May 2017

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We love attending the NY Baby Show (read my top 3 reasons to attend here).  It’s always a day full of family fun with highlights like face-painting and complimentary classes for kids (see Juliet getting made-up and enjoying her first chess class below).  This year it was held at Pier 94 on May 20-21st and we made sure to be there!  I love trend-spotting and I love shopping so being able to do this while getting paid to cover the show sounded like a great deal to me!  Read on to see what fab finds we found and see if your favorites made our top 3 most stylishly designed kids’ products list!nyc tradeshow, nyc parents, nyc family, new york family magazine

The shopping was endless with over 150 booths to explore.  They don’t call this the biggest baby show for nothing!  Of course much of it was not needed in our lives since J has outgrown her baby stage.  But still it was exciting to test and check out the latest in gear, strollers, accessories, classes, and parenting services.  I’m always impressed by the innovation and ever-changing technology.  We could have spent all day there especially given all the convenient rest stops.  (think cafe, reading corner filled with children’s books, dad’s lounge and a handy stroller cleaning which we most certainly took advantage of – see below)DSC_2104

With my keen eye for spotting fab finds though I was on the hunt for stylish kids’ products.  Here’s what really deserved design accolades and would fit right into any modern, NY apartment.

  1. SNOO So just when you think all bassinets are the same out comes this hybrid baby rocker and bassinet. Heard of the baby whisperer / Pediatrician, Dr. Harvey Karp? Watch him and you be amazed at his magical ways and easily teachable method for instantly calming a crying baby with his soothing, rocking technique.  Well he has invented this ingenious sleeper called the SNOO that detects a baby’s crying and immediately creates movements and sounds that imitate the womb with the simple push of a button or connected app.  What? you say?  Yea, really!  Watch here.a It does the work for you letting you get some additional shut eye and that, my friends is priceless.  This futuristic functionality combined with the fact that it just looks so sleek and beautiful makes the (gulp) $1200 price tag less offensive.  Extra sleep for mom?  No eyesore in the house?   Happy baby?  Priceless.a from a piece of toast
  2. BLOOM.  Out of the hundreds of high chairs out there, this definitely stands out.  It’s modern, it’s cool, it has endless color combinations and it looks like it came straight out of the Jetson’s home!  must have baby products, stylish baby products, stylish kid productsI could be convinced to have a 2nd child just to have a reason to buy this beautiful piece of furniture.  …Ok maybe… The all-white one is screaming my future unborn child’s name.  And the rose -gold?? AHHH my heart be still.  Be warned, style this high comes with a price tag to match. With price points from $450 and up, you will certainly have to invest in this conversation starter. But if you place design at a premium, this 3-position, reclining, high chair is for YOU!  Use promo cod ‘NYCSHOW20’ for 20% off!
  3. BabyNes.  Ok guys, imagine this.  Keurig your favorite coffee maker just had a baby with Gerber formula.  Ta-Da!  BabyNes is born!

 

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The BabyNes Machine prepares a perfectly mixed bottle, at the right temperature, in under a minute, all at the touch of a button.  You can receive feeding alerts from your Wi-Fi enabled BabyNes Machine, track your baby’s growth, order formula, and more, with the MyBabyNes dashboard and iPhone App. There’s always a registered dietitian on call to answer questions and help create a feeding plan for your baby.  Being all-white as it is, it won’t clash with your kitchen decor and will even up the cool quotient on your countertop!

Thank you to MomTrends for inviting me to review the NY Baby Show and for hosting a fabulous blogger lounge!  This is a sponsored post but as always all opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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We knew we were in for a treat when we attended the VIP grand opening of Gulliver’s Gate when greeters on stilts opened the doors into this awe-inspiring wonderland.  Gulliver’s Gate is Times Square’s newest attraction located at 216 West 44th Street that you just have to see to believe.  Within its 49,000 square feet, you’ll travel around the world in no time. Visit over 300 built-to-scale miniature scenes of Juliet’s favorite destinations including Japan, London, Coppenhangen, Italy, and NY.  Together we reviewed our geography, famous landmarks, and nostalgically walked down memory lane.

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“Remember when the man let me drive the gondola??” -Juliet pointing to this scene remembering our trip to Venice.  We marveled at all the intricate, miniature scenes and could not believe the handcrafted detail.  And luckily, we were allowed to watch the model makers at work and ask them questions on the model making process.  We learned that 3D laser printers and model kits were the primary source of materials.  We were also given a key to the cities with which we could unlock and activate special areas of the exhibit. DSC_1773

Juliet loved the interactivity and was excited to tour around the globe to try out her key.  By doing so, she launched a hot air balloon into the air, started up model trains and cars and set ships off to sail.  Sometimes by looking very closely, you’d find unique surprises such as the Spiderman we found climbing the Brooklyn Bridge.

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So you can see the scale of these amazing models, check out this shot of Grand Central along with NY’s iconic metrocard!   Everything is 1:87 to scale.IMG_0024

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One of the highlights of this exhibit is that you can scan yourself in their 3D scanner and turn yourself into a miniature figurine! What an amazing souvenir, right?

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Thank you Gulliver’s Gate for this memorable walk through your miniature world!  It made my little one feel like a giant and increased her sense of wanderlust.

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GULLIVER’S GATE HOURS:  9am-10pm everyday with last entry at 8:30pm

TICKETS:  https://gulliversgate.com

COST:  Adults $36, children under 12 $27

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I used to plan 150 events a year for Saks Fifth Avenue (along with handling all their marketing and PR needs).  So my brain is used to being filled with a zillion party planning ideas and it’s no wonder I’m always in search of my next reason to throw another fashionable party (even though I no longer work there).  Anyone who knows me knows I can use anything as an excuse to plan another party… (how does my hubby put up with me..I know…).  Emoji party anyone??

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This time, inspiration came from all the emojis happily smiling at me wherever I went.  #trending??  They were everywhere on every article of clothing, fashion accessory, kids’ backpacks, lunch boxes and now did you hear?  There’s even an emoji MOVIE coming out!

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Little J loves emojis! She happily sends texts with her chubby 4 year old fingers to all her friends and family filled with her carefully-chosen emojis.  And she loves imitating all the silly faces with her own.  So I decided it was time Fab Kids threw an emoji-themed party where finally, everyone had the perfect reason to show off their happy, silly, and cool emoji style.

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I partnered with NY Kids Club and aptly titled the event, Mommy and Me HAPPY Hour.  It was a happy hour unlike anything you’ve ever SEEN! Imagine wine for the moms…pizza and play space for the kids.  I mean with this padded play area, you could literally, leave your child in there and sip away knowing they were having a blast!  Easy peasey.  And cheers to THAT!

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Besides having wine nearby, we couldn’t help but smile ear to ear while being surrounded by all the bright, sunny yellow-not to mention all the smiling faces!  emoji party ideas, emoji party entertainment, emoji party decor, happy hour, nyc moms event

Plus did I mention the PIZZA?  Ehem, I could live on this stuff!DSC_1994To really envelop ourselves with the emoji theme, guests were challenged to come wearing their best emoji style.  What better way is there to express yourself than through fashion anyways??  Of course, Fab kids brought it!

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The moms didn’t disappoint either!

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Any mom that can get into a theme is a fab mom to me btw!  Besides the super cute dress code, I made sure smiles surrounded the party people.  Everything from the walls, to the railings, to the bathroom doors were emoji-fied!   5.20-001

NY Kids Club gets 2 thumbs up for brilliantly decorating their trampoline with chalk emoji drawings too! (Insert clapping hands emoji here.)

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The dessert and snack station featured a wall of linen that waterfall-ed into the table.  (Can you believe this was fabric from my college days…it used to be a curtain that I DIY-ed for my dorm).  From here, I simply taped up smiley face emoji plates which you can find here.

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Budgeting tip!  Instead of splurging on emoji lollipops, I bought simple yellow ones and stuck emoji stickers on them.  I found this pack of emoji stickers at the dollar store).  Score!  The suckers stand perfectly in the gift-wrap covered styrofoam and add needed height to the table.  DSC_1936

Coordinated cupcake holders were filled with crunchy, organic, kid crackers.  Pretzel poo was made simply by sticking free poo printables onto mini pretzel packs. DSC_1937

The emoji cookies were from Dylan’s Candy bar, and the sprinkle cupcakes were simply topped with DIY emoji toppers and cupcake liners to complete the look.

Every kids’ party needs a fun activity.  For this emoji party, I wanted an emotional craft that was fairly quick and easy to do for kids of all ages. This emoji photo booth prop was the perfect thing!  Kids were able to customize their own face by choosing from features like sunglasses, heart eyes, smiles, and winking eyes to create a photo prop personalized to their #currentmood!  Little J was very proud of hers!DSC_2002

NY Kids Club staff were sooo awesome at helping to prepare all the pieces by cutting out everything beforehand so the kids could simply select, glue, and GO!  It was so fun that kids often could not stop at just making one.

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Once emotions were let out through this crafting activity, kids were invited to do their happy dance (all to a great playlist customized by me making sure moms could enjoy the latest happy tunes).  And GR8 games included a fun emoji ball toss, as well as a game of pass the emoji (think hot potato game and all set to the lively tune of “don’t worry be happy”.)  I had so much fun brainstorming all these details!

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Thanks to Little Spoon who helped make the night possible through their taste-testing sponsorship of the event and beverage bar!

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Their delicious, organic baby food gets delivered to your door with free shipping (and also tastes great mixed into prosecco with pomegranate seeds, I learned!!)  These products are so hot, there’s a wait list so get on it, Mommas!!

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And thanks to Lulu Fete who supplied all the emoji balloons and decorated /executed my silly selfie station area!  This was such a blast!!

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In the end, style awards and raffles were given away and guests left with goody bags and emoji balloons.  We all left smiling ear to ear! The party ended too soon for us.  We wanted to keep dancing and playing all night long.  But alas, that’s what the next party is for….

 

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SAVE THE DATE!  June 24th, we’re hosting another party at the NY Kids Club and YOU’RE INVITED!

THEME:  Geek chic Graduation party (come wearing bowties, nerd glasses, argyle, suspenders etc.)  We’re celebrating the fact that school’s out and that summer is IN!  Those 5 and under have all graduated from something and this I think calls for a congratulations in party form!

LIKE facebook.com/fabkidsnyc  and follow @fab_kids on IG for all the details coming soon!

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BIG THANK YOU to the NY Kids Club Tribeca for making this event seamless and all-around super.  I couldn’t have asked for a better team!

To see how the yellow chair covers (featured in the crafting room) were last used at little J’s bunny-themed 3rd birthday, hop on over HERE for more party planning tips!

 

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As part 2 to the Fab Mom lunch that I hosted and produced for title sponsors, Meisterdish and Jenn Air, we gathered some awesome moms for another collaborative cooking event.

cooking moms, what to cook, meal delivery servicesIt’s a joy meeting my followers and also a great time bringing together such amazing people.  Meisterdish greeted us with some delicious appetizers.  And JennAir treated us to drinks of all kind…rose’ anyone?

DSC_8309 Everyone enjoyed the venue.  JennAir’s showroom is after all, simply stunning.  Check out this all-white marbled kitchen outfitted with the latest, high-tech JennAir appliances!

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Did you know their appliances are now wifi-enabled?  You can preheat your oven from the touch of your cell phone on your way home!

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We all confessed to wanting to move in!

Card A Mom introduced us to their helpful app, sort of a Match.com for moms.  I’m definitely trying this out!

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Curated Care introduced us to their specialized expert caretakers for busy moms who want more than the average sitter.

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Imagine having a real teacher come in to tutor, provide individualized chess lessons, or teach Spanish to your little one!

And Hope McGrath was available to enlighten us on her life coaching and styling services. What mom couldn’t use a little help in life??

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Together, we shared mommy cooking secrets, kitchen disasters, and funny anecdotes while cooking up a storm.

new york moms, meisterdish event Mom's Event-60 It was unreal how fast we could finish up a gourmet meal.  Since Meisterdish washes, pre-cuts and delivers all the ingredients to your door with simple, easy to follow instructions, you’re done in just 10-15minutes AND without crying over chopped onions!

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Thank you to all our sponsors and guests for the great time!  It couldn’t have happened without YOU!

Special thanks goes out to our goody bag sponsors:

And I’m thrilled to help announce Meisterdish’s new Mombassador search!  If chosen, you could win regular discounts to their meal service, invites to exclusive events, and sales incentives.  Contact Meisterdish to see if you’re eligible!  These are incredible benefits that you and your family will really enjoy!

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Is anyone else salivating??

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Teletubbies

Last March we were invited to an exclusive, Teletubby gala celebrating their 20th anniversary of the beloved Nick Jr. show.

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Kids and fans of all ages were treated to tattoos, face painting, bubbles, and coveted photo opps with all the favorite characters: Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po.  Juliet had a blast at this colorful extravaganza!

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We attended this party with fellow blogging buddies, Harper and Harlow from Gotham Love.17636919_10154456029733994_1625729632287313740_o

And we were very excited to take home a goody bag filled with Teletubby activities, a DVD and a plush doll which inspired us to host an impromptu Teletubby pajama party!  Some of Juliet’s school friends who live in the building came down for the festivities and started the night off with pizza and Teletubby coloring pages.

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Each of them got to pick out their own Teletubby band to wear and celebrate the 20th anniversary.DSC_1808

And together, they put the yay in Friyay!  After a round of couch jumping, they settled in for some popcorn and Teletubby TV.5.12

Afterwards, we played some toddler -friendly games and then Juliet offered to read them some bedtime stories.  5.12-001

It was an adorable PJ party that ended all too soon.  Thanks to Teletubbies for the fun time and for inspiring us to continue the celebrations at home!  You can check out Teletubbies on Nick Jr. weekdays at 9:47am.

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Who doesn’t love little girls’ fashions?  These days, there are so many fantastic options for every type of minifashionista.  But for some, that selection is overwhelming and they need assistance sorting through everything and then figuring out how to style it all.  That’s where Kid Things comes in.  Read all about the process of working with them via text on my prior post.   They basically save busy moms the time and effort it takes to manage their little ones’ wardrobe needs helping to navigate brands, keep up with growth spurts, and prepare for changing seasons and occasions.  I tried out their service and was happy with the selections, quick shipment time and friendly service.

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Featured here are the preppy striped whale shorts from Vineyard Vines that I styled with items already in our closet.  This is a classic piece that I can see her wearing all summer long, perfect for all our New England adventures.

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I also made sure to request some casual, easy summer dresses because in the past year, my minifashionista has developed such a penchant for wearing dresses that is nearly impossible for me to convince her to wear much of anything else.  But most of her dresses are for fancier occasions, not for the playground and everyday.  Kid Things came to the rescue with this super comfy striped number by preppy brand, Busy Bees.  I styled it with colorful stacked bracelets, beaded necklaces, a pom pom gladiator found from an online sample sale, and a floppy pink hat to match.  She loved it.

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The other dress I fell in love with was this graphic printed tank dress by Nui.  It’s organic cotton, was super soft to the touch and I loved the modern look.  This dress can easily play on the slide and then transition into a going out piece with the right accessories too.

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Next up came this ruffle navy sleeveless top which is sure to be a summer go-to piece given that it can match with so many items in J’s wardrobe.  I can see it layered under rompers and dresses, to being paired with skirts, jeans and shorts as pictured above.  It’s by a premium brand, Splendid which is known for its easy breezy, carefree pieces.  (Don’t you just love how my little one hams it up for the camera??)

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Lastly, this cotton drawstring dress screamed summer with its ice cream print and I just couldn’t resist.  Molo is the designer of this dress and I paired it with a hand-me down cardigan, MY headband from the Gossip Girl days (now hers), and sample sale gladiator sandals.  We plan to host an ice cream social this summer in this dress and it looks like J is ready!

Overall, there were some really cute pieces that introduced me to great new brands.  My minifashionista’s closet is fully prepared for our spring / summer needs and it was a true pleasure working with my Kid Things personal stylist who helped shop the pieces with me. Thank you to Kid Things who granted us a complimentary trial!  What outfit was YOUR favorite??

 

 

This was a sponsored post but as always, all opinions expressed are my own.

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Her tee shirt says it all.  She loves candy.  So when Wonderkids asked if we would like to cover their Candyland event, it didn’t take much convincing.  We were THERE!

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Located at the DL, a 3-floor venue in the lower east side of Manhattan, costumed characters paraded in dressed creatively as their favorite candy.  The organizers “strongly encourage” creative costuming.  We saw people simply dressed with candy haphazardly taped to their colorful shirts to a man who took the theme to another level dressing head to toe as Willy Wonka!  Eye candy was everywhere!  Doughnut leggings on one mom, a splash of rainbow swirls all over one child, and then… this pastel-hued lady with the cotton candy hat.  LOVED HER!

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Oh my!  I wanted her whole costume for next Halloween!  But alas, it’s one of a kind of course, given she painstakingly hand-made it herself!

The event bills itself as a “creative dance experience where kids and parents celebrate life, self-expression, music, dance, creativity and community.”  I found it to be a place where Burning Man fanatics grow up and party with their kids.  It had sort of a bohemian vibe, the house music rocked, and I got the feeling that all the hippie flower child inspired looks came straight out of these guests’ normal wardrobes.

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Whatever the style, the kids had fun!  Juliet enjoyed making a bead necklace with me, posing with a gigantic gingerbread man cookie, testing out her hula hoop skills, and finding sweets along the way.

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What a magical sweet world it was!

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My favorite and most inspirational sighting was this giant cake.  The community was encouraged to help decorate it and I just thought what a brilliant crafting activity to have at a future birthday party!  All you would need is cardboard, paper to wrap it with and items to decorate it with (think stickers, play doh, scrapbook paper cutouts, glitter glue, etc).  Juliet happily stationed herself here for quite some time!

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The 3 hour party had a lively tone and we happily explored each and every corner, dancing our way throughout.  You could event paint along to the music!

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Thanks to Wonderkids for this wildly imaginative way to spend a Saturday!  This is why I love NY.  There are so many amazing, artsy and fun things for families to discover and make memories from.  I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!  Happy Saturday!

 

Disclaimer – We were given 3 complimentary tickets to review the event but as always the opinions expressed are 100% my own.

 

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