Monday, December 28, 2015

Weekend Snapshots | 51

Today I'm sharing the last Weekend Snapshots of the year. This has been the only series I've kept up with during the year and although I'm a bit bummed that I didn't continue my Project Life.. I'm happy I kept up with this series. I was in awe at the table above, but the price made me walk away FAST! I mean, not that work wasn't put into it but I certaintly wasn't interested in paying for it. I took a picture to show E so he can make one. HA! I got jokes!!

So the holiday weekend flew by but I had a great time and Sandy Claws totally hooked me up. This makes me think I must have been good this year.. which then makes me think I must have been super bad last year, hmm. Glad he acknowledged me this year.. maybe I'll be good next year too!

Sandy Claws (sister) hooked me up with a bigger monitor for my Mac. On my last Weekend Snapshots I told you about my itty bitty monitor and some desk changes. Welp, I guess Sandy Claws noticed and didn't want my poor eyes struggling anymore. No complaints here. Sister also hooked me up with a sweet ass Houston Texans beanie (affiliate)! Mama Carrizo hooked me up with some much needed houseshoes since Finnashit likes to destroy them. E found one my new ones under the bed yesterday so I'm cautious where I leave them now. As if the turd didn't have enough toys to chew on SMH!

One of the sweetest gifts I got was a Whataburger bag full of Whataburger goodies. I mean, I am freaking LOVED, y'all! I made sure to use the Whataburger pancake mix this weekend and ahh, it was glorious!! Speaking of being loved.. are you familiar with Roofus and Kilo? Roofus and Kilo are part of a bigger pack of dogs that have a loving mama who rescues puppies with a local rescue in Oregon. They recently came out with a calendar for 2016 where all the proceeds would go to fixing their land up for new rescues. $16 for a calendar full of adorable pups is the way to go! I bought two and sent one to my friend Jessica in Austin for Christmas. I mean, who wouldn't want to help this pack and the future pups? Mine is hung up and I can't wait to start the new year with a cute face!

Sandy Claws (husband) hooked me up with the Back to the Future trilogy on Bluray and some PS4 games (& some other goodies) so I basically watched the entire trilogy during the weekend in my Wonder Woman jammies from last years Christmas <3 Yes, I watch TV with subtitles and I'll give you two valid reasons why. 1) My pack likes to bark and play fight and the noises can be a bit too loud so instead of rewinding, I just read. 2) As I've gotten older, I've had a hard time hearing.. or maybe it's not hearing but the words I hear don't always compute properly in my head (HAHA!). I guess its cause I have so much crap in there that it becomes hard for me to focus. E isn't a big fan but he's definitely gotten used to it.

On Saturday, E and I went to dinner with some friends we haven't seen in a bit. E's brother is in town and so we took advantage and made sure we all met up. Food and alcohol are always a common denominator so of course we went with BJ's Brewhouse. E and I have rotated two picture frames on the various fireplaces we've had for as long as I can remember. It's either been the fantastical Dexter Morgan or Che Guevara (both affiliates & not the exact image), but I recently told him we needed to change it up with something new and Texan like! Who knew that on my shopping adventure with Mama Carrizo and my sister yesterday, I'd find the perfect art for our fireplace! Thank you mucho Tracy Miller for your colorful and fantastical art that brings me mucho happiness! Once the Christmas deco goes away, I'll have to figure out what to do with all that empty space. Pinterest to the rescue, haha! 

Lastly, you'll see a snapshot of the little boy Finnashit. This was last night while I played CODBLOPS 3 (affiliate) with my husband and a friend. It's pretty exhausting to watch your Mama play video games, yanno?

Hope you had a great weekend!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Weekend Snapshots | 50

Today I'm sharing my Weekend Snapshots 50 featuring what I woke up to Saturday morning... Finn's butt! The mister cleared himself for an early Saturday bike ride so I guess Finn thought it would be cool to take his spot on the bed. Thankfully, the kid wasn't gassy.

We did the usual weekend stop at our favorite Mexican joint. We sat at the bar and watched the Rockets game which was pretty legit since we were the only ones there. I went with the usual enchiladas verdes and E did some fancy shit as he occasionally does. I did some thrifting before all of this, see what had happened was... Last Saturday when I thought it was my last thrift of the year.. I saw an Ikea MALM 3-drawer dresser and told Mama Carrizo this past Friday. Apparently, I missed the memo that said she needed it in her life. See, Ikea no longer sells this color and she's been on the search for one to match the others in her bedroom. She made it a point to text me late Friday night to remind me to go hit up the Goodwill in hopes that it would still be there. Annnnndd she also text me early Saturday morning to remind me to go early LOL! Lucky for her, the dresser wasn't purchased which surprised the hell out of me. After inspecting it a bit more I noticed there was something missing but it could be easily fixed or ignored (which is what I would have done) so it wasn't a bad deal.

Another win of this run was a glass patio table I found at a very reasonable price. Patio chairs and maybe an umbrella are next. I found some cute Christmas decorations and two sweet monitor riser thangs (affiliate) that I couldn't pass up on. I'm not ashamed to admit I currently have a 21" monitor on two dictionaries. No, wait, it's a dictionary and a thesaurus. I love books but I haven't opened either of those in years.. guess now I can go ahead and donate them. To cover the books I used some scrap paper and folded it over the books. Wasn't the best looking set up, but it worked for me. See below for the black & white version as the before and the color version as the now!!

Yesterday I met up with some blogger homies for a Friendsmas! We each bought a gift and then we picked names while we chit chatted and brunched it up. It's such a cool feeling to connect with folks online and then build a long, lasting relationship with them in real life. Quite a few of my good friends now are people I met online and clicked with. Then theres the really good friends that I've known for a really long time online that I've actually never met. Some folks say I'm crazy.. but it's these online homies that keep me sane.. or maybe they convince me that I am sane? Haha! I ordered the house eggs benedict and drank OJ as if I didn't know it would give me heartburn half an hour later Sigh. 

We swapped gifts and took our pictures as we talked about our personal lives and how our Christmas shopping was coming along. It wasn't until Jihane mentioned it that I noticed something in the pictures I took. Three out of five of us had written our names and ended it with a smiley face. How funny that the three of them are Aries ladies, me included! What are the odds of that? Or is it something in our sign that makes us want to smile or make others smile? Enter dramatic music here.

Hope you had a great weekend!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

End of the year Thrift Finds

Today I'm sharing some of the goodies I found thrifting last weekend. It's been quite a while for me and I'm pretty bummed about it. There aren't as many sweet thrift stores where I live or maybe I haven't been paying attention -shrugs- I was supposed to shop for some things at Target on Saturday but decided to go with Amazon when I remembered the craziness that the holidays bring to retail. I can't handle stores during regular days, there was no way I could handle it during Christmas. Folks are down right rude and greedy during Christmas. SMH.

Instead of hitting up Target with the crazies, I hit up the Goodwill in hopes that it wouldn't be packed and I was right! I can't remember the last time I shopped for clothes at a thrift store. Come to think of it, I can't remember the last time I physically shopped for clothes period, haha! I'm a huge online shopper so unless it's gifted, chances are I'm buying my clothes online... think Vinted and small businesses in Houston.

Since I'm not looking at clothes/shoes/purses, I spend most of my time looking at home decor stuff. Tall glasses and picture frames are what I'm mostly looking for. I don't drink coffee and we barely have mugs at home, but I couldn't pass up on the Coca-Cola bear from '96. Especially since it was 25 cents! I remember loving the commercials and thinking the bears were so freaking cute! Mugs also work for hot cocoa which E loves!

I came across four Mickey Mouse glasses and after doing some online research, I found out they were sold at McDonald's back in 2000. No clue how much they were selling for but I got four for $2. The price was right so in my basket they went! Peter Pan glass was also added to my basket because it reminded me of how much fun we had at the Peter Pan show we went to in September and because Tink is a badass! 50 cents and in my basket it went!

The last thing I found and had to have was a cupcake picture holder. Mostly because it reminded me of one of the ladies in my squad, Marilla from CupcakeRehab.com. But also because cupcakes are cute and it was in good shape. For $2.50, it also went into my basket!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Weekend Snapshots | 49

Today I'm sharing my Weekend Snapshots 49, brought to you by my silly husband E. We went to his company luah themed Christmas party. I'm not sure who picks these themes, but it's definitely entertaining. E did not arrive this way. He arrived nicely dressed as you'll see in the pics below but when we found out there wasn't much competition.. we stepped our luah game up! More on this later..

HLB is celebrating the 12 days of Christmas with a fun picture challenge. We've had a great turn out with some really creative photos. I'm normally no good at these type of challenges cause I either forget or I can't figure out how to work that specific day's prompt. But I'm doing great this year with three photos posted on my Instagram. Since we started this on the weekend, I included two of my pictures on this post. One is my fav Starbucks drink with a Christmas lights necklace that Mama Carrizo hooked me up with and the second is of the top part of our tree. Follow @houstonlatinabloggers or our hashtags #hlblove #hlbnetwork for more pics and join in on the fun!

So like I said above, we went to the Christmas party looking all nice & spiffy! I put on makeup AND heels. Gasp!! I wore heels cause my new pants were too long. I mean, I could have gone ol' school and stapled them, but I'm an adult now yanno! So on to the competition. There were some folks who had Hawaiian shirts on or beach attire, but no one dressed as legit as my husband. Winner would get a Destiny PS4 so that was a major motivator. We used a table hula skirt (wrapped around him a few times) and a lot of Leis. E folded up his pants to reveal Deadpool socks (best part) and we used a tank top from the gift store. It all came together so fast!! A coconut bra would have completely sold the outfit but we're not that creative LOL!

There was a Proud Wife moment when the PS4 was handed to him. And even prouder when he walked over and gave it to me. LOL!!!!! So yes ladies and gentlemen, I am the proud owner of a white PS4 at the expense of a few laughs and a few dollars thrown at my husband. For the record.. I did not buckle the PS4 in Fancy's back seat.. I save that for my true love. Whataburger!

Last snapshot is of a quote I thought was spot on for how we all live our lives. We should start appreciating everything that is put in our path because it's all done for a reason. You cannot grow without these experiences. Appreciate everything and everyone.

Last year's Christmas party shenanigans can be found here and the year before that can be found here.

Friday, December 11, 2015

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received this product from AT&T. All opinions are my own.

I have a 2013 Audi and I love her to pieces (not so much the note, haha)! But, there's one thing she doesn't have that bums me out and you're probably going to laugh at me about it. Bluetooth! Yeah, yeah I know #firstworldproblems but seriously how can a 2013 "luxury car" not come with Bluetooth? It baffles me, haha! I won't get into the details of her purchase and how we weren't fully satisfied because what's done is done and she's been really good to me. But no Bluetooth? Come on, man!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Casa de Reed | Christmas 2015

Today I'm sharing the new ornaments at Casa de Reed for Christmas this year. E and I have a deal every year where we go to our nearest Hallmark and buy one ornament each. It's never an easy task, but it's fun & reminds us of when we were little and could only get one toy. Last year we failed and bought three, but they were so worth it. Our Christmas booties are from Kohl's. We couldn't have just two of them, we had to include the dog pack. Even Fancy has one! Mama Carrizo and I tried finding an F for Finn and they either never made them or they sold out entirely too fast so Finn got a dog print on his! Oh, and do you recognize the bear on the far right? It's an ol' school Coca-Cola bear with his windbreaker jacket and shades, Haha!!I

We usually put up the tree and a few Sandy Claws around the Living Room & Kitchen. We rarely do any holiday decorating in our rooms. This is our second Christmas at Casa de Reed and due to E's recent bike accident, we most likely won't be putting any lights outside. Although, I did see a badass blow up dog with lights at Home Depot the other day... but shelling out tons of cash for a "decoration" definitely isn't in my budget. I much rather use my money for gifts and food!!

So this year I went Christmas tree shopping with Mama Carrizo and my sister at At Home (previously known as Garden Ridge) and bought a few ornaments. The fantastical aroma in this store when I walk in brings back childhood memories of Mama Carrizo and I shopping for random holidays. It definitely put a big smile on my face! We went off to look for a tree and I ran into some gold lettered ornaments. Our tree is decorated with a gold ribbon (no picture, sorry) and blue balls (admit it, you giggled) so I thought these letters would be great. I bought an E and an A and really wanted an R, but no luck. I found a lonely Family Guy box and when I turned it over I saw Peter! Naked while holding a box. Idk if it's related to the SNL skit with Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg "D*ck in a box" but it was too damn funny to pass up.

At Trudy's Hallmark, our closest Hallmark, I went with a Batman from the itty bittys collection because Batman! I almost bought the Keepsake Batman, but this one was too cute to pass up. He's itty bitty and shiny, literally fits in the palm of my hand! E had a difficult time figuring out which one he wanted. The options were the Top Gun Keepsake Ornament and the Wall-E Keepsake Ornament. Had we pulled the adult card, we would have bought both but we were trying to stick to our tradition. After trying to work on this crucial adult decision, E picked Wall-E. And I'm so glad he did, Wall-E is such a cutie and he even has the little plant with him!

The presets on the pictures below are all over the place, but see what had happened was... LOL! I signed up for Adobe CC and playing with the presets has been mucho fun! If you use Lightroom Presets, which are your favorite? I'm slightly obsessed with it right now and going to look into learning how to use Adobe InDesign and Illustrator. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Weekend 47 but really 48

Today I'm sharing my Weekend Snapshots 48 (but really 47), brought to you by my crazy eyes and a purple Christmas tree that I put on my head. Not exactly sure where the idea to put it on my head came from.. but it was probably cause I was bored and ready to go. 

Before I continue I wanted to speak about being MIA last week. The day after Thanksgiving, Mama Carrizo was rushed to the hospital by my sister. If you've followed me for a while (or know me IRL), you'll know that Mama Carrizo is my mama & my BFF. Waking up to a call letting me know she is being rushed to the hospital was a feeling I've never had in my life. The good news is she was released late the next day and she's going to be just fine. Whew! That same day, E hurt himself pretty bad riding his bike on some trails near our home. Thankfully, he's recovered nicely and will be fine as well. So I guess you could say I was kind of out of it last week with too many things rushing my mind. But I'm good now!

Back in November, 8th Wonder brewery held a tribute to the late DJ Screw and I missed it. Completely bummed me out but I was able to purchase a piece of that event. Donkee Boy made an art piece that allowed folks to screw in a screw. The piece was so nice that they even had beer glasses with the design on it. I would have purchased a few of those had I gone to the event, but I heard they sold out fast. DJ Screw fans are legit! I ended up purchasing a shirt with the art piece that Donkee Boy created and it's fantastical! I wore it for the first time Saturday and even did an OOTD. Yeah, who would have thought that Shankasaurus would ever do an OOTD, haha! I'd offer the link so you could buy your own shirt, but they are also sold out! But he has other shirts and paintings for sale that you might be interested in so definitely hit him up here!

I went Christmas tree shopping with Mama Carrizo and my sister Saturday at what we thought was Garden Ridge, but it's now called At Home. I really need to give my sister a nickname so it's not just 'sister', haha! My sister and I act silly most of the time to try to embarrass Mama Carrizo, but the things we do rarely affect her. If anything, she starts laughing hysterically and then we get a bit embarrassed, LOL! My sister finally found something with her first initial. Her name is Gaby and she's always bummed that mom and I are able to find things with the letter A and S. Now ask me if she bought it... nope! Then again, I don't think I would have bought it either. In the fourth picture down of my sister and I, you can see Mama Carrizo mean muggin' cause that's what she does best LOL! She was probably trying to figure out wth we were doing LOL! 

We hit IHOP after our Christmas adventure because food. We usually eat dinner late in our family and when we're out and about it can get a bit difficult to find fulfilling food. We typically end up at Chili's or something similar, but the taste buds weren't having any of that Saturday night. I mentioned breakfast and my sister cosigned so off to IHOP we went.

Sunday was part of a tradition that E and I have every Christmas season. We visit our local Hallmark store and pick two new ornaments for our tree. Last year we cheated and bought three because it was most necessary. This year E had a difficult time picking between Wall-E and Top Gun. Stay tuned this week for a post announcing the one we got. Funny how when I opened my Timehop that day it showed us doing the same thing last year. Guess we coincided with the dates without realizing it. Definitely putting it on my calendar for next year so we continue to go around the same date. Something that made us giggle pretty hard was the Darth Vader toaster we saw at Hallmark. We're not big Star Wars fans or otherwise we would have bought it. We seriously are big kids and have tons of toys and silly books all over our house. If we were ever to have kids, we'd have some serious cleaning up to do in the sense of putting our valuable toys out of the reach of sticky itty bitty hands, haha!

Hope you had a good weekend & Monday!