August 1, 2018

Currently: July 2018

Currently July 2018 on Shutterbean.com

Currently July 2018

Saying goodbye to July and entering my birthday month, August!

This month I will turn 39. Last year of my 30s!

My mom told me that her 40s were her best decade, so I’m looking forward to that.

July was all about Camp Shutterbean (me at home with Cooper while I worked). Any mom who has to work from home and have a child to keep occupied (and manage screen time) can understand what this feels like.  It was equal parts, wild, fun and overwhelming. We had quite a few playdates this July. Lots of friends coming over. I hosted 4 dinners and two sleepovers!  We ended the month visiting Casey’s family in Idaho. It was a last minute trip that didn’t even make it on my Summer Bucket List!  It was so nice to have a family reunion and hang out by the pool. Made me feel really happy to be away and also gave me a new perspective on my routine/home life that I needed.

Currently July 2018 on Shutterbean.com

The biggest thing that went down this month is that my computer died and I went from a MAC  to a PC. I spent over a week without a computer. So far the transition is going well although I need to transfer all my photos onto my new computer. I am trying to figure out the best way to do that and evaluate what I want/need.  One of the best things about transferring over to a new OS is that I am being intentional about the habits that I create on my new computer. I was in a rut with my system on my apple laptop. The refresh is much appreciated at this time in my life when I am trying to pare things down.

And no, the shift isn’t the end of the world. I spent 7 years doing bookkeeping on a PC for work so the math/productive side of my brain is appreciating the switch.

The artist in me liked that all of my devices synced but I’m relearning things a new way and it feels good to be a student again.

New tools help my creative brain. This is what I am telling myself anyway.

My Everyday Life: Week 30 on Shutterbean.com

Inspired By:

Traveling. When left our house for a week and I feel like I have a new lease on life. I have to remember how important it is for me to make a traveling adventure a priority. Stepping away from My Everyday life not only gives me more to experience (and capture through the lens!) but it also gives me the distance from my routine. When I have distance from my routine and am thrown out of it, I can pick back up and find my comfort zone again in the process. Now, I just need to add more Reset Button Salads in my life.


This month we finished watching the Handmaid’s Tale. It’s a great show. Very suspenseful. But man, ALSO DEPRESSING.

It makes me think about how much life can imitate art and vice versa.

While we were on vacation, we watched a few episodes of Black Mirror with my brother-in-law.

I definitely recommend these episodes- San Junipero / Hang the DJ / Nosedive

We also watching White Bear (very tense) & Shut Up & Dance (very tense).

Another show that messes with my head & dream life!


My Everyday Life: Week 30 on Shutterbean.com


This month I crossed off one of my Summer Bucket List items- Read a book!  I finished Calyspo, by David Sedaris. I really enjoyed reading more about his relationship with his parents. Some of it was dark/hilarious. I appreciate his brain so much. At times he reminds me of my Mom (she was also a Capricorn). She was wild, crazy and super smart just like him. She would talk to anyone, just the way he does. A conversation with someone can alter their life/day. I love that he writes about that.


Thinking About:

Thinking about my Mom. Some days I feel really connected to her and other days she’s not taking over my mind. I feel her most in my house – the house that I grew up in.

And SUMMER! We have a few weeks to soak it in until it’s over. THE COUNTDOWN IS ON.


Listening To:

This month I’ve been going back and forth on music. I am listening to pumped up workout tunes and mellow music while I’m working.

Here’s my Summer Playlist if you feel like taking a listen


Dream Life:

I had a dream about my Mom while I was in Idaho. Chevy Chase was in it too.

I blame this video:


I watched that video of Chevy Chase last week and I was thinking about how funny I thought he was when I was a kid

Eating & Drinking:

BBQ dinner for my dad.

Did a meal prep this month. During the Summer our dinners are pretty casual and random.

Meal prep helps us most during the school year.

Apricot Almond Cake was tasty!

Apricot Almond Cake for summer parties! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Family taco night!


My Everyday Life: Week 28 on Shutterbean.com

Strawberry Shrub didn’t last long in the fridge only because I put it in allllll of my drinks for a week.

If you're looking for a refreshing non-alcoholic drink, mix this Strawberry Shrub with sparkling water! Recipe on Shutterbean.com

I remembered how easy it is to put French Toast in the breakfast rotation for Cooper.

It’s a good way for him to get some eggs in without thinking he’s eating eggs 😉

My Everyday Life: Week 29 on Shutterbean.com

Fell in love with Trader Joe’s Everything Bagel seasoning this month. I’m always putting it on my eggs.

My Everyday Life: Week 28 on Shutterbean.com

We switched up our 4th of July dinner and had lobster!

My Everyday Life: Week 27 on Shutterbean.com

This year we had my niece’s boyfriend visiting and my neighbors!

My Everyday Life: Week 27 on Shutterbean.com

Blueberry Pudding Cake for the win!

My Everyday Life: Week 27 on Shutterbean.com

BBQ sausage + potato salad and BABIES when the Chase Family came to visit!

My Everyday Life: Week 28 on Shutterbean.com

Worked on an ice cream cake for Tillamook this month on Instagram. We ate so much ice cream cake!


My Everyday Life: Week 28 on Shutterbean.com

These pancakes are a way to Cooper’s heart.

This Zucchini Carbonara was a way to my husband’s heart!

Creamy Zucchini Carbonara made with fresh zucchini and crispy bacon! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

And then there was all the food we ate in Idaho… I need a juice cleanse!

My Everyday Life: Week 30 on Shutterbean.com

July Self Portrait

My Everyday Life: Week 30 on Shutterbean.com

July in my notebook:

Currently July 2018 on Shutterbean.com

How was your July? What are you looking forward to doing in August?!

  • Reannon

    What a great life you live! And honestly, your food is always SO inspiring. When you gonna write a book!!!!
    You’ve made me think that I really need to get out of my homebody rut & plan a little trip. I always feel so dumb when I say my favourite part of any holiday is coming home but it’s true!

  • Rozanne

    August is my birthday month, too! I love reading your blog, Tracey, I feel like your a friend on the other side of the country. Thank you for sharing your life , recipes, family, and wonderful outlook with all of us.
    I lost my mother 29 years ago this month. It is a pain that never really goes away, but you learn to live with it. I think of my mother every day, she lives in my heart.
    We live in Massachusetts, love how are Red Sox are doing this year! Go Sox!

  • Ronni

    Tracy, try watching Kim’s Convenience on Netflix. It’s delightful and fun after watching so many heavy shows.

  • Melissa Lee

    I saw you featured in Better Homes and Gardens the other day…I’m going to be 45 in October but I wanna be you when I grow up! Lol! Really though, I instantly felt like here’s a blog by a real person, who I can identify with. Just so real and it makes me smile and feel good to go to shutterbean and read and look at recipes…I bullet journal too, but my setup is a little different and I got some great ideas from you! Also I won’t ever apologize for writing too big again. I love your handwriting!

    • Tracy

      Oh goodness! Thank you so much Melissa! I try to be myself online as much as possible so it’s so good to hear that you like me for me!

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