August 26, 2018

My Everyday Life: Week 34

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 34

Estate sale scores from the weekend:

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She is so pleased. I wonder what her name was.

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Trust nothing.

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Not your average photos.

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So weird that our things end up in stranger’s hands.

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Lives were lived.


August 24, 2018


 Welcome to I LOVE LISTS. It's Friday and Tracy of Shutterbean.com shares her finds from the internet on a weekly list called I LOVE LISTS!


  1. The costs of motherhood are catching women off-guard
  2. I overuse exclamation marks. I’m just generally excited.
  3. I’m so fascinated by Jim Carrey
  4. It wasn’t only Amazon that killed Toys R’ Us
  5. I still have never had cauliflower pizza
  6. Putting these tahini cookies back in the rotation
  7. We drank with paper straws all last week in Tahoe.  It was weird.
  8. The problem with HEY GUYS.  My mom used to say, “Hey guys! What do you think?”
  9. Create a lunch making station in your fridge
  10. These signs are filled with puns.
  11. Let’s make a 3 ingredient vegan queso and share some chips
  12. Baby Boomers get more selective about friends.
  13. This creamy horchata iced coffee looks bonkers
  14. Animal crackers boxes got a redesign.
  15. This old book contains cabinets filled with poison. Curious!
  16. Kids need to learn how to detect fake news.
  17. Let’s make boba on pizza a thing
  18. My friend Bev’s house is so beautiful
  19. Favorite books from childhood
  20. I love that one of the ways to get a cat to like you is to act like a cat hater  (totally my dad)
  21. Photo inspiration- this makes me want to play with food
  22. Weekend reading: how to break up with your phone
  23. Scientists may have found a way to make universal blood.
  24. A reminder of how precious life is.

August 22, 2018

Get Ready for the New School Year!

Get Ready for the New School Year with some tips from Tracy Benjamin of Shutterbean.com!

If you’re a parent and you have kids in school, you’re probably starting the whole school routine process right now.

Insert an AHHHHHHHH here ____________.

If you haven’t started yet (it’s still August!), then enjoy every last bit of the Summer! (lucky)

But really, who else loves a Back to School Shopping List?

They’re kind of my favorite thing about school.

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite posts to help you Get Ready for the New School Year. ENJOY!


August 20, 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:

Hi Friends!

It’s Monday night. I’m home from our trip (you can see more of that here) I usually write these lists Sunday night but we were away and so my brain thinks it’s Sunday.  We are slowly unpacking tonight. SLOWLY.  I’ve already gone grocery shopping, gone through the mail and cuddled cats. They’re so happy we’re home.  I AM SO HAPPY WE ARE HOME! There’s nothing like a trip away that helps you appreciate your home routine. Also, really happy to be reunited with my bed and my foot massager (I missed it!!)

I have a lot to get done this week. We’re also going to try to adjust to a new schedule because SCHOOL STARTS FOR MY 4th GRADER!!!

Let’s start with a list. Here are my Intentions for the Week!


Intentions for the Week:

  • unpack from trip
  • laundry
  • write down Intentions for the School Year
  • make a list of all the things required for school right now
  • spend time with calendar
  • put the registration sticker on my car
  • fix FasTrak thing
  • drink enough water
  • keep fridge clean
  • get my steps in with my Fitbit
  • make time for friends
  • make an appointment for an oil change
  • catch up on social media
  • sign contract/send
  • catch up on email
  • file my nails (they look awful)
  • make sure back to school shopping is done
  • shop/style/shoot recipes for One Potato
  • give myself permission to go slow
  • figure out what the heck I’m going to post on my etsy shop
  • post a new recipe

Last Week’s Intentions:

  • spend quality time with my family 
  • do very little laundry  (casey did it for us!)
  • read a book (read some of this one and this one)
  • happy hour with cheeseboards + spirits
  • put my feet in a lake      (I jumped in!)
  • have an ice cream cone at Dairy Queen
  • play board games with family (we played Sorry!)
  • celebrate my birthday!
  • go into Reno, get my fortune at Circus Circus (got it in town in Truckee!)
  • send a few postcards
  • take pictures
  • spend time writing (wrote in journal)
  • spend time daydreaming
  • write down my Intentions for the School Year
  • be kind to myself as it’s my first birthday/Tahoe trip with my Mom
  • map out calendar for new bullet journal
  • go on a boat
  • put my feet in sand
  • put on a bathing suit and swim
  • have a coffee date with my dad
  • figure out if there’s anything left to do on my Summer Bucket List
  • get my steps in with my Fitbit  (I actually left it at home!!! AHHH)
  • drink plenty of water (loving this water bottle rn)

Mantra for the Week:


Jam this Week:

That makes me miss dance class.

Have a great week! Don’t forget to write down your Intentions for the Week, EVERY week to help get your head in the game!



August 19, 2018

My Everyday Life: Week 33

Here’s what this past week looked like: My Everyday Life Week 33

This week we’ve been on the road! My family blew out the last week of Summer vacation on our yearly trip to Tahoe.

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This was our first trip to Tahoe without my Mom.

She would be happy that we’ve carried on the tradition, I’m sure.

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Been reading You’re on an Airplane by Parker Posey while on this trip.

I’ve been staying off the computer to give my brain a reset.

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We’ve been going out to eat & eating at home. I’ve had fish tacos twice this week.

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Our family friends came to visit for part of the trip. It was wonderful!

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Cheese plating with Eileen.

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Caprese with burrata, forever and ever AMEN.

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The view is unreal.

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August 17, 2018


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  1. Nurturing adult friendships
  2. This is weird.
  3. The Food Hall is the New Food Truck
  4. Old photos from Coney Island for your daydreaming imagery.
  5. Another level of technology has been unlocked.
  6. Products with hidden messages
  7. I’d like to work my way through all of these books.
  8. This whole outfit organization excites me.
  9. Didn’t realize some of these things were that big.
  10. Have you heard about the Tip the Bill challenge?
  11. The most beautiful libraries I would love to get lost in.
  12. A diorama life for snails.
  13. The correct way to open a can with a can opener. Umm. Whoa.
  14. Some nail art to inspire.
  15. Girls have always done more chores.
  16. Facebook birthday fundraisers are making a lot of money
  17. Dealing with creative failure?
  18. For the David Lynch fans
  19. Remembering Aretha
  20. You should totally make this tomato & watermelon salad this weekend.
  21. Food museums are the new way to make a ton of money. 
  22. Birthday wishlist: a banner / this magical cardigan / anything for a leo
  23. Vacation reading: How to Break Up with Your Phone / You’re on an Airplane

August 15, 2018

Current Favorite Pens

Tracy from Shutterbean shares her current Favorite Pens! See what's in her pen case!


Cooper is entering 4th grade and that means he’s moving from using pencils solely to pens!  He’s so excited about that. Welcome to the club, Cooper!

Whenever I’m posting lettering work on my Instagram account @thehandwritingclub (be sure to follow!) I am asked what pen I’m using, so here it is all in one place. These are my Current Favorite Pens!  If I was to put together an ultimate pen case filled with all of my essentials, this is what it would have in it right now.  I’ve written about my favorite pens here and here before!

THESE ARE MY FAVORITE PENS. Follow me as I show you how/why I love them.

Tracy from Shutterbean shares her current Favorite Pens! See what's in her pen case!

This is my most used pen. It’s the pen I show everyone when they wonder how I write the way I do.

It takes a lot of finesse, but DANG IT’S GOOD.

Tracy from Shutterbean shares her current Favorite Pens! See what's in her pen case!


Tombow Dual Brush Pen in Black:

This pen is a hot commodity in my pen case. The problem is, I usually wear out the brush pen side before I get to the other side. So it feels wasteful at times. My rules for this pen are: NEVER LET A CHILD USE IT UNLESS I LOVE THEM. But seriously though. When you love the brush pen and someone ruins it, you’re not happy.

This is the pen I like to use in my bullet journal system: