Thursday, August 31, 2017

Minimalism 1 Month

I have been getting rid of the clutter in my house for the last month.  I have read books and watched documentaries and watched people on youtube all talk about minimalism and how great it is.  It seems among some people this is a movement and current trend.  I just happened to find out about it from watching the documentary on Netflix.

For us this will be a way of life because I can't imagine wasting anymore money in the dollar section of Target buying junk that we end up throwing away a week later.

I wouldn't call myself a minimalist because my house is still stuffed full of junk and I have 2 of a lot of kitchen tools, but at least now I don't have 5 of every kitchen tool haha.

After a month of going through every room in my house and only keeping the stuff we use and love I can see a huge difference.  My biggest goal is not bringing any new junk/stuff into the house unless we really NEED it.  This isn't hard for me, but I never realized how much shopping or looking around stores I use to do.  Going to target use to be somewhere I would go just to get out of the heat and look around and be entertained for a short time.  Well now I don't see the point of going there unless I really Need something, so I have had to come up with other forms of entertainment.  

We have gone to the library twice and checked out books and walked around.  We have done a lot more playing in the front yard and lots of time going through the stuff in the house.

Overall I feel like my house looks a lot cleaner.  I know my house isn't actually "cleaner" but because there isn't a ton of junk on every shelf it looks like there is more room.

Looking into minimalism has caused a snow ball effect for our family.  We have watched more documentaries and learned more about health and our environment.  We have made so many changes in a short time, its incredible.  We have changed our diets, and now we are eating so much healthier!  I have lost 4 pounds and Grant has lost 10 pounds in just a week or two.  

We no longer buy plastic water bottles.  Grant use to take 4 plastic water bottles to work everyday.  Now he takes two large reusable bottles to work.  When I think about how much we were wasting it makes me sad.  That is around 1040 plastic bottles that are not going into a landfill this year. 

I will do more updates on the blog as we continue to make life improvements.

Here is my first post on Minimalism.

Here are some of the documentaries we have watched.
What the Health
The True Cost
Living on One Dollar
Forks Over Knives

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Discovery Cube

Last weekend we went to the Discovery Cube.  This was a really fun day!  Because we went on a weekend it was a little crowded, but it kept us busy for a few hours.  Emmett loved seeing everything there was about outer space, but of course as usual his favorite part was the gift store with all the toys!  I think it will be good to go again when the kids are a little older and can really understand what they are looking at.

The main attraction was the Doc Mc Stuffins toy hospital, but sadly there were so many people in that section we couldn't even understand what we were looking at ha ha.  It was one of those moments where you walk in and just want to get out as soon as possible.

Over all it was a super fun day!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Fun in the Sun

 Calvin is walking everywhere now.  He just stands up and walks along all of the furniture and once in a while he will take a few steps on his own.  Pretty soon he will be running!

This last week the weather has been so nice.  Normally August is super hot, but luckily it has been cool and overcast for half the day.  Its a nice change!

 Last weekend we went to the beach and had lots of fun in the sun.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Emmett Can Swim

Today Emmett swam across the pool with no flotation device!  In the morning we went to the Great Park in Irvine and walked around and went on the carousel and listened to live music.  In the afternoon we went swimming, just like we always do.  Normally Emmett will swim from the wall to us with his head down and he has been doing this for a while now, but today he swam the width of the pool!  When he came up Grant and I clapped for him, it is so exciting.  3 1/2 years old and can swim!

Of course he is still learning, but its exciting for him to make it all the way across =)

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Almost Walking

Calvin is almost walking!  He is now looking like such a big kid.  

 This kid is wild.  He is non stop going from the second he wakes up and his newest thing is screaming to get attention!  He is happy but just screams!
Here is Emmett's Lego creation.  He is so good at building Lego.

Last weekend we went to the US Open and watched some surfing.

Last week was Dean's birthday, so we stopped by to say happy birthday and enjoy some cake.

Forgive me for all of these terrible phone photos!  No one will hold still for any good pictures anyways.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Hip Hop Class

This week was the last hip hop class for this session.  We have signed Emmett up for the next session because he likes dancing and having fun.

I personally love watching all the cute little kids dance around.  They are so entertaining!

Each kid got an award for being an awesome dancer.  It was so exciting!
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