Wedding Questions & Mind Speaks updates

Mind Speaks was asked to teach wedding classes over at Pop Shop Houston DIY event- Mind Speaks is the group blog my sisters and I run. Ever since the first class, I’ve have gotten a few questions about wedding invites and design. If anyone you know has any theme, invites or any other design questions about weddings please send them over my way! I am going to start answering as many as I can over at Mind Speaks!

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Also, my sisters and I are getting ready with some new ideas for the blog, we are even going to have a give away! Sign up for our newsletter to hear the latest!

NY part 2

While we were in NYC we had to go visit the Nintendo Store! I heard at one time it was a Pokemon Center. Boy oh boy the store is pretty! The store was more focused on Mario Kart 8, Mario plushies and Pokemon. I just wished they had more items of Zelda or Animal Crossing items! We got lots of Street passes on this trip – not as many as Disney World but a good amount. Most of them from France – random!

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We also went to an art exhibit that showcased pieces created from lego pieces! At the end of the exhibit they ask you to write your name on some legos and the artist will create a new piece from the signed bricks!

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Back in 2004 or so, my middle sister had many foreign exchange friends in high school. One of the friends wasn’t an exchange student but moved from Korea to our little town in Texas. He quickly became family and was my sister’s best friend through out their high school years. We always called each other family, he refers my mom as his ‘mexican mom’ and we three girls as his sisters. He lives in NYC so we met up! He was so nice, he bought me cupcakes since it was my bday and paid for starbucks. It was the first time my husband got to meet my little brother. He has grown to become a man! Kinda weird to see him so grown-up.

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Other things to note: FOOD! We ate at Totto Ramen! So yummy, Houston is finally getting a ramen scene in the city. We also had some Scottish food, NY Pizza, and on the last day an awesome deli! Here are some random pics: Scottish Burger, yummy ramen and photo of me with Bill Heck (in CABARET).

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Amazing trip – so grateful to my boss, husband and NEW YORK!!

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One random fact about me is when I was 14 (1999) I started to really love an obscure actor – Alan Cumming. Fast forward to 2014 – he announced he would return to the stage in his iconic role in CABARET at Studio 54. I made it my goal to somehow go for my birthday. My boss knew of my quest and surprised me with front row tickets! So that was it – there was nothing stopping me. 14 year old Mija would have never believed that one day she would see her favorite show, with her favorite actor! He was truly AMAZING! Our seats were so close, he was very distracting to be standing next to our table during the show and really quite sexy in this role! We were lucky enough to get pics of Alan and autographs!

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Neil Patrick Harris is starring as Hedwig on Broadway, another show I adore! So I bought the cheapest tickets I could find and dragged my husband to another musical. ALTHOUGH this show was something he would like! He adores NPH and already liked the music to the show. Jody was so sweet. During the performance he would laugh and gasp, stand up to see where Hedwig would go into the audience. After the show my husband was really impressed with NPH and the show in general. So glad I decided to get those tickets last minute. Neil came out for autographs but the line was so packed so no autographs.

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Since this was our first time in NYC, we did the touristy things like Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Chrysler Building and Central Park. One thing I have to really say about NYC is the transportation of the city is AMAZING! You can get anywhere in the city by foot or subway! LOTS of walking, we never pick relaxing vacations! We were kinda jealous, in Texas the state is so large you HAVE to drive everywhere – just in Houston alone it take anywhere from 20-45 minutes to get to work!

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While we were there we stayed at POD 39 Hotel. If you ever need a cheap and trendy place to stay go there! Only $160 a night right in the middle of the city! Every other place in NY was $300 a night and looked like it was furnished by grannies! It is super tiny, like dorm room tiny but for the full pod you do get your own bathroom. If you’re single or with friends they do have bunk bed option with a shared bathroom down the hall like hostels. Those rooms range from $120-$140!

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I will have to make another post – this photo post is getting too large!

Animal Crossing…again

My youngest sister turned 21 this May, as a gift she finally received Animal Crossing! My husband and I got the game at launch last year and even though I loved it he really got bored of the sim like qualities quickly. We soon both moved onto Pokemon XY in October and since then ignored our poor towns and neighbors. Yet since Kat started the game we both picked it back up. I was amazed with my town – only 1 villager moved away, a few weeds but not too many. My town did represent the vast death that was made into memes when the new 3DS Pokemon game came out. Surprisingly my husband started a new way to make bells – perfect apple orchards. His whole town is designed around these amazing gardens, and when it is time to harvest he makes a killing!!!

It was only a matter of time until Kim was yearning for the game as well, so I pitched in and she bought the game! Now the Vera girls have been running around in each others towns, sharing fruit, clothes and hair styles!! We had to coin the phrase “In Animal Crossing….” when we talk to each other. Partly because when my husband starts a conversion with “Oh today I got stung by bees…” and ends it with “oops in Animal Crossing .” It can get confusing!

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My birthday was Monday and logging onto the game was really a sweet surprise! I really fell in love with the game all over again! I now have some cool new villagers as well! Anyone else play the game still?

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