First published in 2005, Laura Mayes started The Queso as Blog con Queso because, at the time, she thought blogs were cheesy, and in Texas, we call that queso. Behold the power of queso. Over time and from this blog, five businesses were born, countless ideas were developed and thousands of friendships were made. One of those ideas came from one of those friendships, and that is what this blog is becoming…a culture blog that represents Texan and Southwestern lifestyle, travel, food, music, ideas and inspiration about real people living authentically, with a sense of humor and a sense of adventure. Join us.
LAURA, QUESO IN CHIEF
LAURA MAYES IS A WRITER AND EVENT PRODUCER
Laura Mayes is an eighth-generation Texan who currently lives outside of Austin, where she is revitalizing her great grandparents’ house with her husband, her nine-year-old son and a cute puppy. Over the years, she has created, developed and produced a variety of events and programs for women in media including industry conferences, brand events, book and product launches, national art exhibits and other nationwide campaigns. She holds a bachelor of arts in English Literature and Professional Writing from Baylor University. She never thought she’d still live in Texas.
KAREN WALROND IS AN AUTHOR AND PHOTOESSAYIST
Karen’s writing, images and other projects have been featured on CNN.com, USA Today, Good Housekeeping and Wondertime magazines, among others. Karen is also the creative mind behind the award-winning website, Chookooloonks, an inspirational source for living with intention, creativity and adventure, and featuring travel, art, food and life. She’s not a native Texan, but she got here as fast as she could: she’s originally from Trinidad & Tobago, but now lives in Houston with Marcus, her English husband, and Alex, her American daughter. She’s a former engineer and an attorney, holding a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Texas A&M University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Houston — which means she made sure to get as much Texas education and she could possibly absorb.
KRISTIN PAULL IS A BAKER AND STAY AT HOME MOM
Kristin Paull was raised in Houston, but via a brief stint in Dallas has found her home in Austin with her husband and three boys. She has experience in party and event planning as well as fundraising and many volunteer projects. She loves the adventure and education that comes through travel, the challenge and enlightenment that comes from reading, and the creativity and fun that is shared through cooking and food. She holds a degree in English Literature from Baylor University. When she transferred from Wake Forest to Baylor, a friend’s Dad said, “Sorry, but though Texans might leave Texas, they just can’t stay gone for long.” I guess he was right.
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