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hi hi, i’m dena. i started this blog 2+ years ago with my best friend makenzie. we love houston. we loved it so much that we started this blog about it – we still love it so much that this here blog is still up and running, growing and becoming a little bit popular if i may say so (humbly) myself. this little baby has since become “my” little baby, which might account for the confusion of “where did her best friend go?” let me just tell you that makenzie is still around and we’re still best friends – but my passion for posting ran a little deeper and i am now the created of panchoandleftey. now: a little more about me. i’m a pre-school teacher at a real great nature centered/ child directed school a few minutes away from my house. i spend sunday mornings at church and sunday evenings country dancing. i’m also intrigued by social + environmental justice around my community. and traveling, i love traveling (but more than that, i love coming home). i also love things that are FREE, my favorite being, worth while events inside the 610 loop. i recently returned from an extended back-packing trip to costa rica. i got a little homesick after 2 months and attribute it to being “way too far outside of the loop for too long”. needless to say i’m happy to be home, refreshed and inspired.

if you have any ideas, connections, or suggestions please email me:


13 Responses leave one →
  1. June 2, 2012

    You guys are awesome!!

  2. June 27, 2012

    Sigh…I wish I could whistle. I get teased about it a lot.

  3. gloria atkins permalink
    October 22, 2012

    WOW! Ya’ll sound busy, i got tired just reading about it, lol! Hope you don’t mind this Grandma of 10 following your blog. I came for the Tx. flag tutorial & stayed after i read your blog. Ya’ll remind me of me & my bff. We’re still best buds, we just don’t get 2 see each other as much as we’d like but THANK U JESUS for FB. Thanks, ya’ll have a BLESSED DAY!

  4. March 26, 2013

    Yes! Another Houstonian! I was born in Houston and grew up there but moved to the East Coast some years ago! I miss Houston and I am glad I found you two! Now I can see what is going on in my hometown!

    • Dena and Makenzie permalink*
      March 28, 2013

      thanks erin!!! if there’s anything specific you want an update on – let us know.

  5. March 29, 2013

    hey ladies – can we give you passes to our 2 documentary film screenings next week at “14 Pews”?? Wednesday we have “Journey to the Flames: 13 years of Burning Man” with DJ, fire spinning after AND thursday we have “Faire: An American Renaissance” with beer/wine afterparty. Please hit me back if you can attend, we’d love to have ya at either or both!

    • Dena and Makenzie permalink*
      April 3, 2013

      WOW COOL !!! if the offer still stands i’m interested in one/two for tomorrow night.
      thanks for thinking of us and let me know. there would of course be a blog post to follow …

  6. ahahah permalink
    June 3, 2013

    ~~working in london, vacationing in paris france~~

  7. ahahah permalink
    June 3, 2013

    holy shit this blog is a trainwreck in photos i fucking love it.

  8. February 16, 2014

    Hey! I didn’t get a chance to meet you today at black hole but am a friend of Andrea’s and she told me about your blog. I had one way way back and was terrible about keeping up with it, so it sort of died. But I’m still a major blog reader and am really excited about adding this to my bloglovin feed! I absolutely love living in Houston and finding free/ fun things to do so I”m looking forward to your updates!

    – Gaby

    • Dena and Makenzie permalink*
      February 16, 2014

      hi gaby! so glad my blog fits your niche. i know what it’s like to run out of steam and slow the posting production down to a stop – if you ever have ideas or recommendations for this here blog (or events calendar) email me please! and until we get to meet in real life, enjoy our city!

  9. Brooke permalink
    May 16, 2014

    Hi! My name is Brooke and I met you at the Pop Shop Houston event a few weekends back. I bought a couple of your ornaments for a gift basket to be auctioned at the Great Taste of the Heights. You should TOTALLY come check it out!

    • Dena and Makenzie permalink*
      May 16, 2014

      Hey Brooke – yes I remember you and your friend. I’m always looking for new catholic friends and activities! I’ll hopefully be seeing you there!

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