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September 11, 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, friends!

 Sending love and light to Florida + Houston. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. Stay safe!

Last week was kind of a doozy. Casey was in Brazil for work so it was just Cooper and me at home. Still getting into the swing of school stuff. There have been so many events! We’re also starting fall baseball so our weekend was filled with that. The pace is picking up on the treadmill of life.

This week, I need to carve out some time to look at my calendar. There are a lot of things coming up and I need to ground myself and plan. I’ve been putting it off for too long and now it’s time to get a realistic view of it all. You know?  Here are my intentions for the week. I may not do them all but at least I’m figuring it out!

Intentions for the Week:

  • write thank you notes/send out letters
  • yoga and or dance class- GET MOVING
  • get out in nature. hike if I can.
  • have a date with my calendar
  • work on handwriting book
  • drop off library books
  • plan a date with my husband
  • get guest bedroom ready
  • book chiropractor
  • go to bank
  • edit photos/invoice
  • prep for One Potato shoot
  • catch up on social media
  • follow up with dentist
  • meal prep
  • play around with my new yonanas machine (THANK YOU SALLY!!!!)
  • make kombucha
  • LAUNDRY
  • finalize Cooper’s birthday plans
  • research bleacher seats
  • keep my desk clean
  • clean out car
  • make some cookies this week
  • eat healthier (planning on doing Whole30 at the end of the month)

Last Week’s Intentions:

  • drop off donations
  • continue sorting through office supplies
  • yoga + dance class
  • LAUNDRY
  • return library books
  • photography lighting testing 
  • catch up on social media
  • work on handwriting workbook
  • spend time with friends  ( the highlight of the week was beach time!)
  • spend time with family
  • see if Cooper still likes curried chicken & rice  (we didn’t get to!)
  • put together photography proposals
  • photograph recipe for one potato
  • invoice/send photos
  • make a video for @thehandwritingclub  (did an Instagram Live!)
  • make kombucha
  • make banana bread (froze a ton of bananas instead)
  • continue to clean up the files on my computer
  • keep fridge clean/use up what we have
  • Cooper birthday party planning 
  • practice some self care (pluck eyebrows! take a bath?)
  • book chiropractor appointment (I didn’t and my back gave out last week!!!)
  • drink more water (this cup is REALLY helping!)
  • rest when I need to

mantra for the week:

I love lists // shutterbean

Thanks for following @thehandwritingclub on Instagram !!!!!!!

What about you? What are your Intentions for the Week? Map them out in your journal or leave them in the comments!

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September 10, 2017

My Everyday Life: Week 36

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

We spent Labor Day at the beach with friends!

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The weather was weird. It was smokey, overcast, sunny and then it rained.

My Everyday Life: Week 36 on Shutterbean.com

We had a good time though! Casey was working in Brazil this week so it was just us two.

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When friends leave me voxer messages, I make notes.

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Time travel.

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Nightstand area.

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We got Chipotle this week. Cooper was thrilled.

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Ella is a princess.

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Morning in Mill Valley.

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Breakfast with my friend Lisa. 

My Everyday Life: Week 36 on Shutterbean.com

We went to the library where I saw this!!!!!

My Everyday Life: Week 36 on Shutterbean.com

And then we sat underneath redwoods…

 

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September 8, 2017

I LOVE LISTS

I love lists // shutterbean

 

  1. Digital ads on college campus. This is 2017.
  2. New York Street Life + Stanley Kubrick
  3. Blame tech for your high priced back to school shopping list.
  4. This makes me want to take notes.
  5. Something for hiking. Can we call it a fanny pack?
  6. I know a few writers who are teachers.
  7. How the famous vacation.
  8. This could open up a whole other world of possibilities. 
  9. I am mildly intrigued by pizza potatoes.
  10. This salad looks incredible.
  11. Mom! Look at how cute this is.
  12. Definitely Type A
  13. Adventure Kit: bag / pen case /art supplies / time alone / a good book
  14. Tbh, GAP hasn’t impressed me in years.
  15. Nature = 100% NOPE
  16. I listened to this while writing the other day – it’s very good!
  17. Peanut butter on a sourdough roll with apricot jam.
  18. The Ambition Collision. 
  19. Don’t bug your server.
  20. You’ll never be famous and that’s OK.
  21. How to Accept Your Body
  22. Something to make soon- Easy Little Bread
  23. How to Write a Love Letter

 

 

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September 6, 2017

School Lunch Ideas

Tracy from Shutterbean shares some of her School Lunch Ideas!

Cooper’s school lunches have morphed quite a bit throughout the years. Cooper is now in third grade and has been giving the responsibility of making his own lunch. YAAAAAAY!!!  I’ve already discussed this before, but Cooper is a finicky eater and in some ways, it’s actually a blessing. He likes pretty much the same thing for lunch most days, so I don’t there isn’t a need to always try new things when it comes to lunch. I like how sometimes it becomes an auto-pilot situation.

It took us quite awhile to figure out what he likes in his lunch. Now we have a base that we stick to and swap things out from time to time. Sometimes I repurpose leftovers to make life easier and every once in awhile I’ll throw a treat in there because I believe that if he had one every day, it wouldn’t be as much of a treat 😉 We shake up the snacks and rotate those out but for the most part his lunch looks something like this:

Tracy from Shutterbean shares some of her School Lunch Ideas!

Most of his lunches look like this: 

  • Sandwich (turkey, lettuce, mustard)
  • Snack (sometimes 2 depending on school)
  • Chips/pretzels
  • Fruit/Vegetable
  • water

To start the new school year off right, I wrote out a list of things he likes right now. This is the template that I keep in my bullet journal so that I have something to refer to when I am out grocery shopping. I can’t recommend this enough. It’s been so helpful to know all the ingredients I can to work with.

 

Tracy from Shutterbean shares some of her School Lunch Ideas!

I am thinking of printing this out, laminating it and keeping it in my bag. Is that too much? I think I just really want to use my laminator.

Tracy from Shutterbean shares some of her School Lunch Ideas!

Current Equipment:

 

TUNA SALAD SANDWICH // shutterbeanSandwiches/Sandwich Alternatives

SNACK IDEAS:

Apples + Lime Juice // shutterbean

Snacks:

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Energy Bars // shutterbean

Treats:

Tracy from Shutterbean shares some of her School Lunch Ideas!

Don’t forget to leave a love note!

I like to write random notes for Cooper on post-its and washi tape  :)  The best part? Sometimes Cooper will leave me notes around the house because he knows how nice it feels to get one in his lunchbox. It’s the sweetest.  Jokes are always fun too. I have this joke book for kids  in our kitchen and sometimes I’ll write a joke out and put it in his lunch. He LOVES it.

Shutterbean School Lunch Ideas

You can see some of our past lunches here: #shutterbeanschoollunch

I hope this inspires you to get your ideas together and write out your own School Lunch Ideas list. If you’re looking to get your kids in the kitchen, you might like this post I wrote- Kids in the Kitchen.

Is there anything that’s been a huge hit in your family? I’d love to hear. Leave a comment!

 

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September 4, 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 everyone! I spent most of Saturday introverting/organizing my desk. Sunday was spent with friends and catching up on work.  It feels good to have a RESET to my work space. New systems of organization make me happy. It was so cluttered before and I had the hardest time focusing. If you’re feeling uninspired, try cleaning your desk. It will set the tone for your day.  Also, make your bed. Always.

If you have today off from work (here in America it’s Labor day!), try to take the time to recharge your battery. Perhaps you can make a list of intentions for this week?

Should we start a hashtag on instagram? #intentionsfortheweek How does that sound?

Here are my Intentions for the Week

This Week’s Intentions:

  • drop off donations
  • continue sorting through office supplies
  • yoga + dance class
  • LAUNDRY
  • return library books
  • photography lighting testing
  • catch up on social media
  • work on handwriting workbook
  • spend time with friends
  • spent time with family
  • see if Cooper still likes curried chicken & rice
  • put together photography proposals
  • photograph recipe for one potato
  • invoice/send photos
  • make a video for @thehandwritingclub
  • make kombucha
  • make banana bread
  • continue to clean up the files on my computer
  • keep fridge clean/use up what we have
  • Cooper birthday party planning
  • practice some self care (pluck eyebrows! take a bath?)
  • book chiropractor appointment
  • drink more water (this cup is REALLY helping!)
  • rest when I need to

Last Week’s Intentions:

  • make a list of lunches for lunch post/map it out (almost done! stay tuned)
  • LAUNDRY
  • yoga + dance class
  • grocery shop 
  • prep for photoshoot for One Potato
  • clean out fridge
  • clean the bathrooms
  • library visit
  • book a chiropractor appointment (will do this week)
  • make it so I have two eyebrows and not one… (still walking around with a unibrow)
  • give myself a pedicure
  • work on Currently post for August
  • figure out if I will do the Whole30 in September (OCTOBER!)
  • map out/plan Cooper’s birthday party
  • make banana bread with leftover overripe bananas (made banana ice cream instead)
  • make kombucha
  • try to make good food choices this week (too much bread)
  • work on editorial calendar (didn’t)
  • catch up on letter writing (didn’t make enough time for this this week)
  • catch up on emails (always an ongoing process)
  • catch up on podcasts while I do house cleaning
  • transfer photos to external hard drive   (I did it! YAY!)
  • DRINK WATER (this helps greatly!)
  • make some time to keep my creativity going
  • spread the word about The Handwriting Club on Instagram!

Mantra for the Week:

I love lists // shutterbean

What can you do to make your week run smoothly?

How can you be present for those you love? 

Write down your intentions on a piece of paper.

take a pic and tag #intentionsfortheweek

or leave a comment below!

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

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September 3, 2017

My Everyday Life: Week 35

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

Another Einstein spotting!

 

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I spent 15 minutes making notes while in Marin Art & Garden Center.

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Rise + shine

My Everyday Life: Week 35 on Shutterbean.com

A vision for my front yard, perhaps.

 

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Very Hansel + Gretel like.

 

My Everyday Life: Week 35 on Shutterbean.com

Their love makes me so happy.

 

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Biggest item on my TO DO list:

CLEAN OUT FRIDGE

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BEFORE

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AFTER!

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Cake + pool

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Look at that face! This is Spencer.

 

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Burgers protein style (mine with mushrooms) plus tots

 

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CONTINUE READING

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September 1, 2017

I LOVE LISTS

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

Happy Friday! Here’s a list because I LOVE LISTS!!! 

  1. 2017 tech + Ikea
  2. Make a customised letter board cake. 
  3. Does anyone have one of these Yonanas machines? It’s on my wishlist.
  4. People are already making jokes about Whole Foods + Amazon
  5. Also, here are the products you can get at Whole Foods now
  6. Proof that you can take great photos with simple hacks.
  7. Why women make better butchers than men
  8. The greatest goths in literary history
  9. These charcoal portraits are STUNNING
  10. I wish I grew up with playgrounds like these
  11. Are you embracing gray hair? I’m settling in with it.
  12. Underwater Hotels in Dubai look cool/eerie.
  13. Man caves are B.S.
  14. A perfect weeknight dinner.
  15. Quotation marks used “wrong”
  16. This photo gives me anxiety.
  17. Snack horoscopes. I’m goldfish!
  18. I could use one of these for my bullet journal.
  19. Food Banks in action during Hurricane Harvey. People helping people!
  20. How colors become trademarks
  21. Game changer in the Benjamin household: Automatic Cat Feeder
  22. If you want to be a better cook, here are some essentials
  23. Change your voice to sound more confident. (Mom- look who it is!)
  24. Where to donate to Hurricane Harvey besides Red Cross
  25. Food for Labor Day Weekend!

 have a great weekend!