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Getting the mail is so much more exciting nowadays with the advent of subscription box services.  Suddenly in addition to the usual spam and bills, I pick up celebrity chef designed foods, kids toys and fashions.  This blog post is a review of Sprouting Threads, the latest styling service geared to kids aged 2-8.

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They send you a box full of clothes hand-picked for you based on the style profile you submitted online (a fun and easy pictorial Q&A).

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It gives the members options of frequency, quantity & assortment to meet your needs. The $20 styling fee can be credited toward a purchase of two or more new items – keep what you want and return the rest for free (return label is included just in case).  You can opt for monthly or seasonal deliveries and can receive between 2 and 5 outfits per delivery.  Prices vary depending on what is kept. Appaman, Tea and Andy & Evan are just a few of the popular boutique brands that they work with.  Below is a plaid “Blue Pony Vintage” Sprouting Threads dress that we styled with a H&M fur vest, Old Navy tights and Fab Kids fringe boots. IMG_0705

Juliet wore this outfit to her friend’s birthday party.

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The service is a great way to introduce yourself to new brands that you may be unfamiliar with.  The below “Go Gently Baby” mock turtleneck dress for instance was so cute paired with a blazer, sneakers, tights and a purse already in our closet.

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Juliet looked extra studious wearing this getup to school.

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One of the full outfits that we chose to keep included this plaid flannel blouse and cordoroy pant set from Tea.  Here you see it paired with classic boots, a Gap ear headband and gifted sunglasses and stuffed animal.

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This was her on the way to the candy shop – cool and always ready to pose for momarazzi.

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Today for school, she sported the comfy fuschia leggings found in our subscription box.  It’s by Tooby Doo.  And here it’s paired with a Jcrew coat and First Impressions Baby tee.

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Her smile here perfectly replicated mine when I received this fashionable box of goodies.

The unique feature with Sprouting Threads is how sustainable of a brand they are.  They promote re-using and re-cycling of clothes, something I’m also an advocate of.   When your child has outgrown an item, you can return it for 20% credit toward your next package.  And you can also send in your gently used kids fashions (not originally sent by Sprouting Threads) in for a possible credit to their service.  For more information, visit Sprouting Threads and receive 25% off your first box with code “STELLA25.”   Let me know what you think!

Full disclosure.  This post was sponsored by Sprouting Threads. I received a complimentary subscription box to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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Every Thanksgiving period is a time to reflect on the year and be grateful for all the blessings in your life, big and small – something we should strive to do everyday.  Personally, I’m most thankful for my healthy, happy adorable little family who make me smile and laugh everyday.

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Business-wise, I have a lot to be thankful for as well.  This past year was the first year where I really made a concerted effort to monetize my blog and its affiliated social media and make a business out of my personal passion planning events.  In doing so, I’m thankful for the partners, and sponsors who have collaborated along the way.

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I look forward to continuing the partnerships in 2016!  Happy holidays to you all! What are YOU thankful for as this year comes to a close?

For collaboration inquiries, please email fabgabblog@gmail.com.  THANKS!

-Stella

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I purposely opted not to enroll Juliet in school on Fridays so we would have the freedom to take long weekend getaways or get to sleep in and enjoy mommy and me city adventures.  This is the last year we will have after all, before she has to attend school regularly M-Fri.  While the weather is still nice here in New York, we like to go out and explore all of New York’s offerings.  There’s so much to see and do and Times Square is one of the many locales that offers so much in terms of attractions, shopping and now art!  I’m excited to share with you, “The Beginning of the End,” an interactive and reflective monument in the heart of Times Square’s Broadway Plaza (between 46th and 47th streets).  It asks visitors to “reassess their perspective on an entirely different visual reality, how they see themselves in the environment that surrounds them, and how that relationship changes as the reflections create new visual possibilities.”

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Seeing Times Squares skyscrapers and flashing lights multiplied through all the mirrors was pretty spectacular!  If you’re in the area, you have to see this while you can.  It’s only around for another week (website says it closes down Nov 21st).  Who knows, it might just inspire a little dancing in the streets!

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It encourages even the most jaded New York-ers to look up, and really look around to appreciate the magnificent skyline and energy of the city.  We are so lucky to live in this vibrant place.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Juliet’s dress is care of Sprouting Threads

I just wish Cuban artist Rachel Valdés Camejo could see all the joy she brought to the heart of this city through her art.  It brought smiles and such joy to tourists and NY-ers alike!

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Tips for parents:

  1. Nearby restrooms can be found at McDonald’s across the street
  2. The Disney store (which also has a restroom on the 2nd floor),  and the Hello Kitty TS store are great stops before/after
  3. There are tons of family-friendly restaurants nearby, (Carmine’s for Italian and Ellen’s Stardust Diner for dinner with a show are my top picks)
  4. Dave and Buster’s is at 234 W 42nd St, 3rd Floor
  5. Hershey’s Times Square is at 1593 Broadway
  6. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! is at 234 W 42nd Street
  7. Midtown Comics is at 200 West 40th Street
  8. You’ll see lots of opportunities to snap photos of your child with costumed characters found along the streets of Times Square (think Mickey, Minnie, Elmo, Hello Kitty and superheroes) but beware, you will be expected to tip!

Where else would you recommend hitting in the heart of Times Square?

For more of our artsy adventures, click here!

 

 

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