Sunday, December 28, 2014

36 & 37 Weeks

Christmas has come to an end which is always a little sad but I'm all too excited to get the decorations put away and start decorating for Xan's birthday :) 

At 36 weeks we had an ultrasound suggesting baby weighs closer to 7 lbs and measuring in the 83rd percentile with a head measuring in the 99th percentile. Maybe I'm in denial about Ollie being that large but I decided to just stick with what the pregnancy apps were saying about suggested size and height for the updates!

Which gets us to 37 weeks with only 3 more weeks to go if baby stays in until full term! Nesting is definitely in full swing over here and I find myself doing ridiculous things like color coding the linen closet. Ya know, because that is necessary to bring a baby home too, apparently.  Here's to hoping the weather continues to be great until baby Ollie makes his arrival!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pregnancy Chalkboard Update!

I've been meaning to do a pregnancy update but with moving and the holidays, we've been super busy. This is my second pregnancy during the holidays and entirely forgot how stressful it is to start wrapping up a pregnancy, getting a nursery done, and planning for the holidays all at once can be. We also lost my camera in the move so weeks 16-33 we only have on my phone which makes me ridiculously sad. Here's to hoping it shows up soon. Anyway, here is an update of weeks 16-26!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Packing Your Maternity Hospital Bag!

I just hit the 35-week mark and with Christmas next week and Xander's birthday (also New Years Eve) right after, I wanted to get my hospital bag packed now to get it out of the way! I've had a lot of recommendations from other mommas on what to pack but I think your hospital bag really comes down to what you think you will need and use!

Hospital bag staples:

  • Tote bag - this one is similar to mine
  • Birth plan and necessary paperwork 
  • Warm socks and/or slippers
  • Loose fitting pants
  • Compression tank top
  • Sweater
  • Postpartum corset 
  • Nursing friendly shirts or loose fitting shirts
  • Pillow 
  • Your favorite towel (seriously my nerves were so shot after I had Xander that I almost cried using the hospital sandpaper towel after my shower)
  • Underwear you don't mind most likely throwing away and are loose fitting (the hospital mesh underwear are always an option too)
  •  Boppy or nursing pillow
  • Nursing bras 
  • Nipple balm (I like Milkies Nipple Balm)
  • Nursing pads (I like washable and disposable)
  • Hair ties... and then some extra hair ties because those little devils always disappear
  • Lip balm
  • Going home outfit for you (you may retain water during labor and after so wear shoes that can be worn loose in case of swelling)
  • Snacks (especially snacks you can eat with one hand and can help increase your milk supply!)
  • Hygiene items
  • Face wipes and moisturizer (I didn't have either with Xander and I desperately wished I did)
  • Dry shampoo
  • Make-up if you wish
  • * A bag for all the gifts you will receive and things the hospital will give you
  • *A pump if you plan to use one


  • Cell phone 
  • Cell phone charger
  • Camera 
  • Camera charger/batteries

Other things that may be nice to have:

  • Magazines
  • Tablet

For baby:

  • Hats
  • Socks
  • Baby book (optional)
  • Going home outfit
  • Outfit for baby's pictures
  • Pacifiers you may want to use
  • Blankets for the ride home
  • Car seat
  • Car seat cover (because baby will be born in the middle of winter)

And a bag for your significant other:

  • Change of clothes
  • Hygiene items
  • Entertainment (books, magazines, tablet)
  • Snacks 
Is there anything you have found to be crucial to have in your hospital bag? Let me know!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Must Have Monday

In the spirit of the holidays, here's a few random holiday party Must Haves for all those holiday parties. With being as big as a house this holiday season, I will have to settle for just looking but that doesn't mean I can't dream for next year!

Happy Holidays! 

Christmas Decorating and 32 Week Update

We spent the past few days holiday shopping and decorating for Christmas and then this morning bright and early it hit me that baby # 2 will be here anywhere from this month to next month. It is definitely time to get my butt in gear and get the nursery ready and all the baby stuff unpacked! I'm pretty excited to get his nursery put together and will be doing a post about that soon :)

I'm actually 33 weeks now but with all the preparing for Thanksgiving, taking down those decorations, putting up Christmas decorations, and Christmas shopping- we haven't had time to take the 33 week picture yet. So here is 32 weeks!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Monday Must Haves: Thanksgiving Decor!

With Thanksgiving being only 3 days away, it's time to start putting together the last minute decorations! We recently moved 10 hours away from my family and with being in my third trimester, it was recommend we not travel that far so this is my first Thanksgiving away from my family. However, that also means its my first Thanksgiving cooking it all, with Derek's help of course... and Xander coming in every so often to help mix and try things! Although, I'm sad to not be with my family this Thanskgiving, I'm pretty excited to put together my own Thanksgiving and that includes decorations! I have a habit of taking it overboard with holiday decorations but it should be stated, I've been good and not put out any Christmas decorations than the Christmas coffee mugs. So, my self-restraint must be getting better.

Thanksgiving Decorations Must Haves

1. Gold & Orange Garland found here (on sale!)
2. Leaf Pumpkin Candle holder found here (on sale!) or these - how gorgeous are those!
3. Golden Ring Napkin Rings found here (on sale!)
4. Perla Orange Napkins found here
5. Metallic Runner found here
6. Leaf Serving Bowl found here
7. Wood Pedestal found here

I hope your week is off to a great start!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Winter Skin Care & Make Up

Year after year I have noticed as soon as the temperature drops, my skin completely changes. In reality it's probably only slightly dryer but in my mind it's like trying to pick out make up for an entirely new person... am I the only one that goes through this? Or the only one that made it to 24 without finding any make up that actually worked? Anyway, since moving to the Midwest, my skin seems even more insanely different. However! I have finally found a few make up and skin care routine samples that are saving my face.

With an almost 3 year old, school, moving into a new house, and every day things going on, I really wanted to keep my skin care and make up routine as quick and efficient as possible. By the time I'm doing my nightly skin care routine, I'm exhausted and I have found simply washing my make up off and using Olay Regenerist Night Recovery does the trick, it keep my skin looking hydrated and smooth! I also love that isn't oily at all. During the day, I'm usually rushing or trying to multitask so again, quick and efficient was key when I put my winter routine together. I start with Philosophy Hope In A Jar SPF 30- this is great for a daily routine and it has sunscreen added in so one less step! And again, this helps my skin stay moisturized without feeling oily, score! My daily make up varies but I usually always wear L'Oreal Lumi foundation and Revlon Lash Potion. These are the only foundation and mascara I have found that I continue to go back too. I hate when my foundation doesn't look smooth and L'Oreal Lumi blends in fabulously. As far as mascara my two big pet-peeves are when mascara makes my eyelashes stiff and when it won't completely wash off, it drives me absolutely crazy. Revlon Lash Potion keeps them soft but adds volume and length and washes off entirely so my face actually feels clean when I remove my make up. My final go-to for daily make up is Maybelline Color Sensation lipsticks, I have an embarrassingly large collection of lipsticks I keep coming back to the Maybelline line, even in winter the keep my lips hydrated so the color lasts longer and looks like I just put it on even hours later.

What about you? Do you have any skin care or make up staples?

Hope you're having a great weekend!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday Must Haves: Cold Weather and Minis

We have spent the past week getting moved into our new house! This is our 4th move in 3 years and I am done with moving for a while, if I as much as see a moving box in the next year I may just have a breakdown. The temperatures here have plummeted, last Monday we were moving it was a high 65 and by 8 pm it was in the 40s and hasn't come up since. We've been hanging out in temps in the 20s with no promise of snow yet. What's the point of freezing temperatures if there's noting pretty to look at?! My internal battle of 'can it be Christmas yet?!' continues, I kept my fall decorations up per request of Derek who thinks there's absolutely no reason to put Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving... but I did get the Christmas mugs out and that will hold me over for these next 11 days. Anyway, with freezing temperatures and snow in the near future I've found some very great must haves to power through the first snow fall which always seems to hit like a freight train. 

1. Anthropologie Sorel Tivoli Blanket Boots found here
2. H &M Chunky Pom Hat found here
3. White Plum Sequin Pullover found here
4. ModCloth Houndstooth Coat found here and on sale!
5. Fair Isle Throw found here
For Mini: 
6. Ralph Lauren Ranger Boot found here and on sale!
7. Gap Fair Isle Sweater found here
8. Gap Fair Isle Mittens found here - matching scarf and hat available too!
9. Gap Slipper Socks found here
10. Gap Fleece Robe found here

I hope you have a wonderful week!! 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Pregnancy Chalkboard Tracker

I'm sure you've seen this a million times, pregnancy chalkboard trackers have been a thing for years. When I was pregnant with Xander we took weekly pictures but it's hard to decipher which weeks were which so with this pregnancy I wanted to record it better so I would have it for years to come and I decided to wear the same black dress in every picture to really see how much my belly grows! This is only the first few weeks, it was also during summer when I was pretty sure every color I was around had to be neon ha.

We found out about baby #2 when I was just 4-5 weeks along when baby is the size of a poppy seed and from there we started calling him/her Poppy until we knew the sex.
I'm coming up on 30 weeks so I have a lot to update but this weekend and week will be spent packing for our new house! Have a great weekend!! 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Monday Must-Haves for Minis

Happy Monday everybody! Confession: I've been scouring stores for ideas for Xander's holiday outfits for months now. It is definitely starting to get colder here so I caved and started buying vital pieces for his holiday outfits. When choosing Xan's outfits, I try to get durable pieces that while hold up but are still cute and affordable, we all know with toddlers things only last a few brief minutes anyway. So here are a few pieces I have found that are equally durable, cute, affordable, and warm. Score!

Side note, I think the white sweater was a moment of pure hope that maybe just maybe he wouldn't notice he's wearing white and then perhaps it will stay clean? I can always hope.

5. Button Flannel Shirt (on sale!)

That wraps it up for must-haves, at least for now, I'm curious as to what you all look for when shopping for your little ones so let me know! Have a great week!!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Weekend Recap and Some Baby Registry Favorites

Halloween has officially come and gone which means for the next month or so I will be fighting in internal battle of being overly-excited for Christmas and trying to stop myself from decorating and trying to embrace fall a little bit longer. Which may explain why I'm watching Christmas movies while looking up Thanksgiving recipes and have already hit up Starbucks for some peppermint mocha red cup action!

 Trunk-or-Treat was a pretty big success for us, Xander not only got candy but he had a blast passing out candy to other kids, unless they were dressed like monsters or didn't say "Halloween" back, his version of "Happy Halloween". After a few meltdowns we finally got to head home and on Saturday he was asking when Christmas is and if he can still wear his Halloween costume, I guess he's confused too. I've also made it to my 28th week of pregnancy- this is also the time I went into preterm labor with Xan so I'm trying to take it easy from here on out.

Since I'm in my 7th month of pregnancy so I decided it's probably time I start getting all the gear I want together or purchased if I don't have it already and with that brought on the insane feeling I had when I was registering when I was pregnant with Xander, there were so many options and recommendations that I just got overwhelmed and wanted to leave. But now, Xan is almost 3 and baby  #2 is just a few months away and I now feel (a little more) confident in knowing what is necessary, nice to have, and not necessary. So I wanted to share those with you! Obviously there a few basic things babies absolutely need; a crib/bassinet/co-sleeper, diapers, wipes, clothes, etc. These are just  a few favorites finds that I always recommend to moms-to-be when registering.

Baby Registry Favorites

The Angelcare monitor is fantastic, it offers a pad that goes under the mattress and it detects baby movement, if 20 seconds go by without movement an alarm sounds. This one also shows the temperature of baby's room.

We had a crib already but when Xander was a newborn I wasn't comfortable putting him in his nursery alone. So, we got an Armsreach Ideal Co-Sleeper and it really made things easier. You can put the co-sleeper right up to your bed so you can easily see and reach them which is also great for breastfeeding.  The co-sleeper also folds up quickly and is very compact making it easy to take it with you anywhere.

Swaddle wraps are great to have too, you know baby will be swaddled correctly even when you're so exhausted you're wearing two different shoes (because that will happen). We had two different kinds and I recommend them both;  the Summer Infant SwaddleMe was nice and it kept Xander warm without being too warm. The Woombie was our second pick and we loved it too, I personally think it breathes better and it is super soft.

Tommee Tippee bottles! We went through a ridiculous amount of bottles and found Tommee Tippee to be the best. Xander not only had no problem taking them but they're 3 simple parts which makes it easier to clean and put together. These bottles were even great for breast milk and there are many flow options so you can find what works best for baby.

Finally, for momma: Lansinoh HPA and Lansinoh TheraPearl both of these will make breastfeeding so much more comfortable especially in those first few weeks!

I'll create another list as I remember all my favorites,  hope you all had a great weekend!!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

About Me

Hi all! Thank you for taking the time to visit and explore my blog! Here's a little about my life.
I'm Shayna and I'm 24.  I'm a student, diving into my last year until I earn my bachelors, I'm also a fitness fanatic, baker, a wife, a momma, and always redecorating wherever we are living. 

I married Derek 3 years ago and since then we have added one crazy little boy to the mix, Xander and are expecting our second crazy little one in January!

Since we have been married, we have moved three times and in November we will be making our fourth move to our very first house! My blog kind of transpired from our constant relocating, I like to look for my new favorite things whether it be recipes, workouts, decorations, clothes, shoes, baby gear, toddler activities, style for my little men, beauty tips, etc. and I like to share these with other people because what's a good find if you have nobody to share it with?!

If you have questions, email me at

Halloween Treats!

Halloween is tomorrow! Our costumes are ready and now we are working on the decorations for our trunk for trunk-or-treat, it's supposed to have a high of 45 here tomorrow so at this point I'm just hoping we don't freeze before the candy is handed out. In between getting all the decorations ready, I threw together a few quick Halloween treats! What I love about each of these treats is how ridiculously easy and quick they are, it took me maybe an hour to get all three completely ready to go and that includes breaks to tend to a feisty almost-three year old. I made ghost cookies (which were also in the gift bags from a previous post), chocolate covered Oreos, and Toasted Marshmallow Rice Krispies Treats, which I just posted the recipe to!

For the ghost cookies and chocolate covered Oreos, simply melt 2 cups white chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. I did this on 30 second intervals and it took a total of 1 minute.
Whisk chocolate until smooth, then dip Nutter Butter cookies into melted white chocolate and spread with finger to get an even coating, place on parchment paper until the chocolate has solidified. I used black sparkle decorating gel to add the ghost eyes which can be done while the chocolate is melted or when it has cooled. 

The 2 cups of melted white chocolate chips covered 12 ghost cookies and 12 Oreos.

With the chocolate covered Oreos I recommend putting a couple in the white chocolate and using a fork to coat them and dish them out of the white chocolate, it will still be messy but not as much as using your fingers to dig them out. Again, place on parchment paper, if adding sprinkles then do it as you go while the chocolate is still melted so it will hold the sprinkles better. 

With the Toasted Marshmallow Rice Krispies Treats I used the black sparkle decorating gel I used for the ghost eyes and added 'BOO!' to each one, quick and decorative! I was hesitant about using the decorating gel on these but it doesn't alter the taste at all!

What are some Halloween treats you guys think are a "must"? Happy Halloween-Eve!! I hope you enjoy and have a fun Halloween!!

Toasted Marshmallow Rice Krispies Treats

It's only Thursday and I've already made rice krispies treats twice this week. This time around I wanted to do something a little different so I toasted the marshmallows in the oven first and now, I really don't see how I could ever go back to the traditional route again. The toasted marshmallow flavor is subtle but it really kicks the rice krispies treats up a notch. The recipe is super simple and toasting the marshmallows doesn't add any time so they're a quick and easy treat!

Toasted Marshmallow Rice Krispies Treats

  • 1/4 c. butter
  • 10 oz. bag of large or small marshmallows
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 6 c. Rice Krispies Cereal


Line 9x13 baking pan with parchment paper and baking sheet with parchment paper set aside. Melt butter on low heat, once melted add vanilla extract and cook for additional 2 minutes and turn off. 

There are two options for toasting the marshmallows, I wanted mine just a little over-toasted edging on burnt so I broiled my marshmallows for roughly 2 minutes. If you aren't sure about your quick reflexes (since broiling things often ends in a burnt mess) you can also toast them at 425 degrees for 5-7 minutes. Either way, I suggest turning your oven light on and watching them intently.

In a large nonstick bowl add melted butter and vanilla mixture, then add toasted marshmallows (a spatula sprayed with cooking spray is great for getting the marshmallows off the parchment paper), blend until well combined. Add Rice Krispies Cereal and stir until combined. 

Pour Rice Krispies mixture into lined baking sheet and use a spatula sprayed with cooking spray or another piece of parchment paper to press the mixture firmly together.

Cut when cooled.

These Toasted Marshmallow Rice Krispies Treats are definitely being added to my fall treat list! I hope you enjoy as much as I do!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Must-Have Monday, Maternity Edition

Happy Monday! It's officially Halloween week which means a lot of overly-festive themed meals, Halloween crafts and Halloween movies for us! I spent the evening starting Halloween gift bags to send to my nieces and nephews full of black and orange chocolate chip filled rice krispie treats, ghost Nutter Butters, and medical gloves filled with candy. However, since we just moved into our apartment a month ago and found out we are closing on our house in hopefully one week, half of everything is still packed, including my camera and I can't stand the crappy quality photos my phone spits out so no pictures for this post, unfortunately.

Along with gearing up for our fourth move in our short three years of being married, I'm also in my 27th week of pregnancy with #2 which means I've found some pretty great maternity must-haves! I may still be a newbie in this mom world but I've found some good pieces that are comfortable and will last into post-partum and nursing. 

Starting with the Be Maternity Seamless Ruched Tank I have one in both colors and wear one nearly every day, they're great for layering now that it is starting to get colder out but are also great when it is hot, they also help me feel supported without suffocating me (if that makes sense?) And to add, they're on sale! 

My second great find are Toms wedges, specifically Herringbone Desert Wedge. Obviously with my lack of balance I really don't need to be in sky-high heels but wedges allow me to feel dressed up and stable and the herringbone design is great for fall and winter.

This is also the time in pregnancy I start leaning on my maternity dresses for comfort, when I was pregnant with Xan I felt like I was constantly 105 degrees even when it was snowing outside and dresses always helped me feel comfortable, adding tights and boots made me look a little less crazy too! I'm really a fan of these two great dresses from Asos, they're casual enough for day-to-day errands and can be dressed up for all the upcoming holiday celebrations. 

That pretty much wraps up must-have Monday, sorry for the short post. We are also over here brainstorming ideas for our trunk for trunk-or-treat. Every holiday week makes me feel like I'm juggling 30 things at once! Have a great Halloween week!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Nutty Apple Crumble Bars- Lightened Up!

We finally made our way to the apple orchard last weekend and after scavenging for over an hour, we managed to find 10 or so decent sized apples... pretty disappointing compared to most apple orchards this time of year so, I may have to hit up another one soon to get a better variety. However, what we did find are delicious so I decided to change up one of my go-to apple crumb bar recipes! On its own, this recipe is delicious but I was craving something a little more, the original recipe can be found here, take a look around her blog too, her recipes are delicious!

Please excuse the horrible quality of the photos, 90% of our stuff is still packed from the move and somewhere in there, my camera is buried so I just snapped some quick photos with my phone. Now let's get down to the good stuff, shall we?

Nutty Apple Crumble Bars- Lightened Up!

  • 3 c. whole wheat flour OR (1.5 c. whole wheat flour & 1/5 c. all purpose flour)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 c. cold butter- chopped (if using all whole wheat flour, you made want to add an additional 2 tbsp. of butter)
  • 1/4 c. almond milk (or any milk you prefer) 
  • 1/2 c. chopped walnuts
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. all-spice

  • 4 c. peeled and chopped apples (roughly 4 apples, I suggest 2 Honeycrisp OR Gala AND 2 Granny Smith to get a mix of sweet and tart)
  • 1/3 c. honey OR 1/3 c. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. corn starch
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • splash of lemon juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray 8x8 baking dish and set aside. Mix the first five ingredients together, slowly add chopped butter with fork or pastry blender until you get a course texture that crumbles, mix in milk with fork or pastry blender, press 1/3 of mixture firmly into bottom of baking dish (roughly 2 cups). Mix all ingredients for filling, pour on top of bottom crumble. With remaining crumble add chopped walnuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, and all-spice and top the filling, press the crumble down firmly. Bake for 45 minutes until bubbly. Once baked, let cool for at least 30 minutes.

These Nutty Apple Crumble Bars are fantastic alone or with vanilla ice cream added (but what isn't better with ice cream?) While I recommend waiting at least 30 minutes, I've found these bars get better as they set so the longer, the better. Store covered.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday Must-Haves

Hi all! I wanted to get the first Monday Must-Haves out there real quick. This was an interesting learning process getting adjusted to this setup but nonetheless, I made it through! I'm in love with these Audrey Brooke Pierre Ballet Flats, not only are they adorable but super comfortable! There was no "breaking in" period for these flats which I love, it usually takes me a while to break a pair of flats in but from the first day I have been able to wear these all day and have zero problems. Buffalo plaid and mustard-yellow accessories are also high on my want-list for fall, I sort of fell in lust with buffalo plaid a couple years ago so I'm excited it is so trendy this fall and even better there's a mini jacket for little man too. I've found the Merona mustard-yellow handbag goes with nearly every fall related color clothing I have which is a bonus. With Halloween being less than two weeks away, this adorable Boo pillow (on sale!) and rattan pumpkin are great pieces to add to Halloween decor! 


1. Boo pillow (on sale) found here
2. Mini buffalo plaid jacket found here
3. Buffalo plaid button up found here, here, and here
4. Merona mustard yellow handbag found here
5. Rattan pre-lit pumpkin found here and here 
6. Audrey Brooke Pierre Ballet Flats found here