July 15, 2018

My Everyday Life: Week 28

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 28

In case you were wondering…

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This week I finished the #100daysbeforebreakfast project! YAAAAAAAAY

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Delicate flowers.

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I worked on this one for awhile.

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When I was working on this one while my friend Nicole was over, a butterfly flew up to one of the flowers and tried to rest on it.

It happened twice!

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My friends brought their new baby over! So nice to have a little baby in our house.

This is Rowan!

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July 13, 2018


 Welcome to I love Lists! Let’s see what’s up with the internet this week:


  1. Animal facts!
  2. What makes this cat look like it has a human face? I mean it does… is it the eyes?
  3. Social media depression is on the rise.  I totally get it and it suuuucks.
  4. How to eat like a marine in the field.
  5. The middle child is going extinct. I didn’t even think about this!
  6. The dangers of distracted parenting are real.
  7. 10 traits every aspiring artist needs according to Frank Lloyd Wright
  8. A new routine for you- set a new alarm for each day of the week.
  9. You can blame/thank California for all of your fancy pizza toppings.
  10. People are impressed by this lemon rolling down the street
  11. When parents push too hard or not enough
  12. Put your phone away!
  13. This must be so cool to see in person
  14. Make a pizza with a tortilla. Smart thinking!
  15. Short story clubs are the new book clubs
  16. That would be camel pose for me.
  17. The most popular video game that I won’t let Cooper play
  18. Oprah is doing is going to be part of a restaurant chain
  19. Apparently telling people to “Find Their Passion” is terrible advice
  20. I was wondering why some big Instagram accounts are private
  21. The Power of Positive People is real
  22. The different between perfume, cologne & other fragrances
  23. #5 gives me life
  24. All the top restaurants in California

Are you watching The Handmaid’s Tale?  We have 4 episodes left! AHHHHH

My favorite pen + paper combo– black paper & this white pen

This sweatshirt is making me happy this summer! So lightweight and stretchy.


July 11, 2018

Strawberry Shrub

If you're looking for a refreshing non-alcoholic drink, mix this Strawberry Shrub with sparkling water! Recipe on Shutterbean.com


The second you whip out a jar of this strawberry shrub to add to sparkling water or a mixed drink people will be immediately intrigued.

You will begin by explaining what a shrub is because someone will be curious and want to know more.

A shrub? What’s a shrub?


If you're looking for a refreshing non-alcoholic drink, mix this Strawberry Shrub with sparkling water! Recipe on Shutterbean.com

A shrub is a sweetened vinegar-based syrup used for cocktails & mocktails. It’s sweet and tangy and makes an excellent mixer.

Chances are they want to try it. (If they don’t, they’re not your people).

Do they want to try it alone?

Do they want to try it with sparkling water?

Do they want to mix it in a cocktail or stir it into some kombucha?

Offer these choices only if you have them.

Make a friend.

Share a shrub.

If you're looking for a refreshing non-alcoholic drink, mix this Strawberry Shrub with sparkling water! Recipe on Shutterbean.com

Tell them how easy it is! Or don’t… it tastes so good, people will think you’re a kitchen whiz.

Make sure to take all the credit.


July 9, 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 Monday, friends!

Last week was a pretty social week. The repercussions of social weeks are that I don’t get all of the things I set out to get done, done.

That is how we get a pile of laundry on my bedroom floor that lasts for a few days until I work up the energy to tackle it. You just said hello, to my Monday night. I was just feeling like I got into a good routine with laundry too!

I had a great time with friends. It was worth it.

I’ve got a few podcasts to catch up on anyways.

One of the interesting things about laundry is that it never ends. My Dad is now understanding this as he had spent about 48 years of his life having my mom do his laundry for him.

He’s pretty cute about it though. He was telling me that he came up with a system of shirts and once he gets to #4 he knows it’s time to start the laundry load again. I admire his tenacity. I love that he is coming up with systems. Perhaps this is where I get that from? Either way, life goes on and so does laundry. We will get to it, sometimes we just have to live and wear clothes that need to be washed.

This week we have some more social commitments. I have to make sure my house is clean after we have friends over this weekend.

Dishes have piled up.

Time for me to delegate some responsibilities.

Time to start mapping out My Intentions for the Week

Intentions for the Week:

  • laundry
  • spend quality time with friends
  • clean up the kitchen from the weekend
  • figure out meals for hangouts this week
  • get work done so I can feel good about hanging out with friends
  • catch up on computer work
  • get haircut
  • post a new recipe
  • edit photos
  • get used to using a windows computer, RIP MAC LAPTOP
  • play some board games with Cooper
  • binge on Handmaid’s Tale at night
  • choose sleep over watching another episode a few times at least
  • work through this workbook while I try to eat healthily
  • get my heart rate up/go workout or hike or both (Fitbit is helping)
  • work on summer bucket list
  • finish up my #100daysartbeforebreakfast project
  • find a sticker for my water bottle
  • spend time daydreaming about vacation/mapping out intentions
  • give myself permission to slow down when I need to
  • ask for help when I need to
  • make healthier eating choices when possible
  • catch up on bookkeeping


Last Week’s Intentions:


  • laundry  (FAILED)
  • unpack from the weekend
  • this includes the car!
  • Continue work on #100daysartbeforebreakfast
  • make ice cream cake
  • edit photos
  • post June wrap up  (here you go)
  • write postcards/send  (I wrote one, need a better goal)
  • take good care of my skin
  • try to go to bed at a reasonable hour (NOPE)
  • catch up on social media
  • catch up on bookkeeping
  • make art with Cooper (he wrote me a poem, does that count?)
  • finalize 4th of July menu/ make a dessert
  • work on front yard- plant more plants
  • drink enough water
  • continue sorting out Cooper’s old clothes
  • work on at least one shelf in pantry
  • track what I eat in my food journal (this week through me off. dang, 4th!)
  • limit carbs (umm see above)
  • find time to meditate or leisure read or both (had a moment on my hammock)
  • get as many steps a day as I can with my fitbit.
  • make kombucha
  • Take pictures of items for poshmark 
  • figure out broken laptop situation (UGGH)

Mantra for the Week:

Welcome to I LOVE LISTS. It's Friday and Tracy of Shutterbean.com shares her finds from the internet on a weekly list called I LOVE LISTS!

Have a wonderful/productive week! Don’t forget to write down your own Intentions for the Week to help hold you accountable to ACTION!


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July 8, 2018

My Everyday Life: Week 27

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 27

Menu for the 4th.

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I made a smaller version of my epic cheeseboard. Fewer vegetables. More cheese.

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There’s Mom’s green salad in her kitchen!

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Lobster on the 4th! That’s a first.

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I am so grateful for the time I get to spend with my Dad.

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A walk up Lombard street with my niece & her boyfriend.

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Love birds.

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We came back for dessert. Blueberry pudding cake. I made it because I remember my mom made it for my dad (from the recipe on my site!) and I know he liked it!

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I forget how awesome the fireworks are on the 4th. The ones on New Year’s are a different story all together.

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July 6, 2018


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


  1. How to pray when you’re mad at God.
  2. Vintage photos of grocery stores. LOVE THIS.
  3. Can you imagine finding a bear in your hot tub?
  4. These underwater photos are amazing.
  5. I agree.
  6. One in every color please.
  7. The man who created the world wide web has regrets.
  8. Why no one answers their phone these days.
  9. I’d like to be the photographer for this bookstore, please. 
  10. Easy Shrimp Po’ Boy. You had me at Easy.
  11. Vanity plate spotting is one of the favorite things in my everyday life.
  12. Let’s go on a trip across the country to find all of our favorite fried chicken places. 
  13. We do this with Cooper!
  14. I love the Coen Brothers. 
  15. This is why you don’t succeed.
  16. The rise & fall of the Simpsons
  17. Why the best retailers think like UX designers
  18. Emotional Realness is the key to Drag Race’s success.
  19. All the salads. 
  20. Nature knows what’s up.
  21. Umm. I didn’t even think about this. 
  22. I would actually play this house flipping video game.
  23. Having hearing loss is very isolating (I know!) this photo series shows that
  24. I now what to go to the Fancy Foods Show. 
  25. What does the American Dream look like these days?




Books added to the collection: Be Here Now  /  Intuitive Eating Workbook

I used this derma roller this week. My skin feels softer. It was weird at first but I’m gonna keep using it to see what the fuss is about. Anyone else into it?

Also! Been using Castor Oil on my lashes & eyebrows to help growth and I’m seeing results.  I bought a few mascara wands to dip in and apply. I like that it’s natural and I do it whenever I feel like it which is not every day.

July 3, 2018

Currently: June 2018

Currently June 2018 - a monthly recap from Tracy of Shutterbean.com

Currently: June 2018

I really enjoy looking at these posts every now and then and seeing how much my life has changed/stayed the same in the past two years. Here’s what was going on in June 2017 & June 2016, if you want to take a look. Also, there’s some part of me that’s happy I started this column because I know my Mom had a good time reading through them. It’s kind of like opening up my diary.

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June was all about baseball (mostly). Cooper was in the playoffs. We had practice all the time and then he was in All-Stars as well. For a few weeks, it meant that our dinners were rushed or on the go. It also meant that Cooper and Casey weren’t home for dinner so I had quite a few solo dinners. Not spending that time doing cooking was good and bad. I felt a little out of my routine and now that baseball is over, I’m glad to have family dinners that don’t require rushing off to bed afterward.

Right now, we’re settling into a Summer schedule, balancing a few camps and working from home.



Currently June 2018 - a monthly recap from Tracy of Shutterbean.com