Our Mini Family

Aug 27, 2016

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 86

Good morning!

What a week! I spent most of my week cleaning out our entire apartment and officially started to redecorate. Earlier in the week, I laid down what felt like 100 newspapers on our living room floor, grabbed all of our frames and wall decor, and then I started repainting everything in white chalk paint. Most of our frames in our place were black or dark brown, so it took a lot of coats but I'm happy to say that a lot of the stuff I wanted to have repainted has been covered in new paint!

My plans for this weekend include: more cleaning, going to spin class, thrifting for more furniture, and working all night on some fun new projects coming to the blog next week! 

Aug 26, 2016

Date Night Idea | Go Thrifting Together

Thrifting is fun with your friends, but it can be just as much fun with your spouse. Adam and I spent our last couple of date nights at the thrift store looking for furniture to use when we started to redecorate. Thanks to Lean Pockets for sponsoring our easy and carefree date night idea--today we're sharing our adventures finding and trekking everything home. 

The last two weeks or so, Adam and I have spent majority of our downtime searching for and collecting second-hand furniture at our local thrift stores. So naturally, that is how we've been spending our date nights! 

I know, I know. Thrifting doesn't seem like a glamorous date night. And let's be real--it isn't. But what I have learned is that not all date nights have to feel romantic to feel like I have spent quality time with my husband. In fact, I have realized that having the time to be silly and creative with Adam is just as (if not more) important than lovey-dovey, picturesque dates. Today, I'm talking a little bit about some of our recent thrifting experiences for our last few date nights!

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. 
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