August 26, 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!

We are now on week 35 of 2019.  Here’s what that week looked like last year for me. 

This weekend started with a birthday party, followed by a lady day, some meal prep, a photoshoot for friends and dinner with family in the city. This week is Cooper’s first FULL week of school and I’m ready for it!  Let’s get down our Intentions for the Week!


August 25, 2019

My Everyday Life: Week 34

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 34

My husband made me a cappuccino. Thank you, husband. I miss Italy and that helped. 

Spicy Pickled Carrots in my fridge this week!

Birthday dinner with my family! It’s been my first week of being 40!

My Dad sent me flowers. Thanks, Dad!

Birthday package from my friend Andrea. So grateful for the love I received for my birthday!

Last day of Summer break pool party!



August 23, 2019


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  1. Forty is the new forty.
  2. Being an Aunt is my favorite.
  3. Mini cherry hand pies. Yes, please. 
  4. Also, magic halva bars. YUM.
  5. Melissa makes me want no-mow grass!
  6. Holy bison stampede!
  7. How to not feel lonely.
  8. Dream job- underwater photographer
  9. Photographer captures the world from day to night.
  10. Dawson has a gigantic family.
  11. Some of these crappy kitchen designs are horrifying.
  12. I need to get myself in a Japanese hot spring soon.
  13. 15 Early Signs of a Bad Freelance Client.
  14. Finding pockets of time throughout the day.
  15. Look what you can do with a shipping container.
  16. These art-inspired recipes are fun to look at.
  17. Tricks that will help you check your phone less.
  18. Books to read if you’re obsessed with your phone.
  19. What happens to your body & brain when you don’t get enough sleep?
  20. Make some some spicy pickled carrots this weekend!
  21. Hotels can be pretty creative sometimes.
  22. Life in America’s Service Industry
  23. New cookbook love: Every Day is Saturday / Two Peas & Their Pod

There are more food journals in my Etsy shop!! Go get yourself one!

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Pick up some stickers while you’re there!

Buy yourself (or a loved one!) a print! There are a few left!

I’ll be adding more prints and some new zines to the shop soon. Stay tuned!

And if you want to work on your own creative practice, here’s 2 months FREE Premium membership to Skillshare.  My creative practice has improved greatly since I started taking classes several years ago!  You can see more on @thehandwritingclub

August 21, 2019

Spicy Pickled Carrots

Sometimes you end up with too many carrots in your fridge with no real purpose. My old standby recipe for too many carrots (it’s a common thing here) is Carrot Coconut Soup. This Summer I started pickling onions (I’ll share my technique another time!) and so I thought, why not make some Spicy Pickled Carrots while I was at it?

These pickled carrots have a good OOOMPH to them. The curry adds some depth, the jalapeno adds a little heat and the tangy-sweet brine brings out the sweetness in the carrots.  I brought some to a party to put with a cheese board and they were demolished. My favorite part is that they maintain their crunch. They are a much better thing to reach for when you’re craving something crunchy like potato chips (which is like all the time for me!).


August 19, 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!

This weekend was a fun one! I celebrated my 40th birthday!!!! 


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THIS IS 40! 🦁✨ My mom said her 40s were her favorite decade and I say BRING IT!! 🤗

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THIS IS 40! We are back from our trip to Italy. You can see more on Week 33 and Week 32.  It was a trip of a lifetime, that’s for sure. The only problem is that husband came back with a nasty cold so it’s delayed getting really getting back into the swing of things. We still have some unpacking to do and prep for the new school year which starts THIS WEEK for us. Can you believe Cooper is going to be in FIFTH GRADE??!! I cannot. This is week 34 of 2019. Let’s figure out our Intentions for the week, shall we?!

Intentions for the Week:

  • laundry
  • get my steps in my with my Fitbit (I’m on a roll!)
  • take Cooper out to lunch
  • drink a lot of water
  • try not to get husband’s cold
  • package up orders/ post office drop-off
  • clean up house
  • tackle paper piles
  • try to go to the Farmer’s Market 
  • empty carry-on backpack
  • order more food journals for the shop
  • back to school shopping
  • have a date with my calendar
  • figure out next workshop to teach
  • edit photos
  • work on my vision board
  • take photos for client
  • write post about where we ate in Italy
  • wash school uniforms/prep
  • figure out airbnb with HJH
  • trip to Target
  • therapist appt.
  • conference call
  • create an invoice
  • follow up on website stuff
  • catch up on social media
  • work in the yard
  • paint nails

Last Week’s Intentions:

  • take pictures
  • work in my sketchbook
  • see the statue of David
  • go to a few museums
  • check out Boboli Garden
  • eat gelato every night (almost!)
  • have pizza
  • be present and observe!
  • keep cool (it’s SO HOT HERE!)
  • relax
  • daydream
  • laundry
  • pack suitcase
  • unpack suitcase
  • post new recipe
  • catch up on social media
  • grocery shopping
  • take it easy/recover from jet-lag
  • edit photos/post photos from Italy
  • work on the post of where we ate in Italy
  • research photo albums for trip
  • write thank-you notes
  • prep for photoshoot 
  • take  Etsy shop off vacation mode
  • continue adding to my food journal
  • track my steps with Fitbit
  • continue reading Save Me the Plums   + Signs: The Secret Language of the Universe
  • celebrate my birthday
  • back to school shopping

Pump Jam for the Week:


Recipes to Try:

Mango Turmeric Smoothie is a great/healthy way to start the day. Coconut milk is the base, making it completely vegan! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Mango Turmeric Smoothie

Creamy Zucchini Carbonara made with fresh zucchini and crispy bacon! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Zucchini Carbonara

Zucchini Herb Fritters

Spicy Zucchini Fritatta

Shake up your grilled chicken game and make this Tangy Grilled Brown Sugar Mustard Chicken recipe! Find the instructions on Shutterbean.com!

Grilled Brown Sugar Mustard Chicken

Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk

Strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups

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, 


August 18, 2019

My Everyday Life: Week 33

Here’s what this past week looked like in ITALY! My Everyday Life Week 33

Finding myself in Italian windows.

Starting the day off right. I miss this so much.

Cooper put “have my own coffee” on his Summer Bucket List and he did!

The cutest mailbox.

I think I am going to do a separate post about Italian graffiti.

Particularly fond of this one since she’s on my necklace!


August 16, 2019


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  1. Apparently Woodstock was kinda miserable for some.
  2. Graffiti transforms spaces!
  3. Why aren’t there more hot dogs in San Francisco?
  4. This art installation must be incredible in person.
  5. Social media hurts girls more than boys.
  6. There’s a formula to Irish pubs.
  7. RIP (on a dude), Nachos
  8. According to my buffet choices, I’m the Peacekeeper.
  9. A reminder of what Amazon’s first Kindle looked like.
  10. I had no idea this coast to coast bike path was in the works. 
  11. I love when people do this photo trick.
  12. An influencer reports for jury duty.
  13. New favorite nail polish alert: Happy Anniversary by OPI
  14. There used to be mermaids at Disneyland in the 50s + 60s
  15. This looks like a beautiful space to work in.
  16. I really want to make this zucchini cheese gratin.   
  17. Also want to try: Nora Ephron’s Tomato Sauce.
  18. A Roomba that swears when it bumps into stuff.
  19. DIY reusable sandwich + snack bags
  20. Target is re-releasing 300 items from popular design collaborations.
  21. This little study space is so cute!
  22. How I get ready for Back to School


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My Etsy Shop is back from vacation!  Grab yourself a food journal and stickers!