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Our Mini Linky Party | Week 121


Good morning!

Happy Saturday, friend! I'm SO excited to share all of the details from this week with you, but since I cannot share everything just yet I invite you to check out my Instagram to get a sneak peek at what's going on and what to expect next week on the blog! 

On another note, all of the spring and summer-inspired recipes and tutorials you've been sharing at our link party the last few weeks have gotten me so excited for this season! So many delicious grilling recipes, and gorgeous summer tutorials and crafts! 

11 Smoothie Bowl Recipes for Spring

Try any one of these delicious, flavorful smoothie bowl recipes for breakfast this spring!


Arizona summer is on its way which in my house means ditching the oven for no-bake recipes! In the summertime, using our oven to heat up and cook any kind of food feels like flames radiating from our kitchen. Any added heat when the temperature is already in the triple digits can become cruel, so every spring I end up always looking for ways to prepare meals without having to touch my oven. Lately, I've been hooked on smoothies and have been experimenting with smoothie bowls. 


The wonderful thing about smoothies and smoothie bowls is that the combination options seem endless! So many fruits and yogurts pair wonderfully together, and I've found a lot of inspiration on Pinterest and Yummly that I'll carry with me all season long.


Today, I'm sharing 11 smoothie bowl recipes from some of my favorite fellow bloggers (including this tropical green smoothie bowl shown above from Spoonful of Flavor--click here to see her recipe!) Also, be sure to enter to win some cash and other giveaways at the bottom of the page after you check out these smoothie bowl recipes!


Our Mini Linky Party | Week 120


Happy Saturday!

This week was a crazy one (with boths highs and lows!) 

I mean, really, what didn't happen this week? So many things coming out of left field all at once--both good and bad--and now I'm just sitting here trying to absorb what a crazy week it's been. 

One of my upcoming projects I was working on fell through, which is such a bummer because I was really looking forward to sharing that recipe! But then after that happened, I got some amazing news and now I may have something incredible to share once I get permission I can start telling people and all of the details have been sorted out (hint: it involves a passport!) Needless to say, my brain hurts a little bit from all of the exciting drama happening at once. 

Today, I'm going to stay in my pajamas and not talk to anyone--yes, you read that correctly. I'm going to make myself a hermit today and try to focus on getting caught up on household chores and possibly video games on my laptop if I have some time later today. After what feels like a hundred conference calls, emails, and contracts I'm just ready for a day of not having to work (which can be tricky, especially when you're freelancing and trying to hustle your own paycheck). Fingers crossed!

Grilled Pineapple Salsa

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This week has been insanely busy, and I feel like I haven't had any time to sit down and actually enjoy a meal! Lately, I've found myself reheating leftovers while Adam and I focus on our deadlines and eat our meals in our office while we work. Sure, it's not an ideal dining situation, but sometimes life gets in the way. 

One of my favorite things to reheat is carnitas! It can be used in so many ways--like in sandwiches, skillets, salads, and even tacos. On Tuesday, I cooked some seasoned carnitas and quickly prepared some pineapple salsa on the grill. Prepared and cooked in just under 45 minutes, this grilled pineapple salsa is a delicious summer treat! It's sweet and smokey and pairs perfectly with pork, so you know for certain I'll be whipping up a batch of pineapple salsa all throughout the summer!

This grilled pineapple salsa is packed with flavor--serve it with a side of tortilla chips, throw it on your favorite taco, or even eat it straight from the bowl because it's just that tasty! Below you'll find the recipe for this grilled pineapple salsa, which I think tastes delicious on top of a taco prepared with Smithfield Marinated Boneless Pork Shoulder Seasoned Carnitas! 

4 Sweet and Savory RITZ Cracker Recipes Perfect for Your Backyard BBQ





What better way to enjoy the warm weather than with some BBQ flavor on the dinner table?

Adam and I have been enjoying how nice it has been outside here in the valley, so we've taken our dinner and meal prep outdoors to the grill! There is nothing that says "summer" more than some delicious, sweet and savory barbecue bites, and summer is most definitely on its way! Just last week, we were enjoying temperatures in the 90s here in Phoenix! 

But as much as I'd like to dedicate a few hours every evening to spending time together outside chatting while we cook on the grill (because I absolutely love doing that with Adam), that is completely unrealistic with our rigorous work schedules. I always prefer recipes that I can throw together in a pinch because more often than not, I find myself with less than hour to prepare, cook, and enjoy a meal with my husband. 

Today, I'm sharing 4 different recipes and ways to incorporate RITZ Crackers into some sweet and savory cracker topping ideas for a backyard BBQ or even an easy, last-minute snack! For those who prefer something sweet, you'll enjoy the Strawberry Cheesecake Bites and Blueberry Cobbler Bites recipes below! More traditional BBQ lovers who love savory flavors will absolutely enjoy the Jalapeño Popper Topper and Pulled Pork and Cole Slaw Topper recipes!

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 119


Happy Easter!

Adam and I are gearing up to have some friends over for brunch this weekend since we like to host a holiday get-together for all our friends who live away from their families like we do. It's been an on-going tradition for us since we moved to Arizona! 

Many of my friends from ASU moved out of state and have since stayed here, living thousands of miles from their extended families and oftentimes alone on holidays. We've always wanted to be "that couple" that hosts everyone--we don't have a huge space to work with, but we do our best to make sure our friends have a tasty meal and some good company on the holidays!

I've been loving all of the Easter-themed recipes and tutorials being shared this month at our weekly, blogger link-up party! There are so many wonderful ideas I've seen and I wish I had time to do them all!

5 Travel Tips for Allergy Season

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Spring is in the air, and for many of us, that means allergies.

I've suffered from seasonal allergies my entire life. Growing up in Boston, when the snow had finally started to melt away and the weather would get a little bit warmer, the trees and flowers would emerge and like clockwork, my nose and eyes would betray me. I'd be left with a yearly routine of sneezing and itchy eyes. As a child growing up in the Northeast, my only major concerns were homework and marching band practice but as I grew older and wanted to see more and do more, my allergies became a true nuisance. When I moved from Massachusetts to Arizona, I learned that my allergies changed but I had the same dilemma I faced for many years--seasonal allergies. 

Adam and I make most of our travel plans in the spring, and since I am basically a veteran now when it comes to treating allergies at home, I've learned through trial and error what it takes to tend to allergies while traveling. Today, I'm sharing some of my go-to travel tips that help me feel my best while I'm going out of town and seeing new places, and how Xyzal® Allergy 24HR in 10 count helps me stay feeling my best while on the road!

Southwestern Grilled Chicken Salad


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Despite having our allergies, the springtime is our favorite time to get outside and prepare our dinner on the grill. This past week, Adam and I spent some quality time at the grill and cooked all of our proteins for the next week and did some meal planning. It was productive, and we had a nice time sitting by the grill in the shade and enjoying the breeze. With all of the work we've been doing lately, it was nice to kick back and just talk while we grilled some chicken for our upcoming meals.

Southwestern grilled chicken salad has been my go-to salad lately--it's packed with flavor to keep the salad interesting (if you're anything like me, you would agree that eating salads can get boring really fast) and lots of protein to keep me feeling full. When I first tried smartwater sparkling, I thought it would be the perfect pairing with this salad. Since then, Adam and I have been adding it to our meal plan to elevate our dinners and we've been enjoying drinking sparkling water!

Today, I'm sharing my recipe for our favorite Southwestern grilled chicken salad featuring ingredients including avocado, jalepeño peppers, black beans, tomato, and red onion!



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