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Treat Yo'self! The Paper Files Giveaway with 3twentysix


Hi, my name is Jessica and I'm addicted to paper products and I'm super excited to be teaming up with Ariana over at 3twentysix (of Weekend Snapshots fame) to give away a bunch of fun paper goods to one lucky reader this month!

If you don't already know Ariana, shes a super cool chick that I met way back when at the inaugural Blog Elevated Conference.  We instantly clicked and although it was years between seeing each other in person, we stayed in touch and are making efforts to actually hang out more (yay for IRL friends!!!).  Our latest meet up was at Paper Source* to comb through the glorious aisles of paper stuffs to pick out some sweets themed paper treats.  Here's what we picked:

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Holy Home Improvement Projects, Batman!  Dennis and I were super busy this past weekend with home improvement stuff, but we still managed to sneak in a little fun, too.  This edition of Weekend Snapshots is brought to you by Jack and Dennis working on putting down the new floors in our bathroom - yes, the same bathroom floor we had to rip up back in April because of a horrible, very bad, no good plumbing clog.  As always, this weekend recap link-up is hosted by yours truly and Ariana at 3twentysix.  Make sure to link-up with us and share your weekend happenings!

Saturday:  Because of Den's weird work schedule, this was the first weekend since the clog that we've really been able to dedicate to working on the bathroom.  Den has been slowly repairing the subfloors in preparation for laying the new tiles and this weekend was tile weekend!!!  Yay!!!  Jack was super ready to help.  After Dennis got the subfloors done, we headed to Lowe's to pick up the vanity and sink that we'll be installing.  It was early enough in the day that we thought we could just run in, get the vanity, and come home, but that one simple thing turned into an all day ordeal.  Getting the vanity was the easy part - it was in stock and all we had to do was go and get it, but when we got home, we unboxed it to discover the sink and counter were broken!!!  Whomp-whomp.  Lowe's was very nice and helpful and let us exchange it (I mean, we had it all of half an hour before we discovered the crack), but we still had to drive all the way back to the store and then home again.  Dennis and Jack spent the rest of the afternoon/evening laying out all the tile and snipping the pieces that needed to be snipped.  I finally decided on a color to paint the living room fireplace and I got busy tackling that project.  I tried to Facebok Live the painting, but my internet got all wonky and decided to cut out on me.  No matter, I used the timelapse feature on my iPhone and like that result a lot better.  What do ya'll think of the end result?

Sunday:  Sunday was Tile Day!!!  What-what!!!  We got a little bit of a late start on Sunday because Jack is a late sleeper and Den didn't want to use any power tools to mix the thinset mortar while Jack was still sleeping.  Jack went from asleep straight to help Daddy mode - I even had to feed him his breakfast while he was helping mix the mortar.  Our original plan was to lay the tiles, get cleaned up, and then join Ariana for Sunday Streets, but putting the tile down took a lot longer than we expected.  But that's okay because beautiful new bathroom floors!!!  Post tiling, we headed to Den's sister's new house for a housewarming party and since we were already on the east side of town decided to do a little urban exploring of Baytown.  They have a very cute downtown main street and town square park.  Plus a super cool downtown coffee shop - we'll definitely be spending some time in Baytown soon to do more exploring.

What were you up to this weekend?  Did you get any projects around the house done?  Done any urban exploring lately?  We'd love to hear about it!  Make sure to link up your posts and have an awesome week!!

Sunday Confessions 21

The United States of Becky


I confess:  My running shoes stink.  Like teenage boy gym locker nasty sweat stink.  I love to run in the rain and I guess they got wet too many times (and I don't think there's anything I can do to bring them back).  They now live outside my backdoor for two reasons - so they don't stink up my closet and so hopefully the sun will help get the funk out.

I confess:  I've had a plantar wart on my foot for years now - it's big and ugly and nasty, but doesn't cause me any issues except embarrassment so I haven't done anything about it.  Also, even though I have insurance, co-pays etc. are too expensive for me to justify going to the doctor.  But the damn thing is so big I think I should really have something done about it.

I confess:  I think I need a digital detox a la the one Angie at Chasing My Halo did.  I found the idea challenging (but totally doable - I mean, what did we do in the '90's and '00's), and also a little scary.  I spend way too much time on my phone and computer and need a reset - kinda like what I'm doing with my diet and Whole30.

Linking up with United States of Becky

Rent the Runway Review



I have a confession to make:  I have more clothes than I know what to do with, but I never seem to have anything I want to wear.  Despite practically always being in yoga pants and a t-shirt (#momuniform), I really do love fashion and I almost never pass up the opportunity to doll myself up.  The only problem?  I feel like I've worn all my fun clothes and constantly want to try new looks (I also hate it when someone sees me in the same dolled up outfit more than once - it's a problem I'm working on) - this leaves me feeling frustrated because I can't constantly buy clothes to wear only once or twice (my closet and drawers are literally overflowing).  The solution?  Rent the Runway (click that link for 20% off your first order), ya'll!!!

I recently partnered with Rent the Runway (we're affiliates, yo - I get a commission - at no charge to you - if you decided to take advantage of their awesomeness) and they provided me the chance to test their service and write a review and I can tell you, the next time I need a special outfit, I am 100% using Rent the Runway.  My experience was a-maz-ing!

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Welcome to this edition of Weekend Snapshots link-up brought to you by Jack conquering the bounce house obstacle course like a boss at the Houston Zoo's Zoobilee.  Zoobilee is an annual party thrown for all zoo members and is totally awesome!  We went last year and had a blast so there was no way we were missing it this year (threat of rain or not!).  The rest of the weekend was kinda meh, but at least Zoobilee was awesome.

Thursday:  Jack and I got to the zoo early to make sure we didn't miss any part of the Zoobilee festivities.  Even though it's a members only party it can still get pretty crowded and crazy and I'm just not that good at dealing with crowds.  I'll definitely show up early next year, too - Jack got to enjoy the bounce houses without too much of a line and we didn't have to wait at all for the free ice cream or carousel ride.  Jack and I got matching green tiger airbrush tattoos (and Dennis got one, too, after he got off work).  The bounce house obstacle course was the big winner of the night - Jack must've done it about 1000 times, then decided the cornhole game volunteer needed his help.  Thankfully, she was a sweet and understanding grandma who was 100% okay with Jack gathering all the beanbags after they were thrown.  I promise I didn't dress Jack up in the volunteer colors on purpose.

Friday:  My MIL got back from being out of town for a week and wanted to see Jack, so I dropped him off at her house for the afternoon.  I did some stuff around the house that is impossible to do with a toddler and he helped her in the garden.  Win-win!  His hair is finally starting to really grow and was just too cute sticking out of the back of his hat when I went to pick him up.

Saturday:  Saturday was a huge flop.  It was a lazy pajama day, but not in the planned let's laze around and watch TV kinda way and more of the my ADD is overwhelming me and I feel lost and am not sure where to start or what to do kind of way.  I didn't accomplish much of anything and am pretty sure I spent most of the day distractedly wandering around the house trying to figure out what housework to do while checking my phone too much.  I did manage to make Jack and I some really yummy smoothies, though.  When Den got home that evening, I needed to make sure to hack a portal (that's Ingress talk, yo), so I got some much needed alone time for the 15 minutes I was out playing.  Things were awfully quiet when I got home - I figured the boys were up to something and left them to their evil plans.  After a while, Jack came running out of the bathroom babbling about something excitedly.  He dragged me into the bathroom where poor Dennis was sitting on the floor with shaving cream all over him #lifewithatoddler  We decided that since the day had been so blah, we needed to camp in the living room to have a little fun.

Sunday:  Sunday was another lazy pajama day, but this time a little more deliberately so.  Both times we've camped in the living room, Jack insisted in wearing one of my t-shirts for pajamas and this morning kept pretending he was a turtle by pulling his arms, legs, and head inside my shirt - so funny!  I fixed a really great Whole30 breakfast and Jack insisted on having his picture taken with my plate - he seems to be getting used to my new habit of taking pics of my food before I eat it, lol.  Jack also helped me blow dry my hair and then spent some time on his hair, too.  It took forever to get out of the house to go grocery shopping and as soon as we got to the store, he fell asleep in my lap (he rides in a car seat, just so you know, but was throwing a fit and fell asleep in my lap after we parked and I got him out of his seat to calm him down #safetyfirst).  He was "super hungry" when he woke up and my picky eater actually ate some steak they were sampling at the store.

How was your weekend?  We'd love to know all about it, so make sure to link up your snapshots and recaps with me and Ariana!  The link-up is open until Friday!  Have a great week, ya'll!
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