September 13, 2019



  1. Why every book club needs food.
  2. I still have no idea what a VSCO girl is.
  3. Women should go out with their girlfriends twice a week . 
  4. The perfect late night order in every fast food restaurant.
  5. Now all I want is Dim Sum
  6. Perhaps some people are going too far with emotional support animals?
  7. My new favorite overalls!
  8. Great American cities Then & Now
  9. This is so funny because it’s true.
  10. Wildlife photography amazes me.
  11. How to not feel lonely
  12. I have a Summer personality but I think it’s more Fall!
  13. Pretty excited by the cameras in the new iPhone Pro
  14. I’m so glad my Dad finally got hearing aids.
  15. How to hold a cat.
  16. Why women live longer that men…
  17. The rise of HANGRY
  18. I updated my favorite items in my shop!
  19. What happens when I’m no longer impressive for my age?
  20. Leopard Love: scarf / coat/ shower curtain / towel/ maxi skirt
  21. Such a pretty kitchen renovation!


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September 11, 2019

Chocolate Banana Bread

I’m not a person who likes chocolate in my banana bread but somehow this recipe for Chocolate Banana Bread just does it for me!  This recipe comes from a new favorite cookbook- Two Peas & Their Pod Cookbook!  I made it because I thought it would be a good addition to my #shutterbeanmealprep


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The chocolate chips melt in there and stay melted which provides for an ooey-gooey experience. See what I’m talking about???!! 


What I like about is that it uses up brown bananas (yay!) and I’m not compelled to eat the entire loaf like I am with my maple olive oil banana bread. One piece provides me the sweetness I’m craving and I’m good!  I’m not constantly picking at it throughout the day.  But you know, I’ve got people in my family who love chocolate so that doesn’t mean it didn’t last less than 2 days in my house… 

I’m happy to welcome it into our rotation! We needed a new chocolatey treat for homework sessions around here!

Next round I’m going to use peanut butter chips instead of chocolate chips! Wish me luck.


September 9, 2019

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 weekend was a good one! We went over to a friend’s house on Friday, the boys and baseball and I cleaned house like a MOFO and got everything set up for the week. I got rid of bags of clothes and clocked in over 13k steps on my Fitbit just by cleaning the house! It felt good to get back in touch with my house.  There were so many things that just needed to be put away. I am glad I finally made a point to do it all. It feels likes I’m not just treading water. Let’s start this Monday with a deep breath.

It’s week 37 of 2019.  Here’s what week 37 looked like for me last year.

I’ve been using a moleskine calendar to track my Intentions for the week. It’s been helping.

Here are my Intentions for the Week!


September 8, 2019

My Everyday Life: Week 36

Here’s what this past week looked like-

My Everyday Life Week 36

Overwhelmed with color!

I love when hydrangeas start changing colors. 

Grounding with labradorite.

Inspiration adventure for 1 in Mill Valley.

Morning meditation while watering my plants.

Played with my friend Lisa’s new book – A Field Guide to Color  this week .


September 6, 2019




  1. Some back -to-school dinners for you, from me via TheKitchn
  2. When I worked in a photolab, I loved seeing people’s burning man photos
  3. The art of nature.
  4. Some tips to jazz up your resume.
  5. Why it’s so hard for people to date offline.
  6. I didn’t realize this was a problem at IKEA.
  7. I can’t believe this is a train station.
  8. A bunch of photos of Freddie Mercury in the 1970s.
  9. Doodling at work can make you more productive
  10. I cannot imagine what plant based shrimp tastes like.
  11. How to get the most out of a parent teacher conference.
  12. Another reason to go to Tokyo.
  13. I quite like these glitched-out paintings.
  14. I had no idea about the high-rise graveyards of Hong Kong.
  15. Very first products of famous brands.
  16. The world’s largest Starbucks is about to open soon. This is 2019.
  17. How to kill it at Karaoke- Two Words: Weird Al
  18. Another way to use your phone- take all the apps off the home screen.
  19. For the watercolor lover in your life.
  20. Food for thought: Intimacy & the Internet
  21. How to live a meaningful life.


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Here’s 2 months FREE Premium membership to Skillshare.  My creative practice has improved greatly since I started taking classes several years ago!  You can see more on @thehandwritingclub

September 4, 2019

Currently August 2019

Currently: August 2019

August was a big month.

I went to Italy with my family and then right when we came back, I turned 40. 

Summer ended and Cooper became a 5th grader!

School supplies were bought. We raced right into the school routine.

And then


Does that mean I don’t have to process being 40 yet?  I feel like I didn’t even process my Italy trip!

You know what’s weird?

To be asked, “HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE 40?” a whole bunch of times in one week.

Honestly, I was just annoyed that my birthday was on a Sunday this year!

My Mom said her 40s were her favorite and an astrologer told me my 40s were going to be fun, SO THAT IS WHAT I THINK OF IT. 

The silver hair is coming in and I’m letting it because I am FASCINATED.  When I catch myself in the mirror and don’t recognize myself, 

I remind myself that, “Aging is a privilege, denied to many.”

And then my brain goes to a place where I think it’s pretty lame my Mom wasn’t here to see me turn 40. 

I’m in the it’s unfair stage of grief. I haven’t felt this feeling in awhile.  Traveling without my Mom brought it up.

And then I thought

maybe turning 40 didn’t feel as big of a deal to me because my Mom wasn’t around to make it a big deal. 

40 year old me.

It’s a ME I could have never imagined.  I think I’m starting to really like her.

Our family trip to Italy (with my dad, bro/sis, husband, niece and son!)  was pretty life changing.

We ate. We drank. We ADVENTURED. 

We did so much walking as a family- I LOVED IT.

It was also good for my brain to be away from the computer for awhile.

My Everyday Life: Week 32 on Shutterbean.com

Here’s what my Currently Workbook 2019 looks like:

All the good things that happened this month. 

Let’s break it down.


Inspired By:

It’s obvious that I was inspired by Italy! You can see some of my trip photos in Week 32 + Week 33 on my blog.

We did a lot of walking…which was soo good for all of us. The only thing is that it was SO HOT WHILE WE WERE THERE.

My Everyday Life: Week 32 on Shutterbean.com

I was talking to my cousin the other day about how I didn’t want to do any real/fun cooking for the first year after my Mom died. I haven’t really admitted that to anyone, but it’s true. Having a food/lifestyle blog made it hard to show up here. When we went to Italy, I suddenly fell back in love/sparked my curiousity with food again. THANK GOD I THOUGHT IT WAS GONE FOREVER. 

Thank you for the food inspiration, Italy.

You can read where we ate here.

My Everyday Life: Week 32 on Shutterbean.com

It’s something else to see light in another part of the world.

My Everyday Life: Week 32 on Shutterbean.com

My creative brain left recharged!


I did a lot of TV/Movie watching while on the plane.

When Harry Met Sally (an oldie by goodie! It was so cute. I’m glad I watched it again)

Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (loved the last season– especially all the vacation scenes- makes me think of Dirty Dancing)

Orange Is the New Black (the last season has been pretty good so far)

Me, Earl & The Dying Girl  (so cute, so sweet, good eye candy, thoughtful)

Woodstock Three Days that Defined a Nation  (I loved learning about the clusterF that was Woodstock! the logistics looked like a nightmare!)

Life Itself (made me cry! I loved it)

500 Days of Summer (watched this one while working on the computer on the plane. I always love that big dancing scene)

2 Dope Queens– (loved this! If they showed more than 4 episodes on the flight, I would have binged)

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (loved the Eddie Murphy interview)

Dumb & Dumber (watched with Cooper! I cannot believe how much I quote from that movie reguarly)

But other than that, we didn’t watch any TV while we were away in Italy!



Save Me the Plums– I’m really enjoying this one.  I LOVE Ruth Reichl. 

However I put down my Kindle after we got home from Italy and haven’t picked it up again since. I need to make more time for reading. 

Signs: The Secret Language of the Universe

GOOD BOOK!  I believe my Mom communicates with me (constantly) so it’s nice to feel less alone in this. It’s a real trip!

Thinking About:

Turning 40. How weird it is that my Mom is not around to see me turn 40. I hope that I get to see Cooper turn 40. Life has its own timeline. 

Listening To:


This one is really good! I use it to reset. 


For when I need to smile!


Dream Life:

I had two encounters with a ghost where we were staying in Florence.  One was a woman in a plaid dress and the other one was in a blue shadow. I also felt my Mom’s presence all around me while we were there. Maybe it’s because I’ve been reading that book about Signs!?!!

My real life sometimes feels like dream life and vice versa. 

I’m still in the 80s in my dreams. I am walking around neighborhoods and looking into abandoned buildings.


Prune Plums from my neighbor. Thank you, Pat.

Spicy Pickled Carrots in my fridge all August long!

I fell in love with white beans in Chianti.

I’m missing the slow mornings in Italy….

I made my Mom’s Grilled Brown Sugar Mustard Chicken!  Excited to have it in the rotation.

Shake up your grilled chicken game and make this Tangy Grilled Brown Sugar Mustard Chicken recipe! Find the instructions on Shutterbean.com!

Here’s all that we ate in Italy!

I shared Back to School Dinners on TheKitchn this month!

We are back in School Lunch Mode here!

Self Portrait for August:

THIS IS 40. 

That was August. We are in September. The weather is shifting and I’m excited for Autumn (sooooon)

September 2, 2019

Intentions for the Week:

Every week, Tracy Benjamin from Shutterbean.com types up her TO DO list with her Intentions for the Week post. Check out this week's post!

Happy Monday, friends!

We have the day off for Labor Day. I’m going to try hard not to labor too much.  Although my house is looking rough around the edges!  

It’s week 36 of 2019. Let’s get into it by writing down our Intentions for the Week! Here are mine.


Intentions for the Week:

  • laundry
  • clean out back of car
  • drop off books at the library
  • clean up kitchen
  • go grocery shopping
  • clear some space on my 
  • figuring out composting for garden/setup
  • work on Currently Book for 2020 (preorder soon!)
  • post Currently August
  • finish post about day pack travel gear
  • package/ship order for The Handwriting Club
  • edit photos
  • go on a hike/wike
  • get my steps in my with my Fitbit 
  • have a date with my calendar
  • catch up on social media
  • drop off donations
  • work in the garden
  • paint toenails
  • do a face mask
  • figure out haircut
  • eat more salads
  • drink enough water
  • water all my house plants
  • put away bags in the front entryway
  • continue to work on my office organization
  • trip to the Container Store
  • track what I eat in my food journal


Last Week’s Intentions:

  • laundry
  • gather stuff to donate
  • drop off library books
  • have a date with my cousin
  • work on Currently for August
  • post where we ate in Italy
  • drink enough water
  • go for a hike/walk
  • eat a lot of salads
  • find a new lunchbox for Cooper
  • package/ship items from The Handwriting Club
  • clean out the back of car
  • work in the garden
  • edit photos
  • spend extra time with Cooper and his homework
  • clean up my closet
  • work on new recipe
  • catch up on social media
  • get my steps in my with my Fitbit  (can’t find charger!)
  • have a date with my calendar
  • clean up my office
  • clean up desk in kitchen
  • hang up calendar
  • paint toenails
  • do a face mask
  • therapist appt
  • empty carry-on backpack 


Recipes to Try:

Shortbread Strawberry Crumble

Strawberry Chia Jam

Bombay Fizz

Bacon Cheddar Waffles

Kale + Sausage French Bread Pizza


Pump Jam for the Week:


Mantra for the week!


Feeling stuck? Make a list! Write down your intentions for the week to help hold you accountable for action.

I’m rooting for you!

Sending sparkles,