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    NEW TastySalt® Cross Earrings

    NEW TastySalt® Cross Earrings

    To celebrate the launch of our newest collection, 100% of profits from TastySalt® Cross Earrings sold thru Friday, September 22nd will be donated to The Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to aid those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Irma.

    Use promo code: RedCross to receive 50% off shipping on all orders containing TastySalt® Cross Earrings, Now thru Friday, September 22nd.

    Check out TastySalt® Cross Earrings Collection!

    New Customizable TastySalt® Trucker Hats!

    New Customizable TastySalt® Trucker Hats!

    Customize your hat and design! Check out our Customize menu option for brand new TastySalt® designs with lots of options to personalize your hat.

    We offer a Hat Options Menu and Color Options Menu, both with tons of selections available.

    Check out these BRAND NEW TastySalt® Designs:

    Plus, customizable options will be available to more of your favorite TastySalt® designs soon!

    Picking up the Fight to Balance Stay-at-Home Business and Growing Family

    Picking up the Fight to Balance Stay-at-Home Business and Growing Family

    I just had a “come to Jesus” realization. My sales aren’t losing traction recently because everyone spent all of their money on vacation, or everyone is preoccupied with getting kids off to start their school year, or any other possible outside influence that I can conjure. Though, there are tremendous outside influences that affect sales, for sure, my business is struggling more because of, well, me.

    This past May, while in my first trimester of pregnancy, I came down with pneumonia. It was sort of devastating for me. I had been diligently, persistently, consistently, sacrificially working on my Christian apparel business for about 18 months when I got sick. Every day I spent a good amount of time and energy focused on how to move my business forward. Every Day. Even on Thanksgiving Day, to my husband’s great frustration and disapproval, I spent several hours working on clearancing some of my trucker hats to make them attractive for Holiday shoppers. I worked like this because everything was urgent, I was always behind, and I was constantly about to miss out on an opportunity to move the needle forward.

    Then, all of the stress, early mornings, late nights and just overall lack of balance caught up with me and took me out of the game, almost completely. (Even at my worst I still fulfilled orders as they came in.) Since then, even after recovering, I haven’t recovered my focus and determination. I was able to convince myself that taking it slow for this season would be okay, because after barely working half of May and all of June, my sales in June were incredible. But, when they started dropping off in July, I still didn’t make the connection with my productivity. My sales last summer dropped off a bit as well, so I thought it was just a part of my business cycle.

    My “come to Jesus” moment just finally happened now because I actually pulled up my sales history from last summer and the drop-off in my sales from last year was much less significant compared to what’s occurring now. Wow! Yikes! Hello!

    The thing is, I have to contribute to my family income. I have to. So, if it’s not TastySalt® that forces me to balance family and work, it’ll be something else.

    I LOVE TastySalt®. It has been such a gift. It’s provided me the opportunity to use the gifting God has blessed me with. I’ve been growing so much in knowledge and ability as the business requires it of me. I get to point to the incredible love Jesus has for every single one of us through what I make and sell. I am so blessed to give back a portion of sales to Outside the Bowl, a beautiful organization that fulfills Jesus’ command to feed the hungry both in body and in soul. And, hopefully I’m providing an example for my girls to always know that hard-work and persistence pay off.

    I want TastySalt® to succeed. I want my business to be able to contribute enough to my family’s income that we are able to experience financial security and freedom. That’s my goal.

    Recently, my three year old’s sleep habits have changed so that she’s been waking up about two hours earlier. And, at the same time I’ve been trying to take care of my pregnant self by sleeping in an hour later. My early morning chunk of work time has vanished. With my bootstrapped business, we’re not able to afford part-time childcare for her. Trying to find a new rhythm and schedule that works for us during this season has been difficult. But, I need to fight harder to find it. I don’t ever want to go back to the anxiety ridden, stress-filled lack of balance I had before. But, yeah, since I have to work and to contribute to my family’s bottom line, of course I want TastySalt® to be my work-at-home career, not just a hobby on the side.

    Knowledge is power, right? So, now that I know that my sales have dropped in large part because of me, I will start taking more responsibility for the blessing God has given me in TastySalt® and fight harder to achieve the right balance to make it and my family thrive. Oh, yeah, and I have another baby coming in about four months…. Wow! Yikes! Hello!

    Traveling the Hills and Valleys of my Life with Christ

    Traveling the Hills and Valleys of my Life with Christ

    I love the new Tauren Wells song, Hills and Valleys, about how God is with us and in control in the good times and the hard times. I'm sure we've all heard Christianity referred to as a crutch. But, I think it's more like a super power. We're just normal people that get transformed to become stronger and more confident because of the new identity Christ offers us. The power He gives us doesn't make us impenetrable or divert pain or conflict from entering our lives. But, it empowers us to face the struggles that burden us head on with knowledge that He will be with us through it.

    Before I knew Christ I struggled for years with an eating disorder. The endless loop of overeating and then obsessively working out that I was trapped in was a prison that kept me too preoccupied to grow. I hated my prison, I felt miserable and hopeless and stuck in it. But, my relationship with Jesus helped me to see that it was self-imposed and self-serving. The benefit of being imprisoned was that I could avoid the fear that haunted me the most. I didn't grow in relationship with people, I didn't chase my dreams and I didn't dig in deep and face my life in any way during those years; I stayed still.

    I felt trapped by my disease, but the truth was that I was trapped by my fear. My greatest fear was seeing that I wasn't enough. The thought that I wasn't enough and couldn't depend on my myself to manage my life was always in the back of my mind and it absolutely terrified me.

    My self-imposed prison was an effective diversion. When I met Jesus, I didn't expect Him to heal me from my eating disorder. I didn't expect anything in particular from my relationship with Him. I'd attempted Christianity before and when my life wasn't transformed, I left bitter and disappointed. My real life transforming relationship with Christ started when somehow I understood that He loved me. In a moment, I felt His grace and affection and approval of me deep down and it felt like freedom, peace and empowerment.

    I chased after Him afterwards like I was trying to capture every morsel of Him because it tasted like the peace and hope that I knew I could never muster on my own. I didn't present Him with an agenda or a To Do List of things He needed to fix in my life to prove that He was deserving of Lordship over my life. Instead, I just sought and accepted His leading curious and excited to see what He'd make my life into. And, though my life isn't easy or without conflict, it's so much more than I could have ever imagined or hoped for.

    In its simplicity, I have in my life an abundance of everything that I've learned to treasure most. Genuine vulnerable relationships with people who love me, fearlessness to pursue challenges and face failure, and the confidence to know that Christ will always be with me and I will never have to depend on myself alone. And, I enjoy total freedom in my love of both food and fitness today. Not because I found the right diet and exercise program that worked for me, but because I no longer need use them as obsessive diversions from facing my fears.

    A crutch helps us to laboriously limp along with brokenness. Christ has healed my every brokenness and lifted me to soar. 

     

     

    New Toddler Tees Collection Available Now!

    New Toddler Tees Collection Available Now!

    We're so excited to debut our newest Collection, Toddler Tees!!!!

    Featuring some of our most successful Toddler Trucker Hat designs, these tees are adorable, yet durable enough to stand up to your toddler's playtime demands.

    TastySalt® only uses the highest quality, wearable tees for printing, so you can be confident that both you and your toddler will love your purchase ♥

    Check 'em out: TastySalt® Toddler Tees