A Giveaway from Thirty-One Gifts & Carrie Heard – Closed

This week on LifeasMOM is all about Loving Life — finding ways to help each of us enjoy life a little more. And one way to enjoy life more is to be prepared for any adventure.

Last year, after months of talking about it, I put together adventure bags that contain the different things we might need for an outing. Since we live in San Diego, there are lots of local things for us to see or do. But, I found myself frustrated that we didn’t have picnic gear or golly, I wish we had a …fill in the blank… right now.

While I wasn’t totally on top of keeping the bags organized all year, they did come in handy and I had one or two Boy Scout Moments when I was actually prepared. How cool was it to be on our fall vacation at the beach and to be able to pull a kite out of my bag of tricks.

Recently, reader and mompreneur Carrie Heard contacted me about her company, Thirty-One Gifts, and this bag she wanted me to try. She said, “I know you are going to wonder how you ever lived with out it.”

Well, Carrie, I must admit I was skeptical. But, now I am a believer! Oh my! This bag is amazing. It folds almost as flat as the state of Kansas for easy storage. But, then, it holds so dang much!

Truly, I was stunned when we took it to the park the first time. We had beach towels to dry off the wet equipment, disc golf discs, water bottles, snacks, a sundry of playday items — and it all fit.

Yesterday we used it to cart balls and snacks and boxes of Valentines to our homeschool park day. And I spied several similar bags amongst the other moms, so clearly others have caught on to the beauty of bags made by Thirty-One Gifts.

One  of the fun things is that you can customize your bag to fit you and your style. I really wanted to know that my husband and teenage son would have no qualms about carrying it about — that sucker is big. So, I chose a simple black fabric with white writing.

But, my friend Jen is a little more hip that I. See how fancy she made hers:

This weekend one LifeasMOM reader will win a $50 credit to Thirty-One Gifts, compliments of Carrie.

To enter, simply bop over to Carrie’s site and pick something that you might buy if you won.

Please note that the $50 credit is only valid at Carrie’s store.

(Jen is also hosting a Thirty-One gifts giveaway so hop over there and enter that giveaway for another chance to win.)

Comments will be accepted until 8 pm, PST on Sunday, February 13. Winner will notified via email and has 48 hours to respond in order to claim the prize.


Disclosure: I received a Thirty-One Gifts tote bag for review purposes.

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  1. arely colin says:

    suoer cute ,i love the colors

  2. I really want a thermal container to keep my groceries cool when we want to do a spontaneous after preschool playground romp.

  3. I need the large utility tote for going to the beach. I think I would need to keep it to a solid color since I have all boys and they won’t carry it if it girly!

  4. I would love the large utility tote in pin dots. Love their products. They are great!

  5. I want some square utility totes- Love the playful robots and cheeky elephants.

  6. There are several items that I like! A small thermal bag taking picnic lunches and an organizer bag would both be put to good use!

  7. I’d love a good big tote!! 🙂

  8. I think I would like the Large utility tote. So handy!

  9. The organizing utility tote would be my pick!!!

  10. I love the large utility tote. I am always carrying tons of stuff everywhere, and that bag looks awesome!

  11. Lea Stormhammer says:

    Okay, this is SOOOOO tough!

    I have three way tie between the thermal tote, the utility tote and the hostess apron (the onyx medallion print is my fav but it would get dirty super fast!). The thermal tote would be the most practical, so I’d probably do that one!

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  12. I REALLY like the utility totes. It seems like my van is always full of stuff that we might need and don’t have a good place to store!

  13. It’s so hard to pick, but maybe the large utility tote … or the magnetic easel board … or a skirted purse!

  14. Amy Lynn Drorbaugh says:

    I love the magazine baskets, the wicker ones!

  15. I would get one of the personalized bloomers for my daughter and one of the organizing utility totes! Love the catalog!

  16. Tote-Ally Awesome Beach Tote!

  17. Love the large utility tote. Definitely like the circle spirals pattern, but might have to go with the plain black so my hubby would carry it around, too!

  18. It would be so hard to choose…maybe one of the really big totes or some smaller organizer totes

  19. I think that this may be one of the most dangerous give-a-aways that I have entered! I may have a ‘slight’ obsession with bags so that makes this even more dangerous!! SO far I would love to snag the…
    ~all-in- one tote
    ~organizing tote
    …and I stopped after the first few pages in fear of pulling out my credit card and buying it all now!! Thanks for the fun!!

  20. I think I would have to go for the large utility tote, and then maybe a smaller item similar to it to hold my knitting in my house. Such cute stuff!

  21. Cindy tote!

  22. I would choose the Organising Utility Tote and the Large Utility Tote; they look so useful, and pretty! Thanks for a neat giveaway!

  23. The Large Utility Tote in Circle Spirals! I have a black one that holds our blankets, this one would go be to hold groceries!

  24. The all-in-one organizer in the “Mod Dot” fabric looks like something that’s right up my alley! 🙂

  25. I like the large utility tote. It would be great for hauling books back and fort h from the library.

  26. I would love a tote like the ones you pictured to keep in the back of my SUV to keep things organized and from sliding all over the place.

  27. The thermal containers look great for trips with little ones!

  28. There are so many great bags to choose from! I love the Playful pattern, and I really like the Hang-Up Home Organizer! What a NEAT site!!!

  29. love them all! but since the closure just ripped out of my vera bradley, I would choose a pop crossbody style purse. thanks!

  30. The large utility tote would be fantastic in the back of our SUV to keep things a bit organized!

  31. I would love the Beach totes

  32. I would love a thermal tote..floral fanfare

  33. Michelle Schafer says:

    Large utility tote and organizing utility tote both in the paisley:) Help me get my business stuff organized for my vendor events!

  34. I would get one of the tote bags.

  35. The cinch top bucket bag is really cute!

  36. Kristen Romano says:

    The idea of a field trip/adventuring bag is too appealing to ignore. What mom isn’t constantly searching for a more convenient way to tote around the essentials. I would love the chance to purchase the large utility tote.
    That being said, I think I would be adding on the hostess apron and matching “lil” aprons for my daughters. 🙂

  37. I would like that huge tote you have but can’t find it in the catalog. I also like the hang up home organizer, tough choice-fun giveaway

  38. The Tall Utility Bin for laundry!

  39. I’d love a large utility tote!

  40. Love it all! Probably would pick the large utility tote or the skirt purse or the thermal tote!

  41. The organizing utility tote…perfect for the things to keep my boysises occupied in the car.

  42. Oh my goodness! So many beauteous things! I really have trouble choosing my favorites! I think I would choose a purse. thanks for bringing this to our attention!

  43. I can think of a million uses for this tote. I sure could have used it yesterday when I went to the park with my grandkids.

  44. In a heartbeat, I would choose the hostess apron in the apple blossom print. I would also choose the organizing utility tote in the Garden Bloom print, so *love* that fabric!!

  45. I’d love an Albany Bag from Carrie @ 31!

  46. Oh cute! I don’t know what I would choose, but I would enjoy the time looking through everything!

  47. A beach tote or large utility tote would be awesome!

  48. I never buy anything for myself…I really like the fitted skirt purse collection. What a swanky idea!

  49. I love those beach print totes!

  50. I like the look of all the travel bags, especially the cosmetics case.

  51. I would get an Organizing Tote.

  52. I love the large utility tote as well as the diaper bags. I have 3 little ones 3 and under and it is very difficult to find a large and functional diaper bag!

  53. i would buy an organizing utility tote and a large tote. i want it all. so super cute.

  54. Within the first couple of pages I found the “cindy tote” that I am in love with.

  55. Ohh. The organizing utility tote looks awesome!

  56. Love the utility tote in paisley.

  57. I’d love the large utility tote to keep everything together we might need at spring sports.

  58. I have been looking at this catalog for a few months and would love to win something to be able to see what they are really like! I would choose the rolling tote in brown.

  59. I’d pick the large utility tote.

  60. The square utility tote with the elephant

  61. wow – they have tons of cool stuff! I especially love any and all of the organizing totes.

  62. I am loving the hostess apron, especially considering we are moving to a new home perfectly suited to hospitality!

    I also love the Utility Tote! We have a homeschool co-op every Tuesday AM and it feels like I am forever lugging a ton of stuff!

  63. I could really use a wristlet!

  64. I love 31 products. I would love the large utility bag!

  65. I’m greedy! I want the large utility tote and the thermal picnic tote! They both look fabulous, and you are right about making it not look to girly so that hubby or my son (who’s currently 2, but someday!) will be willing to carry around this tote! Thanks so much for the give-away!

  66. I would love the large utility tote!

  67. I would really like a new bag that I can use as a purse & a diaper bag. The colors of these bags are so nice! I think I would have a hard time choosing, though.

  68. I love the Large Utility Tote as well! But I would love the Square Utility Tote to keep in my car with wipes, spare clothes, a first aid kit, etc. We don’t have Thirty-One parties where we live so I’d love to win!

  69. Love the large utility tote for the playground!

  70. Hard to choose, but the cinch top bucket bag is one of my favorites!

  71. I like the hangup home organizer

  72. So many fun things to choose from. I really like the baskets and basket liners…but I really like your bag too.

  73. Definitely the large utility tote!

  74. I love the hang up home organizer.

  75. I LOVE my wristlet, and my large tote was great for transporting Christmas gifts to the relatives. I’d go for one of the organizing totes, I think . . . or maybe something special just for me!

  76. hmmm… skirt purse or the big utility bag.

  77. I would love a large utility tote in Floral Celebration. These would even look decent sitting out on the bench!

  78. Love that bag, Hope I win does it come in polka dot?

  79. Tough choice, but utility tote here also.

  80. I’d like a fold and go notebook.

  81. I love the on the go organizer.

  82. I like the organizing tote in st andres tartan

  83. I’d get the large utility tote or the Retro Metro bag. So many cute bags to choose from!

  84. I have been coveting the utility tote for quite a while now. I could put so much yarn in one of those :o)

  85. so many wonderful options- I would have to say I would pick one of the utility totes!

  86. I would love the Large Utility Tote in Floral Celebration.

  87. Brandee S. says:

    I would LOVE the Large Utility Tote! It is practical, but so fun!

  88. Definitely a large utility tote!

  89. I like the large utility tote.

  90. I’m thinking a utility tote.

  91. A large utility tote would be perfect for hauling my children’s church materials back and forth.

  92. I would get the cinch top bucket bag in free spirit ditzy or the toddler backpack in mechanical geo for my little guy!

  93. Everything is so bright and cheerful! I loved the All In One Organizer!

  94. I like the magazine basket, and really only pick that because I love all the other bags/purses and can’t pick one that I like above all the others.

  95. Definitely the large utility tote so I can carry all the boys’ sports kit (shinty, skiing, football, rugby, swimming) but a flowery one please so it is mine not their’s!

  96. I need a decent wallet! The rest myoldest daughter can use to buy her something! <3

  97. Wow, everything looks so cute but if I had to choose probably the thermal tote, would be great especially in the summer time.

  98. I would pick the Hang Up Home Organizer. I so need to get organized.

  99. Jennifer Foutch says:

    My daughter would love the kids backpack with her name on it!

  100. The large utility tote looks great!

  101. I think my SIL’s soon-to-be SIL sells their stuff. If I won I’d be tempted to get a cute diaper bag. 🙂

  102. Oooooo…never seen these before. I’d love the large tote!

  103. I would love the large utility tote to use at the lake for boat trips.

  104. I need more thermal totes!

  105. I need a big bag just like yours!

  106. I like the Mini Retro Metro Bag and the Large Utility Tote. But there are so many choices!

  107. Its all too cute! I like the Draw String Bucket Bag.

  108. I would choose the large utility tote in circles and spirals. Too cute!

  109. I like the Pop Crossboy in Brown/Cool lime Ditzy trim.

  110. I really like the utility tote & can think of several ways to use it.

  111. I like the hang-up organizer, the bathroom organizer baskets, and beach totes 🙂

  112. So cute. I love the classic pattern garment bag on page 7 (i think) of the catalog

  113. I would like the pretty, feminine aprons.

  114. There’s so much to choose from. I have no idea – the cards, the lunch bag the apron, the tote that you got…

    I’ve never heard of this company before so it was fun to look. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  115. i like the picnic thermal tote they offer

  116. Large utility tote for us!

  117. The large utility tote looks great!

  118. So many to things to love! I would pick the organizing utility tote and the all in one organizer.

  119. Michelle P. says:

    I would love the labtop cover in Chocolate or the Retro metro bag in Khaki. Super Cute!!!

  120. Oh so many choices!! I could really use a “grown-up” thermal bag or a new purse. Thanks for hosting!

  121. I would chose the blue casual bag or the polka-dot playful bag…with swimming lessons around the corner…this bag would be the carry-all bag 😉

  122. wow.. these are cool.. I am the queen of bags.. I love love love bag… This one would be a great addition to my collection!!!

  123. I would buy the large utility tote.

  124. The large utility tote looks awesome! Or maybe a diaper bag for one of the many new moms I know. 🙂

  125. Only one thing? I have a 31 wishlist that’s a mile long! 🙂

    I’d love to have the Picnic Thermal Tote for taking along to ball games. Or the large utility tote to organize the trunk of my SUV. Or for myself, the Organizing Shoulder bag. I’d love any and all of those items, preferably in the black and white pattern to match the purse I already have, and the lunch tote I just ordered. 😉

  126. The Organizing Utility Tote looks like it would make a great diaper bag and I’m going to need one in just a couple more months!

  127. I love Thirty One Bags! I would pick either a new skirt for my skirt purse or a wallet. I also have one of the smaller utility totes and I love it!

  128. Meredith C. says:

    I like the city weekender tote or a large utility tote or retro metro bag. Ok so there are too many cute things to try to choose

  129. Bethany Peterson says:

    I would love an all-in-one tote in the “relaxed” colors! But really, it would be hard to choose. Cute designs!

  130. They all look like great ways to stay organized!

  131. Jessica M. says:

    I really like the Cindy Tote in brown!

  132. I love the serving tray basket.
    And, I’d likely get a lunch tote for my girlie whose bday is today!
    If I had any $ left, I’d buy a mini organizer wallet for myself, too. 🙂

  133. There is so much that I LOVE!!! I love the about town blanket and garment bag!!! Everything is so cute!!!

  134. Wow- so many different things! I love the skirt purses, the City Weekender Tote, the insulated totes… I could go on and on!

  135. I’ve been eying a Cindy Tote for quite a while now! Would also love one of the larger totes to cart stuff for my kiddos!

  136. The largest utility tote possible!

  137. I’d love the hang up home organizer!


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  138. I would love to try the large utility tote. I am a definite “bag lady” and I think this one might be the perfect fit for me!

  139. I did spot a tote bag with a coffee print on it. Let’s face it, everything in this catalog is really cute and the prices are not bad either.

  140. So many great products! I would love to have the Cindy Tote or Medium Purse.


  141. I like the 31kid elephant design stuff!

  142. Love the large utility tote — but wish it came in the St. Andrews Tartan!

  143. Oooh, I would use that large utility tote for so many things! 🙂

  144. The large tote in floral celebration!

  145. the utility bin is really cute!

  146. the thermal bags would be great since groceries are a 30 minute trek…ice cream can’t melt!

  147. I’d get the Albany purse in black cause I desperately need a purse.

  148. I think I’d have to say the first thing that I saw was the magazine tote and I have to have one of the Lil Expressions tote!

  149. So much to choose from! The hang-up organizer would like great in my office!

  150. I LOVE the large utility tote…
    and the cute apron…
    and the flat iron case (I don’t even own a flat iron, but I like that there is a case for one!)
    and the organizing utility tote (b/c it has pockets!).

    so many fun things!

  151. really like the large utility tote or the about town blanket.

  152. I would choose the large utility tote for all of the kid things in my trunk:-)

  153. Carolina Dhabolt says:

    I would love the toddler backpack, my son gets to go to pre-school this year and I love the one with robots, so cute! 🙂

  154. large utility tote for a new grandmother

  155. I like the denim skirt purse.

  156. Thanks for hosting this giveaway. Hope I win 🙂

  157. Love the tote. Especially the “fancy” one!

  158. I have wanted one of those bags for almost a year! Thanks for the opportunity to win one…that helps the budget, you know! 🙂

  159. So hard to choose but today I am loving the large basket with the cute liner.

  160. The pin dots utility tote looks great!

  161. i like the relaxed style totes

  162. Debbie in Pa says:

    Wow, so much to choose from! i liked the large utility tote as well as the wall organizer…both items that I would get a lot of use from!

  163. I would love to get the tote bag with the kids on it. Love it.

  164. The Large Utility Tote is awesome! Perfect for all of the running around we do as homeschoolers!

  165. Katherine R says:

    The Cindy Tote – gorgeous!! Lots and lots of cute stuff!

  166. A thermal tote would be great to have. So many great products to choose from though!

  167. I would LOVE to get a Large Utility Bag or the larger organizing tote for a summer bag to haul the kids stuff to the beach, lake, pool or park!

  168. Love the Cindy Tote in the Floral Fanfare pattern! I like how you can get things in different patterns – cute!

  169. Love the whole beach set!

  170. Would LOVE the large utility tote!!! Oh…the possiblities:):):)

  171. I have that same fabric on your friend’s bag…now i’m sad I didn’t get it monogrammed. I definitely want a bunch more. I think that thermal market tote is a great idea for holding cold stuff when i have other errands. A regular cooler is just so bulky when not in use. This bag would surely make my errand days a little easier..and cuter!

  172. The large utility tote!

  173. Annette Cumins says:

    I really enjoyed looking at this catalog. I have never heard of this company before. I really loved all the cute prints. I would have a hard time deciding on which print but I know that I would like both the large carry all tote and the utility organizing tote.

  174. Either the small thermal tote for lunch or the totes used as diapers bags. They look like they would hold more, but still are the same size as our current one

  175. i would love to have a large utility tote!

  176. I like the coin purse wallet.

  177. Hands down, I would buy a large utility tote. My son plays baseball & this would be perfect to keep the kitchen sink in when we go to all the practices and games. 🙂

  178. Everything is really cute, I love it all!

  179. I would get the market thermal tote or the thermal container. These would be great for our road trips!

  180. The large utility tote sounds great!!

  181. Jennifer M says:

    I’d love one of the totes that could double as a diaper bag!

  182. The large utility tote in Floral Celebration is so perfectly beachy. Lots of fun things to browse in the catalog!

  183. I LOVE the city weekender tote – in onyx medallion!

  184. There are several things I have my eye on at thirty one gifts!! One being the hanging home organizer. Love and need!

  185. Ooooh, there are so many cute things in her catalog! I love the hanging family organizer, the utility (laundry) bin, and the everday tote and so much more.

  186. I love all the bright colors and totes (Circle Spirals Utility Tote), but I really need a weekend bag and like the Onyx Medallion one best.

  187. wow love the totes – I’d pick a large utility tote or a picnic bag

  188. I would pick the short utility bin in apple blossom for toy storage.

  189. Would love the hot iron/straightner cover.

  190. I probably but the large utility tote and the mini organizer.

  191. I like the organizing shoulder bag.

  192. A friend recently gave me a lunch tote, and it’s great. I need a new Bible cover, and another friend said she uses the cosmetic bag for that. There’s room for the Bible, Sunday School book, paper, pencils, and snacks for the little ones. I saw hers, and it’s a great set up. I’m sure that there are lots of other great products too, but that would be my first choice.

  193. I really like the tote that you got! I have a husband and son who do not want to carry things that are “girlie”! I also like the small tote with the pockets around the sides. I think I could use that for make up and hair things. Love all the fun patterns!

  194. Love the Organizing Utility Tote and the Wristlet, for starters! So cute!!!!

  195. The Cindy Tote!

  196. I love all the purses. I can’t decide which is my favorite!

  197. I love the organising utility tote. It would be perfect for going to the gym and swimming lessons

  198. I might buy a diaper bag.

  199. I have been looking for a bag just like the organizing utility tote. love it.

  200. The utility tote.

  201. the large utility tote, or rolling tote 🙂

  202. Love the thermal bag

  203. I love the large utility tote. Could use it endlessly!

  204. I love the large utility tote.

  205. what a great site! I would probably choose a thermal tote, perfect for taking my lunch to work, or a cute laptop case. The large utility tote is very tempting, though.

  206. I think these bags are soooooooo pretty! I love the large utility tote in “circle spiral”. Thanks for letting me know about the website – great ideas for birthdays!!

  207. I love the large utility tote. There are so many great things to choose from.

  208. Very cute! I’d love to win one!

  209. Those boxy totes, like you have, actually look perfect. They have lots of cute designs!

  210. Charity L. says:

    I really like the personalized basket with liner. Personalized boxer shorts also are cool.

  211. Rebecca H. says:

    I would love a large family sized tote. Perfect for so many things!

  212. Wow, I’d love one just like yours!

  213. I would love the large utility tote!! Perfect for all the “stuff” my three kids and I need!

  214. The Large Utility Tote for my car looks great for any mom with 3 kids. I love the Black Tailored Stripe. So cute and functional.

  215. I would love a big tote like yours! We went to the park last weekend and I wished I had something just like that, thanks!

  216. Love Love Love the utility bag!

  217. Possibly the Pop Crossbody (purse). But it will be very hard to choose if I win!

  218. I love the tote bag that Jen created. I also like the hostess apron.

  219. With 5 kids I would definitely want one of the extra large or organizing utility totes. They look fabulous!

  220. I love the large utility tote for all our beach gear in the summer!

  221. Catherine Prewett says:

    So much cute stuff. We always need storage, so maybe the storage totes or a utility totes. I also love the stuff in the Oh Baby collection or Little Girls Kids at Heart collection. So many choices.

  222. The organizing utility and thermal utility totes look fabulous!

  223. Christy Skura says:

    The utility totes are great!

  224. I love the large utility tote!

  225. Tammy Lindner says:

    I would love to have the Organizing Utility Tote. Thanks for the chance to win!

  226. Heather Abbott says:

    I’ve had my eyes on the skirt purse for some time now, so it would either be that or maybe a beach theme tote – love the new spring/summer prints!

  227. I love that the umbrellas match the bags – so cute!

  228. I have and adore the organizing utility tote, and have a long list of other ones to to try but I think I want the mini tote to go with it

  229. I would love the “Cindy Tote”

  230. The large utility tote, and the icon hangers. Such fun!

  231. oh i like them all – i think i might would choose a wristlet wallet to toss in my diaper bag!

  232. Staci in WA says:

    solid basic color large tote. these look wonderful!

  233. I would really love to win and get the large utility tote. Thanks for the giveaway.

  234. I love the large tote! I’m looking forward to picnics and park outings this spring and summer!!!

  235. I would get a couple of the All-In-One Organizers to store my file folders for our adoption :). (in the garden bloom pattern with brown lettering)

  236. I really like the large utility tote! thanks for the giveaway!

  237. The magazine basket! I would totally use it for toilet paper like it shows in the catalogue!

  238. I like the large tote and have wanted one of those for a while. BUT–we really need a new zipper pouch for our envelope system so I’d probably cave and buy one of those instead. 🙂

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  239. An all purpose tote would be wonderful – they have so many great ones!

  240. The Oh Baby line is super adorable. I like the utility tote. We’re expecting a baby so this would be perfect 🙂

  241. Andrea Dorn says:

    I would get a purse. They are so pretty. I like the black one with a letter on it.

  242. Everything is adorable, it would be hard to choose! I would have to start with lunch totes for my girls at school next year!

    Thanks for the chance!

  243. Marlena U. says:

    So many choices! I might purchase the bib/burp cloth set and the flat iron holder. 🙂

  244. Any of the purses!

  245. I love the city weekender tote!

  246. I’d love the Hang-Up Home Organizer. Thanks!

  247. I would choose an organizing utility tote. It would be perfect for summer time pool/beach fun!

  248. Heather Kruger says:

    I love the large utility tote!

  249. Rebecca W. says:

    I love all the different totes.

  250. I like the rolling tote.

  251. I would love the large utility tote! We have 5 kiddos so it would be a great tote for any outing!

  252. even though I thought all the products in the catalogue were great and loved the colours offered, I SO would order the wall family/home organizer!!! That would totally rock and go along with the home binder system we are working on!!!

  253. I have been wanting one of the skirt purses

  254. Amy Bergman says:

    I would like to have the large utility tote to use for groceries or outings. I would also like to get a couple of the smaller organizing totes. I would use one in my kitchen as a file to keep papers and cut down on clutter. I would use one in the car too for small toys & books that my girls usually have all over the place.

  255. Jen Fitzpatrick says:

    My 9 year old daughter has been saving her money for a year, so she could buy her own laptop. She finally was able to do so this passt weekend and is so excited. I would love to be able to get a laptop case for her!

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