I am soooo celebrating Christmas this year. Not with a tree, unfortunately. No tree for us this year, but what we lack in pine aromatherapy + lights + over-the-top ornaments we compensate for in spirit.
The house smells like Holiday magic thanks to the eight batches of Banana + Dark Chocolate Granola I made to gift the people who have put up with us all year. It’s one of our most cherished family traditions, making our own homemade granola + giving it away as favors for “muy importante” occasions. It taste absolutely divine + it’s vegan + gluten/refined sugar/junk product free.
At least my man’s pack is ready for dispatch.
Let’s interrupt today’s Christmas special so you can steal this must-make recipe, shall we?
- 3 cups certified gluten free oats
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup chopped cashews
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- pinch of pink salt or sea salt
- 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon pure raw honey or maple syrup
- 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1/2 cup 70% dark chocolate, finely chopped
Preheat oven to 400°F.
In a large bowl combine oats + almonds + pecans + cashews + pumpkin seeds + salt.
In a separate bowl add honey + coconut oil + vanilla + bananas. Use your hands to mic the ingredients completely smooth.
Add the banana mixture to the dry mixture + combine well, using your hands until everything is well coated.
Place the granola in a long baking tray + lay out flat.
Place in the middle of the oven + bake for 25 minutes, checking 3 times to turn the granola over with a wooden spoon.
Allow to cool completely before adding the chocolate pieces + storing in a container.
Serve with organic yogurt or almond milk.
Moving on Granola Monster.
As promised, I’m playing Santa + giving away presents each week of December. If you missed my Holiday Gift Tags last week you can snatch em’ right here.
This week I made you another sweet printable to help you tap into your deepest wants + heart fueled desires. Disguised as a cute download, this All I Want for Christmas List will help you celebrate + acknowledge what makes you twinkle. without feeling guilty or ungrateful for what you do have + what you’ve already accomplished.
So, if I may ask, What do you want for Christmas?
- I want to let go of my need to control + perfect to have the courage to enjoy what is now.
- I want a Hello Kitty toaster.
- I want to increase my tolerance for mess.
- I want to give up sugar, oh Santa please!
- I want learn calligraphy to up my illustrated quote game.
- I want to a pink medicine ball as desk chair. Six pack 2014 is the year.
- I want to learn to crush bad days with red lipstick + fake eye lashes. Pow!
- I want to get my notepads into Anthropologie. There I said it.
- I want to make beautiful babies with hubby. Bonus if they look like him.
- I want to give give give the world E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G.
Your turn. Share your All I Want for Christmas List in the comments below + on social media using the hashtag #heartmadechristmas @mayicarles.
This little challenge will come in handy next week when we match soul with to-do declarations + explore our goals for the new year together, so don’t skip it thinking it’s silly to dream big.
I interrupt your gift wrapping + egg nog sipping + jingle bells singing + Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer sweater knitting + frenetic Holiday shopping to say a big fat Santa Claus-sized THANK YOU!!!
I still pinch myself that your here. actively watching + raising your hand in the comments + showing me you have my back. Seriously? And just like if that weren’t enough, my Google analytics (hadn’t checked those in a while) just informed me that the Heartmade family is growing rapidly beyond my wildest projections + I know it’s because of YOU!
You are freaking AWESOME!
Thanks for all the infinite little ways you show you care.
I’ve tried to hunt down the right words to tell you how much you mean to me + how much I appreciate you, but it’s been a failed mission every time. So, instead of cursing my Spanglish Version 1.0, I’ve come up with a little something something to by pass language + speak from my T-Rex heart.
The idea inspired me to shake things up in December + play Santa Claus Ho Ho Ho!!! You’ll see what I mean in today’s episode.
Any ideas for the upcoming December gift giving episodes? Things you would love me to make for you or leave below your tree? Santa’s is taking notes. I’m trusting you’ve been nice this year (wink).
Oh + do you have a friend that needs a little Holiday picker-upper? Share this post with them. Can you imagine the smile on their face when they see these cute Holiday Gift Tags? I know, right?
Facebook is not your website. Facebook is Facebook’s website. Their rules. Their party. We’re just lucky to be on the guest list, allowed to share our story with the rest of the invites. There’s just one tiny little inconvenience: It’s a noise fest in here. Should have brought a megaphone. Wait. No. That would be annoying. Scratch Plan A.
Plan B: Recruit people drinking the same punch + invite them to a cozier after party. Your place. Drinks will have umbrellas there + the DJ will be playing Radiohead + there will be no conversations about the stock market.
Sounds delightful doesn’t it? If only you could pull it off. Right?
Now, hold your pony women. Do you think they call me Captain “Pajama Pants” for nothing? That was April Bowles idea, by the way. People caught on. It’s catchy.
In today’s Friday Show-n-Tell Time, sorry no Video, Video is on vacation, I’ll show you how to direct people to your own party without pushing + throwing confetti in their face or spending a dime. Curious?
Ahem… Yes please. Duh.
Back story: So a couple of months back, in need of some social media ego boost, I installed this Facebook app called Just Redirect. There big promise: Take Facebook fans to your website. My expectations where low, like when I purchase diet teas that claim to control your appetitive. Promising, but highly unlikely. Know that “yeeeeah right” attitude don’t you? Still didn’t stop me from giving Just Redirect a fair shot. After all, it’s FREE!
Fast forward. Today, in desperate need of an epiphany, I checked my Google analytics, cuz that’s what you do when you need a burst of genius don’t you? Noooot! Anyways, I couldn’t believe my eyes: My website traffic increased 32% in just two months without investing a peny on advertising. That’s an average of 640 new visitors each day to my website coming from Facebook alone. No no no no no no wayyyy Jose!
Yes way. Must share. I thought.
By the way, I’m not the CEO + BFF or mascot of Just Redirect. No, they’re not bragging me with cupcakes, either. And I don’t receive any form of compensation for mentioning their name. The freaking thing just works + I wanted you to know it in case you want to take it out for a spin too.
Did I mention it’s FREE. I think I did.
Worried that you’re technically handicapped + won’t know how to install the app? Join the I Hate Complicated Technological Sh*t Club. In the meantime, I’ll show how I set it all up without calling my brother Coco for tech support.
step by step
Step 1: Search Just Redirect.
Step 2: Select your desired business fanpage.
Step 3: Once you have installed the app, it will appear in your App Drawer. Click on it.
Step 4: Then, you’ll be taken to the admin panel of Just Redirect where you can choose the URL you would like the app to link to. Here is where you want to enter your website’s address. I redirect fans to my main umbrella site: www.mayicarles.com, from where they can access my Boutique + Life is Messy Bootcamp + Heartmade.
Step 5: To customize, hover over the Just Redirect application, click the pencil icon that appears + select “Edit Settings” from the drop-down menu.
Step 6: Change the ugly generic tab image + upload a gorgeous one that matches your brand. The dimensions should be 111 x 74 pixels. I created my icon on Adobe Illustrator CC using my brands font + color palette. Do I get extra cookie points for being an everything-has-to-match-perfectly freak?
Step 7: Customize the tab name as well. In my humble opinion, when it comes to increasing conversions, simple titles beat cutesy + clever ones by a grand slam. Just a thought.
Step 8: Click the “Okay” button when you’re done.
Step 9: Voila! Your result will look something like this:
The application may not appear as one of your top Facebook tabs. I recommend that you put it as the second or third spot in order to increase visibility + clicks. To do so, hover over the app, click the pencil icon + select the app you would like it to switch positions with.
Click here to see how Just Redirect works in real time.
The day I posted this article Just Direct decided to crash. Splendid. Perfect timing. Thank goodness not all is lost. Use Woobox Custom Tab instead. It seems similar + my instructions still apply. Just search for the app Woobox Custom Tab + install it on your page + change the selector in the tab settings from “HTML” to “Redirect” + put in the web address you want it to go to. A gazillion thanks to Amberlee for pointing out this alternative for us. Saved the day!
How do you direct social media followers to your website without screaming + bending over backwards or having to wear a monkey suit while holding a “Free bananas inside” sign? Any traffic boosting tips of your own? Do share in the comments, please, where the best stuff happens anyways. I really can’t thank you enough for raising your hand + bringing this blog alive with your insights. You’re da’ best!
before you go
Can I be honest? I hope you don’t take this the wrong way but giiiiiirl you’re to-do list is crazy pants. Make a haircut appointment. Find your keys. Buy a Hello Kitty toaster. Upgrade your Internet plan. Hunt down the perfect red lipstick. Loose the brownie pounds. Need I keep going?
I know I’m biased but you gotta check out the…
It’ll help you demolish your to-do list like a Kung Fu Panda on fortune cookies. Mess doesn’t stand a chance. Pow!
Why join today vs. later? Well, cuz we both know “later” really means never + “never” means more of the same. Plus, early adopters receive an exclusive Life is Messy Gift Kit when pre-ordering. You say “Helz yeah”. I say “Thank You”. Synchronicity is the Universe saying, “Let’s do this thing!”
And that’s a wrap for today. Till next time my friend.
Gimme 5 minutes + I’ll double em’ with today’s productivity smack down – Holiday Edition.
Wow. Look who got up on the cooky side of the bed this morning.
It’s called (temporary) confidence. It feels good.
Feels even better to be (a) almost done with Connecting the Gaps first 21-Day Mission + (b) getting ready to pre-launch Life is Messy Bootcamp next weekend + (c) packing the beach bags cuz we’re moving inches away from the sand – circus balls all juggled without insomnia or 2 extra inches on my waistline. Bada bing!
Gonna tell you how I do it. Today. You + me. It’s Friday Video Time!
need your help
Of course there’s more. And that’s where you come in. What’s working for you? How are you tackling important projects? How are you keeping yourself alert after a late night of turkey legs with cranberry sauce? I’ll be fun to hear all our Holiday productivity strategies in the comments. I’ll see you there.
Today, I’m SO EXCITED to tell you that:
1. I bought myself a pair of Panda Fuzzy Slippers. I haven’t been this happy since David got me a Minion backpack.
2. 2014 Life is Messy Bootcamp + 2014 Life is Messy Planners will be available for pre-order-o-rama from Friday, November 29 (Black Friday) to Monday, December 2 at a very special price with ribbon n’ all. Accidentally missing this will make me sad, so mark your calendars.
3. I have in my hands my very first video in Spanish. Mis amigas, prepárense. I was invited to speak at “How to Become an Entrepreneur When You Come From a Family Business” event to share my “unconventional” career path to a group of highly successful CEOs + their families. It’s the scariest thing I’ve done since crossing the Canadian border illegally inside a trash bucket. If Spanish’s your thing, you’ll see why in just a moment.
please help me share
But only if I deserve it… if something clicked on a molecular level… if you have a friend who could really benefit from hearing this right now.
Comments + feedback + aha moments + rotten tomatoes all welcomed below.
Gracias a Stefany Cohen por el evento tan mágico que te tiraste. En las palabras del gran Rod Tidwell (de Jerry Maguire). “You’re my ambassador of Kwan.”
Bebito, my secret weapon, contigo quiero viajar esta + todas las vidas. A pie + en patín + carrito loco + cometa + alfombra voladora… lo que sea, pero contigo. Thanks for withstanding my jabber + lovingly suggesting fixes. I will never feel safe standing on stage without your back.
Oh wait, one more! Thank YOU for being my roller coaster cart companions. I would have it no other way.