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I feel so lucky to have accidentally timed our family vacation to the Orange County area with America’s first-ever Hello Kitty cafe.  Upon learning this, Juliet and I knew we just HAD to go.

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I made sure to pack her new Hello Kitty printed romper for the occasion. DSC_7085

And what better to accessorize with than a giant bow a la Hello Kitty style?

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This adorable pop-up was actually just a girly pink shipping container that dramatically unfolded out into a sprawling cafe.

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We got there early and got to watch the transformation.  Juliet was enthralled!

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Good thing we got there at opening (thanks dad for saving our spot while we enjoyed the nearby kid-friendly rides).

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I say this because the line quickly grew out of control as Hello Kitty fans descended at a rapid pace for a taste of this cuteness overload! Thankfully, living up to the hype, the Sanrio sips and sweets were as adorable as one would expect.

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There were so many Hello Kitty adorned pies, cakes and cookies to choose from.  Juliet’s favorite was the heavily sprinkled ‘birthday cake’ shown on the left.  But unfortunately 30minutes after opening, it sold out to the person directly in front of us who we overheard saying that she came back 3x trying to get that sold out cake.  So I suggest that if you want this, you make sure to get there before opening time!

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The news has broken out that this cafe has actually had to close as early as 2pm because they had sold out of EVERYTHING. So Hello Kitty fans, let that be a warning to you.  If you have your heart set on a specific dessert, get there EARLY.  The below tiramisu type dessert is what Juliet chose.  She called it the golden Hello Kitty.DSC_7156

DSC_7174I for one had to try the Hello Kitty faced cookie and bow.

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Thanks for reading!  Check out my Hello Kitty themed play date that I threw at my house here!

Let me know why YOU are a Hello Kitty fan!

 

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When I told Juliet we were going to a superhero party, she replied that that she was a princess not a superhero.  (What a girly girl!)  So I told her she could be a superhero with princess powers and showed her this beautiful personalized cape from Creative Capes and she was SOLD!  All I did was dress up her 3rd birthday feather dress with her tiara, a broken light-up sabor and the pink/purple cape and accessories gifted to us from Creative Capes and KABOOM!  She turned into SUPER PRINCESS J!

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According to Creative Capes’ founder, Holly, “Something as simple as a cape has the power to positively affect a child’s self-esteem.”  And it’s true!  I got to watch the transformation right before my very eyes at Gymboree’s Superhero themed prom!

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The photo booth area sponsored by Creative Capes, encouraged easy try-ons with a fun-filled cape and accessory station and comic-strip-style power signs.   The kids loved dressing up and posing hero-style.  It was a blast!

superhero party ideas, superhero capesBoys and girls alike got into the superhero theme!

how to plan a superhero partyAfter having provided ideas for Gymboree’s members on how to accessorize what you had in your closet and transform ordinary outfits into super ones (click here for that previous post), I was excited to see how all the littles styled themselves!  I loved that some even took the inspiration board to heart and bought the exact outfits I suggested!

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Gymboree did a great job including other powerful details to their boom pop kapow party.

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The theme inspired everyone to soar through the air.  And Gymboree is the perfect place for little ones to practice doing just that!

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Here’s more about Creative Capes and their story!  Gift your super boy or girl one today!

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For more ideas on how to plan your own superhero party click here.

To see Gymboree’s prior prom parties, click here!

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After a blistering hot week in NY, Sunday was a breath of fresh air!  For our Sunday finest, Juliet and I dressed up in matching mommy and me dresses – coordinated outfits, I should say as these are not exact matches.  If you follow me, you know this is what I usually prefer.

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The bright summery yellow is so cheery that it brightens my mood just wearing it!  My dress was found at TJMaxx and is by Calvin Klein ($34.99).  Hers was from Gymboree last year during their clearance for about $20 I think.

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I accessorized with my Valentino purse (bought with Saks employee discount years ago) and a Rocksbox necklace.  J is wearing a dollar store beaded necklace which perfectly matched her pink bow shoes by QQ Girl.  (We’re now selling this through our Totspot account @fabgabblog!)

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My shoes are Valentino rock stud pastel flats – such a perfect find for a NY mom-on-the-go!

After church we enjoyed the most delicious brunch at Olio e Piu, a trattoria known for their brick oven pizza.

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The sauce was AMAZING!  So good it rivaled the best pizza we had in Italy!  I SO recommend this place – especially because the goat cheese mushroom and zucchini frittata that I also ordered was just as dreamy!

frittata It’s a great place to sit and people watch plus you’re surrounded by flowers at this restaurant!  Definitely grab a sidewalk seat and enjoy NY-ers passing you by.  Juliet couldn’t get enough of all the cute dogs she spotted.

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We hope your weekend was fabulous! See our other mommy and me looks here.  And stay tuned for a full recap on that superhero themed prom that we attended – coming soon!

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We’ve been getting in the July 4th spirit with red white and blue fashions all week long and are excited to finally see the fireworks tonight at South Street Seaport Museum.  Join us on Pier 16 to enjoy the 40th Anniversary of Macy’s July 4th Fireworks display!  It’ll be sure to not disappoint. Plus there will be drinks from Flagship Brewery and local food trucks to keep you well – fed and hydrated.  Kids of all ages are welcome but parents should expect very loud noises being that the fireworks will be set off from a barge directly off Pier 16.

Fab Gab readers get $10 off advance tickets by clicking HERE!

Have a fab fourth everyone! (click through for ideas on how to celebrate with style!)

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Tonight: From 5pm to 10:30pm, with fireworks beginning at approximately 9:25pm. Get there early to reserve your spot (bring blankets, picnic and / or lawn chairs)

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If you believe in celebrating in style, and you look for excuses to throw a good party, having kids won’t stop that party planning perfectionist in you.  At least that’s what I’ve learned.  I’m THAT mom who offers to host a play date and then surprises everyone with a full-out professionally coordinated, themed event. This July 4th have a Fab Fourth!  It’s is an easy time to decorate and really jump into a theme.  After all, everyone has some form of red white and/or blue in their homes and closets! Here is some inspiration for you to host a Fab 4th of July party or play date indoors.

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I encourage you to have a Fab Fourth with kids in the comfort of your own home!  Simply stick to a strict color theme of red white and blue, use what you have and ask everyone to dress in theme.  Here, in partnership with Mialandyn Events, we decorated her rental teepees with fringe and taped-on star cutouts.  (Taping on additional decor is such an easy and clever way to temporarily transform a plain teepee to match any holiday or theme!) Next we added some matching fur blankets and patriotic pillows to complete the luxe look.  We also added fun toddler toys and balloons inside which invited kids to explore and play.

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Encourage a pretend picnic with gingham red picnic blanket laid out and kid-friendly finger foods like healthy snacks from Fresh Kids, blueberries in a star dish, star-shaped cake pops from Current Mood, sparkly red marshmallows and 3D chocolate covered Oreo cookies from Brooklyn Cake Pops!  Red white and blue napkins, cake platter and star-shaped dishes help carry out the theme.

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Ask play date guests (moms and kids alike) to dress head-to-toe in red white and blue and you’ll be surprised how they take to the fashion challenge. Having the kids match REALLY makes for some adorable shots and brings out the momarazzi in all of us!

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I had so much fun styling all the kids for this shoot with pieces from their closets and my daughter’s combined.

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Take the opportunity to talk to the toddlers about flags, stars and stripes and voila! You’ve had a patriotic play date!

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If you liked this, click through for more inspiration on how to throw a patriotic picnic outdoors and check out the NYC instameet that we hosted last week with Mialandyn and Fresh Kids.

Special thanks goes out to all the partners for this shoot:

Follow me on Instagram for MORE!  @fabgabblog and @fab_kids

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Have a fab July fourth with your kids by celebrating in style!  Last year, I hosted a red white and blue themed picnic which you can see here.  This year, I wanted to make it bigger and better. So Fab Kids partnered up with Mialandyn Events (whose rentable teepees and pillows you see here) along with Fresh Kids (healthy snacks) for a fun, free fashionable patriotic picnic for friends and followers alike.july 4th party, july 4th styleThe toddlers loved the mini golf setup on the great big lawn.

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But there were also pretend ice cream shop stations and toy picnic baskets for the kids to discover inside each decorated teepee.

fourth of july style, fourth of july picnic Everyone was challenged to celebrate in style by showing off how they rock red white and blue.  And boy, they did NOT disappoint!

cute girls july 4th, how to style july 4thI put together this little outfit for my toddler and it only costed $40 head-to-toe with hand-me-down, vintage and gifted items.  DSC_5950

That French-inspired bowtie is actually a hair bow that I converted with a simple safety pin clip.  I’m a lucky mom.  She lets me dress her in all sorts of accessories and doesn’t seem to mind at all! july 4th kids party and picnic

I thank all the many fashionable families who came out to celebrate a very #fab_fourth with us.DSC_5966

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And of course the many mommies and their littles too!

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And if you’re in the NY area, and want an invite to an upcoming Fab Kids event, please leave your first and last name, email and kids names’ and ages with me either in the comments section here or feel free to email me at fabgabblog@gmail.com.  Like Fab Kids on FB to vote on event details, see event photos and updates and get all the Fab Kids news!  We have a Summer Glamp (Aug), Geek Chic play date (Sept) and a Fa-BOO-lous costume party (Oct.) in the works and would love to meet you there!

For video recaps and additional photos follow me @fab_kids and @fabgabblog on IG!  Thanks for following and let me know how you’re planning to celebrate Independence day this year!

 

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Each Fourth of July, I’ve gathered a small group of friends for a red white and blue patriotic picnic which has resulted in some insanely cute photos and adorable memories.

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Each year they grow up, they get more and more active and independent and isn’t this the time to celebrate independence?

IMG_6980 This year, I’m happy to announce that I’m opening up the gathering to my @fab_kids following on Instagram, getting sponsors and partners involved and hosting a patriotic picnic that is sure to be full of family fun!  If you’re in the NY area or know of someone who is, make sure to submit your name, email, kids name(s) and ages, to fabgabblog@gmail.com to be added to our invite list!  And watch out for our FB site to have additional details pre- and post event!

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We’re so excited to celebrate with you and hope to see you there!  Also, keep an eye out for our fab fourth photo shoot that I just styled which will show you a preview of what to expect at this patriotic NYC picnic.  Follow me @fabgabblog on IG!

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travel tips for blue lagoon

Icelandic Air gave us a free stopover from our European vacation and my husband can’t resist a good deal so we took advantage, spent 3 days in Iceland, and hit its famous Blue Lagoon.  Even though we hardly saw any kids there, much less toddlers like Juliet (who is 3), we found it to be a once-in-a-lifetime, kid-friendly (and fun) spa experience for Juliet.  Here are some handy tips and things you’ll need to know before you take your kid(s) to Iceland’s blue lagoon:

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 It won’t be too cold.  Before trying it out myself, I couldn’t fathom how one would shed their coat and wintery layers for a swimsuit in 40 degree weather much less bring their kids into such extreme conditions but I also didn’t know that the water would be 94-102 degrees or that there was a special indoor spot from which you could swim to the outdoor area fully immersed in the geothermal heat.  We actually only discovered this indoor/outdoor tunnel after our break and found it made a world of difference when transitioning out of the towel. So take advantage of that indoor pool and look for the underpass into the outside world!

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2.  Get hands on!  Even the most manly man won’t be able to resist the pure, childish joy of dunking his hands into the gooey mess.  This is one time when you can encourage messiness.  It’s kind of like finger painting but you get to paint faces and bodies and what kid wouldn’t love that?!  Everyone gets to dig their hands into a tub of this white goop in order to apply their own masks or apply them onto someone else.  This tactile experience is one the kids really get into plus it is hilarious to see all the white-masked faces hanging out around you!  Juliet was fascinated by all the white faced swimmers and couldn’t wait to try her hand at it.  Having her apply my silica mud mask was a mother’s day treat unlike any other and such a unique interactive spa experience for us both.

DSC_48503.  Photography.  This place is so exotic, that you’ll be kicking yourself if you lost yourself in the tranquility of it all so much so that you didn’t fully capture how epic this spa was.  Either prepare yourself with an underwater camera or iphone cover (they even rent iphone covers on-site if you need) or take turns being the out-of-water photographer like we did. DON’T be one of those people who bring their $10,000 SLR INTO the pool with them and cause everyone to stress out about the chance of it getting wet.  DO find the Blue Lagoon staff who will take a group photo for you with their iPad, and immediately send it to your email.  We did that and ended up loving those family photos as our favorite ones from the day! (see below)

blue lagoon in iceland, tips for blue lagoon, children at the blue lagoonAlso most people don’t know this but there are 2 terrific photo opps that you shouldn’t miss.  Veer to the left of the main entrance, and right outside it, you’ll find an untouched area of the lagoon, separate from where the guests are allowed.  Take the trail to the end for a mystical view and photo.  Also, know that there is a rooftop viewing area -don’t miss that!

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4.  What to bring. In addition to your bathing suit and flip flops you’ll want to bring (if you can) your own towel, cover-up (the venue charges for both), and sunglasses to block the intense brightness.  The lagoon will supply (and require) that any child 7 or under wear these whether or not they can swim.  Be prepared to be chased down if your child is caught without them on in the pool.  For us it was nice to know we wouldn’t have to worry about her safety.  For kids older than 7 though they should be warned that the bottom of the pool is uneven and may drop to deeper depths without warning.  Most places are so shallow you have to crouch down to keep underwater but there are areas where shorter people may need to rely on their swimming and treading skills.

greeter_photo_1462708494_d619e9ddde5da17f63753c0e7f3e201b4.  Hair Care.   While the minerals may be touted for its healing and anti-aging properties, it sucks for your hair!  Your hair is likely to feel like straw for days so unless you want to feel like a scarecrow, either keep your hair out of the water or apply leave-in conditioner in your hair before entering AND post soak, use clarifying shampoo before regular shampoo and conditioner and then brush in leave-in conditioner.  It sounds like a lot of steps but trust me you’ll need them!    I learned the hard way by just jumping in without any pre- or special post treatment and my hair felt so damaged I ended up having to research what the heck happened to my hair post lagoon which is how I learned these tips!  I did make sure to also bring a baseball cap and hair elastic.  When you have a wet wiggly toddler to dry and dress, the last thing you want to worry about is styling your hair in a crowded locker room!  Though if you have patient kids who will sit put during a hair styling session, the  locker rooms do have hair dryers in addition to the provided soap, shampoo and conditioner.blue lagoon tips, bring your child to blue lagoon Below is a great video showcasing all the details.

5.  Eating.  We made and then cancelled our restaurant reservations because we wanted to spend our limited time (literally) soaking up this amazing experience.  But if you have the time (and money as it is NOT cheap), you can enjoy a gourmet Icelandic meal prepared by Iceland’s top rated chef. There is also a large, ground-floor cafe of sorts where you can purchase pre-preared meals ( We bought the sushi platter and the cheese and cracker platter) along with an assortment of beverages for a quick eat.  The views are outstanding and remind you of the other-worldly beauty that you are surrounded by.  You could also enjoy your own snacks at one of the outdoor seating areas though that seating is more limited and not insulated from the cold.  Additionally, the bar that you can swim up to offers alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks as well as the popular Icelandic treat, Skyr mixed into a smoothie which our toddler loved!

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6.  Easy Airport Access.  Being that the Blue Lagoon is about 45 minutes outside of Reykjavik (the capital and city center where you’re likely to have booked your hotel) and about 20 minutes away from the airport, I highly suggest you shuttle yourself to/from the airport in order to avoid an extra cab fee.  There is really no other reason to be in that area other than to visit the Blue Lagoon.  In fact the entire area will make you wonder whether you’ve landed on the moon.  There is nothing but lava rock for as far as the eye can see.  Conveniently, there are shuttle transfers available to the Lagoon from both locations and the Blue Lagoon has special luggage storage service for an extra cost.  Just make sure to have packed a separate bag with all your swim essentials so you’re not left rummaging through your luggage upon arrival.

7.  Kids 2-13 are FREE.  As if you needed another reason to visit with your kids, kids 2-13 are free.  They do not recommend kids under 2 to participate which is why the age range starts at 2 though I don’t see why they wouldn’t be able to so long as the adult is holding them… Teenagers 14-15 are half off and anyone older is charged at the regular rate (you’ll have to check the website as prices vary depending on the time of year you go).

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Iceland’s Blue Lagoon for us will be forever remembered as a a surreal first-time spa   experience for Juliet. I hope that you won’t hesitate in bringing your kids and found this post helpful when planning.  Leave comments with what you’re most excited about.  Bon Voyage!

 

 

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If you’re a follower of my blog or Instagram account, you know I can’t resist a cute mommy and me matching outfit.  I love recording my toddler’s tiny body on camera and styling my baby so she coordinates next to me.  This way I can track her growth through the years while also getting to relish in her being my minime.  She’ll be 30 and I’ll be 70 and we’ll still be in matching outfits haha!  This style diary outfit began with Juliet’s Chanel-inspired cardigan by Kaven’s Nest.

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I paired it with cat shoes that I purchased on the sample site, Zulily, a cat quilted pleather skirt from H&M,  a Century 21 shirt, and a pleather bow from HaleyLynne. 

With a little searching at my favorite stores for cheap trends, I found a similar mustard colored cardi at Forever 21, which I wore with my bow blouse and pleather jeans from H&M and my leopard loafers from Zara.  You don’t have to spend a lot to look like a fortune 🙂

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This look of the day was matchy matchy without being exact which is the way I prefer our mommy and me outfits.

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We’re twinning!  Thanks for reading! Click here for more matching mommy and me minime looks and outfit inspiration!

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NY baby show 2016 The NY Baby Show does a great job showcasing the best products and services to parents during all stages of pregnancy to parenthood.  (Kudos to New York Family for putting this together each year!)  And contrary to what the event title may lead you to believe, it’s still valuable to those of us parents who have outgrown the infancy stage and have graduated into toddlerhood.  My husband and I gained valuable information at life insurance, as well as estate planning/ trust (legal aid) booths for example in addition to being able to test-drive, taste-test, and try out various products still relevant to our 3 year old (and us).

new york baby show, biggest baby show, ny baby show review, new york family event With fun pit stops along the way like meeting Snoopy, balloon making and face-painting, little Juliet was also happy to explore with us.

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My Top 3 Picks from the Baby Show this year include:

  1. GB Pockit Stroller ($249.99).  At just 9.5lbs, this game-changing stroller, was named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “world’s smallest folded stroller.” And small it IS!  It’s the size of my diaper bag and fits underneath an airline seat!  City dwellers who commute by taxi, bus and subway are going to LOVE this!  Us NY-ers know what a pain it is having to trek up and down subway stairs with baby, diaper bag and heavy stroller.  Even though we already have 3 strollers we were tempted to buy this on the spot!! gb pockit, world's smallest stroller
  2.  Kidpass ($49/month).  You’ve heard of Classpass, the global class pass that lets you exercise at various gyms?  Well this is a class pass for kids’ classes.  And it’s genius because finally you have access to all these amazing indoor play spaces and exclusive classes that normally you’d have to pay a membership fee for.  Classes.  Events. Camps.  Juliet and I are definitely trying this out!  What a fun way to explore the city!  What’s more, YOU can get $30 off your first month simply by entering ‘fabgab’ as your promo code!ny baby show top picks
  3. Hatch Things Sure Shop ($15.95).  Anyone who owns an umbrella stroller has had it tip over at one time or another.  Toddler jumps out, and embarrassingly, everything tips over including the contents of your diaper or grocery bag.  Sure Shop prevents those spills by redistributing weight towards the stroller’s center of gravity while also preventing bag-drag.  Perhaps best of all, it folds up compactly into a tiny pocket making it the perfect travel accessory!  It comes in 6 colors and I was lucky enough to have been gifted one as part of the blogger goody bag!


A special thank you goes out to MomTrends who provided a complimentary family ticket,free babysitting services, and an exclusive blogger lounge for us to retreat into, fuel up and enjoy mini-massages.  Who can refuse that??

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It was fun connecting with fellow bloggers and taking home the aforementioned goody bag!

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What are your thoughts?  Let me know what your favorite baby products of 2016 are!

Thanks for reading and make sure to follow us @fabgabblog on IG for daily inspiration, outfits and more snippets from our personal life.

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