Bianca Lively: October 2013


Skinny Raspberry Chocolate Muffins

Yes, you read that right: 


Um, where have these been hiding?? Oh ya, under my "baking" board on Pinterest.. That's where. 
Since i've been on maternity leave, I've been addicted to nothing but, cooking and baking. I guess this is my kind of "nesting". Don't worry though, I still had time to clean and reorganize like most "nesting" mommas. 

Anyway, onto the good stuff. I am no chocolate lover.. I can honestly go without chocolate.. Wait, scratch that, I am more of a NO chocolate candy bar lover... That's more like it. But these were amazing. And were semi-sweet, so the chocolate wasn't so overpowering.


  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (or a mix of whole wheat and all-purpose)
  • 1 tsp baking soda 
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup honey (or maple syrup)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, loosely packed (or dark brown)
  • 1 cup mashed very ripe bananas (about 2 large ones)
  • 1/4 cup nonfat vanilla greek yogurt (or any plain/vanilla yogurt)
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 3/4 cup milk (almond, soy, cow, or rice milk work)
  • 1/2 cup (or less, depending on your taste) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 3/4 cups fresh raspberries

  1. Preheat oven to 325F degrees Spray 15 muffin tins with nonstick spray. 
  2. In a large bowl, gently combine the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the honey and brown sugar. (It will be thick and lumpy, try to get out as much lumps as you can). Add the mashed banana, yogurt, and beaten egg. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry. Gently fold it all together.
  4. Add the milk slowly in portions, and continue to gently mix the ingredients together. The milk will thin everything out, but the batter will eventually remain thick once you get it fully incorporated together. 
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips, then fold in the raspberries GENTLY. (you don't want to over mix the raspberries because then you will turn the batter pink from the juices).
  6. Divide the batter between the 15 muffin tins. Fill to the top and sprinkle with a few more chocolate chips if desired. Bake the first 12, then the last three in another batch. Fill the empty muffin tins halfway with water in the second batch to ensure even baking and prevent your pan from warping. 
  7. Bake for 17-20 minutes until lightly browned on the edges. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean. Allow muffins to cool completely... Enjoy!

Note: Do not use cupcake liners, muffins will stick to liners. If you do use liners, spray the liners with nonstick spray as well. Makes about 15 muffins. Original Source: Raspberry Muffins 


Homemade Pizza Bar

Last Valentines Day, I gave C a gift that I honestly do not regret doing. I made up 12 different dates in a jar, and every month on the 14th he chooses one with his eyes closed and we accomplish that date before the month is over.. 
Well, we have both been extremely busy that we were behind about 2-3 months, and finally are almost caught up! 

This month called for Homemade Pizza and Beer night (Guinness of course). 

 Considering our little bean will be here within a few short weeks, we decided to skip the beer (well I did), and still make our homemade pizza's! 
Here I will break down how to make the dough from scratch, and set up your pizza bar.. It was definitely fun, and very entertaining to say the least. 

Pizza Dough 


  • 1 packet of dry yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour or all purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil


  1. Combine water, yeast, and sugar in a large bowl. Let it sit for about 5 minutes while yeast activates. 

  2. Next you want to pour in the flour and combine.

  3. Once the dough comes together, you want to pull it out onto a lightly floured surface. Don't put too much flour on the surface because you don't want your dough to get too dry. Knead the dough until it becomes slightly elastic and sticky. Roll it into a ball. 
  4. Oil the inside of your large bowl. (The oil is what stops the dough from sticky to the bowl) Place the ball of dough inside the bowl and roll it around until the dough slightly covered in oil. 
  5. Place a damp cloth over the bowl and let it sit for about an hour in a warm spot so that the dough rises. The weather was nice out, so I placed my bowl right next to my window where the sunlight hit. 

  6. After the hour has passed, the dough should be huge! If you lightly touch the dough, it will deflate. (This part I thought was pretty awesome) Cut the dough into how many pizza doughs you are going to have. We made two pizza's, so we cut ours in half. We placed them in two separate bowls and covered both bowls with a towel for another 15 minutes to rise some more. 

    Please excuse my pregnant belly above.. ;) 

  7. Place your individual ball of dough on a lightly floured surface again and roll your doll out to the shape and thickness that you want. Place it on top of a parchment paper so that its easier for you to transfer into the oven. 
  8. Add the toppings of your choice, and place the pizza in a 450F oven for about 20 minutes. Once the bottom of the pizza is golden brown it is then done. 

***This dough was honestly amazing with a thick crust. C really wanted a thin perfect circle pizza, and wanted his pizza to be amazing (for a second he mentioned wanting to work at domino's. haha) but when I told him to not make his dough so thin, we went to look in the oven and it was ridiculously thick! But his was the favorite of the both of ours.. He won the "pizza contest" that I didn't know we were having.... haha

Enjoy.. Bianca


Baby Registry Must Haves

Our baby shower was a little over a few weeks ago, and with only a few
weeks left of this pregnancy, it was time
for C and I to do some serious last minute purchasing! 

Having to register for a baby/newborn/child/everything, was a bit difficult. One, I HATE shopping. 
Hate, Hate, Hate.
So online registering was our best friend these past few weeks. Even though we did have 
to make an appearance at a local Babies "R" Us and Target. I think we almost cut our throats off
searching for a carseat. Two hungry people, that don't like to shop, at a baby store.
You get the picture. 

So we looked online at a few baby registry checklist. And we found two awesome ones!
One that C found which was short and sweet and to the point. 
The other I found was long, and had so much more things that I knew we should register for. So we 
used both! 

The first one was from and it helped us a lot! 
The second one was from Babies "R" Us and they had two! We used a must have checklist
and also a good-to-have checklist. Both were very helpful. Now I am no mom yet, and somethings I'm sure I can probably do without, or I can use more of, or you are probably thinking I have no idea what i'm registering for, but this is just a small breakdown of what we believe we would need. Or I'm sure the list would go on and on.

Here are a few things we felt we will use and registered for.

The Nursery:

Rockabye co. bella velvet grand glider - While looking at rocking chairs I came across this! And it's beautiful. The newly improved "rocking chairs" are amazing and I know I will be using it in Sophia's room for those mid day feedings. 
Motorola digital video baby monitor - Having this for while she is sleeping will be awesome! Or even when she starts to sleep in her own room and we are downstairs.
Receiving blanket - These to keep her warm at night and swaddle her up for quick naps.
Ubbi diaper pail - So I have heard very good things about having a diaper pail.. And this one had awesome reviews so we figured, why not! Keeps the smell away, and you can store it in an area hidden in the nursery!
Sleepsack swaddle - Perfect for a newborn considering they can't have any blankets in the crib while they sleep. Lightweight, and keeps them warm.
Vicks waterless vaporizer - I always grew up getting sick. Sick every single season. So I am praying Sophia doesn't get as sick as I used to. But just in case, I read awesome reviews on this vaporizer for her room! Has a soft nightlight and is ideal for people that suffer a cold or asthma. Better safe than sorry in my opinion. 
Changing pad - A changing pad on a changing table or even above a dresser. Read that they are great for when you have to change the little ones diaper or even get them ready for bed on something soft and cushiony. Since the crib would be too hard to change a babies diaper. Even though I'm sure you can manage from a crib, I think this would make things a little easier. 

The Feeding:

Medela Tender Care Lanolin- I've heard awesome things about this cream. You put it on your nipple when its sore and provides a soothing feel to it. It's okay and safe for mommy and baby! Definitely got two of these bad boys.
Lillypadz - I got these because a friend of mine recommended them. She mentioned them being very helpful when she was home nursing her little man. Reusable and silicon safe for mommy and baby. Avent bottles- These BPA free bottles are some of the top rated bottles out there for babies. Not sure if Sophia will take the nipple, so we kept the boxes just in case we need to return them. Got a few in the 4-ounces which were adorable! And also got a few of the 8-ounce bottles, a variety of nipples from slow flow to quick flow as well. 
Boon grass drying rack- Figured these would be nice for when when hand wash her bottles and nipples and we can have a place on the countertop to let them dry. Its very cute and you can also register for the flower and twigs that go on top for extra usage of baby items. 
Munchkin bottle brush cleaner- Best one out there is what we hear. Love the spongy thing at the top, and the nipple brush that connects to the bottom of the stick! Went back to Target, about three times before finally purchasing this myself because I couldn't make an easy decision. 
Newborn bib set- I was told that bibs are going to be a babies best friend. So we registered for a ton! And when I came to think of it, I remembered my siblings always having a bib on through out the day because they would get dirty here and there. These were just adorable ones I thought. 
Burp cloths- Great to use for when you are feeding baby and need to burp the little one. Instead of always having the baby spit up or droll all over your shirt, a burp cloth will do the trick and absorb it all.
Boppy pillow- Everyone swears by these pillows for when feeding baby. It gives you the support that you need when feeding, and also can later on be used for tummy time, propping up, and learning how to sit on their own. Comes in a ton of different covers for it as well. I will be using this a lot.

The Gear:

Baby Jogger City Select Stroller-  This Stroller was honestly the most amazing thing ever invented on this planet! It can convert into 16 different ways! And also has space available for baby #2! Or if you are having twins. It is awesome. Just watch a youtube video on it.. You will fall in love. We got lucky with the limited edition all black frame. 
Peg Perego Primo Viaggio Infant Car Seat- This car seat is so beautiful. I am definitely a fan of the all black that we got. Our car seat color was "licorice". It also matched perfectly with our stroller and our black interior vehicles! One of the best car seats out there with great reviews and safety features. 
Arm's Reach Original Co-Sleeper- The awesome thing about this co-sleeper, is that it can later turn into a play pin! We were all about trying to save somehow, and we figured we would get this for her to sleep in with us for the first few months since i'll be nursing and then use it later down the road for her to play in! Connects right up to your bed too! 
Fisher Price Cradle Swing- We had been told by many of our friends and family to get a cradle swing no matter what! We love this thing already and Sophia isn't here yet! It plays music, rocks side to side and back and forth. And you can also turn the seat!

The Essentials: 

Brica Auto Mirror- This mirror would be perfect for when you are in your car and baby is in the back seat and you need to see him/her. The one we registered for has a light on it! So if it's night you push a button near your head and the light turns on softly. Also has music to play as well!
Vicks Digital Pacifier Thermometer- This pacifier looks and feels like an ordinary pacifier! But, it actually functions as a digital thermometer so if the baby is fussy, she can take it and calm a little! 
Skip Hop Stroller Toy- Perfect baby stroller toy! I loved it because it had a little mirror on it and I know babies tend to look at themselves in "aw".  It's got a rattle, a teether, and a tugger as well to play with! 
Huggies Pure & Natural Diapers- Knowing how sensitive my own skin is, and also C's. I can only imagine how sensitive Sophia's skin will be. Especially being a newborn. We registered for diapers and also wipes! Because we knew we would need them eventually. And also knew in case she outgrew any, we can always return them to Target. Gotta love Target. 
Petunia Pickle Bottom Hampton Holdall Black Forest Cake Diaper Bag- Now this was probably one of the most expensive bags I have ever boughten myself. But it is BEAUTIFUL! And has every single thing possible for a diaper bag. It was very hard to find considering they were out of stock, but we finally found one! And I am in love once again.... Comes with so much.. 

**Now like I said earlier, I'm not a mommy yet, and I'm sure that I could of added or removed some items on this baby registry. But these are just a few of the things we felt that would help us in the long run. We can't wait for our little baby princess!!! 



Baby shower

Sophia's Baby Shower//

I was going to wait to share some of my baby shower pictures till I got more of the photo's from my moms camera, but she is a busy lady. So instead, I will show you the very few I had saved on my phone!  
Our baby shower was fantastic! 
It was honestly amazing to be able to see all of our close friends and family. Every single one of those people that got to spend it with us has a very special place in our hearts.. Here you go! 

 Our yummy delicious cake and dessert area! Beautiful. 

Some of our best friends. We love you guys

We got a TON of diapers, thanks to the diaper raffle! Totally recommend!  

 My beautiful family. Brother, husband, mommy, sisters, and daddy.

 He is going to be a grandpa! ah!!! 

Thought this was cute! One of my best friends and I. My wedding day on the left, Baby shower a year later on the right.

...and after feeling like it was our wedding all over again
the shower was over. And here is C and I on our way home with a truck fully loaded of Sophia's things.

Thank you everyone that got to make it and enjoy this time with us! We love you guys!!  -Bianca & C


Healthy Glazed Donuts

Okay so you are probably wondering how the heck these donuts are healthy right? When looking for a donut recipe I couldn't fathom the thought of frying and having grease all over my kitchen. 

One, I hardly ever eat anything fried because it hurts my stomach extremely and two, the calories and fat that come with them being fried... holy cow! 
I'd choose baked donuts any day if I had the patients to make them every day.. So, good'ol Pinterest did it to me again! Or should I say Pinterest did it to my husband again since he loves his sweets and eats everything that I bake. 

(at least some things are healthy hehe)

For the donuts: Makes 8.
  • 1 C. Whole Wheat White Flour
  • 1/4 C. Sugar/Sweetener/Honey (I used sugar)
  • 1 Tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1/4 C. Plain Fat Free Greek Yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. Fat Free Milk
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. Light Butter, Softened
  • 1 Tsp. Vanilla Bean Paste or Vanilla Extract if you don't have Vanilla Bean Paste

For the glaze:
  • 1/2 C. Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Fat Free Milk
  • 1/2 Tsp. Vanilla Bean Paste or Vanilla Extract if you don't have Vanilla Bean Paste. 

Side note:
The Vanilla Bean Paste is honestly what makes this glaze and donut. So i'd recommend getting it at your local grocery store. But if you absolutely don't want to, you can use Vanilla Extract as a substitute. 

For the donuts:
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. and lightly spray your donut pan with non-stick cooking spray. (I don't have a donut pan. So I used a normal baking sheet and formed my donuts into circles.)

2. Combine the first four dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl until well blended from the donut section (Flour, Sweetener/Sugar/Honey, Baking Powder, and Ground Cinnamon). Then set aside.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining wet ingredients until smooth and creamy. May have a little bit of chunks in it from the greek yogurt.

4. Next add the wet ingredients in with the dry ingredients and combine just until everything is fully incorporated like pictured below.. 

5. Spoon the dough into the prepared donut pan/baking sheet, dividing evenly among the sections. I was able to make about 8 donuts. **you can put the dough into a gallon ziplock, seal it, cut the end off and use that to pipe into your pan or onto your baking sheet.

6. Place the pan in the oven to bake for about 10-15 minutes until donuts are cooked through.
**The donuts will not turn golden brown, but should 'spring back' to the touch when done. 
Once done, remove the donuts from the oven and allow to cool.

7. Now to make the glaze: Whisk together all the glaze ingredients and set aside till the donuts are cool.

8. Lastly, dip the donuts face down into the glaze and place on a drying rack for about 5-7 minutes. 

original source


Nutritional Facts in case you are dying to know...
Donuts with Glaze: 8 • Size: 1 Donut • Calories: 118.6 • Fat: 1.2 g • Carb: 23.5 g • Fiber: 2 g • Protein: 3.4 g • Sugar: 11.1 g • Sodium: 89.8 mg


Free Baby Stuff!

Okay, so who doesn't like FREE baby products!!!?
Being pregnant, made me quickly realize how expensive raising a child is...
I mean, its all so amazing and cute, and ah! From the nursery, car supplies,
kitchen utensils, outdoor activities, toys, mommy/daddy things, diapers..diapers...DIAPERSSSSSS..... 

It all cost so much money. Thank goodness for baby showers and helpful soon-to-be grandparents!
(we love you guys so much)
 So, like the sweet and kind young lady that I am, knowing I won't be working soon and we will be living off one income, I needed to change my shopping habits (which aren't too bad), and start saving and bargain shopping... 

So let's get to the point. I've found some amazing deals on free stuff!

In Need of a Free Car Seat Canopy/Cover? 

You can get any one that you love off this website for FREE!!! 
Step 1: Go to the website click on "SHOP NOW" at the top.
Step 2: Choose your favorite canopy car seat cover. They even have sets if you wanna buy a whole car seat set. I didn't though. I really just wanted a cover.
Step 3: Add to cart and when you're ready to check out,
put in either coupon code: MYSAVINGS or 7sling

All you will have to pay for is shipping! It should be around $12.95. But, you get a whole $50 off!! 
you're welcome.  

In Need of a Free Nursing Cover? 

You can also get any one that you love off this website for FREE!! Ah!
Step 1: Go to the website click on "SHOP NOW" at the top.
Step 2: Choose your favorite nursing cover. This website also has sets if you wanna buy more stuff.
Step 3: Add to cart and when you're ready to check out,
put in either coupon code: MSCANOPY or 7sling 

Now, I believe all of these websites are linked somehow. Not 100% sure though. All I cared about was the free goodies!

Again, all you will have to pay for is shipping! It should be around $11.95. But, you get a whole $35 off of a Nursing Cover!!
you're welcome... again. 

In Need of a Free Carrying Sling?

Step 1: Go to the website click on "SHOP NOW" at the top.
Step 2: Choose your favorite sling carrier. This website also has sets if you wanna buy more stuff.
Step 3: Add to cart and when you're ready to check out,
put in coupon code: 2013FRUGALGIRLS 

Lastly, all you will have to pay for is shipping! It should be around $11.95. But, you get a whole $40 off of a baby sling carrier!! I added the $3.50 for the size exchange insurance just in case it was to big or small. Make sure when purchasing the sling if you aren't going to do the size exchange insurance, that you check the Size Chart they have available for you!

I saved $125! Great deals!!
You're welcome for the third time. hehe


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