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More Reading = More FabYOUlousness

ReadingThis post is one that gets me excited. It gets me excited because, well…because I love to read. In fact, there are few things in this world that I love doing more than I love to read (preferably on my covered porch during a nice, spring rain or with a mug of hot cocoa during a Colorado snowstorm). So, to find research that shows that readers tend to live more interesting, vibrant and enriched (i.e. FabYOUlous) lives makes me pretty happy. 

Eight Fab-YOU-lously Simple Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint on Earth Day and EVERY Day

Copy of Earth Day (1)If you think that conservation is just for tree-hugging hippie types, YOU NEED TO OPEN YOUR EYES AND GET A CLUE. Our earth is in serious trouble and we can no longer afford to ignore, politicize or deny the issue. Things need to change and they need to change now. Unfortunately, change is hard and therefore many of us give up before we even start because we don’t know what to do and we figure that we can’t really make a difference anyhow.

THAT ASSUMPTION IS WRONG.

D.I.Y. Vacation Map Photo Frame

We got back from Hawaii a little over a week ago (you can read all about our adventures here) but I swear that I can still smell the salt water and hear the waves crashing. Spending a week in paradise with my fmapframefinalamily was truly an experience that I will treasure forever.

While in Hawaii, I took a bazillion photos and though sharing them on Facebook was fun, I wanted a better way to showcase them so that I could see them every day and be reminded of our magical week. I was also feeling a little crafty over the weekend so I decided to get creative and come up with my own, handmade vacation photo frame. It turned out even better than I had expected and it was SO simple to put together.

This idea is one that can be used for anyone looking to preserve travel memories–just be sure to pick up a cheap, gas station map when you are at your destination because it will serve as the focal point of your frame. A few other inexpensive materials and a little bit of time are all you need to create a treasured reminder of your travels.

Simple D.I.Y. Vacation Map Photo Frame

They Like Me, They Really Like Me–and Now I’m Sharing the Love

liebster2Ha Ha Ha! Okay–This is not 1985, I’m not Sally Field and I am not accepting an Academy Award (if you are too young to remember Sally’s “you like me, you really like me” acceptance speech–I don’t want to hear about it.)

am however ridiculously excited to announce that FabYOUlous Life has been awarded the Liebster Award for new blogs. I am so grateful and humble to have been nominated by Sheena at Pop Goes PerfectionPlease take a few minutes to go check out her amazing site–I especially like her product reviews.

In her nomination, this is what Sheena had to say about FabYOUlous Life:

FabYOUlous Life – giveaways, DIY’s and all kinds of fun stuff! She’ll probably be the next big thing, and I’ll feel honored to have mentioned her in this post!

Wow! Thank you Sheena–I hope you’re right about FabYOUlous Life being the “next big thing” and if you are, I know that Pop Goes Perfection will be right there too.

As a Leibster Award winner, I have been instructed to answer 10 questions that Sheena has for me and then I get to nominate 10 other new bloggers to receive the award and answer questions that I pose for them. It is such a fun way to recognize and celebrate bloggers who are new to the blogging scene but who are already making an impact with their work.

To start things off, here are the answers to the questions that Sheena had for me…

Jenga With a Twist

You know you wanna playMaking your own Jenga with a Twist game couldn’t be easier. All you need is one Jenga set, some Modge Podge, scissors, a sponge applicator (to brush on the Modge Podge) and the free, pre-made printable that you can download by clicking hereI’m including the link for Drunken Jenga at the bottom of the post because I don’t want you to get the two mixed up–our goal here is family fun, NOT contributing to the delinquency of minors. 😉

Once you have printed your download, all you have to do is cut out each of the twist pieces and use the Modge Podge to affix them (one per block) to every Jenga block except two. There will be two blank blocks in the game–which just means that no extra twist is added to those turns.

This really is a fun, family friendly game that even my uber-cool, nearly grown, young adult children didn’t think was cheesy (and they think pretty much everything is cheesy so…) We’ve played it several times and always have lots of fun because different people pick different blocks each time therefore the game never gets stale. Best of all, the assembly is super-simple so you can make and play it all in the same day–just make sure that you allow enough time for the Modge Podge to dry.

Drunken Jenga

C'mon...You Know You Wanna Play

Drunken JengaIf you liked our Jenga with a Twist game but thought that you’d like to take it up a notch, you’ve come to the right place!

Making your own Drunken Jenga game couldn’t be easier. All you need is one Jenga set, some Modge Podge, scissors, a sponge applicator (to brush on the Modge Podge) and the free, pre-made printable that you can download by clicking here.

Once you have printed your download, all you have to do is cut out each of the game pieces and use the Modge Podge to affix them (one per block) to every Jenga block except two. There will be two blank blocks in the game–which just means that no extra drunkenness is added to those turns.  😉

This game makes for a FabYOUlously fun night of grown up shenanigans but please play responsibly! This game is only for people who are of legal drinking age and who will NOT be driving after playing (nothing sucks the fun out of an evening more than a DUI–or worse!)

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Year End Round-Up of our Most Fab-YOU-lous Posts

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Can you believe that it is the LAST day of 2015?!? What a year it has been! As we look forward to all of the excitement and promise of a brand spankin’ new year, we thought that it would also be fun to take a look back at some of the most popular FabYOUlous Life posts from 2015. These posts are ones that received the most feedback, shares, comments and likes from our FabYOUlous Life readers in 2015. We hope that you enjoy this recap of past favorites and look forward to all of the FabYOUlousness that we will be bringing your way in 2016. Have a safe and festive New Year’s celebration and be sure to check in tomorrow as we bring you 31 Questions for 31 Days: A Quick Start Guide to Launching Your FabYOUlous New Year.

A Year End Review–My 10 Favorite Posts of 2015 from Other Bloggers

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As a blogger, I LOVE spending time researching and writing posts for FabYOUlousLife.com. However; my second favorite blogging activity would have to be reading posts by other great bloggers. My favorite tool for following all of my favorite blogs is Bloglovin’ If you’re not familiar with Bloglovin’ you should definitely check it out. Basically, it is a tool that feeds posts from your favorite blogs all into one place for easy access.  I have it as an app on my iPhone (it’s free in the App Store) so I can easily scroll through the latest updates from my favorite bloggers without having to jump around to each individual site. To check out Bloglovin’  for yourself and subscribe to the FabYOUlousLife.com feed, simply click here.

On average, I would guess that I read three to five different blog posts a day. Sometimes it’s more, sometimes it’s less, but when you add this up over an entire year–it ends up being A LOT of blog posts. Though I rarely read a post that I don’t like, there are some posts that have had a more profound impact upon me and stayed with me long after I finished reading them. As we wrap up 2015, I thought that it would be fun to share with you some of my favorite posts from other bloggers that I have discovered over the past year. Each of these posts has enriched my life in some FabYOUlously tangible way and I’m sure that they will do the same for you. So, without further ado and in no particular order, here are my…
Top 10 Favorite 2015 Blog Posts from Other Bloggers

Fab-YOU-lously Simple Knit Slippers

846f76_0a4247eaae3b43639c51b57e07d33bc6It is Christmas Eve as I am typing this and I JUST finished up my last Christmas present. Nothing like waiting until the last minute huh?

This year, my mom and my sister-in-law will both be receiving a pair of these super simple and yet super comfortable knit slippers.

The thing that cracks me up is that I’ve already given my mom three pairs of these slippers but she loves them so much that she keeps asking for more. In fact, even though she knows that she is getting a pair for Christmas, she has already put in an order for another pair for her birthday in January. That will make FIVE pairs of slippers that I’ve made for my mom over the past year.

Lucky for me, these slippers are super simple to make and are a fairly quick project for anyone who knows how to knit and purl. I wish I knew where this pattern came from originally so I could give the creator credit, but I honestly don’t know. I just know that I was at a Sip ‘n’ Stitch session (yes–wine and knitting are excellent companions as long as your pattern isn’t too complicated–ha!) at my local yarn shop and one of the knitters showed us the great slippers that she was making. She had the pattern memorized so I made her recite it to me as I scribbled it down on the back of a Wendy’s receipt that I had in my purse. Thankfully, once you’ve made a pair of these slippers the pattern really is easy to remember (though, I did transfer the pattern into a word file on my computer–just to be safe!)

“Say Cheese!” Or Better Yet, Don’t…

10 Tips to Help You Look Fab-YOU-lous in Your Holiday Photos

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The holidays bring so many wonderful opportunities to create magical memories and of course you’ll want to capture those memories on film…or at least in your digital camera (does anyone actually use film anymore?) This is all well and good until you see an unflattering photo of yourself tagged on someone else’s Facebook page–am I right?

While it isn’t possible to take a perfect photo every time, therefore ensuring that you’ll never be tagged in a less than flattering Facebook post; there are some things that you can do to increase your odds of taking a good photo. Follow these simple tips to look FabYOUlous in your upcoming holiday photos.

 10 Simple Tips for Looking FabYOUlous in Your Holiday Photos