Selfie Smoothie {from Kimberly Snyder's New Book!}

Did you know that our skin completely rebuilds itself every 27 days? How amazing is that?! You could literally start your “healthy-skin” diet right now, and by the end of next month, see incredibly noticeable differences! Wowza! And, I have just the thing to help you sparkle, shine and glow.

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Tropical Chia Glow Bowl *VEGAN AND RAW*

Hello my lovelies and happy New Year! Even though the New Year started a week ago, I’m just now catching up. So, I’m celebrating today. And what better way to celebrate than with a bowl of nourishing sunshine, am I right?!

One thing I decided on this year was upping my intake of chia puddings because of the skin-loving benefits. My face is always smoother, plumper {in a good way!} and glowy-er when I do. Combine that with my craving for sunshine since this dreary summer Sydney weather isn’t giving me any, and BAM! This tropical chia bowl of good mood food was born. Grab a bite of summer with the recipe below!

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5-Ingredient Berry Bliss Balls (Vegan, gluten-free)

Hi everyone! December is seriously one of the busiest months. #amiright?! Besides Christmas, it’s also the end of the school year here in Oz. So, not only am I getting the Christmas prezzies, decorations and Elf on a Shelf ready for the onslaught of mistletoe madness, I am also packing my calendar full of end-of-the-year performances and picnics, dance concerts and plays for the kiddos — which, seriously, I’m so excited about. Like, really.

But between all of that, taking on some extra articles at work and working on my fitness, I’m pretty much left running on fumes. Umm… hello, Hangry! Looking for something quick, healthy and made with real food (and a craving for muffins), I decided to try my hand at whipping up some easy bliss balls. And, not that I ever doubted myself, but they turned out amazing. So, you should make them too.

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Chai-Spice Persimmon Love Muffins

I remember the first time I went to Brick Street Cafe in Greenville, SC – a charming cafe with a brick facade and quirky interior adorned with odds and ends and antique finds. I was interning at the local news station and one of the reporters insisted she take me here for lunch because the cake is amazing. Well, twist my arm. So, we went. I ordered the fresh fruit plate with a side of love muffin. While the death by chocolate cake was seriously to die for, what really left me longing for more was that humble little love muffin, which by no means, was small at all. This muffin, always served warm, jam-packed {literally} with a cream cheese filling and a dollop of raspberry jam and just the right amount of crumble is certainly made with love… and butter and white flour and lots and lots of sugar.

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Molly's Energizing {no bake} Amaze-balls

Today is the last page of 2015 then, ready or not, it's time to open a new book. An exciting book, where you're the author and it's your journey filling the blank pages with love, triumph, laughter, heart ache and adventure. It's crazy to think that another year has already come and gone. Another chapter is closing and a new one awaits. It's scary but thrilling, hopeful but daunting... how can this be the best year yet? The year where goals are not just met, but exceeded, where there is more time for friends, learning, and playing with your littles and the year where happiness abounds on the daily? While I don't have all the answers or the plan that will get you {or me 😬} on the way to the best year yet, I do have the ultimate snack recipe to power you through the journey.

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Better than a Reese's 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Date Cup

By now you've probably read the article that's circulating social media demonizing my favorite childhood candy that I may or may not have eaten for breakfast on occasion... the reese's cup. The famous chocolate duo seems innocent enough, but one look at the ingredients and you'll wonder where polyglycerol pilyricinoleate {PGPR} and tertiary butylhydroquinone {TBHQ} fit into the chocolate and peanut butter equation. Well, technically they don't. Or at least shouldn't. Take a look at what Hershey's is hiding behind that cheerful orange packaging... if you dare.

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{Almost} Raw Vegan Halloween Bites

Today was Diva Day at our Pure Barre Studio and I have to say, all this Xtina prep has really got me fired up for Halloween! Normally, Halloween is just kind of, "meh" for me. While it's fun getting the kids their costumes, I'm honestly like, why did I just spend that much $$ for one night where it's either going to be too cold to see their cute costumes because they will be bundled up in layers or in Emma's case, the costume probably won't even stay on. But, I'm so much less of a scrooge {uhhh... Frankenstein?!} this year thanks to all that PB excitement surrounding Diva Day. I'm so lucky to work at such an amazing studio with incredible coworkers, inspiring #girlboss and cute outfits because really, everything is so much more fun with a little tuck, a little shake and a whole lot of PBFF love! And a fantastic Diva-fied playlist!
OK... moving on now to the point of this post... I DO, however, always get excited about the Halloween FOOD! Making it look gross or fun or anyway special to get smiles from my kiddos just makes my life. Trying to think of something fun for this year to surprise them with and well, my train of thought went something like this, "hmmm... dracula, blood, white smoothie with cherry 'blood' on top oozing down the sides, balls, Frankenstein BALLS!, no no, bites, ooh vampires, even better... boo bites. Yes!" 

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Strawberry Lemonade Bites

Wanderlust: A strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world. 

Wanderlust is to summertime like peanut butter is to jelly. Like tucking is to shaking. And like pulsing is to changing. The two just belong together. Wherever your adventure takes you this summer, whether it’s out on the open road or 35,000 feet in the air, save your wallet and your waistline from the empty calorie and overly-processed “convenience” foods along the way and pack yourself a little taste of summertime with these energizing little balls of sunshine. Slightly tart and naturally sweet, these strawberry lemonade bites will satisfy your cravings and keep hunger at bay wherever your adventure takes you.

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Spicy & Cheezy Kale Chips

It's National Eat Your Veggies Day!!! Woot woot! So, what better way to celebrate than with the "Queen of Greens" herself, kale?! Spicy, crispy, cheesy and insanely addictive... these kale chips have the power to make even the biggest veggie hater come over to the green side. Really. Try it. Maybe it's your kid, your hubby, you... simply whip this easy peasy recipe up in 5 minutes and 15 minutes later... tasty, fresh, warm and cheesy chip goodness is served. Tell your veggie hater {er, yourself} to close his/her eyes and then shove a chip in. Do it quick. Watch your fingers! Then, BAM! Converted. It's just that easy. You, I mean, they really do love veggies. Life. Changing.

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