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September 22, 2016

Currently: September 2016

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Currently eating cold green grapes as I type this. I am wishing it was chocolate. Grapes are definitely not chocolate. But they’re cold and they’re sweet and crunchy, so there’s that. I went through a frozen grape phase when I was a kid…now I can’t….I mean…my teeth hurt just thinking of it.

The air was cold today. I enjoyed that. I love Fall. It’s my favorite season. I know I’m supposed to hate it when the light changes and it gets dark early but I just wanna snuggle by the fire and have cozy weekends with no plans.  I want soups, hot toddies and baked goods.  Oprah said her favorite day is a rainy day because there are no expectations. You’re not rushing around doing errands….you’re faced with a rainy day. Man, I miss rainy days and Oprah. Can I just lay in bed when it rains and watch Oprah non-stop? Hello, dream day. I hope there’s a moscow mule involved in this fantasy.

You know what’s coming up? Cooper’s birthday. Homeboy is turning 8 on October 2nd. You would think after all of these years his birthday wouldn’t come as a shock to me but the 2nd day of the month is like such a weird day! It’s like…can we just ease into the fact that it’s October oh and YOUR BABY IS ANOTHER YEAR OLDER. Time to figure out what to do for his birthday STAT. I’m thinking he should have an ice cream cake this year….

OK so I am on day three of like slowly easing myself into the Whole30 situation. I want to eliminate a few things and see how it goes before I go full force. I have a dinner I was invited to, Fleet Week and Cooper’s birthday in the next few weeks so WHEN AM I EVER GOING TO FIND TIME?  But anyways, day three isn’t that bad. The no sugar in the coffee is weird (I normally am a milk with 1/2 teaspoon sugar person) but I think I’ll get used to it. I’ve been drinking the Califia Barista Blend with my Americanos in the morning and things have been good so far. I really miss toast.

I have had a tab for Camp Wandawega open up in my browser for the past 3 days. I really want to go to Summer Camp…or a place that’s like Summer Camp. Has anyone been?  Do you know of another place that’s like an adult camp? TELL ME.  Also, do you do that? Do you leave tabs opened for days? I secretly get excited when my computer closes them accidentally because then I don’t have the pressure of closing a tab. It’s already done for me. START OVER.

One of the biggest things that’s inspiring me right now is the Bullet Journal Junkies group of Facebook. I’ll write more about my bullet journal but OMG I am so blown away with how people organize/decorate their lives through their journals. Totally inspirational. It’s one of the only reasons that I’m still on facebook… Meanwhile, I keep hoarding images on my pinterest board….

Casey has been watching 90210 while he works this month and I’ve been dabbling in a little Roseanne. We also watched Wayne’s World the other night. It’s been fun re-watching things from our childhood with adult eyes. There are so many lines we use on a regular basis that came from the movie Wayne’s World and oh my god no wonder I’m such a smart ass. I loved Roseanne when I was younger. Like LOVED HER. I have probably seen She-Devil as many times as I have Troop Beverly Hills (which is a lot).

Working on my Fall Capsule Wardrobe right now. I think it might just be a combination of my Winter Capsule mixed with my Summer Capsule. There are a few things that I didn’t wear from the Summer Capsule because it wasn’t warm enough, but now that it’s technically our summer here in the Bay Area, we’ll see. I think I’m at the point in my wardrobe where I understand what I like to wear and what I need/don’t need in my closet. This sweater (thanks to a friend with friends & family discount!) and these clogs are my latest additions. I’m gonna keep this fall pretty classic. I just need to pull a few looks so I have deliberate choices.

Let’s see. What else am I into right now?

Typing my feelings out on my typewriter.

Organizing things in my bathroom.

Keeping my linen closet clean.  I am trying to figure out the next projects to work on in my house. I think my prop closet might be next because HOLY COW IT IS OUT OF CONTROL. I also need to create a library in my house because my book situation is silly.

Trying to find a good time to visit my maj in New Orleans.

Figuring out a craft night situation sometime in October or November (STAY TUNED!) at Neve & Hawk in San Anselmo.

Been listening to the Flight of the Conchords on repeat.

Also listening to the Red Sox…constantly. I mean, not on purpose but all the games are being obsessively watched in my household. Things are tense. There is so much male energy floating around. My cats and I are like so over it.

Reading a few books at time (like I normally do). Right now it’s Modern Romance and This is a Story of a Happy Marriage. Both of their writing styles are so appealing to me right now.

Continuing to enjoy being totally random on snapchat (username: tshutterbean)

Navigating my way through Instagram Stories (you can find me here).

Still not sure which one I like better. I mean…I like snapchat but I also like Instagram but I like Instagram the way it was before Facebook messed it up. UGH FACEBOOK.  Can we just chill on technology for a bit, please?

That’s what’s up this month. Thank you for reading. What’s up with you??!

Type your stream of consciousness in the comments. It’s fun.

 

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September 20, 2016

Avocado Kimchi Toast

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I’ve been doing this whole food blogging thing for almost 10 years (!!!) and I’ve seen my fair share of cookbooks. It’s not often that a cookbook wows me. Julia Turshen’s book, Small Victories definitely wows me. Like… really wows me.

This isn't ordinary avocado toast. It's Avocado Kimchi Toast with a spicy tahini drizzle. Find recipe at Shutterbean.com

Julia proves that the kitchen isn’t an intimidating place if you focus on all of the small victories (like pitting an avocado!) that happen day in and day out. It’s much like life, isn’t it?

This isn't ordinary avocado toast. It's Avocado Kimchi Toast with a spicy tahini drizzle. Find recipe at Shutterbean.com

I’ve been on a spicy/pickled kick lately and this avocado kimchi toast recipe definitely went on the MUST MAKE NOW LIST. It’s not your ordinary avocado toast. It’s extraordinary. Spicy kimchi is topped on avocado smashed toast. There’s a spicy tahini drizzle on top with cilantro and sesame seeds. I definitely had a hard time sharing…

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September 18, 2016

My Everyday Life: Week 37

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 37

We drove down to Laguna Beach to celebrate Kara + Matt.

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It was so nice to be right on the beach. I’ve never had a room with a view like this before.

 

 

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I had the beef.  It was good.

 

 

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“Mom, never turn your back to the waves.”

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Shadows that caught my eye.

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The sunset makes the palm tree trunks bright orange.

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He set this one up for me.

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I threw my back out this week. Not fun when you spend 9 hours in the car.

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September 16, 2016

I love lists

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Welcome to I love Lists!!! Let’s surf the internet together!

  1. Loved reading this re: creativity
  2. Cord Organizing Tips & Tricks
  3. I should have written this….dangit.
  4. Cooper and I watch Diner, Drive-Ins & Dives.
  5. Olive Oil Cake Cookies!
  6. I’ve been working on parenting downtime myself.
  7. Why we give teachers apples.
  8. Whoa these ladies are living.
  9. I used to LOVE finding gems in textbooks!
  10. I had no idea that California has a wild horse problem!
  11. This photo series is pretty cool.
  12. Magnet MAGIC!
  13. Kid’s drawings….can be somewhat QUESTIONABLE at times.
  14. Cooper and I watch these TED-Ed videos together. Love them.
  15. Intuitive Eating– I just really love that overhead shot.
  16. I miss Stacy London.
  17. For the book lover
  18. Is it too early to start looking at calendars? Who am I kidding? I’m always looking at them.
  19. This is pretty cool!
  20. My hometown is beautiful.
  21. I wish I was in London right now.
  22. Omg this cake.

 

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September 15, 2016

Linen Closet Organization

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I wouldn’t say the messiest closet in my house is the linen closet. It’s actually my prop closet, which I hope to tackle soon (another post! another time!). My closet in my bedroom is still going strong (yay!). The linen closet? Ummm. It’s probably the second messiest  closet because I’m constantly in there and when I’m in a rush, things get unkempt. I also have a few people in my house who go in and get bandages from the first-aid kit and leave wrappers on the floor…adding to the mess. Who could that be?! I wonder. :)

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September 13, 2016

Veggie Cream Cheese Bagels

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We’re baaaaaaaaaaaack in the mix with school. I’ve been making Cooper’s lunches the night before school so I am not rushing around in the morning like a chicken with it’s head cut off. That seems extreme, but if you have children, you know the morning chaos all too well. Hopefully I can keep up this habit!

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Here’s a quick lunch idea. Mini bagels with veggie cream cheese! And look what you can do with the cream cheese. Put it on cucumber slices, crackers or even on celery! What I’ve learned about making lunches is that it’s all about shaking things up.

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September 11, 2016

My Everyday Life: Week 36

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life: Week 36

Treat yourself to breakfast. You deserve it.

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The reason why I am late in posting this week’s photos.

Adult kickball with a lot of booze. Mama has been in slow motion today. Ugh.

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Finished last night at the Peso….which was probably a bad idea.

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Find Ella.

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There she is in a small patch of light.

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Sunday is my laundry day.

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Things lined up.

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I spelled calories wrong. Typewriters don’t have spell check.

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Here kitty kitty.

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Spent all Friday night working on a book.

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Schmeep.

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Lunch with my dad. We split a salad and a sandwich. My dad gave me a pep talk.

I really needed one. I also really needed all those fries.

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Popsicle + whiskey= Friday Times

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Afternoon sun.

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Back to School Night tradition.

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Those drinks were bomb.

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So golden.

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I didn’t take many pictures this week… but when I did it was mostly of my cats.

Look at how Rosie fills out that bowl.

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This is the same bowl with my robe in it. Look at how little Ella is.

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Walked through a cemetery.  Some of the people were born in the late 1800s.

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Teach them young.

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He’s not wrong about sharing food….with someone who is sick.

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I miss the rain….mostly because I love puddle reflections.

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Peachy smoothies for a play date.

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Last minute dinner situation.

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Early morning wake up.

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My work buddy.

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Inspiration at Jonathan Adler.

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I brought home some coasters.

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A smoothie bowl that should have just been in a cup. Too melty. But vibrant!

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I know, Rosie. I know.

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Coffee date with Emily from Cupcakes & Cashmere.  

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She’s even more awesome in person. I love that we both grew up in the same area.

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Standing on top of a table shooting a fallen pie. As one does.

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A moment of quiet.

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Lucky boy.

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Lucky me.

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He found the light in a hardware store.

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Play date with my friend Helen Jane. It was one of those days when I had so much fun that I didn’t take a picture because my phone was off in another room.

I love days like that. I need more days like that!

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My babies from the Alameda Flea last week.

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Let’s take a trip down memory lane:

Week 36 in 2015

Week 36 in 2014

Week 36 in 2013

Week 36 in 2012

Week 36 in 2011