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Category Archives: Adopted Sisters – Featured Mamas!

Significant Other Gift Giving: The Universal Stressor (and a possible solution)

Written by: Alexandra Lotzgeselle I will start this post by shamelessly saying I, like any other female, love getting gifts. Who doesn’t, right? My husband and I started dating in February of 2010, so by the time Christmas rolled around, we had been together long enough to assume we would get each

Can We Do Better With Plant Based Vaccines? 

Written by: Naomi Goodale Well, I think most of us reading that question would naturally answer “yes”. We tend to think “green” when we think plants, nonetheless many might ask “why?” “Do they not make vaccines using plants already?” No, vaccines have been and continue to be

Thankful for Being Thankful: A Look on My Most Precious Gifts

Written by: Preston Chapin Soriano Those that know me know a few core things about me. One, I am very opinionated, up to the point of being obnoxious at times. This often leads to thing two, that I complain a lot. I am very passionate about what I believe in and what I feel is right, and because of

Owning Yourself

Written by: Audrey Misha Kirk Owning yourself. Owning up to who you are without apologies, or with apologies, but not being afraid to stand behind yourself after what you did. To have the courage to look into the mirror and see your real reflection, instead of the mask you decided to hide behind

Date Night Review: Dukes La Jolla

Written by: Elyse Sinsay Have I mentioned I love my husband? Well, I do. I am also VERY proud of him. He works his ass off every day, long hours, fighting for a level of standard that is becoming less and less existent these days with cooks who just want to take it easy, and is still one of the

Operation Christmas Child

It goes without saying that children these days are entirely too spoiled lately. I don’t know what your Christmas was like in the 80’s and 90’s as a child. I remembered that even if our parents (some years) could afford to get us every single thing on our wishlists, that

Relation SHIPS, Boundaries, and Sailing Towards Making Your Soul Happy

Written by: Audrey Mischa Kirk My friend once sent me a quote that read, “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with… choose carefully!” Who do you spend the most time with. Did this even mean the people I work with daily. I don’t have a choice to be

Super Simple Side Dish: Roasted Balsamic Broccoli

I definitely do NOT fancy myself a chef by any stretch of the imagination. My husband and I eat out way more than we should, and when we cook at home, he normally handles the proteins. However, I have been known to whip up some tasty side dishes! I’m a big fan of making vegetable dishes that

All the Different Ways We Say I Love You

Written by: Elyse Sinsay I love my husband. Like a lot. When people find out we are married, because they are shallow, they don’t get it. My husband, by his own words, is a fat Filipino kid, and I am, well, not that. I’m Colombian and I do my best to NOT be the typical chef size. When my husband

Homeschooling Pt. 2!

Hi! Last time I was on the blog I discussed the process of choosing to homeschool, and how that has the potential to bring up a lot of self-doubt and insecurity. This post will be dedicated to curriculum *cue the scary music * When it was time for us to start looking at curriculum for our 5 year

A Little Bite of Heaven – Apple Pie Caramel Cookies

By: Elyse Sinsay Welcome to the holiday season, ladies! Now that Halloween is officially over all of our favorite stores have told us it is Christmas!!! Hahahaha!! Well, I have not forgotten about Thanksgiving, nor my promise to share more recipes of the non-pumpkin variety. So, here is another

Splitting Holidays Among Family

Written by: Alexandra Lotzgeselle Growing up we had, for the most part, a set of traditions for where holidays were spent. The biggest of the holidays being Christmas was spent was split with Christmas Eve being celebrated at my paternal grandparents with all my aunts uncles and cousins from my

Sitting With Pain, Taking Back Yoga, and the Power of the Mind

“We are not our bodies. We are our spirits and souls that happen to be housed inside a physical presence. Our bodies are unique because we, our souls, are unique. And not only is that OK, it’s essential” -Embody by Connie Sobczak Written by: Kelly Maughan I had a completely different post written

Demanding Respect, Stealing Virtue

Written by: Preston Chapin Soriano As we are growing up as children, we are often told that we must give respect. Respect our parents, respect our teachers, respect our elders, respect, respect, respect. As we become adults, then we are told that we must respect our bosses, respect other’s beliefs,

The 4 Knives You NEED In Your Life

Written by: Elyse Sinsay Knife sets. Everyone has them. Everyone sees them. Everyone is trying to sell you on one. But, do you REALLY, truly, honestly use all those knives or even know what the hell all of them are for?? I mean, they tell you what each one is called but not what they do or what

Respect and Discipline: The Strength It Takes To Do Both

Written by: Elyse Sinsay When I was a kid growing up, I was taught to respect my elders. When we went to my grandparents’ house, you always said hello and gave them a hug as soon as you got there. When you wanted something you better say please and thank you and when you were told to do something

Falling behind in Fall… Don’t do it!

Written by: Audrey Mischa Kirk If a giant Tsunami was coming towards you at exuberant speeds would you prefer to have a few days to prepare or would you rather be blind sited by the extraordinary tidal wave. Deepest apologies for not warning you sooner as this is insight that I tend to overlook

My Top 10 Low-Maintenance Beauty Finds

Written by: Alexandra  Lotzgeselle When it comes to beauty products, I find that 85% of the time, they don’t work the way they’re supposed to. You spend a ton of money on some magic elixir, and if it ever works the way it’s advertised, after a few uses it seems that your skin

Old School vs. The New Age

Written by: Elyse Sinsay iPods, iPads, Nabi, Leapfrog, X-Box, PS4, WiiU… The list of device choices goes on and on. Kids nowadays have it so good! Technology at their fingertips! With a flick of their finger they can unlock a world of endless possibilities… But, when do we have them put down the

Messes & Magic With Our Voices & Hands

Written by: Naomi Goodale So if you haven’t heard now-ya-heard that the U.S. curricula, especially in recent years, has made the rapid shift towards the “common core” subjects of reading and math with a stronger basis in critical thinking. Now although I am huge supporter of critical thinking-based

Homeschooling 101 – Introducing April!

Written by: April Staples Hi!! Okay, can I just say that I am super excited about this?! As a 31-year-old mom of three, there are few things that excite me more than homeschooling. You can probably guess what some of the other things are, because you are reading this blog… wine, food, family, and

Reading and the Luxury of It All – Kindles, Nooks, and Books!

Written by: Elyse Sinsay Once upon a time, “once upon a time” held a lot of weight. A lot of people, not just children, looked forward to hearing stories from their loved ones/elders of their travels and adventures. They longed to hear tales of love, loss and life lessons. As time went on and the

Halloween NOM-NOM ’ s

By: Elyse Sinsay In my household my birthday is like the kick off of the holidays. My husband and I start buying presents for Christmas, we get all the decorations organized and the last of the birthdays are just around the corner. One of the 1st holidays though is Halloween, and the Sinsay’s, take

“The Beast” Next Door

Written by: Audrey Mischa Kirk One of my favorite childhood movies is “The Sandlot”. An absolute classic that I thoroughly enjoy well into my late 20’s. It is a movie about young boys enjoying their childhood. They play baseball, ride bikes, and have fun creating memories. My

DIY Baby Shower Gift Tutorial

Written by: Alexandra Lotzgeselle I love a good DIY…when it doesn’t require a degree in mechanical engineering to figure out, that is. This is a two-parter, and the second half can obviously be adjusted to any theme other than just a baby shower. I first came up with this for my sister-in-law’s

From the Darkness Into the Light – Life With An Eating Disorder

Written by: Kelly Maughan I’ve struggled with my weight and eating disorders for over 15 years. I’ve experienced them all. It wasn’t until recently that I felt compelled to be more open about it. A year ago, if you would have told me that I would end up in a residential treatment center, struggling

The Comforts of the AirBnb Experience

Written by: Louann Walker If you’re into traveling and unique experiences that are off the beaten bath, you should definitely try out AirBnb! Maybe you’ve heard of them before but thought it was only for people wanting to crash couches or share rooms. You can actually rent out a whole apartment

Why Traveling Makes You A Better Version of Yourself

Written by: Alexandra Lotzgeselle I have, as long as I can remember, been inflicted with an incurable case of wanderlust. I love adventure, I love traveling, and I love always having a trip to look forward to. I could never be one of those people that are content just staying in one place. While I

Profanity: Discussing Cussing

Written by: Preston Chapin Soriano DISCLAIMER: If you are easily offended, this post is not for you. Instead, here is a video of puppies playing in a ball pit. If puppies upset your delicate sensibilities, then I ask what are you doing on the internet?? Go seek counseling NOW. Language is by far

Pledge of Allegiance

Written by: Elyse Sinsay “I pledge allegiance to the flag, of the United States of America, and to the republic, for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”  This is the pledge of allegiance that I grew up with. I’m sure everyone grew up with this

MEET AUDREY! – The Landlocked Mermaid

Written by Audrey Mischa Kirk Who am I? Who are you? I was given the honor to join a good friends blog and write a simple bio about myself. Geeze! I thought this would be a lot easier but when I sat down to write, my page was BLANK. I couldn’t answer a simple question about who I was? In the

I Am Enough, I Am Loved

In case you were one of the few who missed it, there was a Lunar Eclipse (a.k.a.) “Blood Moon” that happened last night. And for those of you who did catch it and are drawn to the moon and the stars as much as this ‘gazer’ here, then you will agree with me when I say it was SO COOL! I was hanging

Date Night: Buona Forchetta

Written by: Elyse Sinsay HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO…. ME!! I am Officially 30, I know I shared that on my previous post but my birthday was Tuesday September 22 and to celebrate my husband and I went out to dinner to eat my favorite thing in the world…. PIZZA!!! I know, normally for a 30th birthday you

You Are The Company You Keep

Written by: Alexandra Lotzgeselle Although I do believe my husband and I can and will make it through anything, I think there is one aspect to our relationship that is a big reason why we have such a wonderful marriage- we surround ourselves with equally as happy relationships. All of our close

48 Hours in Austin

Written by: Alexandra Lotzgeselle Over Labor Day weekend my husband, parents and I flew to Austin for my cousins wedding. We had originally planned on trying to make a longer trip of it, but with other vacations coming up and holiday pricing on airfare and hotels, we unfortunately had to settle for

Turning 30: What I have learned so far…

Written by: Elyse Sinsay With my 30th birthday just around the corner, I began to think the other day… 30 is a big deal. You are not 8 getting the keys to freedom. You are not 21 finally legally able to order a drink. You are not 25, a quarter of the way through your life. You are 30, you have your