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Is it a Dry Heat? Living in Phoenix and Monsoon Storms

This post is sponsored by Totes Cirrus but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Phoenix is typically known for being hot and dry. After all, there is that one phrase that every Phoenician hears whenever they tell somewhere where they are from: "but it's a dry heat!" Commence the eye rolls! 

But what people may not know about living in Phoenix is that we have something called a monsoon storm. Here, from the middle of June through the end of September, those living in and around Phoenix typically experience numerous thunderstorms and massive rainfall at an accelerated rate. It is also worth noting that these monsoon storms with massive rainfall happen almost instantly with little to no notice, which is why Adam and I always keep rain jackets, a set of umbrellas, and my favorite rain boots in our car in storage for when a monsoon storm sneaks up on us while we're out. 

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 194

Happy Saturday!

After spending a week in Elkhart Lake up in Wisconsin, I am totally feeling all of the fall vibes right now! They had quite a few trees that were already turning, so I got to spend my week around the lovely fall colors and stepping on crunching leaves beneath my feet. Now that I'm back and relaxing after my trip (got a little bit under the weather after traveling, unfortunately), I am definitely ready for fall to come and I'm so excited for Halloween! 

Stay tuned for more details about our trip to Elkhart Lake coming soon--I will try to get my blog post up this week, provided I have some time in-between cleaning and resting up and trying to feel a little better. In the meantime, I will be sitting in our living room relaxing, drinking hot tea, and catching up on all of the television I missed these last 2 weeks. 

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 193

Good morning!

Last week, we had a chance to enjoy some time relaxing at home with a staycation before we ramped back up and did a little bit more traveling (and yes, we had game night...and yes, I kicked his butt at Scrabble). 

This weekend, my sister is getting married and we are so excited to be a part of her big day! After our quick trip out to our hometown area, I will be packing up my bags and headed on another trip (more details to come soon, or you can follow along on our Instagram Stories to get the real-time updates!) We are so thrilled to be on another press trip this month, and we're excited to share some great travel ideas with you in the coming weeks! 

In the meantime, we invite you to check out our apartment reveal if you have not seen it already, as well as an end-of-summer-inspired date night idea we shared last week on the blog. If you're a blogger like we are, be sure to add your links below so we can check out your latest recipes and tutorials and we encourage you to check out at least 1 or 2 other bloggers from the link party and go support their blogs and network with them.

4 Tips for Staying Keto-Friendly While Traveling

This post is sponsored by Pearls® but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Although it has not been a full year since Adam and I started on a lower carb diet and began adapting to a more ketogenic diet, we have developed some great habits when it comes to snacking, drinking water, controlling our portions, and just being more mindful of listening to our bodies. 

Since we started following the ketogenic diet as a way to better what we eat and how we eat, we began learning just how many food items we encountered on a daily basis that were not ideal when it comes to keeping meals low in carbohydrates. 

Traveling, especially, opened our eyes when it comes to being aware of what we put into our bodies and reading up on nutritional facts before mindlessly snacking on anything we could get our hands on at the airport. In the past, we struggled with eating healthy while on the go and traveling. Now that we have a better sense of what we can do to set ourselves up for success, today we are sharing four helpful travel tips for those who are on a ketogenic or lower carb diet (as well as our new, favorite low carb on-the-go travel snack!)