Celebration Spotlight: Celebrating A Day I Don’t Remember

One of the most significant days of my life is a day that I cannot remember.

I remember the days before and most of the days after, but not the day itself. February 11, 2008, is shrouded in mystery. I will never forget February 10, 2008 – it was a Sunday afternoon and was one of those days where the sky was too blue not to be outside, despite the chilly February weather. I was sitting in my backyard enjoying the sun when I received a phone call from my sister telling me that a friend’s sister had been killed in a car accident. At the age of 16, I didn’t seem to have the ability to fully process this information. I knew that I needed to go to her funeral visitation the following day to support my friend. 

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Rise Up to the Super Bowl with Carne Asada Fries

First things first:

I am TOTALLY a fair weather Falcons Fan. I fully accept and embrace the title of being a fair weather fan for the sake of Georgia NFL football this ONE TIME in my entire life. I do not own any Falcons gear, and I have never watched a full Falcons game before.

I am unashamed to say that this is a one time thing, as I’m still in the market for an NFL team to pledge my allegiance to. I’m a little late to the game, since I really only every subscribed to SEC college football, and it has taken me this long (and this much heartbreak) to graduate into NFL fandom.

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San Diego: Our 2017 Retreat.

Hey Party-Makers,

Do you ever get that feeling like you are simultaneously living in slow motion and a high speed chase? I guess that’s what January has felt like for us. Periods of stop and go, of resetting our brains, of introspection and running straight into the arms of the people we love and support. I’m sure a lot of you have some of the same experiences, or at the very least can relate to the whirlwind of January.

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Brunchadilla : Our Favorite Breakfast For 2017

Hey Party-Makers,

For as long as I can remember, breakfast has been my favorite meal of the day. When I was growing up, we would eat the most colossal breakfasts during the week, and the most extravagant brunches on the weekends. They were the kind of meals that usually made you skip lunch. Till this day I’m pretty bad about eating lunch because my breakfasts are usually big enough that I’m not hungry again until it’s almost time for dinner.

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7 Ways To Take Care Of Yourself + Empower Your Communities In 2017

Hey Party-Makers,

As the year winds down, I’ve found myself reflecting a lot about 2016. In a lot of ways, it’s felt like a year that was a coming of age movie, where turbulence leads to the revealing of true character (or lack thereof). Some words that come to mind as I think of 2016 are: oppressive, loud, tragic, backwards, hate, divisive, polar, unsafe, guns, anti-fill in the blank, uninformed.

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Guatemalan Ponche

Hey Party-Makers,

It’s the week of Christmas! In a lot of ways, this is an exciting season for us. Consecutive days off work for Ben, means we get to relax and go outdoors more. No one in our house is upset about that. And although we are bummed out that we won’t be with our families, we’re doing our best to add elements of each of them in our yearly traditions to feel close to them from so far away.

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10 Tips for Healthy, Peaceful Political Conversations this Holiday Season

Hey Party-Makers,

When I was growing up, it was pretty clear to both of my parents that I was going to grow up to be opinionated. I was the kind of kid who challenged “because I said so,” because I wanted to understand the why behind things. My dad especially cultivated a fiery and healthy sense of questioning in me. I very vividly remember that in the election cycle in 2004 we had a lot of arguments at the dinner table. I was a big John Kerry fan and he was not, and I really couldn’t understand why he wouldn’t bend to the will of my 12-year old political theories.

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The Case for Guacamole at Thanksgiving + your New Favorite Guac Recipe

Hey Party-Makers,

I remember reading years and years ago in an old Reader’s Digest that your tastebuds change every 7 years. I’ve held onto that tid bit for a while and tend to try foods I hate every once in a while to check on its validity (although I think beets will hold a life-long ban on my tastebuds). One of the times I’ve been pleasantly surprised was when I was 15, and I tried avocados and liked them for the first time.

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