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Making Smoothies With the Kids! – Vitamix Recipes

Smoothie-making in the morning! Continuing the tradition but having the kids help out this time. 🙂 Hope you’re all having an amazing Memorial Day Weekend! <3 Cheers everyone! All content and images copyright TheSisterFiles©2016 and cannot be used without expressed permission.

National Wine Day – It’s The Simple Things

Got swamped. Left the house. Went to a winery. Felt better. Find your happy place. Go there often. Date your husband. Love your family. Drink red wine. Happy National Wine Day! Another reminder: BevMo 5 Cent WIne Sale is ON! Make sure you’re out stocking up! <3 And as if you needed any

Chili Jam & Pecan Flat Bread – Trader Joe’s Tuesday!

Another fun, simple, and delicious appetizer from Trader Joe’s! There’s a bit of a kick to it, but wow does this pair well with some red wine! <3 Ingredients: Trader Joe’s Hot & Sweet Chili Jam Trader Joe’s Traditional Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s Tuesday’s – Kati Pouches With Mango Ginger Chutney

Another fabulous dish to share from Trader Joe’s! I would set up these kati pouches for some after school snacks for Amelia – serve them with a side of mango chutney and you’re good to go! Ingredients: 1 box Trader Joe’s Kati Pouches (frozen section) 1 jar Trader

Where In The World Is Talia San Diego?

When I have these déjà vu experiences, I have to blink several times, take a seat back and I immediately think, “I’ve seen this before, this has happened before.” Whether it was in a dream, or in whatever way/s Wikipedia defines it (except for the seizures or taking drugs part..),

Art Walk San Diego – Little Italy

Took the kids and their cousins to the Art Walk in San Diego yesterday. Worked all morning, even though I needed some sleep badly I was convince by my cousin Christina to pack up all the kids and brave Little Italy in the afternoon. I love art walks.. I usually prefer them sans kids, because I want

But … It’s HOW You Say It…

Happy Saturday! Is that too generic of a greeting or do people actually like hearing that? Take any day… Happy Tuesday! Happy Thursday! Let’s not think too deeply in to this.. I’m wishing you a happy weekend. Also! If you’re like me and feeling like you have to monitor every

When Something You Love Turns You Off.

“So… what are you going to do?” I have a love/hate with that question above. If it is asked in any way that makes me think about my future and how it’s all going to work out, it causes great anxiety. Parents, quit asking your children this… especially right after high

Strawberry Fields Forever

It was a day of: “Sure, why not?”‘s. I’m usually not one to pay that much attention to signs off the side of the road, especially during this politic season where every corner is a VOTE FOR sign. Until three signs in a row called out: FRESH STRAWBERRIES. Yeah. I know most

Foto Friday – Family Time

Realized there was another whole set of photos from our vacation that hasn’t been shared. 🙂 Looking through these just makes me wanna cuddle up with my family right now, and enjoy our Friday together. <3 Light post, wishing you all a safe and happy weekend with the ones you love!    All

Forget the Night.. Have a Date DAY — Rancho Bernardo Winery

Just a mid-week reminder to all those married-folk out there with kids to take a DATE DAY every now and then! In fact, we could altogether replace most of our date nights with days like these. And in case you were wondering, no, it’s not because I am in my 30’s now… well, okay

Kid-Friendly Wineries in Napa Valley, CA – And Parent-Approved Family Days

You read that correctly! Usually I don’t – just don’t – bother taking the kids out to Napa when I’m in the Bay Area because #1) Whyyy #2) Don’t you want to have fun? and #3) When I think of wine tasting in Napa, I think about all my senses being on overload so

Can You Be Friends With People Who Have Different Views?

Hot topic alert! But your opinions are different from mine, can we still be friends? The answer to that seems simple enough, right? My initial reaction after hearing a question like that would be: “Of course! Just because you feel one way about something, and I feel the complete opposite,

Trader Joe’s Tuesdays – Garlic Naan Open-Faced Cuban Sandwich

OoooOoOh Trader Joe’s Tuesday’s are back! Well, they never really went anywhere in our home because that’s where I shop 90% of the time. (Except for those 2 months I was out of the country… Manila should reeeally look in to getting one of these…) – Anyhow! We all

Days Off – Carlsbad Flower Fields

It’s been a few years since we’ve checked out the Carlsbad Flower Fields. I think the week before Sebastian was born we made a visit. During the months of March-May (Mother’s Day), 50 acres in Carlsbad, CA are lush with flowers of all colors, blooming on a hillside overlooking the

A Birthday Note For My Favorite

To my better half, You refuse to celebrate it. You clam up at the notion that people might sing to you. You didn’t tell anyone when your birthday was and in being friends with you it took me four years to find out when your birthday was… ON YOUR BIRTHDAY, by accident as the waitress in

Distribution Prep! – Bars To Bears

Most of you already know about the livelihood project started by Rocio and I last year, but on the in case that you don’t, you can read all about it here. I was excited to be around for the first distribution of 2016! We had 4 sacks of bears come in from Legaspi, each sack containing close to

The Walk to Wawa (Dam)

My cousins Jake, Patrick, and Phillip picked us up early on a Monday morning and we ventured off to a place called Wawa Dam. From Makati it took us a little over two hours (on and off random bouts of traffic which we’ve had to get used to in this city) and we finally made it. It’s in a

Green With Envy Blues – The Importance of “Days Off” While on Vacation

Is there such a thing as “too much vacation”? I am iiiiiitching to get back to work all of a sudden. We’ve spent many days out.. keeping busy constantly with family to see and lunches, dinners… found myself this weekend at the mercy of my body. It just gave up! I mean, the

Kick Starting our Day at the Coffee Plant!

On the way to the beach, we stopped at a coffee plant to check out my cousin’s line of coffee he was working on with a friend. “ever been to a coffee plant?” Nope! “Wanna see one?” Sure! My cousin Paolo has a brand of coffee out this way called Kape King. He is now

Days Like These – Weekend by the Sea

“Make voyages. Attempt them. There’s nothing else.” – Tennessee Williams Jeff showed up a few days in to this trip and stayed with us for THREE WEEKS! Although he had to fly back sooner, I am so so happy he was here for as long as he could be. I cannot tell you what a saving grace that

Never Too Old For A Dance Party, Or Cartoon Pajamas

PAJAMA SETS. Found some matching ones that will make my daughter look at me like, “you’re my hero!” but my husband look at me like, “you are not getting any tonight with those on!” Amelia’s views will win me over in this case. Haha! So this is mainly a picture

Collecting Sea Shells And Memories – Tali Weekend Part 1!

Oh Tali beach! Apparently it’s a getaway for most of our family out in the Philippines. You drive a couple hours south from the city and you arrive at the family beach house and spend your weekends here. I love how almost everyone has a spot here on the same street. There was a group of 4

The Voyage

***Hello all! Wow! Took all of February off to refresh – literally! Been on vacation and still currently out of the country. I am so excited to start blogging again but first I want to take these first two weeks in March to update you all on our travels! I may have stopped WORK but I

The Trips We Take – Getting the Kids Used to Long Car Rides

I get asked quite often how I can take these 8-10 hour trips with my kids, back and forth constantly from San Francisco to San Diego. Both kids are seasoned travelers at this point, hardly any complaints.. maybe just one stop for gas after we grab some food somewhere, and they know that the trip

Date Day – The Brigantine – Escondido, CA

Ohhh the Brigantine! I love this place for all sorts of reasons. When Jeff and I were dating, he used to live right by this place. I actually count this place as our first real “date” place since the first few we weren’t “official” or as some girls like to say,

Typical Outing Day – & Moments That Fleet

I am soaking in as many of these daily outings as I can. Some times the days seem really long, but then I blink, and months have passed. I know my future self will long for days like this, when the kids wanted only a few simple things: My attention Chicken Nuggets A playground to run off the

Sol Food – The Best Puerto Rican Food – San Rafael, CA

One of the best Puerto Rican restaurants I’ve ever been to is Sol Food. It’s located in San Rafael, north of the city of San Francisco. I was introduced to this place by my cousin Paolo, who raved about it and said it’s worth going to just for the vinegar. When a Filipino tells

Trader Joe’s Tuesdays – Braised Beef Roast

Who doesn’t love a good braised beef roast? It’s good all the time, but especially on cold days for some reason. Trader Joe’s.. this one was so good and I was able to spare myself hours from the kitchen prepping one of my own from scratch – which I don’t mind doing

The Sibling Glue – Part 2 (There’s Always THAT Sibling)

Part 2 of my blogging on siblings, which I have two of. So there will only be two parts. The more I talk to people about this subject, the more I realize that we are all wired so differently, and it was discouraging, because my main stance on this was: if I raise my children a certain way or avoid

Trader Joe’s Tuesdays – Fire Roasted Green Chile Cornbread

This was a perfect side dish we had the other night..and then in to the following morning, and throughout the day we were snacking on it. Super tasty! Just make sure you take it out of the oven in time if you don’t want the corn on the top to be too hard. My husband wasn’t a fan

Stop at the Pit Stops

I love that I’m in that time in my life right now where I can make the call of stopping the car to check something random out on the side of the road. Like when we were passing Gilroy some time last week. You can’t help but chuckle when you pass by all of these fruit stand signs. I

The Sibling Glue (Part 1)

“Sisters teach brothers about the mysteries of girls; brothers teach sisters about the puzzle of boys. Our spouses arrive comparatively late in our lives; our parents eventually leave us. Our siblings may be the only people we’ll ever know who truly qualify as partners for life.

Whine With Me Wednesday! (Video) To Have a 3rd Child or Not…

Another video I finally got around to editing… seriously I can sit with Naomi and just laugh and laugh for hours. We go off on so many tangents, we joke around a lot, we aren’t easily offended by ANYTHING, we aren’t always “politically correct”, but it’s

Trader Joe’s Tuesdays – Carnitas Dipper Casserole

Sharing this yummy casserole from the other night! Trader Joe’s… you’re really the best! <3 Ingredients: 1 bag Trader Joe’s Organic Corn Dippers 1-2 pkg Trader Joe’s Carnitas (*We used two because..well, more meat.) 1 jar Trader Joe’s  Enchilada Sauce 1 bag

Children Are Not to Blame For Your Lackluster Life and Failures

What a title, huh? Besides families being pushed to the side lately and no longer praised in this culture (I’ll get more in depth with this one on another blog), it didn’t shock me that articles like this were being blasted all over my newsfeed last week. In case you don’t have