January 15, 2020

Top 10 Posts from 2019

Hello friends! I’m taking a quick moment to go through all of my posts from 2019 to get an idea of what I want to focus on in 2020. Let’s take a look back and see what my Top 10 Posts from 2019 were, shall we?


January 13, 2020

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:

Intentions for the Week- Week 3 of 2020. Here’s what week 3 looked like last year.

Happy Monday, friends!

This weekend we had family over. I made tacos. We played with sparklers.

Everyone was drinking but me.

It was cool though, I drank a lot of lemon ginger elixirs and spent pockets of time getting rid of things and organizing around the house.  Our Christmas tree is down and I have to move the ornament boxes out.  Lots of in-between projects in the works.

Last week I sent out a lot of packages and it’s amazing how easily my office gets thrashed in the process.  I have a few piles on the floor of my office I’d like to get rid of this week and I am typing this here so I have you as my witness. I WILL DO IT, DANG IT. 

Pretty happy to report that I did meal prep this week!  I also accomplished my goal to work out three days last week and tracked what I ate all week in my food journal.  HOORAY.

I like the momentum I am building. It’s all about creating healthy habits, huh?



Meal Prep Includes: 


January 12, 2020

My Everyday Life: Week 2

Here’s what this past year looked like- My Everyday Life Week 2

Started the week with meal prep! 

I am 12 days into eating no dairy/gluten/ drinking alcohol.

I’ve been working in my food journal all week and it’s helping!

I am not feeling deprived.

Restriction breeds creativity!  

I’m hooked on Beyond Sausage Brats.  I’ve been having one for breakfast every day this week. 

Also, I LOVE using blackwing pencil (thanks, Tammi!) in my food journal. 


January 10, 2020



  1. For you Ron Swanson lovers
  2. Some people use google maps to look at their dead loved ones.
  3. Old timey fashion photography
  4. Seasonal depression can happen any time of the year. 
  5. The art & philosophy of bonsai
  6. Cheetos popcorn is now a thing.
  7. The print on this dress is so cute
  8. This is good design.
  9. Doggo facts!
  10. A beautifully simple wall calendar
  11. Animals licking windows
  12. To make: red curry soup / roasted broccoli & beans
  13. Scientists calculate how much longer you can live with a healthier lifestyle
  14. More proof that people aged faster in the past. 
  15. What does it mean to step back as royals?
  16. Married Kama Sutra (lol)
  17. Gen X women are getting less sleep than any other generation.
  18. I wish I could draw like this!
  19. Speaking of drawing, here’s two months FREE of Premium Skillshare classes.
  20. The best products of CES 2020
  21. I’m firing up my juicer this weekend to make my favorite juice.
  22. The strange, spiritual origins of the ouija board

More food journals in the shop! Shipping them out this weekend. 

January 8, 2020

How to Start the New Year Off Right

There’s usually a rush to have resolutions set and solid goals written down on the FIRST of the month. For me it’s impossible to have it all mapped out on January 1st. The holiday season takes a lot out of me and all of December is dedicated to creating holiday magic here and at home.  I need a little pause to reflect and process the year that has past before jumping right into a new one.   But here we are. It’s January 8th and it’s time for me to plot out the year.  This is How to Start the New Off Right, or at least what I like to do to set myself up for success for the year!

As you already know, I’m a paper gal. My brain doesn’t process things well unless I write things down.  My whole life is organized in a series of notebooks and journals.  It’s how I function, even when I live a lot of my life online.

Here’s my productivity arsenal:

My Essentials:

Let’s me show you inside some of these important productivity tools I use as a paper loving gal.


January 6, 2020

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:


Intentions for the Week- Week 2 of 2020

Here’s what Week 2 looked like last year.

Happy Monday, friends!

This weekend we had a basketball game, a hike, a family dinner out to eat, CHORES, baseball practice, cat snuggles and movies as a family. 

I also did some meal prep!


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First #shutterbeanmealprep of 2020!!! Swipe to see what I’m using to set myself up for some good salads/snacks this week!

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Meal prep this week includes:

Also, this is my Intention for January!



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How are you taking care of yourself this January? This is what I’m working on:

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That’s right! No gluten, dairy & alcohol for the whole month.  It’s been a good challenge so far.  Restriction breeds creativity! I am already starting to feel like I have more energy and my body is processing food WELL so YAY.

This week Cooper is back in school and life goes back to normal. I am ready to have our routine back!  I thrive when I’m in our routine.

Here are my Intentions for the Week:


January 5, 2020

My Everyday Life Week 1

Here’s what this past week looked like:  My Everyday Life Week 1

I spent some time the day before the New Year writing down 1oo things I am grateful for.

I accidentally wrote MY KITCHEN twice.

But really, I am thankful for my kitchen. I get to work in the kitchen I learned to cook in. The kitchen my Mother used for many decades.  I am GRATEFUL to be able to use it every day.

On the first day of the year, I always try to go to the beach.

This year I brought my friend Tammi with me. She’s the one who inspired me to write my gratitude list in the first place!


We enjoyed an incredible lunch in Pt. Reyes.

I am grateful for her!