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.
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.
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.
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!
I had so much fun styling all the kids for this shoot with pieces from their closets and my daughter’s combined.
Take the opportunity to talk to the toddlers about flags, stars and stripes and voila! You’ve had a patriotic play date!
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.The toddlers loved the mini golf setup on the great big lawn.
But there were also pretend ice cream shop stations and toy picnic baskets for the kids to discover inside each decorated teepee.
Everyone was challenged to celebrate in style by showing off how they rock red white and blue. And boy, they did NOT disappoint!
I put together this little outfit for my toddler and it only costed $40 head-to-toe with hand-me-down, vintage and gifted items.
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!
I thank all the many fashionable families who came out to celebrate a very #fab_fourth with us.
And of course the many mommies and their littles too!
Congrats to the winner of our #fab_fourth raffle!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
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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.
Each year they grow up, they get more and more active and independent and isn’t this the time to celebrate independence?
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 email@example.com to be added to our invite list! And watch out for our FB site to have additional details pre- and post event!
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!
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:
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!
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.
3. 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)
Also 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!
Photo from inhabitat.com
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.
4. 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. 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!
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).
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!
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.
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 🙂
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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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).
With fun pit stops along the way like meeting Snoopy, balloon making and face-painting, little Juliet was also happy to explore with us.
My Top 3 Picks from the Baby Show this year include:
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!!
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!
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??
It was fun connecting with fellow bloggers and taking home the aforementioned goody bag!
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.
When styling a photo shoot there are things you absolutely MUST consider when choosing what to wear for a photo shoot. If you’re paying for these pictures and you’re freezing and recording this moment in time, no matter how carefree you are in daily life, or no matter how little you care about fashion, you need to take note of these DOs and DONT’s. Coordinate without being corny, else risk endangering yourself for submission into one of those akward family photo sites.
photo from akwardfamilyphotos.com
You’ve been warned. Personally, I don’t mind a matchy matchy look for a mommy and me shoot if done well.. But I’d suggest avoiding any bright ideas of wearing the exact same outfit between your entire family. I.e. no all khaki’s and white shirts or all denim on denim.
photo from netjungle.com
While it may have been the trendy thing to do for family portraits back in the day, it looks very dated now.
Without taking matching that far, think about coordinating and complimenting outfits. Here is an example of a Valentine’s themed shoot that I styled which consisted of 2 girls and 1 boy. Notice how everything stays within the holiday theme and strictly within the color code of navy, red and white?
Each look could stand alone with enough interest or be matched up with any or all of the other models and fit right in. To help guide you, here are 4 Styling DOs and DONT’s when planning your next photo shoot outfit(s).
DO keep theme / purpose top of mind. This may seem obvious but most people lose sight of it when overwhelmed with the task of finding outfits for the entire family and while shuffling through their wardrobes. Never losing sight of the final objective and placement of the final photo should guide your every decision. Edit your styling decisions with this final idealized photo in mind. Is this for a Christmas card or other holiday card? If so, let that guide your color choices. Is this going to hang in a specific room? If so, you’ll want to make sure you don’t conflict with the decor already there.
DON’T be too trendy. Dying to show off your fashion-forward style? That’s fine and understandable. You wanna be you and stay true to your daily style. It is possible to do modern touches to classic looks. To stay confidently timeless though I’d suggest you veer more towards classic or even vintage pieces. Remember signature 80s fashion? You don’t want to cringe 20 years from now looking back on your fashion choices.
DONT wear logos, oversized labels or graphic quotes. Your husband may love the Knicks but now is not the time to advertise his utmost fandom to the world. Similarly, your dinosaur obsessed son who prefers playing at the playground in tees featuring his favorite animals should be veered away from making styling decisions come photo shoot. You want the focus to be on the people not the blaring letters, or oversized logos and cartooned characters.
DON’T Clash. I’ve said it before. Coordinate and compliment. Don’t have half the family wearing pastels and the other half in primary colors. Otherwise, the photo won’t have the professional polished feel that you are paying for.
Interested in event planning, PR and marketing? With the university semester coming to a close, I thought it would be great to begin interviewing for an internship. Please read the below to see if you are a good fit for the position or if you know someone who would be a good fit!
The ideal intern candidate:
is based in NYC and is able to work with me in the Financial District once a week (4hours)
has a laptop that they can bring in
is willing to commit to additional hours helping out at special events
is optimistic, flexible, dependable, reliable, punctual
has an interest in event planning, fashion, blogging, crafting and/or PR.
can organize and update Excel databases
has a specialty in one of the following: pitching/selling, photography, social media, graphic design, video
major plus if you are an SEO or WordPress expert
Internships MAY be done for school credit. You must work that out with your school. June through August with potential to continue on through fall/winter semesters.
Additionally, we are always looking for people who can jump in at the last minute on special projects. If you’re interested in being a “back up” please email! If you are interested in partnering up, please email!
Please use the subject line “Internship” and include a resume and a few sentences on why you’d be the best candidate.
If your daughter is obsessed with Disney princesses, you’ll want to read on for inspiration on how to throw your own Disney princess party or play date. I threw this one at home last minute using some free printables, hand me down Disney costumes, and every princess-y toy we had in the apartment proving that you can have a posh play date without spending a lot of cash. It’s simply about adding special details, elevating presentation, and adding stylish touches.
Here are 8 tips to host your own posh play date and celebrate the everyday in style.
Give your guests a special message by showing them you took extra care in inviting them over. Whether it be a themed evite, a welcome sign on the door, a goody bag, or photos sent post-event, I think it’s always nice to treat them in a special manner and let them know you took extra care in welcoming and hosting them.
Play some princess tunes. These days, you don’t even need to buy a CD. Free themed playlists can easily be found on Spotify and Pandora. In 5 minutes, I was able to customize and keep for future use, a Spotify playlist with all the popular Disney princess songs. It cheerfully played in the background when guests came in and as kids were playing with the royal toys. You may find that it quickly turns into an impromptu singalong with kids belting out ‘Let It Go’ so have those mics handy just in case!
Play a Disney movie. Having just hosted a Frozen screening in our theater with arts/crafts, toys and snacks (all Frozen themed of course), I decided to change it up this time with a Beauty and The Beast screening. We had popcorn and ballroom dancing going on in the living room!
Mommy and Me Manicures. As you can see from the video above, we were lucky enough to be graced by my friend, Kyeongah who was a Jamberry specialist. She wrapped our nails in pretty patterns that were non-toxic and unchippable. Check out her site to see the full collection and order your own pretty ‘polishes!’ It was a total treat and such a fun way for moms and their mini-me’s to share in some girly fun!
Display princess toys and castles. Being that J and her friends are all toddlers, it’s important to offer another activity or two to keep them entertained. They’re unlikely at this age to sit through an entire movie. Disney magic clip dolls and castles are the perfect toys for their nimble fingers to play dress-up and imaginative play with. I also brought out all her Elsa dolls, and princess Pez’s to carry out the theme throughout the space.
Encourage dress-up! Guests arrived with their own princess dresses but also got to try on beautiful costumes, necklaces, tiaras, gloves and bippity boppity boo wands upon arrival. It was a princess’s DREAM!
Offer princess snacks and treats. Fruits, sticker-ed princess applesauce, Olaf cookies, Little Mermaid lollipops, princess jellybeans, and first love (Hershey’s) kisses were popular amongst the little ones!
Prepare a photo shoot! What princess doesn’t want to pose in front of a camera? Preparing cut – outs of the Beast and Disney princes would be a fun way to encourage selfies. I gathered all our tiaras and had the moms gather for a quick group shot (we hardly have any pictures together since we’re all about the kids, so this was a fun change-up!)
And that’s it! For more ideas and tips on how to make your kids’ event stylish and special click here! If you’re a Disney fan and want more ideas on creating a budget-friendly Mickey/Minnie party, click here.
NY mommies, make sure to sign up for my Fab Kids invites with your name, email, neighborhood and ages of kids. I’m currently planning a patriotic picnic play date for June 25th, a white party and another back to school geek chic event. Please follow Fab Kids on FB and IG for more information!
When renowned photographer, Danny Weiss asks you to collaborate on a kids’ project, you don’t say no. I was so excited that I didn’t fret about having to charge all these clothes on my card and then have to return and pray that everything credited OK post-shoot…well almost. haha Luckily, all the borrowed clothes stayed in perfect condition and everything went just fine.
We aimed for a Valentine’s themed look, with lots of reds, some hearts and a lot of fun thrown in!
The kids here were wearing a mix of Janie and Jack, Gap, and the Children’s Place. Staying within the black and white + red theme made all these looks cohesive and classic. The below shot just kills me.
I want her to stay this little forever!
Keeping in line with the black, white and red color story, we shot the below series and danced along to some music. The kids were too much!
What was your favorite shot?
To see another photo shoot that I styled with Juliet as our mini-model, see my shoot with Molly Magnuson here.
If you or someone you know needs a kids stylist for photo shoots, collaborations or for a closet makeover, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org! It’s my passion!