November 13, 2018

Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

Thanksgiving Menu Ideas from Shutterbean.com!

Thanksgiving is just a little over a week away. Are we ready??

I’m not, but NOW IS THE TIME where I figure it all out.

Looking through my archives has given me a lot of inspiration, though. Here are some of my favorite recipes that are guaranteed to make your Thanksgiving holiday warm and bright.  And if you’re looking for a unique/tasty turkey recipe, Mark Bittman’s braised turkey is MY FAVORITE. I’ve used the recipe for the past 5 years.  It’s really made quite a few stress-free holidays.

Let’s looking into the Shutterbean archives for some Thanksgiving Menu Ideas!


November 12, 2018

Intentions for the Week

Looking to get your head in the game? Tracy from Shutterbean makes a weekly TO DO LIST called her Intentions for the Week. Here's what this week looks like:

Happy Monday, friends!

This weekend was a combination of productive, fun and restful! Went out to dinner with my bro & sister and spent the night at my parent’s house in the city.  Stayed up real late with cocktails!  So fun!

When I got home, we spent the whole day in bed on Saturday watching movies as a family. The air is so bad up here in Northern California that we spent most of the weekend inside for the rest of the weekend.   I made my closet look nice and organized again.  I also did some meal prep and knocked off a bunch of things on my TO DO LIST.  While I was working around the house, I ordered a Costco delivery from Instacart ( here’s $10 off your first order! ) and it was SOOOOOO helpful. It saved me so much time having food and supplies delivered to the house. We’re in good shape for the week!

Here’s my meal prep:

 Meal Prep this Week Includes:


Intentions for the Week:

  • prep for a conference call
  • order books
  • exercise/go to the gym
  • make doc appointment
  • trip to post office
  • volunteer at school
  • make treats for school function
  • delete photos from phone
  • catch up on social media
  • thanksgiving post
  • work through emails
  • drink more water
  • make a batch of kombucha
  • write down meals in food journal
  • rsvp to party
  • make time for art
  • get enough sleep
  • work on a new recipe
  • finalize Thanksgiving plans
  • return at Target
  • track steps with my Fitbit
  • bookkeeping work



  • Vote
  • Laundry
  • Exercise/workout 
  • Wash car
  • Clean up house
  • Make kombucha
  • Make banana bread
  • Write down food in food journal
  • Make a recipe/take photos/edit
  • Invoice/Send 1099
  • Edit food journal/ order
  • Post Currently October 2018 post
  • Catch up on social media
  • drink more water (this helps)
  • track steps with my Fitbit
  • Car appointment!!! YAY
  • Send thank you notes
  • Paint nails
  • Clean out purse
  • Organize/sort receipts
  • Delete some photos from phone

Mantra for the Week:


Every week, Tracy Benjamin from Shutterbean.com types up her TO DO list with her Intentions for the Week post. Check out this week's post!

Pump Jam for this Monday:



Don’t forget to write down your Intentions for the Week! It will help hold you accountable throughout the week!

Wishing you a productive week!



November 11, 2018

My Everyday Life: Week 45

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 45

The smoke here in Northern California is so bad. It’s making the light feel so weird during the day.

My Everyday Life: Week 45 on Shutterbean.com

Please keep California in your thoughts and prayers. It’s so scary!

My Everyday Life: Week 45 on Shutterbean.com

Did you vote this week? I did!

My Everyday Life: Week 45 on Shutterbean.com

I also had a homemade holiday gift party at my house. I’m writing up a post and will share it soon!

My Everyday Life: Week 45 on Shutterbean.com

It was so much fun!

My Everyday Life: Week 45 on Shutterbean.com

Everyone left with a homemade goodie bag!

My Everyday Life: Week 45 on Shutterbean.com

Cheeseboard dreams.

My Everyday Life: Week 45 on Shutterbean.com