May 8, 2021

Things Mom Used to Say

Things Mom Used to Say Book by Tracy Benjamin of Shutterbean.com

During the first few months after her death, I found myself panicked and worried that I was going to lose the essence of who my Mom was. I have a small collection of voicemails, Snapchat videos (with fun filters!), and photos of her on my phone. I became obsessive about finding everything I had with her in it.  I also started a NOTES folder on my phone of Things My Mom Used to Say. Whenever something would come up, I’d jot it down hoping to hand-letter them someday (when I felt my handwriting was good enough!).


May 7, 2021


Today is a NEW day // I love lists artwork by Tracy Benjamin of Shutterbean.com


  1. People found written treasures.
  2. These transformations make me want to work in my garden.
  3. Why is perimenopause still such a mystery?
  4. Why do cats knock stuff over?
  5. The true scale of the world’s tallest buildings.
  6. The power of perspective (in photography).
  7. 1970s Liza Minnelli
  8. Lovely maxi dresses: one / two / three 
  9. Which dishes do professional chefs hate to make? 
  10. Calculate how long it will take you to binge-watch a show.
  11. Let’s try to make more beach art this year. 
  12. This man is trying to save the olive trees in Italy.
  13. Update on David After the Dentist.
  14. Sleeping in a treehouse is on my bucket list.
  15. I bet Cooper would like twisted bacon.
  16. Half-renovated houses in Germany.
  17. Photos of weird architecture. 
  18. I had a thing for Andrew McCarthy when I was growing up. 
  19. Goodwill doesn’t want your broken toaster. 
  20. Your data is always being mined. 
  21. Weekend baking: simple drop biscuits/ strawberry chia jam 


May 5, 2021

Currently April 2021

Currently April 2021- Shutterbean.com

Currently April 2021

April was kind of eventful. I got vaccinated (yay!), we went to Santa Barbara, baseball games galore, my Dad told us he’s getting married, and I was able to see more friends! There was a lot to process and grief crept back up again. Whew! 

Here’s my April spread in my Currently Workbook! 

Currently April 2021- Shutterbean.com

I played around with brush pens, white paint pen,  and black gesso on my spread. 


May 3, 2021

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 18 in 2021

Happy Monday, friends!

We had a nice weekend. Cooper won his baseball game, we went out to lunch with my Dad and his ladyfriend. We did some stuff around the house, I started a huge weed-whacking project. Oh, and I did some Meal Prep! Here’s what we’re starting the week with (besides an organized fridge!)


Meal Prep This Week includes:


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Meal Prep this Week Includes:

Let’s take a moment and go over our Intentions for the Week !



May 2, 2021

My Everyday Life Week 17

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 17

How I plan around the food in the fridge- a magnetic dry erase board that lives on my fridge. 

My Everyday Life Week 17 of 2021- a photography series by Tracy Benjamin of Shutterbean.com

Enjoying coffee with a deer.

My Everyday Life Week 17 of 2021- a photography series by Tracy Benjamin of Shutterbean.com

Always something with this guy!

My Everyday Life Week 17 of 2021- a photography series by Tracy Benjamin of Shutterbean.com

What was in my fridge this week:

Zucchini Fritters are one of my go-to meal prep staples. I like them for lunch.  CONTINUE READING

April 30, 2021


Clean as You Go! // Tracy Benjamin

  1. 90s guys then/now
  2. This is beautiful- How to Be at Home
  3. Today I learned…
  4. Japan is not like anywhere else.
  5. I love the wallpaper in this nursery!
  6. Keeping a home cool without AC  hacks.
  7. Jumpsuits are cute: one / two / three / four
  8. Underwater museums creep me out for some reason.
  9. This rare Japanese typewriter is incredible.
  10. Photographs of all of the mutant mobiles at Burning Man.
  11. Seems like the perfect way to change in public. 
  12. At what age are people the happiest?
  13. This art made me smile.
  14. We’ve had 5 dead whales wash up in SF. 
  15. Whoa. Check out this ghost town.
  16. Some details about the crests you see on SF homes.
  17. I love how free Jack Black is with his body.
  18. Toast as an art form. 
  19. Weekend reading: Wild Creations /How to Do the Work


April 29, 2021

Pantry Clean Out

Pantry Clean Out - by Tracy Benjamin of Shutterbean.com

One of the items on my spring bucket list was to do organize the pantry/ do a Pantry Clean Out! I finished it this week. Wanna see?