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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.

We Heart Golden Tote. Big Time.

Golden Tote Review

Disclosure: Links in this post are affiliate links and we received our Golden Tote bags complimentary. 

This last Friday, my April Golden Tote arrived full of fun Spring finds. I can’t tell you just HOW much fun it is to receive a Golden Tote box!  Susanne and I are completely in love with this company and we are excited to share our recent Totes with you in this Golden Tote review.

For anyone not familiar, Golden Tote is like a personal shopper, but you don’t have to step foot into a store!

You select a few items you like, and they surprise you with the rest. But not to worry, all their pieces are super cute and stylish.

I have minimal time to shop for myself.  Scratch that, I have barely any time to shop for myself.

Every time the season changes I end up scrunching my nose at my last year’s items wishing I had a couple cute new things to wear.  That’s why Golden Tote is SO great for busy moms.

You go online and can choose to buy from two totes: a $49 one and a $149 one.  Personally I think the $149 one is the way to go just because of the number of pieces you will get for that price (see below.)

Sales start on the first Monday of the month and run through the last day of the month or until items run out.  Make sure to sign up for their email list so you get a reminder email when the month’s tote is coming up for sale. Things can sell out quickly, so you have to be on top of it!

The $49 tote includes 2-3 items. You select one item you like, and they surprise you with the rest.  The $149 tote includes 5 – 7 items. You select 2 items, they surprise you with the rest.

Susanne and I both received the $149 April Golden Tote to review and show you what sorts of pieces are included!  Here they are! LOVE!

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And here she is modeling her new April Golden Tote items! How cute is she?

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And yet, some more!  Can you believe how many outfits you can get out of those six pieces?  At the price of a $149 tote, they average only about $25 per piece. Such a great deal!

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 And here are my Golden Tote items…

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And my attempt at “modeling”.  At least you get to see what the pieces look like on a real life mom! Of course I also had to add in a fedora with a piece called the “Getaway Tunic” – right?!

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I didn’t take a pic in the long sleeved gray and black because Susanne modeled the same one, but I wanted to show two photos of the floral dress because the back is so cute!

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Here are two more Instagram ones I took from real events last weekend (follow me @TinyOrangesOC!) I wore the cute cardigan with white jeans to lunch and the white peasant top out to dinner with friends on Saturday night.

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Overall, Susanne and I are over the moon with our items.

There are no returns or exchanges with Golden Tote – just so you know.

But they just started a Golden Tote Trades Facebook Group where you can buy or sell or trade items that are not a good fit.  However, I can safely say with both my totes, I can wear (and do wear) the majority of the items!

Again, sign up for their email list so you can get on the radar when the sale is coming.  Learn more here: www.GoldenTote.com.

Discount Designer Shoes

Discount Designer Shoes Online

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Okay ladies, who loves shoes as much as I do…but not necessarily the price tag attached?  That’s what I thought – me too!  That’s why I am thrilled to introduce you to For Savvy Soles, a fabulous company that sells discount designer shoes online.

I had the opportunity to talk to Leeann, owner of For Savvy Soles, all about her business.  And, I am confident that For Savvy Soles will be your new “go to” for discount designer shoes online. Yes, you heard it first here.

And bonus…she’s giving all of us Tiny Oranges’ readers a discount!  When shopping online, simply put in the For Savvy Soles promo code, “TINYORANGES” at checkout, and enjoy an additional 25% off now through 4/30/14.

For Savvy Soles searches high-end boutiques across the country during their “end of season” sales to find the best designer shoe deals. The company does all the work for you to find the best styles, at the best prices.

You can search the For Savvy Soles website by style, designer, or size, then simply click order. Your gorgeous new shoes will be shipped directly to you, and if you are in Orange County, like For Savvy Soles, they typically arrive speedy quick.

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Why we love For Savvy Soles

1) You can find amazing discount designer shoes online and no one will know you snagged a discounted deal.

2) The new lovelies are shipped directly to you.

3) You get to avoid taking your kiddos to the department stores or high-end boutiques to try on shoes, while trying to entertain them, and keep them from grabbing every shoe on display.

About Leeann, Owner of For Savvy Shoes

Leeann knows how busy you are because she’s a mama, too!  She knows what it’s like to have small kids – that’s why she makes finding fabulous designer shoes easy.

She takes every detail seriously, down to taking her own pictures of the shoes available.  There are no stock photos on this site!  You will be able to view the actual shoe you will be purchasing.

Her inventory varies, depending on the season, and inventory is brand new and constantly changing, so check the site often.  Occasionally you may find the boxes to be a little “touched,” but that will not affect the quality of your shoe or the authenticity – they may just have been tried on, but never worn.

For Savvy Soles will always note if the box is damaged.

This site is perfect for the mamas who know their designers, know their size in that designer, and are looking for that A-MAZING deal.

I can relate – how many times have you eyed those gorgeous pumps…or even tried them on at a store…but just didn’t want to pay the retail price?

Sample designers on For Savvy Soles:

Dolce Vita
Isaac Mizrahi
BCBG MAXAZRIA
Paul Mayer
Tory Burch
Red Valentino
Stuart Weitzman
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Prada

For Savvy Soles finds those deep discounts for you so that you can get what you want – at the right price.

And, if the shoes don’t fit for whatever reason, simply return them within 10 days.  Another great reason to shop – For Savvy Soles in based in Orange County, so shipping is fast!  Easy peasey.

For Savvy Soles Promo Code

Here’s the fun part – again – you can nab a 25% discount on any order for the next two weeks from now through 4/30/14, just by mentioning this blog!  When placing your order online, simply put in the promo code TINYORANGES.  Now, go find your perfect pair!

Make Cleaning Fun for Kids

Make Cleaning Fun For Kids

We would all love some help around the house, so if you make cleaning fun for kids chances are you might motivate some cheerful household helpers.

My son loves to help with the chores when it involves this non toxic, sudsy science experiment that results in a clean sink, which is why I wanted to share it with you today.

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Recipe for Sudsy Kitchen Science

1.  Gather your supplies:  You need a sponge, baking soda (a mild abrasive that will remove stains, soap scum and bits of food) and white vinegar (a mild acid that disinfects, eliminates odors, and is extremely safe). Mix vinegar with water at a 1:1 ratio into a spray bottle.

2.  Sprinkle baking soda in the sink. I get a giant bag from Costco and put some in a smaller container and then let him use as much as he wants. With a damp sponge make some of the baking soda into a paste and rub all around the sink. My son likes to use the sponge like a truck and move big piles of baking soda around. Cover all surface areas.

3. Spray the sink all over with the vinegar/water mixture. Watch the baking soda and vinegar react in bubbling eruptions all around the sink.

4.  Add more baking soda and spray with the vinegar mixture just to watch it bubble and foam some more!

5.  Rinse with water and enjoy your nice clean sink.

Give it a try, your kids will love this!

Do you have anther fun way to encourage your kids to help around the house? Please leave your ideas in the comments below!