What a week it’s been!

Getting back into routines after a holiday break is always a little bit of a challenge. We are sleepers. So, when it’s time to get back to the rat race, these rats stru-ggle. We would much rather stay warm and cozy in bed than to get up early and head out of the house with temperatures that are single digits. Brrr!  The kids check the “snow day calculator” on a regular basis while praying for a blizzard to come so they can get a snow day. Gotta love the optimism. 😉

Well, getting back to school means this momma is back to packing lunches and making sure there is plenty of yummy snacks available for after school. Things need to be quick, portable, and car-ride friendly.

If you follow me on instagram, you’ll see that I posted my version of Lara Bars. My kids like me to shape them into balls because it’s more fun to eat when you can pop them in your mouth. They are like little balls of energy. I find comfort in the fact that I know every ingredient that went into them. They go great with my first cup of coffee in the morning and pack well in lunch boxes.

This week, I made three flavors; Choo-coco, Express yo-self, and N’apple cinnamon. 🙂  I literally put all of the ingredients in the food processor and go! Once the nuts are broken down and all of the ingredients are blended well enough, I simply start rolling and place them on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. My kids like them after they’ve been in the refrigerator and the coconut oil adds just the right amount of ‘glue’ (and healthy fats) that they will hold together well once packed for travel.

We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.


2 cups pitted dates

1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1 cup almonds

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

4 teaspoons cocao powder

4 teaspoons melted coconut oil

Dash of salt (optional)



2 cups filberts

1 cup sliced almonds

2 cups dates

2 teaspoons vanilla

6 teaspoons melted coco oil

3 teaspoons cocao powder

2 teaspoons expresso powder

Dash of salt (optional)



2 cups walnuts

2 cups dates

2 cups golden raisins

2 tablespoons cinnamon

Dash of salt (optional) 

*this one tastes like the apple pie Lara bar, minus the apples of course 😉


What are your favorite flavors? Let’s figure out how to make it at home and save you some cash this year! 😉

Keepin’ it real,

Elena 🙂

Welcome to 2017!


I have missed y’all and I am honored to be here, to share my life experiences and be on this journey with you!

In the next few weeks, I’ll be giving you some backstory as to why I haven’t written in a while. Let me assure you, it’s not because I didn’t want to. My desire was there, but ‘life happens’. I’m excited to be back at my keyboard and share my experiences that might help you understand where I’m coming from when I say, “it’s all about progress, NOT perfection”. And,…..I am hoping that my experiences will encourage and support you in your journey.

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution? In case you didn’t know, I don’t make those. BUT, …. There’s always a but huh?  I do use the beginning of the new year as a fresh start as I like things organized and sequential. So, every year, my husband and I sit down and go over the year that is ending and review things. We go over the goals we had set for the year, which include categories such as: family, health, personal goals, spiritual, physical, etc. and we make adjustments, give ourselves a little pat on the back (or a hand slap when necessary) and make new goals for the new year! In addition, I personally choose a word or phrase that will guide me as I make decisions. This year’s phrase is “kindness and purpose”. I want to be more thoughtful about my words to be sure that even when I need to give a little ‘tough love’, I’m kind about it, that sort of thing. Purpose, …. Well, I don’t want to waste time. I want to be sure there is a purpose for my actions, my words, my reason to purchase or purge something, and to help make the world around me a better place.

Whatever you do, or choose to call it, just remember, you’re not alone. And, when March rolls around, remember that even if you have made a few ‘oopsies’, you can still get back on track and give it another go! 🙂 It’s all about progress, NOT perfection. (Especially if you are looking to make some lasting changes.)

Praying you have a great day, and always,…..keepin’ it real, 

Elena 😉