Our Mini Family

Aug 29, 2015

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 34

Happy Saturday! Adam and I are going to take some time off this weekend, and just relax and unwind after a super busy week! I shared a number of recipes on the blog all through this past week, and I've got even more on my plate for next week, too! Being busy is normal for me, but I'm glad the hubby and I can take time off together today and tomorrow.

What have you been up to? Do you have any blog posts that you completed over this past week? I can't wait to see what recipes, DIY posts, and any other projects you have for our linky party!

Cake Batter Protein Shake from Jennifer Meyering

Smokey & Sweet Peanut Slaw from Strength & Sunshine

Breakfast Sushi from It's Me Deb CB

DIY Wall Art Flip from Vintage, Paint and More

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Aug 27, 2015

3 Ingredient Country Biscuits

Special thanks to King Arthur Flour for the free ingredients.

Happy Thursday! This week has flown by and I'm excited that it has--Adam and I have all of our work squared away, so that we can actually spend the whole weekend together! I am so excited because sometimes we both get so involved with our responsibilities at work we can't even enjoy our time off. I'm not sure what we're doing yet, but whatever it is I am sure we will have fun!

Today, I'm sharing a recipe for country-style biscuits! The best part? It only requires three ingredients! These biscuits are a heavenly mix of soft, hard, salty, sweet, and buttery.

Aug 25, 2015

"Valley of the Sun" Smoothie

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Did you know Fry's Smoothie Week is coming up? If you are a smoothie fan, you've got to check this out! 

One thing you should know about me is that I love to incorporate Southwestern flavors as much as I can! Living in Phoenix is so fun, and I love to embrace every aspect of the culture here. Today, I'm sharing my "Valley of the Sun" Smoothie recipe; this sweet and spicy smoothie encompasses some of Arizona's favorite flavor profiles including: mango, jalapeƱo, and peach!

Aug 24, 2015

South of the Border Bratwurst

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It may be back-to-school time, but it's also still grilling season! Enjoy spending time outside by the grill with family while you can, because before we know it the weather will be cold and dreary! Today, I'm sharing a Southwestern spin on an American grilling classic--the bratwurst!

Aug 22, 2015

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 33

Good morning! How are you today? I hope you are doing really well and have some fun plans this weekend!

This past week, I shared a blog post about going full-time with my blogging. I've been waiting to share my feelings about it on the blog for a while now, and I'm really glad that I did; a number of my friends and fellow bloggers have come forward and wanted to talk to me about my experiences, and I'm elated that it's started a great discussion. It wouldn't please me more than to see bloggers I adore doing it full-time as well! The blogging community is continuously growing, and professional blogs are not going anywhere.

I always try to support my fellow bloggers however I can, and that's exactly why I started this linky party. I feel that the best way to find your online tribe is when you start with those just like you--other bloggers! I encourage you to not only leave your blog post links each week, but to also visit the other submissions and support at least one other person by viewing their blog (and maybe even leaving a comment, sharing their page to social media, etc). With that said, let's see what posts you are sharing this week! :-)

Below are this week's features and the linky party:

Aug 19, 2015

Back-to-School Sprinkles Bar

Back-to-School cupcakes with Ziploc® brand
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It's back-to-school time for many of us here in Phoenix, and all of our friends who are parents are jumping for joy! I figured we'd help our friends celebrate with something sweet, and what better sweet to enjoy than a frosted cupcake with sprinkles! Today, I'm sharing some inspiration and how easy it can be to host a back-to-school sprinkles bar of your own!

Aug 17, 2015

Why Being a Full-Time Blogger is Invigorating and Empowering

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Anyone who knows me can probably attest to the fact that I am passionate about blogging.

When I initially started “Our Mini Family”, I had only done it to keep my wedding inspiration concentrated in one place (without annoying all of my friends and family on social media); over time, the blog transformed as I did, and before I knew it I was blogging regularly and having difficulty keeping up while I was working in another full-time job. When it got to the point that I realized I could make a living as a blogger, I held my breath, and I took a leap of faith (mind you, this "leap of faith" was more like a "jump of intent"--Adam and I had planned out milestones to reach before I gave my two weeks notice at my old job and fully committed to the blog).

The first few weeks as a full-time blogger were exciting and frantic. I had difficulty at first learning how to pace myself, but as I grew, I learned how empowering it is to be able to create my own schedule. I am my own boss! It's truly a blessing, and I am proud to say I have worked my butt off to get here! But the benefits I've already seen from being a professional blogger are absolutely priceless. I've been able to provide for my family by doing what I genuinely love, and I am so grateful to be in such a good place! And much like the Glade® Blue Odyssey™ Large Candle, life working as a full-time blogger is truly invigorating!

Aug 15, 2015

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 32

Good morning, friend! How are you doing on this fine Saturday morning?

I am so happy it's the weekend! This week was jam-packed with a lot of great blogging, events, and work. But if I'm being totally honest...I need a little breather today! My life has felt very go-go-go lately, which is amazing since that means I'm doing a fine job, but at the same time I feel like I need a mini-break. I am going to spend today just relaxing and maybe (just maybe) catching up on a little bit of house cleaning. What are your plans for today and this weekend?

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Oh, and before I forget, are you on Instagram? I'd love to follow you! I'm trying to use Instagram more regularly than I already do, and I want to be sure I'm following my weekly linky party friends! Please be sure to comment on this post or on my Instagram that you're here from the party, and I'll be sure to check out your Instagram too :-)

Below are this week's features and the linky party:

Aug 14, 2015

An Iron Man Birthday | Pepper Potts Chili, Hot Dogs, and a DIY

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Even though Adam and I don't have children, that doesn't stop us from hosting themed birthday parties! My cousin is celebrating his 10th birthday this month, and he wanted an Iron Man birthday party! Of course I wanted to help out with coming up with the recipes and decoration ideas (we love anything and everything MARVEL), and today I'm sharing the inspiration and party supplies for his Iron Man birthday.

My inspiration for the recipes for his Iron Man party were simple: the characters in Iron Man! I wanted to incorporate Pepper Potts somehow, because I feel like she's not acknowledged enough and I think she's an awesome, female character in the MARVEL universe; I also wanted to prepare some hot dogs to go with the chili, and play off of Tony Stark's different Iron Man suits (each suit, e.g. Mark 1 vs. Mark 43 etc) to bring some fun to the variations of hot dog toppings!

Aug 12, 2015

Eklectic Pie is Coming to Mesa, AZ!

Hey Greater Phoenix! Guess what?! There's a new pizza sheriff in town!

But seriously, I am so excited for September because that is when Eklectic Pie is opening up in Mesa, AZ! I know a lot of my dietary restricted friends will be stoked too, because they will have gluten-free crusts, non-dairy cheeses, and even tofu available to accommodate pizza pies for a wider range of guests!