The Wonder Years


The “it” series of my youth. 

I received a message from one of my childhood best friends last night about a mutual friend who left us too soon. I hadn’t kept in touch with him for more than a decade, but she said something about days past that really struck a chord. I remember how sweet and kind he was, even though I just got to know him one summer.

To me, my Wonder Years was that one crazy, fateful summer when life finally really started to take shape: first loves, summer crushes and precious friendships, dancing in the driveway, taquitos snacks, becoming welcomed to a new family, and dancing to the Spice Girls. It was when life was so much simpler. We were getting ready for our freshman year of college and our biggest concerns were what classes to register for, and if we were living in the same dorms.

I don’t know how he passed away, but that doesn’t really matter. RIP, Ryan. I know you’re smiling down on all of us. Thanks for making some of the most awkward stages of my life a little more easier, a little bit brighter.

“When you’re a kid, you’re a bit of everything: Scientist, Philosopher, Artist. Sometimes it seems like growing up is giving these things up one at a time.” – The Wonder Years


Ohana Birthday Project

Ohana Birthday Project


 My favorite meme kitty, Pusheen is happy celebrating the little things. H/T to @claresayas for this idea, and the gifs that keep us sane 🙂

In 10 days, I’m getting another year older. To be honest, I hadn’t put much thought to this year’s birthday, aside from thinking what restaurant I’d try to get a reservation at (but that was already decided 1.5 months ago….). So when my dear friend Clare started a  project to celebrate turning 25, I thought, “What a great idea! I’m going to do that, too!” 

So in lieu of presents and group meals this year, I’m raising funds to help the Ronald McDonald House Charities. If you’d like to help, donate HERE. In return, I’ll provide you with tips on restaurants, those random, “Hey Taya, where can I get a….” questions, or anything that’s on your mind. 

And to explain why this org is important, here’s Pusheen, in 10 gifs or less:

sick pusheen

Being sick sucks. 



What sucks more is having to travel really far to get treatment.

Sometimes, families can’t afford to all stay with their sick kids…


….even though a big hug from their loved ones would make feeling sick so much better for the patient. 


Ronald McDonald House helps families who are in a bind focus on what’s important: being together when your loved ones need it most.

Pusheen Family

To read more on why I chose this charity, visit my donation page


Cuz my Mama knows best.