June 17, 2018

My Everyday Life: Week 24

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life: Week 24

Walking home from date night last night. Things were just the right amount of blurry.

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It took all of my willpower not to grab a loaf of bread.

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Tried an impossible burger at Gott’s. It was good and the regular hamburger meh.

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Playdate craft time!

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My favorite part of library books.

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Elephant spotting.

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June 15, 2018


I love lists- a collection of links from the internet on Shutterbean.com!


  1. I secretly like bananas in fruit salads
  2. Summer Bucket List download!
  3. 100 Best YouTube videos of all time.
  4. Bad tattoos are soooo bad.
  5. What the heck?
  6. Weezer covers Toto’s Africa
  7. Life lessons from Anthony Bourdain
  8. How to clean your house like a professional
  9. You really shouldn’t be this comfortable at work.
  10. I’m curious about this new series- Kidding 
  11. These paper fruits & vegetables are stunning.
  12. A very cool looking calendar system!
  13. Why children aren’t behaving
  14. Virtual reality cat explorer. WEIRD
  15. Home Ec is fading away. This is really the worst.
  16. Bubbles!
  17. I like #5 best
  18. Coop and I love this Instagram account
  19. Every recipe should be small batch or else I’ll eat it all. Biscuits!!
  20. Have you ever made a five-year plan? 
  21. We could all use a snack cake right now
  22. Fun with bleach– gonna make something new soon!
  23. I’m thinking of making this cake for Father’s Day, what about you?
  24. Also thinking of adding this farro salad to the menu cuz I’m sure my dad misses my mom making it for him.
  25. Anyone have a Fitbit 2? Tell me what you think. I’d like to have a heart rate monitor.

Waking up without having to rush out the door for school (This is day 2)

The fact that my child still holds my hand in public.

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My hammock time. I never understood the appeal of a hammock until we got one. I like this nylon one because the knitted hammocks always hurt my skin after awhile.

With the warmer weather here, I’m living off of Mint Iced Tea.

Checked out from the library:

Messages in the Mailbox / The Language of Flowers / Inventing Joy


June 14, 2018

Summer Bucket List 2018

Tracy from Shutterbean shares her Summer Bucket List for 2018. You can make yours too!

It’s that time of year! 

First day of SUMMER in the Benjamin household.


Last week over dinner, I pulled up a piece of paper and started jotting down a rough plan of the Summer, with the family’s input of course. I made a list for everyone and made notes of our goals for the Summer.  Family meetings are so important!  I highly recommend doing it before you have a vacation. It’s always a good idea to see where your intentions for a vacation differ from your family’s 😉

This is what I want to do this summer, in addition to projects around the house.

But mostly, after all that has happened this year, I really want to try to

slow down and

soak it all in

because life is SHORT.

My child is 9, not yet double digits, but soon!  This is his only summer as a 9-year-old!  I hope to take him on as many adventures (big and small) (mostly small) this Summer while he still likes to be around me. I dunno, 4th grade feels kinda big for me.

Here are my intentions for this Summer:


  • read a book (one for fun!)
  • lady craft day
  • beach time
  • Russian River adventure
  • library time
  • host a brunch/bbq
  • family hike
  • museum day trip
  • work in garden
  • finish a book for Etsy
  • clean up/alter Cooper’s room (we need to bring new life to it!)
  • Tahoe trip

What’s on your Summer Bucket list?

Leave a comment, or make your own!

Look! here’s a template for you!

Download the pdf and print it out.

Tracy from Shutterbean shares her Summer Bucket List for 2018. You can make yours too!

Fill it out and tag @thehandwritingclub on Instagram so we can see!

If you want more ideas, here are some of my lists from the past:

Summer Bucket List 2017

Summer Bucket List 2016

Summer Bucket List 2015