Flourless Pumpkin Carrot Pancakes

You know those 2 ingredient banana pancakes that are okay, but still kind of boring? Yeah. These aren’t those.
These dairy free, gluten free, grain free pumpkin carrot pancakes are super easy to whip up in the mornings and are perfect for the fall season. The cinnamon / pumpkin pie spice make these taste almost like little pumpkin pies, but they are SO much healthier and don’t have any added sugar so while they may seem like an indulgence, you’re actually getting a ton of vitamins to start your day off on the right foot.
These are awesome for Baby Led Weaning, but I eat them too! I love making these for Harrison, because they’re soft enough that he can gum them without any teeth and its a nutrient-dense meal.

Flourless Pumpkin Carrot Pancakes

1/2 cup pumpkin purée
1/2 cup carrot juice / purée (or 1 cups carrot pulp, leftover from juicing)
1 whole egg
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon)
Coconut oil

1. Coat a pan with coconut oil (I’ve found that in order for these to come out well, I need to really give the pan a good coating).
2. Combine egg, pumpkin, carrot and spice in a bowl and blend well.
3. Let the batter sit for about 5 minutes to thicken.
4. Preheat pan over medium – medium high heat and pour or scoop batter.
5. Flip after a few minutes on each side and enjoy!


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Graze.com Snack Box #3 Review (and coupon code!)

graze review

Graze.com is a newer subscription box for healthy (and healthy-ish) snacks delivered to your home or office every week, every two weeks, or whenever you so choose. The price per box is $6.49, which includes shipping, and you can choose from a “nibble box” and pick from over 100 different snack varieties, or a “calorie counter box” where each of your total servings is less than 150 calories. You can also go to your “dietary preference” page and “trash” (meaning you will never receive) snacks with ingredients that you don’t eat and customize your flavor preferences.

Once signed up, you can peruse the 100+ snacks which range from dried fruits and nuts to merengue and shortbread, and choose to “trash“: never send me this, “try“: happy to try, “like“: send occasionally, or “love“: send regularly, each selection. After completing your flavor profile and scheduling your first box, you will begin to receive a wonderful little 100% recyclable (my crunchy little heart just loves this aspect) box containing 4 one-serving sized snacks! Once trying your selections, you can log back into your Graze account and give feedback on the snacks you’ve just tried.

Your interest piqued yet? If so, head over to Graze and use code: ZYVPYRK2P to get your 1st (and 5th if you decide to continue the deliveries) absolutely FREE!

I am super obnoxious and made life difficult for Graze by choosing to “trash” spicy foods, foods requiring a microwave, and 99% of the snacks that contained dairy since H hasn’t grown out of his diary intolerance yet. I also “trashed” anything with chocolate or that sounded too sweet. To my surprise, with all of those contingencies, I only got rid of 60 of the 100  current options so there were still plenty of snacks to choose from. I did make a note that I loved dried fruits, especially mango, in hopes that they’d send me some in my box.

So here’s what I was sent:


Nature’s Immunity Nuts: roasted unsalted cashews, brazil nuts and raw pistachio kernels.

Beach Bum: pineapple, chewy banana coins and coconut flakes.
Verdict: LOVE.

Fruit & Seed Flapjack: rustic rolled oat flapjack with mixed seeds and dried fruits.
Verdict: LOVE. These flapjacks are easily my favorite Graze discovery. Like my first box where I got the Summer Berry Flapjack, there are three small bars in the one container and they are so incredibly moist and delicious! It’s softer than your normal granola bar and the combination of seeds and dried fruit is the perfect amount of sweet and crunchy, but not overbearingly so.

Herby Bread Basket: mini basil breadsticks, garlic crostini and oregano rice crackers.
Verdict: LIKE.


I have set up another box to be delivered to my house in two weeks because I enjoyed the snacks so much. I like that they’re all individually wrapped, because that means I can throw them in my diaper bag and have a healthy snack to reach for, rather than feeling compelled to stop and pick up fast food. Want to join in on the deliciousness? Head over to Graze and use code: ZYVPYRK2P to get your 1st (and 5th if you decide to continue the deliveries) absolutely FREE!

You can cancel at any time after receiving your first box, but here’s my thinking:
– Each box is $6.49, but you only pay for 3 (box 2, 3 and 4) and get 5.
– Your total for 5 boxes is $19.47.
– Which means each box is only $3.89.
– Which means each serving is only $0.97!
I definitely couldn’t get that good of a deal at any of my local stores – especially if you factor in gas and the “emotional taxing” of wrangling an 8 month old ;).

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Feature Friday: Hunt|West Clothing Review & Giveaway!

HuntWest clothing review and giveawayIt’s no secret I have a  bit of a shopping problem, and baby clothes are my kryptonite. I can’t help myself – everything is so much more adorable in itty bitty sizes, and I get so excited when I find things that not only make H look like a super stud, but are also stylish! Hunt|West Clothing is all of the above and more.

When I saw this ridiculously amazing “Boy” thinking web tee, I just about swooned. I have never seen anything like their design, and I love that it describes H so well: “stinky, strong, tough, dirty, ROWDY, courageous, loud, adventurous, WILD, silly, rebellious, BRAVE”. Did I mention he loves eating bark, dancing, screeching, giggling and crawling at the speed of light? It seriously feels like the shirt was made for him. The tee is also so, so, so soft! I’m very conscious of the fabrics I put against H’s sensitive skin, and was happily surprised by how well it washed as well. I had no shrinkage or peeling / pulling of the print at all and it was still super soft! (They are printed on American Apparel tees, so I always recommend washing inside out on the cold cycle and hanging or laying flat to dry.)

how cool does H look in his subsidy shades and hunt west boys thinking web tee?!

I would love for one of you to add one of Hunt|West’s rad tees to your child’s wardrobe! Enter through the Rafflecopter giveaway link below, and good luck!

They also have these incredible “no tie” reversible bibdanas: Rather than fiddling with snaps, velcro or ties, you simply pull one side through a button hole on the reverse side – that’s it! That means you can get a super customizable size depending on if you have a no-necked quadruple chin little babe and need a little more fabric, or a petite little prince or princess and need it to fit a little smaller, all in one piece.


Who are you?
We’re two working mamas, who absolutely adore styling and dressing our baby boys! We’ve been friends for over ten years and ended up having our boy’s within 9 weeks of each other! Our husband’s have been friends since High school and we’ve been dating them since then, so the four of us have been close for a long time…it was only natural we would get pregnant within two months of each other! We are honestly your ordinary, easy-going(crazy at times 😜) So Cal mom’s!

What made you start Hunt|West Clothing?
We started Hunt|West because we honestly found it hard to style and dress a boy! We would walk into a clothing store and there would be a HUGE section for little girls, and in the back corner there would be this tiny(picked-over) rack of boy clothes! We, as mama’s, LOVE styling and dressing our son’s in cute, funky stuff! Plus our husband’s are somewhat of fashionista’s themselves! 😉 We started Hunt|West with that initial inspiration but it took off from there! As we started getting into it we found that we loved designing and styling kids clothes…boy or girl!

How did you come up with the name?
The name Hunt|West was simple! One of our little boy’s name is Hunter and the other’s is Weston! Hunt|West!

What (or who) has been your biggest inspiration?
Our little guys of course! It took both of us a while to get pregnant; we wanted babies when we were babies ourselves lol. So when we were finally blessed with these two they became our whole world.   We couldn’t wait to shop for baby clothes for our little guys! They are completely our inspiration’s, not just with hunt|west, but in so many other areas in our lives too.

Have you always been interested in fashion?
To a degree yes, one of us is a hairstylist in Newport Beach, so you have to love fashion for that industry and the other has been working at a children’s clothing boutique for years!

As moms, how do you balance everything?!
It’s hard!!! People were not lying when they said kids would change your life! Lol. Especially when you’re working too! But honestly, waking up every morning to our little boys and putting them to sleep every night makes everything doable and worth it. Plus we both have amazing husbands who help us daily. We don’t know who or where we would be without them. We LOVE what we’re doing with Hunt|West, we’ve always dreamed of doing something like this, especially together! So working on this new venture has been easy, worthwhile, and just plain FUN!


When you’re not busy being super mom, where could we find you?
We don’t want to have to say “working,” but it’s true! When were not working, we spend our time with our families. Our favorite nights are the one’s at home with our babe’s and husband’s…and maybe a glass of wine too!

What has been your favorite piece so far?
Probably our “boy” tee. Only because it’s been the inspiration behind the whole line! Plus it just describes our little guys, and all boys out there, so perfectly!

Any sneak peaks or hints to new designs you’re thinking of?
We are constantly coming up with new ideas and thoughts! We text each other waaaaay too many times throughout the day with “what do you think of this?!””how about this?!” Right now we are working on something for the little GIRLS out there! Plus we’ve got some rad designs coming out before Christmas! Some awesome, colder apparel!


Anything else you’d like us to know?
That we’re always open! Open for thoughts, ideas, questions, whatever! This is all completely new to us so we love hearing what you like or don’t like!

And just for fun, If you were to try out for The Voice, what song would you pick to sing?
We both actually love The Voice!!! But what song…not sure! I guess we would both say that it would be a Garth Brooks song lol. We’re both huge fan’s of not only him, but country music in general! There would definitely not be ONE chair to turn around for us however. We’re horrible singers!

Head over to a Rafflecopter giveaway link to enter to WIN A TEE OF YOUR CHOICE!

For the boring fine print stuff: Enter above, and don’t forget to read the instructions and follow the directions, as entries will be verified. In order to be eligible, you must be following myself and Hunt|West on Instagram and repost the giveaway image with the hashtag #HuntWestDarling. You may repost once a day, and tag friends on the original giveaway picture on Instagram! Giveaway only accounts won’t be considered and I can only see your post if your profile is public. If your profile is private, please make it public starting at 11:59pm EST on 11/20/14 and until the winner has been announced on 11/21/14 so that your entries count!

Fall Family Pictures

A BIG thank you to Tabby Photography for taking a few pictures for us of the family during mine and H’s baby wearing photoshoot! I love that these are candid and so “us” as Zach said when I showed him these.



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Feature Friday: RadRevo Giveaway!

RadRevo Rad Revolution Taggie Teethers and Comfy Hoods

Are you a human?
Do you have a baby?
Does your baby wear diapers?
Have you ever worn a necklace?
Does / will your baby get teeth?
I’m guessing your answer is yes to at least one of the above questions, so read on for an awesome GIVEAWAY for a store credit to Rad Revolution!

I came upon RadRevo about a year ago. After finding out we were having a boy, I was perusing Instagram for cute shops that made bow ties and fell in love with all the options that RadRevo had. I love that Mallory, the mom behind the brand, puts such consideration into each fabric choice and has two product testers of her very own at home! It has been so much fun getting to know this talented mama, she cracks me up and has so much enthusiasm for what she does. Her work is amazing – I have a few teething ring toys from other shops, and there’s not contest. Mallory’s lines are so crisp and everything looks extremely professionally finished; even with daily hulk-baby use not a single tear or seam rip has happened, which is a huge feat in our house.

This last month we have been in a bit of teething h-e-double hockey sticks, to say the least. Yikes. I’m getting gnawed on constantly while nursing: ouch, and his new favorite thing is to bite down on my clavicle and shoulder as hard as possible for some teething relief. We have the ever popular Sophie the giraffe, of course, but after a while the squeaking noise can get a little grating, and H drops it all. the. time. After much frustration (and many bite marks and bruises on my end), I got in touch with Mallory and a few days later had a Black & White Vintage Taggie Teether in H’s mouth and ever since my bite marks have faded and H has a new best friend that never leaves his hands!

I love that the Taggie Teethers are so small and easy for H to hold himself. When I go out for walks with him in the Ergo, I always make sure to pop one in his hands, and they have been awesome for him to fiddle with while breast feeding so that I don’t get scratched or pinched.

The Zippered bag has been great for day trips and traveling. It’s the perfect size to put a few Taggie Teethers, a little cardboard book or two, socks, and some snacks in, zip it up and throw it into the diaper bag! The pop of blue

A few of our favorites that have been added to our collection: the Mad For Black Cozy Hood, Riptide, Black and White Vintage (currently out of stock), & Apostrophie Taggie Teethers for H, and the Black and White Vintage Zip Bag, & Cream and Gold 3-layer headband for mama!

-What made you start RadRevo? And how did you come up with your name?
I started my little business on a whim. There are so many cute ways for moms to match their little girls but as a mom of now two boys there was no way to match them! I started out making bow ties that matched my teething necklaces. It was fun and a few friends wanted me to make some for them as well. I decided to open an etsy shop in April and I was blown away with how well it did! I slowly started to hate making bow ties so I decided to launch my other ideas in hopes I could still keep my business going. My taggie teethers were even more popular than my bow ties so the rest is history!
The name started out as RADD Design. While my shop was closed a few months ago to have my second baby boy, I decided that would be the best time for a name change and re launch! Rad is one of my favorite words and the two D’s were giving me hashtag troubles. While laying in the hospital bed, all drugged up with an epidural, watching The Hills reruns, I came up with Rad Revolution (inspired by where my biggest idol LC works;)

-What (or who) has been your biggest inspiration?
I can’t even begin to pick just one inspiration. I am inspired on an hourly basis by everything around me. I am a very visual person so every line, color, and shadow inspires me. One show that inspires me to a crazy extent would be Project Runway. I dream of being able to spend hundreds of dollars at Mood and create such stunning and sometimes ridiculous pieces.

-Have you always been interested in sewing?
My mom taught me how to sew at a pretty young age. Whenever I heard the word sewing though, I always thought of a grandma making slightly ugly quilts so I never really took off with it. I made a thousand pillows and tied a few blankets and quilts but never was obsessed like I am now. When I was in junior high and skinny pants became the craze I put my skills to use making my normal jeans skinnier and started to alter clothes. That was when I realized sewing was a lot more than grandma quilts. (Although I LOVE and appreciate grandma quilts so much more now!)

-As a new mom with a newborn and a 2 year old, how do you balance everything?!
I don’t think I do. I feel like I’m still adjusting and figuring out a routine. My kids are my absolute first priority so when my newborn only wants to take a nap on me and not let me sew, (like what’s happening this very minute) I sit on the couch and cuddle him and try to enjoy every minute. I also spend a lot of time sitting and nursing so that’s when I catch up on emails and social media! Other than that I only sew while my toddler is napping and occasionally when my husband is home. I know these young years are so important and fun and I wouldn’t trade that for a business any day! (Sorry Shark Tank Sharks, my business comes second, I may never get a deal with them because of this.. Oh well!) With that being said I do take my customers very seriously and adjust my inventory based on my time to insure that every order gets shipped within a week!

-When you’re not busy being super mom, where could we find you?
The couch. Or in bed sleeping. I love sleeping almost as much as I love my family and dessert. I battle my laziness gene and my love for crappy reality TV on a daily basis. Spending time with my family takes the cake though. We have so much fun together and love exploring and being outside.

-What has been your favorite item or fabric so far?
Every single item I sell I’m obsessed with! I would never sell a fabric that I didn’t love. I’ve bought a few online that I had planned to use for teethers, but sometimes don’t scale right or look a little off, so they never make it to the site. My hoods are definitely my favorite right now though, they are just so rad!

-Any sneak peaks or hints to new designs you’re thinking of?
Since I just launched my new line of Cozy Hoods, I’m excited to see where they can go! My instagram is very transparent and a direct look inside my mind and ideas so I don’t have any juicey secrets for you;) I like getting to know my followers (because I’m pretty sure I have THE BEST followers) and see what they want or colors they like!

-Anything else you’d like us to know?
I love doing custom orders and requests!! Working directly with people is so much fun for me. I’ve done custom dolls, bow ties, and awesome combination sets of just about everything. Email me and let’s chat!!

-If you were to try out for The Voice, what song would you pick to sing?
This is a tough one because my first reaction would be to go with T Swift… But now that I think about it I would probably do a Carolline Pennel version of any song she performed.. Because she’s my fav!! Or Coldplay. Okay I can’t decide.. I’ll just stick to performing for my shower head.

 Dying to pick up a few things from Rad Revolution yet? Click the link below to enter!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Enter above, and don’t forget to read the instructions and follow the directions, as entries will be verified. In order to be eligible, you must be following myself and RadRevo on Instagram and repost the giveaway image that is on my feed with the hashtag #RadDarling. You may repost once a day, and tag friends on the original giveaway picture on Instagram and Facebook if you’d like! Giveaway only accounts won’t be considered and I can only see your post if your profile is public. If your profile is private, please make it public starting at midnight EST on 11/14/14 and until the winner has been announced so that your entries count!
Winner will be chosen at random and announced in the widget above on 11/14/14. Good luck!




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Babywearing in the Fall

A BIG thank you to Tabby Photography for taking pictures of me wearing H.
I love this time in my motherhood journey where I am able to scoop him up and hold him close to me and he is immediately calmed and soothed. For the first 6 months of his life, H would only nap if he was touching me in some way and my wraps, quite literally, saved my sanity. I was going mad and getting so frustrated over the fact that I wasn’t able to be the housewife I had expected myself to be and rarely changed out of my pajamas from the night before until after Zach got home.

Enter baby wearing.
Thanks to the Solly Wrap, I was able to get in my skin to skin time and bond with him, help him get the sleep he so desperately needed, and not be completely confined to the rocking chair or bed. I also got really well acquainted with all of our local Target’s aisles, and got in a little bit of trouble in their children’s sections – but seriously, how does any person walk away from all of the adorable onesies and goodies? Baby sized everything just melts my heart!

After I realized what a blessing the Solly Wrap was, I started researching more and fell down the baby wearing rabbit hole. I started out with a Moby and two Solly Wraps and ended up adding an Ergo, a Lillebaby, a Ring Sling and a Didymos Katja size 6 Woven Wrap to my collection!

Baby wearing has been such a huge part of our lives the past 9.5 months, I am so glad to have this small documentation of it!


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