Homemade Larabars

homemade larabars
I have a little secret to tell y’all…I have an addiction.  To sweets.  And its bad.

I could {and a lot of times do} eat some form of dessert after lunch and dinner, and often times don’t feel bad about it. But it has to stop! Especially on the days where I start my day with freaking doughnuts as well! Yikes! SO, I am trying to curb that sweet tooth candy/coconut milk icecream/kettle corn with Homemade Larabars!

Our next door neighbors have two massive Date Palms and luckily they are dropping them like crazy right now. Our neighbors couldn’t seem to care less, so one morning Bray and I went out and collected as many as we could. He loved it, and kept asking for more Dates:) Now I am be clueless, but I honestly had no idea that thats where Dates came from!

Since I got so many dates for free, I knew I needed to try out making Larabars from scratch {since they run anywhere from $1-$1.50 a piece}! I didn’t necessarily follow one of their recipes for a bar, I kinda just threw in stuff I know I like, and luckily they turned out amazing!! Heres how simple the process is:

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Ingredients:

1 cup Pitted Dates

1 cup Unsalted Almonds

2 tbsp. Almond Butter

1 tbsp. Chia Seeds

2 tbsp. Cocoa

a pinch of salt

Process:

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1- In a food processor chop up almonds until smooth {but not too much to where it beings to start making actual almond butter}, set aside in a bowl

2- In a food processor chop together the dates, cocoa, chia seeds, almond butter, and pinch of salt. It will want to clump together in a ball while doing so, so just continue to break it up with a spoon and mix more.

3- Add back in the almonds and mix up all is smooth together.

4- Line an 8×8 dish with parchment {or wax} paper, and press the mix in until even. Set in the refridgerator for 30 minutes.

5- After 30 minutes, take out and cut in to desired size pieces. I make mine a little smaller than the actual Larabars sold, since I don’t feel like I ever need the whole thing. Wrap in press-n-seal, wax paper, whatever you have on hand.

I refrigerator about half my batch and freeze the other half. They will last about 4 days in the fridge, but much longer if frozen. Simply let then thaw out in the fridge before eating the frozen ones!

Thats it friends! SO simple, healthy, and much cheaper than buying the store bought ones! Now lets see if these bad boys can really help me kick my addiction:) Do you have a favorite ‘healthy’ sweet treat? PLEASE share the recipe, because I need help!

BABYBJORN Bouncer Balance Soft Review & Giveaway!

So we are two months in to having TWO kids, and it is so great. Crazy and flustering at times, but so great. I thought I knew everything as a first time mom with Bray, and now having a second- the biggest thing I have learned is that I don’t know it all;) I also have learned that each and every single baby is different.  While one baby might love the swing, one will hate it.  While one might fall asleep quickly in the car seat, one will scream non-stop in it:)

Because of this, we as parents are constantly buying ‘all the things’, every gadget that is made that claims to help make babies happy, sleep better, etc. The reality of all the gadgets though is that movement helps. There have been numerous studies that show that movement not only soothes a baby better than anything else, but it also helps them in the future. Movement helps their motor skills down the road, along with helping them in the instant. It is researched to be more soothing than even a parents voice to the baby!

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Now even with all the research, for me the proof is in the pudding- and THERE IS PROOF here friends! There has never been a more simple baby item that has been more amazing for Winston than the BABYBJORN Bouncer Balance Soft. This was the item that got us through the ‘fun’ weeks of the witching hour in the evengings. It is the item that allows us to all eat dinner together as a family, since it is a safe spot to put him that he is SO happy in!

I love that there are no flashy lights, loud annoying music, or even batteries required. The only thing that this bouncer works off of is the baby’s own movement! AND it is good looking! Win, win, and win! The seat has three different positions, so you can use it to have a place for the baby to sleep, chill out in, or be active and sitting up. It also folds down super flat, so it is PERFECT for transporting it places easily.

The whole thing is also just one piece of material, so when the baby poops,pees, and spits-up on it {which in our house happens quite often!} you just toss it in the wash fast and easy! It also has the capability to hold anything from newborns to 29lbs. with the fabric having two sides {one with a safety harness for the babies, and one suited to be just like a chair for older kids!} I love how light and easy it is move around from room to room, something that most baby items can’t do well. Basically, I just love this thing and love that it makes him so stinking happy!

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  Now what good would it be for me to share all the things I love about this seat if I didn’t have one for y’all to win?! I am SO excited to be able to give one away, since I think it is my most favorite item for our little guy right now- and want you to have that experience as well! Enter below to win the BABYBJORN Bouncer Balance Soft {$200 value!}:
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And a big thank you to BABYBJORN for making this giveaway and review possible! We love your company too much:)  
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