I love lists, Friday!


  1. 31 Days of Pie has been awesome. Faves so far: One Two Three Four
  2. This makes me want eggnog.
  3. I’ve always been on the toast train. Never got off.
  4. I think I’d work well on a 10-6 schedule if I didn’t have a kid.
  5. Time Travel.
  6. Hilariously Similar. My brain enjoys these.
  7. Marriage lasts longer when you do these things.
  8. White Chocolate Almond Butter Cups (YUM!!)
  9. I’d love to see this one day.
  10. She has my dream job.
  11. Serial- What We Don’t Know.
  12. These photos are incredible.
  13. I suppose I should get on with reading this book.
  14. What an EPIC CHEESE PLATE!
  15. This is what I’ve been thinking about a lot.
  16. Why we hate seeing photos of ourselves.
  17. Animal migration is beautiful.
  18. Creating a Logo from Scratch. LOVED this.
  19. This hot chocolate intrigues me.
  20. I plan on reading this this in the new year.

Thank you to EVERYONE who entered my giveaway! A lot of you love my favorite scents- vanilla, lemon and lavender are my go-tos!  I’ll be emailing the winners soon:



Spicy Hummus Cucumber Bites

Spicy Hummus + Cucumber Bites // shutterbean

One of my current favorites! Hummus on top of thickly sliced cucumbers, a drizzle of sriracha and a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds. Reminds me a little of my ultimate veggie sandwich!

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?

Roasted Cashew & Sesame Brittle

Roasted Cashew & Sesame Brittle // shutterbean

I hate to humblebrag but I’m really good at staying away from candy. Like…with all the Halloween candy we had in our house this year, I only ate one piece. I made sure it was a Take5 bar. Worry not!

Roasted Cashew & Sesame Brittle // shutterbean

However…this brittle?  I totally LOST MY FREAKING MIND eating it.  There’s something about the salty/sweet/ savory/ crunchy/ buttery/ nutty goodness that makes it absolutely irresistible. I polished off a good portion in record time..spurring me to make another batch.  I think it’s the crunch…It’s all of it really.

Roasted Cashew & Sesame Brittle // shutterbean

Watch out…you may not have enough left to give away this holiday season.

Consider yourself warned.

Make a double batch.


Homemade Gift Ideas

Homemade Gift Ideas // shutterbean

10 days until Christmas. WHOA. That’s kinda soon. We still have time to make homemade gifts, though. PLENTY OF TIME! Let’s dip into my archives and brainstorm all the things you could easily make for your loved ones this holiday season!

And I Quote:

People take different roads // shutterbean

When you possess light within// shutterbean

Politeness is the art // shutterbean

The stars are the street lights // shutterbean

In the right light // shutterbean

My Everyday Life: Week 50

Here’s what this past week looked like:

Big storm this week. It was nice to see a little piece of sun on Friday.

My Everyday Life: Week 50

Hey. It’s me. I’m in the puddle.

My Everyday Life: Week 50


My Everyday Life: Week 50

The sky was purple.

My Everyday Life: Week 50

Meal prep this week:

My Everyday Life: Week 50

I love lists, Friday!


  1. People from London label where things are in the US. Hilarious.
  2. This piece about motherhood is so real.
  3. The unhappiest people you’ll meet in the comment sections…
  4. Six Rules for Dining Out
  5. Williams-Sonoma Catalog REAL TALK.
  6. What Niagara Falls looked like without water.
  7. A great list of podcasts for you become obsessed with.
  8. Family Photos Gone WRONG.
  9. Ahh! All of my favorites from my childhood!
  10. These Citrus Cranberry Cinnamon Rolls are calling my name!
  11. SF neighborhoods explained through emojis. hahaha
  12. I love fireplaces.
  13. My email IS A MONSTER.
  14. Now THAT’S how you apply for a job. 
  15. Let’s talk about finances!
  16. This movie looks SO GOOD.
  17. Should I Wash My Hair Today?
  18. Fun project alert! Homemade Lip Gloss.
  19. On Rejection & Criticism
  20. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯



Sarcastic Cooking adapted my Cheddar Jalapeño Biscuits

Think Fruitful made my  Sausage & Kale Stuffed Shells