May 5, 2020

Currently April 2020

Currently April 2020

April can be summed up into two words.


My sciatica acted up this month after doing a bunch of yard/housework and I have been laying on the floor all month. Actually that’s not true. It’s been three weeks. But, I finally got an appointment with my chiro. Things got better and now my knee hurts.  It put a lot of my organizing plans on hold.

See also: The Body Keeps the Score

The 100-day project started in April. I decided to start hand-lettering things my Mom used to say.

#100thingsmymomusedtosay   (on my instagram!)

It’s been a good way for me to remember how to Mom myself and process what’s happening right now.

There were quite a few days this month where I WAS OVER IT ALL.  I went out, got groceries, and then sat in my car, in the driveway for about a half-hour until I got out and went back into the house. Being at home feels like Groundhog’s Day. I keep trying to clean my house and it never gets clean. My child will have about 5 outfit changes in one day and will leave his clothes all over the place. We are working hard to break that habit. I’m tired of hearing my voice say PUT YOUR CLOTHES AWAY. But the weather has been nice and we have a lot to be grateful for.


May 4, 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 19 of 2020

Happy Monday, friends!

Another week of sheltering in place. We are on day 54 of being at home. Toilet paper supply is dwindling. My house is a mess because I haven’t been able to move (back pain!) much to clean it. We spent the weekend watching more of the Hunger Games series. My brother & sister-in-law came to visit and we spent 6+ feet away from each other on my deck.  THIS LIFE IS SO WEIRD.  It’s time to sit down and figure out what my Intentions for the Week are.  Let’s focus on the things we can control in a time when we feel like we can’t control ANYTHING!


May 3, 2020

My Everyday Life Week 18

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 18 on Shutterbean

Exciting news! I finally cleaned out my fridge!!!

This is what my mental state was looking like. I am glad I allocated time to do this clean out this week. It made me feel so much better. 

Husband loves radishes.

Before I painted Buddha gold.

Meal prep turned into a snack dinner.

You can see my Essential Meal Prep Tools here.


May 1, 2020




  1. It’s Black Friday in April
  2. What it might look like if we safely reopen schools.
  3. Weekend Reading: Eat What You Want
  4. Anyone else doing some bartering right now?
  5. A few things from my childhood.
  6. People’s outside my window photos from around the world.
  7. Watch Picasso create a masterpiece in 5 minutes. 
  8. My preferred food choices say I should live in Texas
  9. Artwork painted on alpine terrain. WOW
  10. What canned foods chefs keep in their pantries.
  11. Nannies tell their stories about working during COVID-19
  12. Tips for freezing produce to prevent food waste.
  13. How long can you safely store leftovers?
  14. Putting things into perspective.
  15. Best architecture photos from 2020 so far.
  16. Disciplining children looks different during a pandemic.
  17. Let’s make some yogurt flatbreads!
  18. An amazing monarch butterfly swarm.
  19. What a beautiful photo series- reflections of the past.
  20. Does it matter if my kid does schoolwork in bed?


Sending out food journals this weekend.  There’s more in the shop!!!

I need to get back on board with healthy eating.


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April 27, 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 18 of 2020

Happy Monday, friends!

We’re starting a new week. Cooper’s got school. Husband and I both working from home and managing it all together. We’ve been sheltering in place for 47 days.  I’m starting to figure out a schedule somewhat. It was really hard for me to figure out how to shop and cook with all the restrictions we have. I’m used to going to the grocery store more often so it’s been interesting trying to buy enough food for over a week and have it not cost too much because our budget is tight right now. Also, how do I keep up my blog/sharing new recipes when things are kind of hard to come by and they probably will be for a while…and maybe it will get worse?  The trickiest part has been fresh produce…so I am thinking about doing some type of CSA pickup. Researching that right now. How’s everything where you are? WHEW.

I did some meal prep yesterday. THANK HEAVENS FOR A CLEAN FRIDGE. Casey cleaned the kitchen yesterday morning and it freed up the mental space for me to do the fridge. One of my intentions this week is to keep it more organized. Wish me luck. Let’s sit down and make a list to get out our Intentions this Week, shall we?


April 26, 2020

My Everyday Life Week 17

Here’s what this past week looked like: My Everyday Life Week 17

Feeling thankful for friends who sew! Thank you, Erin for giving me a comfortable mask!

Rainbows while dishwashing. 

Shooting & styling my husband’s cocktails during the quarantine.  It’s been a fun project to work on together. We’ve been working our way through the Smuggler’s Cove recipe book.

Straws as chopsticks.

Cooper has a few fake 100 dollar bills and he likes to hide them around the house and it always gives me such false hope.  I found one in a book as a bookmark and got so mad!

Made pulled pork sandwiches and carnival slaw. 

They were good.

Ripped this area up and am redoing things.

Spending time stretching outside in the morning before school starts for Cooper.


So close together!


Me in kindergarten.

Making a list. I start in pencil and then go over in pen.

Golden/happy hour.

Tacos and burrito bowl. I ran out of tortillas so burrito bowl is mine.

He’s growing.

She’s not.

Snail mail from Andrea is my fave.

Watching him color.


Cooper had to do the color wheel in art class. We did it together.



Life is tough for a kitten.

We made bread! This one was a yeasted loaf from Josey Baker Bread (it was amazing). 

Keeping it all together with lists.

There’s always a cat waiting for me on my bathroom counter.

Husband sandwich.

I am living off of bread right now.

Under the deck at the house. This reminds me of being a kid… We would play under here when I was young.

I’m really enjoying Golden Turmeric cereal right now. My friend bought it and didn’t like it and gave it to me and I’m kind of obsessed. 

I made my own pizza dough with my sourdough starter and made Sausage Bread.

This round I put fresh jalapenos in it and it was amazing.

My hair was getting heavy and annoying so I trimmed it this week.

This is the before…

I used this razor comb on wet hair.

Looks like a bird’s nest.

Pork noodle bowls.

Sausage Bread is dangerous to have in my house.

I eat it cold…

We got donut bombed this week!! It’s like a chain letter but with DONUTS. It’s happening with the kids in Cooper’s class. It was such a nice surprise and it will be fun reciprocating.

Went to Target. Was thinking about my Mom and then saw this book title.

My Mom’s name is Beverly.

Ginger pork over rice for the boys and Avocado with rice and stuff for me.

Morning has broken.

Weekend to-do lists with my favorite pencil.

He’s pretty chill until right before we go to bed.

Facetime with Emma!

Just got this set of garden tools. I love that they’re all black.

Grow baby grow!

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My Everyday Life Week 17 in 2011

April 24, 2020




  1. How to avoid back pain while working from home.
  2. How Deb stocks The Smitten Kitchen
  3. I always wonder what it’s like to meal prep for one.
  4. I’m Doggie Diner old.
  5. Nature photographer shoots from home.
  6. Some creepy objects curated for your viewing pleasure.
  7. The results of people drawing car logos from memory.
  8. If you want to find facemasks…
  9. Colorful tape art marks social media distancing space.
  10. My Mom loved Shirley Temple.
  11. Guy builds a restaurant for squirrels.
  12. Faux taxidermy is pretty cool.
  13. People are playing games on their phones during Zoom meetings.
  14. What is herd immunity?
  15. How do professional writers work through writer’s block?
  16. Let’s look at Albert Einstein’s report cards.
  17. How to find emotional strength & resiliences during COVID-19
  18. I’ve been living in these leopard loungewear pants right now.
  19. How this virus is going to change our future travel.
  20. Weekend reading: Make the Time & Dancing at the Pity Party
  21. Friday cocktail: The Painkiller
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