December 10, 2016

Holiday Rum Punch

Your holidays will get tropical with Holiday Rum Punch. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Dust off your punch bowl, we’re making Holiday Rum Punch for a crowd!

Your holidays will get tropical with Holiday Rum Punch. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

This punch is inspired by one of the drinks I had on my trip to Jamaica for the Click Retreat last month. It’s totally tropical but deceptively holiday-ish with the orange and the cranberry garnishes. If you make this at a holiday party people will be like…oooooh and then ahhhhhhhh.


Your holidays will get tropical with Holiday Rum Punch. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Mixed with this:

My Everyday Life - Week 44 on Shutterbean.com

A hint of:

My Everyday Life - Week 44 on Shutterbean.com

and a side of this:

My Everyday Life - Week 44 on Shutterbean.com

Keep reading and I can show you how you can win a 4 day/3 night stay at one of the Playa Hotel Resorts!

After this holiday season, we all could use one!

Your holidays will get tropical with Holiday Rum Punch. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

This punch is a real crowd pleaser with rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, grenadine, ginger beer and sparkling water. If you want to serve this during warmer times, just garnish with maraschino cherries instead of cranberries.


December 9, 2016

I love lists

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Welcome to I love Lists. Let’s surf the internet together!

  1. Something I searched for this week- 50 Ways to Do Good
  2. A whole new level of passive aggressive notes.
  3. Finding America’s Mother Teresa.
  4. For all the Bob’s Burgers fans out there!
  5. My friend Sarah has the most beautiful kitchen.
  6. If you experience depression, you’re not alone.
  7. 25 Authors on the best books they’ve ever received. Loved this!
  8. I know my mom will laugh at #6
  9. Hilarious Christmas Tree Toppers
  10. Whoa. Actual dinosaur feathers?
  11. A bowl of goodness.
  12. Funny socks.
  13. I’ve been loving reading through this cookbook.
  14. Annnnnnnd Pantone’s color of 2017 is….
  15. 100% nope. Also…WHAT?
  16. Just ordered this book. Has anyone read it?
  17. The customer is not always…..smart.
  18. This made me want to watch every Steven Soderbergh movie.
  19. These cookies are too pretty to eat.
  20. Attention people who love organizing!
  21. Panetonne french toast should be in your weekend plans.
  22. National Geographic’s top 50 images of 2016

have a great weekend!

December 7, 2016

Jasmine Tea Infused Vodka

Jasmine Tea Infused Vodka to up your spirit game. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Gift giving changes a lot as we get older. We’re not children huddled around the tree waiting (impatiently) for their turn to open presents. We’re adults managing more than we’ve ever had to while figuring out how to muster up a satisfactory amount of holiday magic and sparkle during the home stretch of another exhaustingly full year.


Just me?

What does it mean to give a gift?

(I actually googled that and found this really good article).

It means that you were thinking of someone else. You were putting energy into make someone feel happy and special.  You were taking a moment to be thoughtful and spread cheer. You gave the gift of your time.

Jasmine Tea Infused Vodka to up your spirit game. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

What it really comes down to, and what my parents said to us kids when we got gifts like Miss Piggy bow biters from my Auntie Toni:

It’s the thought that counts.

Jasmine Tea Infused Vodka to up your spirit game. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Sometimes we don’t give gifts because we don’t have enough time.

Time can be carved out if you’re thoughtful enough.

This Jasmine Tea Infused Vodka is one of the simplest ways to show you’re thinking of your friend or family member who appreciates spirits as gifts. If you’ve gotta see someone in the afternoon or evening, all you have to do is let jasmine tea steep in vodka for about 2-3 hours in the morning, strain it and package it up and you’re good to go!  Just put effort into the wrapping + packaging.  That’s a gift in itself!


December 5, 2016

Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas 2016


A collection of Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas from the Shutterbean archives. Happy gift giving!

What have I done for the holidays so far? Hmmmm. Let’s see.  I’ve decorated half of our tree because the cats are getting into EVERYTHING. I found out that my cat can open up a tupperware container with her paws. COOOOOOOL. I’m just starting to organize my brain re: homemade gifts. Are you making anything fun for gifts this holiday season?  If you’re stumped/looking for ideas let’s dip into the Shutterbean archives and HOOK YOU UP!

Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas in





December 4, 2016

My Everyday Life: Week 48

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 48

My sunny boy.

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Sunny girl, Ella.

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It’s gonna be ok.

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Magic Eye books after dinner.

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Yoga x 2 this week.

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Make this viral on Pinterest. Lol.

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December 2, 2016

I love lists

I love lists // shutterbean

  1. The lost art of letter writing. Sigh…..
  2. Food styling tricks for movies
  3. Illustrations of what goes on inside an introvert’s brain.
  4. This is much better than email.
  5. I want to take some fog wave photos! WOW
  6. Can you guess these puns?
  7. Art + sheet music (LOVE)
  8. If you need to track habits in the new year….
  9. Coping with loneliness.
  10. My friend Sarah James lives in the most amazing home.
  11. A very powerful read. Thank you for speaking your truth, Molly!
  12. Some really good farewell coworker cakes!
  13. Books for your book club that will get everyone talking.
  14. Oh my god I can’t believe this is real.
  15. Twelve Unhealthy Dishes in SF.
  16. The worst questions flight attendants get asked
  17. The reality behind National Park photos
  18. This made me lol.
  19. Disciplined Free Spirit. I loved listening to this podcast this week.
  20. I am 16 years old and have red hair based on my Subway Sandwich preferences. LOLz
  21. These aerial photos make me sooooooo happy!

Recipes I have my eye on:

  1. Lime Coconut Snowballs
  2. Iced Eggnog Lattes
  3. Apple Marionberry Marzipan Crumble
  4. Bloody Mary Popcorn
  5. Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Cookies
  6. Loaded Baked Potato Soup
  7. Pumpkin Oatmeal with Cream Cheese Glaze
  8. Black Manhattan

Super Cute Pins for Christmas Stockings:

  1. Be Brave
  2. Shine On
  3. Be Kind Rewind
  4. Winging It
  5. Crazy Plant Lady
  6. Less Whine More Wine
  7. Squad
  8. Make it Work
  9. Slightly Bitter
  10. Readers Gonna Read

have a great weekend!

November 30, 2016

Currently: November 2016


Currently: November 2016. 

Currently the last day of November!

For some reason the way I am sitting is making it hard for me to type.

Hold please. Ok, we are good.


Did you realize that there’s a NO in November?

Is there anything you said NO to this month?

I definitely didn’t say NO to Thanksgiving carbs.

Whole30? What Whole30??! 

I ate so much during the Thanksgiving break that my body was like SALAAAAAAAD NOW PLEAAAAAAAAAASE. I had my mom’s green salad  a few times this week but without avocados cuz they’re all so bad right now. I haven’t had a good avocado in months.  The other day I was at the grocery store trying to find an avocado that wasn’t wickedly overripe. They all were so mushy on the inside. YOU KNOW THAT CAN’T TASTE GOOD.  I looked at the sign and was like 2 for $1???  Please. They should be free.  So yeah, I’m back into eating green things. Just not avocado. Gonna put this reset button salad back in the rotation soon! There’s also a national avocado shortage, right??! 

Currently November 2016 on Shutterbean.com

Inspired by: 

My yoga classes. I’ve been taking a couple yoga classes weekly since the beginning of November. I really hope that I can keep this routine since it helps me get my bearings in the day. It’s great for stress relief and I’m hoping that I’ll find a good tribe through the process.


Casey was gone for a whole week this month and I was in Jamaica so we didn’t see each other a lot :(  While he was away, I started watching the show- Casual on Hulu. I really like the writing and the characters intrigue me. My brother is one of my best friends so it’s neat to see the brother/sister dynamic on screen. I think the daughter looks way too old to be in high school and that bugs me but other than that, I’m into it.

We finished the second season of Red Oaks  on Amazon this week. Casey was super excited to see that the new season was out, so we had ourselves a nice little binge. It’s one of his favorite shows. It kinda reminds me of Caddyshack but way less goofy. I love the 80s vibe…but sometimes I get distracted by Jennifer Grey’s character. They make her look way too cute to be an 80s mom. Makes me want to watch Dirty Dancing and see what her old nose used to look like.

Started Search Party last night! We are two episodes in. Her friends bug me but I LOOOOOOOOOOVE Alia Shawkat. I’m looking forward to seeing how it develops. It really makes me miss Bored to Death (another one of my favorites).


Been reading this book that I found the communal bookstore in Bolinas called Active Dreaming.  I should say the book found me. Books have a way of popping out at me….I think the lion on the cover spoke to me first.  I’ve had a bunch of things happen recently…signs…synchronicity…really weird coincidences. The book talks about signs and how they’re part of active dreaming…and how we dream while awake.   It’s just the right amount of woo-woo for me (thus far).

Also, I’ve been doing some research/reading on Mother Teresa right now. Picked this book up at the bookstore the other day and have been reading it off & on. I remember being really fascinated by her when I was a kid, so reading about her as an adult has been really interesting.

I have this on the wall of my workspace:

Currently November 2016 on Shutterbean.com

Thinking About:

The holidays. This is the last day of November and then WOOOOOP! It’s December. Christmas stuff kicks into full gear. We have our tree up, but there are no ornaments or decorations are on it.  I found out that I am not hosting Christmas this year. It makes me kinda bummed that we’re not gonna be sitting around the tree at my house, so I suppose I’m not super motivated to decorate it right now. I also have to order my holiday cards and I’m behind on that. Is this the year we don’t do cards? I can’t break an 8 year streak can I?? Don’t worry. I’ll power through.

Listening to:  

Missy Elliot. My instructor in dance class (also another thing I tried this month!!) played this song this week and we did this arm/shoulder/fist pump/squat/booty shake move and I WAS IN THE ZONE.

Cooper and I have been listening to the Stranger Things Original Music soundtrack on the way to school. Sometimes it’s super creepy. We’ve been discussing sound design (did you know I used to work in a recording studio in my 20s?!) and how you can play with emotions through sounds.

I love our conversations in the car. They’re the best.

I’ve already started listening to my Christmas Playlist.  It gives me life.

Dream Life:

Takes place mostly in Oregon and sometimes in upstate New York? There’s still a summer camp/hotel vibe to my dreams. Did you know that I want to organize a Summer camp (for adults) one day? That’s one of my dreams. That’s where that book comes into play….cuz I literally have been dreaming about camp life for the past year and a half.


We finished the Thanksgiving leftovers. HOORAY! I’ve been on a salami sandwich kick for the past week. It goes something like this:

  • toasted sourdough bread
  • salami
  • yellow mustard
  • dill sauerkraut
  • potato chips
  • lettuce

Maybe I just really want a hot dog.


La Croix– Passionfruit is my new jam. Have you had that one? What are you favorite flavors? I’m mostly a Lime and Grapefruit kinda gal. Honestly though, I’m not drinking enough water. Gotta do something about that. Especially during this DRYYYYYYYY time of year.

How are you? What’s up with you??!!

You know the drill. 

Type your stream of consciousness in the comments below!!