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11.30.2017

What I Wore | November 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 November 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: I'm in love with the sleeves on this Free People top, which I wore during our weekend in Carmel-by-the-Sea.  I paired it with slouchy Phelan boots from JustFabClick 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 boots.

11.28.2017

Personalized gold foil holiday cards from The Stationery Studio


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

Is it just me, or is anyone else shocked that it's almost December?  Where. In. The. Heck. Did this year go?  Not to mention that before the Thanksgiving leftovers are even cold, stores are blaring the Christmas music!  I am so not ready!

Fortunately, I have one thing ready.  My holiday cards just arrived!  We are saving ourselves time this year with personalized cards (which will also save our hands from signing our names on every single one).  Now to find the time to address and send them...

We chose a beautiful personalized card from The Stationery Studio.  They sell all sorts of personalized items (I really love their hostess gift section!), and naturally have a huge selection of holiday cards with several different layout options for photos and personalization.  I was immediately attracted to their cards stamped with real gold foil!  We chose a navy plaid pattern card with a gold foil border.

11.22.2017

What to Wear - Where this Holiday Season


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I can't believe how fast this year has flown by!  Here we are, the week of Thanksgiving.  Which means it's time for my annual What to Wear - Where outfit inspiration post for the holidays!  Not only will this give you a snapshot of some of the key fall/winter 2017 trends, but you can also shop the outfits in this post directly in the carousel at the very end of this post. 


Thanksgiving
A burgundy one-shoulder top is elegant enough for a nice dinner, but can be paired with jeans and booties for a more casual look.  The waist tie on this top from Express adds a feminine FW17 touch that's still easy to move in.


11.20.2017

A Romantic Weekend in Carmel by the Sea, California


This trip was hosted by Hofsas House Hotel.  The opinions expressed are my own.  I was not financially compensated for this post.

I have always been a proponent of parents taking some time away from the kids as a couple periodically.  It helps you connect as a couple, explore places without the constraints of bedtimes or age limitations, and (maybe best of all), get some uninterrupted sleep.  Don't get me wrong; we love travelling with our kids and showing them the world.  But I also love (and really value and cherish) trips with just my husband.  Since our last big trip this year (our two-week U.K. road trip) included the kids, the hubs and I were due for some one-on-one travel time.  We decided to go back to my home state of California for a weekend of wine, peace and quiet, and rest!

I was offered the opportunity to experience Carmel-by-the-Sea, California courtesy of Hofsas House Hotel and some of their local partners.  This was just what the doctor ordered - the perfect romantic setting for a quick and rejuvenating getaway.  While Carmel-by-the-Sea would be great for families as well, my reviews here are specific to what we experienced during an adult weekend.  I hope that this will inspire you with where to stay, where to eat, and what to do on your own getaway to Carmel and Monterey, which also happens to be the gateway to my favorite part of California (and possibly the whole US), Big Sur.

The sun setting over the Pacific Ocean as seen from my balcony at Hofsas House


11.19.2017

How to Choose the Right Fix and Flip Property

I have worked in collaboration with one of our partners to provide you with the below post.

If flipping houses were easy, everyone would be doing it. You can be the queen of Pinterest and have a knack for design, or consider yourself a handyman (or handywoman!) that can handle all home repairs, but these skills aren’t enough when it comes to successfully flipping a property. In the end, what matters most is carefully choosing the property to get the most out of your investment. Read through these steps to ensure you pick the right place before setting out on a fix and flip.


Step 1: Set a Budget

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.