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Happy Friday friends! We are busy over here flying through the final days of 2017. We've had some home repairs to repair some termite damage, next up is painting and then tenting to get rid of those buggers. Talk about not fun and expensive! But it's good to have peace of mind that we are getting this all taken care of the right way. 

Isn't that such a peaceful photo above? My heart broke watching the fires engulf those hills in the background of such a beloved place in Ojai. I am so sad for the communities affected by these wildfires. It impeded us such a little, poor air quality, and Gunnar had school closed for 3 days. Nothing compared to what so many have experienced. 

A few things I think you might find interesting too:

I posted about this magazine on my IG stories awhile back, but just discovered you can read it online. Such timely articles for those of us raising kids these days. This particular issue my dad saved for me to read. Go read it. It's hard but important. 

My bedside table has this book on top of it right now, a friend loaned me it and it's so interesting. I loved all the Malcolm Gladwell books back in the day, and this really reminds me of those. 

I add a tablespoon of this daily to a cup of tea. I've been taking it for a few months now and have just started to notice a difference in my hair. I've been getting compliments on my skin too, but I've been also using this tool regularly for a few weeks. So maybe all the things are finally working, haha. 

I found this article, lengthy but so interesting. Kind of depressing for those who have fallen into this cycle. 

Hoping you all have a wonderful weekend! And if you have kids that are starting their winter break, yay for sleeping in and no packed lunches! Boo for messy houses, too much screen time and sibling fights. :)

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Summer has finally decided to leave Los Angeles. I'm sure she will be back with a few sprinkled in 80 degree days. But for now we are enjoying temperatures way below those 100 degree heat wave days we had a few weeks ago. And waking up to a weather forecast that has 60s in the day has been glorious. Even rain is expected within the week. 

We finished summer with a Hollywood Bowl concert to see Imagine Dragons which was amazing. I love that band more now that I saw them in concert than ever before. 

November is here and I'm trying to grasp that 2017 is almost gone. I haven't even accomplished things on my wrap up 2016 to do list! For instance our annual photo album I put together at the end of the year. I guess 2016 and 2017 can be done almost simultaneously so maybe I waited on purpose. Yes, that must be the case. I did however transfer all my iPhone photos and videos to our hard drives. I am prepping for a new phone. I believe my phone knows he's about to be replaced and has decided to rebel, I've had this one for several years and I am pretty proud it hasn't been submerged in water, cracked the screen or been lost. So here's hoping the next phone brings all the pretty photos and apps and everything the last 3 years of technology has developed that I've been without. 

Life definitely throws curveballs every so often and it seems lately we've had a few. My grandfather has been dealing with some health issues (broken hip and all the complications that have followed) so we've all thrown our normal schedules out the window so that we can take turns being with him. Aaron's boss quit his job. And my oldest is going to be getting his drivers' license soon. Say what?! If this place is quiet you can often check up on us on Instagram, although lately I've been absent there too. 

We are looking forward to a three day weekend in this house, well almost all of us, poor Aaron has to work. We plan to sleep in, catch a movie, hang with friends, and get this house back to shape because when mama's not around no one really cares that they don't have clean underwear. 

xo