11.26.2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

I pray each and everyone of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Please know that I am truly thankful for all of you in the community.

God has blessed me tremendously by giving me this platform to touch others lives and it is not something I take lightly.

Please enjoy food, family, and fellowship today and thank you to those that are severing us and can not be with at home with their family!

Here is a little something to make you smile


XX

Jen

11.24.2015

Let's Catch Up: Entrepreneurs, Turkey, Updates, and More



Hi Everyone!! I feel like it has been a while since I just chatted with you all. I don't like to just continuously share content without making a connection. That is just not how I roll.

So how is everyone? We are in high gear here prepping for Thanksgiving, taking finals (me anyway), and planning for December which is always a fun and festive time.

October and the beginning of November has been a very productive time for me with The Nifty Thrifty Lady and I am excited to share a few of the things that I CAN and maybe shamelessly tease you all about the things that I can't just yet.


What to Expect November and December


  • One Deal a Day  I know that many of you are going to be done Christmas Shopping this Friday. GO YOU!! I also know there are others that won't be. For those I will be bringing back the ever popular One Deal a Day. I basically search the web for one HOT deal a Day that is 50%  off or more and share it with you. If you have an item you are searching for please let me know in the comment below
  •  5 Days of Giveaways-  I couldn't make it through the Holiday Season without giving back to you all that make this passion of mine possible. During the week of December 7 - December 11 I will be hosting 1 giveaway a day. Make sure you have subscribed to my Daily Reminder to Save so you can enter each one! 
  • Small Business Saturday- I have reached out to many small local businesses in the area and will be sharing a list of specials and events they will be holding in honor of Small Business Saturday! 
  • Unplugging- I do it every year and it will happen again. I will be completely unplugging from all tech devices from Christmas Eve until New Years Eve. I will be January 4, 2016 with a very fun decluttering/organizing month so we can all start the new year off with a little extra money and peace of mind. 


Blog Updates


  • I am an entrepreneur- WOW! It has taken me almost 5 years to fully own that statement and it's still very uncomfortable when I have to say it out loud to anyone else but me. The cold hard facts are that I am making every attempt to start my own business. What business you ask? Well that will be revealed in due time. I have been reading and studying every business book I can get my hands on, in addition to finishing my Accounting degree in July of 2016. I am preparing myself and obtaining the knowledge and resources I will need to launch mid 2016! I am very excited about this and again owe you all the most heartfelt thank you as you have given me the encouragement and motivation to pursue this dream. DON"T WORRY THE NIFTY THRIFTY LADY IS A HUGE  part of my new adventure and will not be going anywhere.
  • Affiliate links-  As you all know I never charged for anything but my Get a L.I.F.E. {lesson in frugal economics} workshop. I thought this would be the best idea given most of the topics I teach are for those struggling with finances anyway. The time has come for me to own that I am a service and admit that I need to start thinking more like a business owner in some aspects. Charging a small fee for classes is one. I also researched what is called affiliate links and decided to become an affiliate with select stores and companies that I personally use. By Law I have to disclose every affiliate link that I use, which I would anyway. What this means for you is really no change. If there is an item I use an affiliate link for and you click on the link and make a purchase I will receive a small commission. It does not charge you more. Basically I am compensated for advertising their product. I have struggled with implementing this on my site. However, as highly respected business man (Micheal Hyatt) has a great podcast on Why a person should not feel guilty for charging. If you want to listen here it is (p.s. this is NOT an affiliate link, I still use them sparingly). This really hit home for me and I prayed about it for a very long time. I hope this does not make any of you feel like I am selling out because I am not. I plan on still provide you with the same content. I promise.
  • A How to Guide and Get a L.I.F.E-  I can not wait to tell you all that Lessons in Frugal Economics will be coming back in 2016! I am getting chills just writing that because this is my BIG idea, this workshop is my why. I am also nervously going to be releasing a How to Guide in what else but MEAL PLANNING. This is such a challenge for my and I am loving the process of writing, researching and challenging myself to improve my skills. 
Life
  • It has been a rough year. With the recent one year mark of the passing of my grams I have been a bit sad. As I reflect over the past year I think that would sum up how I felt. My Husband and I lost our grandmothers within a week of each other last year and in July we lost a very close friend do to a seizure. We had a long year of lose. Our boys keep us grounded and makes sure we do not commiserate too long on any one thing! Thank the Lord for them!!


I hope you all are doing wonderfully! Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 

I wish you all very, very Happy Thanksgiving with lots of stuffing, family, fellowship, and love.

XX,


11.23.2015

How to Cook and Freeze Dried Beans

Cooking and freezing dried beansI am back with another installment of Back to the Basics|Saving in the Kitchen. Where I show you simple tasks that generations before use did to save a few dollars.

Today I am answering a readers questions from Periscope! I mentioned that I cooked my own beans and she wanted to know how.


11.18.2015

Sausage and Lentil Soup with #premioplease


Making Sausage and Lentil soup cooking video
Today's post is what inspired me to do a whole weeks worth of cooking videos, what I am kindly dubbing 5 Video in 5 days. This delicious Sausage and Lentil Soup is perfect for the winter and budget friendly too. But first the back story.

I am part of Influenster a company that lets you review items for free and in return you talk about them on social media. This is one type of review I love to do because I don't feel guilty about telling my 100% honest truth if for some reason I am not wowed by the product. That being said I will always find a kind way to speak the truth because I want you all to trust my word.

I have done two other reviews for Influenster and they rocked. Literally, I did the Rock your Lunchbox and a fun summer Voxbox Nurturebox.

The Voxbox I got this time was from Premio and they makes very good sausage! I had actually used premio one other time because I had a coupon for it and was pleased with it then.

I decided to feature the sausage in my first cooking video and could not have been happier with the out come.

Are you ready for a simple and hearty winter soup?






Don't you want to make this right now?

I love that you could substitute a lot of different things which is one of the ways I cut costs on meals.

Here is the Printable Recipe for this yummy Sausage and Lentil Soup.

Ingredients for Sausage and Lentil soup

If you loved this recipe make sure you join the TNTL Newsletter to stay up to date on all of our family friendly recipes and finance tips!

Quick and Easy Sausage and Lentil Soup



 Have you tried Premio Sausage? What were your thoughts?

XX,

11.17.2015

Weekly Meal Prep

How and when to Meal prep weeklyToday I am taking you along "Vlog" style as I complete my  Weekly Monday Meal Prep.

Meal prep is a very important step that allows me to be more intentional making meals at home instead of dialing the phone for pizza delivery.





MAKE THE TIME TO MEAL PLAN
Each Monday I set aside around 30 minutes to prep food and drinks for the rest of the week. In all honesty which day you meal prep or how many times a week you prep does not matter. The important part is you are following through and preforming the action.

PLAN WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO PREP
I use the same outline, if you will, to structure my prep.

  • 1 homemade after school snack
  • 1 lunch that will be used for multiple days 
  • Refill water pitcher
  • Make tea
  • Cut fruit and veggies for the week
  • Cook rice 
  • Assemble any marinating bags I would like to cook
  • Prep salads
You will see in this weeks video I do not do all of these items each week. It depends heavily on how much time I have in the evenings and what I have on the menu. I suggest testing out meal prep a couple weeks in a row to see what works for you and your family.

Without further ado here is the 2nd of 5 food videos for this week!





What and when do you meal prep?

Stay tuned for 3 more Videos this week...Tomorrow will be the perfect recipe for a winter soup!

XX,








11.16.2015

3 Ingredient Chicken Quesadillas

3 Ingredient Chicken Quesadilla
This post contains affiliate links. When you purchase thru a link you are supporting this site thank you!

During the fall our time in the evening is very limited. We are either on a soccer field, basketball court, or enjoying the holiday festivities. One of my families favorite quick meals is a 3 Ingredient Chicken Quesadillas that take 15 minutes or less! The best thing about this meal may not even be the food but the fact that you can feed your family a quick, healthy meal and skip the drive thru lane.


I am also very excited to debut my first cooking video! Cooking is one of my favorite hobbies and I love creating in the Kitchen, Don't worry I am not going food blogger but I did want incorporate some of my food recipes on the blog because they ARE frugal!

Today's recipe is so simple anyone can do it. So let's get started


11.06.2015

30 Days of Seeking to Give Thank in Everything - Day 5

Day Five
            
Be Thankful for your trials. If you’re being tested, you’re being perfected. Which means you have a divine purpose and reason to rejoice.

Yesterday was a fun day of looking for things to be thankful for. I surly had my ups and downs even though my spirits

were happy.

I think that was my take away from yesterday.

Think will not go your way every day. They just won’t no matter how thankful or happy you are.
We have trials and tribulations are we can be refined, humbled, and hopefully so we can learn from them.

When I started my day out with the thought I am going to look for the things already happening in my life to be thankful for, I noticed I take so many of the little things for granted.

  • I am thankful I have and can afford the internet to write this email to you.
  • I am thankful for how independent my children are, even though that independent spirit causes lots of parenting battles.
  • I am thankful for bottled water and I am thankful I get to stay home currently with my children.

Most days I openly admit I concentrate too much on the trails and not the outcome of them.
Today, I want us to think back to past trials and think about what God was trying to tell us from them, how were we different afterward?

This is not going to be easy, no one likes to think about their hard past. However, if we never reflect on what we learned then we will never know what we are thankful for as a result.

Topic:
Trials
Prompt:
Write 1-3 things you are thankful for as a result of going through a trial
Action:

Along with the memories of the hard times. Grab a photo album and remember some of the good times as well!

If you would like to share your list's use #NTLthankful on instagram or tag me on your favorite social media platform.

If you would like to get morning emails to start your day so you can SEEK thankfulness you can sign up here.

XX,



11.05.2015

30 Days of Seeking to Give Thanks in Everything Day 4

30 Days of Seeking to Give Thanks in EverythingDay Four

Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything- Ephesians 5:20

Did you thank someone yesterday that has had a role in encouraging your spiritual growth?

 It is amazing the power we have in the two simple words of “Thank You”.  We can transform someone’s not so good day into a great day, we can reaffirm someone’s talent or business who may be doubting it or we can hurt someone’s feeling by taking their kind gestures for granted.

This challenge has already been a good reminder to me to say thank you more often even when it may seem like it is given.

Today I want to have “Free thankful day”. I want us to wake up and throughout the day look for things we are thankful for.

No I have not ran out of topics but I think if we are honoring God and remembering to be thankful we should be able to see a small change in our mindset.

I have notice that I am more gracious with my kind words and the little things I normally feel discouraged over are not as big as they once were.

What are you noticing?
Topic:
You’re Day
Prompt:
List everything that you are thankful for in your day
Action:

Be fully aware of the little and big things in your life today. Say thank you to those that do something for you and remember to thank God for the list you compile!

If you would like to share your list's use #NTLthankful on instagram or tag me on your favorite social media platform.

If you would like to get morning emails to start your day so you can SEEK thankfulness you can sign up here.

XX-
Thankfulness Challenge Day 4 FREE DAY


11.03.2015

30 Days of Seeking to Give Thanks in Everything- Day 3

Day Three

If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul- Harold Kushner

Day two was hard for me. I do not like to think about myself very much and I am very quick to point out my faults. To think about being thankful for myself seemed silly! The quote for yesterday spoke to me all day telling me to be thankful for what I do have instead of wishing and comparing myself to the thing I don’t. The truth is the things I do offer no one else may.

I have to be honest I am excited about the transformations that will take place in our souls after this challenge, but I am a little afraid too.

  • I am afraid that maybe I will be a negative Nancy and stop looking for the good in every situation after the 30 days are up.
  • I am afraid that I won’t have a transformation at all! That choosing to be thankful instead of ungrateful will not really change my mindset.
  • I am afraid that maybe it will really work and I have spent a long time making life hard when the simple answer is to seek being thankful!

Do you have any of these fears or maybe you’re fearing something else?

I do know this. God has said that it is his WILL for us is to Seek Thanks in ALL Circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:15). I don’t think that God would put as much an emphasis on thankfulness if it was not a life changer.

Topic
Today I want us to focus on our faith.
Prompt
List 1-3 reasons why you are thankful for your faith.
Action
Thank a person who has encouraged you in your faith


If you would like to share your list's use #NTLthankful on instagram or tag me on your favorite social media platform.

If you would like to get morning emails to start your day so you can SEEK thankfulness you can sign up here.



11.02.2015

30 Days of Seeking to Give Thanks in Everything - Day 2

Day Two

Gratitude: Helps us see what is there instead of what isn’t

How was day one? I promise I won’t ask this every day! I am just curious if your memory helped you see your day in a different light. Mine did.

One of the memories I am thankful for having is a summer day during band camp. It was my sophomore year, I played the clarinet and our group was having sectional in a random hallway. During the summer is was very odd to see other students in the building so when I saw my middle school art teacher it didn’t really strike me as odd. What did was the tall student that was walking behind her. I remember all us girls wondering if it was her son or if she would be a new teacher.
  • 3 years later I ran into that same tall student a again, at a job that I did not want as a teenager.
  • 13 years later that tall student is the father to my 2 boys and a man I proud to call my husband.

That memory is one I don’t often think of. It took this challenge to stir it up again. What kept burning in my brain all day was this little voice asking “Do you think this wasn’t a plan?”

Our marriage is not perfect and we have been facing some pretty consistent lows over the past year. I admit some days I doubt rather I made the right decisions and wonder how God can let our marriage spiral like it has at points.

When I remembered this memory I was like a big hug and God saying “Jen, I know exactly what I am doing!.”

Topic
Today I want to look at ourselves.
Prompt
List 1-3 things that you are thankful for about yourself.
Action:
Highlight that characteristic in your day. Maybe you are thankful you are a good listener, call a friend and ask them how they are and just listen. Maybe you are thankful you are good at your job, go to work and put in a little extra effort!

If you would like to share your list's use #NTLthankful on instagram or tag me on your favorite social media platform.

If you would like to get morning emails to start your day so you can SEEK thankfulness you can sign up here.

XX,

 






11.01.2015

30 Days of Seeking to be Thankful in Everything - Day 1

 Day one
“Train yourself to find the blessings in everything”

Today is day one of our 30 day journey to seeking to be thankful in everything. I am already anticipating the transformations!

I know it seems rather cliché to host a thankful challenge in November, the same month as Thanksgiving.

First, I want to say that I am not doing this to build my blog, followers, or make money.

Although my motives may be selfish. I am doing this to honor a calling I feel God has been pressing on me. He has been giving me little nuggets of good and testing me to concentrate on that. Folks, let me tell you the good here has been very little lately, which is why I think God is making this so relevant in my life.

I know that this time of year is also hard for so many people, me included. 10 days from today will be a full year since my grams has been gone. The days are gloomy, social media is highlighting all the fun families have, and Christmas is around the corner and some of us know that our tree’s may not be as filled as others.

But there is one thing to be thankful for each day, sometimes it is that we get to get up in the morning, other times it is an accomplishment, and other times we have to find the gratitude in hindsight.

That is why I am doing this, because I want us to all “Train ourselves to find the blessing in everything”. I want us to change our mindset, create a habit, and take action!

So let's jump into Day 1

Topic:
Today I want to start with a memory or memories even.
Prompt:
List 1-3 memories that you are thankful for having.
Action:

Throughout the day bring them up in conversation, think about how those memories have transformed you into the person you are today.


If you would like to share your list's use #NTLthankful on instagram or tag me on your favorite social media platform.

If you would like to get morning emails to start your day so you can SEEK thankfulness you can sign up here.

I am so excited to get the word out about this challenge I am sharing it at Intentional at Home Thrusdays.

XX,