December 21, 2018


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


  1. 33 rules for being an artist.
  2. Taking Christmas trees to a whole new level!
  3. Hungover parenting is another level of hell
  4. The best SNL skits from 2018
  5. 2018 is the year of Churro cereal!
  6. Your notifications are lying to you
  7. Teachers share their most memorable gifts from students.
  8. Nut milk tech is getting super advanced now. What’s next??
  9. These wedding photographs are good for my creative brain to see
  10. Don’t steal packages off of people’s doorsteps.
  11. This is incredible
  12. All I want for Christmas is this, this, and this
  13. I love this art so much
  14. This was one of my favorite scenes from the movie- The Isle of Dogs
  15. The most annoying things about air travel ranked.
  16. The DNA tests people are taking have unexpected results.
  17. A really nice way to use your airline miles.
  18. Hershey kisses are missing their tips these days!
  19. We are now in the future.
  20. Here’s a cool way to seal treat bags with an iron.
  21. The most popular New Yorker cartoons of 2018 are funny
  22. Need shopping help? check out my Fun Gift Guide & My Favorite Things from 2018


December 20, 2018

Fun Gift Guide



Favorite Fun Things to Buy for your White Elephant gift exchange picked by Tracy from Shutterbean.com

For many years our holidays were spent with my in-laws (a lot of them moved out of CA!) and our family tradition included a White Elephant gift exchange. It was always one of my most favorite parts of our holidays. We would all gather around together and laugh/steal presents.  Lottery tickets are always an exciting wild card to the party!  Today I put together this little  Fun Gift Guide if you’re last minute shopping (like me!) and need some of my favorite ideas.

  1. Table Tennis Kit we have one of these and it is AWESOME.
  2.  Shower Cup Holder – who doesn’t want wine in the shower?
  3. Light Box Letters  -got this at the white elephant gift exchange last year! I have it in my office and it’s awesome.
  4. Karaoke Mic – if you follow my Instagram stories, you already know how much I love this.
  5. Drinking Buddies I bought these drink markers for my Mom one year. We still use them!
  6.  Rainbow Maker  – give the gift of rainbows! I gave my Mom this two years ago and it’s still up in her kitchen making rainbows.
  7. Amazon Gift Card – gift cards are my love language. They create opportunities to get whatever I what when I want it!
  8. Tool Kit -these are always a hot commodity when there are dudes around. I think it would be smart to keep one in my car.
  9. Cards Against Humanity Always good for a laugh! I have fond memories playing this game with my Mom + Dad in Tahoe.

Happy gift giving!


December 19, 2018

Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding

For our family Christmas Eve celebration, my Mom would make a croissant bread pudding (Ina’s of course) and sour cream coffee cake for dessert along with a store-bought bouche noel (because she knew my brother Ryan liked it so much).  Come dessert time, my Dad was always on coffee duty, my husband passed out on the floor in a food coma and Cooper in the other room, eyeing all of the presents under the tree, chomping at the bit to open one. We would always be so stuffed from appetizers (sorry!) and dinner when she served the bread pudding. My Dad would do his classic, “You gotta try this!” cheer to get us all to join in, while we all cried “MERCY!”

That didn’t stop me from taking a slice of her coffee cake…

Her bread pudding came back to greet us for Christmas breakfast the next morning paired with her oven baked bacon.  If I close my eyes, I can see her crossword puzzle on the kitchen counter, the sound of the kitchen fan buzzing as I watch her SLOOOOWLY flip bacon over in the baking sheet. She would do it at such a slow pace that it would take all of my willpower to NOT step in and take over for her. We would sit down around the table, she’d sprinkle some powdered sugar on top and eat together in our pajamas while she stood in the kitchen in her Christmas day/I’m not a morning person haze.  I am so grateful I had so many years of this exact routine.

I’ve been on a cinnamon raisin toast kick for the past few months. Problem with this new food obsession is that I am the only one who eats it in my house. I had a whole loaf in the fridge and was thinking about my Mom and her bread pudding so I put this little Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding together and made it for a special weeknight dessert. It’s a great way to use up leftover bread. It’s a great dessert or breakfast for that matter! Scoop with vanilla ice cream for dessert, dust with a little bit of powdered sugar for breakfast. Always serve warm!

In the process, I found out that Cooper is a fan of bread pudding, so that is incredibly exciting for us!  Maybe I can start a new tradition with it in my own home?


December 17, 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!

This is your friendly reminder to slow down if you can. Take your time with things. Don’t rush! I was rushing around my house yesterday and ended up breaking my pinky toe (I think!). Be present and don’t hurry. That’s when mistakes happen.  Everyone is rushing around and stress is at an all-time high.

Questions for you this week:

  • What can you do to make things easier for yourself?
  • How can you ask for help?

Feeling lost? Start with an Intentions for the Week list. Here’s mine!

Intentions for the Week:

  • laundry
  • finish up Christmas shopping
  • get bloodwork done
  • make doctor’s appointment
  • finish addressing + mailing holiday cards
  • send out packages to family + friends
  • straighten up workspace after packaging is done
  • gift for teachers
  • make another batch of chocolate chunk blondies
  • make banana bread with all the bananas I have leftover
  • make instant pot applesauce
  • drink enough water
  • take a bath
  • conference call prep
  • make more family dinners at home
  • meditate
  • order more food journals
  • get rid of paper piles around the house
  • do meal prep
  • make cream of spinach soup
  • grocery shop
  • bookkeeping
  • catch up on social media
  • events for school
  • plan a date night with Casey!
  • take pictures of our holiday decorations

Last Week’s Intentions:

  • laundry
  • sell Food Journal!
  • address my holiday cards & send them out!
  • make a new cookie recipe/share recipe
  • work on packages/orders
  • trip to the post office (maybe a few trips!)
  • go out for a drive at night this week with the family- look at lights!
  • get some exercise
  • spend time around the Christmas tree
  • clean up office
  • clean out fridge/do some meal prep
  • remember to eat healthy food
  • drink enough water/tea
  • have a date with the calendar
  • plan a date night with Casey
  • grocery shop
  • bookkeeping
  • library time
  • donate items to school
  • work on Christmas shopping
  • keep the house tidy
  • give myself permission to go slow when I need to! (I tried at times!)

Mantra for the Week:


Pump Jam for the Week:

Have a great week! Don’t forget to write down your Intentions for the Week! It will help hold you accountable.

I’m rooting for you!



December 16, 2018

My Everyday Life: Week 50


Spent a lot of time at the post office this week!

Thank you for all of your food journal orders. I am going to probably have more in my Etsy shop in the new year.

My Everyday Life: Week 50 on Shutterbean.com

I had a helper with our Christmas cards this year. I am so glad I thought to ask for help because he made the process faster!

I like addressing our cards myself. I use a stamp for our address. I’m not crazy enough to write our address on all of them. That would take foreverrrrrrrrr.

My Everyday Life: Week 50 on Shutterbean.com

When I need something to focus on, I pull a tarot card.  

This one was good.

My Everyday Life: Week 50 on Shutterbean.com

I like seeing the words Cooper has to spell each week. Sometimes I make a story in my brain with them.

My Everyday Life: Week 50 on Shutterbean.com

Night light.

My Everyday Life: Week 50 on Shutterbean.com

Petey is an ump.

My Everyday Life: Week 50 on Shutterbean.com


December 14, 2018


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


  1. This kitchen is super charming! 
  2. Put your own oxygen mask on first.
  3. Hello, favorite cookie of all time.
  4. This whole Santa thing has a lotta people stressing.
  5. The Bay Area got a Shake Shack!
  6. Tech is making home renovation easier. I want a new bathroom.
  7. New features on Netflix are distracting yet intriguing.
  8. Some schools are trying out the whole NO HOMEWORK policy.
  9. And kids in Seattle are going to school later. 2018 is interesting.
  10. Pinterest Food Trends for 2019-  I’m excited about mushrooms. 
  11. When a person’s name matches their job perfectly
  12. Funny Elf on the Shelf ideas! LOL
  13. Why families fight during the holidays
  14. You can get a log for your fireplace that smells like KFC
  15. A look at Christmas Decor from the past.
  16. Time to rewatch Rushmore. I can’t believe it’s been out for 20 years!
  17. Secrets of people who don’t get stressed out during the holidays.
  18. Holiday gift ideas: polaroid camerakaraoke microphone /do no harm teelight up sign  
  19. The joy of gift free holidays
  20. My favorites from Etsy if you need some gift inspo.
  21. What’s Ruth Reichl reading these days?
  22. Come play with me in Santa Fe next year!

December 12, 2018

Coconut Lime Macaroons

Coconut Lime Macaroons are light, chewy and crispy! Add them to your gluten free baking repertoire! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

In the last two years, I let all of my magazine subscriptions lapse except for Bon Appetit. I think at one point I had something like 5 magazine subscriptions?  As an adult who must manage the mess of myself (real talk) and my family, magazines just pile up in stacks that I have to manage and I don’t have the headspace to deal with them anymore. How the heck did I ever manage that much paper in our house?

Coconut Lime Macaroons are light, chewy and crispy! Add them to your gluten free baking repertoire! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

To be honest, I have enough ripped out recipes in a folder in my office that could last a lifetime. I stopped actively looking for recipes once Pinterest stepped in. I don’t think I really even look at the recipes on Pinterest.  I sometimes spend a ridiculous amount of time collecting pictures of ideas that will ultimately stress me out that I’m not putting out new AMAZING content fast enough.  We have so much information at our fingertips these days! It makes the passing of time feel frenetic.  The holidays and the end of the year processes add a million other layers of stress on top of it.

Coconut Lime Macaroons are light, chewy and crispy! Add them to your gluten free baking repertoire! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

This Coconut Lime Macaroon recipe from Bon Appetit has been popping up in my recipe folder for the past 5 years. The page I tore out didn’t have a photo, just the recipe.  With the coconut shavings I have stashed in my pantry and the leftover limes from the week, the time was right for me to make these cookies. One less paper in a pile to keep!

Too bad I waited soo long to make this recipe from my recipe hoard. They’re incredible!  Slightly chewy and slightly crispy with toasted coconut with hints of lime. They’re light and delicate, which to me means danger.  Only in that, I’ll probably eat three blindly if I’m not careful.

The holidays are about making people happy by being thoughtful. These are perfect for anyone on your list who is staying away from flour or isn’t a fan of chocolate (we exist!).  I have a few coconut lovers in my life I can’t wait to indulge with these!