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If there’s anything better than treating yourself to your favorite things, it’s treating people you love to your favorite things! We scoured the city high and low to find our lineup for the 2017 Favorite Things party and, if I do say so myself, we’re quite pleased with our list! This year, we went—gasp!—out of state for one item (I know! But it’s SO GOOD!), and TWO of our favorite things came from within our own ACMB family. Check out Facebook and Instagram (#ACMBFavoriteThings) for more details and pictures AND for the awesome giveaway, in which one reader will win a stash of our favorite things! Be sure to toggle the images to see the goodies.
Without further ado, here are our 2017 #ACMBFavoriteThings:
Welcome to Bell Papel, where the invitation and stationery designs are as unique as the individuals, couples, families, and organizations they proudly call clients. Whether celebrating a wedding, birthday, gala, or the arrival of a new baby, Bell Papel creates beautiful paper for life’s beautiful days.
Bell Papel treated us to: Custom note cards with mom-centric sayings, like #Truth: In Coffee We Trust. Perfect for a note to a friend or a pick-me-up letter.
Bexar Wear was created from a desire to show pride in the owner’s heritage and hometown of San Antonio, Texas, via a damn comfortable T-shirt. Bexar Wear is new, and definitely a small operation, but watch out—your next favorite T-shirt will probably come from them!
Our favorite thing from Bexar Wear: New t-shirts made from the softest cotton EVER! Watch for the team wearing them around town in the next few weeks!
Author and ACMB Team Member Candice Curry published her first book, The Con Man’s Daughter, in the spring of 2017. Hers is a wonderful story of redemption following broken beginnings: “When Candice Curry was a little girl, she put her hand in her father’s back pocket so that she wouldn’t get lost in large crowds. Little did she know that as she followed him, he was plying his trade: conning people. Her family drove stolen cars, lived in stolen houses, and shopped with stolen credit cards. Drug use was regular, as were visits from strange people who were trying to track her father down. Though she eventually cut ties with her father, Candice could not ignore the scars that were left from her childhood.”
Candice gifted us with: Signed copies of her book! We know you’ll enjoy it as much as we will!
Cosmic Cakery offers “out of this world” custom cakes, cupcakes, and cakepops! Their cakepops, which are offered in more than 50 flavors, are individually baked, moist mini-cakes on a stick that are dipped in chocolate and topped with premium toppings. It’s no wonder why they have become a favorite in San Antonio and a staple item at parties and events throughout the city!
Cosmic Cakery treated us to: Delicious mini-cake pop bouquets for the team!
FELIZ MODERN is a lifestyle store with a quirky mix of modern and vintage goods that combine the owners’ love of art, home, and entertaining. They are located just off the Olmos/McCullough circle at 110 W. Olmos.
FELIZ MODERN spoiled us with: Embroidered cocktail napkins, for a colorful way to add some fun to our next get-together, and silky Frida sleep masks that will help us get our beauty rest in style.
FLOAT is San Antonio’s ultra modern float spa. Hailed as “the most relaxing experience of your life,” floating happens in a pool of warm water that is supersaturated with Epsom salt, allowing you to be fully suspended in the water. See videos of how it works at www.FloatSA.com!
FLOAT gifted us with: A 60-minute float session—because moms need some time to relax!
In The Weeds Natural Skin Care is a San Antonio-based business specializing in the creation of all-natural skin care products and candles using premium quality ingredients and essential oils.
Our favorite things from In The Weeds Natural Skin Care: The Purple Reign Hard Lotion Stick, made with organic chamomile flowers and lavender essential oil, which make it ideal for dry, itchy skin, also doubles as an insect repellent for very young children. Can we say win/win? Also, the Magi Hard Lotion Stick, made with frankincense and myrrh essential oils and gold mica. The oils help to mend skin tears and encourage skin regeneration, while the gold mica adds a beautiful shimmer to skin lacking luster.
Calling awesome dog moms! Katie’s Jar was founded in 2011 with the goal of providing fresh, preservative-free dog treats to the owner’s beagle, Katie. Her first biscuits and empanadas were a hit at the local farmer’s market, and Katie’s Jar has been in business ever since. Their current offerings include treats for grain-free, raw, vegan diets, and their menu rotates seasonally to include the freshest ingredients.
Katie’s Jar spoiled us with: Monthly Boxes for our canine companions! The Mini Box (three bags of treats) makes a wonderful gift, especially for dog-loving teachers! The Full Box (five bags) comes in a subscription plan and is delivered to your door every month. #ingredientsmatter
Mainstream Boutique of San Antonio is a multi-generational, locally owned and operated boutique that genuinely believes in and acts on strengthening, empowering, and celebrating all women. They offer a variety of styles for every woman and keep up with current trends, while also keeping in mind that classic and modern looks are essential. They are always looking out for the best interest of a woman’s style wants and needs.
Mainstream Boutique of San Antonio gifted us with: Their “TEXAS coordinates” Mac and Me necklace, which can only be found in Mainstream Boutique and sweetly reminds us that our hearts are always in Texas. There’s no better place to be, and this necklace can be worn every day so you never lose your way!
No. 9 Floral, Chocolates & Gifts is a specialty shop focusing on unique retail floral, specialty gourmet chocolates from the Sweet Shop USA, and artisanal gifts handcrafted and made in San Antonio and New Orleans. They combine French Creole and Mexican culture to provide the San Antonio community with an array of products that can’t be found anywhere else.
No. 9 Floral, Chocolates & Gifts spoiled us with: An offering of delicious and decadent chocolates, each with its own unique decoration and flavor!
Purequosa—pronounced “pure-kwo-sa”—means pure origin. They believe in living consciously and creating products that are beneficial to the skin and general health. Purequosa uses pure ingredients with no unnecessary fillers or synthetic preservatives: colloidal silver, plant hydrosols, and essential oils, small-batched by hand in San Clemente, California.
Purequosa is spoiling us with: Natural, cleansing body sprays that help nourish and hydrate the skin while neutralizing odor-causing bacteria. The perfect companion for post workout, travel, and anytime you want to feel fresh and smell good. Sign us up!
Not sure what to do for your child’s birthday party this year? Need a safe and fun location for your next family reunion? Watch the kids run, laugh, and play at the new Rainbow Event Center, the perfect venue for birthdays, sports team events, family reunions, company picnics, field trips, church groups, and more. The outside facility is located on two acres of beautifully landscaped property with huge shady oaks and tons of family-friendly activities.
Our favorite thing from Rainbow Event Center: Parties, of course! Each ACMB Team Member received a party at Rainbow Event Center!
Revolucion Coffee + Juice is a San Antonio favorite, offering coffee + cold-pressed juice, homemade nut milks, acai/pitaya bowls, and other healthy food options that are made fresh daily!
Revolucion Coffee + Juice gifted us with: Fresh-squeezed juices, including some “Not Milks.” Our Favorite Things Giveaway Winner will receive a gift certificate to Revolucion Coffee + Juice to try a juice of their choice.
ACMB Staff Member Tori Grant has always been drawn to art and design. A few years back when her little ones were babies, she started taking every Illustrator at-home class she could get her hands on and realized what she really likes to do: create fun art prints and work on her illustrating skills.
Tori treated us to: A line of fun and cute planner stickers designed specifically for busy moms. From baseball games, doctor appointments, and school events, these planner stickers will keep your busy afternoons recorded in style and will fit in planners and on calendars to keep your life on track.
Betos Alt Mex has been shaking it up in SA since 1997. Born down in Southtown right next to their good friends at La Tuna, they started to introduce a new kind of food to our great Tex Mex city, cooking it fresh and just a little healthier and digging down a little further south to serve up the
best empanadas in the free world.
Betos Alt Mex spoiled us with: Yummy empanadas! A huge thanks to Betos Alt Mex for serving up delicious snacks at our Favorite Things party!