I’m all about the no cheat treats at my house, and this one is delicious AND sneaky! It makes a HUGE batch and these are the perfect treat to hide in the freezer for those chocolate cravings. They are loaded with healthy protein too!
1. Up first is the BEST EVER Chocolate No Bake Bars. That also happen to be clean. I seriously like them better than regular no bake cookies.
2. Pumpkin Pie No Bake Cookies
While we’re on the no bake kick, and with Thanksgiving approaching, take a few minutes and make these amazing goodies. It really is like a pumpkin pie in a cookie. So yummy!
3. Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites
What better treat than a guiltless cookie dough? And don’t worry, there’s no eggs in it either. Just simple, real ingredients, that taste just like eating regular cookie dough! Someday I just might bake a couple of them and see if they turn out.
4. Double Chocolate 10 Minute Mini Muffins
You do have to cook these treats–but from start to finish it only takes 10 minutes! And these are AMAZING! Did I mention they are flourless too? And I bet you already have all the ingredients. I seriously make these EVERY time we have overripe bananas.
5.Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
Any Reese’s lovers out there? This is our favorite homemade version! It’s easy and it makes A TON. Plus you can make them as big or small as you’d like!
I’m just a mom out to make healthy eating a lifestyle that is family friendly too. Hope you enjoy our family’s favorite treats!]]>
I loved this little project so much that I made a set of blocks for my kids too. Shh…don’t tell–it’s a surprise for Christmas!
Working on little handmade projects like this was always the highlight of my Christmas memories from childhood, and I’ve looked long and hard for a way to incorporate handmade gifts and service into our family’s Christmas traditions.
I love that this is an inexpensive way to create a meaningful gift for a person or family in need! And–all the hard work is done for you! (That’s my favorite part–graphic design and I are NOT friends)
Luckily, Melia from Brightly Street is incredibly talented and created all of this for us and has all the detailed instructions below:
Melia has designed all of the printables for you to use to put together your own Christmas-in-a-Box and serve someone you love or even a stranger. Let’s jump right in and share a few how-to tips.
Box: Print on white card stock as full bleed or borderless if possible. Laminate the paper for durability and also laminate a plain white card stock page. Do not cut around the paper just leave the laminating edge as is. Measure from the edge of the paper with a ruler using the width of your ruler as your measurement and use the end of a pair of scissors to score the paper. Fold along all four sides. At the top and bottom of the paper, cut a a slit until it meets the other fold line. Fold corner together and staple. Do the same thing on all four sides. Repeat with the bottom box, but fold just a hair smaller on all four sides, cut and staple corners. Fit top over bottom of the box. Print and cut out tag and ribbon. Place ribbon around top of the box cover and tape it under the sides. Attach the tag with tape to the topside. Please refer to the YouTube video to see a demonstration of who to make the box, it really is quite simple!
Journal: Print, cut in half and hole punch each page. Using a metal ring attach page together. You can add ribbons to the ring if you want. The journal is a 10 day advent calendar. The person can read a page everyday starting anytime in December or just read a page throughout the month and finish it by Christmas. The journal is called “READ His Story, WRITE your story.” Everyday there is a scripture found in the New Testament about Jesus Christ’s life starting with his baptism and ending with the resurrection. After the person reads the story, there is a writing prompt question or statement on the next page to help them write their own story. Just a bit of family history and strengthening your testimony of Jesus Christ during the Christmas season. At the bottom of the scripture page, you will find a QR code. Scan it with your smart phone and go directly to Brightly Street’s website where you can watch a video about the scripture you just read and listen to a Christmas song! It’s the best interactive advent calendar around.
DOWNLOAD the Journal Printable.
Christmas Tree Blocks: Purchase 1.5 inch blocks from Hobby Lobby or purchase a 1.5 x 1.5 inch piece of wood and cut them into squares with a miter saw. Lightly sand the wood edges. Print the Christmas tree pages on white card stock. To prevent smearing the ink, laminate them first. Cut out squares and glue them to the wood pieces. See the printable page for where to place each square. Modge podge the entire block and let it dry. Build the blocks to make a Christmas tree on one side. There are also sides for: Christmas Songs, Scripture Story, Writing Prompt, Days 1-10 and Nativity characters. The blocks coordinate with the journal.
DOWNLOAD Christmas Tree Printable.
Stocking: Print on white card stock. Pick one of two stocking designs, cut around stocking and then trace another blank one onto card stock and cut it out to use as the backside of the stocking. Punch holes along the sew lines and sew together with yarn. You can also laminate them before you thread with yard.
DOWNLOAD Stocking and Box Printables.
Christmas Card: Print on card stock, cut and sign your name on the backside of the postcard. Place it on top of all items inside your Christmas-in-a-Box.
That’s it! Place all of the parts inside the box and you are now ready to hand deliver or mail your box! This will be an unforgettable gift to just about anyone. Here’s a list of ideas of who you can gift your Christmas-in-a-Box too:
Feel free to make a set of Christmas tree blocks for your own family. You can cut larger blocks and turn them into a table center piece! We hope this helps your family work together on this project as your kids help cut, glue or sew with yarn to make this a fantastic family fun time as we serve others this Christmas season. Help us and Brightly Street #LIGHTtheWORLD with the true meaning of Christmas.
Please use the hashtag #LIGHTtheWORLD and @BrightlyStreet as you mail or deliver your Christmas-in-a-box to someone. We’d love to see how you used this kit and how it was received! May we “Light the World” with the true meaning of Christmas this year and serve our fellowman.
** Don’t forget to visit and leave a comment for Melia at BrightlyStreet.com and follow her on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter today! **
And this–THIS is the one that never fails.
Plus it’s CRAZY easy! No refrigerating or weird ingredients!
Want to cut some of the carbs from your pizza? Skip the dough and make it on a tortilla instead! I like the Maya’s whole wheat tortillas which can be found at my local Winco. : )
Why am I so pumped about it?!
It’s the first ever MMA inspired workout–that I can DO!
Every other similar style I have tried either required way too much skill, was only at the gym, or was WAAAY too long for my crazy life as a mom. 30 minute workouts or less, baby.
That’s how I roll!
So here’s the scoop!!:
It’s 30 days.
30 minute (or less) workouts,
No crazy choreography to learn.
And meet Jessica, she’s the modifier. She was crazy successful with this program.
NO calorie counting.
Simple, real food meal plan–and because of the intense workout–you need more calories than you think! They’re bringing back my favorite color coded containers! : )
And get this–it was co-created by a NEW MOM (Jericho McMatthews)–who wanted to get her core back after baby. (Which she did–in case you were wondering) The coolest part?! She was still nursing her baby and pumping–even with the crazy schedule of filming. And she made her family a priority, while still rocking out these incredible workouts. AMAZING!
Oh and one other thing?! It’s the perfect couples workout. Say what?!
Joel Freeman, the other co-creator, is strong and motivating, and this workout is ANYTHING but “girly”. It’s all about punching and kicking with intent and accuracy and feeling strong. My husband is a fan too. Yes, he likes it. Without any coercing or bribing. And that’s a big deal!
Am I the only one jumping around like a crazy person counting down the days until it’s released?!
But I’m pretty sure you’re a little curious!
So here’s what I’ve done: I’ve created a Facebook event where I will be posting all the info as I get it.
The challenge pack will release on Oct 31st at a discounted price and once you’ve got your stuff ordered–you can start streaming the program the NEXT DAY! And that’s what I’ll be doing!
We’ll have a group starting Nov 1st to take us through Thanksgiving. You’ll have 23 days! By then you’ll be almost done!
In the workout, the trainers always say, “It’s time to earn your break!”
Well–I’m going to take it a step further!
I want you to EARN YOUR THANKSGIVING PIE! : )
The harder you work, the cleaner you eat, the better you’ll feel come Thanksgiving.
Want to learn more?
Join the event here for all the details and to be the first to try the program!
My name is Britney Holden. I’m a wife, a mother of four kids, a nurse, a health and fitness coach, and my oldest was diagnosed with OCD when she was 5 years old. As a family, we want to expand the network of support and understanding for children with OCD in hopes that our daughter won’t be afraid of her condition, but instead be able to acknowledge it and choose daily to be free from the intrusive thoughts that currently control her life.
The Hidden Battle of OCD
Control. So many of us spend our time battling to control the people, the things and the activities that make up our lives. We all have that basic need for order and understanding.
But what if something else was controlling YOU?
That inner voice almost shouting that you need to count, complete a ritual, or ask the teacher ONE MORE TIME when the assignment is due.
What if that voice constantly said you were weird, mean, and flat out un-loveable?
What if every time your parents told you “No”—that voice in your brain told you yet again that they don’t love you?
What if your friend showed up late for a playdate—and that voice said you can’t be friends anymore?
Or that she clearly hates you, or she wouldn’t be late?
What if you had to count EXACTLY how many days are left until your birthday—365 days a year?
What if you had nowhere to run, nowhere to find refuge, no WAY to get peace—because that voice is CONSTANTLY haunting you with its demands—OR ELSE.
That’s what living with OCD is like at our house.
As a parent, it can mean your child takes hours to get ready for the day, spends her entire Saturday cleaning her room, is constantly struggling to keep friends, is afraid of her own bed, gets so frustrated she screams and throws things and uses the most hurtful language she knows—all in an effort to obey that voice or to make it go away.
We have spent many hours learning about this horrific disorder and crying and praying for her relief. We want there to be so many positive voices in her life–that they drown out the negative shouting of the OCD voice.
So many that she can finally say—enough is enough—and I’m NOT going to listen this time.
But here’s the thing—we can’t have those positive voices if not enough people understand what OCD actually is.
Until a couple years ago, I just assumed OCD was related to wanting things to be straight, washing your hands a lot, and being a little neurotic.
Boy was I wrong.
OCD is not those little neurotic things we do to maintain some level of order in our lives. It is a very real disorder of the brain that generates obsessions that are outright ABSURD much of the time. It will say things like, “If you don’t wash your hands exactly 14 times your mom is going to die.” And it says that OVER and OVER until you don’t care how crazy it sounds—you do it. Just in case it’s right. And in hopes that THEN it will finally stop tormenting you.
But it doesn’t.
It never stops.
Not unless–with the help of friends, family, therapists, and in many cases—medication—you can find the ability to take a stand and say NOT THIS TIME.
I am always telling my daughter that we can do hard things.
That we want to see her be brave.
That the OCD voice is a bully and it’s wrong.
Probably the most heart breaking thing as a parent is the fact that OCD has taken away much of my daughter’s childhood innocence.
When we say ‘I love you”—she doesn’t believe us.
When we offer to read books together—she’d rather be alone so she can count and do other rituals without us watching.
When her friends are going to dance and gymnastics—she’s going to therapy.
We’ve had to stand up to family who believed that our daughter shouldn’t be “hopped up on drugs” at such a young age.
And to be honest—we are sick of trying to figure it out alone!
So here’s my challenge to you—think twice before you take the Facebook OCD test or share the meme about how “OCD” you are.
Treat OCD like Autism and Diabetes and every other life-altering disease that can affect you for the rest of your life.
Because that is what it is.
Are we hopeful? YES.
Do we think our daughter is pretty incredible? YES.
She has already defied the odds and learned to excel at school and on stage—despite her daily struggles.
She and every other child deserve an army of positivity and hope around them.
So let’s focus our energy on that instead.
How can you lift a child up today?
We truly never know the battles they are fighting.
So what’s a mama to do?
Use them in a treat, of course! Haha. At least that way we could give some away!
Obviously graham crackers and store-bought marshmallows aren’t exactly “clean”–but other than that the ingredient list is pretty darn healthy! Enjoy!