MAKE THIS: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins


I discovered this magical recipe about 5 years ago. I saw it on a lifestyle bloggers instagram, possibly via A Merry Mishap? Anyways, these muffins, they contain THREE ingredients. A foolproof fall must-bake item, these are a delicious crowd pleaser. And they make a ton, one batch makes 24 decently portioned muffins. 

THE INGREDIENTS
1 box of yellow cake mix (18 oz box) 
1 large can of pumpkin (a 29 oz can, where pumpkin is the ONLY ingredient)
1 bag of chocolate chips (standard 12 oz bag will due -- use dark chocolate chips to elevate the flavor)

THE DIRECTIONS
1. pour the cake mix in a large bowl
2. pour the entire can of pumpkin the the same bowl
3. mix the two (either by hand if your working on your FLOTUS arms or by hand mixer if you're not)
4. after the first two ingredients are incorporated and creamy add in the entire bag (do it, you know you want to) of chocolate chips and gently fold in to the mix
5. pour a good amount of the muffin mix in to aluminum muffin cups (this is very very important, DO NOT use paper cups the muffins will stick and everything will be awful. you're welcome.)
6. bake at 350° for no more then 20 minutes (test with a toothpick and check them around the 12 minute mark, ovens bake differently or unevenly; which is annoying)
7. the worst part, take them out and let them cool completely (unless you want lava tongue)
8. inhale your first (of many) three ingredient pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

*note: I have not tried this with gluten free cake mix so experiment at your own risk.

Why is laundry only a mothers job?


This P&G, BBDO Worldwide advertisement wrecked me. It resonates deep in my soul; hurtful stereotypes can be passed down from generation to generation. And while the hashtag is unfortunate, #ShareTheLoad (I mean, come on guys) it's message is clear.

Just because we can do it all, doesn't mean we should. Amirite?



Listen Hear: Podcast Edition


A new job = an increased commute. One way to survive the daily grind (besides belting out Solo and Bey -- bless you Ms. Tina for sharing your children with the world) is to listen to podcasts. My subscription list is growing and whenever I find a good one I excitedly share it with my friends. Here's what I'm currently listening to: 

Another Round
Heben and Tracy are the kind of women I want to be friends with, their banter, laughter and interview style is on point. If I lived in NY we would go out for brunch, watch a few episodes of Martin while sipping on adult beverages. They make you feel like you're hanging out with girlfriends you've known for years. 

Call Your Girlfriend
Aminatou and Ann are two badass chicks who talk about pop culture (Erstwhile Sock Designer Rob Kardashian) to politics (Make America Smell Great Again). They are best friends who have real-talk about menstrual cramps and their guest list is endlessly entertaining. 

Hosted by Dan Savage (known for his irreverent sense of humor and unfiltered sex advice) Savage Lovecast answers listener questions about relationships, love and sex. Entertaining and informative his podcast offers a unique view in to American (and occasionally international) bedrooms. 

For Colored Nerds
This is my newest Podcast discovery; Brittney and Eric are two New York friends who discuss everything nerdy. Wither they are interviewing YA authors, giving love to Leslie Jones or talking to members of the Black Art Incubator the episode is good and they are quickly becoming my favorite colored nerds!

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PB Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies



I made Monique's gluten free peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and holy hell, these are delicious. If you're craving something sweet but want to pretend you're eating a healthy treat look no further. These cookies are easy to whip up and delightful. 


You only need 7 ingredients (most of them are household staples) and they bake in under 11 minutes, so game on. 
Get Monique's recipe here: Ambitious Kitchen

Pro Tip:
Use dark chocolate chips and add Himalayan sea salt to enhance the flavor of these decadent delights


MAKE THIS: One Pot Turkey Skillet


I found this recipe on Jen's blog Yummy Healthy Easy via Pinterest. This entire meal is cooked in one pot and it's delicious.

Clocking in with only 10 ingredients it's an easy meal to make mid-week. All you need is ground turkey, brown rice, cheese, soup and green chiles. Get the full recipe for Jen's One Pot Turkey Skillet here: Yummy Healthy Easy.

Pro Tip: I omitted the tortilla chips (to make this healthier) and swapped the cheese for a lactose free-version (thanks Sprouts!)

Dinner is served.




Cuddle + Kind: One Doll = 10 Meals


The Woodgate family has made it their mission to help end hunger by donating the proceeds from their online shop Cuddle + Kind to World Food Program USA and Children’s Hunger Fund.

Cuddle + Kind's adorable hand-knit dolls are created by Peruvian artisans. They come in mini (pictured) and large sizes; each doll sold equals ten meals for a child. There's a coordinating print with an inspirational message that provides 5 meals for a child.

The Woodgate family hopes to provide one million meals a year. Help them reach their goal and buy a charming heirloom doll (it makes a perfect baby shower/birthday/holiday gift)!




WEAR THIS: Shop Zeyna



OH man, this sweatshirt is GOOD. A twitter discovery (thanks, Hannah Giorgis!) Djenneba Drammeh's lifestyle brand is on point.

Her snarky, timely and well-designed pieces are must-haves. Be sure to check out her White Tears candle, hand-poured and vanilla scented as well as her artisanal Male tears candle (also available in vanilla).

So what are you waiting for, shop Zeyna now.


WEAR THIS: Zoe Love Designs


This sister owned shop is full of amazing apparel that illustrates #BlackGirlMagic, I want every single piece.

Stock up on graphic tees, canvas totes and sweatshirts (because winter IS coming) at Zoe Love Designs

Sharlene and Michelle are doing the damn thing, way to go ladies!


Watch This: LOVING





Are you crying yet?

Very excited for this film, give them all the awards. Read more about Loving the movie here: Focus Features

Pics for Promises



I had the pleasure of meeting one of the photographers from Pics for Promises at this years San Diego Artwalk (of course I snapped up a print that I'm still obsessed with and that hangs prominently in my home).

Pics for Promises spotlights a charity every month and donates 25% of their proceeds; you can read more about their give back program here: throw kindness around like confetti 

In the meantime I'm bookmarking prints and clearing out wall space, show them some love and support a good cause!