Our Anniversary at Wilson Creek Winery

 

Our Anniversary at Wilson Creek Winery

Valentine’s Day was my husband Daniel and I’s one year anniversary. We got married at Wilson’s Creek in Temecula, California, on a beautiful Valentine’s Day night with a guest list of a hundred people. For our anniversary, we wanted to go back to Wilson Creek because we truly love the atmosphere there and the owners, as well as the people they’re just so nice.

Picinic Area at the Wilson Creek Winery

Picnic area at the Wilson Creek Winery

On Saturday, my parents had complimentary wine tasting tickets that the owners had given to them from our wedding. So, they shared their wine tasting tickets and we had a picnic. What makes Wilson Creek Winery so unique is they have a huge picnic area where you are able to bring outside food and drink and enjoy your very own picnic. They only request that you don’t bring coolers which a lot of people don’t seem to follow but I feel it is an easy request to respect. We brought Subway, chips, and water to the beautiful green picnic area. The weather was a beautiful 80 degrees and was wonderful in the shade. After our little picnic, we got a couple of tastings and enjoyed sitting and talking photos. My husband got me this wonderful anniversary gift of Instax FujiFilm mini 8, it takes the cutest instant photos. We had a blast taking photos with it at the winery.


Genuine Fujifilm Instax Mini – white (Instant Film)

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Daniel and I

Daniel and I at the Gazebo where we got married

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We continued to walk around for a bit and enjoyed the great weather. We continued to enjoy our wine tasting tickets. We had Almond Champagne at our wedding and it is always our favorite. So we decided to taste something different. We enjoyed their Peach Bellini and their Orange Mimosa. I really loved the Peach Bellini, it was one of my new favorites. My parent’s then treated us to see the movie Deadpool, because we are that kind of family. It was everything we could hope for, plus I think it disturbed my parents a bit but my Mum surprisingly liked the movie.

Sunday – Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine's day

Happy Valentine’s Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Sunday, my husband and I another wonderful day with at the Winery just the two of us. We brought our own bottle of Wilson Creek Almond Champagne and enjoyed it in the picnic area. My husband made reservations for the brunch at the restaurant. We enjoyed a delicious buffet with sushi, ham, and roast. They also, had  breakfast items like waffles,  omelets make on the spot, and delicious bacon and sausage. We then enjoyed all sorts of delectable desserts from cake pops, cookies, to mini little cakes (which were my favorite), and a chocolate fountain which you could dip fruit, and rice crispy treats into, (that was my husband’s favorite.)

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We still had more wine tasting tickets so we tried some more of the Sparkling wines like the Orange Mimosa and the Sangria.

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You can walk through the grounds of the winery and into the vines. We had a fun time taking photos (I mean I had a fun time taking photos my husband tolerated it, lol.)

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The Wilson Creek Winery is such a beautiful place to spend time. If you just want to bring your Wilson’s champagne from Costco and enjoy a picnic at no cost or spend a bit and enjoy wine tasting and lunch, the Winery is truly spectacular.

Wilson Creek Vineyards

 

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First Year of Marriage

Daniel and I

In a couple of days, my husband And I will be married a for a year. As I look back on the year that we had, my husband and I had been together almost six years before we tied the knot. We truly have been through all sorts of ups and downs. Job losses, a house fire, and hospital stays, we have endured.

This past year has probably been the happiest time of my life. They say the first year of marriage is always the hardest, but for some reason, God seemed to bless us with a beautiful year. This year seemed to go by so fast. My husband and I moved in together and made our little space, home. My amazing step-son stays with us a couple times a month and fills our home with love and laughter. My husband Daniel continues to be there for me through my ups and downs and is the best supporter of all my endeavors.

Our new year is full of many exciting opportunities. We are still working on eliminating our debt and my husband is working on becoming a deputy Sheriff. I continue to work on finding a new job and expanding my side hustles.

I can only hope that our years will continue to be filled with love and happiness.

 

Road Trip to Arizona

Our Road Trip to Arizona

So here is our recap of our wonderful road trip to Arizona

We had to fill my Prius before we left for Arizona. I filled up at the least inexpensive place around at 2.55 which filled my tank and only cost me $20. Which I used during my day of work as well. We left at around 5:30pm and got food on the way. We had McDonald’s which cost us a whopping $12. However, this meal lasted us the rest of the night. We decided to stop in Quartzite to get gas due to the great gas price of $1.89 and filled my tank with $10.

We didn’t get into Mesa until 12am. We spent our first night at my husband’s friends house. We stayed up late and enjoyed catching up with friends.

The next day we got up early and headed over to Tempe. Once we got there my husband and I checked out Mill Street. This little area has great bars and restaurants. We didn’t get a chance to taste any of the amazing smelling food but we enjoyed walking up and down the strip and looking in the stores. One of my favorites was this little old bookstore called,  Old Town Books. This place had so many unique old books.

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While walking around we found this little art museum. The museum was small and admission was free. Most of the art was ceramics and sculptures. Some of the pottery was very unique. I especially loved the steampunk teapot.

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Another fun shop we went into on Mill Avenue was the Hippie Gypsy. This place had unique clothes and amazing rings.

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After Mill Avenue, we headed over to Old Town Scottsdale. We walked around and looked at some of the stores. I have to say it felt over-produced. Most of the stores were jewelry stores who seemed to all have the same designs, or tourist shops. I tend to enjoy looking at the unique little shops and boutiques.

I did, however, find this Henna Shoppe and got this beautiful temporary Henna for only $15. I had such a lovely time. The woman who did the Henna was so sweet and she did a wonderful job.

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As we were heading out of Old Town Scottsdale we happened upon this little Museum. There is nothing more perfect than a free museum.

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Afterward, we joined up with my Husbands Aunt and Uncle. They were so wonderful and treated us to Pizza! We enjoyed the night staying up, talking and catching up. We spent the night at their place in Phoenix. The next morning we enjoyed Aunt Kara’s French Toast and eggs.

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Sunday, we drove to Phoenix and checked out some antique stores. We found this huge antique mall called the Brass Armadillo. The prices were really affordable and there were so many cool things from each vendor.

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We enjoyed the last couple of hours before we headed home at the Scottsdale Fashion Mall. We loved window shopping and checking out all the shops that we don’t usually see in our area. We ended up eating at the mall were I could use my coupons. We stopped to fill up in Scottsdale before we headed home, $1.68 a gallon! On the way home we enjoyed some wonderful rainstorms and great conversation. Our whole trip cost us $50 in gas, $27 in food, and $25 in entertainment (Henna tattoo and a little taxidermy specimen from the Brass Armadillo.) Our total came out to be $102! What a fantastic road trip for around $100 dollars.

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Road Trip on a Budget

 

Road Trip on a Budget

My husband and I have been wanting to take a weekend trip from our home in Southern California to Arizona since we got married almost a year ago. So, at the beginning of this year, we decided that at the last weekend of this month we were going to do it. We plan to travel to Prescott, Flagstaff, and Mesa, AZ. Our goal is to enjoy the site seeing, take photos, and my husband wants to show me where he used to live and hang out. How are we going to do this on a strict budget you ask? By careful planning, packing food and staying at family and friends houses, we are going to spend only gas money and about $40 on food.

 

Plan the best route possible

There is nothing like getting lost when you’re on a trip. Not only is it stressful but it’s a waste of gas and time. When planning any kind of road trip make sure you have all your destinations mapped out. If you decide at the last minute to go somewhere else make sure you map the alternate route so not to get lost. I can’t count how many times my Husband and I got lost on a road trip because we didn’t map the route out completely or one of us wasn’t paying attention.

 

Gas Buddy

If you don’t already use this app check it out. It’s perfect for daily use and trip planning. The app uses your location to find the nearest gas stations to you that have the cheapest gas. We will be using this app on our road trip to help us save money on our gas.

 

Pack Food and Snacks

Pack a cooler in your car and fill it up with ice. Use it to keep drinks, sandwich meat and snacks in it. We don’t really want to eat out while on the road and we want to continue to stick to our goals of not eating out. We will be using a cooler stashed with drinks and snacks to enjoy our site seeing road trip. We will enjoy one meal on the go which will be whatever coupons I bring with me.

 

Stay with Family and Friends

Staying at a hotel is expensive. When on a road trip if possible, stay at a family or friends house. Well at least stay with family only if you get along with them. Don’t sacrifice your sanity to save a few bucks. Stay at home instead. While we are in Arizona we will be staying with some family and friends. This will give us a chance to visit with them and catch up as well as have a place to stay.

Our Old Town San Diego Trip


This past weekend we spent a Saturday in Old Town San Diego. We love Old Town San Diego and it is so much fun. It was fairly easy to find public parking and we were able to park till 4pm for free. We walked around the shops and enjoyed the unique displays.

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There are several unique museums and displays throughout the park. They are great for learning the history of the area and how old some of the buildings are.


During our walk, we happened upon this Blacksmith area where they were making soap. I loved their period true costumes. (Except for the safety goggles for safety reasons)


We also went to the Whaley House. It cost $8 per person for a tour but it is well worth it. I can’t say I saw any ghosts, but there a small theater area in the upstairs part that just going near it made my chest feel so tight I could barely breathe. 



 Craft Fair

During our walk, we happened upon this little craft fair. There were many unique vendors with different things to look at. There was one lady in particular who had made wind chimes out of silver teapots and silverware.

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All in all, it was a fun day with little money spent. My hubby and I had an amazing day with friends and enjoyed the sites and entertainment.

How We are Becoming Debt Free 2016

  

  How we are becoming debt free 2016

At the end of 2015 my Husband and I were in debt. Within a couple of years, we racked up our credit cards due to wedding expenses, an unexpected car accident and just plain living beyond our means. We decided we needed a plan to end our debt.

Create an Emergency Savings Fund

Before we can start on our debt free journey we need to create an emergency savings fund. This is so important, so we don’t feel tied to the credit card when an emergency happens or an extra expense. One of the things I’ve read over and over that you need to build those savings first. I didn’t understand the necessity of it. Until I paid a large chunk of a credit card down with some extra money that I had earned only to have to charge it back due to an emergency.

Cut up all Credit Cards

There is nothing like the temptation of a credit card in your wallet. I can’t count how many times we have been at a store and saw something we wanted and said to each other, “Well we can get it, because we have the credit card.” Maybe,  you don’t need to cut them up because you can just put them in a drawer and forget about them, but if not and you find yourself going back to that drawer cut them up! It doesn’t even matter for emergencies. We are building our emergency savings fund so we don’t have to rely on a credit card. Not having an emergency savings fund is what started us into this debt in the first place.

Paying off the Lowest Credit First

We have multiple credit cards to pay off. Instead of spreading the amount that we have to pay off, we are focusing our attention on the lowest balance first. This will help us with not feeling so overwhelmed and see progress.

Round Up to Nearest hundred when making payment

We will be rounding to the nearest 50 or 100 when making a payment on all our cards. That way we are paying a bit towards other credit card balances while focusing our main payments to the smallest credits first. This will help with interest rates instead of just paying minimum payments.

Finding extra side jobs to help pay off debt

I have had my side job of making jewelry on Etsy for five years now. I hope to continue to expand my business and consign my jewelry as well. I’m also working on Blogging and earning extra income from my blog. My husband continues to write and play amazing music. He has an EP on Itunes. Also, I will continue to declutter and get rid of unwanted and not needed things by having yard sales and listing on Facebook groups. I’ll admit I have a walk-in closet full of clothes and our home is basically full of my stuff and I also have things from my childhood in storage. Does anyone want any beanie babies? (Seriously, I’m not kidding.)

No Spending Months

With getting rid of things, it also means no buying more things. I love shopping. I love clothes and I love electronics. So, no extra spending means no spending on new clothes, games, or movies. I’ll let you know how we feel about those no spending months as the year goes on. However, I’m looking forward to the extra money that will be in our pockets once we are done paying down those bills.

No eating Out

Usually, during the week my husband and I are pretty good about not eating out. We live in the middle of “nowhere” and it’s hard to just up and decide to go get food after a long day of work. We are guilty of dining out on the weekends, sometimes for lunch and dinner both Saturday and Sunday. Which adds up. Now, I will say, I don’t cook (dodges angry glares). We both work full-time jobs and I clean the house every week and take care of all finances, my husband is the cook. However, I have to say I would like to help more in that department if it means that we eat healthier and save money.

Couponing

Since we are no longer eating out that means that we have to save on the food we get at the grocery store. We are currently subscribed to our local newspaper and I’m clipping coupons where I see fit. I also use apps like ibotta, Cartwheel, and Receipt Hog to help save and get money back.