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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Carpe Tacos Tote Bag Review | Society 6

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post
but there are affiliate links in this post.


A few weeks back I bought my very first Society6 tote. I actually bought one for myself and one for Mama Carrizo. Thanks to the 18" x 18" tote I bought her, I didn't have to wrap the rest of her Mama's Day gifts πŸ˜„  I did wrap them up in tissue paper, though 😏  Click here to see the tote I bought her. She's the bag lady of our family and she's been on this reading kick so I went with this Bookworms bag, get it? πŸ˜„

What is Carpe Taco, you ask? Pick Taco. Enjoy Taco. Seize Taco. Use Taco. I'm a Taco Everyday type of person so this design spoke to me! The fact that it's blue did add brownie points when deciding if I should buy it. Thankfully, Society6 stays having deals so the price wasn't much of an issue. Sign up for their newsletter and get their deals via email!

Follow along for pictures and my two cents on this tote bag from Society6 below!


Monday, May 29, 2017

Weekend Snapshots | 15


Today's Weekend Snapshots is brought to you by my visit to Barnes & Nobles over the weekend! I bought some goodies and none included an actual book. No frown face needed as I have enough books right now. 

I spent this weekend without the husband as he left to New Mexico Wednesday night. I took it as a sign for me to fully recharge. Not just physically but mentally and emotionally. This meant sitting on my ass for extended periods of time and also doing some cleaning. I did some major late spring-early summer cleaning which led me to drop off three bags to Goodwill. And then I ended up at Michael's and Barnes & Nobles. #dontjudgeme

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Giveaway that ends May 31st!
Enter here for a chance to win!!


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Paper Files+Giveaway | May 2017


Today's #ThePaperFiles post is brought to you by Summer 2017. Summer doesn't officially start until June but I'm in Houston with bipolar weather so cut me some slack. 😊 I figured since we're a month ahead, I'd make this month's giveaway based on summer fun and vacations!

Before we move on to the goodies, I wanted to share a little something-something with you. If you follow me on Instagram πŸ‘‰ @a_shankasaurus or my FB page πŸ‘‰ facebook.com/3twentysix then you already know this, if not, keep reading. I've made quite a few paper loving homies through my blog and have asked some of them to host giveaways with me. One of my paper loving homies is Bre from Brewrites.com. We've met up for paper dates a few times (and macaroons πŸ˜‹) and we went to the Buju workshop at Brazos Bookstore last week (see post here).

This friendship has helped grow our paper addiction and it's turned into something fantastical as Bre and I have joined forces to share it with you!! Yeah, this means we're about to enable the hizzie out of you, haha! Follow our new account on Instagram πŸ‘‰@PaperFiles and our new page over on Facebook πŸ‘‰ facebook.com/PaperFiles. Both of these links are in the Rafflecopter widget below as entries, too! We're planning a fun giveaway soon so make sure to follow!

On to the goodies!

Number Uno: Yellow Busy Bee journal with bookmark ribbon - lined

Number Dos: The 52 Lists Project journal (affiliate)

Number Tres: A packing list pad, pocket size, for all those fun vacations you're gonna have

Number Cuatro: A blank birthday card that says Have a picture perfect birthday

Number Cinco: Fringe 3-pack pen set (affiliate)


Enter to win #ThePaperFiles May giveaway by
following the directions on the widget at the end of this post!


Friday, May 19, 2017

Bujo 101 | Brazos Bookstore


Shopping local is my thing. But I admit that even though I'm a fan of books and everything paper, I've never been in a Houston bookstore. I'm not talking about the big chain bookstores. Of course, I've been in those. I'm talking about a one-of-a-kind Houston bookstore. A bookstore where the employees greet you and it's real. A place that isn't too big or too small. Where the atmosphere doesn't smell of anything other than the sweet smell of all the book pages in the building! 😍

This place is Brazos Bookstore and it's located near Kirby Drive on Bissonnet Street in my sweet, sweet city of Houston! A little bit of this bookstore from their site-

"In 1974, Karl Kilian opened Brazos Bookstore to encourage the growth and development of the emerging Houston literary scene with a clear focus on personalized service, community engagement, and passionate curation...." 

"...Brazos Bookstore continues to be locally owned by a group of twenty-seven Houstonians who came together and purchased the bookstore when Kilian announced his retirement in 2006. Read about our current staff here."


So while visiting this bookstore was on my Must Visit list, I am rarely around this area of town as I live very much west of it. What brought me to finally visit this bookstore was a Bullet Journaling 101 workshop. I saw it on Facebook and immediately clicked going and shared it with my homies.

I got there an hour before it started not necessarily by choice but because it was the smartest thing to do. If I went home not only would I not make it on time but I would probably get too comfy and decide to pass on the workshop. Getting there early gave me time to look around and also pick a good seat. My table was full of fantastical folks with many jokes. We all become friends on Instagram because having paper loving homies is the best, no?

We learned quite a few things and not only did we discuss BUJO but Kristara from Kristara Calligraphy taught us a little about hand lettering. I swear this lady is a Goddess with the skills she has and she's as sweet as can be.

The second workshop will be held at Brazos Bookstore
on July 20th and you definitely don't want to miss it! 

Thank you, Brazos Bookstore, our Bujo teacher Ülrika Moats,
and Kristara for this fun workshop!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Weekend Snapshots | 14



Today's Weekend Snapshots is brought to you by the incredible appetizer I picked at Perry's Steakhouse & Grille for Mama's Day yesterday. This dish is Perry's Signature fried asparagus and they top it with jumbo lump crabmeat. As if fried anything wasn't good enough they just had to add crabmeat. I'm not upset, though, it was amazing in every way.

Perry's Mama's day dinner was a pricey one but a well-deserved dinner. Mama Carrizo is the most amazing human I know and she is worth much more but this is the place she picked so we were all for it. It was our first visit and we were very impressed. It wasn't just the food that was incredible. The service was on point. It's good for your soul to go all out on a delicious meal every once in a while. Trust.

Overall, I had a weekend full of really tasty food and
ya can't be mad at that, can ya? 😁

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Friday, May 12, 2017

aristumbles | 5


Here are a few links that caught my attention this week!

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Remember that Kendall Jenner Pepsi commercial that bombed so freaking hard?
Heineken did a fantastical job with this commercial and it's definitely worth a watch.

Slow cooker shredded tacos that my husband made for me last night!
They were ah-mazing!

A giant lion was carved from one single tree by 20 people in China.
I like art, I really do. But I'm sad for the tree.

15 makeup goodies you'll want to switch your pricey goodies for.

I haven't read the book yet or seen the TV show but Houston's Brazos Bookstore is holding a screening for The Handmaid's Tale today at 7 PM.

I found a new high-res stock photo site that lets you use their photos for whatever you want.

She hasn't had luck finding her family and she'd appreciate it if you shared her story.
Edit: The news said she now has a foster!

A really great piece on Houston from Los Angeles Times and how it has become the most diverse place in America.

One of the books I added to my to-read list over on Goodreads



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HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND & HAPPY MAMA'S DAY!!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Weekend Snapshots | 13



Today's WeekendSnapshots is brought to you by tasty shrimp fried rice at Miyabi Sushi Japanese RestaurantMiyabi's has been on this series MANY times and it's because its REALLY is good! I wouldn't rave about something (especially if it involves food) like this if it wasn't legit. It's a cute and quiet place with very polite servers. One piece of advice- Get the Angry Roll. I swear you'll thank me later!

So it's been a while since I stopped by and wrote something here. I realize I said I'd be back some time ago but life has been entertaining. Notice I didn't say busy because honestly, aren't we all busy? I was on vacation with my familia the third week of April which was fantastical and much needed. See, Mama Carrizo, my two older sisters, and I haven't been on a vacation, just the four of us, in a little over a decade. Life freaking happened and we couldn't get our work and traveling schedule right. Until this year!! I'll spare you all the details but I will tell ya this. We went to Panama City Beach, Florida for about ten days and I enjoyed the fuck out of the sun (with lots of skincare goodies) and the fantastical beach!! 

Vacations are needed, people, so get you some!!

The week I came back from vaca was Rough with a capital R! Catching up on a four-day work week was one of the things I thought I had prepared myself for. I wasn't ready. Oh, and then there was the fact that I worked for at least an hour every day during the vaca. πŸ™Š  That following weekend was the husband's birthday and off we went on a camping trip to Dinosaur Valley State Park. That was another great adventure for us as we took the Finnster! More of that later. (I know I say that a lot. 'More of that later' shit. But I swear when I write it, I really mean it. It's just that.. uh, I have no excuse. Just know that I do mean it. LOL!)

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