September 25, 2020

I Love Lists

  1. Life underwater is so mysterious.
  2. Your cooling rack doubles as a drying rack.
  3. Power washer artwork is so cool.
  4. Unrealistic things women did in movies.
  5. Birthday week for Bill Murray! 
  6. These portraits make me want to paint.
  7. That’s a lot of black licorice to eat every day.
  8. Pictures of rare things spotted in nature. 
  9. Healthy keto recipes that aren’t 100% bacon.
  10. This rainbow sleeping bag looks fun.
  11. An office pod would be so convenient. 
  12. Drones can take the coolest photos even though I find them annoying.
  13. The storyboards for the movie Parasite blow my mind. 
  14. Old photos of couples walking from the 1920s + 1930s
  15. What to do if you’re bored with your home workouts.
  16. To make: frosted pumpkin cookies / pumpkin french toast
  17. I’ve been craving tahdig.
  18. There are a lot of underrated TJ’s products I haven’t tried. 
  19. Face mask vending machines are now a thing.
  20. The most influential people of 2020. 

If you need to start next week off right, download my Intentions for the Week Printable!

September 24, 2020

Hand Roll Sushi Night

What are the best dinners for any family/household with picky eaters? Ones where you get to choose your own adventure!  During my childhood, I looked forward to taco night and burger night because my Mom laid out a bunch of ingredients and we all could play chefs and make exactly what we wanted.  With the help of gimMe Snacks organic seaweed sheets, we are adding a new choose your own adventure meal to the rotation- Hand Roll Sushi Night!

I would have dreamed about a dinner like this when I was a kid. However, my Mom wasn’t a huge sushi fan and she probably wouldn’t have the patience for how much of the seafood my brothers took compared to her… This kind of meal is perfect for my family of three. I love how healthy everything is and it’s a great way to get some (sea) vegetables into our everyday life.

Let me show you what’s involved!

Here! I made us a reference guide!


September 22, 2020

Autumn Bucket List 2020 (printable!)

Autumn Bucket List 2020

Hi Friends! Today is the first day of Autumn and I wanted to share my Autumn Bucket List (from my Currently Workbook!) with you!

Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year because I love being cozy under a blanket at home when it rains. It’s also a tender time because the season was my Mom’s favorite color scheme (she LOVED oranges and browns) and she passed away 3 years ago this Thanksgiving so a lot of stuff comes up.  A new season is another reminder of how fleeting time is…and how we must take some time to stop, reflect, and savor it. 

I spent a moment today thinking about what I want to do while this season lasts— 

My goals include:

I will love with my whole heart and give thanks for being alive and healing.

If you want to be intentional about your Autumn too, I’m offering this printable for free!

(download here)

Remember that you have until December 20th and we get to make a Winter Bucket list! 

Post a picture and tag @shutterbean and @thehandwritingclub

I’d love to see what you’re up to this Autumn. 


Leave your 2020 Autumn Bucket List in the comments to help hold you accountable,.

September 21, 2020

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:

Intentions for the Week – Week 39 on 2020

Happy Monday, friends!

We have made it through another week of staying (mostly) at home. This weekend I caught up with friends, did a bunch of housework, managed to do meal prep and grocery shop. We are off to a productive start to the week. HOORAY! Here are my Intentions for the Week this week. 


September 20, 2020

My Everyday Life Week 38

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 38

My Dad likes to tease me that I am becoming a farmer.  He’s not wrong. 


My first BIG tomato. These are orange brandywines. I really didn’t have high hopes for this one because the temperature was too hot some days this Summer that a bunch of the blooms just fell off.

Brought it in. Sliced it up.


September 18, 2020



  1. People share their honest zoom backgrounds. REAL LIFE!
  2. Cats who were shaved for surgery. lolz.
  3. Make your own cream cheese
  4. Bucket list: photo adventure of autumn in national parks.
  5. I want to explore the mysterious buildings around the presidio.
  6. This air-fryer cauliflower looks delicious!
  7. How to steal like Wes Anderson.
  8. Time to get my cats closer to our keyboard.
  9. Let’s look at old photos of Victorian & Edwardian people on couches.
  10. Looking through vintage on Etsy makes me miss thrifting! 
  11. Can you imagine how fun it would be to have a cloud lamp?
  12. Teacher shows what time kids should go to bed.
  13. If you also love spotting the difference in photos you might like this. 
  14. But what if you are your own boss?
  15. How the firest are melting things. YIKES.
  16. Can celebrity activism campaigns really make a difference?
  17. People are so talented I can’t even handle it!
  18. How distanced learning is disrupting households.
  19. I can’t imagine how hard this is for teachers who are parents.
  20. At least these things didn’t happen to you.
  21. Weekend reading: The Subtle Body   + The Art of Psychic Reiki

September 16, 2020

Simple Vanilla Ice Cream

Have you created any new habits during quarantine? I’ve added a new treat each week in our household.  Right now we are kind of on a sundae kick here. The world may be a dumpster fire, but I still can wow an 11-year-old boy with a  Simple Vanilla Ice Cream recipe!  With some fudge sauce (I hide ours waaay back in the fridge with boobie traps!)  and chopped salty chopped peanuts, we have quick weeknight sundaes. 

While searching for a simple ice cream recipe that doesn’t involve eggs, I found a commenter’s note saying that “the best/easiest vanilla ice cream recipe is made with cream, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla.”

I had all of those things.

Challenged accepted. 


We have a winner.

I did add a pinch (or two) of salt cuz that’s how I roll.  The sweetened condensed milk makes the process so much easier because you don’t have to warm up cream and melt sugar!  Plus SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK TASTES AMAZING.  I love that stuff a little too much!

If you feel like dusting off your ice cream maker. and making ice cream magic, MAKE THIS.  We are going to be experimenting with it a lot in the Benjamin family. Stay tuned!