Our Mini Family

Jul 27, 2015

Ham and Cheese Rollups

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

Happy Monday! Did you have some time to relax and unwind with friends and family this weekend?

Adam and I were incredibly busy all weekend long! Adam had to do some major overtime on a few projects he's involved in with work, and I was wrapped up with some Arizona blogger events. On Saturday morning before I left the house, I thought about how Adam gets when he is super busy; I swear, sometimes I am certain that my husband gets so busy that he forgets to take care of himself and do things (e.g. make lunch for himself, shave, take a shower, etc). So I decided that I should help him out while I was gone, and that I should leave him some ham and cheese rollups to munch on for lunch!

Jul 25, 2015

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 29

Happy Saturday! How are you doing this morning?

This past week was a transition for me--it felt almost unnatural to not be lounging at the Hotel Valley Ho pool or in our luxurious sweet; Adam and I got really comfortable when we stayed at the hotel for our anniversary last week! But it's all good. We got a well-deserved break from work, and we spent a lot of quality time together. This week, I shared a blog post that went over all of the details from our vacation and all of my photos here--want to see it? Check it out here

I can't wait to see what you all did this week and what you add to our linky party today! I shared a recipe for easy potatoes on the grill as well as a review of a card game called Boss Monster.

Below are this week's features and the linky party:

Jul 22, 2015

Easy Potatoes on the Grill -- Only 5 Ingredients!

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

As many of you know, Adam and I are still recovering from our amazing wedding anniversary vacation we just had. Finding the energy to make dinner has been difficult to say the least, so this week I'm focusing on preparing meals that don't require me to go out of the way to go on a crazy shopping trip. Last night, Adam and I had the most delicious Smithfield® Garlic & Herb Pork Sirloin on the grill--with a side of potatoes that only needed 5 ingredients!

Jul 21, 2015

Celebrating Our 4th Wedding Anniversary at Hotel Valley Ho

Today, I'm sharing ALL of the details from our anniversary staycation--and a special thanks to Hotel Valley Ho, for providing us with all of these luxurious and complimentary accommodations!

Once we finished last-minute packing (like we usually do), Adam and I took a cab down to Scottsdale and checked into Hotel Valley Ho. Right after we checked in with the friendly front desk, we dropped our bags upstairs in our suite and headed back downstairs to ZuZu's, the restaurant inside Hotel Valley Ho, for some breakfast. Adam ordered Bananas Foster and continued to make audible "mmmm" and "ooooh" sounds while he enjoyed his breakfast, and I had the best Eggs Benedict of my life. 

Our breakfast was lovely! Probably my favorite things from breakfast were the retro songs playing over the restaurant radio like "Wipeout" and "The Twist", and how kind and attentive the staff was. I loved the rock wall and all of the decor, too! The rock wall reminded me of something I might see in an episode of "The Brady Bunch." 

With happy tummies, we headed back up to our suite to unpack. When we got back upstairs, we dropped our iced coffees in our personal refrigerator and gave ourselves a self-tour of our home for the next few days. We were just so stunned with how incredibly chic our suite was. All weekend, if felt like we discovered new and amazing amenities that we hadn't realized were there (it took us an entire 2 days to realize that we had a washer and dryer unit in our suite, too! 

Jul 20, 2015

Date Night Idea | Playing Boss Monster [Review]

Special thanks to Brotherwise Games for sending us a free copy of Boss Monster 2!

Adam and I are pretty big nerds. I don't normally share a whole lot of content on the blog that would indicate that, but my husband and I are just total geeks. We do things like go to comicon, watch (arguably) geeky shows, read comic books, and above all else we're total hipsters when it comes to games (and by that I mean we try and support indie games before anything else!) Today, I'm sharing how Adam and I spent our date night this week: playing Brotherwise Games' Boss Monster 2!

The game is simple: you play the villain, and your goal is to slay the heroes.

Boss Monster is an artistically-driven resource card game (seriously, the artwork is awesome!) It's also a very social game that involves a lot of story building. Adam and I prefer these kinds of games, since they allow us the freedom to get creative and solve problematic scenarios. The reason we enjoy playing it on date night is because it always makes for entertaining dinner talk!

Jul 18, 2015

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 28

We had the best vacation EVER!! Seriously, staying at Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale was probably the best way we could have celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary! Our hotel suite was seriously so adorable and chic--I'll be sure to give you some more details in an entire blog post dedicated to our anniversary staycation there later this month!

What have you been up to since last Saturday? 

I loved all of your posts last week--Adam and I sat down last night to pick our features for this week, and like we usually do we had some difficulty picking our favorites. Special thanks to those of you who come to party with us every week, and I wanted to welcome those of you who are new to our party! I hope you stick around, because we loved your posts and having you here, too!

Below are this week's features and the linky party:

Jul 13, 2015

I Love, Love, Love, Love You! 4 Years of Wedded Bliss

Good morning!

 I wanted to let you all know that I am taking a week hiatus from now until Friday, so Adam and I can celebrate our wedding anniversary with minimal distractions. I'll be back on Saturday for our weekly blogger linky party, but for now, please enjoy this wedding anniversary post!

I remember this morning four years ago--I was with my mom, my bridesmaids, and my junior bridesmaids. We were all having our fingers and toes painted at the local salon and getting excited for the big day. I remember Ashlyn, my bridesmaid, asking me if I was nervous. 

And I wasn't nervous one bit. 

From the moment Adam got down on one knee and I said "yes," I knew there was nothing to be nervous about. I was just excited to start living my life with the kindest and most generous soul I have ever met--my soon to be husband.

Later that day, before the ceremony, it seemed like pandemonium. My bridal party was running around panicking trying to get ready, but I could not help but just feel elated and like I was on a cloud. Nothing could bring me down from this high I felt--knowing that in just a few hours we'd make an eternal promise in the company of our friends and family. 

Adam, on the other hand, was anxious. He was not anxious because of the idea of getting married, but rather, he was not keen on being the center of attention. One thing you all should know about Adam is he is not a fan of crowds or having the spotlight on him (hence why you don't see as many photos of him on here or on Instagram). I remember just 1-2 hours before the wedding, Adam called me and asked to see me. 

Jul 11, 2015

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 27

Good morning! Tomorrow kicks off our wedding anniversary staycation and I am BEYOND excited!

 I feel so incredibly blessed to be doing what I love every day, but what I've really wanted was to be able to give Adam some time off--and the time has come! If you asked me a few years ago if I thought that my job would have perks like this (i.e. free vacations) then I would have laughed uncontrollably; blogging for a living is hard and it's certainly putting in more hours than a 9-5 type job, but the blogger perks are so totally worth it!  

Stay tuned for an update about our wedding anniversary staycation and I'll give you all of the details! Most likely, my vacation post will go live the 3rd week of July. I am so thrilled that I can give Adam a fully paid vacation by working for the blog I could just shout from the rooftops! 

There were some really awesome posts this week that you all shared with me! Every one of you who linked up last week made it hard for me to narrow it down!

This week's features and the linky party:

Jul 10, 2015

Chicken and Rice Lettuce Wraps [30 Minute Meal]

Special thanks to Del Real Foods for providing me with free ingredients for this recipe.

TGIF! What are your plans for this weekend? Adam and I are planning on cleaning the house and packing for our vacation coming up next week. I've spent a good deal of my time this week finishing up some projects with the blog, and my time has been limited when dinner rolls around; lately, it seems like I just don't have enough hours in the day to make meals on top of everything else I'm already doing, but I'm so stoked to be sharing this 30 minutes or less meal with you: chicken and rice lettuce wraps!

Fun Popsicle Molds for Summer!

Just a friendly reminder that this post contains affiliate links--all that means is that I get a small commission if you click on/purchase from these links, which helps Adam and I pay our electricity bill!

Summer is the season for fruity popsicles and creative frozen treats! If you're hosting a party or just looking to cool off, check out some of these kitchen molded treats to give you some inspiration! 

Homemade frozen vanilla popsicles with colorful sprinkles 
Summer fruits homemade lolly pops ice cream
Homemade Strawberry and Banana Popsicles on a Stick
Popsicle with yogurt, blueberries and strawberries
Mango and coconut ice cream popsicle
Cantaloupe melon popsicle
Enjoy beautiful popsicles at home with ice molds: