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Spring Bucket List: Take a Nature Walk!

Nature Walks in Orange County

This is now week four of seven on my spring bucket list; see these other posts on having a picnic, flying a kite, and playing in the rain.

Today I’ll share a little about my experience, and other nature walks in Orange County.

Casper’s Wilderness Park had their annual  “Adventure Day” last week that included guided hikes through the nature trail, so when I heard about it, I knew we had to go!

The event itself was so amazing (you can read about that here on my personal blog), and the nature walk was just what we needed as a family!

On our walk, we were able to see towering oak trees, even huge ones fallen in a shady meadow, we saw bunnies and birds, and my four year old was digging all the rocks. California is so beautiful, and it’s so neat to see how it looks relatively untouched.

Even though they were kind of grumpy since it was close to their nap time, and there wasn’t a single TV in sight (can you imagine?!), we tried to make them appreciate it. We kept saying “We’re on an adventure! You are like little explorers!” We also made sure they had some snacks which helped to keep them happy.

One of the best things about these easy nature walks are that they require little equipment!

Supplies:

A hiking backpack for the little ones would be ideal, as a stroller can be quite cumbersome, but my brave husband pushed our double stroller the whole 40 minute walk! Over rocks, etc. Sorry, sweet husband, I forgot the Ergo for our toddler!

Water

Snacks

Good shoes

Sunscreen

Extra Clothing (if it looks like it might rain)

Camera (Optional)

I checked out some library books with some hikes in Orange County, and plan on doing some more because it was so enjoyable. Here are some easy, short hikes that would be ideal for you and your tiny oranges!

Nature Walks in Orange County:

The Coast:

Bolsa Chica Slough Trail (Huntington Beach)

Valido Trail (Laguna Niguel)

Dilley Preserve Canyon – Mariposa Loop (Laguna Beach)

The Foothills:

Santiago Creek Trail Loop (Orange)

Peters Canyon Lake Loop (Orange)

Riley Wilderness Park Loop (Coto de Caza)

The Mountains:

El Cariso Nature Trail (Corona)

San Juan Loop Trail (Corona)

Holy Jim Trail (Corona)

Thanks to Best Easy Day Hikes Orange County (affiliate link) by Randy Vogel for this great resource of a book!

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Join me next week for some spring cleaning, then flower picking, and lastly I’m hoping to see a rainbow this spring (proving to be harder than I thought!).

Also, you can follow me on Instagram (@lisarimke) to see how I’m squeezing the most out of spring! I’ve been loving lemon everything, the wildflowers that have recently bloomed, and swimming during the heat waves! Also follow Tiny Orange’s (@tinyorangesoc) Insta-feed too!

Do you have any favorite nature walks in Orange County you would like to share?

A Sad Story + Empowerment for Parents

Free Kids Protection Workshop for Parents

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A Sad Story + Empowerment for Parents

by Orange County Estate Planning Attorney, Darlynn Morgan of the Morgan Law Group

I walked into my office last week to see one of our attorneys, Brooke, visibly shaken over something that had happened to her.

It turned out that her neighbor, who was only in his 40’s and in seemingly good health, had suffered a heart attack.

He was on life support and they weren’t sure if he was going to make it.  The days of his incapacity were agony for his family. Life or death decisions needed to be made.  They were constantly on call.

The kids waited by his bedside, wondering what would happen to their daddy. Unfortunately, he didn’t make it.  Just a few days later he died, leaving his young family behind.

Now in the midst of her grief, his wife has to focus on providing for the family as a single mom without him.  She may also secretly wonder who would raise the kids if something now happens to her, too.

Young families don’t like to think about these issues.

I Know Because I’ve Been There.

I thought I was invincible in my 30’s…until my first husband was diagnosed with cancer and died of the disease.

I was a business lawyer at the time and realized just how unprepared I was for his death.  So much of the information I received was wrong, and by the time I learned what type of plans I should have had in place, it was too late.

From that day forward, I dedicated my entire career to helping young families avoid a similar fate.

Free Kids Protection Workshops

I started hosting FREE Kids Protection Workshops in the community to teach parents the 9 simple steps to getting their affairs in order.  These steps are SO easy to put in place.

You’ll be scratching your head wondering why you didn’t do it sooner!

*  Imagine the peace of mind going on a date with your spouse without worrying about what would happen to your kids if there was an accident.

*  Or, how about knowing without a shadow of a doubt that your hard earned money would be safely protected for your family in the event of death, incapacity or unfortunate situations like lawsuits?

*  And, wouldn’t you love reassurance that you are making smart decisions for the future such as saving for college, buying the right insurance policies and more?

At our free Kids Protection Workshops, you will walk away with a clear roadmap for creating a solid legal and financial future.   Plus, we host these workshops at kid-friendly locations so you can learn while your kids eat, play and enjoy supervised fun!

Upcoming Events in Orange County

We invite you to join us at one of our upcoming events in Orange County.  Events to give empowerment for parents in a simple way. They are FREE, fun and probably the most empowering 90 minutes you’ll ever spend as a parent:

Xpecting Maternity (Costa Mesa)
May 8 – 6:00 pm

My Gym (Tustin)
May 10 – 3:30 pm

To register, simply visit www.KidsProtectionWorkshop.com or call (949) 260-1400.  Spaces fill up fast, so don’t wait to reserve your spot!

I encourage you to do the right thing for your kids.  Take control of your legal future so you know, without question, that your loved ones would be taken care of and prepared for life without you.

Teacher Appreciation Gifts Your Teacher Will Actually Appreciate

Teacher Appreciation Gifts Your Teacher Will Actually Appreciate

National Teacher Appreciation week is coming up May 5th-9th so I wanted to pull together some ideas of gifts will actually appreciate!

There are so many ideas out there for teacher gifts, but very few of them are what teachers actually want. They have so many students every year and can easily be overwhelmed by knick-knacks. Here are a few tips to get you started in choosing a teacher appreciation gift your teacher will love.

Make sure the gift is useful:

Have your child draw a design or the teacher’s name and make a personalized notepad at your local copy shop.

Or, even easier, grab a blank note cube from an office supply store and have your child decorate it for his/her teacher.

Also, teachers appreciate classroom supplies that all the students can benefit from.

Gift card to a local coffee shop, Target or Amazon:

Teacher’s can always use a caffeine boost, so a local coffee shop or Starbucks card are always a good bet.

Target or Amazon are great because teachers can get school supplies or treat themselves with both of these.

You can have your child decorate a gift card envelope to make special.

Or you can go for humor with these fun printables.

Make it personal:

This is a really cute idea for a class card if you can get photos of all the kids with letters.

And what teachers appreciate most of all, a personal handwritten note.

I would love to hear more ideas of things you do for your teachers. Please share!

Spring Bucket List: Go Fly a Kite!

Go Fly a Kite This Spring

With spring comes the rush of swirling winds; there are even infamous ones here in OC like the Santa Ana’s, but right now we have nice cool ones, rolling off the ocean and right into your life! When I made up my spring bucket list ”fly a kite” had to be included because I have a very sweet memory (at the bottom of this post), and really wanted to do it again. I hope this post inspires you to go fly a kite this spring!

First off, pick a kite:

I picked up mine at Target just during my normal grocery trip, and with boys it was a hard choice between Yoda or Optimus Prime. We went with the Transformer. They can be super cheap too; ours was less than $5!

There are also two specialty kite shops if you want to check them out:

The Kite Connection: 1 Huntington Bch Pier, Huntington Beach, CA 92646

Up Up and Away: 139 1/2 Main St, Seal Beach, CA 90740

Then, pick a windy day:

Kites fly best in 5-25 miles per hour winds, so check the forecast, or even easier, check outdoors. When the trees and bushes are moving, it’s a good sign!

Last, pick a good location:

Stay away from roads, airports, and power lines! Try a beach, park or any open field.

Two days before I had my second son, I took my two year old out and we flew a kite together for the first time, and maybe because we were a few miles from the ocean, up a hill, on March 28 (early spring), that kite took off.

Straight up, higher, and higher and that Pooh Bear smiling face kite against the blue sky, held on only by a thin string, is engraved in my memory. A special memory of just me and my only kid, taking a minute to slow down, take it easy and enjoy spring at the end of a kite line.

Follow me on Instagram!

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@lisarimke is my username and I’m sharing how I’m squeezing the fun out of the season. You can join me, with #tinyorangesspring; post your fun adventures, recreation or feel-good spring favorites with other local moms for inspiration, too!

Last week @paleorungal shared her family playing tennis in the sun, and our very own Jen @tinyorangesoc gave us an insight into a farmers’ market and pirate cove weekend! The possibilities are endless.

Brush Away Easter Candy with Tooth Tunes!

Tooth Tunes Musical Toothbrush for Kids

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tooth Tunes.

By the end of this weekend, I know most of us will be cringing at the volume of jelly beans, chocolate bunnies and Peeps consumed by our kiddos and shudder at the thought of the sticky sugar coating their teeth.

But I am here today to share with you an exciting musical toothbrush for kids called Tooth Tunes that will make brushing away that Easter candy almost as entertaining as hunting for the eggs.

Moms, wouldn’t this make a fun addition to the Easter basket? I would text that Easter Bunny right now to put in your request…

Rock It Out to Tooth Tunes

Tooth Tunes and Tooth Tune Jr. brushes play two minutes of a hit music song to make sure kids are brushing for the recommended amount of time to do a thorough cleaning.

With songs like, “One Thing” by One Direction, “We Will Rock You” by Queen or “The Alphabet Song” on Tooth Tunes Jr., the kids are so distracted listening to the song, they don’t even realize they have been brushing for a full two minutes.

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My Girls Love Tooth Tunes!

We received new Tooth Tunes toothbrushes this week and they were intrigued to try them.

When you press the button to turn it on when not brushing, you can hear the song, but not very loudly.

I could see their wheels turning, wondering what it would be like to brush with them and this is what they discovered: when you put the toothbrush on your teeth, the song actually plays clearly in your head.

The brush actually streams sound vibrations through the teeth so kids can hear the song while they brush. Isn’t that wild?!

When the brush is taken off the teeth, the song plays fainter, so it inspires kids to keep contact with their teeth the entire two minutes the song is playing!

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My girls were hilarious the first time they brushed with them. They bopped up and down doing all sorts of dance moves. Especially since One Direction is one of their favorite bands. Of course.

I have never seen my oldest quite so happy while brushing her teeth (and she has some serious permanent chompers to brush) and my little one somehow turned into a Charlie’s Angel when armed with her Tooth Tunes…

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What I love most about this product is I feel confident my kids are actually brushing long enough, not the usual 15 second turbo brush they try to pull off at times.

Let’s face it, when you are a kid, there are many other things you would rather be doing rather than brushing your teeth. Not so fun. But Tooth Tunes musical toothbrush for kids actually makes my girls excited to brush their teeth.

You can visit the “Where to Buy” link on the website and search by song as to where to buy. They even have a Kidz Bop version of “Wake Me Up.”  I have to say that’s a very cute way to start the morning.

What are Your Tips for Helping Kids Brush Longer? 

Please tell us, what are your tips for making brushing fun? How do you get your kids to brush their teeth longer?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tooth Tunes.