Sunday, March 1, 2015

Best Buy Wedding Registry! Best Idea Ever!


The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

It's been over a year since Matt and I were married! This month we have been to three weddings, love is in the air people and I am super excited to announce Best Buy's new Wedding Registry! If they had had this when we got married I know that this is where we would have registered. There are so many options at Best Buy!

Whether you are young and never moved out, or older and been living on your own for years, Best Buy is the clear option for your wedding registry. When you first get married there are things you need that you don't necessarily think of or don't have money for, Best Buy has it all! Not to mention, sometimes it's fun to get things that you necessarily down't need, but things that you want!



First thing you will need on your new adventure is a camera! Matt and I are absolutely terrible at taking pictures, we always talk about how we need to do better. I keep telling him that we need a camera to take pictures of our honeymoon and life together! Not only do they have cameras but other things you will need for your home such as televisions, television stands, sound systems, DVDs, vacuums, gaming systems, computers, printers, appliances, and the gift of every girls dreams, the kitchen aide.


As, we walked up and down the aisles at Best Buy looking at all of the things we could use or bought on our own after we were married. Matthew researches everything we buy, like to the extreme, I try to not make fun of him. However, it does come in handy because he always buys the best! Everything we bought, we found it all at Best Buy, in one spot! 

Other things to consider, Best Buy offers Group gifting. If your wants are too expensive for one to spend on their own they can spend what they want and others can buy the rest. It's really cool! There is also no minimum purchase to get free shipping! 

If you need more ideas you can check out their webpage at http://www.bestbuy.com/weddingregistry?&ref=201&loc=04. If you're not getting married, but you know someone that is, they have all the gift ideas you could ever want on their page!

5 Fun St. Patrick's Day Traditions for Kids


Now that Cooper, my one-year-old, is starting to get old enough to know what's going on, I want to start making Holidays fun for him. Here are a few things I thought of for St. Patrick's Day but if you do something really fun that your kids love please share!! I need more ideas!

1. Read the History: Do you even know what St. Patrick's Day comes from? You can find it here!

2. Green Breakfast: My mom always made green pancakes with green eggs and milk!

3. Deck out in green: And when I say deck out, I mean deck out! Go shopping before hand, and don't forget the sparkly gold!

4. Frost Shamrock Cookies: This is never a bad idea on a holiday! For the best sugar cookie recipe ever (for reals!!!) click here!

5. Hunt for Leprechauns: Kids love this! Here is how to build a leprechaun trap in case you haven't built one before ;) click here!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

St. Patricks Day Free Printable


As many of you know, I like to make these for each month/holiday and hide them in my husband's things for him to find throughout the month. They're just a fun and easy way to let him know I appreciate him!

Click Here to download a printable version!

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Big Hero 6 + Aunt Cass Wings= FUN!

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bighero6-8 One of my favorite things is to have a movie night with my family! Boy,was I super excited to see the #BigHero6Release and have the chance through #CollectiveBias to talk about it! We ran over to Walmart when the movie was released on February 24th to pick up a copy of this super cute movie. It is really hard to find things that you can watch as a family and worry that you might have to fast forward the movie or send the kids in the other room.

The movie has such a great message and will put a smile on your face!

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As you can see from my picture above, the movie is going fast! It’s easy to find because it’s on the endcap at the store. When you purchase of the Big Hero 6 Blu-Ray/DVD + Gift With Purchase Set, it includes a digital movie on Vudu while supplies last! Simply scan your receipt using the Savings Catcher in the Walmart app. Then look for a message on your phone or email. Now you can watch Big Hero 6 on any device!

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You can’t watch a movie without treats! We decided to go with a theme and since we love wings, we decided to come up with a Aunt Cass inspired wing.

Aunt Cass Inspired Wings:

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Ingredients: Click to print:

Wings coating:

1 Tablespoon salt

2 Tablespoons smoked paprika

2 Tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon tumeric

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic

4 lbs chicken wings

Wing Sauce:

1 Tablespoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1 Tablespoon ground coriander

2 Tablespoons lime juice

1/2 cup soy sauce

1 cup honey

1/2 cup water

2 Tablespoons cornstarch

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Line a baking sheet with tin foil.
  • In a small bowl, combine all the wing coating. Add the chicken and toss to coat.
  • Spread the wings on the baking sheet and cook until the fluid runs clear, about 35 minutes.
  • While the wings are cooking, combine the wing sauce ingredients in a pan and bring to a boil. Stir constantly. Once it boils put sauce on simmer.
  • Pour wing sauce in a large bowl, and then place cooked wings into the bowl and toss until coated.

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Wings were are yummy treat to celebrate this fun movie. What is your families favorite movie night treat? We would love to hear!

Click on the picture on Baymax and watch a short clip of the Big Hero  6 Movie!

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Date Night Challenge


It's true, I'll be the first to admit it. I read every single one of those "Mistakes You're Making That Could Ruin Your Relationship" posts I see on Facebook. Not because I'm super worried I'm making mistakes, but because my marriage is the absolute most important thing in the world to me. There is so much nonsense out there telling us that relationships aren't important, or that marriage should be easy, or that divorce is for anyone and everyone. Call me a hopeless romantic but I'm not buying it. And judging by the fact that "Date Ideas" are some of our most sought after posts, you aren't either!


Whether your married, engaged, or in a casual relationship dating is soo soo important. That's why we decided to start doing our Date Night Challenge! Every Friday we are going to issue a challenge. Their will be three challenges in varying levels. Level 1: Crush, level 2: Love, Level 3: Devoted. You can complete the one that fits your relationship best, or complete all three for the ultimate date experience!



A good date needs four things: 1. You feel attractive, 2. You find your date attractive, 3. both people feel a strong emotion, and 4. You leave with something that reminds you of the date. Our goal is to help you bring more of these elements into your regular dating routine, and get you out of your comfort zone so that you can continually build your relationship.

So... It's a Friday, why not give our Date Night Challenge a try!




-- T  H  I  S     W  E  E  K  '  S     C  H  A  L  L  E  N  G  E --




February 27: Do something out of the ordinary and surprise your significant other!

Crush: Send them some flowers or candy, who doesn't get excited about that!
Love: Be waiting for them at their work and whisk them away to a fun-filled night!
Devoted: Buy tickets to a sports game, play, movie or whatever their into and don't tell them where you're going until you get there!!




-- P  R  E  V  I  O  U  S    C  H  A  L  L  E  N  G  E  S --


February 19: Kick the winter blues away and do something that reminds you of summer!
Crush: Go for a walk outside in the fresh air. (Hand in hand of course!!)
Love: Cold or not, pull out the BBQ and do some grilling.
Devoted: Never mind how white you are, put on your swim suit and hit the pool! If you have kids bring them along, or find a hot tub for you and your hubby to sneak away to ;)



February 6: This challenge was inspired by the fact that yesterday my husband and I actually worked out because we stole each other's phones and wouldn't give them back until we both worked out. It was kind of sad how motivating it was, but at least it'll get results right?? This week's challenge is no electronics!!

Crush: Turn off your cell phone and actually give your significant other your full attention the whole night. 
Love: Turn off all electronic media! That includes TV's, radios, phones, etc.
Devoted: Kick it even more old school and turn off ALL electronics included the lights! Candlelight is sooo romantic!




January 30: My husband and I like to keep it simple on Valentine's Day and avoid the crowds by going extravagant early, so your challenge is to get the romance started early by dressing it up!

Crush: Wear nice clothes (that means skirt and tie!) on your date. 
Love: Go a little fancier on dinner. This doesn't have to mean the La Caille or Chef's Table, but it could! There are also quite a few decent priced fancier restaurants you could try, like La Jolla Groves.
Devoted: Get caught up in a slow dance! Bonus points if there's a live band, but nothing says romance more than turning on your favorite love song and swaying back and forth under a street light.



January 23: The idea for this challenge was inspired by the fact that my husband is out of town and little Cooper is going to be subbing in. This week's challenge is to bring someone else along!

Crush: Bring your kids and show them how to treat the opposite gender on a date! 
Love: Bring a younger brother, sister, or neighbor and show them what dating is all about! Don't forget to ask them about their secret crushes ;)
Devoted: Bring along your grandparents! They'll love a night out and telling you all about how dating was different back in their day!


January 15: Getting out and having fun doesn't need to be pricey or extravagant. Dress it down and go casual tonight!

Crush: Wear sweats and watch a movie.  
Love: Hit up your favorite fast food restaurant. Not the drive in though, you've got to dine in!
Devoted: Make dinner with some friends and play some board games! 

January 9: Laughing together is a huge part of growing closer! Make sure that happens on tonights date!

Crush: Make a conscious effort to get your special someone laughing tonight!  
Love: Take some time and research some funny youtube videos, then pop some popcorn and get ready to laugh! (Here are some good places to start! Clean Youtube VideosStudio C)
Devoted: Actually go to a comedy club or see a comedian perform! (I know where we're going, Comedy Sportz!!)

January 2: Nothing says "love" more than giving. With the Christmas spirit still looming in the air, start the New Year off with a little service for others.
Crush: Use this list of Random Acts of Kindness and do a few for others. 
Love: Plan your date around service for your significant other. (i.e. Take them somewhere you don't like but they adore, Take them shopping for something they've been eying, or clean the garage out together!) 
Devoted: While you're out at dinner, count your blessings and anonymously buy someone else's meal for them!

We want to hear from you! 



Remember how I'm a hopeless romantic? After you complete a challenge share with us what you did! Did something funny happen? Did you learn something you didn't know about your significant other? Did he say something that would make any girl swoon? Send us a message and/or a picture on our Facebook wall so we can share it!


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Thursday, February 26, 2015

10 Fun and Frugal Date Ideas



No explanation is needed for this post. I think everyone finds themselves in need of some fun but inexpensive date ideas every once in a while!

1. Play A Sport: Even if you're not very good, grab a ball, frisbee, racket, and get moving!

2. Watch Family Videos: You know all the millions of pictures and videos you have stored on your computer? Actually sit down and watch them!

3. Visit a Museum: There are probably some pretty cool museums in your area that you've never thought of going to.

4. Thrift Shop: Pick out something awesome for each other! Or better yet, something to do next Friday night!

5. Play a Concert for each other: If you're not musical, create a playlist or CD and listen while you cuddle!

6. Just get ice cream: Instead of getting Dinner, just go out for ice cream.

7. Visit the Library: Check out a book and read with each other.

8. Chess Club: Practice your chess skills or play any other board game.

9. Download an App: Turn your ipad into game-opolis and download a few cheap games to play against each other.

10. Money Management Date: If money is tight, plan a date a month centered around learning about money management! You can read books, attend a seminar, rework your budget, etc but make sure you have fun along the way!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

10 Awesome Ideas for Welcoming Home a Missionary



My sister is home!!! It was so fun going to the airport and seeing her come down with the group of missionaries she went out with. I loved seeing all the anxious parents (not to mention my own) with balloons, signs, banners, and flowers. After welcoming home my friends and family members from their two years of service, I've heard some pretty cool ideas people have done to make their missionaries feel loved, not to mention help them transition back into every day life so I thought I'd share a few!

1. Neighborhood Welcome Home Sign: For my sister's arrival, my mom of course put up a million signs and balloons all over our yard, but the one that was the coolest was the one she let the neighborhood sign. As we left for the airport she texted and emailed anyone she thought might be interested and they came and grabbed a marker off the porch and wrote a little message on the sign.

2. What You've Missed Magazine: Create a "magazine" that catches them up on what happened in the "world" while they were away. This can be anything from politics to celebrities to sports! Whatever you think they'd want to hear about most.

3.  Texts: Have a cell phone set up and ready for them, and let all their friends and family know the number so that they can open it to find some welcome home text messages.

4. Letters in a Book: Gather all the emails and letters they've sent you and put them in a binder for safe keeping. They will love reading through all the memories!

5. Picture Sign: On your sign for the airport put on a few photos of companions so that you can ask all the other parents if your kids knew each other because you've all arrived an hour early ;) (Yeah this literally happened... )

6. Glow Sticks Sign: If your missionary is getting home at night, make a sign out of glow sticks so they can actually see it when you pull up to your house!

7. CD/Playlist: Create a CD or playlist of all the [decent] music they missed while they were away.

9. New Movies: Have a movie they missed ready for them to watch! (AKA Frozen... My sister says all of the missionaries are soooo sick of hearing "You HAVE to watch Frozen!")

10. Prepare Their Room: I didn't serve a mission, but I know the first thing I'd want to do is crawl into my bed and sleep for a few days!