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Bucket List Recap

Alright, the plan for today was to tell things I’ve crossed off my bucket list. However, I don’t totally have one put together. (I never really have). That being said, I thought I would spend today going over a belated update on my summer bucket list and what I did and didn’t fulfill. Sit back, relax, and switch back into summer mode for a second! 🙂

Let’s recap the list…

  1. Read at least 10 books. This didn’t happen. I did read a lot this summer (or more than normal) but not ten. 🙁
  2. Get outside. We were outside A TON and I loved every second of it. Whether it was going for a walk, or heading to the pool, it was a beautiful summer spent outside. 
  3. Work out 4 times a week. It happened…even though I was more into some days than others. 😉 
  4. Write snail mail. Mission accomplished. 🙂 Sending little notes through the mail never gets old!
  5. Give skin time to breathe. Yes, yes, yes! I think I went most days without any make-up and it felt so nice!
  6. Sunscreen. Did I wear it? All the time, actually. 🙂
  7. Print out wedding pictures. Major fail. What is my deal?! What are you recommendations? Do you own a wedding album? Did you print out individual pictures? What sites are your favorite? 
  8. Try a new coffee shop. I’m counting Italy, so yes I did this and I loved every second of it! 
  9. Visit family during the week and throughout the day. Yes. 🙂 
  10.  Clean out closets. Check, check, check! 

It was one of the best summer’s and definitely one I won’t forget! Now it’s time to switch back into fall mode and see what other people add to their bucket lists to gain ideas! Happy Tuesday! xo

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

To be honest, I’m dragging a little this week. One thing that always helps give me more energy though, are clean eating snacks that taste delicious! These bars have cocoa powder (instead of chocolate chips) which has the potential to lower LDL cholesterol, reduce the risk of blood clots, increase blood flow to the arteries, lower high blood pressure, boost cognitive performance and provide essential minerals such as calcium and potassium. Ground flaxseed is great for the heart and chia seeds are a superfood that has omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, and antioxidants. The benefits are all wrapped up into one snack to give you energy and so many other healthy benefits. You won’t be sorry you made this! 🙂


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 banana (mashed)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 Tbsp chia seed
  • 1 scoop collagen peptides



What to do:

Mash the banana separately. In a mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients and add the banana. Stir together until thoroughly mixed and it starts forming together into a sticky mixture. Line an 8 x 8 pan (or really any pan) with wax paper. I used a spatula to flatten the mixture into an even consistency in the pan. Smooth out the top and edges. Place in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Cut to desired width. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator or counter.


 

Summer to Fall

I was just telling Eric how I’m amazed each year at the change of seasons. The summer nights no longer feel warm and produce a burst of chill to prep us for Fall. The high of 70 in our neck of the woods, feels much cooler than a 70 degree spring day. It’s crazy how each year I always seem to forget the feeling but nonetheless it comes around and reminds me. 🙂 That being said, there are some staples that I get to reintroduce to myself each and every change of the seasons. From scarves, to boots and everything in between, I’ve listed some of my favorite pieces that can still have a slight touch of summer but definitely scream Fall and go great with a Pumpkin Spice Latte in hand. 😉

A fall scarf. 🙂

A warm sweater.


You can never go wrong with a military vest, jacket, or jean jacket.

Of course switching from sandals to boots is a must for fall.

Enjoy your Wednesday ladies!

 

Unpacking

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t already tired from the week. We have Curriculum Night at school this evening, so it will be a long day but hey, coffee, right?! 😉Nars Lip Pencil/ Lip Gloss/ Hand LotionVaselineWalletBlistex/ Nars Lip Pencil

Most days you will find me toting around this bag or this one. I love them equally for different reasons whether it’s the leather, the size, or shape. One is much bigger, than the other but at the end of the day, I still bring along the same essentials for every day in both bags.

Remember this post? Yeah, not much has changed. 😉 The only main switch up is that a super sweet student got me this wallet last year and I have been using it ever since. I also use something somewhat similar to this to hold some make-up. (You can find my favorite make-up here). I like to keep encouraging notes from Eric or friends because I definitely need some encouragement from time to time. 🙂


Happy Tuesday friends!

Healthy Banana Bread

I’ll keep this short and sweet today. Remember my healthy pumpkin bread recipe from the other week? This bread contains the same basic ingredients, remains healthy with every bite, is still served best with a side of milk or coffee, and only requires swapping out a few ingredients. It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3 and can be served as breakfast or a snack for the entire family. What more could you want? 😉


Ingredients:

  • 3 very ripe medium-sized bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup organic coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon



What to do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large-sized bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Stir together and set aside. In a medium-sized bowl combine all wet ingredients and whisk. Add to dry ingredients and whisk together. Grease pan (I used butter) and pour batter into a loaf pan. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until you can stick a toothpick in and it comes out clean.