No Bake Energy Balls

Everyone loves these in our house! They’re fun and easy to make and not too bad for you!

Ingredients:

-2 cup rolled oats or old fashioned oats (I use Better Oats)

-1/2 cup honey, maple syrup, or agave syrup -1 cup peanut butter or almond butter (I use Agave in the Raw)

-1/2 cup chocolate chips

-1 pinch of sea salt (optional)

-2 teaspoons vanilla extract (I use this homemade recipe)

-1/2 cup unsweetened coconut (optional: toasted first)

-4 tablespoons ground flaxseed (I used Super Seeds because I had them on hand)

Instructions:

Combine all of the ingredients (sometimes melting the peanut butter a little helps), mix well, chill the mix in the fridge for 20 minutes or so, then roll them up into balls with your hands!

You can add different kinds of chocolate chips, cinnamon, raisins etc. They always turn out so good. I store mine in an airtight container in the fridge. YUM!

xxoo Kate

The Ultimate Budget List

We don’t know what the future holds and that’s exactly why it’s a good idea to have a plan. Creating a budget is a wonderful way to get on top of your finances. By laying out each expense, you are able to see where your money is going, what can be adjusted and then you can figure out how to save up and become debt free!

Becoming debt free is a huge goal of mine so I created a budgeting list and wanted to share to help others with similar goals… or if you just want to see where the heck all of your money is going!

Below is my ULTIMATE BUDGET LIST print off.

Here’s to saving, becoming debt free and enjoying financial freedom!

Other valuable resources:

Budgeting Journal

Dave Ramsey Total Money Makeover

Cash Envelope System

My cousin also shared with me this super cool debt free chart that can be found here!

xxoo Kate

How to make orange slice garland

Orange Slice Garland

Prep time: 5 minutes

Baking time: 3 hours

Materials

  • Oranges (I used two and got about six feet of garland)
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheet
  • Twine
  • Something to punch a hole (nail, screw etc)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees
  2. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Thinly slice your oranges cross-wise (no thicker than 1/4-inch thick
  4. Pat dry your orange slices with a paper towel
  5. Arrange orange slices in a single layer across your baking sheet

6. Bake for approximately 3 hours flipping them over half way through baking

7. Bake until they are dehydrated but not burnt, add time if needed and check on them as they’re nearing the end of baking

To make the garland, poke two holes at the top of each orange slice. I used a drill bit I found in my husband’s tools but you could use a screw or nail or anything that can poke a small hole. Thread the string or twine through, making sure to space evenly apart from each other. When all of the oranges have been threaded, tie off in loops on the end and hang wherever you please!

The garland looks great on a mantle, over a window or on a wall!

xxoo Kate

It Is Now Legal to Breastfeed in Public in All 50 States

It’s official ladies, you can now breastfeed your child anytime, anywhere! That’s right, as of yesterday Idaho and Utah are finally on board allowing public breastfeeding in all of the 50 states!

Honestly, it’s pretty sad that doing something so natural was ever not allowed. At one time, it was a possibility that you could be cited and fined for public indecency while simply nourishing your child. Talk about ridiculous!

Sadly, over time, breastfeeding has come to be viewed as something sexual. Breasts are not for sex. Breasts are for feeding babies and young children. Of course they are capable of sexual function but so are lips and mouths but I don’t see anyone complaining that you’re using those to eat in public.

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(Swimsuit from The Tata Top)

Being a new parent, even the third, fourth, fifth+ time around is hard. Then to add embarrassment while trying to feed your child on top of that? It’s just not right. People get hungry when they are out and about and we all know babies like to eat often. Mothers have been asked to leave restaurants, told to leave stores, asked to move to the bathroom, blankets being draped over them and of course, the dirty looks. And now we have this. A big IN YO FACE to everyone who has ever shamed a poor mom for trying to feed her kid. Don’t like it? Don’t look!

If you’re a mother and find yourself being discouraged by someone for breastfeeding in public, remember that there are laws that protect you. It’s not only your responsibility to feed your child, it is now your right.

If you are a breastfeeding mama that has ever dealt with negativity, just know that you are supported, you are loved and you are doing an incredible job!

Feed and comfort your child wherever, whenever and however you want!

xxoo Kate

Autumn/Fall inspired baby names

Whether your baby is born during the fall or not, the following names are worthy of consideration!

So cozy up with a warm blanket and some hot apple cider and check them out!

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100 Unusual Baby Names

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I guess you could say the style of the following names would be somewhere along the lines of boho-hippie-vintage-outdoorsy… I just liked them, okay?!

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