→ I’ve been reading You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero and I’m obsessed.

→ Sarahs living room makeover is a dream. I’m thinking we might need that frame tv for our living room. So cute.

This podcast episode with Joy Cho was pretty amazing. I got chills when she talked about how she’s raising her girls to be empathetic and caring.

→ I tried and failed the Whole 30 after a week. So these pumpkin cheesecake bars are looking pretty delicious right now.

→ Now that the weather in southern california is FINALLY cooling down I just snagged this sweater. I’m thinking it’ll be a winter staple in my wardrobe this season.

→ I’m back to working out and needed some new workout gear for a little extra motivation. These leggings and this sports bra are my faves right now.

→ Watching Mike and Megan build their dream home has been so amazing. I’m loving this post on their dining room design. Totally makes me want to build a home!!

→ I worked with Leah last year on the opening of her online shop and she finally opened up a brick and mortar here in San Diego! If you’re local or visiting make sure to stop in. Such a cute spot.

So happy we finally made it out to the pumpkin patch! It’s a tradition for Aaron and I every year and I’m so excited to start including little Emma in on the fun. It’s a liiiiittle on the hot side right now in San Diego (where the f are you fall!?) but we made the most of it this weekend. We love going up to Bates Nut Farm in Escondido to pick pumpkins. Mostly for the experience, it’s great for kiddos(hay rides and a petting zoo!) but they also have the best fudge. Sadly we didn’t get any this year because we’re planning on starting Whole 30 tomorrow(cross your fingers for me, ugh) but it was pretty fun being able to show Emma around. I remember walking around the pumpkin patch with Aaron last year when I was around 6 months pregnant and getting so excited about bringing Emma here! It’s so insane how time flies and that we have this little baby we can show the world to. She didn’t quite understand what these huge orange balls were but at least we have some cute photos, right? Our little pumpkin. ;)

Emma is starting to wave!! I love it so much. And her little teeth showing when she smiles are my favorite.

Side note: every year at the pumpkin patch Aaron likes to get a photo in front of a rotting pumpkin to make it look like he dropped it. It’s hilarious. We post it on Facebook and it’s kind of ridiculous how many people haven’t caught on yet and think he’s actually dropped it! I love this tradition!

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I’ve been meaning to share photos from my trip to New York last year and now that it’s been exactly a year I figured why not! This trip was one for the books because it was so last minute and with one of my closest friends(who also loves food as much as I do!). Kaori and I went to culinary school together and I say this all the time, but I feel like going to that school(although I didn’t stick with a baking career) was all worth it for the friendships I walked away with. We booked this trip 2 weeks before which was something I wouldn’t normally do. I’m usually such a planner! I think I was around 6 months pregnant and knew my cutoff time for long flights was nearing and I just had this fire in me to book a spontaneous trip. Kaori was visiting me in San Diego and I remember sitting at a coffee shop talking about how much we had wanted to go to New York together(this conversation had come up at least 3 or 4 times during the year), how much food we could eat, all of the places we’d visit and not knowing when we’d ever have the opportunity to do something like this again once the baby came. So we pulled out our phones, looked up flights and hotels and booked it! I remember feeling SO excited and my inner fat kid was screaming for joy. Aaron was heading out on a motorcycle trip so it was perfect timing.

This trip was definitely one I’ll always remember and I can’t wait to take Aaron and Emma one day. There’s such a contagious energy about the city that makes you want to stay. Even just chilling on a bench in Central Park people watching was fun. I also have some video my mom took of Kaori and I on Good Morning America, ha! New York will always hold a special place in my heart. And this will forever be known as the 2016 foodie tour in my mind. I was so stressed towards the end of this trip knowing that I would have to take my glucose test the morning after landing back at home. I thought for sure I’d fail because I ate so much bad food and some of the articles I had read online said to try to eat healthy a day or two before the test! I just barely passed it ;) Worth it!


One of my favorite days was spent in the Flat Iron District at Eataly. The next time I visit NYC I’m for sure staying in this area. Tons of shops and lots of good food.

 

Here’s a list of all the places we ate:

Lunch/dinner
By Chloe.
Grimaldi’s pizza
Eataly for sandwiches
Cafe Fiorello (the meatballs!!!)
Momofuku nishi
Smorgasburg in Brooklyn(the lumpia shack was amazing)
Pepe Giallo
Joe’s Shanghai (best soup dumplings!)
Niu Noodle House (also best soup dumplings!) ;)
Brooklyn bagel for an NYC bagel(so good)
Lil Frankies (we ate pizza here with my friend Katelyn and it was so good)

Dessert/sweet treats
10Below Ice Cream(rolled ice cream)
Bar Boulud
Dough (donuts)
Dominique Ansel Bakery for cronuts (this is where the cronut originated from)
Milk Bar

Emma is officially eating soft foods and purees which is making this mama so proud and also a little sad. At the same time we’re officially on formula which means my breastfeeding journey with Emma has come to an end. Major props to you mamas who BF a year or even after that! It’s such a challenge but I’m definitely going to miss it :(

A few weeks ago Yumi sent us a couple boxes of their baby purees to try on Emma. It’s been so cool to try out new foods with her and experiment with textures and recipes. The only downfall is that I don’t always have the time to make our own food at home and am noticing that our local grocery stores carry the same mix of food pouches(plus I feel bad using up so much plastic!). So I was intrigued by Yumi and their foods because they are changing all the time and they actually introduce a ton of fresh ingredients I wouldn’t usually use. I’m a creature of habit and make the same 2-3 things every week at home for dinner so I feel like it would probably be the same mix of foods if I chose to make Emma’s dishes each week. I love that they’ve done all the hard work so I can just pull them out of the fridge during meal time. Plus they deliver straight to your door and the foods come in the most beautiful reusable jars! Everything about my experience with them has been top notch.

Our boxes arrived and I was blown away by how beautiful the packaging was. It also included a cute little food book to read to Emma. Once we opened up the foods there was a mix of single ingredient purees as well as blends that introduced a variety of ingredients like ground flax, quinoa, kiwi and dragon fruit. It was yellow week so a lot of the ingredients focused on yellow foods. Foods I wouldn’t ever think would taste good but after trying them all myself they were surprisingly delicious! Emma went crazy for them and I can’t wait to reorder and see what other blends they think up. Yumi has also included a discount code for my readers to try out. If you have a little one that’s eating purees or you’re starting to introduce soft foods you can use my code: NOIRVEYUMI50 for a free week on your first order. Enjoy! x

Shout out to Jane for letting us use her beautiful kitchen for this post ;)