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August 17, 2022

School Snack Ideas

Need some Back to School Snack ideas? Tracy from Shutterbean has you covered!

Dipping into the archives today to glean some School Snack Ideas because my child’s first day of EIGHTH GRADE IS TODAY!  You heard that RIGHT.

EIGHTH GRADE. It goes fast, folks. 

So now that Summer is over, we’re back in the routine and it’s time to remember all of my school lunch ideas cuz we’ve had a few months off from the morning chaos of school lunch making.

Let the games begin! 

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August 15, 2022

Intentions for the Week

Intentions for the Week Workbook by Tracy Benjamin now on sale!

Intentions for the Week- Week 33 in 2022

Hello, MONDAY! 

I hope your Monday is off to a good start!  This weekend we had two sleepovers. One with my brother and one for Cooper. Other than that it was pretty chill!  This coming week is my birthday (thursday to be exact!) and I have a bunch of stuff to do besides CELEBRATE.  Like…COOPER STARTS 8th GRADE!!!!!!  There’s so much to be done!!!  Also- I’ll be selling Magic Kits this week in my shop!  If you are subscribed to my newsletter, you’ll get a link before everyone else!  Let’s have a moment to figure out what we’re doing this week. Here are my Intentions for the week! CONTINUE READING

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August 14, 2022

My Everyday Life Week 32

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 32

Morning magic. 

My Everyday Life Week 32 of 2022- a photography series by Tracy Benjamin of Shutterbean.com

Getting my desk in order for magic making. 

My Everyday Life Week 32 of 2022- a photography series by Tracy Benjamin of Shutterbean.com

READY SET GO

My Everyday Life Week 32 of 2022- a photography series by Tracy Benjamin of Shutterbean.com

This week I worked on a new zine for my shop/magic kits. 

My Everyday Life Week 32 of 2022- a photography series by Tracy Benjamin of Shutterbean.com

Everyday Magic! 

My Everyday Life Week 32 of 2022- a photography series by Tracy Benjamin of Shutterbean.com

They’re going to be yellow. Why yellow? 

My Everyday Life Week 32 of 2022- a photography series by Tracy Benjamin of Shutterbean.com

(from my color therapy zine)

Because YELLOW is associated with:

My Everyday Life Week 32 of 2022- a photography series by Tracy Benjamin of Shutterbean.com

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August 12, 2022

I LOVE LISTS

Make Magic (kits) I love lists/ Shutterbean

I LOVE LISTS 

  1. A brief history of dumplings. 
  2. I want to make mango sticky rice. 
  3. Fireworks over water = double the magic
  4. RIP Olivia Newton-John <3
  5. An outfit I’d wear: this dress with these shoes & sunglasses
  6. Kids and their funny alternative names for things! 
  7. Morris the cat was like Garfield IRL in the 80s. 
  8. Awkward family photos are my favorite. 
  9. Speaking of… Did you know there’s a game & a book??
  10. Why do we always have too much zucchini?
  11. Art, but make it sports! 
  12. Martha Stewart is opening her first restaurant in Vegas. 
  13. My parents had fond memories of New York’s World’s Fair.
  14. How to befriend crows and turn them against your enemies. 
  15. Make My Drive Fun — looks like a good way to roadtrip! 
  16. Important info- frozen french fries ranked 
  17. The easiest plants to propagate. 
  18. How The US Postal Service reads unreadable mail. 
  19. If The Chef had you craving Italian Beef Sandwiches, make one! 
  20. Weekend Reading: The Dead Mom’s Club

In Other News! 

Doing back-to-school shopping this weekend? Refer to my Favorite Pens while you shop! Here’s how I get my head in the game for Back to School prep! 

I also have a newsletter! If you subscribe, you’ll be the first to know when my Magic Kits are live + info on the courses I am preparing to teach!  Today’s image is a little teaser of what’s inside them 🙂

 

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August 10, 2022

Crunchy Ramen and Cabbage Salad

Crunchy Ramen and Cabbage Salad is a great way to get your vegetables in! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

When I made Casey this Crunchy Ramen and Cabbage Salad for lunch on Monday, he said, “You just tricked me into eating SO MANY vegetables!” 

He proceeded to eat another bowl after that proclamation…

Hahaa.

(He’s not wrong!)

Crunchy Ramen and Cabbage Salad is a great way to get your vegetables in! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

I saw this recipe in Bon Appetit in June and wanted to try it because we always have ramen in my house because we have a growing boy who snacks 24/7 and I’m always looking for additional ways to use it.

See also: cold sesame noodles mushroom ramen  + smoked salmon ramen

Crunchy Ramen and Cabbage Salad is a great way to get your vegetables in! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Obviously this salad will be going into the rotation if I can trick a person into eating more vegetables!  I made some adjustments because the original recipe called for way too much dressing and sugar.

I liked that the ramen flavor packet was used in the dressing. Definitely added an umami zing.  What I’ll change for next time is to add some sriracha and/or jalapenos (we love spicy!) to the next batch and maybe add the noodles in when I’m ready to eat in order to preserve that ramen crunch I love.  If you let the noodles sit in the salad for a bit, they turn soft and almost cook?  Preserve the ramen crunch!   Bon appetit!

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August 8, 2022

Intentions for the Week

Intentions for the Week Workbook by Tracy Benjamin now on sale!

Intentions for the Week- Week 32 in 2022

Hello, MONDAY! 

I hope your Monday is off to a good start!  This weekend Cooper guest played for another baseball time and while the guys were gone I did some major cleaning around the house. I shared in the process my stories on Instagram (@shutterbean). My office is pretty organized now! I just have a paper pile (or two) to go through. I also got a few workouts in (yay!), spend time in my hammock reading this book and went grocery shopping with Cooper. I’ve been teaching him how to price shop!  Let’s have a moment to figure out what we’re doing this week. Here are my Intentions for the week! CONTINUE READING

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August 7, 2022

My Everyday Life Week 31

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 31

Wedding bound!!!! 

My Everyday Life Week 31 of 2022- a photography series by Tracy Benjamin of Shutterbean.com

Spencer + Bailee are MARRIED!!!   What a beautiful ceremony.

My Everyday Life Week 31 of 2022- a photography series by Tracy Benjamin of Shutterbean.com

What an amazing dress!

My Everyday Life Week 31 of 2022- a photography series by Tracy Benjamin of Shutterbean.com

I teared up many times. 

My Everyday Life Week 31 of 2022- a photography series by Tracy Benjamin of Shutterbean.com

So proud of my nephew and the man he’s become. XOXOXOXO

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