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Disneyland Budget for 1

I went on my most recent Disneyland adventure all by myself.  I needed some time at the happiest place on earth with no one nagging, whining, grumping, or annoying.  I had an agenda.  I wanted to find all of the hidden gems that I had read about on other blogs.  I was also wearing a boot on my left foot to keep it imobilized which made me slow and needing lots of resting areas. Read  Places to rest your feet at Disneyland. When I started planning my trip I also was on a very tight budget.  That loosened up a bit when I recieved a suprise bonus at work.  I still wanted to make the trip as least expensive as possible.  I made a budget for one person.

First decision was how many days and nights was I going to stay.  I opted for 4 nights and three days.  It takes 6 hours to drive from where I live to Disneyland.  Thus the 4 nights stay.  I wanted 3 full days at Disneyland. Once this decision was made I could now make a budget.

Hotel     $422.00       Please read this article Choosing a Hotel for Disneyland

Tickets    $220 for a 3 day single park during the least busy time of year.

Gas           $100

Food         $200  Two meals a day. I had breakfast at the hotel, refilled my water bottle, and brought in my own snacks.  This included meals during the drive days.

T-shirts   $60  Please read this article What to wear to Disneyland.

Back pack, pill box, external charger, moleskin, sunscreen, etc.  $50   Please read this article What to take into Disneyland that explains this catagory.

My total for a 4 night 3 day solo trip was a $952.00.  Next trip, since I already have everything I need to take in with me and the speciality T-shirts it, will be about $850.  It will be less if I don’t stay 3 days.




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The Beginner Minimalist

Every journey starts with one step in the right direction.  Minimalism is a journey.  It can start anywhere in your life.

Sit down in your comfy chair with a pad of paper and a pen.  Think about your life.  What do you like about it?  Write those things down.  Think about the things that stress you. Write those down.  Pick one thing each from the like and dislike lists. Focus on these for a few weeks.  How do I increase that thing that makes me happy and decrease what makes me cranky?  Work equally on increasing what makes you happy and decreasing what makes you cranky.  When the thing that makes you cranky is no longer making you cranky and you are doing more of the thing that makes you happy start again with two more things.

The thing that makes me happy is sewing. I love creating useful things. I love the feel of fabric. I like the sense of peace I get when I sew.  But I didn’t get to sew as often as I wanted.  I began to set aside time daily to sew. Some days it was 10 minutes. Some days it was hours.  I made things for my family that they could use. I sewed things to sell. I sewed for myself.  The more I sewed that happier I got.  But I also made equal time to work on what made me cranky. If I hadn’t I would just have been avoiding that thing that made me cranky.

Clutter was the thing that made me cranky.  I was brought up to believe that if someone gave you something you had to keep it forever.  If you inherited something you had to keep their stuff forever.  The older I got and the more deaths in the family, the more stuff I accumulated.  The more stuff I accumulated the more I hated my home.  I hated that I was obligated to keep stuff I didn’t like, wasn’t my style, or just took up room.  It has taken me 10 years but I have sold, given away, or donated at least one full U Haul truck  of things I didn’t love. I had kept the stuff because I felt obligated. Now I feel free and my home fits my personality.  It is also easier to keep clean and is not a fire hazard.  The stuff I sold helped pay bills when it was rough.  It paid for vacations when it wasn’t rough.  I “blessed” other people with the things I donated and gave away. Those people were able to use or love the stuff that stressed me out. Now if I don’t love it, if it doesn’t serve a purpose, and it takes up space, I no longer keep it.

Once you start on this journey life gets so much better.  You deserve to be happy.


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Choosing a Hotel for Disneyland

You are going to Disneyland. You have your travel plan, your budget, and your wardrobe, all figured out. Where are you going to stay?  You have some choices and they all depend on your budget and needs.

Highest price is the Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa. DIS145232 D356

For a room that sleeps up to 5 is about $466.00 a night depending on the time of year.  This hotel has a lot of extras.  Two restaurants, two lounges, a snack bar, and room service. There are 3 pools. There are activities such as a early morning power walk through California Adventure and

Then there are the Good Neighbor Hotels.

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49 in all. These are usually within a mile of Disneyland.  Some are across the street. These are usually owned by the big hotel chains such as Marriott, Sheraton, Best Western, Hilton, and Holiday Inn.  These hotel packages include a souvenir ticket for the number of nights stay plus one day.  Depending on the size of your party this could be a really good deal.

Last but not to be left out are the budget motels that have a shuttle to Disneyland.  Because I get either free tickets (from a friend) or get the three day park hopper military discount this is the route I go.  This year I am staying at the Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Anaheim At Disneyland Park. days inn and suites Disneyland.jpg During peak days it is around $250 a night.  I am going at a slow time so I got a room for $88 a night.  This includes breakfast and shuttle.

Base your choice on what fits your budget and your needs.  If you can splurge on the Grand Californian Hotel and Spa do it! It sounds amazing.


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Organizing your pets.


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There are two parts to organizing your  pets. The first is organizing their paperwork. The second is organizing their stuff.  Having a pet is good for your health. Don’t let the extraneous stuff they need overwhelm you.

Pets have vet appointments, grooming, and play dates.  If you are breeding your pet there is a whole different paperwork and dates to keep organized. That will be discussed in a future post.  You need a calendar and a file.  Put on your calendar when they have appointments as soon as you make that appointment.  The receipts for the vet and grooming go into a file in your file cabinet. In this file also keep your proof of rabies and license.

Pet stuff can be overwhelming if not contained and organized.  Pet food, pet dishes, pet leashes, pet booties and jackets, potty supplies, pet toys.  My dog, Kenzi, is pretty big. My cat, Grrr, is about average.  I buy the biggest bag of food for each. I store it in this bin for dog and cat food.  I use one of these for Kenzi’s toys.  The other one I use for her leash, booties, and  Life Vest.

Organizing their stuff gives me more time to play and love on them.  I don’t have to search for their stuff. I don’t have to stress about missing an appointment.  Enjoy your fur babies.  They are good for your health.

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11 ways to Organize your Health

That makes no sense you say?  Actually it does. Your health can be very organized.  If you don’t think about your health and assess your health regularly illness and injury can sneak right up on you. I am not saying become a hypochondriac. That would just make you more unorganized.

  1. Annual physicals and the tests the doctor wants you to have. That mammogram, prostrate exam, blood work, colonoscopy are all important in keeping you at your peak.
  2. Food diary.  This is the best way to manage your nutrition intake. Are you getting enough vitamins and minerals? Are you eating to much fat?  How is your caffeine intake?
  3. Scheduled exercise.  “Oh I will exercise later”  Later easily becomes never.
  4. Scheduled breaks. Get up from the desk and take a walk around the office.  Stop the manual labor and sit for 10 minutes.
  5. Scheduled vacations. Even if it is just one day. Vacations help rejuvenate the mind and the body.
  6. Scheduled fun/socialization time with friends. Make time to socialize. This increases the endorphins that help your mental health.
  7. Get a pet and take care of that pet. People with a pet statistically are calmer and have lower blood pressure.
  8. Prep your meals ahead of time. I know this sounds boring but it will prevent the fast food drive through route.
  9. Have a hobby that gives you satisfaction. Keeping your mind busy on doing something you like prevents stress accumulation.
  10. Scheduled sleep. Get the right amount of sleep for your body. Create a sleep area that is conducive to how you sleep the best.
  11. Scheduled pampering.  Schedule some kind of pampering of yourself monthly.  This is the reward for taking care of yourself.

Without your health everything else falls apart. Protect your health. Organize your health so that it becomes a habit instead of an after thought.

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