Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Paper Files+Giveaway | May 2017

Today's #ThePaperFiles post is brought to you by Summer 2017. Summer doesn't officially start until June but I'm in Houston with bipolar weather so cut me some slack. 😊 I figured since we're a month ahead, I'd make this month's giveaway based on summer fun and vacations!

Before we move on to the goodies, I wanted to share a little something-something with you. If you follow me on Instagram πŸ‘‰ @a_shankasaurus or my FB page πŸ‘‰ facebook.com/3twentysix then you already know this, if not, keep reading. I've made quite a few paper loving homies through my blog and have asked some of them to host giveaways with me. One of my paper loving homies is Bre from Brewrites.com. We've met up for paper dates a few times (and macaroons πŸ˜‹) and we went to the Buju workshop at Brazos Bookstore last week (see post here).

This friendship has helped grow our paper addiction and it's turned into something fantastical as Bre and I have joined forces to share it with you!! Yeah, this means we're about to enable the hizzie out of you, haha! Follow our new account on Instagram πŸ‘‰@PaperFiles and our new page over on Facebook πŸ‘‰ facebook.com/PaperFiles. Both of these links are in the Rafflecopter widget below as entries, too! We're planning a fun giveaway soon so make sure to follow!

On to the goodies!

Number Uno: Yellow Busy Bee journal with bookmark ribbon - lined

Number Dos: The 52 Lists Project journal (affiliate)

Number Tres: A packing list pad, pocket size, for all those fun vacations you're gonna have

Number Cuatro: A blank birthday card that says Have a picture perfect birthday

Number Cinco: Fringe 3-pack pen set (affiliate)

Enter to win #ThePaperFiles May giveaway by
following the directions on the widget at the end of this post!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Buju 101 | Brazos Bookstore

Shopping local is my thing. But I admit that even though I'm a fan of books and everything paper, I've never been in a Houston bookstore. I'm not talking about the big chain bookstores. Of course, I've been in those. I'm talking about a one-of-a-kind Houston bookstore. A bookstore where the employees greet you and it's real. A place that isn't too big or too small. Where the atmosphere doesn't smell of anything other than the sweet smell of all the book pages in the building! 😍

This place is Brazos Bookstore and it's located near Kirby Drive on Bissonnet Street in my sweet, sweet city of Houston! A little bit of this bookstore from their site-

"In 1974, Karl Kilian opened Brazos Bookstore to encourage the growth and development of the emerging Houston literary scene with a clear focus on personalized service, community engagement, and passionate curation...." 

"...Brazos Bookstore continues to be locally owned by a group of twenty-seven Houstonians who came together and purchased the bookstore when Kilian announced his retirement in 2006. Read about our current staff here."

So while visiting this bookstore was on my Must Visit list, I am rarely around this area of town as I live very much west of it. What brought me to finally visit this bookstore was a Bullet Journaling 101 workshop. I saw it on Facebook and immediately clicked going and shared it with my homies.

I got there an hour before it started not necessarily by choice but because it was the smartest thing to do. If I went home not only would I not make it on time but I would probably get too comfy and decide to pass on the workshop. Getting there early gave me time to look around and also pick a good seat. My table was full of fantastical folks with many jokes. We all become friends on Instagram because having paper loving homies is the best, no?

We learned quite a few things and not only did we discuss BUJU but Kristara from Kristara Calligraphy taught us a little about hand lettering. I swear this lady is a Goddess with the skills she has and she's as sweet as can be.

The second workshop will be held at Brazos Bookstore
on July 20th and you definitely don't want to miss it! 

Thank you, Brazos Bookstore, our Buju teacher Ülrika Moats,
and Kristara for this fun workshop!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Weekend Snapshots | 14

Today's Weekend Snapshots is brought to you by the incredible appetizer I picked at Perry's Steakhouse & Grille for Mama's Day yesterday. This dish is Perry's Signature fried asparagus and they top it with jumbo lump crabmeat. As if fried anything wasn't good enough they just had to add crabmeat. I'm not upset, though, it was amazing in every way.

Perry's Mama's day dinner was a pricey one but a well-deserved dinner. Mama Carrizo is the most amazing human I know and she is worth much more but this is the place she picked so we were all for it. It was our first visit and we were very impressed. It wasn't just the food that was incredible. The service was on point. It's good for your soul to go all out on a delicious meal every once in a while. Trust.

Overall, I had a weekend full of really tasty food and
ya can't be mad at that, can ya? 😁

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