Category Archives: Daily Happenings

Trick or Treat!

“Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat. If you don’t, I don’t care I’ll pull down your underwear.” ūüĎĽūüéÉ

My son loves singing different versions of this song. It’s that time of year, Halloween decorations go up, spooky sounds and funny songs all through the house. These shirts are for those who love Halloween but don’t want to wear a costume. They can be worn together or separate.

Check out my Trick or Treat tee on Amazon here.

Click on the brand name Hider House to see all of the other Halloween shirts that go with this one.

If you want to hear a funny creepy version listen to the tune below, click on the pumpkin.

 

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Ghouls…Goblins…and Pumpkin Heads…Oh My!

It’s not even October yet and I’m already getting excited about Halloween! ūüéÉ

I have no idea what I want to dress up as this year. Maybe I will, maybe I won’t. So, I designed a shirt where I don’t have to know if I don’t want to right now. I can wear this super cool one-of-a-kind t-shirt and still feel like I’m participating during Halloween.

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If you love it too, you can get yourself one here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0761SQ1DJ

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If you’re feeling a little adventurous and want to be different, you can get an orange one here:¬†https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0761SQ1DJ

#hiderhouse #pumpkinhead #halloween

My Wife Rules!

Just in case you were wondering. ūüėú

I made this #tshirt for Tom and he wore it for me tonight. Would you wear it? It makes me laugh every time I read it. I love it! #1fan #husbandsrock #love #funnytshirts


If you like this tshirt too, you can get it in my shop or for faster shipping on Amazon. 

Hurricane Harvey – Houston Strong

This goes out to all my family, my friends and my community. I see soo many people helping out during #hurricaneharvey and it makes me proud. I designed this #tshirt for all of us. Everyone is going through some tough times, but we are a strong community that want to help each other. We are #HoustonStrong ‚ÄĒ in Houston, Texas.

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If you think the same, here are the links to purchase. Show support for your community!

Colorful Text: Hurricane Strong Tee 1
White Text: Hurricane Strong Tee 2

(100% of profit will be donated to the Red Cross)

Here’s a link to donate directly to the Red Cross.

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Our Magical Place Into The Woods

We decided it had been way too long since our last family holiday. So, I started planning our next adventure into the woods. Everyone decided unanimously that it would be somewhere in Alaska. I researched places all around. We knew we wanted it to be centrally located to everything, especially near Denali Park. I found this beautiful house on the lake in Willow, Alaska. It was 1 hour and 30 min. from the airport in Anchorage. We were a group of 10 and it was perfect. There was soo much lush greenery and bright beautiful flowers everywhere, very serene. The place I chose had kayaks, a row boat, a paddle boat, fire pit, foosball table and many more fun activities.

This place was more than we expected. It was amazing and had all the amenities that we needed. I would highly recommend this house. If interested in renting it yourself, you can find it here.

We did tons of things on our trip. In the first couple of days we went on a 6 hour train ride on the Alaskan Railroad called Hurricane Turn. The conductor Warren was the best, super friendly and also a talented photographer. He stopped the train numerous times for us to take pictures. It was really interesting to hear him talk about letting people off the train to their house and that that was the only way for them to get there. I would love to come back out here one day to do some camping off that train in the wilderness for days.


That day and days to follow, we ventured into a small town called Talkeetna. It had lots of cute shops and restaurants. The Mountain High Pizza Pie restaurant was our favorite! They had a 30 topping pizza. Yummy!!! I bought some Alaskan keepsakes and gifts for myself and a few coworkers there. Loved it! While there, we also got to ride a jet boat through glacial choppy river waters. That was a fun treat!

The next couple of days, our trip took us to a small fishing town south of where we were staying. It was called Seward. It took us 3 hours to get there. Along the way we had to make a pit stop to pee. The kids got out to take photos of the fog.


While in Seward, we went out onto the docks where we went aboard the Kenai Fjords Boat Tour and saw whales, sea lions, glaciers and even ate 400 year old ice. Definitely a must!

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Only a few of us stayed an extra night there and went to the Sealife Center. We got to see them feeding a baby walrus. Then we walked around town. Found a cool shop with tons of Alaskan gifts at a very reasonable price to take back home with us. We ate at the Seward Brewery Company. I had a delicious halibut salad. Wish we could get that type of food in Texas.

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That same morning as we did our sightseeing, Tom got up early to go halibut fishing. He said that was the best fishing trip he had ever been on. He caught a fish that was this big…..

Just kidding!!

He caught sooo many fish we didn’t know what to do with them. We were eating fish for days.

This was the best halibut that I have ever eaten. Wow! Fresh fish right off the boat. Tom cooked this to perfection!

Back to Willow we go!

At the end of our trip we decided to go to Denali Park and go on a whitewater rafting tour. It was one of the best things we did while out there.


We stopped at the 49th State Brewing Company on our way back to Willow. Had some good eats, drank locally brewed Alaskan drinks and saw the bus from the movie “Into the Wild“.

As we drove away from Denali we happened to come across the old Igloo hotel. Pretty cool and creepy! Wanna buy it? It’s for sale.

It was time to say goodbye! So, we had some tequila shots for our farewell cheers.

Our last morning kayak rides before leaving. It’s sooo peaceful out there on the lake waters.


Sammy rode the paddle boat every day. He loved it!

This place was very comfortable. The couch was a popular place to relax or fall asleep on.

My morning view every day.

No one was ready to leave.
Especially these girls. LOL!

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The one thing I’m going to miss the most is the Loon that cried out for its mate every night when the lake was still and there was not a sound around. It usually happened about 2am. The first night I wasn’t sure what the sound was from. I just knew is was something magical. Then when I told Tom, he knew right away. If you’ve never heard one, you must hear the eerie yet beautiful wail it makes. Check out this video capturing a Loon making this amazing sound just like I heard every night.

Loon call on a lake in Alaska

Our family holiday to Alaska will always be remembered and never forgotten. This one is for the books for sure!

Until we meet again….

Lots of Love,
The Hider’s, the Aguilar’s and the Boul’s

 

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Happy Pride Month!

I created these SPECIAL EDITION pride t-shirts for my Amazon store.

LGBT Equality Apparel ūüĆą

The Love is Love Rainbow Pride T-shirt

Love Is Love T-shirt

And the most popular You are as Beautiful as a Rainbow Pride T-shirt

You are as Beautiful as a Rainbow T-Shirt

The best LGBT/Gay Pride t-shirts around town. Comfortable tees with multi-colored big bold type, all the colors of the rainbow. LGBT Proud.

Two unique colorful t-shirts to show support to all your brothers and sisters in the LGBT community. That could be you, your neighbor, your teacher, your co-worker, your friend, your father, mother, brother, anyone and everyone.

Get one for you, your partner, or anyone listed above. Everyone enjoys a cool one of a kind gift. Go Pride month!

Designed by my small business, Hider House, in Houston, Texas.

#loveislove #happypride #LGBT
#lovewins #rainbow #rainbowbeauty

 

The baddest raddest coolest awesomest t-shirts around town!

Well, at least in my eyes. Check out some fun new colorful tees in my shop here.


And now I sell some of these unique on-of-a-kind t shirts on Amazon too!

The chips and salsa are my weakness t-hirst are here.

Go get one of these bad boys as a special gift for your best friend, girlfriend or mom on her birthday. They would love you forever!

Made in the State of Texas by Hider House.

#hiderhouse

Something for Your Inner Hippy!

I have new items in my shop. Go check them out! You might find something you like or a gift for a friend.

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Go shopping!

Did you grow up in the 60’s or just remember hearing what it was like? Check out these fun facts or should I say insane things that were actually acceptable back then?

 

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29th Annual Art Car Parade

We went to the Art Car Parade this past weekend. There’s always lots of cool cars to see. This year the route went down Smith street in downtown Houston. In my opinion, it turned out to be a great location and the weather was perfect!

Here are some photos.

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Want to know more about all the events leading up to the parade and after? Check out their website.

Want to see more pictures from this past weekend on Chron.com?  Did you know that the Art Car Parade was born in April 1988 with a 40 car parade seen by and estimated 2,000?  It has grown since then. Today it has 200+ vehicles and is seen by 250,000+ spectators. Crazy!

Still want to see more art car images? Check these out from Pinterest.

 

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USS Lexington

We had a great time camping overnight with the Boyscouts on a World War II vintage Essex class aircraft carrier called the USS Lexington! A little spooky at times, but there is great history there. In 1979, eight female officers became the first women stationed aboard a US Navy ship and in 1981 the first woman jet pilot to land on an aircraft carrier. These historic moments happened on the Lexington. Go check out the boat and everything it stands for, visit their museum.

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I didn’t get to take a picture, but one of my favorite parts of the boat was the lower decks. That’s where they had the dentist, church, medical, machine shop, post office and lots of other things. It was like a maze. I wasn’t sure if we would ever get out. LOL! They really make it look realistic and gives you an idea of how people lived on the boat back then.

Here is a little LEX trivia and some fun facts for you to think about.

 

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Inspiring Art and Writing

So, I created this awesome commemorative poster (at least I think it’s awesome)! It was designed with the intention of only¬†printing¬†a limited amount. This¬†was for purchase and the proceeds went to providing scholarships for students wanting to pursue a degree in art or writing. It was a fun project to work on.

The poster was created with Illustrator and InDesign.

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Fun fact: Andy Warhol was a past winner

To find out more about the Scholastic Art & Writing program go to www.artandwriting.org

Check out this video that our fabulous media production team created for last years event.

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Spring Break Holiday 

We spent our Spring Break at the beach. It was very relaxing. There were tons of large sea shells, beautiful blooming flowers, swimming in the sea, jellyfish, hula hoop dancing, bonfires and fireworks. Life is always better by the water.

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You need to plan a beach trip right now.

This article says so!

Summer is here. See you at the beach!

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Fort William – Visit to Scotland

This year we decided to take our family trip to Scotland. My husband really wanted to see¬†his family in England, but thought Scotland would be a good place for both of our families. He grew up visiting Scotland when he was younger, so he wanted to take the kids there so they could enjoy it as much as he did. Spending time with his parents and sister’s family was very refreshing. Our whole trip to Scotland was amazing! Beautiful landscapes everywhere. I would love to go back and visit one day. Our days were filled with adventures, castles, hiking, lots of eating, playing games, interesting late night conversations and drinking Scotch whiskey every night. Lagavulin is my new favorite. ūüôā

Here are some photos we took when we were out there. Enjoy!

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Did you know that¬†the highest point in Scotland is the mountain peak of Ben Nevis. It’s actually the highest peak in the UK at 4,418 ft. Check out this short video of someone climbing Ben Nevis. ¬†Pretty cool!

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Bison Burgers

¬†In the mood to try something new this weekend? Try this recipe. Yum! I have only showed you the ingredients. It’s up to you what quantity you choose. With a pound of meat, it should serve 3 people.

Ingredients:

‚Äʬ†1lb Bison (little or no spice- I usually just add a dash of¬†salt and pepper)
‚Äʬ†tomato
‚Äʬ†goat cheese
‚Äʬ†avocado
‚Äʬ†bacon
‚Äʬ†lettuce
‚Äʬ†caramelized purple onion
‚Äʬ†hamburger buns
‚Äʬ†sweet potato and/or russet potatoes

Slice and dice all ingredients and place on separately as much as you like.

Did you know a bison and buffalo are two different animals? The American bison only lives in North America and the two main buffalo species live in Africa and Asia. What is the difference between a bison and buffalo?  Find it here.

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Queen of the Night!

Woah! Our cactus is in full bloom. Such a beautiful sight even though it lives a short life. I’m enjoying every¬†moment of it. I love this time of year! There are flowers everywhere, bees buzzing, the grass is greener, birds singing, butterflies soaring, frogs croaking and the sun is shining. All things coming to life. Today is a good day! Stop and smell the cacti.¬†ūüėČ


    

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who come alive.” -H. Thurman

Check out this cool time lapse video of other cacti.

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Free Spirit Sundays!

Hula Hooping

Today was a fun day enjoying this beautiful weather. Summer time is upon us! Get outside before it starts getting too hot. Lets refresh the mind, the body and the soul. Breath, flow and glow. 

Did you know that you can burn up to 400 calories per hour hula hooping. If you use your arms and legs then you can burn as high as 600 calories per hour. Don’t have a hoop yet and want to try it out? Go to Hoopnotica and get yourself a beginner hoop. They also have DVD’s to help teach you how to hoop. If you follow my link here, you can get 15% off. Happy Hooping!

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Say what? Healthy crust?

 

Im always on the lookout for ways to incorporate healthy foods into our meals. Our family loves pizza and we usually eat it once a week. Most of the time on Mondays. No one wants to cook after the weekend and who doesn’t love pizza anyway. I haven’t met that person yet. So, I found this recipe for cauliflower pizza crust. I’m no good at baking anything. When it comes to using flour in a recipe, it never turns out right. I found this recipe and thought this was a great idea and tried it. Low and behold, it was a huge success. Everyone loved it! It was soft on the inside and slightly crunchy on the outside. A perfect combination. If you want to try something new here is my recipe.

Pizza crust combination:

Turn oven on 400 degrees

‚Äʬ†1 cauliflower head
(either graded or processed – then cooked in the microwave for 8 minutes – let it cool down)
‚Äʬ†a dash of salt and pepper
‚Äʬ†a sprinkle of cilantro, chopped up spinach leaves or chopped fresh basil
‚Äʬ†add 1 egg,

Mix all ingredients above, then bake crust for 10 minutes.

‚ÄĘ Add a layer of barbecue sauce of your choice first
‚Äʬ†1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup buffalo cheese, 1/4 cup cheddar cheese
(you can use any cheese’s you have on hand – just make sure you include Parmesan)
‚ÄĘ Big handful of tomatoes, chopped
‚ÄĘ Red Onion, sliced
‚ÄĘ Your choice of meat (I like to use shredded chicken or pork)

Cook for 15-20 minutes

Serves 3

Did you know that a cauliflower is grown from a seed? ¬†Well, now you do. Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable that may help prevent cancer and is a good source of vitamin C. The¬†orange cauliflower is suppose to be the most tasty. It’s suppose to be a little sweeter than the white kind. Purple cauliflower is suppose to be much better for you then white cauliflower. Not sure about the green one. Have you tried any of the these? Also, if you cook it for 30 minutes or more it decreases the health benefits by 75%. Go make your own cauliflower dish and tell me how it comes out.

What is one of your favorite healthy dishes to make?

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Beach Wedding Weekend

If I had to describe Kristi and Jesse’s wedding at the beach this past weekend, I would say it was PERFECTION! We went Friday to get everything ready for Saturday. The weather forcast predicted heavy rains. It didn’t just rain, it poured down like we were in the eye of a hurricane. Then hail started falling from the sky, as large as a quarter. The lights turned out and didn’t come back on until the next morning. The kids loved it because we brought out the candles and the flashlights. Luckily that was enough rain for one night, the next day there was no rain. Instead the weather brought us a double rainbow. It was amazing and just at the right time too. It came out right after the ceremony also bringing with it a blue, purple, fiery red sunset. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. It was very special.

Check out some of these great photos! The bride and groom were a gorgeous and handsome couple.

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Huge Double Rainbow

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Extraterrestrial Sounds!

It’s a Sunday afternoon and we are hanging out at home. All of a sudden, out of nowhere my son puts his finger around the rim of my empty glass. I’m like wait, what?? Don’t touch my glass! I was drinking out of that. Then all of a sudden it makes this sound. I was intrigued so we started to get more glasses out from the cupboard to see what sound they made. Each of them were¬†a different frequency. I think we played around with all the glasses for about 45 minutes. It was fun! ¬†See what we came up with or should I say what my son came up with. ¬†ūüôā

Check this out! TURN UP THE SOUND.

Did you know you could make the glass shatter too?

You can also use the sound to control fire.

And check this video out if you want to see sand and sound. Very cool resonance experiment!

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Forbidden Island and King of Tokyo

My brother had this grand idea to have a family game night. It turned out to be loads of fun! I used my brain more than I had planned. We played a few games, but my favorite was King of Tokyo. I enjoyed it so much that we ended buying the other version called King of New York. LOL! I’m still waiting for my brother to come over so we can play that one together.

We are also into Scrabble right now. Did you know, there are 13 words in the official¬†Scrabble¬†dictionary that are¬†impossible¬†to play even using both blank tiles, including KNICKKNACK, PIZZAZZ, and SENSELESSNESSES. Try it! ¬†Also,¬†did you know the name¬†Jenga¬†is based on the¬†Swahili¬†word meaning ‚Äúto build.‚ÄĚ No wonder!

What are some of your favorite games to play?

If you’re looking for a new game yourself, check out King of Tokyo on Amazon.

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Magical Moments!

Spring is here! Beautiful things are happening on our end of the world. I love it! We were at the beach today and so far have found….spiderwebs in the sand dunes, blooming flowers all around us, and shells galore. Magical moments in the making. Today is the vernal equinox. This is where day and night are almost equal. 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness. So, who’s going to try the art of egg balancing?

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Spring Break Madness

I was fortunate enough to have all of Spring Break off. So, the kids and I stayed busy. We had delicious breakfast outings (the chicken and waffles were fantastic!), 3D IMAX movie about tiny giants and foam party silliness at Discovery Green.

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What are some fun things that you like to do when you have a little free time?

If you are looking for more stuff to do in Houston check out Visit Houston.

 

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Beachlife

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This past weekend we went to the beach house in Freeport. My husband likes to call it¬†Follets Island. Every time we go it continues to amaze me. No matter what the season, there’s always plenty to see and explore. It’s a lovely place when it’s hot or cold, dry or wet, windy or foggy. You can see in the photo it was pretty misty out. As you walked further into the distance, you became a little spec disappearing onto a blank white canvas. ¬†I almost lost the boys twice. LOL! I felt safe with Boogie at my side. He is our loyal four legged family member, my protector. This was a peaceful day, walking along the beach picking up shells and firewood. We are all looking forward to visiting again very soon.

We love the beach. ‚̧

Did you know that there are over 200,000 nerve endings at the bottom of your feet? Well, walking barefoot stimulates them. That’s why it feels so good to go¬†shoeless on the beach. I call that happy feet! See, I say that’s a good reason to go to the beach more often.

What do you like to do in your free time?

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The Brightest Lights in the House!

Green…red…yellow…flashing lights, Christmas trees, humongous wall murals, more bright lights and shrines to admire…oh my!shrine

We went to eat at Mi Tierra in San Antonio during our TSPRA conference. I really loved the atmosphere and the food. My co-workers not so much. LOL! I will definitely be back the next time I’m in town. If you are looking for something new and eclectic to see while in San Antonio, definitely give Mi Tierra a try.

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Liquid Sunshine!

Our tree has lemons! It’s a great time of year for me. I get to start making lemonade. Even though they are a year round fruit, February is when the lemons are at one of their peaks (ready for pickin’). Then again in August. Yum!

Lemon

Tip: If you only want to use a little bit of juice from your lemon and don’t want to cut open the whole thing (like me) this is what you do. Roll the lemon, stick a toothpick through it, squeeze out the juice, put the toothpick back through hole, refrigerate and save for later.

If you want to make perfect lemonade go here. ūüôā

Happy juicing!

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