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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

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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.

5.09.2018

Gift Ideas for People who Seem to Already Have Everything

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We all have that one friend – someone who seems to already have everything one could ask for, giving us a hard time thinking of the perfect gift idea. Don’t make things any harder for you. Read on and I will share some of the best gifts that you might want to consider.

Photo Book

This will be the ideal gift for someone who loves to travel or to take photos. It features a curation of photos that you can personally pick from the recipient’s social media accounts or ask for it. It can double as a coffee table book and will be a good way to entertain guests who are coming over. Check out Shutterfly and see the photo books that they can produce for you!

Personalized Gifts

There are many personalized gifts that can make your friend happy. They are unique in a way because they are customized, and hence, it is unlike anything that he or she already has. You can give canvas prints in frames with your friend’s photo. Personalized mugs, bags, pillowcases, shirts, jewelry, ref magnets, fleece blankets, pot holders, and water bottles.

Experiences

For the person who already has every material thing that you could think of, the gift of a unique experience will be surely well-appreciated. They key here is to think of something that a person fancies or loves. Some of the best experience gifts include art workshops, cooking classes, flower arrangement class, winery tour, concert tickets, DJing course, and language lessons.

5.04.2018

How to throw a party that won’t annoy the neighbors

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Party season is here, and households the length and breadth of the country are coming up with their own summer party ideas to make the most of the long nights and the wonderful weather. There’s no better way to celebrate summer with family and friends, but the one downside is that with long evenings, open windows and the fun and laughter spilling out into the garden, it can cause tension with the neighbors.

Friends come and go, but the neighbors will always be there, so it pays to exercise a little thought in advance. The following three tips will ensure domestic harmony continues long after the guests have gone home.

Don’t warn them, invite them

Some people advocate “warning the neighbors.” But when you think about it, how does that really sound? “I’m going to be partying with my friends while you are sitting at home watching TV, so sorry about all the noise.”

Far better to invite them to join in the fun. If you’re anticipating a house full of boisterous youngsters and the old lady next door is in her 80s, you might think it is not her thing, but she will certainly appreciate the gesture, and be far less likely to complain. And you never know, she might just accept and you’ll get the chance to know each other a whole lot better!

5.01.2018

What I Wore | April 2018


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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.