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11.10.2017

Reviewing Taco Cabana's New Flame-Grilled Chicken Tacos and the New Premium Lunazul Tequila Margarita


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

Taco Cabana invited me to be part of its blogger tasting program to let you know about some of their new menu items (I know, it's a rough gig, but these are the things I do for you, my dear readers).  Being ever the foodie and budget-seeker, I was not one to pass up the opportunity to try these with my family, since we already love "Taco C" (as the Fab Fam affectionately calls it) for both the quality and the great prices.



In early October, Taco Cabana debuted three new tacos, a new house-made margarita, and a new Crispy Chicken Bites kid's meal.  Here is what we thought of each!

11.08.2017

Family Travel Bucket List: Hunting for the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland


Even having grown up in America, I heard about the legends of the Loch Ness Monster since I was a young child. This mysterious, mythical creature was synonymous with Scotland in my mind. When we found ourselves planning our time in Scotland as part of our U.K. road trip, visiting Loch Ness was a requirement for the trip. Not only did I want to see the famed loch for myself, but I was also so excited at the idea of my two young sons getting to experience it. This way, as they hear about the Loch Ness Monster in school or from friends, they will have a real memory to associate it with.

11.06.2017

Join me at the Macy's Culinary Council event with Chef Anthony Lamas at The Domain in Austin this Saturday!


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

What are you doing this Saturday, Nov. 11 at 2pm?  I know where I’ll be… at Macy's at The Domain in Austin, Texas for the Culinary Council event with Chef Anthony Lamas!  I am excited to spend the afternoon learning from the chef, who takes some of his cooking inspiration from his Puerto Rican heritage, just like I have.  Possibly the best part of attending this FREE event, is that there will be plenty of food and drinks to enjoy!  If you’ve never been to a Macy’s Culinary Council event, you really should come out and enjoy the fun!

As if free food prepared by the master chef isn’t incentive enough, here are some other bonuses for attending:
  • RSVP and receive a $10 Macy's Gift Card at the event!  Here are the RSVP details: http://bit.ly/LamasInTX
  • 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 and a copy of Chef Lamas' cookbook Southern Heat (which he will sign for you)!

11.03.2017

Porcupine Meatballs Recipe


Porcupine meatballs were one of my favorite meals that my mother made when I was growing up.  Thankfully my own family loves this one too!  Today I am sharing my version of porcupine meatballs, which is adapted from the one my mother makes (our sauces are different).



11.01.2017

What I Wore | October 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 October 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 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 "No Rest for the Wicked" graphic tee from Express is perfect for fall.  Click here to shop this look.  

10.30.2017

A bewitching Halloween party costume (with AMI Clubwear)


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

My friend had a witch-themed Halloween party, and I chose this Sexy Long Sleeve Pagan Witch costume for the occasion.  I got the costume from AMI Clubwear, an online fashion retailer for reasonably-priced sexy women's clothes (think going out clothes, costumes, swimwear, lingerie, etc.).  There was a huge selection of costumes (including several different types of witches), but I thought this would be a unique take on the party theme.  Plus, I couldn't resist the Celtic braiding pattern and these dramatic bell sleeves!


10.27.2017

My Favorite Easy Slow Cooker Recipes


Having a few great crock pot recipes is essential when you live a busy lifestyle.  This time of year I especially love a good slow cooker meal... so many of them are warm and hearty, and having dinner ready when I get home from work is such a relief in the busy back-to-school and holiday season.

Today, I am sharing my favorite, tried-and-true, easy, and delicious slow cooker recipes.  You'll definitely want to pin each of these!

10.24.2017

Travel Tuesday: What to Do in Liverpool and Manchester with Kids


Over the past several weeks I have been sharing about our journey to seek some family and personal history in the U.K., and I will continue detailing recommendations from our trip in the weeks ahead. Today I am sharing about the few days we spent in Liverpool and Manchester, and my recommendations on some kid-friendly cultural and educational activities for the whole family to enjoy.

This area is rich with a diverse cultural history that encompasses maritime, science and industry, and of course, music and The Beatles!


10.20.2017

What I Learned My First Time Making Authentic English Scones


After writing about our time in Devon, England, I became inspired to try my hand at baking scones.  I have never attempted this before, and was a little nervous (especially since I had some pretty dang amazing scones to compare it to from England).

As it turns out, the place where I had the best scone of my life (Watersmeet House) actually published their recipe online.  Here is my experience, including what I learned for the next time I attempt scones.  I hope that this will help you too if you are a scone-baking newbie like myself.


10.18.2017

One-Day Road Trip Through Wales - Seeking Ancient Ruins, Dragons, and Castles


I  have been sharing about our journey to seek some family and personal history in the U.K. (see these fabulous things to do with kids in London, and read about our idyllic weekend in the countryside in Devon).  Over the coming weeks I will continue detailing recommendations from our trip, but today we are focused on our one-day drive exploring Wales!

I hadn't been to Wales since I was a baby, and had no memory of it, so this part of our trip was totally new to all of us.  We only had a day to get from our hotel in south Wales to our next hotel in Liverpool, so we tried to pack in as much history, scenery, and family fun as we could.  Our goals as a family were to see a castle (my idea), hunt for dragons (Grayson's idea), and see a lighthouse (Sawyer's idea) in the mythical land of King Arthur, Merlin, and fire-breathing dragons.  

After driving up from Devon, we spent the night in Newport (not too far from the Welsh border and Cardiff) at the Hampton by Hilton Newport/East.  We love Hampton Inns in the US, and Hampton by Hiltons in the UK have the same good, clean quality and complimentary breakfasts that we expect from Hampton Inns.  After a good night's sleep, this is where our Welsh road trip began the next day. 

10.16.2017

Family Harry Potter Halloween Costumes


Disclosure: This post contains 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!

Halloween is quite possibly my favorite holiday.  The #FabFam has fun choosing a family costume each year (and I'll do this until my kids think they are too cool for it... and maybe even push for it then).  Some of our costumes from the past few years include Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The LEGO Movie, Despicable Me / Minions, and Avengers

This year, we chose characters from Harry Potter!  Grayson is Harry, Sawyer is Voldemort (of course he is), Nik is Ron Weasley, and I am Hermione Granger.  Nik and I debated between a few other pairs as well, with Severus Snape and Lily Potter being another top choice.  Ultimately, we thought we'd fit the family costume better with Ron and Hermione.

10.13.2017

A Weekend in Devon, England


After departing London during our family’s recent U.K. road trip, we drove to the southwest of England (via Stonehenge – but more on that later) to spend the weekend in Devon. Why Devon? Well, while we wanted to see as much of the country as we could during our road trip, Devon in particular has a special connection for us, and there’s a bit of a story behind what brought us there.  

Our good friend, Katie (who we met along with her husband Ben during our Mediterranean voyage a few years ago) grew up in Devon, and her parents still live there. On many occasions we heard Katie talking about how beautiful and peaceful it is in Devon, and how she, as a big city Londoner, will always be a country girl at heart because of her time there. We missed an opportunity to visit Devon for her and Ben’s wedding a few years ago (we would have been there in a heartbeat, except it conflicted with our Kenyan safari). When we visited Katie and Ben in London last fall (or is it “autumn?”), we talked of Devon, and how wonderful a place it was for Katie and her siblings to grow up. We made loose plans that one day we would bring our kids to England with us, and that we would visit Devon with Katie and Ben. A few months later, those loose plans became real plans, and the #FabFam had a tripped booked to the U.K., and a weekend planned for Devon for the summer!


10.11.2017

Easy Tailgate Recipe: Brown Sugar BBQ Mini Sausages


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and the Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #GameDayBundle #PlayPauseRefresh #CollectiveBias

Football season.  My husband's favorite time of the year.  We tailgate for every home game, and are glued to the TV all day on Saturdays when the team is away.  It's like every Saturday is a party for us in the fall, which means lots of fun football snacks and bevs!  I am always looking to try new finger foods and game day munchies, and today I am sharing a brand new tailgate recipe: Brown Sugar BBQ Mini Sausages!  I am also sharing info on a sweepstakes, so read on!


10.09.2017

Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Pecan Bundt Cake recipe featuring Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag

The product, information, and gift card have been provided by In The Raw® so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of In The Raw®.

While I love the spring and summer, there is just something about fall.  I find myself especially inspired to bake in the fall.  And since I'm one of those that loves #pumpkineverything, I find that I want to make all sorts of pumpkin-y treats.  This led me to try a new recipe this past weekend, which I am sharing below.  Three words to describe this decadence: Bourbon.  Pumpkin.  Caramel.



10.07.2017

My absolute favorite cup of coffee - you have to try Café Bustelo!


This post was sponsored by Café Bustelo as part of an Influence Central campaign and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.


I start every single morning at home with Café Bustelo®, and have my entire adult life. In my Puerto Rican family, there was really never any other option. Café Bustelo = love. Growing up, this was the only coffee my parents and Abuela brewed and drank. Fast-forward to the current day, with Café Bustelo available in K-Cup® Pods, which gets me my Café Bustelo fix even more quickly and easily. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, I have a deal for you to try Café Bustelo yourself! Click here to get 10% off Café Bustelo K-Cup® Pods with the Target Cartwheel app (and find your local Target store here).

9.29.2017

What I Wore | September 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 September 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 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 deconstructed tailored blouse from GANT is the perfect transitional top for fall.  I paired it with dark flare jeans from Express and Taye flat shoes from JustFab.  Click here to shop this look.  If you're not a member of JustFab yet, click here to join so you can get the VIP pricing on the shoes.

9.26.2017

Cars.com is a great resource for purchasing your next car - and for every phase of car ownership

Cars.com photo by Kelsey Mays
 
Sponsored post.
 
The lease on my trusty VW is almost up, and I will soon find myself in the market for another car. There are so many choices, and so many things to consider when you have a family that loves to camp and take road trips, and when you have to navigate through Austin traffic on a daily basis. 

Cars.com manufacturer image

Thankfully consumers these days are not in it by themselves. When it comes to buying a new or used car, Cars.com is not only a huge automobile listing site and connects buyers with dealers, but it is also a great resource for just about anything you need to know about the car buying process.  But the resources don’t end there… Cars.com also helps you navigate every phase of car ownership.  You can find information on safety and recalls, the latest car industry news, and connect with repair and services. 

9.22.2017

Champagne-Themed Bachelorette 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!
 
My baby brother recently got married, and I was honored that his lovely bride invited me to be part of her bridal party for the special day.  The bridal party had so much fun leading up to the wedding (not to mention during the wedding weekend itself in Vegas!).  One thing these ladies quickly learned that we had in common was an affinity for the bubbly.  When it came time to pick a theme for our Marina Del Rey bachelorette party weekend, it was a no-brainer to have a champagne theme!
 

Not only was pink one of the wedding colors, but it also happened to be a favorite of the bride's.  Therefore, pink was a dominant color in the décor, along with gold to match the foil on the sparkling wine splits we had as party favors.  Here are all the details!

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.

9.07.2017

Bringing in Fall Fashion with Smart-yet-Casual American Sportswear Brand GANT

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

The weather is finally cooling here in central Texas, which to some means football and pumpkin spice everything.  To me it means transitioning to fall fashion (oh, and also pumpkin spice everything)!  Today I am featuring one of fall's fashion trends: relaxed tailored.  You know, the smart-yet-casual looks where you can pair a button-up shirt with jeans (or even activewear), or play the traditional tailored pieces with just a bit of avant-garde (think blouses, pants, and skirts with asymmetry or deconstruction).  GANT, the American sportswear brand with a long heritage of playing the smart-yet-casual looks, has just the pieces you need for this fall trend, for either men or women. 

GANT approached me to work with them, and I loved how their styles embody the fall relaxed tailored trend, and go seamlessly from the office to the weekend.  I chose the GANT Rugger Knotted Shirt (which comes in white or dark blue) to try out for today's post.  This particular shirt also happens to be on major sale right now!


9.05.2017

Tips for a Smooth New School Transition (with Poketti Plushies)

Disclosure: I received samples of Poketti for review purposes.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  I was not financially compensated for this post.
 
Going into fall and the back-to-school routine is always a bit of a transition.  This year was more challenging than normal for our family, as my youngest was leaving the preschool he attended since he was an infant to start kindergarten, and both my boys are attending a brand new school, leaving some friends, teachers, and familiarity behind.  So far the transition has been successful, and I want to share some of the tips that are getting us through it today. 

One of the tips you'll read about more below involves Poketti, adorable plushies (or "cuddle buddies" as my boys call them) with pockets and "pocket powers."  This company is actually run by young girl entrepreneurs (they started the company when they were in middle school; click here for more on the company's history) who wanted to combine the comfort of a plush toy with function by adding pockets.  Their latest line pairs the cute plushies with "pocket powers" that empower children with traits like confidence, creativity, kindness, and a lot more.  You can shop for Poketti on Amazon here (affiliate link), but I will share more about them along with some tips for a smooth new school transition below. 

9.01.2017

Creamy Bacon Avocado Pasta Salad Recipe + Enter the Howdy Skinner Sweepstakes!


I was financially compensated for this post.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

Labor Day is coming up.  To me, it represents the last hurrah of the summer.  It represents Texas-style cookouts, friendship, and the beginning of fall weather.  I have so many great memories of times with friends when we all pot luck our favorite dishes and have some laughs alongside the grill.  Three-day weekends are so good for that!  Such a care-free feeling!  I have just the pasta dish for you to take to your next cookout, and it couldn't be easier to make.

The idea of "cookouts" have become something wholly different for me since we moved to Texas six years ago.  They are an essentially Texan experience (don't ever confuse a "cookout" with a "BBQ" like many of my Californian peers).  Someone is always in charge of the grill, local brew is always on the menu, and every guest has a signature dish that we all look forward to.  These experiences are one of the things that I think Texas does better than other states.  Another thing Texas does better?  Groceries and grocery prices!  I remember being blown away my first several shopping trips at both the prices and the quality of the local brands.  One of the local brands I fell immediately in love with is Skinner® pasta.  You just can't beat the price when combined with the quality.  As quintessentially Texas as a cookout, everyone - family, friends, kids - loves Skinner.  


In honor of Friendship Month, Skinner pasta is celebrating how it brings Texan friends and family together with a sweepstakes!  Enter the #HowdySkinnerSweepstakes by Wednesday, September 6th for a chance to win great prizes, like a getaway for two to the Houston Marriott Marquis, a Care.com membership (plus $500 to cover household, babysitting or pet care services), and a year’s supply of Skinner pasta for you and a friend!  Even the prizes are friendly!

8.30.2017

Style, Comfort, and FUN Back to School Outfits for Boys + GIVEAWAY OshKosh B'gosh #StyleUp4School

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

I don't know about you, but my boys have a favorite type of pant.  A pant that they'd ask to wear daily if they could.  They actually have a name for them (they ask for their "comfy pants").  Thankfully, because these pants are available in lots of different colors, and are pretty cute, they can work with a lot of different looks.  Today, I am going to show you how versatile these French Terry Pants from OshKosh B'gosh are, with some styling tips and a look at how they have taken us from the end of summer all the way through back to school.  It's not always easy to find kids fashion that is versatile, comfortable, and stylish, but OshKosh has my boys totally covered for back to school this year, from head to toe!  I am also sharing a special discount code and giveaway... so read on!


Casual play wear or nicer school wear, Osh Kosh B'gosh has us covered.


OshKosh also has a great range of shoes for boys and girls!  This blue-trimmed pair is quickly becoming a favorite.

Before I get into the OshKosh looks we styled, I wanted to let you know that through October 2, 2017, use coupon code: OKGB3352 to get 20% off your OshKosh purchase of $40 or more, online or in store (here's the store locator so you can find an OshKosh near you)!

As if you need another reason to give OshKosh a visit for your back to school shopping, let me tell you about the B'gosh Jeanius campaign.  The campaign as an annual effort to support local communities with donated clothing and school supply needs.  Partnering with DonorsChoose.org and Delivering Good, OshKosh Moms, families and friends have collected over $1.1 million and distributed more than 66,000 articles of clothing to impact the lives of over 260,000 students.  You can join the effort by donating a new pair of jeans in-store or making a cash contribution in-store or online at oshkosh.com/bgoshjeanius through September 18, 2017.  Then, share your “shop to give style” on social media using #BgoshJeanius.

Last, but not least: to celebrate back to school and fabulous kids style, I am giving away a $50 OshKosh B'gosh gift card!  To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this blog post by 5:00 pm central next Wednesday, September 6, 2017.  Make sure your email address is included in your comment profile so I can contact you if you won!

8.28.2017

What I Wore | August 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 August 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 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: On a recent trip to LA I embraced the last month of summer with a top and palm leaf skirt from SheIn with gold accessories, including these fab ruffle-detail Caleya sandals from JustFab.   Click 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 pricing on the sandals.