I love short little outings that are a blast for kids but don’t eat up your entire day. Don’t you?! This weekend we went to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore after my mom sent me a link to get two free adult tickets (Grayson was still free so it was a no brainer)! He’s a train lover for sure so we went in the morning and took a train ride and watched the trains circle their tracks.
Last weekend we went to my husbands hometown on the Eastern shore and enjoyed time with his family and alone time on the beach. Despite getting a tad bit burnt, it was great to be able to have some time to relax. Sunday morning we woke up at his mom’s house and after realizing the humidity had dropped drastically, we immediately went outside and sat on the front porch/the front path. Grayson brought out every car he could carry in his little arms and played with them while I sat and enjoyed some hot coffee. (yes, hot coffee!!!!). Her porch looks out to the road that is not too busy but just busy enough that a car passed by almost every minute or two. If you’ve ever been to the Eastern should of Maryland, you know that the majority of the residents drive trucks. As you can probably guess, this made Grayson extremely happy! We sat there waving and watching and OoOoOing and AHaHaing at each one that drove by. Every other car would give a playful little beep and Grayson’s smile would extend from one end of his face to the other. We played hide and go seek in the bushes and behind our cars in the driveway. We laughed and hugged and tickled and just enjoyed every minute together.
Geez, it’s really hard to blog during the summer!
But I wanted to get back on here and tell you that my wonderful husband turned 25 last Friday. I cooked him some breakfast and got him large “25” gold balloons. Nothing too fancy but I wanted to make him feel special on his day. We had a little photo shoot and some of the photos make me laugh so hard because they definitely show how much Grayson is just like his daddy.
This might sound stupid to some of you but for me, it was like an epiphany happened. On Sunday, I was reading some blogs and came across 600sqfootandababy and just fell in love with her style and overall perspective on living in a small space. I was obsessed…. reading post after post on life in a 600 square foot home…. with a toddler and another baby on the way. I was drawn to her passion to live simply and to make it work with her family. Right now we live in a one bedroom apartment with a den, which has been turned into Grayson’s bedroom. I don’t necessarily want to be in that small of a space forever, especially as we expand our family (and neither does my husband) but even if we do go with a bigger home, I do want to bring simplicity to our family and that home.
For the longest time, I always thought I needed to be more organized. I spent too much money buying stuff to put more stuff inside of. I now know that I don’t need to be more organized, I just need less stuff.
So, for the past few days I’ve been purging the house of all the extra stuff. I was seriously shocked at how much we had just taking up room in the cabinets and the drawers. You don’t really notice (or care) until you start cleaning out. We had almost forty (yes 4-0) different sized white plates and twelve small bowls. Below is is just what I’m donating…..
Why on earth does a family of three (technically two because Grayson doesn’t even use these yet) need so many plates?!?! The answer is, you don’t. So, they are gone. I kept six of each set…. I could have gone down to four of each but maybe that’s for the next round of clean out.
I have ordered a few of the Mrs. Jones’ Soapbox products that are natural and multipurpose to simplify our cleaning routine. We will no longer need multiple cleaning products to get the job done.
I am no longer keeping items just to keep them. I always made sense of it in my head like, “well if I throw another party, I won’t want to buy this stuff again so I should keep it.” No, terrible idea. It’s called hoarding and all of that stuff takes up unnecessary room in your house. If I buy a few containers and party hats at the dollar store for an event and we have a few of each things left over at the end, I am no longer keeping them. Once the event is over, everything goes. I can spare a few dollars to get new ones the next year.
Shampoos/lotions/makeup….. another weakness. Do you know how many half used shampoos, conditioners, lotions, cleansers, moisturizers, creams and washes we have around the house? A stupid amount, that’s how many. It’s time to stick with one product we know, love and trust and get rid of the rest. I won a giveaway for some OSEA skin care products and I can’t wait to try them. They are plant-based products that work directly with your skin type. I’m being sent a few items for oily-acne prone skin and their white alage mask – I’ll let you know if I’ll be sticking with them as I simplify my skincare line! I also use Redken Color Extend shampoo and conditioner (previously was using a lot of Bumble & Bumble products too) and It’s a 10 plus Keratin to get all those nasty knots out.
With all that said…. I’ve just started this journey. It’s not going to be an over night thing. I don’t know if I’ll ever truly be a minimalist per say, but I’m going to try to my hardest to live a more simple lifestyle. I want to teach my children that it’s the memories you make and the things you do that matter, not the stuff you have.
Also, I’m hoping if I stop buying so much crap/things I don’t need, we will finally be able to pay off all our student loan dept. Ugh!
And I can’t finish a post without a picture of the cutest little man in all the world ;)
Don’t you just love when your neighbor is having a yard sale, giving away all the amazing things her kids loved throughout their entire childhood? I do. I love a good yard sale. Ultimately, they should have just given us everything to start with since we basically cleaned the place out before 9am. I even convinced my mom to get more when we went back around noon to see what was left ;) We not only got this amazing plastic pool for $5 (with a slide and everything!) but we also got an umbrella stroller, a kiddie picnic table, tons of books, a few clothes he can grow into, kiddie plates for every holiday, and some DVD’s. Score!