Aug 1, 2014

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I was given two outfits to review.  I was not compensated and all opinions are my own.  Post contains affiliate links.

When it comes to buying clothes online, I only buy from brands that I have visited in their in-store location.  The reason for this is some online retailers are not true to the size of their clothes and also I like to check out the clothes in person to feel the material.

I know you all heard of JustFab, the discounted online store of fashionable women's shoes, boots, and handbags.  Well there is a FabKids website that you can get stylish children's (girls and boys) outfits at affordable prices.  FabKids was founded by ShopStyle founder Andy Moss and actress Christina Applegate.

I always wanted to try out their clothing on my daughters but was too afraid the fitting wouldn't be right on them.  Glad I had a chance to review their clothes!

Here is how FabKids works:

  • Take a Short Style Quiz- Create a style profile to help their stylists to get to know you better.

  • Get a Personalized Fabshop- A handpick selection of new FabShop outfits and styles to choose from each month.

  • Start Shopping- All FabKids outfits just $29.95.  Styles starts at $14.95.  Free shipping on all orders over $49 and easy returns.

My Review

To get started on FabKids website, they asked me several questions:

1. Is your child a boy or a girl?

2. What is your child's name, age, and size?

3. What is your child's favorite color?

4. Which outfit would your child wear to school? (shows 4 examples)

5. Which outfit would your child wear to a party? (shows 4 examples)

6. Where does your child like to shop for clothes? (shows several store examples)

The first outfit you choose is just $15 plus the shipping is free.  Also their gift to the consumer is $10 to spend- awesome!

I used Lauren first to answer those questions above and FabKids displayed many different options of very cute colorful clothing.  It was hard to choose what outfit I wanted to get her because I loved them all!  I added Michelle to the account afterwards and completed the same questions and FabKids revealed the same clothes for her since both of my girls like the same types of clothing.

For Lauren, I chosen Summer Stripes Outfit w/Fab Soft Capri Leggings.

For Michelle, I chosen Dye Girl Outfit w/Fab Soft Leggings

Both outfits are apart of FabKids Summer collection.

I got my order fast in a matter of days.  The clothing comes in a cute hot pink box with cute pink star symbols in the inside. Review #LoveFabKids via

My daughters couldn't wait to try on their new outfits and they quickly ripped open the plastic that had the clothing inside and immediately put on their outfits.

You can tell by touching the material of the clothes that it is good quality (93% Polyester, 7% Spandex).  The clothing is true to the size and very cute and stylish.  The girls liked how comfortable they felt in their outfits and they felt cute wearing it.  While we were out and about, many people stopped us and told the girls how cute they looked in their outfits- the outfits were showstoppers!

Here are the sizes avaliable:


  • XXS (2)
  • XS (3)
  • S (4-5)
  • M (6-7)
  • L (8-10)
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 The girls can also wear their outfits as dresses only instead of wearing them with leggings.

I had a chance to wash their outfits and it doesn't fade or shrink.  I'm very impressed with FabKids clothing, such high quality cute clothes for a great price!  They also have shoes too! 

Guess what!  FabKids Back to School collection is now on their website!  I got a sneak peak before the outfits hit the site and the colors are still bold but not the bright colors like their summer collection.  There are pattern prints, longer sleeves, dresses with leggings, glitter and glam with the whole pizazz!  Prefect for the upcoming season of Fall! Check out the styles below (click photo to get a closer look)

FabKids didn't forget about the fellas, they have a Fall Collection as well (click photo for a closer look).

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Is FabKids Worth a Try?

I'm very happy that I had the opportunity to review FabKids outfits because I believe I would had never given them a chance.  They are true to their statement of adorable high quality clothes at affordable prices.  You won't be disappointed purchasing their clothing for your children and you'll have happy stylish kids strutting down their school's hallways. 

Have you ever tried FabKids before?

Disclosure- I received two outfits free to review.  I was not compensated and all opinions are my own. Post contains affiliate links.
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Jul 31, 2014

Back to School Fashion Tips #BacktoSchoolTips

Back to School Fashion Tips #BacktoSchoolTips

Young people have become extremely style conscious today. Teenagers and adolescents choose their attires for almost all occasions. They are aware of the fashion trends and what cuts and fits are in and keep themselves updated with the changing designs and colors of suits, dresses and tuxedos.

Schools that do not follow any uniform rules, students wear according to their tastes keeping in mind that they are in school and not attending a party. Back-to-school style means transformation and reinvention of designs that you have already used. And so if you are the mom of a teenager boy or girl, offer them with some of the innovative back to school fashion tips to make them look stylish and yet decent.

Although it is important to get high marks and certificates in the high school days, it is equally important for them to look cool and attractive. Fashion is a form of self-expression and young children must learn this art also to develop unique personal style.

Girls’ fashion tips:

For girls, back to school fashion means layering pieces that offer a new dimension to the outfits paired with a pair of jeans. If you are slim and elegant, go for the skinny jeans that are on the top of the fashion shelves. T-shirts and tank tops too look great. But you must choose the appropriate colors that suit your skin tone. But on special occasions in school, a tailored blazer with cropped jeans will give a cool look while keeping you comfortable as well. 

Back to school fashion tips for the warmer months point to the light and comfortable dresses. Floral sundresses are always in and if you want to put on a daring look, try the bold stripes, laces and ruffles. Never expose yourself too much as it is not decent to do so when in school. Pairing your dresses with the appropriate accessories is equally important to look attractive. Silver rings offer an edgy look while a studded wristband and bunch of bangles offer a celebrity appearance especially when you put on sleeveless uppers.  Keep it simple and minimal as that is more elegant and dignified. Choose your bags and satchels that carry unique messages and not the typical ones. It portrays your superb taste.

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Chiffon blouse
$255 -

DV8 by Dolce Vita black legging
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Converse shoes

Boys’ style statement:

Young boys no longer prefer the baggy looks but go for the streamlined and tailored outfits. Bold color polo-style shirt, cargo trousers or chinos give you a handsome look. In winter you can wear the hooded sweaters and knit pullovers and blazers in decent shades that match your shirts. Jeans and tees are a perfect combination to look stylish and smart. Boys should stay light and stylish but their attires must be of the perfect fit so that he can flaunt his muscles. Select your clothes according to your structure and add trendy accessories that make you look outstanding.  

A variety of footwear is available nowadays. But since you are getting ready for school, select those pairs that are comfortable and stylish in looks. Stilettos and cowboy boots are not all the right choice for school-goers.  LOL! 

Do you have any back to school fashion tips to share?

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Jul 30, 2014

Fun Things to do During the End of Summer (Summer Blog Series)

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As the warm summer comes to an end, many people wish that it stayed longer. They miss the warmth and fun under the sun along with the summer vacation. But always grab the happy moments that you still have. Summer is not over but just creeping towards lower temperatures. So enjoy yourself to the fullest!

Before children get back to school and there is still enough sun to give you warmth and fun, get together to celebrate summer. Whether you are in Georgia or California or Texas or any other place, here is a list of some of the fun things to do during the end of summer.

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We ended our summer in 2013 at Destin, Florida

  •         If you are fond of outdoor activities, visit the innumerable water theme parks, enjoy the roller coaster rides or run through a fountain to enjoy the warm waters of summer. Running about bare-feet or plunging into the pools will surely give you great fun.

  •         Nature lovers can walk through the greenery and feel the cool air under the sun. Smell the fragrance of exotic flowers that brighten up your surroundings. You can plant sunflowers and pansies and flowering plants that blossom in winters.

  •         Arrange a picnic near your home or in your own open backyard with friends and family members and enjoy delicious barbecues and sumptuous lunch or may be a dinner with light music.

  •       Enjoy all the goodness of summer and all that it offers you before the warm days fly away. Fruits are available in abundance and so simply enjoy delicious fruit salads, fruit punches with slices of pineapple, melon, honeydew and watermelon.  

  •         One of the other fun things to do during the end of summer is to have a pool party, or may be a long road trip to the beaches. The sun simply shines most beautifully on the sea-waters and the sandy beaches. The shimmering dunes spread a mysticism that is too mesmerizing and unforgettable. Take a natural tan that will last for some days to remind you of the last summer days.

  •         Young people can have fun at the casinos with their friends too. Elders can enjoy the end of summer days at romantic retreats. Today’s moms are multi-taskers. They too need some fun and entertainment before the summer gives way to the dimmer days. Get all the moms together and have a girl party. Share your experiences and fun and laughter to energize your selves.

  •         You can also go for an outing, say a short trip round your own city or to the beautiful countryside. Pack all the delicacies that you all enjoy and spend some time freely among the woods and beside the streams.

When on a trip round the city or the countryside, carry your digital camera to capture the beautiful scenery and happy moments of your life. If you wish, you can take the help of a guide and gather extra knowledge about your own place.

Never let the beautiful days go by simply. Plan ahead to enjoy the fun things to do during the end of summer.


What are the things you have planned for the end of summer?

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Jul 29, 2014

IKEA #IKEACataLove Event Recap @IKEA_Atlanta #AD and $100 Gift Card Giveaway Ends 8/31

IKEA #IKEACataLove Event Recap @IKEA_Atlanta #AD and $100 Gift Card Giveaway Ends 8/31 via
I was invited to attend the IKEA #IKEACataLove event to learn and share about IKEA's new catalog.  I was compensated with a gift card and all opinions are my own.

As many of you may know if you follow me on Instagram or read my Kia Soul review, that I was invited to IKEA's #IKEACataLove event in Atlanta last week.

The event was a huge success with a lot of local bloggers, food, drinks, chit chat, and going on a tour of the whole IKEA store learning about different home decor they offer.

Did you know that this was my second time ever being in a IKEA store?  Yes, it's true!

I'm no home decor guru, my home is just filled with random stuff handed down by Mr. M's mother.  My home can definitely use a lot of work.  I don't spend a lot of time in my home since I'm always on the go so I don't put any effort in decorating it.  But I really want to change that and be proud of what I come home to.  I'm thankful for IKEA to offer affordable prices on so many different home decor to help get my home where it needs to be.  I'll be returning to IKEA often and maybe to the point that they get tired of seeing me, lol!

I arrived fashionable late due to work, bad weather, and Atlanta's terrible traffic which made me miss out on half of the tour.

The highlight of the tour was learning about custom made built in closet storage.  I live in a apartment and my closet is in desperate need of some organization since I share it with Mr. M.  I'm always shopping for clothes and stuff in our closet is all over the place- I spend hours looking for different things in there.  If I had a IKEA closet storage, it would really make my life easier.  Less time looking for my favorite shirt, and more time with my family. 

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While still on the tour, we discussed about their low price mattresses.  I'm in the market now for a new mattress for myself and Lauren since Michelle gotten a new one last year.

IKEA has some great prices on a variety of mattresses and I was able to sit and lay on them to see which ones I liked the best.  The one mattress that got my attention was the rolled up mattress that is rolled up when you first buy it for easy transport and once you get it home you roll it out.  Only thing is you can't roll it back up.

Did you know IKEA offers in-home deliveries? This is great for those that don't have a huge truck or the man power to get their large purchases to their home. 

Here are more pictures from the tour.

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IKEA #IKEACataLove Event Recap @IKEA_Atlanta #AD and $100 Gift Card Giveaway Ends 8/31 via
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While still on the tour, I became a IKEA Family loyalty card member.  Now whenever I shop at IKEA, I can get more money saving discounts, learn about in-store special events, and get the latest scoop and sneak peak previews.  You can join the program too, it's free!

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IKEA #IKEACataLove Event Recap @IKEA_Atlanta #AD and $100 Gift Card Giveaway Ends 8/31 via

At the end of the tour, all the attendees and I made a toast to a successful night and sat down to look at the new IKEA Catalog.

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IKEA #IKEACataLove Event Recap @IKEA_Atlanta #AD and $100 Gift Card Giveaway Ends 8/31 via

The catalog topic is about where the everyday begins and ends when it comes to your home.  You begin your day at home and you end your day at home, so why not make your home more comfortable, more calm, and more organized.   IKEA helps inspires people to begin and end their day the best way possible.

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My inspiration while browsing through their catalog is how organized their bedrooms are, especially the kid's room.  My children's room is a disaster and I get tired of seeing their room looking like a tornado blew through there.  I would be in so much peace if my daughter's room would look like one of the kid's room in the catalog.  My first focus when it comes to organization will be their room and IKEA's catalog is giving me a lot of good ideas on where to get started.

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When the event was over, the girls and I looked around the children's bedroom section and they found bedroom sets that they really liked.

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IKEA #IKEACataLove Event Recap @IKEA_Atlanta #AD and $100 Gift Card Giveaway Ends 8/31 via

IKEA #IKEACataLove Event Recap @IKEA_Atlanta #AD and $100 Gift Card Giveaway Ends 8/31 via

I love a bed that has a pull out storage drawers underneath it, it makes more space in any bedroom.

I'm so grateful to attend such a amazing event and I look forward to IKEA helping me get my home more organized.

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Guess what everyone!  IKEA is having a $100 giveaway and no purchase is necessary to enter.  Giveaway starts on August 1st and ends August 31st.  Winner will be contacted on Twitter, so make sure you're following, to see if you have won.  Prizes will be available on or before September 2, 2014.  No need to live in Atlanta to enter.

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 Have you ever shopped at IKEA before?  If so, what do you like buying from there?

Disclosure-   I was invited to attend the IKEA #IKEACataLove event to learn and share about IKEA's new catalog.  I was compensated with a gift card and all opinions are my own.
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Jul 28, 2014

Adventures in 2014 Kia Soul and Review @DriveSTI #KiaSoul

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DriveSTI provided a car for me to test drive and review, I was not compensated and all opinions are my own.

You know what I've been doing all last week?  TESTING THE NEW 2014 KIA SOUL!!!!!!!  I can't believe that I'm now testing out cars- what a amazing experience the girls and I had going on  adventures in the Kia Soul!  THIS CAR ROCKS!  I had heads turning and mouths dropping while this hot red inferno was cruising the streets!

I'll be honest, when I first found out what I was going to be driving for the next 7 days last week, I was a bit disappointed because I thought the Kia Soul would be too small for a family of 4.  Once the car was delivered to me, my assumptions about the car went quickly out the door after seeing how roomy it is.  Mr. M, the girls, and I all had enough room space without feeling like we were bunched in.
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I felt instantly comfortable while driving the car.  The premium black leather seats are high quality, soft, and luxurious- even the steering wheel is covered in leather that is soft and helps your hands to have a good grip to it. 

No worrying about hot days and your body sticking to the seats, all seats including the backseats has a cooling system, even the steering wheel- nice!

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After checking out the inside of the car, the next important place for me to check out is the trunk.  I'm a frequent shopper at Costco and you know all their products are in bulk and large in size.

Unfortunately, the trunk is not large enough for me.  But the good thing is the back seats folds down if I have large items, it's just that I can't have my girls along for the ride with me.  Another good thing is that the trunk has a piece on the floor that you can lift up and has more storage space there with organized departments.

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Now the fun part!  This car was fully loaded to the max- it had the whole shabang!  Everything that you can think of, this car had!

The 2014 Kia Soul included:

  • Panoramic Sunroof with Power Sunshade
  • Infinity Audio System
  • Speaker Lights
  • Voice-Command Navigation with 8" Display & HD Radio
  • Automatic Climate Control with Cluster Ionizer
  • HID Projector Beam Headlights with Auto-Leveling
  • Led Positioning Lights and Tail Lights
  • Supervision Meter Cluster with Color LCD Display
  • Leather Seat Trim
  • Ventilated Front Seats
  • Heated Front and Rear Seats
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Keyless Entry and Start
  • Rear Camera
  • Power Folding Outside Mirrors
  • UVO eServices
Price is around $28,000 for the total luxury package.  That is a great affordable price!

So many different functions that this car includes that I was so overwhelmed trying to figure out all of it.  This car makes you feel like a kid on Christmas Day, opening and playing with all of their new toys from Santa!

The best feature I love about this car is the whole navigation system along with the HD Radio.  The minute you add a location in the navigation system, it stores it forever- no longer will you need to repeat a address you have already used.  From my understanding, you can have up to 250 locations saved on there.  Another great feature is while you're using the navigation system, on the screen it displays restaurants, gas stations, lodging nearby.

If you're in the driver's seat and you have a passenger playing with the radio while you're getting directions from the navigation system, the dashboard also displays the destination directions.

The steering wheel has buttons that you can also control the navigation system, bluetooth, radio, and more.

Adventures in 2014 Kia Soul and Review @DriveSTI #KiaSoul via www.Productreviewmom.comWondering how the Kia Soul updates its system?  There is a piece above the 3:38 clock on the navigation picture below that you pull out and attach it to your computer while on Kia's website to do the download.  No need to go to a Kia dealership for a system update. 

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The HD Radio is simply amazing!  The girls and I were pretty much rocking it out to Radio Disney and other children's programming the whole time!  While checking on the other stations, it looks like it goes up to 500, but I could be wrong.

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And another thing, this car has no CD player since CD's has been played out years ago!  Well, I must be ancient because I still listen to CD's in my own car since I haven't turned on my satellite radio in it yet, but after being in this car, I need to turn it on quick, fast, and in a hurry!

No wonder those hamsters in the Kia commercials were jamming in their Kia Soul, sound quality is outstanding and there is plenty of different variety of musics to rock out to.

The rear camera was a very helpful feature because there was a couple of times I didn't see someone was behind me when I was backing up.  I think this feature should be in all future cars to help prevent accidents.

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The Kia Soul is amazing on gas!  I only filled up once at the end of the week after doing a lot of inner-city driving and some short distance highway driving. (23 city/31 highway mpg)  The car drives well although you do feel every bump in the road but I didn't mind that at all.

You want to know where I took this baby to?  Here are some highlights of the girls and I fun adventures!


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First stop on our Kia Soul adventure, we went to The INK Museum in Gainesville, GA.  It is a interactive neighborhood for children.  The museum helps kids learn hands on about every day life like going to the doctor, grocery shopping, school, and so on.


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Towards the end of the week, we headed to the #IKEACataLove IKEA event to learn about their new catalog and what new home decor is now available this season.  More details about the event coming soon and $100 giveaway, stay tune!

Doctor Appointment

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The following day after the IKEA event, the girls had doctor appointments for their annual checkup.  By the looks on Michelle's face, it didn't go very well.  She cried because she gotten her finger pricked.   Poor baby!  Lauren had a better experience.  Both girls are growing well and are healthy, they are ready to begin a new school year in a week.

 Back to School Shopping

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On our last day with the Kia Soul, we went to check out the Nutella Truck Tour Event but couldn't find the food truck, so we left and started doing some back to school shopping at our local mall.  Boy was the mall crowded with people, and boy is my pocketbook hurting- sheesh!

This car was definitely hard to let go.  I felt like the star of the show everywhere I drove to.  People would stop what they were doing and check the car out and see who was the person behind the wheel.  Although I only had the car for only a week, it felt like apart of my car family because I grew accustom to it quickly.

For such a inexpensive car, I felt like I was driving a $50,000 car.   My only complaint about this car would be the small trunk.  I give this car a star rating of 4 1/2 stars out of 5.

To me, this car would be prefect for a college student, a couple, a single person, a family with 1 or 2 middle aged children that doesn't transport a lot of cargo.

Goodbye Kia Soul, you will be dearly missed!

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Have you ever driven the Kia Soul before?

Disclosure- DriveSTI provided a car for me to test and review, I was not compensated and all opinions are my own.
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