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5.23.2017

Creative Hot Dog Bar Toppings and Combos for your next Cookout


 
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Three-day weekends plus spring / summer weather mean lots of time spent outdoors for cookouts, pool parties, and barbecues!  My brother-in-law wanted to have a fun cookout for his birthday, and as I'm always looking for ways to bring a bit more fabulousness to the everyday, I found myself trying to think of ways to spice up traditional cookout fare.  I decided to do a hot dog bar, where we could grill up a bunch of dogs and provide topping combination options for guests to build their dogs their way. 

Many of the hot dog toppings I settled on for the hot dog bar were from this 13 Creative Hot Dog Recipes slideshow from Real Simple, but I found a few others as well.  Read on to see all the recipes I used!

5.17.2017

Celebrating #FabForAll with a JustFab Convertible Swimsuit


Let's get real for a second.  I haven't prioritized my health and fitness the way I usually do.  Some stress at the end of last year, on top of the usual craziness of life, caused me to put self-care on the back-burner.  The result has been a slow and steady 10 pound gain.  Even though I have been spying lots of cute swimwear for summer 2017, I haven't been feeling as good about my body, and have been hesitant to buy any (let alone blog about them).  I am not as toned as I was when I modeled this swimwear two years ago, and was afraid to let the world see my imperfections. 

Then recently I saw this gorgeous convertible multi-way one-piece swimsuit from JustFab, and I had to have it.  The color was so pretty, the style was so fun, and I was just dying to get it.  I was quickly reminded about JustFab's #FabForAll campaign, which "celebrates love in all forms—loving your style, your life, and most importantly, yourself."  You know what?  I do love my style, and I do love my life.  I realized that I can also make the choice to love myself.  With this in mind, I decided to hold my head high, step away from the fear of exposing my flaws, and instead celebrate how fabulous this sexy suit makes me feel.  I may lose 5 or 10 pounds again someday, but I am OK with the fact that I will never have a thigh gap (I have accepted this as my genetics).  I am OK with the fact that I have stretch marks (this body has birthed two beautiful boys and has carried me all over the world).  These facts about my body should not prevent me from feeling fab, wearing an adorable swimsuit, or enjoying some time at the pool or beach.  Fabulous is not just about how something looks... it's a state of mind.  When you feel fabulous, you are fabulous. 

5.12.2017

Minecraft-Themed 5th Birthday Party (with Printables!)


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Both of my boys have been Minecraft nuts since the first one of them got their first "big kid tablet" and could start playing Pocket Edition.  Then after Santa brought them a PS4 last Christmas along with the full version of the game, their love for Minecraft went next-level.  Between the time they spend in Creative or Survival, playing Story Mode, and watching their favorite YouTubers play (DanTDM, StampyCat, and Pat and Jen have practically become part of the family), this game has become a big part of the boys' lives.  Fortunately, it's a very creative and kid-friendly game, so we don't mind.  In fact, we love seeing the creative structures the boys construct, and watching them learn teamwork when they play in Survival together. 

I figured it was just a matter of time before one of them requested a Minecraft party.  Though my seven year-old has been playing longer, it was my youngest that requested a Minecraft birthday party first.  Here are the details from his Minecraft-themed 5th birthday party from a few weeks ago. 

5.09.2017

Travel Tuesday: Route and Recommendations for a Road Trip Through the U.S. Southwest

 
For spring break this year, the Fab Fam took a camping road trip across the Southwest (from Austin to Big Bend Ranch State Park in West Texas, Page, Arizona for Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, and Zion and Arches National Parks in Utah).  You can click the links above for specific details on each destination, but today I am sharing our overall road trip route, itinerary, and recommendations for the whole trip.
 
Overall we covered five states, about 3,000 miles, and 48 hours of drive time over the course of nine days.  I am pleased to say that, once again, the whole family did great.  If you want to see my tried-and-true tips for surviving a long road trip with young children, click here.  We especially love breaking up the trip with unique roadside attractions, like the world's largest chile pepper, Billy the Kid's grave, and the like.  Most of these I found on Roadside America, which I highly recommend checking out before any road trip.

5.05.2017

DIY Kid's Camping and Outdoor Safety Necklace Craft

 
Our family camps and hikes on a regular basis, both for personal trips, and with our Camp Fire clubs.  Since it is important to teach kids some basic outdoor safety and survival skills, our Camp Fire club just had a lesson on this topic.  Part of the lesson was a craft to create their own outdoor safety necklace.
 
If you do this craft with your kids, I recommend also watching this YouTube video, which has some great, simple survival skills for children

5.03.2017

Outdoor Children's Activity: Go on a Nature Hunt!


Nature and outdoors are important in our family.  We get so much out of it, both mentally and physically.  This Nature Hunt kid's activity combines the fun of the outdoors with educational concepts of math ad geometry.  With our youngest starting kindergarten this year, this kind of prep is key. 

Go on a Nature Hunt!
Author: Education.com

With the weather warm and toasty, and you and your family heading outdoors, keep in mind that preparing your child for excellence in kindergarten math can be done anywhere, any time. The natural world is a string of math lessons, waiting to happen.

5.01.2017

Your Cinco Drink Recipe: Sparkling Rosé Sangria with Agave In The Raw®

 
Disclosure: I received Agave In The Raw® products for review purposes.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience. 
 
What do you have planned for Cinco de Mayo?  I am feeling something fun, festive, and PINK!  Rainbow jewel tone, simple décor and fruity drinks are in order.
 
This is drink you need to make this Cinco.  The fun and fruity Sparkling Rosé Sangria – featuring a combination of blanco tequila, Agave In The Raw® and fresh fruit - is the perfect way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!  Learn more about Agave In The Raw®, an organic sweetener, and read on for the recipe. 
 
 

4.28.2017

What I Wore | April 2017

 
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Here is a monthly round-up of the outfits I wore and shared on Instagram for April 2017.  If you follow @fabeverydayblog on Instagram, these looks are probably familiar to you, but I have included some new photos of them in today's post so you can see the outfits from different angles.  I have links to shop the outfit components throughout the post, but remember that on my Instagram Shop page you can easily shop the looks I am sharing on Instagram at any time throughout the month. 
 
As a reminder, you can now shop my looks directly using the Liketoknow.it links below, or by signing up to Liketoknow.it here and simply liking your favorite fashion bloggers' Instagram photos for shoppable links sent to your inbox!  You only need to sign up once!
 

 
Look 1: Like a boss!  Black lace and mesh blouse and Editor slacks from Express with classic black patent Christian Louboutin pumps.  Click here to shop this look.

4.26.2017

Family Trip to Arches National Park


For spring break this year, the Fab Fam took a camping road trip across the Southwest (from Austin to Big Bend Ranch State Park in West Texas, Page, Arizona for Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, and Zion and Arches National Parks in Utah).  I'll share our overall road trip route, itinerary, and recommendations in a few weeks, but leading up to that I am highlighting each of our destinations in detail.  Today's post covers our visit to Arches National Park in southern Utah.

Since I knew that Arches was a big park, I knew that we would need to maximize our time there.  The solution was to do some research in advance to plan our strategy.  The best resources were cross-comparing the park map (click here for a PDF) with this great article on kid-friendly hikes in Arches.  The article shares which hikes the kids could likely handle (distance, incline, etc.) as well as the hikes and spots in the park in which young children would have the most fun.  This helped us plan our attack and prioritize the two half-days we had there.

4.21.2017

How to Style 2017's Spring/Summer Dresses

 
Disclosure: I received some of the products in this post for review purposes.  The opinions are my own.


Spring is in the air!  To me, that means it's time to start breaking out the dresses!  I love that dresses can be worn for seemingly every occasion, whether it's for work, vacation, brunch, shopping, a wedding, you name it!  Today I am showing you how to style a few of this spring and summer's hottest dress trends for different occasions.  Be sure to check out Tobi.com for tons of reasonably-priced, but of-the-moment dresses for spring and summer!

Look 1: Your Casual, Everyday Dress. 
As I shared in my spring fashion must-haves post, off-the-shoulder and bell-sleeves are uber hot for spring and summer this year.  This Tobi Peace of Mind Striped Off Shoulder Shift Dress is the perfect combo of both those things, in a breezy silhouette and nautical stripes.  This is great for a spring break trip or a day of shopping.  I paired it with one of the hottest shoe styles of the season, a block-heel mule.  These mules are JustFab's Bijou in Cognac.  If you're not a member of JustFab yet, click here to join to get the VIP pricing on these shoes (disclosure: this is an affiliate link, which means I receive commission from JustFab if you sign-up using the link)!  The icing on the cake are my current favorite sunnies, Karen Walker 'Simone' Retro Sunglasses (affiliate link). 

4.19.2017

Recipe: Bacon White Cheddar Pesto Mac and Cheese - Developed for Barilla and Allrecipes.com

 
Another one of my original recipes developed as an Allrecipes Allstars ambassador has been "kitchen approved" and published on the Allrecipes.com site!  If you are an Allrecipes member, click here to follow @fabeverydayblog on Allrecipes to see my photos, reviews, and activity on the site for your meal planning inspiration.  You can also sign up for the Weekly Fab email newsletter to get a weekly digest of the recipes I cook each week.

This recipe was another partnership with Barilla to develop a new recipe using one of their Blue Box pastas and a sauce.  Again, like with my Red Hot Chipotle Bacon Mac and Cheese, I was inspired to use a Fab Fam favorite (bacon) as a key ingredient.  I developed a Bacon White Cheddar Pesto Mac and Cheese, a rich and bacon-y variation of the tradition macaroni and cheese pasta dish.

4.17.2017

Legit New York-Style Pizza in Austin, Texas: 3 Train Pizzeria


Disclosure: I received a complimentary meal at 3 Train Pizzeria for review purposes.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  I was not financially compensated for this post.

The Fab Fam recently had a night out at northwest Austin's 3 Train Pizzeria (8127 Mesa Drive, Suite B-202, Austin, TX 78746).  We all love pizza, so we were looking forward to trying this place for the first time.  I was also eager to check it out for comparison purposes, as it is described as a New York-style pizzeria, and I am always looking to find pizza places that remind me of the way pizza tastes in NYC.  Another thing that appealed to us about 3 Train was that it seemed family-friendly.  They have board games for the kids to play, and even have family night on Tuesdays where kids eat FREE! 

Well folks, we were not disappointed!  Quite the opposite, in fact.  Read on for more details about our experience at 3 Train.

4.15.2017

Come with me to the Macy's Culinary Council event with Chef Bryan Caswell at the Domain in Austin next Saturday!


This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

I'm going to be quite in my happy place next Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 3pm... I am going to be at Macy's for the FREE #CulinaryCouncil event with Chef Bryan Caswell!  I'll spend the afternoon learning from the master chef as he shares stories, best-kept culinary secrets, and techniques on how to prepare some of his favorite award-winning dishes.  The best part?  There will be plenty of food and drinks to enjoy!  AND I will be at one of my favorite department stores.  Cooking and shopping... it sounds like seventh heaven to me.

Come and join me!!  As if the above wasn't incentive enough, here are some added bonuses for RSVPing and attending:
  • RSVP and receive a $10 Macy's gift card at the event!  Here are the RSVP details: http://bit.ly/ChefBryan17
  • While at the store, feel free to explore the latest in cookware and gadgets for your kitchen.  Plus with any purchase of $35 or more in the Macy's Home Department, you receive a special gift, get to meet the chef, and take a photo with him!

Event details:

What: Macy’s Culinary Council event with Chef Bryan Caswell
When: Saturday, Apr. 22 at 3pm
Where: Macy's at the Domain, Home Department (Level 2), Austin, TX
For more information on the event visit: http://bit.ly/ChefBryan17

I hope to see you there at the Domain in Austin next weekend!  If you aren't in the Austin, TX area, follow my Instagram Story during the event (http://instagram.com/fabeverydayblog) for live coverage, or click here to see if Chef Bryan Caswell is coming to a Macy's near you soon. 

4.13.2017

Recipe: Red Hot Chipotle Bacon Mac and Cheese - Developed for Barilla and Allrecipes.com


As you may recall, I recently became an Allrecipes.com ambassador (the ambassadors are referred to as Allrecipes Allstars).  One of the great parts of being an Allstar is the opportunity to partner with brands to develop new recipes using their products.  Well folks, I've had another original recipe developed for the Allstar program become "kitchen approved" and published on the Allrecipes.com site! 

This was a partnership with Barilla to develop a new recipe using one of their Blue Box pastas and a sauce.  Since the entire Fab Fam loves bacon, I was inspired to start there as a key ingredient.  The recipe I developed is Red Hot Chipotle Bacon Mac and Cheese, a next-level macaroni and cheese with a red sauce (different, I know!), smoky chipotle spice, and bacon.

4.11.2017

Travel Tuesday: One Day in Zion National Park

 
For spring break this year, the Fab Fam took a camping road trip across the Southwest (from Austin to Big Bend Ranch State Park in West Texas, Page, Arizona for Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, and Zion and Arches National Parks in Utah).  I'll share our overall road trip route, itinerary, and recommendations in a few weeks, but leading up to that I am highlighting each of our destinations in detail.  Today's post covers our short, but memorable time in Zion National Park in southern Utah.

In our jam-packed road trip week, we found ourselves so close to Zion that we had to try and squeeze it in.  We only had time for one day in the park, but it's a place I have always wanted to go, and I couldn't resist at least touching the surface.  I do have to admit that one day was not enough time.  We didn't get to see as much as we would have liked.  If I could do it again, I would have tried to book early enough to stay in the park (camping sites and accommodations book well in advance).  That being said, we don't regret our time there.  Zion was so beautiful to behold that it was almost surreal.  Everything was so large in scale, so majestic, that the photos don't do it justice.  So if you find yourself in a similar situation with limited time, here is our advice on seeing a few things and getting around with young kids.

4.07.2017

Friday Faves: ESPEROS Handbags - High-Quality Style with a Mission

 
Disclosure: I received two handbags from ESPEROS for review purposes.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  I was not financially compensated for this post.
 
My latest bag obsession: ESPEROS.  If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen me styling two different bags a lot recently, especially during our recent road trip through the Southwest.  Today I am pleased to share a lot more images of these bags as styled on our road trip.
 
I love these bags for a few reasons.  First, they are really cute.  Second, they are really well-made, and of a high-quality, buttery soft leather.  Third, they were both really versatile and functional, even during our hikes and more rugged days in the state and national parks.  Finally, ESPEROS is special because they also have a mission.  With every product sold, ESPEROS funds one year of education for children in developing countries.  How can you not love that?  It's not often that we find ourselves both giving back and shopping for luxury goods at the same time.  Click here to learn more about them and shop their different handbag and backpack styles for both men and women. 
 
The first style, and the one I am #currentlyobsessed with, is the ESPEROS Bucket Bag.  This bag comes in five different colors.  The one I have is Pearl.  Made of soft, durable leather, this bag is also perfect for spring and summer boho lux styles.  
 
 

4.04.2017

Travel Tuesday: Visiting Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend in Page, AZ


For spring break this year, the Fab Fam took a camping road trip across the Southwest (from Austin to Big Bend Ranch State Park in West Texas, Page, Arizona, and Zion and Arches National Parks in Utah).  I'll share our overall road trip route, itinerary, and recommendations in a few weeks, but leading up to that I am highlighting each of our destinations in detail.  Today's post covers our time in Page, AZ, where we camped and visited Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend.

So, you know those rainbow-striped slot canyon photos you see as a computer lock screen image, or in those fantasy travel posts in your Facebook feed?  What about that magical looking shot of the Colorado river in a deep red canyon on your TV screensaver?  Well, both of these unbelievably beautiful, no-filter-needed spots are just minutes from the small town of Page, Arizona.  And yes, they really look that magical in real life. 

3.30.2017

What I Wore | March 2017


Disclosure: This post contains some affiliate links, which means that if you make a purchase using the links, I may receive a commission.  This does not cost you anything additional, and helps me to keep the rest of my content free, so thank you!
 
Here is a monthly round-up of the outfits I wore and shared on Instagram for March 2017.  If you follow @fabeverydayblog on Instagram, these looks are probably familiar to you, but I have included some new photos of them in today's post so you can see the outfits from different angles.  I have links to shop the outfit components throughout the post, but remember that on my Instagram Shop page you can easily shop the looks I am sharing on Instagram at any time throughout the month. 
 
As a reminder, you can now shop my looks directly using the Liketoknow.it links below, or by signing up to Liketoknow.it here and simply liking your favorite fashion bloggers' Instagram photos for shoppable links sent to your inbox!  You only need to sign up once!
 
 
Look 1: This cold-weather #OOTD is perfect for a snow day.  It features a puffy belted jacket, Ski Tahoe graphic tee, and distressed black jean leggings from Express, a black knit cap from Amazon, and snow boots from DSW.  Click here to shop this look.
 

3.28.2017

Travel Tuesday: Family Camping Trip in Big Bend Ranch State Park, Texas

 
For spring break this year, the Fab Fam took a camping road trip across the Southwest.  We went from our home in Austin to Big Bend Ranch State Park in West Texas, the Antelope Canyon area in Arizona, and Zion and Arches National Parks in Utah.  I'll share our overall road trip route, itinerary, and recommendations in a few weeks, but leading up to that I am highlighting each of our destinations in detail.  Today's post is about our family camping trip in Big Bend Ranch State Park, Texas. 
 

3.10.2017

Snow Style: The Looks You Need for a Cold Weather Vacation


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With about a month left in ski season here in the US, there is still time to get a cold-weather vacation in the books this year.  Whether you ski or not, you will want to look fabulous ski-side, lodge-side, and après ski. 

I just got back from a fabulous week in Keystone, Colorado, and had the chance to sport some really cute snow clothes and accessories.  I am sharing them in today's post to help inspire your snowy vacation wardrobe.  I have links to shop all of the outfit components at the bottom of the post, but remember that on my Instagram Shop page you can easily shop the looks I am sharing on Instagram at any time.

Here are some flat lays of a few of the outfits:



3.07.2017

Travel Tuesday: St. Paddy's Day in Savannah, Georgia

Happy St. Patrick's Day from the Fab Fam!
 
We love Savannah.  It is such a cool city, and is also the home of one of our favorite families: Sarah, Lenny, and their adorable boys.  We decided to visit them during our Southern US road trip last spring break, which just so happened to be around St. Paddy's Day.  St. Patrick's Day is a big deal in Savannah - in fact, they have one of the biggest St. Patrick's Day parades in the US!   Today I am sharing about our experience in Savannah for St. Patrick's Day specifically.  For more recommendations for visiting Savannah, check out these posts:

Our boys were especially excited about St. Paddy's Day this year, because they were going to be in the famous Savannah St. Patrick's Day Parade with our friends and their family!  Bonus - they were reunited with one of their little buddies from LA (before we moved to Texas and they moved to Georgia)! 

These little hams!
 

3.03.2017

Product Review: The Award-Winning Trudeau Reinforced Silicone Round Cake Mold


Disclosure: I received this product for review purposes.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  I was not financially compensated for this post.

While I cook pretty much daily, I don't bake or make desserts that often.  When I do make desserts, I rarely make cakes, as the whole process is honestly a bit intimidating to me.  I get easily stressed out about maintaining their shape and decorating them in a way I can be happy with.  Though lately I have been thinking about giving it another chance and facing my fear of cake-making.

It felt fortuitous when I heard about a cake pan from Trudeau that had won an award at the
2017 Housewares Design Awards (honoring products offering design innovation and new ways for improving everyday living) and was offered the chance to review this cake pan myself.  Anything that could take some of the possibility for error out of the cake-making process was enough for me to give it a try.  I made my first cake using this pan this past weekend, and today I am sharing my full review.  Thanks to Trudeau and C.I. Visions for the opportunity to review this product!


I received the Trudeau 9" Structure Round Cake Mold, which has an integrated steel frame.  The main part of its form is made from silicone, which is non-stick and allows for easy removal from the pan.  It is also safe for the freezer and microwave, which was surprising given that the pan is still rigid around the top (which allows the mold to hold its shape). 

2.28.2017

What I Wore | February 2017


 
Disclosure: This post contains some affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and/or make a purchase, I may receive a commission.  This does not cost you anything additional, and helps me to keep the rest of my content free, so thank you!
 
Here is a monthly round-up of the outfits I wore and shared on Instagram for February 2017.  If you follow @fabeverydayblog on Instagram, these looks are probably familiar to you, but I have included some new photos of them in today's post so you can see the outfits from different angles.  I have links to shop the outfit components throughout the post, but remember that on my Instagram Shop page you can easily shop the looks I am sharing on Instagram at any time throughout the month. 
 
I am excited to announce that I have become a rewardStyle affiliate!  Now you can shop my looks directly using the Liketoknow.it links below, or by signing up to Liketoknow.it here and simply liking your favorite fashion bloggers' Instagram photos for shoppable links sent to your inbox!  You only need to sign up once!
 

Look 1: Three words: pink, velvet, loafers.  They can be dressed up (with slacks or a skirt) or down (with distressed jeans), and are in the perfect spring shade of blush pink.  These beauties are Bernadette from JustFab.  If you're not a member of JustFab yet, click here to join so you can get the VIP discount on these lovelies.

2.24.2017

Spring Fashion Trend: Graphic Tees (Featuring Women's Graphic Tees from Merch Nerds)

 
Disclosure: I received a graphic tee from Merch Nerds for review purposes.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  I was not financially compensated for this post.
 
As you saw in my Spring Fashion Must-Haves video, graphic tees are making a huge comeback, and are key pieces to add to your spring wardrobe.  I recently got the chance to try out a women's graphic tee from Merch Nerds, and immediately loved the selection and pricing for both men's and women's graphic tees on their online store.  When I received my tee, I found it to be true-to size, well-fitting for a women's tee, and a great quality. 
 
My Merch Nerds graphic tee styled with some distressed denim shorts, a plaid convertible-sleeve button-up shirt for layering, and some open-toe shoeties. 

Graphic tees are more versatile than you might think.  They are great for vacation attire (I love them on road trips), outdoor activities, concerts, and just running around town.  Graphic tees can be styled with shorts or jeans and layers like plaid or chambray tops for a more casual or boho look.  You can also mix them with blazers or skirts to create an edgier day-to-night outfit.  The shirt I chose was from Merch Nerds' Travel and Location themed collection.  They have all sorts of fun ones in this category, for both guys and girls.  As they are a California-based company, I found a few really cute Cali-themed shirts to choose from, but ultimately chose this simple Women's Retro Cali Tee in blue (the shirt, like most of the ones on Merch Nerds, comes in a few color options).  Oh, and the price-point is great!  You'll want to pick up a few for yourself, and maybe even a gift for your guy as well.
 

2.21.2017

Your Little One will LOL at Elephant and Piggie: We are In a Play! at ZACH

Photo credit: Kirk Tuck
 
The latest theatre for families production at ZACH Theatre in Austin, TX is the perfect date night idea with your young children.  The synopsis for ZACH's latest show, Elephant and Piggie: We are In a Play! says to bring your "bestus" friend, so I brought my youngest for a night out at the theatre, just the two of us.  We had the best time, and my little guy was laughing constantly.  The play runs through April 30th.   Click here to get your tickets, and take your little "bestus" for a fun night out!
 
Just the two of us! 

We have chosen ZACH Theatre in Austin for family date night outings a lot over the last few years.  The theatre for families shows are geared towards young kids (pre-school and younger elementary age), are shorter (for those fidgety littles), and are brightly costumed and very engaging.  Elephant and Piggie was no exception.  Based on the popular Mo Willems book series, the play was full of energy, and interactive for the audience. 

2.19.2017

Spring Fashion Must-Haves: The Pieces You Should Add to Your Wardrobe to be Ready for Spring 2017

 
Watch the video below for Fab Everyday's Spring 2017 fashion tips - the pieces, colors, and accessories you should add to your wardrobe to be ready for spring.  
 

 
Shop the pieces in this video (disclosure: this post contains affiliate links, which means I receive commission if you make purchases using the links):


2.17.2017

Seeing Stars: Throw a Fabulous Oscar-Watch Party

 
Disclosure: This post contains some affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, I may receive a commission.  This does not cost you anything additional, and helps me to keep the rest of my content free, so thank you!
 
I love, love, love the Academy Awards, and movie award season is one of my favorite times of year.  I don't have a lot of time to go to movies throughout the year, but during award season, we seem to scramble feverishly to see as many of the nominated movies as we can.  It's always a good time!
 
I also love hosting Oscar-watching parties!  In fact, my very first "big girl" party (décor, specialty food and cocktails, etc.) when living on my own in college was an Oscar party.  I'll never forget it - it was the year Chicago won Best Picture, and it became the first in a many-year tradition of hosting an Oscar party. 
 
Today I am sharing some details that will hopefully inspire you to have your own fabulous Academy Awards shindig!   
 
 
So, before I get into the details for snacks and décor, I have to share the most important activity for an Oscar party: picking the winners!  I always print up ballots, and each guest has to complete one.  You can do this just for fun, or you can raise the stakes by having the guests put money into a pool, and the one with the most correct picks gets to take home the pot!  This year I am using this printable Oscar ballot from SkinnyPop (it goes along with my popcorn and movie theme). 
 

2.10.2017

Pin these now: Easy, Fabulous, Last-Minute Ideas for Valentine's Day


Other things on your mind besides Valentine's Day this year?  Simply too busy to deal yet?  Or did the holiday just straight up sneak up on you?  No need to worry... You're not too late to get into the Valentine's Day spirit!  Today I am sharing a round-up of my favorite last-minute Valentine's Day ideas (for food and drink, activities and crafts, DIY décor, and Valentine's cards and gifts).  Oh, and they are all fabulous (of course), and easy (my fave).  For more inspiration, follow my Valentine's Day inspiration board on Pinterest, but read on for some of my favorite, last-minute ideas!

Food and Drink

http://www.fabeveryday.com/2017/02/heart-everything-heart-shaped-food-for.html
 
 
The first idea is one of the easiest: make heart-shaped food and treats for every meal on V-Day!  This is much easier than you think with a heart cookie cutter or mold.  I share lots more ideas like this in my Heart Everything: Heart-Shaped Food for Every Valentine's Day Meal post.
 

2.07.2017

Heart Everything: Heart-Shaped Food for Every Valentine's Day Meal

 
I am getting into the Valentine's Day spirit this month something fierce!  I think my recent obsession with pink in my wardrobe combined with all the festive inspiration on Pinterest has me really feeling the love. 
 
I have noticed that something can become immediately more romantic when shaped like a heart, so in today's post, I am highlighting some easy heart-shaped food items that you can make for any and all of your Valentine's Day meals.  For more Valentine's Day food and cooking inspiration, check out this post with three Valentine's Day dinner menu ideas, but today's post is dedicated to #hearteverything.  Just like #pumpkineverything in the fall, why not show the love with #hearteverything for Valentine's Day?
 
Breakfast
 
 
Breakfast and dessert seem to be the easiest meals to incorporate heart shapes.  Here are several ideas for heart-shaped breakfasts.
 

2.03.2017

Three Valentine's Day Menus - Romantic Meals You Can Make at Home


The hubs and I have a tradition of making dinner at home for Valentine's Day.  There are lots of benefits to doing it this way.  First, you beat the waits and crowds at local restaurants.  Second, you save a lot of money by preparing your meal at home (which frees up money for things like our next vacation).  Third, cooking and food are very romantic, and being in the comfort of your own home adds to this.

But Valentine's Day isn't just another weeknight home-cooked dinner for us.  We always step it up a notch by making more of a gourmet meal, with more courses than we'd make on an average night.  Even then, we still save a ton of money compared to the more expensive prix fixe meals many restaurants serve on V-Day. 

Today I am sharing three of our favorite dinner menus that we have made at home for Valentine's Day in recent years.  I hope these inspire your own at-home romantic meal this year!

Fab Everyday Valentine's Dinner Menu One: Lighter Gourmet

1.31.2017

What I Wore | January 2017

 
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Here is a monthly round-up of the outfits I wore and shared on Instagram for January 2017.  If you follow @fabeverydayblog on Instagram, these looks are probably familiar to you, but I have included some new photos of them in today's post so you can see the outfits from different angles.  I have links to shop the outfit components throughout the post, but remember that on my new Instagram Shop page you can easily shop the looks I am sharing on Instagram at any time throughout the month. 
 
http://www.shopstyle.com/collective/fabeveryday/42634427

Look 1: Taupe sweater and white jean leggings from Express, faux fur vest from Neiman Marcus Last Call, and taupe Kareena over-the-knee boots from JustFabClick here to shop the clothes in this look.  If you're not a member of JustFab yet, click here to join so you can get the VIP discount on the boots.

1.27.2017

Football Party Decor Ideas - Just in Time for Super Bowl Sunday

 
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Whether you are planning a Super Bowl (or "big game") watch party, a sports-themed birthday party, or any ol' game watching party, I have your football party décor covered today with these easy ideas.  If you are looking for football party snacks, check out this post from earlier this week with super easy football party food ideas.  You can also get more football party inspiration by following my Football Party inspiration board on Pinterest
 
Most of the ideas I am sharing today are super quick and easy to DIY, or are available for quick delivery from Amazon.  So you're definitely not too late to pull some of these together for Super Bowl Sunday.