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6.19.2018

A cooler, more comfortable night's sleep with SensorGel® Advanced iCOOL pillows


I received samples of these pillows for review purposes.  The opinions are my own based on my experience using the product.  I was not financially compensated for this post.

It is HOT in Texas this time of year.  The hardest part is that it never seems to cool down, not even at night.  I don't know about you, but I am much more restless at night when I am hot.

Despite the fact that the summer weather is in full swing, I have had some of the best sleep these last few weeks since receiving a pair of Advanced iCOOL Gel Memory Foam Gusset Pillows that provide a cooler and more comfortable night's sleep (learn more about how it work in this YouTube video).  Click here to purchase yours at Macy's (they come in standard or king sizes): https://bit.ly/2IWEx9K.

6.18.2018

Idea for a Date Night in Austin: New Downtown Bar Academia has Launched a New Menu


If you're looking for date night ideas in Austin, TX, check out new bar Academia (208 W. 4th Street)!  Opened in March by former Bar Rescue co-star Russell Davis, Academia just released a new food menu last month.  Created by their new chef, Victor Sandoval (formerly of Parkside), the food menu at Academia was designed to complement their signature craft cocktails.  I had the opportunity to sample many of Academia's drinks and snacks at their new menu media preview event.  I can heartily recommend Academia as the perfect place to go before a show, after an evening out in downtown, or even an after-work happy hour (Happy Hour at Academia is every day 5-8pm, with $6 classic cocktails and $5 highballs).  See more below!
 

6.17.2018

Want a Taste of New Orleans? Hilton is Offering Exclusive Discounts for Must-Visit Restaurants and Tours in NOLA this Summer


I was hosted by Hilton and some of their restaurant partners for this experience.  The opinions are my own.  I was not financially compensated for this post.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: New Orleans is the best food city in the US.  Any trip to the Crescent City should be experienced through it's fabulous food and drink.  On every trip we take to NOLA, we add to our list of best restaurants and must-visit spots (you can see some of our other favorite stops in and around New Orleans in this post about our road trip to New Orleans, and this Travel Tuesday post on more must-eat spots in NOLA).  This latest trip delivered several more amazing experiences to add to our list thanks to Hilton's Taste of New Orleans.


Taste of New Orleans is a summer campaign by Hilton that offers guests discounted parking, a welcome cocktail on check-in, and exclusive discounts to the hottest restaurants and tours in town for those staying with participating Hilton hotels in New Orleans between now and September 10.  Just visit Travel.Hilton.com/New-Orleans and select a hotel to book your Taste of New Orleans reservation.  I had the chance to experience this with the Hilton New Orleans/St. Charles Avenue just last weekend.  Keep reading to see my reviews of each tour and restaurant we had the chance to visit for Taste of New Orleans as we soaked up the culture and cuisine of this fabulous city.


6.15.2018

Wedding Planning in the Digital Age – You Don’t Have to Take on Life’s Mysteries Alone


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

In less than one week my husband and I will be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. When I look back, on one hand I'm amazed by how fast the time has flown by. But on the other hand, it seems like it was a lifetime ago. So much was different: we didn't have our kids, we had a lot fewer lines around our eyes and on our foreheads, and life was slower and a bit less connected. Being less connected, I didn't yet have an iPhone with access to internet in my hands, and Pinterest didn't yet exist. Take that in for a second - I planned my wedding without Pinterest or iPhone apps!

I was thinking about this a few weeks ago... how different it would have been if I was planning my wedding this year instead of 10 years ago. I started thinking about how I use the new Oros app (which you can get for free for iOS or Android here: http://bit.ly/fab-everyday) for quick, trusted recommendations for local restaurants (whether here in Austin or in other cities when I'm traveling), or for things to do with my kids in Austin. I realized that Oros is perfect for all kinds of local referrals and recommendations wherever you are. You can also connect with other users nationwide for advice and ideas (read my full review of the Oros app here).

6.12.2018

Travel Tuesday: One Day in Finland - What to Do with Kids during a Quick Trip to Helsinki


The #FabFam went to Scandinavia (Sweden and Finland) for spring break this year.  You can see more in my posts about our two days in Stockholm and about our time with in Sweden's Arctic Circle at the Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi.  Today I am sharing about our quick jaunt to Helsinki, Finland. 

We got the idea to add Helsinki to our itinerary from a friend, who told me that there are overnight cruise boats between the Swedish and Finnish capitals.  When I looked into this, I discovered it to be really cost- and time-effective, as you travel overnight (while you sleep), and the cost offsets a night in a hotel room (which is not cheap in Scandinavia).  In our itinerary, we had just enough time to spend one day in Helsinki.  While we'd definitely need more time there to do it justice, it was a great way to introduce ourselves to this very family-friendly city. 
 
When we were doing research on what to do with the kids during a quick trip there, we came across this is a great post with lots of things to do with kids in Helsinki.  Some of the top recommendations included Suomenlinna Fortress (Sveaborg), Vessiko submarine, Seurassari Open-Air Museum, the Natural History Museum, they Heureka Interactive Center, Horseshoe Finnish Toy Museum, Linnanmaki Amusement Park, Korkeasaari Zoo, and the Botanical Garden (Kasvitieteellinen puutarha).  Keep reading to see what we did, and more about how to get to Helsinki from Stockholm. 

The boys had a lot of fun on the Viking cruise from Stockholm to Helsinki (but were really cold when we stepped outside for this photo)

6.08.2018

Flashback Friday: Our Old Hollywood-Themed Engagement Photo Session


My husband and I celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary this month.  TENTH.  Where in the heck did the time go?  Even more crazy is that it will be 15 years total together for us in October.  It's been about 15 years since this dashingly handsome man walked into mine, out of all the gin joints in all the world.  One day, I'll write our love story, but today, I'll open a chapter of it for you.  

10 years ago, I didn't have Fab Everyday.   But I did have my planning bio and a blog on TheKnot.com while I was planning my wedding.  In fact, all that sort of led to the creation of Fab Everyday (but more on that later this year when I celebrate Fab Everyday's 10th anniversary).  I documented all of the details for planning my wedding on The Knot so that it might save another person time and effort when planning theirs.  Knot bios included inspiration collages, reviews, and so much more.  See, young whipper-snapper, this was before Pinterest existed when we had to make our own planning and inspiration boards (after walking uphill in the snow with our Blackberries).  

6.06.2018

Canning 101 and a Mixed Berry Jam recipe from Ball® Home Canning



I partnered with Ball® Home Canning for this post.  The opinions are my own based on my experience.  I was not financially compensated for this post.  

It's canning season, and Ball® Home Canning is highlighting why canning and fresh preserving is "time well spent."  They are sharing tips and monthly recipes on the Time Well Spent site here.  With all the delicious berries in season right now, I decided to try this Mixed Berry Jam recipe, which our whole family loved cooking and eating!

6.04.2018

What to Do In Austin: Deep Eddy Vodka Tasting Room


I was hosted for a tasting and distillery tour by Deep Eddy Vodka.  The opinions are my own based on my experience.  

I was invited on a media trip to visit the Deep Eddy Vodka Tasting Room and take a tour of the distillery.  It was so cool learning about the history of Deep Eddy and their process for distilling and bottling their vodkas.  Let me tell you - I already can't wait to experience the Tasting Room again for a girl's weekend in Austin.  A visit to Deep Eddy's Tasting Room would be a perfect activity for a bachelorette party or birthday celebration, or for anyone looking for something fun to do to "keep it local" when visiting Austin.


6.01.2018

What I Wore | May 2018


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Here is a monthly round-up of the outfits I wore and shared on Instagram for May 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. 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. You only need to sign up once!


Look 1: I found this amazing striped, asymmetrical, one-shoulder blouse at a Gina Tricot boutique during our trip to StockholmClick here for their online store.

5.29.2018

Travel Tuesday: Visiting Sweden's Icehotel and Touring Swedish Lapland with Kids


The #FabFam recently went to Scandinavia (Sweden and Finland).  A few weeks ago I posted about our two days in Stockholm.  Today I am sharing about our time with the kids in Sweden's Arctic Circle at the Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi.  Our itinerary was built on personally curated recommendations based on our family's interests from Explorateur Journeys (you might remember Explorateur Journeys from our magical Kenyan safari trip).

Our trip brought us to Swedish Lapland for a few different reasons.  One was that seeing the northern lights (or aurora borealis) has been on my bucket list for as far as I can remember.  Another was that staying in a hotel made of ice was on my bucket list ever since seeing a viral video about it on Facebook.  Icehotel Sweden met both criteria, as it is located 200K north of the Arctic Circle in an area with very little light pollution, making it a prime spot to see the aurora if conditions were right.  My family being accustomed to warm weather (with me growing up in Southern California and my husband growing up in Texas), we decided to take a leap outside our comfort zone to have an experience like none we've ever had, and take advantage of all we could during our time there.  Today I am sharing our experience visiting with our young children in tow. 

5.26.2018

Quick and Easy Kid's Breakfast and Snack Idea: Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Banana Muffins (+ a Giveaway!)


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®.

Whether you are a family on-the-go (like the #FabFam), or just busy with the end-of-school activities, I've got the perfect quick and easy kid-friendly breakfast idea: Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Banana Muffins.  These are also great for snacks, as they are grab-and-go, and the kid's love them.  Click here for more information.

Available in stores nationwide, Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Banana Muffins are not only delicious... they are actually made with real bananas and come in convenient, pre-portioned pouches!


5.24.2018

How I Crowd-Sourced Ideas for the Ultimate Family Date Day in Austin, TX


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

Does your family ever do “family date night” or “family day?” We love to plan family-friendly outings, and with the three-day weekend and lots of long summer days coming up, we are looking for new things to do in Austin with kids. Now that I’ve got the new Oros messaging app (you can download it for free for iOS or Android here: http://bit.ly/fab-everyday), I knew that it was my go-to for planning a full day of things to do with the family.


5.22.2018

Family (and Wallet) Friendly Dining - Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen Review

 
I was hosted for a meal at Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen for review purposes.  The opinions are my own based on my experience.  I was not financially compensated for this post.

Family dinnertime is important in our house.  We use it as a way to connect and converse with each other, and no electronics are allowed (aside from whatever may be playing some background music for us).  When we eat out, we love to find a place where we can still have conversation, and where we all feel comfortable.  I'd like to offer you an idea for your next family dinner outing, as this place has it all: Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen.  Click here to find a Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen restaurant near you.

What do I mean by Cheddar's having it all?  Well, first of all, the food is delicious (this is an absolute must... see more on the menu items below), and made from scratch - just like it would be if I cooked it at home.  Second, the atmosphere is perfect for families to be comfortable and share laughs and conversation.  Third, Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen is really kid-friendly, but while also offering everything adults could need as well.  Finally, the menu pricing is very wallet-friendly.  Frankly, for all that we got during our visit, I was shocked at the total.  My husband and I can barely eat out for that total, let alone feed our family of four!

5.17.2018

Celebrate the Royal Wedding with this Low-Guilt Cherry Almond Scones Recipe

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

I don't know about you, but I am really excited about the Royal Wedding!  I am definitely celebrating the real life fairy tale on Saturday morning with a cup of tea (I'm an Earl Grey girl) and some scones.  You can too with this low-guilt Cherry Almond Scones recipe!

Ever since our time in Devon during our UK road trip last summer, I've been trying to learn the art of making scones (see my post on what I learned my first time making authentic British scones).  This week I tried making a lower-sugar scone recipe using Stevia In The Raw®: Cherry Almond Scones (see the full recipe below).  If you are looking for more low sugar recipes to celebrate the Royal Wedding, check out these other recipes from Stevia In The Raw® too: Banoffee Cake, Earl Grey Spiked Tea, Lemon Ginger Teacake.


5.11.2018

Go Go Power Rangers! How to Throw a Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers-Themed Birthday Party

How to Throw a Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers-Themed Birthday 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!
 
It's crazy to think that Power Rangers are still as popular today as when I was a kid.  Some things are just made to last, I guess!  My littlest (though not so little anymore) wanted a Power Rangers theme for his 6th birthday party.  I found that a Power Rangers birthday party was actually a pretty easy theme to work with, including some simple DIY projects (you know I love to try to keep party planning easy!).  Read on for all the details, including party décor, party food, activities and game ideas, party favors, and free printables for a Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers birthday party.  You can also follow my Power Ranger Birthday Party planning board on Pinterest to see more inspiration on how to plan the perfect Power Rangers kid's party.

5.01.2018

What I Wore | April 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 April 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. 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.  You only need to sign up once!


Look 1: Spring clothes - especially flowy, floral dresses - make me happy! It just feels sunnier and lighter when the spring dresses come out. This was my #OOTD for Easter. I adore the asymmetry of this Vince Camuto dress. Shop the look (including the block heel sandals) here.

4.27.2018

Quick and Easy Appetizer Recipe: Pear Bacon Queso Bites


I love, love, love easy recipes.  Especially easy appetizer recipe ideas, because you never know when you need to whip something up for guests (or just treating yo'self).  This particular recipe actually has a flavor inspired by my family.  




Growing up, my Puerto Rican family often made a quick appetizer out of slices of Queso Fresco and guava paste. I decided to try a new take on this sweet/savory combo, and came up with a super easy, but oh-so-delicious appetizer: Pear Bacon Queso Bites!

4.18.2018

Two days in Stockholm, Sweden in winter (with the kids!)


The #FabFam recently went to Scandinavia (Sweden and Finland) for spring break.  I know... people usually go somewhere warm for spring break.  But not us - we decided to travel to the arctic!  In the coming weeks I will share more about our time there (I'll have posts on our time at the Icehotel in Sweden's Arctic Circle and our day in Helsinki, Finland).  Today I am sharing about our brief visit to Stockholm, Sweden.

 

Our time in Stockholm was actually centered around discovering some of our family history (like our trip to Spain in 2010 and last summer's road trip in England and Scotland).  I'll share about that, as well as general tips and recommendations for a quick two-day trip to Stockholm with kids. 
 

4.15.2018

Fall/Winter 2018 Trends to Watch According to the Designers at Austin Fashion Week 2018


I got to attend my first Austin Fashion Week this year!  This year's show, brought to you by Fashion X with presenting sponsor Roger Beasley Mazda, was a great one to attend, as it marked the 10th anniversary of Austin Fashion Week/Fashion X Austin.  



If you follow @fabeverydayblog on social media, then you know I was on a quest to wear all local Texas designers to the show.  Stay tuned for more on that soon.  Today, I am sharing more about the Fashion X Austin experience (so you know what to expect when you attend next year), and the key trends to look out for this Fall/Winter 2018 according to what the designers presented on the Austin Fashion Week runway.

4.08.2018

A doctor's visit from the comfort of my couch? Yes, please! My review of Amwell telehealth (plus a 25% discount code)


Compensation was provided by Amwell via Momtrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Amwell or Momtrends.

Doesn’t it seem like it’s always a weekend, or you are about to go out of town when your child has a new suspicious rash, a low-grade fever, or other mysterious symptoms?  For me, it ALWAYS seems to be the case!  It’s not convenient for these things to pop-up outside of your primary care doctor’s normal business hours, and ain’t nobody got time for the urgent care clinic for small medical questions.

Thankfully, we live in a day and age where technology comes to the rescue!  No, I’m not talking about consulting Dr. Google (we all know the fear and uncertainty Googling your symptoms brings).  I’m talking about telehealth – the new-fangled ability we have to meet with a live doctor on video from our laptop or mobile device via the internet.

Today, I am sharing my recent experience with Amwell, the largest telehealth network in the country. If you try Amwell for yourself, Fab Everyday readers get a 25% discount on urgent care services with code MOM27!  Please note that this code is good through 12/31/18.

4.03.2018

Oros, the new messaging and Q&A app, is HERE! Download it for free today!


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

This is not a drill! The new Oros messaging app is HERE! Download Oros for iOS or Android free here: http://bit.ly/fab-everyday.

You can read my review of the Oros app here (I have been fortunate to be in the beta test group), but I love it because it combines a few things in one easy-to-navigate app. Oros is not only a text app (that connects you with your own contacts), it’s also a question/answer and recommendations app (that connects you with anyone in the world). Anyone can try Oros now, but this week’s launch is focused on the Austin, Texas area while your network of local experts grows.

3.29.2018

What I Wore | March 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 March 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.  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 month I finally got to transition to a few spring dresses.  Perfect timing, since I was dying to wear this off-the-shoulder flared dress from AMI Clubwear.  The sleeves are to-die-for!  I paired it with these pretty Divine open-toe shoeties 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 shoes.

3.28.2018

Easy last-minute Easter food: Chocolate Pretzel Birds Nests recipe

Chocolate Pretzel Bird Nests - Easy Easter Food
 
Just when I thought I wasn't going to take on any new DIY Easter craft ideas, I get the itch.  With Easter being less than a week away, I wasn't sure what kind of Easter-themed craft or treat I could pull together at the last minute.  But then I had the idea for a really easy Easter dessert that I could involve the kids in making: Chocolate Pretzel Bird Nests.  And guess what?  They only have three ingredients!  That's just my kind of recipe. 
 
What you need:
 

3.26.2018

Your next celebration should be with Red Lobster for Lobsterfest!


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Lobsterfest is back!  A celebration of lobster is the perfect way for a pair of foodies like the hubs and me to have a night of celebration ourselves.  Last week, we decided to have a date night and raise a glass to toast a big work deal the hubs closed.  Since Red Lobster is having Lobsterfest (the largest variety of lobster dishes they offer all year), we felt this was the perfect way to treat ourselves.

3.22.2018

Why you need to have Oros, the new messaging and Q&A app on your radar


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

I am so excited to tell you about a new app I have had the privilege to preview. It’s called Oros, and the reason I love it is that it combines a few things that would have previously required me to do separate web or app searches. Oros is not only a text app (that connects you with your own contacts), it's also a question/answer and recommendations app (that connects you with anyone in the world). Oros launches on April 3, 2018 in Austin (and will be expanding to other cities soon after).

I find that real recommendations from real people are more important than ever when I am planning for trips or outings. Oros easily connects me not only with my group of friends and family, but also with locals and experts when I need a tip or recommendation! This app is going to quickly become my go-to for both local and travel recommendations, and also for planning things with my friends and family. 

3.12.2018

How to Look Fab in your 40s

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

To be fabulous at 40 – this is what most women want in their life. Unfortunately, not everyone succeeds in achieving this goal. If you are worried that you will look bad when you hit your 40s, read on and we’ll share some of the best things that you can do to remain fab.

Take Care of your Skin

On the top of the list would be having a complete skincare routine that targets common skin problems that could be apparent as you age. You will greatly benefit from using organic beauty products from Well Within Beauty. From makeup remover to toner to moisturizer, they have a complete list of the essentials in keeping the skin youthful and glowing.

Be an Intelligent Eater


Aside from using beauty products from Well Within Beauty, another thing that will definitely help would be having a well-balanced diet. You need to load up on fruits and veggies that will help to make you look younger and become healthier. Stay away from junk food and sweets. Watch your sodium intake. See to it that every meal fills you with the vitamins and minerals that the body needs.

2.28.2018

What I Wore | February 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 February 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.  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 was really feeling the love this month with this oversized heart print tee and dark blush It Girl tote from JustFab.  I matched them up with some distressed girlfriend jeans and pink block heel sandals.  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 top and handbag.

2.22.2018

Sheet Pan Pancakes recipe - The breakfast shortcut every busy parent needs to know

Sheet Pan Pancakes recipe - The breakfast shortcut every busy parent needs to know

You guys.  GUYS.  I just discovered the ultimate breakfast hack for busy mornings.  I can't believe I hadn't figured this one out sooner; but alas, now that I have this life-altering trick, I HAD to share it with you (along with a recipe, of course). 

Does your family love pancakes?  Do you hate getting out and cleaning your griddle?  Do you ever find yourself too busy to sweat over a stove or griddle for a long period of time?  Do you ever need to serve up a big breakfast quickly?  I know I can answer "yes" to all of these questions.  If you can answer "yes" to any of them too, then this breakfast shortcut is right up your alley. 

What is this glorious trick?  Sheet pan pancakes.  AKA pancakes you can make in bulk, mostly hands-off, and without a griddle.  Keep reading for the method, along with my recipe at the end of the post.

The breakfast shortcut every busy parent needs to know: sheet pan pancakes

One of my good girlfriends enlightened our group of friends with this trick about a month ago, and it has changed EVERYTHING.  Not just for a busy weekend morning, but for meal planning as well (since sheet pan pancakes make so many, you can pull out a few throughout the week without any fuss or mess). 

2.20.2018

Behind the wheel of some of Kia's most luxurious rides at the DFW Auto Show


I have been given compensation for this post by Kia Motors. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Those of you following me know the whole premise behind Fab Everyday is how to have more fabulousness in the everyday.  It's balancing real life with style and accessible luxury.  

Now that I'm in the market for a new car myself, this balance naturally extends to my choice in a new vehicle.  Function and style are of equal importance to me.  A car is such a piece of one's identity, that I need to feel good about what I drive, inside and out.  But it still needs to work in my lifestyle as a busy working mom with an active family.  Last week I got to attend the DFW Auto Show with Kia Motors to get behind the wheel of some of their vehicles.  To me, this was an opportunity to get a closer experience of their more luxurious models, and get a feel for how they'd work in my everyday life.  I'm excited to share what I learned in the process!

2.19.2018

Trees and you – why are they so important?

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

Not a day goes by when we’re not reminded of the impact we humans are having on the Earth and the environment. And with more and more of us taking our carbon footprints into our own hands and making daily changes to our lives to create less waste, use less fossil fuels and even changing our diets – I thought we’d go back to basics and find out why the trees, forests and woodlands around us are so important.

If you want to include more trees in your garden then checkout this website

After all, we want to leave a sustainable future behind for our children to enjoy, don’t we?

2.08.2018

Have him slip into something more comfortable this Valentine's Day



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.

Warning: potentially-embarrassing and possibly-TMI topic ahead!  Valentine's Day is almost here, and us girls are being hit with lingerie sale ads from every direction.  While I personally like getting myself a little something that makes me feel sexy (not just for my man, but for myself), a question has recently occurred to me: why is it just on the woman in the relationship to don something sexy for her partner on V-Day?  I say let's ask him to slip into something more comfortable for our enjoyment and objectification!


Ladies and gentlemen, let's get real for a moment.  Not only do our male partners have a preference for their underwear (is your man a tighty-whitey guy?  A boxer Joe?  An efficient boxer brief dude?  Or does he go commando?), but we do, too.  Fortunately my hubby and I are on the same page.  He is a boxer brief guy, and I have to admit that I think he looks great (wink wink) in them. 

2.06.2018

The Ultimate UK Road Trip Itinerary - Driving Around England, Scotland, and Wales with the Family


Last summer the #FabFam had a journey to seek some family and personal history in the U.K.  This could only be accomplished by taking a two-week road trip around the UK.  We began in London, spent the weekend in the countryside in Devon with some good friends, drove through Wales to seek dragons and castles, spent a few days in Liverpool and Manchester, explored the Scottish Highlands (including searching for the mysterious Loch Ness Monster), spent one family-friendly day in Edinburgh, and then came back down the eastern coast to loop back towards London. 
 
Thank you for following along with our journey.  Today I am sharing the itinerary for a U.K. road trip, including recommendations on where to stay during a UK road trip, the top cities to see when traveling to England, Scotland, and Wales, what we found to be the best places to eat during a road trip through the UK, as well as reviews, recommendations, and tips for the best activities for kids during a family road trip from England to Wales and Scotland. 
 
Day 1: Arrive in London
Begin: London, England
End: London, England

2.01.2018

What I Wore | January 2018


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Here is a monthly round-up of the outfits I wore and shared on Instagram for January 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.  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. 
 
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Look 1: I rang in the new year at a formal wedding in Boston.  I found this great fuchsia dress from Rent the Runway.  Click here to shop this look, including the accessories.