Monday, July 31, 2017

Weekend Snapshots | 21

Today's #WeekendSnapshots is brought to you by my very happy kid, Finn, hanging out in the water. It was ridiculously hot so I can't blame the kid but I do think it had a lot to do with him getting in there in the first place. Not that the water was cool in any way because it wasn't but he seemed to enjoy his little swims. 

This is Flat Creek Crossing Ranch. We visited back in January where we froze our butts off so this was the complete opposite of that trip. The plan was to camp out Saturday night and come back Sunday but that heat was TOO much.

Read more about the adventure here and visit Flickr for the rest of the pictures.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Flat Creek - July Visit

The plan was to camp out Saturday night at Flat Creek Crossing Ranch and head home Sunday evening. If you don't remember, we visited Flat Creek back in January and really froze our butts off. It was so freaking cold that we wanted to hike and be active just to keep warm and sweat a little. Click here for more on January's adventure to Flat Creek.

We woke up at 4:30AM Saturday to get on the road early. It was somewhat of an exhausting trip there, after all, it's about 3 1/2 hours. The boys slept most of the trip with Sawyer escaping to the back of the truck to cuddle with his dad's bike. Weird kid. We stopped to get groceries and while the husband went inside HEB, I hung out with the kids. There's a b&w shot below of the two boys that warms the hizzie out of my heart. 

See my concern since Sawyer arrived is that he wouldn't get along with Finn. Mostly because Finn has been the spoiled baby for the last three years. There was a moment on the way to Flat Creek that Sawyer touched Finn and Finn freaked out. You know, the whole "MA, HE'S TOUCHING ME!" bit. It was pretty amusing to us but we had to check Finn and let him know he had to be nice.

We arrived early and waited for the rest of our squad to show up. While the boys rode off on their bikes, Ana and I drove down to the swimming area where we had been in January. I haven't had to deal with two dogs on separate leashes in forever so it was a bit of a pain for me. Ana suggested I let Finn off the leash because I needed to trust him. I can't tell you how fast my heart was beating when I did it but she was right. Finn and I needed to trust each other. Plus, she promised she'd run after him if he burned off, haha! After a few trips up and down to the car with Sawyer on the leash.. I thought I should trust him, too, so I let him off the leash, too.

By the time the guys met up with us a few hours later, both of my boys were having fun off the leash and still obeying commands. Probably one of my proudest mama moments! Husband was excited and proud, too! 

We frolicked in the water and went exploring to find cooler water. It's been so, so dry in the area that the water levels are super low with nowhere to go. We found a small spring and soaked up the cool water but it wasn't enough to hang out in as a group so we headed back. We pulled out the BBQ pit and cooked some fajitas up and warmed some tortillas. Lunch was served and it was tasty!

I can't stress how hot it was. We were all sweating and smelling funky but we were having a great time in great company! After talking about the heat and how we were all so exhausted, husband and I decided we wouldn't put ourselves through a hot night and drove home.

The drive home was tough for all of us. It was my turn to drive so the boys all slept. Sawyer moved from the back of the car to the front many times. He'd never been on a road trip let alone an exhausting one like this, haha!

The last two shots are of the boys sleeping it up on Sunday at home. That was basically all we did Sunday. Recovering was our major priority, haha!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Little Craft Place, a sweet paper store!

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I'm sharing it
because I'm all about showing love to small businesses and because PAPER!!!

Today's post is brought to you by my Saturday visit to the Little Craft Place on the northwest side of Houston. I first heard about this store in the Houston Planner Peeps group on Facebook. I added the store and the address to my Wunderlist for future reference. In case you were wondering, I have lists for paper stores, TV shows I want to watch, and more importantly.. restaurants I must visit! 😁

So the lovely folks at HPP mentioned the Little Craft Place a few times and the pictures of the goodies always had me in awe. I mean, their famous washi tape wall is beautiful in the picture and so breathtaking in person. Okay, so I might be exaggerating but I really was mesmerized by it when I first saw it. It's not the only washi in the building either. I've never seen so much washi tape in one place so definitely prepare yourself and maybe call your bank and tell them to set you up with a limit cause you might go overboard, haha!

Before we get into the pictures and more about the goodies they sell, let me tell you a bit about the owners. From their About Us section on their website- 

We started our business as making cards and custom stamps 7 years ago in a small room. As our home business grew, we expanded by adding other scrapbooking products as well. After a few years selling on Etsy, we launched our own online store to better serve our customers as well as our brick & mortar store Little Craft Place. I (Eunice) graduated in Australia with a Degree in Graphic Design and Ian has a Degree in IT from The University of Arizona. I worked for a few advertising agencies before we started our little online store. We are constantly thinking of what's next. It’s all about ideas, creating new designs, improvements, daydreams, surprises & creativity.

I had the chance of meeting Ian and had a few good laughs with him. I arrived a little after 1:30 and the icebreaker for us was the weather. I got out of my car and walked in the store and had to wipe my forehead from the sweat when I walked. It wasn't a very far walk, y'all, it was just that hot. I told Ian it was my first visit and that the HPP folks had told me about his store. He told me a little about himself and his wife, the dream, and we talked about the washi tape wall. He was extremely knowledgeable on all the goodies and even had tips on how to pair things. I told him I did some scrapbooking, even though I'm majorly slacking, and that all the rave these days was planners and such. He showed me the planner section and told me about the huge sale.

I won't tell you how much I spent because my husband might kill me BUT I got some sweet goodies. I took lots of pictures but I was too excitamated and some pictures came out bad so I didn't add them, haha! Some are from my Instagram stories, too. My pictures really do this cute store no justice. I'll share the goodies I bought on another post so this one isn't too long... I mean, it's pretty long already, haha!

True paper lovers will travel the distance so if you're in the area,
stop by and say hello to Ian and Eunice!

The Little Craft Place is located on
11911 Jones Rd. Houston, TX 77070.
They sell tons of goodies at their store and also online.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Shankasaurus, the bag lady!

Today's post is brought to you by pens and shit. Well, the bags that hold the pens and shit. Mama Carrizo has been a bag lady ever since I can remember. It was always bags, papers, and pens/markers with her. Maybe that's why I have a little (read: big) obsession with all of those things. Speaking of, have you followed Paper Files on Instagram yet? It's a stationary obsession account that Bre and I started back in June after our Bujo class at Brazo's Bookstore. Go give us a follow! Giveaway when we reach 200!!

Back to the bags- So bag lady has a number of definitions. It can be a female who has a lot of emotional baggage or even a lady who is homeless. But for this posts sake, we're referring to a bag lady as just that. A lady with a ton of bags.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Weekend Snapshots | 20

Today's #WeekendSnapshots is brought to you by Sawyer's cute little nose on me. Husband and I have been playing this game called Killing Floor 2. It's zombie killin' at a fast pace. It was free for PS Plus users last month, I think. One of the husband's friends told him about it so we both downloaded it. It's consumed our evenings and it is the reason why I'm going to bed so late. Anyways, yes there's a Moo face on me and it's adorable!!

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Weekend Snapshots | 19

Today's #WeekendSnapshots is brought to you by the Sawyer Moo's butt and the red barn. I think I've shared the red barn before but not sure I mentioned that it was one of the selling points when we bought our home. I mean, who doesn't want a red barn, right? 😂

We've been staying home a lot these last weekends and although I love the down time.. I want to go camping somewhere, dammit! We have a sweet trip planned for the end of August but I want to go on an adventure soon with the Moo!

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Weekend Snapshots | 18

Today's #WeekendSnapshots is brought to you by Remidog and Sawyer Moo. The weather was nice in Houston so we spent a lot of time playing outside. Sawyer hasn't quite figured out the backyard and why it's so big but he does play a lot. Mostly with the humans as his pack members aren't fully comfortable with him yet. Finn is a bit jealous as you can imagine since he's no longer the baby of the family.

We were supposed to go camping to our favorite place, Flat Creek Crossing, but husband got hurt Friday evening so our trip was canceled. I was looking forward to the trip but not the heat. We were going to try actual camping instead of glamping with our pop-up.

Most of these shots are from my Instagram Stories. Yeah, I've been sharing quite a lot there. I've noticed that a lot more people are doing the same. I guess there's less pressure on there since you don't have to get likes or comments. Plus, it's quicker than actually posting a picture.

Before you move on to the pictures- July 4th is upon us and if you live outside of the Houston city limits like I do (or anywhere that fireworks are allowed) then you've seen the firework trailers up and even heard them for about a week now. Remidog has made it a point to let us know that they are out there and they freak him out. We make sure that he doesn't go outside without one of his humans. We keep him away from the windows. We make sure he has a toy, preferably his KONG. We give him lots of cuddles and attention. And we make sure our TV is on loud enough to help drown out the noise. There are a number of other things that you can do to keep your pack calm but the number one thing is to keep them away from the fireworks.