Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Paper Files | Pipsticks

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Today’s #ThePaperFiles is brought to you by the wonderful folks at Pipsticks (affiliate)! Don't know what Pipsticks is? Here's some info taken from their website.. Pipsticks is a company found on the idea that little things can make a big difference. We know that little things that are cool and serve a purpose - even if that purpose is unadulterated fun - can rock your world and save your day. We are IN LOVE with stickers and understand their power to make you smile. We don't stand for ugly or lame and work hard to bring you simple and fun. We promise that your Pipsticks experience will be touched by happy and helpful people. 

I've known about Pipsticks for a few weeks now but didn't make the plunge until last week. The reason why I finally did it was because they were celebrating two years spreading the sticker love and I knew I had to be a part of it. And I'm so glad I signed up because I got my goodies this past Monday. I was having a crappy Monday due to some bad news and opening my mailbox and seeing these goods totally put a smile on my face. And for that, I am super grateful!

Maureen is the head honcho of Pipsticks and has a story that most of us sticker lovers can relate to. This is what a part of the about page says about herAs the head honcho of Pipsticks, I know my stickers. Growing up, I walked with my parents to our neighborhood gift store once a week where they let me choose one square of stickers. This square was cut from the many rolls hanging on the wall, packaged in a glassine bag and carefully carried home to join my collection in The Sticker Book. I lived for it.

I know technically these aren't considered paper but they're in the paper world. What would paper be without stickers, right? I remember as a kid I had a few albums full of stickers and it was a huge deal to me. Today, as a 32-year-old, I still have sticker books that I won't use because I don't want to 'waste' them. Strange how the hoarder brain works, right? 

It's my understanding that because it was their two-year celebration, they threw in more goodies for everyone. That means that I'm not really sure what the usual packs look like but I think the quality of these unique stickers is definitely on point. From the envelope the goodies come in, to the cute letter (seen above), details are a priority for these folks & you won't regret signing up.

Below are some pictures of my pack and the info so you can join in, too!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Weekend Snapshots | 38

Today's Weekend Snapshots is brought to you by a flying BMXer at this year's HTX Bike Fest in Downtown Houston. We expected it to be hot but the sun was not playing Saturday and made sure we knew it. By the time I was done and in my car, I was drenched in sweat. It was worth it, though!

SATURDAY | I received my Sewbonita goodies on Friday! A Chismosa shirt in red and a Chingona iPhone case because small biz is my shizzle and the owner, Elena, is a fantastical human! So since I had these goodies, I knew I had to wear them on my Saturday outing!

I hit up the HTX Bike Fest at Market Square Park in Downtown Houston. I should have bought a Sewbonita or TacoCreative hat because the sun was ALLLLLL in our faces. I was super duper hot and drenched in sweat, I can only imagine how the vendors were feeling. 😩 It looked like a great turn out, though. From the vendors to the folks attending and boy were their smiles everywhere. Oh, and lots of pups were out there with their humans!

After the bike fest, I rushed to Tout Suite in Memorial City Mall for a sweet milk tea and some sweets. Now that I've made my own sweet milk tea, I like mine way better, but I'll still stop for the sweets, haha! I walked over to Target on a search for TMNT goodies for Connie's son's 7th birthday. I didn't plan on spending much but I sure did walk out with a $70 receipt. Target did it to me, again. 🙁

Off to the birthday shindig I went. I'm mad that the HLB co-founders and I didn't get a selfie. Jihane, her son Sean and I went in on some grub since we got their early. We don't play when it comes to being hungry, yanno? Haha!

SUNDAY |  House chores! I like to get them done Friday night since I'm not a big going out person or Sunday. This week turned out to be Sunday since I went out Friday. I cleaned the casa, did some laundry, watched some more Ray Donovan and then it was play time. Play time to me is sitting in front of my Mac. 😀 I pulled out my Silhouette (affiliate) from hibernation and started to work on something. Yvonne, an HLB member, recently started doing some t-shirt designs and totally motivated me to try it. I've had my machine for a few years and haven't made too many projects but I'm determined to change that! Stay tuned for some t-shirts (affiliate) I'm making. I swear you'll crack up, haha!

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Friday, September 16, 2016

One Month Without Her

Our last day together ❤
Today marks one month since I had to say see you later to my best friend who crossed the rainbow bridge after being by my side for ten years. This feeling I've had inside since she's been gone is like no other. I've had furkids pass away in the past, in fact about two years ago I had my oldest furkid pass away. And although it did hurt and every time I looked at her daughter for the following months I was incredibly sad, the pain was nothing like the one I've been feeling for Jay.