January 8, 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:

Hello Friends! Happy Monday. Cooper is back in school. This is my first list of the new year. I am excited to type those two things I looking forward to getting back into a rhythm/routine. I abandoned my bullet journal after my mom died (grief) and it really threw me off.  All of my TO-DO lists have been written on random pieces of paper and index cards. I’VE BEEN SO DISORGANIZED!!!

I spent all Sunday cleaning up my studio space, getting rid of paper piles and cleaning out the inside of my car. WHAT A GREAT FEELING!  Ok, so here we are my first Intentions for the Week list of 2018.

Intentions for the Week:

  • start taking down the Christmas tree
  • write my Intentions for the Year
  • tackle laundry (it’s not pretty)
  • go to a yoga class + hike
  • spend quality time with cousins in town from NY!
  • mail thank you cards
  • share art on my blog
  • get printer situation figured out
  • continue to get my house in order
  • photograph recipe for One Potato
  • take stuff to Salvation Army
  • catch up on social media/blogging
  • do some meal prepping
  • clean computer screen (it’s so gross right now)
  • finish up hand lettering project for a client (!!!)
  • send out some zines! Check out The Handwriting Club on etsy 🙂
  • take good care of myself
  • limit carbs

Mantra for the week:

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!

Whatever you’re up to this week, have a great one! 

January 7, 2018

My Everyday Life: Week 1

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 1

You guys! This is the EIGHTH year of doing this series. EIGHT YEARS!!!!

Uncle Ryan is in town this week!

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Self-care is hanging out with friends + painting.


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I actually did some cooking this week.

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Nothing for the blog. Trying to figure out what to do next to tell you the truth.

I can’t wait to settle into my routine when Cooper goes back to school.

This week I spent a lot of time gardening.

I made a few arrangements in abalone shells.

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It makes a great gift!

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Current state of the dining room.

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Florist’s handwriting sample.

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January 5, 2018



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

Welcome to I LOVE LISTS. It’s Friday. Let’s surf the internet together!

  1. The only way to keep your resolutions is….
  2. Release expectations and trust in the process of life.
  3. Is it too late to follow your dreams?
  4. Why time seems to speed up as we get older.
  5. How to read more books in 2018
  6. Van life looks pretty good. Bucket list worthy.
  7. Frozen Niagara Falls looks like Narnia!
  8. Coconut oil saves the day
  9. How to stay focused while working from home– I need this!
  10. Should I have another ladies Valentine’s Day craft night?
  11. Survive winter the Scandinavian way
  12. Andy Cohen’s favorite books 
  13. I really wish my mom could see this- Grandparents who make life more interesting
  14. How’s your liver after the holidays?
  15. This looks 100% SUPREME
  16. Slurpee waves!
  17. If this happens, I AM OUT.
  18. There’s a new item at In & Out. Cooper will be happy.
  19. No, you’re crying.
  20. Whoaaaaaa.
  21. Star lovers: leggings / pouch / wallpaper / barrette / book

have a great weekend!

January 2, 2018

If you’re doing the Whole30


If you’re doing the Whole30 this month, and need some help…

Feeling bored with your Whole30 routine? Check out these Whole 30 Meal Ideas from Shutterbean.com!


Some of the meals I liked to eat while I was on the Whole30. You’ll find a lot of good ones in there.

WAIT- What’s the Whole30?

Here’s the book– Whole30

simply remove these things from your lifestyle for 30 days:

  • dairy
  • grains (even corn!)
  • sugar
  • legumes
  • alcohol

The key to being OK with all of that is focusing on all the things you can have!!!  And there are a lot of things….like POTATOES, MEAT, EGGS, FRUIT, VEGETABLES, NUTS, ETC.!! 

Thinking of doing the Whole 30? Let these snacks keep you motivated. Check out Whole 30 Snack Ideas on Shutterbean.com!


Even though snacking is not encouraged on Whole30, I think sometimes snacks make better meals than a full sit down meal. Not everyone has the time to sit down and make a full on meal.

Use some of these examples and make a meal out of it.

You totally can.

Thoughts after finishing Whole30 - see more on Shutterbean.com!


You are going to need to coach yourself during the month, you can see how my journey here:

Week 1 & 2

Week 3

Week 4= DONE

I’m thinking of starting after my cousins come to visit in January. I wanna be able to have an Italian feast with the family before I commit.

And if you’re not ready to commit to 30 days, you can commit to a few healthy habits!


GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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December 30, 2017

My Everyday Life: Week 52

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 52

When we were going through my mom’s car we found the Christmas crackers she bought for Christmas. I brought them down and we added them to the table.  She is still helping us create good memories!  My sister in law set such a beautiful table.

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Place card duty is one of my favorite duties.

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We had negronis! My brother got our parents into them a few months ago 🙂

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My dad gives the best hugs.

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Found this at the deli while picking up bagels for Christmas day.

It brightened my day.

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Bagel brunch with Maj! 

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Coffee date with Riley.

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December 29, 2017


I LOVE LISTS // a collection of links from the 'net on Shutterbean.com Welcome to I LOVE LISTS! It’s Friday. Let’s surf the internet together!

  1. Worst Life Hacks of 2017
  2. How to saber a bottle of champagne— if you’re into that sorta thing
  3. Old-timey spy camera!
  4. When you ask a stranger to take your photo….
  5. Selfitis is a thing.
  6. The Best Food Art of 2017
  7. Etch-A -Sketch artistry
  8. We could all use this – The Internet Pledge
  9. The Anxiety Matrix <—- tech anxieties ranked
  10. Looking people in the eye.
  11. My brain wants: a superfood salad or a reset button salad
  12. If you want to travel through time here are some videos
  13. Jack in the Box is creating munchie meals…
  14. We gotta stop controlling how our kids play.
  15. Retro games & consoles are more popular than high tech stuff!
  16. Can you achieve Inbox zero? I’m not sure I will ever get there.
  17. We were in Los Angeles when this happened! 
  18. Proof that people are still doing good things.
  19. The fastest grilled cheese by Mark Bittman
  20. Really cute rompers: one / two / three / four
  21. One of my favorite things to do- send myself random email for the future

Currently reading: 

have a great weekend!

December 28, 2017

Top 20 Posts of 2017

Top 20 Posts of 2017 on Shutterbean.com!We’re a few days away from a NEW YEAR, so I’m in review mode. I also want to throw everything out in my house and start over. Maybe I just need to put away all of our Christmas decorations and I’ll feel better?

Maybe I just need to hibernate?

Yes. That’s it.

A lot has happened this year, hasn’t it?  Let’s look at what your favorite posts were from 2017, shall we?  I always love doing this because I like to see how much my photography has changed over the years. I should have started doing this in 2007 when I started my blog! Oh well. You live/you learn.

pssssst! you can check out the past ones–2016 2015 / 2014 / 2013 )

Shutterbean Top 20 Posts of 2017:

Hippy Banana Bread Shutterbean

Hippy Banana Bread

Tracy from Shutterbean.com shares her favorite Bullet Journal Supplies!

Bullet Journal Supplies


For an easy appetizer, try Herbed Goat Cheese. Recipe on Shutterbean.com

Herbed Goat Cheese

For entertaining? For weeknight snack dinners? For sandwiches, for FUN!


Vegetable Tempura

This is the best way to use up leftover vegetables. Promise.

If you're looking for a good reset, check out this Coconut Quinoa Salad from Naturally Nourished. Recipe is on Shutterbean.com!

Coconut Quinoa Coleslaw

This one is a texture party. You’ll love the dressing.

How to Make an Epic Cheeseboard with items from Trader Joe's! See more on Shutterbean.com

Trader Joes Epic Cheese Plate

A real crowd cheeser!

Getting Organized in the New Year. See how Tracy from Shutterbean does it!

Getting Organized in the New Year

If you need a reset in your house…..here’s some inspiration.

Baked Ziti with Creme Fraiche & Spinach- perfect for a crowd /weeknight dinners. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Baked Ziti 

Quite a few of you one dinner with this Baked Ziti dish. It’s the creme fraiche & spinach that does it!

Bullet Journal Layout Ideas - see more on Shutterbean.com!

Bullet Journal Layout Ideas

I shared some of the pages in my bullet journal. The internet liked it.

Creating Healthy Habits

To get yourself back on track, create some healthy eating habits. I shared mine!

Dinner is just a few minutes away with this Mushroom Ramen recipe made with Imagine Broths & Soups. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Mushroom Ramen

Goodness in a bowl.

Soothe your throat & relax with this Lemon Ginger Elixir. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Lemon Ginger Elixir

Perfect for cold/flu season! Oh and cocktails too!

Breakfast Sausage Pretzel Rolls are perfect for a weekend brunch! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Breakfast Sausage Pretzel Rolls

The first recipe made from the Over Easy Brunch book by Maj!

Meatballs Marsala with Buttered Egg Noodles & Chives. Recipe from the new Smitten Kitchen Everyday Cookbook. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Meatballs Marsala with Egg Noodles

I mean….does it get any better?


Small Batch Chocolate Cupcakes

Because we can’t be trusted with a whole batch of cupcakes….

If you're looking for a great vegetarian weeknight meal, check out this Spinach Artichoke Calzone recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Spinach Artichoke Calzone

One of the ways I use Trader Joe’s pizza dough!

Looking for a good Chicken Teriyaki recipe? Look no further! Check out this recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Chicken Teriyaki

A family favorite!

If you're looking to add some fun into your creative routine check out Tracy's Current Favorite Art Supplies on Shutterbean.

Current Favorite Art Supplies 

Everything I’m loving this year art supply wise!  I love that it’s inspired so many of you to color and PLAY!

Everyday Pancakes are simple enough to make EVERYDAY. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Everyday Pancakes

These are life changing! I make them all the time for Cooper.

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

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs


There you go, that’s just a slice of your favorites from 2017.  Thank you so much for all your love and support. I appreciate you!!!

I wonder what 2018 will bring…..