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!

This post was sponsored by Darby Smart. All opinions are 100% my own. For more info, please view my full disclosure policy.

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


  • 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


  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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Plastic Toy Storage Box

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!


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.

Plastic Toy Storage Box

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.

Plastic Toy Storage Box

The Rubbermaid® All Access storage containers can be found at your local Home Depot, or at 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


Hannah: Sage Creme, Noelle: Sandy beach silk

Julep January – Bombshell


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

Julep January – It Girl


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

Julep January – Classic With A Twist


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

Julep January – Modern Beauty


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


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:

  • First access to over $40 worth of polish and product for only $19.99/month
  • The option to preview and choose from five curated boxes each month
  • Exclusive benefits like Maven-only nail colors, free shipping & 20% off on

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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The products mentioned in this post were sent to me by the merchant or their PR company. All opinions are 100% my own. For more info, please view my full disclosure policy.

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!

My Pinterest Inspired Home

White Tongue Groove Painted Beams Ceiling

We went to Georgia for 4 days last week and came back to this!!!! My Pinterest inspired ceiling had been installed! We usually go by the house daily to check out the progress because the anticipation gets the best of us, but when we were gone for a few days, we came back to SO many fun changes. Last week, the house was full of white dry wall and cold concrete which was a huge change from the framing we’d been looking at for a while, and this week we were greeted by my beautiful white painted tongue-and-groove ceiling, beams, hardwood floors, exterior brick, and bathroom tile. Wow, all of the things I’d selected at a 3 hour design meeting months ago are now coming to life. I hope it all comes together because I hardly remember everything I picked out so quickly!

White Tongue Groove Beams Ceiling

I’m not sure if there’s a bigger “Pinspiration” possible than major upgrades to a home based on Pinterest. We’ve had our land for 6 years and had we built before Pinterest, my design choices would probably be so different! I’ve heard girlfriends say “my wedding would have been so different if I’d had Pinterest for inspiration at the time” lol. I have to consult Pinterest before I make any major decisions on EVERYTHING home related. My husband will ask, “do you have any ideas for porch flooring?”, and my response is always “um, hang on a minute, let me consult Pinterest” lol. I literally have done a search on all aspects of our home from lighting to floor tile and everything in between.

White Tongue Groove Plank Ceilings White Beams Kitchen Living Room

My Pinspiration Ceiling

I came across the pic above earlier this year and pinned it immediately {last seen in my Room By Room Inspiration Series post}. It is an amazing white painted tongue-and-groove ceiling with white painted beams. This was a must have for our home and is probably our most expensive upgrade, meaning it isn’t a standard offering from our builder included in our cost to build. We live on a lake so I really wanted our house to be transitional with hints of contemporary and rustic elements mixed in here and there. I even found a chandelier nearly identical to the one pictured.

This ceiling is literally driving the whole “cottage at a lake” feel that I was going for and influencing all of my design decisions. I just love it so much. We’ve given a few tours though our house in progress already and it’s definitely a conversation piece. Even the trim guys that were working on it said I was so creative and they really liked working on a ceiling other than the standard living area trey and coffered. I’ve actually never lived in a home nice enough to have anything other than popcorn ceilings lol, so I am totally going to be spoiled with our tongue-and-groove in the living space, trey ceilings in our bedroom, and coffered in my blogging study. I’m just so excited!

I hope you’ll keep checking back for many more house updates including interior home decor when we move in. What is the biggest impact Pinterest has had on a project you were working on?

Don’t miss “My Home, In Progress” board for more home decor Pinspiration!

White Bar Tray Look For Less

White Lacquered Bar Tray Table Chrome X Base Legs

I guess I still have the looks for less in my blood {I used to own until I sold it earlier this year} because I keep finding home decor looks for less and I’m so excited to share. I am trying to be brave with this new house. It’s amazing that we get a chance to start fresh with everything and decorate to suit our style. The house we lived in before started to look a little safe and bland, but now I’m all about trying new things.

I was searching One Kings Lane this morning, my latest addiction for home decor in addition to Joss & Main, and came across this white lacquered tray with a chrome base. I am doing a mixed metal theme at my house of chrome and bronze so this tray would be perfect in my future office. I don’t really want a full on bar cart at my next house because we will have a built in bar area, but I would like a standing bar tray that I can bring into the living room when we have guests, but use it for other purposes in my office when we are not entertaining.

The One King’s Lane tray that I fell in love with immediately is $299.00. The price seemed a little steep, so I did a search for a white lacquered table tray and what popped up looked nearly identical for only $65! I LOVE the chrome “x” style base and the white tray-style top with handles is removable. This tray will also be perfect for shooting products images for my blog. The dimensions are a little smaller, but I’ll take it with a $234 less expensive price tag.

Other home decor looks for less will be coming soon. Until then, I hope you’ll keep up with my home decor inspiration at my “At Home” Pinterest board.