Pumpkin Protein Bites

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Pumpkin Protein Bites

Lately, we’ve been so.very.busy. So I’m thankful for quick and easy snacks that are still nutritious! We love to make protein bites – we like to make big double batches and stick them in the freezer and pretend that they will last us a while. They usually don’t. But that’s okay, because these little bites of deliciousness are healthy and filling!


Gather your ingredients: rolled oats, Shaklee life shake, unsweetened shredded coconut, ground flax meal, pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin puree, & honey
Gather your ingredients: rolled oats, Shaklee life shake, unsweetened shredded coconut, ground flax meal, pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin puree, & honey

These protein bites are chock-full of goodness:

  • pumpkin – because it’s fall – who doesn’t love pumpkin?
  • hearty oats and omega-rich flaxseed meal
  • sweet raw honey
  • as much or as little pumpkin pie spice as you like
  • unsweetened shredded coconut
  • non-GMO protein with leucine to protect lean muscle and patented probiotic and prebiotics to keep tummies happy and immune systems powered (yeah, you heard me… these protein bites are GOOD for you! And so tasty!)
  • and vegan chocolate chips. because chocolate. always chocolate.

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5 Reasons Why We No Longer Take Our Cell Phones to Bed

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5 reasons we no longer take our cell phones to bed

It’s been a few weeks that our family has been trying this little adventure of no-more-cell-phones-in-the-bed. Let me give you a little background…

I have a love/hate relationship with my smart phone. As a work at home mom, I love it. I run most of my business from my cell phone. I can listen to webinars while pushing my kid in his stroller or message a client while sautéing onions or connect with my teammates on the fly. I also love that Atticus can FaceTime his PaPa in the middle of a long day (yes, we use “PaPa” instead of “Dada”… what can I say, my husband has a massive beard and “PaPa” just fits). And let’s be real, sometimes scrolling through Pinterest or Instagram is just the kind of 2-minute break I need. My phone is like a little magic window reminding me that there is life beyond my four walls. It’s a portal into other dimensions where there’s not smoothie art smeared on my cabinets or two loads of laundry piled on the couch or dirty dishes covering every inch of countertop… A place of world news, clever articles, artistic DIYs (some of which are actually doable!) and other living, breathing people who are interesting, potty-trained, and speak my language. Oh yes, I love my smart phone.

But I also hate it. Sometimes those 2-minute Insta-breaks turn into 20 minutes. Sometimes scrolling through newsfeeds becomes an autopilot type of habit that isn’t even enjoyable any more. Sometimes I catch myself and I think “Why am I doing this?” It’s like my thumb knows to keep swiping, even when there’s nothing worth reading. Too often I lay in bed, scrolling and swiping, and I spot my twice-renewed library books sitting on my dresser and I know I could have read them all by now. And I see my kid snoozing next to me… and I think “I don’t want him to remember me like this.” Continue reading “5 Reasons Why We No Longer Take Our Cell Phones to Bed”

5 Day Reset – Final Results

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5 day reset final results

(If you missed them, check out my previous blog posts in this series: 5 Day Reset – Day 1 and 5 Day Reset – Day 5.)

This morning I woke up and my first thought was “Yay! I can have coffee! And chocolate!” My second thought was “Huh…. I’m not even sure I want it?”

So what did I choose for breakfast?

Yep. A shake. Seriously, it’s all I wanted.

24 grams of non-GMO plant protein. Yum!
24 grams of non-GMO plant protein. Yum!

It was another rough night with the kid, but I hopped out of bed around 6:15/6:30 and felt completely energized and ready for the day. This is not normal for me. My kid was up multiple times last night. Usually I feel exhausted in the mornings, even when he sleeps well.

Before eating or drinking I took my final measurements, weighed myself and took a few more comparison photos.

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5 Day Reset – Day 5

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5 day reset day five

Wooh! It’s Day 5! I’m almost done! I’m feeling great. My friends who did this reset before me told me that by days 4 and 5 they had so much energy and felt amazing. You know when someone tells you that and you kind of secretly think “Reallly??? Are you sure your toddler didn’t just sleep really well the night before??” Well, it’s true. My toddler slept terribly last night (so mama slept terribly as well), but I feel super energized.

Without coffee. Without even having green tea today.

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