Banana Boats

Did I ever tell you guys the story of the breakfasts I had in Washington D.C. ? No? Well, we had breakfast in the hotel a few times and next to the oatmeal there was a nice display of toppings. I don't love oatmeal but I do love nuts and chocolate. So naturally I just grabbed a mini bowl and filled it with chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and pecans. Guys, it's not weird, it was the dessert to my regular breakfast (bressert? maybe). But obviously I got tons of really weird stares (probably what you're doing right now). So the second day, I had a plan. I got the same mixture but this time, covered it with a banana and peanut butter- so now it looks a lot more normal. Guys, I was on vacation, please don't judge. Anyways, this mixture on top of a banana with peanut butter was DELICIOUS. So today I thought I would share a quick recipe inspired by these breakfasts to help close out the summer. But unfortunately, I think it will be better for all of us if I call this a dessert instead of still trying to pass it off as breakfast.

I love making this recipe under a real campfire (perfect for the end of summer), but it can be made just as easily in an oven. If you're pressed for time, it tastes just as good uncooked!


  • 1 ripe banana 
  • 2 tsp peanut butter 
  • 2 tsp chocolate chips 
  • 2 tsp white chocolate chips
  • 1 small handful of pecans (optional) 

  • If using the oven, preheat the oven to 350°F. If using a campfire, start the fire.
  • Leaving the peel on, slice the banana 3/4 down the center, long ways. 
  • Spread the peanut butter on both insides of the banana
  • Sprinkle in the chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and pecans. 
  • Wrap the banana in tinfoil. 
  • If using the oven place the banana on a cookie sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes. If using a campfire, use tongs to place the banana on the hot embers. Use tongs to remove after 12-15 minutes or until the tinfoil is beginning to become blackened. 
  • Eat immediately with a fork or spoon. 
  • Enjoy! 

While this is definitely a decadent dessert, it is the perfect summer treat! Plus I'm pretty sure the banana means it's healthy. I hope you guys all enjoy this camping staple as much a I did! As always share pics on insta or comments below, I'd love to see/read them. 




Summer Nighttime Routine

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Today, I wanted to share my nighttime routine with you. Since I am still in school, I find that my summer nighttime routine is completely different than my school night routine.

Since I am typically out later on summer nights, and I don't have a set schedule, my routine changes day to day. I know, I know, I should get myself in a consistent routine, but come on! It is summer!

As soon as I get home for the night, I go upstairs and play music. I cannot be productive without music, so I always have some background noise. Then I go into the bathroom and remove my makeup. I always do this before I shower because I find I won't properly remove my makeup if I don't take it off before.

Then, I jump in the shower. Depending on how late it is and how I feel, I will either skip the hair wash or actually wash my hair for the next day. I sleep on wet hair all the time (I know, this is bad too), so if I end up washing my hair that doesn't bother me.

After I shower, I start my skincare routine (which I have cut down dramatically btw). I'll post an updated skincare routine soon!! Then I will brush my teeth and hair, etc...

Once I get into bed, I start to meditate. I start doing this by rubbing lavender essential oils on my temples, behind my ears, and on my wrists. I find this helps me fall asleep better than melatonin.

Although sometimes I forget, or fall asleep, I typically will think of 3 good things that happened to me that day, as well as something I am thankful for. I love doing this every night because I find that I think slightly more positively, something we could all use in our lives.

Then I fall asleep:)

I hope this post gave you some insight to what my nights look like. I try to stay as consistent as possible and I keep looking for more meditation- like steps to add. If you have any recommendations, leave me a comment, or tweet me @shadowandgloss and I'd LOVE to test it out!

Have a great rest of you day/night, and I'll see you guys on Friday.



Birthday Perks

As I was researching this post, I realized that it is quite possibly one of the pettiest things I have ever written about, but then I thought about it some more and I realized that if I saw this post, I would totally read it (because who doesn't like to know about free stuff). Since August is my (and Jordan's) birthday month, I've been getting tons of emails with free/discounted birthday perks. Today I thought I would compile some of them into a list, so we can all get the most out of our birthdays! Many of the companies that offer birthday perks have free rewards programs that you need to sign up for, but if you shop there often it can actually be extremely beneficial to be a member of these programs (think more free stuff).

  • American Eagle Outfitters - Sign up AERewards and you'll get 15% off all purchases during your birthday month. 
  • Au Bon Pain - When you join the eClub, you'll get a free birthday lunch. 
  • Auntie Anne's - When you sign up for Pretzel Perks, you'll get a free pretzel on your birthday.  
  • Baskin Robbins - When you join their Birthday Club, you'll get a free ice cream on your birthday. 
  • California Pizza Kitchen - When you're a member of CPK Dough Rewards, treat yourself to a free dessert during your birth month. 
  • Cold Stone Creamery - When you sign up for my Cold Stone Club, you'll receive a BOGO coupon for your birthday. 
  • CVS - When you join ExtraCare Beauty Club, you'll receive 3 ExtraCare bucks on your birthday. 
  • Dairy Queen - When you sign up for the Blizzard Fan Club, you'll receive a BOGO blizzard coupon on your birthday. 
  • Dunkin' Donuts - When you sign up for the DD Perks Rewards Program, you'll get a free birthday beverage. 
  • DSW - Join DSW's Reward program and receive a $5 gift card on your birthday.
  • Hallmark - When you become a Crown Rewards member, you'll receive a free card and a coupon for 20% off of one item. 
  • IHOP - When you sign up for the Pancake Revolution, you'll receive a free meal on your birthday. 
  • Krispy Kreme - When you sign up for their eClub, you'll receive a free donut on your birthday.
  • The Melting Pot - When you join Club Fondue, you'll receive a free chocolate fondue for 2 on your birthday. 
  • Panera - Join MyPanera and you'll receive a free pastry on your birthday. 
  • P.F. Change - When you create an account, you'll get a free appetizer or dessert during your birthday month.  
  • PinkBerry - When you sign up for a PinkCard, you'll receive a free yogurt on your birthday. 
  • Starbucks - When you sign up for Starbuck Rewards, you'll receive a free birthday drink. 
  • Sephora - When you're a member of the Sephora Beauty Insider program, choose between 3 mini sets with any purchase made during your birth month. This year it was a Tarte lipstick and blush, a Jack Black cleanser and moisturizer, or a Caudalie skin duo. 
  • Ulta - When you sign up for Ulta Ultimate Rewards, you'll receive a free gift and double points during all purchases during your birthday month.  

Ok, so kind of a silly post, but hey I love free stuff and I love my birthday so why not! This is by no means all of the birthday rewards out there so if you guys no of any other really great ones, let me know and I can add them to the list! 




Fitness Myths Debunked

This summer I've been working out at the gym. A lot. When I'm there, I can't help but overhear other people's convos. And, aside from random stories that literally make no sense, a lot of people spend their time at the gym talking about fitness. But guess what? A ton of what their saying isn't actually true. Today I thought I would debunk a few fitness myths I've heard! (PS, if you like this post, check out this post debunking beauty claims!)

Can you really out-train a bad diet?

No. No. No. No. No. No. It doesn't matter how many hours you spend at the gym, it is almost impossible to completely out-train eating crap all day. Think about it. Running on the treadmill burns about 100 calories every mile (depending on your fitness level, weight, speed, etc). A serving of potato chips (only 15 chips) is already 150 calories. And I am almost positive you eat more than 15 chips at a time. Technically, it is possible to attempt to out-train a bad diet, but it is extremely unhealthy and not recommended. Junk food will also not give you the needed energy to complete your workout to your highest potential. So please, please, please. Eat healthy foods, exercise to feel good, and live your life.

Can you really "spot/target train" to burn fat?

Another big no. Spot training or target training is exercising to get rid of fat from one specific part of your body, and guess what? It's not actually possible. You can do exercises to strengthen/tone a specific part of your body, but doing that exercise will not get rid of fat. Cardio is your best bet for fat burning, but again, you cannot target a specific area.

If you don't eat before you workout, do you burn more fat? 

Another nope. I kind of understand this question; if you don't eat right before, aren't you forced to burn stored calories and fat? But you need energy to complete your workout and keep you healthy. Studies have shown that eating protein before a workout can actually increase your resting calorie burn. I recommend a snack with protein or carbohydrates eaten about 45 minutes before your workout to do your best!

So, these are three things I've heard at the gym that I wanted to address! I really liked researching and writing this post, so I will definitely be posting another one! Let me know if you have any myths you would like to have debunked. And as always, let me know what you thought about this post, I'd love to hear.




Healthy Lifestyle Talk/Update

Happy Tuesday everyone. I hope your week got off to a good start!

Today, I wanted to give you guys an update on my healthy lifestyle journey. A few weeks ago, I mentioned how I was going on a journey to better myself physically and mentally. I wanted to start eating better and working out everyday. I wanted to go back to school in the fall looking and feeling completely different. But none of that happened. Life got in the way. I don't want to get too into in right now, but I will be writing a post about this sometime soon.

I just wanted to let you know that sometimes you don't accomplish your goals in the time you set them and that is okay. I have enough going on right now that I don't need to stress about not accomplishing my fitness goals. And that is okay.

I am by no means saying that you should just give up on everything you have been striving for if something goes wrong, or you get sad, I just want to let you know that sometimes it is okay to take a break and pick yourself back up.

Whatever is going on in you life, just remember you will be okay. I promise.

I hope this post made some sort of sense to you. If you have anything you want to comment on, please leave it below:)

Thank you so much for reading and I'll talk to you guys on Friday.


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