Beauty, Career, DIY, Women

Get in the Picture: My Adventures in Correcting Yellowface

OK you guys. This might be my favorite DIY project ever. It’s personal. And it’s weird. And I’m a little giddy about it. Excuse me while I go giggle behind my delicate Asian hand. 😉

correcting yellow face, michelle villemaire, asian, diversity, hollywoodA few weeks ago, in a fit of frustration over the history of Hollywood whitewashing, I felt an urge to do something. I started taking pictures of myself. Not just random pictures. I took pictures of myself as Asian characters who were played by white women in film. And it felt sooooo good.

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Events, Featured, Health, Women

Mimi Goes to The White House!

It’s true! Someone- who’s probably since been fired- let me poke around the rooms of The White House! I read the spines of the books on the shelves, stirred my coffee with a silver spoon, and sat just feet away from First Lady Michelle Obama as she spoke about one of our nation’s biggest problems: childhood obesity. I returned to LA giddy but informed, ready to report on the accomplishments of the Let’s Move initiatives and armed with tools to continue the work.

white house, homemademimi, let's move, michelle obama, michelle villemaireBut before I get into all of that, first things first:    Continue Reading…

Health

Must Have Tuscan Kale Salad to Go (Mason Jar Salad)

Recently, I was invited to the White House to learn about the work of Let’s Move, First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative dedicated to helping kids and families live healthier lives. It was super exciting and yes I yarnbombed something on the sly and I will tell you all about that experience right here.

During this visit, White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford gave a demonstration on how to make healthy mason jar salads that you can prepare ahead of time and grab on the go. While she was making this salad I was not paying any attention because I was, of course, completely lost in the fantasy of having my very own personal chef. Fortunately, I have this video and a written copy of the recipe.

Just FYI, in my personal fantasy my personal chef makes personal donuts for me. But I digress. Here is the recipe for the thing that’s going to keep the doctors away.  Continue Reading…

Charity, Crafts, DIY

Monument Street Yarnbomb!

If you’re wondering what happened to lower Monument street, let me explain…yarnbomb, national women's history month, women's history month, yarn

It’s a yarn bomb. In honor of National Women’s History Month. After about two weeks, the pieces will be taken down and transformed into blankets for women transitioning out of homelessness. Last year I yarn bombed the Village Green as a way to bring joy to the community while giving back at the same time. It was so well received I decided to do it again. I’m a sucker for a few smiles.   Continue Reading…

Charity, Women, Yarn

Yarnbomb 2015

Yarnbomb 2015 was a huge success. And by success I mean we honored women in history, the community enjoyed two weeks of eye-candy and when it was over, women living in shelters got some really pretty blankets for their beds. Also I did not fall out of a tree and die. See? Success.

yarnbomb, yarn, yarn bomb, homemademimi, village green, street art,, national women's history monthAt the crack of dawn on March 3rd, I headed to the Village Green with a few volunteers and did this crazy thing. Read all about why I did this crazy thing here. Check out the newspaper stories about the crazy thing I did here. For pics of the installation of the crazy thing keep scrolling…  Continue Reading…

Beauty, Play, Videos

Mom Opening Barbies

I did something today that I don’t normally do. I made an unboxing video and posted it to YouTube. It’s called Mom Opening Barbies. You know those videos with kids, where they’re opening toys? So it’s like that. Only it’s me, a mom, opening the toys.

mom opening barbies I wasn’t paid to do it. I’m just genuinely excited about the new Barbies coming out. The fact that my girls can now see themselves in Barbie thrills me. The fact that Barbie now creates a wide range of skin tones that actually reflect the diverse environment in which my girls live thrills me. The fact that there are now four body types and not just one impossible ideal thrills me.  Continue Reading…

Crafts, Family, Parties

Madeline Birthday Party

Today my baby turned 5. We celebrated with a Madeline birthday party for which I made too many things with too much hot glue. Maybe I put so much energy into birthdays to avoid thinking about them getting older. It’s a nice distraction. It’s selfish really, with the added benefit that they enjoy these shindigs. I miss holding them close to me in overly-complicated baby wraps. I miss co-sleeping. I miss tiny fingers and toes. But they grow. They get longer. They get stronger. They get smarter. And then one day they run away from you and tell you your hair is stupid and you’re a terrible mother. Sigh.

Madeline party, madeline, kids party, parties Today she did not run away from me. And I guess my hair was fine. She didn’t mention it.  Continue Reading…