Our Mini Family

Apr 18, 2015

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 15

Hello friends!

We were very busy this week with lots going on both on and off of the blog! I am so happy that my mom is in town here and visiting with us, so we'll be spending some more time together. Don't worry, though! There will still be some fun updates on the blog next week (be sure to check back with us on Monday, since we're excited to share our MARVEL news with all of you)! 

Yesterday, we shared a scrumptious lemon zest bundt cake

We hope you all want to give it a try :-)

Check out our features from this week:

Printable Paper Wreath by Caseperlatesta

DIY Nautiacl Coasters by Vintage, Paint, and More

Never Lose a Sock Again by MultiTasking Maven

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

Apr 17, 2015

Lemon Zest and Dark Chocolate Drizzle Bundt Cake

Hi friends! 

We hope you're all having a great week! I will be honest, though: this morning started off with what felt like a disaster! But don't worry, this story ends in cake! Oh, and quick note before we dive into the story: this blog post does contain an affiliate link. As always, I only share about products I genuinely support. Thanks for reading--now let me tell you about my morning!

So, I went out to buy iced coffee for Adam and I and on the way home I was getting out of the car and it spilled everywhere and all over my outfit! WAHH! That is the worst, right? But all is well. I put on a pot of coffee and we enjoyed some steaming hot cafĂ© au lait (which is basically the complete opposite of cold brew iced coffee haha). 

I guess I could say that life gave me crappy lemons this morning, so I figured I'd make lemonade lemon bundt cake.

Apr 14, 2015

Why I'm Giving My Mom the Best Mother's Day Ever

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

I want to tell you all a little bit about my mom. She is a fighter. She is a force. She is a woman.

From a very early age, I knew my mother was a strong woman. The challenges she has had to overcome in her life far surpass anything I have ever had to face as a young woman myself; it is because of her perseverance and dedication to make my life a good one that I am thankful and lucky to be in such a great place that I am in now as a twenty-something. 

Apr 13, 2015

5 Reasons to Drink More Red Wine

Friendly Disclaimer: I am not a physician, doctor, nutritionist, or any other kind of health professional qualified to guarantee that this is true. I've just read some great information from the Mayo Clinic that I wanted to share with all of you. Please note, you should talk to your doctor about how drinking red wine will affect your health. Also, please drink responsibly. Thank you to The Art of Beverage for sponsoring this post--all of the opinions mentioned are my own.

I remember the first time I had tried wine like it was yesterday.

I was visiting my mother-in-law with my husband and she asked me if I wanted a glass of wine. Up until this day, I had never had any. I really liked it! I don't remember what she had me try, but I recall how it tasted sweet but also had a kick to it. I thought wine was gross from the way people had described it to me before I had ever had any--boy oh boy was I wrong!

Red wine not only tastes great, but it has a lot of benefits to it as well!

Apr 11, 2015

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 14

Hi all and welcome back for our weekly linkup!

I hope you all had a great week--we were super busy with cooking up lots of tasty food and celebrating our bloggerversary! Did you know we've been blogging for 4 years now? It's crazy! Time flies for sure! Did you also see our chocolate cakettes we shared this week? If you didn't, feel free to pin it here:

OH and in case you did not know--this month is National Grilled Cheese Month!! Heck yeah! I knew that I wanted to celebrate and share my own grilled cheese sandwich, but I also wanted to give a shoutout to one of my favorite blogger friends' post:

by Dizzy Busy and Hungry - Click here for the recipe!
Doesn't Kristin's parmesan crusted, grilled chicken and cheese look fantastic? I am practically drooling! And in case you're curious, here is what we did for our very own grilled cheese:

I am so excited to see what you all have for us this week--I look forward to the linky every week! :-)
Check out our features from this week:

Recycled Soda Can Earrnings from Jewelry Making Journal

Swai with Spring Vegetables from Deb CB

Scrap Wood Birdhouse from Garden Up Green

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

Apr 10, 2015

Sriracha, Bacon Lettuce and Tomato Grilled Cheese

Did you know that it's National Grilled Cheese Month this month? 

YUP! How awesome is that? I love grilled cheese (OK, who am I kidding? I love anything with cheese in it). So anytime this month when you're making some grilled cheese, you should know that you're a trendy guy/gal and celebrating with the rest of America. For me, I wanted to take the American classic that is grilled cheese and elevate it to something a bit more #foodie!

So, that is why I am sharing my Sriracha, bacon lettuce and tomato grilled cheese with you today:

Apr 9, 2015

Chocolate, Caramel, and Walnut Cakettes

So, it's Thursday. We're nearly through the week and I dunno about you all, but we need a little pick me up! 

We've had a lot of housekeeping items to attend to (both in the house, and metaphorically speaking), so Adam and I haven't had a lot of downtime to relax together since he's come back from his trip over Easter weekend.  There's been a lot to get done, and sometimes I just feel like I am way in over my head. Do you ever feel that way? Sometimes, I just don't know what to do with myself when I am stressed out from having what feels like a never-ending to-do list.

No matter what the question is you're asking yourself, chocolate is always a plausible answer!

Apr 8, 2015

Getting Started with Sponsored Posts, Social Media Strategy, and Food Styling Tips for Dummies

Today, I wanted to share some of my takeaways with you and talk about some fun we had at a recent Collective Bias event! Please note, this post does contain affiliate links and I did receive the selfie stick in exchange for my honest and unbiased review on Amazon. A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the Social Fabric University On the Road event here in Phoenix. It was such a blast, and I learned a lot of really great information that will make me a stronger blogger. 

During the event, we had different topics we covered such as how to get started with sponsored posts, excelling at campaigns and sponsored posts, having a social media strategy, and even talked about food styling and photography! Here are my major takeaways from these topics:

Apr 7, 2015

Our Mini Family turns 4 | S'mores Bloggerversary Party!

It's a special day today!

The Our Mini Family blog turns 4!

Yes, we've been blogging for four whole years now and I cannot even believe it! We've accomplished so much in what seems like such little time, but in reality it's a really incredible milestone. When I first created this blog, I had the intent of saving it as a keepsake for planning/anticipating our wedding day but it's become so SO much more than that. In the last four years, we've used this blog to document our life as newlyweds, the big move from Massachusetts to Arizona, family updates, personal stories, recipes we've experimented with that were successful, our DIY projects we're proud of, and even more. 

Apr 6, 2015

Spring Picnic Date Night Inspiration

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

Last week, Adam flew back East to visit his family (and our new niece!) for Easter. Anytime we have to separate even for a few days, Adam and I like to have a date before we part ways for a while. The weather here in Phoenix has been so gorgeous, so I thought it would be a nice idea for the two of us to have a little picnic! Lately I've been craving homestyle, country cooking, so I wanted to come up with a Springtime twist on an old fashioned cornbread recipe my grammy and I used for years.