To The Class of 2006

In the words of Mr. Dave Pierson, “Every good speech starts out with a quote.” (PAUSE) Now, that particular quote didn’t really help me begin my speech at all and I definitely had writers block before I’d even started writing. I was really tempted to just buy a speech off the internet. But, naturally, I procrastinated and it wouldn’t have shipped out on time, so I had to wait for some brilliant idea to come to me. And this idea came to me Friday night, yes just two days ago. I was at Bethany’s graduation party and had just finished…

2017 Resolutions

2017: Year of the Badass Bitch

“Your nails are fuckin’ amazing.” I knew she was talking to me, though compliments from strangers are usually reserved for my vibrant friend, Teresa, with whom I was sharing New Year’s brunch, and, who, was quite literally dressed in hot pink from head to toe. “Your nails are fuckin’ amazing,” she repeated as straightforward as she had the first time. “Oh, thanks!” Thanks, because I had paid someone to detail these nails for me as opposed to doing them myself, so that I might garner some compliments that would encourage me to better my whole self: mind, body, and spirit, in…

Reasons I Left-Swiped You. (Part One)

I might be addicted to Tinder. There is absolutely no reason for me to keep coming back to it, but I can’t help but enjoy judging people from behind a screen in the comfort of my own home. What a great time to be alive. Since today is my birthday, and, inevitably, all about me, you can’t tell me what a horrible person I am for writing this or point out all of MY personal flaws, for today I am a saint and a goddess. Reasons I Left-Swiped You (Part One): “Ethically non-monogamous.” You have a ferret on your shoulder….

No-Bake White Chocolate Matcha Lemonade Cheesecake

WHAT. Holy crap, guys. I wasn’t even going to share this with you yet, but then I found out today was National Cheesecake Day!! So, change of plans. After I made that Matcha Coconut Ice Cream a few weeks ago, I couldn’t stop thinking about how awesome some green tea action would be in cheesecake form. Luckily, Mizuchi Matcha wanted to send me some of their product*, which I found out includes not only a classic Ceremony Matcha, but also Spiced Matcha (tastes just like chai, which I love), andddddddd Matcha LEMONADE. Hi. I want that in my cheesecake. Obviously…

Why I Love to Instagram My Food + Steak Salad with Coors Peak Vinaigrette

Making fun of people who share pictures of their meals on social media is so hawt right now. I mean, I GET it. Nobody cares what you ate for lunch, right?? Well. I do. It’s not uncommon for me to ask my friends for blow by blow details of their latest meal. Oh, you got Chinese takeout? But what did you GET? White rice or noodles? Crab rangoon or egg rolls? How was it? Mediocre? Maybe get the Mongolian Beef next time and check back in. Maybe it’s just because I care about food more than I care about most…

30 Before 30 Challenge Update: June 2015

Checking in with a monthly update on my 30 Before 30 Bucket List with, coincidentally, 30 months to go! Bucket List Items Completed: Uh, zero. Good start, Kayla! Books read: One! This month I read B.J. Novak’s debut book, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories. You might recognize him from his role as Ryan on The Office, or as Mindy Kaling’s friend/on-again-off-again lover, as is the case with me. I love their rapport on social media, what can I say? I was a huge fan of this book. It’s a book of short stories, which you could probably tell from the…

Matcha Green Tea Coconut Ice Cream

Guys. It’s hot as balls out here. I’m guessing. (Will I ever stop speaking like a 15 year old?) I’ve been anxiously awaiting some free time to whip out my ice cream maker and make some cool, refreshing desserts for April and myself, and it has finally happened amidst a slew of 90 degree days. First of all, let me say that if you do not have an ice cream maker, it’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made in your life. I asked for one two Christmases ago, and honestly, I thought I would use it once and then never…

7 Words and Phrases It’s Time To Build a Bridge and GET OVER

We already know I’m one of the most annoying people out there. I have a blog for God’s sake, and one with no niche at that and I can’t even post regularly or use commas like an adult and how annoying are people with “blogs,” amiright? Everyone has one. Omg. A friend recently told me that all he knew about me were the things I hated, and really had no idea what I actually liked. Anyone else? In that spirit, here are some words and phrases that I think people could stop using at any time now. Because I, and…

30 Before 30 Pinterest Challenge

I’ve already made an amendment to my 30 Before 30 Bucket List. One of my tasks was to make the most delicious cheesecake I’ve ever seen, but as I was browsing Pinterest the other day, I realized I pin about a jillion recipes that I never make, so I thought I would create a new board of recipes to try before I turn 30. I have several food related boards: entrees, soups, desserts, ice cream, drinks, and vegan things. I thought healthy vegan things belonged on their own board because I didn’t want them mixed in with the good stuff,…