Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Weekend Snapshots | 47

Today's #WeekendSnapshots is brought to you by the delicious Pan de Jamon that Jihane's dad made for our Friendsgiving lunch this weekend! It was the first time I've ver had it and although I'm not quite sure of all of it's ingredients, I can definitely say it was nomtastic!

FRIDAY |  I met up with the HLB admin team for an event with LEVO and then we went for some tasty dinner. We lead such busy lives that it's hard for us to be available at the same time so we have to take advantage of the time we have sometimes. Margaritas were a must and the chisme was also present. It's nice to mingle with ladies that have the same culture as you but different backgrounds. I consider myself a great listener so learning more about these ladies has been a priority to me. Mainly because it's not just HLB that keeps us connected but it's our friendship as well. One that I hope we have for a very long time.

I received my Whataburger tumbler (also available in Stainless Steel only) Thursday night so of course, I pimped it for my #fridayshirtsteez along with my Whataburger shirt 😍 It's the most expensive cup I've ever purchased and even though I told Mama Carrizo I was ashamed of how much I spent, I'm so happy and proud to pimp it. Plus, it helps me drink more water since I'm not that big a fan of it.

SATURDAY | Baby showers at my age are part of the norm. Just like weddings. And occasional kid birthdays. Of course, my gifts would include some of the goodies that the mama to be put on her list as well as some #smallbiz goodies from Space Montrose. I've been there so many times and always walk by the baby clothes because there's no one in my life that has kids so why even stop? And I'm not trying to get that baby fever, yanno? I'm not even 100% sure that kids are in my future. I like them and would love to have at least one, but kids are forever and I can barely handle myself 😏

I wish I could say I gave her the pink Texas shirt and little cowgirl booties but I didn't. Instead, I went with a handmade Texas bib, some washable throw-up towels, and a cute believe in yourself shirt. I had a lot of fun and mingled with folks I haven't seen in a while. See, life gets complicated when you get older and you just don't have the same amount of downtime with the homies.

SUNDAY | Friendsgiving Lunch at Jihane's casa was tasty! Mama Carrizo made us some Argentinian empanadas and off I went on my hour drive to Jihane's. Haha! Lots of tasty food with a lot of amazing people. I met some of my friend's kiddos and their hubbies. It sounds strange but typically it's just the gals, yanno, so of course, we don't know the rest of their familia.

We also celebrated Jihane's son Sean's 11th birthday. Y'all know I made a fuss about not having a Chewbacca mask or the blue light up bracelet so Jihane hooked me up. I mean, I'm kind of the size of these kids, so why not take advantage, right? 😁

I'm grateful for these ladies and everyone else who takes the time out of their day to see how I'm doing or ask me for some help. Aside from being a good listener, I love to help those I care about. Whether it be with their social networks, to their phones not working, to asking me if they should wear Black chucks or Red chucks. The only way this shit works is if when I need something, they're there for me as well. Friendships don't work unless you do. Hell, relationships don't work unless you do.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Paper Files | November Giveaway

Today’s #ThePaperFiles is brought to you by swear words. My favorite! 😍One thing I'm sure you've learned about me is that I like to curse. A lot! And I'm totally okay with it. I understand that some folks frown on it, and that's totally okay, too. I'm all about being me so if you keep your distance from me, I won't hate ya for it. I will giggle about it, though. 😁

I discovered Swearywords.com through Facebook, I think. A friend must have liked the fan page or a post and it popped up on my feed. Curse words always catch my attention so I checked it out. By the end of that day, I had signed up for the newsletter, received my FREE downloads, and printed them. Yes, if you sign up for the newsletter you get a ton of downloads. Who isn't into free shit? I mean, look at the "art" I created below. Bullshit has always been one of my favorite words.. but with a British accent. Weird, I know. πŸ˜†

I signed up to receive alerts for new posts on the Swearybook Facebook page so when I heard James Alexander was working on a new book, I got super excited! He had some issues releasing it on Amazon for the price he wanted but in the end, we all paid $4.19 for one. I wasn't surprised to see that some folks had purchased a couple of books instead of one.. mostly because I purchased three πŸ˜€ Yes, I totally had the idea to give away one or two because of how entertained I felt coloring the above picture!

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Weekend Snapshots | 46

Today's #WeekendSnapshots is brought to you by this lovely cow cup I found at HomeGoods. Isn't it cute? 😍 I've been drinking my sweet milk tea in some Transformers cup but recently changed it up. So when I saw this cup, I knew I couldn't pass it up! The nipples hold the cup up, y'all! πŸ˜‚ I don't know where or why it happened but I've become super infauated with cows lately. Weird, I know!

SATURDAY | I met up with Jihane and her son at Traders Village. Traders Village is like a flea market where you pay $4 to park and get in. This is also where I adopted my babygirl, Jay. The food is always legit there and so are the little shops. This weekend was special because the 27th annual Native American Powwow was happening. We arrived a bit early with the idea of finding good parking and a good spot to watch but I think everyone else had the same idea, haha! 

The pictures don't show how intense the event was. I mean, it gave me chills! The prayer at the beginning, the dancing, the singing, and watching the kiddos all dressed up was amazing! We walked around and checked out all of the Native American goods and had some great convo's with a lot of them. We ate a machete which is like a big ass taco and it was yums! It was a great experience and I can't wait for next years Powwow!

SUNDAY | I met up with a friend for breakfast at IHOP. It's been a while since I've been there for my strawberry crepes so I'm sure you can imagine my excitement. Went home and watched some House of Lies (I'm playing catch up) and then it was bath time for my kiddos. I got a new showerhead and Finnashit totally approves of it! I love how his hair looks after he's bathed and a bit dry. His hair is so freaking soft and cuddly, haha!

Afterwards, I began a scrapbook stash clean out. I have SO much shit and it can be overwhelming when trying to create so I've gotta get rid of it. I'm planning on selling a few boxes of mixed scarpbook stuff so stay tuned for that. Hopefully I can get it done some time this week.


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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Weekend Snapshots | 45

Today's #WeekendSnapshots is brought to you by the box of Halloween goodies I have. Yeah, that's right. I said the box because it's my only one and it's not even full. 😩  I'm working on it, though, I swear! I hope this doesn't mean I love Halloween any less because it's definitely one of my favorite holidays! Anyways, Halloween goodies are all down until next year and it's a bit sad but next year will be a new year!

FRIDAY | Met up with some friends. We had a plan to watch some flamenco dance but then that was canceled so we ended up hitting a small bar in our favorite area of Houston, Montrose. The Rice Box food truck fed us that evening with some delicious dumplings. These friends of mine are the type that you can go without seeing or talking and when you meet up again.. you don't skip a beat. It's really good to have those friends! For the record, I ate those dumplings fast and burned myself so that's why there's no picture. Also, I picked up Whataburger before I went home. Yes, I totally used my app! 

SATURDAY | Met up with Jihane in the Heights for the First Saturday Arts Market. I've been to a few markets and always enjoy the atmosphere. It's basically an outdoor market with small biz people and their crafts. Jewelry, photos, clothes, crystals, artwork, bags. You name it and it can be found at a market. 

Before we walked the market, though, we stopped at Arepa Station food truck for an ah-mazing Reine Pepiada! I had never had one but it really was a memorable experience. It's essentially a chicken salad arepa sammich with avocado slices on top. I love chicken salad and I love arepas! Perfect combo, haha!

SUNDAY | BeVisible & Houston Latina Bloggers worked on a positive body image event held at the Thinking Girls Boutique. It was such an experience, as most of our events are. I met some ladies IRL that I've known for a while online. I also got the chance to hear two ladies, Dr. Eliza from TRSWC of Houston and Ana from Power to Prevail, speak about how to manage issues with our bodies. I think it's an important subject especially now that we're had some people in the spotlight discuss our value and what not. 

Aside from the speakers, we also did a vision board workshop, ate some snacks, and did some giveaways! Speaking of giveaways 😜  I won a sweet handmade Ecuadorian tote with a story by Kollek. The info on the website says, inspired by an icon in the city of Quito-Ecuador, with its flowers and colors.  It's beautiful which helped me understand why I received some bad looks when they called my name! Haha, kidding!

I finished the weekend by doing some grocery shopping, which included buying a Houstonia magazine. I had a sub for two years and I missed the stories. It also rained like crazy on my side of town. Walking to the car with grocery bags (because I'm a dummy and I put the cart up) in a crazy rain storm was not fun. But thinking of the snacks I would eat when I got home totally cheered me up... as they always do!

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Dia de los Muertos | 2016

Are you familiar with Dia de los Muertos? It's a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico on November 1st and 2nd. Of course, it's not only in Mexico as Mexicans live all over the world and have brought this beautiful holiday to all sorts of different countries. As an Argentinian-American who has taken in so many different cultures (muchos thanks to Houston for all the diversity it allowed me to grow up with), I too celebrate Dia de los Muertos

This isn't a holiday filled solely of painted faces and bright colors. This is about tradition and culture and what it means to honor the deceased. People build private (or sometimes public) altars called ofrendas by using sugar skulls, marigolds, the deceased favorite foods & beverages, along with pictures or their belongings. It's quite an experience to make one for a loved one as well as visit other altars. It's all about helping support the spiritual journey of those we love and miss dearly.

We must live smiling, in order to die happy - Anonymous
Image by me.

I'm pretty sure I've shared the picture at the top of this post before and I'll probably continue to do so since it's one of my favorites. This picture was taken a few years ago when I had the pleasure of visiting Noches de Altares in beautiful Santa Ana, CA. See more here. I didn't get a chance to visit Dia de los Muertos altars in Houston this year which makes me super bummed. Good news is the interwebs loves to share so I've been oooohing and ahhhing at the creative and love-filled altars folks have made for their loved ones! 

Image by me.

This year I made my very first altar for someone who still has a grip on my heart. My baby girl, Jay, who passed away in August. Find altars by using the hashtag #ofrendas on networks like Instagram and Twitter. I also found some good pictures on Flickr. To see my Santa Ana album (2011), go here, and to see my Lawndale Art Center album (2010), go here.

I've never made a dΓ­a de los muertos altar but I thought making my first one for my girl would be good for our souls 😊even if it may seem silly to some 😬 I added things like her ashes & collar, a painted skull, two candles (guardian angel & la virgencita), her paw print made by our vet's office ❤️, a #chingona sticker (@sewbonita) that represents her well ☺️, two @furrybones (a duck & a bat), a picture of us on our last day, a picture of pizza cause Jay LOVED pizza crust (courtesy of @dominos), and a water bowl on an @heb #diadelosmuertos plate. . Waterworks are in full effect 😩#jaylaboxer has been gone for a little over two months and it still feels like yesterday when we said our goodbyes. Rest In Peace, baby girl, till we meet again. 😘 #thatarilife #reedtasticpups #diadelosmuertosaltar #dayofthedead
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What does this holiday mean to me? Although I was raised Catholic, I don't consider myself a religious person. I'm not all that spiritual either (trying to learn more on this), but I do believe in souls and helping them find peace. I did my altar for my girl because I want her soul to find peace whether she's still here on earth by my side or in puppy heaven somewhere. I also want to show her that she's on my mind and that I love her. I guess everyone has their own reasoning but this one is mine.

Momma of Dos made an altar for her family. See it here. Modern Tejana has a post up with links to books that can help your kids learn more about this holiday. See it here. Visit my Dia de los Muertos Pinterest board here.

Lawndale Art Center in Houston (4912 Main) will have their Dia de los Muertos exhibit up until November 5th. Visit their site here for more information.

East End Gallery in Houston (708C Telephone Rd) had a Calavera Procession last Friday. They also have their own exhibit that you don't want to miss this. The closing reception is Friday the 4th. Visit their site here for more information.