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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!