Almond Coconut (no bake) Protein Balls

Here in CT, we are expecting a good ole’ nor’easter. One of my favorite things to do while snowed in, is try some recipes that I normally have no time for and snack while watching movies. These almond butter protein bars are so filling and make the perfect snack or breakfast. I had no chocolate chips so this version is sans chocolate but you can always add in some yummy dark chocolate chips for a little extra sweet flavor. Best part is, they are also no bake!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats ( I used Bob’s Red Mill  gluten-free oats)
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup almond butter (or any other nut butter)
  • 1/3 cup honey

Directions

Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl.
Mix until ingredients are well combined.
You can use your hands to form the mixture into balls. Should make between 10-14 balls.
Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and refrigerate for about 20 minutes, until balls are firm.
Eat immediately or store in a air tight container in the refrigerator.  Enjoy!

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Cheers to 2015!

I wanted to take a moment to wish you all a safe, happy and healthy New Year!
I am so excited for what 2015 has to bring as it will be filled with lots with a baby boy coming in May.
Below are some of my favorite looks in 2014. Cheers!

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DIY Christmas Platter Under $5 and Under 5 Minutes!

This DIY platter made on hard candy is so easy and such a fun craft to do on Christmas Eve. I originally got the idea from The Chew and it is the perfect host gift or a great way to serve your favorite Christmas cookies.

You will need:
* Package of hard, red and white swirl mint candies (unwrapped)

* Parchment paper and whatever shape baking dish you want to use.

Directions: Pre-heat oven. Place the unwrapped candies about a quarter inch apart on the parchment lined baking sheet in desired shape and size.  Place in the oven, checking after about five minutes to see if the candies have melted into each other. Once the mints have melted into each other, remove from oven to a cooling rack.

Wait 30 seconds and trim the edges with a pizza cutter to straighten and perfect.  Let sit to harden for about 5 minutes and Voila!

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Sweaters & Leggings: Preggo Fashion

I apologize on my lack of posting; morning sickness and fatigue have gotten the best of me throughout this pregnancy. Now that I am about 17 weeks, I am hoping the sickness will pass and I will get some energy back!
I have been living in super stretchy pants and long sweaters.  Also, I finally got around to buying some maternity pants– they are so comfy.
I have been trying to stay active with simple exercises like walking and playing with my dog Zoey because I have had no energy to do any real workouts. These wedge sneakers give me both the height and comfort I am desiring while preggo.

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{ Printed sweater: Aeropostale| Leggings: T.J. Maxx| Jacket c/o Topshop| Wedge sneakers: T.J. Maxx| Knitted hat: Forever 21}}

It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas!

This week was a festive one. I had some vacation from work and headed to Mohegan Sun casino with my Mom, which was beautifully decorated for the holidays.  We also went to the outlets and finished most of our Christmas shopping which is a huge relief! To add some more festivity, I wore my Bethany Mota Aeropastale Bow sweater. My pup, Zoey, also helped me decorate the Christmas tree and I ended the day off with a festive, silvery sparkly manicure.

Happy Holidays everyone!  Have you finished your Christmas shopping?  Who is the hardest one on your list?

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