Our Mini Family

May 23, 2015

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 20

Good morning, friends! It's Memorial Day weekend!



I think it's important to remember the purpose of this National holiday: remembering and celebrating the lives of those who've served and fought for our freedom here in America. For most of us, we celebrate the holiday by spending time with friends and family and rejoice that we live in a free country.

What plans do you have for this Memorial Day weekend?



Thanks so much to everyone who linked up last week! Check out our features from this week:

DIY Blue Hobnail Glass from Vintage, Paint and More



Transparent Ombre Earrings from Jewelry Making Journal


Popsicle Stick Pendant from Sum of Their Stories


Continue reading to link up to this week's party!

May 19, 2015

30 Minutes, Sesame Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Hi friends! Adam and I spent some time yesterday enjoying the beautiful weather outside during the day, and whipped up some yummy, sesame sweet and sour meatballs at night!


These Asian-inspired meatballs are such a treat! I've been craving a lot of sweets, but have been trying to hold back from going crazy--these meatballs were the perfect solution! They were very easy to prepare and make, and took just under 30 minutes from start to finish. 

May 18, 2015

Date Night Idea | Painting Patriotic Letters

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FlavorYourSummer #CollectiveBias


Date night in the summer time can be difficult for us--we live in Phoenix, as you all can imagine it becomes unbearably hot outside and to the point where you don't want to leave the house to do anything. For me and Adam, we like to spend time together as much as we can indoors during the summer--and that includes date night! For our date night, we wanted to create some patriotic home decor for the upcoming holidays this summer--Memorial Day and Independence Day.

May 16, 2015

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 19

Hi everyone! How are you doing? We had a great week--except now that I am feeling better, now Adam is sick! Boo! But luckily, his symptoms are not nearly as bad as mine were. 



I am so excited to see what posts you all have to share this week! There were some awesome crafting posts shared--and it was hard to narrow it down this week! Also, thanks to those of you who pinned some of our projects we shared last week, and we wanted to share a few more from this week with all of you again too:







Check out our features from this week:

Dollar Bill Graduation Cap by Crafty Journal


Decoupaged Letter by It's Me Deb DB


Wire-Wrap Bead Chain Bracelet by Jewelry Making Journal


Dictionary Page Card by Sum of Their Stories


Continue reading to link up to this week's party!

May 15, 2015

Queen Creek Olive Mill Blogger Tour

Buying and supporting Arizona local is something that is super important to me! Whenever I can, I choose to support Greater Phoenix small business over big corporations. Building and supporting our community is crucial to keep that Phoenix vibe I fell in love with when I first moved here to go to college--I love anything and everything about Arizona, including how AZ locals choose to help their own when it comes to commerce.


Now, with that said, I am so stoked to tell you all about a recent trip I made with some local foodie influencers and recipe bloggers to the Queen Creek Olive Mill! And special thanks to the Queen Creek Olive Mill for hosting us with a complimentary tour, lunch, and for our awesome swag!

May 13, 2015

Southwestern Cole Slaw and Pork Spareribs

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Weave Made Media®  Smithfield® and Farmland®, but all my opinions are my own. #weavemade #GetUpandGrill #GetFiredUpGrilling http://my-disclosur.es/RgFrEH

Grilling season is here, and we've already spent many afternoons and nights outside already grilling up some dishes by the pool this year. We were dying to whip up some Southwestern Cole Slaw for the first time this year, and wanted to share this zesty recipe on the blog (and it goes well with literally anything and everything you can cook on the grill--like Farmland® St. Louis Style Pork Spareribs!)

May 12, 2015

5 Unique Uses for Tea


Tea is an incredibly diverse ingredient--and that's why we have partnered with EnjoyingTea.com to  share some unique uses for tea with all of you today! As always, please be advised that I am not a professional physician. Any questions you have about your health should be directed to your doctor. 

May 11, 2015

Strawberry, Peanut Butter and Jelly Pastry Wraps

It's Monday, and admittedly we are dragging a bit this morning here in the Mini residence. We had such a great weekend, but it went by way too fast! It would seem that there are not enough cups of coffee on this planet that will wake me and Adam up, so for lunch today we'll be keeping it easy and making some strawberry, peanut butter and jelly wraps to eat. We're sharing how we make our wraps here on the blog today--please know that this post does contain an affiliate link, but like always we only ever share links to products that we use and approve of.

May 10, 2015

Happy Birthday Adam! | May the Luck Be With You Giveaway Hop

Hi friends! Guess what?! 
It's Adam's birthday today! Woohoo!

To celebrate my hubby's birthday, we're bringing you a fabulous blogger giveaway hop! Read more to enter the giveaways below:

Our Arizona Mother's Day Outing at the Spa

Special thanks to the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess for making this special Mother's Day outing possible--because what better way to spend Mother's Day than by pampering the mother in your life? Well, I did not think there was any better way, so that's why this year I am spoiling my mom and taking her out to a spa for a massage here in Scottsdale!


Mum and I loved all of the awesome amenities in the spa. Out of all of the facilities, our favorites were the rooftop adult-only pool and eucalyptus inhalation room! This time of year is lovely to be by the pool--it's just now getting warm enough outside to want to lay by the pool, and just about hot enough to take a quick plunge. Laying in the private cabanas and looking up at the warm, blue sky simply felt like heaven for mom! And that eucalyptus inhalation room was such a neat experience we hadn't tried anywhere else. We felt like all of our allergies troubles just melted away after we left that room--it really opened up our sinuses and helped us breathe better for sure.