I love Mexican food. I come by it honestly. I remember being four years old and telling my mom that I didn’t like beans. We lived in San Antonio at the time. She told me that that was fine, but that I wasn’t a true Texan. Horrified, I never uttered the words again. Tex-Mex was an everyday occurrence until we moved to California. After that, I was a goner. Mexican food was a food group. As I got older, I figure out my favorite ways to cook dishes myself. One of my favorites? These chicken fajitas. Continue reading “The Easiest Chicken Fajitas on Earth”
When I was a little girl I loved Barbie dolls. I could play for hours and hours. I didn’t even need a friend to join me, I was perfectly fine playing alone. I had a window seat in my room that permanently served as my staging area for the Barbies’ houses and I would spend hours designing the perfect home to go with the story lines I created.
Naturally, when I turned six, we decided to have a Barbie-themed party. My mom was an absolute champion at birthday parties. The hardest part was choosing what theme we wanted. Over the years we threw a baby shower birthday party where everyone brought their baby dolls, an all-holiday party, a cowboy party where we had our dance teacher come to teach us to line dance, I mean we got into it. The best one, though? My Barbie party. Continue reading “The Wishing and the Hoping”
I feel like I can’t go on Instagram of Facebook without the attempted seduction of a food delivery service. It seems that everyone I used to watch on The Bachelor is a Hello Fresh or Blue Apron ambassador. I am constantly shown photos of delicious meals that are “so easy” and “so delicious” and that it will “finally be simple for me to eat healthy all the time!” Because I do love to cook, and the grocery shopping is one of my favorite parts, I had never considered any of these a real option for me. Recently, however, a few family members have transitioned to a plant-based diet for health reasons. Since we know Instagram has the microphone on on our phones all the time, I was not surprised when a vegan-friendly food service popped up on my feed: Hungry Root. Continue reading “A Review of Hungry Root”
I will never forget the first time I tried on a pair of skinny jeans. I was shopping with my little sister, who had hopped on the skinny jean trend months earlier and encouraged me to give it a shot. I was uncomfortable from the first centimeter. Why were the ankles so tight? Was this meant to happen? Is this the wrong size? Slowly I worked them up my legs, wondering the whole time if it would get better. I was suddenly aware of the entire surface area of my legs. As the stretchy fabric climbed I noticed every single millimeter of leg. I became aware of a spot I had missed shaving on my knee. Would these fit better if I didn’t have a single strand of hair? Would these go on better if I hadn’t put lotion on? Should I be working this hard for a pair of jeans? Continue reading “Give Skinny Jeans the Boot”
Every time I have to deliver a fun fact in a business ice breaker I always go with the one my father is most proud of: I am the 2004 Burlingame Intermediate School Woodshop Award Winner. It is the most ridiculous thing in the world, actually. I got stuck in woodshop class and cried my eyes out the first day, fulfilling everything my big sister said about my being a dramatic 13-year-old. As luck would have it, though, I actually really enjoyed the course, eventually earning the highest grade in the class (is it bragging if it is something this absurd?), and thus, a trophy and title at the end of year awards ceremony. Continue reading “The Tools Every Girl Should Own”