Monday, August 31, 2015

Weekend Snapshots | 34

Today I'm sharing my Weekend Snapshots, pt. 34 brought to you by my delicious bear claw and smoothie from Panera Bread. I could totally use this as my breakfast today I met Connie from Momma of Dos Saturday morning so she could hook me up with the tickets I won on her blog last week. Also to discuss the blogging world and how we have a sweet idea for an event you won't want to miss. More on that later.

Before we hit Panera Bread, we met at Five Below. Everything in the store is $5 or less (almost everything). I call it the dollar store on crack. The goodies range from school supply, to nail polish, to work out equipment to coloring freaking books. It's a dangerous place to be in without a partner to remove you from the store. Luckily, I was there for Connie :) There were tons of journals with cute or funny sayings on the front. The one we thought best described us is the one in the picture below. Not that we're mean or anything ;) We also took school pictures at Five Below. Connie with her big curly blonde hair and me with my gangsta keyboard LOL!

E caught a good picture of me and the kid Saturday afternoon. I get so caught up taking pictures of my kids, friends, family, FOOD, etc that I don't take too many pictures of me. So this was nice.. especially since my oldest and my youngest are in this shot. This is also the last picture taken with Shanks, my iPhone 5. More on that later..

After the picture with my boy, E & I hit the Goodwill up with goodies we no longer cared for. That blue recliner was purchased for Remidog at a thrift store years ago. He used the hell out of it and even shared it with his siblings. We didn't find a good place for it in our new house so we left it in the garage for when Remidog sits out there with E. Thankfully, E scored some comfier sits a while back so we put those in the garage to replace the recliner. We took some rugs, clothes, a nerf gun and some home deco we just couldn't add to our home now.

After the Goodwill, I convinced E to go with me to the ATT store to see about upgrading Shanks. It's not something I wanted to do but more that I needed to do it. Shanks wasn't working properly and in this day and age.. it's a huge problem. Especially when the battery wouldn't hold the charge. My plan was to upgrade to a 6 and move on, but nooooo Julie (the rep) just had to tell us about the $99 bundle they had going on. E's eyes lit up when she said we could get the 6 and the iPad mini for $99. I certainly didn't need one, but it would have been nice to upgrade my 2 for the mini. Long story short, I bought both the phone (for me) and the mini (for him). Conclusion -> my husband is spoiled.

I'm adjusting nicely to the 6. It is bigger in my petite hands, but it's just so freaking nice. Oh, and the fact that it holds a charge is amazing! Who would have thought it would do that LOL! I ordered a case and tempered glass screen protector on Amazon that should arrive manana. Until then, the original plastic it came with will not be removed. I'll stroke out if something happens before I get the protective gear on it. No, seriously.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

blu PLUS+ e-Cigs | Do you vape?

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If we don't know each other personally, chances are you don't know I'm a cigarette smoker. My husband smokes, my sister smokes, my dad smoked up until five years ago (cold turkey) and a lot of my friends are smokers too. Needless to say, we were all pretty bummed out when the No Smoking indoors ordinance showed up in Houston. I've been a cigarette smoker for over 15 years and have tried multiple brands & flavors (menthol only). It wasn't until 3 birthdays ago when my father-in-law introduced me to the vaping world that I learned more about a different way to smoke & still get my nicotine fix. It was a whole new world for me, the vaping world that is. Since then I've gone back and forth from cigarettes to vaping but my husband has been vaping strong with no cigarettes for three and a half years. Maybe I have commitment issues, haha!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Weekend Snapshots | 33

Today I'm sharing what should have been posted yesterday- Weekend Snapshots, pt 32. Today's post is brought to you by Mama Carrizo, my sister Gaby and meeee! This past weekend was my sister's birthday and we did what we do best.. shop & grub! We hit up our usual stop, HomeGoods & Marshalls and then went to Red Lobster for dinner.

The picture above is my favorite from the weekend. I like how real my smile looks and Mama Carrizo throwing the deuce? Oh yeah, she's from Alief alright LOL! The picture after the cut is hilarious because they told me it would be a silly picture, not a good one. They obviously lied LOL! I'm also wearing the shirt my sister hooked me up with not too long ago that says, Love Fades Pizza Doesn't. It's a 100% true statement and I can't be more prouder to wear it!

I hooked my sister up with her first James Avery jewelry. A charm with her favorite saying, Live, Love, Laugh, and a necklace. I'm pretty sure JA now has a fan for life! Mom hooked her up with some clothes & some pretty earrings! We got a chance to see all the Halloween goodies at HomeGoods. If you're in the market for Halloween or Thanksgiving deco, hit up HomeGoods for great prices. Nope, I still don't write for them, but I'd like to!  I had shrimp tacos at Red Lobster and because I practically swallowed our appetizer, I didn't finish my tacos, but I took them home for my fatty husband ;)

Speaking of E, he's on this bike riding kick lately which has him riding almost every day. He does all sorts of sweet trails and after the cut there's a picture he took that I really liked because of all the greenery. If only we could get my bike fixed so I can go riding too Sigh

The last three pictures are of my kids doing what they do best.. lay around the house and eat. I swear they have no idea how good they have it. I wish someone fed me, cuddled me, bathed me and paid all my bills too. Maybe in the next life? I can hope, right? Haha!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Paper Files | Giveaway Winner Announcement

Today I'm sharing the winner of the very first paper goodies giveaway from The Paper Files. I want to thank all the paper hoarders, ehem, I mean paper lovers for entering to win the paper goodies with the wicked pencil! So let's announce the winner..

Muchos congratulations to
Bre from!!

I'll be emailing you shortly for your address so I can send ya the goodies!

Thanks again everyone for entering! More paper giveaways soon!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Project Life | 22

Today I'm sharing Week 22 of my Project Life. The way I made this layout was very different for me. I used an entire 12x12 sheet from my paper hoarding box and two cards. I've thought about using a 12x12 before but wasn't inspired by any particular sheet. The one I used here has been hanging around my desk (w/ a few more I really like) and I felt like I was doing it an injustice.

If you hoard paper like I do, then you know how this goes. You buy said paper (or journal) because of it's coloring or texture. You convince yourself that you're going to use it and sometimes even have the perfect idea on how to use it. But we both know you're not going to use it. You'll stick it on a shelf or in a box with the rest of the guys who had hopes they'd be used. It's just inevitable when you're a paper hoarder (lover).

I really like that I finally used this 12x12 sheet but I'm not 100% sure that I used it right. I mean, it looks great as a background but because I prefer more black&white in my layouts.. this looks sort of funny to me. Anyways, this week we had the Memorial Day flood, enjoyed some waffle shaped pancakes, we bought our first big KALLAX from IKEA, celebrated National Burger Day (because why not), and got an interesting fact on my Snapple drink- Fish can drown. Who would have thought, right? 

Are you working on Project Life too or another type of scrapbooking? I'd love to check it out!

P.S. Sorry about the lighting on the last picture, not sure what happened. :| 
P.S.S. Today is the last day to sign up for The Paper Files first paper giveaway. 14 hours left. Click here to enter!

Cards: Midnight Edition Core Kit (affiliate)
Stamps: Studio Calico's number clear stamps for the week number
Pictures: Printed with Canon SELPHY CP910 (affiliate) & cut to size