Our Mini Family

Oct 20, 2016

Hassle-Free Tips for Early Morning Travel

Take the stress out of early morning travel with these fail-proof travel tips!

"So wait a second, what you're saying is I need to set my alarm for WHAT TIME tomorrow?!" 

Yeah, I've been there. Many, many times in fact. Getting up at an indecent hour is just not okay and should be some form of punishment for those who have wronged you. But sometimes it is absolutely necessary for travel and we just have to deal with it.

Traveling itself can be stressful, but adding in the factor of having to do it very early in the morning can be downright cruel. Today, I'm sharing some of my personal, fail-proof tips to help you crush it at your early morning travel!

Oct 19, 2016

23 Homemade Halloween Desserts and Treats (and a Cash Giveaway)

Enjoy one of these spooky, fun Halloween dessert ideas the whole family will love!

If I had to guess what I will be doing this time next week, I would say that I'll likely be frantically running to my local craft supply store to pick up as much candy melts, googly eye balls, orange sprinkles, and candy skeleton pieces that I can get my hands on. I am SO guilty of procrastinating when it comes to baking desserts and making baking preparations for big holidays like Halloween! 

This year, we'll be hosting another spooky walking taco party and I'll be introducing even more edible, Halloween critters! I've got a good idea on what I'll be preparing when it comes to black and orange food ideas for the appetizers and main course, but I was lacking in inspiration in the desserts department until I found some fun ideas from some of my favorite food bloggers. Today, I'm sharing lots of fun and easy-to-recreate Halloween treats and desserts that everyone can enjoy (as well as some scary-awesome giveaways for you to enter!) 

Oct 17, 2016

11 New Mexico Green Chile-Inspired Recipes

Bring some New Mexico charm into your home with any one of these green chile recipes!

After my recent trip to New Mexico, I was inspired to find some delicious recipes that I could prepare to bring a little bit of that Albuquerque charm home with me! 

Right before we departed for our trip, I looked into some of the more popular ingredients associated with New Mexico and the overwhelming response was green chiles. When I did a quick search online, it felt like my search engine was screaming "GREEN CHILES" at me because, in fact, it was more difficult to find any other ingredient associated with New Mexico that was widely agreed upon that wasn't green chile. I also learned that these peppers grow in the valley along the Rio Grande, which makes sense as to why they are so popular to enjoy in the Southwest.

Once I returned home from my trip, I reached out to a handful of my favorite food bloggers for some help and I curated this list of delicious, diverse recipes that are inspired by and feature green chiles! 

Oct 15, 2016

Adventures from the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque with Toyota

Hundreds of colorful, unique hot air balloons fill the sky as we ascend in our very own hot air balloon ride at the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico!

Earlier this month, Toyota invited me to help them celebrate the Toyota Corolla's 50th Anniversary by taking a road trip from Phoenix to Albuquerque to attend the International Balloon Fiesta! 

Naturally, because my mom and I are so close, I invited her to join me on this trip (since I know she has always wanted to ride a hot air balloon and never had the chance!) After many hours in the car with my mom filled with chatting, laughing, singing along to our favorite songs on the Toyota Corolla's Entune™ Audio, we finally arrived in Santa Fe to meet up with our Toyota travel group!

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 93

Happy Saturday!

I'm sitting here with my tablet with Netflix open, and I'm rewatching a few of my favorite episodes of The Office (U.S.) while I enjoy a cup of coffee. And in case you are curious, I literally could not pick which season is my favorite because there are SO MANY! 
"Why yes, I AM upset that The Office ended. Why do you ask?"
I am planning on having another cup of coffee or two, and then I'm going to motivate myself to finish a few of my posts that will hit the blog next week. After such a busy and exciting week last week filled with travel and adventure, it was nice to take things easy this week. Adam and I went to the Arizona State Fair yesterday and it was really fun (although, it was honestly one of the only times we left the house). 

All of your fall and Halloween-inspired submissions at last week's link party got me so inspired, and now I am so excited to see what you have to share at this week's blogger link up!

Oct 14, 2016

Game Day Sourdough Chili Bowl

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All week long I have been preparing for this football, bread bowl chili

Our sourdough chili bowl is perfect to make for our football tailgate parties! It's packed with everything we love about game day comfort food--bread, cheese, meat, and some seriously spicy heat. Adam and I are no strangers to making chili, too. We're constantly trying to find the best way to make chili we can enjoy before watching the football game, and lately, we have been loving this game day sourdough chili bowl recipe.

Oct 9, 2016

Sledding at White Sands National Monument

Admire white sand as far as the eye can see as you fuel your love for adventure at White Sands in New Mexico! Just 30 minutes east of Las Cruces, you can sled down these rare, white gypsum sand dunes.

This past week, we drove over 1300 miles! 

Our adventure started as we worked our way south through Tucson, across the Arizona border into New Mexico, and then spending the night in Alamogordo. After a very light breakfast, we made our way up toward Holloman Air Force Base and visited the White Sands National Monument. 

It didn't really occur to me until after our day was over that I have always wanted to go sledding down a sand dune! When we rolled up to the visitor's center at White Sands I had no idea that we'd be going sledding that day. It wasn't until we talked to one of the rangers that we realized we could rent sleds and spend our morning climbing and then gliding down these rare, gorgeous dunes.

Oct 8, 2016

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 92

Good morning!

Wow, what a great week!

We had an absolute blast in New Mexico! I am so glad we took an extra day to extend our trip, so that we could see and sled down the dunes at White Sands National Monument. Our drive up to Santa Fe was nice and relaxing, and we had such a blast heading to Albuquerque to attend the International Balloon Fiesta with Toyota to celebrate the Toyota Corolla's 50th birthday.

I can't wait to see what you were up to and what you were working on this week at our link party!
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