September 27, 2019



  1. Instagram food hacks
  2. Classic beauties, 1940s
  3. All the ways Amazon is fixing Alexa.
  4. I had no idea that people read books on Instagram
  5. Ways to help save the environment every day 
  6. What a beautiful pantry makeover!!
  7. How to load a dishwasher.
  8. An interview with Wes Anderson & his process.
  9. Leopard: flats / jeans  / hat / clogs / tunic
  10. Avocados are getting a longer shelf-life now
  11. How the martini became a classic icon.
  12. A new netflix series for all you Paul Rudd lovers!
  13. The best signs from the climate strike.
  14. Children write letters to God.
  15. A brief history of the American Road Trip
  16. Lol: I want this for my cats
  17. This makes me want to pick up a ballpoint pen to play.
  18. Mattel announced gender-neutral dolls
  19. The most iconic pictures from Music History.
  20. I have something in common with Rob Lowe
  21. Netflix got the rights to Seinfeld!


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September 25, 2019

Favorite Autumn Recipes

Autumn started on Monday!  It’s one of my favorite times of the year. The weather is shifting and so are the colors! Can you feel it? I can.  Although it’s still quite warm here, I’m excited for a new season because that means new routine! I went through my recipe section to find some inspiration as we transition into this new season.  Here are my Favorite Autumn Recipes!  This is what I like to eat in Autumn.

Oh, and in case you are not aware:

Autumn is September 23- December 21

Let’s break it up by meals and such:


September 23, 2019

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!

Back at it with another Intentions for the Week list. I was just looking at my blog and I counted 157 Intentions for the Week lists. THAT IS A LOT!!!! This practice has really helped me be accountable every week. Thank you for joining me in it and helping me hold up my intentions! 

We are now on week 39 of 2019. Here’s what week 39 looked like for me last year. 

This weekend was pretty good! We had a few friend hangouts, I did a bunch of work in my garden and inside the house.  I GOT CAUGHT UP ON LAUNDRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I messed up my kitchen and then cleaned it up again. We went to a local block party with friends and I then I camed home and cleaned out my fridge and did meal prep. See below: 



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Starting the week with #shutterbeanmealprep 🥕🌿 Here’s what it looks like all stacked up in my fridge. #thingsorganizedneatly

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Meal prep this week includes:

I also spent some time and added work to the PORTFOLIO section of my blog so you can look through my portfolio. I’ll be continuing to add to it over the next week. I’m also updated my FAVORITES SHOP, so be sure to check that out if you’re ever wondering what my favorite kitchen tools/meal prep tools, art supplies, and cookbooks are. 

I’m headed to Sebastapol at the end of the week with my good friend Helen Jane. We are going to have an introvert/creative lady weekend and I’m looking forward to it. I just have to make sure I get everything done on my life and we’re good. Let’s take a moment and write down our Intentions for the Week, shall we? Here are mine:

September 22, 2019

My Everyday Life: Week 38

Here’s what this past week looked like: My Everyday Life Week 38

Volunteering at school is my favorite. 

Went through my brother’s matchbox collection with him.

So many of them sparked old memories and thoughts!

Chicken Piccata at Original Joe’s  with Ryan and Ali!


September 20, 2019




  1. Squirrel sniffs flower
  2. Inventory of emergency vehicles. Whoa.
  3. Baby zebra born with spots!
  4. Ambulance turned home.
  5. How to support an employee with social anxiety.
  6. North America is losing birds.
  7. This dress is beyond cute.
  8. Old photographs of classic beauties.
  9. I love a black accent wall.
  10. A photographer’s take on our relationship with our phones.
  11. How to tell someone to get off their phone.
  12. Instagram shouldn’t let kids see a long of things.
  13. Why some people become lifelong readers.
  14. I want to go last-minute camping.
  15. Go to therapy. Especially for your work stuff.
  16. Great homes architects designed for themselves.
  17. Little acts that can brighten someone’s day.
  18. Signs misspelled. 
  19. The most scenic drive in all of the states. 
  20. I bet you would like this, Lauren!
  21. Scientists studied logo designs.
  22. Dreamlife paintings one and two
  23. I had no idea what a slofie was.
  24. Chocolate Banana Bread should be in your weekend plans!
  25. Hey! I updated new FAVORITES in my SHOP section of my blog.


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September 18, 2019

Daypack Travel Gear


I recently showed you what I like to bring on my carry-on backpack, and today I’m sharing my Daypack Travel Gear.  In this post, I will show you how I transport all of that stuff (from my carry-on!) into a more manageable, efficient system when I’ve arrived at my destination. 

Hello, below is me adventuring in Italy with my light backpack.

Let me show you what I carried with me!

The first step to organizing a daypack is figuring out what the essentials are. 


What do I want with me???

I made a list of what’s in my bag (always) and a list to spark thoughts while organizing my packing items.

I then out the list (on yellow paper) and laminated it with my laminator. 

That way I can use a dry erase marker to mark things off when I need to!

I used a three hole punch and put it in my binder of fun. 

Let’s move onto the backpack now that I know what I want to put in it. 



 We traveled to Italy in August, and it was HOT so I didn’t need to bring a sweater or jacket. It kept my load very light. When we planned on being away from our rental and exploring Florence and Rome and I knew I would be annoyed wearing a purse all day so I brought this lightweight/inexpensive backpack with me. 

The intention of this bag is that it’s LIGHT and is not to be filled up with so much stuff I can’t add to it.  It has enough room for a few things but won’t hurt my back and make everyone think I can carry their stuff too. I do not want to be the only sherpa for my family. 



My Day Trip Essentials for Italy (in Summer!)

Backpack- I bought this one from Baggu for the trip because it’s very light and folds up so small in my suitcase. It was a lifesaver!  I picked this plaid pattern because it sticks out but not too much. My family can find me from the back if I’m in a crowd.  I washed it in the washing machine while we were in Italy and it cleaned up nicely!

Birkenstocks– I have to admit that I was super nervous about bringing my birks on the trip. I didn’t know if they would end up giving me blisters but I am so happy to report that with all the 16k step days, my feet are so happy I brought them. I like that they can be dressed up or dressed down. They stay on my feet and molded to them now. I don’t know what I would do without. 

Sunglasses– always a must! Especially in the Summer. These ones block out the sun well!

Battery Charger- Since I take most of my photos for my blog on my iPhone now, this is a MUST. I don’t want to be stuck with a low battery. It can get really shady when you don’t know where you are and your battery is running low. I am thankful I thought to bring it with me on every outing. 

Water Bottle– I am never going to forget one as long as I travel. I was delighted that there are water bottle fillers in the airports now. When we were in Italy, there are water fountains all around Rome and Florence so it was nice to be able to fill up while we were on the go. I like this one because it is easy to clean (both ends screw off!) and it’s easy to hold if you’re walking around.

iPhone– Do I really go anywhere without it? No.

Sun Visor Hat– This one rolls up. It’s my favorite mostly because it’s compact and it’s a visor so my hair doesn’t get smooshed down by it.

Bandana– At 40 years old, I am a bandana convert. I didn’t really understand what the point was until I used on in Steamboat Springs Colorado this year. When it’s super hot outside, get one wet and wrap it around your neck. It will immediately cool you down. 

Journal I don’t bring my full journal with me when I’m out & about, but I do keep some paper because you just never know!  I like these cahier journals from Moleskine. They’re very light, don’t take up much space, and are great when we are at a restaurant and I want to occupy time with Cooper.

Favorite Pen– I like a Tombow brush pen for travel. It’s got the brush pen side that I love and a finer tip side for writing notes. The only drawback is that it’s not waterproof so if I spill water on the paper, my writing will bleed. I just make sure I don’t spill water on the paper.

Rose Salve– I like this stuff only because it has a few purposes. It’s great for lips but if I’m out and I have some time to kill, I’ll rub a little bit on my cuticles so they’re not chapped and dry. I keep some around because I like being prepared when Cooper has chapped lips which is pretty often because he doesn’t drink enough water.

Rosewater spray– I usually keep a small spritz bottle of this stuff handy.  When it’s hot, it’s a lifesaver. When my family is all crunchy and irritated, it’s also a lifesaver. Spraying your face with rosewater spray is like having a spa experience on the go. 

Sunscreen-  I always keep a little sunscreen in my bag because you just never know! It’s better to be safe than sorry. I am quite particular about the sunscreen I use. It can’t be sticky and it has to wipe in cleanly. This one is my favorite! 

Scrunchie– Now that my hair is longer it’s important for me to carry around a hairband. I like these ones that feel like a phone cord. They don’t rip my hair out and I can put it on my wrist without it cutting off my circulation.

Compact It’s always good to have a mirror to check in with yourself.  You never know how the day is going to treat you. 

Hand Sanitizer– You never know when you’ve touched something germy and disgusting. 

And of course… my wallet and a light sweater for just in case!

That’s what I like to bring with me in my Daypack Travel Gear. 

If you like looking inside other people’s bags (like me!) check out:

Carry On Bag Essentials- See what Tracy Benjamin from Shutterbean.com packs on her carry on bag.

Carry On Essentials

What's In My Bag? Tracy Benjamin of Shutterbean.com shares what's in her bag and how she stays organized!

What’s in My Bag?

My Everyday Life: Week 32 on Shutterbean.com

Now that I know what I need to pack on my adventures, I can’t wait for my next one!

September 16, 2019

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!

It is Week 38 of 2019. Here’s what Week 38 looked like for me last year. 

This weekend we had a quite a few hangouts with friends, an art date and a dinner party!  I spent yesterday working in the yard (doing major trimming!) and had a chance to do some meal prep before we had a school function. I’m typing this from my bed and I’m sooooo sore and wiped out!  Let’s cut to the chase and figure out my Intentions for the week!


Meal prep for the week includes:


Favorites include:


Intentions for the Week:

  • laundry
  • track what I eat in my food journal
  • clean out the back of car
  • work through email/inbox
  • delete photos from phone
  • package/ship order for The Handwriting Club
  • prep for conference call
  • therapy appointment
  • get my steps in my with my Fitbit 
  • have a date with my calendar
  • write/send thank you notes
  • work on Currently Book for 2020 (preorder soon!)
  • finish post about day pack travel gear
  • order postcards
  • paint nails
  • trip to the post office
  • make salmon ramen
  • clean house for lunch date
  • make a new recipe
  • post recipe
  • work on some artwork to print
  • edit photos
  • make plans for Cooper’s birthday
  • grocery shopping
  • pull cards & work in sketchbook
  • work in the yard
  • clean up office
  • go to bed at a reasonable hour this week
  • finish Orange is the New Black
  • catch up on social media posting

Last Week’s Intentions:

  • laundry
  • track what I eat in my food journal
  • drink enough water
  • prep for conference call
  • therapy appointment
  • drop off library books
  • go grocery shopping
  • work on Currently Book for 2020 (preorder soon!)
  • finish post about day pack travel gear
  • package/ship order for The Handwriting Club
  • edit photos
  • go on a hike/walk
  • get my steps in my with my Fitbit 
  • have a date with my calendar
  • research prints
  • make a new recipe
  • catch up on social media
  • drop off donations
  • work in the garden
  • paint toenails
  • follow up about car
  • continue to work on my office organization
  • do a face mask
  • delete photos from phone
  • get enough sleep
  • playdate with Emma
  • breathwork with Faye
  • seed thing with Neiley
  • make time for leisure reading


Recipes to Try:

Mushroom Arugula Toast

Need a quick/simple dinner? Make Roasted Broccoli with White Bean with Lemon. Put an egg on it! Recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Roasted White Beans & Broccoli

Lemon Garlic Roasted Shrimp makes weeknight dinner making EASY. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!  

Lemon Roasted Shrimp

Grape & Sage Pizza

Roasted Carrots with Chile Yogurt + Cilantro Sauce

Quick Tomato Basil Pasta

Small Batch Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza -makes enough for 2-4 people. Recipe on Shutterbean.com

Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza

Pump Jam for the Week:



Mantra for the week!

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Feeling stuck? Make a list! Write down your intentions for the week to help hold you accountable to action.

I’m rooting for you!

Sending sparkles,