September 15, 2017


 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!
  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.


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
  • 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
  • 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!