My Everyday Life: Week 17

Here’s what this past week looked like:

Blue skies in parking lots.

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Spacing out before bath time.

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Fun with color bath tablets.

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Before the water turned really blue.

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A nice moment.

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An ominous moment.

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We went to visit Casey’s sister’s family for Easter.

Cooper and I stopped on the side of the road and snapped this. He was annoyed that people were such litterbugs on the side of the road. Me too, Coop. Me too.

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How to test how much of a control freak parent you are.

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I got splashed from the hot tub.

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Montara is foggy.

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Early morning Easter egg hunting!! I have no idea what Cooper is doing with his feet!

Ever since he saw his cousin Henry’s robe, Cooper has been trying to wear my sweater as a robe.

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Ellie & Cooper

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I was mesmerized by the sand. The ocean is so good for my soul.

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I see Frankenstein in this one and a skull.

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Cooper & Henry.

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Meal prep for this week!

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I see my smile in his.

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We have a good time at meal time.

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Favorite meal of the week included salmon & quinoa tabbouleh salad.

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Made these pancakes with sweet potatoes.  Topped with bananas & walnuts.

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I art directed this pose.

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This is the pose he wanted to do 🙂

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Negative space.

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Overview of Cooper’s lego “police station.” I secretly wish legos were black, white & gray.

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Segment pattern.

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Teaching outfit. Trying to balance it all!

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This week I taught a class to the Marketing Team Leaders at the Whole Foods Northern California HQ in Emeryville. The class was on how to improve your iPhone photography & Instagram photos. I really do love teaching…especially when my students feed me well!

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They got me to try camel milk!! It’s crazy! Not sure I want to drink it straight….but I can imagine it would be good as an ingredient in a recipe. I guess camel milk will be the new trend. Stay tuned for that.

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Here I am teaching them that a cool floor can be an awesome background for product shots.

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Cooper’s first sushi this week. He ate two pieces. The texture of the rice kinda freaked him out.

If he could, he would squeeze the soy sauce packets right into his mouth.


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The clover I thought I killed last year came back with a vengeance!

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Droplets on my succulents.

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Special treat before bed. It’s amazing how excited a kid can get over a few sprinkles…

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Trees in puddles.

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Avocado + tortilla this morning.

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This picture doesn’t do the clouds justice. It was a weird day.

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Lunch with Leslie at Bartavelle. The eggs are phenom. This is the second time I’ve gone in less than 2 weeks.

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I can see your halo!

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Hope you have a great weekend! xo

  • Hannah

    I love that you and Cooper take so many pictures together! Your smiles make me smile 🙂

    • Hannah

      I can never get my four year old to sit still long enough to take a pic with me…if he spots a camera he bolts!

  • Karin

    Looks like an amazing week! Lots of family time. That’s the best.

  • Lia : Tangerine Canteen

    I love, love, LOVE that photo of Coopers ice cream! B&W, colourful sprinkles, clear bowl – perfection! And so true about the sprinkles, my kids act like they’ve won the lottery when they get them!!

  • Nandhini

    I love this post. it feels like every minute of life is so precious

  • joy the baker

    i’ve stood on the sides of my feet like cooper since i was a kid. weird things. love your week MAJ!

  • Emily @ Life on Food

    You make legos look good!

  • Annie

    I listened to the latest podcast about blog burn out and blog commenting. Honestly whenever I see your blog posts in my blog feeder I am always happy. And for the record your photos and posts on healthy eating make me want to run out to Whole Foods. You make healthy eating look really delicious. Thank you for sharing. I thoroughly enjoy your unique perspective on life. Praying you feel better soon too!

  • Clare

    Love every one of these photos especially the teaching outfit! A class on better phone photos sounds like a great time.

  • Laura

    Did I spy a little step stool with puzzle pieces (possibly with Cooper’s name on it)? I have a step stool just like it! My uncle got it for me about 31 years ago — and it’s still completely necessary in my life, since I’m about 5 ft. tall!

  • Sydney

    Beautiful, as always.

  • Beth

    Your art directed picture of Cooper is amazing! What a cutie pie! All I could think of when i saw your sand shots is what an amazing fabric it would be, summer dress season is here! Yet again another beautiful week seen through some very talented eyes.

  • Kate

    I always look forward to this post every week! I always feel at home near the ocean even though I have lived in the Midwest for most of my life. Something about watching the waves instantly calms me down. In my next life, I want to live in the ocean. Hope you have a great week!

  • Claire @Lemon Jelly Cake

    I always love your mother & son photos with Cooper. So sweet! I hope my baby boy is as cooperative and doesn’t try to hide from the camera like my husband does. 😉

  • Nancy @ Yummy Reads

    I love the photos of Cooper posing! He looks like a heartbreaker. 🙂

  • Jennie

    Like Annie, I just listened to your podcast too. I don’t comment much but I truly do love your blog and am genuinely excited to get your emails. My favorite is I love Lists Friday. Keep up the great work. We’re still here enjoying it!

  • Taylor

    I love these pictures! That second one of Cooper is gorgeous!


  • Jenna

    Great art direction! Although Cooper’s pose is also pretty cool. I also sometimes stand on the side of my feet like Cooper (and Joy, apparently, haha) & have been doing it since I was a kid.

  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    Chilli oil on those eggs? Unreal. In love with that first picture, that tree reflection. Amazing. x

  • Natalia (

    At first I read Caramel Milk instead of Camel milk and I couldn’t understand why couldn’t you drink it straight… Now I know and understand!!!!

    I wish I could have taken that class!!!

  • Jessica @ Living La Vida Holoka

    I wish I was in that class! Now I might start photographing with my wood floor as the backdrop! Great photos, as always.

  • Talia

    Another fantastic post. You are making me seriously consider taking more pictures of my life. I am no photographer, but your series is so much fun that it makes me want to do it too!

  • Amy

    I love these posts – you keep inspiring me to take more photos of my everyday life. Whenever I look back over my own weekly gratitude posts I am reminded of how awesome my life is, and your weekly everyday life posts are a reminder to keep documenting the everyday. We have to cherish these moments because they are the only ones we have and the everyday is where we live.

  • Danielle

    Just finished listening to the blog burnout podcast and wanted to come out of the shadows as a blog lurker and say how much I enjoy what you do! All the pieces of your blog come together to tell such a great story of you who are. Love the recipes, love the photos, and definitely love the Friday links post. I hope you have a great week!

  • Joiya

    I love this!! This has inspired me to carry my camera around with me more. I needed that, I’ve been feeling a little unenthusiastic about my photography lately.

  • Sarah

    That’s so cool you taught a photography class for Whole Foods HQ! I wish I could have been a fly on the wall.

  • Beth

    I, too, am going out of the dark to tell you how much of a treat your blog is for me. Every Saturday morning I allow myself to linger in bed with the book I’m currently reading, the NYTimes art sections I’ve been saving for the week, and magazines that have arrived (which are few, because I’ve cancelled most to declutter my life, but I miss the feel of them), and your weekly lists. I have been listening to you and Joy forever and I felt really sad when you talked about your blog burnout. I’ve never commented about how much I enjoy your blog and your podcast, but I want to tell you that now. Your posts make me laugh. Your lists often take me to blogs I’ve never encountered before and I add them to the list of connections that keep me going. I listen to your podcast, often on Friday, when I’m doing something mundane and stupid at work, and it makes me laugh. I am a vegan, but my family is not, so I adapt recipes that are not vegan to suit me, or I use your non-vegan recipes for things that my boys will love–like the lemon chicken most recently. Your killer granola is a staple for my husband and your cinnamon rolls get gobbled up every time I make them. Please continue to do what you do if it still brings enjoyment to you and know that you are appreciated and admired by many, like me, in the shadows. And, I want those silver sandals!

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