Our Mini Family

Aug 21, 2016

Adam's Fiery Football Chili

Football season is nearly here, which means it's almost time for Adam's favorite chili recipe! 

Earlier last week, I was feeling a little bit under the weather and Adam was kind enough to make me some chili. When he asked me what kind I wanted I told him to "surprise me," and it wasn't much of a surprise when he made me his all-time favorite chili recipe.

Football season is made for hearty game day food! Whether we're making meatball subs on a stick,   cheese and bacon loaded tots and chorizo fries, or some football cupcakes, we really enjoy preparing something special for football Sunday! Adam is no stranger to cooking chili and preparing chili for game day has become a bit of a tradition for us.

One of the first meals Adam ever made for me was his family's chili recipe, and ever since that day I asked him if he could be the one in charge of making chili every football season (seriously, my chili is a joke compared to his!) Cooking chili for football games has become a tradition for us, and I'm excited that since it's almost NFL pre-season that means we'll be enjoying more chili soon.

Fiery hot and packed with meat and seasoning, this chili recipe is great for game day!

Aug 20, 2016

Our Mink Linky Party | Week 85

Happy Saturday!

Cheers to the weekend! After a crazy hectic week, it will be nice to take things easy this weekend.

I had an intense workout every single day this week and my body is totally feeling it this morning. When I woke up earlier, every bone in my body was aching. I'm definitely going to give my body a rest today, and I'll probably end up making some yummy pasta comfort food later on today, too.

I can't wait to see what you accomplished over this past week, and see what you share at this week's link party!

Aug 17, 2016

11 Pumpkin Spice Desserts to Get You Ready for Fall (and Multiple Giveaways!)

Fall is coming and you know what that means--all pumpkin everything! Try any one of these decadent pumpkin desserts to get you ready for everyone's favorite season of the year!

It's coming. Soon. Very, very soon. Fall will be here before we know it, along with some of my favorite holidays and the cooler weather I've been waiting for all summer long. But what screams "fall" more than all of the Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations combined? Pumpkin flavored everything!

Today, I'm sharing eleven pumpkin desserts that you've gotta try this year--be sure to save these recipes for later in the season, or make one now if you can't wait for fall to come (trust me, I won't judge you!) While you're enjoying a peek at all of these yummy recipes, be sure to enter to win some PayPal cash and many other giveaways in the giveaway hop below!

Aug 15, 2016

Zucchini Lasagna

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This past week, Adam and I rode about 8 hours on our bikes between just the two of us, and we've  really been trying to reward our good exercise habits with more vegetables and less of the foods that make us feel like taking a nap (I'm looking at you, pasta!) 

I have noticed that I have lost weight this summer. We both got brand new bicycles for our 5th wedding anniversary presents to each other, and I have been going out with friends to Zumba class and spin class for fun. Just out of curiosity when I was physically feeling a lot lighter, I did a weigh in the other day and noticed I have lost over 25 pounds since my last check-up. It totally made sense too, because I have been feeling more alert, more energetic, and healthier ever since I have been making these small lifestyle changes over the course of the last three months or so. Needless to say, making small adjustments in the kitchen has helped us stay on course with feeling healthier and happier, too!

If you had asked me last year if I wanted to replace pasta with zucchini I probably would have fallen over laughing. But this summer, I've embraced the "let's try it out because it can't hurt" attitude and started experimenting with different ways to implement more vegetables and lean protein into our diet.

This zucchini lasagna recipe has everything I love about traditional lasagna in it, minus the actual pasta! Prepared, baked, and ready to eat in under one hour--melted cheese stacked between layers of delicious turkey, tomato sauce, and zucchini slices, this dish is perfect for any mid-week dinner that will give you a little bit more vegetables and a little bit less pasta.

Aug 13, 2016

Our Day Trip Cycling in Sedona

Adam and I recently made a trip up North to beat the heat and ride our bikes up in Sedona!

With the Phoenix heat as unbearable as it is right now in the dead of summer, Adam and I wanted to put our new bikes to the test on some real terrain somewhere where it was cooler. Our friends at Toyota asked us if we wanted to beat the heat and borrow a Toyota RAV4 to drive up North with, and we immediately jumped on board!

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 84

Good morning!

Adam and I had spent this past week starting our redecorating process--since we are unable to move right now, we figure we can use some of that hard-earned money we saved for the move to put towards making our current space feel more like us! 

Over the week, we re-arranged about half of our space and we switched the bedroom and office (it's still a little bit weird that I now sleep where Adam used to work, and he works where we used to take afternoon naps!) We lucked out and found a really great wooden desk for Adam's new office, and I found an adorable mirror and side table to start our new bedroom furniture collection. 

This morning, I am taking some time to wind down after a really busy week and I'm starting to plan out what's going on next week's itinerary and arranging my editorial calendar with the blog. 

Aug 11, 2016

DIY Travel Journal

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If I am being totally honest, I had not planned on doing very much traveling this summer. 

Adam and I have been spending the last few months saving money for a big move, which we recently decided against making in the end. We told ourselves we'd have a low-key wedding anniversary and that we'd plan to do some traveling together later this year or in the beginning of 2017, and then I was fortunate enough to have a few travel opportunities pop up that we could manage with our current finances. 

Traveling to Alaska for nearly two weeks was absolutely awesome, and Adam and I had a wonderful little weekend getaway in Sedona not too long ago. So I have been really lucky to get some surprise travel plans that sort of just came to fruition on their own! 

Now that our summer travel has come to an end, looking back on our adventures I am so excited to continue to document all of the fun I had in some amazing places. Today, I'm sharing a DIY tutorial of a travel journal that I made that I will continue to fill with each and every new adventure we take in the future!

Aug 9, 2016

Date Night Idea | Relax in a Hammock Together

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A cool breeze, my tablet, a comfy blanket, some wine, and my hubby by my side. What better way to spend my afternoon?

Adam and I recently discovered our love for travel hammocks this summer--I bought my first travel hammock during my most recent trip to Alaska, and ever since then we've been collecting some  economic hammocks online. One of the things we've been wanting to do since it's started to cool down (shout out to Arizona monsoon season) is have an at-home date night relaxing in the hammock together!
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