Valentine’s Datenight Guide
What a time to be alive! I hosted my very first mixer a little over a week ago (1/18/2019) in honor of my blog turning one. (My blog actually turned one on 1/26/2019). I was nervous and excited for the event. I worked with SO many great sponsors and my event wouldn’t have been successful without them.
The event took place at The Union Houston - an art gallery that is also a venue for events. Union was the best place I could have had to host the event. The space was perfect! At the event there was a preview of Union’s newest art exhibition, Prima Materia which is by two local hispanic artist, Darwin Arevalo & Grace Zuñiga. If you are planning an event and need a venue, check out The Union. The space is perfect for any event. A special thank you to Theresa and The Union for hosting my mixer!
Who doesn’t love a photo booth?! Selfies-R-Us brought the fun with the photo booth. You were able to take a photo home AND send a digital copy to your phone. They also designed the background of the prints and I must say, it went perfect with my popcorn theme.
If you’re looking for a photo booth for any event I highly recommend Selfies-R-Us!
Giant yellow balloon w/ tassels & Balloon garland in the photobooth backdrop was provided by @Glamfettico
Blo Montrose set up a braid bar for all of my guest to get a braid done at the event. I have been getting my blow outs from Blo and they did my makeup and hair for the event! If you have any events coming up, or if you’re anything like me and just love bouncy hair, Blo will take care of you!
Mentioned code patty10 at checkout and received 10% off your services.
Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate with me. I did not expect the outcome and response I did and I am overwhelmed with gratitude. This year of blogging has taken me out of my comfort zone, has helped me gain a piece of confidence I was missing and it connected me with some amazing people.
Thank you to all of my sponsors, my event would not have been what it was without each and every one of y’all!
There is no hiding the fact that I am a busy bee. Every day is a different agenda, morning school drop off, work, school, events, etc. With a tight schedule it is hard to find time to go get whitening treatments done. I have mentioned before, I am obsessed with teeth. (Random, I know). Being in front of the camera so much, I know a white smile is important. Smile Brilliant exceeded my expectations on the teeth whitening and I couldn’t be more excited to share my experience and all about it.
Smile brilliant has made my teeth whitening experience easy and I was impressed by how effective the treatments are.
The kit comes with the following;
Catalyste & base paste to make your impressions for your custom whitening trays
a stamped envelope for you to put your impressions inside to mail to a professional lab to get your whitening trays fitted perfectly
Here is a quick rundown of what I did when I got my Smile Brilliant Whitening kit. When I received my whitening kit I started with making my impressions for my trays. You mix the catalyst and base paste. I rolled mine into a ball until both were blending perfectly and I spread it evenly on the impression tray (make sure you do this fairly quickly because it will harden) I put the impression tray on my upper teeth pushed up and let it harden for 30 seconds to a minute. I repeated the same step for my bottom teeth. I let the trays sit overnight and I mailed them back to Smile Brilliant.
Within 2 weeks I received my trays to start my whitening process. I wasn’t sure how well my teeth would take to the whitening gel but to my surprise I did not have any issues or pain. The first night I opened up my first whitening gel and put a dot on each tooth (in the tray) and left my trays on for about 45 minutes. I wanted to get a feel of how the trays felt, how my teeth would feel, and how to adjust to anything if needed. I waited 3 days and I repeated the same steps except this time I put in my trays earlier. After dinner I brushed my teeth and then immediately put the trays on. I left the trays on for 3 hours. During that time I was able to catch up on emails, do homework, and a load of laundry. Since the trays are made from your impressions, they are a perfect fit. I could still talk and I was still getting stuff done while whitening my teeth!
It got to the point that after lunch at work I would put my trays on so I could leave them on longer. My teeth were able to handle having the trays on for 3 hours at a time but I did not do the treatment everyday. After the 3rd day of the whitening treatment I could already see a difference. The process was so easy and I was surprised how quickly I could tell a difference. Within 2 weeks of treatments I had people asking me how are my teeth so white. SMILE BRILLIANT of course!
When trying something new you really are not sure what to expect. My teeth were not that bad but as mentioned, I am obsessed and wanted a whiter smile. The whitening process was so simple. What I really liked is how I was able to still run my errands and do things that I needed while the trays were in place whitening my teeth. Here are a couple of questions that I have been asked;
Did you experience any pain or were your teeth sensitive afterwards?
No, I did not experience any pain at all. The days I left my trays in for multiple hours, I had very little sensitivity. I did not eat anything right after I took the trays out and avoided cold water.
Is it a long process?
The process can be however long or short that you want it to be. I did the treatment twice a week for 4 weeks. I have enough whitening gel to do another 2-4 treatments if needed.
Do I have to use all the whitening gel?
Nope, the gel is good for 6 months to a year.
What if I run out of whitening gel, do I need to buy another kit?
No, you can purchase just the whitening gel online!
Were the trays uncomfortable?
Not at all! My son couldn’t notice when I had the trays in. I could still talk and they fit perfectly.
Overall, I loved the kit and how effective it was. I drink wine, I drink coffee, and I am a busy bee. The kit made it easily to do the process at my own pace. We don’t all have a lot of time and this made it easy for this mom to whiten her teeth! I will warn you, I think my smile got bigger LOL!
Since I loved my results so much, I want to give you an opportunity to get a whitening kit as well! (Value $149.00) entering is SUPER easy! Just click the link below.
Happy New Year!
Welcome 2019! I have to say, 2018 was all over the place for me. I started the blog, I took 3 classes at school knowing that it was already too much for me to handle, I worked full time, and I had Elijah in sports. I put more than I could handle on my plate but I made it work. Now I am here, in 2019 and I am pumped for what is ahead.
Minor maintenance is coming
Maintenance? Yep, I started with a PattyTellsAll logo! I am going to slowly start to revamp my website and blog. I will have categories for my posts, [Food, events, brands, beauty, photography] Yep, I will have a category for PattyPics|Photography. I want the website and blog to be user friendly and for everyone to utilize it as best as possible.
2019 News and announcements
I am proud to announce that I am officially on board with Zipkick! I will be taking part in their Houston region as a brand ambassador. This is a great opportunity for myself as an influencer and someone who is currently studying and majoring in communication in public relations and advertising.
I am also still in school and hoping to transfer to UH in the fall, WISH ME LUCK!
If you follow me on instagram, which I hope you do, you will start to notice a new flow to my photos and postings. I am excited to start working with new brands this year, one of them being Kroger. I have some upcoming campaigns with them and I am excited to broaden PattyTellsAll demographic. I will also expand the foodie portion of my posts and stories!
What’s to come
PattyTellsAll turns ONE January 26! Where did the time go?!? Something I told myself was that I will start writing more so with that being said, I will be posting 2-3 posts a MONTH. Am I crazy? Maybe? But this is something I want to do. I started all of this to write and that is what I intend to do. Some upcoming posts I have are;
Smile Brilliant whitening kit details
PattyTellsAll Post mixer
Valentine’s Datenight guide
Valentine’s gift guide for him and her
St.Patrick’s Day hot spots
Burger spots in Houston
Mon - Thur Steak night spots
Pupusa recipe & pupusa restaurants in Houston
There is so much to come and I am so positive about this year.
Thank you for being here, thank you for reading, and thank you for the continuous support. I turned an idea into something real and something that I didn’t know I was so passionate about. Let’s make this THE YEAR, the best year!
It’s no secret that I am Central American, I show my Salvadorean pride high and proud but did you know there are 5 countries in Central America? Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Honduras. I had the privilege of getting together with a friend who is visiting from Honduras to talk about the tourism there!
Ana and I sat down and I asked for about the tourism in Honduras. We talked about their culture, their food, their beaches, and beauty. By the end of our talk I was ready to book my vacation and go visit Honduras for myself. Before getting down to business about our interview here are some facts you probably did not know about Honduras.
The country is well on its way to record a tourism spend increase of over US$20 million
The country is expected to close the year receiving 7 percent additional overnight tourist arrivals when compared to 2017
Estimated increase of 15% in cruise ship passengers - Houston being one of the largest source markets.
Honduras covers 111,890 square kilometers of land and 200 square kilometers of water, making it the 103rd largest nation in the world with a total area of 112,090 square kilometers.
Tourism in Honduras
I really don’t think we give Central America enough credit. The pictures above show the the beautiful scenery from Honduras. Ana Lucia Funes Trejo is so passionate and proud of her country. With over 700 KM of clear blue water and white sand Ana had a hard time picking her favorite beach.
One of the top rated beaches is Roatán, Bay Islands. Roatán is a beautiful beach that you can snorkel, swim with the dolphins, and scuba dive. Whether you are adventurous and want to zip line or you love nature and want to bird watch, Honduras is some where you can do that.
Eating the best seafood you can, you will not go hungry in Honduras. What makes Honduras a great place to travel is the culture and how the minute you show up you will be welcomed with open arms by the genuine, friendly people of Honduras.
The estimated currency exchange rate is 28 lempiras per $1 (American dollar) making Honduras very affordable.
If you haven’t traveled to Honduras, I really recommend adding it to your places to visit. I am already planning a 2019 trip to Honduras, will you be joining me?
Watch my interview with Ana where she answers all of my questions about Traveling and visiting Honduras!
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!!
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”
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!
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!
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!
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,
Now Let’s go shopping!!
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!
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!
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”!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!