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#FabULyssFebruary #YearOfTheMonkey- February 8th, 2016
#sundayfunday with my #Olliepop #museumofnaturalhistory WOW#thetitanosaur is LONG… So big that the head sticks out of the museum doorway #mustsee #fabULysshistory #olliepopducklips
#MitzvahWeekend #LCLJ most thankful for the most #FabULyss Hebrew School teacher and mentor… Zack you are GOLD! Your attention and patience for your students goes beyond measure #mitzvahinthemaking#mitzvahtraining
#blakeybleu🎀 bed time reading with unicorn
Looking forward to a #FabULyss #DeLysscious Valentine’s Day
Looking forward to taking #BlakeyBleu to her first #SesameStreetLive show on Valentine’s Day #MSG #Let’sDance
Cannot wait to see the biggest most beautiful smile on her face when she sees #Elmo dancing the on the stage!
Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” will run at The Theater at Madison Square Garden from tomorrow, February 11 – February 21, 2016. Tickets are on sale now!
Elmo and Cookie Monster participated in a Sesame Street Live themed dance class with children from the Garden of Dreams Foundation in celebration of Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” running February 11 – February 21 at the Theater at MSG.
#FabULyssMilkshake #BlackTap-January 31st, 2016
#YES believe the hype! Most #DeLysscious #cottoncandymilkshake#cookieshake #fabULyssfriday #datenight with my #Olliepop @blacktapnyc#blacktapnyc I promise you will not be disappointed! Run.. don’t walk with the family to this most #FabULyssFamilyFriendly restaurant! There are two locations 529 Broome Street and 248 West 14th Street
My boys only want to know when we are going back?! Tomorrow?! Breakfast?!
We had a snow #FabULyss time #JonasSnowStorm
90 minutes of pure #fabULyssfun #mauricehinesistappinthrulife 🎼#newworldstages #thedivajazzorchestra the man has soul & rhythm! I was especially touched by his beautiful tribute to his mom… She told the brothers early on that they had TALENT 🎼 #mothersknowbest ❤
#Blizzard Watch- January 22nd, 2016
20 years later… Times have changed 😘❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️
Feed Maxi the Monkey: #FabULyss Speech-Language Pathologist Designed iPad App Featuring Sign Language & 3D Animations to Enhance Communication Skills in Toddlers & Preschoolers
Your toddler has been begging to use your iPad since before he or she even knew the word for iPad. Drawing upon over 14 years of experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist, Pamela Mandell has created Feed Maxi, a fun new iPad app designed to enhance the receptive, expressive and pragmatic language skills of toddlers and preschoolers. In this interactive game from Speak Eazy Apps, children increase vocabulary, problem solving skills, requesting skills and more by feeding Maxi the Monkey kid-friendly food items. #BlakeyBleu loves #FeedingMaxi! You will LOVE this #FabULyss app that enhances speech skillz, word recognition, decision making and much more! This app is a great addition to your kid’s toolbox for life!
Watched #therevenantmovie 🎬 still shaking… Haven’t seen a movie like this since #therewillbeblood… My prediction #leonardodicaprio wins best actor #oscars2016! The cinematography was mind blowing!
winter storm watch -with the “potential” to bring historic amounts of snowfall to certain regions – is expected to hit the East Coast this weekend. Please be safe and have fun in the snow!
#Powerball Did Not Happen For Moi- January 15th, 2016
So.. I didn’t win the #Powerball… 😉
Have a #FabULyss weekend!
#DivaDestination #PVIC Ponte Vedra Beach Inn & Club- January 11th, 2016
We had the most #FabULyss #FamilyFriendly #WinterBreak at the #PVIC! Ponte Vedra Beach Inn & Club was just truly magical for the entire family. I highly recommend this beautiful resort for your next #DivaDestination!
Below you will read the Q&A with the hotel. Hopefully this will answer all of your questions before booking your trip.
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Q: Please tell the #DivaMoms all about your most #FabULyss kids camp
A: We have a GREAT team. We hold meetings and speak to the counselors that work camp for all the great ideas. It important to keep up with the latest trends however in the end it’s the staff that makes a different. We carefully select staff that will interact with the children and really enjoy the job. Once the themes are selected the management team will select arts and crafts in addition to bring in outside talent (such as the Zoo to You) program. We get a lot of repeat children because our staff is so connected to the children.
Q: What makes the resort so family friendly?
A: From arts and crafts activities to golf and tennis, to renting a bike, surfboard or kayak, everyone in the family has something they can take part in! We even have a unique Sharks & Crafts package for families to enjoy. Because of the current a lot of sharks teeth wash up on our shores, so we created a package that encourages families to spend time together searching for the sharks teeth along the beach, and then come to our kids’ center where they can create pictures frames, jewelry and other arts and crafts with the sharks teeth they found. It makes for a great keepsake for families to take home with them and remember their time here at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club.
Q: What are the best months to visit? I know we were very lucky with the gorgeous weather in December. When would you suggest most families visit the resort?
A: While we have great weather pretty much year round, families love to visit in the spring!
Q: I love how close #PVIC is from #NYC? We flew under two hours from #JFK. Do you recommend flying directly into #JAX the way we did? Or another airport?
*We rented a car and loved it.. Would you suggest that for other families traveling to the resort?
A: We recommend flying directly to Jacksonville International Airport as it is only a 45 minute drive to the resort. There is plenty to do on property, so a car isn’t necessary unless you are looking to venture out.
Q: What’s the history of the resort? I know there is a lot of history and would love our readers to learn all about the history of the beautiful resort.
A:The resort we boast today truly began with humble beginnings. At the turn of the 20th century, Ponte Vedra Beach was a pristine wilderness of sand dunes, swamps, alligators and palmetto trees. The region first captured attention in 1912 when a vein rich in minerals was discovered running through the dunes. The site soon evolved into a frontier mining town with worker’s quarters, a post office and general store. A mining corporation, The National Lead Company, purchased the rugged outpost as well as several thousand acres .and, in support of the U.S. war effort during World War I, mined the area for valuable ore. When the war ended, mining operations ceased and the company began to sell off its holdings in the area.
The transformation from mining town to nationally recognized seaside community began in the early 1920s when local land planners skillfully developed the area to maximize its natural beauty. With an underlying respect for the balance between man and nature, a quaint seaside village evolved with stately, pastel-colored homes featuring tree-shaded lawns—a community of graceful proportions that reflected an elegant era in America’s history.
Resort life at Ponte Vedra Beach dates back to 1928 with the celebrated opening of Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, a playground for the well-heeled. From the boardrooms of Wall Street to the social registers of America, word spread quickly of the charming seaside retreat on Florida’s northeast shore. The first guests came from such faraway places as Michigan, Rhode Island and Connecticut. They came for the sun, sand, surf and sports. America’s finest families came to socialize with one another.
This splendid heritage continues today. In 1997, Ponte Vedra Inn & Club and The Lodge & Club combined resources to create a collection of resort experiences known as Ponte Vedra Beach Resorts. While the two award-winning resorts are uniquely distinct, they both maintain the industry’s highest standards of hospitality. An expertly trained staff of more than 700 shares one common goal: to provide an extraordinary level of personalized service to each and every guest. For over 85 years, this standard has been synonymous with the Ponte Vedra experience.
Q: Do you recommend booking golf and tennis lessons ahead of time for the kids?
A: We do recommend booking tennis and golf ahead of time as they are very popular year round. Our staff of professional instructors love spending time with kids and helping them learn and grow and improve their game. Lessons are available for all skill levels, from beginner to experienced, kids are able to learn new techniques while also having fun through our private and group lessons.
Q: My kids LOVED the family pool with the big slide. They could have stayed in the pool all day. Do you hear that a lot? Tell us about the family pool and the other amazing pools on the property.
A: Ponte Vedra Inn & Club boasts three oceanfront heated pools, guaranteeing a splashing good time for all. Families will enjoy the large, multi-purpose pool featuring a youth-friendly water depth ranging from one to just over five feet, seven-foot-high water slide, separate swim area with lanes for swim team competitions and adults only pool and children’s wading pool.
Q: Tell us about the beautiful gym. What are some of the favorites that the visitors love about the gym.
A: We have a beautiful 8,000 square foot oceanfront fitness center. The three-tier gym offers dramatic views of the beach and Atlantic Ocean, which features various equipment for cardiovascular exercise and strength training with Cybex resistance equipment and free weights. Guests love getting a great view while either working out. We offer over 80 classes per week for guests to enjoy complimentary, including indoor cycling, step aerobics, circuit training, strength training, cardio circuit, aquacize, yoga, barre and core training and more
Q: Can you hire babysitters if you want to go out at night?
A: We recommend an outside sitter service that we use all the time and they come to the resort.
Q: I found all of the staff to be very lovely and knowledgeable. Do you put your staff into a training program before they begin working at the resort?
A: We select our staff very carefully and after being hired they go through a very informational orientation. They then receive individualized training in their departments to make sure they are as knowledgeable as possible before interacting with the guests. A lot of our staff have been here for many years and it’s because they love working here and you can really tell!
Q: My almost two year old just LOVED the Nursery! Can you tell us a bit more about the wonderful nursery and how you hire the “counselors”. She never wanted to leave her three hours there every day.
A: We hear that a lot. Our nursery staff employees love children. We make the parents feel comfortable leaving their children with us. We greet every parent and explain how the nursery works and let them know that if at any time we need to call them we will. Our staff is trained to keep the children happy. We read books, color and play games with the kids. We relate to all ages which is the reason why the children never want to leave. Our nursery can be used when the parents are at the gym, dining, spa or tennis. The management team has been here 14 years. We have seen the children grow up and in some instances come back to work for us.
Q: My daughter also loved playing on the playground! Tell us a bit more about how they designed the playground?
A: We just upgraded the playground through a local company in Spring 2015, so we’re so happy to hear it is being well received. The playground has three different slides, floating step platforms for kids to climb, a spiral fireman pole, and a mini climbing wall for the kids to enjoy.
Q: What are some of the Spas signature services?
A: The Spa at Ponte Vedra offers over 100 services! Some of our most popular services are the Ponte Vedra Signature Massage, the Ponte Vedra Essential Facial, and the Ponte Vedra Retreat. The Spa also has an exclusive partnership with Zents, allowing for guests to customize their experience by combining specialized scents with their treatment. Another highlight of the Spa is its Hydrotherapy pool, which boasts five relaxing grottos, including standing bubbler, chaise lounge bubbler, Jacuzzi, swimmers treadmill and waterfall. The Hydrotherapy pool is complimentary for guests booking any spa treatment and may be enjoyed before or after their treatment.
Q: How many restaurants are on the property? Which would you say are the kids friendliest?
A: The Ponte Vedra Inn & Club offers 9 restaurants, bars and lounges. Our most family friendly dining options are the Seahorse Grill or the oceanfront Surf Club Patio, which is open seasonally.
Q: Please tell the #DivaMoms the best email and phone number to contact about booking their next trip
Q: Anything else you want our readers to know about the ultimate #DivaDestination for families?
A: With the beach, golf, tennis, a full service spa, kids’ activities and dining, there is something at the Inn & Club for everyone!
I promise you will thank me after you stay at the #FabULyss Ponte Vedra Inn & Club
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