Oct 19, 2014

Bewitchin' Projects Block Party | Week 13

Good morning, friends!

Mid-October is here and I have to admit: we still do NOT have any Halloween decorations up! I am so embarrassed how behind we are on decorating outside our apartment. The inside of our apartment, however, still looks autumnal enough for my liking, but we bought all this spooky stuff from Spirit and Michael's last year that Adam and I have yet to hang up and put outside and around our front door. I know what we'll be doing this week now when we have some down time for sure! 

You all have been inspiring me to get my butt in gear and start decorating!

I am stoked to see all of the new posts you all will have to share this week! I always look forward to Sundays since I know the post goes up and then the links start coming in. You all are so awesome, and Adam and I are just so lucky to have you here with us! We appreciate you sharing your projects, recipes, and other posts with us each and every week! So with that in mind, check out our fave decor features:

Oct 17, 2014

Dark Chocolate and Caramel Grave Candies

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I was compensated to write this post on behalf of Tate and Lyle Sugars.
All text and opinions stated below are 100% of my own words and opinion. All content is 100% my own.

Achieve these super easy, chocolate caramel grave candy molds and bring some fun to any Halloween treat! They are great as lollipop molds or even cake (and cupcake) toppers! 

We got our graveyard candy mold from Michaels and we love it! I am looking forward to making a really bountiful graveyard sheet cake with crumbled cake for dirt, and even some zombies!

Oct 16, 2014

The North Pole Experience in Flagstaff, AZ | Giveaway

Hey there, Arizonians!

Have you thought about your winter plans to celebrate Christmas this year? We are SO stoked to be teaming up with a few other bloggers to bring you a giveaway of tickets to visit:

The North Pole Experience in Flagstaff, AZ! 

Oct 13, 2014

Kick Up the Heat! Spice up your Buffalo Chicken Strips | Giveaway

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Adam loves really spicy food. Like, we're talking when we go for Thai food, he gets "extra extra Thai hot." So basically, he is on another level. What that means for me is when I want to cook him some dinner with something spicy, I always try to knock his socks off with something that he won't think is mild 
(which, to the rest of us, seems unbearably hot). 

With that said, we both enjoy buffalo chicken--I take mine with blue cheese dressing, and Adam with ranch. But what I want to do today is share a little secret I have up my sleeve to make essentially any food more spicy in just 1 easy step:

Crushed Red Pepper

Yup! That's it, folks! The secret ingredient that makes literally any dinner have more heat to it and will satisfy the palate of even those with the highest tolerance for spicy food. You wouldn't believe how long it took me to realize that crushed red pepper is genius and perfect for me to add to Adam's dinners. I can honestly say that the first time I thought to experiment with it was after one of those nights Adam and I looked at each other and agreed we weren't cooking: we ordered pizza and when it came, it had crushed red pepper packets with it and I thought "hmm I wonder how this will taste with *insert food here*" So I started experimenting and Adam loved how I've been making him spicy food. Voila--little to no effort and you've got yourself a meal kicking up the heat!

And these buffalo chicken strips were SO YUMMY!

These Foster Farms Chicken Strips are perfect for the family that needs a quick dinner solution! We both work 40 hours/week jobs, so there are just some nights when we don't have the energy to cook for an hour (or even 30 minutes some days). When your body is just craving some comfort food, sometimes you just need to give it what it wants--and this past weekend, we were craving amazing chicken.

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What is your favorite way to prepare chicken?

Oct 12, 2014

Bewitchin' Projects Block Party | Week 12

Hello everyone--happy Sunday! 

We've been battling some nasty colds at our house and been feeling a bit under the weather lately. But we're so pleased we're able to see so many of your amazing posts, and I know I always look forward to our Sunday block party! Have any of you been sick lately? I feel like there are a lot of people dealing with it, and there is definitely something going around. But nonetheless, let's party on and share our projects!

Oct 10, 2014

Caramel, Bloody Eyeballs Popcorn | a Halloween Treat

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I was compensated to write this post on behalf of Tate and Lyle Sugars.
All text and opinions stated below are 100% of my own words and opinion. All content is 100% my own.

Can you believe we're just a few weeks from Halloween now? Adam and I need to start decorating around the house ASAP before it really sneaks up on us. We have yet to plan our costumes this year, but we have been definitely enjoying some Halloween-inspired treats! Like our popcorn:

Learn how to achieve this ghoulish popcorn snack below!

Reveal Your Glamorous Look with a Mía Mariú Giveaway

Having used Mía Mariú products before and being a fan (remember this post?), I was excited to also review these Mineral makeup products: 

Oct 9, 2014

An Instagram Tour of Greater Anchorage

So as many of you know, I went up to visit my mom in Anchorage last week. We'd been planning the trip to see each other for months, but of course with my luck I got very ill before the trip came around (I developed a respiratory cold and conjunctivitis). I sucked it up, tried to get better as best I could before I flew, and then made the nearly 7 hours flight from Arizona to Alaska for my mom.

Despite how completely ill I was (and still am), I managed to have a good time! I took my medications and off we went, exploring different parts in and around Anchorage (including Talkeetna, Seward, and a few other places). Everything in Alaska is so beautiful, and just before I left they had some termination dust--so all of the mountain tops were covered in snow and it was truly lovely to see. Incredibly beautiful!

Our first full day of travel together, mom and I drove North to Talkeetna and explored there. We saw Mount McKinley from a ways away, and also explored the little shops around there.

We ate that day at the Denali Brewing Company & Twister Creek Restaurant. I had their chili and the smoked provolone wedges--they hit the spot and tasted fantastic after a day of exploring!

Supposedly, most people who travel to Alaska only sometimes get to see Mount McKinley because of the weather and how frequently it can change at that altitude. I've been told that I am now a part of the 30% Club, which refers to how only 30% of travelers who meant to see the mountain actually do.

As I mentioned before, Talkeetna is filled with darling little mom & pop stores. 

I took this photo just across the street from the brewery my mom and I had a late lunch at.

After a day of adventuring in Talkeetna, we stopped by Hatcher's Pass for a bit to enjoy its beauty.

I love how incredibly blue the water is. You can really see the difference when it's not as bright and sunny outside, and this photo (although edited) wasn't enhanced by a lot as far as the water is concerned.

Yes, it's definitely blue!!!

After spending the day up North, we ventured back down to Anchorage. That next morning, mom and I ran a few errands and I found this lovely bicycle outside of the Anchorage Post Office.

Anchorage has a lot of character and charm--something I love about Alaska!

Once we were done with all of our errands, we drove up Flattop Mountain.

It was beautiful (and chilly) up there--the views were breathtaking, but in all honesty, the photos do it no justice. The crispness of the air was overwhelming to me, and unlike anything we have in Phoenix.

Later that day, we headed down Turnagain Arm to Portage Glacier. We stopped at Moose Flats and explored a bit all around in that area. The fall foliage was incredibly beautiful!

One thing I learned about Portage is that the town was destroyed back in the 60's during a major earthquake; this devastation caused the ground to sink and separate nearly 6 feet! All that remains are these houses that were abandoned and have over time become consumed by the land. 

But of course, with desolation comes beauty. I mean, just look at this waterfront. Incredible!

As we passed through Portage, we saw quite an abundance of wildlife!

Later that night, when we returned to Anchorage, my mom said the locals knew that in and around Earthquake park is where you are most likely to see a moose. I had never seen one in real life before this day, and oh man did I get to see a moose!!

A gigantic, beautiful Bull Moose emerged from the trees that were set back just outside of the airport as my mom and I were driving down the road. Word must have gotten out fast around town, because within what felt like 1 minute, there were 10 other cars turning onto the road and pulling off to the side to take photos. Photographers emerged from their cars with incredible, expensive telephoto lenses and other equipment. From what I was told, seeing a Bull Moose with a full rack is unheard of in Anchorage. So not only did I get to see a moose--I got to see the prized moose everyone wants!


Oh, and why is my photo shaky? Well, he walked right on up to our car and that is me with my hand out the window trying to take a photo--but my hands were shaking partly because it was so cold out, but mostly because I was startled by how big he was I was shaking from nerves haha

And then there was Seward. The drive down the Seward was breathtaking--and the boat ride we took out to the Gulf of Alaska was so cool (literally). The boat ride itself was a blast, though, since the swells were pretty great and our captain drove the boat really fast in and around the gulf. 

The areas on the boat we saw were filled with both glacier and ocean water. The rocks and cliffs were immense in size, and we saw quite a few mountain goats and bald eagles on or around them.

Overall, the trip was great! I got to spend time with mom (although I was super sick), and saw some amazing sights in and around Anchorage. Next time I visit Alaska, though, I'd like to go to Fairbanks.

Have you ever been to Alaska?

Oct 5, 2014

Alaska Bound--A Mother & Daughter Vacation | Cocktails on the Go Flask Set

My mom and I have always enjoyed spending time together, and since we've moved so far away from one another that has made it incredibly difficult for us to see each other! I make plans to travel and see her whenever I can, and I am so happy and blessed we got to spend some time together in Anchorage.

Mum and I enjoy cocktails--in fact, the first drink I ever had was with my mom when I was 15 and in Bermuda on a family vacation! She sat down with me and made me a vodka cranberry, and said "here, try this and tell me what you think!" It was yummy! Since then, we have definitely enjoyed our fair share of sweet drinks together. When I knew I was headed up to Alaska to see my mom, I knew she would love this:

Bewitchin' Projects Block Party | Week 11

Hello all! It's time for another linky party! 

I cannot wait to see what you all link up this week--I am loving all of the autumnal DIY projects, recipes, home decor, etc. I love fall!