Pop Tart Cookie Dough S’mores

poptartsmoresI really envy all of you who are no longer in this cruel, harsh world of dating.

If I had to compare the dating to world to something, it would probably be District 12 in the Hunger Games.  Vastly insipid & just downright terrible.

So a few days ago, I posted on my personal Facebook, recruiting friends to tell me the romantic stories of how they met their husbands/wives/SO’s.  My inbox was flooded with adorable stories while I tried my best to convince myself love was real after another lame date with a dud.

And then, I got a message from a guy whom I’d been Facebook friends with for awhile.  I don’t know why I initially added him; he was friends of friends and I’d never met him, so I was shocked he had personally messaged me.  He confessed he’d been having dating trouble, too, and thought we should get together since we’d probably have a lot in common.  I agreed, so we began texting.  Turns out, we had a ton in common which totally blew my socks off.

We spent all day asking each other personal questions to get to know each other better.  He confessed he hated liars and cheaters since he’d been cheated on before (as do I) and liked food (as do I) so I pretty much knew we’d like each other.  We made plans to meet up for ice cream the next day.

SO you can imagine my shock when perusing his Facebook page (hey, we’re friends, first of all, and second of all, I wanted to refresh my memory as to what he even looked like), I noticed at the top of his wall a picture of him and this cute blonde girlie posted a day earlier.  In her comments she proclaimed they’d been official for a month and he was her new man.  Interesting.

I figured I would let this boy know that there was a rather cute blonde on his Facebook who seemed to think they were officially a couple, so I did — to which he replied, “I know this, but we aren’t official yet.”

Um, exsqueeze me?  A baking powder?  Aren’t official yet?  Aren’t official?  Really?  Because it seems to me this young lassie thinks you two have been official for about a month now.  Still not knowing all the details, but also feeling very uncomfortable dating someone who has a random chick longing for him on the other arm, I told him hanging out probably wouldn’t be the best idea right now.  He said he understood, and that was that.

Fast forward to when I get home, and this pathetic piece of trash has blocked me on Facebook.  Straight-up blocked me.  For what?  Calling him out for being a loser?  Because I didn’t want to get ice cream with him while he was currently a BOYFRIEND to someone else?  What a freaking loser, right?

Not to mention, he kept overusing my name (a HUGE pet peeve of mine) in casual conversation and said weird things like how he wanted to “hold me.”  I’m not a baby.  Please do not touch me, strange man.  And do not use my name or tell me you’ll hold me.  You are scary.

So anyways, you can see how I’m extremely envious of those of you who have retired from this treacherous world of online dating since it is just a big clusterf*ck of awful.  I’m sure “the one” is out there and I’ll “meet him when I’m not looking/when I least expect it!” but come on, do I really have to go out with shithead after shithead before I’ll find the one?  And they all seem so normal at first… but then again, Jeffrey Dahmer was normal before he went and ate people.  So maybe I just survived a serial killer, who knows.

Anyway, bad dates + survival require a treat, and I can’t think of anything more indulgent than these delectable Pop Tart Cookie Dough S’mores!  I was walking around the store one day when I spotted S’mores PopTarts and KNEW I had to make something with this iconic, delicious pastry.  Then it hit me: um, duh.  S’mores!

DSC_0537ABetween each S’mores flavored PopTart is a fluffy marshmallow and a thick layer of egg-free chocolate chip cookie dough, thrown in for extra indulgence.  The entire thing is dunked in milk chocolate and topped with festive sprinkles — perfect for Fourth of July since they’re an American classic and they’re no-bake!  Your family will be requesting these on the daily, so get ready to taste your new favorite treat!


5.0 from 2 reviews
Pop Tart Cookie Dough S'mores
Recipe type: Treats
Prep time: 
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Serves: 8
S'mores are an iconic American dessert, and I spiced things up by making my s'mores with PopTarts and a thick layer of cookie dough. Irresistible!
  • 1 box (4 pkgs) S'mores PopTarts (if you can't find S'mores, substitute Cookies N Cream or Chocolate Chip)
  • 8 Jet-Puffed Square S'mores Marshmallows (or Stackermallows, which are long, thin marshmallows ideal for stacking for s'mores)
  • 1 & ½ pkgs chocolate Candiquik
  • Sprinkles
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp milk
  • Dash salt
  • 1 & ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup miniature chocolate chips
  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil or a silicone liner and set aside. Cut each PopTart in half crosswise; you'll have 16 fat little squares total. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar and sugar with the paddle attachment until creamy. Beat in vanilla and milk to combine. Stir in salt and flour to combine, then stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. Take a marshmallow and gently tug on it to help stretch it out into a longer rectangular shape. You don't need to completely stretch it, just until it fits on the PopTart better. Gently press onto the flat, unfrosted side of a PopTart half. Take a Tablespoon-sized ball of dough and press it into a rectangular shape with your fingers. Gently press the cookie dough onto the other flat, unfrosted side of the PopTart half. Then smoosh the two halves together; place on the baking sheet and repeat with remaining s'mores.
  4. Freeze the s'mores for about 30 minutes-1 hour or until solid. Melt the Candiquik according to package directions and pour the mixture into a deep bowl with high sides; it makes it easier to submerge the s'mores.
  5. Dunk each s'mores into the chocolate, coating completely. Allow excess chocolate to drip off (I use a fork for easier dunking) and return to the baking sheet; immediately top with sprinkles. If the two halves come apart, spread some melted chocolate on top of the marshmallow and resandwich the halves, waiting about a minute or two before dunking the entire thing (the chocolate will seal the sandwich together faster when the s'more is super cold).
  6. Store leftovers in the fridge or freezer. They're good room temperature or cold!

DSC_0533AAren’t they adorable?  SO simple to make and scrumptious, too!  I love the unexpected cookie dough surprise smothered inside of each sweet and chewy bite!  These are huge and quite a mouthful, but lazy summer days deserve decadent, frosty treats and these s’mores are no exception — they’re great frozen!

For this recipe, I used Jet-Puffed’s new S’moreMallows, which are puffy square-shaped marshmallows which perfectly fit onto a graham cracker for a s’more!  I loved how they were almost the perfect shape for my PopTart s’mores — that gentle tug I mention in the directions helps stretch them out to fit the area of the PopTart better, ensuring gooey marshmallow in every bite.  If you can’t find these S’moreMallows, consider using Stackermallows (long, narrow marshmallows, great for snacking) or regular marshmallows that have been halved or pressed so they lie flat within the s’more and don’t roll around.  You can also try different flavors of PopTarts or cookie dough to suit your tastes!

Have a fantastical day!!

xo, Hayley


Host a S’mores Party with Wet Nap!

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DSC_0281AMy family is a family full of sweet lovers.  Everyone in this house has at least one sweet tooth lurking in their mouth, but probably more than one since we eat a lot of sweets and also have a lot of teeth for some reason.  But I digress.

One of my favorite things to make for desserts during the warmer months is s’mores.  Nothing screams ‘summer’ quite like a gooey, freshly made s’more, am I right?  The flavor combination is a classic winner, and the easy, no-bake treat is a quintessential summer staple — no backyard BBQ or campsite would be complete without at least one charred marshmallow smooshed between chocolate and buttery graham crackers.

DSC_0282ASo I created this super fun do-it-yourself s’mores bar for my family one night and they loved it!  One thing that rocks about s’mores (besides the fact that they’re SO easy to make!) is there endless versatility.  Switch up your chocolate, change out your crackers for something else, or even use flavored marshmallows instead.  You could also add spreads like Biscoff or peanut butter, or even smoosh in ice cream.  Seriously… it’s only limited to your imagination (which I hope includes lots of additional sprinkles, bells and whistles like mine clearly does).

Since there’s only four of us now, and since I know my family’s preferences pretty well, I made a smaller s’mores bar, but it still packed a powerful punch and everyone was stoked to make their own sammich.  I included the classic marshmallows, honey grahams and chocolate squares, but also switched it up by adding chewy chocolate chip cookies and cookies & cream white chocolate squares, too!  My family loved the surprise.

DSC_0288AHowever, one thing I tend to loathe about s’mores is the mess.  And as you know, my friend OCD does not tolerate messes too well, especially messy hands.  Messy hands ruin everything.  Your clothes, whatever else your hands come into contact with… and even if you give them a quick rinse in water, they still leave a weird residue that’s so not cool.

And yeah, this is coming from someone who routinely scrubs her hands down if she gets a mere pen streak on them.  Imagine tons of sticky marshmallow goo everywhere.  That could be a serious hair disaster waiting to happen, people.

As you can imagine, with four sets of hands roasting marshmallows over an open gas-stove flame, marshmallow goo was a pretty common sight smeared over everyone’s hands, along with gooey globs of chocolate and pesky graham cracker crumbs sticking to everything.  That’s where Wet Nap wipes came in handy — I had set them out next to the s’mores bar so my family could make their s’mores as fun and wild as they wanted, but also clean up easily with the convenience of the Wet Nap canister or the individually sealed Wet Nap packettes.

My mom, notorious for oft swiping those packettes at restaurants (sorry, secret’s out, mom) LOVED the idea of the Wet Nap packettes to stash in her bag or desk at work.  They’re quick, on-the-go pre-moistened wipes that take up barely any purse space (yay!) and clean up in a pinch.  Plus, they smell great and don’t have that overpowering alcohol smell (bigger yay!).

DSC_0291ASo after everyone demolished (and I am using that word very lightly) the s’mores bar, everyone grabbed a Wet Nap and we were good to go!  No additional clean-up needed!  It’s seriously as easy as opening their canister lid or tearing open a packette.  Simple — can’t beat that!

Plus, Wet Nap is having a super fun contest going on right now where you can show them your mess in their Most Original Mess Contest!  Participants can upload a photo of their original mess and share the link across social media channels.  The photo with the most votes wins a $1,000 gift card to Walmart and a year’s supply of Wet Nap products… which is kinda sorta awesome.  You can read more about their contest HERE.

You can also grab a coupon for 55 cents off of any Wet Nap product HERE.  If you use this coupon at Walmart stores, you’ll save even more!  Walmart’s selection was great and it was already a great price before the coupon.  But can you really put a price on not having to peel marshmallow goop off of your upholstery?  Exactly.

DSC_0293ABe sure to connect with Wet Nap by entering their Most Original Mess Contest by using the hashtag #showusyourmess.  And consider hosting your own fun s’mores bar with your family’s favorite fixings.  It’s an easy way to bond together as a family, get a little messy and indulge in some easy, delicious food especially as the temps rise.

Happy Snacking!

xo, Hayley




S’mores Donut Pie {and Birthday Freebies!!}

smoresdonutEver since I was a child, I’ve been a lover of free things.  Especially now that I’m an adult, I really love free things.  Free stuff I don’t have to spend one cent on?  AWESOME.

My favorite time to “cash in” (or out? whatever) on free stuff is during my birthday month.  Did you know TONS of places offer birthday freebies during the day or month of your birth?

So that means you’re basically getting stuff for existing.  And like, you didn’t even do anything.  I mean, your mom did all the work birthing you and stuff, and all you had to do was come out of your mother alive, not murder anyone & go to prison and/or not get poisoned by a rattlesnake and die.  And assuming you’re reading this and you are NOT a ghost, embryo, or inmate, that means just for being YOU, you can get some totally awesome swag for existence.  Done & done, compadre.

Because I love you, here’s a little list of kickass free stuff you can get on your birthday.  Yaaay!

Fashion & Beauty

American Eagle\Aerie : 15% off in the month of your birthday
Aveda: custom Pure-Fume or body care item (up to $24)
Benefit Cosmetics: free brow arch on your birthday (a $24 value!)
DSW: free $5 birthday certificate
K-Mart: birthday club prize pack and $5.00 off birthday coupon
Loehmann’s: 15% off birthday discount
Ojon Online: free hair care product (online only)
Sephora: deluxe beauty samples for being a Beauty Insider member (membership is free, and I have gotten AWESOME samples, like Benefit’s Watts-Up highlighter & They’re Real mascara, a deluxe sample of Philosophy birthday cake body wash, etc).
Smashbox: free birthday gift set
Victoria’s Secret: get tons of coupons throughout the year (I regularly get free underwear and $10 off bra coupons) but also $10 birthday card when you become an Angel cardholder
World Market: free $10 merchandise voucher

Food & Drink

A&W: free root beer float
Au Bon Pain: free birthday salad or sandwich
Barnes & Noble: free kids cupcake, plus 30% off children’s books for joining their Kids Club
Baskin Robbins: free 2.5 oz scoop of ice cream
Ben & Jerry’s: free ice cream treat for being a Chunk Spelunker
BJ’s Restaurant: free pizookie
Black Angus Steakhouse: free steak dinner when another entree of equal value is purchased
Bob Evans: free kids meal for children 12 and under
Bucca di Beppo: free dessert
Buffalo Wild Wings: free dessert
California Pizza Kitchen: free kids meal
Carrabba’s Italian: $10 off any entree
Carvel’s: free ice cream
Cattlemen’s (CA only): free dessert & cowboy hat
Chevy’s Fresh Mex: free dessert
Chili’s: free skillet queso & chips for joining, plus a brownie sundae for your birthday
Cinnabon: free Minibon Cinnamon Roll
Claim Jumper: $25 off your bill — however, there is a $25 membership fee, but it’s kind of a wash!
Counter Burger: free milkshake
Cracker Barrel: free dessert & birthday song
Dairy Queen: BOGO free blizzard
Dickey’s BBQ Pit: free barbeque sandwich (plus, they have that amazing all-you-can-eat froyo machine. AWESOME).
Dunkin’ Donuts: free medium beverage
Dutch Bros. Coffee: free birthday drink (get ‘The Cookie’ iced!) 🙂
El Torito: free 2-item combo plus $5 off
Fuddrucker’s: BOGO birthday burger
Godiva Chocolatier: free chocolate each month
Gordon Biersch: BOGO free entree
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria: free pizza (um, WHY isn’t there one in CA?!)
HoneyBaked Ham: free sandwich
Hooter’s: 10 free birthday wings
IHOP: free meal upon signing up, plus free meal on your birthday and free meal upon one-year anniversary for signing up (sweet!)
Il Fornaio: free tiramisu
Island’s Restaurants: free Kona pie
Jack in the Box: free birthday dessert
Jersey Mike’s Subs: free birthday sub and drink
Joe’s Crab Shack: free birthday appetizer
Johnny Rocket’s: free BOGO burger/sandwich
Krispy Kreme: free birthday doughnut
Landry’s Seafood: free $25 reward
Logan’s Roadhouse: free mini bucket dessert
Macaroni Grill: free birthday dessert
Marble Slab Creamery: free scoop and mix-in creation
Marie Callender’s: free slice of pie
Mimi’s Cafe: free dessert on your birthday, plus a free four-pack of muffins for signing up!
Noodles & Company: free birthday bowl
Nothing Bundt Cakes: free mini bundtlet for your bday!
Olive Garden: free appetizer or dessert
On the Border: free appetizer and birthday treat
Orange Julius: BOGO free drink for joining & for your bday
PF Changs: free birthday cheesecake
Panera Bread: free bday pastry
Papa Murphy’s: free chocolate chip cookie dough
Petco: receive a birthday treat and special discounts for your pet’s birthday!
Pinkberry: free birthday yogurt
Red Lobster: free appetizer
Red Robin: free burger on your birthday (SO AWESOME!! — I take advantage of this every year!)
Rubio’s: free birthday meal
Ruth’s Chris: free dessert
Schlotzkey’s: free sandwich or pizza
SmashBurger: free milkshake
Sonic Drive-In: free medium tater tots or free cream slush
Sprinkles Cupcakes: free cupcake on your birthday
TGI Friday’s: free dessert on your birthday, plus free appetizer or dessert for signing up
Tony Roma’s: free entree up to $15.99
Wendy’s: free frosty
Yardhouse: free dessert on your birthday (this is where I’m going for my birthday on the 24th!!)

Aaaaaand that’s that!  There are a TON more, but I can’t list them all (and I also don’t know what more than half are!), so click over HERE for more freebie deals!

AAnd after scoring tons of amazing free swag, make yourself this incredible S’mores Donut Pie!!  It’s a pie filled with chocolate donuts, topped with gooey, plush marshmallows and baked inside of a buttery graham cracker crust.  It tastes just like a s’mores but SOMUCHBETTER since it’s made with donuts.  Sigh.  This is something you must try!


5.0 from 2 reviews
S'mores Donut Pie {and Birthday Freebies!!}
Recipe type: Pie
Prep time: 
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Serves: 8
Love donuts? How about s'mores? Affinity for pie? Combine this triad of deliciousness into one awesometastic dessert!!
  • 1 pkg (such as Lil Debbie's bag) chocolate frosted mini donuts
  • 1 prepared graham cracker crust
  • ½ stick butter
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp flour
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • About 16 Jet-Puffed Stackermallows
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place your pie crust onto a rimmed baking sheet to make transportation in and out of the oven easier.
  2. Chop the mini donuts roughly into bite-sized pieces; set aside.
  3. In a large microwaveable bowl, melt the butter. Stir in the sugar, egg, flour, vinegar, chocolate chips and vanilla and whisk to combine. Add the donuts to the bowl and gently toss to coat. Spread the mixture into the pie crust in an even layer.
  4. Bake the pie for approx. 20 minutes. Remove from the oven. Layer the Stackermallows in a tile pattern to cover the top of the pie. Return to the oven for another 5 minutes to allow the marshmallows to puff up, soften and brown lightly. Allow the pie to cool completely before cutting into slices. Serve with vanilla ice cream if you'd like!

DSC_0195AErmahgerd, guys.  This pie is insanity!  It’s so chewy and chocolate-y and topped with that fantastic layer of puffy, sugary marshmallows.  It tastes just like a deconstructed s’mores but is made with puffy, soft DONUTS!  A total dream come true, if you ask me 🙂 enjoy!

Have a fantastical day!

xo, Hayley


Gingerbread S’mores Cookie Sandwiches

gingersmoreDo you ever go through phases of being hideously OBSESSED with something to the point where it is basically consuming your entire soul?

No?  Okay, then nevermiiiind.  Just kindly scroll to the recipe and pretend I didn’t say anything…

I do.  Obsess, I mean.  From styles to songs to food groups to colors, I become stupidly ob.sess.ed with random stuff in cycles and it drives everyone around me batty.

Like recently, when I became re-obsessed with the Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack.  And I sang it and sang it and sangggg itt all the live long daaaaay to the point where my family basically threatened I wouldn’t have a place to live if I didn’t stop singing Jack’s Lament.

Or when I bought this AWESOME romper and wore it a good four days in a row.  On Day 2, I figured my family wouldn’t notice.  But I suppose it is kind of difficult to avoid a girl with hot pink hair wearing a black onesie with a gigantic skull on it.  Not to mention when that girl wears the same thing for two more days following the Day 2 incident.  Oooooops.

Orrrr my current obsession with.. soup.  I knoooow, the thing I fear smelling like the most I have been eating nonstop for days.  Not even joking.  I stopped at Trader Joe’s for an innocuous little visit to grab some cookie butter and dog treats (of all things) and stumbled out with their organic tomato soup.  OH MY GAWD Y’ALL.  IT’S THE BEST SOUP IN THE WOOOOOORLD.  It has been a staple as my lunch and dinner daily for the past three days.  And when I went to Trader Joe’s a few days later, I actually bought EIGHT cartons.  EIGHT.  Duuuude.

And now since the holidays are HEEEEERE, I am all about peppermint & gingerbread.  Gingerbread is one of my favorites because it’s a quintessential holiday flavor.  Nothing screams ‘Christmas’ more than freshly baked, spicy and sweet gingerbread cookies, or building decadent, outrageous, candy-laden gingerbread houses with gobs of sweet buttercream.

I got to thinking that gingerbread isn’t necessarily limited to lattes or fantasy-home building materials.  It actually marries beautifully with a lot of other common flavors we love, like marshmallow, chocolate & cookie butter.

DSC_0675AOh yessssss I did.

DSC_0689AThink about it: cookie butter, America’s newest favorite spread, is spicy and sweet, made from ground Biscoff cookies.  It almost has that gingerbread flavor to it with the creamy consistency of peanut butter that makes it irresistible on sandwiches or as a frosting.  And marshmallow + chocolate… well, what don’t they pair well with?  Smooosh them all together between two plush, soft-baked gingerbread cookies and you have yourself one helluva s’mores cookie sandwich, my friend.

Time to obsess!


5.0 from 4 reviews
Gingerbread S'mores Cookie Sandwiches
Recipe type: Cookies
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Serves: 10
Traditional s'mores are a summertime staple, but by swapping graham crackers with spicy gingerbread cookies and by subbing plain chocolate for a chocolate-swirled cookie butter, you'll create an irresistible s'more that's perfect for the holidays!
  • 1 pkg gingerbread cookie mix (like by Betty Crocker)
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • ¼ cup miniature marshmallow bits
  • ¼ cup miniature chocolate chips
  • About 4 oz (a little more than half a jar) marshmallow fluff
  • ⅓ cup Cookie & Cocoa Swirl Butter (by Trader Joe's -- it's a cookie butter & Nutella spread that's to die for. If you can't find it, substitute regular cookie butter, like by Biscoff or Trader Joe's.)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 cookie sheets with silicone liners or use the naturally nonstick Heirloom Cookie Sheets; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cookie mix, oil, egg & water until a soft yet stiff dough forms. Stir in the miniature marshmallows and miniature chocolate chips to combine.
  3. Drop Tablespoonful-sized dough onto the prepared cookie sheets about 1" apart from one another. Bake for approx. 8-9 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure even cooking. The cookies may appear slightly underdone but that's okay; they'll continue to firm up as they cool. Cool the cookies completely.
  4. Take one cookie and smear a generous dollop of marshmallow fluff onto its flat side; set down. Take a like-sized cookie and smear a generous dollop of cookie & cocoa butter spread on it. Gently sandwich the two cookies together, creating a little cookie sandwich.
  5. Serve!!

DSC_0671AThese cookie sandwiches are maaaaaahhhhjjjjjoooorrrr.  The spiciness of the soft gingerbread cookies totally balances out that overt sweetness of the fluffy, sticky marshmallow goo.  I LOVE the similarities in flavor between the gingerbread and the cookie butter — the two pair so well together, and the chocolate is a nice touch that isn’t overpowering and totally allows the spicy sweetness of the gingerbread + cookie butter to shine.  This is such a fun way to make campfire s’mores inside during cold, blustery nights.  All that’s missing is an indoor fort!

Have a fantastical day!

xo, Hayley


Bacon S’mores Waffle Breakfast Sandwich {and a Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker Giveaway!!}

breakfastsammichThey always say breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  And I kinda feel like I’m on the fence about it, actually.

While I LOVE breakfast and eat it daily, I think every meal is the most important meal of the day, because it’s another chance I get in 24 hours to eat as much as I can in one sitting.  That’s pretty awesome.

But like, breakfast truly is really important to me.  Without it, I’m basically a useless mass of skin and guts.  Zombies are considered more productive compared to Hayley-sans-breakfast.

The couple times I’ve gone without breakfast, terrible things have happened.  One time, I went to a wedding on the beach without eating breakfast.  Actually, let me clarify: I had what most people consider “breakfast”, being a paltry granola bar and a banana.  HOW that is supposed to keep people satisfied, I will never know.

Anyway, so I had my bird food in my stomach and figured it’d keep me through the ceremony, but I was wrong and promptly realized this fact as I rocked back and forth and finally dropped like an emaciated narwhal in the sand.  I twitched around a little bit and finally popped back up, relieved that no one seemed to notice my collapsing to death due to starvation.

And then I ate my WEIGHT at the reception.

And I always hated spending the night at friends houses because most of my friends never ate breakfast.  They’d sleep in until 10am or something atrocious while I’d be tiptoeing around their kitchen like a haggard little mouse, trying to find something edible to ebb the ginormous wave of hunger possessing me.  And can I just say that digging around people’s cupboards is kind of depressing?  Like, what kind of shameful person do I have to be to sneak around and take handfuls of granola or eat stale ends of bread out of someone’s kitchen while they sleep?

So I suppose it’s no surprise that breakfast is pretty essential to me.  Without it, I will die…or maybe just faint, yet both of those can be successfully avoided if I pick breakfast-eating friends.  It’s a requisite.

Anywhoooo, back in June at BlogHer Food, Hamilton Beach was there demoing their brand new Breakfast Sandwich Maker.  I was immediately smitten because this machine was basically built for me, aka, the breakfast fiend.  I watched as the brand ambassadors made simple-yet-scrumptious sandwiches in minutes.  They looked and tasted like upscale, homemade versions of the classic drive-thru favorites.. but can be made in minutes, at home, in your jammies.. without ever leaving the house.

DSC_2411AThe machine is streamlined to create breakfast sandwiches easily and efficiently — it even cooks eggs perfectly inside of one of the compartments!  After your egg has cooked, your buns have been toasted and the meat is sizzling, you simply rotate the cooking plate handle and the sandwich assembles itself!  Then carefully remove it and start eating.  SO easy, man!!

DSC_2418AHamilton Beach is awesome enough to be giving TWO of these spectacular Breakfast Sandwich Makers away to two extra special breakfast lovers 🙂 all you have to do is enter the PromoSimple prompt below!  Easy-peasy, sammy-squeezy.


Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker!CLICK! ^ CLICK! ^

Howwwwwver, y’all know I’m a sugary kinda girl, so I wanted to make something unique in the sandwich maker that could be considered breakfast and dessert.  This irresistible mouthful consists of buttery liege waffles, fat and fluffy marshmallows, rich chocolate, and crispy bacon, all wrapped into one sinful sandwich.  It’s a MUST try!!


5.0 from 3 reviews
Bacon S'mores Waffle Breakfast Sandwich {and a Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker Giveaway!!}
Recipe type: Breakfast
Prep time: 
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Serves: 1
When s'mores and breakfast have a baby, it becomes the most delicious baby you'll ever eat. And also probably the only baby you'll ever eat. But you catch my drift.
  • 2 frozen liege waffles (like by Julian's -- can substitute with two regular buttermilk waffles if desired)
  • 4 jumbo marshmallows
  • 1 square Hershey's milk chocolate
  • 3 slices precooked bacon
  1. Before plugging it in, lightly mist the plates of the Breakfast Sandwich Maker with cooking spray. Plug in the machine and allow to preheat, about 5 minutes.
  2. Place a liege on the very bottom plate and top with the bacon strips, folding them to fit. Drop down the next plate and gently add the marshmallows, packing them in close to one another. Top gently with the chocolate square.
  3. Place the remaining liege on top of the marshmallows. The sandwich will be super tall! Gently close the lid down over the liege and allow the sandwich to cook until the machine indicates it's ready.
  4. Using oven mitts, carefully slide out the egg plate to release the marshmallows and "sandwich" the sandwich. Allow to sit, about 30 seconds, to combine everything together. Carefully remove the sandwich from the maker.
  5. Eat!!!!

When I was brainstorming ideas for this breakfast sandwich, I knew I wanted to make something different other than the classic (and still favorite!) egg-bacon-and-cheese combination.  But sticking those ingredients onto waffles didn’t seem inventive enough.  After grabbing my lieges in the frozen section, the grocery store happened to have a s’mores endcap and I spotted the Hershey’s chocolates and jumbo marshmallows and BAM, the rest is history 🙂

DSC_2432AThis sandwich encompasses every flavor and texture.  It’s sweet, salty, savory, chewy, crispy, creamy — and a delicious mouthful.  The bacon is a nice surprise inside of this sweet sandwich and offers a salty balance to all the sweetness from the liege, marshmallows and chocolate.  If you didn’t know, lieges are Belgian-style waffles made with pearl sugar that bursts when the liege is cooked, offering the waffle a crispy, caramelized texture.  They’re SO amazing!  But if you can’t find them, feel free to use regular ol’ frozen waffles.. or even frozen mini pancakes!

And if you can’t wait for the giveaway to end, you can find Hamilton Beach’s Breakfast Sandwich Maker at many retailers near you, including Amazon, Target, Walmart, and Best Buy, to name a few.  Be sure to check out Hamilton Beach’s website for more tips, products, and recipes!



S’mores Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs

smorebbombTis the season for camping, being eating alive by mosquitoes and wearing nothing but bikinis.

For many people, this is their favorite season.  But for the rational, practical people, summer sucks, man.

Every year, without fail, my family (sans my mother, who is rational) begs me to go camping with them in the mountains.  They promise several days without cell reception, zero distractions, sunny skies, clean air, yummy grilled food and ultimate tranquility.  They talk up how awesome it is to wake up early, go on a nice morning hike while the weather’s nice, spend hours lounging by the lakeside and indulging on gooey s’mores around a crackling fire at night.

However, instead of hearing all of the amazing perks of the great outdoors, my ears have a convenient Anti-Camping filter which helps me weed out the generous “perks” and really hear the serious “cons.”

Cons like…

Mosquitoes eating me for dinner each night.
Not having access to bathrooms.  Or if there are bathrooms, there are more spiders in the bathroom stall than should be legal.
Pooping in a hole (see above).  Toilets weren’t invented to ignore, yo.
Everything in an ice chest.  One of my weird pet peeves is drippy stuff coming from an ice chest.  I haaaate it.
Starting a fire from scratch… and then smelling like fire for the next three days.
Wild animals.
No showers.  Shampooing yourself in a lake does not count, because my shower at home doesn’t have dirt and seaweed at the bottom of it.  Or god–fish in it.
The smell of fish.
Being dirty.
Being in the middle of nowhere, so if a crazed psychopath decided to rampage our campground, our remains wouldn’t be found for weeks.  Or bears would gnaw our bones before investigators could get there.  HELL NAH.
No reception.  Not that I need to Tweet while camping, but as mentioned above, having reception would help to call the cops should a murderous mountain man start killing us off.
Sleeping on the ground.
Having only a thin sheath of fabric separating you and mountain lions.
Ghost stories.
Having to properly dispose of trash.  It’s not like fifteen brown bears will be swarming around my trashcan at home.
Getting lost.
Falling off of a cliff/mountain or drowning in the river/lake.
Scary drunk campers from the neighboring campground who try to start fights and bring rifles over (true story).
And so on.


Thankfully, I don’t have to forfeit my love for s’mores.  I can enjoy them in brownie bomb form in the comfort of my own air-conditioned, toilet-and-shower-owning, bear-proof, mountain-man-absent, cell-reception-receiving home.  God bless America.

You had to know a S’mores Brownie Bomb version was coming to the blog!  These have all the tasty flavors of s’mores but in my signature brownie bomb recipe.  Try them today!!


S'mores Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs
Recipe type: Brownie Bombs
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 18
These brownie bombs have the traditional flavor of s'mores in a convenient bite-sized form!
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • About 2 cups flour
  • About ¾ cup miniature chocolate chips
  • About 1 &1/2 cups miniature marshmallow bits
  • 9×13″ pan brownies, baked and cooled
  • 1 pkg chocolate Candiquik
  • Graham cracker crumbs
  1. Make your dough: in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugars until creamy. Beat in the vanilla and milk to incorporate.
  2. Beat in the flour to combine, and lastly, add in the miniature chocolate chips and marshmallow bits, stirring to blend. Roll the dough into Tablespoon-sized balls and place on a foil-rimmed cookie sheet. Freeze until solid, a couple hours, or overnight.
  3. Cut the cooled brownies into approx. 1″ sized squares. Take a square in the palm of your hand and gently press down to flatten. Wrap the brownie around the frozen cookie dough ball to cover; press the brownie around to help blanket the cookie dough completely. If it doesn’t totally cover it, that’s okay. Return the brownie-covered balls to the baking sheet and freeze for about 20 minutes to set.
  4. Microwave the Candiquik according to package directions, until smooth. Dip the bombs into the chocolate, coating completely, before returning to the cookie sheet. Immediately sprinkle with remaining mini marshmallow bits and graham cracker crumbs.
  5. Store leftovers in the fridge or freezer. Makes approx. 15-18 truffles, depending on the size of the cookie dough and cut brownies.

DSC_1755AOh my gosh, you guys.  Of COURSE I want you to make the brownie bombs .. but like me, you may have trouble staying out of the cookie dough bowl!  This dough is SO good.  The marshmallows, the brown sugary base, the chocolate .. I’m telling you, the dough alone is totally s’morestastic.  Then to surround it with another fudgy brownie layer, coat it in chocolate and sprinkle it with buttery cracker crumbs and more plush little marshmallows is just divine.  You’ll love these — and won’t need to fight bears for them which is even better 🙂

Have a fantastic day!!

xo, Hayley

Birthday Cake S’mOreos


So Easter was yesterday.

Admittedly, Easter isn’t one of my favorite holidays. One, I’m not a fan of the traditional food served. Ham and scalloped potatoes kind of give me the heebie jeebies. And aside from jelly beans, I am kind of blase with the rest of the candy selection. Don’t even get me started on those scary chocolate bunnies with faces. When I eat chocolate, I’d prefer it to NOT be in the shape of an animal, or have a face, or sometimes wear clothes or look like a gangster bunny because that is WEIRD and makes me feel like a barbarian.

And also, because of this:


I was a pretty fearless child. I didn’t mind sitting on Santa’s lap, I didn’t cower in the presence of walking characters in costume, and it wasn’t until I was older and wiser that I finally realized how frightening the animatronic Chuck-E Cheese characters are, especially when they sing Happy Birthday to you in the party room.

However, when I found this Polaroid a few years ago, I felt a strange sensation deep within my stomach.  Like, have you ever been an innocent child wearing flower pants while holding your prized baby blanket and a cool balloon when your parents, the people you entrust not to screw your childhood up, assured you it was perfectly okay to pose with a terrifying rodent somewhere?

Not only is that Easter Bunny (or terrifying rodent; can you blame me that the terms are interchangeable?) staring into the camera with beady, soulless eyes and freakishly long whiskers, he is also touching the future home of my boobs.

Frankly, I’m surprised I don’t have Easter PTSD or something. If being grabbed by an evil bunny impostor person wasn’t frightening enough, they also confused my feeble child mind with a Merry Christmas decoration in the background. And to top it off, Santa looks like he’s pooping in the chimney. It’s a miracle that I even celebrate holidays after such a traumatic experience of cross-holiday contamination and rodent assault.

Oh, and when I went to New York, my childhood fears of creeps in costume were reignited when I walked around Times Square and realized I was swarmed with knockoff characters that I’m presuming weren’t sanctioned by Disney or Nickelodeon..


How come Elmo looks so strange, Mommy? Why does SpongeBob have a weird, electrical tape unibrow? And how come Mickey only has one eyebrow? Where did his other eyebrow go, Mommy? Did it run away screaming like I did when they came up behind me and said, “Come here baby!” ?


Even his pupils are devoid. Like, literally, there are holes in his pupils and it looked and smelled even more frightening in person. But I read somewhere that confronting your fear is the key to overcoming it, but somehow this just made me more creeped out by weirdos in costume. Also, I gave SpongeBob a dollar, so I’m one-dollar poorer and still ooged out. Fear-facing fail.

Anywhoooooo, one thing I do like about Easter is the candy. Pastel-colored errrythang, jelly beans, even PEEPS! While I’m not typically a huge PEEPS kinda girl, I couldn’t resist passing up the limited edition Party Cake PEEPS at Walmart. Cake-flavored marshmallows? Yes friggin’ please.

DSC_0626ASo I took a not-so-original idea (a S’mOreo) and updated the classic flavors with a celebratory, sprinkly spin.

I promise, there’s no reason to be afraid.

DSC_0629ABirthday Cake S’mOreos *s’mOreo idea adapted from CakeSpy

Birthday Cake S'mOreos
Recipe type: Cookies
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 20
Even if you aren't a PEEPS fan, you MUST find the Birthday Cake PEEPS--they rock, especially as the star of this sweet dessert!
  • 20 Birthday Cake Oreos
  • 1 pkg Party Cake PEEPS
  • 1 pkg white chocolate bark (I like Candiquik)
  • Rainbow sprinkles
  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Gently twist the tops off of each Oreo cookie, placing the frosted side of the cookies face-up on the foil-lined baking sheet and the unfrosted sides on the counter.
  2. Take a sharp knife and carefully cut each PEEP in half lengthwise (I know it seems totally brutal to slice a PEEP in half, but in the name of delicious food, you must do it). Place a PEEP half on each frosted Oreo cookie.
  3. Pop the PEEP-topped Oreos into the oven for approx. 3-4 minutes or until they begin to get puffy and slightly bubbly. Remove immediately, and gently press the unfrosted half of the Oreos on top of the puffy PEEPS to make the sandwich. Allow the S'mOreos to cool completely.
  4. Once cooled, melt the chocolate bark according to package directions. Dip each Oreo into the white chocolate, coating completely. Allow excess coating to drip off. Return to the foil sheet and immediately top with sprinkles. Repeat until all S'mOreos are coated. Allow coating to harden before serving. Makes 20 -- can be stored airtight at room temperature for several days.


DSC_0621ASo as a non-PEEP fan, I feel like it’s my obligation to introduce y’all to toasted PEEPS. They are AMAZING. The sugary coating on the marshmallow caramelizes in the oven, giving the PEEPS an irresistible crunch which is SO tasty against the gooey, melty marshmallow center. You’ll be so surprised how much these taste like birthday cake!

Have a wonderful day!!

xo, Hayley


No-Bake S’Mores Bars



Sometimes it’s hard to find inspiration, y’all.

I search and search and scour and scour and come up with… nada.

And when it’s hot, I pretty much am incapable of doing… nothing.

No wait. That’s not true. Here is my list of Things I Can Do When It Is Hot: Complain, whine, complain, sweat, whine, sweat, sweat, sweat, use all of my effort to pull on a pair of shorts, feel gross because I can barely pull on said pair of shorts, sweat some more, beg for the AC, realize I could never survive anywhere where there is sun, browse one-way tickets to Seattle, sweat, complain.

When I’m stressed and feeling uninspired, baking is usually my go-to therapy (besides shopping, but that usually leaves me buying five pairs of flats in 24 hours. No. Joke. Ugh).

However, turning on the oven isn’t always an option what with this whole summertime thing happening. When outside is already a furnace, turning on a gas stove really doesn’t sound like the brightest idea. And brownies can’t bake themselves from magical powers yet which is both depressing in this day in age and lazy on the part of scientists (seriously, what do you do all day, scientist people? Curing diseases is great and all, but how about creating magical baking power abilities?)

Enter these No-Bake S’mores Bars. They’re equal parts magical, no-bake, tasty and easy, without sweating your parts off or turning on your oven. No whining, no fuss, and certainly no muss.

In other news: I am now a magical baking scientist.

No-Bake S’mores Bars *adapted from Shelly’s recipe HERE 

About 30 Golden Oreo cookies, finely crushed
1 bag white chocolate chips
1 can (7 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 pkg Dove Cinnamon Graham chocolates, roughly chopped
1 & 1/2 cups Kraft Mallow Bites
1 cup miniature chocolate chips

1. Line an 8×8 inch pan with foil, extending the sides over the edge of the pan. Lightly mist the foil with cooking spray and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, microwave the white chocolate chips for 45 seconds and stir until melted. Pour in the can of sweetened condensed milk to combine. Lastly, stir in the crushed cookie crumbs, chopped chocolates and one cup of the mallow bites to incorporate.
3. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the top liberally with the remaining mallow bites and the mini chocolate chips. With your hands or a greased spatula, gently press the toppings into the bars.
4. Allow the bars to set for about 30 minutes-1 hour (I sped it up in the fridge) before cutting into squares. Store airtight for up to 2 days.

I was surprised at how simple these were to throw together… and how they tasted just like s’mores! Last minute campers/anti-campers: this is for you.

Hope you enjoy!!

xo, Hayley

Peanut Butter S’Mores Bars

A few days ago I went to the mall.

I should have said that as “I went to the mall for the third time this week” because if we’re being honest, I go to the mall more frequently than I should for someone who has neither has money or works at or around the mall.

Juuuust sayin’.

This time, I was on a mission for sparkly lotion and that’s about it, but I left with said sparkly lotion, new shorts, two new bras, a body mist, and a bunch of clearance stuff from Sur La Table.

Funny how things work out like that. I swear I only wanted one thing…

Anyway, the mall by my house is truly gorge. It’s big, bright, spacious and designed really modern and sleek. I love it and have nothing but glowing things to say about it. But the one thing I despise? Those kiosk people. They are truly the bottom-feeding salespeople of the retail world.

Now hear me out: I sound like I speak definitively, but I’m only saying most of them are like that. Some are cool–you tell them “no thanks” and they’ll give up. Sadly, they’ll probably lose their jobs within five seconds, but hey, at least they’ll realize they don’t have shark blood in them and find something better.

However, I’m convinced to work at one of those skin care kiosks that sell body mud or the station with electronic cigarettes or the one with the hair straighteners, you must be part-shark, part-European. Shark because they literally stalk their prey as you walk by, honing in on all your vulnerabilities before you even realize they’ve sought you out in the crowd. And because even after you brush them off and their miracle $25 flat-iron, they’re still jabbering at you long after you’ve disappeared into a crowd of strollers and mall walkers.

And part European because, uh, have you ever listened to them? I mean really listened. They all have some Madonna-esque, hella fake “European” accent.

I mean, I have to wear shirts to work that say our company name on them… but I can’t imagine being hired somewhere and my manager telling me one of my job requirements was to fake some awful accent. As if that makes buying some cheap clay mask any more pleasurable or something.

The kiosks are only on the bottom floor of the mall, so usually, I’ll use the top floor as my highway to get to my destinations and avoid the bottom center strip as much as possible. But I was there in the early morning, and I figured that most sharks have to sleep even if they have those weird double eyelids so maybe I could get out of there unscathed.


Apparently, these bitches were out for blood because they smelled my money a mile away. I briskly walked as close to the store fronts as possible, trying desperately to avoid being in their line of sight. But like, they totally walk up to you and reach out to touch you and follow you so unless you can invent some invisibility cloak or something, you’re stuck dealing with some faux-European chick with tawdry extensions trying to sell you a flat-iron when your hair is so obviously pin-straight.

And they would not let up.

The dozen yards I had to walk to get to a clearing seemed like forever since I was attacked by gold-buyers, E-cigarette smokers, body jewelry gypsies and the like.

Most of my jewelry comes from Forever 21 and judging by the fact that I spent no less than $10 on it, I doubt it’s real gold. Second, I don’t smoke so having an E-cigarette sounds about as useful as having a brain tumor, and third, I don’t even have piercings in my body and am not about to pierce my belly button any time soon because frankly, belly button rings FREAK ME OUT and I’m so petrified when I see girls with their rings dangling by the waistlines of their jeans. What if it gets stuck? What if it RIPS?! OMG.


Anyway, I finally escaped and after a little shell-shock from the initial, brutal attacks I was restored to normal mental well-being and safety and found myself buying more stuff at other stores, clearly unaffected by my kiosk assault earlier.

It’s amazing how much shopping can repair one’s mood.

Or, you know, Peanut Butter S’mores Bars.

Now normally I’m not a huge fan of s’mores… there’s usually too much chocolate for my taste (ugh, I know I’m despicable) but something about adding peanut butter instantly made s’mores my new super fave. I mean, sweet, salty, gooey, melty, crunchy… what’s not to love about that flavor/texture combo from heaven?!

You should totes make some.

Peanut Butter S’mores Bars 

1 box yellow cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
About 8 Reese’s PB cups, roughly chopped
1 small bag miniature marshmallows
2 squares melting chocolate

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13×9 inch baking pan with foil, extending the sides over the edge of the pan. Lightly grease the foil and set the pan aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, and oil and stir until a soft yet stiff dough forms. Stir in the peanut butter with a rubber spatula until blended.
3. Spread he batter evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan and bake for approx. 12 minutes or until just about set. Sprinkle the top of the crust with the chopped candy, then with the marshmallows and return the pan to the oven to finish baking, about 3-4 more minutes or until the marshmallows are lightly browned and toasty.
4. Cool the bars completely before melting the chocolate and drizzling it on top of the marshmallows. Allow the chocolate to set, then carefully lift the foil out of the pan, cut into squares, and serve. Store leftovers airtight for about 3 days.

For having a semi-love/hate relationship with marshmallows (I know, I know!!) I loved the crunchy toastiness of their tops once they’ve been browned a bit in the oven. So good with the creamy, melty peanut butteriness of the candy and crust.

I hope you love ’em!! Happy Thursday!

xo, Hayley

S’mores Bark


Because of the lovely holidays, my family is home on a teensy Christmas vacation from work and school.


So I know I’m supposed to be like “yay, I’m so glad I get to spend some quality time with my siblings and parents and yay we’re going to do fun things” but I’m not.

In fact, I really don’t like when they’re all home for extended periods of time.

Mornings before 7:30, evenings after 4:30 and weekends are enough, thank you.

Otherwise, my whole schedule is wonky.

Like SCREWED UP. They ruin everything.

I can’t vacuum the living hell out of my carpets every day because they’ll complain I just vacuumed yesterday, can’t it wait? and I certainly can’t buy food to feed a normal family of five since they eat a five-course meal for a snack alone, resulting in a humungo grocery bill each week they’re home.

While I love their company, I really wish I didn’t have to beg my dad to let me use the TV to watch my hideously addicting Real Housewives I’ve taped from earlier in the week. And I’d really love him not to comment on how it’s an “awful show” and question aloud why I watch “this garbage.”

I don’t complain when he watches baseball, now do I?


And to maybe talk out loud to myself when no one’s around because it’s impossible for my dogs to judge me.

And to listen to the same five songs over and over because no one will complain that it’s annoying or ask why I don’t like “good music.”

So, as it stands, I’m sharing my home with my family until the 3rd. After then, peace will be restored (as will my grocery bill) and the house can go back to its normal vacuumed, peaceful Real Housewives viewing self.

Until then, I’m wearing my new yoga pants and staying in the kitchen where I can tell people what they can and can’t eat (a secret favorite job of mine). However, because I’m such a nazi in the kitchen I figured I should sweeten their disappointments with treats of the S’mores variety.

Duh, I know I’m evil. No need reminding me of this.

This gem of an idea blossomed when I was standing in the atrocious line at Michael’s craft store a few weeks ago. Lo and behold, there sat a S’mores candy bar, composed of a chocolate bottom, a graham cracker layer, and some stripes of marshmallow fluff.

But seeing as the marshmallow is kind of a huge deal to a s’more, I thought it needed more of a starring role in this psychotic concoction. So I chopped up mini mallows and sprinkled them on top. It was a totally genius move.

Now if only I could think of a genius move to get my family to clean the house for me….

S’mores Bark

1 bag chocolate candy melts or 1 pkg chocolate bark
About 12 squares (the small ones you break off the sheet) of honey graham crackers
About 1/4 cup mini marshmallows, snipped in half with kitchen shears
White chocolate for drizzing, if desired

1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and set it aside.
2. In a large bowl, melt the chocolate layer according to package directions, stirring until smooth and melted. Pour onto the foil-lined baking sheet and spread into a smooth, even layer of your desired thickness.
3. Next, gently press the graham squares into the melted chocolate in a row until the entire plane of chocolate is covered. It’s okay to leave cracks in between the chocolate. Lastly, sprinkle on the chopped mini mallows so they stick to the chocolate layer as best possible.
4. Pop the bark in the freezer for about a half an hour to harden before breaking into pieces. Store airtight.

Dreaming of a campfire in the dead of winter? This bark will satisfy that urge and quick. Best for me, since I’m dreaming of another camping vacay with my babe as farrrr away from this vacuum as possible.

Have a greaaaat Friday!

xo, Hayley

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