Sunday Funday – Summer Style, Summer Pasta, and Fall Boots At Target

Blog Hop And Linkup

Happy Sunday and welcome to our weekly linkup party! This week we’re chatting up summer style, summer pasta, fall boots at Target, and a $50 Nordstrom gift card giveaway!

Get Featured! For a chance at next Sunday’s #FundayLinkup spotlight, add your links using the widget below this post. We’re highlighting our fave picks every week at Fab Fatale, Bon Bon Rose Girls, and The Budget Babe blogs + Facebook! Visit my co-hosts Bon Bon Rose Girls and The Budget Babe for more weekly inspiration.

Follow our Sunday Funday Bloghop & Linkup Pinterest board! We’ll be pinning our “Sunday Funday – Best Of The Week”, as well as each hostesses’ top 5 fav linkups every week!

Hostesses – Best Of The Week

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Fab Fatale
Fab Fatale shows us how to cook up a quick and delicious summer pasta loaded with plump olives, juicy tomatoes, fresh spinach, and more irresistible Mediterranean flavors!
Bon Bon Rose Girls
Bon Bon Rose Girls demystifies the whole summer makeup thing with a step-by-step guide that will have you looking flawless no matter how hot it gets!
The Budget Babe
Fall boots have started landing on the shelves at Target! Check out The Budget Babe’s in-store pics as you dream up your fall shopping list.

Sunday Funday Linkup – Best Of The Week

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We love Sandy a la Mode’s style not only because it’s super chic, but because she’s always introducing us to fab new places to shop. Case in point: Her floral kimono look shows us a fresh new way to style this easy layering piece for summer, and we now have Agnes & Dora – a new favorite boutique – bookmarked, too!

Fab Fatale’s Linkup Favs

It was nearly impossible to narrow my favs down to only 5, but here’s what really caught my eye this week:

  • I love Lauren McBride’s style so much and we have the same due date, so it’s all I can do to not add her every look to my closet. Loving her casual little white dress look.
  • Who What Wear featured the “of the moment” 3-piece outfit including a fun white shirt, denim shorts or jeans, and fun shoes – A Lovely Little Wardrobe nails the fun casual look perfectly!
  • This summer it’s all about head-to-toe white and leading into fall, it’s all about the shirtdress. Wear It For Less features both in a single Elle Macpherson white shirtdress look for less outfit.
  • I’m loving the bandana print trend so much right now. Lil Miss JB Style styles a beautiful blue and white bandana print top, paired with ripped jeans, a blue structured mini handbag, and blue leather strappy heels.
  • Will the “tunic top + long cardigan” combo ever go out of style? I sure hope not. Fashion Fairy Dust pairs a floral tunic with a gray cocoon cardigan and her black fringe sandals are a must-have.

Please check out the Bon Bon Rose Girls’ and The Budget Babe’s favs of the week for more inspiration!

Sunday Funday Giveaway

One lucky reader will win this $50 Norstrom’s gift card giveaway! Follow the directions in the RaffleCopter below for a chance to win. US and Canadian residents only please.

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Rules Of Engagement

No spam or inappropriate linkups, they will get deleted. Link to a post, rather than your homepage. Please include recent posts, preferably from this season. Please don’t link and run, stick around to check out your fellow bloggers’ linkups. Not required, but lots of love for following your hostesses at their socials linked below.

Join Your Hostesses At:

Jennifer @FabFatale
Kristin @BonBonRoseGirls
Dianna @BudgetBabe

Share Your Best Of The Week

Use the hashtag #FundayLinkup to share your “best of the week” linkup with other party goers at Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram {and anywhere else you may be inclined to use a hashtag}!


Mediterranean Pasta In A Light Cream Sauce

Mediterranean Pasta - whole wheat penne pasta, spinach, grape tomatoes, black olives and cilantro in a light cream sauce make this recipe super fresh for summer.

Summer Mediterranean Pasta Light Cream Sauce Recipe

My cravings this pregnancy have included daily doses {in mass quantity} of olives and orange juice, but not together lol. When I was pregnant with John, all I wanted was lemonade, so the switch up must mean I’m having a girl this time, right???? My addiction has been the olive-heavy Mediterranean salad at our local pizzeria and an amazing summer pasta dish at a Mediterranean food truck we frequent on Thursday evenings. Instead of waiting for Food Truck Thursdays to roll around, I thought I’d try to recreate my favorite dish at home.

I think my Mediterranean pasta dish is very close to the original! It’s similar to a primavera, heavy in veggies and light in sauce, but with a Mediterranean twist in seasonings and toppings. The spinach, grape tomatoes, California ripe olives and cilantro make this dish super fresh for summer and it’s far less heavy than your average pasta by using whole wheat penne and a light cream sauce.

I’m so happy that my pregnancy craving is so healthy! They’re also one of the most versatile items in your pantry, loved for their unique flavor, texture and color. For a chance to win a fabulous prize package of tasty flavors this season and beyond, be sure to enter California Ripe Olives Midsummer Mediterranean giveaway!

Mediterranean Pasta In A Light Cream Sauce

Mediterranean Pasta In A Light Cream Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 pound whole grain penne pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose Mediterranean seasonings
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup regular cream
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup baby spinach, packed
  • 1/3 cup sliced California Black Ripe Olives
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese

Instructions

  1. Boil pasta for 8 minutes, or until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water.
  2. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Cut chicken into 1/2 inch slices lengthwise, then in half horizontally. Lightly season in Mediterranean seasoning and pepper to taste, and sauté until lightly browned and cooked through.
  3. In the skillet, add pasta water, cream, and minced garlic and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove skillet from heat, add in spinach and Parmesan cheese. Stir until cheese is melted and spinach is slightly wilted, but not cooked.
  4. Toss pasta in a bowl with chicken sauté ingredients, adding in tomatoes and olives. Serve, topped with a sprinkle of feta and cilantro.
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Summer Mediterranean Pasta Light Cream Sauce Recipe

Summer Mediterranean Pasta Light Cream Sauce Recipe

Summer Mediterranean Pasta Light Cream Sauce Recipe

Summer Mediterranean Pasta Light Cream Sauce Recipe

Summer Mediterranean Pasta Light Cream Sauce Recipe

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Sunday Funday Linkup – Food, Fashion, And A Giveaway

Blog Hop And Linkup

Happy Sunday and welcome to our weekly linkup party! This week we’re chatting up a a peach avacado salsa recipe, the new Thakoon for Kohl’s lookbook, another summer nail polish giveaway, and a $50 Nordstrom gift card giveaway!

Get Featured! For a chance at next Sunday’s #FundayLinkup spotlight, add your links using the widget below this post. We’re highlighting our fave picks every week at Fab Fatale, Bon Bon Rose Girls, and The Budget Babe blogs + Facebook! Visit my co-hosts Bon Bon Rose Girls and The Budget Babe for more weekly inspiration.

Follow our Sunday Funday Bloghop & Linkup Pinterest board! We’ll be pinning our “Sunday Funday – Best Of The Week”, as well as each hostesses’ top 5 fav linkups every week!

Hostesses – Best Of The Week

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Fab Fatale
Fab Fatale is giving away the “must-have for a tropical getaway” Zoya Island Fun nail polish collection!
Bon Bon Rose Girls
Bon Bon Rose Girls share a peach avocado salsa recipe, perfect recipe for enjoying the ripe fruits of summer.
The Budget Babe
The Budget Babe delivers the very of-the-moment-without-trying-too-hard Thakoon for Kohl’s DesigNation lookbook!

Sunday Funday Linkup – Best Of The Week

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She’s so pretty in pink and we are coveting her fringe cardigan. Marly of Hot Pink Fun is wearing her signature color, yes you guessed it, hot pink, paired with gorgeous “look for less” Kendra Scott earrings, a super flirty fringe kimono cardigan, and a pair of very on-trend gold metallic slide wedges. We LOVE your style Marly, and thank you so much for sharing your #FundayLinkup outfit post with our readers!

Fab Fatale’s Linkup Favs

It was nearly impossible to narrow my favs down to only 5, but here’s what really caught my eye this week:

  • Looks like the flamingo trend is replacing the pineapple, and La Moumous has a roundup of her fave pink bird pieces.
  • Lauren McBride knows how to dress a baby bump and I am loving her “knotted” maternity style.
  • I’m always looking for office wear ideas and I’m loving this white blouse and Valentino Rockstud “look for less” heels outfit by LegalLee Blonde.
  • Super easy breakfast ideas, yes please! No Small Life has 6 that are quick AND healthy!
  • I’m Just Queenin’ has a fashionable July wishlist of cool blues, beautiful teals, and suedey browns.

Please check out the Bon Bon Rose Girls’ and The Budget Babe’s favs of the week for more inspiration!

Sunday Funday Giveaway

One lucky reader will win this $50 Norstrom’s gift card giveaway! Follow the directions in the RaffleCopter below for a chance to win. US and Canadian residents only please.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Rules Of Engagement

No spam or inappropriate linkups, they will get deleted. Link to a post, rather than your homepage. Please include recent posts, preferably from this season. Please don’t link and run, stick around to check out your fellow bloggers’ linkups. Not required, but lots of love for following your hostesses at their socials linked below.

Join Your Hostesses At:

Jennifer @FabFatale
Kristin @BonBonRoseGirls
Dianna @BudgetBabe

Share Your Best Of The Week

Use the hashtag #FundayLinkup to share your “best of the week” linkup with other party goers at Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram {and anywhere else you may be inclined to use a hashtag}!


Zoya Island Fun Collection Giveaway

Zoya Island Fun Swatches & Giveaway

Ready for a summer island vacation? These vibrant and playful creams are a must for a tropical getaway! They are strong in color to balance the depth of a summer sun, with a flawless cream formula. Zoya sent me a collection to swatch for you all, and I also have another set to give away to one lucky reader.

Zoya Island Fun Summer 2015 Swatch Cecilia Teal Green Cream

Cecilia is a classic teal in a full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula.

Zoya Island Fun Summer 2015 Swatch Demetria Red Cream

Demetria a vibrant poppy red in a full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula.

Zoya Island Fun Summer 2015 Swatch Jace Green Cream

Jace is a modern tropical green in a full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula. A green that is more muted than lime and very wearable!

Zoya Island Fun Summer 2015 Swatch Nana Pink Cream

Nana is a deep summer fuchsia in a full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula.

Zoya Island Fun Summer 2015 Swatch Serenity Purple Cream

Serenity is a summer purple in a full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula. Reminiscent of beautiful blooming irises, a harbinger of summer!

Zoya Island Fun Summer 2015 Swatch Talia Blue Cream

Talia is a true turquoise in full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula.

One lucky reader will win this entire Zoya Island Fun summer 2015 collection nail polish giveaway! Follow the directions in the RaffleCopter below for a chance to win. There are no mandatory entries; however, some options are worth more entries than others, US and Canadian readers only.

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Don’t miss my Manicure Mondays board for more mani Pinspiration!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

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The time has arrived for the biggest sale of the season, year, century! Stock up on your favorite “brand new” pre-fall staples and splurges at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. This sale is full of on-trend beauty products, jeans, scarves, tops, jackets, and so much more. Below are my must haves (click for more info) and I’m trying to maintain a little self control in my shopping cart at the moment lol.

In addition to massive savings, Nordstrom is also offering double points from July 17-19. If you pick up anything from this sale, I hope you’ll share in the comments below. I’d love to hear all about your fab finds as well.

My Favorite Summer Cocktails

Peach Billini Recipe

Happy Friday everyone! Last summer, I featured a cocktail every Tuesday in my Boozy Tuesdays series. This summer I’m very pregnant, so instead of a new series, I thought I would highlight my most trending summer cocktails from Fab Fatale in this edition of Friday’s Fab Five. A few are delicious takes on a classic, others are completely original, but all were so fun and so tasty.

1. Peach Billini

Watermelon Plata Tequila Cocktail

2. Watermelon Plata Tequila

Rosemary Lemon Gin Fizz

3. Rosemary Lemon Gin Fizz (my go to last summer!)

Melting Pot Strawberry Basil Lemonade Recipe

4. Strawberry Basil Lemonade

Ginger Beer Margarita

5. Ginger Beer Margaritas

What’s your favorite summer cocktails? I hope you’ll share below!

Celebrating “4th Of July” Spirit Week

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I hope you all had an amazing 4th of July weekend! We are still celebrating spirit week, and it’s been a blast enjoying all of the festivities in our new neighborhood. There’s such a big feeling of community here and they bring back a lot of family traditions that seemed to be lost in our old neighborhood. For the 4th of July, the last “big hoorah” before school starts, the day begins with a fun parade and ends with a massive fireworks show! It’s an all-day event full of food, family, friends, and fun!

This particular morning was super hot and humid here in Florida, especially for this very pregnant gal, so we wore as little as possible. John loves his “sun’s out guns out” muscle tank {we’re not allowed to dress him anymore lol}, and I kept it cool in my new maternity denim cut-offs and a white tee. We both stayed super comfy for a day of walking around in our new slip-ons from Famous Footwear! I picked up a pair of bright white Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars that have a red and blue stripe on the side, perfect for the occasion, and John wore the most ADORABLE pair of Vans slip-ons I’ve ever seen grace his little fat foot. He loves them and every day he asks to wear his “new shoes”! Check out the #ohsofamous gallery to get inspired by what others are wearing from Famous Footwear.

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The parade began with a line-up of neighborhood golf carts decorated in their best red, white and blue.

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They threw out candy to the kids, which is new to John, so he had a bit of a sugar rush after the show.

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According to John, Uncle Sam was “So tall, mommy. That man is high in the sky”!

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Now that we know there is a competition for best decorated golf cart, it is SO on next year!

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Enjoying the breeze on the way back to our house in my new Converse Chuck Taylor Shoreline slip-ons!

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John loves his “merica flag” and kept his spirit going as the sun set.

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Giving John a little lesson about the stars and stripes.

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Johnny boy was a little too pooped out for the fireworks show, but daddy went on our behalf with some friends and brought back some super sparkly pics for us to enjoy the next day.

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How did you all celebrate the 4th of July weekend? I’d love to hear all about your festivities! Please tell me below.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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