No Bake Energy Balls

Happy Monday!  Hope everyone had a great weekend.  I've been dying to share this recipe with you guys because I've been making them as a healthier treat to have around the house since my kids absolutely love baking cookies with me and honestly I just can't make cookies all the time because I can't resist them!  It's a problem;)  So when I kept seeing ideas around for energy bites or protein balls, I decided to give them a try and I loved how these ones came out.  The best part is, my kids love them too and think they are just as good as getting an actual cookie so I'm sold.  It's nice to have something with a little chocolate in it when you get a craving for something sweet but having it in a smaller size helps to control your portions and it actually is made up of healthy ingredients - so enjoy!  You can also add some protein powder to the mix or any other ingredients that you think would be good and come up with your own favorite recipe.  I love that they are quick and easy and no baking involved.  You can make some up to have them ready to go in your fridge for the whole week.

NO BAKE ENERGY BALLS

makes about 2 dozen

[these healthy treats make the perfect little snack]

| INGREDIENTS |

1 cup old-fashioned oats

2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes [unsweetened]

1/2 cup natural peanut butter [I love trader joe's brand]

1/2 cup ground flax seeds

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips [you could also use dark chocolate]

1/3 cup honey or agave nectar

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

| DIRECTIONS |

Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed.  Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.

Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you like. [mine were about 1" in diameter]  Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Makes about 20-25 balls

 

[I also made this recipe with dates as a natural sweetener instead of all the honey and they turned out really great.  I just ground up about 1 cup of dates in the food processor then mixed them in to the mixture with all the other ingredients.  I then used just 1 tablespoon of honey to help the mixture be sticky enough to form into balls.]

Layering for Spring Fashion

Spring is starting to make an appearance here with warmer days that feel oh so good!  I don't mean to complain about our pretty perfect weather here in SoCal, but this winter has been so wet and cold that I'm really ready for the warmer months ahead.  But since the evenings are still pretty chilly and the weather goes up and down during the day, it's all about layers for this time of year and I have had this jacket on repeat lately.  It really is a must-have in your closet that I think would definitely be part of a "capsule wardrobe" if I officially had one.  As I get older I'm really trying to invest in the key staple pieces of my wardrobe that I can base all of my outfits around and go without as many pieces each season, but rather a few great ones.  All of these items I have on are from my favorite picks for this spring and should be on your must-have list as well.  You know how every season there is an "it" shoe that seems so perfect it goes with everything and you find that so many fashion bloggers are sporting it on instagram and you're dying to have it??!! Well this perfect wedge is just that.  It's actually a dupe of the dupe of the designer ones that are so expensive and these pretty things are a killer deal so I would snatch some up before they're sold out!  Hope you have a great week and thanks for following. 

Riviera Maya, Mexico Vacation Getaway

The week before Valentine's Day we took off for the first time without the kids on a week long vacation just the two of us.  We went back to Riviera Maya, Mexico where we spent our honeymoon but we stayed at a different resort this time.  I was so beyond excited that we were actually making this dream vacation work and for the two of us to get to have some much needed alone time without any distractions for a whole week!  Plus we were gone for Adam's birthday so it was so much fun to celebrate him all week turing the big 32.  We didn't have too high expectations for the resort we were staying at because we got a good deal on it and when we got there we were blown away.  The Grand Mayan Vidante resort was so amazing and every day we discovered new things like another incredible swimming pool or a different restaurant with delicious food.  It's not an all inclusive resort like many people asked me, but the resort has a ton of different restaurants there and lots of pool bars and places to eat that you don't ever have to leave the hotel.  It's like you're on this little private island of paradise with everything you need.  We would switch off between the different pools and lounge areas or hang out on the beach in a cabana and one day we went out snorkeling.  The fitness center and spa were the best with a juice bar that we loved getting fresh smoothies at in the mornings.  And after dinner it was trouble because they had a gelato bar where they made fresh crepes with anything you wanted and it always sounded so good at night!  One day we saw one of the gardeners cutting down some coconuts and he was drinking one so we started talking to him and he cut us down a couple so we could enjoy them and it tasted so good out on the beach in our cabana - a fun change from our pina coladas and endless chips and guac that we indulged in.  For Adam's birthday we went to the Cirque du Soleil Joya show that they have right at the resort in this incredible theater on the water with fire dancers in boats floating around it and we were blown away.  These memories of the trip seem just like a dream right now as we are back into real life, but it was so good to get back to our babies after the trip and made coming home not so bad;)  We can't wait to go back though and would highly recommend this trip to anyone looking for a tropical getaway to paradise.  

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Weekend Style Guide NO.9

It's been a long time since I've done a weekend style guide so I wanted to bring it back!  I also added a few home decor favorites as well because I am always on the hunt for cute decorations or things to spruce up the home and I love these items.  That San Francisco book would be so perfect on a coffee table, I mean look how cute the cover is!  We have had so much rain and cold weather here in soCal that I've had to dress warmer than I usually do this time of year so I think this jacket is the perfect layering piece.  Hope you had a great weekend and got to soak up some fun before the week starts and it's back to the grind.

Warner Gateway Model Home Design

These past few weeks have been a whirlwind with lots going on and one trip after another, so it's really great to be back home and catching up on everything.  I have been working on this design project since this past summer and I'm excited to finally share it with you.  If you follow me on Instagram @chelseyhale, then you saw lots of sneak peeks from my recent trip to St George, UT and the homes I just finished designing there in the new Warner Gateway development!  It was such a crazy week with lots of late nights and early mornings getting this home all pretty and it feels so good to have the project complete.  I wanted this home to have a fresh feel with lots of whites and neutral linens, but also bring in different texture and pops of color in the pillows and other decor.  I think it has a very vintage traditional look with all of the updated classics and pretty feminine touches throughout the design.  The tile wood floors turned out really nice next to all of the light trim and the marble hexagon tile in the guest bath is about my favorite thing.  I also have one of my favorite wallpapers in the powder bath and some beautiful painted shiplap in the laundry room that I will get photos of soon.  

I absolutely love getting to work on a home from start to finish and to be able to be a part of all the little details from the woodwork to the hardware and lighting.  To me the beauty is in the details and everything plays a part in making that whole picture come together.  If you want more info about working together on a design project whether it's an entire home or hourly consolation, you can email me at chelseyedesign@gmail.com.  Thanks for following along as I share all of my passions and hope you enjoy this latest project!

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Valentines Day Gift Guide

The stores are filling up with heart shaped chocolates and everything seems to be in shades of red or pink and it can only mean one thing - Valentine's Day is coming up!  I got my gift guide together for all you ladies to pass along to your husbands or boyfriends or in case you want to pick up a few friends gifts for those ladies in your life that need some love.  I love celebrating holidays because we all need a fun day to look forward to that we can celebrate each other and show your love to others.  I hope you all know that you have an impact on those around you whether you know it or not, and sometimes the littlest things can mean the most to people like a simple note or phone call or just dropping off a few flowers from the grocery store check-out line to make their day.  Showing love and kindness always matters the most and I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's month knowing that you are so loved.

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