Loving to THRIVE on Thursday!


I pondered last week if I should keep my memberships for many different on-line sources and big box stores.  As Sunday rolled around….needing to make a decision about my THRIVE membership…..I found myself hesitating to cancel the automatic payment of my yearly membership.

As I sat in the quiet of my morning….praying about what were things to cut this year to continue to be THRIFTY AND THRIVING…..I realized part of my reason to want to continue to cut back even more is to open up the opportunities to give more!  More or my time, more of my talents, more of my treasures!

I then re-read the mission of THRIVE.  And I knew I wouldn’t cancel.  Because even if I don’t use my membership once this year (which I know I will!)….I have ensured another family does have the gift of utilizing THRIVE.  I have ensured another family has access to quality products to nourish their family.  MIND BODY SOUL!!!

Thus…..I was able to truly LOVE as God intends us to continually LOVE with AGAPE.

I feel beautiful and peaceful about the decision because I know God pressed it upon my heart.

How do you THRIVE!?  How do you love others….others you may not even know!?  What has GOD pressed upon your heart recently!?  Share below!  Let’s all be THRIFTY and THRIVE together!

Hugs and prayers,

BOOK OF THE DAY:  Really it doesn’t have to be this book…..it can be what ever book pertains to your area…..or one that inspires you to want to garden.  But basically if you want to really cut costs and feel amazing about providing for yourself and family…..get a GARDENING BOOK!  And you can’t say….but I live in the city…..or I don’t have space.  YOU CAN garden in ANYTHING…..ANYWHERE!!!  Check out Pinterest if you need some inspiration!

MOVEMENT FOR THE DAY:  Kettlebells!!!  This dvd was a great way for me to start and learn about proper for but really you can YouTube 10 minute Kettlebell workouts for beginners and receive a vast array of choices.  Don’t let these things intimidate you!  They are amazing!

Thrifty Thursday

I did my grocery shopping yesterday….found some amazing deals.  I am loving being able to get back into the swing of really saving with a purpose.  One of the ways I am able to always cut back on costs is using cash.  Everyone has their methods…what works for them.  But for me CASH is KING…..as Dave Ramsey would say.

So here are just a few of my great finds….and how I plan on taking advantage of these sales into meals.

At United….

BANANAS .37 cents a pound

*I picked up 2 bunches (5 pounds) for $1.92.  As they turn brown I will either turn them into some paleo muffins….but more than likely I will cut them into pieces and freeze them to use in smoothies.  One of my daughters favorite mid day snack is to blend up some bananas and strawberries a scoop of collagen, water and blend!

CABBAGE .47 cents per pound

SWEET ONIONS .99 cents a pound

ZUCCHINI  $1.29 per pound

SWEET POTATOES .99 cents a pound

*This is the most amazing potato (in my opinion)….it can be sweet but I have fallen in love with roasting them with spices that really make your mouth burst with flavor.  I have some green chili in my freezer from New Mexico (thank you Mom and Dad!!!)….and I plan on dicing the potatoes with the onions, zucchini, green chili toss it all with olive oil, salt, garlic….put into the oven on broil for however long it takes to get that nice dark brown to all sides.  Yum!!

JONAGOLD APPLES .99 cents a pound

* I cut up an apple a day for my daughter (she has braces) so she can snack on them during lessons….but I also will chop up some apple with the cabbage and make a simple slaw….with those two items, salt, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, a pinch of cayenne, garlic….bam!


EB EGGS $1.77

*My family loves loves loves eggs….they are so versatile.   My hubby will love having some fried up eggs with the roasted veggies from above.

 CANNED COCONUT MILK $1.99  (Both United and Natural Grocers had this on sale!)

Well that is all I have time for on this Thursday…..these sales are good til next Tuesday (Feb. 2).  Open up your grocery mailers and see how you can plan your meals around the sales.  You might discover just how creative you can become as well as save LOTS of money!

Tomorrow I will talk a bit more about food….what my thoughts are on organic….grass fed…..how I shop and what I do to eat as clean and wholesome as I can and still save money.

Have a glorious Thrifty day!  And if you have any thrifty thoughts PLEASE share….I always love saving a buck :)…..Leave comments below and teach me any of your tricks!

Blessings and hugs always,

BOOK OF THE DAY:  I have had this little book for YEARS now!  I love it.  These simple ingredients have saved me soooo much money with cleaning supplies….hair products….bath products….and so much more!

Today….my regular get up….push-ups….kickbacks…stretch…..
Once I got on the mini trampoline (finished rosary and started a podcast with Joyce Meyer)…..I decided I wanted to do something different every minute… I set a timer to go off every minute….
from there I rotated every minute for 20 minutes total from:
mini trampoline (with weighted vest…..you can put a few books in a backpack)
deep squat with medicine ball overhead throw
step ups with 10# weights
up right rows with 10#
knee up twists with medicine ball (standing lift knee to opposite elbow, twist, change to other side)
bicep curls with squats 10#
*basically I just kept moving from anything each minute….it didn’t matter the sequence…
*Ended with deep mat stretching…done!

Yesterday evening went for a fabulous walk with hubby (about 30-40 minutes)

***Today….I will be seeing my wonderful functional doc to do this crazy vibrating machine….its fun!  And I will be moving wood flooring from one room to the next…..soooo tomorrow I for see as a much lower key day!

Thrifty Thursday

I feel fabulous about my grocery shopping trip yesterday!  I focused on just sale items…and even purchased a few “treats” LARABARS which were on sale.  I kept it all under $80!!!!

When I read the book Living Well Spending Less, I loved what she shared….well everything that she shared….but especially about how she started her blog for accountability.  Therefore I thought what a great way for me to also stick to one of my New Years goals of spending less, and only shopping the sales, but to share with you my weekly shopping adventures.

Yesterday I really focused on the sales and thought of what on my list did I really really really need and what could wait that wasn’t on sale.  What meals and creative stuff could I do with what was on sale and with what I already had in my frig, freezer, and pantry!

I feel amazingly accomplished in getting this year off to the right start with really revamping our budget once again and weeding out the unnecessary.  I am going to create some amazing meals with all this and continue to thrive with health: MIND, BODY, SOUL!

My family will enjoy all the things I can create and I will enjoy all the fun I will have creating!

Wish I could hang out longer here and tell you all the meals I plan on making with this ensemble but maybe next time :)…..

Till tomorrow be healthy….have fun….and have a fabulous day!

Hugs and prayers always,

PS…..today’s picture of a book is all about FOOD…..getting back to basics….real food….which is truly what this shopping expedition was all about…..you will see by my receipt the only thing not a one ingredient item is the LARABARS!  Find your joy in creating things from scratch.  It is amazing…..empowering….exhilarating!!!

Thrifty Thursday with Saint Teresa and my HAIR!

Several years back my family and I embarked on an adventure to Italy with our church choir group.  It was an experience of a lifetime cherished by my whole family.

We had to start saving for it many years before it.  We had many ideas and goals on how to accomplish this.  At the same time we were taking care of some medical debt and a gas line debt.  I thought my husband had lost his mind when he was pretty persistent about us saving for this trip.

Thus, I started to get creative in cutting costs, and figure out some of our LATTE FACTOR (check out this link about the LATTE FACTOR).   Having read this book years and years ago (probably close to 15 years)…I knew the art of tweaking our budget on a pretty regular basis.

Which brings me to my hair.

My hair has truly always been my vanity.  I can leave the house in ratty clothes, no make up, but my hair has always had to be done.  Even if it is a crazy “messy” look that I have purposely coiffed.  Point being:  hair was, is my thing!

Years before my daughter, I would enjoy a Tony and Guy hair cut about every 3-4 months and spend anywhere from $50-75 on a cut, depending on the stylist.  That’s not even counting the times I would highlight it.

Then had our precious daughter and I really didn’t have the time to go to a stylist, so I would trim here and there, streak my hair from time to time….and basically experiment in a very minimal way so as to not create too much of an issue with my look or hair if I was to really “screw up”.

Over the years I have had many stylists who have actually helped me learn even more about hair cutting and coloring.  I was still averaging about $30-35 every 6 weeks to 2-3 months.  It just depended on the cut, which would determine how soon I felt I needed to get back to the salon.

Back to the LATTE FACTOR…..do the math and hair cuts can add up.  Thus I thought….I can cut this cost by using the skills I had been learning.  I took the plunge.   For over 2 years I trimmed my hair.  And gained confidence enough to even start adding layers, and texture.  Every time I would get a compliment about the “cute hair cut” I had just gotten….or a comment of “wow you got your hair cut, it looks great”…..well it made me bolder and stronger to know that I can do this!

For me it was a leap worth taking because even my best and favorite stylist would still not know exactly what I was thinking in my head for my hair….and even when they got it absolutely right….well my hair doesn’t grow even, or it would lay one way on one side and not the other…..so I have crazy hair anyways…..I couldn’t possibly go wrong :)…..

Thus my secret is out….I have been cutting my own hair now for almost 4 years….with only one trim done 2 years ago by a stylist right before my grandmothers funeral.

What does this have to do with St. Teresa?

She was a nun.  She sacrificed her LATTE FACTOR all the time.  She had to wear a habit to veil her hair.  She had to die to any and all vanities.

I did the math for those 2 years of saving for the Italy trip (and that was just one way I cut costs)….I saved close to $500!!!  It was so worth it, in so many ways!

What can you do to cut costs today that will not only put more money in your pocket but give you a boost of confidence that will help you strengthen yourself: mind, body, and soul!!!

Drop me a line and let me know!

hugs and prayers always,
~K 🙂

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