Friday, November 17, 2017

Costco at Christmas Time

There is something about going to Costco during Christmas time that is hard for me.  We do a lot of our food shopping there since it is so much cheaper, but when we walk around now they have all of the toys out and the Christmas decorations.  Of course the kids want all the toys they see so that is always hard, luckily I have convinced Emmett that he has to wait for Santa to bring all of his gifts.

But for me, I see all the decorations and clothes and part of me just wants to buy stuff haha. I think its ingrained in my brain that at the holidays we buy buy buy.  So I have been just telling myself you don't need any of that stuff and I have been imagining where it would go in my house and that is what really stops me from buying ha ha.  Its still fun to see all the Christmas decor and get into the Christmas spirit.  In a few days I will be pulling all my decorations out and decorating our house.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Date Night at the Irvine Spectrum

Last Saturday we were super thankful that my mom was willing to watch our kids so we could have a night out.  We don't go out much just the 2 of us, but when we do we always have so much fun.

We were laughing so hard when we saw a cat on a leash.  It brought back a memory for me when I was a teenager on a trip to Paris and this street person had a cat and dog laying in a bed cuddling together dressed like babies.  That image has stuck in my head forever because it was so weird to me.
People were crowding around this cat on a leash saying "how adorable", all I was thinking was how weird! 

We went to the Cheese Cake Factory because last Christmas we were given a gift certificate that we wanted to use.  We had some drinks and some delicious guacamole and chips.  We also shared the vegan Cobb salad and it was pretty good!

The Irvine Spectrum is fully decked out for Christmas with twinkle lights and even ice skating! ( a little early for Christmas for me, but the stores have to sell stuff!)  This is a fun place to walk around and enjoy the night.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Minimalism 3 Months

We have been minimizing our lives for 3 months now!  Its very interesting how my mind has shifted in the way I think about everything.  Now when we run out of something I think, lets see if we can live without it, or I look up a reusable ECO friendly alternative.

SHOPPING
Emmett has currently grown out of a lot of winter clothes, which will be saved for Calvin, but instead of running out and buying a bunch of replacement items I am going to see if we can get by on what he has for a while.  After a month I will reassess if we need to buy him more clothes.  If this was a few months ago I would have already bought him a ton of clothes without even knowing if he really needs more.

I have only been to target twice in the last month and both times I only had 2 or 3 items to buy and I stuck to those items and didn't buy a thing more.  I actually walked around the store thinking, look at all this stuff I don't need.  Calvin broke a lamp so I had to find a replacement, I was able to rig something up for $3.99.  (I will link the video I made about it below.)

CLEANING OUT
I have gone through the entire house and completed our initial declutter, but as time goes on I have been going through again and really asking myself what we really need to keep.  I love the Konmari theory of only keeping what inspires you, but for me that doesn't work that great because clothes don't inspire me.  So what I am doing is if I put something on and change out of it for any reason I set it aside and think about it.  Then I will try to wear the item again and if I keep not wearing it for whatever reason I donate it.  Sometimes clothes fit well, but for some reason we just don't wear it time and time again.  When this keeps happening I am now donating that item.

BIRTHDAYS AND HOLIDAYS
We have been to a few birthday parties since adopting minimalism and I have resorted to giving money for a gift.  That way the person can buy what they really really want or need.  Also I am not wasting money and the environment on wrapping.  I had my birthday the other day and we went out to dinner which was a great gift from my family.   I didn't get anything from Grant and I was happy with that because he never knows what to get me anyways.  My mom got me a few things that she knew I needed and wanted (wash cloths and a tablecloth).  The holidays are coming up and I will only be buying the kids what they really need and maybe one toy.  I know they won't know the difference between 3 toys and 50 toys.

SAVING MONEY
The proof is in the pudding, as they say!  We have saved over $300 a month so far by not buying junk.  I think about what I stopped buying and I can't really pin point exactly what I cut out, but I don't buy anything but food and necessities.  We have also been eating all our meals at home, which has saved money and been much healthier.  With this savings we will be going to New Zealand to visit friends and family in a few months.  Giving ourselves an experience over things!

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Friday, November 3, 2017

HALLOWEEN 2017 THE TORRENS FAMILY

Our Halloween festivities started with Emmett's school, Fun - O - Ween.  We dressed in our costumes and took part in all of the fun and games that were available.  I had volunteered to do the face painting so that is what I did.  It was a lot of fun and thank goodness every face I painted turned out pretty good.  I was worried some kid might scream " I hate it " haha ha, but luckily every kid loved it.

Grant said there was a line of kids waiting for me when there were other face painters that were open. Yay!







On Halloween we dressed up and went trick or treating around our little neighborhood.  There were about 4 houses giving out candy, which was plenty for a 3 year old and 1 year old.  We then watched the Dodgers win the game! (the next night we watched them lose)


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Saturday, October 28, 2017

MY BIRTHDAY! 34 YEARS OLD

I find it weird that as I get older I tend to care less and less about my birthday.  When I was younger I always had a party or some kind of celebration, but really now I think the day could have gone by and I wouldn't even notice.
We spent a little time visiting with my grandpa and most of the day hanging around the house.  When you have small children its hard to have a full day out.

We usually eat every meal at home so it was a real treat to go out for dinner!  We decided on the Veggie Grill, a local place that is completely plant based.  The food was delicious, I can't wait to go back and try another item on the menu.

I wasn't really thinking too much about desert so instead of cake we just had some cookies and some almond milk ice cream.  I didn't have any birthday candles so I used a normal candle and Emmett thought it was cake ha ha.  When I blew it out he said lets eat it!

I had an excellent day and I can't wait to see what the year 34 will bring me!







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