8 Organizing Trends that are FREE!

Hi guys.  I added another post to my organizing repertoire at OrgJunkie.com.  Hop on over HERE and check it out! :)

8 Organizing Trends that are FREE


Easy Energy Bites and No Oats!

I don’t post recipes often because it’s not my focal point.  However, I will share the occasional recipe that really jumps out at me or is a home run in our family.  This recipe is just that.  In fact, every time I make these amazing Energy Bites for guests, the whole batch gets eaten within hours.  I now make a double batch each time because they go so fast!

Energy Bites

The ingredients are simple.  I use an allergy friendly version of the crispy cereal and the mini chocolate chips (THIS is the brand we like!), which is how I can call these snacks dairy free, soy free, egg free, and gluten free.  If you substitute standard mini chocolate chips or regular krispie cereal, you will no longer have a completely allergy friendly product, so please keep that in mind!


6 simple ingredients make the most yummy, protein-packed snack.  This is a recipe I found online through my new favorite food blogger, $5 Dollar Dinners.  Erin, the talent responsible for $5DollarDinners.com has an amazing ability to combine healthy food with low budget prices.  When I say amazing, I mean Uh-Maze-ING!  She’s a mom-chef with a knack for the perfect trifecta in the kitchen; healthy meals, delicious taste, and budget friendly recipes.  Since we’re tightening the budget for our upcoming adoption, her website is a huge resource for me as executive chef in our household. :)


Hoping not to frustrate you, I must send you to her website (CLICK HERE) to read the directions, scroll down towards the bottom until you see the recipe.  Google traffic is funny like that and I want to give her FULL credit for her hard work.  I’ll be posting more about Erin and her talents, so keep an ear out for other helpful tips I’ve learned from her website.

These are the ingredients you’ll need to get started…

Krispie Cereal (gluten free if desired)

Peanut Butter


Shredded Coconut Flakes


Mini Chocolate Chips (HERE if you need allergy friendly)


What I love most about this recipe is that it doesn’t use raw oats as the foundation like so many energy bite recipes do.  I’m not a fan of raw oats as they have anti-nutrients in them harmful to our digestion.

For this recipe, I use my trusty cookie dough scoop after mixing up a double batch.


However you scoop them out, it’s best to pack them a little tight so that they don’t fall apart.  One leveled flat glob of no-bake “dough” in my cookie scoop is the perfect size for us.


Pop it out and roll it into a ball.


It’s a very easy recipe and a great one to involve little kitchen helpers if you’ve got one or two kiddos around the house!  Mix everything up, scoop into portions, and roll into shape.  If you serve them to company, they may disappear before you can get the mixing bowl washed and put away.  I eat my fair share along the way too, so it may not be all related to company. :)

I have served these about half a dozen times to different families, some picky & others not, and everyone has LOVED them.  Not a single child told me “no thanks”, which is pretty impressive considering it’s a relatively healthy snack food compared to most other convenient options.  I’ve even taken them on Spring Break without any problems (used a cooler and ice to keep them fresh).  The kids ate them at the pool for a quick energy refuel.  My next endeavor is to take them on vacation with us when we travel to see my family.  I have no doubt these will be a big hit with the nieces and nephews!





33 Ways to Organize with Door Space

Hi there!  I know everyone who follows me doesn’t necessarily follow I’m an Organizing Junkie (although I highly recommend her blog!), so I’ll share the links today to the most recent mini-series I contributed for her.

I rounded up 33 different ways to use household doors for more organization and/or storage space.  Basically, it’s a giant list from around the web but I find it motivational to see so many creative ideas!  Click on the link below each picture to go directly to the post.  The first link is about storing disposable cleaning gloves but the other three links are about door organization.

Happy Spring Cleaning!

Using the inside of cabinet doors to hang a box of cleaning gloves

{How to Hang Disposable Cleaning Gloves}

15 Ways to Get Organized with Kitchen Cabinet Doors

{15 Ways to Get Organized with Kitchen Cabinet Doors}

11 Ways to Get Organized with BATHROOM Cabinet Doors

{11 Ways to Get Organized with Bathroom Cabinet doors}

7 More Ways to Get Organized Using Doors

{7 More Ways to Get Organized Using Doors}




Happy Valentine’s Weekend!


Looking for something fun to do with the family or something new to make someone feel special?  Try THIS mini cookie cup sunday I made last year.  It’s guaranteed to enjoy this heart shaped treat!

Mini Heart-Shaped Cookie Cup Sundae


AND, if you need a little extra reading material over the weekend, click the links below to read my latest submissions at I’m an Organizing Junkie.

5 Getting Dressed Time Savers (not posted live until tomorrow)

5 Getting Dressed Time Savers

Car Organization During Cold & Flu Season

Be Prepared Car Organization During Cold & Flu Season

Food Prep Organization – A Simple Tip to Cut Time in the Kitchen

Food Prep Organizing, an easy tip to cut time in the kitchen


Teaching Children to Give Gifts with Meaning

I can’t disclose everything quite yet, but I can share that we are actively pursuing adoption.  Actually, we have been doing so for some time now with many “ups” and “downs” along the way, something I suspect is rather typical.  So, you can imagine this changes our perspective greatly regarding life in general, especially during the holiday season and especially as it pertains to children.  Just the basic awareness of so many children needing a healthy family is enough to bring me to tears every. single. day.

Teaching Children to Give Gifts with Meaning

I can’t hide the burden blazed on our hearts nor can I explain it all in one simple post.  We really don’t know what will come of our heart’s desires, but I’m pretty certain that’s not important right now.  So, while we don’t know all the details of how God will use our family, we certainly are willing to be a vessel used for greater purposes than self indulgence.

Which brings me to what we’ve been teaching our six-year-old this Christmas season… to love others in every way capable.

A sweet friend of mine shared a book recommendation that has quickly grown to be a favorite of mine.  It’s called The Sparkle Box and has a sincere message to children and adults.

The Sparkle Box is an amazing book for teaching children to give with purpose

The lesson taught throughout the story is to love others by giving where needed and with purpose.

The giving is done is small acts of kindness, but in the end those gifts are something done (and given) to Jesus.  The story talks about how the fictional boy’s mother records acts of kindness that the family does throughout the season.  She writes them down on individual pieces of paper and tucks them inside the box.  On Christmas morning, they reflect back on those deeds and teach their child that those are gifts given to Jesus.  It’s a sweet story with a powerful impact.

Giving gifts with meaning this season

The book includes your own sparkle box, should you want to do the same thing with your own family (and it most certainly is not too late!).

What will you put inside your Sparkle Box this season

I’m sure by now you’ve guessed what we have implemented this December – our own sparkle box.

Our family Sparkle Box for teaching children to give with meaning

I  keep it out, so as not to be a secret (and to remind me to write down our love gifts).  In the beginning of the month, it served as a reminder for me to begin scheduling and preparing room on the calendar for extra ways to serve others.  BUT, it didn’t take long for this to become front and center in our daily thinking.

In fact, we’re trying to get creative and recently had opportunity to provide needs for an orphanage associated with my daughter’s school.  It broke my heart to read their “gift” requests.  No one asked for a toy or other wishful wants, but rather for needful items you and I take for granted every day.  Toothpaste?  Underwear?  These sweet people are just asking for daily necessities of living.  It took less than a millisecond to decide this cause was a part of our Sparkle Box adventure.

orphans in need

In fact, we’re more aware of the needs around us than ever before.  I won’t bore you by sharing all our acts of giving thus far but I will say one thing we learned… it takes intention to step outside the usual, but once you do, it’s impossible to ignore the tidal wave of opportunity.

As for the slips of paper and writing pen, I just tucked a few inside an old tea canister and put that next to the sparkle box.

Part of our family's Sparkle Box this holiday season

Hidden paper and pens alongside the Sparkle Box

I’m so thankful my friend shared this book and concept with me.  I truly hope some of you find this as inspirational as I have!  You can order The Sparkle Box online through Amazon HERE for your own household or as a gift to someone else this Christmas.  It’s really not too late to start this tradition for 2014 and continue for years to come!

An awesome gift for those wishing to teach children the importance of giving with love

As for our family journey… all the recent times I’ve been a severely absent blogger were (and will continue to be) related to the many involved processes of adoption.  No, I simply can’t blog as consistently as I’d prefer.  However, I know there will come a day when every frustrating adoption detail is long forgotten and far outweighed by the precious child we get to welcome home.  Again, I  must remain carefully guarded in what I share, but I will update as allowed!

Much love to you and yours this holiday season!