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?!

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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