Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving 2014

Today we give thanks...

..to the folks we love and the friends who speak to our hearts.
..to the health we have and the glorious food we will eat.

But most of all, I give thanks to those two boys above <3
These kids have shown me what it is like to be loved unconditionally and most of all,
what it is like to be saved by beautiful souls like theirs.
How lucky I am to have experienced this twice!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones..
From the Reed boys & the rest of the Reed pack!
<3 <3

P.S. We tried getting pictures of the rest of the pack
but the boys seemed to be more interested in the treats than the girls were. Haha!
Two outtakes below :)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wednesday Words

alex_elle // adrianmichaelgreen // rachelwolchin

Three Instagrams you should be following. Not because they have a lot of followers (which they do) or post delicious pictures of food (occasionally they do) but because the words they give us are magical. They can bring you clarity, relief and smiles galore. They motivate you to do better and to be a better version of you everyday.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Weekend Snapshots

Moon Driver at the Front Porch Pub. It's so, so refreshing!

It rained cats and dogs Saturday night, or so I'm told. I'm a heavy sleeper and apparently I slept right through it haha! After the hardcore storms, Houston always has beautiful days. That's what Sunday was, a glorious day! The Texans didn't win and honestly, I rather not talk about it :(

E and I got more work done at the casa. Our casa is starting to look like folks actually live in it haha! We really need more storage furniture. I have no where to set up shot glasses up or my M&M goodies.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Remi Project strikes again

About two months ago, a mama dog had six puppies. Once the kids were ready to explore the world, they figured out a way to get out of the fence you see above. They lived in a house down the street from my work so we got to hang out with them almost daily. It broke our heart to see them roam the busy street we're on. Thankfully, I work with people who are dog lovers so we made sure to keep an eye on them, feed them and give them water. No dog or animal will be left with out water and food while I'm around. Being the huge dog lover that I am, it became a major goal for me to get these kids a good home. I shared the picture you see above on multiple social networks and asked my friends to do the same.

I can now tell you that all of them have been adopted by lovely people who are genuinely interested in their well-being. The white and brown little boy is the only one left but from what I understand, the owner wants to keep him. My next goal is to get him fixed before he gets old enough to get his mama preggos.

Yesterday the last little pup (above) was adopted by a coworker who was ecstatic to take her home to his daughter. They named her Manchita, which is similar to Spot in Spanish. His little girl was so excited, she cried for twenty minutes straight. Manchita is the only 4-legged kid at this home and has her very own human sibling.. I'm sure you can imagine my happiness!

Thanks to all that shared and left positive comments to get these kids adopted. Saving dogs is truly an amazing feeling that I will never get tired of! If you see an animal that needs a home, please help them. If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. We need to help educate folks on how to raise a dog and how to treat them as a family member, not just some random animal. We are their voice and if we turn our backs on them, who will defend them?!

If you can't help an animal by adopting, look into donating your time at a shelter or rescue or even a couple of bucks. Those couple of bucks might not mean much to you but I guarantee you it'll go a long way.

For more info on The Remi Project, visit us on Facebook. We post dog funnies, news and share pictures of dogs that are in need of your help!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Weekend Snapshots

We've been at our new home for a little over a week now and it's glorious! The happiness this home brings our family is amazing! We are having fun organizing the new place and trying to figure out what colors we want on which walls. Our living room is currently a light yellow and it doesn't look too bad but it's just too much yellow for our taste.

The Texans won on Sunday! YES!! We finally let Mallet work some magic as our starting QB and boy did he come through for us. Sunday is also No Pants Sunday at our home. It basically means we don't dress up to go anywhere because it's fantastical staying at home all day. We only leave the casa if the Texans are playing which means we hit up our favorite Mexican joint again for the tastyass margaritas and we tried the enchiladas verdes!! Make ya wanna slap your mama!!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

#LovePreLoved - The Secondhand Movement

First L.A.M.B. bag I purchased on Vinted at a sweet, sweet price!

Vinted launched a campaign, #LovePreLoved, this month to help spread the love and idea of buying secondhand clothes. I think its a great idea & since I love Vinted, let me tell you a bit about my secondhand buying experience.

Growing up with immigrant parents, living paycheck to paycheck, it was a normal thing to buy secondhand. My mom and I would hit up garage sales & flea markets pretty often. As a curious little girl, I looked forward to these adventures with her. Every trip had the potential of finding something sweet at a great price.

Secondhand was such a big thing for us that my mom opened up a shop in a flea market for a while. She sold all sorts of goodies.. clothes, furniture, shoes, purses, appliances.. the list goes on and on. In a way, you could say buying & selling helped pay for some of our monthly bills. Years later, mom gave it another shot & opened up a local store. The odds were against her which she accepted and she ended up moving on.

Vintage Batman shirt & Hurley shorts. Both barely used.

Local stores are awesome but this is where Vinted is different. You don't have to drive anywhere to buy cute shoes for that party next week. You don't have to worry about long lines or dirty stores. On Vinted, you can buy from the app on your cell phone or their website on a computer. 

Secondhand buying at it's finest, people!!

The app makes buying and selling very simple and it's all at your finger tips. Make new friends & follow folks that have similar tastes in apparel as you do. 

One of my favorite purchases that I found through the Vinted app, is the colorful L.A.M.B bag above. It's my first & only one cause these are not cheap. Yikes! Vinted made it conveniently cheap for me though. Thanks to the lovely female who had used it for years and was now ready to part with it. There's no reason why something you loved and cherished can't be loved and cherished by me. We've all heard Macklemore's Thriftshop, haven't we?!

Join in on the fun by checking out #LovePreLoved and #Vinted on your favorite social network. You'll see how many folks love & even brag about their secondhand purchases. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Babygirl is BACK!

After six days and so many tears.. we finally got our little girl back & we couldn't be happier! Our family is complete and now we can fully enjoy our new home!

We are incredibly grateful to have so many people genuinely concerned about our kids as if they were 2-legged kids. Since Leana Little went missing I've received multiple texts/FB msgs every day from random friends asking me if I had any news. Knowing that I have friends that care about me and my kids is an amazing feeling.

The lady who saved Leana Little, Kelly, is our freaking hero! She just so happened to have Friday off and saw Leana heading towards a main intersection. She couldn't let that happen so she somehow got our kids attention and she kept her safe for six days. Not only that but she took Leana and her own kid, Willie, to her brother's casa which is a casa on a whole bunch of land. Leana was totally living it up in her mini vaca from us. She was having a blast while we were all so, so sad. Kind of makes me giggle haha! She was a little weirded out by the new casa & the kids were all in our grill when they finally saw her!

Leana Little was saved because of her microchip. I cannot express how important these little chips are. If Leana ended up at a shelter that was at capacity and she didn't have a chip, her chances of survival could have been ridiculously slim. What's great about these chips is that they aren't pricey and can be done pretty easily. If you don't already have your pets microchipped, please look into it. It is completely worth it.

Thank you so, so much to everyone who showed us love these last couple of days!
We are forever grateful! <3

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Gangster Wednesday

I share an office with my bossman at work. A couple of weeks ago, we declared Wednesday to be Gangster Wednesday. This means we jam the shizzle out of some Gangster music thanks to the fantastical Spotify and now you can too!! Exciting huh? Lol!

Below is a playlist I made with some gangster jams that you might enjoy too. Jams include Tupac, Skee-lo, Biggie, OutKast, NWA, Wu-Tang, MGK, Big K.R.I.T, Pimp C, Yelawolf, Cam'ron and much more. Some of these tracks are ol' school & will bring back memories, guaranteed! 

We all have a little gangster in us, so why not jam with the greatest?! Enjoy & Happy Hump Day!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Weekend Snapshots


That single word describes how this weekend made us feel and how we continue to feel today. We moved in to our new home on Friday. Yay! The day started off as exciting as you'd imagine it to start for first time homeowners.. but it came crashing on us fast and hard by noon.

At noon, my husband and I realized we were missing one of our kids.

It's important you know that our kids are not runners. The kid that went missing is Leana Little, our little white girl. She is madly, deeply in love with E so I don't understand what happened. At some point during the move, she walked out of our front door and disappeared. We spent all weekend looking for her, crying for her and thanking neighbors who seemed to be genuinely concerned about our babygirl.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Realistic or Not?

E & I recently started watching The 100 on Netflix. I had no idea it was on the CW and had I known, chances are we never would have watched it. I don't like watching shows that have to be censored because of the channel it is on. I like to see the real deal type shows.. which brings me to the reason for my post..

Game of Thrones is criticized hard for how realistic it is. For example, one of the main characters is raped by her brother (also a main character) and the shitstorm it received was crazy. In the TV series, The 100, there's a scene where a 16 year old girl falls for a grown man (30ish) and they eventually make love. I'm not sure if it received any criticism because I wasn't aware of this show when it first came out but I can only assume it did. I know I said "No. No. No" over and over again until the scene was over.. which btw was really freaking long.

My question is.. do you prefer shows to be realistic to the story they are portraying or would you rather not have scenes similar to the ones above? I know folks get uncomfortable with rape scenes, as they should because that's a huge no no.. but at the same time, I prefer that shows are as real as possible. It makes me believe that the show is staying true to itself.

In case you missed it, I am not okay with rape nor do I think it is a normal thing.

All I'm saying is that in shows like GoT, rape was a common thing in that era. They didn't have consequences nor did people give a shit if it was happening. Other things they show.. men that are gay or bi, little boys training to go to war, beheadings and more. I'm not for or against these things but I appreciate the creators being brave enough to show these things in order to stay true to the story.

There are a ton of shows that have been hated on like GoT..Dexter received a lot of shit for being so damn violent but the whole show was based off a serial killer. Weeds got the same thing because it involved marijuana, guns and cartels.. again, the name of the show is Weeds. Masters of Sex finished their second season and some folks still think the content was too strong. What are folks expecting from shows these days?!

So my question again is..do you prefer shows to be realistic to the era they are portraying (staying true to the story) or if you would rather they skip scenes (ex: violence, sex, drugs) to make the show suitable for everyone?

Monday, November 3, 2014

Weekend Snapshots - November '14

Houston had another glorious weekend! Mother Nature is being kind to us and I'm wondering what the catch is haha! We didn't celebrate Halloween this year because.. well, there really isn't a reason other than our heads not being right. We've had so much going on with our personal lives and work that we just didn't think about dressing up or going out. Instead, we stayed at home and watched some Netflix and pigged out. Nothing wrong with a little down time right?!

The picture above is what mornings look like on the weekends at Casa de Reed! E went to work early Saturday and the kids and I cuddled a bit on the couch while I watched Lucy the movie with Scarlett Johansson. I liked where they were going with this movie but totally lost me at the end.. I still recommend ya check it out cause she's freaking badass!!