Jaime Loves Stuff : August 2016

Bite Size Brownies

Because... there's nothing better than bite size brownies.  This recipe for bite size brownies is fulfilling and will make you smile! 

Bite Size Brownies Recipe
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Who else is ready for FALL?! Me! Me! Me! I am ready for cooler temps, hot cocoa, scary movies and most of all, HALLOWEEN! I despise the summer.  I really do.  It drains all of my energy and I just don't want to do anything.  I don't want to go anywhere.  I don't want to blog.  I don't want to cook.  Nada.  

Creative Ideas For a Great Girls Night In

Who doesn't love a good girls night in? Planning for a great night in with the girls is a blast- especially with these creative ideas for a great girls night in!

Creative Ideas For a Great Girls Night In

This post was sponsored by Colorwear as part of an In-Home Party Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

Work. Children. Significant others. Home. Life.  Whether married or single, parents or not, work outside/inside or stay at home- life is stressful.  Friendships are important and getting away from it all for a few hours with a group of amazing friends is an essential way to unwind and relax and feel great.  

For awhile, I used to get together once a month with my girlfriends for a fun girls night in.  After a series of setbacks in my personal life, I shut away from everything.  I didn't realize just how much I needed those Saturday nights with the girls until I stopped going.  I don't enjoy night clubs any more but hanging out with the girls, laughing, listening to music, eating and drinking is perfection and a great respite from it all.  

The goal of having "Girls Night In" restarted has been a huge priority.  Now that it's back in all its glory- here are some ideas for a creative girls night in. 

1.  Food.

Food IS life, after all.  Amiright? There's nothing better than planning a theme night and each woman attending bring a side dish and the host makes the main dish.  Arrange a group email or text and have a list of three themed ideas and allow a vote! 

At my recent girls night in, I made a batch of Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joe Sliders (recipe here).  Each guest can bring a side dish or a drink.  It worked out fabulously!

2.  Music

Eating good food, drinking fantastic drinks and playing music while chatting and catching up with friends while making new friends.  (I always encourage the group to invite others to join us! The more the merrier, right?).  Along with a food theme night, find music that fits the theme.  Or maybe a specific decade or genre? Most of us went to high school in the 1990s and it's fun to play music from the "good ol' days".

3. Activities.

Creative Ideas For a Great Girls Night In

Picking a fun activity is a GREAT way to allow our brains to unwind and to relax.  Board games? Heck yes!  Pinterest Craft Night? Oh totally.

Coloring t-shirts? Wait! What? Yes, these DO exist and they were such a hit at my recent girls night in that I can't wait to host again.

Creative Ideas For a Great Girls Night In, Colorwear Shirts

Adult coloring books are ALL the rage and for a GOOD reason.  It's a great way to decompress and relax.

What's better than a coloring page?  A coloring SHIRT made by Colorwear (which is a new product line from the epic shirt company, The Mountain).   There are over 175 designs like mandalas, quotes, animals, etc. from popular coloring book artists (like Valentina Parker and Angela Van Dam).

Make & take.  

Creative Ideas For a Great Girls Night In

I won't lie- this was one of the most relaxing evenings I have had.  I am usually so wound up and I really, really needed this.  It felt zen like and it was so soothing and every one of my guests felt the same way.  

Creative Ideas For a Great Girls Night In

I love that each shirt has such an incredible design and comes with a package of Tulip fabric markers.  

Creative Ideas For a Great Girls Night In

Creative Ideas For a Great Girls Night In

The quality of each shirt is incredible- they won't have holes in a couple of washes and they're beautifully dyed.  They're also environmentally friendly. 

Creative Ideas For a Great Girls Night In

 Now THIS is how you have a GREAT girls night in.  Kinda felt like a kid making something in art class and proudly bringing it home.  

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What are some ideas you have for a great girls night in?
Do you enjoy coloring, too?

Share with me YOUR ideas!

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Ways to Save With Groupon

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine

Unless you've been under a rock, you already know all about Groupon.  However, Groupon is MUCH more than coupons.  I mean, don't get me wrong, the coupons are incredible- I love being able to find a new restaurant, service, local events and much more BUT I love shopping on Groupon Goods.

I have been able to save a lot of money on items that I am going to shop for anyways.  Shopping on Groupon is a GREAT way to buy birthday gifts, Christmas gifts, and just because gifts and save money.  I am a huge a proponent of shopping around and finding the best price.  Full price? No thanks.

Here are some amazing items you can buy on Groupon!

Bucket List: San Diego Family Trip

Bucket List: San Diego Family Trip
Thank you San Diego Tourism for sponsoring this post and motivating us to visit in October!

Even though it's a dry, dusty desert- living in Phoenix has its perks.  

We are within driving distance to the mountains of Northern Arizona, the Grand Canyon, Puerto Penasco, and can drive to San Diego and visit the ocean. I have made it to all except the Grand Canyon and San Diego but that's going to change.   I have already set the wheels in motion to take a family trip to San Diego during Em's fall break in October and we are incredibly excited!  

I have compiled a bucket list of our MUST see spots while we visit San Diego in October
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