A Little Update (Part 1)

Well hello hello! As you can see, I’ve moved the blog over to my business site. One of my goals for 2016 is to get back to blogging (because I really miss it!) and I felt that maybe I could accomplish that by having everything in one place. I’ll keep the “Barista Mommy” tab for a little while but eventually it will just be “blog”.  I’m also going to work on get the categories established on the side bar but for now, if you use the search button on the homepage you should be able to find what you’re looking for. I’ve also added a subscription list for LFS! Just fill out the info below to receive updates (Maybe once a week. Maybe.) about blog posts, photo styling tips, and heads up on package sales.

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Ok so enough shop talk. What has the Starbuck family been up to?! A lot actually.

In November Andrew and I made the decision to downsize. In a big way. While it’s more common to upgrade upon the arrival of another small human, Andrew and I did a lot of thinking and praying and realized that some changes had to be made.  We decided to really prioritize paying down debt, adding to our savings, and learning to live more simply (What, Susana live more simply? Sure….).  While we’d love to settle down and buy a house, the reality is that it just wouldn’t be a prudent move and it would stretch us beyond our current financial goals (aka be debt free). So, we broke our lease, which was almost drama free, went through EVERYTHING we owned, had a massive garage sale, and packed up what was left. Now, don’t start thinking we went all Franciscan over here. We still have a ton of stuff, just hopefully less crap.

Our orange tree from our small balcony upstairs.

Our orange tree from our small balcony upstairs.

We then moved into a small two bedroom townhome. It has a little blocked in yard/patio-thing and two delicious fruit trees (grapefruit and orange!). Our community has a pool and playground and the front office always has freshly popped popcorn. Sometimes in the afternoon after naps, the kids and I will walk to the office, grab some popcorn and chocolate milk and then head over to the playground. It’s something small but to the kids it is SUCH an adventure. Last time we went for a walk Peter wore his pirate costume and James wore his firefighter costume. We were quite a site to behold I’m sure. But these afternoon adventures pretty much illustrate our new outlook on life to a tee. The quality childhood we give our kids is not based on the size of our home or the amount of materials we posses, or the vacations we take. It is in the small everyday little things that will shape our children into (hopefully) well functioning-compassionate adults. Something our society needs more of right?

New to us bookshelves from Craigslist. Originally from Pier 1.

New to us bookshelves from Craigslist. Originally from Pier 1.

Andrew and I are really putting our heads down to plow through our financial goals. Not all of them will be achieved overnight but after some very serious discussions about our future we knew changes needed to be made. We are making a lot more sacrifices now, to hopefully give our future more security and stability. And living simply is a HUGE part of that. Granted, living simply is kinda addicting and I hope it isn’t something we will give up once our goals are met. Living simply means a lot of different things to different people but for us, these are some of the main points….

-No cable.

-Buying gently used items we need as opposed to new.

-Going through each room at least every two months and seeing what can be given away. Like what isn’t be used on a consistent bases.

-Avoiding takeout.

-Eating leftovers.

-Going through the fridge every week.

-Making sure every dollar has a job. No wasteful spending. All extra goes to paying down debt/savings.

Thrifted these babies on my bday.

Thrifted these babies on my bday.

These are just a handful of examples. Living simply is a lot of action items but it’s also a mentality as well. Has this been easy? Basically for everyone in the family but me. One of my biggest struggles has always been materialism. Especially over the last 10 years or so, once I started making money. Thankfully I have some awesome friends who know my weakness well and are holding me accountable. Like if I feel like doing some “emotional shopping” I just text them and they talk me off my spending ledge. It’s good to have friends like this. Really good.  Anyway, I hope to blog more about this, especially because I feel that it lends itself to running my small business too.

The little area by the kitchen sink. Decorated with things I already had. Nothing new. 

The little area by the kitchen sink. Decorated with things I already had. Nothing new. 

This post is already way longer than I had intended and I haven’t even given you updates on the fun stuff (like the kids, baby number 4, and what else we’re up to!). So there will inevitably be a part 2 “update” later this week.

It feels good to be back friends! Have a great day!