Chocolat-Date Truffles {Spiders Nests}

Happy Halloween all you beautiful ghosts and goblins!!

Today I have a fun and healthier option to a not so healthy mini chocolate bar!  These chocolate-date truffles taste like Mars bars….yes, to die for!!

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Ever since I was a little girl, rattling doors for some free goodies, I would pray that oodles of MARS Bars would end up in my little plastic pumpkin.  One year my mom dressed me up as a “Bum”, a girl hobo, dressed up in my Aunt Wendy’s hand me down close {she’s so petite they fit a wee little girl} and my sweater was busty with 2 blown up balloons.

I wandered the streets carrying my hobo sack and at one door a woman answered and fell into hysterical laughter.

My blown up breasts were lopsided.

One down by my stomach, the other still up and perky.  This woman was having such a fun time with my balloons she started to touch them, which left me devastated!!  I was young and confused….dang it mom all I wanted to be was a PRINCESS!  But what fun would that have been, right?!

To make a long story short, the balloon fondler sweetened the night with giving me extra MARS Bars and I walked away happy.

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I’ve always loved Mars bars…even before I wore balloons in my top!  These were the chocolate bars I’d sneak into my room at night and walk to the corner store for from the change I had saved up from my odd jobs and babysitting….the caramel….chocolate?!  OOOOOMMMMMYYYYY!

Don’t worry, if you’re watching your waist line, I have the solution for you!

Chocolate-Date Truffles {Spiders Nests}

Recipe from Chatelaine

1/4 cup unsalted butter

1/4 cup honey

3/4 cup chopped dates

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1 3/4 cup gluten-free rice crispies

1/2 cup dark chocolate

1 cup unsweetened coconut

To Make Chocolate-Date Truffles:

In a sauce pan over medium heat, melt the butter and honey.

Stir in the dates and simmer for 3 minutes.  Remove from heat and add in the vanilla, pecans and cereal.

Chill in the freezer for 10-15 minutes or until fully cooled.

Melt chocolate and roll chilled mixture into 1″ balls.

Dip each ball into the melted chocolate, coating the truffle.

Roll each truffle into the coconut and place on a parchment lined sheet.

Cool in the fridge for 1 hour before serving.

YUM!!!!

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I hope you have a very safe and fun Halloween!!

Comment Below and share YOUR most embarrassing or most EPIC Halloween!  You can’t leave me hanging!  

xxoo
Kris

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A Day in the Life of a Stationary Addict! VLOG #9

Good Morning! I hope you’re well?

I’m sipping my freshly brewed coffee, catching up on my favorite Blogs and YouTube Channels….and answering messages from friends that have left me messages, expressing how they watched my last video about being a Stationary Addict and how they can relate!

Thank god!!

I’m glad to know I am not the only one who falls instantly in-love with a smooth, blue inked, ball point pen…….*swoon*

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If you watched yesterday’s vlog, you will see why we headed to Staples, but basically, Ryan and I have been on a kick for planning our lives out 6 – weeks at a time. This way we know exactly what we’re to rock out each day and what our business focus is. I LOVE structure, so this lights me up when I know I’m waking up with purpose ;)

I filmed it all on our last Vlog #9, here – Watch Now:



I’d love to hear, do you love Stationary?? If so, where do you get yours from?
Do you order it online? Or have a favorite shop??

Let me know!

xxoo
Kris

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Feel Confident When You’re Not…

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I was on a call yesterday with a group of young women entrepreneurs and we were talking about fear and how one can embrace it when it shows up often when you want to step out and grow a business, change your life, or start something new.

I know that feeling all too well when you want to grab hold of something awesome, possibly a new business, a budding new blog, to go and meet new people, or to walk up to someone you truly admire and ask them for some tips…and you just freeze because you feel that you can’t do it…this lack of confidence would cripple me every single day.  So much so that I built my very first business ALL online and used Facebook as my tool of choice.

If I was behind the computer, I was safe to be who I wanted to be!  Even here on the blog, I used this as my way to build new friendships and relationship, but I would have died if I ran into you on the street!  Years later and I LOVE running into people who say “Hey!  Kris…I know you from your Vlogs and Blog!!” – I actually want to start having MeetUps!  Call me crazy, I’m a new woman over here and it’s so refreshing!!

In the line of coaching work I do, we love to look at what you admire about out other people {and dislike about others….} as a guide for us to work off of.  When you love something amazing about someone else, you actually have the same characteristic within that you must start embracing!

Anyways to make a long story short….

When the question was asked to these fabulous women, “What do you admire in successful people” – almost all of them said their “Confidence“!  I would have to agree, this is a quality I love in people that are out there daily and going after their goals.

So, naturally, the next question is; How do you feel confident when you’re not confident?

This new way of looking at the thoughts and feelings that my friends, the young entrepreneurs had on yesterdays call was so awesome!  A lot of them didn’t understand yet how to use the “Reflection Process” and I get excited when I can help them and you step into your confidence through a simple exercise.

Of course, this isn’t an overnight change…poof you’re confident!

Clients of mine spend time with me where we go into WHY they don’t feel confident and what blocks show up for them as soon as they want to take a step and then we focus on removing the blocks, but today…..you can work on feeling confident with just a couple easy steps.

Two Easy Steps to Feeling More Confident!

1.  Go online right now and google a celebrity or someone you admire.  If they are someone you know personally, bring them up in your minds-eye.  

List out what you admire about them.

As simple as it sounds, this is an awesome exercise because it allows your mind to pick up all the “LIGHT” that you are not shining within yourself.

Here’s the truth – what you see in others, you see in yourself…..good or bad.  For you to even be reading this post now, the word “CONFIDENCE” appealed to you, so I know you need to embrace your confidence more and step into it.

2.  Get Vulnerable!  

UGH, I know….being vulnerable can feel icky.  Heck, even with yourself it can feel strange!

All you want to do is push the lack of confidence feelings away, push them down…down…down…outta sight outta mind, right?!  NO!

This is the day that you will allow yourself to get real with the fact that you can lack self esteem, confidence and that you might be experiencing self doubt on a daily basis.  Hey!  It’s ok!  I do too.

Actually, self doubt is my thang.
I deal with it every single day, but I know how to be vulnerable with myself and with you to be open enough to tell you this.

Do you wallow in self doubt or lack of confidence once you’ve gotten vulnerable with it?!  Nope!

The next step is…

Now that you’ve embraced that you lack confidence – your journal entry might look like this….

“Ok, yes, I feel very alone…I lack confidence, there are so many things I want to accomplish and I feel as if I can’t.  I feel small, weak, like nobody wants to see or hear from me…..”

Ask yourself – Can I accept that I lack confidence?

I hope you can see that by saying “yes”, you will be able to work past feeling the lack.

Then ask - what can I do TODAY to start living with more confidence?

You will instantly see that the answers are within you!  Start looking at the list you wrote out of the things you admire in other people and find the one that you know you need to start bringing out more within yourself and when you speak to others.  Start small, and bring this into your world, give yourself permission to shine your light!

You are SAFE to shine your light and step into the confident person that you are here to be!!

I hope this helps you today!

Sending you love!!!

Comment below and share what came up for you when you looked at the person you admire!

xxoo
Kris

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Weekend Wrap-Up!

Happy Monday!

I hope you’re morning is going well?

Last night, my man and I went out for dinner to wrap-up a fabulous weekend! We celebrated, prioritized our next 6-weeks and talked about what we are ready and eager to achieve. I love when we sit together and do this….

Besides having dinner out, we did a lot of coffee time at our favourite coffee shops!

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This is where we eat freshly baked muffins and really dive deep into our goals and dreams. I am lucky that the friends and loved ones I have around me really support every creative idea I have….like my Vlogs ;)

Ryan raced the Rock’n Roll Vancouver 1/2 Marathon on Sunday and my parents and friend Chelsea {You can watch her and I have a Serious Coffee Talk in Vlog #6!} were there to cheer him on!

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The great news is, we have most of our craziness on video and will be uploaded later today for VLOG #8!

VLOG #7 shows what we did on Saturday…you’ll want to watch that now:

The night before the race we allowed ourselves to sit without phones and laptops and watched a super funny movie, called “Neighbours” with Zac Efron…yes, with Zefron. I LOVED it! But, it is my kind of raunchy humour…

Have you seen it??

Movie night = time to indulge in some wicked snacks, healthier of course! Most of the snacks we put out were the Vegetarian Licorice from my Mini Grocery Haul Post, popcorn and green apples! Living on the edge, huh?? Hahah!!

The Vancouver weather has been crazy stormy, monsoon rains, chilly weather, but ONE day over this weekend we got SUNSHINE. When we have sunshine, we got to the BEACH!!

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It was freezing cold, but the vitamin D was much needed on my face and I can’t pass up this little cutie running around chasing other tail and posing for the camera. God, this dog cracks me up!

Today is the day I start some product creation on a very fun project I have coming up, so I shall do that from Starbucks!

Have you been following the VLOGS?? I’d love to hear what you’ve been loving about them.

To be honest, I am surprised people are watching….but I’ll dive into that with another post soon. Thank you for being so supportive, I really appreciate it!

Sending LOVE!

Leave a comment and let me know what you did this weekend!

xxoo
Kris

PS. Did you see the Healthy Halloween Peanut Butter Rice Treats from Friday? Hahah! They are so tasty!! You will have so much fun decorating them :)

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How to Find Your Stripper Name?! Vlog #5

Oh yes, in today’s Vlog my hairstylist and friends talk about that fun Name Game where you find what your “stripper” name would be! I haven’t laughed so hard while getting my hair done…..

I appreciate you watching today’s vlog and please make sure to subscribe!

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xxoo
Kris

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Healthy Halloween Peanut Butter “Rice Crispy” Treats!

Happy Treat Friday!

Can you believe that next Friday the ghosts and ghouls will be out walking the streets, collecting candies, singing “trick or treat”?!  It’s insane how fast this year is flying by!  If it was the little version of me out trick or treating I would wish to get some homemade Healthy Halloween Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats {decorated like Monsters}…..Hmmmm, actually no….give me the Kit Kat’s!

The reason I love the holiday’s so much is because of the family, connection and FOOD!

As a kid, my mom would make me Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats as my birthday cake for when my friends came over.  The greatest part about  having a rice crispy treat cake was that every kid loved them and she would decorate them with smarties and candies.

Today I want to give you a healthier version to making a traditional Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treat!

No Corn Syrup here!!

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Healthy Halloween Peanut Butter “Rice Crispy” Treats!

3 Cup Sprouted Brown Rice Cereal {the One Degree brand is low calorie, sprouted and low sugar!}

1/2 cup Pure Maple Syrup

1/4 cup Coconut Palm Sugar

1 cup Organic Peanut Butter {Sugar Free}

Decorations:

Organic Sundrops {another option for smarties}

1/2 cup melted Dark Chocolate

Shredded Coconut

Chocolate Chips

….and whatever else you’d love to add as decoration for these monsters!

To make Healthy Peanut Butter Rice Treats:

In a sauce pan, heat the peanut butter, maple syrup, and coconut sugar until it’s warm and smooth.  Stir often.

Remove the sauce pan from the heat and stir in the cereal.

Firmly pack the mixture into a greased {I used coconut oil} 8×8 pan and place in the fridge for 1 hour.

Cut into squares when you’re ready to decorate!

Melt your dark chocolate and use this as your “Glue” for the eyes, the hair, or just slather each rice crispy treat with chocolate and cover with coconut to make a white Ghost!

You can really have fun with these!!

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Back to the topic of trick or treating, are you headed out for a Halloween party??  If so, what are you going as??

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2 years ago I was a fun little lady bug and it was so easy.  So if you’re looking for a fun and inexpensive costume, head to Claire’s and pick up the Lady Bug Package, add some black leggings and a red tank top!  You’re set to go!!

Comment Below and let me know what you’re going as and when you make these monsters!

xxoo
Kris

 

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Girls Who Yoga Together! Vlog #4

Welcome to Day 4 of the Daily Vlogs!

If you haven’t caught up on them all, check out my YouTube Channel.
I’ve decided to set a goal and daily vlog for 90 days straight….we’re on Day 4 today!!

In today’s vlog, my friend Chelsea and I head to yoga and other fun things!

Watch Now:

I’d love to do yoga more often, fill me in!
What is your favourite “type” or “style” of yoga?

xxoo
Kris

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Mini Grocery & Beauty Haul!

Happy Thursday!

I wanted to share with you some new things I’ve purchased from Whole Foods and the drug store this past week. Each product in this mini grocery and beauty haul, I love! So when I love something, I feel it’s my duty to share it with you.

Truthfully, I wish we were sitting face to face over coffee and talking about our favourite products and share the things we’re loving…but for now, the blog and daily vlog is the closest thing we have to that!

Today’s VLOG will again feature some of my friend Chelsea, we do yoga!! hehe!

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Come back here later, at 4pm pacific time to watch today’s video {You can watch yesterday’s here} :)

Anyways, let’s just get right into some of the grocery / food items and beauty items I loving this week!

Mini Grocery & Beauty Haul!

Let’s start with food!!

Have you seen, heard about or tried this Organic Girl Salad Love Dressing??

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WOWZA! It is tasty!
This one is Fresh Tomato Italian….with fresh tomatoes, basil, parmesan, garlic and olive oil. TURN DOWN FOR WHAT?! This dressing is AMAZING!

Go get it.

Licorice! Legit, I love it. However, I’ve stopped eating junk food, so the typical twizzlers are not in my daily life, but these organic, “GoBio” Vegetarian Licorice sure is!!

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These little black treats are in my diet….mid-afternoon.

Cola! It’s been years since I’ve had a coke or pepsi, but just the other day I had a guilt free Zevia!
Caffeine Free of course.

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This is why I love Zevia….you have the option to have a caffeine free cola, but these beverages give you the taste of your favourite “pop”, but they are sweetened with stevia, so no high-fructose crap in here and you slurp up the last bit feeling good!

Have you tried the Zevia Brand??

Another beverage I’m loving is the GT’s Kombucha in Ginger flavour!

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Ooooo ginger. I’ll it sugar coated, chocolate covered, boiled in water, and now in my Kombucha.

I feel that if I know I’m going to eat a heavier meal, or maybe one with cheese in it, if I finish off my meal with this Ginger Kombucha, my digestion is WAY better!

This stuff is so good! Thank you GT’s ;)

Beauty Haul!

I don’t know about you, but as soon as the fall season hits, I am SO into Dark Polish!

This is the Revlon Polish in “Urban” and I LOVE IT!

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This colour has lasted me {WITHOUT CHIPPING} 5 days so far!  CRAZY AWESOME!

I know a polish is great when I can wear it longer than 3 days without a single snag or chip.  There is not even a bit of white showing on the tips, it’s that magical.

So if you’re looking for a great navy or deep blue polish this autumn, I highly suggest URBAN by Revlon.  It’s like a beautiful dark denim colour and it goes with a lot!

Let’s talk Skincare!!

I’m a big fan of Bioderma and I’m very lucky that it’s easily acceable here in Canada….I know my friends south in the States have a very hard time finding this brand.  Bioderma is made in France and the perk to living in Canada where french is our second language is we’re pretty great at being exposed to french products.

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I got this little kit at my local drug store and it was $6.95.

I have tried full sizes of all 3 of these products before, but I couldn’t pass up these little travel sized goodies when I walked passed them.

The Sensibio H20 is a cleansing water that removes every trace of makeup.
It will remove your face makeup, eye makeup and lip products….leaving your face so soft and clear!

I use this before I wash my face with my face wash to get things very clean!

The Hydrabio Serum is to die for!  

If you’re looking for a light weight serum that will just add some moisture, without being greasy back to your skin or you want some “LIFE” back to your skin, add this to your routine morning and night!  Ahhhhh I love it!!

LASHES!

I’m a sucker for great lashes….

When I first found this L’OREAL VOLUMINOUS Miss Manga and I fell instantly in love…

This is my 2nd tube of this glorious mascara!

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If you like the look of full, thick, and separated lashes, you must try this L’OREAL goodie!
The wand is very flexible and easy to use, so I find it leaves me with less boo-boo’s to clean up.

What mascara are you loving right now??

Well, there you have my Mini Grocery and Drug Store Haul!

Thank you for reading and watching the vlogs this week, from the bottom of my heart, I appreciate YOU!

What are some products you love this week?  Comment Below!

xxoo
Kris

 

 

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Crying Over Cardio! Vlog #3

Happy Wednesday!

Today’s VLOG is LIVE – you will get a glimpse into my breakdown on the treadmill and our wine and dinning ;)

Do you ever question, “What the heck am I doing?!”
I sure went through this yesterday and these emotions of feeling “exposed” through the vlogs have really been popping up!

I cried on the ‘mill, friends!

Watch it now!

I’d love to hear how you deal with doubt, fears and anxiety!

Comment Below!

xxoo
Kris

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How to Pick Perfect Avocados! Vlog #2

Happy Tuesday!!

Vlog #2 is LIVE….it’s an interesting one ;)
Sometimes I think I embarrass myself too much…oiye!

Watch it now!

If you want to know how to pick the best avocado, you’ll want to watch!

Make sure to subscribe and LIKE. If you do like it of course….hehe.

xxoo
Kris

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