or put a lock on it since my 2-year-old has been caught pulling out all of the boxes and playing with the supplies. That was an ugly scene (twice).

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