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Trader Joe’s – Favorite Snack Bars

Just a quick post today about what I’ve mandated in my pantry. A few months back I tried a box of these Trader Joe’s (organic) Chia Bar’s… ohhhh my gosh. I might have devoured three in the first sitting. SO ADDICTING and delicious! Seriously the perfect snack, even late at

Arts + Crafts – Fun At-Home Activities With Kids

You know what’s fun for 5-year old’s and can take up HOURS of time? Painting. I found these canvases at Aaron Brother’s and maybe kinda sorta took their stock… Set up some brushes and acrylic paint and let the kids go! Sebastian was off to a good start and then just went

My Obsession With Shutterfly

Written by Alexandra Lotzgeselle Who doesn’t love to break out the photo albums once in awhile and reminisce about happy memories? Growing up, my sister and I would often times get out my parents old yearbooks and photos, and loved to look at their pictures from their younger days. Because of

Valle De Guadalupe – Wine tasting in Baja Mexico

Written by: Audrey Mischa Kirk I instantly fell in awe of the beautiful vineyards in the Valle de Guadalupe. It is a region in Ensenada, Mexico which is now attracting wine makers from around the world. In the 1900’s Christians from Russia settled in Valle de Guadalupe. They farmed vineyards

Don’t You Dare

Written by: Naomi Goodale What is it about our human tendency to judge? We want to judge anything and everything that we possibly can. Worst of all-ourselves and each other. Like a vicious soul-sucking cycle we are constantly focused on each other. We see a lot of this in the parent-shaming world.

Van Moms… Quick “Life-Changing” Tip! (VIDEO!)

FINALLY! Something good came out of driving around this van. JUST when I was ready to switch things up to an SUV — *P.S. I don’t recommend a VW Routan. I was so stubborn and only wanted one for the silly reason that it looked “not as van-y” as all the other

A New State of Mind and a New State – The Cruz Family Has Left California!

As an adult, you’re faced with really challenging decisions. Life-altering ones in fact. As a parent, all decisions have to include the well-being of your children. They HAVE to come first, especially their health. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I will DIE for these

13 Years and 3 Kids Later…

Written by: Darcy Nichole  “You cannot sit back and hope for a happy marriage, you have to create one.” I just recently read this and couldn’t agree more. Almost 14 years and 3 kids later, I’ve definitely learned a few things about being married. I am by NO MEANS an expert,

Whispers of Mana – A New Book Series

Written by: Preston Skye Soriano Hello everyone! This is bit of a more personal post today. I have written and published a new book called Servitude, which is the first of my series Whispers of Mana. This is an epic fantasy story that centers around a character named Saria who becomes traumatized

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

A Recipe // Pistachio + Cranberry Yogurt Bark

Written by: Jen Schachtebeck Quick and easy—a recurring theme in my food lately, as most of my time and attention is focused on Margot these days: making sure she’s not pulling up on anything dangerous or making sure she’s not putting anything dangerous in her mouth…really easy

Let It Be

Written by: Darcy Nichole Chaos. If could describe my life with my boys in one word, it would be that. If I could describe it in two words, it would be awesome chaos. My day to day is nothing short of extremely eventful and nonstop running around. Whether it´s changing diapers, cleaning up poop

“Off With Her Head!” –Our Gender Reveal!

Written by: Naomi Goodale YES!!! We are having our 3RD GIRL, Lord help us! And thankfully I am not married to Henry VIII or my head would be toast for it! And if you didn’t know already and you’re wondering, I’ll just come right out and say it—no, we weren’t trying… not even a

Must Haves For the New Mom

Written by: Alexandra Lotzgeselle It can be really overwhelming for a new mom to figure out exactly what it is she really needs for her new baby. Registries are jam-packed with a million different “must have” gadgets and trinkets that they claim you have to buy, but it’s hard to sift through and

You Better Belize It!

Written by: Audrey Mischa Kirk The perfect recipe for wanderlust. Add some friends who have a passport and a “Hell Yes Carpe Diem” personality type and you are about to jet set towards a tropical mystery paradise! Um? Where is Belize anyways? I believe it’s near Cancun and Cuba

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..),

On Slow Living and Being Present

Written by: Jen Schachtebeck Lately, I’ve been challenging myself to be more present; something that’s proven to be somewhat difficult when it means having to ignore that habitual need to pick up my phone, only to find myself aimlessly scrolling through photos on Instagram of someone

Hair Wars

Written by: Darcy Nichole In the spirit of ‘May the Fourth be With You’ yesterday, I have dedicated today’s blog to Hair Wars. I get stopped a lot regarding my hair. I’m often asked if it’s all mine, or if they are extensions, how long it took me to grow it out, how to

The Red Pill: Reality vs. Mysticism

Preface: Last week, we posted a blog titled “Dear Atheist” by one of our writer’s Naomi. The purpose of her blog was not to convert anyone, but simply lay out views and question the other side. This week, one of our writer’s Preston, gives her take on what she believes (or

Birthday Perfection at Pacific Coast Grill

Written by: Alexandra Lotzgeselle Let me start by saying, I do not enjoy big birthday bashes. I don’t enjoy having all the attention on me, and would much rather do something small and relaxed to celebrate. This year I got just that. This past Saturday I got to spend a perfect birthday with my

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

Thirgatory!

Written by: Audrey Mischa Kirk Thirgatory! It’s a term that a new friend of mine had made up describing that awkward period in time where you are no longer in your twenties and you actually just tapped thirty on the shoulder. You are not thirty-one, thirty-two or thirty-three… so not quite INTO

Trader Joe’s Tuesday – Spelt Risotto With Chickpeas and Ham

Ingredients: Trader Giotto’s Spelt Risotto with Vegetables and Chickpeas 1 Pack of Healthy Ham from Trader Joe’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil Directions: Pour 1-2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in to a frying pan/wok. (Preferably something non-stick if you have it!) Add a tablespoon

Dear Atheist

Written by: Naomi Goodale Dear Atheist, I would like to share my thoughts with you today. But before I do, please know that what’s to follow is a mere philosophical/personal perspective that has nothing to do with matters of “right” and “wrong” thinking, simply

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

Up Up and A.. WAIT!!!

Written by: Darcy Nichole A crisp blue ocean, white sandy beaches, a breeze that can only be described as tropical… and I mean you can actually smell the leaves, and the trees, and the green mixed with the salty ocean air. It constantly fills your senses with a sense of relaxation. It’s just

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

Taste Of Leucadia

Written by: Alexandra Lotzgeselle This is now the third one of these restaurant tasting “food-crawls” that I’ve done. I’ve tasted Downtown San Diego and Cardiff in prior years. This one was interesting because Leucadia is such a small area, so it’s relatively easy and practical to actually make it

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

A Recipe // Coconut + Chocolate Mini Tarts

Written by: Jen Schachtebeck C-H-O-C-O-L-A-T-E. Need I say more? My husband and I happily indulged in a mini tart to ourselves late last night, and man were they smooth and decadent, not to mention, so delicious. These tarts are healthfully vegan and gluten-free and will be sure to satisfy any