September 18, 2020



  1. People share their honest zoom backgrounds. REAL LIFE!
  2. Cats who were shaved for surgery. lolz.
  3. Make your own cream cheese
  4. Bucket list: photo adventure of autumn in national parks.
  5. I want to explore the mysterious buildings around the presidio.
  6. This air-fryer cauliflower looks delicious!
  7. How to steal like Wes Anderson.
  8. Time to get my cats closer to our keyboard.
  9. Let’s look at old photos of Victorian & Edwardian people on couches.
  10. Looking through vintage on Etsy makes me miss thrifting! 
  11. Can you imagine how fun it would be to have a cloud lamp?
  12. Teacher shows what time kids should go to bed.
  13. If you also love spotting the difference in photos you might like this. 
  14. But what if you are your own boss?
  15. How the firest are melting things. YIKES.
  16. Can celebrity activism campaigns really make a difference?
  17. People are so talented I can’t even handle it!
  18. How distanced learning is disrupting households.
  19. I can’t imagine how hard this is for teachers who are parents.
  20. At least these things didn’t happen to you.
  21. Weekend reading: The Subtle Body   + The Art of Psychic Reiki

September 16, 2020

Simple Vanilla Ice Cream

Have you created any new habits during quarantine? I’ve added a new treat each week in our household.  Right now we are kind of on a sundae kick here. The world may be a dumpster fire, but I still can wow an 11-year-old boy with a  Simple Vanilla Ice Cream recipe!  With some fudge sauce (I hide ours waaay back in the fridge with boobie traps!)  and chopped salty chopped peanuts, we have quick weeknight sundaes. 

While searching for a simple ice cream recipe that doesn’t involve eggs, I found a commenter’s note saying that “the best/easiest vanilla ice cream recipe is made with cream, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla.”

I had all of those things.

Challenged accepted. 


We have a winner.

I did add a pinch (or two) of salt cuz that’s how I roll.  The sweetened condensed milk makes the process so much easier because you don’t have to warm up cream and melt sugar!  Plus SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK TASTES AMAZING.  I love that stuff a little too much!

If you feel like dusting off your ice cream maker. and making ice cream magic, MAKE THIS.  We are going to be experimenting with it a lot in the Benjamin family. Stay tuned!


September 14, 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 38 of 2020

Happy Monday, friends!

Yet again, another weekend that flew by too fast. My weekend started with an art date and ended with a dinner at my Dad’s house with his girlfriend. Other than that I did a bunch of stuff around the house. There wasn’t much we could do outside the house because the air was so bad here. I spent the time getting rid of stuff and organizing. I cleaned up my office and did meal prep! YAY! I need to get back in check with my healthy eating habits and this is the perfect way to start back on the road to health. It’s one of my Intentions for the Week! 



September 13, 2020

My Everyday Life Week 37

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 37

This week was pretty stressful! The air here in the Bay Area has been horrible due to fires. We woke up to orange skies. We woke up LATE because of it. 

I didn’t get to spend much time outside.

But when I did, I just checked on my plants.

I’m waiting to harvest seeds from these zinnias and the colors they turn before they dry up are so pretty.

Having a working irrigation system has made such a difference this year.

Afternoon snacks.


September 11, 2020



  1. I am definitely dreaming of fixing up an RV one day. 
  2. Online school is going grrrrrreeeeaaat.
  3. I should try this picky eater tip on Cooper.
  4. Notes on grief.
  5. The impossible job of managing a restaurant right now. 
  6. The history of roadside dinosaur statues gives me wanderlust. 
  7. Photos from the west coast. Keep us in your thoughts! 
  8. Why it’s so hard to capture the smoky air on your phones. 
  9. It’s hard to believe these aren’t real neon signs.
  10. How to host a safe small gathering during this time.
  11. What bedrooms looked like in the 1940s.
  12. Grandparents could help with homeschooling. 
  13. All of the IKEA catalogs from the past 70 years, digitized. 
  14. Speaking of IKEA… it looks like SF is getting one. 
  15. Time to start putting tea bags on our eyes.
  16. Invisible labor is real and it hurts.
  17. Photographing Audrey Hepburn.
  18. Ways to feel good at home right now. 
  19. To make: Thai chicken zoodles, pasta salad / zucchini parmesan sliders
  20. Pretties: botanical tarot deck / match striker / dandelion crystal
  21. For the love of mail. 
  22. Make magic! 

September 7, 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 37 of 2030

Happy Monday, friends!

It’s Labor Day here. The weather is hot and we are staying at home. This weekend we laid low and did stuff around the house. My brother-in-law came to help us with a project so it was nice to have someone new around here!  It’s super hot here…It’s the kind of hot that makes you not feel like cooking. We have a 4 day work week ahead of us and I’m hoping to drink enough water, get some exercise and write down what I am eating in my food journal. It helps me stay on top of how I’m feeling…which I haven’t been too good about these days.  Let’s take a moment and write down our Intentions for the Week, shall we? 


September 6, 2020

My Everyday Life Week 36

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 36

Seed harvesting reminds me that death brings new life, in another season.

Snacks from the yard.

Still plagued with smoke here.

The deer are skinny this time of year.

My brother-in-law spoils us with the produce he grows. Thanks, James!

Sniff test