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Happy International Women’s Day! | VLOG: Reflections on the Women’s March

As you know, it’s International Women’s Day. I filmed a very personal vlog in January as I got to be included in one of the most powerful movements in history: The Women’s March. I was so proud to be walking among strong, underrepresented heroes that came out to march. We marched through the wet streets of Vancouver; no drop of rain could stop us. How lucky and grateful am I

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Sunday Brunch Series: Lemon Ricotta Pancakes and Strawberry Mimosas

lemon ricotta pancakes with strawberry sauce by lindsay johnson of lady in the wild west for gen padalecki of now & gen wife of jared padalecki

Starting today, I will be hosting a brunch blog every 1st Sunday of the month. Excited? I am! The blog will be led by and feature recipes from one of my favorite friends and foodies Lindsey Johnson! I met Lindsey when she came to visit my apartment roommate while I was a freshman in college. We became fast friends. Though we live in different parts of the country (she lives

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Gen’s Lit List: March Faves

genevieve padalecki wife of jared padalecki of supernatural lies on bed with cookbooks around her

It’s the beginning of the month which means it’s time to gather up some of my favorite new reads. This month I am tackling cookbooks. I love being in my kitchen and trying out new recipes.  One of my absolute favorite things to do is scour pages of cookbooks for inspiration. I love cookbooks because I feel they are a small (or big–depending!) window into the life of a chef. With beautiful

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It’s Sweater Weather!

It’s February, which means the weather is chilly, but the mood is warm. If you’ve been following along, you know I spent all of January in Vancouver with a handful of weekend trips to Whistler. Every day, it felt like I was reaching into my closet for another sweater to add to my rotation! Soft, cozy sweaters weather cools down sweaters (especially paired with some jeans) are my uniform of

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12 Books to Read This Year

I love Sundays.  Mainly because I love a good brunch, but I love a good brunch with my Sunday paper. One of my favorite Sunday morning rituals is reading the New York Times Book Review.  I’m a sucker for the musty, inky copy paper smell and I love the gothic font lettering.  I enjoy what new books are being released out into the world and the challenge to tackle some

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Hear Us Roar: Reflections on the Women’s March

It’s been one year since the 2017 Women’s March. Last year following January 21, 2017, I  could hear rumblings and tremors in the air for what felt like months. The earth felt like it was in the midst of an aftershock. Unlike a lot of causes where there is excitement followed by a lull, the Women’s March fueled and fanned a conflagration.  It ignited voices, hearts, feelings, passions, and unity.

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It’s My Birthday…Drum Roll Please!

It’s my birthday, drum roll please!  Cue the balloons, confetti, and have the parade ready to march down the street.  I mean, is this what I should expect to happen today? That the clouds will part and the sun’s rays will shine directly down on me to say, “HELLO WORLD! IT’S MY DAY!”?  No, today isn’t about all that hoopla.  It’s not about cake and presents and singing.  A birthday

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Setting Intentions for the New Year

Do you make resolutions at the beginning of every new year? Personally, I’m not a big “resolutions” person because 1) I often like to break the rules, and 2) I think they set us up for failure. This year, I’ve decided to set “intentions” instead. Intentions stem from the word “intend,” which by definition means to have a course of action as one’s purpose or objective. Essentially, an intention is

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Last Minute DIY Delectables

Christmas is here and we’re coming up close to crunch time. Behind on making desserts for a holiday party or creating edible gifts? It happens. There is a solution: homemade goodies. I turned to my friend Lindsey Johnson (peep her Insta, @ladyinthewildwest) who happens to be one of my favorite creative bakers, and enlisted her to help with some last minute delectables that you too can make at home. I love

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