Merry Christmas from Tiny Oranges!

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‘Tis the season to be jolly! Fa la la la la la la la la!

From our families to yours, we wish you a magical Christmas and wonderful holiday break. Next week, we will also be taking a little break from posting so we can enjoy time with our families.

This holiday season, we would like to express our gratitude for your readership and for being a part of our Tiny Oranges community of mommies.

Our blog is made possible by readers like you, and our truly spectacular Sponsors that support our blog. We wish you a Merry Christmas! We wish you a Merry Christmas! We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Truly Hilarious Santa Pictures

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Santa Photo

Two years ago I did a “Funny Santa Pictures” contest where readers sent in their most hilarious photos of their kids with Santa.

I just pulled up photos of the winners again this week and they made me laugh out loud ALL over again.

Click here and take a moment to check them out.

I guarantee it will brighten your holiday!


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World’s Best Sugar Cookie Recipe From 1978

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best sugar cookies ever

This is seriously the best sugar cookie recipe ever.  The recipe was featured in Sunset Magazine, October 1978, and our family has been making these sugar cookies every year since.

I vividly remember my mom made these sugar cookies with a number 4 cookie cutter for my 4th birthday party. All the kids got to frost and decorate their own, which must have been a tremendous hit because to this day I still remember those #4 cookies.  She got the idea taken from the magazine article, the Pinterest of 1978.

sunset-mag-e1418595339144-225x300 I can still envision the recipe on a torn out magazine page lying on the kitchen counter, sprinkled with flour, and becoming more crinkled over the years.

We would make these cookies every Christmas, and for other holidays too. If there was a cookie cutter for the holiday, a sugar cookie would get made!

The dough is super easy to roll out and we always had fun with all the shapes and especially the frosting and decorating part.

For the past few years, it has been a tradition for my mom (now ‘Nana’) to have the grandkids over for a fun morning of making and frosting Christmas cookies.  You can admire their decorating skills from last weekend in the photo above.

There is something so special about seeing a recipe or tradition passed down through the generations.

And I just LOVE, and I mean LOVE, the fact that she still references the torn out magazine page recipe out of her recipe box with my kids.

EASY-TO-SHAPE COOKIES (Sunset Magazine, October 1978)

3/4 cup butter or margarine, at room temperature

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 t. vanilla

About 3 cups (unsifted) all-purpose flour

1 t. baking powder

1 t. salt

Frosting and decorations of your choice

Beat butter and sugar together until creamy.  Beat in eggs and vanilla, and set aside.  In another bowl, stir together 2 3/4 cups of the flour, the baking powder and salt; add to butter mixture and stir to form a soft dough.  (If made ahead, cover and chill up to 3 days.  Let dough come to room temperature before using.)

Take a small amount of the dough and roll out until 1/8 inch thick.  We found this easiest if you have several kids making them to give each kid their own ball to roll out.  Use cookie cutters to cut cookies and carefully use a spatula and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Return the excess to the dough and repeat until it’s all gone.

Bake in a 400 degree oven for 8-10 minutes of until edges begin to brown.  Remove immediately onto wire racks and cool completely before handling. Decorate as you or the kiddos wish – frosting, sprinkles, colored sugar, etc!  Store in an airtight container.  Makes about 1 1/2 dozen.

Please give them a try this holiday season and let me know if you too, think it is the best sugar cookie recipe ever. You will…

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Newport Beach Boat Parade 2014

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Newport Beach Boat Parade 2014


The Newport Beach Boat Parade 2014 kicks off tomorrow night, December 17th will be lighting up Newport Bay for five consecutive nights in the 106th Annual Christmas Boat Parade.

The parade starts off Bay Island nightly at 6:30pm and finishes at the same site at approximately 9:00pm each evening.

Beautiful multi-million dollar yachts, kayaks, canoes and other boats will be on display in a dazzling array of holiday lights and music.

You can view the parade from almost any place on the shore for free. Click here for a parade route and map.  All city parking lots will be open throughout the parade to accommodate viewers.

As you can imagine, thousands of people come down to watch, so budget extra travel time and be prepared for some traffic.

Reserved seating is offered at a few places, click here for more information on how to purchase reserved seating.

Please also visit this site for great tips on the best viewing spots for the Newport Beach Boat Parade.

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I’m All About This Base

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Disclosure: I am a Serta brand ambassador and am compensated for my time and participation in the program. My husband and I adore our iComfort Prodigy mattress and Motion Custom Adjustable Foundation. All opinions are my 100% genuine ones. 

I’m all about this base! Serta pulled out all the stops with their Motion Custom Adjustable Foundation.  It is like a spa experience in your bedroom. For real.

You can elevate your head, feet, get a massage, charge your device, and even play music via Bluetooth through two high quality speakers. Can you imagine? An adjustable foundation can also have health benefits – did you know?

As if you needed another reason to consider this little slice of heaven. This video is a demonstration of the Serta adjustable base features. Please also enjoy me doing a dance with the Serta sheep at the end. You’re welcome.

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