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Family Trip to the SF Zoo

Hey Becs! Well, it happened. We finally went to the SF Zoo. And not just went… got memberships! It was kind of a no brainer.. would’ve been $70+ with parking and if we got a year membership it would include everything for only $115. Best part? Anyone can use my pass! I got a guest one

Simple 1st Birthdays & Getting Creative with a Complex 3 year old.

Biz! I totally forgot to share some snaps from celebrating for Seb’s 1st birthday. You know how I feel about first birthday’s right? They’re really for the parents. I mean, if I had 6 kids already I would’ve thrown a bigger party for Sebastian… but I don’t have 6

Puerto Nuevo is not Rosarito

Becca, I got confused. I still am. I’m not sure if we were staying in Puerto Nuevo or Rosarito. See, the couple told me Rosarito. But the address and everything sent to us kept saying Puerto Nuevo. So I figured, “that’s gotta be another city, right?” We ended up making a

Harley Goat Farms & Bean Hollow Beach

Hey Becs, At the airport right now, starting to type this at 10pm Thursday night. Sad to be leaving our little ones but we know they are in good hands with Mom and Dad. Yep. Once again we are off to San Diego for work. We got to enjoy Sebastian’s birthday with the family. Our cousin Paul

Our Super Sebachoy Turns ONE!

Becca, I wish I could be there for things like the art shows and crafty adventures you’re having out in NY. That’s great that Otto is getting used to the long drives. We did that a lot with Amelia when she was a baby. Well, you would know! Remember her first 8 hour road trip was when

Attempting To Make Friends In Shit City

Happy Monday Becs! I love Mondays. They’re sort of my day off lately. All I “have” to do is blog sometimes, or not. I miss you. I miss a lot of people at the moment. It is so much tougher to make friends as an adult than when you’re a child. I remember how daunting that was.

Nom-Nom Fresh Pasta Salad!

Well hello Becca my dear! The giveaway/contest we held last week is over, thanks to the random generator @tabc18 won! Congrats on your new clutch, we hope you like it! Our giveaways are gonna have some amazing odds lately because it seems like only our friends know about them and anything that has

Her Rules Are Different Than Ours. The Daily Routine of Being Three.

Good morning! Sort of. It’s almost lunch time. I’ve had one of those mornings you can say. My kids have been sleeping around 11pm-12am and this is in part my fault, you know how Jeff and I like to sleep in, right? We figured as long as they don’t have school the next day or any

Awkward Flights & My 4 Day Weekend

Hi Becs! So thrilled about your news of being hired on the spot! Can’t wait to hear more about it! I love that you posted a photo of Otto looking especially grumpy. Here’s a quick tip from a photog… you can still shoot in manual without using the flash by upping your ISO in a

Giveaway Time – Little Otto Shop!

Dear Becca, What a week it’s been! After work today I had to remind myself that it’s not Monday, every day feels like Monday lately. Womp womp. This tells me I am working overtime. I was scrambling trying to get clients their images prior to leaving for a long weekend. Currently

29 is the new 60! Things I Would Tell My BFFs But Not My Brides

Hey Becs! It’s been a hectic couple weeks of meetings with brides…2015 is already off to a great start! Looks like we’ll be staying in the Bay since the bookings are rollin’ in!  I’m noticing more and more that they are brides who feel like they already know me since

Talia’s Spanish-ish Chicken

Hey Becs! You know how we come from a family that doesn’t give out recipes.. like ever? It always kinda bothered me. I’ll tell you how to make this if you don’t tell anyone! That’s how family recipes are supposed to be I guess… kept in the family. Taken to the grave.

How To Pump and Store a Crapload of Breastmilk

Hey Becca! With two blogs, maintaining a website, photography… I am only allowed to check Facebook and Instagram or I would have no time for family. I have a twitter but it’s lame, and I have a Pinterest account. I seldom check it since I know how addicting it is, but apparently my most

We have a walker, a speller, and a few headaches.

Good morning Becs! Or is it afternoon there by now? We had a pretty amazing event last night in the Cruz household. Sebastian took his first steps forward and didn’t fall! We have a walker! Three steps. He just turned 11 months and it was the sweetest thing. After his bath last night he was

Easy Oreo Amazing-ness

Hey Becs, There really is not much to this but a party in your mouth. Tried these at Sam’s baby shower last year and we were hooked! Just had to make ’em at home and we’ve made them a few times since. It is so simple it’s almost laughable. All you need is : Berry Burst

Happily Married and Happily Irritated

Becca, You are indeed a busy bee lately! I can’t wait to see what you come up with. Especially with all the new patterns and cloth you got! Mom and Dad were showing Tito Johnny and Tita Janet everything you made at their place. From throw pillows to tote bags, necklaces and clutches. Even the

The Incredible Jesus Christ – Happy Easter

Hey Biz, I know it’s a little off for me to be blogging on a Sunday. But it’s Easter Sunday and while the kids nap from their thrilling day thus far I figured I could squeeze a lil blog in. We were together last Easter, remember? A whole year went by since painting eggs in the living

Unflattered and Comfy

Becs, I was chatting with some girlfriends the other day about … farts. Random I know! We were sharing stories about how we met our significant others and one of the gals I was chatting with said they bumped in to each other at their co-ed dorm bathroom – which let to a big CUT in the

Pixie Pants and Parking

Becca, It’s past noon. I know that. I cannot believe that I am about to rant about parking in the city of San Francisco- or just the city in general. You are so lucky to not be in this town any more. Had a couple meetings today in the city and can I just tell you. Street parking. Meters. No

Polka Dot Happiness and Wristlet Magic – First Giveaway!

Biiiiz, I know you’re super busy getting ready to settle in to your new space out there so I will post today. I guess. 😉 The weekend was eventful. Pacquiao fight on Saturday night. SO happy he won. I mean, he definitely won the last one with that Bradley guy but sketchy-sketchy was the

How To Play With Your Kids – How to Stop Forcing Yourself

Morning Becs! I found myself on Google yesterday looking up, “How to Play With my Child”, “What Can I Play With My Child”, or even, “How to Enjoy Playing with Your Child.” Does this sound awful? I couldn’t really go through the articles, one even suggested

Cruz Chicken Tenders with a Double Crunch/Double Punch (In Yo Face!)

Heya Becs! Here’s another hit in the Cruz household. Jeff found this recipe last Fall and only had to change one thing- it’s so yummy!  Easy to make, slightly messy but that’s expected with anything fried. For the sauce we substituted coconut oil for olive oil. We’ve been

Twilight Zone Chipotle

Biiiiiz, Love that you get to be a vendor at that event in Williamsburg!! Yeeeea! Bringin’ Little Otto Shop to the east coast right away it seems! I am sure you’ll do fantastic. Your work speaks for itself. Can’t wait to hear all about it. The bows are adorable, I wore one to

Wedding Weekend Get Up

Dear Becca, Our wedding we shot on Saturday was amazing. We pulled up to the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum and our minds were spinning! Acres and acres of property with nothin’ but antique…well, gas and steam engines. Hahahaha! All sorts of tractors, trailers, props galore! I just

Eye Rolls & All

Hi Biz, We’re so happy you’re somewhat settled in. That romper looks amazing on you! You really should get “fancy” more often, it suits you! I wish I was blessed with your legs. I actually have a few rompers that are in storage that I’m gonna just give to you-

No More Fa(s)t Food

Dear Becca, SADNESS as you left this morning. Amelia came outside to the living room and said aloud, “where is Ninang Becca??” She was looking for you since you all slept over last night. She looked for Otto too and I told her he left as well. Then she paused, looked around the room and

Chicken Casserole a la Cruz

Recipe time! So Becs I know you liked that chicken casserole dish I brought over on one of your last moving days. Who doesn’t love a hearty casserole? You know Jeff’s been the cook in the household 80% of the time. He loves it. And this one took him a little over an hour but boy was it

The Toughest Day This Week

Dear Becs, Wow. It’s Friday. You have only two days to pack up all that mumbo jumbo at your place and believe me if we weren’t stuck with work and meetings with brides and other photographers (did I tell you I’ve been networking? Whole other story for a whole other blog), you can

Character – Let Your Yes Be Yes and Your No be No!

Hey Becs! Looking forward to watching Otto today to give you some time to “pack in peace.” It’s tough with little ones,  so I am sure it’s especially hard to pack up and move to the other side of the country! Hopefully it gave you a bit of a breather. It’s gonna be

We Are All Sick Over Here

Hey Becs, Well, it happened. We’re all sick over here. Amelia caught it first. At the sight of that small runny nose of hers, Jeff and I instantly took some BioFlu, AirBorne, you name it. It took a couple days and we caught it anyway. I stopped pumping and giving Sebastian fresh breast milk a

First of Many “Dear Beccas”

Dear Becca, It’s hot in San Bruno today. I don’t know if I am now acclimatized to the weather up north and didn’t think it would happen so quickly. I honestly thought leaving San Diego was going to ruin me because of how spoiled we were with that weather down there. Whatever the