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Meet Yer Meat and Other New (Mostly) Food Based Jewelry

Hey Tals! I’m almost shocked that you got in there and dug around for compost. Impressed, really! Can’t wait to try out some of your yummy veggies this summer. You  better save me an artichoke. 😀 Today’s post will be kinda short, too. I’ve got quite a week ahead of me still

Grow Your Own – Becoming the Crazy Plant Lady

It’s not that I was against it. I don’t have a green thumb. I’ve killed succulents. Indoor plants with minimal care? They commit suicide on me. What’s the point in building a garden with weekly farmer’s markets all around with reasonable pricing? Did you know that

You Are Not a Princess and You Don’t Deserve Nice Things.

I won’t go as far as saying ,”every girl”, but, just about every girl played “princess” when she was younger. I was a product of the 80’s and didn’t have an iPad when you were 4 years old, you played princess. You played Queen. You had an imagination. You

The Importance of “Do Nothing Days”

Love and marriage. Sometimes I blink and wonder HOW Jeff and I are getting through it all. Raising two kiddos under 5, running a business (or two or three 😉 )  and able to find time to enjoy the hard work. There was a day last week in San Francisco where we finished filming with enough time and

Don’t Avoid Your Obstacles

**Becs! I’ve been trying to tell Dad for the longest time to start a blog. For the past 10 years since I’ve moved out of the house he has sent us weekly articles. Many of them are his sermons we don’t get to hear, many of them are just inspirational messages. I think it would

Van’s End & The Piercening!

Hey Tals! I know it’s been a minute since my last post but this past couple of weeks have been hectic to say the least. I found out that the van that got us through winter would not be legal to drive anymore. Sadly, the dang thing just won’t pass the NY state inspection and

DEAR KRISTEN BELL: Whose “Facts Are Friends”? – Yours or Mine?

For those who do not know, there is a bill called SB277 that has currently moved forward through three different senate committees here in California.  (I encourage you to read this if you haven’t before proceeding). If you haven’t heard of it, perhaps you were one of the millions of

The First Months Home With Baby

Biz! The last time Pam left a mark on this blog was when she was pregnant with Hudson. He was born in February, the day I left for the Philippines actually! So happy Jeff was around to capture some newbie at-home moments with Pam and her son. I went to visit with her recently and got a bit of a

One Heckuva Bloody Mary Bar & Homemade Deep Fried Ice Cream

We celebrated Jeff’s birthday last weekend with a great group of friends, good food and a yummy Bloody Mary Bar! I love how my last post was about a healthy drink and Vitamix and smoothies galore.. then this one is like: ALCOHOL! This is one of Jeff’s favorite drinks since I’ve

Vitamix – Recipes – Kid Approved

Turning 30 and embracing the “new”. So many things I didn’t want to even attempt before because I was enjoying the life of high metabolism to it’s fullest! Not that it’s gone the day I turn thirty, but I am no longer naive to the fact that it’s going to happen

The Resurrection – By Amelia (video!)

Becs & Rocio, Your God-Daughter is truly a daughter of God. 🙂 At church yesterday she leaned about the miraculous story of the risen Christ and she shared it with us at home. The beginning she was gathering up her thoughts a bit so it gave me enough time to turn on the little camera and film

Dim Sum Date

Hey Tals. I’m glad you shared your experiences with Elsa. You know, I was so young even when you would tell me the stories about her as a kid I had a hard time imagining what that was like for the both of you. I guess as the baby of the family I really lucked out. Yaya Linda is still working

The Art of Confrontation and Why You Should Get Better At It

Let’s chat. For years, YEARS, as far back as I can remember, I’ve heard this saying: “I don’t like confrontation!” I have grown to loathe when people say this. I get this funky chill up my spine. Really? WHO LIKES CONFRONTATION?? No one, duh! But guess what? The

From Vikki’s Kitchen – Healthy Egg Scramble

Today it’s recipe time! Our first Featured Mama Vikki is sharing one of her go-to breakfasts. Her son, Anthony just turned two and is one of the most healthy kiddos I know, always snacking on the good stuff- fruits and veggies. I love when moms can master this with their kids at such a young

6 Ways to Gain Your Child’s Trust – And the Bad Elsa

She’s four. Four is such an amazing age. Why do all moms with daughters talk about this age in particular? Four. The best times with their child, the times to treasure the most since they’re speaking clearly, super inquisitive (in an adorable way) and, well, likely potty trained. You

Featured Mama – (another) Natalia!

Biiiz, You don’t need much of an introduction for her, you’ve known her since you were in 6th grade! 🙂 The fabulous and always glam Natalia Koegen is our featured mama on the blog today! She is expecting her third (and she says “final”) child and has never had maternity

Spring and Things

Hey Tals! I’m sure you’ve been wondering why I haven’t had the chance to post lately… Sorry. I definitely kept up on your adventures in the Philippines and loved looking at all the pics (Amelia crushed it there for sure!). It was so nice to see the homeland again even if it

Featured Mama! – Tabitha

I want to introduce you to a friend and client of ours – Tabitha! I have known this girl since middle school (8th grade to be exact) and she’s always been sweet to me. She was (and is) so beautiful, with a kind spirit and personality to match! We lost touch years after high school

Cancun & Jet Lag Central

The flight back from the Philippines had me in all sorts of emotion. Rocio dropped me off at the airport and because of the constant “traffic for no reason” in Manila, I barely made it in time for the check-in, they were closing the line in 5 minutes, which would have meant having

Finally Off My Rocker…And My Porch

How do I begin to describe or fill you in on one of my favorite people ever? Rocio and I met at the best age in life, 4. We decided then and there that we were going to be friends, and we ran with it. SO many days spent swimming, playing Nintendo, making fun of our “lame” older brothers

Talia in Tali Pt 2

Becs! Sharing day 2 and 3 in Tali with you. Each day was a boat ride to another beach.. it was fantastic save for the fact that I didn’t pack dramamine and motion sickness was kicking in big time. The second day they wanted to go to a place called Fortune Island in Batangas. The ride was over

Yayas and the Pangit Bird

Biz, Before I get in to more beach photos, I completely forgot to share with you the biggest part of the trip: Seb adapting. Amelia took all of 3 seconds to realize we were “not in Kansas anymore” when we were outside the airport. She was excited and new there would be many adventures!

Talia in Tali – Part 1

Becca! So the 16 hour flight is over and it’s almost been two weeks. It took Sebastian over a week to get the jet lag out of his system. Amelia was adjusted within the first 2 days, she’s a great travel companion actually. There’s been a lot to get used to over here and every

Flying with Kids – A Whole Lotta ComPLANEing

Becca, It’s been a week since we’ve landed in Manila and I am finally ready to talk about the plane experience with the kids. Oh. Em. Gee. It took a few days to get over, but here it goes. Jeff and I woke up at 4am to be in the car with the kids fully packed to head to LAX. We wanted to miss

Be the Launchpad, not the Rocketship

Biz! There was this amazing message in church on Sunday. One I really needed to hear. You know, the one you just know that God filled up in the pastor’s heart to write because you were going to be showing up that Sunday. Sebastian has been so clingy the past handful of church visits. He

Talia Turns 30…Surprise?

Biiiiz, That was quite the birthday greeting! WOW… Looks like I’ve been through some PHASES in my life. It’s awesome though, I get to tell my kids, “y’see kiddos, this to shall pass…” regarding the awkward stage and all. WHAT is with my skin color changing

A Very Special Birthday Message

Dear Talia, I thought I’d go sentimental today and say HAPPY BIRTHDAYYYYYYY! I hope you are planning something fun for the big 3-0! On this special day I thought it would be cool to do a look back on your life. Although I wasn’t around for the first two years of it, I’m so glad we

Featured Mama – Evelyn!

We clicked because of the way we joked. Dry sense of humor, the ability to make fun of something and be made fun of without getting overly sensitive and offended. There was this charm to Evelyn, the same charm that’s there still that really draws people to her. She’s one of the only

Hollandaise For Days

Hey Tals! Super jealous about your upcoming trip! Mom called and let me know the details. Sounds like it’s going to be a good trip. Say “Hi!” to all the fmaily for me. One of these days we’ll get Otto out there to see the rest of the Soriano-Revilla clan. He’s gonna

Travel Bug Bites

Becs, That was one amazing trip we took to Spain together! I remember being on the phone with you at 2am while I was newly engaged in May of 2009 and booking our entire trip to Spain, along with train tickets, hotels within a couple hours. Random! Some of the best trips are random like this. I saw

Streets of Toledo

Hey Tals! A little flashback post today. Remember last year when you called and asked if I could take some time off and fly to Spain with you? Man I wish that happened. Arguing aside, I think we had a pretty good time back in 2009.  Surely the next time I’d like to check out some more museums

The Sleep Trick – Falling Asleep In Under 1 Minute

Biiiiz, I cannot tell you how much I LOVED those egg earrings. So unique, everyone I’ve shown that to loves them as well. Excited for my shipment to arrive, you’re the best! I saw your post the other day too with all that snow.. drive carefully out there woman! There hasn’t been

Accessorize & Organize

Evening Tals! Nice marital advice. Haha. In this house, make-out-monday would be trouble. One baby is all we need right now (and possibly forever…). Otto has been keeping me on my toes a lot more since you last saw him. He is such a little run-around that by the end of the day we’re

Makeout Mondays

Wanted to share a little something with you. I’m seeing articles pop up all over the place about how to keep your marriage going, keep things romantic, all sorts of advice and it’s all good… but at the end of the day, really? Just LOVE the person you’re married to. If you

Sushi with Kids and The Reason for Sugar Packets

Becs! Got to go on a bit of a date night with Jeff yesterday. I say, “bit” because we were meeting with clients too, but you know, we take what we can get! Any time away for a dinner that isn’t mayhem with trying to get kids fed and racing to eat is considered a date night. As

Empanadventure! (Video!)

Whew! Hey Tals. Thanks for being so patient with me this week. I finally finished editing the images and video (and a GIF, just for the hell of it). Now my empanada tutorial is ready to be unleashed onto the world! Now, I’ve never made Pinoy empanadas before but I have been craving them and