Dec 19, 2014

Throwing an Awesome New Year's Eve Party--for Procrastinators!

10 Steps for Hosting an Awesome, Last-Minute New Year's Party:

Dec 18, 2014

Experiencing the 2015 Toyota Rav4

Read more about our thoughts on this car and watch our videos below:

We were so excited to share our news that we were reviewing the 2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited--I know quite a few people have been asking about how we're liking it and we're excited to share our thoughts and also give you a driver's seat tour in this YouTube video we made below:

Seriously, ya'll! The 2015 RAV4 Limited is super sporty and also feminine!
Literally the perfect fit for me and Adam!

It has a lot of really great qualities that both Adam and I look for in a car we want to invest in; for instance, the audio system is fantastic! It comes with XM station capabilities, and the bluetooth connection is flawless. We tested this with both my iPhone 4S and his iPhone 6--connected really well and quickly. I was sold on that! I have a lot of pre-made playlists I like to enjoy so having that feature work for me was crucial.
Luckily, the bluetooth technology on the RAV4 is perfect!

This car handles really well on Arizona roads and freeways as well--I had a blast driving through the valley running errands and exploring with Adam in my passenger seat!

From Tempe to Downtown Phoenix, from Chandler to Fountain Hills--this car rides like a beauty! We even had a little bit of rain here in the valley, so I got to test out the RAV4 while it was drizzling out--needless to say, I am impressed! Safety is always a concern as well when I am considering investing in a car, and between how it handled in the rain and the awesome safety features that comes with it I felt incredibly safe on every drive!

One feature in particular that I really like with the 2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited is
the Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert!

Phoenix is a huge city, so when you're driving you know that you have a possibility of another car sneaking up on you when you need to merge or change lanes. These features aid in any hesitation you may face when driving in a populated (or not so populated) area. For instance, the first time I really noticed the Blind Spot Monitor was around dusk driving home--there was a black car driving behind me that did not have its lights on yet, and admittedly, I may not have seen them if I hadn't gotten the alert message on my driver's side mirror indicating there was someone in my blind spot.

And another feature that I want to specifically share with you all is the Backup Camera!

Adam and I just made a huge visit to the mall and outlets for Christmas shopping and as you all may know: everywhere is packed this time of year! We are talking every single spot in the parking lot is filled, and there are hundreds of people roaming around the parking lot. The other night, we made a special trip at night for dinner and shopping. When we were leaving, there was a gigantic truck parked poorly behind us and both cars next to us were encroaching on our spot. Needless to say, it was a nightmare situation to pull out and leave. Well, the 2015 RAV4 Limited Backup Camera saved us! Not only did it make things easier for us to pull back out and leave the crowded mall, but I honestly don't know how I ever drove without a Backup Camera! This is an absolute must-have feature for me in a future car!

For more information about features and pricing, be sure to check out the RAV4 site here

If you get a chance, be sure to stop by your local Toyota dealership or car show to check out the 2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited (and all their other models!)

All in all, Adam and I adore everything about the 2015 RAV4 Limited and we LOVE Toyota!

Have you ever owned a Toyota?

Disclaimer: I was loaned a 2015 Toyota Rav4 Limited in exchange for this review. 
I was not additionally compensated for my time or the review, and all opinions stated above are 100% my own.
This post also contains some images that are owned by Toyota that are used for the purpose of media and press. 

Coty Holiday Fragrance Gift Center | a Giveaway & a Coupon for All

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own.

Perfumes and colognes are a classic holiday gift! Don't you agree?
They make for a great gift no matter who or what you need to shop for: your loved one, your parents, your friends, and even for a holiday swap!

Some of my favorite fragrances can be purchased right at my neighborhood Walmart, so I don't have to go far to get the perfumes I want!

Take this quiz below to earn a $4 coupon, good off any of the featured Coty fragrance items $14.88 or higher. Some of my favorite perfumes are Beyoncé's Pulse, Celine's Sensational, Lady Gage's Fame, and even a throwback from when I was younger--adidas' Moves for women.

What Holiday Shopper Are You?

What I love about all of these fragrances I mentioned above especially is that they are all classic to me--meaning, I find myself coming back and picking them up and never getting tired of their scent! Not to mention, I never feel buyer's remorse when I buy these sorts of perfumes either. What I like best about shopping at Walmart for perfumes is that I know I am getting the same high-quality fragrance for less! They are 100% genuine and high-quality.

And this quiz was fast & fun! 
Check out my results I got for my shopping style:

And if that's not sweet enough, be sure to check out this giveaway: 

Holiday Fragrance Gift Center Giveaway
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Dec 17, 2014

Homemade Sushi for Dummies

I know, I know! That title is a bit harsh, but that is exactly how I felt until I learned how to make sushi from home--like a dummy!

Here in Phoenix, (good) sushi is super expensive!

My thinking is, if I can get the best ingredients I need to make my own sushi (if you're Phoenix local, I go to Mekong Plaza in Mesa), why am I paying so much out of my pocket for a sushi dinner by going out to eat?

Want to know my secret to homemade sushi?

Xbox One or PS4 Gamer's Choice Giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive either an Xbox One or PS4!
Giveaway Ends on 1/17/2015 at 11:59PM Central
Open to U.S. and Canada residents ages 18+. To enter, use the giveaway tool below:

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Disclaimer: I am not responsible for awarding the winner their prize. This giveaway is being run and managed by Iowa Mom blog. 
I am not affiliated with the companies above, nor am I affiliated with Iowa Mom or other participating bloggers.

Dec 16, 2014

Candy Cane Cookies | Christmas Cookie Recipe Swap

Good morning & rise and shine!

Today, we are taking part in a blogger Christmas cookie recipe swap! 

I am so excited to share this Candy Cane Recipe I got from Natalie of Katarina's Papery blog. She shared this fantastic recipe with me to try on my own, and we loved the results! The recipe is originally from "The Christmas Cookies Cookbook" by Linda Curtis. Be sure to check out Natalie's blog though: she is making the white chocolate snickerdoodle cookies we shared with you all a while back on our very own blog!

Also, after you check out our post below, be sure to go and visit White Lights on Wednesday blog for links to all of the other cookies from the recipe swap!

Dec 14, 2014

How to Make Perfect Ravioli

Adam is an Italian American, so for Christmas Eve I like to prepare some of his favorites for him to enjoy! I decided to share the classic recipe he has shared with me that his family uses--it has everything you need to know to make the perfect ravioli without a needing an expensive pasta making machine!

Bewitchin' Projects Block Party | Week 22

Happy Sunday!

Lots of exciting stuff happening on our blog this week--we shared a few recipes that are perfect for Christmas and even a tutorial for Pinterest users! Yes--anyone who enjoys Pinterest will want to check out our tutorial on how to customize and personalize your Pinterest profile! 

You can review the tutorial here.

Dec 11, 2014

The Art of the Modern Fruitcake

Fruitcakes are cliché for a reason--they are old and usually pretty boring!
But luckily for you, we've found a way to make them modern and fun again:

Dec 10, 2014

Customize the Look of your Pinterest | Use Board Cover Themes!

Are you Pinterest obsessed? ME TOO!

Today, I am going to share a tutorial that gave me a total epiphany--this is a game changer for me: 

Changing Pinterest Board Covers!