Bio-Kidz invited us to an informative, and interactive kids’ food experience where we could sip, slurp and create delicious treats with their new, 100% probiotic drink for kids.  Given Juliet loves any chance to cook, (the girl sleeps with her whisk for heaven’s sake!) I knew she would get a kick out of this.  So I took her along for the ride and boy was I happy I did!  Here she is checking out the beautiful interiors of Freshmade NYC where the event was held.
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While she happily sipped away (and downed 2 whole Bio Kidz drinks..suffice it to say, Juliet approves), I enjoyed a little nutritional lesson on how to prevent colds with the help of probiotics.  This is something my ears totally perked up to given my family was sick for a whopping 5 weeks last winter.  YES, 5!  I promise you, we are not normally sickly people.  In fact, my husband and I rarely ever got sick before Juliet started school.  As any parent knows, you can wash your hands all you want but it’s nearly impossible to avoid germs that a toddler brings home and almost inevitable you’ll get sick at some point.  Alas the joys of parenthood!  Anyways, after being down that long with the cold, you too would be desperate to try anything.
That’s when I learned about the 3 superheros of micro-bials the defender, the reinforcer and repairer (won’t bore you with their actual scientific names).
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Simply put, they powerfully combat bad bacteria while also while increasing good bacteria in the gut and that’s where 80% of the immune system lies.  (who knew??)  This inspired Juliet to strike her best superhero pose.

Afterwards, together, Juliet and I decorated her first apron.  I love childhood.  There’s a first for everything!  She immediately tried it on and put it to use during the next activity.
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This is where we really got hands-on.  We love any opportunity to get creative and cute with food.  So making butterflies and funny faces out of smoothies and fruits was just delightful!
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She couldn’t wait to show daddy her masterpiece!
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All the smoothies and chia mixtures were delicious and infused with Bio-Kidz showing fun ways to incorporate them into toddler and kids meals.  My personal favorite was the chia mix!  And as a mom, I love Bio-Kidz’s portable small, to go containers and can see myself packing her cooler bag with this yummy, nutritious snack.

Bio-Kidz is the only premium, 100% probiotic fermented milk for children on the market.  It can be found in the supplement section of most Whole Foods in our NY/NJ area and provides a perfectly portioned, probiotic shot for daily consumption.   Would you try this?
Thank you Bio-Kidz for the gifted cooler bag and products to review.   All opinions are mines as always.

 

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I was honored to have been asked to review Lee Jeans for kids from Five Star Apparel New York.  Lee Jeans is a classic jeans company that has been around since 1889.  And to me they represent Americana!  With such rich history, it was exciting to hear what the brand had in store for 2016.

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We were so happy to have been able to select her first-ever pair of jean shorts from their showroom.  Here is little Juliet modeling them.  Having been inspired from our recent California trip, (see our travel photos on Instagram) I styled her boho chic and she loved it!

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Check out the fringe heart detail!  Isn’t it just the cutest??  In case you want to buy these, they’re style #L616SH22 ‘stone wash heart patch short shorts!’  And they’re available in girls’ sizes 4-6x.

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Lee Jeans are sold at Bealls, Boscov’s, BONTON, JCPenney, and Amazon.com.

These jean shorts are sure to be a summer staple in her wardrobe.  Super versatile.  They’ll go with everything!  Follow me on Twitter @fabgabblog to find out where the rest of her outfit came from and to see my matching look (coming soon)!

 

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DSW kids invited us to enjoy a NY night out and celebrate their highly anticipated kids’ shoe department along with their nationwide back-to- school donation drive with Soles4Souls.  Over 200 doors in more than 40 states will be collecting new and gently worn shoes for the charitable organization which distributes shoes to the needy.  And we couldn’t be happier to help!  After all, we certainly had outgrown shoes to donate.  And I love taking any opportunity to teach Juliet (even at age 3) to appreciate and be thankful.  We have helped her sponsor other kids her age through World Vision and have used the opportunity to discuss how different their lifestyle is and the need to give back to those less fortunate.  So it was to no surprise that I found her happily able to give away her shoes at the event.  She understood the importance.

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And it was truly a treat to not only give back but also to do so in such a beautiful setting!  620 Loft and Garden at Rockefeller Plaza overlooked the stunning St. Patrick’s cathedral allowing for some incredible views!

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DSW really seemed to know how to throw a kid-friendly party, one that parents and kids would both enjoy.  Open bar, networking and tarot card reading for the parents and cute kid DJ,  popcorn, snow cones, hot dogs and this interactive piano for the adults er I mean the kids too!DSC_9504 dsw event

Oh and did I mention they had a flip flop bar??  That’s what’s hiding in the DSW goody bag pictured above!  Speaking of shoes, Juliet’s suede gladiators that everyone was going gaga over at the event were an online find and a steal at just $23.  The dress is vintage.  I love unique deals (as every DSW customer does)!dsw kids party

As the night drew on and we met old and new friends, we suddenly realized that we had closed the party down!  The sun was setting, people were scrambling for their last snow cone and farewells were being had.

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You know it’s a good party when you’re not yet ready to leave!  Thank YOU DSW for providing a fun time for both us parents and kids.  See, perhaps partying with your parents ain’t so bad after all.

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True Religion is one of my favorite denim companies so I was excited when the brand and Stroller In The City invited me in to select a couple pieces for little Juliet to wear!  THANK YOU True Religion for gifting Juliet with these fab pieces! With the back-to-school season just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to style the True Religion pieces for the fall.

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This classic True Religion jean is their Casey style (a similar one can be found here).   My 3.5 year old daughter who is 40″ tall is wearing a size 3 here just to give you some sizing reference in case you were interested in buying these.  I love these because they can be dressed up or down and they are rugged enough for the playground!

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Juliet loves her lion backpack from the Chicago zoo gift shop and likes to let out a big roar when I take pictures of her with this wild backpack lol.

The next back to school outfit started with a True Religion two toned, raglan tee (arms which are not shown here are a wine color). It is styled under a cream, tweed cardi and over a tutu skirt for a girly, glam look.DSC_9420

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Juliet loves anything with a butterfly so this gifted cream and gold glitter tutu from grandma was a hit too!DSC_9419

The fashion is what makes back to school season so exciting for me!  What about you?  What are you most looking forward to this back to school season?

For examples of my kids’ styling sessions with NYC photographers, click here.  Feel free to contact me at fabgabblog@gmail.com for styling inquiries and sponsored posts.

Thanks so much for reading!

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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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Congrats to the winner of our #fab_fourth raffle!  DSC_6071

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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