Blackberry Thyme Infused Vodka

Blackberry Thyme Infused Vodka // shutterbean

It’s that time of year when I start infusing alcohols for boozy homemade gifts like a mad woman. That means my kitchen turns into a science lab. Sorry, husband!   A bottle of booze is one of my favorite treats to bring to a party. BOOZE! In the past, I’ve made Limoncello, Amaretto, Strawberry Vodka, Cucumber Infused Vodka and Candy Cane Infused Vodka. This year I have this Blackberry Thyme number and a spicy bourbon infusion in the works. This pretty vodka infusion of blackberries & thyme is mildly sweet and slightly herbal. I can imagine it would be fantastic cut with some lemonade, ginger ale or some tonic. That color will turn some heads, no doubt.

And I Quote:

Life is what you make it // shutterbean

Happiness is never stopping to think // shutterbean

Reality // shutterbean

Leap of Faith // shutterbean

Everyone you will ever meet // shutterbean

My Everyday Life: Week 48

Here’s what this past week looked like:

Foggy hike after Thanksgiving.

My Everyday Life: Week 48

The streets were golden.

My Everyday Life: Week 48

Casey built Cooper a ramp.

My Everyday Life: Week 48


My Everyday Life: Week 48

Wet lavender.

My Everyday Life: Week 48

I love lists, Friday!


  1. Jennifer Lawrence is a Leo. That is all. :)
  2. Man Colds. They’re worse than any other cold. Seriously. WHY.
  3. My lattes could use a good stencil.
  4. These little tree cake toppers are cute. Also I’m obsessed with marzipan.
  5. Keep at it and don’t give up!
  6. I’m intrigued by these Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls.
  7. So that’s why Taye Diggs is following me on Twitter
  8. How to do your makeup in prison.
  9. The Introvert on the Podium
  10. Annoying things you’re probably guilty of. 
  11. The Serial Podcast may not have a perfect ending.
  12. This stamp is adorable.
  13. I love reading other people’s entertaining tips.
  14. A good idea for leftover stuffing & leftover mashed potatoes!
  15. How pretty is this drink?
  16. Number 8 is too real.
  17. I’ve been thinking about getting one of these cameras. Xmas present maybe?
  18. Analyzing the amount of jokes per minute in a sitcom. Fascinating!
  19. California is grateful for YOUTUBE? Wtf.
  20. A little photographic inspiration for your weekend.



Congrats, Jessica!  You won my Minted Giveaway!  I will be emailing you shortly!  And thank you to everyone who entered. I really enjoyed reading your holiday traditions. xo

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Happy Thanksgiving from Shutterbean!

Just wanted to say how thankful I am that you share your time with me here online. I honestly have the most thoughtful, caring, and witty readers. I appreciate the heck out of you.  I hope your day is filled with laughter, good food, friends & family.  Much love,  HAPPY THANKSGIVING and BRING ON THE PIE!!


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 is…now 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:

And I Quote:

Love is not singular // shutterbean

Sadness flies away // shutterbean

A smile is a curve // shutterbean

Worry is a misuse of imagination // shutterbean

If things go wrong // shutterbean

My Everyday Life: Week 47

Here’s what this past week looked like:

We spent an hour in Target taking pics of anything that said JOY on it (there are a lot of things!) and texted each photo to Joy.

It was one of the best scavenger hunts EVER.

My Everyday Life: Week 47

It’s been raining. I love my house when it rains. Not when it leaks though.

My Everyday Life: Week 47

Working on boozy things. My grandpa’s Christmas cactus is about to bloom. Can’t wait for that!

My Everyday Life: Week 47

Surveying the succulents.

My Everyday Life: Week 47