Our Mini Family

Feb 8, 2016

Chocolate Pecan Pie Smoothie

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Mondays are tough for sure, but when I start my week off on the right foot I am always more likely to have a more productive week. Last week I talked a little bit about my goals for the year (like snacking smarter), and how I have been making small steps here and there to help get the nutrition I need; mornings like today I like to start my day off by actually sitting down to have a quick breakfast, and I grab my planner and start drafting my to-do list for the day. When I have a physical outline in front of me that tells me what I need to get done for the day, it helps me remain focused on my goals (and gives me the satisfaction of being able to literally cross items off of my list once I've completed them!) 

Today, I'm sharing a yummy smoothie recipe I have been enjoying in the mornings while I write my to-do list. This Chocolate Pecan Pie Smoothie recipe is sweet, nutritious, and has less than 375 calories and 30g sugar per serving!

Feb 6, 2016

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 57

Good morning!

This week was jam-packed with working on the blog and attending blogger events! I spent a good part of the second half of my week meeting up with other bloggers; Wednesday I was invited to go to P.F. Chang's to sample their Chinese New Year menu and I got to spend time with a blogger gal pal of mine (Lori from Thyme for Cocktails), and on Thursday I hung out with my friend Leila, with Life as Leels, and we went to a Crush calligraphy workshop with a bunch of other bloggers and small business owners. If you follow me on Snapchat (come find me! my user name is ourminifamily), then you probably saw some pictures and videos I shared from both events--it was fun to get out of the house and spend some time with my Arizona blogger tribe. I am so thankful that this community is filled with women who have similar interests as me!

What have you been working on this week? I can't wait to see your latest projects at the party! 

Feb 1, 2016

New Year, Same Me

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Last year was a whirlwind of change and self-discovery. Many changes were made in my life and perhaps the biggest and most influential change was when I quit my full-time job working in the corporate world to pursue blogging as my full-time career. Becoming my own boss taught me a lot about myself, my perseverance, and my dedication. Between putting the stability of my family on the line and making a huge leap of faith, leaving a comfortable job removed all sense of stability; all of 2015 was spent hustling until I got what I want--which was a paycheck. I wanted to prove that I could make a real living as an independent freelance writer, so making money was truly my only goal. With the arrival of the new year on my heels just a few weeks back, I started brainstorming what my goals were going to be for 2016. 

After spending the first month of the year truly thinking things over, I have finally decided what my resolution for 2016 is going to be. This year, I am going to focus less on making changes in my life and focus more on improving what I already have: my career, my relationships, my health, and my mindset. Everyone always talks about making huge changes for their new year's resolution and creating a "new me," but really, my outlook on 2016 is going to be all about maintaining what I have (and making what I have just that much better!) Essentially, I am striving to make the 2015 version of myself just a little bit better all-around.

Jan 31, 2016

Ultimate Valentine's Day Round-Up

February is almost here and with it comes one of my favorite holidays: Valentine's Day!

There is no denying that Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so today I am excited to share this really special round-up filled with holiday ideas from other bloggers like myself. Today is the last day of January, which means that we have just over two more weeks to prepare and start working on something unique for the valentine in our life. This is truly the ultimate Valentine's Day round-up! With over 130 different ideas below, you can find some really cute and festive: recipes, printable Valentines for kids, coloring pages, home decor tutorials, party ideas, and much much more!

Jan 30, 2016

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 56

Happy Saturday, friends!

This week, Adam and I had a much-needed date night and then had a brunch date with some friends. We got a lot accomplished this week, and it certainly went better than the week we had last week.

I want to thank those of you who reached out after my update last week. Adam and I are definitely feeling less stressed now that things have sort of settled a bit, and we are feeling a lot more positive and ready to tackle some of the new challenges in front of us.

I can't wait to see what projects you have been working on at our weekly linky party! 

Jan 27, 2016

Slow Cooker Habanero Spicy Chicken Drumsticks

If you've never had slow cooker drumsticks, stop whatever you are doing right now and check this out!

My slow cooker has been a serious game-changer. Not only has owning a slow cooker helped reduce my cooking time, but the quality of my cooking has skyrocketed ever since I started using it regularly. There is nothing better than having chicken that is so tender it falls right off of the bone. Earlier this week, Adam and I made these Slow Cooker Habanero Spicy Chicken Drumsticks and they are insanely delicious! 

These spicy, habanero chicken drumsticks are hot, flavorful, and very tender. 

Jan 26, 2016

Goosebumps Movie Night! "Fearfully Minty" Ice Cream Float and a Spooky Straw Printable

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One of the many things that Adam and I have in common is that we are both nineties kids. We both remember spending our summers (before we had the Internet, of course) at the public library, reading different comic books and short stories while our parents would be out running errands. I remember one summer in particular when I first began reading R.L. Stine's spooky tales: Goosebumps!

Growing up, there were many nights when I would stay up late hiding under the covers with a flashlight and one of the books from the Goosebumps series. When we first heard that Hollywood creatives at Sony Pictures were working on a Goosebumps movie, we freaked out with excitement! Just thinking about seeing a movie that personified my first encounter with spooky literature gave me so much nostalgia. Once we heard that the movie was released, we made our way down to our local theater to see the movie. Now that the Goosebumps DVD is finally here, we decided to celebrate the release by having a movie night with some Goosebumps-inspired snacks!

Jan 23, 2016

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 55

Good morning, friends!

This week has been an emotional rollercoaster. Adam and I are fine (we are healthy and we are happy), but we have had to face some difficult situations followed by even more difficult decisions. I'm just glad that we have been fortunate enough to not have any drama to deal with for so long, and now that we have to struggle with some unfortunate circumstances we can still try to maintain a positive outlook. I don't want to go into too many details, but your good thoughts and prayers would be greatly appreciated!

I did have some fun updates to share this week on the blog! We hosted our very own "Victory Never Tasted So Sweet" football-themed party, and I shared a tutorial on how to make a Meatball Sub on a Stick! I can't wait to see and read about all of the new updates you all had on your blogs this week!