Hey, hey! Travis and I are in Curacao on vacation right now, so this month’s edition of What I’m Loving Lately is prescheduled. I am going to do my best to unplug and unwind while we’re away, but admittedly, as a blogger this can sometimes be very hard to do. This will be our first time in Curacao, so we are really looking forward to relaxing by the beach, exploring the downtown area, and of course, trying all of the local cuisine. I am going to share a thorough recap of our trip once we’re back!
Now let’s get to this month’s list of things that I’ve been loving lately!
I have the hardest time finding eyeglasses and sunglasses that fit my very petite face. Shopping for either is never enjoyable because nothing ever looks quite right. Kids glasses are too small (or just too pink and childish) and adult glasses usually take up my entire face.
A few years ago, I found a pair of Calvin Klein glasses that fit my face perfectly, They’ve since been discontinued, and I now regret not buying an extra pair. When it was time to update the prescription lenses in my frames last month, I really didn’t want to look for a brand new pair of glasses. The quotes I received from local eye doctors to simply update the lenses in my existing frames were extremely expensive, and I thought there had to be a better option out there. Enter Lensabl.
Lensabl will change the lenses in your current frames quickly and inexpensively. They mail you a prepaid shipping label and small box, in which you place your existing frames and mail back to them. Within two weeks (or faster), Lensabl will update your lenses and mail your glasses back to you.
I wish I discovered Scannable sooner because it’s made signing and scanning documents so much easier! If you don’t a scanner at home, download Scannable. It allows you to easily scan documents on the go. All you have to do is open the app on your phone and hold your camera over the document. Scannable finds the image and “scans” a professional looking version of the document into your phone. You can then text or email the scanned file to anyone directly from your phone.
Our printer at home does have scanning capabilities, and I honestly find it much easier and faster to just use Scannable.
My sister in law introduced me to the app Hopper last year and it’s really helped me find cheap flights. Hopper allows you to “watch” flight prices for any particular date and route. Once you begin “watching” a flight, Hopper will automatically tell you if you should “keep watching” (i.e. they predict better prices to come) or “book now” (i.e. this price is as good as it will get).
If you continue to “watch” a flight, the app will send you a notification when prices drop and when they think it’s time to buy. I’ve been watching Thanksgiving flight prices since the beginning of the year and just over the weekend I got a notification telling me that it was time to book. It’s helpful because I don’t think to check flight prices for upcoming trips every day (nor do I want to). If you fly often, you should definitely have this app.
Lately, I’ve found myself misplacing things occasionally, and worried that my memory isn’t as strong as it used to be. I thought my brain could benefit from some sort of problem solving work, so I finally decided to give Lumosity a try after seeing, I don’t know, hundreds (!?) of commercials for them over the years.
Lumosity is an online program of brain-benefitting games that aim to improve attention, memory, and problem solving. I’ve always loved logic puzzles and problem solving games, but haven’t done them in years. Lumosity has a free program, which limits the number of games you can play on a daily basis, as well as subscription plans with more advanced features and settings. I currently am just using the free plan, and I love it. Every morning I get an email reminding me to log on and play, which is helpful because I may otherwise forget.
The games require you to use many different parts of your brain without feeling tedious or like “work”. I actually look forward to playing each day, and if it’s benefitting my brain, then even better!
Did you know the Trader Joe’s released a Podcast last month? Inside Trader Joe’s consists of five short podcasts about everything that goes on behind the scenes at the store and what makes TJ’s so unique.
If you’ve ever wondered why the crew members at Trader Joe’s wear Hawaiian shirts, how they come up with such cool new products, how they keep prices low, or just why everyone who works there is just so darn nice, you have to listen to the podcast. Each episode is only about 20 minutes long, making it perfect for a quick commute or a walk with your dog. I’ve always loved Trader Joe’s, but this podcast gave me even more respect for them and what makes the store unique.