August 4, 2017


 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!

Welcome to I LOVE LISTS! It’s Friday, here’s a list for you!

  1. If you have some extra yarn to use up.
  2. Bullet Journal for your mental health.
  3. I don’t like being on the phone….
  4. Looking over last year’s Summer Capsule wardrobe. Still wearing most of it.
  5. What happens in Vegas….changed the way people travel
  6. If you have kids or watch them, you should be aware of this
  7. People are so talented.
  8. Mark Duplass is one of my heroes.
  9. How much legroom you get on each airplane carrier.
  10. Office Life.
  11. Nobody wants your stuff
  12. What a fun series
  13. Super cute pen cases: one / two / three / four
  14. One of my favorite dishes at The Slanted Door
  15. All of these lego kits are sooo rad!
  16. Social media warps a lot of things.
  17. Questions about Dying
  18. Long exposure carnival ride photos are so cool.
  19. I don’t really remember the Embarcadero Freeway… I just remember watching it on TV after the earthquake.
  20. One of my favorite places to shop for pantry stuff + snacks online=  Thrive Market 
  21. If you have too many zucchini, make cake or fritters!
  22. Dali does Alice in Wonderland. Wow!
August 3, 2017

How to Make a Gratitude Journal

How to Make a Gratitude Journal - with and for kids! See more on Shutterbean.com

Life can be hard at times, but if you focus on positive things and remember what you’ve got to be thankful for, it makes life much lighter and happier. Today I’m going to show you a little project Cooper and I worked on yesterday at #campshutterbean.

 How to Make a Gratitude Journal.

I am hoping to create a new habit of writing down something we’re thankful for each day in our new gratitude journals.

I know, I could have just bought little notebooks, but what fun would that be??


August 1, 2017

Currently: July 2017

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Currently: July 2017

Even though it’s August (my birthday month!) today, let’s wrap up July, shall we?

Things of note:

Went to Carmel for my friend Amanda’s birthday weekend. Celebrated my Dad’s birthday. Went to a few blogger events. Cooper had a pretty bad case of poison oak that left us grounded for a few days. I got my first bee sting as an adult on the top of my head and acted like it wasn’t a big deal and ended up going to the doctor with swollen lymph nodes because AHHHH. Cooper went to the dentist, I made doctor’s appointments! Cooper went to baseball camp and football camp. I had dinner above the Marin Headlands with friends.

Around the house, Casey worked on building a wine cellar in our garage. I straightened up/organized my prop closet, the garage and Cooper’s closet. These were projects  I finally got around to doing and I’m so relieved they’re done. We’re in maintenance mode and I’m hoping it will stick for awhile so I don’t have to overhaul things and clean them out anytime soon.

Our budget has been tight this summer and as stressful as it’s been at times, I am always reminded that:

Currently July 2017 on Shutterbean.com

We’ve definitely been appreciating what we have while working hard for what we need.

And through the process, it’s easier to see what we need and don’t need during this season of our life!

Currently July 2017 on Shutterbean.com

Inspired By:

Making zines! I learned how to make one on Skillshare earlier in the month and got hooked.  I’ll share more about it soon, but I now carry paper in my purse so I can make little “books” while I’m waiting to do things (like sitting in the doctor’s office or at the DMV). It’s a great creative challenge if you want to do something with your hands (while waiting!) that doesn’t involve a phone.

Our trip to the Color Factory was pretty awesome.


My Everyday Life: Week 30 on Shutterbean.com

I’ve been working on this zine (which will be in my Etsy shop soon!), so it was awesome to see so many colors and understand the psychology behind them. It definitely added to my experience.

My Everyday Life: Week 27 on Shutterbean.com

Making zines (like this one above) reintroduced me to one of my favorite tools- THE COPY MACHINE. I love the smell of them…and the sound they make and I love how some of them make double sided copies! Don’t get me started!  The copy machine was my basically my photoshop when I was a kid…sitting in my dad’s office messing around with them and making fun things.

While I was standing at Kinko’s listening to some dude go on forever about politics on a phone call,  I remembered how I brought a photo of me into this particular Kinko’s at age 16 to BE SCANNED ON A FLOPPY DISK SO I COULD PUT IT ON AOL and send to boys. Crazy, huh? I am thankful that I didn’t have a cellphone when I was in high school.


Glow– Casey and I watched the series on Netflix and REALLY enjoyed it. Did you watch Glow (Glamorous Ladies of Wrestling) when you were younger? I remember parts of it from my childhood. The writing on the show is hilarious and I loooove seeing some of the 80s fashions. It takes me back!

Kedi – We watched this last week for our family movie night. We’re cat lovers and if you are too, you’ll love this movie.

Ozark We are on episode 4 and we’re HOOKED. I adore Jason Bateman. I love how deadpan he is (is he always???) and this show totally caught my attention on the first episode.

Given A very beautiful film (on Netflix) about a surfer/nomad family. The cinematography is pretty amazing. I loved how the story is from the perspective of the son. I dreamt about water and the ocean for days after watching it. If you’re looking for something to relax you, I recommend it.

Fight Club– watched this one with my niece (who didn’t get it!). Boy, did it bring back a lot of memories! It’s one of my favorite movies of allllllllllllll time.

Masterminds– watch it if you love Zach Galifianakis + Kristen Wiig. Definitely silly!

Cooper and I have been enjoying some documentaries together this Summer. We watched a few animal documentaries and one about the Titanic. I love how he absorbs information.


Cheaper by the Dozen  – love reading about the efficiency of this family of 12!

Active Dreaming – trying to control my dream life/learn more about it

Hot Dog Taste Test  – her illustrations and use of color inspire me- plus she’s hilarious.

I have a total of 25 books checked out from the library… So….I HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO.

Thinking About:

Vacation trip to Tahoe with family. Very excited about that.

My birthday is coming up. I didn’t remember that until I bought a gallon of milk that expires on my birthday and had to do the math to see how long it would last. Funny how your birthdays change over time, huh?

School back up at the end of this month! At times the summer has felt super short and then LOOOONG. I am very much looking forward being back into the routine, although I am going to miss not rushing off to school in the morning. We really savored our mornings together this Summer.

Listening To:

There are two songs that I got hooked on this summer:

The beat is really good on this one. Cooper and I call it the “armpit fart” song.

A very catchy song.

This one could be the soundtrack of my Summer:

If you need to chill out and relax, this is what I listen to while I’m working lately:

Also re-listening to Madonna’s Ray of Light album. It brings me back to my early 20s and now listening to it 10 years later is such a trip. I’m pretty close to Madonna’s age when she made the album, so it resonates on more of spiritual level. Also, it makes me remember how depressed and confused I was in my 20s, and I am so happy I am not in that particular headspace anymore. I wonder who I will listen to 10 years from now and what I’ll think of my late 30s…


Dream Life:

Don’t remember that much about my dream life. I know that a lot of it has taken place at a beach- probably because I watched that movie Given. I’ve been getting a LOT of deja vu lately and I wonder if it has anything to do with what I’ve been dreaming lately.


Frozen Mocha Mousse is an AMAZING frozen treat. No ice cream maker needed! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

We have a little bit of frozen mocha mousse left in our freezer right now. I think we’ll finish it off tonight!

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

Definitely enjoyed this pizza cookie situation. 

How to Make an Epic Cheeseboard with items from Trader Joe's! See more on Shutterbean.com

Made this Epic Cheeseboard for my parent’s 4th of July Party. It was a hit!

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Casey and I enjoyed a few Salmon dishes. I wish Cooper did too!

Creating Healthy Eating Habits is easier when you have a home base and know what works for you! See more on Shutterbean.com

Eating a lot of frozen fruits. It’s one of my Healthy Habits instead of eating ice cream at night!

July self-portrait:

Currently: July 2017 on Shutterbean.com

We have reached ponytail status. This is me standing on my parent’s balcony…trying not to look down.

How about you? How was your July?

What are you looking forward to in August??


July 31, 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:

Happy Monday! Did you have a good weekend? Ours was pretty good! We had a nice adventure day at the Russian River yesterday, so I wasn’t able to do my normal Sunday Meal Prep. OH WELL!

I’m writing this late Sunday night…trying to get my head in the game for this coming week. Some of my plans last week were derailed because I wasn’t feeling 100%. I got a bee sting on my scalp that made all my lymph nodes in my head and neck swell up. I went to the doctor and found out that there’s not much I can do… it’s been quite annoying and uncomfortable so if anyone knows what to do about swollen lymph nodes, HELP. My doctor just said take Advil and it will go away eventually. Apparently I am supposed to get extra rest, but I’m having a hard time doing that.

Cooper is at camp this week, so I hope to accomplish a bunch of things that I didn’t get around to. I was able to use some of my time last week and clean up our garage and it made such an impact on my mental health.  This week I am going to try to find another spot that’s a source of stress and clean it up. Maybe I just need to wash the outside of my car? It is SOOOOOOO dusty/dirty right now. We’ll see. Here are my Intentions for the Week:


Intentions for the Week:

  • start my new bullet journal!!! YAY
  • check when DMV appointment is
  • yoga x 2 + hike
  • work on timeline for Etsy launch (before or after trip?)
  • straighten up makeup drawer
  • take pictures of vignettes around the house
  • grocery shop/meal prep
  • trip to the post office/write letters
  • finish spreadsheet of master house cleaning list/chart
  • order some clothes for school online/find a backpack for Cooper
  • finish Currently post for July
  • trip to the library- return books
  • go over school shopping supply list
  • give myself a pedicure
  • do a face mask
  • get haircut
  • take some classes at night on skillshare- I’ve got my eye on this one.
  • work on books (and upload photos for a new summer book)
  • plan blog posts for the next few weeks (anything you’d like to see???)
  • talk to CPA
  • enjoy the few last weeks of Summer
  • read more of Cheaper by the Dozen (really digging it so far)

Last Week’s Intentions:

  • LAUNDRY (worked on most of it)
  • yoga + hike (went for a walk- wahhh)
  • clean out fridge (it’s looking pretty bare!)
  • go through pantry/sort/organize (did a preliminary sort)
  • straighten up makeup drawer (didn’t have time)
  • work on recipes for the blog (tested out a smoothie recipe)
  • figure out what organizing projects to blog about (I have no idea)
  • deep clean bathrooms – wash shower curtain (deep cleaned 1 bathroom)
  • return library books (renewed/filled up with more books going this week)
  • empty out car/wash it (cleaned the inside/vacuumed- outside needs cleaning now)
  • work on a few art classes with Cooper (we did 1!)
  • trip into the city for an adventure with Cooper (went into SF for the Color Factory show)
  • delete photos from phone to clear off space   (deleted a bunch of old movies)
  • transfer photos to hard drive
  • tackle inbox (worked on it!)
  • be mindful about eating (was very good with the Thistle meal delivery)
  • drink more water
  • go through Cooper’s closet + donate clothes he’s outgrown (he made a pile of clothes)
  • eat dinner outside as much as possible (had two meals outside–not enough)
  • start forming post about succulents (still thinking about it)
  • work on zines/Esty shop stuff (finished a zine)
  • write letters to pen pals (wrote a few/sent them out)
  • work on  Currently post for July (finishing up this week)
  • KEEP HOUSE CLEAN (I tried/failed)


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What about you? What are you up to?

Leave your Intentions for the week in the comments to help get your head in the game!

July 29, 2017

My Everyday Life: Week 30

Here’s what this past week looked like. My Everyday Life: Week 30

Dinner with a view. Incredible, huh?

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Outdoor dining with Cloth & Flame. WHAT AN AMAZING NIGHT!

My Everyday Life: Week 30 on Shutterbean.com

Above the Marin Headlands. I got lost. It was quite a situation (for me only).

My Everyday Life: Week 30 on Shutterbean.com

Tomato course.

My Everyday Life: Week 30 on Shutterbean.com

I had to pause for a sunset break.

My Everyday Life: Week 30 on Shutterbean.com

Goodnight, sun.

My Everyday Life: Week 30 on Shutterbean.com


July 28, 2017


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

Welcome to I Love Lists! It’s Friday, let’s search the internet together:

  1. If you’re feeling spritzy!
  2. Cleaning tricks for lazy peeps.
  3. For a mental vacation
  4. Inspiring spaces: family room / backyard  / nursery
  5. Britney all the way.
  6. 29/32 millennial foods I’ve tried.
  7. There’s a new tabasco sauce!
  8. WTF
  9. 170 Year history of Food Photography
  10. Maj knows alllllll about airplane travel.
  11. A duvet cover that looks perfect for me.
  12. RIP Microsoft Paint
  13. Want it all.
  14. How to Boost Resilience in Midlife
  15. The history of Mt. Tamalpais
  16. This dress with these shoes and this clutch = all my favorite colors
  17. Why Kool-Aid is still around.
  18. It’s about honoring what happened. 
  19. For hummingbird lovers.
  20. Vandalism that is quite clever.
  21. How one becomes what one is– the artistic process
  22. All the hash browns please.
  23. Ways to politely insult others.   Are you guilty of some of these?
  24. Don’t forget to put this frozen mocha mousse on your MUST MAKE list!

have a great weekend!

July 27, 2017

Frozen Mocha Mousse

Frozen Mocha Mousse is an AMAZING frozen treat. No ice cream maker needed! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

My dad, a man who never orders dessert and claims that he doesn’t like chocolate….

LOVES this Frozen Mocha Mousse.

That means if you love chocolate, YOU SHOULD MAKE THIS.

Frozen Mocha Mousse is an AMAZING frozen treat. No ice cream maker needed! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

If you’re like me and you love fluffy chocolate ice cream…that’s light, whipped and almost melty, then you will definitely love this dessert. Also- you don’t need an ice cream maker to make it!  Just a few bowls and a hand mixer!

Frozen Mocha Mousse is an AMAZING frozen treat. No ice cream maker needed! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Thank you, Ina. Thank you for Cooking for Jeffrey. THE WORLD THANKS YOU!

Mostly my dad :) CONTINUE READING