April 13, 2020

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:

Intentions for the Week- Week 16 of 2020

Hello friends!

We made it through another week of school+work from home. HOORAY.  I’m currently laying in bed typing because I threw my back out while gardening this weekend. Womp womp. It’s been hard to be idle today, but a reminder that I can’t and shouldn’t bite off more than I can chew and I should ask for help while moving things. Our friends brought us some ham, I made mashed potatoes and roasted carrots. It was a simple and delicious Easter dinner.  I think I am going to make Sausage Bread this week because it’s the time of year my grandma used to make it. 

This week Cooper is on Spring Break. We were supposed to go on a family trip to the coast, but we’re stuck at home. We’ll try to make an adventure of it somehow. We always have a list to refer to…

This time is so weird. Not checking in with my calendar has been jarring. Some days are easier than others. Some days have been downright hard.  Starting each morning with a list really helps. Let’s sit down and write down our Intentions for the week, shall we? 


April 12, 2020

My Everyday Life Week 15

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 15

Flowers in bloom in our yard.

View looking up while hanging in my hammock.

The celery I planted only lasted a day in my bed. Rabbits!!

I am our gardener.

My lettuce is growing!


April 10, 2020



  1. The best quarantine jokes this week…
  2. Cats looking like they own the place. 
  3. Parents are not ok.
  4. Larry David is a master of his quarantine.
  5. According to this quiz, I am a witch.
  6. I was wondering what happens to zookeepers during quarantine.
  7. How kitchens have changed over the past 5 centuries.
  8. How to make your own face mask.  
  9. You could also make masks with some of this stuff.
  10. Why losing a job deserves its own grieving process.
  11. This gerbil art museum is a productive way to pass time during self-isolation.
  12. I am going to do this with Cooper.
  13. Hooray for pandas mating! 
  14. 1950s cocktail dresses 
  15. Tasty looking puzzles.
  16. Such a cool building for kids!
  17. Romance in the 1950s
  18. How to transition between work time and personal time.
  19. 365 free movies to stream on youtube
  20. A whole list of trashy movies that are actually entertaining.
  21. Weekend reading: The Upside of Being Down  & Josey Baker Bread
  22. Wanna learn something new? Here’s 2 months free of Skillshare for you!

Are you doing any baking this Easter weekend? May I recommend…

Simple Drop Biscuits

Ricotta Pancakes with Roasted Strawberries

Sausage Bread

Grapefruit Yogurt Cake 

A blueberry muffin doughnut hybrid. Look at that crumb topping! Check out the recipe at Shutterbean.com !


April 6, 2020

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: 

Intentions for the Week – Week 15 of 2020

Hello Friends!

It’s Mondaaaaaaaay. I hope you’re healthy right now. We’re doing OK here. I got a little cabin fever this weekend because it rained and it limited outside time.  We watched some movies this weekend, did a bunch of housework and when it wasn’t raining, I was out in my garden planting things and moving stuff around.  I am looking forward to seeing how things grow over the next few months.

We did some dancing while cleaning…


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I think we are on day 25 here. I am realizing that I am slowly turning into my Mom…which is both weird and comforting. #danceitout #keepgriefweird #apeptalkforwhenyouneedone

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Gotta keep things interesting!



April 5, 2020

My Everyday Life: Week 14

Here’s what this past week looked like – My Everyday Life Week 14

Sometimes you have to get in character to clean your house. It definitely works for me.

Every day I start with a list.

I’ve been starting the days meditating outside while taking care of our garden.

Since I don’t have to commute to/from school every morning it gives me extra time to work out there. Feeling grateful to have this space to play in. 

Eating the last slice of walnut raisin bread & working on my Currently March spread.

I love this coconut butter.  It’s my favorite!

I am drawing all of the things I’m growing in my Currently Workbook. 



April 3, 2020



  1. People cut their own hair in self-isolation.
  2. Vacation photo fails.
  3. Google street views in Poland are fascinating.
  4. Some DIY masks that are straight-up questionable.
  5. Watched this with Cooper. We were giggling.
  6. Some 4K walking tours if you wanna space out. 
  7. Incredible wildlife photography.
  8. People recreated famous paintings with stuff they had at home.
  9. Two words: cat dragons
  10. I’m self smart!
  11. Happy hour at our house included popcorn. Praise be, Whirley pop! 
  12. Give someone a pep talk today.—-> buy them a pep talk pack! 
  13. What if you run out of baking ingredients?
  14. If you’re struggling right now as a parent, you’re not alone.
  15. Oh thank heavens for Ina!
  16. Getting through the pandemic with old-fashioned crafts.
  17. These nature sketchbooks are soooo cool.
  18. The streets are empty!
  19. Mythbusters explains why social distancing is important!
  20. The restorative power of ritual.
  21. Weekend reading: The Upside of Being Down
  22. Weekend baking: chocolate banana bread / simple drop biscuits

April 1, 2020

Currently March 2020

Currently March 2020

Hello, from quarantine. 

March was pretty crazy, no?

We started our sheltering in place here in California on March 11th because of the coronavirus.

Casey and my brother both turned 43 this month we celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary.

We have enough toilet paper! 



Cooper started school at home and we are navigating a new routine and digesting the fact that he probably won’t be going back to school until next fall. *gulp*

WHAT A CRAZY MONTH. I am so grateful we are all healthy and we have what we need. 

I am trying to be present and not live too much in the future in my brain.