10 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

10 Things You Didn't Know About Me (photo credit: Roxana B Photography)

Recently, it occurred to me that a lot of what I share on my blog are posts about how to do something or make something, tips on organization or parenting or my thoughts.  My kids inevitably come up in those posts and pictures considering they consume most of my day.  My husband shows up sometimes too.  But I don’t really talk about myself much.  I always think it’s fun to find out the little quirks and facts that make up who a person is so today I’m sharing 10 things you didn’t know about me.
1. Growing up, I wanted a pet chinchilla.  I still don’t have one and probably never will because they are kind of high maintenance, but I can’t help but get excited whenever I see one!

2. My husband and I got engaged after dating for 2 months and got married 5 months later.  We’ve been married for 8.5 years so things are going pretty well.  We haven’t changed too much have we?

10 Things You Didn't Know About Me

3. I’ve been using a paper planner since the first day of 7th grade when they gave everyone one to keep track of school assignments, tests, etc.  I got a new one every year and would spend the first couple of days of school putting all the due dates for everything into it from my class syllabi.  This continued through junior high, high school, college and I have one now too.  I keep track of pretty much everything in it and I love it.

4. I stopped growing when I was 16.  My feet and height have been the same for the last 15 years.

5. The first concert I went to was when I was 13 and it was to see the Backstreet Boys.  (Were you for BSB or N’SYNC?)

10 Things You Didn't Know About Me

6. One of my biggest pet peeves is when the slot on top of a cereal box gets ripped and then I can’t close the tab.

7. My first airplane ride was when I was 18 and my family and I flew to Florida from Utah to go on a cruise.

8. My daughter’s name came from a book I read in high school (although I did change the spelling).

9. Cole slaw and potato salad are my least favorite foods EVER.  Oddly enough, it was one of the first things my husband and I found out we had in common when we were dating.

10. If I could go back to my college days before I met my husband, I would do a study abroad program to Italy.  It is still my dream to visit there one day and stuff my face full of homemade pasta, pizza and gelato.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Me

I hope you had fun learning a little bit more about me!

Welcome to Sunshine and Munchkins!

Sunshine and Munchkins--blog about family, marriage, parenting, food, kids activities and more 

Hello!  Welcome to Sunshine and Munchkins!  (And before you ask, no, this blog has nothing to do with The Wizard of Oz…)  My name is Shani and I’m so glad you decided to stop by.  I am mom to two beautiful kids, a girl (3) and a boy (1), who I get to stay at home with.  They are both crazy, curious, happy kids and they keep me on my toes!  I am also married to the best husband in the world.  (Can a girl get any luckier?)  I love to read, craft, scrapbook, DIY, cook/bake, dance, laugh, take pictures and soak up the sunshine any chance I get.  I graduated in Marriage and Family Studies and love applying the things I learned in college to me and my family’s life. I love sharing and discussing new ideas and viewpoints and am fascinated by the way people think and their life experiences that got them to where they are now.  I am a self-proclaimed “ambivert” so while I enjoy getting out of the house and doing things with family and friends, I’m also perfectly content to read a book for hours alone (which with 2 kids pretty much never happens, but I can dream, right?).

The idea to start a blog of my own has been in the back of my mind for a while, but it wasn’t until recently that I thought, ‘What the heck?  Let’s do this thing!  Maybe I’ve got something to say that someone else will find helpful.’  And I hope that’s the case.  But I also want to hear from you!

On this blog you’ll find a little bit of everything, from recipes to crafts, holiday and seasonal activities to marriage and family topics, with a little bit of hair and beauty tips thrown in for good measure.  I am not an expert in any of these areas, but I do have a passion for them.

So join me as I raise my little munchkins and search for and share the sunshine in this beautiful, crazy thing called life!