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December 24, 2017

My Everyday Life: Week 51

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life: Week 51

Well, at least we had a tree up this year!

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Cats are terrible gift wrappers.

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I got most of my holiday cards sent out this year. We ordered ours from Minted as per usual!

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In a daze while Christmas shopping…

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Feeling sometimes like I am possessed by my mom.

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Benjamin boys putting together a lego Porsche.

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Spacing out in a rose.

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December 22, 2017

I LOVE LISTS

Welcome to I LOVE LISTS! It’s Friday. Here’s a list for you:

  1. Christmas morning would be better with these.
  2. Life changing habits for 2018
  3. What a beautiful kitchen remodel!
  4. Funny kid letters to Santa
  5. Tiny worlds, big imagination
  6. The word of 2017: Youthquake (lord help us)
  7. Most expensive photographs sold at auction in 2017
  8. This church in Copenhagen is something else!
  9. How to organize your day to set you up for success.
  10. The world is beautiful.
  11. Dream: shoesromperdress
  12. DIY Melted Crayon Art <— we did this this week!
  13. Funny animal photos of 2017
  14. The most popular recipes on Pinterest this year.
  15. The Instant Pot has invaded our kitchens! 
  16. Wear it proud.
  17. The best places to travel alone.
  18. Apparently, in Japan, KFC sells low odor chicken so you can eat it in public…
  19. For David Sedaris & Miranda July fans  also this!
  20. A quick holiday pep talk!
  21. Pantry organizing tips. I gotta re-organize mine.

Last Minute Treats to Make for the Holidays:

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Tropical Bark

Cookies & Cream Peppermint Bark // shutterbean

Cookies & Cream Peppermint Bark

Crunchy Peppermint Bark // shutterbean

Crunchy Peppermint Bark

Jasmine Tea Infused Vodka to up your spirit game. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Jasmine Tea Infused Vodka

 

Bourbon Salted Caramels // shutterbean

Bourbon Salted Caramels

Apple Cinnamon Infused Bourbon // shutterbean

Apple Cinnamon Infused Bourbon

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December 18, 2017

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:

Hello! Hello! Happy Monday. I had a weekend with family and I’ve got to put the house back together. We’ve got lots to do before Christmas Eve/Day. I’d like to get some baking done somewhere in this week for teachers and friends. Oh and there’s a Christmas pageant and all kinds of other things we have coming up. My brain is still in a fog but I’m somehow making it through and managing.

Intentions for the Week:

  • start/finish Christmas shopping/white elephant gifts
  • ship packages/presents
  • sweat it out in dance class
  • stay on top of the laundry
  • remember to eat (I’ve been forgetting…#grief)
  • make some chocolate chunk blondies for family
  • try to make peppermint bark for teachers
  • make sausage soup
  • check in at parent’s house
  • catch up on work
  • catch up on social media
  • find khaki pants for Cooper
  • wrap presents
  • get outside
  • go for a hike
  • work on art
  • write thank you notes
  • drink more water
  • start holiday cards (if they arrive soon!)
  • take good care of myself

Mantra for the Week:

I LOVE LISTS // a collection of links from the 'net on Shutterbean.com

What about you? What are you up to? Leave your intentions in the comments if you wanna get your head in the game.

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December 17, 2017

My Everyday Life: Week 50

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 50

This week I took a pause on helping my Dad clean out/organize the house and I tried to focus a little more on getting my life back together. My house is a mess! This week I took a break and drove around Marin County and dropped off some of my mom’s unused crossword puzzle books at some mini free libraries.  I plan on doing this with some of her other books.

I know she would have thought that was neat.

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Trip into the city for an office party.

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This place feels like another world.

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I’ve forgotten what city life is like.

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One of the weird thoughts you can have when you are grieving is…

WHY IS SHE ALIVE AND MY MOM IS NOT?

It’s really a weird feeling to have. I never thought it before

 

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We were able to have cousin time!!!

COOPER HAS BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS FOREVER.

He loves his cousins Henry & Eleanor who live in Idaho.

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I love Casey’s smile the most.

We had a lot of fun at Benihana.

 

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Getting lost in Japan Town.

 

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Aunt Tracy ended up buying everyone cat ears later on…

 

 

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Gifts that keep on giving.

 

 

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The highlight of the week was seeing this picture of my grandparent’s smiling.

So many things to look at while going through closets.

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I’ve run into my friend Kris twice this week. We walked to a labyrinth.

It was just what I needed.

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The sun was so warm.

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Frosty mornings.

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When you can’t decide, you have both.

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Snugs.

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Pineapple Rum!!

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I took a detour and found this lovely van.

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And this colorful yard!

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This caught my eye while thrifting.

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Sent out some packages this week 🙂

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Made some chicken soup. Gave some to my dad 🙂

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Thinking about visiting NOLA soon.

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When your friend calls you to hang out and brings her baby you say YES.

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Babies are a gift.

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A corner in my house that I like right now.

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I wore a blazer!!

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Hot lips!

 

 

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My mother taught me how to grocery shop.

When I go to the store we went to as a kid I feel her. It’s full of so many memories.

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If there’s calamari steak on the menu, I will order it.

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Hot chocolate mornings for Cooper.

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My curtains are up now!!!

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Last night we hosted a sleepover- my Dad, brother-in-law, and nephew spent the night.

5 guys and me.  I really missed having my Mom in the kitchen with me.

It felt very weird and sometimes sad, but I was happy that my Dad spent the night! 🙂

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Life is so odd/ silly at times.  Make it more silly if you can.

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HERE'S MORE OF MY EVERYDAY LIFE ON SHUTTERBEAN.COM

Week 50 in 2016

Week 50 in 2015

Week 50 in 2014

Week 50 in 2013

Week 50 in 2012

Week 50 in 2011

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December 15, 2017

I LOVE LISTS

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Hello friends! If you need some homemade HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS check out this post!  Now here’s a list because I LOVE LISTS:

  1. National Geographic’s 2017 Photography Winners
  2. Outdoor signs that stopped people in their tracks.
  3. My grandma always had these cookies. I LOVED THEM.
  4. A photographer who makes puns come to life.
  5. Frost flowers are gorgeous.
  6. Guerilla flower art! I would love to stumble across one of these.
  7. Living cliffside. 
  8. What the end of net neutrality means for you.
  9. If you want to make a pie crust by hand.
  10. Overheard conversations….illustrated!
  11. Productivity is really about what you DON’T do.
  12. Family Favorite recipes! Thanks for the love, Mother Mag!
  13. This pleases me greatly.
  14. Tech Tips from Entrepreneurs! 
  15. How to host a sleepover
  16. Time management for creatives.
  17. How Instagram has changed the way we experience ART.
  18. Some signs that your third eye is open.
  19. My friend Helen Jane wrote this 5 years ago. Things have only gotten worse.
  20. I broke my arm twice between first and second grade.

 

 

Last Minute Holiday Gifts:

White Elephant Gifts under $25

 

have a great weekend!

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December 13, 2017

Spiced Pineapple Rum Toddies

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During the holidays, you really can’t show up at someone’s house empty-handed. That’s why I like to bring something boozy because even during the busiest time of year, I still have the time to make a special alcohol infusion.

Invite me over and I’ll bring the ingredients to make Spiced Pineapple Rum Toddies. I’ll stop by Nugget Market (one of my favorite Bay Area grocery stores!) on the way to pick us up some cheeses for a nice cheese plate or I could order one of their epic cheese platters to pick up instead. They do such a nice job that I can pass theirs off for one of my own creations 😉

Not drinking alcohol? No problem, I’ll add some mulling spices to hot pineapple juice and we’ll have warm pineapple ciders with maple whipped cream.

Just promise me that we’ll  do something artsy during this holiday season while we’re hanging out together, OK?

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Art aside, I know you’ll love the toddies!

Spiced Pineapple Rum Toddies from Shutterbean.com!

They’re a combination of pineapple juice, hot water, and Spiced Pineapple Infused Rum.  The toddies are topped with a maple whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon. The sweet/spicy combo feels like being in the tropics for Christmas.

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They’re a great dessert drink! The whipped cream makes them extra indulgent. It’s the holiday season!!! You know how we do!

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December 11, 2017

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:

Hello Friends! Happy Monday to you. This week is the first week in awhile that I have to focus on getting my household/life/work back in order. I have so many paper piles all over the house and my office looks like a tornado hit it. Ye olde laundry pile is getting outta control as well. It’s all proof that LIFE CARRIES ON even when you’re not fully there. I’m hoping that someday I’ll be fully there but my brain is still processing all that has happened since Thanksgiving. Don’t worry, I’m working really hard on being good to myself and my family. Thank you so much for all your support since my mother died. We all really appreciate it 🙂 So let’s see what’s up with my Intentions for the week.

Intentions for the Week:

  • sweat it out at dance class
  • trip to the dump
  • trip to the thrift store
  • have coffee with friends
  • organize paper piles
  • LAUNDRY
  • work on pineapple rum post
  • clean up my office
  • make some dinners for my family
  • get back into making art
  • take the books back to the library– they’re so overdue!
  • take a picture for our holiday card/order it
  • get lost in a book
  • go for a long walk
  • go through Holiday Gift ideas and see what to make for teachers
  • cry when I feel like it
  • remember to take good care of myself
  • be present with Cooper. Give him as much love & uninterrupted time as possible.
  • figure out Christmas/presents/all that jazz

Mantra for the Week:

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What about you? What are you up to this week? Leave your intentions in the comments. Get your head in the game!