Thursday, December 31, 2015
This year, we hosted a Post Christmas "Re-gift" Party. We stole the idea from our friends that did one last year. Each person brings a gift that they've received that they don't need/want or have duplicates. We had 3 other couples that were in town to join us. We had a blast and some yummy eats as well!
I made a simpler version of LightLife's Mexican Dip using what we had at home, which was the Smart Ground Crumbles, Salsa, and Mexican Cheese. All I did was layer the crumbles, then salsa, then cheese on the top. I baked it at 350*F for about 25 minutes. Everyone loved the dip! It was a hit!
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We ate the dip with some Beanitos Chips. We also had Pumpkin Blondies and Pumpkin Spice Fig Bars! I always include Fig Bars at every get together we have because they are just too good and EVERYONE loves them!!! Check out their website and order some for yourself!
On our cruise, we took a genius test and really enjoyed it, so we printed some extras out and had everyone try it. We gave a Medal (from the extras we got on our cruise) to the male and female with the most correct. It was fun to see everyone's concentration as they tried to figure out the answers. You are allowed 10 minutes to try and figure out as many answers as you can. After that, we let each couple go over their answers with their partner to see if they could brainstorm together and get more correct. Everyone enjoyed it, regardless of how many they answered correctly. Here's a link to the Test if anyone wants to try it out!
Next, we played a few rounds of Catch Phrase, which is ALWAYS a good time! I also have to add that the GIRLS won both rounds! YEAHHHH!!! (We weren't competitive at all... #sarcasm)
Then, we ended the night with Dirty Santa for our "re-gifts". Alecia absolutely loved the huge teddy bear that she opened! The other gifts were quite comical and I will not reveal them JUST in case whoever gave the presents reads this blog! haha
We had a wonderful time and it was a fun way to catch up with friends that we hadn't seen in a while due to everyone traveling for Christmas.
*We were sent LightLife product coupons so we could try out their products and write an honest review. We were not compensated for the post, just sent coupons. All opinions are our own.*
Monday, December 28, 2015
For Christmas this year, Jared and I went on a cruise! Being in the golf world, we spend a LOT of time apart and this cruise was EXACTLY what we needed. We experienced UNINTERRUPTED quality time to the max! We didn't have to worry about a tournament coming up next week (because Jared finally has about a month off from tournament play) and I was off from work too!
The ship itself CONSTANTLY had something fun going on, so we were never just sitting around. We ate ALL SORTS OF DELICIOUS FOOD (the best part, right?), watched entertaining shows, participated in games and trivia sessions, soaked up the sun, and just enjoyed spending time with each other.
First, here's some food pics, because we all know the food is the best part of a cruise!
We tried so many new foods and our bellies were very happy, especially eating PIZZA at midnight! :) We stayed up past 11:30pm EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. If you really know us, that is a big deal, because we are usually asleep by 10pm. We also woke up around 7ish each day because we were so excited and didn't want to miss out on any fun!
Each night, they played a few movies on the HUGE screen at the pool. We grabbed some blankets and popcorn (and definitely more pizza) and enjoyed the show! Side note: if you get cold easily like I do, make sure you pack warm clothes for INSIDE the ship... they crank that AC up!!! I was so glad they had blankets for the Dive In Movies, because I totally took them inside while we watched concerts and did trivia!
Our first port was Grand Turk. It was our favorite port. They had some fun shops and a beautiful beach. Jared snorkeled while I soaked up some sun.
The second port was Half Moon Cay, which is Carnival's private island. There wasn't much there except the beach, so we enjoyed time there just relaxing.
Our last port was Nassau, Bahamas. This was our least favorite stop. They had tons of unique shops and markets, but the people were very pushy and kept annoying us to buy something. It was fun to walk around for a little while, but after that, we went back to the ship.
|We saw a Nativity Scene, so we had to snap a picture! Happy Birthday Jesus!|
Every night, we found a new towel animal on our bed. We are still trying to figure out what this animal was. If anyone knows, please tell us!! I say it's a turtle, but Jared disagrees.
The towel animals were so neat! Here's a snowman. That's MY kinda snowman, made without SNOW! I hate cold weather!
They had a towel animal seminar, where we learned how to make our very own animals, all by ourselves! It was lots of fun!
These are our very own elephants, although mine turned out more like a puppy.
|Once again, thankful for the blankets to stay warm! haha|
Because, we just couldn't get away from golf for an entire week... We played putt-putt on the ship ;)
|Jared loves to snap goofy pics while I can't see him...|
|Here's a fancy ice sculpture.|
We cannot wait for our next cruise! Time to start saving now!
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
If you know me at all, I am obsessed with popcorn and I love trying new flavors and brands all the time! Today, I wanted to share a company called LIVE LOVE POP!
I wasn't compensated for this post, just sent product. All opinions are my own.
Here's a little info from their website:
Whether you’re noshing, nibbling, munching or crunching, we believe snacking should be three things: healthy, easy, and extra delicious. That’s why at Live Love Pop®, we use only three simple, lovable, and wholesome ingredients to create the best popcorn you’ve ever tasted: popcorn, oil, and salt. After all, the foods that come to us from nature are already perfect — so why mess with a good thing? We want to be the go-to, go-anywhere, guilt-free snack you feel good about. So live well. Laugh often. And pop much. It’s good for you!
In Popcorn We Trust®:
We want to make snacking easier and more enjoyable for everyone — whether you’re at home, at work or on the go. But we understand that it can be hard to stick to your diet when you’re hungry NOW. That’s why we created the perfect healthy snack you can enjoy anywhere. Every bag of Live Love Pop® is low-calorie, gluten-free, free of preservatives, vegan, whole grain, and most importantly, DELICIOUS. At Live Love Pop®, we believe you shouldn’t have to feel guilty after snacking — as long as you’re choosing foods with fresh, wholesome ingredients. Make us your official Munching Mentor. And make healthy snacking easier than ever.
This popcorn was DELICIOUS! Each flavor was spot on and I loved that they only had a few ingredients in each bag! They were super tasty and they didn't leave your fingers greasy or covered in seasoning. Perfect for snacking on the couch with a Christmas movie!
Check them out:
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
With the Christmas season upon us, Lightlife reached out to us and asked if we would try their products that cater to vegetarian guests.
We are not vegetarian, but we don't mind going meatless a few days a week to save money.
The first night, we made a veggie stir fry with the Smart Ground Beef.
We sauteed veggies and the Smart Ground Beef in coconut oil and mixed it all together for a delicious meal!
It tasted very similar to actual ground beef and was very filling!
Another night, we made a Smart Sausage and Bacon PIZZA, because well, WE LOVE PIZZA!
We made the Smart Bacon just like regular bacon on the skillet until it got crispy, and we sauteed the Gimme Lean Sausage in some olive oil. Then, we put them on top of our crust with lots of sauce and some cheese and it was very tasty!
LightLife wants to share a few side dish recipes with you for your Christmas gatherings:
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