June 16, 2019

My Everyday Life: Week 24

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 24

Doing some plant research at Marin Art & Garden this week.

Front yard goals!

This is their sun garden and I am obsessed.

I took a pour paint class with Helen Jane at Nimbus Arts in St. Helena.


It was so much fun!

I made this painting.

And this one too!


Making pumpkin bread with my friend Dottie.

My Everyday Life: Week 24 on Shutterbean.com


June 14, 2019


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


  1. Are McMansions making Americans happier?
  2. I cannot imagine the pressure Selena Gomez feels to upkeep her Instagram.
  3. Burger King gets all gimmicky with Stranger Things and whoppers. 
  4. Wow, another Oreo flavor. This time it’s a mystery!
  5. I wish I had access to selling my stuff online when I was young.
  6. Gwyneth is onto something.
  7. Inside the lives of Instagrammer planner addicts.
  8. I love how my friend Andrea writes about her children.
  9. Conserve the sound- this is so rad!
  10. Beach bag shopping: one / two / three / four / five 
  11. This Dad is awesome.
  12. What Tokyo looked like in the 1970s.
  13. What does intuitive eating even mean?
  14. How to take a relaxing vacation without stressing about work.
  15. Here’s what Madonna is up to right now…
  16. These photos make me wanna binge on old Gene Wilder movies.
  17. Take a break and look through National Geographic’s Travel photo contest winners.
  18. Volunteering at school events- Where are all the Dads??
  19. Why does writing suck?
  20. Something fun to try- pan fried feta with peppered honey /ricotta pancakes with roasted strawberries
  21. This installation in Venice looks rad.
  22. I can’t wait to paint when we’re on vacation this Summer.

A PEP TALK Print Pack!!  Limited edition for sale in my Etsy shop!

Tracy from Shutterbean shares her Summer Bucket List for 2018. You can make yours too!

Don’t forget to write your intentions for this Summer with a SUMMER BUCKET LIST!

Download a template for your Summer Bucket List here. 

tag your bucket list on Instagram with @thehandwritingclub 


June 13, 2019

Summer Bucket List 2019 + printable!

Shutterbean Summer Bucket List 2019


Four years ago, I started writing out my Summer Bucket List with Cooper.  It’s a good way to set intentions/a guideline of what we each want out of our Summer.  It keeps us on task and it’s really great at the end of the Summer to look at the goals we set and accomplished.  We also do this before we go on vacations! It’s a very fun/helpful process.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane:

Summer Bucket List 2018

Summer Bucket List 2017

Summer Bucket List 2016

Summer Bucket List 2015

Ok!!  Here’s what I have on my SUMMER BUCKET LIST for 2019:


  • baseball tournament(s)
  • go to Italy with family (send me your Rome + Florence recommendations!)
  • trip to the beach with friends
  • lady craft night sleepover
  • front yard irrigation
  • prop closet clean out
  • work on garden
  • have family BBQ
  • make an ice cream cake
  • read a few books
  • work on a new book for The Handwriting Club
  • nighttime walks with my boo
  • teach my niece how to cook! (she’s here in CA for the summer while off of college)

Cooper’s Summer Bucket List

  • have playdates/sleepovers with Floyd, Cohen, and Lachlan
  • go to epicenter with friends
  • go to Scandia with friends
  • drive an ATV or golf cart or anything with a motor with a steering wheel (lol)
  • watch movies
  • eat dippin’ dots
  • play baseball with friends
  • watch baseball with friends
  • dip biscotti in coffee (lol_
  • have my own cup of coffee
  • eat a lotta wangs (buffalo chicken wings)


Camden’s Summer Bucket List

  • soul cycle class
  • eat at Mac D in SF
  • go on a hike
  • Khalid concert
  • Golden Gate Park with Ben
  • find pretty+ colorful murals in SF
  • famous fountain in Italy
  • Florence shopping outlets
  • take pictures for Instagram content
  • Giants Game
  • walk the Golden Gate Bridge
  • visit Palo Alto/Stanford/Silicon Valley



If you’d like to play along and write down your Summer Bucket List, download the template.

Look! here’s a template for you!

Tracy from Shutterbean shares her Summer Bucket List for 2018. You can make yours too!

I’d love to see what your intentions are for the summer.

Fill it out and tag @thehandwritingclub on Instagram so we can see!



June 10, 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!

What a weekend!  I had the Napa Makes craft fair, spent the night at my friend Helen Jane’s house and went to an art class on Sunday. After all of these activities in the past few weeks, I have a lot of catching up to do. This week is the last week of school for Cooper. Most of the days are half days so it’s a little precarious to get all my work done before school ends. Wish me luck!  Let’s start the week with a TO DO LIST. Here are my Intentions for the Week!


June 9, 2019

My Everyday Life: Week 23

Here’s what this past week looked like: My Everyday Life Week 23

New headshot!!  Thank you for the sweet capture, Cotton! 

My life, lately.

Husband is the barista.

Cooper captured these photos on my camera.


June 7, 2019



  1. Let’s hear it for the average child.
  2. This must be incredible in person.
  3. A new/genius way to eat s’mores- use Ritz crackers! 
  4. 57 out of 90 California restaurants with Michelin stars are from the Bay Area.
  5. Ina + Nigella are role models. 
  6. I am an adventurous eater. 51/54
  7. Keanu Reeves is to good for this world. 
  8. Ikea is working on a vegan meatball!
  9. Pain Killer Cocktail to wipe out a stressful day.
  10. How to be happy– advice from a nearly 90-year-old.
  11. Some Golden Girls gems! I need to start watching re-runs again.
  12. Father’s day gift idea: Bug-A-Salt (very popular at my house)
  13. The most unique AirBnBs around the world. 
  14. There are punching bags around NYC now. I’d totally use one.
  15. Gratitude rewires your brain to be happier.
  16. Time travel: the first eclipse captured on film
  17. When you’re tempted to shop online, search Airbnb instead.
  18. Google maps will show you where natural disasters strike.
  19. Let’s go on a picnic in San Francisco this Summer. (if it’s not foggy!)
  20. Some adults are treating reading like homework.
  21. Weekend reading (not homework): Motivation Manifesto


See you at Napa Makes tomorrow, Saturday, June 8th! 10-4  🙂



June 5, 2019

Come find me at Napa Makes this Saturday!

I’ve got my own table at Napa Makes




What’s Napa Makes? 

A celebration of Northern Californian culture and the artisan voices that shape our creative community! This fresh spin on a craft fair highlights an expertly-curated collection of unique creations from local makers dedicated to their respective crafts.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 8, 2019 for round two of Napa Makes!

I’ll be selling:

Food Journals (I’m bringing my favorite pens so you can get one signed!)

If you’re international and you want a food journal, here’s a link to get one sent your way! 

Of course, my MAKE MAGIC sticker will be there.  I have them online right now too.

I have more bumper stickers in the works!

Will be selling these NEW guys:

And some buttons! Perfect for a bag, a hat, a denim jacket, or anything you’d like to pin!

I have a *LIMITED*  print set!!!

A PEP TALK FOR WHEN YOU NEED ONE  includes these 7 prints.

I’m also working on a few zines to share as well.

You should come!

There are going to be so many good artists there!

I look forward to meeting you in person this weekend! 

Be sure to check out more info at the Napa Makes website. 

And yes, most of these things will end up in my Etsy shop soon.

Thanks so much for your SUPPORT, LOVE and PATIENCE!

Be sure to follow  @thehandwritingclub on Instagram where I’ll be sharing behind the scenes clips of the day.