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September 7, 2018

I LOVE LISTS

 

 I LOVE LISTS // a collection of links from the 'net on Shutterbean.com

I LOVE LISTS:

 

  1. This bathroom is beautiful
  2. I knew it!
  3. CAN YOU EVEN IMAGINE?!
  4. There goes the neighborhood.
  5. My favorite overalls are now in black.
  6. So excited about this cake & book!
  7. I love shadow play.
  8. Tunashamed. Lol. Oops.
  9. Cat life.
  10. People are not saving money for retirement these days.
  11. But really, how does Oprah’s new pizza taste?
  12. Weekend plans: chocolate cobbler for 2, wine & uno
  13. Nearly half of young Americans are deleting Facebook from their phones.
  14. Some effective ways to minimize jet lag. I wish I had a reason for jet lag!
  15. Thrift store uses Jeff Goldblum to boost business
  16. Teachers are moonlighting as Instagram influencers.
  17. Don’t be paralyzed by idea debt.
  18. So many journal apps!  Mine is my blog.
  19. da Vinci’s journals have been digitized!
  20. How sneaky!
  21. Some of the best books for book clubs. 
  22. I’ve been missing Ryan Gosling. Definitely excited for this new movie.
  23. This microphone has brought new life into my house!

 

NEWS FLASH!

I’m on a podcast!  I’m talking meal prep on the  Didn’t I Just Feed You Podcast!   Check out episode 7!

 

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September 4, 2018

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 TUESDAY, folks.

Did you have a nice Labor Day break?  This weekend we had some playdates, Casey and Cooper worked on sanding & painting at the baseball field, and I went on a cleaning/organizing rampage.  I put a lot of things off during the summer and so it felt good to get quite a few spaces cleared out. Especially now that we have baseball and school routines in full swing. I have two garbage bags filled with things to donate. YESSSSSSSS to getting rid of things that no longer serve us!

This weekend I organized:

I also did some painting! I haven’t done any since I finished the #100daysartbeforebreakfast project. It felt good to mix paint again. I forgot how therapeutic it is for me.

Also did some meal prep:

 

Be sure to follow my hashtag on Instagram for more! #shutterbeanmealprep

AND!!! I was able to get to ground zero on laundry. High for productive holiday weekends. I know I wasn’t supposed to be working, but when you’ve got the high straightenance bug, you have to run with it.

These are my Intentions for the Week (even though it’s a short week!)

Intentions for the Week:

  • clean up files on computer/ go through Dropbox files
  • edit photos/post/invoice
  • dinner with the family
  • visit Candytopia
  • Mom’s night out at school
  • stay on top of laundry so it doesn’t get out of hand
  • make car appointment
  • sort through emails
  • return Stitchfix (get $25 off your first box with this promo)
  • work on new recipe
  • passport photo?
  • work on Etsy things
  • watch classes on productivity/finance on Skillshare
  • make kombucha
  • wear my Fitbit every day and track steps
  • drink enough water
  • get enough sleep
  • drop off donations
  • finish commissioned lettering project(!!)
  • start Ozark season 2 on Netflix
  • clean up inbox

 

Last Week’s Intentions:

  • laundry
  • housecleaning duties
  • send mail
  • find a good pace with lunch making
  • work on new recipes
  • post about dehydrator (you can see it here)
  • finish packing prints
  • get my head organized
  • sort out the fridge
  • work on currently August 2018 ( you can see it here)
  • make kombucha
  • make zucchini noodles 
  • drink enough water
  • try to have lunch with my Dad
  • confirm class with Ali
  • take a skillshare class about time management 
  • more family dinners
  • get outside for a hike
  • workout at the gym a few times
  • wear my Fitbit every day and track steps (missed two days!)
  • edit photos/deliver
  • fix fastrack thing
  • etsy stuff

Mantra for the Week:

 

 

Pump song for the week:

 

I hope you have a productive 4 day week!

Don’t forget to write down your Intentions for the Week. It will help you get your brain in the game.

xo Tracy

 

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September 3, 2018

Currently: August 2018

Currently: August 2018 on Shutterbean.com

Currently August 2018:

 

Goodbye August, Hello September.

August was a doozy.  August always is if you have a child out of school for the summer. There’s this pull of trying to savor all the time with your child while working and then sometimes wanting to go back to school just because you love a routine and rhythm. Summer seems to end the second school starts.

And here we are in September already.

Here’s what August 2017 &  August 2016  looked like btw. I love reading some of my old entries.

The weird thing about living in the Bay Area (where I have lived most of my life), is that this is the time of year where the leaves start changing and we get hints of Autumn cues like leaves falling but then we are BLASTED with heat. It’s very confusing for the mind. Especially when you just want to settle into sweater weather and start getting cozy.

August was my birthday month. I turned 39. This is the last year of my 40s. This was also the first birthday I had without my Mom. We were up in Tahoe for it. It’s such a weird thing to go on a yearly vacation without her. Trips are more mellow and quiet. At least this trip I got to stay up late talking with my friend Eileen til 2 AM. My mom would have been proud.

For every birthday, my parents would call me first thing in the morning. They’d have the phone on speaker phone. Their singing was a little off tune. My mom lead the way. This was the first time it didn’t happen.  We were in Tahoe and my Dad had a major head cold. New normals.

I did receive:

a birthday card that sang me “CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES” (the kind of card my mom would have sent me)

a birthday package from a friend who was glad I was born

a birthday bracelet from my boys that looks like the veins of a tree.

a birthday voxer from a friend who imitated Marilyn Monroe’s voice

a double date night in Tahoe with lots of drinks, food and a dairy queen cone with my bro & sis

at least a dozen birthday cards in my PO BOX (THANK YOU)

Birthdays are a trip when you get older. I am just so glad that people are still thoughtful. THANK YOU.

This month was also big because my 6-page spread in Better Homes & Gardens on Meal Prepping came out!

My Everyday Life: Week 29 on Shutterbean.com

It was so awesome to see so many people tag me in their photos of the magazine in their Instagram stories. It felt so fun and special knowing that a lot of you are cooking from the story.

My Everyday Life: Week 29 on Shutterbean.com

The assignment came at a particularly tough time during my grief process and knowing that it would have made my mom so proud kept me going. Thank you so much to Nancy & team!  Thank you for believing in me and thank you for lighting a fire under my butt to get my work together to show. It was just what I needed at the time.

My Everyday Life: Week 29 on Shutterbean.com

Currently: August 2018 on Shutterbean.com

 

CONTINUE READING

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September 2, 2018

My Everyday Life: Week 35

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 35

Getting into the swing of things with our first full week of school.

Brought out Cooper’s habit tracker from last year. Putting it to good use!

My Everyday Life: Week 35 on Shutterbean.com

I always have so many things to bring with me when I’m headed to the car.

My Everyday Life: Week 35 on Shutterbean.com

Cooper’s first caramel apple. Ate half. Saved it. Forgot about it.

Friends with the best book collections.

My Everyday Life: Week 35 on Shutterbean.com

Watching my friend Joel shoot yoga poses.

My Everyday Life: Week 35 on Shutterbean.com

CONTINUE READING

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August 31, 2018

I LOVE LISTS

I LOVE LISTS // a collection of links from the 'net on Shutterbean.com

I LOVE LISTS:

  1. All couples need a chore audit.
  2. How they teach people to fall asleep in the military
  3. Oh look, you can live in a cave.
  4. Conserve the sound. So many of my favorite sounds in one place!
  5. How/Why kids become materialistic. 
  6. I was actually just thinking about her recently.
  7. Catching up on the evolution of Polaroid
  8. Let’s go for a hike
  9. What’s the right emergency fund amount?
  10. For all of the peaches, you need to use up.
  11. But seriously though, when are we not working these days?
  12. What’s the value of staying in the lines?
  13. Some of these actually sound good. Some, I just don’t believe.
  14. Here are some teacher memes for all of my teacher friends.
  15. This blog feels like a hug.
  16. The history behind some common phrases & idioms
  17. Whoa, that’s a crazy light show.
  18. What California’s first responders are eating
  19. Angles are your friend.
  20. Let’s explore all the best drives in the world together
  21. Libraries are holding us all together. Amen.
  22. This is the age when your self-esteem peaks.

 

The ingredients of a perfect Friday Night:

A book

A bath with Epsom salt

A robe for the full spa experience

A warm beverage, or your favorite tea

Aromatherapy with a magic-making diffuser

The End

Have a great weekend!

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August 29, 2018

Homemade Dried Fruit

Ever wanted to Make Your Own Homemade Dried Fruit? Tracy from Shutterbean shows you how!

Have you ever made your own Homemade Dried Fruits?

NO?!!

Have you wanted to?

YES?!!

Well then, let me show you a fun weekend project for you!

Ever wanted to Make Your Own Homemade Dried Fruit? Tracy from Shutterbean shows you how!

Did you say hello to my Nesco dehydrator?

CONTINUE READING

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August 26, 2018

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:

Hello friends!

It’s MONDAY! Yet, again. How are we feeling today?

This weekend we ran errands, hit up an estate sale (got some neat things!), had 6 boys and adults over, an art playdate and much needed time in my office sorting papers. WILL I EVER CATCH UP ON PAPERS?!! (no). I am trying to streamline life as we head into the school year. That means I am trying to find a place for everything and put everything in its place. Also trying hard to do as many things ahead of time as I can so I have some down time in the week. Bottom line: I AM TRYING.

If you’re going back to school this week, here’s a post I wrote to help you get your head in the game!

Last week I shot three recipes for One Potato and my kitchen went through the ringer! I am hoping to spend some time doing some deep cleaning things like sort out my fridge and clean through the freezer. It’s amazing what will pile up if you don’t pay attention closely. Let’s take a moment and get our intentions for the week down!

Intentions for the Week:

  • laundry
  • housecleaning duties
  • send mail
  • find a good pace with lunch making
  • work on new recipes
  • post about dehydrator
  • finish packing prints
  • get my head organized
  • sort out the fridge
  • work on currently August 2018
  • make kombucha
  • make zucchini noodles 
  • drink enough water
  • try to have lunch with my Dad
  • confirm class with Ali
  • take a skillshare class about time management 
  • more family dinners
  • get outside for a hike
  • workout at the gym a few times
  • wear my Fitbit every day and track steps
  • edit photos/deliver
  • fix fastrack thing
  • etsy stuff

 

Last Week’s Intentions:

  • unpack from trip
  • laundry
  • write down Intentions for the School Year
  • make a list of all the things required for school right now
  • spend time with the calendar
  • put the registration sticker on my car
  • fix FasTrak thing
  • drink enough water
  • keep fridge clean
  • get my steps in with my Fitbit
  • make time for friends
  • make an appointment for an oil change
  • catch up on social media
  • sign contract/send
  • catch up on email
  • file my nails (they look awful)
  • make sure back to school shopping is done
  • shop/style/shoot recipes for One Potato
  • give myself permission to go slow
  • figure out what the heck I’m going to post on my etsy shop
  • post a new recipe

 

Mantra 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:

 

Your pump jam: