Monthly Archives: February 2012

Edison Mortgage. part 2 – we got a “re-fi”!!


A while back I wrote about the enormous electric bills we had been receiving from Edison and how it was comparable to a mortgage. I mentioned that we got solar and this is the first month that we have seen such a difference.

Our Edison bill for January was…

>>>>drumroll please<<<<<<

$.81!! Jackpot!

Although we still have a solar bill which was $90, between the two we paid less than $91 which is insane considering this time last year we were not even living in our house but "fixing it up" in preparation to move in and our Edison bill was $110.

I think we caught a break here and I am very excited that our $200,$300, $400 energy bills are in the past.

P.s. I LOVE watching the meter go backwards… I visit it at least once a day. lol.


Day of Love a.k.a Valentine’s Day


I’m not a huge fan although now that I have children and it is always fun to find a reason to throw a party that is what I did… kinda…

I woke up Tuesday morning as normal, went downstairs, ate breakfast, watched a little news and then thought… ‘I should decorate since nobody is up and it will be fun to see their faces when they walk downstairs.’ Balloons, presents, hearts, pink milk, cinnamon toast (which they cut into custom hearts using cookie cutters) and lots of LOVE!

Later we went to celebrate with Blake’s preschool class to exchange valentines day cards and have yummy food (we brought cucumbers, cut into hearts of course, and dip. Here is Blake’s v-day card:

Blake's Valentine's Day Card:)

Blake collecting v-day cards from his buddies @ school

Last but certainly not least we went to Disneyland later that night.

Such a great day of fun and you may be thinking… what is all of this “hang out with the kids” stuff? Isn’t Valentines day suppose to be a day that you share with your significant other? My answer…

“well, yeah I guess, but we are not really into it and we can celebrate dinner, movies, flowers and candy ANYtime.”

Hope your Valentines day was filled with fun and lots of love:)


Envelope budgeting in style


If you haven’t heard of envelope budgeting let me tell you… It’s the fail proof way of knowing where every dollar goes and never wasting a penny. The system is to have different envelopes for your expenses: gas, grocery, entertainment, fast food, or whatever your personal expenses are and then allocate a certain amount for each category and put that amount in each envelope. For example, gas=$300, grocery =$400, fast food=$100, ect. And these are monthly expenses. I use one of those according folders so I don’t have a bunch of envelopes floating around.
Here is my envelope… I got creative:).

Starting today with this…


Today while reading, these verses stuck out to me and I am encouraged to learn and apply them to my life:

Matthew 6
:15 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive you.
:21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will be also.
:24 No one can serve two masters… You cannot serve both God and money.
:27 , 34 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 34 So Don’t Worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. “
:31-32 So dont worry about these things, saying, “what will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear? 31 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers but your heavenly Father already knows your needs.

Matthew 7
:8 For everyone who asks receives
:12 The Golden Rule…Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. 
:20 Yes, just as your identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify a person by their actions

Although we are not perfect we can strive to be more like Him by applying scripture to our lives.