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Gift Guide: For the Fellas

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1. DIY Bacon Vodka 2. DIY Beer Brittle

3. Paddle Your Own Canoe 4. Beard Oil 5. How to Live Like a Gentleman

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DIY – Easy Statement Rings!

I’ve always loved rings, so this DIY is one that I’m soooo excited about! It is ridiculously easy. We’re talkin’ even craft-challenged boyfriends & dads could do this one.

Got a friend who is never without her favorite rings? Why not make her her very own, personalized ring this holiday season? These babies are cheap, easy and the perfect way to make your gift-giving a bit more unique and personal.

Here’s how its done:

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Gift Guide: Kids

This is the earliest the gift-giving holidays have ever been in my memory & it is a little. bit. crazy. I love giving gifts because it’s just another way I can find creative ways to express myself, so I’m always trying to find or think of really unique gifts my friends and family won’t expect. That being said, this time crunch is seriously making it hard to do that, but not impossible. In honor of all of you who refuse to resort to giving socks, scarves or iTunes cards… I will be posting a new gift-list and some fun DIYs to inspire you!

To kick off, here are my picks for cute and out-of-the-box gifts for the tiny tots in your life:

Gift Guide: What to get for the kids this holiday season

1. Plush Safari Animal   2. Dreamscape Dome   3. Petite Creature Cubes

Sweet Treat: 5 Ingredients Under 5

This recipe is actually so awesome, I just couldn’t wait to share it with you! This is like, the perfect dessert because it has the trifecta – healthy, quick & simple to make. You can literally throw this together in less than five minutes.

Raw Chocolate-Date Bites

Ingredients:

1 bag of whole, pitted dates (or about 2 cups)

1/3 cup almonds

1 tbsp. coconut oil

2 tbsp. cocoa powder (unsweetened, 100% cocoa)

1 tbsp. flax seeds (optional)

Instructions:

Soak the dates in hot water for 1-2 minutes, until softened.

While the dates soak, process almonds, flax seeds & coconut oil in a food processor.

Add the dates and cocoa powder to processor and grind until everything is combined well.

Pinch off about 1 tbsp. of mixture at a time and roll into balls using the palms of you hands. The mixture will make about 20 balls.

Place the balls onto a lined baking sheet and freeze until hardened.

These bite-size treats can be kept in the fridge for 1-2 weeks, and longer in the freezer.

2 pieces are approximately 145 calories. They are so rich and filled with nutritious & yummy ingredients, 2 will definitely be enough to satisfy a sweet tooth.

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These may not be the prettiest sweets left as-is, but they taste fantastic – almost like a super-moist brownie bite. You could roll each ball in shredded coconut, chopped almonds or dip them in melted chocolate before freezing & give them as gifts during the holidays (as all the stores are reminding us the season of giving is swiftly approaching).

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Tricks & Treats

Keeping with the Halloween theme, I decided to share a little post about the fun & easy treats we made this year. I know Halloween is over 😦 , but these can be great for any theme parties, potlucks, or just stash the ideas away until next year!

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These are my english muffin mummies – they were ridiculously easy to make, and even though Zach & I are not kids anymore, we had so much fun making them. Obviously, actual kids would also have a blast putting these little guys together. All you need are the following ingredients:

– English muffins (we used whole wheat)

– Marinara sauce

– String Cheese

– Sliced black olives

Once you have all of the above ingredients, you just split all the muffins, layer with sauce, strips of cheese (so that it looks like mummy wrappings) and two olives for eyes. Bake in the oven until the cheese is bubbly and golden & enjoy!

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If you ever are in need of a fun, festive dessert, these are the way to go! My mom and I actually made a whole graveyard cake one year for Halloween, and these are my improvisation on that. I like cupcakes more than cake because they’re already individually sized and easier to eat. For these, you just need:

– Cake mix of your choice

– Chocolate frosting

– Oreo cookies

– Gummy worms

– Milano cookies

– Icing to pipe onto the cookies

Once you have these ingredients its just a matter of baking the cupcakes as the box instructs, letting them cool, then decorating! To decorate you simply frost the cupcakes, cover with crushed Oreos (so it looks like dirt), stick on a worm or two and then add your Milano tombstones.

Do you have any favorite Halloween treats?