Monday, April 27, 2015

Weekend Snapshots | 17

Today's post is brought to you by a a cute succulent family E put together for our kitchen. Mama Carrizo hooked us up and we were going to can the succulents like this post but we had a lot of glass containers from some old flower setups so we used one of those instead. E put big rocks at the bottom and we filled up the gaps with little rocks. Added some soil and our succulents. We then added some leftover little rocks to the top and ta-da, we had a new setup. :)

Finally found a cap for my Sony NEX-3N (affiliate link). I lost it sometime in February and couldn't find one that was at a decent price. Problem with paying too much is that the cap doesn't grip the lens as well as it should. I check it multiple times when I'm out to make sure it's not loose. I figured it may just be my cap, but the Amazon reviews pretty much all said the same. Bummer.

Being the smallest kid in Casa de Reed is tough, just ask Chula, the Chi. She is the smallest yet oldest kid we have. She yelps a lot when she's in the danger zone, a.k.a. Remidog or Finnashit's walking path. She's usually somewhere near me, preferably touching me. She enjoys sleeping in my lap and I don't mind it so much because she hardly weighs anything. She's just 4 freaking pounds!

Blue Bell ice cream removed all their ice cream from stores and although I am grateful and incredibly proud of them for initiating this major move... I freaking miss them & want my cookies n' cream back. Yes, there are a lot of other brands I could go with but it's just not the same..

I received Houstonia's May magazine and the fact that they chose to address breakfast spots in Houston makes me love them even more. I love breakfast! It's my favorite meal and one I could eat three times a day, pretty much every day. There's also a great article about a 4-legged kid from Holland who found himself as part of Houston's homeless dog population.

New neighbors moved in this weekend. They have a rottie and I'm sure you can imagine how excitamated Remidog has been. We couldn't walk into the kitchen without him hopping and skipping in front of us in hopes that we would open the door for him to go outside. This stresses me the hell out because it means an even closer eye needs to be on Remidog because he's a jumper & an asshole with strangers. Sigh.

I finally bought ink & paper (affiliate link) for my SELPHY (affiliate link) which means I've been trying to catch up on my Project Life. I'm about three weeks behind so I'll be rolling those out pretty soon. Woohoo!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday Love 04.24.15 | Mother's Day 2015

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Today I'm sharing some goodies I found for Mother's Day! Yes, it's that time of the year again. Moms all over the country will be showered with mucho love as usual. Remember that this day isn't just for the lady who birthed you, but for the folks (male/female) that have showed you the type of love moms are known for. 

Art - Kids everywhere can relate to this print. Moms are not to be messed with when they are hangry. It's a fact. Hell, even folks who aren't moms should make you cautious too.  Haha!

Deco - These little pears from Etsy have been in my favorites since forever. I swear I'm going to hook my mama up one day! I think they are stinking adorable!

Candle - My mom is a candle fanatic like I am. Her favorite fragrance since forever has been Gardenia. Every time we hit Marshalls or HomeGoods, we search the aisles for Gardenia candles. 

Mug - Moms need coffee. Lots of it. No matter what age they are. It gets them going when there's a crapload of things on their plate. I think this mug will definitely bring a huge smile to any mama.

Trinket Dish - Moms like jewelry and this is perfect for it. She can keep it on her night stand, dresser or even near her bathroom sink. It's a cute dish that keeps her favorite bling (possibly given to her by you) safe & in one place.

Kitchen Deco - Admit it, you've said or thought the words on this towel multiple times. I know I have. There's a reason why moms are so awesome. They just know everything!

Card - Gifts are cool and all but the card is where its at. My mom would laugh so freaking hard at this card but not all moms would be down for this. Haha! I think cards have the potential of getting any mama emotional so please don't forget to get or make a card.

Have a fantastical weekend!
See you Monday with a recap of my weekend with Weekend Snapshots!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Weekend Snapshots | 16

Today's post (rather tonight's post) is brought to you by the marathon my husband was in over the weekend. He was a part of the two day BP MS150 bike marathon from Houston to Austin by the National MS Society. Due to the rain, the first day was cancelled and my husband was among many that were incredibly sad about it. But day two was amazing and really made the storm look like a punk!

This is the second MS150 marathon he's been in and the first one I attended. I can't even begin to explain how affected my feels were throughout the entire day and I didn't even ride. This ride is the largest event of it's kind in North America with 13,000 cyclists, 3,500 volunteers and countless spectators along the route and at the finish line in Austin. The 2-day ride is a 180-mile journey that starts in Houston and ends in Austin. That's right, they start in Houston and finish in Austin. Effing CRAZY!!

I was so touched by this event that I told my husband that I think I'd like to train in hopes of riding next year. I'm not sure if he took my seriously. TBH, I'm not sure I took myself seriously. Haha! We all know how lazy and non-active I am but this event did something to me. I am currently ISO a bike. A good light one that's cheap. Wish me luck!

We were lucky enough to stay at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort in Lost Pines, Texas. Middle of freaking nowhere type resort. It was refreshing to be out there with clear air that was filled with bugs. Haha! No, it was truly a great experience. This resort is like its own little town with delicious dining, huge fire pits, pools, Starbucks, golfing and a freaking ice cream parlor! I'm so ready for next year!!

One of the highlights from the Reedasaurus Adventure yeah, I not only called it that but I hashtagged it, HA! was seeing my good friend, Jessica. She lives in Austin and its been quite a while since I've seen her. Like many of my good friends, I met Jessica online through a mutual friend. I later met her in person and our friendship has massively grown. She's a dog lover too! She's good people and I know it's completely true because she hung out in the heat with me during the MS150. The struggle was ridiculously real Sunday!

The fourth picture from the bottom is probably one of my favorite pictures from the resort. We didn't spend much time there during the day because of the event but at night it was so beautiful. This shot was taken with my husband's iPhone 6+ and it's most definitely not the best picture, but it's grainy and I love the lighting in the trees.

The very last picture is of my husband's company team, Team Mostyn Law. These folks did a fantastical job raising and riding for the cause. So proud to have met these folks! See ya next year!

Best part about all of this is that the fundraising isn't over. If you'd like to make a donation and read why my husband, Elliott, rode this year.. Please visit this link.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Ari Stumbles | 4

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Here are a few of my favorite links this week! 

17 different foods you can make with a waffle iron. I may have shared this before but it's still pretty good.

Found a dog on the streets? Follow these steps to help find the kid a forever home!

I've never messed around with moss but this looks like a great DIY for a moss topiary tree that I might try some day. 

Batman vs. Superman's trailer was leaked and eh, I'm still not excitamated about Ben Affleck portraying my all time favorite superhero. (I doubt this will be up for long so hurry).

12 great books & the perfect kind of mood to read them. Some of these were already on my Goodreads "to-read" list but I added a few more.

Damon Hellandbrand recreated Zodiac signs as vicious monsters. How creepy is yours?

My dog, The Paradox is an entertaining comic you don't want to miss.

27 super duper helpful diagrams every DIY enthusiast needs to bookmark!

Use your keyboard to make Qwerty Beats.

Last but not least -> I started selling toys on IG a bit ago and it's exciting. Not just for the potential cash flow but cause it gives me a chance to meet folks who love toys too and I get to do my favorite type of shopping, thrifting!! Follow toyboxlife to check out the goodies!

Have a fantastical weekend!
See you Monday with a recap of my weekend with Weekend Snapshots!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sponsored | SNICKERS® Who are you when you're Hungry

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It's true, I am definitely not myself when I'm hungry and I find myself apologizing to those around me quite often. Mostly my husband. My poor, poor husband.

I can get very cranky and down right rude if it's been too long since I've fed my belly. It kind of has a mind of it's own. My belly that is. I'm sure you know what I mean and if it's not you, you might have someone in your family (or a friend) that gets pretty nasty when they haven't had something to eat. We've all seen the hilarious commercials right?

The happy-not-cranky Reeds :)

I have a really bad habit of going to events, family/friend gatherings (that don't involve food. How cruel right?) and the grocery store without eating first. Going to the grocery store on an empty stomach is probably the meanest thing I've ever done to my belly. It's like I'm taunting it and I'm sure the noises coming from my belly is of some weird language where my belly isn't being very nice.

In comes SNICKERS® and its life changing ways! No really, it is life changing even the little bites are. Which is why the last time I hit Krogers up, I bought the SNICKERS® fun size bags as a backup for those cranky moments. The fun size bags are found in the Candy/Chip aisle and super duper easy to find. If you just want a bar, regular sized or large, you can find those near the front registers. Be warned though, the smaller the bites, the more you will eat!

Below you'll find my must haves. Keys, wallet, sunglasses and SNICKERS® are a must. Wait, lip gloss too Haha! I'm sure you can relate to my belly hunger and have had an amazing experience with SNICKERS® and it's tastiness. Care to share a story?

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See more great SNICKERS® recipes and fun stories on the SNICKERS® social hub.

Note: I made the cut out in the first picture with my Silhouette Portrait. If you have a Silhouette and would like a chance to download, please go here. It will open in Google Drive and will not show a preview but it will download correctly. Please let me know if you have any problems.