Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!


This year has been ah-mazing for me. It's definitely a year that I will never forget. Way too many changes for me. Let's see if I can remember them.. 
These are just a couple I can think of right now. Not in any particular order and I'm sure there's plenty of other things that happened this year. One things for sure, even though this year was good..I'm definitely ready  for it to be over. No one's life is perfect and I'm no different. This year had a lot of ups and plenty of downs and it's time for me to move forward with my life in regards to what's right for me. I've learned a lot about myself this year. Mostly how strong and determined I can be when I put my mind to it.

I'm currently working on my Vision Board. I picked up a white board a while back from Hobby Lobby and i'm cutting things out to glue on to it. Hope I finish before the new year so that my visions can be clear. :]

Hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year! 
A toast to 2013 and how awesome we're all going to make it! 

See you next year! <3

Friday, December 28, 2012

Time to Update the Calendar

Happy last Friday of 2012! It's getting close to that time of the year again. Replacing your 2012 calendar with a 2013. I'm not sure how many people use a paper calendar nowadays with all these gadgets we have. I've always had one in my kitchen and one in whatever office I'm working in (mine or work). It just seems easier to me sometimes to look directly at the calendar rather than having to swipe my finger to find the month. Easier and simpler is my deal LOL!

On my search for 2013 Calendars I ran into these. I normally get mine from the .99cent store or my mom gives me one. Those normally have muscle cars, Avon products, or a bakery's name on it Haha! Anywho, look what I found.

2013 Letterpress Calendar - 1canoe2's Etsy Shop

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas 2012 with my family

Christmas Tree with gifts

In my family we celebrate Nochebuena meaning we hang out on the 24th of December. We grub like crazy until a little before midnight, we toast with cider, and then open our gifts. On the 25th of December we all go back to the same house and we grub the leftovers and enjoy each other's company.

Thursday, December 20, 2012


Ikea mirror on the wall when you come into my house.

..till next time ;]

Ps. I've done currently before (way back in the day) and thanks to Wendy at Young Heart Old Soul i'm going to bring it back. :]

Think Outside the Blog - Christmas Edition Blog Hop

Welcome back for another edition of Think Outside the Blog Thursday. And it's kinda like the Christmas Edition..only it's not Christmas yet..but almost there. Ahh you know what I mean Haha! So here we are, Week 8! Again, I've met some really cool people through this Blog Hop. Followed some awesome blogs and even got myself new followers! ;] This Blog Hop is for the newbies that want to put their name out there. For the old school bloggers who want to be looked at again. And for the blogger who is need of new reading material. Don't hesitate to join us every Thursday for a new Blog Hop with new people who are misfits but also have something to say.

Since it's almost Christmas and you're probably rushing to finish your shopping and wrapping - I figured I'd share some links to a couple of sites that can help ya out a bit. I also think it's fun to receive Christmas gifts after the fact. Makes me feel like that gift is extra special :]

  • Fred Flare always has sweet gifts for folks. I actually bought my record player through there a while back and LOVE it. They're doing Next day delivery until 1pm today.
  • Pocketo has a sale section with some nifty gifts also. Planners, shirts, pens, wallets, and even wall decals you should check out not just through the holiday but throughout the year.
  • I'm a huge fan of Pinterest. I was given an invite code waaaay back when it wasn't popular and I used the crappola out of it. But the last couple of months I think I kinda fell off :/ I'm trying to get back on the horse though and it all started with looking for Christmas gift tags that I could print and share and now I'm hooked again. 
  • Visit the 30 days of Pinspiration. Mouse over each day and hear the sounds :]
  • Plasticland is one of my favorite online stores. I haven't bought anything from them yet, but the entire feel of their site is fantastical and they have some awesome deals.
  • Oh and no list is complete without food so I also searched Christmas Food on Pinterest cause well you know I love to eat..not so much cook or bake. One day though..
Alrighty that's enough links for now. Check out the awesome Blog Hop Hosts and their social networks. I guarantee that you will find us amusing yet very helpful in your daily life. Don't forget to add the link of your most recent post (the last 7 days) to the bottom & to grab a button for your blog. Spread the word people!!


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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Thrift Finds 2.0

Thrift Finds

Went thrifting with Mom the other day. We found two new places..or better yet, mom found two new places. I checked-in to both and mentioned the places to a couple of people. Then I thought 'Wait a minute, sharing is caring but these places are too awesome to share.' So i'm keeping my mouth shut LOL! Reminds me of Xenia and her secret thrift shops. Gotta do whatchu gotta do right?! Haha!

Wine Cork Board

Friday, December 14, 2012

Guest Blogger: Morgan from Color in Motion 5k

Hey guys! This is Morgan from Color in Motion 5k. I am so excited to be blogging and to offer Ari’s readers on 3twentysix an awesome deal for the Color in Motion 5k fun run on February 2 in Houston. Color in Motion 5k is the funnest color 5k run you'll ever participate in! This race also benefits the local Houston charity, Girls on the Run.

**Use the discount code- 3TWENTYSIX to register and get 10% off race registration.**

So what is Color in Motion 5k? Color in Motion 5k is the most fun 5k race you will ever participate in. This is is not a timed race so run, walk, jog, whatever your prefer. I don’t know about you but I’m always looking for ways to have more fun. If you can combine that with exercise, friends and a great cause, I’m all in. If you've never been part of a color 5k run here’s how it works.

  • Come in white clothes and start moving.
  • At every kilometer of the race you will find a color pit where our wonderful volunteers throw powder color on the color chasers you go by turning your white clothes into a palette of color.
  • What also makes Color in Motion different than your average 5k race is the after party. Afterwards there is a big party with music, dancing, vendors and a color throw.

Doesn't that look fun? Having participated in one, I can promise you this is an event you DEFINITELY don’t want to miss out on.

So what do you have to do to join in on this fun? Go to colorinmotion5k.com/event/Houston and sign up using 3TWENTYSIX to get 10% off, bring your friends and get ready to have a great time and support a great cause while doing it. We are excited to see you on February 2 covered in color!


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Think Outside the Blog - Week 7

Happy Thursday! Please join us for another week of Think Outside the Blog - Blog Hop. Add your name, recent link, and email to the list and grab a button. Also don't forget to click some of the other links and meet new folks. Annnnnnd...link up with the hosts!!


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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Photos I took for Photoswap 2012



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Photoswap 2012, a set on Flickr.

Here are some of the photos from Photoswap 2012. I took pictures with a red-scale film and my Canon EOS Rebel G (aka Granny). I had to keep reminding myself that I had a redscale roll rather than regular film. Which btw, while searching for a link to add to this post I found out the 35mm is no longer sold online. I can't remember if I bought mine through the Lomography store or if I bought it at Urbanoutfitters. I think I paid $9.99 for a 3pk, but I could be wrong. Two years ago I visited the Lomo story in LA and srsly hoarded a crapload of film. I had a gift card and found some awesome film on sale. Who says no to film?! Certainly not me. Ha!

So yeah, these are the pictures that came from the roll I sent Berenice in Chicago. They came out a lot better than I expected. I really like the way the leaks and the distortion of some of the images. Definitely proud of this year's photoswap since I've had crappy luck the last couple of years.

To see the rest of the photos, visit Photoswap 2012, a set on Flickr.

..till next time ;]

P.s. Today is 12/12/12 - It's the century's last sequential date. Pretty awesome. Fun facts here and here.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Link Line-Up 3.0

Happy Friday! Today's Link Line-Up is brought to you by my youngest pup, Remi, short for Reminder. Here's a little back story on my kid.  Remi was found December 23rd of 2011 across the street from our house.  He was extremely skinny, bloody, and practically hairless. Since E and I are familiar with dogs - more than we admit to - We knew the kid had a bad case of Mange and was in desperate need of some love and attention. We set up a crate near our front door with blankets and a bowl of water in hopes that we could capture him and help him. We went out that night and upon our return we were surprised to see our kid inside the crate asleep. We locked the crate and moved the crate into our garage out of the cold rainy night. The next day we took him to the vet, thinking we would most likely be putting him down. Thankfully the news was good, very good.  Remi was diagnosed with Demodectic Mange. A type of Mange that isn't contagious and is curable with meds.  Remi slowly started gaining weight and his hair started growing. He is now the most annoying kid we have that is so spoiled you never would have thought he was a street dog. :] Our vet said Remi looked to be about a year old. So we came to the conclusion that he probably had a home at one point but when his Mange started flaring, the owners kicked him out. What's even sadder is that he's incredibly smart and a total cuddle bug so we can't understand why he wasn't given a chance. Good news is he has had a safe and loving home for almost a year now and his bond with my husband is like no other. After all, he is the only male dog we own Lol! We named him Reminder to remind us of all the animals our there that need our help and to remind us of how crappy some people can be. For more information on our pup or if you'd like to show some love, visit his blog theremiproject.com (that hasn't been updated in a while :/ ) or visit him on facebook.

Remi & Elliott bonding '11

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Think Outside the Blog Thursday - Week 6!

We are at it again folks! Back for the 6th week! We've changed it up a bit this week though - We now have two Co-Hosts. The Friend Collective & Simplyy Mayra who are freaking awesome!! Please check their blog and social networks and show 'em some love! Also don't forget to add yourself to this Blog Hop, share with your friends, grab a button for your site, annnnnd mingle with the other folks! I'm grateful to be part of this Blog Hop because I've made some amazing new friends...and YOU can too!


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Monday, December 3, 2012

Weekend Adventures

It's Monday and no one likes it.  What keeps me going is remembering all the fun I had the previous weekend and how much MORE fun I'm going to have when the weekend arrives again. :]

This past weekend was definitely a good one.  Hung out with friends, did some bicycling, checked out a craft show, took some photos, drank some tasty beers, watched the Texans kick some Tennessee butt, and ate a badass breakfast sammich Lol! It's always about food with me isn't it?! That should be of no surprise Lol!

Started off my Saturday with a visit to DesignCraft's 3rd annual Outdoor Market with my friend John.

Design Craft Outdoor Market

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Think Outside the Blog Week 5!!

It's Week 5 of Think Outside the Blog Thursday Blog Hop!! We skipped the week of Thanksgiving but we're back full force and just as excitamated as before!!Since starting this Blog Hop we've all met some really cool people out there! Please join us for our Blog Hop and pass the word around!


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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Trader Joe's Again..

Yes, I went to Trader Joe's again and I really must not go alone. It's getting a tad bit out of hand. First visit was $42 and this visit was $86. Is it going to keep going up as I get more familiar with all the food or what?! I fall for the simplest shizz too. There was a dude giving out samples of the Trader Joe's buttermilk pancake mix and the syrup. Of course I never say no to free food so I was all excitamated to try it Lol! After tasting the nomnom-ness I just HAD to buy it. Whoever came up with giving samples at grocery stores is a GENIUS!! 

On my first Trader Joe's post some of you commented with what you like to buy so I bought some of your recommendations and a bit more Lol. Check it out..

Monday, November 26, 2012

A Moveable Feast for the Houston Food Bank

A Moveable Feast was a hit in our bellies Saturday! 6 trucks with different types of food and friendly faces inside the trucks made it worth while. Not to mention it was for a great cause - The Houston Food Bank.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Shop Small Business Saturday!

Happy Saturday everyone! In case you didn't know, today is Shop Small Business Saturday! It's all about shopping small and helping each community.  If we all contribute then this will become a bigger and bigger event every year. Who doesn't want their community to benefit from something like this?! Visit Shopsmall.com and find out where to shop to help this awesome cause. :]

Also, if you're in Houston today and have nothing to do. Come join the Moveable Feast down on Westheimer. 6 food trucks are competing to see who can collect the most non-perishables for the Houston Food Bank so don't forget to bring some! This ends at 3pm so hurry! I'm heading there right now.

Also in Houston - starting at 7pm visit 4715 Main St at the WAR HOUS Visual Studios. Check out this benefit to help the Houston Food Bank As well. Lots of artists and performers to see here. Visit the Facebook event invite here.

And I leave you with a silly picture of me at Target from last night with my mom and sister. I srsly need to go back and buy this hat..those ears are AWESOME!! Lol! Have a good weekend everyone!

..till next time ;]

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Trader Joe's

Paper bag that held my groceries ;p

A couple of months ago Houston opened it's first Trader Joe's grocery store. You know, the unique neighborhood grocery store with organic and environmentally friendly grub?! Maybe you've heard of it, maybe you haven't..  it's cool though because I did the research for you Lol..

Based in Monrovia, California, Trader Joe's has 300+ stores in the US. About half of those are located in California. The rest are scattered around the country and Houston is one of those lucky cities. :] Not one Trader Joe's, but two! One is still under construction but still..that's TWO!

Trader Joe's buys directly from suppliers and sells it under their own name. This isn't like going to Randalls, Krogers, or whatever grocery store you have. During my first visit, I noticed that most of the food there was new to me. I'd never heard of it or even imagined it. Frozen chocolate covered banana slices - Never even heard of this but it's the best thing known to man!! Srsly. A friend told me about them and the TJ's employee that showed me where they were made it a point to tell me that I needed two boxes. Lol, he was not lying! 

Anyways, check out my finds and let me know what you recommend for my next trip. :]

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Think Outside the Blog! - Blog Hop

It's Thursday, which means it's time for Think Outside The Blog Thursday Blog Hop!! 
Link up with new people and show them some love! Start mingling people!!


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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

P.S. Been waiting for these changes on CODBLOPS2 foreverrrrr!!
P.S.S Yes, I am aware that I am a female but this game is serious business. Will be back to talk about what I'm loving the most about it..

..till next time ;]

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

It's a Photoswap 2012

Every year I join Rhianne's Photoswap and this year was no different. Not sure if you remember or not, but it's pretty simple. You get a disposable camera, Lomo camera, Canon, Nikon - Any camera with film.  You take all the photos and then ship it to your partner. Your partner does the same. Once developed, you upload them to the flickr group and/or blog about it. And that's it. Told ya it was simple! ;]

My partner this year is Berenice in Chicago. She blogs at Suenos En La Luna and these are her pictures. Enjoy! :] The yellow balloons (current wallpaper) and the lion statue are the best!! Thanks for the sweet photos Berenice! :] Btw, the place I took her roll of film to told me they 'misplaced' the roll and almost gave me a heart attack! Thankfully they found it and everything was alright. Whew.

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Photoswap 2012, a set on Flickr.

I'd love to do this more often. I think i'm losing my touch. Guess we'll see once she uploads the roll of film I sent her. Eek! Lol! If you'd like to set up a photoswap with me, let me know! I think it would be fun!

What kind of swaps have you done?! Photo, postcards, shot glasses, food, etc. Tell me about the goodies!

..till next time ;]