July 7, 2017


My Everyday Life: Week 25 on Shutterbean.com

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

  1. The world sometimes looks like Wes Anderson movies.
  2. Amelia Earhart possibly survived her crash?
  3. What a fun project!
  4. This is sad.
  5. Very inspiring. I wish him the best!
  6. I love spotting little details in movies.
  7. Music festival food is getting fancy.
  8. Researching: Self Publishing Pros + Cons
  9. My favorite brownies + my favorite brownie pan
  10. Reading through: Camping Tips from a Park Ranger
  11. To Do this weekend: take a watercolor class
  12. Let’s all make some jam hand pies this summer.
  13. I got sage.
  14. This caught my attention.
  15. Oh gosh. I am still figuring out if I’m a cruise person…
  16. Google image searches: Brigitte Bardot
  17. Hair goals: Flower braids
  18. Don’t forget: The people in reality tv are REAL people.
  19. Summer goals: ice cream sandwiches
  20. Something pretty cool.
  21. Don’t walk + text.
  22. Drones are annoying, but they produce amazing shots.
  23. Meatballs: An Oral History (we loved this movie as kids)
July 5, 2017

Creating Healthy Eating Habits

Creating Healthy Eating Habits is easier when you have a home base and know what works for you! See more on Shutterbean.com

Note to self:

You hovered over the cheese board a little too long this weekend.

You had too many hot dogs.

You feel like you might be part hot dog right now.

Maybe you drank too much or went a little overboard when it came to s’mores. Putting SUPER CHUNKY peanut butter on that s’more was a good call. High five on that one.

You’re living!

But, it’s time to get yourself back on track.

It’s cool, you got this.

You just need to remember how good it feels to eat healthy foods.

Your body needs to be reminded of how well it works with leafy greens and summer fruits.

Here are some Healthy Eating Habits to help counteract any “damage” you might have done this weekend.


You must drink water.

Drink as much as you can. If you’re feeling bored with water, try bubbly water. Add flavoring to it. Citrus is great or some frozen fruits are always fun. Maybe a dash of lemonade?


Sometimes you confuse thirst with hunger. You’re most likely thirsty!

Add greens to whatever you can this week.

Maybe a little arugula in your tuna salad sandwich?

Serve it open face to make it fancy and spare yourself and the extra piece of bread.

My Everyday Life: Week 24 on Shutterbean.com


July 3, 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! If you’ve got the day off, I hope you’re enjoying the long weekend!

If you’ve been watching my Instagram stories, you’re already aware that I’m deep in a cleaning zone in my house right now. With Cooper being down for the count with poison oak, we have been homebound this weekend. Instead of going out and partying, we’ve all been working on projects around the house.  Casey is working on a wine project. Cooper is building legos & perfecting his basketball skills. I’m reorganizing spaces in my house and getting rid of a bunch of things that no longer serve a purpose. I am RESETTING MY BRAIN.


I’m getting there.


One day I will get rid of all of my artwork from college.

I’m still not there yet.

I will be soon. 

I tracked a whole week’s worth of meals on MyFitnessPal this week.

I lost 4 lbs. in the process.

It was hard at times. I don’t know how I feel about micromanaging my intake, but I can see results and I feel better, so there’s that.  I would like to keep it up…but 4th of July is tomorrow SO….

We’ll see.

Every day is a new beginning.

Intentions for this Week:

  • make an epic cheese board for my parent’s party
  • take pictures of cheeseboard/write a post about said cheeseboard
  • watch fireworks with my family
  • keep gathering items for our trip to the dump
  • help my child get back to looking/feeling like himself
  • photograph prints for sale
  • LAUNDRY (never ends)
  • yoga x 2 / long walk
  • make a MEALS this WEEK list
  • think about website redesign
  • update media kit
  • refill containers in bathroom
  • send out batch of letters
  • empty car/clean it out/wash it?
  • wash fridge drawers
  • set my Fitbit up again
  • do some meal prep
  • make chicken wings
  • drop donation off at thrift store
  • schedule dentist/annual exam (HOW CAN I MOTIVATE TO DO THIS?)
  • visit to the library
  • edit photos/post pizza cookie recipe
  • dye denim bag
  • etsy stuff
  • continue to be mindful when eating & drinking this week

Last Week’s Intentions:

  • empty car/clean it out (it’s been used for Home Depot runs. No use cleaning)
  • follow up on shipping
  • oil change? (decided to put this off another week)
  • dentist/annual exam <—- PUT ON YOUR CALENDAR, TRACY
  • deep clean fridge (cleaned out/need to wash drawers)
  • deep clean kitchen
  • LAUNDRY like a mofo
  • work on my June Currently post    POSTED JUNE CURRENTLY
  • get up-to-date on bookkeeping
  • transplant succulent from the front yard into a container on the deck
  • yoga if I can  (I NEEDED IT and IT WAS AWESOME)
  • schedule a date night (didn’t/sighhhhh)
  • do a drawing class online with Cooper   (I’ll share more soon!)
  • Cooper haircut  (couldn’t/poison oak)
  • move files over to hard drive/ delete photos a LOT of photos from phone
  • work on house cleaning list (spent a lot of time cleaning/organizing linen closet)
  • eat outside as much as possible
  • catch up on letter writing (I have so many international ones to do!)
  • be mindful of what I’m eating – perhaps see how many days I can track my food? (I use MyFitnessPal on my phone) 

What about you?

What are you up to this week?

Let’s see what you’ve got planned!

July 2, 2017

My Everyday Life: Week 26

Here’s what this past week looked like on My Everyday Life: Week 26

Last weekend we went camping!


This is the second time we went camping in Manchester.

Coloring club in my tent!


A trip into town for the “world’s best sandwiches.”

They were not.

My Everyday Life: Week 26 on Shutterbean.com

Day one: make a floral bouquet for our camp site.  My niece Abby, in her red velvet “camping” dress.


My Everyday Life: Week 26 on Shutterbean.com


She made me a daisy crown.

My Everyday Life: Week 26 on Shutterbean.com

I always think of my friend Riley when I see blowfish.

My Everyday Life: Week 26 on Shutterbean.com

My cup for the weekend:

My Everyday Life: Week 26 on Shutterbean.com

You can see all of the things we ate here:

Tracy from Shutterbean.com shares her Camping Meal Ideas to liven up your camp life!


June 30, 2017


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

Welcome to I LOVE LISTS. Let’s surf the internet together:

  1. Before the internet….SIGH.
  2. Ways you can use witch hazel. 
  3. If only my printer wasn’t a jerk. I’d totally make some of these.
  4. Is that who Banksy is?
  5. Best iPhone photos of 2017
  6. These chicken burgers look so dang good.
  7. Katie creates a beautiful world. 
  8. In between is when everything happens.
  9. Google makes alllllllll the money.
  10. Why Kim is still famous…
  11. Whoa. Look at this breakfast bagel sando. IT IS THE SIZE OF A CAR TIRE.
  12. Famous people who are book hoarders (this pleases me)
  13. Some truth behind Thelma & Louise
  14. Two words: s’mores bars
  15. This made me LOL.
  16. I am a xennial 
  17. This looks like fun to make – leather statement necklace
  18. I almost put doing a handstand on my Summer Bucket List
  19. Turn your to do list into a TO DO calender
  20. Omg cheetahs need support dogs
  21. I love the internet sometimes
  22. If you think you’re not good at adulting….
  23. If you need a reminder that this world is big and full of amazing things


have a great weekend!

June 29, 2017

Currently: June 2017

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Currently: June 2017

I am currently typing this with headphones on. I’m listening to the Big Little Lies soundtrack while my child sits next to me with poison oak all over his face. It’s swollen. He’s miserable. Husband has a nasty cold but is also working on a house project that will hopefully be done soon. My garage looks like a tornado it it and  laundry keeps coming at me left and right. Just when I finished all of the laundry from camping, I had to wash EVERYTHING because of poison oak. I would take that any day over lice…  Sorry to be all June gloom on ya. That’s just how some months/weeks are.

Other than that, June was filled with fun family visits, a Father’s day get-together, a live Kenny G performance with my dad, baseball camp, a camping trip, and a trip to the city via ferry. Throw a few heat waves in there and we have JUNE!


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Inspired By:

Mostly the letters I’ve been receiving. Thank you to everyone who has sent me mail.  I have a lot to catch up on!!!  I put most of the postcards up on my wall in my office so that I could look at them and smile.

Tracy Shutterbean

P.O. Box 604

San Anselmo, CA 94979

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I also created a little workspace to assemble all of my shipping supplies for selling prints.

Having this space means I have new rules for myself.

This is the space I do most of my writing/computer work/art in.

That means I don’t have all of my crap all over the house anymore. YAAAAAAAAY.

My guest bedroom is still a guest bedroom!

My Everyday Life: Week 22 on Shutterbean.com

My Everyday Life: Week 24 on Shutterbean.com

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June 28, 2017

Camp Meal Ideas

Tracy from Shutterbean.com shares her Camping Meal Ideas to liven up your camp life!

Someone asked me if I’d write a post about Camp Meal Ideas and I thought I’d take a stab at it.  Everyone has their own approach to camping. Mine? I like to add little comforts of everyday life into our camping lifestyle. I’ve never done one of those backpacking camping trips where we live off of nothing but what’s on our back. Although I’m tempted to try a minimal camp experience, I’m more of an air mattress/good food/booze lady who likes to have as many luxuries from home that I can fit in my car.

We just went camping up in Manchester over the weekend (which is probably why I need a cleanse right now). One of the reasons why I like our site is that there’s a grocery store not too far away. There are so many things to remember when it comes to camping, that it’s nice that we can buy things like meat and other perishables when we’re up there. Plus, it means we have less to pack. I try to keep things minimal, but it never works out that way.

On our Two Nights/Two Breakfast camping trip we ate:

Tracy from Shutterbean.com shares her Camping Meal Ideas to liven up your camp life!

Our Camping Meals:

  • tacos
  • burgers
  • breakfast burritos (both days)
  • hippie banana bread
  • coffee cake
  • s’mores galore

Tracy from Shutterbean.com shares her Camping Meal Ideas to liven up your camp life!