The Benefits of a Gift Closet

How to create and shop for a gift closet
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Let's set the scene.

The time: noon. The day: Saturday. The place: your kitchen fridge. The problem?

You forgot it you had a birthday party that starts in T-30 Minutes. Sure you could come up with some lame excuse and call and cancel. Worse yet you could show up empty handed with the promise of a "belated gift" OR
you could head to your gift closet grab the perfect gift, wrap it and then of course still be late because someone can't find their shoes.

Oh, wait that last part doesn't happen to everyone?!

Today I want to share with you the MAJOR benefits of creating a gift closet in your home and how I shop for the items. I promise after this you will want to start one A.S.A.P!


Meal Inspirations: Get the Most from Meat

Meal inspirations for purchasing meat and stick to a budget

One of the biggest challenges I and many other families face when meal planning is figuring out how to stay within budget when purchasing meats. How do I know? It has been a hot topic in Get a Life Tribe! <----- be="" have="" if="" join="" nbsp="" not="" p="" sure="" to="" yet="" you="">
I have shared many ideas and tips on this very topic from buying in bulk to implementing meatless days and everything in between.

Today I wanted to give you a real peek into what meat purchases I buy for the month, how I use what I already have in my freezer and some common meals we have.


4 Tips to Make Saving a Simple Task

Over on the TNTL Facebook page I wrote a string of posts dealing specifically with savings. They were kinda a hit. Because I like to make things as easy as possible I wanted to do a video and blog post on the tips  to make the information all in one place and easy to find for you!

First, if you want to follow TNTL on Facebook you can do so here AND if you want to go even deeper into financial success join the GET a LIFE TRIBE you won't be sorry you did.


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. 


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!


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. 


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.


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!