Styled // Wyeth Eyewear

This summer I worked on a shoot for the Brooklyn-based eyewear brand, Wyeth Eyewear. We drove from the beaches of Malibu, up some windy hills into Topanga to shoot at a rad little handmade house on a canyon, surrounded by Airstream trailers. It was a fun (hot) day and I love how these looks came together when paired with the super fashion-forward frames from Wyeth.

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Photos by Taryn Kent
Styling by Julia Wheeler
Models: Shafia West / Kaitlyn Rightmyer / Angeline SuppigerHair: Tee
Makeup: Jenny Ventura


Shop all sunglass styles at Wyeth Eyewear.

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Fall and Halloween Cooking // Gluten Free + Vegan Baked Pumpkin Donuts

I know the title of this recipe might make you think that these donuts are no fun. Gluten free, vegan AND baked? I swear to you, these are totally delicious despite the substitutions! They're so easy to make that my 2.5 year old helped me do the entire thing, which meant he was even more stoked to eat them! Since these are much lighter than regular donuts (more like a muffin), they're great for breakfast and you won't feel quite so guilty about giving them to your kids. Bonus: no sugar high! 

Also note before you start this recipe, you'll need a donut pan!



INGREDIENTS:

  • chia seed egg replacement*
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup agave nectar or maple syrup
  • ⅓ cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
* There are two ways to do this. If you like the crunch of chia seeds in your baked goods, combine 2 tbsp chia seeds + 6 tbsp water and let them sit in the fridge for about 15 minutes. If you'd prefer to not know you've got chia seeds in your donuts, grind 1 tablespoon of chia seeds in a spice grinder + combine with 3 tablespoons of water. Let sit in the fridge for about 15 minutes. Both of these methods will give you replacement equal to one egg.

METHOD:
Makes approximately 8 donuts
  • First, select your method of chia seed egg replacement (explained above) and prepare that mixture while you mix the rest of the ingredients. 
  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Combine flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder & salt
  • Pour in agave nectar (or maple syrup), coconut oil and chia seed mixture. Mix together + gently fold in the pumpkin puree. We did all of this by hand - no mixer. I think it's safer to not over-mix this way.
  • Wipe donut pan with coconut oil 
  • Pour mixture into donut forms
  • Bake for 20 minutes - use the toothpick test to make sure they're done 
  • Cool in the pan or enjoy warm!



Recipe adapted from here.

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HALLOWEEN PARTY + TODDLER DIY

Ready to get super excited for Halloween festivities? We're busy planning a little shindig full of crafts + treats in the next few weeks and are using the party we threw last year as our inspiration since I never blogged about it here. We pulled all of this together really easily with a trip to Trader Joes for pumpkins and snacks, Nomad Donuts, some goodies from Seedling and other craft items lying around the house. It was the perfect way to get everyone in the Halloween spirit and to get even the smaller kiddos involved in some fun craft activities!






Since three out of the four kiddos are still under two, we got creative with how to craft their Halloween pumpkins by letting the little guys glue eyeballs on the pumpkins.




Lou, the oldest girl in the crew decked hers out with eyeballs, glitter and feathers!



We decked out our vegan donuts with fake spiders, eyeballs & vampire teeth while the smaller kids snacked on donut holes, orange Suja juice… and maybe a couple handfuls of sand! ;) Mamas got festive with a little mid-day cocktail too.





Styling: Farra Miron of Hostess Haven
Photos: Shelby Clark
Crafts provided by: Seedling
Halloween Party Printables: Tuesday Mourning (Mer Mag)
Festive Halloween Blankets: Gunn & Swain / The WhitecapThe Rockaway & The Thalia

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MI CASA // BEDROOM TOUR

Someday I'll get my act together (and we'll finish our last few projects in our house) and do a full house tour. For now, I've pieced together a mini tour of our bedrooms, which are all pretty much done. When we first bought this place, it was a complete hovel that had house squatters for a year or so. It's been six years now and we're finally down to our last few projects around here. That's what happens when you DIY and you're married to a really busy contractor with no time to work on his own projects! Enough excuses, here's what we've got:

OUR ROOM:

This is really only half of our bedroom. At some point, someone added this half of the room on to a smaller bedroom so there's a weird little divider that goes across the roof and wall.


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GUEST BEDROOM:

We had to build that closet into Gram's room to make this an actual bedroom according to real estate/code rules if we ever want to re-sell our house. That and we had to make that little window bigger than it was before, which was oddly tiny. We didn't want to get into a ton of crazy work on that one so we just made it as big as the minimum size it needed to be.



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GRAM'S BEDROOM:

This one will be undergoing some changes in the next couple of months once Dusty builds him a big boy bed. For now we took the side off of his crib and he rolls out into a plush canoe most nights and sleeps there, ha! He ripped part of the large wall mural when he was a baby so we're probably going to reprint that or do a different one to mix things up. Not sure if we're going to stay with the desert theme or do something more beachy. Other than that, it's all pretty similar. Dusty build that massive closet and did a ton of construction work on this room before it was done. You can see the whole before & after project on MyDomaine. Big ups to my girl Summer for working on this project with us!






SOURCES:
If I missed any sources for stuff you like, let me know in the comments or send me a message and I'll let you know! 

Photos of Gram's room are by Laure Joliet for MyDomaine.
Photos of our bedroom + guest bedroom are by Taryn Kent.


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Kid-Friendly Beach Day Essentials

Even though we're all ready and raring for cool weather and fall vibes, the reality here in Southern California is that beach days and summer weather is here for a solid month or more. I figured that even if you aren't headed to the beach soon, you might want to save these tips for the next time you go, especially since that last tip has been a game changer for us! So here are my absolute must-haves for an afternoon - or even a quick trip to the beach:

  • Wipes - these help when you've over done it on the sunscreen and someone rubs it right in their eyes. Plus they're great for wiping sandy hands before snacking or if you brought snacks that are a little messy.
  • Sunscreen stick - I've found that these are easier to put on and my little guy even likes to help roll it on. The spray sunscreen can make it easy to miss spots on your kiddo's body so this has been more foolproof for us. This Babyganics stick is a safe, mineral sunscreen and we love it!  
  • Baby powder - Ok, best beach trick ever. Once your day of fun is over, that sand can be so pesky to get off hands and feet - even if you shower off at the beach. We like to head for the car and shake off as much as we can on the way and then once we're at the car, sprinkle some baby powder on sandy hands and feed and VIOLA - the baby powder whisks the sand right off! Just make sure you get the talc-free powder for safety reasons. This Comforts for Baby brand is the Ralph's/Koger generic one and it's super cheap for a huge bottle you can just leave in your car or beach bag!
Pick up some waters and snacks + all of these essentials at Ralph's on your way to the beach and you're ready to hit the sand runnin'!

Plus, you always need a stylish Mexican beach blanket and a good pair of kids boardshorts for swimming! 



This post is sponsored by Ralphs but all tips and opinions are my own. Ralph's Grocery store has an excellent selection of baby & mama products for all occasions.

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