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Dynamo! Our First Houston Soccer Game

Last month my family and I attended our very first major league soccer game, the Houston Dynamo vs. Montreal. Unfortunately, we live in Houston and avoiding the heat is impossible, especially at the BBVA  Compass Stadium as it is  completely open (no roof). Thankfully, we attended an evening game so the sun wasn’t too bad. If you do plan on going to a game do be prepared to wear loose, lightweight clothing. I ended up…

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Summer Activities to Keep Your Toddler Busy

The weather here in Houston has been nothing but sticky and HOT! And with lots of steamy weather ahead it’s the perfect time to find some summer activities (preferably indoors) to keep myself and my three year old busy. Ty loves spending time with mommy and daddy and as he gets older and life gets busier (especially with another baby on the way) it’s important to me to spend time with him.  So, what are…

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Travel Diary: San Diego

San Diego was an absolute dream! Not only was the weather perfect and the scenery beautiful, but I was able to spend it with the one I love most. San Diego was the perfect getaway and very (very very) much needed. It was a work trip for my husband so he got there a few days before me. Either way, it was the perfect excuse to jump on an airplane and enjoy a quick little…

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It’s a Celebration!

  Blogging has been an absolute blessing! Even more so when it comes to meeting and bonding with other bloggers. I don’t always have the chance to get out and mix and mingle with other bloggers as much as I would like to, but with the hand full of events that I have been to, I’ve been able to meet some pretty awesome blogger babes along the way. Two weeks ago I had the chance…

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3 Things I Learned My First Year of Blogging

  The beginning of July marked my first full year of blogging.  I can’t believe it has been one full year already. Time has flown by and I have genuinely enjoyed becoming a blogger! I’m not exactly where I want to be as a blogger but I know continuing to do so from here will only get better. When I first started this blog I literally had zero experience blogging, creating a website or even how…

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Summer Reading Book List: Toddler Edition

A good book is one thing I can never say “no” to when it comes to my son. In fact, it makes me so proud that he loves reading books!  And with summer in full effect, what better way to get your little ones excited, than with a trip to the library! As a child some of my favorite memories revolve around my mom taking my sister and I to the library to pick out…

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PinkBlush: Maternity Clothes for a Stylish Bump

 Buying maternity clothes is the worst! I’ve always hated the idea of spending money on maternity clothes that I know I will only wear for a few months. Luckily, the first time around my mom helped me out and made sure I dressed my bump nicely, but for the most part I was able to get away with dresses and over-sized tops.This time around, I am not so fortunate, I’m forced to buy maternity clothes.…

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Cheers to Memorial Day

Memorial Day is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with a few drinks! Red, white and Blue drinks to be exact. Below are a few of my favorite recipes I found on Pinterest that i know you will love just as much as I do. Cheers!   Red, White & Blue Sangria A refreshing white sangria made with dry white wine, brandy, and tons of strawberries and blueberries. 1/4 cup…

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