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Category Archives: Adopted Sisters – Featured Mamas!

A New Take On Labor Day!

Written by: Allie Lotzgeselle On September 7th, 2013 I had the most amazing, emotional, and humbling experience of my life. On that date, two years ago today, I got to marry my soulmate. The most unbelievable human being I had ever come into contact with vowed to love me for who I am for all of

Lake Agnes Inspired Quinoa Salad

Written by: Louann Walker With these warm days in Half Moon Bay and an Indian Summer on its way this fall, I’ve been dreaming up some amazing and healthy recipes for us to snack on over a quick trip to the park, pool, beach, or even have for a light lunch. This quinoa salad, inspired by a version

Video Games: Escapism and Seeking a Sense of Achievement

Written by: Preston Chapin Soriano Video games are constantly adapting and evolving overtime. They are becoming incredibly realistic, and the stories involved in them have gone way past “pass the square pixel” and “save the princess”. Kids and adults alike find themselves sucked into other worlds,

Don’t Give it to ‘Em Blind!

Written by: Elyse Sinsay When I had my second child Liam I had the benefit of having the ability and the knowledge of knowing what to do this time around. I knew which diapers worked, what mommy stuff I needed. What formula I liked and so on. And I now know more people who have kids so I get asked,

Adventures Don’t End When You Have Kids! Our Travel Tips

Written by: Louann Walker If you and your significant other live an adventurous lifestyle, I’m sure you heard this from well meaning friends and family several times before little ones were even a thought in your mind. And if you’re like us, then from the day you found out you were pregnant you

Whine With Me Wednesday – Changing the Way We Treat a “Hook Up” (Video!)

Ohhhh here I go. I attempted doing these last October of 2014 .. recorded a few and then felt all kinda of weird putting my thoughts and opinions out there.. with video. Blogging is one thing… VLOGGING is quite another. But at the end of the day I said “what the hell, PUBLISH.” I

Be The Change That You Want To See In The World

Written by: Naomi Goodale It was about eight years ago now when I had to get out of my own skin; my own romantic breakup and personal set of emotional “problems” in life. I had to see the real, ‘bigger’ world out there and go beyond the comforts of my own four walls. I had flown solo on a volunteer

Succulents: The Un-Killable Plants

Saying I love succulents, would be a severe understatement. Saying I’m obsessed with succulents is a more accurate portrayal of my feelings towards them! It could be that after years of killing every living plant I got my hands on I’m just elated to know that succulents give me a chance to right my

The Working Class Sacrifice

Written by: Elyse Sinsay Everyone always asks me, “Oh, you must be so spoiled. Do you eat well at home? Does he cook for you all the time?” I always smile and say, “Well, I am a chef too, so yes we do eat well but just as well as anyone else. I guess our holidays are just a little better.. ☺”


One of my fondest childhood memories is of my parents, siblings, and I gathering the crop in our  garden, picking peas, watermelons, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, okra. These were all the fruits of nothing more than our own hard work. As much as we complained about the scorching Louisiana heat,

Meet Elyse! ~~ Date Night Review: Bellamy’s

Jello, to my fellow sisters! I am so excited to share my stories here with all of you. Let me tell you they will be good! First though, let me tell you about me… Elyse Sinsay. Originally I am from San Diego, Lemon Grove to be exact. When I was around 6 or 7 we moved to Vista, CA and I grew up there

Meet Alli!

Hello to all! My name is Alexandra (friends often call me Alli) and I want to start by saying I am so very happy to be a part of such a wonderful blog that celebrates strong and thoughtful women. I am 26, live in Escondido, California and will soon be celebrating my second wedding anniversary. I

(Meet Preston!) Boys Can Wear Dresses: The Dangers of Gender Roles

Growing up, I knew that I was different from other girls. I wasn’t really interested in dolls or playing dress up. The games that I liked to play as a young child were very physical; chasing, jumping, wrestling. If I played pretend, I was never a princess, but a knight fighting “evil”. As I

Dear California Warriors—Don’t lose hope!

It doesn’t matter how you choose to live your life, just LIVE and LET LIVE. In the past few weeks especially I’ve seen and read nothing but hate and anger posts. Pro-vax vs anti-vax. Gay pride vs the Christian values/church. People fighting over whether guns should be stripped away or

Reasons to Do A Maternity Shoot

Written by: Victoria Rogers I didn’t realize how much I needed (yes “needed”) maternity photos until I got pregnant with my second baby. While pregnant with my son back in 2012, Talia asked me if I wanted to do maternity photos. I  told her I would consider it but in the end I

Music-Lover Mondays

I have always known Naomi to have a guitar (or two or three!) by her bedside. Music has been a huge part of her life. She blew me away when I found out that she not only sings but writes her own lyrics as well. It doesn’t surprise me that she is bringing up her daughters to love music as

That 40th Week .. The Final Stretch and Finding Zen.

All of us mamas have been there… that FINAL stretch! They tell you after 36 weeks you’re full term and the baby can come whenever and you can expect a healthy and smooth delivery! We’re all guilty of it… wanting that baby out once we get that green light! It was always a

Roasted Candy Veggies & A Happy Friday

“You are what you eat” We’ve heard it all before. It’s like that annoying little voice inside that says “look, just look at that extra layer of cheese on that pizza…is that really what you want sitting on your ass-cheeks?”  …. “come on now, do you really need to go for that third donut?”  .. I can

DEAR KRISTEN BELL: Whose “Facts Are Friends”? – Yours or Mine?

For those who do not know, there is a bill called SB277 that has currently moved forward through three different senate committees here in California.  (I encourage you to read this if you haven’t before proceeding). If you haven’t heard of it, perhaps you were one of the millions of

The First Months Home With Baby

Biz! The last time Pam left a mark on this blog was when she was pregnant with Hudson. He was born in February, the day I left for the Philippines actually! So happy Jeff was around to capture some newbie at-home moments with Pam and her son. I went to visit with her recently and got a bit of a

From Vikki’s Kitchen – Healthy Egg Scramble

Today it’s recipe time! Our first Featured Mama Vikki is sharing one of her go-to breakfasts. Her son, Anthony just turned two and is one of the most healthy kiddos I know, always snacking on the good stuff- fruits and veggies. I love when moms can master this with their kids at such a young

Featured Mama – (another) Natalia!

Biiiz, You don’t need much of an introduction for her, you’ve known her since you were in 6th grade! 🙂 The fabulous and always glam Natalia Koegen is our featured mama on the blog today! She is expecting her third (and she says “final”) child and has never had maternity

Featured Mama! – Tabitha

I want to introduce you to a friend and client of ours – Tabitha! I have known this girl since middle school (8th grade to be exact) and she’s always been sweet to me. She was (and is) so beautiful, with a kind spirit and personality to match! We lost touch years after high school

Finally Off My Rocker…And My Porch

How do I begin to describe or fill you in on one of my favorite people ever? Rocio and I met at the best age in life, 4. We decided then and there that we were going to be friends, and we ran with it. SO many days spent swimming, playing Nintendo, making fun of our “lame” older brothers

Featured Mama – Evelyn!

We clicked because of the way we joked. Dry sense of humor, the ability to make fun of something and be made fun of without getting overly sensitive and offended. There was this charm to Evelyn, the same charm that’s there still that really draws people to her. She’s one of the only

Featured Mama! – Naomi

Becs! Sometimes, when I’m on my 3rd glass of wine and pondering life, I ask myself why I was ever made to work in the restaurant industry for six years. Haha! No, but really, I never look at it as some awful job I just had to get through (though a lot of it was blehhh), I saw everything that

Featured Mama – Pamela

I’ve known Pam for a handful of years now. Since becoming moms we’ve grown closer and I would love to introduce you to her! Pamela (or Pam, as everyone calls her) moved to San Diego from Michigan and married her long time boyfriend Bryan. I think by the time they were married they had

Featured Mama – Samantha

Hi Becs, Love that we are including this new section of featured mamas! With our wedding business taking off last year we wanted to focus solely on weddings and engagements, but I noticed that the relationships we’ve kept with our clients continues, as does life and so many more amazing

Featured Mama – Vikki

Becs! SO EXCITED to have our first featured “sister” on the blog be the one and only Victoria Rogers! One of my dearest friends, and I am sharing her-just a little- to the world. Some of my favorite memories with Vikki would be back 2005 when we were living together in San Marcos. We

Healing & Possibilities

Day: Last. After the summer of her senior year in high school, 2005, Rebecca was apartment hunting. She had just turned 18 in July, but wanted out. There wasn’t a hostile living situation or anything, she had just been longing for that freedom of not living under her parents roof anymore

Childhood Road Trips / Bladder Control

“A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.” – anonymous There was a road trip in our childhood that our father recalls fondly. Talia was eight and Becca was six. Our family would take two weeks off at the very beginning of the school year to visit relatives

The Beginning, A Good Place to Start

Our first post! We are Talia and Becca. There ain’t much to it. This is an online journal between sisters who have much to say, whether it’s important or not. After high school, Rebecca moved to San Francisco. Almost eight years later, Talia finally followed and moved her whole family