Peanut Butter Cocoa Pebbles Krispie Treats Recipe

If you’re a peanut butter and chocolate lover like I am, these treats are the yummiest thing you will ever taste! They are sooooo good, and simple to make.

Ingredients:
3 Tbs unsalted butter
1 package (10oz package, or 4 cups) marshmallows
6 cups Peanut Butter & Cocoa Pebbles cereal
1 cup Reeses chips (optional)
2 handfuls of marshmallows (optional)

Directions:
1. Melt 3 Tbs of butter in a large pot over medium heat.
2. Add 4 cups of marshmallows to the butter and stir continuously until melted, then remove from heat.
3. Add 6 cups of cereal and stir until completely coated with marshmallow.
4. Optional step, but recommended for extra yumminess- add the Reeses chips and 2 handfuls of marshmallows to the mixture. Stir until coated.
5. Using a buttered spatula or the back of a buttered spoon, press the mixture into a buttered 9×9 baking pan (here’s the one I use).
6. Let cool, and cut into squares.
7. Enjoy! …And trust me, you will.

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xoxo, Cambria

My son approves!
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Kane’s 5th Hulk Smash Birthday Bash

My first born, my baby boy is FIVE years old! The past five years have gone by so fast but watching Kane grow has been a huge blessing. Shortly after his fourth birthday, he started saying that he wanted a Hulk birthday when he turns five. To be 100% honest, I tried changing his mind a few times because it is hard to find party decorations that are only The Hulk and not all of the Avengers. He wouldn’t cave, so I had to get creative! Here are some of the main decoration pieces that I came up with for his party:

1. The Hulk drink dispenser

A drink dispenser, a black poster board cut up into hair/eyes/eyebrows, and some green Hawaiian Punch (sold by the gallon at most grocery stores), and there you have it! I think this might look better with a drink dispenser that is the same width all the way up instead of being larger at the top like this one but I just used what I had.

2. Purple and green balloons

4 dark green, 4 light green, and 4 purple balloons paired with a black “5” balloon added the perfect pop of color to match the Hulk theme. I ordered these at a local party store and my mother in law picked them up on her way to the party that morning!

3. The Hulk rice crispy treats

For these rice crispy treats, I simply followed the recipe on the back of the cereal box and added some green food coloring. Once they were set, I added some crushed Oreos for The Hulk’s hair, and drew on a face with black decorating gel. They weren’t perfect but they sure were yummy and made a cute little decoration on the cake table.

4. A 5th birthday banner, The Hulk style

Since I didn’t do a ton of decorations, I wanted something big to make Kane feel extra special. This photo shows Kane holding the small version (the test print) of the banner, and there’s a photo of Travis putting up the big one at the end of this post. My amazingly talented hubby does graphic design and large scale printing on the side and he did a great job making this for our big boy. Feel free to send me a message if you need a banner!

5. The Hulk cake made by my sweet friend

Kane’s favorite part of any birthday party is the cake so after he decided on The Hulk as his theme, he said, “and I can have a Hulk cake at my party!” He FaceTimed my friend and asked her to make his birthday cake, and she sweetly agreed. Didn’t she do an amazing job?! She even put Kane’s name on the Hulk figurine topper! Thank you so much Alaina!

Kane’s 5th birthday party was originally supposed to be outside but a rainy day forecast forced us to do the party indoors. With a million kids and their parents in my home, it was a must to have some kind of an attraction to keep all of the kids entertained, so we put up a bounce house (a small enough one to fit indoors but still big enough for the kids up to about age 8) in my bedroom along with a few bins of toys. This eliminated me having to come up with and run any games. Here is the bounce house we used!

We had pizza, let the kids play, did a piñata (the piñata had all of the Avengers on it because I couldn’t find one that was just The Hulk,) sang happy birthday, served cake, Kane opened gifts, and that was it! Short, sweet, simple, and fun. I probably could have gone a little more Pinterest-worthy with his party but I tend to like these kinds of things a little more on the simple side.

To conclude, Kane had a blast with all of his friends and cousins, we had a blast visiting with everyone, and we officially have a FIVE year old son! I still cannot believe it.

If you’d like to see some behind the scenes with my wild little life as well as a ton of fun kid photos, be sure to follow my Instagram!

7 Pieces of Advice for Living in an RV with Children

In my last blog post, I shared that I lived in my motor home with my husband, my 4 year old, my baby, and my dog for 11 months. While writing that post, I was inspired to share what I learned along the way in hopes to help other moms through similar situations. I have put together a list of the top 7 pieces of advice I would like to share with those moms. Whether you are going on a long trip, are going to fully live in your RV like we did, or are thinking of living in a tiny home with children, you will want to read this list. I wish that I would have had all of this information before jumping into our hot mess of a situation!

1. Park your motor home somewhere with full hook ups and a dump station.
The last thing a mom needs while living in a tiny space with tiny humans, is to run out of water while giving the baby a bath or while washing her bottle. No thank you! If you aren’t traveling and have a relative with RV parking and hook ups, use it. If you are traveling, it is worth it to pay a little more for full hook ups. It will keep you sane.. trust me.

2. If you don’t use it every single day, get rid of it or put it in storage.
If you’re moving from a house into a motor home, you already know that you’re going to need to downsize. Just because an item can fit into the motor home, does not mean that it needs to be in there! A small space feels even smaller when it is cluttered so be sure to keep only the things you regularly use.

3. Invest in a good mattress topper! Your back will thank you for it.
Motor home mattresses aren’t meant for long term sleeping. Travis and I started to have back pain after just a few nights of sleeping on ours, so I did a ton of research and found a thick mattress topper with good reviews, and the price really wasn’t bad either. Definitely worth it for us. This is the one we bought. It was a little too big so we just cut it to fit the bed.

4. Plan a ton of activities and get out!
It took me a while to learn how important this one is. Kids (and moms) get cranky when they’re cooped up and bored. Go to the park, a play date, an indoor playground, etc. It helps to break up your day and keep you sane.

5. Get a sound machine!
Everyone in our family sleeps better with a little sound and if you don’t want your children to wake up every time you go out to the kitchen to get a midnight snack, a good loud and soothing one in the area where they sleep is essential. This is the one we used (and still use in their new bedrooms). It holds a charge all night too so if you’re not somewhere with full hookups, it can be unplugged through the night.

6. Don’t be afraid to get creative.
Use up all of the little spaces you have for things that will make your life feel a little more organized. We didn’t use the top bunk bed for sleeping so I put up a shower curtain rod to hang all of the kid’s clothes. Another little thing we did was use the dinette area (folded down) for my baby’s pack n play where she slept. It is the perfect sized little space and it keeps her bed out of the main walking space.

7. Last but not least, my favorite tip..
Since I’m on the topic of pack n plays, the first month we lived in the motor home, we had the regular kind that is a pain to put up and take down. If you’re living in a motor home, you will want to take it down each morning in order to use the dinette area for eating, then put it back up for nap time, take it down for dinner time, put it back up for bed time, etc etc. It became such a pain!! I did a ton of research and found a new bed for Quinn and it was a huge game changer. The 4moms breeze GO opens and closes in one quick motion and saved me a ton of headache. It is pricier than regular pack n plays, but it is WORTH IT!!

I hope this list can help even one mama out there because living in a tiny space with tiny humans is hard and this list really does make it a bit easier. I would love to answer any questions you may have about living long term in an RV. I am full of answers on the topic!

xoxo, Cambria

What We’ve Been Up to for the Past Year

After we sold our previous home in January 2018, we lived in our motor home for 11 months. Yes, you read that correctly.. we LIVED in our motor home for almost an entire year with our children and our dog! We had no idea how long it would be at the time because there still wasn’t anything on the market that we loved (I know, we are crazy), and when we finally found something in June that had everything we wanted, it turned out to be an insane renovation project that would last another 5 months. The one thing that kept me sane through all of this, is the fact that my parents have RV parking on the side of their house and we parked there for the bulk of this adventure. Although we did have access to all of the amenities inside of my mom’s house, we still slept and spent a lot of time in the motor home.

During our “motor home phase” of life, Kane turned 4, Quinn turned 1, Kane played his first season of t ball, and Quinn started walking. Even though our house wasn’t ready to live inside, we were able to enjoy our pool in the summer. With the amount of work that was done on our house, it was a miracle that we were able to move in before Christmas and I am so grateful for my handy and hardworking hubby for making it happen!

Here are some of my favorite photos from our journey.. most of them are cell phone shots so pardon the quality!

Living in such a small space for 11 months with a baby and a 4 year old, all while renovating a house was one of the most difficult things I’ve walked through. God brought be through it as a more patient wife and mother.
Would I do it again? Honestly… probably not. It was so hard! But I am happy to have grown from it once.

Until the next one,
xoxo, Cambria

GETTING TO KNOW ME.

I am so excited to begin this blogging journey and share my story with you as well as tips, tricks, and life hacks I’ve learned along the way.

Just a few basics about me. I grew up in Yucaipa, California. I graduated from CSUSB with a B.A. in Liberal Studies in 2010. I married my best friend Travis in 2012, and we have two beautiful and wild children, Kane (5) and Quinn (1.5). We also have a small dog named Bernie. Travis runs a family business with his parents and I work part time in the office. We live on 2 acres in a little horse town in Southern California. We bought our current home back in June and completely gutted it, renovated it (there are still some projects we are finishing up!) and moved in just before Christmas. After the interior of our house is complete, I am looking forward to learning more about farm animals and eventually getting a larger dog, chickens, and goats (I’m sure there will be future blog posts on that)! I love to sew, decorate, do diy projects, and partake in pretty much anything that will exercise my creative muscles. I began studying and falling in love with the art of photography a few years ago and with that love, I am constantly learning and growing.

I have dreamt of starting a blog for over a year now but was nervous to put myself out there. I am learning to let go of my fear of what others may think of me, and to just chase fiercely after my dreams and goals. Here goes nothing!

Believe me when I say that my life is not perfect and it is not always easy, but I am extremely thankful for this little life the Lord has blessed me with.

I would LOVE to know what kinds of blog posts you want to read. What are you interested in knowing about me? Leave me a comment and let me know.

XOXO,
Cambria Stockman

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