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September 22, 2017

I LOVE LISTS

 Welcome to I LOVE LISTS. It's Friday and Tracy of Shutterbean.com shares her finds from the internet on a weekly list called I LOVE LISTS!Welcome to I LOVE LISTS! It’s Friday. Let’s see what’s up with the internet this week:

  1. Self- help books + changing your life
  2. Fall eats:  kale salad / pumpkin granola / pumpkin french toast
  3. There are some really good signs in here.
  4. Anthony Bourdain reflects on Parts Unknown.
  5. If you also love post-its….
  6. A whole bunch of reasons why I watch movies at home.
  7. The beauty of peacock feathers. WOW.
  8. What it looks like in the Florida Keys right now.
  9. How restaurants can become beacons in catastrophes
  10. How to make time for deep work when your calendar is PACKED.
  11. Some of these are really good.
  12. Star lovers:  boots  /  glasses  / dress / tee /  necklace / earrings /pjs
  13. Care to weigh in on this?
  14. You can hear the pieces Mozart composed when he was FIVE.
  15. Amen.
  16. Tech breakthroughs that will make us live foreverrrrrrrr
  17. I will take all the advice I can from this beauty.
  18. This building is magnificent.
  19. The story behind the distracted boyfriend meme.
  20. This takes a lot of dedication.
  21. Relax: 30 Day time-lapse of a cargo ship at sea
  22. A soup to put in the rotation- Spinach Tortellini Soup
  23. A delightful read!
  24. Kids vs. Weddings

have a great weekend!

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September 20, 2017

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Combine the flavors of Chicken Parmesan with meatballs with this Chicken Parmesan Meatball dish! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

My child won’t eat chicken parmesan but he’ll eat Chicken Parmesan Meatballs so there’s THAT!

Combine the flavors of Chicken Parmesan with meatballs with this Chicken Parmesan Meatball dish! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

I mean… I put it on garlic bread and served it with some spaghetti.

HOW COULD YOU NOT??

Combine the flavors of Chicken Parmesan with meatballs with this Chicken Parmesan Meatball dish! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

This recipe from Alton Brown Everyday Cook is definitely going into our meal rotation. The meatballs are tender and delicious. It’s definitely a fun take on an old classic….one that might get your picky eater eating!

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September 18, 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:

Monday has arrived. Hello!

This weekend we:

  • spent time with Casey’s sister who was visiting from Idaho
  • went out for pizza
  • walked around San Anselmo + Marin Country Mart
  • went to a parent’s dinner for school
  • fixed things around the house
  • organized my junk drawer
  • spent Sunday morning gardening & straightening up house
  • spent Sunday afternoon in baseball mode
  • had a nice family dinner

 

This coming week is kinda scattered. I have a bunch of things to catch up on. Some new things to work on and I am taking my niece (with my Mom!) to college. We’re road tripping down to UCSC. Should be fun!

Intentions for the Week:

  • type up recipe
  • clean out fridge
  • LAUNDRY
  • work on new recipes for Shutterbean
  • catch up on letter writing (more on @thehandwritingclub)
  • make kombucha
  • make thai basil beef with rice
  • put together box for my niece
  • go to Target with niece
  • take niece to college!
  • dance or yoga
  • figure out volunteer work
  • see Joy when she’s in town (yay!)
  • contact landscaper (know any good ones in Marin??)
  • shoot/edit/upload for One Potato
  • return to Staples
  • oil change
  • bank visit
  • call chiro
  • research: research bleacher seats, a new pop-socket

Last Week’s Intentions

  • write thank you notes/send out letters
  • yoga and or dance class- GET MOVING
  • get out in nature. hike if I can. (I did a ton of gardening)
  • have a date with my calendar
  • work on handwriting book
  • drop off library books
  • plan a date with my husband (we had one over the weekend)
  • get guest bedroom ready
  • book chiropractor (yet again, I put it off)
  • go to bank (didn’t work with my schedule)
  • edit photos/invoice
  • prep for One Potato shoot
  • catch up on social media
  • follow up with dentist
  • meal prep (see here!)
  • play around with my new yonanas machine (THANK YOU SALLY!!!!)
  • make kombucha
  • LAUNDRY
  • finalize Cooper’s birthday plans (we keep waffling back & forth)
  • research bleacher seats (forgot to!)
  • keep my desk clean
  • clean out car (washed it too!)
  • make some cookies this week (made a bunch of banana + mango soft serve instead)
  • eat healthier (planning on doing Whole30 at the end of the month) I TRIED.

Mantra for the Week:

I love lists // shutterbean

What about you?

What are you up to this week?

Leave some of your intentions for the week!

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September 17, 2017

My Everyday Life: Week 37

Here’s what this past year looked like- My Everyday Life Week 37

A moment of calm.

My Everyday Life: Week 37 on Shutterbean.com

Meal prep this week!

My Everyday Life: Week 37 on Shutterbean.com

I went for a walk and found this….

My Everyday Life: Week 37 on Shutterbean.com

One of my dreams is to have a water feature. One day!

My Everyday Life: Week 37 on Shutterbean.com

Saw this while we’re at a baseball game.

My Everyday Life: Week 37 on Shutterbean.com

Ella! ASLEEP ON COOPER’S BED!!!! (he was at school)

My Everyday Life: Week 37 on Shutterbean.com

Our living room in progress.

My Everyday Life: Week 37 on Shutterbean.com

Taco night!

My Everyday Life: Week 37 on Shutterbean.com

Working at a cafe.

My Everyday Life: Week 37 on Shutterbean.com

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September 15, 2017

I LOVE LISTS

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

  1. My friend Gaby has so many good meal plans.
  2. My friend Victoria has a shiny new website. So pretty!!
  3. Google image search: 1950’s housewife
  4. I am a sucker for baklava
  5. I’m curious what will become of Blue Bottle now…
  6. If you think everyone else has more friends, you’re not alone.
  7. The way these close… pleases me greatly.
  8. I want to live in these illustrated places. 
  9. To add color to your life.
  10. Another thing to take pictures of while you’re in SF.
  11. Are you friends with your parents?
  12. Now I want to make a diorama.
  13. This would be pretty for Thanksgiving.
  14. Will self-driving cars turn us into a bunch of drunks?
  15. Firework photo goals
  16. All of the items I favorited on Etsy.
  17. Facts about LaCroix!
  18. I TOTALLY FORGOT ABOUT JOLT.
  19. How to take charge of your healthcare as an adult. I’m still figuring this out…
  20. What a trip! People discover their museum doppelgangers. 
  21. The Most Influential TV Chefs ranked.
  22. Massive murals are popping up around Detroit.
  23. Items you insist on hoarding even though they’re garbage.
  24. Weekend plans: take an everyday object watercolor class
  25. Also, how many pancakes should we eat this weekend?

have a great weekend!

What’s in my Bag – 09/2017

What's in My Bag? Take a look inside Tracy's bag on Shutterbean.com!

I am 38 years old and I’ve grown to realize that I like a bag with very few pockets. 3-4 max. You can see what my purse goals were in 2007. My brain was very different back then.

In this stage of my life, tote bags are my preferred bag because sometimes I need to bring my office to go.  Now if you tuned in before, you might think this is peculiar because I used to LOVE  bags with pockets. That’s until I realized that too many pockets mean I have a hard time putting things back where they belong because I forget where they belong. I also can forget to zip zippers because I am always in a hurry.  Tote bags are simple, with less pockets and most of them don’t have zippers.  Cooper’s new backpack this year has at least 15 pockets with three million zippers.

This year should be interesting.

This is the bag that I currently use. It has quite a history. I bought it at Urban Outfitters when I was in college (graduated 2001). It’s a Levi’s bag so it’s been incredibly sturdy after all of these years. I think you can probably find one on ebay if you’re looking for one.

It made its way back into the rotation in my Summer capsule wardrobe and I might end up using it year round. I don’t feel compelled to jump ship, so that’s good!  If it looks like it’s been dyed, it’s because it has! There was a really bad ink stain at the bottom (hello, my name is Tracy and I am a pen addict).  To mask the effect, I made it look like there were tons of ink stains (using RIT dye) and this is where we ended up. If you like playing around with fabric too, you might like my bleach dyeing post! 

What's in My Bag? Take a look inside Tracy's bag on Shutterbean.com!

And this is what I carry around!!!!!! And yes, sometimes it gets way too heavy.

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September 11, 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, friends!

 Sending love and light to Florida + Houston. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. Stay safe!

Last week was kind of a doozy. Casey was in Brazil for work so it was just Cooper and me at home. Still getting into the swing of school stuff. There have been so many events! We’re also starting fall baseball so our weekend was filled with that. The pace is picking up on the treadmill of life.

This week, I need to carve out some time to look at my calendar. There are a lot of things coming up and I need to ground myself and plan. I’ve been putting it off for too long and now it’s time to get a realistic view of it all. You know?  Here are my intentions for the week. I may not do them all but at least I’m figuring it out!

Intentions for the Week:

  • write thank you notes/send out letters
  • yoga and or dance class- GET MOVING
  • get out in nature. hike if I can.
  • have a date with my calendar
  • work on handwriting book
  • drop off library books
  • plan a date with my husband
  • get guest bedroom ready
  • book chiropractor
  • go to bank
  • edit photos/invoice
  • prep for One Potato shoot
  • catch up on social media
  • follow up with dentist
  • meal prep
  • play around with my new yonanas machine (THANK YOU SALLY!!!!)
  • make kombucha
  • LAUNDRY
  • finalize Cooper’s birthday plans
  • research bleacher seats
  • keep my desk clean
  • clean out car
  • make some cookies this week
  • eat healthier (planning on doing Whole30 at the end of the month)

Last Week’s Intentions:

  • drop off donations
  • continue sorting through office supplies
  • yoga + dance class
  • LAUNDRY
  • return library books
  • photography lighting testing 
  • catch up on social media
  • work on handwriting workbook
  • spend time with friends  ( the highlight of the week was beach time!)
  • spend time with family
  • see if Cooper still likes curried chicken & rice  (we didn’t get to!)
  • put together photography proposals
  • photograph recipe for one potato
  • invoice/send photos
  • make a video for @thehandwritingclub  (did an Instagram Live!)
  • make kombucha
  • make banana bread (froze a ton of bananas instead)
  • continue to clean up the files on my computer
  • keep fridge clean/use up what we have
  • Cooper birthday party planning 
  • practice some self care (pluck eyebrows! take a bath?)
  • book chiropractor appointment (I didn’t and my back gave out last week!!!)
  • drink more water (this cup is REALLY helping!)
  • rest when I need to

mantra for the week:

I love lists // shutterbean

Thanks for following @thehandwritingclub on Instagram !!!!!!!

What about you? What are your Intentions for the Week? Map them out in your journal or leave them in the comments!