Friday, July 22, 2016

#ARISTUMBLES | 2


I did this series last year and loved sharing my favorite finds with you. I planned on doing it this year but apparently I forgot and only did one earlier this year (here).

Here are a few of my favorite things on the interwebs..

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A sweet, monthly subscription box of stickers!!

16 places to find stock photos that don't suck

Proof that you don't need a fancy schmancy DSLR to take sweet pictures.

Horchata, my one true love (along with Whataburger, Tacos, Paper, & my dogs)

Jeffrey Campbell booties that I must have in black (def. not black suede)

Really cool embroidered basket wall clock DIY

Amazon is hiring tons of folks for their Houston fulfillment center.

10 common Lightroom mistakes you don't want to make

You've heard Desiigner's Panda song, but have you heard Moco's parody Banda song? 😂

A sweet letter board from the good folks over at Letterfolk

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DON'T FORGET: Enter to win a t-shirt by Taco Creative and get a 10% off code for your first purchase here. Enter at Momma of Dos's page for a second chance to win a t-shirt!

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Have a fun weekend!
Don't forget to stop by Monday for my Weekend Snapshots
& the link-up you can join in on!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Sponsored | Taco Gear - Taco Apparel for the Taco Lover

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Taco Gear & Momma of Dos.
All opinions are my own.


If I told you that Momma of Dos and I met while enjoying some tacos, would you believe me? I could go on and on about her trying to get me to try these different colored salsas and then a debate over what tortilla is the best but I'd be lying. We totally didn't meet whilst enjoying tacos, although, we have had a ton of them since we've met 😂

Meet Gerald Flores, photo by DustinAshcrat.com
I see you checking out our taco gear so let's talk tacos, shirts, and Gerald, the founder of TacoCreative. He reached out to us because he saw all the tacos we eat and how we can't stop talking about them. Gerald loves tacos as much as we do so we figured this was a fantastical opportunity for us to be BFF's! Gerald runs a one man show over at TacoGear. He's been a graphic designer for the last 10 years and of course a taco lover since birth. He can and actually does eat tacos almost every day for breakfast (my favorite), lunch, and dinner. I'm so jealous! One day, while looking for a taco shirt, the idea to start his own apparel hit him like a ton of bricks! The idea came mostly from not finding a well-designed taco shirt. He says most of them were overdone jokes with bad designs so as a designer and lifelong taco lover, he launched his own taco apparel company. 


He told me (and it stuck with me) that in today's market, it's so easy to launch a shirt design or online e-commerce business. And I totally believe him! I mean, I've wanted to design my own shirts since I was in the fourth grade and we screen printed some shirts in Girl's Scouts 😂 But I just haven't had the guts to do it. Gerald said I could pick his brain anytime so one of these days, Shankasaurus might surprise y'all with some sweet shirts! Enough about me, let's get back to Gerald. He used to be an amateur magician which makes him smile and makes me giggle! He performed for many years at private events and held semi-annual productions at his local theaters. Oh, yeah, did I mention he's from the Lone Star State? Yup, he's from Corpus Christi and part of the Texas Taco Council. Yes, this is totally a thing! Texas Taco Council has a book coming out in September. Preorder here now and get $5 off!

Something else Gerald said that stuck with me was his favorite motto, "Write down every single idea you ever have. If it's not a genius idea now, it might be later." How perfect is that for me to hear, you know, a paper lover who likes to jot random things down? 

Fun fact about Gerald: He has a huge passion for collecting custom-designed playing cards. He currently has over 300 different desk designs that come from all over the world. This passion sparked an idea for him that he's hoping will happen late this year/early next year so definitely follow Taco Creative's networks to see it first!


The last thing we talked about that completely sealed the BFF-ness was when I asked him what his favorite taco was and he said... drumroll, please... Tacos al-freaking Pastor, my ALL time favorite! He said as perfect as these tacos are, they mean nothing if the tortilla is not good. The tortilla makes the entire taco and I couldn't agree with him more. He tops off his taco with some delicious salsa and the trifecta is amazing!


It's not just shirts that Gerald has in his TacoGear apparel. He has cell phone cases, hats, bags, tanks and even onesies!

Gerald is such an awesome taco BFF that he's hooking you up with a discount on your first purchase over at TacoGear.com Use code: houstontaco at checkout to get a 10% off your purchase. Expires 09/21/2016 (end of Summer). AND, he's offered to give away a TacoGear t-shirt to one of my lucky readers! YAS!!! Visit the widget below to enter to win and don't forget all of the extra entries ;) Giveaway is for US Residents only and will run from Taco Tuesday, July 19th 2016 to Taco Tuesday July 26th, 2016. ;)

Buy your taco apparel at TacoGear.com and follow Gerald on his many taco adventures.



we laughed, we ate, we conquered - Houston Latina Bloggers in love with Tacos!!
Shout out to the bestest blogger assistant, Camila, one of Connie's Dos! ❤

Monday, July 18, 2016

Weekend Snapshots | 29


Today's #WeekendSnapshots is brought to you by the 8th Wonder Brewery container tagged with Brewston on it. This weekend I visited three Houston breweries, but I didn't have beer at all three. 😩 You know what I could have done without, though? The crazy freaking heat. I've sweated more this weekend than I have in my entire lifetime. I'm totally exaggerating, but you get what I mean. 

FRIDAY NIGHT | It's been about a month since I've been on a bike. The last ride I went on was #EastSideBikeRide Graffiti Ride in June where E and I broke off with some friends and ended up needing to be saved by John. Read about that adventure here. That's also the weekend I did my first and only spin class which makes me feel like I totally gave up/forgot about cycling. Thankfully, East End Bike Ride came through again and I got to redeem myself. No, really. We did 28ish miles starting at 7PM and we didn't get home till about 1:30PM. I was freaking exhausted. 

The start is always at D&W on the East Side. First stop was Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company, which I'd never been to or heard of. The line was massive for beer so I didn't get to try it. The second and last stop was City Acre Brewing Co. So before I continue let me tell you a bit about us and this ride. This is our third or fourth ride with ESBR. The last ride we did (mentioned above) we had to break off because we were starving but the plan was to follow all the way through with this ride. E got a flat somewhere between the first and second stop and of course when he yelled at me, I didn't hear it, so I kept on going. It wasn't until we got to a light that I checked my cell and saw that he'd gotten a flat and would catch up later. So I basically rode by myself for a good chunk of miles of this ride. Yeah, I'm pretty damn proud of myself. Get this, though. E got to the last stop before any of us did and ordered food and drinks. Maybe we should always do this so that there's a guaranteed spot to sit with food and drinks haha! Check out those tacos (second pic) from City Acre Brewing. Freaking ah-mazing!

SATURDAY | There are no pictures of Saturday because it was laundry day and errand day LOL! E went on a ride with friends that took almost all day and I woke up late because I barely survived Friday's ride haha! I bought this new gadget that arrived Saturday and I'm really excitamated to share with y'all. Thing is, I haven't been able to make it work properly, yet! Will tell ya more about it once I get it to cooperate with me.

SUNDAY |  We woke up early to get some miles in before #DJScrewDay at 8th Wonder Brewery. We met John there at 8:30AM and rode to get breakfast. The place we wanted was closed even though Google told us it opened at 8 so we ended up going somewhere else. Luckily, we stumbled across a place called Double Trouble Caffeine & Cocktails with the Doughmaker Doughnuts truck sitting outside. We hit them both up and even got a dollar off all of our orders from the Doughmaker for being on bikes! #winning After breakfast, we rushed back to 8th Wonder to get in line. We waited 45 minutes for out glass and beer and it was totally worth it. We drank, met new people, laughed and overall had a fantastical time. I also got the chance to meet Donkeeboy and take a picture with him. The picture came out blurry but E took a few of us chit chatting so that's the one I posted haha! First 300 people were given a screw to put in the interactive art piece and I was thrilled to be a part of it.

It was a beautiful day but the heat was ridiculous! I drank three beers and didn't feel them. I'm guessing it was all the sweat that helped me on that 😂 We hung out at 8th Wonder for a bit and then rode to Axelrad/Luigi's Pizzeria for our favorite pizza and then it started raining. Rain in the Summer of Houston means it's practically a sauna. Kind of how it is today since it just rained. I'm sure you can imagine we were completely drenched in sweat by the time we got back in our truck to head home.

DON'T FORGET: Join me and Jessica on this week's #WeekendSnapshots
link up by adding your link at the bottom of my post! Also, if you see her around (even on the interwebs), it's her birthday so definitely send her birthday wishes!! ❤


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