HOU Shop Local Holiday Gift Guide

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Did you know small business day is November 24, 2018?! What better way to get your Holiday shopping done than to also support a local business? I have gathered some of my favorite local boss babes to put together a Houston Holiday Gift Guide. This guide will include some of my favorite gifts and my favorite local shops with majority of gifts under $50!!

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  1. STATELINE DESIGNS

This boss babe has the perfect sports gear for both woman and men. From Texans, Astros, to Rockets, SLD has everything for your sport fans. If you love Texas as much as every other Texan you can never go wrong with a all things Texas tee. This year SLD has a holiday box that is under $50.

2. SHOP MANTRA BOUTIQUE

Who needs some trendy and cute jewelry?! Mantra boutique has the cutest necklaces and earrings. I have pretty much converted to all things mantra! The amazing thing about her items are that they are not only very trendy and cute, but beyond affordable! Their current Black Friday discount code is BF18 and the entire site is 50% off!! So hurry and get your jewelry before she sells out!

3. THE BYKE SHOP

The Byke shop is locally owned and they are doing amazing things in the community. They go out and teach kids about riding bikes, cool tricks, and I am amazed of how much they truly do. Of course they had everything for a bike, including bikes but they also have apparel. I recently got their pug sweatshirt and I don’t think I have taken it off since I got it! Their apparel is great for guys or girls!

4. CARLA SUE

Carla Sue is keeping Houston dope! This shop has the best and badass Christmas cards for all of your naughty friends. Carla’s Christmas cards are the best ones I have seen. Besides Christmas cards, they have party supplies, koozies, and a “Keep Houston Dope tee”


5. LOVEHANDLE

This is a stocking stuffer MUST! I have retired my popsocket and fully converted over to a lovehandle. These lovehandles are light, cute, and perfect for guys and girls. They are perfect for the entire family. With their different designs and patterns you cannot go wrong adding this to anyones stocking. If you want to get creative, you can even get one personalized. & if all of that wasn’t amazing enough, you can get 10% your entire order with code: Pattytellsall

6. SPANGLISH THREADZ

Spanglish threadz has all the spanish tees a girl can ask for. Their shirts are cute, fun and relatable. From tees, hats, to pins, Spanglish threadz is bringing on the latin pride with her products. AND she has things for the kiddos!!

7. JEFITA BONITA - SPOILED LATINA

Who’s a spoiled latina?! Jefita bonita has what you need ladies. From Boss mom, to spoiled latina sweatshirts, she has the gear to make you feel like the boss that you are. Her spoiled latina denim hat is my absolute FAVE, it is so cute and you can wear it with just about anything!

8. THE CARBON CRUSADER

Stocking stuffer alert!! It’s hard to find things for your boss or maybe coworkers, but The carbon crusader is helping us out with her quotes and funny pencils and pens. Whether they are motivational, or telling you to F off, these are the perfect stocking stuffers for all!

9. MIRADELA

For all of our chifladas Miradela has the cutest tee’s and coffee mugs for someone who is sweet like pan dulce! Her tee’s are a SUPER soft material. I have a few of her shirts and have washed them multiple times and they haven’t faded and are still as soft as when I purchased them. Her chiflada coffee mug is something you have to have wrapped under your Christmas tree!

10. MODARTEMGA

Veronica hand makes all of her jewelry. She is from Venezuela and moved to Nicaragua to when she got married. Raising her family in Nicaragua for years and having her jewelry business their the life in Nicaragua took a turn so she packed her life and her family moved to Houston! What makes her jewelry unique is the way she puts it all together. This is a Venezuelan technique she uses. Modarte was born in the tropical paradise of Nicaragua in 2014. Modarte’s creativity focuses on making 100% handmade accessories using rhinestones and silk threads. It’s unique colors transform any outfit with style and sparkle.

11. CRU DAY SPA

Holiday gifts don’t have to be an item, you can always gift someone a facial or massage. We all know how stressful the holidays are and I think I can vouch for many people to say that we could use a massage! Gift your loved ones a massage for the holidays! Cru Day Spa offers gift cards and you can purchase a service and gift it as well! For some additional savings you can use code Patty30 for 30% off a massage, facial, and additional services!

12. RAICES DE COLORES HOU

These huaraches are the MOST comfortable shoes I own. I met this vendor at a photo shoot and I tried on a pair and knew I had to buy them, and like the person I am I bought 2 pair. These have been my go to shoes. They are trendy, comfortable and come in various colors. Raices de colores are handmade Mexican platform huaraches. Made from leather and rubber and they run from sizes 5-10. Leather stretches so i recommend sizing down because they will stretch!


13. THE BITCHYBUSINESSBRIEFS

Give the gift of a new book to a reader! Even if you aren’t a reader, you need to get your hands on this book! Sharon Zapata is a phenomenal woman who has published her first book and rumor has it that she is working on her second book! Her book The Little Book of Start-Up Inspiration: 20 Lessons learned the hard way dammit... from the most outrageous year of my entrepreneurial life is perfect for everyone!

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14. ONATA FRAGRANCES

Someone gift me all the Onata candles!! I don’t know how they do it, but these candles and bar soaps are the best smelling things I have smelt in a LONG time! She sprayed a paper floral gift I received 3 weeks ago, and it still smells! The smells are not over baring but they last. This gives all gifts the perfect little touch it needs!

Please remember, small businesses make their living from local supporters! Before going to the mall, and purchasing things elsewhere, take a look at all your local businesses. Supporting local businesses a big thing for me and I hope that This guide is helpful! From my family to yours,

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Now Let’s go shopping!!

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Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice

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October is one of my favorite times of year! Pumpkin patches, fall festivals, and Halloween events. For years I would get Elijah 2 costumes, one for festivals and one for Halloween, yep I am that mom. DIY costumes, OH YEAH, sign me up! Now he is older and wants to be a Fortnite player (BORING) but regardless of what he wants to be, I am going to make sure we go to many fun events. I have gathered upcoming events for you to check out!

Kids & Family Friendly Events

Cinco Ranch YMCA - Fall Festival & Trunk or Treat

22807 Westheimer Pkwy. Katy 77494 

Saturday , October 20th // 4pm - 6pm

This is a FREE event! Elijah and I have attended this event for many years, and it never disappoints. This is a smaller event for all ages. They have a Halloween costume contest for different ages, a dj, and trunk or treating.

SCREAM ON THE GREEN - Discovery green

1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010

Friday, October 26th // 6pm - 10pm

This is a FREE event! I have not attended this event in the past, but I do plan to attend this year. There will be games, prizes, Halloween spectacle, a movie, performances by J-Dance Company and Cirque la Vie, living statues, fortune tellers, music and a Halloween costume contest!

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Halloween Town - Sugarland Town Center

2711 Plaza Drive, Sugar Land, Texas 77479

Sunday, October 28th // 2pm-6pm

This is a FREE event! Elijah and I go to this EVERY year. We do not miss out on this event as it is my FAVORITE! Sugarland does not disappoint with converting Town Center into Halloween town! Not only is this event great for all ages, it is PET friendly!! They have a major costume contest for different ages, crafting centers, different vendors, free candy, food for purchase, games, and SO much more! If there is an event you shouldn’t miss, it is THIS EVENT!

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Zoo Boo - Houston Zoo

6200 Hermann Park Drive. Houston, TX 77030

Starting October 12th

Tickets starting at $15, (Kids under 1 are free) Zoo boo is exciting and a fun way to experience the zoo. They turn the zoo into a Halloween themed attraction. Costume wearing is encouraged! They have crafting centers, a pumpkin patch, a Halloween program / itinerary. Not to mention, hopefully by mid October, the weather should be a little better in Houston!

FALL FESTIVAL - DEWBERRY FARM

FM 362 & Morrison Rd. Brookshire, TX 77423

Saturday and Sundays starting Sep.29

Tickets starting at $16, Dewberry farm has one of the biggest pumpkin patches in town. They have great photo opts either with pumpkins, on their huge hay barrel, or in their corn maze. They have a lot of festivities for kids of all ages and also have some amazing food! Make sure to check out the barn with all of their animals and slide down their “sliiiide mountain”!

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Halloween Monster Mayhem - Children’s Museum

1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004

Starting October 8 - Halloween Night

Tickets staring at $12, Enjoy a day at the museum with the entire family. Come dressed in your costumes to partake in slime making experiments, Halloween themed activities and spooky story telling time! This is perfect for all ages and something a little different to do!


i hope whatever you do, you have the best time! share your photos from events with me on instagram and tag @pattytellsall! Happy October everyone!

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29 things I've learned about MY life

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They say with age comes wisdom, do you believe that? I find myself constantly asking others for validation, confirmation, and clarification. This past Friday I celebrate my 29th birthday! I honestly cannot say I have been through a lot, or endeavored crazy traumatic things. But I can truly say I have been very blessed with a wonderful support system in every aspect in my life. Many of you know that I am a mom to a 9 year old boy. He’s great, but being a teen mom forces you to grow up and that is exactly what I had to do. Growing up at a young age doesn’t mean that you are all of a sudden some mature kind of adult, OH NO, it means we have to grow up and we miss life lessons and experience but gain different ones at a younger age.

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Now it's time to reflect, it is time to set future goals. I want to share 29 things I have learned about life, myself, and what has made me who I am today.

1.  Family is EVERYTHING

Cherish your family, it's the only family you have.

2. Friends COME & GO

“Friends” really do come and go, and just know that some friendships are seasonal. Cherish the friendships that do not judge. The friends that even if you don’t talk to for weeks or months, you can keep up where you left off. Don’t stress about friendships that take up a lot of work. Friendship should not be complicated nor stressful.

3. Your MOM should be your BEST FRIEND!

Maybe because I am a momma’s girl or maybe because my mom has been my backbone but your mom knows you better than anyone does. Mom’s get a 6th sense or something and they JUST KNOW.

4. TEETH - Take care of them!

I know, this is random, but I am quite obsessed with my teeth and although it may seem like common sense to take care of them, not everyone does. Brush your teeth 2-3 times a day, use whitening toothpaste from time to time. If you know me, you know this is legit a real thing.

5. Be PROUD of your CULTURE

Growing up, I never realized how important culture was / is. Now more than ever our children here in the United States some kids are not so in touch with their culture. I am very guilty of not teaching Elijah about Salvadorean traditions, foods, and culture earlier. BE PROUD of who you came from and where you came from!

6. It’s OK to step out of your comfort zone

As you get older you realize you aren’t getting any younger and trying something out of your comfort zone is OK! If it wasn’t work stepping out of my comfort zone I wouldn’t be writing this for y’all to read.

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7. Coffee is life saver

This is self explanatory , I run off of coffee!

8.Hangovers after your early 20’s ARE NO JOKE

I don’t even like drinking anymore because the 48 hour hangover that follows IS NOT WORTH IT! “Hey 21 year olds, enjoy this time because it goes by quickly!”

9. Everyone is and doesn’t have to like you, & IT’S OKAY

Hey, you are human and everyone isn’t going to like you and that is OK! There are over 7 billion people in this world, if someone doesn’t like you, don’t sweat it, the other 6,999,999,999 will!

10. Relationships don’t come easy

Relationships are not easy, but they are rewarding and worth it when you are with the right person.

11. My love language is QUALITY TIME

This ties in with # 10 “Relationships aren’t easy” knowing your love language definitely helps tremendously in relationships. I recommend the book “5 Love Languages” by Gary Chapman

12. I care about appearance more than i should

The older I am getting, the more I realize that I really do care about my appearance more than I claim I do. I get my lashes done religiously, I make sure that my hair is in the most perfect messy bun and I am dressed to impress no matter what. This is not at all an issue, but it is something I have to admit to myself, because I try to act like, “oh it’s no big deal” but in reality it is.

13. I enjoy to work

I sometimes think what it would be like to be a stay at home mom but I truly do enjoy going to work and having that time away from life and learning new things. Not to mention that having a job has it’s perks like consistent pay and health insurance.

14. I am a cry baby

I cry, A LOT. Once I cried because I saw the cutest bunny shaped cake and I thought it was the cutest thing…. (In case you are wondering, it was the time of the month)

15. I take things way too serious

You may always see me laughing and smiling, but I take things a little TOO serious. I do feel like a little up tight at times and I need to loosen up!

16. I let little things bother me

I get told a lot by those who know me very well, if you cannot do anything about it, do not let it bother you. This is something that I REALLY need to work on because focusing on something you cannot control will take over you and you will not be happy.

17. I stress horribly

when I stress about something, I REALLY stress about it, it consumes my mind and I cannot sleep. I toss and turn and think about what is stressing me out.

18. Yoga is heaven sent

I don’t practice yoga like I used to, and that is a plan of mines to get back into, but yoga literally makes me calm, positive, happy person.

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19. i like school

I stress when I am in school but the semesters I have taken off I feel like I am missing something. I like school.

20. a child did not give me patience

They say when you have a kid, you get more patience….. Well if anything I have less patience. I have been blessed with a really great son because even though he isn’t perfect, he knows when to get his stuff together so his mom doesn’t lose her sh!*

21. I want more kids

WHOA, Did I just admit that? After Elijah, I swore up and down I did not want any more kids. He was such a good baby and he is literally the easiest kid that I couldn’t imagine getting lucky twice, but as time goes by I can see myself having another child. NO TIME SOON, but I can envision it.

22. WIshing i could do more as a mom

Elijah is getting older and I often wish I could do more, join the PTA, go have lunch with him weekly, take him to all his baseball and soccer practices. I often feel like I don’t do enough. I work, I work A LOT, I work full time, I have my photography business, AND I am in school. I know this will pay off in the long haul, but it doesn’t stop me from wanting to do more.

23. i love to party plan

I live for party planning, I do turn into party-zilla, but this is something I am honestly REALLY passionate about!

24. Photography will always be a part of me

I have been “PattyPics” for more than 6 years and I don’t see myself stopping for a VERY long time.

25. I am short tempered

I get mad quick, I react before I can think things through. This is something I am REALLY working on because 5 minutes later I feel so bad about how I reacted.

26. Life takes time

I have so many wants and plans in life, but life takes time. We cannot expect to get everything we want right away. We have to be patient, and work hard for it.

27. i search for validation

I do so much and sometimes I feel like it goes unnoticed and I often find myself wanting and needing validation. I am going to work on doing things proudly, and being happy with my own results FOR ME.

28. I procrastinate …….. a lot

This is self explanatory, I always say, I am going to edit pictures or study for something on a certain day and I end up doing what I “planned” the day of. I really need to get it together! :)

Are you still with me? I know this was quite long, but if you made it to # 29, THANK YOU, and even if you didn’t, I still thank you! Blogging is a new journey I have started and I have met so many influential, empowering, awesome people. I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me!

29. i am happy with my imperfect life

Stressing, validation, lack of patience, procrastinator, even with all of these flaws, I am happy with where I am in life. I am not where I thought I would be, but I everyday I am one step closer.

All of the beautiful images shared where taken by: Bridget Heredia Photo. Check out her amazing work with the link below!

October 1st, I will be sharing Halloween and fall events for kids and adults! Make sure to subscribe so you can stay up to date with the latest blog posts and Houston events!

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