30 Things Before 30

30 Things Before 30

30 things before 30

  1. Finish my novel
  2. Own our own house
  3. Adopt a rescue dog
  4. Travel somewhere far by train
  5. Go to Canada
  6. Get my AA
  7. Do the splits (I’ve gotten so close, too many times!)
  8. Hold an owl
  9. Knit something other than scarves
  10. Learn/ Attempt to spin yarn
  11. Get a tattoo
  12. Figure out how to (finally) use a sewing machine properly
  13. Learn to make French Macaroons
  14. Read 10 books a year (that’s 70 books before my 30th!)
  15. Take a dance class
  16. See the Northern Lights
  17. Have another kid
  18. Go to Disney Land/ World
  19. Make a pie
  20. Take a cooking class
  21. Display more family photos
  22. Learn how to make soap
  23. Send out thoughtful Christmas cards
  24. Give blood
  25. Spend an anniversary at the Davenport Hotel
  26. Plan our ten-year vow renewal
  27. Watch the sunrise on the east coast
  28. Learn how to can things
  29. See the Grand Canyon
  30. Have a fancy pants 30th birthday party!
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Change Up Your Morning Cup

Change Up Your Morning Cup

If you know me, even in the slightest, you know I am all about coffee. Below are my favorite backup drinks for when I run out of creamer. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate black coffee, but considering besides the occasional smoothie, the only thing I drink is water, I think I’ve earned a little sweetness in my morning cup.

 

A little foam, please!

 

So this is how I get that super cream latte feeling, using my microwave and small blender.

 

  • 1 cup (anywhere from 8oz-12oz) strong black coffee

 

  • 2-3 tbl your favorite syrup

 

  • 1/3 cup milk of your choice (I occasionally use whole milk, but normally I go for unsweetened almond milk)

 

  • a microwave-safe mug
  1. Soon as your coffee is brewed, place your milk in the microwave for about 45 seconds, check and make sure it’s warm but not bubbling over.
  2. Place 2-3 tbl of your syrup, adjust for however sweet you’d like it, in your blender. Pour in your milk and pulse your blender a few times, until you get a layer of foam on top of your milk.
  3. Pour coffee into your favorite mug,  pour milk over the top (I used a blender with a spout, I just feel like it comes out better).
  4. Sit back and enjoy!

 

 

A quick “tea latte”, two ways.

 

  • Your favorite black tea, steeped until it’s at its strongest
  • ¼ cup french vanilla creamer

or

  • ¼ cup milk of your choice
  • 2 tbl vanilla syrup or your choice of sweetener (I’ve personally just used vanilla but whatever floats your boat)

 

So if you’re making it with creamer, simply place the creamer in the microwave for about forty-five seconds and proceed to pour it over your tea.

 

Now if you’re using milk and syrup I suggest blending the two together before heating it but continue to heat it as you would with the creamer.

 

Enjoy!

-Shayna

Oops!

Oops!

Please, let me explain myself!

So that challenge really didn’t go as planned. I got maybe four days in, and the next thing I knew I was planning a trip for my anniversary, my laptop broke, I was attending checkups, my husband started his student teaching, and I’ve been (attempting to) help my mom renovate her new trailer, all with a teething six-month-old on my hip.

Now it’s a little over a month and I’m trying to get into a new rhythm, so let’s cross our fingers and hope I can actually make some headway with my writing.

Inspiration has been hard to come by (see the above-mentioned six-month-old) so if there is anything you would like to see me write about, please feel free to either comment here or Facebook, or shoot me an email at shayna_corinne@hotmail.com

-Shayna

30 Day Writing Challenge! Day 3

30 Day Writing Challenge! Day 3

My inspiration.

I never know how to answer this question. I feel like most people have this long list of amazing or truly great people or moments in time, but I honestly don’t have one single moment, person, or thing that inspires me. It’s more like a collective hodgepodge of small insignificant moments that struck fire in my soul, once upon a time. One of the biggest things is people watching. It sounds stupid, and kind of creepy, but watching people’s routines, or their actions, when they think they’re being lost in the crowd, is what I find interesting. It’s also the sweet, kind and terrible things people do when they think they don’t have to be held accountable for their actions. It makes the most confident, intelligent, or untouchable person seem human and relatable. That inspires me to never judge a person upon first glance.

Now for the obvious; books. I love how they connect people, either in love or conflict.  No matter what your life situation is, where you came from or what you’re going through, stories are there. They’re there to help, to inspire, and to help you escape from your life for a few hundred pages. I’ve seen how they change people, or stories live in their hearts for so long and how they bleed into their everyday life.  I can’t count the times a book has saved me from myself when times were dark. Every time I think about those moments where I felt so alone, or unconnected, I hunger to create something that brings someone else as much comfort as those books brought me

-Shayna

30 Day Writing Challenge! Day 1

30 Day Writing Challenge! Day 1

 

  1. Coffee. This is kind of obvious for anyone who knows me even in the slightest
  2. Thunder. I love a good summer storm. The deluge of rain, claps of thunder and that fresh smell of earth just makes me feel at home.
  3. Early mornings. Ok, so I’ve never been a huge morning person but it seems the older I get the more I appreciate those brief moments when the sun breaks past the horizon and the whole world seems so quiet and at peace.
  4. When plans are canceled. This one sounds really weird but I guess I guess I can chalk it up to my social anxiety and being a slight introvert. Seriously dealing with people can be truly exhausting,
  5.  Self-checkouts. Maybe it’s the social anxiety or the fact I was a cashier for two years, but I hate going through a cashiers line. I either get particular about how I place my items down so I don’t irritate the cashier, or I constantly get mad at other customers for being rude or pushy to the poor person behind the counter.
  6. Cows. I honestly don’t know what it is but I get way too excited over cows. I just can’t explain it.
  7. Old abandoned things and buildings. I could spend hours going through old homes, watching videos of people exploring old buildings.
  8. Corgi butts. Seriously, have you seen a corgi walk? Go look it up.
  9. Finding a book I’ve been wanting, in perfect condition, at a thrift store for dirt cheap.
  10. Pens that write so smooth or ones that make that scratching sound on paper.

30 Day Writing Challenge!

30 Day Writing Challenge!

Let me start off by saying, yes, I’m well aware that it’s a tad odd to be starting a month-long challenge when we’re already almost a week into August. I have a tiny human, who takes up a good chunk of my time and is currently asleep on my lap. On that note, I’m going to try very hard to get through this challenge without skipping too many days.

See you soon!

-Shayna