three tip thursday [11].

by Janetha on July 19, 2012

in guest posts,tips

HI! hope you all have your notebooks so you can jot down today’s tips from one of my favorite people in the world… lindsay.


linds is the colorful gal on the left. she’s guest posted here often, so that’s really all the introduction she needs.

here’s linds with her three tips for three tip thursday!


Hey ya’ll!! I’m surprised I’ve been asked back onto the meals and moves show. I ramble and write nonsensical rubbish. I’m convinced that my readers keep coming back because they can’t look away from the train wreck that is Lindsay’s List. But Janetha keeps asking, so I keep writing. Guess she’s just as crazy as me.


Today, I bring you another installment of Three Tip Thursday. I happen to love this feature that she’s dreamed up because while the readers glean information, the writers get to act like they know something.

Which we don’t…know anything. We just don’t.

Three Life Changing Tips

1. Listen to your mother.

I love my mom. (And I know Janetha loves hers!)


And as I’ve grown up, I’ve learned that while we might be SO very different, she has some wisdom to impart. She’s worked hard over the years – she has no mortgage payment, she lunches with the best of them and she’s at an age where she doesn’t get hung up on her weight or body image. I’d say that right now, at age 54, she’s the happiest and most laid back that she’s ever been.

So how did she get to where she is today? Some simple tips…implement these and you’ll be well on your way to becoming your mother.

  • Go out to lunch every single day, order a salad, a large Diet Coke and the biggest piece of chocolate cake they have.
  • Use this phrase a minimum of 4 times a day: “You’re going to turn into a ______ pretty soon.” Insert your own word there. Protein shake, elliptical, hooker. Any of those words will work nicely.
  • Use the phrases “honey” and “when I was your age”. The more “honeyisms”, the better. This is not my opinion. This is scientific FACT.
  • Say that you don’t care about what others think while changing your daughter’s clothes to something more “appropriate.”
  • Be amazing and ridiculous at the same time.

Ok…so that wasn’t a serious tip. That was just me being me (and I do love you, Momma). Let’s move on.

2. Learn to COUPON!

In just the past year alone, we’ve saved nearly $1,500 since I stopped buying impulsively and started using a couponing system.


Couponing is fun once you know what you’re doing. And honestly, I think you should coupon even if you don’t financially NEED to coupon – it’s FREE money! Go here for a more thorough “how to” guide, but here are some couponing basics:

  • Buy only what you need. Just because you have a coupon for Fritos doesn’t mean you need to buy Fritos. Clip coupons for the items you already use. And only those items!
  • Buy only what is on sale. And then pair that sale item with a coupon. Be purposeful in your spending and have a plan BEFORE you go to the grocery store.
  • Use online resources. I get most of my coupons online (although I do buy the Sunday paper as well). Some great online resources: Southern Savers, Coupon Mom, Mambo Sprouts (great for organic/healthy living coupons!),

If you have ANY questions about how to get started, use Southern Savers! Jenny has a wealth knowledge on the subject!

And last, but not least…

3. Wear A Smile.

Your smile is one of your greatest assets. Use it!!


A merry heart doeth good like a medicine… – Proverbs 17:22

Some scientific facts (since I’m a scientist and all):

  • Smiling makes YOU happier.
  • Smiling makes the people around you happier.
  • Smiling burns 10,000 million calories.
  • Just like cinnamon roll lip gloss and bacon covered nipples, a beautiful smile can attract a man. (<-did she just say nipples?)

Sure, it’s easier to be mad and disgruntled.


Don’t go through life unhappy!

And perhaps I see the world through rose-colored glasses. But there really is SO much to smile about. To be thankful for. Choosing to smile, even if you don’t feel like it, shows that you’re in control of your feelings and actions. That you CHOOSE joy. That’s something I can get behind. A concept that I want my children to be exposed to!


Those are my tips. Hope you find them funny or serious or useful (all three would be just perfect).

Happy Thursday, friends! Come visit me sometime!


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Momma b July 19, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Oh Lindsay I love you! Here I am with only 31% battery commenting because these are GREAT tips!! I smiled and laughed and totally agree! I’m sure I would love your momma too !!!

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List July 19, 2012 at 7:03 pm

I love you right back!! You raised a wonderful lady!

Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries July 19, 2012 at 6:30 pm

great tips linds! ;) i love you both!

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List July 20, 2012 at 5:06 am

thanks, Ashley! love you too!

Michelle @ Eat Move Balance July 19, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Lindsay–I love your three tips! And, as always, I love your wit even more! :)

Erin @ erinberries July 19, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Cute post! I love it! :) I really want to get into couponing. I’ve gotten really into that show Extreme Couponing on TLC! Hahah!

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List July 20, 2012 at 5:09 am

i have a love/hate relationship with that show! The producers seem to set up “extreme” savings for the contestants and pay the stores to bend the rules. That being said, I totally still watch it.

Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut July 19, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Thanks for sharing these tips Lindsay! You are adorable (as is your little one)!

I really do need to get into couponing!! I spend SO MUCH on groceries!!

Tina @ Best Body Fitness July 19, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Love both of you ladies! And Linsday – your “nonsensical rambling” ALWAYS makes me smile. :)

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More July 19, 2012 at 8:14 pm

LOVE it!! :)
(^that’s me, smiling!)

Paige @ Running Around Normal July 19, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Could Clara BE any cuter?!
I need to get back on coupon-ing. When life gets busy, my coupon websites get visited less and less frequently. But they do save me so much!

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List July 20, 2012 at 5:13 am

i’m the same way – it does take quite a bit of time.

Kayla @Keep Moving Forward July 19, 2012 at 8:34 pm

I did a lot of couponing last summer! I saved a lot of money on a ton of things – I was usually pretty disappointed that there aren’t many coupons for fresh produce and that is where I mostly shop. I haven’t picked it back up this summer….

Laura July 19, 2012 at 9:28 pm

‘Be amazing and ridiculous at the same time’
Love it! :) July 19, 2012 at 9:30 pm

I love your tribute to your mom and your advice on smiling. I completely agree with you. If you wear a smile it just makes you feel happier and makes everyone around you happier too. Great tips!

Sam @ Better With Sprinkles July 19, 2012 at 9:45 pm

That’s such a cute post.

‘Be amazing and ridiculous at the same time’ – might go down as the best advice I’ve ever heard.

ali July 19, 2012 at 10:53 pm

LOVE these tips Lindsay! Especially, the MOM tip! Love your blog too! :)

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List July 20, 2012 at 5:14 am

thanks, ali!

Nicole @ Making Good Choices July 20, 2012 at 4:46 am

great tips!! especially tip number 1! :)

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table July 20, 2012 at 6:42 am

Your mom sounds awesome! And a lot like mine… LOL! Love your tips. :)

ANDREA @andi and her candy July 20, 2012 at 8:49 am

Oh, Lindsay – how I love you!

You make me smile all the time, and I love to smile! Plus sneak peeks at that little cutie pie make me smile too. Thanks for being you!

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List July 20, 2012 at 10:47 am

my pleasure. it’s the only person i can be. ;)
and ditto right back!

Alicia July 20, 2012 at 9:56 am

I LOVE Lindsay!!!

Thank you for the amazing tips :) I can’t help but smile whenever I read your blogs or see your pretty pics.

I seriously need a Couponing 101 class. It intimidates me!!

Annette@FitnessPerks July 20, 2012 at 11:22 am

LOVE these tips!! I need to do some more couponing-for sure.

Heather @ Better With Veggies July 20, 2012 at 11:43 am

Okay – I signed up for ONE of these coupon sites and I’ll attempt to look at it occasionally, because you said so. I don’t think I’m patient enough for this stuff, but I’ll try! :)

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List July 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm

you can do it, little one!! Mambo Sprouts would be perfect for you!

Laura @ Mommy Run Fast July 20, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Awesome tips, Lindsay! I’m especially excited to check out those couponing sites… that’s something I keep meaning to start as well. Love your reasons to smile!

Lisa July 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm

I love Lindsay! Great tips, I should definitely get more involved in coupon ing, heck knows my wallet could use it!

Kirsten (Kirsten Captures) July 20, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Thanks Lindsay! I am smiling right now!

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List July 20, 2012 at 5:26 pm

my primary goal. you have such a pretty smile.

julie July 20, 2012 at 1:59 pm

HA! don’t i know it — listening to your mom (or my mom) is the smart thing to do

Julie July 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Thanks for the last one. Totally needed it to get my day going!

Colleen July 20, 2012 at 5:15 pm

I used to coupon all the time, and then I just kind of, ran out of time and stopped. I say every single week I’m at the store that I should start again. I once got a $120 bill down to $27 it was one of the best moments of my life.

As for smiling; I really believe in the power of smiling until it kills all of the people you dislike. Kill with kindness. Plus there’s a lot to actually be happy about.

corrie anne July 20, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Oh no. I’m not so good with couponing. I think we’ve used one since we’ve been married. I always have the best intentions. I save the fliers and they’re all expired before I remember to look at them. I need an app for that. Lol.

And I love the smile tip. I needed that today.

Sarah @ The Healthy Diva July 21, 2012 at 4:01 am

Love these three tips…I know my mom is a pretty smart lady so i make sure to listen often. And smile lots too!

Kelly @ No Sugar Sweet Life July 21, 2012 at 6:51 am

I love that you wrote “bacon-covered nipples” on Janetha’s blog :) LAUGHING!!!!

Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn July 22, 2012 at 9:48 am

Obsessed with this post. Let’s be real, ALWAYS smile, and definitely go out to lunch every day and get a giant piece of chocolate cake. YOLO.

Janetha July 29, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Words cannot say how much I love and appreciate you. The end.

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