HOMEMADE CLEAN PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE GRANOLA BARSย 

Bars have kind of become their own food group and in our house they’re a necessity. Toddlers love bars and they’re such a great snack to have on hand. I’ve been making these homemade ones and we are all drooling over them, so I wanted to share! 
They’re so easy and so full of yummy super-food ingredients. They taste more like a cookie than a granola bar, honestly! But they have no sugar OR gluten! 

Here’s the recipe: 

1 jar Justin’s creamy peanut butter 

2 cups gluten free oats

1/2 cup cacao nibs 

2/3 cup raw local honey 

1 teaspoon Madagascar vanilla 

1 teaspoon maca powder 

Optional: 1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix all together in a large bowl, press into a baking dish (depending on how thick you want them!) 


Freeze for 2 hours and devour ๐Ÿคค 
*this is a sponsored post, however I would never share or recommend anything I didn’t love or use myself. 

VEGAN SPICY AVOCADO PASTA


Ingredients:

15 oz. Hope Foods spicy avocado hummus

2 c. dry Ancient Grains gluten free pasta or whatever your favorite pasta is

1 large bunch kale

 your favorite vegan super food patties

Directions:

Cook pasta as according to package. Chop the kale, and sautee with evoo, s+p, fresh garlic.  I broil the super food vegan patties we like on 350 until browned and lightly crispy on the outside! When the pasta is cooked and drained, add in the hummus and kale. Top with the vegan patty.

That’s all! This dinner is easy, fast, and crazy nutritious! I love that we can use Hope Foods Hummus for so many great things. It’s such a delicious, creamy, vegan pasta sauce. The spicy avocado flavor is just a little spicy, and full of flavor. I love that I don’t even have to add any more spices to it! Hope Foods caries a large variety of flavors that you can use in so many ways, and they make great sauces all on their own.

We love hummus, in fact Calum could very well live off the stuff! You can find more hummus recipes and inspiration here!

xox

MINDFUL MONDAY: SACRAL CHAKRA

Moving up into the next chakra: svadhishthana, also known as sacral chakra. Let’s dive right in!

SACRAL CHAKRA

Location: 2″ below belly button

Chakra meaning: The sacral chakra is all about emotions, sexuality, and creativity.

Off balance: Jealousy, guilt, possessive behavior, body shame, depression.

Color: Orange

Affirmations: I acknowledge my uniqueness. I am a creative being. I attract only nurturing relationships. My senses are alive, and well connected. I embrace my life with passion and joy. I am a radiant, strong, beautiful, and healthy being.

*tip: I think that saying these affirmations in the mirror is extremely powerful! Give it a try both ways so you can see (and feel!) the difference.

Aromatherapy: Orange, bergamot, clary sage, geranium, jasmine, rosewood. Best used in a bath or shower, as sacral chakra is associated with water!

Foods: Almonds, oranges, pumpkin, mangoes, coconut, melon, papaya.

Nature Element: Water, being in or by water. A bath works great! Sometimes even increasing your water intake is very helpful.

Yoga Sequence to Clear Sacral Chakra

NATURAL SKINCARE ROUTINE

Good morning babes! I hope everyone had a great weekend and a good start to the week. We are so busy over here, packing and preparing for a big move and vacation in a couple weeks. Stress-free prayers and vibes sent our way are appreciated! ๐Ÿ™‚

Over the last 9 months or so I have become incredibly passionate on skin care. I have researched it all, and tried a ton of different, natural skin care products. When my postpartum anxiety and depression struck, it wrecked my skin as well. The stress just took a worse toll on my skin than I ever have dealt with or could have imagined. It it still a problem, but I have finally found the routine that works great for me and my skin type (sensitive) and I am so excited to share it with you guys.

DAILY ROUTINE:

Each morning after my workout, I massage my face with the cocokind facial oil, wipe away with a luke warm damp pull cloth.

Then I soak a cotton ball in witch hazel toner, and gently rub it all over my face. This helps to clean my pores a little deeper, removing all excess makeup, dirt, etc. after cleansing. I love the toner I use, which is great for my sensitive skin and clears up my breakouts amazingly. I have also heard incredible things about this one.

After using my toner, I apply chia facial oil. I put a small amount in my palms, rub together, and gently press it into my skin.

I don’t wear makeup often, but when I do I allow about 5 minutes for the oil to absorb before putting anything else on! I will brush my teeth and braid my hair while waiting.

NIGHTLY ROUTINE:

I follow the same first and second steps here as I do in the morning with my facial oil cleanser and toner.

After this, I skip the chia oil and use matcha face moisturizer instead. A litte goes a long way, and I also use this around my eyes. Pressing and patting it in deeply all over is favorite way to apply.

A FEW TIMES A WEEK:

I am in love with this turmeric spot treatment right now. After cleansing and before toner, I will apply this to any troublesome spots. It says to apply for 20 minutes, but much like the creator of Cocokind Skincare, I usually leave it on much longer than that! I remove this with my toner, then follow my normal routine.

As needed, usually a few times a week as well, I use my Konjac sponge to exfoliate. It is so gentle, and works great!

EVERY 10 OR SO DAYS:

I use to do this more often, but my skin is too sensitive for that, and I need a little longer between than the average person. I use this razor to shave my entire face. Yeah, you read that right. It’s called dermaplaning and it is a deep exfoliation like nothing else. Just be sure you know what you are doing and go gently!

OR I use my PMD which is a personal microdermabrasion tool that I am in love with. It is also a deep exfoliation, so I will usually rotate using one or the other because my skin is too sensitive to use both in one time!

After either treatment, I immediately use my favorite mask of all time. The bentonite clay mask. I mix mine with filtered water and leave on for 5-10 minutes. I use my Konjac sponge and luke warm water to wash it off.

Then I use the matcha moisturizer after and I have also been using the facial repair serum on occasion after these treatments as well.

You can and should read more about what each product does for your skin type on cocokind’s website! This will help you figure out what will be the best for you. I truly believe in and love these products and this brand. I swear by it.There are some products they carry I am really looking forward to trying out as well, because I am in love with what I am using currently!

Another favorite is this lip blam which is organic and non-gmo. I have 3 kinds open currently. So that shows you my obsession level there.

A FEW NOTES:

There is so much more that I could get into with natural skin care, so I will save that for another post. I just really wanted to share my current routine and favorite products with you guys.

I also need to note that this is NOT a sponsored post. These brand don’t even know that I wrote about them.

I use pull cloths from livecrude facial oil brand. I used to use their everything oil, which I would still recommend but it didn’t work the best for me. I know it’s amazing for others though. I gave it a few months before deciding to try cocokind. I was immediately impressed and it’s working so well for me! 

I would love to hear your thoughts on skincare and what products you love and swear by as well! Share them here or over on Instagram page ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks so much for reading

xo, Chels

MINDFUL MONDAY: ROOT CHAKRA

Good morning! I want to start diving into the chakra system for some of the mindful monday posts. Naturally, I will start from the roots (get it? I know, I have lame jokes!) with the ROOT CHAKRA.

Root Chakra

Location: Base of the spine/tailbone

Chakra meaning: The root chakra is your power base. Your ability to feel grounded, safe, and secure.

Off Balance: If your root chakra is off, you will notice things like low energy. alienated, anger, low self-esteem, lower back pain.

Color: Red

Affirmations: I am safe in this moment. I am secure in this moment. I am grounded in this moment. I trust more, and fear less. I belong to this world. I have all that I need in this moment. I am at peace.

Aromatherapy: cedar wood, ginger, clove, and patchouli. Earthly scents.

5 WAYS TO CLEAR YOUR ROOT CHAKRA

1.Spend time in nature.

2.Try these yoga poses: tadasana (mountain pose), uttanasana (forward fold), balasana (child’s pose).

3. Refelxology: get a foot massage, or try it out yourself. Rub the inner part of your heels.

4. Find a guided grounding meditation that you enjoy. Tip: sit with your legs folded on the floor to feel more grounded and get more out of your meditation.

5.Practice visualization techniques. One of my favorites is one I taught to a group when I was teaching yoga a few years ago. Imagine your legs filled with cement, holding you firmly to the earth. Imagine your root chakra spreading outside of your body, growing strong, thick roots into the ground, connecting you firmly to the earth.

Favorite online yoga for grounding/the root chakra:ย Yoga by Adrienneย is my favorite and I turn to this anytime I feel I need a guided practice. She is amazing!

One more thing I would like to add, for all of you who like to journal. Here is a great prompt: Are there any belief patterns that still influence you that are no longer valid?

This is also something I like to often stop and ask myself (post-partum anxiety, you guys). Then I get the chance to really acknowledge that what I am feeling is possibly not valid and not something my energy needs to be put toward. For example, today I went for a run. Outside. Alone. In broad daylight. I was terrified for my life… but why?! I live in an incredibly safe town, and it was 2pm. I was fine. I stopped mid-run and thought, “is this valid, or is this my anxiety?” Anxiety. And it’s a liar! (J Harshe! xoxoxoxo) I was able to keep going and felt great after!

My root chakra is off balance, and I am working to get it back on balance. How do you think yours is? Have you ever worked on balancing your chakras? Please share your story in the comments, on Instagram, and you know you can always email me too!

Thank you for reading, and have a super-grounded Monday ๐Ÿ˜‰

xo, Chels

5 WAYS TO PREVENT AND FIGHT A COLDย 

I’m probably the biggest germaphobe I will ever know. I hate when a cold hit my family, so we do everything we can to prevent them and keep them short when they do become a problem.

These things are so simple and have seriously helped DRASTICALLY. I used to get really horrible head colds a few times each winter and they would last 7-10 days! Now I rarely get sick. In fact, this cold/flu season I have had two teeny tiny colds. The first one lasted TWO DAYS! And I barely felt anything. The second on lasted 4 days and only caused slight congestion randomly throughout the day.

These things have also helped keep Amelia healthy too. When our kids do get a cold it is always short and doesn’t seem to be much of a bother for them. I hope these things can keep you and your family healthy too!

1. Elderberry syrup. I make my own and it’s really easy to make. It keeps well in the freezer too so I make a bunch at one time so I’m not having to make it constantly through fall and winter!

2. Epsom salt bath. (Be sure not to do this one for babies and little toddlers). For adults, you can add some doterra Breathe essential oil to the bath as well which will really help! Just a drop will do.

3. Humidifier and diffuser. I even add the essential oils to my diffuser. Diffusing diluted ACV is also really useful.

4. Flush yourself with water. When I feel I’m getting sick, I cut myself back on coffee (coffee can be dehydrating) and drink ridiculous amounts of water.

5. My cold remedy tea. Eucalyptus tea, raw honey, cinnamon, apple cider vinegar. It seriously kills any sickness coming on and makes me feel great again! It may sound yucky, but I promise it isn’t! Just don’t overdo the ACV ๐Ÿ˜‰

These are the top 5 things I do all through cold/flu season and anytime an illness hits our home. I would love to hear what your top remedies are and how they have helped your family! Share them here or over on instagram!

Here is to staying happy and healthy all year long!

xo, Chels

*EDIT: I also love to make a homemade bone broth soup filled with all the vegetables we want, fresh garlic, turmeric, and ginger. My kids love it and it keeps us all super healthy! 
*this post contains affiliate links, each item linked are the exact pitches I personally make and the things we use and love! 

DIY ELDERBERRY SYRUP (EASY RECIPE!)

Homemade Elderberry Syrup:

2/3 C. Elderberries

1 C. Raw Honey (I buy mine local from Costco!)

2 T. Ginger 

1 t. Cinnamon

1/2 t. Cloves

3 1/2 C. Water

Toss everything but the honey in a pot and bring to a boil, lower to a slow simmer. Cook covered for about 45 minutes, or until the syrup has reduced to about half.Use a cheesecloth to drain to syrup from the berries. Allow the syrup to cool to lukewarm and stir in the honey. Store in a mason jar in the fridge! I will usually double my recipe and keep half in the freezer as well!

For adults: take 1 T a day, to prevent cold/flu. If you are sick, take 1 T every 2-3 hours.

For children: 1/2-1 t (I would say depending on age and weight) a day. When my kids are sick or getting sick, I give them 1/2 t 2-3 times a day with food and water.

I also love making these into little gummies for my kids! They are so yummy and much easier to give to them all throughout the day if they are sick! I use these trays here and LOVE them!

**I am not a doctor or medical professional! My family loves natural remedies and we have seen great results from elderberry syrup.

xo, Chels