Our Mini Family

Mar 2, 2015

Gourmet Chicken Wings at Home!

Adam and I LOVE chicken wings--no joke. We've been to so many local restaurants in and around Phoenix for wings that we've shelled out a bunch of money! But it occurred to me--why am I going out to eat when I can just make yummy wings at home?

And that is when my research and efforts began.

After weeks of trial cooking with different techniques and ingredients, I have finally found the foolproof way to make gourmet chicken wings at home!

Mar 1, 2015

SoFabU On the Road SoFab Phoenix

Disclosure: I am writing this post in exchange for a discounted conference ticket; however, all opinions are mine and mine alone.

Just a few months ago, I joined the Social Fabric (and Collective Bias) community and ever since it has totally helped transform me as a blogger; more specifically, being a member of this community has aided me in making strides toward my goal of monetizing my blog! I have already furthered my skills in writing and photography since joining and making use of the SoFab resources, and because of this I am SO STOKED to attend the SoFabU On the Road SoFab Phoenix event!

Feb 28, 2015

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 8

Hi everyone! 

I hope you all had a great week! We sure did! Remember how I was telling you all last week that we had an AZ Blogger Meet Up event I was going to? Well, I went and it was a blast!! I actually wrote up a whole summary post dedicated to our "Galentine's Day" event, and if you want to read more about it you can read more here

Our #SweetNothings giveaway hop also ended, and we want to congratulate Michele P (@micaela6955) once again for winning. Thanks to all of you who entered, and we are excited to announce that we will also be partaking in two more giveaway hops in both March and April--so stay tuned!

Check out our features from this week:

Shamrock Angel by Crafty Journal

Crochet Basket Weave Afghan by Vintage Paint and More

The Best Apple Pie. Ever. by Cook with a Shoe

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

Feb 25, 2015

DIY Toothbrush & Toothpaste Holder and How to Get Whiter Teeth for a Beautiful Smile

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

Does it kill you to recycle and get rid of perfectly good jars when they become empty? 

Well, it does for me! That is why I decided to share this DIY with you on how you can upcycle your leftover jars into things like a toothbrush or toothpaste holder! I constantly find myself wanting to switch up the decor in and around my bathroom area and feeling very "out with the old, in with the new"--and sometimes that can get expensive. But it doesn't have to be expensive at all!

Check out our DIY post below:

Feb 24, 2015

AZ Bloggers Meet Up | Galentine's Day

As we normally do every 3 months or so, the Arizona Bloggers group met up--and this time our theme was to celebrate Galentine's Day! 

And it was FABULOUS!

Feb 23, 2015

Breakfast Bruschetta

I love anything and everything bruschetta, ya'll! I have had some super intricate and genius bruschetta recipes that I would have never imaged before, and I am so glad I found those other recipes when I want to whip up an amazing appetizer or small bite to eat. But sometimes, a gal just wants a simple snack!

And sometimes I even want some bruschetta in the morning! That's why I wanted to share my very own spin on one of my favorite snacks and share my Breakfast Bruschetta idea with you all!

Feb 22, 2015

Why Bloggers Should Consider Ditching Facebook

Hi friends! 6 months ago, I had an idea to track the tangible increase and decrease in my social media followers for our blog. Today, I want to share my results of the past 6 months and tell you why bloggers should consider ditching promoting their posts on Facebook, and focus their efforts on other social media channels. 

Side note: This is just my point of view. Hey, if Facebook is working well for you specifically, you should definitely keep at it! For me, as you will see, Facebook kind of stinks and doesn't help the Our Mini Family blog all that much.

Feb 21, 2015

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 7

Good morning, friends!

I hope you all had a wonderful week--I am SO stoked for later today, since I will be attending an Arizona Bloggers Meet up event, and we will be celebrating Galentine's Day! We have events about every three months, so whenever there is an event coming up I get so excited to see my gal pals and meet new bloggers! Our last event was held at The Shine Project Headquarters, and we had the opportunity to talk with well-established and successful bloggers/small business owners here in the Valley--if you want to read more about the event last time, check out our previous review post here.

Thanks to everyone who links up with us each week for our little corner of the bloggersphere!
OH question: do you like our new branding for our linky party? ;-)

We're happy to have you here, and I look forward to see what posts you have to share with us. But before we do that, let's take a look at my favorite posts that were shared with us last week!

Check out our features from this week:

Rice Krispie Heart Pops by This n That with Olivia

Quick Heart Bookmark by Crafty Journal

Things I Love About Winter by Laina Turner

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

Feb 19, 2015

Irish Mocha

Disclaimer: **This post contains alcohol. If using alcohol, please drink responsibly**
 I was compensated to write a blog post featuring Cap Mundo Nespresso Yrgacheffe.

Hello friends!

Now that Valentine's Day has passed, I can focus my energy on my Irish roots and embrace St. Patrick's Day recipes and DIYs! Huzzah!

Today, we're sharing an alcoholic drink recipe:

Feb 18, 2015

Using Temporary Tattoos on Mason Jars

Disclaimer: I was compensated to review and use these tattoos. All opinions are my own.

Happy Wednesday!

I have a DIY epiphany to share with all of you that definitely blew my mind--have you have an excess of mason jars in your house? Well, I sure do! I am a mason jar hoarder if I am being totally honest. I love buying them in all shapes, sizes, colors, ones with handles...you name it and I've probably got that type of mason jar! But what I struggle with is making them stand out above the rest. I have tried painting on them and it looks fine, but since I have so many painting them one by one takes super long
 (and I get impatient when waiting for them to dry). 

Here is my epiphany: you can use a temporary tattoo on a mason jar!