January 6, 2017

I love lists

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  1. Vegan recipes for people who aren’t vegan.
  2. I would definitely like to try these cookies.
  3. Think Days or as I like to call it, Mental Health Day
  4. Sniff sniff.
  5. The Best Restaurants in America are:
  6. Being sensitive can be hard.
  7. This song is supposed to reduce anxiety by 65% (I have it on repeat)
  8. I got Bart Simpson….
  9. This show is going to be so good.
  10. Can’t wait to make this recipe in my Instant Pot.
  11. Some ways to be happier in 2017.
  12. I think about this all the time.
  13. Best TED Talks of 2016
  14. Stranger Things is coming back! Here’s what’s up. (semi-spoilers?)
  15. I’d cozy up to a bowl of this soup in an instant.
  16. Some useful bullet journal tips.
  17. Stop setting goals you don’t actually care about.
  18. Puberty changes a lot of things.
  19. The Year of Conquering Negative Thinking
  20. Work Hard/ Rest Hard
  21. This is so funny.
  22. The Need to Read– loved this!
  23. What’s behind our fear of change?
  24. Gonna bring this kale & coconut rice dish back into the mix next week!

have a great weekend!


January 4, 2017

Getting Organized in the New Year

Getting Organized in the New Year. See how Tracy from Shutterbean does it!

It’s raining most of the week and Cooper is still on his winter break, so we’re stuck indoors. It’s cool because we’re getting so much stuff done around the house!!!

Last week I watched the Minimalism Documentary on Netflix and have been listening to their podcast this week while I work. It’s been super inspiring to start the New Year with some good intentions. Getting rid of this clutter is already helping my mental health  All of the clutter that I have tolerated for the past year is going away and I can feel stress lifting!  At times during this process, I’ve wondered how I let some areas in my house get so bad. Now that I am making time to figure out what should remain, I am more apt to making better habits for myself and family.

This is what I have on the docket this week:

Getting Organized for the New Year starts with a TO DO LIST! See more on Shutterbean.com

I’ve already been documenting my progress on my Instagram stories this week.

If you need some inspiration, follow me @shutterbean

I’ve loved seeing responses from readers who are also working on/motivated to work on decluttering their lives too. So many of you have been deleting photos off your phone with me and that is AWESOME. I’m pretty sure that I am going to be doing this again in a few months, so don’t worry. We’re in this together!

So many of you have been deleting photos off your phone with me and that is AWESOME. I’m already doing 6k (I knooooow) and I have so much more to go!  I’m pretty sure that I am going to be doing this again in a few months. So, don’t worry we’re in this together.

If you need a little more inspiration, here are some of my organizing posts from the past.

Around the Home- Closet Organization- Before & After Photos on Shutterbean.com

Closet Organization

Since I published this post, I moved a few things around. This week I got rid of some of the clothes I thought I might like during other capsule wardrobes this year.

Speaking of capsule wardrobes:

Winter Capsule Wardrobe 2016 on Shutterbean.com!

Winter Capsule Wardrobe

Doing the capsule wardrobe challenge really helped me hone in on my personal style last year. I find that restriction breeds creativity! I LOVED the challenge of coming up with many different outfits with a limited amount of articles.

Linen Closet Organization! See more on Shutterbean.com

Linen Closet

Who doesn’t like a nice stack of folded towels???!

Organized Makeup Drawer// shutterbean

Organized Makeup Drawer

Don’t forget to purge old makeup! I did this yesterday and it felt great.

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The Organized Pantry

My pantry hasn’t changed toooooo much since this post.

I’ve moved a few things around, but other than that I keep things pretty organized for the most part.  This week I am going through and tossing out expired foods.

Feel like you can never keep your purse organized? This post is for YOU! Check out a new way of thinking about organizing your purses so you don't have to waste time organizing your stuff. More on shutterbean.com!

Creating a Purse Organizing System

New year/new purse. This is the time of year where I go through my bags and clear out the random things that don’t belong in there.


Laundry Closet Makeover

See why I don’t mind doing laundry anymore because I created a zone I actually want to be in!


Kitchen Spring Cleaning with Seventh Generation on Shutterbean.com!

Kitchen Cleaning

If you have time to give your kitchen an overhaul, here’s some inspiration. It’s maintenance time.

See what the whole week looked like with Shutterbean Meal Prep - Week 1 on Shutterbean.com!

Meal Prep for the Week

If you’re curious how to set yourself up for success each week, try doing some meal prepping on a Sunday. It’s a must if you’re looking to get control of your diet/health during the year. Arm yourself with good choices!

Habit Forming for 2016  on Shutterbean.com

Habit Forming

Right now is the time to start evaluating:

  • good habits you already have
  • good habits to develop
  • bad habits that interfere with your life

I’m already starting a list in my new journal this week.

Hope you’re also Getting Organized in the New Year! Let’s make this new start a GOOD start.

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January 1, 2017

My Everyday Life: Week 52

Here’s what this past week looked like-  My Everyday Life Week 52, the last week of 2016!


I spent today at the beach…after I walked of chocolate cake for breakfast.

2017 is already starting off right.

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So pretty.

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New bed!!

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I wear it well.

My Everyday Life: Week 52 on Shutterbean.com

Hunting for sconces….fell in love with this art.

My Everyday Life: Week 52 on Shutterbean.com

Still green.

My Everyday Life: Week 52 on Shutterbean.com

Although I think his eyes might end up hazel. They’re so pretty.

My Everyday Life: Week 52 on Shutterbean.com

Self care = bath during the day!

My Everyday Life: Week 52 on Shutterbean.com

I always look at the plants on display.

My Everyday Life: Week 52 on Shutterbean.com

On the hunt.

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Top deck of the Richmond bridge.

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Adventures during errands.

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Thank you notes are done.

My Everyday Life: Week 52 on Shutterbean.com

Pho craving was fulfilled.

My Everyday Life: Week 52 on Shutterbean.com


December 31, 2016

Currently: December 2016

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Currently the last day of December.

Currently wondering how I ever went a whole month without eating bread.

Currently wearing yoga pants because they fit and they make me more motivated to clean my house. Is that weird? Probably. Sometimes I put my sneakers on because it also helps.

So, we’re home this Christmas break. We’re laying low, although Casey has been working a lot. No trips planned. If you’ve been following along on Instagram Stories (@shutterbean), we’ve been doing a lot of art around here and I’m slowly trying to get myself organized around the house. I’m in the process of rearranging our (MY) books and finishing up our bedroom. Just on the search for lights…and am having a hard time finding ones that we can both agree on.

This whole month my house has been a disaster zone, so I am looking forward to it being straightened up and organized. I’ve been putting Cooper to work while we’re stay-cationing. I’m making him earn screen time by doing chores and helping me organize. He’s really good at matching socks and that makes me sooo happy. That’s one of my least favorite things to do when it comes to laundry.

Next week, I plan on figuring out my Instant Pot situation, taking trips to Salvation Army (goodbye rice cooker and crock pot?) while I purge a bunch of stuff and pair down my closet. Dim Sum is in my future. I have a craving for it, so maybe we’ll make a weekday SF adventure for it.

I’m also wanting to make some intentions for 2017. I did it a few years ago and would love to be more intentional as we head into a new year.  I am ready for a clean slate/fresh start.

You to heed my advice-


I woke up. Took a sip of water and was like-

What is this in my mouth?

It feels like a nail clipping. WTF

And then I spit it out. Looked at my bathroom sink

and it was




Like a big gnarly white one.


I now have lids on every glass I drink from.

Currently December 2016 on Shutterbean.com

OK, let’s break it down.

Inspired by:  The book, Overview. The photography is so beautiful. Earth is AMAZING. If you’re like me and LOVE seeing the patterns on land & water while you’re on an airplane, you’ll love this book. The imagery is spectacular.

I’m inspired by light and rainbows right now. The winter light in my house is really beautiful.  There’s this haze in the morning that brings me back to my childhood.  Santa popped a rainbow maker in Cooper’s stocking so we’ve been obsessed with watching the rainbows fill up our family room when the sun comes up in the morning. The other morning Cooper woke me up because he saw the pinkest sunrise and he knew I would love it. Makes me happy to see that my love for nature is rubbing off on him. He is a light seeker.

Watching: I haven’t been watching much TV this month because I’ve been working at night. Although I did have a little Real Housewives Beverly Hills binge during my introvert session after Christmas. It was niiiiiice. I watched the movie Minimalism: A Documentary about Important Things. I thought it was really good. Now I want to travel and throw everything out.

I’m not sure what jogged my memory of the movie 12 Monkeys, but we watched it this week. I had been wanting to for awhile.  It’s as good as I remembered it to be in my early 20s. It was made in 1995!! It would be such a different movie if it was made now. Probably filled with CG. Brad Pitt was kind of my hero in my early 20s. I loved him in Fight Club and he was loony tunes in 12 Monkeys. He knows how to act crazy.

I forgot to tell you last month that we also went through the show- Good Girls Revolt. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a little hit of Mad Men (I miss that show). I believe it’s on Amazon! The fashion/set design is pretty awesome. Cindy is one of my favorite characters (on TV, maybe ever).

Reading: On my nightstand, I have The Artist’s Way (which I am going to start next week), Voracious (which is a good read!) and You are a Badass because I could use a pep talk for 2017.

Thinking about: 2017 and minimalism. I didn’t really follow a capsule wardrobe in Autumn (after almost a year!) and it really threw me off. What was I thinking??!  (I wasn’t)  But it just reinforced the fact that my life suffers without plans and intentions. I want to spend 2017 coming up with systems and structures that make SENSE and make me WANT to keep them up because THEY WORK. The capsule wardrobe was a really good system because I was DELIBERATE about what I was doing. It’s time to figure out what I must/need to sacrifice so I can pair down all of the things I am managing in my life/in my brain. It could be as simple as going paperless. Action needed!

Listening to: I guess I have to quit it with the Christmas music. I made this Christmas mix last year and I’ve been listening to all season. Also, if you’re on spotify, you can get your 2016 mix of all the music you listened to (repeatedly) for the year. Mine is pretty random, just like me.  Shutterbean 2016 Mix.  I’ve also been listening to a lot of Vitamin String Quartet while I work. I love when they play a song I know.

Dream Life: Oregon…still. Woods…grocery stores. I do a lot of grocery shopping in my sleep. Weird, huh? Every now and then I will get a flashback of one of my dreams while I’m going about my everyday life. There’s a lot of deja vu happening lately. Life is interesting, to say the least.

Eating: All the bread. Thinking about doing Whole30 again for a nice reset. But to balance it out, I’ve been eating spinach like a mofo. It’s all because I got a giant bag of it at Costco and I’ve been working my way through it. I like it sauteed in olive oil with tons of garlic, red pepper flakes and a splash of vinegar at the end for tang. I just need to get myself into some better routines. The holidays threw me off.

Drinking: Lemon Ginger Elixir. It’s this concoction that I’ve had a local hippy grocery store called Good Earth. I’ll make it for the blog soon because it’s good. It’s got a kick but I believe it totally helps fight colds.

I’m also super obsessed with this Lemon Ginger Kevita. If I could have a tap of it at my house, I would. There’s just something about the mouth burn that I’m hooked on. So yeah, anything lemon + ginger and I’m there.

What have you been up to??

How was your December?

How are you going to make 2017 great? 

You know the drill. Leave your stream of consciousness in the notes!

See you next year!


December 30, 2016

I love lists

I love lists // shutterbean

Welcome to I love lists! This is the last one of 2016! WOOT.

  1. I like that Bon Appetit is OK with TJ’s frozen apps.
  2. You’re the reason why your life sucks. 
  3. Do you pick a word to focus on each year?
  4. Thanks for the warning.
  5. I got gin. Go figure. I thought it would be bourbon.
  6. I actually stopped putting cow’s milk in my coffee this year. Had no idea I could do it.
  7. This is a really cute idea for kids.
  8. The worst cooking fails of 2016.  I always like reading Jessica’s.
  9. Best TV Shows of 2016…ranked.
  10. Possible food trends in 2017.
  11. What happens after Guy Fieri visits a restaurant.
  12. Dining trends that need to go.
  13. Casseroles for days.
  14. Ahhh…life on planes is….INTERESTING.
  15. Let’s put champagne in our doughnuts. Let’s have a NYE party with donuts!
  16. The world lost a lot of talented people in 2016 :(
  17. I love the mood in these paintings.
  18. I wish they had something like this when I was a kid.
  19. That’s it. I am burning my thumb prints off.
  20. Whoaaaaaa.
  21. Amen. AMEN.
  22. Weekend plans? Mine are to figure out how to use my Instant Pot (!!!)

If you’ve over-indulged (like me!) here are few salads to inspire you!

December 28, 2016

Most Popular Posts of 2016

Check out the Most Popular Posts of 2016 on Shutterbean.com

This week is all about reflection and…… trying still fit into my pants. 2016 was pretty full. Elastic waistbands and all. There were ups and downs. Highs and lows. Ebbs and flows.

I’m ready for 2017, what about you?

I poked around my google analytics and figured out what the top 25 posts on Shutterbean were this year. Also, YOU GUYS!! In March I will be working on this blog for 10 years! We have to do something special, right?  So, here we have it.

Here are the Most Popular Posts of 2016 on Shutterbean:

Feeling bored with your Whole30 routine? Check out these Whole 30 Meal Ideas from Shutterbean.com!

Whole 30 Meal Ideas

I did the Whole 30 from the end of September to October. It was challenging but I made it through. This post has been circulating around the internet a lot since!  I’m already figuring out what month in 2017 I’ll do my next one. Yes…I totally could use another round. I need another reset.

Someone asked if I could write about the AFTER period.

All I have to say is that I have been eating too much bread.

My body doesn’t like bread even though my mind wants it.

I am trying to work that out. It’s taking me longer to break that habit than I thought.

Thinking of doing the Whole 30? Let these snacks keep you motivated. Check out Whole 30 Snack Ideas on Shutterbean.com!

Whole 30 Snack Ideas

Another popular post. Although, “snacking” isn’t really allowed on Whole 30. My purpose of this post was to show some ideas of stuff I snacked on as a meal instead of making myself a whole labor intensive meal. We have snack dinners all the time at my house. Life is busy, yo.

Winter Capsule Wardrobe 2016 on Shutterbean.com!

Winter Capsule Wardrobe

Out of all of the capsules I did this year during capsule wardrobe project (by Fall I ended up blending winter & spring) this one was one of my favorites. I found a lot of my basic outfits in this capsule. It really helped me fine tune what my style is.

This week, I am going through my closet to pair down my wardrobe even more. There are too many things taking up room in my closet that I will probably never wear again. This time of year makes me want to purge everything! I love it.

If you've got an afternoon sugar craving, try this Turmeric Latte recipe to satisfy your sugar cravings. It's made with almond milk, coconut oil, turmeric & cinnamon. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Turmeric Latte

One of my most popular beverage posts this year. This turmeric latte is a great afternoon pick-me-up. Turmeric is good for inflammation— which is something I realized that happens to me (as well as bloating) when I eat too many carbs. Getting older is really fun.

You won't believe how simple this Baked Spaghetti with Meat Sauce recipe is. Check it out on Shutterbean.com!

Baked Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Who doesn’t love a quick easy baked spaghetti recipe?  It’s all about that crispy/gooey mozzarella cheese. You know what’s up.

Spring Capsule Wardrobe 2016 on Shutterbean.com

2016 Spring Capsule

This capsule made me realize that I have to have purple/blues in my wardrobe. I love a pop of green too. It’s a color scheme that makes me happy and people compliment me when I wear those particular colors. So, that’s cool!

I learned that I can’t trust that I will like trending season color story, so it’s best for me to collect the things I like- in the colors I want and make up my own wardrobe. Trendsetter, I’m not. I just want to be comfortable. I don’t want to waste time figuring out what I’m wearing because I know whatever I have in my closet works well together for me.  That’s my style now.

If you're trying to eliminate grains from your diet, try this Grain Free Cinnamon Apple "Oatmeal" made with cashews, apples, vanilla bean & raisins! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Grain Free Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal

Something I loved to eat for breakfast/snack while on the Whole30.

Spinach Egg Breakfast Sandwich is a healthy way to fill you up in the morning. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Spinach Egg Breakfast Sandwich

For healthy breakfast on the go…or not on the go! Behold! The spinach egg breakfast sandwich.

Pecan Topped Sweet Potatoes for a traditional Thanksgiving Feast! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Pecan Topped Sweet Potatoes

After 10 years of holding out on you, I finally shared what I make on every one of our Thanksgivings– this pecan topped sweet potato situation. My Aunt & Uncle used to make it when I was young and I’ve carried on the tradition. I’m working on my Thanksgiving menu here on Shutterbean slooooowly. It took me 7 years to give you my Creamed Spinach. Maybe next year I’ll show you how I make my turkey?

The Best Writing Pens- Tracy from Shutterbean.com shares what's in her pen case!

The Best Writing Pens – and part 2! 

2016 was the year that I showed the internet what a huge pen nerd I am. In the process, I found so many other people like me so THANK YOU. Thank you for being proud of loving pens. You are awesome. In 2017, I am going to try to put something magical together…hopefully with pens. I’ll keep you posted.

Around the Home- Closet Organization- Before & After Photos on Shutterbean.com

Closet Organization

 In 2016, I brought back some of my High Straightenance posts (thanks to my partnership with Seventh Generation!).  I also did my laundry room and linen closet.  I’m happy to say that I’ve kept up with all of these spaces. I have some closet cleaning to do this January, but other than that we’re good to go. Anything you wanna see in 2017? Let me know!

Tex Mex Breakfast Casserole is totally gluten free thanks to the hash brown base. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Tex-Mex Breakfast Casserole

Anything breakfast-y with HASH BROWNS and the internet loves it.

I love you, the internet.

Meal Prep- Week 1 on Shutterbean.com

Meal Prep in action!

This year was a little weird as far as meal prep goes. I spent most of the year shooting & styling the recipes for One Potato, so my weekly grocery routine was thrown way off. Most of our meals involved leftovers of some of the meals I made or something pieced together with leftover ingredients. On a shoot day, I would be making 3-4 recipes, so I always had ingredients overflowing in my fridge.  My fridge was in flux most of the year, but the process made me think A LOT about what makes a really good simple weeknight dinner. It was such a good learning experience.

What makes this The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich? The hash browns that sandwich homemade breakfast sausage, egg & cheese. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich

Hash browns instead of bread. Internet = broken

The easiest/most inexpensive way to tie-dye is with bleach! Check out this Tie Dying with Bleach Tutorial on Shutterbean.com!

Tie Dye with Bleach

This post ignited my love for making art. I felt like a scientist in my bathroom and it was soooooo nice to step away from the kitchen a bit. Some of you tried tie-dying with bleach and sent me pictures of your results. Let’s do more art in 2017, K??

Kitchen Spring Cleaning with Seventh Generation on Shutterbean.com!

Kitchen Spring Cleaning

One of my goals is to teach Home Ec. Did you know that?  This post was a good reminder of all I already know and some of what I’d like to teach. Taking care of your kitchen/appliances is super important!

Turkey White Bean Chili for those long winter nights! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Turkey White Bean Chili

Oh yes. I am totally putting this one into our rotation this Winter.

Chopped Salad with Spiced Chickpeas made with a lemon tahini dressing. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Chopped Salad with Spiced Chickpeas

Such a pretty salad. So good for all the vegetarians out there too! The spiced chickpeas are hearty. They make the salad.

See how easy it is to make Chilaquiles at home! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Easy Chilaquiles

This recipe should be in your back pocket if it isn’t already.

You'll have no leftovers if you make Pigs in Blankets! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Pigs in Blankets

Because we’re grown-ups who love to eat kid food.

No Knead Cloverleaf Rolls should be in your baking repertoire! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

No-Knead Cloverleaf Rolls

Game changer recipe. I loved how many of you tagged me in photos on Instagram (@shutterbean #shutterbeanrecipes) of these rolls. These rolls were on the tables of a lot of your holiday dinners and that made me so dang happy.

Habit Forming for 2016 on Shutterbean.com

Habit Forming

Habits! I talked about habits. I created a lot of good habits this year and got rid of quite a few. In 2017, I want to work on mapping out my daily routine in a healthier/more productive way. Let’s figure that out together!

This Grapefruit Yogurt Cake tastes like a citrus crumb doughnut. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Grapefruit Yogurt Cake

2016 was the year that I embraced grapefruit. You like it too. Yay grapefruit.

Toast 12 Ways on Shutterbean.com in partnership with Dave's Killer Bread. Check out more on Shutterbean.com!

Toast 12 Ways

I worked on this post with my favorite bread company- Dave’s Killer Bread. I first had their bread when I was up in Oregon for college and when I was approached to work with them I was like SHUT UP! NO WAY.

Now I am just hoping that I can find a Sin Dawg somewhere in CA soon…..

Try this Egg-In-A-Nest Pesto Pizza made with pita bread for a healthy breakfast. Recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Egg Pesto Pizza

Such a fun/quick recipe for a weeknight meal or a quick breakfast.

Celebrate citrus season with a Citrus Smoothie Bowl! It's packed with Vitamin C. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Citrus Smoothie Bowls

One of the prettiest smoothie bowls I’ve made! Perfect for winter when it’s citrus season.

Cold Sesame Noodles are incredible versatile. Pair them with your favorite protein. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Cold Sesame Noodles

This is a weeknight staple for a lot of you. YAAAAAAAAAAY!

See how Tracy of Shutterbean transforms her taupe kitchen cabinets to BLACK. Around the House: The Kitchen After photos are on Shutterbean.com!

Kitchen Makeover

Transforming my kitchen was one my favorite highlights this year. It made SUCH a difference. Mostly, I just feel more comfortable working in a space that makes me sooooo happy. We’re currently working on our bedroom now. I’ll share some photos soon.

Hash Brown Omelet! A new take on breakfast. Inside you'll find fried eggs, tomatoes with oregano and bacon. Recipe on Shutterbean.com

Hash Brown Omelet

This one came from the Whole 30 time period. I told you, HASH BROWNS.

I’m starting to think that 2016 was the year of the hash brown, house stuff & Whole 30.

2015 was all about simple weeknight dinners, traveling & kombucha.

2014 was the year of Meal Preplemon chicken.

In 2013, all of my recipes had horizontal images because Pinterest didn’t dominate the internet yet!

What will 2017 bring??

December 25, 2016

My Everyday Life: Week 51

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

Merry Christmas!!!!!!

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Biscotti from one of Casey’s clients.

My Everyday Life Week 51 on Shutterbean.com

Little fluff.

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Detour on my errands.

My Everyday Life Week 51 on Shutterbean.com

My mom’s rocky road recipe. Her handwriting is impossible for me to copy.

I made a salted version before. 

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Chips on my tuna salad sandwich.

My Everyday Life Week 51 on Shutterbean.com

So much love.

My Everyday Life Week 51 on Shutterbean.com

They’re best buds.

My Everyday Life Week 51 on Shutterbean.com