9.23.2016

Life is an ADVENTURE

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all- Helen Keller


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Today I am thrilled to be teaming up with Cents of Style for a Fashin Friday Stroy {Life is}. I had the opportunity to choose a shirt saying and share my Life is Story. I can't wait to hear yours. There is a special offer for TNTL readers at the end!!


This March I turned 30 years olds. If you know me behind the scenes you know that age means nothing to me at all. I am not saddened or scared of getting older. In fact, I LOVE getting older. 

Why?

Because the older I get the more Life Adventures I get to experience! Seriously! I am not making this up. 

To me, I was given a life from our Creator. He did not put me here to sit and be complacent with my time, talents, and life journey. Of course, I struggle just like everyone with making the right decisions and dealing with the regrets and consequences of poor decisions. But that is the beauty of adventures. They all connect to one another by YOUR choices and each day you get to wake up and choose where your adventure is going to take you today. 

Helen Keller is one women that could have become complacent and bitter. She could have taken life's complications and obstacles, toss her hands in the air and given up. Instead, she overcame her physical disabilities and became a world-renowned political activist  and speaker, as well as, an author. Her quote has always stood out to me: Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.

Most of us are not faced with being blind and deaf. We get to see and hear the miraculous world we live in. We have abounding opportunities to enjoy our life adventure!

I will leave you with one of my favorite adventures I have ever had in my 30 years.

When I was in 3rd grade I decided I wanted to try to play soccer. I am not sure why? None of my friends played and I was the only girl on a "co-ed" team. 
Let's not mention that I didn't run, my hand-eye coordination was terrible (at best), and I was socially awkward. I am sure the parents on the sidelines were all wondering what I was doing there. 
Let warn you this adventure is not one of those "she started from nowhere and became an Olympic athlete" oh how I wish!!
I continued to play fall and spring soccer, and sometimes indoor during the winter. I practiced and found I had a knack for getting that ball up the field and defending our goal. So I became an okay defender.
In middle school, I parted ways with that "co-ed" league and joined the middle schools all girls team. At first, I was out of my comfort zone.There had been 2 girls on my team prior to this and I was 1 of the 2. I had to learn how to adjust to girls and dare I say drama, 
Our team was amazing, we went many seasons undefeated, our coaches were the most papa bear coaches we could ask for. We worked hard, we worked well, and we put away all the outside "stuff" on the field. 
The awesome thing is that our Middle School Team transitioned to be our High School Team. Some of our all-star members moved up to Varsity but, all in all, we stayed intact. 
I personally developed more than soccer skills during my years on this team. It was the start of me taking risks, embracing simple disciplines, and becoming a leader. 
My soccer career ended my Junior Year due to a knee injury. Although, many of my new life adventures started that year. 

Had I not continued with soccer that first season of 3rd grade I can safely say I would not have ended up here, today, writing  to you and encouraging you to make life an adventure you won't regret!


When I saw the Tee'sI could choose from "Life is an adventure" was the only shirt for me, what shirt speaks to you?  This weekend only Cents of Style is offering TNTL readers the Life Is Tee for $15.95 PLUS FREE SHIPPING with code LIFEIS1. 
I think these would make a great Christmas Gift!!




I want to know which shirt you choose and why! So leave a comment below or let me know on Facebook or Instagram!






9.21.2016

Why it is Important to Give on ANY Income

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A very common question I get asked is "should I be giving if I can't afford to pay my bills?".  There is no one blanket statement to this questions but from my experince if you can't give finanically you can still give the gift of your time and talent, so, yes. 

9.09.2016

Friday Finds: Free Fruit, Free Financial Workshop and MORE!

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Dear Friday, you come around faster and faster this time of year! Lucky for you guys right? Because you get to find some great deals and celebrate the weekend!

This week I am going to leave you with a few fun finds not as many "DEALS" per say.


9.06.2016

Introducing the New TNTL!

Hey there frugal friends! I have tried to start this post many, many times over the past 2 years but the time never felt right. I suppose it wasn't the right time because today as I sit here and type I feel excitement and peace announcing the NEW TNTL!



I know that as a business owner or leader you will never please everyone. That is something I had to come to terms with over this journey. So for those of you, that came to TNTL expecting one thing and feel like you are getting another I sincerely apologize. These past 5 years have been a transformative process for me and I am finally at peace with the direction and outcome. I hope you will see the passion I have and continue to stick around!

9.02.2016

Friday Finds: Free Food, Cheap Clothes and More!

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Happy Friday! I am a tad bit late getting the Friday Finds out to you all this week and for that I am sorry. My oldest son was away for school this week and came back home today. So needless to say we spent a lot of time together and work got pushed to be back burner.

Have no fear though I am still bring you some awesome Friday Finds so let's get to it!


8.26.2016

Friday Finds: Moneymakers, Freebies, and MORE!

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Happy Friday Frugal Friends! I don't even know where to begin with all these fun deals this week. I am seriously typing anxiously thinking it will get the deals to your inbox quicker! So let's get to it!

Online:


After 25% off coupon is clipped (savings applied at checkout)
Free shipping with prime




Annies Mac and Cheese savings on amazon





















After 20% off coupon is clipped (Savings applied at checkout)
Free Shipping with Prime





Amazon savings on Glad Trash bags
















This includes WINTER OUTERWARE!! 

Crazy 8 Outerware Sale

Crazy 8 Outerware Sale

All you need to do to view this book is have a kindle app on any device!


In-store:

Target
Back to School Clearance has started! Use this to stock up on replenishments AND some items for OCC Shoeboxes!!

Walgreens, Starting 8/28
Buy 1 Puffs Box of facial tissues, 48 or 56ct, $0.99
.26 Money Maker!
Money Maker on Puffs

Local:


Calling all Teachers! 
WC Parents has organized a month of special deals at local restaurants for all County teachers in September!






Okay! That is a ton of Friday Finds and they are amazing deals! One thing I want to say, I write these for folks that have the money to spend on great deals. NOT for those struggling to make ends meet. I don't want anyone to feel pressured or upset because they are missing out on a deal. The truth is. deals will ALWAYS be around. 

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8.22.2016

Back to Basics: Making Tomato Sauce

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If you have a garden or can get your hands on a large harvest of tomatoes DO IT! I am going to teach you the simplest way to preserve them so you can save money all year long on spaghettini sauce, tomato sauce, and all that jazz.



Steps to make and freeze tomato sauce


How to Make and Freezer Tomato Sauce