Our Mini Family

Nov 24, 2015

Date Night Idea | Be a Tourist in Your Own City

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Adam and I have lived in Phoenix for years, but no matter how long we have lived here, we always seem to manage to find things we haven't seen or done in town! There are so many tourist attractions in and around the valley that we have yet to check out--so that's why we've decided to start crossing some of these local must-sees off of our bucket list. Earlier this week, Adam and I visited downtown Mesa and did exactly what we thought the out-of-towners would do!

Before we left the house for our tourist-inspired date night, I made sure to pack some of my out-on-the-town necessities into my purse: my wallet, my phone, ChapStick Total Hydration, Advil Liqui-Gels, and Nexium 24HR. Whenever I leave the house, especially on date night, I take comforting in knowing that I'll have all I need to help make our date go smoothly. 

Nov 22, 2015

Date Night Idea | Classic Italian Dinner at Home (and $150 Giveaways!)

This post is brought to you by Bertolli. Today, I'm sharing the details from the latest date night Adam and I had, in hopes that you'll be inspired to share with us how YOU dine like an Italian (with a very exciting sweepstakes for you to enter!) 

Dining out is a classic date night idea, but Adam and I work hard and we aren't fond of spending all of our hard earned money on expensive and extravagant outings to fancy Italian restaurants. We are, however, very fond of the idea of enjoying classic Italian food together! Adam is an Italian American, and from the first date we had together, I learned very quickly that if I wanted to impress him with my cooking skills I needed to hone in on my Italian cooking ASAP! But more importantly, when I married Adam, I knew I was also marrying into Italian American culture.

Nov 21, 2015

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 46

Hi friend! I hope you've had a great week!

We have been beyond busy this past week, but what else is new? I am just glad that Adam is getting some much-deserved vacation time starting today. His work told him that he's getting all of this week off for Thanksgiving--now THAT is something to be truly thankful for! I'll take as much time as I can get with my hubby! He works so hard (as do I), and throughout the week we don't usually spend as much time together as we'd like to. 

This past week, I was busy with a Christmas Cookie Exchange Party I hosted! I shared all of the details on the blog, and I baked four different types of cookies (and completed numerous party DIYs). Check out some of the pins from my Christmas cookie exchange party below:

Nov 20, 2015

Wine Hacks | Basic Wine Flavor Profiles

The first glass of wine I ever had was with my soon-to-be husband and my mother-in-law. We were all sitting in their kitchen, and she offered me a glass of chardonnay. Thinking about how I'd never had wine before, I obliged. From that day on, wine became my go-to choice at happy hour. 

Are you a wine newbie? Do you usually only drink one or two types of wine? Today, I've partnered with Urban Farmhouse Tampa to broaden your horizons a little bit, and talk about some of the basic wine flavor profiles (as well as share an easy-to-remember chart with you for you to save or download). 

Nov 18, 2015

Mixing Prints for Winter

Mixing it up to put a little pep in my step on this Wednesday morning! One of my latest obsessions has been challenging myself to mix different prints--in the past, I have been really conservative with sticking to just one print per outfit but honestly I can't get enough! Mixing prints together is a really fun and easy way to get a playful look. And this skater skirt? So adorable and feminine, and can be dressed up or down really easily.

Date Night Idea | Bowling and Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golfing

Are you and your spouse basically just grown-up children? Adam and I are definitely big kids. 

We have spent our fair share of time playing video games and watching cartoons for sure, so naturally we'd enjoy ourselves for a night of bowling at glow-in-the-dark mini golfing at Fat Cats in Gilbert! Thanks so much to Fat Cats for hosting us for our date night, and today we're sharing the details from our night out last week.

Nov 17, 2015

Date Night Idea | Have a Backseat Picnic

Last weekend, Adam and I traveled down to Tucson, and we spent a lot of time driving to our destination. Since we both had the weekend off, we wanted to maximize our downtime together and squeeze in as many dates as we could while we had the time.

Before we hit the road in our Lexus NX300h, I thought of a fun way to fit a date into our travel time down to Tucson--so I packed a picnic basket with some lunch and some snacks, and told Adam I had a surprise for him on our way out of town. Thank you to Lexus for inspiring me to share this date night idea today!

Nov 16, 2015

Christmas Cookie Exchange Party

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Christmas cookie exchanges are one of my favorite things about the holiday baking season! So many people share their unique cookie recipes that have stories behind them, and it's a baking season filled with nostalgia and good cheer. Since Adam and I work from home, we don't have any co-workers to organize a cookie exchange with during the week. Rather than being Scrooges, we decided to take it upon ourselves to host a Christmas Cookie Exchange Party at our house and invite our friends to try some of our recipes (as well as bring some of their own cookies!) Today, I'm sharing the details from our party planning as well as sharing a fabulous giveaway for a fancy kitchen mixer!

See all of our Christmas cookie recipes and party tutorials below!

Nov 14, 2015

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 45

Good morning! Happy Saturday!

Adam and I are spending the morning relaxing before we have another busy weekend! Last weekend, we went down to Tucson to try to relax and escape the daily hustle and bustle, and I shared the details from our weekend earlier this week on the blog. It was mostly fun and games this past Saturday and Sunday, but this weekend is another story--our to-do lists feel a mile long, but we wanted to make sure we spent time relaxing together before we both got so busy and involved in our work. 

I have a few really exciting blog posts coming out this upcoming week, and Adam's been busy working on developing his online video gaming stream. What have you been up to this week? I can't wait to see your blog posts at the party!

Nov 13, 2015

Wine Hacks | Best Wine Serving Temperatures

Do you love wine? Are you looking for new ways to enjoy your wine even more? I recently discovered the difference in quality wines have when you serve them at the correct temperature; please don't judge me, but I used to drink my red wine refrigerated. I know, I know! It's cringeworthy. But I didn't know any better! Today, I've partnered with Latah Creek Wine Cellars to share my newly discovered wine hack--the best wine serving temperatures.