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9.19.2017

Fabulous Things to Do in London with Kids

 
Last year, my husband and I spent a romantic long weekend in London.  This year, we decided to head back to the U.K., but this time with the kids for a family vacation.  I shared about our Kia Optima Sportswagon and our journey to seek some family and personal history in the U.K. last week.  Over the coming weeks I will be detailing out lots of recommendations from our trip, but today we are focused on London!
 
Since the hubs and I got to experience more of an adult side of London, we wanted to focus our time there this year on things that the kids would especially enjoy.  We came up with a fun list of activities that we all ended up enjoying!
 
Why it's fabulous: This classy establishment has a traditional afternoon tea with a special kid's version (at a discounted rate).  The teas, champagne, and food were all delicious, and it gave the children an opportunity to experience the tradition.
Why it's great for kids: Not only is the kid's tea discounted, but it is very kid-friendly.  The food for the children's tea is very dessert-heavy, and the kids even get to leave with a small stuffed animal!
 
 

9.17.2017

Business-class network security for your family and smart home with CUJO Smart Firewall

 
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
 
If your house is anything like mine, you have a lot of devices connected to your home network.  We don't even have a completely smart home, but between our laptops, mobile devices, tablets, gaming system, smart TV, and Google Home (just to name a few), there are a lot of paths into and out of our network.  Not all these devices carry the same level of security protection as you can control on a laptop, for example, which leaves your network, other devices, and family members at a substantial risk of an information security breech.  With our homes and families as connected at home as they are today, your home network demands the same level of protection that we as consumers expect of businesses.  This protection is now available with the CUJO Smart Firewall from Best Buy.
 

CUJO is a smart firewall that protects your home network (and the attached devices) with the same level of security that is standard for businesses.  It connects to your home Wi-Fi router and scans and protects from things like viruses, hacks, and malicious websites.  It also has an integrated app that allows you to manage devices on your network, alerts you to new devices connected and threats, and even allows you to manage parental controls for online access on your children's devices!  For the techies out there, it is good to point out that it includes a 1GB Ethernet for speed!

9.15.2017

Connecting with my family and personal history in the U.K. with Kia


Disclosure: Kia Motors UK provided me with a vehicle for review purposes.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  I was not financially compensated for this post.

Last month, our family spent two weeks driving through the U.K. (England, Wales, and Scotland) in a trusty-but-luxurious Kia Optima Sportswagon. In the coming weeks I will share detailed reviews and recommendations of the sites and destinations we experienced, as well as a full itinerary and route for our road trip. 

Today, I want to share about the parts of our trip that inspired it in the first place: a journey that would connect my family with our past, to discover and experience more of our personal histories. My husband to connect with his ancestral heritage in Scotland, mine to reconnect with my country of birth in England, and my sons to have their first physical connection to all of it. This was only possible through a road trip and time spent to explore and discover. That gift was made possible in part to Kia Motors UK, who, after spending time learning about the new Kia makes and models in the USA, offered me use of the Optima Sportswagon for our epic two-week adventure.

9.11.2017

Three-Ingredient Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan Fudge Bites Recipe


Disclosure: I received a sample of Nocciolata Dairy Free for review purposes.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  I was not financially compensated for this post.

You know I am all about easy at Fab Everyday.  So when I found a recipe that's delicious, low on the guilt-factor, and also the easiest fudge I have ever made, I knew it was a keeper. 


For the fudge recipe, I received a sample of Nocciolata Dairy Free (affiliate link) – an organic chocolate hazelnut spread made from all natural ingredients.  Completely free of GMO's, preservatives, colors, additives, or artificial sweeteners, Rigoni di Asiago's Nocciolata Dairy Free combines hazelnuts, fair trade cocoa and cocoa butter, natural vanilla extract, and raw cane sugar for a chocolate-hazelnut spread with undeniably superior flavor.  It's also made with environmentally-responsible cold-pressed sunflower oil, and contains far less sugar than other brands and is free from hydrogenated fats.