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Peanut Butter Cinnamon Energy Bites

These tasty energy bites are perfect for a pre/post-workout snack or even an on-the-go breakfast! So easy to whip up, and they taste like a delicious peanut butter treat!

These tasty energy bites are perfect for a pre/post-workout snack or even an on-the-go breakfast! So easy to whip up, and they taste like a delicious peanut butter treat! Get the recipe at LoveGrowsWild.com

Love, love, LOVE this recipe, you guys! Last November I decided I was tired of not fitting into any of my clothes and constantly feeling tired and achy and well… old. At 27, my hips shouldn’t hurt walking up and down the stairs, and there’s absolutely no reason a healthy twenty-something can’t get her booty back into shape. So I nervously bit the bullet and joined a gym. At first, I had no idea what I was doing. I hadn’t been to a gym really since high school, and I just felt like a lost tourist in this world of body builders and cross fitters and yoga fanatics and marathon runners. So I started simple. I walked on a treadmill for awhile. Then I worked my way up to running. Once I got up to running a straight 3 miles, I decided I wanted to add in some weight training. Jeremy and I did P90X to get in shape for our wedding, and I saw my body change drastically in a short amount of time because it wasn’t the typical cardio routine that I would usually gravitate to. It focused on strength and muscle-building/toning, which I had never put much effort into before. It toned my muscles, burned fat, and trimmed me down to look beautiful in my wedding dress.

So I got the courage up to try lifting some weights at the gym. Guys… it was so awkward. I felt like I was always in the way of people who actually know how to lift and would end up spending 45 minutes aimlessly walking around the gym trying to find a spot that wasn’t taken by some sweaty dude’s towel or weights that someone left behind. I didn’t know what I was doing and wanted to give up. It took about a week to build up the courage to try something else new… a group exercise class. My little sister forced me into going to a Body Pump class at her gym once, and although I hated it at the time and thought I was going to straight up die, I decided I would give it a go at my gym since I at least somewhat knew what I was getting myself into. One hour of squats, chest, back, triceps, biceps, lunges, shoulders, and abs later… I was hooked.

Everyone’s fitness journey is different, but for me, I love going to group classes. It keeps me accountable because rather than procrastinating my workout all day, I know that class starts at 6:00 p.m. and I plan my schedule around that. And let’s be honest, working out alone is no fun. When you’re in a group, you have people to laugh with, sweat with, and sometimes when the workout is particularly difficult, curse with. It also pushes me to lift harder and work on my form. I grew up in a dance studio, so having perfect posture and body position while lifting weights is kind of a biggie for me. I still have a long way to go, but I’m getting there! I’ve slimmed down a bit and fit into my jeans better, but because I’ve been building muscle, I haven’t seen the scale move much. That in itself can be incredibly frustrating, but when I see little bicep and tricep muscles in my arms where a flabby flap of skin used to be… I’m happy. When I can run to the top of the stairs without being winded… I’m happy. When I can help Jeremy carry the huge pieces of furniture I’m constantly moving around the house… I’m happy. I feel stronger, healthier, and more beautiful than I have in years, and that feeling pushes me to get in the gym as much as I can.

Sooo how does all this relate to today’s recipe? This energy bites have been a big part of my workout routine for awhile now, and I am so excited to share them with you! All the exercise I’m doing is useless without having a healthy diet to support it. I burn a decent amount of calories in the hour I spend at Body Pump, so I like to eat a small, healthy snack either before or right after I go. I keep these peanut butter cinnamon energy bites in my fridge 24/7 so I can quickly grab them on my way to the gym. They are a healthy mix of peanut butter (for flavor, protein, and good fats), honey (helps the bites stick together), oats (fiber and crunch), protein powder (extra protein!), pecans (extra crunch!), chia seeds (to help fill you up), and cinnamon (because everything is better with cinnamon!). [Read more…]

Wood Beam and Lace Curtains

This post is so exciting for me to write! I had this vision for our master bedroom, and it’s coming to life even better than I imagined. After we got the plank walls put up, we moved our bed over to this little nook on the left side of the window, and it’s such a cozy space now. It has just enough room for our new bed and a pair of nightstands and feels amazing to crawl into our bed every night now. I’ve always had this idea in my head of adding curtains somehow to make this space even more cozy and intimate, and last week we finally made it happen!

You guys… I am DYING over the new “wood beam” and lace curtains!

This cozy sleeping nook was created by adding a faux wood beam and lace curtains over the bed, and the results are amazing! See how to do this project in your home at LoveGrowsWild.com


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Creamy Bacon Corn Casserole

There have been several days over the last few weeks that have felt a lot less like summer and a whole lot more like fall! The temperatures have dropped, a cool breeze has kicked in, and I can already see our crops in the fields starting to change colors. Now I’m not saying that it’s time to put away the flip flops and bust out the boots just yet, but the slight change in weather is definitely making me crave some comfort food!

My kindergartner was kind enough to share the cold he brought home from school with me, so I was stuck in bed all weekend sniffling and sneezing. I don’t know about you, but colds ALWAYS make me crave comfort food too! It’s kind of a weird sensation because when you’re sick, you can’t smell or taste a darn thing anyway, but at the same time you just want to eat all kinds of yummy food. My cold craving list for this weekend included mashed potatoes, strawberry milkshakes, pancakes drowning in syrup, and broccoli cheddar soup. Also on the comfort food craving list… this Creamy Bacon Corn Casserole!

You must try this easy, mouthwatering side dish! Creamy, cheesy corn casserole hot out of the oven with tons of crispy bacon! | LoveGrowsWild.com

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Master Bedroom Planked Walls

Today I’m giving you the very first tutorial from our master bedroom makeover! I’ve dreamed of beautiful planked walls in our home for a long, long time, and our master bedroom was the perfect blank canvas to try them. They turned out even better than I imagined, and I am so excited to share this project with you!

For those of you who are just joining the master bedroom makeover, I highly recommend you check out last week’s post where I shared the “before” photos of the room and my vision for the design. Our bedroom is an attic space, which means we’re dealing with a lot of short, slanted walls and very awkward spaces. The best idea I came up with to deal with all the awkward angles was to paint everything white and tie all the walls together with nice, wide planks. The white walls would brighten the space up tremendously since we only have one tiny window in the room, and the planks would add a cozy, rustic feel to the space, which it definitely needs since this is a brand new addition built into our 1940’s home. It needed a little “old” added to it!

After tackling board and batten walls in our living room and dining room, I will say that planked walls are MUCH easier to do. The board and batten required a lot of measuring, and there were so many steps to the process… the battens, the top ledge, the extra trim we added, caulking every single seam, and then painting it all seemed to take FOREVER. I absolutely love the way it looks in our living room, but it was definitely a big undertaking in such a large space. When you’re doing planked walls however, after you get the first row of boards up, it pretty much goes on auto pilot after that. You’re just adding board after board until the walls are done, and you get to paint everything at once with a big roller instead of each individual piece of trim with a paint brush like we did with the board and batten.

Jeremy and I did this project over the course of a few days, and I tried to take plenty of pictures along the way so you could see the whole process.

This master bedroom gets a dramatic makeover with beautiful white wide plank walls. Learn how to plank YOUR walls at LoveGrowsWild.com!

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