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Trader Joe’s Tuesdays – Fire Roasted Green Chile Cornbread

This was a perfect side dish we had the other night..and then in to the following morning, and throughout the day we were snacking on it. Super tasty! Just make sure you take it out of the oven in time if you don’t want the corn on the top to be too hard. My husband wasn’t a fan

Mind Vacation

Written by: Audrey Mischa Kirk There’s something about being on vacation. The second I walk into the hotel room and the bed is wearing a sharp white fluffy down comforter and is adorned with matching pillow clouds. The hotel rooms bathroom is perfect. The white towels folded beautifully, the

Stop at the Pit Stops

I love that I’m in that time in my life right now where I can make the call of stopping the car to check something random out on the side of the road. Like when we were passing Gilroy some time last week. You can’t help but chuckle when you pass by all of these fruit stand signs. I

The Sibling Glue (Part 1)

“Sisters teach brothers about the mysteries of girls; brothers teach sisters about the puzzle of boys. Our spouses arrive comparatively late in our lives; our parents eventually leave us. Our siblings may be the only people we’ll ever know who truly qualify as partners for life.

Whine With Me Wednesday! (Video) To Have a 3rd Child or Not…

Another video I finally got around to editing… seriously I can sit with Naomi and just laugh and laugh for hours. We go off on so many tangents, we joke around a lot, we aren’t easily offended by ANYTHING, we aren’t always “politically correct”, but it’s

Super Simple Side Dish: Dill Roasted Cauliflower

Written by: Alexandra Lotzgeselle Here is another one of my absolute favorite super simple side dishes. Again, I am slightly embarrassed to call this an actual recipe, as there are so few steps and ingredients, but the dish is delicious, incredibly easy, and heats up for leftovers really well as an

Trader Joe’s Tuesdays – Carnitas Dipper Casserole

Sharing this yummy casserole from the other night! Trader Joe’s… you’re really the best! <3 Ingredients: 1 bag Trader Joe’s Organic Corn Dippers 1-2 pkg Trader Joe’s Carnitas (*We used two because..well, more meat.) 1 jar Trader Joe’s  Enchilada Sauce 1 bag

Children Are Not to Blame For Your Lackluster Life and Failures

What a title, huh? Besides families being pushed to the side lately and no longer praised in this culture (I’ll get more in depth with this one on another blog), it didn’t shock me that articles like this were being blasted all over my newsfeed last week. In case you don’t have

New Year’s Road-Trippin’

Written by: Alexandra Lotzgeselle As an inherent adventure seeker,  it seemed fitting to start 2016 off with a little mini-adventure up the coast- that is, an 8 hour road trip up to the Monterey Peninsula being 30 weeks pregnant and in a car with my husband and my parents. If you take away my need

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

Pregnancy: Expectations vs. Reality in my first 6 months

Written by: Allie Lotzgeselle As I am now well into my final trimester, and trying to enjoy my last 10 weeks being pregnant, I thought I would take a little time to reflect on what my first two trimesters were like and what I learned. The first 6 months of my pregnancy were pretty amazing! No

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

My Favorite Christmas Movies

Written by: Elyse Sinsay Christmas is my favorite holiday. I don’t know/remember if I have mentioned that in my last post, but even if I did, it should be said. It’s an entire month of awesome! There is the food, the special smells, music, decorations, movies, and I thought, yes, movies! Christmas

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

The Gift of Giving During the Holiday Season

Written by: Audrey Mischa Kirk We’ve all been in combat mode. Foraging through isles of stores, braving the madness of the malls and even peeping outside windows of our own home waiting impatiently for UPS packages wondering if our packages have been hijacked or if they were delayed due to the

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

Spicy Corn Dip

By: Alexandra Lotzgeselle Full disclosure: this recipe is neither healthy, nor nutritious. However, it is REALLY, FREAKING, DELICIOUS! My husband got this recipe from his mom, and it is requested that we bring it to most potlucks, parties, or gatherings of any sort. It has a limited number of

The Voice

Written by: Kelly Maughan An old Cherokee told his grandson “My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies, and ego. The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, empathy, and truth.” The boy thought

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

December Nights in Balboa Park

Written by: Elyse Sinsay Living in San Diego, I feel that we have a multitude of options for Christmas activities/viewing options. Each year it gets bigger and better too. I love it. But living here my whole life there has been one thing that I have yet to participate in. Be it because my parents

Holiday Traveling With Little Ones

Written by: Pamela Harper Flying with two littles…it’s not for the feint of heart.  My little pepper pot Leela is going to be 3 in January and my busy bee Hudson is 9 months old. I’m originally born and raised in Michigan and now live in Valencia, California with my Husband Bryan.

Our Children Don’t Owe Us Anything

Written by: Preston Chapin Soriano Congratulations, you’re having a baby! Whether it be a happy surprise or a planned event, you are now expecting a little bundle of joy. For those of you who are excited about the prospect of parenting, big hopes and dreams for your child are inevitable. With those

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

Christmas Traditions: Sinsay Edition

Written By: Elyse Sinsay Here in the Sinsay house, we take Christmas pretty seriously. It all starts and builds up at Halloween, all the way to game time, the show, where it all goes down, CHRISTMAS. All of that is because of me, because when I was growing up, Christmas was the one time of year

Loving Yourself As A Loner

Written by: Audrey Mischa Kirk Do you ever seem to be pulled in a million different directions at the same time, yet none of these movements seem to be progressing forward. It’s a tug of war with all of the obligations you have not only to yourself, but to others as well. I tend to put others

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,

Significant Other Gift Giving: The Universal Stressor (and a possible solution)

Written by: Alexandra Lotzgeselle I will start this post by shamelessly saying I, like any other female, love getting gifts. Who doesn’t, right? My husband and I started dating in February of 2010, so by the time Christmas rolled around, we had been together long enough to assume we would get each

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

Can We Do Better With Plant Based Vaccines? 

Written by: Naomi Goodale Well, I think most of us reading that question would naturally answer “yes”. We tend to think “green” when we think plants, nonetheless many might ask “why?” “Do they not make vaccines using plants already?” No, vaccines have been and continue to be