hello from az.

Hello from Arizona! Isn’t our new door mat super cute? We arrived last night to a very unpleasant surprise (our home is no where near move-in ready as our contractor promised) but this adorable addition to our front doorway did the trick to cheer me up a bit 🙂

road trip: day 2

We’re in Tucumcari, New Mexico…so close to AZ yet so far away! We plan on getting up extra early tomorrow and as long as I can keep up the same pace with driving, we should arrive at our new home tomorrow evening. I can’t wait!

road trip: day 1

Howdy from Emporia, Kansas! We drove 9.5 hours today on our way to Arizona (check out the map above to see the path we’ve traveled so far). Random fact that I learned today: At one time it was against the law to serve ice cream on cherry pie in Kansas. Ciao!

{Christina’s Wedding} Invitation Sneak Peak| Engaged & Inspired

Here’s a litte sneak peak at the digital proofs of our invitation suite. Check out my post at Engaged & Inspired for more info 🙂

(the invitation suite set up)

(front of the rsvp card)

(back of the rsvp card)

The Proposal. | Engaged & Inspired

In honor of hitting the six month mark of being engaged (or as I like to call it, our “engaged-iversary”), I dedicated this week’s Engaged & Inspired post to our proposal story.  Head on over and check it out if you don’t know the incredible details yet 🙂

v day.

Just a few snapshots from our Valentine’s Day.  We kept it low key with home bakes goodies (red velvet cupcakes of course) and then dinner at Bodega Marques.  It was our first time there and it blew us away.  We loved it so much that we decided to made a reservation for this Saturday night before we left the restaurant last night 🙂  Hope everyone had a love filled and relaxing day!  PS:  We only have 5 days left until our big move!

no bake nutella cheesecake.

I found this recipe for No Bake Nutella Cheesecake over at My Baking Addiction and decided that I HAD to make it this past Sunday for our Super Bowl BBQ.  The original recipe called for using frozen whipped topping (like Cool Whip) but I decided to make my own (instructions below).  Unfortunately, my pictures did not turn out well and did not do this fabulous recipe any justice so I’ve included the pictures from the original post below.  Enjoy!



For the Crust

12 Oreo Cookies, crushed into crumbs
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the Filling

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup Nutella
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 (8 ounce) whipped topping*

*For the Whipped Topping

1 (8 ounce/227 g) container of fresh whipping cream
1/4  teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 packet of Splenda

For the Garnish

whipped topping, optional
chocolate shavings, optional
toasted, chopped hazelnuts, optional
fresh strawberries, halved, optional


1. In a medium bowl, stir together the Oreo cookie crumbs and melted butter. Evenly divide the crumbs between your individual serving dishes and press into the bottoms of the dishes to form a crust layer.

2.  In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the whipping cream, vanilla and Splenda until soft peaks form (approximately 5 minutes).  Set aside for step 3.

3. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and Nutella until smooth. Add vanilla and mix to combine. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the whipped topping until well blended and no streaks remain.

4. Evenly pipe or spoon the filling into individual serving dishes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

5. If desired, garnish with additional whipped topping, strawberries, chocolate shavings, and/or toasted, chopped hazelnuts.

The Out-of-Town Bag | Engaged & Inspired

Head over to Engaged & Inspired for my weekly wedding post.  This week I shared my ideas for the Out-of-Town Bag for our guests.  Check it out here!