San Francisco Trip

As mentioned in my previous post on traveling with an infant, our little family took our first major trip earlier this month. We chose San Francisco, a city I have visited before but that my husband had not been to yet. We were entertaining a few options (Hawaii, the Turks and Caicos — where we…

Stand Still

How can a country be simultaneously the greatest country in the world and also need to be made great again? Our parents immigrated to this land of opportunity With dreams of success and happier lives Hopes of futures for their children That otherwise would not have existed Upon arrival, they quickly learned To work their fingers to the bone…

Traveling With an Infant

This past week we took our first cross-country trip with our baby who will be 8 months old tomorrow! It was her first plane ride. Prior to this trip, the longest she had travelled was about 3-4 hours by car. Overall it was a good experience, and we made some great memories. A lot of the smoothness…

Homemade protein bars

In recent months, I have been on a major healthy food/lifestyle kick and have really enjoyed eating wholesome and mostly homemade foods. It has helped me start shedding my pregnancy weight, and I feel overall more energetic and healthier. A huge part of this has been eliminating sugar as much as possible from my diet….

Role Models for My Daughter: Lupita Nyong’o

“You can’t eat beauty. It doesn’t feed you.” For the latest post in this series, I would like to feature actress Lupita Nyong’o. She is of Kenyan decent, but her Mexican name is a product of her birth in Mexico (Lupita is a shorter version of Guadalupe). She was raised in Kenya and studied in the…

Role Models for My Daughter: Mindy Kaling

“There are little Indian girls out there who look up to me, and I never want to belittle the honor of being an inspiration to them. But while I’m talking about why I’m so different, white male show runners get to talk about their art. I always get asked, ‘Where do you get your confidence?’…

The Irony of Becoming an American Citizen

On February 9, 2016, my husband became a United States citizen. He was a British citizen previously, and he would always joke about how he didn’t *really* want to be an American (those people who incessantly chant “USA!!! USA!!!” or sing the national anthem at every.single.event.), but it would make life easier now that he has…

Role Models for My Daughter: Misty Copeland

I’d like to begin a series in which I highlight strong female role models that my daughter will be exposed to as she grows up. Even before she was born, I made a promise that I would show her that her existence as a girl and a woman in this world does not need to be…

Jane the Virgin

When I started maternity leave, I began watching “Jane the Virgin” while waiting for my baby to make her debut. Since the first season was on Netflix, it was a glorious first week of eating home cooking, relaxing on the sofa, and wondering if every little twinge or pain might be a contraction (it wasn’t!)…

Life in 2D: The Social Media Trap

This story on BBC about Essena O’Neill, a very popular Australian social media celebrity, helped me stand back once again and re-examine the effect that social media has on our lives today. A while back I posted about happiness and turning off social media, and that was quite some time before I finally closed my own…

My Favorite Cooking Shows

I love to eat. I don’t always love to cook (namely after 12 hour work shifts), so preparing delicious meals at home is unfortunately not a daily occurrence in my home. Add to the fact that I have yet to master the organizational skills it requires to meal plan and prep for dinners, and some…

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Last night my husband and I were searching for a movie to watch and I found this title on iTunes. I had never heard of it, but it seemed to have great reviews, and given my weird interest in topics around death and dying, I thought it would be an interesting movie. It ended up…