Welcome to Crayons & Cravings! So happy that you stopped by, and even happier that you would like to learn more about me – the woman behind the blog!
Of course, I can't tell you about myself if I don't tell you about my family as well. So, grab a cup of coffee (or tea, if that is your thang) and get comfortable while I tell you more about myself, my family, and this blog.
My name is Jaclyn Anne Shimmel and I am a thirty-something mom, wife, blogger, and social media butterfly. I live with my family in New Jersey, just about an hour outside of New York City. I love all things creative from trying new recipes to DIY projects and crafts.
I started blogging in 2011 as a hobby. Eventually, my blog evolved into the website that it is today. With a background in education, I am passionate about sharing easy recipes, fun crafts, and money-saving ideas with other parents. Whether its ideas for fun autumn activities with the kids or how to make white hot chocolate, you will find lots of fun and creative goodies here on Crayons & Cravings.
When I am not rolling around on the floor with my little guy, or folding laundry, you will likely find me right here at the computer, working on a blog post or replying to tweets. I enjoy baking, crafting, coffee, shopping, taking pictures, going out to eat, and traveling with my family.
The hubby: Neal
I met my wonderful husband Neal in 2011, and we got married in 2013. Neal enjoys watching baseball and football, fantasy sports, playing games on his Xbox and PS4, and hanging out with his terrific family.
The nugget: Nathaniel
Nathaniel was born in July, 2017 (after 2 days of labor!). He is the happiest little guy, and loves playing with mommy and daddy, bath time, car rides, and watching the cats play. He will glady drop any of his fancy toys to grab a piece of paper or straw and play with that instead. He enjoys anything that mama feeds him, from apples and bananas to peas and prunes.
The cat: Xena
Xena is our beautiful Bengal, born March, 2016. She may make us crazy at times by scratching our toes and attacking our laundry, but we love her! She is a sweetie and loves to snuggle with us under the covers and lounge on the top perch of the cat tree, overlooking everything going on in the house.
The kitten: Khaleesi
Khaleesi is the newest addition to our family. She was born November, 2017. She is a stunning snow Bengal who enjoys running around the house, chasing her toys, and hanging out with her buddy Nathaniel. She is so gentle with him, and he just adores her!