Cards Against Matrimony – A Hilarious Wedding Game

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Trying to think of a way to spice up your wedding reception? Create your own Cards Against Matrimony game.

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When planning our wedding this year, I knew our emcee was going to get people on the dance floor and ensure everyone had fun doing the wobble (I still can’t do that dance properly), but what about during the dinner portion? At most weddings, this time is a little awkward. The wedding party is at their exclusive table eating while all eyes are upon them and there is nothing really going on. So my wife and I decided to spice up this part of the evening with a game. I looked around online for ideas and at first considered mad libs or questions to put on the table like ‘what should we name our first child? Then one morning while jogging, it hit me.


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Cards Against Matrimony!

No it’s not a game, it’s an idea based off the hilarious game Cards Against Humanity. Unlike most of the party games you’ve played before, Cards Against Humanity is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. If you haven’t played it yet, what planet do you live on? It makes for a great night filled with lots of laughs with 6 – 12 friends.

So, the twist is…. you can create your own version of the game by having lots of cards with different questions (as you can see above, players need to fill in the blank), and have someone at your wedding collect the cards and select a few winners (cards with the funniest answers). At our wedding, the winners received a prize – a group photo with us, the Bride and Groom : )

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The best part of planning your wedding reception!

Gents, this will be the most fun you’ll have planning your wedding (like we really partake in the planning anyway). Coming up with the questions was absolutely hilarious. My fiance, now wife, had so much fun in thinking of questions to display on the cards. At some point we realized that we didn’t want to have too many, so we decided on roughly twelve questions for the game. Instead of having a simple black cover for the other side of the card, we included some fun pics of us, with our family, and pics we had taken over time with friends.

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How do I create my own version of Cards Against Matrimony?

First, grab your fiance and spend some time brainstorming fun questions you can display on the cards. Take a few days and hilarious ideas will come to you naturally. Then select the pictures of you and your fiance which you’d like to use for your deck. Once you have the questions and pictures, you can make your own version at Make Playing Cards. Want to receive 5% discount on your entire purchase?  Use coupon code Ericmpc5off. 

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When you are on the site, choose the ‘Design your own game card’ option. Each card can be customized individually both front and back. As for the card dimensions and card stock, I chose the standard poker size and card stock (63.5 x 88.9mm & 300gsm). Since we planned on having one deck of Cards Against Matrimony on each table, and there were approximately 30 tables at the receptions, we created 36 cards for each question.

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On the 2nd step, choose ‘Same Image’ under Step 2 where you then will be able to upload one of your pictures.


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After uploading the picture, you can choose to add text on top of the image (we chose to skip this). The next step is to add text on the other side of the card which will be one of your questions. After you finish with one card, click ‘Add to Cart’ and proceed with the next card.

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You can even purchase boxes to put your cards in at And don’t forget, you can get 5% off your entire order by entering coupon code Ericmpc5off.

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Your wedding guests will be very impressed with your own version of Cards Against Matrimony. Have fun creating your own version and feel free to leave any comments or fun questions you came up with! Cheers – Eric Melchor.

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Houston – America’s Next Great City

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Houston is the place to be! Founded in 1836 and named after General Sam Houston who was elected President of Texas in 1836, the city is about a lot more than energy, healthcare and NASA. It attracts more than 7 million visitors a year who come to enjoy the performing arts scene. Thousands of entrepreneurs, innovators and professionals from all over the world move here every month because of quality of life and job opportunities. While it’s one of the country’s friendliest and welcoming cities, after all it welcomed 150,000 people from New Orleans who evacuated from Hurricane Katrina, here are a few other reasons why I love this city…

It’s the most diverse city in the States with over 80 languages spoken. We have a hospital system that’s the envy of the world. Our doctors in the medical center lead advances in health care innovation. Soon they will be able to replicate ears, kidneys and livers using incredible innovations like 3-D printing, where cells can be sculpted into any number of body parts. And the Arts! We have a wonderful spectrum of arts like the Houston Art Car Parade, the Houston Grand Opera and the Museum District that is bustling with exhibitions from all over the world. And don’t forget our extensive beautiful hike and bike trails that can get you to multiple destinations throughout the city. And there is much more to look forward to!


Houston has the capacity, momentum and the vision to revolutionize city living in the next 20 years. By 2034, Houston will be a global center of trade, tourism and quality of life. Business districts will continue to grow and expand with the addition of many more office and residential towers to the South and West toward Midtown, Greenway Plaza and Uptown. The city’s East End will transform from a warehouse district to a residential one. Rice and the University of Houston will collaborate more closely with the private sector to ensure graduates have the skill sets in demand by employers. By 2034, when world leaders look for inspiration, they will look to Houston.

About the author – Eric Melchor is a native Houstonian who resides and serves on the Midtown Management District in Houston Midtown.

The Secret to Success Has Nothing to Do with Bullshit Like “Passion”

Success cannot outrun you once you decide to be committed.

Texican Grit

Eat fewer calories every day, you’ll lose weight.

Write down your goals, set a plan, work on them and you’ll grow as a person. (Hello, BestSelf Journal!)

Be persistent in sending out media pitches, get on TV. (No, fucking really). See my interview on Great Day Houston here.)

Prepare for an interview the right way, get a job offer.

So much of success comes down to cause + effect. We like to have these American Idol notions of FATE and THE STARS WERE ALIGNED!, but the reality is far from the truth. I know no one likes to hear that because it makes us sound less talented. Simply sitting down, focusing, and having the grit (the TexicanGrit kind) of doing the work every single day implies that maybe we aren’t so special after all – that maybe putting in the time is the real reason for success.

And yes, putting in the time is non-negotiable. You have to give it. As simple as that sounds, most people won’t put in the time. They know they should, but binge watching on Netflix or sleeping in late wins. The truth is, the secret to success is believing that it will show up if you do – day after day. There’s a motivational quote for you: don’t stop, even when it feels like progress is moving at a snail’s pace.

Because there will come a time, when success can’t outrun you anymore. Not when you’re moving toward it with the end goal in mind. The odds aren’t about luck: it’s about grit and putting in the time. The grit to keep going, even when the passion has gone away.




Best app that Helps You Save Money

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Digit is the easiest and funnest way to save money without hurting your wallet.

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More exciting than a roller coaster ride. More delicious than a scoop of mint chocolate chip ice scream. Ok, chillax. But seriously, this is one of my top 3 apps because it helps you save money without even noticing you are saving money! And the team at Digit throw some of the most humorous gifs at you that you are excited to receive sms notifications from them. Man I luv this app.

In just two months I’ve saved $300 using Digit. It’s easy to start by just downloading the app. Though most of your Digit transactions can be done via text messaging. After you link your checking account, Digit will open a savings account for you with one of it partner banks. Then, every few days Digit will save money for you passively – 3, 4, 7 dollars here and there. The idea is for you to hardly notice the money is leaving your checking account, but over time you will end up accumulating a lot of savings in the long run. Don’t want to spurge on the Ferragamo shoes or Reiss suit all at once? Use Digit and you’ll have money saved in no time!

See the Digit video and learn more about Digit. Have fun!



Increasing Voter Participation isn’t going to solve Latinos long-term Challenges

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Higher voter turnout will make us feel better in the short run, but without improving our financial literacy, health and educational success, we are not moving in the right direction.

With the Presidential Elections approaching, the question political analysts ask is: Will more than 31% of Hispanic eligible voters come out to vote on Election Day in 2016? That’s the percentage that came out to vote in the 2010 midterm elections, much lower than the percentage of African-American voters (44%) and Anglo-American voters (49%).


More Latino eligible voters coming out to the polls means more Hispanics taking initiative when it comes to civic responsibility – which is good. However, increasing voter participation alone isn’t going to solve Latinos long-term challenges when it comes to closing the wage gap, improving our health and our educational success. These are the challenges that hamper one’s ability to achieve the American Dream. Taking action on these issues will help Latinos overcome long-term challenges and improve their well-being beyond just getting us to cast a ballot.

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Understand Hard Work is second to the Value You Bring


Being raised in environments where your parents had little money, no college education, or friends in high places, a trait has been passed on to you that has served you well – Grit. Grit continues to be your equalizer. Prestigious schools – unlikely. Easy employment opportunities with Fortune 500 companies – yea right. Your hard work ethic is the one thing you have been able to count on. It’s the reason for your success.

However, in this global competitive world, there is a presumption that hard work alone will help you achieve financial prosperity, but that is no longer the case. Especially if you are a Latina where, on average, Hispanic women are paid just 56 cents for every dollar paid to a white mani. When there is a huge wage gap between Hispanics and Whites, and there is, our economic security and that of our families is weakened. And achieving your financial dreams is twice as hard if you start off in the real world with thousands of dollars in debt from student loans. So what should you do?

Begin to think like Mark Cuban, Carlos Slim, and Robert Kiyosaki. These smart investors share one thing in common which we can start practicing in our lives today – start having your money work for you. While we pay for food, clothes, and entertainment, the wealthy invest in assets which allows their money to work for them. When we realize this, we’ll understand that having control over our income, learning about financial literacy, how to run a business, and investing in assets are the most valuable skill we can learn and bring into the business world. Learn how to think in terms of money. Business runs on money, and because of that, it’s supremely important to quantify both effort and result in money made, spent, invested, saved and lost. Be able to express a problem or an opportunity in numbers – time required, time saved, money required, money made. If you can do this, the odds of making a good decision and successful outcome will increase greatly in your favor. If we want our people and America to thrive in this global competitive world, we need more Hispanics learning about financial literacy at a young age instead of dreaming about fancy quinceaneras.

Can your Child can pass the State’s Health Test?


According to the California Department of Education, just 45% of Latino 5th graders and 57% of 9th graders in California passed the aerobic capacity testii which measures one’s fitness level. Within the Latino community, this should be considered a crisis. Unacceptable fitness levels are associated with a higher risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, some forms of cancer, and other health problems. And if this doesn’t worry you, think of it this way – kids who are overweight will likely be overweight as an adult.

Across an array of studies, an adult who is obese is perceived as having low competence, low drive, and less competitive level of intelligence[i]ii. Moreover, obese people make less money and pay higher medical bills as adults. In fact, a difference of about 64 pounds between a normal weight adult and an overweight adult, translates to a 9% decrease in wages[ii]. Long term, our overweight kids will make less money and pay higher medical bills when they are overweight adults. The prevalence of Hispanic kids who are overweight is much higher compared to other races. It’s time we have this conversation and understand the implications of the perceived abundance in food and lack of physical activities we offer our children.

How many words do You Speak to Your Child in an Hour?


Did you know that parents living in poverty speak about 620 words to their children an hour compared to 2,150 words from parents with professional jobs? Why is this important? Because the number of words parents speak and read to their kids has great implications in one’s development and educational success in the long run. The more parents engage in conversations and read to their children, which in turn lays the foundation for ensuring a strong academic career, the faster and higher their vocabularies and IQ grow. For children who come from privileged backgrounds, their vocabulary is accelerated while progress moves at a snail’s pace for kids who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Also, kids from higher income families receive far more words of praise compared to children from low-income familiesiiii. If we want our kids to grow and become political leaders, CEOs, Educators, and Generals, we need to start interacting significantly more with our kids from a very early age so their IQ grows higher and faster. Reading Green Eggs and Ham to your one year old will have positive lasting effects on your children’s performance later in life.

For Hispanics, our successes and failures in the next 20 years will be strongly tied to how well or how badly we deal with these challenges that confront us. It’s time for us to overcome the inertia and delay which has so far prevented the majority of us from achieving the American Dream. Yes, we’ve been lagging on the issues of financial literacy, health, and communication skills. However, we are people who have achieved wonderful results through hard work. Hard work breeds self-respect. Hard work breeds toughness and tenacity to get the job done. And now it’s time we put our hard work to overcome long-term challenges that have prevented the majority of us from achieving the American Dream.

About the author

Eric Melchor is the founder of Fly Movement – the first kids’ health program that provides students an opportunity to reach a fitness goal through fun, rewarding team competition. Eric recently was a finalist for the 2015 Houston Tomorrow Catalyst Award which recognizes and honor those whose ideas and actions change and improve the quality for the people of Houston.

Sources for article:

i[i] Latinas and the wage gap –

i[i] Latino Health Statistics –

i[i]i Study documents workplace bias against obese people –

i[ii] Weight Bias in Work Settings – a Qualitative Review –

i[ii]i The 30 Million Word Gap –


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Free Trees in Houston!

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CenterPoint Energy has partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation to provide FREE shade trees to qualifying customers in Houston.

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This is a great program that Houston residential home owners can take advantage of. Houston-area churches and schools can reserve up to 10 free trees. The types of trees available are: Live Oak, Baldcypress, Burr Oak, Cedar Elm, Nuttall Oak, Pecan Tree, Red Maple, Shumard Oak, Sweetgum, and White Oak.

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To quality, you must be located within CenterPoint Energy service territory. Trees will be available for pickup February 21st at Rice stadium in the west parking lot. You must complete the reservation process to claim you free trees.

An account of two Attitudes towards Richard Martinez

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On Friday, May 23, Elliot Rodger killed six and wounded 13 innocent people near the University of California, Santa Barbara. On May 24, the father of victim Chris Martinez said the following – “Our family has a message for every family out there. You don’t think it will happen to your child, until it does.” Choking on tears, he added, “His death has left our family lost and broken. Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA. They talk about gun rights. What about Chris’ right to live? When will this insanity stop? When will enough people say stop this madness. We should say to ourselves, not one more,” before he collapsed in tears and walked off.

In response to Mr. Martinez’ comments, there were two vastly different attitudes that came forth.


Mark Barden, Richard Martinez

Mark Barden, Richard Martinez

The first one came from Mark Barden who lost his 7-year-old son, Daniel, in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting. He wrote the following: “We have not met, but you are now part of our extended family. It is not a family we chose, but a family born from the horrible circumstance of losing a child to gun violence – one that’s growing steadily. My heart breaks for you because I know just a little about the long road ahead of you. We have reached out to you privately but publicly we wanted to say to you and those feeling the sorrow, anger and frustration of this weeks’ shooting, you are not along,” Barden wrote in a letter to Richard Martinez.

The second response came from Samuel Wurzelbacher, aka ‘Joe the Plumber’.

Joe the Plumber

Joe the Plumber

“I am sorry you lost your child. I myself have a son and daughter and the one thing I never want to go through, is what you are going through now. But: As harsh as this sounds – your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights… We still have the Right to Bear Arms and I intend to continue to speak out for that right, and against those who would restrict it – even in the face of this horrible incident by this sad and insane individual. I almost said “Obama Voter” but I’m waiting for it to be official…I cannot begin to imagine the pain you are going through, having had your child taken away from you. However, any feelings you have toward my rights being taken away from me, lose those.”

Mark Barden’s attitude is filled with kindness, love, humility, benevolence, generosity, compassion and empathy. Joe the Plumber’s attitude is filled with greed, arrogance, ego, superiority, antipathy, ‘his right’ and ideology.

America, which attitude will you choose?

The Creation of Adam is brought to life in Midtown Houston

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Photo Credits: Matthew Landry, Alex Saenz, Peter Molick Photography

It’s not every day when you can walk the streets of Houston and see a spectacular work of art worthy of showcase on a side of a building. For the people enjoying their bike ride or stroll on Fannin near Tuam, seeing a 60-foot-high by one city block-wide Michelangelo-type painting in the works is a spectacular sight.

How did this come to light?

French-American artist Sebastien Boileau, in partnership with UP Art Studio and the Texan-French Alliance for the Arts and the Midtown District, teamed up to present the largest mural ever produced in Houston. Not only is this project going to raise public art awareness within the community, but proceeds raised from this mural will help fund a children’s hospital mural project in Houston which will begin production in 2014-2015.

I had a chance to catch up with Sebastien “Mr. D” recently. In his own words….

Sebastien Boileau

Photo Credits: Matthew Landry, Alex Saenz, Peter Molick Photography


Eric: If you could tag any building in the world, what/where would it be?

Sebastien: If it was allowed (the illegal days are behind me), it would be the castle of Versaiiles. I was born near Versaiiles and would love to have an art show inside the castle being a son of the city. I would like to do installation and art in the building. As for an outside job, my target building in Houston is the AT&T building off I-45. Every time I am driving on I-45 it calls my name.

Eric: What was the biggest obstacles in successfully launching Eyeful Art?

Sebastien: The language. I came to the US with very broken English. Culturally it was not that difficult. After all, we, Europe and America, are cousins. But picking up the language was the biggest obstacle I had to overcome.

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Photo Credits: Matthew Landry, Alex Saenz, Peter Molick Photography


Eric: What are some of the works that you have created that you are most proud of?

Sebastien: Without a doubt I am really happy with this current art project. As for indoor art projects, I am very proud of being able to take part in the first graffiti show in Houston set at the Station Museum. My exhibition at “CALL IT STREET ART, CALL IT FINE ART, CALL IT WHAT YOU KNOW” is one of my proudest works.

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Eric Melchor & Sebastien Boileau

Eric: Have you ever received any crazy art requests?

Sebastien: Probably one of the most recent, was a building on Westheimer called Biscuit Home. It’s a company that sells all kinds of linen for the house. They fixed up the building beautifully and they wanted me to pour paint all over it. The irony of life. People are starting to ask me to do things to their property that years ago would never have been considered a ‘commissioned project’. Projects that used to get me in trouble are now becoming commissioned works.

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Sebastien with Eric Calvillo – one of the artist working on the mural

Eric: What celebrity do you get mistaken for?

Sebastien: All jokes aside, Viggo Mortenson. When the beard and hair is down, I cannot even go into Starbucks without having people come up to me.

(Seriously, he can pass for Viggo quite easily).

Eric: Name one thing about you that most people don’t know?

Sebastien: I am extremely goofy, but only those close to me really see that side of me.

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Photo Credits: Matthew Landry, Alex Saenz, Peter Molick Photography

Eric: What is one your favorite quotes?

Sebastien: Michelangelo – “I have suffered more than any man has in labor and bad health yet I remain patient to achieve a desired goal.”

Eric: If you could meet anyone living or dead, who would you meet?

Sebastien: I can’t really come up with a person that I am so intrigued by. There are people who have done great things, but regardless of who they are, they are just like you and me.

Interview closed.

To celebrate the completion of “Preservons la Creation”, come to Midtown Houston on Saturday, June 7th from 3:00 to 11:00pm. Location – 2800 San Jacinto / Northeast Corner of Fannin Street and Tuam Street. Tickets can be purchased here.