Klassy Kiddos

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Klassy Kiddos was created by a stylish mom who loved making bright, fun burp cloths, bibs and blankies for all her friends having babies.   As her cute gifts grew in popularity and demand,  she decided to turn her passion into a company and Klassy Kiddos was born!   Best part about her products is you can customize and pick your favorite out of her darling fabrics.   I love her shopping cart covers.  To me, these are an absolute essential, especially in cold/flu season, and I love having one in a darling fabric.   Her Bjorn covers are also totally unique, and make for a fabulous gift.   They cover the Bjorn, so babies can drool in style, and then you can throw them in the wash so you don’t have to clean a crusty Bjorn!  And, I know you know what I am talking about!   The backside of the cover is in that super soft Minky fabric, so the baby’s little face is leaning on a cozy little chin rest.   

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!   Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, I love that the whole purpose is to get together with loved ones, be thankful and eat a lot of food!   Doesn’t get much better than that!    I will see you back on Monday for another fabulous giveaway and new post.   

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The New Children’s Museum in San Diego

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My daughter and I took a recent day trip down to San Diego to visit my in-laws, and on this particular trip we visited The New Children’s Museum downtown.  It’s amazing!    It is a one-of-a-kind museum that is combination gallery, studio and classroom with an emphasis on art and creativity.  There are exhibits for all ages, from toddler to teenager.   Every room and floor had  new and totally unique experiences.  There is almost too much to even write about!   The activities were endless…painting, clay, crafts, bubbles, a pillow fight room, rock wall, dress up area, puppet show activities, a tent city maze, and I could go on and on!  

San Diego is really not that far, and this would be a fun and easy day trip.  So, in case you are looking for something fun to do this long weekend, I guarantee your kids will have a blast.  

Adults and children $10  * Check website for hours and directions

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Home Burglary: Don’t Let It Happen to You!

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I’m sorry I don’t have a more uplifting post to write today, but I felt compelled to write about what happened to us in the hopes that I could maybe help prevent it from happening to someone else. 

Last Saturday (on my birthday of all days), someone came into our home and we were burglarized.  I have had an incredibly hard week.   On the bright side, no one was home and things can be replaced.  But, the sense of violation and fear is the most damaging.   I can’t get visions of someone going through my night stand and each room of our house out of my head.  I have always felt safe in our neighborhood; however this just proves it can happen to anyone.  Now we have our house locked down like Fort Knox.  Awesome alarm system, new locks, etc., I just wish I would have taken these precautions before it had to happen to us.   Hindsight is always 20/20!  

Things I Have Learned:

1. LOCK ALL YOUR DOORS AND WINDOWS ANYTIME YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE, EVEN IF IT IS JUST TO RUN TO THE PARK OR ACROSS THE STREET TO A NEIGHBOR’S FOR 10 MINUTES. I heard 40% of break-ins are unforced, meaning that opportunist thieves are looking for a house with an easy way in through an unlocked door or window.  

2. GET A HOME SECURITY/ALARM SYSTEM.   We got an awesome one installed the next day, wish we had done it a long time ago.  They are surprisingly affordable.   I really liked the sales guy that we bought our system from at Brinks Home Security, will list his info at the bottom of the post.   They have plans starting as cheap as $49 install / $29 month.   Just having the signs and decals on your windows alone are a HUGE deterrent for a criminal.  They are more likely to pass over your house if they see your house has an alarm.   Most homeowners insurance will offer you a discount with proof that you installed the security system, so it makes it even more affordable.   Not to mention the time and money and heartache it will save you if it prevents a burglary. 

3. HARDEN THE PERIMETER OF YOUR HOUSE.   Make it as difficult as you can for a thief to get in.  Put a padlock on your gate to the backyard, buy window locks, make sure you have good quality door locks and all your windows are secure.   Install motion lighting for night time.   Cut back shrubs to eliminate hiding areas behind bushes or plants where people can hide while trying to get in.  

4. HIDE YOUR VALUABLES OR PUT THEM IN A RANDOM PLACE.  The things most likely to to be taken are things that the thief can carry out easily and sell quickly for cash.  Small things like laptops, jewelry, cash, wallets, video cameras, cameras, other electronics, prescription medication, etc. are easy targets.  Walk through your house like you were a 15-minute criminal.   Which items would be exposed or easy to find?   Hide those things or keep them in random places.   DO NOT keep valuable jewelry in your jewelry box.  DO NOT keep your video camera in an obvious location like under your TV with your other electronics.   How easy would it be to stash it in a box in the garage labeled “Gardening”?   Or, hollow out a big book (make a hole in the middle with a razor) and hide your jewelry or cash inside.  I read that the kitchen is the least likely area to be hit, and a good place to hide things.  However, the thief did go through our kitchen cabinets.  Albeit, not terribly thoroughly.   Do not keep valuables out where people could look in a window and see them.

5. WRITE DOWN YOUR SERIAL NUMBERS.   On all electronics…cameras, video cameras, laptops, etc. they come with a serial number.   Write down all your serial numbers and store them in a safe place.   The police will ask for these, as it makes them more likely to be identified if recovered.  

6.  BACK UP YOUR PICTURES AND VIDEO.   My pictures and video of my daughter are just about the most valuable things to me in my house.   Back up your pictures so that if God forbid, your computer was stolen, you have a copy of all your photos.   Same with the video.   

There are a ton of websites to give you more tips, just Google “ways to protect your home from burglary.”   I heard from the police and the security consultants, that in bad economic times, home burglaries go way up because people are desperate.  Unfortunately we are living in one of those times, so now is the time to protect yourself.  
 
We loved this guy from Brinks, he was awesome.  He will come to your house and do a free consultation so you can walk your home together and he will make recommendations on what kind of system would work best for you.  He was NOT pushy, and very knowledgeable.

If you end up getting one from Brinks, and you tell them you got Brinks’ info on Tiny Oranges, we will get $50 off our bill for their referral program. 

Brinks Home Security
Sean Skidmore – Security Sales Consultant
Irvine, CA
949.648.0570
sean.skidmore@brinks.com

I promise a more uplifting post tomorrow! Thanks for reading! Since it is a short week, I will be posting another giveaway this Monday.  In the meantime, congratulations to last week’s winner!

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A Pair and a Spare

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One of the first gifts I received when I announced my pregnancy was a little brown blankie with a teddy bear head from my Aunt and Uncle.   She said the woman at the children’s boutique raved about all the kids loving these little animal blankies.  

My daughter attached to it very early on, so much so that by about 1 year, I was worried about losing the lovey because she was so attached.    So, we got another one as a back-up, but she took one sniff and rejected it totally.  There was no fooling her! So, I decided to keep them together for awhile so the “lovey smell” would rub off on what we called imposter lovey.   Next thing I knew, she had attached to BOTH lovies, so now I had to worry about losing TWO!   🙂  

Angel Dear makes these darling little lovies, and I had to laugh when recently I saw them on the Nordstrom’s website in a box of THREE labeled “A Pair and a Spare.”   That would have worked perfectly for our situation! 

Today at 2 1/2 she is very attached to her little buddies, affectionately named “Lovey” and “Other Lovey.”   She calls the imposter lovey “Other Lovey” so there is no doubt who was the original!  Is there anything cuter than a little one’s security items?   The Loveys now attend “birthday parties” in our living room, she tries to dress them, and the wording on the little silk tag is totally rubbed off from all her snuggles.     

Here are some cute sites I found that sell them:  Two Blue Peas, Little Dudes and Divas, and Top Toggery and the Stylish Child.    I love giving these as gifts.      

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How playtime is good development!

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I am super excited to introduce April Thompson of Spero Family Services, a Child/Family Therapist and a Parent Coach who has been so kind as to volunteer to write a blog post for Tiny Oranges!  Here are some great tips on how to make your child’s playtime an essential part of their growth and development.    

Did you know that playtime actually enhances your child’s development?
By April Thompson, LMFT

 

Research has shown that through play, a child learns and develops: social skills, motor skills, creativity, cognitive skills, problem solving, and language skills. By playing with others, they develop skills such as empathy, sharing, teamwork, cooperation, and patience. So what does this mean as a parent? No you don’t have to let your child play all the time. Other activities are just as important to their growing bodies and brains as well such as: mealtime, hygiene time, sleep, learning to do chores if age appropriate, recreational activities, quiet times together: options of reading, journaling, drawing, painting, or educational opportunities such as exploring places like museums or the theater. So how do you fit playtime in your busy family schedule? If your child isn’t in school yet, that’s great, there’s tons of time. If they are in school, maybe give them an hour of free play time when they get home. Remember, they’ve been doing academics all day. No child wants to go straight back to the books. Let them run free for a bit. Join them if you can; use your imagination with them. Limit video games, movies, and TV time. Be creative: pretend those cushions are walls and build a fort, or imagine you’re on a carpet ride, what does your child see? Create opportunities to teach social values through the play. This can be done by creating a conflict, or role playing a scenario where your child has to demonstrate compassion or problem solving skills. Other ideas might include: Making a craft or baking something together. Encourage play dates. Join a Mommy/Daddy and Me group if your child is younger. Create a play room or play area in the house. Paint a mural on the walls. Go to the park on regular basis, especially if you don’t have a backyard. Have fun with your kids, be silly, it’s a good stress relief for you too!

April Thompson is a Licensed Child and Family Therapist serving Orange County. If you have any questions or comments about this article feel free to contact April at 714-330-8708 or email her at sperofamilyservices@yahoo.com.

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