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Pumpkin Patchin’ in Las Vegas and Some Undeniable Facts

Took the kiddos to the nearest pumpkin patch. Lots of first this year. First Halloween since Jeff and I have been together where we didn’t go to our usual: Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center. It was bittersweet. The trip I had this October to San Diego was a solo trip, so there was no visit. 🙁

It’s NOT Your Fault

by Darcy Nichole So, it’s been a while. Quite a while… but I’m happy to be back. I really truly love writing as an outlet. To be able to actually sit down alone with my thoughts is seriously unheard of in my life at this point. So this is nice. And whether you read this and relate or

Hudson Takes On Hawaii

Written by: Alexandra Lotzgeselle Well, we officially survived our first travel experience with a baby! I’m fairly sure my nerves and anxiety about the flight took a couple of years off my life, but we all made it to and from Maui safe and without a planeload of passengers cursing us. Not only was

Grape Street Cafe – Las Vegas Eats!

I’ve been told by several people out this way to try Grape Street Cafe out in the downtown Summerlin area. Upon arriving and taking 5 seconds to look around, I immediately knew I was about to have a great time, and that I would leave with a satisfied belly. I went with my cousin Nikka, who

Policies Vs Principals – Fighting Fact with Fact

America, have we lost our ever-loving minds? I posted a blog earlier this week with the very title of NOT condoning vulgar words from Presidential Candidate Donald Trump but since I had the nerve to call myself out on my past thoughts and call the rest of us out on it, people couldn’t handle

Hash House A Go-Go and the Fremont Street Experience

Need something to do on a Sunday in Vegas? FREMONT STREET! Imagine Hollywood and that section with Mann’s Chinese Theatre only no cars and not as many people coming up to you with their demo tapes. Open bars everywhere and kiosks. People zip-flying above you from one end to the next. Live

Things We Love: Wine Glass Writers!

Wine Wednesdays and we are doubling up on a wine post and* a Things We Love post on TSF! We were sent a package from this amazing company called Wine Glass Writer over the weekend. It’s happened one too many times with me where I am drinking with company and there’s always that pause

Toss The Cards, Keep The Books

Something a TAD lighter compared to yesterday’s post. I was just at my wit’s end and had to take a breather. Had a few other controversial posts in mind but I thought, you know what… for your sanity, let’s chat about something positive. So I looked around my room. I noticed

No, I’m Not Condoning “Locker Room Talk”, But I AM Calling You A Hypocrite

This is not a political post. This is actually a “cheers to all my perfect friends who have never had one dirty thought in their lives” post. OOOooohh the shock to my ears when I heard the crass, vulgar remarks that Presidential hopeful Donald Trump made about women. I’m sure

Play Dates and an IQ Test &/or Survey To See If You Should Parent.

I went on a play-date yesterday! Her name is CeeCee, she’s another mom out this way in Vegas (not that there aren’t tens of thousands of moms in Vegas…), and guess what guys? I made a new friend. Yay! Finally a friend out this way. It’s like I’m collecting them,

Things We Love: Two Stitches Bibs!

Just had to share the sweetest little bibs/presents on the planet! I’m never really sure what to gift when it comes to baby showers, or meeting newborns. I know the standard presents, we all do.. but something unique and memorable will always outweigh practical, right? 😉 Okay okay, except for

Desert Wine

Ah the Vegas updates. So I joined a mom-group. Take your time to process that. Just.. let that sink in. Met up with a few moms here who invited me in to their Vegas Mom Club. Rules For Vegas Mom Club: Live in Vegas Leave your kids at home when they have meet-ups (yes!) Bring Wine if you want

Before You Say “Yes”

consideration play noun con·sid·er·ation \kən-ˌsi-də-ˈrā-shən\ Simple Definition of consideration : careful thought : the act of thinking carefully about something you will make a decision about : a desire to avoid doing something that will make another person sad, upset, angry,

Mommy-Son Double-Dates

What was looking like “the longest week of my life” (in terms of work in California) was made eventful, fun, and refreshing with help from the lovely Mariana! Amelia had to stay in Nevada because of school… Jeff was going to meet me on Thursday to help shoot a wedding, but Tues,

Carnitas Snack Shack

Written by: Alexandra Lotzgeselle Carnitas Snack Shack is a fast casual restaurant that I have loved for many years, but have been hesitant to post about. I’ve probably been there close to two dozen times, and every single time the meal is flawless. However, this is not a hidden jem. Most of the

Papa T’s and Hilltop Winery in Valley Center, CA

When I think of Valley Center, CA,  several things come to mind. Hot summers Orchards Casinos High School No I was happy to leave this small town as soon as I was able to. Not that I had the worst* memories there, but I felt like I didn’t make enough* memories there, in that precious and

Learning to Sand + Stain – Completed Summer Projects!

Simply put: my dad bought a coffee table ages ago. It was the perfect coffee table and he got it for a steal. All wood, square-shaped but rounded at the edges. A glass top and a place below for your things. He gave it to us when we bought our first condo back in 2009. It’s been dinged up,

California Dreamin’ – Time Well Spent With the Burns Fam! (video!)

I love that we are able to plan our work/weddings around visits with dear friends. I’ve known Samantha since middle school, and I love that she remains a part of my life. We had the kids with us on this trip, and Samantha and her husband Robert were gracious enough to host us. We brought

Angel Island – Marin County, CA

I love visits up to the bay area. So happy my folks live somewhere that seems to be the complete opposite of Nevada, so it’s a nice getaway, especially in the summer months! Like I said, I am not sure if I will ever actually experience a “Las Vegas Summer”… at least not for

The Yummiest Chicken Crock Pot Recipe!

We’ve had this recipe at least 6 times this summer. I won’t get in to how many calories this is, because I don’t care. It’s fantastic. Everyone loves it. The kids, the husband… and the leftovers the day after (since I’ve nearly doubled this the last few times)

Baby’s First Time at the Birch

Written by: Alexandra Lotzgeselle For most San Diegans, the Birch Aquarium is a familiar name. We may not visit it often, but it is certainly a San Diego feature we have all heard of. In an effort to spend more time appreciating all the amazing sites and scenes our beautiful city has to offer, my

Another Date Day – Good Eats in Las Vegas – Tommy Bahama

Tommy Bahama. All I know of this place is that it sells clothes that my father likes, and clothes that Colombian drug dealers like. I mean, the kind of guy who has every day off and likes to wear long white slacks that blow in the wind and smoke cigars while making million dollar illegal dealings

When To Bad-Mouth a Business/When Not to .. And Craigslist Scammers (video!)

Currently Drinking: Trader Joe’s – Grower’s Reserve Petite Sirah 2014 – WinePost Currently Feeling:  I’d explain more but I will save you time and tell you to just watch the video! 🙂 All content and images copyright TheSisterFiles©2016 and cannot be used without

3rd Update From Nevada! (video)

Posted this video last week but forgot to put it on the blog! If you have a glass of wine and some down time and wanna hear some more updates on Vegas, just click play! <3

The Love Your Spouse Challenge

For those who have been online these past two weeks, you’ve likely noticed a lot of your married friends participating in this thing called the “Love Your Spouse Challenge” on Facebook. They get tagged by another married friend, post up something sweet about their significant

7 Weeks Old & Sleeping Through the Night

Written by: Alexandra Lotzgeselle Whenever someone asks if my nearly 5 month old sleeps through the night, I tell them the truth: my son has been sleeping through the night since he was 7 weeks old. They are even more surprised when they probe further and find out that by “sleeping through the

You Are Not Your Body

Written by: Preston Skye Soriano Like a lot of women, I grew up with a horrible self image. When I was eleven, I had a friend tell me that I was going to stay fat because I still had my baby belly. At eleven, my entire view of myself had changed and would never be the same. From there, I started

Snowflake Shavery – Las Vegas Eats

Had to share another favorite spot in Las Vegas, and even though we go to it every time we eat at Big Wong’s (from previous post), it’s so good that it deserves it’s own post! So after eating at BW’s, be sure to walk across the parking lot and check out Snowflake Shavery! I

Big Wong – Las Vegas Eats

Three times with this place! Big Wong in Las Vegas towards Chinatown. My cousin Nick swore by it. Said it was “one of the best places to go to for Chinese food and very inexpensive!” He wasn’t kidding. Here’s the location for your GPS needs: 5040 Spring Mountain Rd Las

Kid Friendly Wineries in Sonoma, CA

You’d be surprised at how many kid friendly wineries you can find in Sonoma, Ca. I fall more in love with Sonoma County with every visit. Of course I’ll still enjoy a good trip to Napa – because, well, wine is wine, but for a more casual, down-to-earth experience in wine tasting

Who You Just “Friended” On Facebook

Dear anyone who has recently become a Facebook Friend, Who did you just follow/add? I had over 40 requests recently that I kiiiinda left sitting there for a while. I have my reasons which I will list below, but mostly it’s because I do know you, I know I like you as a person, buuuuut I am

Happy Hour at Fish 101

Written by: Alexandra Lotzgeselle Situated at the north end of Coast Highway 101 in Leucadia is an awesome little joint called Fish 101. They have great indoor and outdoor seating and one of the best happy hours in town! Well, their entire menu is actually extremely delicious, fresh, and unmuddled

“Sonoma Makes Wine, Napa Makes Auto Parts!” – A Day At Gundlach Bundschu

C’mon, I absolutely LOVE and LIVE for Napa Valley, but anyone will tell you that the difference in wine tasting in Sonoma is just that you can actually RELAX. The non-pressure service paired with EQUALLY as delicious wines makes day trips or weekend trips to this place worth it! They are

Trader Joe’s Tuesdays! – Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken & Vegetable Fried Rice

Ingredients: 1 bag Trader Joe’s Fresh Frozen Pineapple Tidbits 1 bag Trader Joe’s BBQ Chicken Teriyake 1 bag Trader Joe’s Vegetable Fried Rice Take out a frying pan and start cooking up the chicken. In a separate pan start heating the fried rice. Mix the pineapple with the

High As A Kite – Letting Go Of The Worry and Giving Kids Their Own Adventures Away

While I was out in LA work work, my kiddos were at church camp with my parents – how fantastic is that? What an experience they had. Four days and three nights with their grandparents and the church out north past Sacramento. Am I a crazy parent for allowing this? Umm… are YOU crazy? I

Natalia Natalia Chop Chop Mahi Mahi – Lunch At Tocaya Organica, Venice Beach

Arrived in LA on Wednesday for some photo sessions, down time to myself, and time with an dear old friend. “Old” meaning… childhood/middle school.. not like, whatever you get it. The days went by so fast, can’t believe I thought I could bring a book and some reading material