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August 5, 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!

It’s WEEK 32 of 2019. 

I’m spending it in Italy with my family!  My niece, Dad, brother, sister, husband, and son will all be with me. It’s going to be fun and HOT!  I am going to get soooooooo many steps on my Fitbit. I can’t wait! 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I’ll be sure to share some of my trip through my Instagram stories, so make sure you follow me on Instagram! 

 

Here are my Intentions for the Week!

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August 4, 2019

My Everyday Life: Week 31

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 31

The last few days of our Colorado trip flew by fast.  I took this photo while standing in line for an alpine coaster!

We didn’t get to go tubing as we wanted. Hopefully, we will next time!

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The sky is so blue and everything is so green in Colorado. I enjoyed it immensely.

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My friend Rae and I about to go on the alpine roller coaster. My Everyday Life: Week 31 on Shutterbean.com

I learned that my son is quite the speed demon.

We rode down together and he was giggling with delight and telling me to go faster.

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VACATION MODE.

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Even more vacation mode.

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Picturesque.

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Mom. I found a heart-shaped rock and here take a picture of it next to this heart-shaped part on this other rock. He is my child.

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On the side of the road, eating a sandwich. 

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I just realized that I’ve had three deli sandwiches this week.

ALL WITH MY SAME ORDER.

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Painting in my Currently Workbook during our flight home.

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It was fun traveling with friends.

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I can’t wait to do it again soon! We’re a good team and we had so much fun together!My Everyday Life: Week 31 on Shutterbean.com

So happy to be home.

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Avocado toast to welcome me back to California.

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Foot massager saves the day.

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I think of Helen Jane when I’m making coffee in the mornings. My friends are awesome.My Everyday Life: Week 31 on Shutterbean.com

I missed the afternoon light in my garden so much. It’s when I can feel my Mom’s spirit around me. 

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Came home to this!

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AND THESE!!!

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Ate my weight in peaches this week.

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Was followed by a cat for 3 blocks.

He was so friendly.

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Staying active with Angela.

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Daydreaming of a water feature in my front yard.

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Angela pretending we were in the English Patient while hiking.

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Marsh hike!

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Met a dog named Gizmo.

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Aftermath of a doll on a ropes course.

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I am grateful for my friends who make me lunch.

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Where we have our dinners outside.

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The sizzle of a cheese drip.

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BURGER NIGHT.

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Ella has been extra lovey this week.

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Jax got himself a cat bowl!

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I need more color in my life.

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Cooper petting Casey. I can’t believe how big his hands are getting.

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Before unpacking.

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UNPACKING to repack!

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August 2, 2019

I LOVE LISTS

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I LOVE LISTS

  1. Imagine finding something your Mom wrote to you one day. WOW
  2. This is probably why my Mom was so happy.
  3. For all of you synth lovers.
  4. The Impossible Burger Whopper comes out next week.
  5. Tosca Cafe is closed for a bit.
  6. Hotel rooms from the 50s + 60s
  7. Self-care is a discipline. Amen.
  8. How Quentin Tarantino steals from other movies.
  9. SPARKLES!!!!
  10. The blue border is that time between day and night.
  11. We need to make a When I Die File ASAP.
  12. Dresses for Leo Ladies: one / two / three / four / five
  13. Why having a sister is beneficial to your mental health. (RYAN!)
  14. Umm. There’s a Trader Joe’s YouTube channel???!
  15. What’s the point of an IRL Amazon Grocery Store?
  16. Funny sibling portraits. We have a few in my family.
  17. Apparently, they know that I’m a Leo on Buzzfeed.
  18. I had no idea so many Pringles flavors exist!
  19. Oatly is one of my favorite milks right now.
  20. To make: small-batch Lofthouse cookies / easy french toast
  21. 1 in 4 food delivery drivers admit to eating your food.
  22. Did you check out my Carry-On Essentials??!

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My Etsy Shop closes Saturday morning for vacation, so get a food journal + stickers while you can!

Custom gift notes are free! 

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Carry-On Bag Essentials

Carry on Bag Essentials- See what Tracy Benjamin from Shutterbean.com packs on her carry on bag.

 

Before our trip to Colorado last week, I took photos of my Carry-On Bag Essentials so I have a visual to refer to next time I’m packing—which should be soon. We have a few trips coming up before 2019 ends!

 

Carry On Bag Essentials- See what Tracy Benjamin from Shutterbean.com packs on her carry on bag.

 

 

 

First, let’s talk about my travel backpack. I spent a long time researching carry-on bags online. I used to have a LUG bag many years ago for my camera bag and was happened to see that they’re still around. I’ve used this for a 1-week-long trip and it has worked out well so far!

It also has a removable strap if you want to wear it crossbody, but I used it mostly as a backpack. 

Carry On Bag Essentials- See what Tracy Benjamin from Shutterbean.com packs on her carry on bag.

What I love about my carry-on travel backpack is that it opens up like a doctor’s bag. That’s honestly what sold me cuz I like to SEE EVERYTHING IN MY BAG AT ONCE. The hardware does add a little extra weight to the bag but I feel like it’s easily worth it. 

Look at how much it fits (including my purse AND a sweatshirt!).

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I am totally Felix the Cat with my bag of tricks.

You already know this by looking inside my purse

What's In My Bag? Tracy Benjamin of Shutterbean.com shares what's in her bag and how she stays organized!

See also: What’s In My Bag?

Before I started packing, I created a handwritten list of my Carry-On Bag Essentials.

 Carry On Bag Essentials- See what Tracy Benjamin from Shutterbean.com packs on her carry on bag.

I then laminated my list with my laminator so I would have something to refer to next time I pack. 

The best part about laminating a list is that you can use a dry erase pen to mark it up.

Carry On Bag Essentials- See what Tracy Benjamin from Shutterbean.com packs on her carry on bag.

The other side of my laminated list has a photo of what’s in my backpack so I can easily SEE what I need.

Carry On Bag Essentials- See what Tracy Benjamin from Shutterbean.com packs on her carry on bag.

When I travel, I have to take my work with me. That’s how I’m able to continue to continue to post my weekly I LOVE LISTSMY EVERYDAY LIFE  and my INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK  when I’m out of town.  I always make sure to carve out time to edit my photos while I’m away. That accountability is how I keep my creativity alive. 

Carry on Bag Essentials- See what Tracy Benjamin from Shutterbean.com packs on her carry on bag.

TECHNOLOGY ESSENTIALS INCLUDE:

iPad Pro (with iPencil and case)

camera- Fuji XT-3

 laptop

kindle paperwhite

iPhone

headphones

I make sure I have all of the corresponding chargers/plugs, etc.

You can see how I normally organize my cords when I’m not traveling here.

When I travel, I like to pack my cords/chargers up in  these bags .

Carry on Bag Essentials- See what Tracy Benjamin from Shutterbean.com packs on her carry on bag.

I really like how they expand to fit whatever you put inside.  I use binder clips to hold my cords together. 

Carry On Bag Essentials- See what Tracy Benjamin from Shutterbean.com packs on her carry on bag.

Baggu zip bags are my favorite. I also use one for my art bag. Baggu comes out with seasonal patterns so check out for new ones often.

Having patterns on my bags helps make my life more fun.  Plus, I know what pattern goes to which category of items so it builds good muscle memory when I’m looking for what I need. 

Here’s my ART BAG! It’s bright and cheerful. It reminds me to play.

Carry on Bag Essentials- See what Tracy Benjamin from Shutterbean.com packs on her carry on bag.

I wanted to work in my Currently Workbook while I was on our trip, so I brought some of my favorite art supplies with me. 

Carry on Bag Essentials- See what Tracy Benjamin from Shutterbean.com packs on her carry on bag.

I make sure I have my favorite pens in my bag when I am traveling.  I keep them in my favorite pen case and make all the good ones are in there.  If I bring my travel watercolor kit, I’ll make sure to bring a squirt bottle, so I can activate my paints on the go.

Look!  This is me painting on the airplane last week!! 

Carry On Bag Essentials- See what Tracy Benjamin from Shutterbean.com packs on her carry on bag.

I also have a roll-up pen case that I keep my paintbrushes, brush pens and crayons in. It helps keep them safe from bending and it’s so nice to be able to roll out my tools when I need them. Very good for children too. 

I like to be prepared when I’m working in my sketchbook.

Carry on Bag Essentials- See what Tracy Benjamin from Shutterbean.com packs on her carry on bag.

And we move onto my paper goods…

Carry on Bag Essentials- See what Tracy Benjamin from Shutterbean.com packs on her carry on bag.

Paper Goods:

Currently Workbook

Moleskine 18 Month Calendar

Food Journal

Moleskine blank sketchbook

Carry on Bag Essentials- See what Tracy Benjamin from Shutterbean.com packs on her carry on bag.

I like to keep my makeup bag and my purse essentials in my carry on bag. You never know what will happen to your bags so it’s nice to have some essentials. I usually pack a small toothbrush and toothpaste to be safe, as well as an extra pair of underwear, socks and a black pashmina scarf. It helps keep me warm, works as a good blanket and I can put a little bit of essential oil on it and huff it when I’m sensitive to smells while traveling.

Also essential: EOS Hand Sanitizer Spray I like the smell and it doesn’t make my skin really dry and gross.

I wrote a post a long time ago about some of my on-the-go travel essentials and most of them are still in my rotation.

Sunscreen usually gets stored in my toiletry bag unless I didn’t put it on and we are traveling to some place sunny.

Carry on Bag Essentials- See what Tracy Benjamin from Shutterbean.com packs on her carry on bag.

I almost always have a water bottle with me (this one is easy to clean and has one of my MAGIC HAPPENS stickers on it) as well as tea bags (for the plane!) and snack bars. Sometimes I pack my own trail-mix in a baggie so I have something to snack on. It can get SO EXPENSIVE when you’re buying it at the airport.  I am really enjoying how a few of the airports I’ve been in lately have water bottle filling stations.  And they’re filtered too!  If I am feeling like the water might have a weird taste, I use an Emergen-C packet to flavor it. 

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You know what’s the best part about my travel backpack.????

There’s a part on the back that hooks onto the handle of my suitcase!

I don’t even have to carry anything while I’m walking through the airport.

Everything gets rolled (smoothly!) until I check on my luggage.

Carry On Bag Essentials- See what Tracy Benjamin from Shutterbean.com packs on her carry on bag.

 Thanks for reading my Carry-On Bag Essentials.

Is there anything you’d add that I didn’t???!!!

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July 29, 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!

I’m writing this from Colorado. Hello! We have had an amazing trip to Colorado filled with the great outdoors (saw three double rainbows!), watched Cooper play a lot of baseball and enjoyed quality family/friend time.  I’m excited to get back home,  snuggle my cats and eat a salad.  It’s time to get my head in the game and figure out what my Intentions for the Week are. Let’s go through it!

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July 28, 2019

My Everyday Life: Week 30

Here’s what this past week looked like: My Everyday Life Week 30

This week we were in Colorado!

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We were at the Triple Crown in Steamboat Springs.

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We saw three double rainbows this week!

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That must be a good omen, right?

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We went to a rodeo. Got to see a bunch of cowboys.

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And horses at night.

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July 26, 2019

I LOVE LISTS

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I LOVE LISTS

  1. What a doctor wishes people knew about the end of life.
  2. Easter eggs in the latest Stranger Things season.
  3. Did you know you can rent out the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile for a night??
  4. Most people who order an Impossible Burger aren’t vegetarian (true for me!)
  5. Do you know what the most popular dessert is in your state?
  6. The lion population is on the decline.
  7. A lot of beaches in the US are pretty polluted.
  8. We could all learn a lot about budgeting through this Mom.
  9. Would you stay in this hotel? It’s wild!
  10. I would definitely stay in this tree house, though.
  11. Be careful with blue water, people.
  12. Number 7 is my life.
  13. A whole bunch of really cool staircases.
  14. Urban weed awards.
  15. Scheduling woes of adult friendships
  16. This kid had a ride of his life at the airport.
  17. A whole bunch of candid celebrity airport shots from the past.
  18. Some beautiful photos of San Francisco.
  19. How to find resilience after losing your mother.
  20. Why movies from 1999 are the same. 
  21. The 4 worst types of photographers you know.
  22. How cute are these older couples doing “engagement” photos?

Make some Ginger Brew this weekend to enhance your summer drinks!

Looking to brush up on your watercolor painting? Take some Watercolor Classes with Skillshare! Tracy from Shutterbean.com shows you how fun it is!

Need something to do with the kids this Summer or looking to take classes (art + business) online?  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