Aug 31, 2014

Bewitchin' Projects Block Party | Week 6

It's that time of week again!

These past few weeks have been such a joy--and I am so excited to see so many of you amazing bloggers continuing to come back each and every week! We just ADORE you all, and we are so happy you're here to party with us. It is a blessing to host a block party like this, so that we can all share our posts with other fellow bloggers (as well as readers!) I just wanted to take some time today to thank those of you who have been coming back consistently for the past 6 weeks to link up--you ROCK! I appreciate all of you!!

Read on for our favorite picks of the week & the link up:

Aug 27, 2014

Jamberry Nails

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I was compensated to blog about Jamberry Nails and link back to an Independent consultant for Jamberry Nails' website. All opinions are 100% my own; the compensation I received did not influence the review of the content of this post. Certain images below are properly of the independent consultant for Jamberry Nails.

Hey there, folks!

Would you like nails that look like these?

Super cute, right?!

I am SO stoked to tell you all a little bit about Jamberry Nails if you haven't heard of it before. But before I do, let me tell you a little bit about my experience with manicures: they are expensive and a hassle--I feel like any time I go to get a manicure, when I am on the way to the nail salon I am telling myself "well, they will look better than if you painted them yourself even if they DO rub off after a day of work etc." Oftentimes, I find myself bargaining in my head and convincing myself that it is OK to justify spending the money on a nail job that (quite frankly) won't look amazing and won't last as long as it should! 

Well, now that I've been introduced to Jamberry Nails, this won't be an issue any more!

Jamberry Nails wraps are a vinyl adhesive nail wrap that are applied using heat and pressure--you can even use tools you already have at home to apply them (like your hair dryer).  You can, however, buy a Jamberry Mini Heater which can help simplify the process when you are applying them constantly, but it's definitely not necessary to have when you buy the nail wraps. If you're having difficulty envisioning what I mean, check out this tutorial video below to see how easy it is to apply them!

What I personally love about Jamberry Nails is that they are:
affordable, durable, AND stylish!

These nail wraps come in sheets, and each sheet costs $15--for what you are paying, you get 2 full manicures and pedicures! If you're not good at math let me spell it out for you: only $3.75 per application! YUP! It's super affordable! I would argue that I spent, at minimum, $15 for a basic manicure at the salon (which just basically includes painting your nails and the lame hand massage aka not paying extra to have your cuticle fixed etc). And let's be real: the hand massage can come from our hubby, am I right? I put Adam to work on my back all the time and have him on massage duty, mmm, maybe 5 nights a week LOL! So needless to say, I would much prefer to have Adam give me a hand massage if I really need one, so I can save the money and do my own manicure with Jamberry Nails at home.

The durability of Jamberry Nails speaks for itself: they last 2 weeks. Ummm hello, who has ever had a manicure that has lasted that long with just regular polish? I have had gel nails done and it will last 2 weeks but 1) gel isn't healthy for your nails and 2) it's REALLY expensive around here in Phoenix! Now would also be a good time to tell you that Jamberry Nails are non toxic, non damaging, and made in the USA.

Also, can we talk about all of the super cute wraps that Jamberry Nails offers? Currently, there are over 300 different designs that you can order on their site--so you likely won't run out of cute nail wraps that you will want to buy. And similarly with other companies, you can enroll in something called a Stylebox, where Jamberry Nails will custom cater a monthly subscription to you! It includes $30 of Jamberry Nails products: 1 item from the regular catalog and 1 exclusive item with free shipping.

I would also like to let all of your entrepreneurs out there know that they are looking for Jamberry Nails consultants--you would be looking at 30-40% commission on downline sales, plus 3-12% of your downline. There are a number of consultants who do this for a living, and it is arguably a very easy product to sell--it's available to USA as well as Canada and Puerto Rico, too! If you're interested in becoming a consultant, click here to learn more! My Jamberry Nails contact, Melanie, can help you out with that ;-)

Be sure to take a look at all the Jamberry Nails wraps available!

Which one(s) your favorite?!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I was compensated to blog about Jamberry Nails and link back to an Independent consultant for Jamberry Nails' website. All opinions are 100% my own; the compensation I received did not influence the review of the content of this post. Certain images below are properly of the independent consultant for Jamberry Nails.

Aug 26, 2014

All-Natural, Wildberry Infused Lemonade

It's still really hot here in Phoenix--we've gotta stay cool!

Although I have been seeing the fall and autumn decor pouring into my newsfeed and on my favorite blogger sites, I cannot help but laugh: us Arizonians still feel like it's summer since it's so dang hot outside still! For those of you who don't know what Phoenix weather is like, it will be in high end of the 90s probably for the remainder of the month, and then all through September too. So with that said, I am still on the hunt for a refreshing drink to help keep my temperature down and stay hydrated!

Adam loves having lemonade around the house, but to me it can get old after a while. So, I was inspired to experiment and throw a few wild berries into our lemonade and let it sit, and we were both pleasantly surprised how incredibly easy it was to get a totally different flavor that is SO GOOD!

Aug 25, 2014

International Bacon Day!

Did you know it's almost International Bacon Day?

We've got the best of the best when it comes to unique recipes that incorporate bacon! 
Not only are these recipes tasty, but they are also easy enough to make that any bacon lover can attempt the recipe, and enjoy a treat that focuses around the one thing loved around the world: bacon!

Continue reading on for the recipes:

Aug 24, 2014

Bewitchin' Projects Block Party | Week 5

Rise and shine! Happy Sunday!

It's time for another block party--where we can all share our recipes, DIY projects, and what we've been up to lately with everyone at the link up below!

Click "read more" or continue reading to see our features & link up:

Aug 23, 2014

"What Would Beyonce Do?" Cake in a Mug

Disclosure: I received this mug, complimentary, for the purpose of this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

Good morning, lovelies! 

I hope you are all enjoying your Saturday and have some fabulous plans for the weekend! I for one will be working all day today and tomorrow, but I'm excited to share this post with you today (and also to party with you for our weekly Bewitchin Projects link up!)

Have you ever yearned for a coffee mug that both embraces your love for Beyoncé and inspires you to be the most fabulous person you can be? Well, now you can buy one thanks to Charm & Gumption! And because of this mug which has now filled a void in my life I had no idea was even there in the first place, I was inspired to create this cake-in-a-mug recipe:

My very own "What Would Beyoncé Do?" Mug Cake!
Continue reading below or click "Read More" to the left from our front page to get the recipe:

Aug 22, 2014

*Giveaway* Kindle Fire HD

Happy Friday!!

That's right--we've got another fabulous sweepstakes to share with you and this one is celebrating that the kids are going back to school, and all will start to be back to normal. Today, you can enter to win a Kindle Fire HD below!

Be sure to give thanks to the following bloggers who helped make this Back-to-School, Kindle Fire HD giveaway possible:

I will tell you: Adam and I love our tablets--between the two of us, we own 3 different tablets that we use! They are perfect if you like to read, check social media, stream videos, and play games! It's a great substitute for a computer if you're into those activities! I promise you'll love it ;-)

Enter the giveaway below:

This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents only. Giveaway goes live 8/22/14 at 6am EST, and ends 8/26/14 at 11:59pm. Winner will be selected the next day and contacted via email.

Disclaimer: The participating blogger was not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by third party and Our Mini Family is not responsible for prize fulfillment. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. 

Aug 20, 2014

Bacon & Dark Chocolate Tart

Yes, you read that right! We made dark chocolate tarts with bacon!

I know you are probably thinking, "Cathy, what is wrong with you?" Well, to be honest, I'm not entirely sure! But the other day, I really had a hankering for something sweet but regular chocolate just didn't sound good. I needed something salty and sweet (ladies, you know exactly what I mean!)

So I made my chocolate tarts per usual and then thought "what the heck!" I fried up bacon in the griddle and went to town! Adam wasn't a huge fan of them--he admitted he couldn't get past how weird it was to really enjoy them; he compared it the first time he tried tri-color macaroni and was convinced each color had a different flavor, and that in this moment his brain was telling his taste buds something totally different! 

To get the recipe, continue reading below:

Aug 19, 2014

Dave and Buster's Tempe Marketplace

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I was compensated to write this post on behalf of Dave and Buster's Tempe Marketplace, and all text and opinions stated below are 100% of my own words and opinion; said compensation I received did not influence this post.

Dave and Buster's at Tempe Marketplace

Last week, Adam and I had date night at Dave & Buster's at Tempe Marketplace--we had a BLAST! We enjoyed some fantastic food, cool company, sizzlin' salsa dancing, and great gaming! For the two of us, we always like to switch up date night, but also keep it affordable so we can go out more than once or twice a month. For us, we look for date night ideas that are economical first and entertaining second--well, with Dave and Buster's at Tempe Marketplace we don't have to sacrifice either!

Eat & Play Combo

Hands down my favorite meal deal in the area, the Eat & Play Combo brings you a delicious, affordable entrée and a $10 game card to use towards Dave and Buster's game play!

The Dave and Buster's Eat & Play Combo is available each Sunday through Thursday from open to close, and Fridays and Saturdays until 5pm. Since Adam and I went on a Wednesday, we were able to enjoy a midweek, late night dinner after he got out of work. Dave and Buster's at Tempe Marketplace is perfect for couples who are looking for a fun, affordable date night during the middle of the week!

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Adam had the Black Jack BBQ Chicken and Ribs, and I got the Legendary Goldfingers.
Both of these dishes were just SO delicious! It's also noteworthy to let you all know that the dinner entrées with the Eat & Play Combo were more than sufficient portions! We were both full and had food left over--it's definitely a great value, and perfect for those with big appetites! 

And kudos to Trish (the general manager) and Derrick (our waiter) for making our dinner great!

Havana Salsa Nights

Adam and I spent our Wednesday night this week checking out the Dave and Buster's Tempe Marketplace "Havana Salsa Night!" You can head on down to the Dave and Buster's at Tempe Marketplace every Wednesday and Sunday night and enjoy their "Havana Salsa Nights" too! 

Although they have it on both Wednesday and Sunday nights, I want to let you all know about how going one night may differ from another. On Sundays, there is no cover to get in! On Wednesdays, ladies get in for free until 8pm, and then after that it costs $5 ($5 for men all day/night). They also have a salsa instructor, Brenda Smith, who comes on Wednesday nights from 7-8:30pm, so you can learn some sweet dance moves! DJ Craig will be spinning some fantastic tracks for you and your friends and family can enjoy dancing the night away! The event is 21+, so be sure to bring your ID with you (even if you don't drink!) For those of you who do enjoy cocktails, they have mojito and Dos Equis specials running during "Havana Salsa Nights." On August 27, they are also having their anniversary event and Jaleo will be performing! 
So if you enjoy salsa--you have got to try to check it out!


Another fantastic special with Dave and Buster's at Tempe Marketplace is that Wednesday is half price games! Between our two $10 Power Cards, we made our gaming last about an hour! For anyone who's been to an arcade lately, you know how fast you can go through your tokens! Luckily, Dave and Buster's has done us all a favor and brings you half priced gaming, so you can stretch your game credits even longer!

This is something Adam and I really, really love; as I mentioned before, our family looks for fun date nights that are both entertaining and economical! We look forward to our future date nights at Dave and Buster's at Tempe Marketplace! Anyone in and around the Tempe area should check it out!

Have you ever been to Dave and Buster's with your family?