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Pregnancy Journey: Third Trimester

It’s crazy to think that my pregnancy is over! 9 months came and went! The third trimester truly was an experience. Emiliana got much stronger in her movements and much bigger, I finally “popped”! The biggest discomfort was swollen feet. And I finally had my first and only craving! Everything had been pretty good with the pregnancy, the worst of the third trimester being my … Continue reading Pregnancy Journey: Third Trimester

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Pregnancy Journey: All The Baby Classes

During the month of July, Dylan and I attended a variety of free baby preparation classes that were held by a local hospital here in Las Vegas. Overall it was a pleasant experience and I feel like I learned something from each one but were they really necessary? My friend from work who recently had her baby told me about the classes and how she … Continue reading Pregnancy Journey: All The Baby Classes

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Pregnancy Journey: Pregnancy Apps

When I found out I was pregnant I downloaded so many pregnancy apps. Of course, some were better than others, and some were just not helpful or didn’t meet my needs. I used the ones that I decided worked for me throughout the whole pregnancy and deleted the ones that I didn’t use about half way through the pregnancy to free up space on my … Continue reading Pregnancy Journey: Pregnancy Apps

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Pregnancy Journey: My Pregnancy Must Haves

During this past couple of months, I have discovered some products that I feel made my pregnancy easier and just helped overall. My biggest issue with pregnancy is dry skin. I was getting these huge dry patches everywhere and my skin was so dry that I was itchy which lead to scratching and then bleeding so really, a lot of my products are things that … Continue reading Pregnancy Journey: My Pregnancy Must Haves

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Pregnancy Journey: Our Babymoon

Dylan and I went on a babymoon! A much needed break from real life, from work and to just connect and be together, just us one last time as we prepare for our baby girl to come. We went to Peoria, Arizona and spent a fabulous week exploring and relaxing and of course eating! This post will be essentially be pictures with some tiny details … Continue reading Pregnancy Journey: Our Babymoon

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Howard Family: Life Update

So it’s been a while since I posted anything, life has just gotten super busy and crazy as we prepare for the arrival of Emiliana. It’s only a month away! Next thing I know there’s going to be a newborn in our home. So many emotions and thoughts going through my mind.  A couple of life updates that have happened in the past month from … Continue reading Howard Family: Life Update

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Recipe: Caramelized Banana Bread with a Streusel Topping (video included)

I absolutely love banana bread! It’s the perfect breakfast, snack and dessert bread, especially when the inside is fluffy and moist and the outside is nice and crunchy! The best thing about banana bread is it’s actually really easy to make. This is my recipe for making my carmelized banana bread with a streusel topping and I thought I would share it with you!  I’m … Continue reading Recipe: Caramelized Banana Bread with a Streusel Topping (video included)

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Pregnancy Journey: Texas Baby Shower

Over Memorial weekend Dylan and I flew to Texas for the long weekend. It was such a fun and exciting trip since we had a very special reason behind going, a baby shower for Emiliana! We got to spend time with my family which was so much fun, and we were able to celebrate Emiliana with a baby shower with all of our Texas family … Continue reading Pregnancy Journey: Texas Baby Shower

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Pregnancy Journey: Done with the second trimester and on to the third

As of Saturday I have entered into the third Trimester! I can’t believe that there’s only 3 more months until Emiliana is here! It feels like I blinked and here I am at 27 weeks pregnant and before I know it I’ll blink again and I’ll be meeting my baby! There’s so much to do and so little time. These second three months have been … Continue reading Pregnancy Journey: Done with the second trimester and on to the third

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Mental Health Awareness Month – Let’s be Conscientious of Others

Happy May! Did you know that May is also Mental Health Month? According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness 1 in 5 adults in the United States lives with a mental condition. That number is mind blowing to me! I love that May is an opportunity to spotlight an issue that is so prominent in each of our lives. Whether it be ourselves, family, or … Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Month – Let’s be Conscientious of Others

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Pregnancy Journey: Gender Reveal

In case you missed it, we found out the gender of Baby Howard! It was a very special occasion. It’s always fun to see your baby during an ultrasound but at this point they finally look more like a baby and less like an alien. But, this particular ultrasound the main goal and focus was learning the gender of Baby Howard. And boy, did Baby … Continue reading Pregnancy Journey: Gender Reveal

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Let’s be Real – As Girls We Don’t Wear Half of Our Clothes

So I will be the first to admit, I have too much clothes, and of that I use maybe 20% of it. The other 80% are items that either don’t fit me, I don’t like anymore, or are no longer in a wearable condition. So I decided that it was time to say goodbye to a lot of my clothes, whether that be introducing them … Continue reading Let’s be Real – As Girls We Don’t Wear Half of Our Clothes

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My Pregnancy Journey: Pregnancy Test Through My First Trimester

Everyone says all you have to do is make it past the first trimester and everything gets better from there. Luckily for me, that was true, even if there were several occasions where I didn’t think I could go on. But I am getting ahead of myself, the beginning of the story starts with a positive pregnancy test, well…kind of! When I got what I … Continue reading My Pregnancy Journey: Pregnancy Test Through My First Trimester

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You May Not Think So, But Spring Cleaning is Necessary

Hey all! I bet you thought I stopped blogging huh? Nope! Honestly, this last month has been crazy for Dylan and I. Both of our parents visted (more on that in another post!), Dylan has been really busy on his personal project, going to appointments and all of that stuff. It shouldn’t be an excuse but dang, life can be busy (just imagine when our … Continue reading You May Not Think So, But Spring Cleaning is Necessary

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Our Trip To HeadzUp – Interactive Art

Last week was so stressful for both Dylan and me. I had planned on just sitting and doing nothing all weekend. Thankfully I have a husband who knows me better than I know myself and he had planned the perfect Saturday outing for us that was exactly what I needed. He did lay on the couch with me all morning binge-watching “Baby Daddy”, our current … Continue reading Our Trip To HeadzUp – Interactive Art

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Adventures With My New Camera

Well, now that you all know that I am pregnant, lately my energy level has been down the drain, especially on the weekends since I know I can lay in bed without consequence. At first it was hard not having the energy to go out and do things because that’s what the weekends are for, but lately I’ve become a little toooo comfortable being lazy … Continue reading Adventures With My New Camera

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Valentine’s and Our Big Announcement

Last Thursday was Valentine’s Day and it truly was a day filled with love. It was a pretty eventful day all around. It started with work, which normally would be an average day but my job is pretty awesome we had a full Valentine’s Day party! We had Valentine mailboxes that everyone added candy and little cards to just like back in the day when … Continue reading Valentine’s and Our Big Announcement

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The Best Gift You Can Give on Valentine’s Day

So tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, a day when husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends can show and express their love and appreciation (though hopefully you are doing that everyday!) and perhaps some individuals are preparing to share their hidden feelings for that special someone. Though I understand some individuals may really dislike this day, I am extremely excited for it! Dylan always goes all out … Continue reading The Best Gift You Can Give on Valentine’s Day

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Going to Vegas for Valentine’s? Eat at These Places!

Valentines is just around the corner, and for some people, they are going to go above and beyond for it, which means a trip to Las Vegas for a weekend getaway! However, if you’re coming to Vegas for a romantic weekend, you won’t be the only one. Which means if you are wanting to go somewhere fancy to eat and spend that special night there, … Continue reading Going to Vegas for Valentine’s? Eat at These Places!

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PSA: today is National Plan for Vacation Day

Did you know that today, January 29th is National Plan for Vacation day? A day dedicated to encouraging people to plan a vacation. Sounds silly but it’s crazy just how needed it is. After doing some research I happened upon the U.S. Travel Association and this article they put out to give more information as to why planning a vacation is so important! The thing … Continue reading PSA: today is National Plan for Vacation Day

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5 Tips for Your Spouses Work Dinner

Every now and then, in the rarest of occasions, you will be invited to one of your spouses work events. And not just any work event, but a work dinner. There are some of you that are completely fine in these situations, and for those of you who are, I applaud you, but for those of you who are like me, you don’t know how … Continue reading 5 Tips for Your Spouses Work Dinner

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The Instant Pot, My Experience

Something that has been talked a lot about this year and has become really popular is the instant pot. I have read about it everywhere, I have seen ads for it everywhere, in my news feeds, websites and more! I’ve never had any interest in it, shoot I’ve never even cared to use a crockpot. But lately, I’ve been experimenting with foods and recipes and … Continue reading The Instant Pot, My Experience

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How To Make Time For The Things You Love

Now that the crazy of the holidays is over and everything has settled down, I want to talk about making time for the things I love or want to do while still getting what I need to do done. Back in October, I participated in a social media fast (link to post from october), which was quite enlightening. I was able to see just how much … Continue reading How To Make Time For The Things You Love

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Don’t Let 2019 Or Any Year Dictate How Successful You Are

Happy New Year’s everybody! Yeah, I know I am a few days late, it has been really busy for Dylan and I. That being said, let me tell you about our New Year’s. Originally, Dylan and I were going to go to the Strip and enjoy all the festivities there and watch the fireworks, however, I felt sick. So, we decided not to go out, … Continue reading Don’t Let 2019 Or Any Year Dictate How Successful You Are

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Our Feature Story on Inspire Your Marriage

Hey Everyone! First off, I hope you all had a Merry Christmas! So something I totally forgot to tell you all is recently Dylan and I were recently featured on Inspire Your Marriage. Essentially, it is a site full of stories from everyday couples and their marriages and the struggles they go through. It is great for anyone who is newly married and going through … Continue reading Our Feature Story on Inspire Your Marriage

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Our Christmas Miracles

A couple weeks ago, Dylan’s sister has called him and said that she wanted to get the whole family together for his parents. You see they have been all spread out for a while and the last time the entire family was together was at Dylan and I’s wedding which was over 2 years ago! You can imagine his parents really wanted everyone together, but … Continue reading Our Christmas Miracles

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In Case You Ruined Christmas, Here Are Some Last Minute Gift Ideas

We are a week away from Christmas and it’s crunch time! If you are one of the super planners, got it all together and are just cruising until Christmas, GO YOU! If you procrastinated and are short on ideas for gift ideas, I am here for YOU! This year, I am pretty sure I ruined Christmas…story time! I usually am more of the super planner … Continue reading In Case You Ruined Christmas, Here Are Some Last Minute Gift Ideas

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Movies to Bring Christmas Cheer

This weekend I have binged watched so many Christmas movies to help get into the Christmas cheer! When it is sunny, I feel this need to go outside and do stuff and during Christmas, I just want to stay inside, enjoy the warmth and bright Christmas tree, cookies, hot chocolate, and all the cheery stuff. Living here in Vegas though, people typically think it is … Continue reading Movies to Bring Christmas Cheer

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PSA: Bath and Body Works 3-wick candle sale is tomorrow

Hello, my name is Esmeralda and I am ADDICTED to buying candles! I have several candles for each season, and yet somehow I always want more! And to make matters worse, Bath and Body Works has been hinting all week about their annual candle day, and they finally announced today that it will be taking place tomorrow! This sale only happens once a year and … Continue reading PSA: Bath and Body Works 3-wick candle sale is tomorrow

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Christmas Preparations: how to enjoy the season and not let it control you

Now that Thanksgiving is over, I feel comfortable talking about Christmas (Christmas doesn’t start for me until Thanksgiving is over, I refuse to bypass it). Soon the Christmas madness will start. Every year, I feel stressed about everything that I have to get done rather than enjoying the season. For just a brief time of the year, people are cheerful, giving, forgiving, the cool air … Continue reading Christmas Preparations: how to enjoy the season and not let it control you

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Stop Fighting Over What Family to Spend the Holidays With

This last weekend we got to spend time with my wonderful in-laws in Prescott Valley, Arizona. It was beautiful, peaceful, and most of all relaxing! Although, originally that was not the plan. It is hard juggling two families, especially when they are all scattered between 4 different states. Dylan’s parents are in Arizona while his siblings are in California. Then we have my parents in … Continue reading Stop Fighting Over What Family to Spend the Holidays With

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It is Okay to Have Personal Time in Relationships and Marriage

One of the things that I look forward too (most of the time) is coming home to my husband! He will listen to my complaints, hug me, play with me and just make my day all around better. However, apart from men and women being different, as individuals, we have our own things we like to do and enjoy. And honestly, sometimes your spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend … Continue reading It is Okay to Have Personal Time in Relationships and Marriage

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Road Trip Playlist

It’s almost time for Thanksgiving and Christmas which means lots of families are going to be traveling. Hours upon hours in a car can be difficult unless you have an awesome road trip playlist! When you’re married, knowing what to listen to on long trips in the car can be difficult, especially when your husband or wife has completely opposite taste in music. Luckily Dylan … Continue reading Road Trip Playlist

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Getting in that Thankful Mindset

Happy November! This month we get to celebrate my favorite holiday ever: THANKSGIVING! I’m the person who gets upset when we go from October 31st and all things Halloween to November 1st and suddenly it’s Christmas. WHY does no one care about Thanksgiving? It’s such a special holiday, not for the pilgrim and native American stuff, but because it helps to bring a joy to … Continue reading Getting in that Thankful Mindset

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Pumpkin Carving

Last week, we went to a pumpkin patch and picked out 2 perfect pumpkins! The patch itself is a cute family place with a mini carnival perfect for those with kids. We wandered about and enjoyed the crisper fall weather and the kids dressed up in costumes riding and playing all the games. We also enjoyed some concessions, Dylan got a Philly cheese steak and … Continue reading Pumpkin Carving