"When a soul recognises the will of God and shows a readiness to submit to it entirely, then God gives Himself to such a soul and renders it most powerful succour under all circumstances." - Rev. Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Friday, September 22, 2017

YNAB, Instant Pot, and freaky owls (7QT)

I haven't done quick takes since June! Joining Kelly for the party once again.

1. Instant Pot

My mom, who already had an Instant Pot, found a really good deal on one so she got it for my birthday this summer. At first I was totally intimidated by it, but um, it's amazing. I've basically been doing the same recipes over and over, because cooking is just so not my thing. But the Instant Pot totally helps! Oh, and it makes the best boiled eggs ever! We've also done baked potatoes a few times too. So, so easy.

2. Goodwill finds

After Logan found a cute (and cheap) dress for me at Goodwill, he keeps wanting to go look for more. Ha. We stopped by one recently when clothing was half off and got SO much stuff for only $12! Half of which we really needed and the other half was just for fun.
This is my second successful Goodwill outfit. $4 total. *fist bump* Okay, honestly, I'm still not sure how I feel about the shirt (it does this weird droopy thing at the neckline that is definitely not my style) but Logan loves it so wearing it made him happy. It's the little things, people.

3. YNAB (You Need a Budget)

If you haven't heard of it, it's basically a budgeting online system. I'm not terrible at budgeting, but because I'm a very detail-oriented, handling our finances was just taking up too much of my time and too much of my brain power. Enter YNAB! It's basically saving my life right now. I really have the confidence that we can slowly, slowly reach those financial goals we've been wanting because it tracks everything. There is a bit of a learning curve but they offer online workshops which are so, so helpful.

Logan and I both have the app which means I don't need to pester Logan about what tips he made at work or what he spends money on - he just puts it in the app! Life-changing, I tell you.

So yeah, I definitely recommend it if you need help with either budgeting or tracking all of your income/expenses. You can sign up for a free trial (which we did at first), so just try it! If you use my referral link and end up signing up for good, we both get a free month. 😁 (Although, seriously, I had no issues paying the $50 yearly fee because it's that helpful!)

4. Ugh, Facebook

Small PSA: deactivating your account doesn't actually do anything. I had a few people say they could still see my profile and invite me to FB invites and all, so I logged back in to see what the deal was. After a little research, it looks like other people had the same problem. So, I dunno. I guess I'm still on Facebook (mainly for the groups and the blog) but so far I've been able to set limitations. I still haven't gotten back on Instagram and honestly haven't decided if I will yet. (I love me some IG but I'm just really terrible at moderation so sometimes it's easier to abstain completely. Bad, I know.)

5. 31 days of blogging

I don't know why I'm even CONSIDERING this, but some people blog everyday in October (usually on the same topic) and the thought of doing it this year is really intriguing me. Am I crazy? Should I do it? I'm a little torn....I struggle with following blogs that post every.single.day, so I don't want to turn people off. But I also think blogging every day will be good for my writing soul. But then I don't want to stress out about it either.
Thoughts?? I thought I had a topic but then I thought of two more ideas so now I just don't know.

6. My new friend

One day last week I noticed a crapload (ha) of bird poop on our driveway, as well as on our van (SO ANNOYING), so I looked up.
This guy (or gal?) was staring us down. What the heck? What happened to owls being asleep during the day? I was a tad bit paranoid about the thing swooping down and attacking the boys, because it was seriously staring us down, but I'm hoping it will be happy with the million squirrels and other small creatures in our backyard.

I'm not gonna lie, though....it's kinda cute. I think I will name it Howie. 

7. Christmas shopping

I've always had the goal of completing alllll of my Christmas shopping before Advent starts. Although I got pretty close once, I still haven't done it yet. WELL. This is my year. I'm over halfway done already, I have ideas for most of the remaining gifts and are just waiting for the funds. I'm hoping to be done in October, which sounds completely crazy, but then that'll give me time to figure out what we're doing for Advent.

Ooh, Advent. I can't wait! Especially if I don't have to worry about Christmas shopping!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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