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.

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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.

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Little fluff.

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Detour on my errands.

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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.

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So much love.

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They’re best buds.

My Everyday Life Week 51 on Shutterbean.com


December 23, 2016

I love lists

I love lists // shutterbean

It’s Friday!! Let’s surf the internet together cuz I love lists!

  1. Are you making anything good this weekend? These cinnamon rolls look BONKERS
  2. I’ve always preferred female doctors.
  3. I like her style.
  4. This guy paints with denim.
  5. Whoaaaaaa
  6. On Burnout and Slow Rebuilding
  7. Yessssss.
  8. I’d probably sleep in this. Looks so comfy.
  9. Best Restaurant Design in 2016.
  10. How to get better at photography
  11. 2016 was pretty OK.
  12. Bookmarking this one on stopping negative thoughts.
  13. Bookmarking this list.
  14. Yaaaaas. Ladies. YAAAAS.
  15. Distraction. This is good.
  16. I really want a hot chocolate party.
  17. Photos from Christmas Past
  18. Small talk is excruciating to me.
  19. I want to see more photos of the shadows!
  20. Whoa. How did we live like this?!! lol. We LIVED.
  21. I really like the word sable.
  22. Sometimes I look at my old work just to see how far I’ve come.
  23. My friend Helen Jane and I are gonna do The Artist Way together in January. Join us!
December 22, 2016

Self Care Strategies for the Holidays

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I was in a really long line at the grocery store yesterday when I witnessed two older (than me) women giving each other a gigantic/supportive hug that lasted pretty close to 8 seconds. One woman was saying how tired she was and the other woman asked how she could help. Everyone in my lane was witness to this exchange.  It was a beautiful thing to watch. And daaaaaaaang. It sure made me want a hug.

Most of the time I see or am involved in this conversation:

How’s your holiday season?


Totally. Me too. WHAT DID I COMMIT TO?

[And then we talk about all we have to do and it goes on and on and ON FOREVER AND EVER.]

Or we hug and ask how we could possibly help.

I like that option better. 

During this time of year, I have to pull out my tools to get me through the season.

These are some of my Self-Care Strategies for the Holidays

(besides hugging people):

Self-Care Strategies for the Holidays. Make time for yourself! More on Shutterbean.com!

Give yourself permission to go slow.

I am learning this…constantly. I’m a person who rushes through things (I’m also easily distracted) and as a result, I accidentally make mistakes (like put the wrong address on a card!).

Things I say to myself to remind myself to go slow:

Take your time. It’s not a race.

It will get done.


What can you have someone else help with?When you focus, things are executed better.

When you focus, things are executed better.

It’s OK that you didn’t send your cards out at the beginning of the month. You sent them out and that’s what matters. 

Don’t Forget to breathe.

My coping mechanism is holding my breath. It’s really bad. Don’t be like me. Take a breather. Seriously, yoga definitely helps.  Breathing is an easy way to give yourself a pause. Take a deep breath before you leave your car or walk into a party. Center yourself. Think about what you’re about to walk into. Remember some of your healthy coping mechanisms and GO.

Take yourself out of the situation. 

Some people call this running away from your problems. I think that sometimes taking yourself out of the situation can be a good way to advocate for yourself.  It doesn’t have to be big or dramatic. You can just casually, non-aggressively excuse yourself.

Let me give you a scenario:

During this time of year, my stress can make me say/do things that are not helpful.  Like the other day at the bank, I almost lost it on the lady “helping” me, but I excused myself and I said, “I have to go now. Thank you for your help.”  I came back the next day and apologized for my swift exit and picked up where we left off. I left because I knew I would have said things I didn’t want to. I was protecting (us) really. Yelling at someone would have solved nothing.

This can be done with relatives…especially during political/heated discussions. Just remember to try to be considerate while doing so.  So, your aunt is going off about something and your dad is about to lose it and you don’t know what to do?  Slowly walk to another room (bathrooms work!) and hang out there for a bit. Heck! Walk to your car because you “forgot something,” if you can.

Can’t leave? Just BREATHE. Take a deep breath and collect your thoughts before you accidentally launch into something you might regret. Again, PAUSE.

Get Enough Rest.

This is part of the give yourself permission to go slow concept. Make sure you slow down this time of year and get rest. Put yourself to bed early if you can. You need all the energy you can get if you have to be around tons of people. Unless you’re an extrovert, then please TEACH ME YOUR WAYS.

Make Better Food Choices & Drink Plenty of Water.

The food choices…well that’s kind of hard this time of year. Find some good choices and go after them. It’s definitely easier said than done. And if you do go overboard, get yourself back on track after all of the parties and such and don’t waste energy beating yourself up.  It can seriously distract you from engaging with others if you’re feeling really bad about yourself. Every day is a new day. You have til January to start something new….like the Whole30!

It’s cold & dry. Drink water. Your skin will thank you….especially if you’re drinking alcohol.

Take a Walk/Go Outside:

This is something I have to do especially during this time of year. As an introvert, I can get SOOOO drained from being around a lot of people all at once. Talk about over-stimulation! I really need some time to clear my head and just THINK thoughts without being interrupted. When I am scheduling out my days, I always try to see if there is a window of time where I can get outside. If there isn’t one, I get up earlier and do it.

When I’m outside, I like to see all the stuff that’s going on in nature. It helps remind me how ridiculous some of the things I stress out about are. NATURE IS WONDERFUL. Stress doesn’t belong in nature.

Lower Expectations/Have None!

When you have no expectations, you leave room to be pleasantly surprised by something. If you have expectations, you can be easily disappointed….and then possibly spiral into how much someone/something let you down. Don’t place any expectations on anything or anyone. It will help you be as present as possible and enjoy WHAT IS.

Unplug your phone. Like for real.

 It’s not always easy for me unplug from my phone. Especially when I see something that I could add to My Everyday Life series. When I am around friends and family I try really hard to be present. Plus, my parents get SUPER annoyed when ANYONE looks at their phones, so there are little things I do to help prevent me from getting sucked in/lectured.  Sometimes I’ll leave my phone in the other room, or if I need to take photos, I turn my phone on airplane mode, so I don’t see any alerts. If something is urgent, I excuse myself (when I can) and take care of it away from the crowd.

Engage All of Your Senses.

This is tied into not having your phone/a screen/device distracting you. The other day we left the house and I thought I didn’t have my phone with me. Hello, panic. But also….WHY PANIC???!

What did we do before we had screens?

We paid attention and made memories by really experiencing what we were experiencing! When I didn’t have my phone, I remembered that I can make memories in other ways….like paying attention to smells, sounds, environments and visuals. There are smells I still remember from my childhood. What would I ever be able to remember from this period of my life? Who knows!

You don’t always need a photo to prove you were there. Pull out a piece of paper and write down your memory. Better yet, write in a journal.

Focus on Making Good Memories.

How many holiday seasons we get to experience in our lives? This is my 37th Christmas. Each Christmas has been different somehow.  Try to make each holiday special so you can remember what happened. Silly photos can help….especially when older relatives are involved. Maybe you want to start a new tradition? Bring something new into the mix.

Sometimes I worry not getting someone the right gift because I put a lot of pressure on myself. But you know what? I can make an effort in engaging in really awesome conversations with people and that can abolish my gift insecurities. Good memories/conversations can last a lifetime!

Steal Time for Yourself.

One of my friends said on Twitter this week that she goes to the movies (secretly!) when she’s out shopping. Another friend of mine just took herself out for a pedicure.  I took myself out to breakfast the other morning so I could make TO DO lists without being distracted by all of my work around the house. Figure out what you can do to make yourself feel better during the holidays. It can even be something like reading a book while you’re waiting in your car or taking a hot bath (with bubbles & a cocktail!) at night.  When you do take that time for yourself, reall APPRECIATE IT.

Reflect on the Past Year.

With all the rushing around, don’t forget that we’re closing out the year. Give yourself some kudos. WHEW! We made it through another year!  Write down some things you learned this year. What are you most proud of? What will you take with you into the new year?  I loved watching Marie Forleo’s Year End Review+ I’m planning on working through my 2017 intentions with Chani Nicholas and taking stock of what happened in 2016, during Cooper’s school break. 2016 was a crazy year but still filled with a lot good things. Find the good things!

Do you have any self-care strategies to add? Leave comments below!

Don’t forget to be a good advocate for yourself and have a fantastic holiday!!!



December 19, 2016

Chocolate Earl Grey Tea Truffles

Win people's hearts with Chocolate Earl Grey Tea Truffles. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Make these Chocolate Earl Grey Tea Truffles if you:

  • want to bring someone a nice treat
  • don’t have much time
  • want to be mesmerized by the beauty of melted chocolate
  • want to make something different this year
  • love Earl Grey Tea
  • want to make someone happy
  • want to eat a whole batch of truffles and not share any
  • love recipes that have 4 ingredients

Win people's hearts with Chocolate Earl Grey Tea Truffles. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

They’re rich.

Win people's hearts with Chocolate Earl Grey Tea Truffles. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

They’ve got a hint of tea in them and the shortbread cookie crumbs on the outside add a nice buttery crunch. Save a few for your freezer and bring them on out during your afternoon tea. I mean…that’s what I’m gonna do with my leftovers. You do you.


December 18, 2016

My Everyday Life: Week 50

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 50

Good morning indeed.

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Part of my rock collection.
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Pho sure.
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Thanks for snapping a pic of me showing how to stamp, Kris!
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So nice to meet you, Rebecca!
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While we wait for food.
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Art store visits this week!
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Playing with ink & watercolor.
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December 16, 2016

I love lists

I love lists // shutterbean

It’s Friday! I love lists. Let’s surf the internet together!

  1. These cookies look amaze. These magic bars too!
  2. Been listening to this Xmas mix for the past few days on repeat. It’s good.
  3. If only all cement mixers looked like this.
  4. This made me lol.
  5. I can’t believe these are paintings! WHOA.
  6. If you want to take pictures of the sky at night, here are tips.
  7. Summer vs. Winter– some pretty captures in here.
  8. HAHAHA. Oops.
  9. This photo series makes me want to go on an adventure.
  10. Camera Hacks!
  11. The good thing about aging is that you can spot insecurity a mile away.
  12. These paintings are incredible.
  13. There are 4 different kinds of introverts.
  14. Geeez. Stop it with the food, hipsters.
  15. Most powerful photos of 2016
  16. Mom hacks that are borderline genius.
  17. If you’re gonna cowork in a restaurant space….
  18. I love looking at old Christmas photos.
  19. If you are struggling.
  20. If you wanna say no to people….here are effective ways.
  21. What are dreams?

My Friends Make Awesome Things:

Quick Question!

Do any of you have an Instant Pot? I am researching them! Tell me everything I need to know! What do you make with it??!

have a great weekend!