Sunday, February 22, 2015
We hiked one leg of the Palmetto Trail. YAY!! I will say that today, all of us are a little tired and sore. haha! We had so much fun though! We were very worried because it started raining on us when we were about 2 minutes from the trail head. Ack! After checking the weather on our phones again.... we saw it shouldn't last long. So... we started off in rain gear. :)
Friday, February 20, 2015
We just hike around local trails. However, I'm excited to say we are hiking a 7 mile segment of the Palmetto Trail tomorrow. We may only hike 4-5 miles of it, depending on how everyone is doing. The hikers are my husband, my mom, my 7 and 9 year olds, our dog, and me. I'm so excited. In April I'll finally do my first overnighter, but we don't have the water purifier, backpacking stove, or backpacking tent yet. So, hopefully we'll have those by then.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
|Notice how his back legs were facing a different direction than his front legs.|
|He loved that we had boxes not unpacked. They made perfect beds.|
|He also loved to sleep on the gas stove in the winter with his feline sister because it stayed warm.|
|The Christmas decoration box always gave him a hard time. He'd jump on top and it would be open so he'd fall right in. He never caught that. This is the same cat who once sprained his leg by falling off the dresser. He was a bit clumsy.|
|Baker and his feline sister, Miss Callie.|
Sunday, February 15, 2015
I always had everything I needed or wanted. Christmas was always a big deal with lots of gifts from my mom and my grandparents. I had lots of toys I never played with. Then, I moved in with a roommate while I was in college. We rented a little 800 sq ft house, okay... it was 760 sq ft. I was rounding up. When I got married, my husband and I continued renting this same house.
|Our less than 800 sq ft home we rented. Isn't it cute?|
Finally, we bought a house. It was bigger and better and a whopping 1000 sq ft!!! haha! Over the years we had two children and accumulated quite a lot of stuff. The house that seemed so large at the beginning began to feel quite small. The children were sharing a little 10x11 bedroom and all four of us were sharing a bathroom.
I don't know why I keep using past tense. We still are doing all of the above. The difference is that we are trying to get rid of the stuff of enjoy the things that actually matter. I've been reading and researching becoming a minimalist for the past few months. I ran across this article. I want to have my family find sustainable happiness instead of being like the majority of Americans and think that everything should be super sized. So, my challenge for myself will be to take a picture of something that will help me to attain sustainable happiness on my Instagram account. I am really excited about this challenge. I'll use the hashtag #sustainablehappiness Feel free to join me!! :) It could be fun!
So, on my journey to find sustainable happiness I will be searching for things that bring real joy into my life and I will be minimizing all of our stuff to just what we need. I'll keep you updated on my journey. :)
Monday, February 9, 2015
|All the girls and leaders of the troop who attended.|
|Checking out the Japan display with my Daisies. He was teaching them origami. I only had 6 girls there. You can't see them all in this picture, but they were there.|
|Here's Ryanne swapping her S.W.A.P.S. (Special Watchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere).|
|The girls were supposed to dress up as powerful or inspirational women. Ryanne dressed up as Misty Copeland.|
|You can almost see all the girls in this one. The astronaut is in the back with me and then Ryanne was there somewhere. I think we were checking out Mexico here. :)|
Sunday, February 8, 2015
|This entire outfit came from Goodwill except the earrings which came from DYT store.|
Dove Scarf - Miley Cyrus brand (Not exact but similar found here)
Blue Shirt - Sonoma brand - (not exact, but similar here or here)
The Sweetheart Jeans - here
Earrings - DYT Pewter Posies Earrings - here
a.n.a. Purple plaid shirt - (similar) here
Purple Jersey Knit infinity scarf (similar) here
Gray Corduroys - (similar) here
Earrings (I felt I needed a smaller pair with this vest) DYT - similar (here)
Jeans (mentioned earlier in post)
|Day 4 --- Look, I finally figured out a collage was the best way to go here. :) The selfie is in natural light and more true to colors. My bathroom turns everything yellowish. ;)|
Jeans - mentioned earlier in post
The shirt came from Goodwill and the tags were cut out of it so I have no idea what the brand is. Here is a similar one though.
Gray boots came from Payless shoes. Similar from here.
|Day 5. I'm wearing the same scarf from Monday.|
Scarf - mentioned previously in this post.
earrings mentioned previously in this post.
Gap shirt - (similar) here
LuLaRoe Maxi Skirt here (find a LuLaRoe consultant and then you have more options and better pricing)
|Day 6 - the t-shirt and jacket are considered "extras" and not part of the "core" wardrobe.|
Necklace - don't even try to find... so old.
Bandolina Jacket - I can't find this color but here are more of this brand of denim jackets.
Rose Pink tee - it has burned out long sleeves. I love this tee and bought it from zulily but the tag was uncomfortable so I cut it out and I'm not sure about the brand.
|Day 7 -- church. It's hard to tell in these pics but the necklace and earrings are green and silver. I don't think I'm wearing any repeats today. The skirt is Pretty Angel -- one of my favorite brands. However, it's expensive so I always look out for good sales for them before I'll buy their products. I do love them though. The jewelry came from the Dressing Your Truth store and the shirt is from Goodwill.|
earrings and necklace from DYT here
Pretty Angel Gypsy skirt can sometimes be found here, DYT, or on zulily.
Shirt is Maurice's but it'd old and I can't find it.