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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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How to make a scissor and stabilizer organizer for sewing and embroidery.

As I was walking around Goodwill the other day I came across this thing. IMG_0637

It is rough and ugly but I knew I could make it into something so I bought it.  It sat on the desk for a few days before I figured out what it would become.

It became this.


It now sits right behind and to the left of my sewing desk. If I need scissors, embroidery stabilizer, or a seam ripper all I have to do is turn around and ta da,  there it is.

The first thing I did was clean it with a damp rag.  It wasn’t very dirty so I didn’t need a scrub brush.  I did need a dowl for the stabilizer.  I loaded up the dog in the truck and took her to our favorite hardware store, Home Depot.  Home Depot is my favorite hardware store because it has everything.  It is the dogs’ because they will let her come in.

Once home I hit the dowl and the wood rack with krylon spray paint. My favorite decor color is blue.  I have a whole ocean/peace/tranquility thing going on.  After it dried it was just a matter of hanging it on the wall and putting my scissors, seam ripper, and stabilizer on it.

Super easy!  Super cheap! Super functional!


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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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Organizing your Makeup and Cosmetics for minimum daily stress.

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There are mass quantities of ideas out there to organize your makeup.  I practice minimalism when it comes to my makeup.  I only use the one of each type of product.  I don’t need those really cool brush organizers because I only have 2. One for my powder and one for my blush.  My daughter on the other hand is one of those young people that needs 20 different brushes and 100 different makeup items.  Usually these are spread out all over the bathroom counter.  She sees the counter about once a week when she cleans her bathroom.  She is the type that needs those super cool DIY organizers.  She still probably wouldn’t use them therefore I don’t make them for her.

What I do make for her and myself are these padded cosmetic bags. These can be found in my blog shop.


My morning makeup routine is not always done at home.  I go to the gym in the morning. I travel a lot for work.  By keeping all of the items I use in this bag I don’t have to think about what to pack. I grab and go.

When it is time to do my face I dump it all out on the counter and use each item in order: Anti aging moisturizer, concealer, BB cream, powder, blush, eye shadow, mascara, and sometimes lipstick.  I put each item back in the bag after I use it. This way not only does everything end up in the bag I know I used it.

Each bag is padded so that the makeup in the bag does not get broke when it gets bounced around from place to place.

My entire makeup routine takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and I still look fabulous.

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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.