Our Mini Family

May 3, 2016

One Pan Pesto Chicken Pasta

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Adam and I have really been trying to cut back on ordering dinner or going out to eat every week. Lately, it has felt like such a hassle to take the time to prepare dinner during the week. We don't want to have to sacrifice quality meals for our time--and that is why I've made it a focus to prepare meals that are convenient, easy, and fast. Today, I'm sharing an incredibly easy, one pan pasta recipe!

This one pan, pesto chicken pasta recipe is so easy to make literally anyone can master it, and it takes less than 30 minutes! 

May 2, 2016

"Poolside Punch" with Dasani Sparkling

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Pool season is coming! 

We've had a bit of a cold front in Phoenix these past few days, but I can tell that pool season is most definitely on its way! It's funny, though. When I talk to people who do not live in the desert or who are not from the desert, they laugh when I tell them that 90 degrees (F) feels way too cold for the pool. Heck, even my mom gives me a hard time! Just a few weeks ago when my mom came out to visit with us, she packed her bathing suit thinking that I would want to go swimming with her. HA! It was in the 80 degrees temps back then, so I was still wearing a long sleeve shirt (and definitely was not ready to put on my swim suit).

But once pool season is really here, Adam and I will be at the pool almost every single day. And you know for sure that I'll want to bring something cold and refreshing to drink while I'm out in the heat! 

Today, I'm sharing this delicious, poolside punch mocktail recipe featuring Dasani Sparkling! This punch is packed with fresh pineapple juice, a medley of different sparkling water flavors, blue agave nectar, and lime juice!

Apr 30, 2016

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 69

I remember the first time I saw this quote on Pinterest, and it really struck a nerve with me. 

"Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire."

I saw this quote back in early 2015 while I was very unhappy in the work that I was doing, and this was the time before I made the leap toward blogging full-time for a living. I had a lot of fear that was holding me back from leaving my comfortable corporate job at the time, but I eventually did the math and figured out the logistics of what I would need to do every month to make it work. And I am pleased to say that it has been working for the past year! Ever since that day I first saw this print on Pinterest, I have continued to pursue what inspires me and drives me to have a good work ethic. Choosing to blog full-time is easily the biggest self-improvement choice I have made. Hands down. Sure, it's hard and I'm always busy with not a lot of time to relax, but everything I do has passion behind it and it feels like a blessing every single day!

This past week was busy as usual, but Adam and I also had a fun date night where we built an indoor tent or sorts and we had a blast! I got a lot of work accomplished for my upcoming blog posts next week and throughout the month of May, and today I'm working on a webinar for my upcoming Snapchat class! 

What have you been working on? I can't wait to see what projects you have to share at this week's  blogger link party! 

Apr 28, 2016

15 Flavorful Pasta Recipes + A Beginner's Guide to Herbs and Cooking Pasta (Printable)

Have you ever wondered what kinds of herbs to use with what sorts of pasta sauces/dishes?

I am planning on sharing a recipe for One Pan Pesto Chicken Pasta this time next week, and this new recipe will focus on flavorful and high-quality cooking that is both wholesome and easy to make! I realize a lot of people aren't super comfortable with cooking new recipes (especially those who are just starting to cook for themselves), but I truly believe that anyone can conquer pasta recipes! 

I mean, think about it! When you were first starting to cooking pasta you were probably unsure what to include in the pasta pot besides some water, dried pasta, and some sort of store-bought sauce. My goal today is to share a beginner's guide to cooking pasta and what herbs typically go with what sorts of pasta sauces and pasta dishes. On top of this printable cooking ingredients guide, I'm also sharing 15 flavorful pasta recipes for you to try!

Apr 27, 2016

Date Night Idea: Build a Romantic Indoor Fort!

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When was the last time you surprised your significant other with a special date night? 

Adam and I try the best we can to have our date night on a regular basis, but since it can get expensive to go out every week we enjoy planning at-home date nights. A few days ago, I decided to build a romantic indoor fort for our date night--not only is it an inexpensive date night idea, but it's also such an easy at-home date night idea that anyone could do it!

Apr 23, 2016

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 68

Good morning!

Isn't coffee amazing?! Ha! It was pretty difficult to get up this morning and go to the gym--Adam and I were totally restless all this week when we were trying to sleep; we are currently sleeping on a mattress on the floor in our living room, since we needed to have our bedroom empty for a big project, and it was totally difficult to sleep in the living room! I barely slept at all last night, so lots and lots of iced coffee this morning is definitely a must!

What projects have you been working on with your blog? I can't wait to see what you link up this week!

Apr 22, 2016

10 Decadent Recipes to Help You Celebrate National Pretzel Day

This upcoming Tuesday is National Pretzel Day and I intend to celebrate by making a few of these awesome and pretzel-licious recipes! 

Whip up something decadent in honor of National Pretzel Day 2016--check out these scrumptious pretzel recipes you simply need to try! 

Apr 21, 2016

Sautéed Mushroom and Ginger Snap Peas

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30-minute meals help keep me sane. 

With both of our very busy (and also very different) schedules, Adam and I hardly have dinner together these days. And it's frustrating. We both work from home, and honestly, sometimes it just seems crazy that we can't sit down to have a meal together! Through a little trial and error, I have figured out that 30-minute meals are the best shot at having a sit-down dinner together. Talking about my day and spending time with Adam helps me feel sane. It helps me center myself and reboot for another work day. 

Cooking a wholesome dinner for the two of us to enjoy is something that I really enjoy, and this Sauteed Mushroom and Ginger Snap Peas 30-minutes recipe I am sharing today has "Real Flavor Real Fast!"

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