Thursday, January 30, 2014

RECIPE || No-Bake Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (Gluten Free)

Well folks, here's that recipe you've been anticipating for months! Well not really, seeing as not even a fourth of you all knew I made such yummy goodness as chocolate chip granola bars (that also happen to be gluten-free). But here they are anyways! This is a simple step-by-step recipe for families, and specifically for college students on a budget (and one with limited time). They're really quite delicious, and healthier than your average grocery store bars. 

I do hope you enjoy them!

Be My Vintage Valentine? - Valentine's Day Muses

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Hello dears, here's a few inspired vintage Valentine's Day muses. I know Valentine's Day is still a good bit away, but I thought I'd share a little early inspiration. 

Have any jolly Valentine's Day plans? Any fantastic parties you're hosting or attending?

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014, sourced above.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Perfectionism Will Kill You, Dear

Perfectionism. I'm constantly comparing myself, and I can't seem to stop. Why is it that there is always someone who has something better than I, something that I keep thinking I could/should have or be doing? 

"The 'what ifs' and 'should haves' will eat your brain."
-John O Callaghan

^And they are. They eat away at my heart, and my mind, and my life. There will always be "what ifs" and "should haves".

Some lovely thinkings from my dear friend, Jewel:
Thought for today- don't worry about doing things perfectly, just create & be passionate & have fun with it! Excellence, we can reach for...perfection is God's business.
"Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a silly first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won't have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren't even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they're doing it.” -Anne Lammott

Perfectionism will kill you, dear. It truly will. 

And what's the point of being perfect anyway? Perfection is boring. Please be yourself, for yourself if not for anyone else.

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

Monday, January 27, 2014

Q&A Time - Getting To Know Me

Well friends, the time has come for you to ask me those questions you've been storing up! 

Want to know what inspires my writing? Want to know my favorite extreme sport, or perhaps my favorite names? Here's the place and time to ask! I've received quite a few questions through email, and have been answering them individually. But I decided that I'd like to open the floor to you all to ask questions, and have the opportunity to see other's questions for me (and my answers).

>> I'll be accepting questions up until February 18th (although I'd love to answer your questions anytime throughout the year, they just won't be posted on the blog). <Once I've gotten in all your questions, I'll post a blog post February 19th with both your questions and my answers (your names will not be posted with the questions unless you request it). 

Send your questions* to me through:

-Facebook | I've created a note on Facebook where you can ask your questions
-Twitter | Send your questions to @CharityKlicka
-Email | Send 'em to, subject line: Q&A
-Blog | Comment right below with your question(s). If you'd like to ask anonymously, you can select that option when you post a comment.

*Please nothing explicit or inappropriate. And I highly ENCOURAGE creativity!

Well, there you go! Send 'em on in!

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

Help Awaken the World - The Locust Effect

The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence, by Gary Haugen and Victor Boutros, releases in about a week (on February 3rd). I am so stoked! We need YOUR HELP to raise global visibility on this important topic.

  1. February 3-7 is launch week – This is when we need everyone tweeting, posting, sharing and buying copies of the book. If you're signed up to receive updates from International Justice Mission, they’ll send additional emails on ways you can help spread the word during that time.
  2. Don’t encourage anyone to buy the book yet. We want everyone to wait until February 3. IJM is aiming to sell as many copies of the book as possible during launch week in an effort to make the bestseller’s lists. This is not about book sales. It would give the book a higher level of credibility and attention with those in the media, in global development circles, etc. For anyone interested in ordering multiple copies of the book at once, please read this.
  3. All author royalties from sales of the book go to IJM, and, during launch week, a generous friend has pledged to give $20 to IJM for every copy of the book sold*.
>>So spending $20 to buy the book is equivalent to giving $20 directly to IJM to help fund the fight. Learn more(*up to 2,000 copies or $40,000)


     1. Share about the launch week offer and encourage people to buy their book February 3-7:

Sample Tweets: Trending hashtag: #LocustEffect
a. Buy the #LocustEffect during the week of Feb. 3rd & $20 will go to @IJM to fight violence against the poor:
b. Buy the #LocustEffect the week of Feb 3rd & $20 goes directly to support @IJM #poverty #ENDIT
c. The #LocustEffect is launching Feb. 3! >> Uncover the hidden plague the world has missed. @garyhaugen
For Facebook:
a. Buy the #LocustEffect during the week of February 3 and $20 will go to IJM to help fight violence against the poor.
b. ^Or pick a variation from the tweet samples above.
     2. Share the website:

Sample Tweet: Trending hashtag: #LocustEffect
a. The #LocustEffect is coming Feb 3. Forever change the way you see poverty: @garyhaugen
b. We can stop the plague of everyday violence >> TAKE ACTION NOW  #LocustEffect #BetheCHANGE
c. The #LocustEffect is launching Feb. 3! >> Uncover the hidden plague the world has missed. @garyhaugen
For Facebook:
a. The #LocustEffect is coming Feb 3. Forever change the way you see poverty. Learn more:
b. ^Or pick a variation from the tweet samples above.
UPDATED TWEET SAMPLES AND MORE INFORMATION HERE: Will You Change Their Everyday? | The #LocustEffect

Thank you for helping change the global conversation on poverty!


If you'd like to share the original format of this post through email or blogger, click here.

REMEMBER that one of the best things you can do to put an end to violence (exploitation, trafficking, sex trafficking, etc) is to EDUCATE yourself and SHARE about it with others!

Stay tuned for an exclusive giveaway of The Locust Effect on the blog the first week of February!

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2013 International Justice Mission

Friday, January 3, 2014

Let's BE the Difference - January, National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

January is the National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness month (or simply dubbed, Human Trafficking Month), and the time has come again for us to encourage other to learn about, and share with others, the atrocious forms of social injustice happening worldwide. Although January is the prescribed month to spread the word about human trafficking, we should really be religiously advocating the end of human trafficking throughout the entire year (and not just in January).

I started a group on Facebook about 3 years ago to spread added awareness about the designated National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention month of January. The mission, through starting the group, is to educate others about the atrocious forms of social injustice happening worldwide, and to encourage and equip organizations to combat such forms of injustice!

There are so many forms of violence that take place daily worldwide. You may think well, what can I do about that? And surprisingly, there's more you can do than you'd imagine

>> One the most important things you can do, RIGHT NOW, is get educated!

      a. Understand the different forms of social injustice and why they happen
      b. Learn about and support local, national, and international organizations that stand up against those forms of injustice
      c. learn what are the root causes for such crimes (such as violence, and men's hearts)
      d. Learn about the hard facts of human trafficking and sexual exploitation

As soon as you start learning, begin to share what you know with your friends, family, co-workers, and those around you! You'd be surprised how many people don't even know that human trafficking exists. But there are more people trafficking and exploited worldwide than ever before, estimating over 29.8 million people. That's a number we NEED to get out there and share with others.

Also, be sure to take part in the #LocustEffect! And buy the book when it comes out February 3rd! Want to make a difference? Start by reading The Locust Effect! I guarantee it will change the way you view social injustice. <Guaranteed. Also stay tuned for giveaway of The Locust Effect on the blog February 3rd!

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Welcoming in the New Year! - 2013 Review in Photos and Closing Thoughts

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.” 

― G.K. Chesterton

2013 in PHOTOS (try clicking on the different photos to see where they lead!)