Category: around the home

HS: Creating a Purse Organizing System

Feel like you can never keep your purse organized? This post is for YOU! Check out a new way of thinking about organizing your purses so you don't have to waste time organizing your stuff. More on!

One of the words I'm focusing on in 2015 is foundation. I've been really trying to evaluate what's helpful in my life and what's not. This book has really inspired me and it started me down the road of weeding out things I don't want/need. I used to have a purse compulsion. Oh gosh, I don't even want to think of how many purses I've bought in my lifetime!  I'm definitely a sucker for a well organized bag but the problem is that I have different needs at different times. It's taken me a long time to figure that out!  I would have a system going in one bag and when I went to move things over, I came up with so many different organizing systems that I could never keep anything organized.  I also had repeat items in each bag because it was such a pain in the butt to not have what I needed when I needed it.  The key to it all is having a place for everything and sticking to it. Creating more ways to organize and changing my system constantly is what prevents me from ultimately being organized so I decided to create my FOUNDATION.  Here we go!

Homemade Sugar Scrubs

Homemade Sugar Scrubs // shutterbean

I've always been obsessed with scents & smells and in the past few months I've developed a thing for Essential Oils & Aromatherapy. This year I'm including some homemade sugar scrubs in my homemade gift repertoire because I know I'd love to get them myself and they're EASY to make. The best part is that they're all edible...not that you SHOULD eat them, but it means that everything is non-toxic in these sugar scrubs. Skin exfoliation & hydration is super important this time of year, so it's a nice reminder to treat yo'self!

Homemade Sugar Scrubs // shutterbean

Before we get started, you should know that not all essential oils are created equal. A few months ago, I took a SUPER informational class by the owners of Floracopeia and have been a huge fan of their oils since. I've been trying out some other companies, but so far I'm really enjoying their oils, blends & flower essences. Their quality is exceptional and they're extremely helpful & knowledgeable. Just thought you should know that!

Here's a little peek into my stash. I call this my emotional tool kit. As you can see, I labeled my oils with washi tape so I'd easily be able to spot the oils I need.

Homemade Sugar Scrubs // shutterbean

OK so I'm about to drop a lot of information on you. You ready?

Holiday Cards with Minted + GIVEAWAY!!

Shutterbean + Minted


I am done with my holiday cards!!! Wait. That doesn't mean I've addressed them yet... but anyways this is the first year EVERRRRRR that I am going into December with our holiday cards in MY POSSESSION. Last year was so hectic, I almost sent out New Years cards and then realized I would have thrown off my tradition and wouldn't have a 2013 card in my collection; I couldn't let myself do it. The thing that we have a child, it's been a nice way for us to see how much Cooper has grown over the years. It's kinda like collecting baseball cards. We've been using Minted for our holiday cards since 2011 because I've always enjoyed their designs. They appeal to the graphic designer in me and their paper quality pleases me greatly. Totally top notch and the user interface is really fun to work with.

Here are some of our past designs from Minted:

Creating an Antipasti Platter

Creating an Antipasti Platter // shutterbean

Every few months, Casey and I host a wine tasting at our house.  He's in charge of the get-together (it's his wine group afterall!) while I work on the food. Bertolli recently contacted me to see if I'd like to be apart of their Bertolli Gold Label Progressive Italian Dinner Party with a few other food bloggers. Over the next few weeks, you can follow along to see how we all hosted our own gatherings and then brought them together through a virtual Gold Label Dinner Party menu.  I thought it might be a good way to show you what goes into creating an antipasti platter for one of our wine parties- from selecting the wines to pairing food items.  As the first blogger course of the #BertolliGoldLabel Progressive Dinner Party,  I came up with an original recipe (hope you love polenta & mushrooms!) using one of their Bertolli Gold Label sauces and will post that soon.  

My On-the-Go Essentials:

MY ON-THE-GO ESSENTIALS // shutterbean

Casey and I went on a little trip this past weekend to Big Sur. It was magical and I'll try to share more of that soon! Whenever I'm away from home I spend a good deal of time creating a little sense of home wherever we are staying. When I was transferring some of my stuff from one bag to another, I thought it might be fun to show you some of the things that I can't travel without. I find it so fascinating to see what people's essentials are.  Mine include:

Around the House: Guest Bedroom {AFTER}

Guest Bedroom Makeover with Valspar Paint // shutterbean


Wait for it... WAIT FOR IT.

Wait. We should look at the Before real quick.

Around the House: Guest Bedroom {BEFORE!}

The Guest Bedroom Before // shutterbean

I can't believe we've lived in this house for over two years. Where does the time go?? We spent the first year moving things around, trying to make our old furniture work in this new space and moved the rest of my parent's stuff into another room of our house.  If you don't already know, we moved into the house I grew up in in 2012.  During the second year of living here, we slowly started painting a few rooms, just to test things out and see what things would look like on a much larger scale.  This home requires a lot of thought because there are so many different architectural elements to consider whereas our last home just needed paint! Although it's frustrating for a visual person like me to live with a mishmash of furniture in rooms that are not even close to being done, it's been good to REALLY think about how we want to live/utilize this space.

HS: The Organized Pantry

ORGANIZED PANTRY // shutterbean

I've organized my pantry before and part of me was like... Do people really need to see my pantry again? It's a chore that I (sadly) do once a year and I keep it up for the most part and then I FREAK OUT and want to bomb it when it gets out of control. You may be in the same boat too.  Let's discuss that!  Things that race through my mind: Why didn't I keep it clean?  What part is the hardest to keep organized? What makes me drop the ball?  I have noticed that the trigger for me to clean it out is always finding that I have repeats of pantry staples....and it's because I'm not organized enough to know that I already have a jar of salsa in my pantry. I COULDN'T FREAKING SEE IT behind the chaos. The good news, is that every time I clean out my pantry, I come up with a new organizing scheme. I find that it's best regroup and change your organizing habits to make way for new/better ideas. Let me show you!