Not Exactly A Break, But I Hope To Be Back Soon…

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If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably already know that sweet little face landed us in the hospital for a week and I feel like I’m just now starting to recover. We were in the final stages of building our house and baby boy came down with RSV that led to pneumonia. I’ve never been so scared in my life.

I took him to urgent care on a Sunday night because he had a super high fever and it was at that time that he was diagnosed with RSV. Little did I know what that would mean for him in the days to come. We took him in for a follow up on Wednesday with his pediatrition and although he was really sick with a fever, runny nose, and congested cough, his oxygen levels were fine. Just hours later that night, as I was trying to get him to sleep, he was moaning with every breath he took for two hours. I had no idea that moaning meant that his oxygen levels were super low and he was trying to open his airways. His eyes were closed, his head was back and he just kept moaning. We called his pediatrician’s after hours nurse, she could hear him in the background and said, that’s not normal, take him to the ER.

You can imagine the rush of anxiety I felt as we’re scooping up a few belongings and racing out the door to the ER on a day that most things were shut down due to icy roads. When we got to the ER, they said his oxygen levels were very low and a chest X-Ray showed signs of pneumonia. The RSV had also led to a cough that sounded like croup and an ear infection. Poor buddy. From the ER they immediately admitted him to the hospital and taped oxygen tubes to his face. After about 12 hours in a regular hospital room, he wasn’t responding well to the regular flow oxygen and they had to elevate him to ICU, which of course led to another panic on my part wondering “what’s next”? What’s after ICU? Will they be able to fix him there.

We ended up staying in ICU for exactly a week because his progress was so slow. He had oxygen tubes up his nose, heart monitors on his chest, an IV in his wrist, and an oxygen monitor on his toe. It was all I could do to keep him from pulling or getting tangles in all those cords and it was just so sad.

When we finally got him home, he was back to destroying his nursery as usual, which was the moment I had dreamt about all those days in the hospital. All I wanted to do was roll around on his floor with him, unattached to wires are tubes, giggling and dancing, as we love to do together. It was as though he hadn’t been put through it for all those days. He still had evidence all over his little body in the form of band-aids and bruises from the 9 IVs they attempted before they finally got one in him, but he was happy and smiling like nothing had ever happened.

We jumped right back into catching up on life… working, finishing up our house, packed, moved the day John turned one, he started walking, had a couple more teeth come in, and we’ve been in our new place for exactly a week. It’s been a crazy month of highs and lows! It’s so nice to be in our dream house with a happy and healthy baby… I mean, toddler :/ Oh I can’t believe my baby is growing up, too big too fast.

Now that we’re finally starting to get settled in to our new life at our new place, I hope to start blogging again very soon! I have my very own blogging space and I hope to put it to good use. Lots of pics coming soon, but for now, I just wanted to say hey and I miss you all!

Earn Rewards For Searching With Bing!

Bing Rewards

Did you know that you can earn rewards just for searching the web? I’d love to know how many searches I do on a daily basis… all day, everyday. We are moving into our dream home on Friday {YAY!}, and I’m sure I did no less than a thousand searches for house ideas as we were building, and now I’m sure to do a thousand more to decorate. If only I had known about Bing Rewards at the beginning of this project. Luckily, I know now, so my searches are about to get more interesting and so fun!

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It’s kinda fun to do a search and watch your reward points balance go up in your dashboard! You can even search using your iOS mobile device, which is huge for me since I live on my iPhone. Now that I have a baby, the majority of my searches are on the go or in his nursery {check out the bistro sets I found using Bing in the pic above while on a road trip), so earning on my phone is a huge benefit.

There are so many ways to earn points including simply filling our your profile, adding the Bing search bar to your browser, and inviting friends! Once I get my balance going, I can’t wait to cash my points in on Amazon {more house stuff, yay}, Target, Starbucks, and Sephora gift cards. They have SO many options to choose from! The more you search with Bing the higher your status in the program (e.g. Member, Silver, Gold status etc.). The higher your status the more value you get – things like discounts in Bing’s redemption center and access to exclusive earning opportunities.

Ready to starting earning rewards for searching the web? Join Bing Rewards for free today!

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Save $10 At Darby Smart On Your Next DIY Box

Darby Smart Moroccan Tile Coasters

I had such a blast working on my DIY Moroccan Tile Coasters from Darby Smart, that I thought it would be fun to team up with them again! This collab is all about you! Darby Smart is offering all of my Fab readers a $10 off coupon towards the DIY box of your choice when you use promo code “FABFATALE”.

Darby Smart Monthly Mystery DIY Box

I saw that a bunch of you picked up the Moroccan Tile Coaster kit after you saw it here and I loved the Instagram pics you shared! For your next box, I have a couple of fun ideas for you! My first pick is Darby Smart’s Monthly “To DIY For” Mystery Box. Their past mystery boxes have been packed with DIY goodness, so I can only imagine what’s in their February box! The monthly boxes are $19 {$9 after promo code} and gives you everything you need for a chic DIY. Each monthly box is limited, so get yours before they’re gone!

Darby Smart DIY Mixed Media Canvases

My second fav {of many} is their Mixed Media Vision Board Canvases. I’m really not sure how they can include all of this for only $19 {$9 after promo code}, but somehow they pull it off! In this box you will receive 4 canvases (4×4 each), a circle punch (5/8 inch), gilded decorative paper, 6 acrylic paints, 3 pouncers, Mod Podge & brush, a sharpie, and DIY Instructions. I love that so many of these ingredients are reusable for other projects.

Darby Smart has SO many fun DIY kits to choose from. They also sent me their Wood Burning Kit and I can’t wait to try it soon! Remember to use promo code “FABFATALE” at checkout to save $10 on your next DIY box, for a very limited time only!

If you’ve tried out Darby Smart before, I hope you’ll share a pic of your DIY project at my Facebook page!

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Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup

Beer Cheese Soup Recipe

I was CRAVING beer cheese soup the other day for some reason and after looking up menus to every restaurant that serves soup in town, I couldn’t find one that carried beer cheese soup so I decided to make an entire pot of my own at home. I couldn’t help but to keep tasting this as it simmered on the stove and I was nearly full before pouring myself a bowl. It was SO good!

This soup can be toned down or up depending on the type of cheese and beer you use. I used an IPA beer and sharp cheddar, so my soup was pretty strong, which is exactly how I like it. For a more mild flavor, opt for a beer that isn’t too strong and a mild cheddar cheese. This is so good served with slices of crusty french bread on the side.

Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 8

Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups diced carrots
  • 1 1/2 cups diced onion
  • 1 1/2 cups diced celery
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups beer
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 4 cups milk or half and half
  • 6 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • popped popcorn, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, stir together carrots, onion, celery, and garlic. Stir in hot pepper sauce, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Pour in chicken broth and beer; simmer until vegetables are tender, about 12 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Meanwhile, heat butter in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Stir in flour with a wire whisk; cook, stirring until the flour is light brown, about 3 or 4 minutes. Gradually stir in milk, whisking to prevent scorching, until thickened. Remove from heat, and gradually stir in cheese. Keep warm.
  3. Stir beer mixture into cheese mixture. Stir in Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and dry mustard. Adjust for hot pepper sauce. Bring to a simmer, and cook 10 minutes. Serve topped with popcorn.
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Toy Boxes Using Rubbermaid’s All Access Storage

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Finally! We are finally organized in baby John’s room. John is into everything lately, and I do mean EVERYTHING. If he’s not suppose to have it, then he goes for it quickly with his racing crawl lol. I recently moved his dresser awkwardly close to his crib so that his sound machine and monitor electrical cords {his recent discoveries} would be covered well. This freed up a bit of space to the right, so we’ve just been tossing his toys into the corner until I could find a way to organize them. We were tripping over these toys every night trying to get to his dresser or closet, but not anymore!

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I really didn’t want a toy box just yet because I was afraid of his fingers getting squished, and most of his toys are small and would just get lost in the bottom of a toy box. I found these storage containers from Rubbermaid’s® All Access collection and they are perfect for so many reasons! They are stackable, however you don’t have to unstack them to get to the items stored inside. They have clear fronts so that you can see what is inside of them, and the front opens so that you can get in there easily. Two of these stacked is way better than one deep toy box that my son can’t get to the bottom of without taking a plunge. They come in so many colors, and the turquoise was perfect with my gender neutral nursery vintage color scheme.

Plastic Toy Storage Box

Plastic Toy Storage Box

John picks up on anything new in his room, so of course he got so excited to see these Rubbermaid® turquoise storage bins in the corner. He race crawled over to them and kept smiling at me as he pulled out the toys he wanted to play with.

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This set up is perfect because now he only plays with a few toys at a time so that he doesn’t get bored so quickly. I’m able to switch them out every few minutes or so to keep him entertained. I can also clean up finally where as before, he would be taking toys out of the corner as quickly as I could tuck them away.

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The Rubbermaid® All Access storage containers can be found at your local Home Depot, or at HomeDepot.com. I picked up the turquoise containers in size small, which were the perfect size for all of his small to medium sized toys!

Open up the possibilities of easy access with Rubbermaid® All Access Organizers. The All Access line features a clear drop-down door so you can easily see and retrieve the items you want, even when they are stacked! Visit your local Home Depot to see why organization just got easier!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Rubbermaid®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Giveaway – Julep Maven January “The Ultimate Collection”

Julep January 2014 Boudoir Ultimate Giveaway

I thought I’d kick start Manicure Mondays 2014 with a massive giveaway from Julep! We’re not just giving away the complete January Boudoir nail polish collection, but we’re going Ultimate, the upgrade that includes the Quick Dry Drops, Vanish Cuticle Softener & Remover, Essential Cuticle Oil, and The Resort Collection – three vibrant minis that will brighten your day and the Freedom Polymer Top Coat! This upgraded collection is a $204 value!

Beyond the gorgeous boudoir inspired hues, the collection is infused with a variety of amazing finishes including cremes {ultra-pigmented shine}, silks {semi-matte with a hint of opalescence}, satins {soft, smooth & semi-matte} and shimmers {infused with glossy microglitter}. Set includes: Hannah, Noelle, Mae, Margot, Mona, Abigail, Annemarie, Hope, Farrah, Ta Da! Quick Dry Drops, Vanish Cuticle Softener & Remover, Essential Cuticle Oil, and The Resort Collection.

Julep January – Boho Glam

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Hannah: Sage Creme, Noelle: Sandy beach silk

Julep January – Bombshell

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Mae: Soft lavender satin, Margot: Old Hollywood gold shimmer

Julep January – It Girl

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Farrah: Lilac Silk, Hope: Stark white satin, Annemarie: Warm cocoa creme

Julep January – Classic With A Twist

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Mona: Storm cloud grey creme, Abigail: Light peony pink silk

Julep January – Modern Beauty

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Vanish Cuticle Softener & Remover: This fast-acting formula quickly removes overgrown cuticles for a cleaner, professional-looking mani, Ta Da! Quick Dry Drops: These nourishing drops will leave your mani touchably smudge-free in just a few minutes, Essential Cuticle Oil: This all-natural oil blend nourishes cuticles and encourages healthy nail growth (with no painful hangnails).

Julep January – The Resort Collection

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Lani: Mediterranean teal blue creme, Anita: Berry sorbet creme, Malia: Brilliant coral creme

Become A Maven

You do not have to sign up for their monthly subscription for an opportunity to win; however, if you’re ready to become a Maven, I thought I’d share a promo code to get your first box for FREE! Use code FREEBOX to get your first monthly box of beauty absolutely FREE! There is a charge of $3.99 shipping for your first box and you are signing up for the monthly subscription service; however, you can cancel at any time. Membership includes:

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  • Exclusive benefits like Maven-only nail colors, free shipping & 20% off on julep.com

How To Win

To enter, simply take Juelp’s style profile quiz and like FabFatale on Facebook. The quiz is free and there are no subscription obligations {instructions in the RaffleCopter below}!

One lucky reader will win the entire Julep January Boudoir Ultimate collection! Follow the directions in the RaffleCopter below to enter. There are two mandatory entries, open to international readers, giveaway ends January 27th.

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Merry Christmas

New Baby Christmas Card Photo

This card pretty much sums up our amazing 2013! Baby and house were both years in the making, but little did we know it would all happen at the same time! I was 9 months pregnant in February when we sold our first home together (my husband’s home of 15 years) and moved into a rental. Before we were out of our boxes, baby John decided to show up 3 weeks early.

While living in our temporary home, we are building our dream house and getting ready for yet another move, hopefully in a few months. We are looking forward to our future together in new home with baby John. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!