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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. ūüôā 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‚Ķ 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 ‚Äúfood-crawls‚ÄĚ that I‚Äôve done. I‚Äôve tasted Downtown San Diego and Cardiff in prior years. This one was interesting because Leucadia is such a small area, so it‚Äôs 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

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,

Timeless Beauty – The Mission Inn in Riverside, CA

Written by: Audrey Mischa Kirk I love exploring and every once in a while I come across a gem. A place that speaks to me not only aestetically but emotionally as well. I was in Riverside and I came across The Mission Inn, a beautiful resort that looks like an enchanted palace that belongs in

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

Forever a Mother‚ÄĒForever Changed‚Ķ.

Written by: Naomi Goodale Although society doesn’t tell us this, being a parent and raising a child IS an accomplishment in and of itself‚Ķa BIG one! So, in a very non-morbid kind of way I tend to do this: ‚Äėwhen I’m on my death bed‚Äô reflection thing‚Ķon a fairly regular basis. I suppose

Featured Mama! – Introducing Jen!

**Note from Talia: I’m sure you’re noticing, but we are adding a handful of new mamas to the blog! For this one, I did a little Q&A with our latest blogger from Canada– We are really looking forward to more posts from you, Jen!<3 To check out Jen’s blog, click on this

Featured Mama! – Darcy Nichole

Written by: Darcy Nichole As I sit down to write this, I realize I am almost terrified! It’s been so long since I have kept a journal, written something for school or work, or really sat down with my own thoughts in a very long while. Let me introduce myself.¬† I’m Darcy. Mom of three

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

Our Greatest Adventure – Welcome Hudson Robert !

Written by: Alexandra Lotzgeselle My world just got a whole lot smaller! On Monday, February 29th, my husband and I welcomed into the world our son and new obsession, Hudson Robert. Our little ‚Äúleaper‚ÄĚ, as Leap Day babies are apparently called, was born via cesarean (he was breech) at 7lbs,13oz.

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

‚ÄúMake voyages. Attempt them. There’s nothing else.‚ÄĚ – 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

Gestational Diabetes

Written by: Alexandra Lotzgeselle Boy, that‚Äôs not exactly a fun title, right? Most of the time, when you hear things about diabetes, it is in relationship to Type 2 or the applier named ‚ÄúConsumption Diabetes‚ÄĚ where poor diet and lifestyle lead to the disease. At the start of my third trimester I

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

“Insanity is Hereditary‚ÄĒ We Inherit it From Our Children”‚Ķ

Written by: Naomi Goodale Pretty funny! Pretty true right? I saw this quote on a Facebook Friend’s page not too long ago and couldn’t help but laugh out loud as I retraced some of my most insanity-driven moments with Hannah in more recent weeks. ¬†And I should start by saying that

BESTfeeding (and your right to choose)

Written by: Alexandra Lotzgeselle I consider myself both intelligent enough and educated enough to know two things: first, that breastfeeding is certainly the best option, and second, that breastfeeding will not be the difference in my child leading a happy, healthy and successful life over one of

Roses Are Dead: Why I Don’t Celebrate Commercial Holidays

Written by: Preston Chapin Soriano With the approach of February stores all around have started pulling out their pink and red decor, pushing once again the pressure of romance on begrudging men and women alike. Hearts and flowers cover red boxes of sweets, cards with generic sentiments line the

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