Gifts to give that wont be trashed, or outgrown

So, I blinked, and it's November 28th, and that means we have less than 30 days to Christmas, ya'll. Now, it's the mad dash to figure out a whole lot of stuff in a short period of time, and NOT get completely overwhelmed. I don't know about all of you, but trying to make sure the kids aren't disappointed in the stuff they do/get over the holidays is my number one stressor. We all know we don't want to get them a ton of stuff they won't use, but we don't want their Christmas to be ridiculous and empty. Sigh... I know I walk the toy aisle shelves, and see toys and games, and etc and start doing the math in my head. $25 here, $30 there, $5 here. Next thing you know, you are at $250 per kid, and up. THEN, you start to do the depreciation math. $3 sold a garage sale here, $5 for a video game trade in there, and next thing you know, you freaking spent about $500 and maybe got $20 back for it all after you sell it one day or give it to Goodwill. Just like every year, I'm trying to focus on … [Read more...]

Goodwill Clearance Center. You must go.

Earlier today, I did a Periscope about the GOODNESS of the Goodwill Outlet. People. You have NO idea what you are missing here. If you are a frugal family, dedicated shopper and love the thrill of the hunt, then, this place is for you! As promised on my earlier 'Scope, here is the list of ALL the Goodwill clearance centers in the US. Did you miss the scope? You can find it here for the next 11 hours or so. I'll do another video soon, and upload it to my YouTube. Promise.   … [Read more...]

What is your missing piece in life?

Everyone has a huge gap between where they are, and where they want to be, but they cannot quite figure out how to get from point A to point B. There is that missing piece. Sometimes you know the missing piece. It can be a degree. It might be more personal motivation. It might be more information about a topic. It might be money. It could be a baby. You may want to own a home. The ability to travel more. It could be better relationships with those you love or a deeper relationship with God. It most cases, we have identified the piece, but we either lack the resources, time, energy to reach it. Because, honestly, if we all had the missing pieces, we would all be super happy, right?   So, we can't figure out how to get the missing piece that will lead us to that place, and THEN, we get sad because we feel we are running out of time to get the piece. Also, some of of find what we think looks like the piece, but it's only a close replica. I mean, how many times have you … [Read more...]

1 thing to do today: Implement

Are you the type of person that has a million different tabs open on your computer? I know I am. Right now, as I type this post I have Facecook, my work outlook, Flickr, Google Calendar, Pinterest, YouTubeanother facebook tab, and then this window. THEN, I have some various programs open, like Lightroom, Photoshop, Spotify, Excel, Messages, PowerPoint. OMG, it's tiring. But, you get the idea. When you are trying to keep up, you have a lot of tabs open, but you aren't really DOING anything. So, the new Sunday strategy that I'm trying to implement moving forward it to focus on only TWO things on Sunday and use the day not for research, dreaming and hoping, but for implementation. Just like you, I have a million great ideas. The ideas are incredibly varied and range from organizing my pantry to some business ideas to the next big blog post. But, I never sit down and actually do. So, do me a favor today, and every other Sunday. Take your ideas and pick ONE. Then, do something … [Read more...]

5 Important Goals to Set this Holiday Season

Hello October! The crisp, cool, fall air is here. The wind lapping at our cheeks. The need for cute knee high boots arises. Oh wait, that's everywhere else other than where I live! Ha! It's 100 degrees, and we are still at the pool! Gotta love Phoenix! Anyhoo, the rest of you are probably finding that October is a time of happiness as we head into the holiday season. It's a time of candy, baking, eating, family, food and fun. But, it's also the one month that really impacts how you are going to feel on January 1, 2016 when you are writing out your resolution list. So, do yourself a favor and review your 2016 goals now, and what the next three months need to look like for you to get your new year off to a great start! Here are five ways you can prepare now to avoid  having a crappy January 2016. Watch the food that comes in your house. You know what I mean. You stop and buy a bag of candy here, some candy there. You bring home some food from a potluck. You start buying more … [Read more...]