Aug 20, 2014

Bacon & Dark Chocolate Tart


Yes, you read that right! We made dark chocolate tarts with bacon!

I know you are probably thinking, "Cathy, what is wrong with you?" Well, to be honest, I'm not entirely sure! But the other day, I really had a hankering for something sweet but regular chocolate just didn't sound good. I needed something salty and sweet (ladies, you know exactly what I mean!)

So I made my chocolate tarts per usual and then thought "what the heck!" I fried up bacon in the griddle and went to town! Adam wasn't a huge fan of them--he admitted he couldn't get past how weird it was to really enjoy them; he compared it the first time he tried tri-color macaroni and was convinced each color had a different flavor, and that in this moment his brain was telling his taste buds something totally different! 

To get the recipe, continue reading below:

Aug 19, 2014

Dave and Buster's Tempe Marketplace

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I was compensated to write this post on behalf of Dave and Buster's Tempe Marketplace, and all text and opinions stated below are 100% of my own words and opinion; said compensation I received did not influence this post.

Dave and Buster's at Tempe Marketplace

Last week, Adam and I had date night at Dave & Buster's at Tempe Marketplace--we had a BLAST! We enjoyed some fantastic food, cool company, sizzlin' salsa dancing, and great gaming! For the two of us, we always like to switch up date night, but also keep it affordable so we can go out more than once or twice a month. For us, we look for date night ideas that are economical first and entertaining second--well, with Dave and Buster's at Tempe Marketplace we don't have to sacrifice either!

Eat & Play Combo

Hands down my favorite meal deal in the area, the Eat & Play Combo brings you a delicious, affordable entrée and a $10 game card to use towards Dave and Buster's game play!

The Dave and Buster's Eat & Play Combo is available each Sunday through Thursday from open to close, and Fridays and Saturdays until 5pm. Since Adam and I went on a Wednesday, we were able to enjoy a midweek, late night dinner after he got out of work. Dave and Buster's at Tempe Marketplace is perfect for couples who are looking for a fun, affordable date night during the middle of the week!



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Adam had the Black Jack BBQ Chicken and Ribs, and I got the Legendary Goldfingers.
Both of these dishes were just SO delicious! It's also noteworthy to let you all know that the dinner entrées with the Eat & Play Combo were more than sufficient portions! We were both full and had food left over--it's definitely a great value, and perfect for those with big appetites! 

And kudos to Trish (the general manager) and Derrick (our waiter) for making our dinner great!


Havana Salsa Nights

Adam and I spent our Wednesday night this week checking out the Dave and Buster's Tempe Marketplace "Havana Salsa Night!" You can head on down to the Dave and Buster's at Tempe Marketplace every Wednesday and Sunday night and enjoy their "Havana Salsa Nights" too! 



Although they have it on both Wednesday and Sunday nights, I want to let you all know about how going one night may differ from another. On Sundays, there is no cover to get in! On Wednesdays, ladies get in for free until 8pm, and then after that it costs $5 ($5 for men all day/night). They also have a salsa instructor, Brenda Smith, who comes on Wednesday nights from 7-8:30pm, so you can learn some sweet dance moves! DJ Craig will be spinning some fantastic tracks for you and your friends and family can enjoy dancing the night away! The event is 21+, so be sure to bring your ID with you (even if you don't drink!) For those of you who do enjoy cocktails, they have mojito and Dos Equis specials running during "Havana Salsa Nights." On August 27, they are also having their anniversary event and Jaleo will be performing! 
So if you enjoy salsa--you have got to try to check it out!

Gaming


Another fantastic special with Dave and Buster's at Tempe Marketplace is that Wednesday is half price games! Between our two $10 Power Cards, we made our gaming last about an hour! For anyone who's been to an arcade lately, you know how fast you can go through your tokens! Luckily, Dave and Buster's has done us all a favor and brings you half priced gaming, so you can stretch your game credits even longer!

This is something Adam and I really, really love; as I mentioned before, our family looks for fun date nights that are both entertaining and economical! We look forward to our future date nights at Dave and Buster's at Tempe Marketplace! Anyone in and around the Tempe area should check it out!

Have you ever been to Dave and Buster's with your family?

Aug 18, 2014

*Giveaway* PC SpeedBoost "Back to School Sweepstakes"

Disclaimer: The participating blogger was compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by third party company and blogger is not responsible for prize fulfillment. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. 

Happy Monday, lovelies!


We're so happy to share this FABULOUS giveaway with all of you--you can enter to win below for the prize pack which includes a Kindle Fire HD, a Kindle Fire HD Bluetooth Removable Keyboard Case, and a copy of PC SpeedBoost Software! Sidenote: Adam and I went so long without a tablet, and once you have one I promise you that you won't ever know how you lived without one! They are so handy! OH and a bluetooth keyboard? Double win! Especially if you travel frequently or like to be on-the-go with your technology while still maintaining the ability to type efficiently and quickly. 

And let's not forget about PC SpeedBoost software--who doesn't want that?!

This is an AWESOME sweepstakes! Be sure to enter below:


Good luck, everyone!
Disclaimer: The participating blogger was compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by third party company and blogger is not responsible for prize fulfillment. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. 

Aug 17, 2014

Doctor Who "They're Sweeter on the Inside" Cupcakes

Why hello there, my fellow Whovians! 

 Adam and I are SO stoked for Saturday--we think Peter Capaldi is going to do a stellar job as The Doctor. Although we will both be working during the day, we will be celebrating with some TARDIS inspired cupcakes! I've been scrolling through Pinterest for almost 2 hours now looking at anything and everything Doctor Who, and I am getting so excited! Be sure to share this post with other Whovians--they will love it!


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Bewitchin' Projects Block Party | Week 4

Can you believe we are half way through August?! 

I feel like it's flown by since the 4th of July--what do you all think? Even though summer is coming to an end, we are all still enjoying ourselves and embracing the DIY and foodie blogger in all of us!


Click "read more" or continue reading to see our features & link up:

Aug 15, 2014

*Giveaway* Dustmitex


TGIF, folks!

That mean's it's the weekend, so you may actually have some time to clean around the house!

Today we're bringing you a Dustmitex giveaway from #theecologyworks! If "going green" is something that is important to you, you won't want to miss out on this great cleaning product. The newest product from The Ecology Works® is their ready-to-use Liquid, Dust Mite and Flea Control: Dustmitex! 


Click "read more" or continue reading on to learn more and enter the giveaway:

Aug 14, 2014

*Giveaway* Kid Murals by Dana Railey

Hey there, Arizonians!

Today I'm pleased to share with you a small, local business based out of Phoenix: 


Dana specializes custom in-home and office murals. Additionally, she does photo backdrops, custom wooden letters, painted canvas tiles, faux architectural elements, even more...and growth charts! All of her work looks fantastic, and she has an overall customer review rating of 4.7 stars on Facebook! What I really like about Dana is she will partner with you getting the look you desire. 

Here are some samples of her incredible murals she has done:

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She's so good, right?!
When Adam and I move into our new apartment, I am going to ask her to do our office!

But like I mentioned before, she's a muralist who also does other great pieces! 
I wanted to share with all of you how great her work is, and to host a quick giveaway to get you all pumped about her work (and help her promote her business online!)

Today we're hosting a giveaway for one of her children's growth charts below:


*The winner must be able to pick up the growth chart in person in Phoenix, AZ at Dana's.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I will reiterate again this giveaway is meant for Arizona residents only--and those who will be able to go and pick up the prize if they win. If the winner chosen cannot have it picked up locally, the winner will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know below in a comment, or email me at catharinemini@gmail.com. Thank you! :-)

Aug 13, 2014

Blitsy Crafts

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I was compensated to write this post on behalf of Blitsy.com. All text and opinions stated below are 100% of my own words and opinion. The compensation I received did not influence the content, topics or posts made in this post. 

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Hello fellow, arts & crafts enthusiasts! 

Today I'm going to share a fabulous website where you can buy quite possibly every single arts and crafts supply you could ever think of! And guess what? You don't even have to leave the couch, because you can buy it all online! Oh and did I mention: you are looking at prices up to 70% off!

As many of you would agree, the DIY trend is an explosion of common themes and ideas--but after a little while, you notice that the trends change overnight when one minute something is adorable and so unique (*cough* mason jars *cough*) and then 3 months later, the best-of-the-best DIYers have moved past it and onto another project focus! What's really great about Blitsy Crafts is that they are committed to bringing you the trendiest of craft supplies so that you can join in on the fun! No matter what you need, you'll find great deals on products for fine arts, jewelry, paper crafting, needle crafts, kids, and so much more!

And yes, I do still think mason jars can be cute to use if used well! (I'm not a monster!)

Another thing I want to tell you about is that Blitsy Crafts hosts private and exclusive sale offers! Over 375,000 other DIYers are enjoying these fabulous deals already--and I for one am so stoked to join them! I don't want to spoil anything for you since it's so exciting, but once you are a member on the site you can instantly get access to premier discounts each week starting on Mondays at 10am CST. These fantastic, special prices are available for 4 days, and then the next Monday they will bring you a new set of products on sale (so if you didn't need any supplies featured one week, you don't have to wait long to check out new offers!)

Now, if you are a blogger or own a website, you are going to be especially excited about this: you can also become a Blitsy Crafts promoter and earn $10 every time someone uses your referral link to sign up and makes their first purchase! They offer a number of buttons for your site on their blog, and you can even link your referral URL to your sidebar or inside your blog posts. Boom! Earn shopping credits while you sleep!

Apart from offering you amazing discounts, Blitsy Crafts also has an inspiration section on their site. This is great for those who may be needing some help coming up with a DIY project to start on, or even a fantastic opportunity to get your own projects seen and featured (I'm looking at you, bloggers!)

OH! One more thing I don't want to forget to mention--Blitsy Crafts has a blog! And y'all it is SUPER cute! Check out some of our favorite projects they've been posting on their blog!

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You can sign up for Blitsy Crafts through this website--it's 100% free!

So what are you all thinking?? I for one love the idea--I hate having to put pants on to run to Michael's or AC Moore. I always spend more money when I am in-store compared to online shopping. For instance, I buy my groceries online and have them delivered to me. I am much more efficient with how I spend my budget and follow my lists when I shop at home, whereas when I am in-store, I just grab anything and everything that looks good and just buy it all. I believe the same goes for any other kind of online shopping.

I will be sure to personally invest in my arts and crafts supplies through Blitsy Crafts moving forward. This way, I can not only keep my pajamas on, but also continue scrolling through Pinterest for hours upon end (wow, that's embarassingly accurate) and just buy supplies as I think of them! YAY!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I was compensated to write this post on behalf of Blitsy.com. All text and opinions stated below are 100% of my own words and opinion. The compensation I received did not influence the content, topics or posts made in this post. 

Aug 11, 2014

Christmas Moss Lettering Decor Tutorial+ Craft Mat by Ultra PRO Giveaway



Yes, I do realize it's August 11th! But guess what, y'all? Before we know it, it will be Halloween. And then just shortly after that? It will be Thanksgiving--and then we will all be scratching our heads asking ourselves where the year went when December rolls around! So yes, I'm getting a head start on my holiday tutorials this year! 

I hope that's OK with you ;-)

SO today I wanted to share a great idea that was inspired by my #UltraProPDMS! 

Continue reading below or click "read more" from our landing page:

Aug 10, 2014

Bewitchin' Projects Block Party | Week 3

Happy Sunday!

How are you all doing this weekend?! Thanks again for stopping by our block party! You all had such fabulous posts, so it was really hard for my to narrow it down to my favorites. I am BEYOND stoked, though, to see what you all have to share this week. 


Be sure to click "read more" or continue reading to join the linky party!