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No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars

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The school year is well underway, which also unfortunately means that the germs are spreading like crazy. My husband is a teacher, so that means he's surrounded by adorable children (as well at their germs) all day, every day. Eating healthy snacks (like these No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars) and washing hands often obviously helps a lot, but by incorporating Centrum® vitamins and Chapstick into his daily routine, he's getting that extra boost of protection he needs to get through this season!

No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars Recipe at #Healthy4School

By taking the Centrum MultiGummies daily, my husband and I are boosting our immunity, energy, and metabolism. Plus, getting to have gummies everyday definitely makes you feel like a kid for a minute or two!
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Here in Utah the air is already dry, but in winter it's even drier. My lips get super chapped with the air conditions, so my go-to Chapstick flavor is always the Classic Medicated because of the way it moisturizes & softens for smooth lips everyday. It's literally Skincare for lips™!

No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars Recipe at #Healthy4School

You can find Centrum MultiGummies vitamins and any flavor of Chapstick in the health section at Walmart. You can also grab all the ingredients to make some No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars while you're there!

These granola bars  are great snacks or fast breakfasts. They’re nut-free, so they'll be safe for bringing to school. Plus, making them homemade is less expensive than getting them from grocery store. Did I mention that you can throw these together in less than 10 minutes? Yep. Have I convinced you to try these yet? Because you totally need to.

Start with some crispy rice cereal and some quick cook oats and mix them together in a large mixing bowl. Meanwhile in a saucepan, melt some butter, brown sugar and honey together on medium to medium-high heat until it starts to bubble. Once's it's a steady simmer, lower the heat and let it cook for another 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool for about 5 minutes. The sauce will thicken as it cools, which is important for these granola bars to work!

No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars Recipe at #Healthy4School

Pour the liquid mixture into the bowl of oats and cereal and combine together with a rubber spatula until all the oats and cereal are coated. Since it will still be a little warm, wait a minute or two before stirring in the chocolate chips so that they don't melt.

Put all the granola bar mixture into an ungreased 8x8 glass baking pan. Pack down the granola bars into the pan so that they will stick together. Don't worry, they'll still be delightfully chewy and delicious! Grab a handful of chocolate chips or chocolate chunks and sprinkle them on the top of the granola bars and lightly press them down so they stick well.

Let the bars cool, then cut them into 10-12 bars. You can even double that by cutting those in half to make smaller bars!

No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars Recipe at #Healthy4School

No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars
Makes: 10-12 bars
Recipe adapted from Rachael Ray

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups quick cook oats
1 cup crispy rice cereal
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips or chunks, or 1/8 cup each

1. Stir oats and rice cereal together in a large bowl and set aside.
2. Melt butter, honey and brown sugar together in a small pot over medium high heat until it comes to a bubble. Reduce the heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Let cool for about 5 minutes (it will thicken as it cools).
3. Pour honey mixture over dry ingredients and mix well to coat all of the oats and rice cereal. Stir in chocolate chips.
4. Place granola bar mixture into a glass 8x8 baking pan and press firmly to pack it together really well.
5. Sprinkle mini chocolate chips and/or chocolate chunks onto the top and press down lightly.
6. Cool granola bars in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes, or on a countertop for two hours.
7. Use a knife to cut into 10-12 bars.

No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars Recipe at #Healthy4School

The granola bars can get too dry if they are left out. To keep them better longer, wrap bars in parchment paper or plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag. Store at room temperature to enjoy anytime, or place them in the fridge to enjoy in a lunch box.

No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars Recipe at #Healthy4School

No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars are great snacks or breakfasts, and pair well with Centrum and Chapstick to keep you feeling great!

What are your tips for staying healthy during the school year?

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I'm so glad you're here. I hope you get inspired from everything shared at the parties and please link up everything you've been working on this week.

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It's always hard to narrow down features, but here are a few of my favorites from the last party:

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Free Printable Bugs and Kisses Halloween Treat Tags by Pink Peppermint Design
Apple Pie Fries by Cincy Shopper
DIY Faux Hydrangea Fall Wreath by The Turquoise Home
Cheesy Bacon Hasselback Bread by Kleinworth & Co.
Chicken Cacciatore Meatballs by Dizzy Busy and Hungry!
Fall Pumpkin Printable by Aspen Jay
Apple Cider Mocktail Halloween Drink Recipe by My Teen Guide
Spider Web Jars by Crafty Lumberjacks

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Crushing it with a DIY Ta-Da List Notepad

Celebrate everything you get done today with a DIY Ta-Da List Notepad!

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Do you ever feel like no matter how much you seem to do during a busy day that you still aren't getting it all done? I have been feeling like that a lot lately and it really gets overwhelming. Instead of focusing on the things on your to-do list that isn't getting crossed off, we should be celebrating all the things we DO get done. That's why I created a Ta-Da List to share with you to make us all feel a bit more like we're crushing it! Sometimes those seemingly menial achievements feel like like an epic win, and THOSE are the things that really matter!

You'll be crushing it with a DIY Ta-Da List Notepad at #CupForCrushingIt

Every morning as we're rushing to get out the door, and I end up chugging my breakfast drink so I can get going, or worse - or I skip it altogether. After incorporating Dixie® To Go cups into my routine, it’s one less thing to worry about in the morning. The leak-resistant lid & insulated layer keeps your drink toasty and contained for the best on-the-go experience. Most importantly, it's also one less dish I have to wash!! No effort, no clean up, no worries. More time to focus on “crushing” those things may seem small to the outside world, but are important to me - like having time for a shower or putting on "real" pants for the day...

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To make your own Ta-Da List Notepad, download and print out the Ta-Da List printable. There are two lists that will fit on one sheet of regular copy paper. Print out about 20 sheets or so, depending on how thick you want your notepad to be. Cut along the guideline on the center of the printable.

Next grab a cereal box, thick cardstock or chipboard and cut it to the same size as the list pages (approximately 4.25″ x 11″).

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Stack the sheets on top of your chipboard. Turn the notepad upside down and tap the top edge on a table until all the edges are perfectly aligned. Clip one binder clip or clothespin to each side of the top of the notepad to hold the pages together.

Use the brush of some rubber cement and paint a thin coat of glue along the top edge of the pages. Let it dry completely (about 10 minutes), then paint a few more thicker coats.

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Add two more clips or clothespins to the top edge of the notepad while the glue dries. Remove the clips once the glue has dried, and your notepad is ready to use!

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The Ta-Da List has really helped change my "busy" frame of mind to feeling more positive in the things that do get done during the day. Even the little things like singing bedtime lullabies and getting through the day without gluing myself with the glue gun can be big achievements. Let's learn to celebrate the things that get done today!! 

Download Free Printable Ta-Da List

Some things you should know before downloading:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, or claim the design as your own.
*If you'd like to share this project, credit MUST be given and linked back to this post.

What kind of things do you add on your ta-da list to show how you're “Crushing It”? Dixie® To Go helps keep my fuel nearby so I can “crush" the things that matter most!

I was selected for this paid opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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