Power-Packed Crispy No-Bake Fudge Bites

 

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You had me at Fudge Bites.

While I might have fallen on the beachbody bandwagon lately, I was back on board when I saw this Fudge-Bites recipe posted by my Beachbody coach and friend Elena.

I’ve been looking for a good tasty snack to have on hand, especially for my hubby who DOES work out so hard. So when I saw a recipe for Fudge Bites I knew I had to try it. And I happened to have everything on hand.

I made a few adaptations from the original recipe, but here is my version:

Power-Packed Crispy No-Bake Fudge Bites

Ingredients

1/2 cup peanut butter (a generous 1/2 cup measurement)

2 cups oatmeal

1/3 – 1/2 cup agave syrup

1/2 cup Kashi 7-whole grain Puffs cereal (which is what we happened to have on hand, or any “crispy rice” cereal will do the trick)

1 generous scoop of Chocolate Protein Powder (or Shakeology)

 

Directions

Combine oatmeal, cereal, and protein powder in a mixing bowl.

Measure out the peanut butter and put in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds or just until melted.

Pour over the oatmeal, cereal, protein powder mixture and combine well, adding in the agave syrup until you have a moist but crumbly mixture.

Using hands, roll the mixture into golf-ball sized balls and put on a plate or cookie sheet.

Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or just until firm and enjoy!

 

Haircuts and Facials


Last week was a glorious week for this new momma. Between my husband’s work schedule and baby girl’s sleep schedule, it has been 8 months since I have been to a hair salon. Oh, it has been cut (at a walk-in friendly place that rhymes with Stairmaster) and it has been colored (who knew that “hot roots” meant your hair would turn orange?).

Alas, sleep and work schedules finally aligned and my sweet hair stylist worked me in last minute. I forgot how polished a good haircut can make you feel. It was about d*mn time!

Anyways, I put together a few Rodan+Fields mini-facials to leave for the ladies there. I can’t wait to hear what they think! (Each Mini-Facial contains a sample of the Microdermabrasion Paste, Anti-Age Night Renewing Serum and Lip Renewing Serum.)

Until then, I’ll be enjoying my new do.

Rodan+Fields Samples

*Are you interested in a Rodan+Fields sample? If you try the solutions tool to see which skincare regimen is recommended for you and have the routine emailed to you – I will get in touch about sending a sample your way!

Paris, Je t’aime et cafe creme.

Fall is always tinged with a bit of nostalgia. First day of school photos, football season and coffee cravings. I remember the best cup of coffee I ever had. It was in Paris. Before heading to our apartment for the week, we had to go to a cafe around the corner and get the key from the bar keeper. Before heading to the apartment, we sat down to enjoy our first cup of coffee. It was pure heaven. I was instantly transformed and ready to live like a (touristy) Parisienne for the week.

There is nothing better than a cafe creme in Paris. And I had one every day.

*All photos taken by my talented husband.

 

First Day of School

After seeing all the “First Day of School” photos floating around facebook, twitter & instagram, Clementine decided she wanted to go to school. She grabbed her favorite book, her favorite bunny (Pat) and sat on the front porch waiting for the school bus to come pick her up.

She insisted we shared her first day of school photos like all the other children. My sweet little babe.

 I know all too well that school really will be here before we know it. Until then, we’ll pretend.

Wire & Pearls

Yesterday I mentioned I was working on a custom order. Although the custom order is not quite yet complete, I went ahead and worked on another necklace. This design is one of my favorites to wear. I have two in my personal collection. I love the way they feel against my skin, the weight of them and that I won’t see anybody else wearing one like it. No two will ever be alike. They are handmade.

Who knew it was so hard to find a plain black chain? That’s all I’m waiting on to complete this custom order.

Happy crafting!

The Weekend

 

 

For me this past weekend started off with a beer and a little jewelry making. Not a bad way to kick things off! A custom order got me back at it again, but soon I’ll have a few extra pretties to add to the shop.

Then, after a journey all the way over from England to Columbus, GA via the Charleston port – my husband’s new (old) Landrover Defender made it in time for the weekend. It’s a pretty darn cool truck if I do say so myself.

And despite a weekend full of getting the house and yard ready to put it on the market we squeezed in a Sunday morning coffee run in the new truck. A coffee run means nothing to little Miss Clementine, she fell asleep on the way home so we put her carseat in the crib and let her nap there. She didn’t seem to mind and woke up all smiles.

Here’s to a week as productive and fun as the weekend!

*My husband took these awesome photos. He was a professional photographer in another life (the pre-army life) and a dang good one at that!

 

Cheers!

Tired of adding to your Beauty Product Graveyard? Rodan and Fields Giveaway!


Beauty Product Graveyard

So if you don’t already know, although I am a crafter by trade I recently started selling Rodan+Fields skincare products. Pregnancy was not nice to my skin and after turning thirty I decided I needed a good skincare routine. But where to start?

I already had a bin full of half-used beauty & skincare products sitting in the closet. (see above photo!)

The dreaded beauty product graveyard.

The one we all bury deep in a closet or drawer.

I have wasted so much money trying to buy the “cheaper” product. Which by the way at $20+ a bottle, is NOT cheap to NOT work! I’ve looked at department store, beauty store or drug store shelves and played a game of eenie-meenie-minie-moe. They all promise the same thing and I was OVER IT!

Rodan and Fields

A friend of mine had just started selling Rodan+Fields skincare products and sent me a sample. And seriously, I loved it so much I immediately got online and checked out the company. She had me hooked.

I learned that Rodan+Fields was developed by the creators of ProActiv. I looked at TONS of before and afters. And after a little more research and a million questions later, I was not only a customer, but I was on board as a consultant.

Rodan Fields

For me it took the guesswork out of skincare. No more staring at aisles and aisles of products. And I knew that if it didn’t work, even after 60 days I could simply return it.

As nerdy as it is, I now look forward to my skincare routine. Where I used to dread washing my face before bed, I’m actually excited to! A little dorky? Probably.

So … here’s the good part, I want to share with you!

Are you ready to bury your Beauty Product Graveyard and win a FREE Rodan+Fields regimen! 

Rodan and Fields Giveaway

This is nearly a $200 value people! (And each regimen is a 2-month supply.)

So grab your phone (or camera, do people use those anymore?!) & snap a photo of your Beauty Product Graveyard and submit!

There are multiple ways to submit your photo:

1> Email your photo to: sarah.marie.mclean (at) me (dot) com

2> Send your photo as a message through the Rodan and Fields – Sarah McLean Independent Consultant Facebook page

3> Instagram your photo and tag @sarah_girl

4> Tweet your photo and mention @SarahMcLean01

5> Pin your photo and tag @sarahgirl

At the end of the day, each new photo will be added to my Facebook page and to the Beauty Product Graveyard Pinterest board.

Contest runs through September 31st, and the winner will be announced on the Rodan+Fields facebook page on October 4th – so make sure you “LIKE” the page to see if you’re the winner!

TWO Mini-Facial RUNNER-UP prizes will be awarded to:

The Scariest Stash

&

The photo with the most “Likes”!

***Get an EXTRA ENTRY by simply sharing the original contest announcement on Facebook!

I can’t wait to see your “Graveyards”!

And feel free to email me if you have any questions about the products!

Be sure and try the Solutions Tool to see which regimen is right for you!

*Rodan+Fields consultants not eligible to participate. One photo per person.

*And I am not being paid to run this  give-away. I am an independent consultant, and am providing the prizes myself! 

Fireplace Mantle Re-Do

I find decorating mantles difficult. Here was the latest set-up. I threw a couple of thrift store finds up there along with 2 geode candle votives. I know it doesn’t look right. I’d love to do a series of pictures, but I’m not a fan of nailing into our 1920’s plaster walls.

After pinning and houzz-ing many I decided I needed a clean, bold look. And with a 40% off coupon to Hobby Lobby I’m happy with the mirror. BIG improvement. Now, where can I go about finding firewood in the middle of the Georgia summer?!

Fireplace

Fireplace

Here are some other fireplaces j’adore:

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How To: Make a small bathroom look bigger

Ditch the standard shower curtain and install an extra long one! I found this one on amazon.

How To: Make a small bathroom look biggerWe love our home. It’s a bungalow built in 1928 & full of charm. It has a great porch with arched entrance, tall ceilings, dark hardwood floors … and a tiny bathroom.

After a little Pin-spiration, I was able to add a bold statement to the small space.

What do you think?

DIY Nail Art: Going for the Gold – 2012 Olympics

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Inspired by all the 2012 Olympic excitement, I thought some celebratory nail art was in order.

You’ll need:

1) white nail polish – I used Orly (because it was on clearance at Beauty Supply)

2) glitter in primary colors & in gold (be careful, some glitters will bleed)

3) clear top coat

As soon as each nail is painted, dip the end of the nail in a shallow dish of the colored glitter. For the “Going Gold” nail, pour the gold glitter over the white polish when it is still wet. Tap the nails off to remove excess glitter.

Top with a clear top coat and wait for them to dry!

For me, this was definitely a short-term look. Some of the glitter continued to fall off, and with a little one around, I didn’t want her eating glitter! That, and I didn’t wait long enough for it to dry and had some smudges!

Happy 2012 Olympic Watching!