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May 15, 2017

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! How’s it feeling for you today? I am not starting this week with a clean fridge or meal prep (Mother’s Day celebration!) so I am sure I am going to be a little thrown off this week. It’s cool. I’ll regroup. I feel like this week is going to be my tying up loose ends week. At least I hope it is!

Intentions for this Week:

  • wash car/detail the inside
  • LAUNDRY
  • clean out fridge
  • work on birthday package for maj
  • go through package for Camden
  • plant flowers/water flowers
  • deal with paper piles
  • make a new recipe
  • post teriyaki chicken
  • email the tax man
  • yoga x 2
  • stay on top of the dishes in the sink
  • hike or dance class?
  • book a dentist appointment/figure out insurance/ugh
  • chicken teriyaki recipe- edit/write/post
  • trip to farmer’s market?
  • delete photos off phone- AS MANY AS POSSIBLE- at least 1k.
  • finish summer bucket list
  • clean out purse
  • catch up on letter writing
  • tackle inbox
  • start doing some spring cleaning 
  • DRINK MORE WATER instead of eating

 

Last week’s intentions

  • make kombucha   (made mango orange flavored)
  • harvest kale/braise it 
  • drop off library book + cd
  • school field trip- clean up car/move stuff around
  • mother’s day cards + gifts
  • clean up laptop screen
  • catch up on invoicing
  • follow up on past dues
  • catch up on social media
  • make summer bucket list (almost done)
  • recipe testing/writing
  • LAUNDRY
  • collect items to donate to thrift store (didn’t have time)
  • follow up on Emma’s package (forgot)
  • volunteer at thrift store
  • write letters/send/pick up mail at P.O. Box
  • paint toenails
  • yoga x 2 (only went once)
  • hike
  • baseball x 2
  • finish camp sign ups (check out calendar!)
  • first communion & all the things that go with that! yay Cooper!
  • book haircut appointment
  • grocery shopping/plan for BBQ after baseball game
  • eat healthier/drink more water!!!!

How about you? What are you up to this week? Leave your TO DO list in the comments!

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May 14, 2017

My Everyday Life: Week 19

Here’s what this past week looked like- Week 19 of My Everyday Life:

The light! Summer isn’t far from now:

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Is this dog smiling? I think it’s smiling. I don’t understand dogs very well.

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I think that’s me on the right?

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Sleepovers at our house include sparklers.

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And pictures for posterity!

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Meal prep we ate during this week:

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This is something I posted on Instagram this week with this caption:

This is the song that changed my life. I was on America Online (version 1.5?) when I was 16 years old….looking through people’s profiles who also liked Third Eye Blind (was obsessed with Semi-Charmed Life) and that’s how I found Casey who lived in Albuquerque. I emailed him to let him know he was “cooooooooool” and we became fast friends, talking to each other virtually and on the phone for 3 years. We finally met when I was 19 (he was 21). We’ve been together ever since and have a beautiful boy….all because of a song and the internet. Technology is pretty cool sometimes. ❤️#100daysmusiclyrics

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TEST TEST TEST TEST PEN TEST

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Babies with babies.

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Field trip to Ring Mountain.

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Lessons in serpentinite.

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A D V E N T U R E

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The city off in the distance.

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Art Class volunteering. This week we worked on iguanas with chalk pastels.

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May 12, 2017

I LOVE LISTS

I love lists // shutterbean

  1. What chefs eat when they need to reset.
  2. This will be me soon.
  3. Time machine: check out these photos
  4. A note from your host/hostess
  5. This would have been my childhood dream.
  6. Simple ways to elevate a rice cake. I’m all for this.
  7. Here’s something to put into your breakfast rotation- breakfast salad
  8. A thoughtful discussion about 13 Reasons Why
  9. These please me greatly.
  10. The red one threw me off- but I got age 13.
  11. PARENTING HACKS!
  12. Something to hang up on the wall.
  13. These photos tickle my brain.
  14. A fun project for the Summer.
  15. Proof that lighting makes a difference.
  16. Timing….is everything.
  17. Mothers Day gifts for meeee:  cats / moon phase /a print / perfume
  18. Amazon is going to have a great impact on how we eat.
  19. This is incredibly awkward.
  20. That’s a lot of pills.
  21. I’m just in it for the burger.
  22. Watch yourself with those avocados, people!

Current Favorite Art Supplies

If you're looking to add some fun into your creative routine check out Tracy's Current Favorite Art Supplies on Shutterbean.

I’ve been asked by quite a few people to do a post on my Current Favorite Art Supplies and here it is! These are the things I’m into right now and I’m sure that in a few months, I’ll have a few more things to add to the list.  My melted crayon phase has morphed into a daily routine of practicing my penmanship through  hand lettering song lyrics that mean something to me. It’s been fun!

Here’s what I’m into:

Moleskine Notebooks  I am currently alternating between two books in addition to my bullet journal. I have a leather book for my writing journal and a few of these as sketch books. I like how thin they are and they feel less formal so I don’t feel pressure to make whatever I put in it GOOD. 

Mechanical Pencils- I tried one of these at my sister-in-law’s house and was HOOKED. They write like butter. Smooth, bold and dreamy. Sometimes I break the lead. I am an aggressive pen writer. What can I say?

Koi Brush Pens – I’ve been using these ones lately to color in drawings in my journal and highlight things in my bullet journal. I have to stop letting kids use them because the tips are looking ROUGH around the edges. Fortunately, my local art supply store sells them all independently so I mostly need to replace RED BLUE and BLACK.  

Prisma Colored Pencils – I like to use these ones when I’m working on coloring books. I tend to press hard when I am drawing and these ones provide so much color and pigment that I don’t have to push too hard.

Watercolor Travel Kit – I’ve written about this kit before. It’s my favorite and I’ve had mine forever…although I think I am almost ready for more teal (my favorite watercolor color). It’s small enough to pop in my bag so we have something to play with if we’re out on a family hike or at the beach. I always make sure I have a small mason jar filled with water and some brushes in a little bag and we’re ready to go.

Tombow Dual Brush Pens– These ones are super versatile. TWO PENS IN ONE! The only thing I don’t like is that they’re kind of long and don’t always fit in my pen cases. Oh and also— I lose the caps all the time. But other than that, they’re dreamy!

Staedtler Eraser – They’re the best. If you know of a better eraser, please tell me so I can test them out. I’m always down to try new/ dreamy erasers.

Pentel Brush PensI’ve already written about these on my favorite writing pen post, but a few of you asked me what pen I was using the other day on Instagram, so here it is! I like that you can see brush strokes!

Sharpie Brush Tip I can’t get enough of these. Is it the fumes? Is it because they are inky? When I’m at baseball coloring in the bleachers with the kids, the girls calls these ones the “spongey pens” and that makes me happy. They’re right. These pens are very satisfying to work with when you get the right edge! SPONGEY!

Crayola Twistables Crayons– I don’t like drawing with crayons unless they are these twistables. THEY ARE SO GOOD and I don’t feel like I am going to break them (like a regular crayon) when I’m using them with my giant man hands.

Pentel Pens– Fun fact: I still have the set my mom bought me from Costco when I was like 11. Most of them still work but the tips are SOOOO JANKY. I treated myself to a new set because I deserve it. Also, I don’t let any kids use these. THEY ARE ALL MINE. I want them to last until I pass them onto my grandchildren. Is that too much to ask?

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Are any of you really enjoying new art supplies in your creative routines? I’m always looking for fun art supplies, so let me know! 

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May 8, 2017

Intentions for the Week:

 Every week, Tracy Benjamin from Shutterbean.com types up her TO DO list with her Intentions for the Week post. Check out this week's post!

Happy Monday, friends! Hope you’re doing well. I found out that we have 24 days left of school and I have this tremendous pressure on myself to get as much done as possible (while I can!) before Cooper is off for Summer break. Childcare/working gets a little tricky during the Summer!  Let’s see what my Intentions are for the week….

Intentions for the Week:

  • make kombucha
  • harvest kale/braise it
  • drop off library book + cd
  • school field trip- clean up car/move stuff around
  • mother’s day cards + gifts
  • clean up laptop screen
  • catch up on invoicing
  • follow up on past dues
  • catch up on social media
  • make summer bucket list
  • recipe testing/writing
  • collect items to donate to thrift store
  • follow up on Emma’s package
  • volunteer at thrift store
  • write letters/send/pick up mail at P.O. Box
  • paint toenails
  • yoga x 2
  • hike
  • baseball x 2
  • finish camp sign ups
  • first communion & all the things that go with that! yay Cooper!
  • book haircut appointment
  • grocery shopping/plan for BBQ after baseball game
  • eat healthier/drink more water!!!!

Last Week’s Intentions:

  • keep working on the 100 days project
  • return library books 
  • return Old Navy dress (thinking about bleaching it…)
  • grocery shop
  • kick ass at laundry and get to ground ZERO
  • make a new recipe/map out May calendar 
  • send out letters
  • research more garden stuff  (went to nursery!)
  • put all of my books away (I have so many stacks around the house!)
  • order more bags from ThredUp
  • catch up on emails  (behind!!)
  • catch up on bookkeeping (still have work to do)
  • catch up on social media
  • finish vision board (I didn’t even open my computer file! oops)
  • put away winter clothes
  • packaging supplies for Etsy  (got more prints/samples)
  • yoga  x 2  
  • baseball x 2     lost: 1  won: 1
  • plan for BBQ/sleepover? on Saturday
  • post my April 2017 currently post/share April drawing

 

What about you? What are you up to this week?

Share your intentions in the comments!

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May 7, 2017

My Everyday Life: Week 18

Here’s what this past week looked like on My Everyday Life- Week 18

There’s something so powerful about sitting below a giant tree and resting against the trunk.

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All the May flowers are catching my eye.

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All of these little daisies have been popping up in our yard.

THEY ARE MY FAVORITE THING.

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R O S E

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The colors are pretty crazy!

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On a walk.

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I’m a sucker for a solitaire dandelion.

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Coloring club with my friend Lila. She made me this. So cute, huh?

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We had burgers twice this week….

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Tater tots twice as well.

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Discussing clogs with my neighbor as she picks up her newspaper and I go off for my walk. She reminisced how my dad used to take that same walk when I was a kid…..with his big headphones on. That made me happy.

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This week I went on Instagram Live and wrote people’s names LIVE for 20 minutes.

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May 5, 2017

I LOVE LISTS

I love lists // shutterbean

Welcome to I Love Lists! It’s Friday. Let’s surf the internet together:

  1. Cat owners are guilty of a few things….
  2. A new Wes Anderson movie! YAY
  3. I could use some mini mottos around my house.
  4. What do Chefs notice in restaurants?
  5. What I Needed to Hear
  6. Very cool black out shades.
  7. This doesn’t seem like a good idea. 
  8. What happens if you get shot and how to survive it. I suppose this is helpful?
  9. Are meal kits cheaper than buying groceries?
  10. I wish I knew more about her. I love her smile.
  11. This looks amazing. Too bad it’s sold out!
  12. How old should kids be to get cell phones?
  13. Anthony Bourdain’s favorite airport foods.
  14. Mirrors reflecting on a lake. This is so beautiful.
  15. Apparently, I am 42, and they got my height correct! 5’7″!
  16. The history of McDonald’s uniforms (I love stuff like this)
  17. Muji hut for the backyard. Yes, please.
  18. Passwords….ugh…they are the death of me.
  19. If you need help creating a cleaning schedule.
  20. See ya later, June! I’m gonna binge watch House of Cards!
  21. People who work in hospitals are miracle workers.
  22. The backfire effect <—– good read!