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August 13, 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 weekend we worked around the house. We went to a dinner party. We cleaned. We lounged. We watched The Great Outdoors. Remember that movie?

I made banana bread and Mediterranean Pasta Salad for my friends.  I’m on a bartering plan right now. My friend did a ton of artwork scanning for me and I am repaying her with homemade food.  We need more of this in our lives, don’t you think? You never know how you can help someone out unless you ask for help yourself!

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This is the last week have before school starts and my family is taking a break from life and heading up north to Tahoe. This will be our first holiday up in Tahoe without my Mom. It’s also going to be my first birthday without her presence. It’s going to be heavy for a bit, but I’m focusing on the good and building some good Intentions for the Week.

Intentions for the Week:

  • spend quality time with my family
  • do very little laundry
  • read a book
  • happy hour with cheeseboards + spirits
  • put my feet in a lake
  • have an ice cream cone at Dairy Queen
  • play board games with family
  • celebrate my birthday!
  • go into Reno, get my fortune at Circus Circus
  • send a few postcards
  • take pictures
  • spend time writing
  • spend time daydreaming
  • write down my Intentions for the School Year
  • be kind to myself as it’s my first birthday/Tahoe trip with my Mom
  • map out calendar for new bullet journal
  • go on a boat
  • put my feet in sand
  • put on a bathing suit and swim
  • have a coffee date with my dad
  • figure out if there’s anything left to do on my Summer Bucket List
  • get my steps in with my Fitbit
  • drink plenty of water (loving this water bottle rn)

Last Week’s Intentions:

  • laundry
  • have a date with my calendar
  • workout 3 times
  • take photos for etsy/edit/post
  • drop off donations at Salvation Army
  • send mail / trip to post office
  • make kombucha
  • bookkeeping
  • catch up on social media
  • work on new content for the blog
  • grocery shopping
  • favorite pens post- finish/post
  • work on a new recipe or two
  • get my steps in with my Fitbit
  • drink plenty of water (loving this water bottle rn)
  • library visit
  • playdate with Helen Jane
  • make an appointment for car
  • wash car (inside & out)
  • back to school shopping
  • break down cardboard outside
  • continue reading Slow Love
  • eat outside
  • play a board game with Cooper
  • go to bed earlier/focus on getting enough sleep

Mantra 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!

 

Sending You:

Have a great week! DO YOUR BEST!  And don’t forget to write down your own Intentions for the Week to hold you accountable!

xo

Tracy

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August 12, 2018

My Everyday Life: Week 32

Here’s what this past week looked like: My Everyday Life Week 32

The highlight of the week! Sleepover at my friend Heather’s house with my friend Helen Jane!

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My friend was on a trip and lent us her house. I am so grateful!

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We did some drawing and brainstorming.

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Much giggling!

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IT WAS DELIGHTFUL!

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The sun is being filtered through the smoke of all the California fires.

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Perfection.

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August 10, 2018

I LOVE LISTS

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I LOVE LISTS:

  1. How to clean your bathroom in 15 minutes.
  2. This is a big problem for our culture.
  3. The difference between your 20s and 30s- so real
  4. This is the most beautiful plant shop!
  5. A filmmaker discusses how mobile phones have killed photography
  6. Glad to see Matt Damon & Ben Affleck are working together on something! 
  7. I’m very excited for my friend Ashley’s new book! 
  8. A hand gesture could be your next password
  9. I can’t wait to watch this  and this too!
  10. What does immersing yourself in a book do to your brain?
  11. These mahi-mahi tacos look so light & refreshing
  12. Dorm rooms are so freaking fancy these days. 
  13. The Rubiks cube is getting redesigned.
  14. Cookies for when you don’t feel like turning on the oven
  15. One of my favorite Missy Elliot songs.
  16. Big surprise! This buzzfeed quiz told me my favorite subject in school is ART.
  17. The last few episodes of Anthony Bourdain’s show are going to be bittersweet.
  18. My grandma was the queen of last-minute entertaining.
  19. Cats have always had a place in our history.
  20. The paradox of older workers.
  21. These rug sculptures look like real life Magic Eye books
  22. How to have better family meals.

I’ve learned that I cannot walk around barefoot in my house anymore. My feet need a tremendous amount of support. As a result, they hurt constantly!  This foot massager is helping. I love that it squeezes my feet. Each session lasts for about 15 minutes which is 14 more minutes than I get from my in-house masseuse (husband).

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A lot of you asked me where this dress was from when I posted it on my Instagram Stories. I’ve been having really good luck with the dresses I ordered from eshakti. 

They always have pockets, which is really the best part! That, and you can customize them to fit your body.  Very helpful for us pear shaped ladies.

Use the code: TRACYBENJAMIN  to get $35 off your first purchase! 

 

 

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August 8, 2018

Simple Mixed Berry Crisp

Simple Mixed Berry Crumble with whipped cream is a wonderful summer dessert. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

There are three main reasons for me to make a Simple Mixed Berry Crisp.

  1. I bought too many berries
  2. I don’t have much time
  3. I want to make my Dad happy (he loves crisps!)

Simple Mixed Berry Crumble with whipped cream is a wonderful summer dessert. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Last month I made this mixed berry crisp for my dad’s birthday.  I served it at the end of a BBQ and it was well received!

See what was left when I went to sneak in a second helping (everyone beat me to it!).

Simple Mixed Berry Crumble with whipped cream is a wonderful summer dessert. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

The fruit in there is a combination of strawberries and blueberries. You are welcome to use whatever berries you have laying around. Maybe you picked some berries on the side of the road? That sounds romantic. That should have been on my Summer Bucket List.

Without further adieu, here’s a very simple way to pull together a crisp in a short amount of time.

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August 6, 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 weekend was a busy one with pockets of down time. We had company over. There was a Rock Band session, two playdates, and baseball on the deck. Saturday night we had a late night outside with drinks under the stars. There was a trip to Home Depot and general erranding. and I cleaned out my prop closet and gathered stuff to donate this week. It was a productive, restorative, and fun weekend. I

This week I’ve got Cooper at home with me. I’m hoping to get enough done so we can have some kind of adventure before school starts. Wish me luck!

I’m ready to tackle the week, how about you?

I’m starting the week with a clean workspace:

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And an organized prop closet!

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It’s amazing what a clean slate can do for ya!  Now let’s get to my Intentions for the Week.

Intentions for the Week:

  • laundry
  • have a date with my calendar
  • workout 3 times
  • take photos for etsy/edit/post
  • drop off donations at Salvation Army
  • send mail / trip to post office
  • make kombucha
  • bookkeeping
  • catch up on social media
  • work on new content for the blog
  • grocery shopping
  • favorite pens post- finish/post
  • work on a new recipe or two
  • get my steps in with my Fitbit
  • drink plenty of water (loving this water bottle rn)
  • library visit
  • playdate with Helen Jane
  • make an appointment for car
  • wash car (inside & out)
  • back to school shopping
  • break down cardboard outside
  • continue reading Slow Love
  • eat outside
  • play a board game with Cooper
  • go to bed earlier/focus on getting enough sleep

 

Last Week’s Intentions:

  • laundry
  • use time efficiently while Cooper’s at camp
  • make an appointment for car recall (FML)
  • style/shoot 3 recipes for One Potato
  • take pictures of new products for the shop! YAY!
  • catch up on social media
  • send out bio/information for podcast I was a guest on
  • straighten up shipping area in office
  • drop off library books
  • make a new recipe
  • post favorite pens
  • finish Currently July post/post (you can read it here!)
  • bookkeeping work
  • make kombucha
  • cut down on carb intake
  • book flight for Santa Fe
  • return order from the GAP
  • return from Target
  • send out orders for the Handwriting Club
  • set up new printer
  • workout/hike
  • get my steps in with my Fitbit
  • keep fridge clean & organized (it’s so empty after vacation!)
  • paint nails (loving this color right now)
  • drink plenty of water (loving this water bottle rn)
  • continue reading Slow Love
  •  get the guest room ready for guests

 

 

Mantra for the Week:

 

Monday Pump Song:

We listen to that one in the car on the way to school usually.

 Don’t forget to write down your Intentions for the Week!

HAVE A GREAT ONE!

xo

Tracy

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August 5, 2018

My Everyday Life: Week 31

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life – Week 31

SUNFLOWERS EVERYDAY ALLLLLLL DAY  BECAUSE AUGUST IS MY BIRTHDAY MONTH.

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I am growing clematis so I can stalk all the flowers with my camera.

Consider yourself warned.

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Burrito Mondays. Let’s make it a thing.

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This is not life-sized.

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My errand outfit lately.

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Went to Mary’s Shack .  This salad tasted like my childhood. I want all salads to taste like this.

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This is Mary. Seeing her photo made me want to hop in a time machine.

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I really love seeing old menus. The prices kill me.

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My friend Tammi sent me a package. I now have a pretty amazing bag for my library books. THANK YOU, TAMMI!

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French toast & sausage. Cooper’s current favorite.

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I always notice the one that’s not with the others.  That’s an introvert tomato.

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Food stylist brain.

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My favorite place to be is on my deck.

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I go through a lot of dish towels in a week.  I think there’s a pair of underwear in there too. I keep a bowl on our stairs so I can bring it up and do laundry.

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I caught a rainbow.

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Writing notes on my hammock.

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Thai Basil Beef with an egg and a cucumber situation.

I riff off of that recipe all the time. It’s a simple dinner and everyone is happy.

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This was a miracle. My cats are never next to each other. ON MY BED.

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When you find out your pen is not waterproof.

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Real life means standing on a table to get the shot you want.

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Whenever I take a picture with Cooper in it (he’s holding the plate) he tries to nuzzle into me and it’s so sweet but it’s also so hard to take a picture when he does it! I just let it happen because it’s so sweet.

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DUMPLINGS!

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The tress in SF sometimes seems like they’re from Jurassic Park.

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A beautiful mess.

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City adventure.

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Met a bunch of cool women at The Riddler for an event for The Wing.

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Impromptu photo shoot with my pal Kristen. 

My Everyday Life: Week 31 on Shutterbean.com The trick to getting a good smile is to ask strangers to tell you a joke while they are passing by staring at you WHILE YOU ARE HAVING YOUR PICTURE TAKEN.

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Spritz me.

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Talking about inside pockets of blazers with new people.

Introverts don’t like small talk. We talk about important things like pockets in jackets.

HA.

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Feeling like my shoes aren’t that colorful in comparison.

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A second of introversion.

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Born and raised.

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Cowabunga!!!  What’s with the 4s?

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I remembered we had one of these cups when I was a kid. I think I picked off the spongery stuff on the bottom.

Sorry about that, Mom.

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Things I see in grocery stores.

And then I take pictures of what I see and people think I’m weird.

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Being in the grocery store feels like being an art store when you’re a food photographer.

THIS COLOR.

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Garden research.

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I need this in my house.

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This cat is named Rama.

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I had a stranger named Richard give me an impromptu sound bath.

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Trader Joe’s pot stickers are Cooper’s favorite.

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Lap cat.

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I went to water my yard and found my coffee outside from the day before.

This is almost 39.

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I live in a beautiful place.

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I feel so lucky.

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And there’s been a chill in the air at night here and it has me excited for fall.

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Rosie has been a jerk this week. She keeps running out of the house.

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Zen garden progress.

I put kimchi furikake on my eggs this weekend.

It was good.

Friday I went to Target with Caley and we walked the aisles giggling like we were in 7th grade again. I didn’t capture a picture, but it was one of the highlights of my week.

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I cleaned up my office this week. Happy about that! I share the before and afters on my instagram stories lately.

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When guests are over the cats are excited to hang out in the guest bedroom.

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I also organized my prop closet this weekend.

Mental clutter can show up in physical clutter.  I am trying to weed it all out.

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August 3, 2018

I LOVE LISTS

I LOVE LISTS - a weekly web series by Tracy Benjamin of Shutterbean.com

I LOVE LISTS

  1. Making a doughnut wall is an essential life skill.
  2. I knew this would happen!
  3. How to get rid of brain freeze
  4. This is quite a wall!
  5. The internet is going nuts for watermelon steak. Curious.
  6. How to make friends, according to science.
  7. My mom LOVED Pierce Brosnan
  8. Funny things captured in a grocery store.
  9. Stretchy ice cream… gonna need stretchy pants now.
  10. Some google search tips
  11. We are inadvertently creating super germs
  12. Why does bagged salad make us sick?
  13. Van Gogh is on VANS!! Sign me up!
  14. I find these animated gifs very soothing.
  15. Food is being served in iPads in restaurants now. Oh my word.
  16. I didn’t know that subway hands were a thing. News to me!
  17. My friend Andrea sent me this article about sleep. IT IS SO GOOD.
  18. 4 mind set shifts that can boost productivity. 
  19. All the things I’ve favorited on Etsy.
  20. My friend Melissa made a wedding cake and it’s BEAUTIFUL
  21. Summer can be really hard for people suffering from mental illness.
  22. My brain wants to make the double bread bowl a bread boat instead.
  23. These photos make me want to go to the beach.

SOME FUN NEWS:

Sharing my take on the importance of Family Dinners on Mother this week. Check it out here! 

I am going to be teaching a food photography class in Santa Fe next May! Make sure you mark your calendars if you’re looking for a creative travel adventure. It will be with Santa Fe Photography Workshops. Right now they have a great cookbook writing class with Deborah Madison in September if you’re looking for an inspiring getaway. I’ll send you more info soon. I’m super excited to go to Santa Fe! I’ve never been.