June 2016


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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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!

 

 

For more information, visit www.bluelagoon.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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