Recipe: Pre-Workout Energy Bites

Hello, friends, and Happy Monday!  I hope you all have a fabulous week, but just in case you need a little help getting out of bed and getting that morning workout started, here is a recipe to help!


People like to work out at all times of the day, but since I am an early riser, I like to get my workout out of the way first thing in the morning.  It’s great for many reasons, but the one thing that makes it really hard is figuring out what to eat that I can digest quickly and easily so that I have enough fuel to keep me going.  I stumbled across several similar recipes on Pinterest, and with a few tweeks of my own, I came up with this:


You will need:

  • 2 cups oats – either rolled or steel cut or whatever kind you prefer
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 cup peanut butter – creamy, smooth, up to you!
  • 1/4 cup honey – any kind you like
  • **you may also choose yummy add-ins such as chopped nuts, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, etc. – get creative!


The steps are simple – combine all of your ingredients in a mixing bowl, form into small golf ball sized balls and refrigerate.  If kept in a tightly sealed container, the bites will last up to 2 weeks refrigerated.


Yum!  These turned out to be simple, but totally effective.  I usually eat a banana before heading out the door for a quick jog or getting settled on my yoga mat, but these little energy bites are a great alternative.  Packed with protein, carbohydrates, fiber, healthy fatty acids and magnesium, these bites are the perfect pre-workout snack, no matter what time you decide to pump up the jam!

Want more info?  Of course you do!  The carbs, or simple sugars, in the honey are great for a quick energy boost, the protein in the peanut butter is perfect for sustained energy throughout your workout, the high magnesium content in the oats also helps maintain digestion and energy production within the body, and of course the fatty acids and fiber in the flaxseed are, well, just good for you (fatty acids can help lower blood pressure and are good for joint health).  (source: WebMD)


I have been enjoying these little bites for the past two weeks, and I have to say, I absolutely love them!  They are sweet, salty, surprisingly filling, and, most importantly, perfect for sustained energy throughout my workouts.  One bite is perfect for a quick 20 minute run, 2 are better for longer runs/workouts, but either way, they are tasty, and easy to grab and eat as I throw on my workout clothes, stretch and get to it!

So, are you ready for a great energy-filled workout yet??

As always, thanks for reading!  Love and healthy snacks, Kristi :)

PS.  I just thought it might interest you to know that my current favorite workout is a 30 minute run set to the latest episode in my “Zombies, Run!” running app!  ;)


Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Hello, friends!  I am very excited to share that I have been nominated not once, not twice, but THREE TIMES, for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!


I have been nominated by these three lovely bloggers: Marcy of Sweet Magnolia Chic, Justine of The Two Cent Chick, and Martyna of Spoolish – and a huge THANK YOU to each of these ladies, whose blogs I all love!!  Here are the rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer ten questions.
  • Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Nominate ten people


Since I was nominated three times, and in the interest of keeping this post as short as possible, I chose five questions from each awardee (?) to answer.

First, from Justine:

  1. What three pieces of clothing define your style?  Jeans, tennis shoes and any easy, comfy top!  I am a casual girl to the core and my jeans are easily my favorite things to wear – always!  (*This also answers Marcy’s question “What is one item of clothing you can’t live without?” – duh, jeans!)
  1. Which song will make you smile no matter what?  Currently, “Happy” by Pharrell just makes me really happy and of course makes me want to dance!  On a personal note, “I Melt with You” (a.k.a. “I’ll stop the world and melt with you,” which I always thought was by The Cure, but is actually by Modern English) makes me think of my boyfriend Derek and that always makes me smile, too.
  1. Book that you’d recommend to anyone?  I LOVE reading and constantly recommend books to everyone I know, but I think the Harry Potter series might top my list – to me, they are just classics that I think everyone should read.  That being said, I would also recommend the Hunger Games trilogy because I think it has pretty broad appeal, as well as, the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde to anyone who even remotely considers themselves a bibliophile and appreciates a healthy dose of irreverent humor. (I even wrote about the series here!)


  1. What’s something you achieved on/because of your blog that you never thought was possible?  Hm, receiving some cool free gifts from companies who want to be featured on my blog has been pretty trippy, and “meeting” so many amazing, inspiring and talented women through blogging has been so special to me, but I think the biggest thing for me has been regaining my self-confidence and learning so much more about myself than I ever knew.  I went through a rough patch after high school, but creating and maintaining this blog over the past several years has helped me find confidence in myself, pride in my work, and the realization that I truly can achieve whatever I set my mind to!  :)
  1. What blogger(s) would you love to meet in real life?  Oh wow, all of them, all of you!  I so would love to meet Justine and Martyna and all the Thrift Style Thursday crew (Hawaii??  Heck yes!), and there are so many more inspiring, beautiful, talented bloggers whose brains I would want to pick haha!  But definitely the Thrift Style Thursday ladies!!

From Martyna:

  1. What were the last three things you watched on Netflix?  Doctor Who, Downton Abbey and Hell on Wheels – my mom just started watching Downton Abbey and Doctor Who so we’ve been catching up to the current seasons haha!  I am absolutely obsessed with all three shows, but Doctor Who probably tops the list, or at least it’s a very close three-way tie.  I watch A LOT of TV (more than I know I should) and I am also hooked on The Walking Dead, Defiance, Castle, Hart of Dixie, Top Gear (UK, duh), Supernatural, Game of Thrones (I’m only on season 1), and Murder, She Wrote is one of my all-time favorite shows!  (**This also answers one of Justine’s questions – What TV show can’t you get enough of?)


  1. Is there something you once disliked about yourself that you now embrace?  I used to not like my legs very much (border-line cankles and thick thighs), but I’ve actually started to love my legs because I think they have become more muscular and rather than being stick thin, they showcase my muscle and therefore hard work and strength.  I am also working on loving my smile, which I do like, but my crooked fang in the front sometimes still bugs me, but it is my own unique smile and that is something to be celebrated (like I said, I’m working on it haha).
  1. If you had your own fashion line – what would it be called?  “Belle & Beetle”  I’ve actually thought about this and to me the name evokes contrast (and it makes me think of the movie Thumbelina haha).  My line would be a mix of contrasts – soft, strong, pretty, fun, bold and definitely classic – something for everyone!
  1. How long (on average) does it take you to get ready in the morning?  It takes me about an hour to get ready, but it really depends on how focused I am because I’m usually putz-ing around (as my mother calls it) and messing about with my outfit or dancing to music or just not hurrying at all.  When I rush, I can be ready in under an hour including shower, breakfast, etc, but generally I budget myself an hour and a half so I can take my time (plus, I’m always up way early – like 6:30 – and I rarely need to be out of the door before 9 so I have plenty of time).  ;)
  1. What is a blog goal you hope to reach?  I have thought about this one a little lately, but rather than reaching number goals, like 1,000 followers or something like that, my goal lately has been to make every blog post as good as I can, to make every picture and every word count.  I want my blog to be the best I can possibly make it – something that feels cohesive, eye-catching, inspiring, informative, and, above all, something that feels like me.  So that’s what I’ve been working on lately.

And last but not least, from Marcy:

  1. Where do find inspiration?  This is probably a cliché answer, but I try find inspiration everywhere!  I am constantly inspired by, and falling in love with, the world around me.  I am definitely a glass half-full, look on the bright side, magical fairy dust believer, optimist.  I truly believe that if you look for nastiness in the world you will find it, but if you look for beauty and inspiration and magic, then you’ll find it!  Also, I love me some Pinterest!  ;)
  1. Who is your biggest role model?  My mom – for better or for worse, I am definitely turning into my mother.  Haha I’m only (kinda) kidding!  I am a lot like my mom, but I it’s definitely a good thing.  She is a strong, independent, hard-working, loving mom who has always been there for me and my siblings and I am so proud to be her daughter.


  1. Most embarrassing moment, or outfit?!  I can still clearly remember this AWFUL outfit I had back in high school that I just thought was so cool, and which so obviously was NOT.  It included a purple and white ombre tank top (in that weird gross polyester-ish stretchy material – you know what I’m talking about!) that had glued on rhinestones AND a pair of matching Capri pants in the same white to purple fade pattern (white at the top, purple at the almost-ankles) that I actually wore together, as a set, because, I don’t know, it coordinated so perfectly?!  Ew!  I almost wish I had a picture to show you.
  1. Name one place in the world you hope to go one day.  I love travel and there are so many places I want to visit, but the highlights definitely include Paris, London, the English countryside, all over Germany, Sweden, all over Canada, Alaska, etc. – oops, that’s more than one!  (Also, I’ve been fortunate enough to so far have traveled all over Italy, the French Riviera, Barcelona, Dubrovnik (in Croatia), all over Mexico, Hawaii, a few of the Caribbean islands/countries, and various places around the Southwestern United States.)
  1. Chocolate, or vanilla?  Vanilla cake/cupcakes and chocolate ice cream, and any kind of chocolate candy – duh!  ;)


Phew!  That was A LOT of questions to answer!  Now, it’s my turn.

Here are my ten questions:


  1. What is your current favorite TV show? (Or shows, if you can’t pick just one.)
  2. Who do you think has the best style (celebrity, designer, friend, whoever – you pick!)?
  3. What type of pajamas or slouchy/leisure clothes are your favorite?
  4. What do you like to do in your free time?
  5. Who is your biggest celebrity crush of the moment (male or female)?
  6. If you had your own fashion line, what would it be called? Describe it, please! (I really liked this question!)
  7. What was your favorite toy / thing to play with growing up?
  8. Describe yourself in five words.
  9. What do you want to be when you grow up; or, what is your dream job?
  10. How/why did you start your blog?

And my nominees:


Wow, I am not gonna lie, that was a lot of work, but it was fun, too!  I hope you enjoyed reading my answers, thanks for stickin’ with me!  Don’t forget that NEXT WEEK is the next #MonthlyMani (theme: Fall Colors) – there is still plenty of time to paint your nails, take some photos and join us in posting on Wednesday.  Let me know if you wanna join in!

As always, thanks for reading!  Love & sisterhood, Kristi :)



DIY Personalized Glitter Cup

Hello, friends, and happy Monday!  Personally, I’ve never minded Monday’s much.  I think it’s because I mourn the end of the weekend at the end of the weekend, on Sunday night, while on Monday morning, I try to celebrate the beginning of a new week and it’s endless possibilities.  But whether you agree with me or, more likely, you are white-knuckling your cup of coffee right now, thinking I’m insane, I have a sparkly, fun, and easy DIY that is sure to brighten your week!


This weekend my family celebrated two birthdays of two very fun, bubbly, sparkly girls, one of whom happens to be a tea-drinker like me.  Jessica, my brother’s girlfriend, is very into all things shiny, sparkly, pretty, girly and princess-y; so, when I stumbled across this simple DIY project, I knew it would make the perfect birthday gift!

Let’s jump right in, shall we?

You will need:

  • customizable cup (I got this one on Amazon for only $8)
  • glue (almost any kind will do, just read the label to be sure)
  • brushes – one skinny for painting the design and one less skinny for painting the rest of the cup
  • glitter of your choice


To start off, I removed the inside of the cup and set it aside.  Next, I grabbed my glue and the skinny paint brush and carefully painted the letter “J” on the inside of the cup.  This may sound ridiculously difficult, but I promise as long as you go slowly and carefully, it’s actually not hard at all!  Plus, if you mess up, all you have to do is use a dry brush or Q-tip to wipe up the smudged glue and create a cleaner line.  And the best part about working with glitter is that it hides most any imperfections so don’t worry if your paint isn’t perfectly straight!


Once I had the “J” looking the way I wanted, I grabbed a mixture of white and silver glitter and sprinkled it inside the cup, moving it around to make sure all the glue was coated thickly.  This part can get messy, so you might want to do it over some newspaper, a plate or, as in my case, a cardboard box (so you can collect unused glitter later).

Next up, time to paint the rest of the cup!  For this step, I grabbed my thicker foam brush and applied more glue all around the inside of the cup, carefully navigating around my freshly glittered “J.”  Since Jessica’s favorite color is pink, I chose to use a mixture of mostly like pink and magenta glitter for the rest of the cup (with a teensy bit of the white and silver glitters mixed in for an extra bit of sparkly magic!).  I simply poured the glitter all over the inside of the cup and then carefully rotated it all around to make sure everything was coated in glitter.


I love the crazy bright texture and depth of the glitter; it reminds me of one of those old fashioned optical illusion photos where you see shapes when you go cross-eyed haha!  Just check out this cool photo of the glitter inside the cup mid glitterization process:


Once the cup was fully coated in glitter, I set it on its side in front of a fan to make sure it dried thoroughly.  After about an hour of drying time, I grabbed my foam brush and more glue and went for a round two.  This is probably unnecessary, but I really wanted to make sure that cup was coated in glitter.

Obviously, a second coat is entirely up to you; either way, the great thing about this project is that it’s so easy to personalize in whatever way you choose!  Don’t want your initials?  Paint a heart, a star, a replica of the Mona Lisa if you’re so inclined (and artistically talented)!


For the rest of Jessica’s gift, I also included a box of tea, a customized journal and two handmade bookmarks, which all fit into the sparkly, fairy tale princess theme.  The bookmarks were really simple to make with some specially chosen charms from the craft store, some pretty scrapbook paper and my printer.  (If you want me to do a tutorial on the bookmarks, let me know!)


I love to make handmade gifts whenever possible.  In fact, I just love making.  I get caught up in the magic of taking ideas from my head and making them real, turning sparks of inspiration into something fun, pretty, useful, or all of the above!

This gift was especially easy to create because I truly believe in the power of magic and fairy tales, pixie dust and princesses; even if they aren’t tangible things we can hold in our hands, the stories exist in our imagination and in our hearts.  Like any good story, a good fairy tale becomes a part of you and what you believe.

Do you believe in magic??

As always, thanks for reading!  Love & a wish upon a star, Kristi  ;)