Our Mini Family

Feb 20, 2017

Our Weekend Staycation at The Strawberry Inn

Read more about our stay at The Strawberry Inn and our visit to Strawberry, Arizona!

Ready for an escape and not having much time to book a flight and head too far out of town, Adam and I decided to take a little road trip up north to Strawberry, Arizona. Our schedules have been insane lately, so it was really nice to take a weekend away from the office and have some fun. 

Feb 19, 2017

Tonto Natural Bridge

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park has the largest natural travertine bridge in the world--this destination is perfect for those visiting Payson, Pine, or Strawberry, Arizona.

This past weekend, Adam and I took some much needed time away from our offices to get some fresh air!

When we were finished with work on Thursday morning, we drove up about an hour and a half from Phoenix and checked into our room at The Strawberry Inn. After a hectic work week, a few hours outdoors while exploring the town Strawberry was absolutely therapeutic--our friends at The Strawberry Inn recommended we check out Tonto Natural Bridge State Park for some local adventure, so we dropped our overnight bag off and drove a few miles from the inn to enjoy the view.

Feb 18, 2017

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 111

Good morning!

Earlier this week, I realized we are now below 100 days in our countdown to Adam's 30th birthday! I've planned a surprise trip for him, and he has no idea where we are going or what we are doing. All he knows is that he has to take 3 days off from work, and that he's flying somewhere with me. I am normally terrible at keeping surprises, and I'm proud to say that I have successfully kept this secret for well over 10 months! So wish me luck that I can continue to keep my lips sealed until the big reveal--I am really hoping to give him a big surprise I know that he will enjoy!

Also, after a crazy turn of events, our original Valentine's Day ideas were canceled and then we ended up having a really nice time up north and we got to enjoy some colder weather together--I'll be sharing more details about our trip this week on the blog very soon, so stay tuned to see more!

Feb 16, 2017

10 Green Appetizers for St. Patrick's Day

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in style with these delicious and festive green appetizers!

Now that Valentine's Day is behind us, we can focus on our next favorite holiday: Saint Patrick's Day!

You may already know this, but Adam and I grew up in Boston. One thing you have to understand about us is that we are huge fans of this holiday (as I should be--I am Irish after all!)

Between our heritage and our culture we were raised in, St. Paddy's Day is a huge deal for us as well as in some very specific parts of the United States. It wasn't until I moved to Arizona for the very first time right out of high school that I realized no one went as hard on St. Paddy's as Boston does--some of my favorite traditions from back home include the huge parade in Southie (i.e. South Boston), the lively bar crawls stretching from one end of downtown to the other, and a plate of corned beef and cabbage from any one of Boston's own Irish pubs. 

Keeping in spirit with our love for this holiday, we're sharing a curated list of some green appetizer recipes you can prepare and enjoy on St. Paddy's Day! This post features an assortment of delicious, festive green appetizers perfect for your St. Patrick's Day parties and festivities (including these avocado and goat cheese cucumber cupcakes from Haute & Healthy Living pictured above), as well as some giveaways you can enter to win!

Italian Garlic Knots

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Life has felt a little bit off-kilter this month. 

Adam and I have had the same schedule for months and months, and finally having to change our schedules has taken a lot of adjustment. We have been so used to having "real" weekends and spending our Saturdays and Sundays relaxing, and now that our days off have switched we are feeling out of it. Our household chores have suffered, our laundry pile grows bigger and bigger by the minute, and I cannot tell you the last time I had an empty sink and all of my dishes were clean. 

Not to mention I have completely dropped the ball on Valentine's Day this year. I was hoping to have all of these cute decorations put up around our apartment--I had plans to make this adorable heart garland out of felt that I saw on Pinterest, and I wanted to make some chocolate heart candies to surprise Adam with on Valentine's Day. But no. None of that happened. 

Our Valentine's Day was spent catching up on work and chores and having dinner at home. And you know what? I'm totally okay with that. Sometimes, marriage isn't glamorous. You may have grandeur plans for the most romantic night of the year and then life hits you in the face. At that moment, you take a look in your freezer and see what you have that you can make for dinner. A few days ago, I made us these Italian garlic knots and prepared Bertolli® Shrimp Scampi & Linguini Pasta and we enjoyed a quiet, productive Valentine's Day at home.

Feb 15, 2017

Bite-Sized Southwestern Bruschetta

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Adam and I have a new work schedule, and one of the biggest changes we're still adjusting to is the fact that we don't have the weekends off. But it's more than just having to work on Saturday and Sunday for us since now we are missing out on one of our favorite weekend traditions: brunch!

One of our favorite traditions we've started this winter was our weekend brunch after our spin class. We would head downtown, spend an hour sweating it out on the bike, and then we'd walk across the street and grab a late breakfast. My weekends felt centered around this, and now that our new days off are Thursdays and Fridays I'm not sure we'll be able to make our brunch tradition happen again for at least a few months. With the Phoenix summer heat approaching any minute now, I'm weary my love for sitting out on the patio enjoying some delicious bruschetta and wine at my favorite spot downtown won't be an option any more.

Missing out on brunch is a bummer for sure, but we've come up with a solution (and this homemade, Southwest-inspired bruschetta is the key!) This small appetizer recipe is a spin on a classic bruschetta appetizer, featuring Southwestern flavors and ingredients including jalapeño, cilantro, and lime juice. 

Feb 14, 2017

5 Reasons Every Couple Needs a Wedding Book

While having your wedding photos on social media is great, every couple should have a printed photo album or book filled with images from their special day. Our post today, brought to you by Shutterfly, lists the ways that having a wedding book can help your marriage as well as how it can help you as an individual.

Adam is and always has been a romantic at heart, but I cannot say the same for myself.

Before Adam and I were together, my friends would have told you I was cynical and unsure of ever finding real love. In fact, I even vowed to a few people that I would never get married! But sure enough, the right man got a hold of me and transformed me into my best self and it wasn't until I had Adam in my life that I could find joy in things like dating, planning for my future, and even celebrating holidays (including Valentine's Day). 

With Valentine's Day this week, I've been craving romance a little bit more than normal. I would like to say that I am an incurable romantic, but that would not be true. Our weekly date night has played a large part in helping me feel and act more affectionate, as well as Adam's loving and warm personality. But with every hug, kiss, and act of devotion, I have grown more and more positive and softhearted. This week is always special for us, and as much as people complain that it's a "greeting card holiday," I owe much of my personal growth and ability to show compassion to days like Valentine's Day and to my husband and his constant affection.

When our friends at Shutterfly invited us to use their Make My Book Service to create a photo book of our own I was so elated because I knew exactly what I wanted to do: create a wedding book. Today, I'm sharing five reasons why married couples deserve and should have a printed, photo book they can hold in their hand (and not just pictures to look at online). Since investing in our book, we have discovered the ways that it has and will help us as individuals and as a couple.

Feb 11, 2017

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 110

Happy Saturday!

As much as I'd like to be curled up in bed this morning until it's time for brunch, Saturdays have become my new Mondays. ACK!

Adam's work schedule changed and we are both still adjusting--normally, I would be catching up on housework today and mostly taking it easy, but instead I'll be working on some exciting projects which I will be sharing on the blog next week. I'll also be spending some time looking on Pinterest for some Spring decorating and cleaning ideas. 

All of your Valentine's Day projects and recipes were so inspiring and beautiful this past week--and I hope you all have something lovely planned for the holiday coming up! Now onto the party!

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