Energy Bites

Alright Mommas! I’m always looking for quick but good-for-you snacks for my kiddos. We are also entering the throes of another hockey season. We’ve got two now as Miss Eva decided to join this year. (Lord, have mercy!) That means this momma needs to be ultra-organized and keep those little skaters sustained. I’m always looking for healthy, easy snacks for my kiddos, no matter the season and I thought there was a good chance that you may be looking for the same. Today, I’ve got a sweet and easy recipe to share for homemade, healthy energy bites. My kids love them and I love knowing there are just five simple ingredients!

Energy Bites

  • 1 cup rolled oats (old-fashioned)
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup mini-chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp. honey

Mix together in bowl. Use tablespoon cookie scoop and form into balls with hands.

Place in sealable container and store in refrigerator.

Makes approximately 24

Note: You may encounter a scoopful that does not want to be molded properly.  I just squish around, flatten and re-squish in the palm of my hands until it cooperates.


Click here for printable recipe: Energy Bites


Let It Go

I am a person who holds on to things. Tightly. Memories. Conversations. Things. I hold on especially to things that have any sort of personal attachment tied to them (which is pretty much everything). A gift from my grandmother. A stuffed animal I bought for my child before they were born. My son’s art projects from kindergarten. And because I associate these very special people or memories with the particular item, I cannot let the item go. It is as if by getting rid of the item, I am afraid I will lose the attachment that I associate with it. Obviously, that causes quite a conundrum. (Not to mention a lot of extra stuff.)

Which is where my sweet little friend Marie Kondo comes into the picture. I picked up this little gem right before Thanksgiving…


I have slowly and very consciously made my way through this darling and insightful book. And it is has fully changed the way I see items in my home. {alleluia music}

People! It’s a total game changer. I am so happy to report that I can now let things go. Because they are just that. Things. If I don’t love the item or it doesn’t serve a purpose to me or my family (read: used regularly), I let it go.

That is right, folks.

I. Let. It. Go.

{insert musical break to belt it out like Elsa from Frozen for a few minutes}

It has been very refreshing to be able to let things go and I just wanted to share this new way of thinking with you. Just in case there are other like-minded, attachment-issue peoples out there just like me. 😉

Thank you Marie Kondo for the life-changing magic of tidying up.

Dear readers, I highly recommend checking out the book. Kondo has great ideas and insight for those of us who need some help letting go of our long-held, but no longer necessary items that clutter the nooks and crannies of our homes. She has great tips and tricks on how to store items too. We all want to live in a space that sparks joy, which Kondo has aptly titled her next book . Here’s to spring cleaning!

May you experience the magic at your abode,

My Kindergarten Heart – Take Two

So, this happened again today. There will be just two days of The Kindergarten Heart for this mama. The first one was tough and the second even tougher. I almost didn’t make it out of the school before the break down took place. Big tears welled up at the good-bye point with my baby girl. But I had to fight them back with all I had. Because there were people – parents, teachers, and children – everywhere. So, while the gigantic tears welled up, I dared not let them fall. I saved them all for the car ride home.

I don’t write this to make you cry too but I think that every mom who has done the first-day-of-school-ever thing understands. The very first day of kindergarten is so bittersweet. Eva was so excited and did not ask questions or show any doubt. She came down the stairs for breakfast with her grand proclamation, “It’s the first day of school!” Smiles ensued. Excitement was expressed. I made pancakes and poured milk into glasses, all the while feeling a slight out of body experience. Same with the drive in to school. I had the ‘this-can’t-be-happening’ sensation.

Eva is so lucky to have the same kindergarten teacher that Easton had. Therefore, we are all so lucky. We know her. We love her. She set the bar very high for future teachers to instruct my children throughout their education. Ms. B makes the whole transition to school easier. I know Eva is in the very best hands and for that I am so grateful.

I take heart in knowing that I am not alone in this day. I also know that as parents we don’t just have a kindergarten heart, but a first grade, second grade and all the way through school heart. With each passing year, it is amazing to see the changes, the growth, and my own heart adjust. I try to prepare myself months in advance but I’m never quite ready for the big day.

I hope that your first day back was filled with the same wild ride of emotions. Happy tears are the best kind and while sadness is mixed in, knowing that the baby, toddler and pre-school days are officially over for us, I rejoice in the fact that I have healthy, sweet children and I could not ask for any more.

Growth is inevitable and with time {and a few tears} accepted.

May the growth of your children go slowly and may you soak up every inch!