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. 


Life Lately...


Aaron and I made a quick trip to Vegas for a conference he had last week and I decided to tag along. It's hard to say no to a free hotel room and alone time with my favorite person. We made a quick stop on our drive to the art installation Seven Magic Mountains, it's there I think for one more year. Go see it if you're passing by along the 15. 

A few articles I've written recently:

And some fun things that I have discovered recently that I would love to share with all of you...

I have been looking for some kind of app or software that would let me slowly save money without really noticing it's saving me money. And save it to a place that isn't super convenient for me to dip into whenever I wanted. I am not good with the regular transferring to a savings account and don't want to set up an automatic deposit, so the search was on. I wasn't quite sure exactly what I wanted, but I knew when I came across it I would realize it. You know when you get in a rabbit hole of internet browsing and next thing you know you're looking at the home sales in Memphis, Tennessee for the year 2012? That happens to me sometimes. Well, one rabbit hole turned into my success story (by the way, not sponsored, this is just exciting to share). Enter Qapital. It's an app that basically did exactly what I wanted. And it was free. Because who wants to pay money to save money?  

So here's the gist of it. Whenever I use my debit card or my credit card, it rounds my purchase up to the nearest dollar and transfers that change into my Qapital account. I can leave it there, which is what I've been doing thus far, or I can easily transfer it back into my checking or into my savings, wherever. Some days it'll add up to $0.83 and some days it's $4.02, but it's never this huge chunk of change that I will feel missing from our checking account. You can set a goal that you're saving for, like a trip or vacation, or a new pair of shoes. I am not saving for anything that specific, but I can see how motivating it would be to have an end goal in sight that you're working toward. So that's the deal. And I think it's cool and I think you should try it. I've linked to it above and you will type in your phone number and then you get a link to download the app on your phone. It took me like 2.5 minutes to completely set up and link my two accounts. Oh, and you get a bonus $5 deposited into your account after your first Qapital deposit is made. I'm basically giving you a free coffee right now because I like you. Wow, this is sure sounding like a pitch but I promise it's not, I just was extremely happy to find that someone made the app that I wish I would've made first. Now go save some money. 

If you follow me on Instagram, I often show this diffuser when I share what I am diffusing, and it's on sale for $23. 99. It's our favorite diffuser at the moment, and has been for the past year. It lasts 6 hours and I love that the wood veneer blends right in with our counters. 

Completely random, but I have a love hate relationship with thermometers. I have tried and bought them all, the forehead one, the ear one, the under the tongue one, you name it. And would you believe I have used them all and gotten three completely different readings at the same time. It's really frustrating. Well after Greta spent a lot of time in the hospital (you can read all about that here and here) a few years ago I discovered myself always asking for the spare thermometers they use with the little dots on them whenever we found ourselves in a doctors office. Problem was sometimes they would give me celsius thermometers, which was fine but it did add one more step to me translating it to fahrenheit. I would stash those babies and bring them out when I needed to know for sure if one of my kids was running a fever. It took me way to long to discover I could just buy a box of them on Amazon, and they could all be the fahrenheit ones. So that's what I did, and I will only use them from now on. They're the most accurate and I never have a doubt of what their temperature is. Fortunately I haven't had to use any in a long while, but even when one of the kids is particularly tired, I just whip one out and make sure that it's not something more than their late night. Toss it in the trash when we're done. I thought it might help some of you mamas out there who have the same thermometer issues as I have had in the past. 

Ok, those are my random thoughts and tips to share for the day. All thanks to my facial client who canceled haha.