DIY fall goody bag with banana oatmeal walnut muffins

When I was planning a pumpkin patch meetup the other day for a group of my mom friends and our babies, I wanted to gift each of them something festive and fun to say thanks for coming out. And what better way to do so than with food! ❤ So I whipped up a batch of these Banana Oatmeal Muffins and added in walnuts. I made each girl a goody bag with one muffin in it, and tied it off with twine and a simple note – a yummy, quick, and easy treat to celebrate the fall season. Here’s how to make your own fall-themed goody bag to give to your girlfriends at your next get together!

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Healthy pumpkin spice donut holes

It’s been so nice to finally get back into the swing of baking all the time! Now that we have more of a routine with baby izzy, I have more freedom to spend time in the kitchen again. This month, I wanted to try and work with pumpkin puree – something I’ve never baked with before – and so far, it has given me some super yummy recipes! Last week, I made these skinny pumpkin muffins (if you haven’t tried them yourself, stop right now and go bake em…you will love them!) and this week I decided to try some healthy pumpkin spice donut holes. Next week and just in time for Halloween, I’ll be posting a recipe for easy Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles! Make sure to enter your email under “follow” on the sidebar to get the recipe straight to your inbox 🙂

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Skinny Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins with Chocolate Chips

Even though it’s sunny and 85 most days here in San Diego during October, I’m completely mentally immersed in Fall ❤ I brought out my decorations the last weekend of September, got some yummy scented soaps and candles for the house, and have already gone to the pumpkin patch three times now. There’s just something magical about the changing of seasons, blustery days, and golden hues slowly blanketing the trees. Speaking of magical, I had this pumpkin muffin recipe that I’ve been dying to try (it’s my first time baking with pumpkin puree!!!) but wanted to alter it so it’s healthy and full of good, clean ingredients.

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A new mom’s tips for building solid friendships


Since having our daughter this past July (how has it already been 3 months?!), I’ve made a huge attempt to widen my circle of girlfriends by putting myself out there using the tinder-for-moms app: Peanut. I never got a chance (thank goodness LOL) to use any dating apps or websites,  so the idea of meeting someone online, chatting it up, and making a date to meet for the first time was heavily new (and a bit scary) to me. I kept reading these articles about “building your tribe” and how hangin’ with like-minded mamas is the key to sanity in the midst of motherhood, but I didn’t really know where to start…it’s not like you can just hop over to a bar grab a drink and start mingling with other moms (but they really should invent one of those omg…like a mommies + mimosas bar. But with childcare). So after hearing about this mommy dating app, I thought what the heck I’m on maternity leave and stuck inside most of the day, so I might as well give it a shot. Continue reading

3 months into mommyhood


🍂Elizabeth June is THREE MONTHS now!🍂 Our sweetest little pumpkin is growing so so fast. It’s been such a whirlwind of emotions, watching her grow from a little beansprout to a fully functioning baby human. I keep thinking if I blink I’m going to miss a monumental moment, a smile, or a staring contest with her big blue eyes.It seems like she learns to do something new or progress on something she discovered every day! Like finding out that she had little tiny hands and fingers, and now she sucks her thumb intentionally. Or, finding out if she whimpers and whines then mommy comes running and picks her up. Or, that another baby lives in every mirror of our house and will make faces and blab back to her if she makes sounds and faces 😉 She’s such a darling, she’s so mellow and sweet-natured…some days I can’t believe she’s ours. It’s too good of a gift, and we are so blessed to have her in our life! Here’s a fun little update on our little Izzy June at 3 months old: Continue reading