Thursday
Jul302015

Chocolate-y Date Granola Bars

 

So there are times when I get inspired to be healthy. I'd say the final stages of pregnancy are one of them. Your meals become smaller and smaller as all the space gets occupied by someone else, so best to make them count. Make them healthy. And make them delicious.

This recipe is great because you can do a lot of tinkering with it. I added some chocolate, because so man is an island and no pregnant woman should be without, along with a host of delicious dried fruit. It would also work well with almond butter, or lordy me, nutella. I get shivers thinking about my next batch and the nutella goodness it will have in it.

Think of your home made granola bar as a vehicle for all that good stuff, with a little nutella for good measure. Also great snacking for the littles on the go.

 

Chocolate-y Date Granola Bars

Makes 12ish, depending on how you cut them

 

Ingredients

1 cup, chopped and pitted Medjool dates

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup chocolate chips

1/4 cup peanut butter

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

pinch of salt

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1 cup assorted dried fruit and nuts (add at will depending on your cravings, but keep it small if you plan to share with the littles in your life)

 

Directions

Chop dates in a food processor until a loose ball forms. Place oats, dates and dried fruit/nuts in a bowl and set aside.

Warm honey, peanut butter and chocolate chips in a sauce pan over medium heat until melted and blended. Add cicnnamon and salt, stir to combine.

Pour liquid blend over the nut and date mixture, stirring to combine. Press mixture evenly into an 8x8 pan lined with wax paper (allow for some overhang on the ends to easily lift out). Allow to cool completely in the refrigerator. Remove from pan and cut into bars. Keeps about 4-5 days in an airtight container (I preferred to keep my cool in the refrigerator).

Tuesday
Jul282015

Dressing the Baby Bump: Week 32 + Boston Weekly

Above: Kaftan, Jen's Pirate Booty, Isabel Marant Etoile Gail sandals (ON SALE!), Jerome Dreyfuss tote (similar on sale), Super sunglasses, Sisco + Berluti bangles (c/o)

 

 

 

Who: As in, who am I listening to.

Up from Below, Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros.   Music mood = melancholy, end of summer type fare.

 

What: As in, what went down this week/end. 

I have moved on to full muu-muu stages of dressing. So you'll have to forgive me for the sparing outfit updates. It's hard to motivate for cuteness when you are just hot. And very pregnant. And while I'm complaining: Dear lord, let this heat wave break. 

We had grand plans of taking in some outdoor art at Figment this weekend, but instead, opted to cook (this ricotta-meatball recipe is AMAZING), and hang around the house getting projects done before baby comes. I still have a laundry list of irrational nesting to complete: organize attic, basement, clean out all closets, and clean the yard. Is there no end to the mania? I found myself organizing my nail-polish the other day. We may need an intervention.

 

Where: As in, where it's at. Launches, events, general goings on you need to know about.  

Hudson hosts their annual summer sale. Looky here, 20% off everything in the store. Including custom orders. Ends Friday.

Eager to get your roaring twenties on? Shake it like a Gatsby? Head on over to the Crane Estate for their third annual shindig. Sunday August 2nd, 3-8. Advance tickets available.


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Friday
Jul242015

Nourishing Beauty Products for Moms-to-be

Check out Nourishing Beauty Products for Moms to Be

by Noelani at Mode

 

Pregnancy is exciting stuff! And then it hits you, can I even use half of the beauty products in my current regimen?

Let's de-stress this process with a bevy of healthy beauty products, designed with moms and moms-to-be, especially in mind. Natural, soothing, calming, and non-toxic. You have enough to worry about when growing a babe, take this off your list, and indulge in a little pampering.

Some of my favorites from Tata Harper, Zoe Organic, and Honest, all made the list. Do you have one that you loved? Share!

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