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10.16.2018

Recipes for Planning the Ultimate HomeGate Football Game Watching Party (Plus a Sweepstakes!)


This post was sponsored by McCormick as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.


Fall is one of the best times of year for our family, and a big reason for that is because it is football season! We are all big college football fans, and with the hubs being a third-generation University of Texas Longhorn, most Saturdays in the fall are spent cheering on the Horns. For every UT home game, you can find the #FabFam on campus at our tailgate (going eight years strong!). For away games, we love to watch our teams play on TV at home. And since tailgates and game watching are synonymous with good food, we are always cooking up a whole bunch of good game-watching grub! 



Today I’m sharing a few easy recipes that are perfect for a football game watching party, plus details on the Ultimate HomeGate Sweepstakes (more on that below). All of these recipes are quick and easy, and can be pulled together for a big party, or even a last minute get together. Even better, all of these essentials for the throwing your own ultimate HomeGate can be found conveniently at your local Walmart. 

10.11.2018

Hotel Transylvania 3 freebie offer with Entenmann’s® Little Bites®! Sweet family movie night idea!


The coupons for product redemption, information, and gift card have been provided by Entenmann’s® Little Bites® so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Entenmann’s® Little Bites®. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Entenmann’s® Little Bites®.

Does your family love the Hotel Transylvania movies? Ours sure does! The kids are always quoting funny lines from Drac and his friends, and I think it is adorable that they refer to people falling in love as having "zinged." In case you haven't heard, Hotel Transylvania 3 was just released on digital (on 9/25) and Blu-ray/DVD combo (10/9). Our friends at Entenmann’s® are joining in the fun with specially-themed HT3 packaging for some of their Little Bites® and donuts varieties, and a special offer! From September 1, 2018, through October 30, 2018, with the purchase of any three five-count Entenmann’s® Little Bites® or three eight-count Entenmann’s® donut products, you will have the opportunity to receive a free HT3 draw-string bag! Keep reading to see more about this offer, as well as a GIVEAWAY I am hosting!



For more info on this offer, plus lots more frighteningly fun (and FREE!) Hotel Transylvania activities, visit the Little Bites® website here.

10.09.2018

Partaking in the moveable feast: Everything you need to plan a romantic vacation in Paris that will stay with you for a lifetime


Our 10th anniversary trip to France was so romantic, so dreamy, and so special. I find myself daydreaming often about our time in the Loire Valley (see my Loire Valley travel guide here, and my scenic Loire Valley chateaux driving route here), where we stayed in a chateaux, feeling the Downton Abbey vibes. But as perfect as it was in Val-de-Loire, something was lit in me in la Ville Lumière, Paris. I've always known Paris was special, but in this trip, I felt a connection.


Maybe it was the fact that the city is so damn stylish. I was there to attend Paris Fashion Week in addition to celebrating our 10th anniversary. Not only did I love dressing the part (see my post on what to wear, and where to get the best photos, during a vacation in Paris), but the history of fashion is so significant in the city. Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Christian Louboutin... I could go on and on, just naming names, and the point would speak for itself. Plus, the street style is something else. "French girl style" is a real thing, and women of all ages seemed so effortlessly chic. #Goals, ladies.


10.01.2018

What I Wore | September 2018


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 2018. 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, and links to shop some of the outfit components.

For more fall and winter style inspiration, check out my recent Facebook Live on the key fall and winter fashion trends you need to know:



Look 1: This olive, ruffle-trim wrap dress is one of my favorite pieces at the moment, and the color is a must-have color for fall. I wore it with another fall style must-have in these slouchy open-toe booties from AMI Clubwear.

9.27.2018

Snickers Brownies recipe (great for using up that leftover Halloween candy)


I don't know about you, but I tend to overdo it with Halloween candy.  We have a lot of kids in our neighborhood, so I always like to be well-prepared.  The problem is that most years I end up over-prepared, and end up with a lot of leftover Halloween candy.  I know, that can be seen as a good or a bad thing.  Rather than being tempted by a bowl of miscellaneous sweets for weeks, I have found it fun to try different baking projects with the leftover candy (check out this Dessert Recipes for Your Leftover Halloween Candy post here), this way I can share them with neighbors and co-workers and get them out of my house!

I have just created a new recipe to use up leftover mini chocolate bars from Halloween: Snickers Brownies!  These brownies are a great way to use up some of that leftover Halloween candy!  These are made with Snickers® bars, but you can substitute Milky Way® candy bars for a different variation.

I developed today's recipe as part of the Allrecipes Allstars Tastemakers program. Rate, review, and photograph my recipe for Snickers® Brownies on Allrecipes here, and see the full recipe along with some of my cooking tips below.


9.25.2018

Addison, TX - the perfect place to stay and play for a fun weekend in DFW


I was hosted and compensated by Visit Addison for this post.  The opinions are my own based on my experience.

This summer we made an effort to explore our home state of Texas for weekend getaways, quick staycations, and family-friendly days out.  Being a traveling family, we are always on the go, and sometimes forget how many great things there are to do in our own state!  My latest adventure was the perfect example of this - I spent a weekend in Addison, Texas in the DFW area for some fun with the girls.  It was SUCH a fun weekend, with tons of great things to see and do, not far from home. Today I am sharing all my recommendations on where to stay, where to eat, and what to do during a stay and play weekend with your friends in Addison, TX.  Thanks so much to the folks at Addison tourism, and all of the great restaurant, hotel, and activity partners that showed us such a fun time during our visit!

Where to Stay in Addison, TX


Renaissance Dallas Addison I highly recommend this hotel for a weekend in Addison, TX.  The service was impeccable, the room was awesome (we had one of the top floor suites that was a TWO STORY room!  Epic!), and the pool great for relaxing.  The food from room service was also delicious.  In addition to being a great property, the Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel is perfectly located near so many great shops, restaurants, and activities in the heart of Addison.  Everything you need is either a walk or a quick Uber away from the hotel.  



9.20.2018

FINALLY! An affordable meal kit service that saves you both time and money!


This post was sponsored by Dinnerly. All opinions expressed are my own.

You’ve no doubt seen ads for meal kit services. To be honest, I was a little put-off to try one since I have a handle on meal planning myself for the most part, and it didn’t seem worth the cost. Don’t get me wrong, as a busy working mom, I would have loved the convenience of a service like this... but being the DIYer I am, I just had a hard time justifying the price. It wasn’t until recently when I learned about Dinnerly (the most affordable meal kit subscription service) that I decided to give this kind of service a chance. Y’all, I think I have officially been converted. It saved me not only time, but also money, PLUS the Dinnerly meals I made were delicious, and family-friendly! Keep reading to see more about my experience (and the delicious food), and if you’re ready to give Dinnerly a try, use code FABEVERYDAY for free shipping on your first box!



Here’s how Dinnerly works: 

9.14.2018

Fun Halloween Recipe for Kids - Spooky Spider Hot Dogs


It's the most wonderful time of the year!  I'm talking about Halloween, of course!  My favorite holiday.  If you're like me and like to get a head start planning for Halloween parties and other spooky-themed treats for kids, you're going to want to pin today's post, as I'm sharing an eerily easy variation on a favorite kid's treat.  If you're looking for more Halloween party food ideas for kids, check out this Halloween party post here.  

I developed today's Halloween recipe as part of the Allrecipes Allstars Tastemakers program.  Rate, review, and photograph my recipe for Spooky Spider Halloween Hot Dogs on Allrecipes here, and see the full recipe along with some of my cooking tips below.

9.11.2018

Fab Everyday's Loire Valley Travel Guide - Your Resource for a Vacation in France's Château Country


Our time in France's Loire Valley was a bright, shining highlight from our trip to France.  One of my requirements for the trip was to stay in a castle, and Val de Loire is where one goes to do just that.  In addition to the beautiful and historic chateaux (there are hundreds in the region, though not all open to the public), the food, wine, enchanting countryside, and slower pace of life make this a romantic destination - ideal for an anniversary or honeymoon.  Since we were celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary, we found it to be a perfect romantic getaway.

Save or pin this post for when you plan your trip to the Loire, as I've got all your essential trip recommendations below, including where to stay, where to eat, and what to do in this region of France.  For more from our anniversary trip to France, see our scenic chateaux drive route from Paris to the Loire Valley here, a travel style post on what to wear for a vacation in Paris here, and stay tuned for another post with our recommendations Paris.  


9.07.2018

Tried-and-True, Delicious Recipes for the Instant Pot


I may have jumped on the Instant Pot (affiliate link) bandwagon a bit late, but as they say, better late than never!  I finally see what all the fuss is about - this thing is amazing!  It is not nearly as intimidating as other pressure cookers, and everything I've tried making in it has turned out really well.  Here is a round-up of my favorite, tried-and-true, delicious Instant Pot recipes.  Definitely pin and save these!



Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala recipe (from Savory Tooth)

9.05.2018

Family-Friendly Luxury in San Antonio - A Stay at The St. Anthony + An Itinerary for a Fabulous Family Weekend


I was hosted by The St. Anthony for this weekend.  The opinions are my own.  I was not financially compensated for this post.

The #FabFam is always on the go, but this summer we decided to stay closer to home and explore more of what our home state, Texas, has to offer.  We called it the "summer of Texas fun!"  We decided to spend one of our summer weekends in San Antonio, which is a convenient getaway from Austin at only an hour and a half drive.  Our home-base for the weekend was the fabulous St. Anthony Hotel, which was the perfect choice for a weekend of family fun in San Antonio.  Keep reading to see why, and get my recommendations for the best places to eat and things to do with kids in San Antonio, Texas.  You'll want to save and pin this post when you are planning your itinerary for a family-friendly weekend in San Antonio!


Why you should stay at The St. Anthony Hotel:

9.03.2018

Keto Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus with Lemon Aioli Recipe


I don't know about you, but when the weather's nice, we love to cook outdoors as much as we can.  Because of this, we are always looking for easy grilling recipes.  Bonus points if they involve bacon.  Extra bonus points if they are low carb!  Today I am sharing a recipe that scores all the bonus points: Keto Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus with an easy homemade Lemon Aioli.  This simple recipe is easy, delicious, and satisfying, especially for those on a ketogenic or low-carb diet.  Note: You should use full-fat mayonnaise for the aioli if you are keto.  

Looking for more keto-friendly recipes?  Check out my Keto Blueberry Cream Cheese Crumble recipe.

I developed today's recipe as part of the Allrecipes Allstars Tastemakers program.  Rate, review, and photograph my recipe for Keto Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus with Lemon Aioli on Allrecipes here, and see the full recipe along with some of my cooking tips below.


8.31.2018

What I Wore | August 2018


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 2018. 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, and links to shop some of the outfit components.


Look 1: This look was worn while we were vacationing in the Loire Valley in France.  I loved hanging around that chateau in this surprisingly comfortable and affordable ensemble.  The yellow, one-shoulder lace-detail dress is from ASOS, and I paired it with lace-detail Fergalicious by Fergie wedges from DSW.  Click here to shop this look.

8.29.2018

Let's Party Gras! New Orleans-Themed Bachelorette or Birthday Party Ideas


Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive commission if you make a purchase using the link.

My niece just turned 30, and we had to celebrate!  Since New Orleans is my new Vegas since moving from California to Texas, we figured it would be a great place to celebrate.  Plus, NOLA is the perfect blend of youthful fun and mature sophistication, so what better city to transition from your 20s to your 30s?

With the celebration being in NOLA, the theme was easy: Mardi Gras!  Or as we called it for fun-time purposes, "Party Gras!"  The color scheme was the traditional Mardi Gras color combo of purple, green, and yellow.  Here is what we did!  You'll want to pin these ones for your own New Orleans birthday weekend or bachelorette party, or even a Mardi Gras party.


8.27.2018

Guilt-Free Air Fryer Ranch Zucchini Chips Recipe


As you may have noticed, I've been doing a lot of experimenting with recipe development for my air fryer lately (see my Air Fryer Sweet Potato Tots, my Air Fryer Fried Pickles, and check out some other air fryer recipes in this old post of mine on air frying vs. deep frying). 

Today I am sharing a recipe for air fryer ranch zucchini chips.  I am a ranch dressing lover, so anything with a ranch flavor is totally my jam (er, my dip?).  These zucchini chips are made with ranch dressing, and cooked in the air fryer for less guilt than traditional frying.

I developed this recipe as part of the Allrecipes Allstars Tastemakers program.  Rate, review, and photograph my recipe for Guilt-Free Air Fryer Ranch Zucchini Chips on Allrecipes here, and see the full recipe along with some of my cooking tips below.

8.24.2018

Training like an American Ninja Warrior at Austin's Crux Climbing Center


I was provided passes to Crux in exchange for a review.  The opinions are my own.  I was not financially compensated for this post.

The #FabFam has been trying to prioritize our health and fitness again, and it is easy to be inspired when one of your friends is a physical beast, a real-life American Ninja Warrior.  Andrew Swinghamer (we just call him Swinghamer, because, best name ever), who is competing in the American Ninja Warrior Las Vegas Finals (watch it on NBC this coming Monday, August 27, 2018), is a proud Austinite, Texas Longhorns super-fan, and dedicated to his fitness.  To be a Ninja Warrior, with the super-human control of your body that is required to complete the courses, you have to be.  Therefore, when Crux Climbing Center in Austin invited my family out to try the facility, I couldn't think of anyone better than Swinghamer to teach us the ways during our first climbing experience.

S and me with Andrew Swinghamer, Austinite and American Ninja Warrior Finalist


8.22.2018

Six mind-blowing facts about peanuts that I learned during the Texas Peanut Producers Board Blogger Tour


I was hosted on this trip, and have been compensated for this post by Texas Peanut Producers Board. The opinions are my own.

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to visit West Texas to learn about peanut farming and production, as well as the multiple benefits of peanuts. While I have always been a fan of peanuts (see some of my favorite peanut recipes below), this trip offered me unparalleled insight into a process that does so much more for the environment and local economy than I could have imagined. My love for peanuts has multiplied as a result, and I hope you can take some of what I learned away from today’s post.



Thank you to Texas Peanut Producers Board for a wonderful and memorable opportunity, and for the local farmers and business owners for taking the time to show this city girl where her peanut recipe ingredients come from!

8.20.2018

Grab your pickaxes and potions - Minefaire: The Ultimate Minecraft Experience is coming to Austin (and I have a discount for you)!


I have been provided with Minefaire tickets to promote this event.  The opinions are my own.  I have not been financially compensated for this post.

Are your kids huge Minecraft fans like mine (see S's Minecraft-themed birthday party)? Needless to say, our boys were stoked to see that Minefaire: The Ultimate Minecraft Experience is coming to the Austin Convention Center on Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16. I am excited to be partnering with Minefaire to offer Fab Everyday followers 20% off tickets with promo code FAB20!



Minefaire, the #1 Minecraft event in the US, offers families the opportunities to connect through parent-child build challenges and so much more. You also get the chance to meet your favorite YouTube creators from around the world (my kids are SO excited about this), watch stage shows, learn from Minecraft experts in hands-on workshops, and shop official Minecraft merch in an epically huge merch store. See more about the Austin con on the Facebook event page here.

8.17.2018

Back to School – You’re Not in it Alone!


I have been compensated for this post by Oros. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

You guys know I’m a big fan of the Oros messaging app (read my full review of the Oros app here, and download it for free for iOS or Android here). I first fell in love with it for restaurant and travel recommendations from real, local experts. But now, I use Oros for even more, like getting any advice about any subject, all from real people. Lately, the other parents on Oros have been using the question and answer platform for all things back-to-school, including sanity tips for busy families getting back into the routine, clothes and school supplies sales and deals, and more.

NEW PROMO FROM OROS! The Oros app has just received an update that allows users to refer their friends and family to join (all from directly within the app). If you refer 25 friends to join Oros (and they download and join), you’ll get a $25 Amazon gift card! Now’s the perfect time to join and get others in on the conversation!

8.15.2018

Golden Hour Family Photo Session with Austin Photographer Jessica Rockowitz Photography


I received a complimentary family photo session from Jessica Rockowitz Photography.  The opinions are my own.  I was not financially compensated for this post.

Believe it or not, we have never done a formal family photo shoot with all four of us.  Shocking, I know!  And since I spend so much time in front of the camera myself or snapping photos of the kids, we forget to take pictures of our whole family together even though much of our life is photographed.  I always notice this when the holidays roll around, since I can rarely find a picture of all of us for our holiday cards.  This year, we decided to change that, and book a professional family photo shoot with Austin's Jessica Rockowitz Photography.  Jessica suggested a shoot during golden hour, and the results were magical!

Jessica specializes in lifestyle and family photography.  As a mother herself, she has a way with kids (more on that below).  She also offers special packages for influencers who are looking to keep a steady stream of professional-quality photos in their feed!  I'm excited to announce that she is offering a family session giveaway to one of my Austin followers!  Follow @fabeverydayblog on Facebook for the giveaway post and details.  



8.13.2018

Thoroughly enchanting! Disney's Beauty and the Beast at ZACH Theatre should be your next Austin family date night


We received complimentary tickets to this show.  The opinions are my own.  I was not financially compensated for this post.

One of our all-time favorite family date night ideas is going to the theatre.  ZACH Theatre in Austin (celebrating their 85th year - #zach85) is a longtime favorite of ours with their variety of family shows.  Every time we see a play at ZACH the kids are blown-away by the magic of it all.  I can't tell you how much I value this... in a world where kids are surrounded by high-definition media with the latest technology and special effects, it makes me so happy to see how much the art of live theatre can still impress and enthrall them.  ZACH's latest headlining production, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, was even more than that.  To use a theme from the show itself, we were absolutely enchanted.  The cast, crew, orchestra, and production had us all spellbound from the first "bonjour," and even now, days later.



8.10.2018

Lighter Air Fryer Fried Pickles with Sriracha Mayo Recipe


I've been experimenting with recipe development for my air fryer over the last few weeks.  See last week's recipe for Air Fryer Sweet Potato Tots, check out some other air fryer recipes in this old post of mine on air frying vs. deep frying, and stay tuned for more new recipes for the air fryer in the coming weeks. 

Today I am sharing a recipe for air fryer fried pickles (along with a spicy Sriracha mayo dipping sauce).  These are a much lighter alternative to regular fried pickles, but still turned out crispy and delicious!  I developed this recipe as part of the Allrecipes Allstars Tastemakers program.  Rate, review, and photograph my recipe for Air Fryer Fried Pickles on Allrecipes here, and see the full recipe along with some of my cooking tips below.

8.07.2018

Reasons to Find Yourself in Rockport - Fulton, TX, 'The Charm of the Texas Coast'


I was hosted by Rockport-Fulton and some of the local businesses in this post.  The opinions are my own based on my own experience.  I was not financially compensated for this post. 

The #FabFam has been exploring the special destinations and getaways in our own state this summer.  We've been referring to it as our "summer of Texas fun."  Our latest adventure was to a beautiful part of the Texas coast that we'd not yet visited: Rockport-Fulton.  Our few days in Rockport were truly a highlight of our summer - it was relaxing, peaceful, and FUN for the entire family.  There is quite a bit to do and explore in this area, as you can see yourself on the Rockport-Fulton website.  Today, I am sharing our recommendations based on the amazing itinerary laid out for us by our host, the Rockport-Fulton Chamber.  Keep reading to see where to stay, what to do, and (always important) where to eat during a getaway to Rockport-Fulton, "The Charm of the Texas Coast."


Rockport-Fulton invited us to experience the area to see firsthand how much the region has recovered from last year's devastating hurricane season.  This part of the coast was hit especially hard when Harvey made landfall.  Over the last year the townspeople, along with support from all over our state (#TexasStrong), have been rebuilding.  They want to let vacationers know that #RockportIsBack and ready for tourism!  Beaches, activities, restaurants, and accommodations are open for business, and through good ol' Texan resilience, better than ever.  Take that, Harvey!

8.03.2018

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Tots Recipe - A Tasty, Lighter Cooking Alternative


I love experimenting with my air fryer, and have been developing several new air fryer recipes over the last few weeks.  Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks, and check out some other air fryer recipes in this old post of mine on air frying vs. deep frying.  

The recipe I am sharing today is for air fryer sweet potato tater tots.  These are a lighter alternative to regular tater tots, but are still delicious!  Mine also have a little bit of a kick due to adding Cajun seasoning.  I developed this recipe as part of the Allrecipes Allstars pilot Tastemakers program.  Rate, review, and photograph my recipe for Air Fryer Sweet Potato Tots on Allrecipes here, and see the full recipe along with some of my cooking tips below.


7.31.2018

Travel Style: What to Wear for a Vacation in Paris, France


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!

My husband and I went to France earlier this month to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary.  Instead of my usual monthly What I Wore #OOTD round-up, this month I am rounding-up the outfits I wore in Paris.  Now, if you know anything about me at all, you'd know that fashion and travel are both important parts of my life.  Therefore, it should come as zero surprise that I was planning my outfits for Paris well in advance of the trip.  In fact, I even had a few pieces purchased before the trip was even booked!  And since Paris is especially Instagrammable (see my friend Katie of Kalanchoe's post on An Instagram Guide to Paris here for some great photo location inspo), I put a lot of love into curating the fashion that I would wear and photograph during our vacation.  

If you're deciding what to wear for a trip to Paris, I hope this helps you plan what to shop and pack for your Parisian trip.  Keep reading for details and shoppable links for all the looks, plus the location where the pictures were taken.  Be sure to pin these to your Paris inspiration boards!


Look 1
Location: Château de Versailles
Outfit details: The dress is the Eyes On You Black Maxi Dress from Haute Rogue.  The shoes are the Sita slingback pump from JustFab.  If you're not a member of JustFab yet, click here to join so you can get the VIP pricing on the shoes.