January 2017

What better way to celebrate Lunar New Year than to take my half Chinese daughter to an edible exhibit all about Chinese food at the Museum of Food and Drink!  I’ve never been to a museum that offered a sniff and taste test so I was excited to trek to Brooklyn and check it out.   .

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Juliet is always game for a mommy and me adventure and is no stranger to museums.  And she liked the sound of getting to eat her way through this one!

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The most spectacular sight there was an interactive curtain of Chinese take out boxes.  Each box symbolized 7 of the 50,000 Chinese restaurants in the US!

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Juliet did this at least 100 times!IMG_0872

At this limited-time-only exhibit, we were reminded of Chinese immigration history, learned about the secrets behind “velveting,” (a cooking technique I’m going to have to incorporate now) and tested our senses.  Apparently Juliet is not a fan of the smell of coffee!

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The most scent-sational exhibit for us however, was the tantalizing fortune-cookie-making machine which continuously offered treats to all the visiting guests and filled the entire museum with its sweet, baked scent.

Each colorful fortune was thoughtfully created by the public who were invited to invent their own fortunes via social media or through the interactive station found at the museum.  How cool is this??

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Another tasty treat was found at the cooking demonstration where we watched as a friendly chef replicated Chef Irene Li from Mei Mei Restaurant / Mei Mei Street Kitchen’s Kung Pao chicken.

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Too bad he in full performance mode, flipped the chicken so high in the air that it splattered and fell all over my Chanel purse haha!

I learned so much about the evolution of the Chinese American restaurant’s 170 year history in the form of menu timelines, first dish originations, ingredient and sauce formations and secret cooking techniques i.e. “velveting.”

As “New York City’s first food museum, MOFAD seeks to advance the public understanding of the culture, history, science, production, and commerce of food and drink. Our exhibition allow(s) students to see, smell, touch, and explore while learning about different cuisines. Our multi-sensory approach to learning uses food as a lens to understand our world.”  It was such a fun, educational, and memorable way to celebrate Lunar New Year!

Check it out before the end of February.  (tofu and crab sauce is served at their culinary studio in February).

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:

  • review the hours, they are not the usual museum hours and start at 12noon on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays!
  • same-day tickets cannot be bought after 4pm.
  • Use code Groups10 at checkout for groups of 10 or more to receive $1 off each entry.
  • Lyft, Via and Uber can all take Manhattanites there (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
  • If you want to subway it there, MOFAD is still 8blocks away from the nearest (L) train.
  • There is a complimentary (unsecured) coat and stroller storage area
MOFAD Lab
62 Bayard Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 387-2845
mofad.org 

 

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I’ve used Zazzle in the past for business cards and was recently prompted to try it out again with a blogger credit.  Browsing the site, I quickly realized that I could customize anything from fashion items to paper goods and bedroom decor.  So I went on a bit of a limb and created a very girly glam duvet cover.  This first image got rejected because I was using a Chanel image unfortunately.

viewThe 2nd design got approved and though I wish I had decreased the size of the image to make it look more realistic, it came out great!

chanel home I wanted it to look as though I had a bunch of items sprawled out on the bed trompe-l’oeil style but it’s a little larger than life.  It was a bit hard to estimate from the website, how large the items would look in person with the duvet actually on the bed.  But I’m OK with the end result.  It just looks a little more playful now..

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I like that it adds a bit of quirkiness to this sort of formal bedroom.  What do you think?

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I’m happy with the result especially given the duvet was soooo soft! It’s such a pleasure to snuggle up to this winter!

And did you see that Zazzle is currently having a sitewide 15% off Valentine’s sale with code ‘ ZAZZSENDLOVE’?  I’m going back and customizing some matching mommy and me Valentine’s day tee shirts!

 

Special thanks goes out to Zazzle for partnering up with me on this post.  As always, all opinions expressed are 100% my own.

 

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Gingerbread cookie making is one of our favorite holiday traditions.  I started it with Juliet when she was less than 2 years old and it has become something we look forward to each year.  The first year, I let her decorate a jumbo sized gingerbread man (found already baked at Whole Foods).

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The 2nd time in 2015, we hosted a plaid play date which you can see here where everyone decorated gingerbread men and got to enjoy some sponsored toys.

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Similar to last year, I hosted a “Cookies and Cuties” posh play date at our place and let our growing toddlers run wild with the gingerbread man decorating session.

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It was so much fun to see the kids interacting and talking so much more with one another this year.  Oh how they’ve grown!

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Juliet really loves her frosting!  She was a great help and loved adding the candy eyes, bows and sprinkles onto my cookies for me.

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I’m not sure who had more fun decorating – the kids or us moms.

DSC_6375 And of course there was play time!  We watched and marveled at how our little ones were so great at pretending they were little mommies themselves.DSC_6364

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These water babies are so great because they double as a bath toy.  Children can fill them up with water to weight them, making them feel even more life-like!  I love that they are sized so perfectly as to proportionately seem like they are newborns next to toddler mommies.

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The Dream To Be Water babies are so soft and cuddly, Juliet couldn’t help but sweetly rock hers and adore it while waiting for her friend to come over.

We thank Just Play for providing the adorable water babies and helping to make this play date possible!  Click here for more posh play dates!

 

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There we are to the left, sitting next to the runway.  I marvel at how I’m living my dream being able to take my daughter to these fashion shows.  As a little girl, I remember watching runway shows on TV wishing that I could one day see one live!  And here I am having not only attended hundreds of shows in my lifetime, but also sitting front row with my toddler in tow letting her watch the lineup before her very own eyes.

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: Models walk the runway during petitePARADE at Children's Club January 2017 at Jacob Javits Center on January 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for petitePARADE )

And I can’t get over how much she enjoys them so! Here she is doing her own sassy pre-show catwalk and dance.  (Where did she learn these moves???)

As always, she had to have her own turn on the runway.  So when I saw other moms post-show put their babies up on stage for a photo or two, I obliged mine.  And course, she didn’t want to ever get down from there. .

child models, kid models, new york models, fabgabblog, fabgab, runway show, kids fashion showAs you can see from the runway finale recap, there were so many fantastic looks on the Children’s Club Petite Parade runway! And for me, the accessories really made some of the looks!  Like check out this furry, royal crown and leopard oxfords on this handsome boy below.  Such a standout!  The crown is from Oh Baby!

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Sometimes the socks stole the show!

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Speaking of socks, don’t you just love how this bowtie below matched the socks?

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: A model walks the runway wearing Lili Gaufrette during petitePARADE at Children's Club January 2017 at Jacob Javits Center on January 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for petitePARADE )

I’m a sucker for girls in bowties.

I loved this mini model and her sword.  Now that’s a killer accessory!

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: A model walks the runway wearing Angel's Face during petitePARADE at Children's Club January 2017 at Jacob Javits Center on January 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for petitePARADE )

She’s like an exotic warrior princess!

Juliet and I pointed out how so many of the kids wore those lace-up military style boots (which Juliet also owns).  Ooh how on-trend we were!

And check out this one’s mod look.  I love the mismatched socks, (too cute!) and that CROWN and dress!! AHH kids’ fashion has me like !!!

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: A model walks the runway wearing Carlucci Kids during petitePARADE at Children's Club January 2017 at Jacob Javits Center on January 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for petitePARADE )

Here’s another sophisticated, modern look that proves that girls don’t have to just wear pink and purple to look fabulous!

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: A model walks the runway wearing Bleu Comme Gris during petitePARADE at Children's Club January 2017 at Jacob Javits Center on January 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for petitePARADE )

I’m totally planning to steal this camo+ black tutu + graphic black/white tee shirt outfit idea below!

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: A model walks the runway wearing Lil XO Kings during petitePARADE at Children's Club January 2017 at Jacob Javits Center on January 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for petitePARADE )

And my favorite looks of the night…

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: A model walks the runway wearing Angel's Face during petitePARADE at Children's Club January 2017 at Jacob Javits Center on January 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for petitePARADE )

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: Models walk the runway wearing Wild and Fierce during petitePARADE at Children's Club January 2017 at Jacob Javits Center on January 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for petitePARADE )

I can’t. I just can’t.

 

Which of these were your favorites??  For some more of our past coverage of Petite Parade’s kids fashion shows click here!   

‘Til next time!

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To help create special moments for my family, I enjoy celebrating each holiday and marking the passage of time with mini celebrations.  I host themed play dates for Juliet, play dress up, produce photo shoots in holiday colors, bake themed desserts with my little one and have fun re-decorating the dining area with her.  Here’s my 2016 year in review showing how just one small area of a NYC apartment came to life each season.

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For all the details from this adorable, “Wild For You” themed Valentine’s PJs and Pancakes play date, click here!

The girls played with their furry stuffed animals, sprinkled toppings on heart-shaped pancakes and brunched like little ladies while wearing their matching animal PJs.  It was so much fun that I hosted another Wild For You play date during Valentine’s with a slightly different setup.   For this posh play date we decorated heart-shaped Valentine cookies and wore heart printed sweatsuits. Click through for all the details and tips on how to create your own!

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For her birthday at the end of February, I turned our dining area into a Mickey Minnie black and white themed space since our Disney kid was clubhouse crazy!

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Click here for all the budget-friendly details!  The next month, I hosted a princess themed play date featuring a Beauty and the Beast screening, ballroom dancing, and mommy and me manicures.  With free printables, I transformed the buffet area to a blue and pink sparkle and sweet station.  Click here for more!

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I’ve never been one to celebrate the fourth of July with such enthusiasm until recently.  Decorating my home in red white and blue has become a tradition ever since having a little one.  I want to celebrate every holiday with her in a fun, stylish and meaningful way.  Besides being festive, holiday decor is a talking point from which teachable moments can spring forth.  My little one learned about the American flag, identified stars and stripes, and practiced color memory with these visual aids as a baby.  Nowadays she likes and insists on getting involved with the decorating!

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During my birthday month (Sept.) I used some remaining party decor to make the place feel festive.  Hubby agreed to cook me his first dinner ever as part of my present.  What better entertainment on my birthday than to watch him try and figure his way around the kitchen I thought?  Juliet and I set the table with all our Oh Joy for Target items leftover from last year while daddy fumbled through the Hello Fresh kit with all the dinner ingredients.  Below was the end result!

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I opted out of hosting a Halloween bash this year and instead hosted some close friends over for a crafty trick or treat pre-party.  Here’s our dining area transformed once again with a damask shower curtain and homemade banners on the wall.

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And for a simple and comparatively minimalistic Thanksgiving scene, I cleared out the dramatic Halloween decor and re-purposed items around the house for a totally different look.  Using fall favorites such as white pumpkins and apples, I created an elegant scene with pure white with silver accents.

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Then I held a posh play date sponsored by 7 or 8 brands under the theme, “sprinkle some fun” which you can see here and got to re-use the backdrop from Juliet’s bunny birthday party as well as the princess party.

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These are some of my favorite looks using whatever I had around the house, gift wrap, shower curatains, re-purposed party decor.  I hope this inspires you to change it up every once in a while and give your home a fun festive look for your favorite holidays in 2017!

Happy new year!

 

 

 

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