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We have a bit of a problem over here. That problem? The massive piles of crap kid stuff that find their way into the floorboard of my car. See?


True confession: I removed FOUR sippy cups of water and three empty snack cups before I snapped this photo. Thanks, Emma. Now I know where all the sippy cups were.

The back seat of my car is like a game of I Spy! Or Make Me Insane!

Joshua gets to take one stuffed animal to school every day for nap time. He wants to take a different stuffed animal every day. Somehow, none of the animals in the rotation end up making it out of the car.

The crap-in-the-floorboard issue is a problem which has plagued me since he started bringing things home from school.

No matter what I’ve tried, I’ve been unable to contain the crazy. So then my friend Jessica, who sells Thirty-One, asked if I wanted to do a review of an Organizing Utility Tote.

Well, okay. Let’s do this.

I chose the Organizing Utility Tote in Plum Awesome Blossom, one of Thirty-One’s newest colors from the Fall 2013 catalog (which I got an advanced peek at when Jessica was here for their conference).

Thirty-one Gifts Organizing Utitlity Tote, Plum Awesome Blossom

Pretty, right? Almost too pretty to put it where I put it.

The tote and I ventured out to the garage to tackle the chaos overwhelming my back seat.  Absolutely everything in the back seat of my car fit into this bag.

Thirty-one Gifts Organizing Utility Tote, Plum Awesome Blossom

My kids are blanket kids. There’s always at least one blanket floating around in the car. Also, kids are sticky, ergo the wipes. Hi, Silver Surfer.

Thirty-one Gifts Organizing Utility Tote, Plum Awesome Blossom

Assemble the minions!

Thirty-one Gifts Organizing Utility Tote, Plum Awesome Blossom

That Slumber Buddy? BEST. Luigi and Yoshi and the frog are heavy in the preschool naptime rotation. Not pictured: Jeffney, a tiger, named by Joshua. He was actually in his rightful place inside Joshua’s school bag.

Thirty-one Gifts Organizing Utility Tote, Plum Awesome Blossom

Everything that used to live in the floorboard now lives between the seats. This means no more frantic flailing about trying to locate whatever it is a child might be requesting while also, you know, trying to drive. Now they can help themselves and at the end of the ride, I can just throw everything back into the bag.

(Except for that whole broken arm being on Joshua’s bag-side…)

I finally feel like maybe there’s a chance this chaos can stay, eh, non-chaotic. Maybe. I’m hopeful.

Thirty-One Organizing Utility Tote, Plum Awesome Blossom

But wait! There’s more!

What’s a review without a giveaway, right?

Jessica is offering up 1 Thirty-One Organizing Utility Tote in the pattern of your choice to 1 reader.

To do this, we’re going old school.

To enter, and please leave a comment for each entry:


Leave a comment telling us where you would use a Thirty-One Organizing Utility Tote!


1. Join Jessica’s Got VIPs on Facebook to stay updated on the latest trends and promotions from Thirty-One Gifts.
(I promise this isn’t a spammy group. At all. Cross my heart.)

2. Like Finding Walden on Facebook.

Easy peasy. Three ways to enter. One way to win: your entry MUST be in a comment on this post.

I’ll draw the winner on Tuesday, September 24th at 10:00 a.m. EST and announce that afternoon.

Ready? Go! Get yourself some organization with Thirty-One gifts!

Standard Disclaimer: Jess provided me with 1 Thirty-One Organizing Utility Tote. She did not provide me with an opinion or pay off my student loans.  Bummer, right?

Thirty-One Gifts Organizing Utility Tote, Plum Awesome Blossom

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