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Half Moon Day – Living With Tourist’s Syndrome

Oh just another quaint little town by the pacific north coast that offers cozy views, the cutest shops, yummiest cheese, and always, a fantastic wine selection.. Whenever I’m up north, I make it a point to visit Half Moon Bay. We brought the kids today so they could adventure a little with

Whine Wednesdays – E.L.F. Makeup & Accents (Video!)

I have over a dozen of these that I am barely getting around to editing – it’s another Whine Wednesday and I’ve got Naomi talking about E.L.F makeup — it’s got me convinced! Hope you guys have your wine in hand, light post today – Cheers!

Trader Joe’s Tuesdays- Garlic Eggplant Zucchini Bake (with Chicken Sausage!*)

First Trader Joe’s Tuesday post of the New Year! I’ll do my best to stick with this every Tuesday. I think I go in there too often that the samples are starting to be the same and so I have to get a little more inventive or brave enough to ask more random employees to help me put some

From Tombstone to the Grave Stone (Outings with Pops!)

I couldn’t remember the last time I spent any time alone with just my father. Since becoming a parent, the only time we get is with the kids, which is awesome. I used to be my father’s shadow as a kid. I was the only one of his children to want* to accompany him to weekly Bible studies,

Welcoming 2016 – Moving Forward But Holding On

There’s something about that clean slate, day 1 of 365 that just brings you hope and encouragement. Things you want to improve, focus on more, change… but I think back to this past year and I am just mighty thankful that I made it through 2015. A whirlwind indeed with several projects that

Adios 2015

Whenever anything “comes to an end”, it’s always a time to sit back and reflect. January 1st is always a day of “it’s gonna be different!” “I’m gonna change for the better!” “This is going to be my year!” I love what Paulo Coelho

Trader Joe’s Tuesdays – Talia’s Favorite Cheeses!

Whenever I have a wine night or gathering of any sort, I always have some type of cheese spread out along with all the red wine. I love just about all the cheese at Trader Joe’s but I do have some favorites. I highly recommend these ones, best to pair along with just about any wine! 1,000

Yonanas! (Video)

One of my favorite recent purchases for the holiday season was a Dole Yonanas maker! I saw one of these at an airport convention (don’t ask why I was there…) over the summer and I thought I would only see these at a Kiosk in the near future-so I was pretty shocked to see it at Costco

Christmas Traditions – A Picture Tree – and A GIVEAWAY!

This year we had two trees. I told myself I would never be that person to have two trees.. but I had these boxes of frames stashed in my garage for over a year and I’ve always wanted to do something with them. I thought, perhaps a mural on the wall? Perhaps some fun ones for the kids rooms? I

Trader Joe’s Tuesdays – Lentil Bruschetta with Feta Cheese

Holiday parties all around and last minute appetizer meals – we’ve got you covered! This one will go on a list to be another favorite, that’s for sure! Super easy to make – paired perfectly with these crackers too! Ingredients: Trader Joe’s Steamed Lentils – 1

Christmas Party at Casa de Cruz

Deciding to throw a party or gathering of any sort takes some time and effort. Throughout the years Jeff and I would host annual Christmas parties and well… a lot of wine nights in between. Life gets in the way at times, you get so busy and even though it’s exhausting just thinking

Trader Joe’s Tuesdays – Three Bean Salad

Sharing a Three Bean Salad I had to make a couple weeks ago when family got together for Thanksgiving. A cousin of mine was planning the menu and I asked what we could bring. She assigned me with: Three Bean Salad. I’ve never had a three bean salad. Honestly never even heard of it! I was up

If It Goes On Sale Once, It’s Going On Sale Again – How to Avoid Getting Suckered-In This Holiday Season

Any of you had parents who used to cut coupons? I did. Back in the early 90’s my mom would sit once a week and clip coupons while watching I Love Lucy marathons on Sundays. It was like her alone time. Her relaxing time. Kinda like her crocheting and knitting time she would have to herself

Whine With Me Wednesday – (Video!) – Parenting in Public, and Being Confused While Shopping

Definitely needed to post another Whine With Me Video since it’s been a while. I have about a dozen of these stashed up that still need to be edited together.. ohh.. it’s not laziness people but I was not prepared for the upload time, the piecing together, the rendering, the exporting,

Trader Joe’s Tuesdays – Chicken Tikka Samosas with a Mango Ginger Chutney!

Sharing another favorite find from Trader Joe’s today! This one is just too easy. Got a holiday party coming up? These are a real treat! One bite in and my husband and I looked at each other thinking, “we should have baked both boxes!” Our kids had just finished having lunch and

Before We Can Start With Gun Control, Let’s Address Idiot Control.

“Because you can’t argue with all the fools in the world. It’s easier to let them have their way, then trick them when they’re not paying attention.” -Christopher Paolini In the wake of all these devastating attacks happening, while I don’t want to make this a political

Trader Joe’s Tuesdays – Scallion Pancakes and Fresh Beet Salad

I know I skipped a couple Tuesdays for these posts you love and long for. 😉 I have two recipes then today, both pair perfectly with each other and make for a light and tasty lunch! Keeping it light and simple today, just like the food here. Scallion Pancakes Ingredients: Trader Joe’s

The HiSTORIES of Thanksgiving – And Wishing You All A Very Happy/Guilt-Free One!

It’s Thanksgiving! There are so many versions of the truth it seems, so many stories to take in to consideration when we look back at the history of Thanksgiving. This just goes to show why we are all so confused and it will remain that way, depending on which story you want to take

To All My White/European Friends Who Are Currently Suffering From White Guilt …

 I saw a slogan on a guys car that said “Proud to be an American” and I thought “What the fuck does that mean?” I’m fully Irish, and when I was a kid I would go to the St Patrick’s Day parade and they sold a button that said “Proud to be Irish”, but I

A Time to Be Born, A Time to Die – Saying Goodbye To Lola

This past Sunday I was awoken to a call from Manila. My uncle let me know that my grandmother had passed away at 84. My heart sank and then immediately jumped to my throat. Instead of tears and angst I had to compose myself since my kids were already in my room as soon as I hung up the phone,

Trader Joe’s – Chicken Gyoza Potstickers With an Island Soyaki

Here’s a company we shouldn’t boycott…ever! 🙂 Ohhh.. when it comes to boycotting businesses I just think.. what are people doing with their lives? Last weekend it was non-stop on my newsfeed about the stupid RED CUP AT STARBUCKS. Truly, who cares! They didn’t say they hated

Not Having To Belong To Any Place – The Gypsy Spirits In Us.

You’ve heard of people not wanting to belong to anyone. I understand that. There’s a freedom in such a saying. A freedom and a loneliness. I have no problem “belonging” to someone who doesn’t look at me as a possession. Belonging to someone can be completely out of

The Slow and Steady Progression to Lifestyle Change/Healthier Eating

One of the first people in my life that I knew of who went completely organic was a cousin of mine in the states. She was considered “extreme” close to 6 years ago because she didn’t even want her children playing with plastic toys – they all had to be wood – and she

Trader Joe’s Tuesday – Truffle Salami and Caramelized English Cheddar Cheese

Whether you’re hosting or whether it’s just close to 5 o’clock and you wanna feel like a fancy-pants at home – pour the wine and cut the cheese people! This fantastical Truffle salami and English Cheddar with caramelized onions truly hits the spot.. every time. I always have

Spooky Pancakes & Not-So-Spooky Swordsmen and Pirates

Posting on a Sunday! Here are some snaps from our Halloween yesterday. Is it just me or do children these days just have way too many options for costumes? My kids have a bin of costumes that they wear throughout the year. For most of October, Sebastian was Batman and Amelia was Cat Woman. But on

Kids Free At The Birch Aquarium In La Jolla

Watch out San Diego.. you only have three days left to take advantage of the 40+ museums to take your kids for free in October! Just click on that link and take your choice! Getting out and exploring is one of the best things you can do with your kids. I’ve always loved the Birch Aquarium in

San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum & That Fourth Season

A couple weeks ago I was told about how over 40+ museums in San Diego are allowing kids in for free, for the entire month of October! I knew I wanted to take advantage of this awesome deal at least 2-3 times, let’s see how much more I can do. Nice reminders to get out every now and then with

Trader Joe’s – Pumpkin Ravioli & Pumpkin Harvest Salad

Last week Elyse blogged a Zucchini bread recipe that looked absolutely amazing – and I love how she wrote about her dislike for pumpkin everything! Indeed, pumpkin is all over the place, it’s invaded. It was like.. September FIRST.. PUMPKIN THAT SH*T everywhere! I so happen to love it.

Bates Nut Farm – Everyone’s At The Pumpkin Patch!

Pumpkins. Pumpkins! PUMPKINS. You can run, but you can’t hide. They’re everywhere this month. If you’re in San Diego, it’s tradition to most to check out the pumpkin patch at Bates Nut Farm, yearly. Jeff and I have gone every year since being engaged. I think it’s now

Is This Menopause? No, It’s The Meat Sweats (A Real Condition)

There are a few things in life I cannot say no to. Things like free samples, good wine, good cheese, basically most foods – one being: all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ. I’ve been really good lately. For those who don’t know, back in April I finally started “working out”. I

Garlic Chicken Sausage Potato Scramble

For today’s Trader Joe’s Tuesday post, I want to share with you another yummy recipe I got from the sample section at my local TJ’s. This one was quite good and can be a great side dish for the holidays. We just had it for lunch along with a side salad. Definitely filling. I wanna

Passing on Passes – Disneyland Raises Prices While Lowering Hopes and Dreams

Do you like to People Watch? There are many fun places to do this. One of my favorite places to just sit and observe the masses, is the always-filled Disneyland. Crowds.. all the time. You can watch without looking creepy because if someone even thinks you might be staring at them, they turn around

Trader Joe’s Tuesdays – Spicy Shrimp Penne Arrabbiata

Another Trader Joe’s Tuesday post! This one is another super simple post, and I don’t know if they’ve skimped with ingredients lately but I’ve been going in there and the samples seem to have gone to ___ since the original recipe for this was just the shrimp and the penne

Street Fairs and Life Lately With Angry Batman

Had such an eventful week where the grandparents came to visit with us. We did the touristy thing where we took them to street fairs, had a trip to Legoland, checked out Seaport Village, went out for yogurt, checked out the malls, and even went to visit the famous BBQ place in town. All of this

Trader Joe’s Tuesdays – Chicken Parmigiana

This one is almost too simple I hesitated posting it because I didn’t want people to think I was THAT lazy. Like it almost needs an explanation prior and some sort of saying from me that I do in fact cook for my family, like, regular meals that consist of more than 10 steps to prep, and more

Trader Joe’s Tuesdays! – Spicy Peach Quinoa Salad & A Reminder to Never Criticize the Cook!

Finally caved and cooked up a dish with quinoa. I don’t know about your family, but growing up we had a set number of dishes. My mother only attempted new things maybe once or twice a year, because well, she didn’t have to. There were already about 20-30 dishes she perfected and we