Get 20% off your Frecklebox order!

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For those of you who missed my previous post on Frecklebox, this company has just about the cutest personalized gifts ever!  Special books, growth charts, stickers, puzzles, placemats and more.

From now through June 5th, 2009, you can save 20% off your entire order using the coupon code “FBSUMMER.”

Click here to see all their cute products and stock up on gifts for the summer!  

Speaking of summer, you still have time to enter the Dippin’ Dots Ice Cream giveaway from Monday.  Check the post for details on how to enter and get your emails in before 5PM PST today!   Have a great weekend everyone! ! !

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Pixie Dust Fabric

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So I am starting a fun little DIY project in baby’s nursery.  I found these letters to spell baby’s name to hang on the wall at a baby store recently.  They were custom, the letters backed on a square of fabric and hung with a ribbon.  Very, very cute.  Problem was, they were like $31 each, plus tax and shipping.  We have chosen a 6-letter name.  Eek!  The husband thought that was a bit excessive, so I had to get creative.

I thought, hmmmm, how about I buy the plain white letters that are $5 / each (and they were 20% this past weekend – even better!) and make something myself? The plan is to mount the fabric on square pieces of wood and they have have hubby find a way to attach the letters and hang with a cute ribbon. So, I got the letters and then I went on the search for fabric.      

It is surprising how hard it is to find REALLY cute fabric out there!  I went to several major fabric stores and couldn’t find anything I loved.  

I was very excited when I found the most darling fabrics on Pixie Dust Decor!  They match my bedding perfectly.   If I didn’t have the bedding already, I would have totally looked at their crib bedding sets.   So adorable!  So, those are my swatches I got above.  I will do another post when I (hopefully) finish the project!

BONUS!  Pixie Dust Decor is offering Tiny Oranges readers a special coupon code for 20% off any purchase!  Enter Pixie Dust Coupon Code PN20 through 10/1/09 to redeem.     Happy sewing!  

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The Pregnancy Diaries – Home Stretch!

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I am 34 weeks today.   I had my daughter at 37 weeks 3 days, so holy moly, I am seriously in the HOME STRETCH!    I am super excited, nervous, thrilled and anxious all in one.    On one hand, I am so ready to meet her!  I also feel ready to stop all the “when the baby comes” talk and want to just DO IT!   Then on the other hand, I am sooooooo not ready just yet, as I still have so much to do!  I also think back to those first sleep-deprived, nursing-filled months and wonder how I am going to manage two kids.    Granted, I am not the first person in the world to embark on this “more than one child” thing, but still, I wonder how moms with more than one do it sometimes!  There will be just one of me, and TWO of them, I will be outnumbered when it comes to requests!  I guess my (almost) 3-year-old will have to learn the valuable lesson of patience. 

The gestational diabetes (GD) thing has been a blessing and a curse all in one.   For those who missed my previous post, here are all the details.    I am not going to lie, it was not easy for me in the beginning and I had some really bad, dark days and moments.   I am not really proud of how I handled everything in the beginning.   The stress of it all combined with pregnancy hormones and the demands of a young child and business were not a good combo there for awhile.  I am happy to say I am doing much better now!

The part I had the hardest time with was the fact that I was doing everything humanly possible diet and exercise-wise (to the point of it becoming an obsession), and about 30% of the time, my blood sugar would still be higher than it should be.   It left me feeling very depressed and out of control.  Every time I tested my blood it felt like it was a report card.  No matter how much I studied and prepared, sometimes I would fail.   It was infuriating!  I’ve had to slowly let it go.          

So, long story short, regardless of all my efforts, my fasting numbers in the AM have been elevated the past few weeks as are some of my after meal numbers, so I was referred to see a specialist yesterday.  At first I was upset that I couldn’t control it on my own, but I had to accept that I really have done everything I can.  The specialist was absolutely wonderful.  Isn’t it great when you find a doctor that seems to really care?  I started today on twice a day medication to help with my glucose levels and will now go to fetal monitoring twice a week until the end of my pregnancy.  He was very reassuring that all is OK and going to be OK.  I just need the medication to help regulate my insulin and the fetal monitoring is just a precautionary measure to make sure everything is OK with the baby.

I have to say that this has not been a totally negative experience, there have also been a lot of positives.   I would have cursed at myself for saying this a month ago, but I am almost grateful that it happened.   At this point in my pregnancy with Emma I was pretty miserable and uncomfortable.  By keeping my blood sugar stable, eating a high protein, balanced diet rid of all (excuse me) crap, and exercising daily, I have surprisingly few aches and pains or general pregnancy discomfort.  It’s been pretty amazing and it feels great to feel this good.  

The other really cool thing about going through this whole ordeal is how much I have learned about the mind/body/diet/exercise connection.   If I walk or do some sort of exercise after a meal, it will drop my blood sugar considerably.  Therefore, most nights after dinner and after many lunches we will take a walk.   It has been great to put Emma in the jogger and take a walk with my husband away from phones, TV and the computer.   So, the exercise has been good in more ways than one! Also, this has surprised me, but my skin has never been this clear in my entire life.  I have to think it also has to do with the diet.   On the flip side, if I have a stressful day, my numbers will be higher, so it is crazy to really witness how your mental state affects your body.   These are all lessons I am going to carry with me for a long time after this pregnancy is over.

Moving on, there is one GD hurdle to still tackle.   I had to have a c-section with my daughter because she was footling breech. In fact, I blame her foot for kicking me and breaking my water at 37 1/2 weeks!   I have done a ton of research and took an awesome class offered by Saddleback Hospital on VBAC, and this time I am really hoping to have a vaginal birth. The class is open to anyone, even if you are not delivering at Saddleback.   Given my situation (previous breech being the reason for the c-section), I am a good candidate to attempt a VBAC if baby is in the right position and I go into labor on my own.   Thankfully I have found a great supportive doctor.  The only wrench that GD throws into the whole *plan* is if the baby looks to be larger than normal, which is the concern with GD babies.   I go for an ultrasound on Monday to check her approximate size and will see my doctor next week to discuss.   So far my belly is measuring normal for my point in my pregnancy, and thanks to the diet, my weight gain has been less than my previous pregnancy, so I am really hoping that the baby is looking to be a normal size and it all works out for me. 

I would so appreciate everyone’s good thoughts and prayers in this area.  I feel like I can use all the positive energy I can get!    I will keep you posted next week after the ultrasound.   

Thanks for listening to my story and for all your support!!  xoxox Jen

{Graphic from Tiny Prints}

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Deliciously Delightful (Ice Cream) Dots!

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Have your taste buds been treated to the phenomenon of Dippin’ Dots yet?!   If not, you must run, not walk, out to Dippin’ Dots Fountain Valley and give it a try.   I first tried these delicious little dots a couple years ago at a school fundraising carnival.  It is just about the coolest, yummiest, most unique treat!   Scrumptious mouth-watering ice cream served in mini “dots!”   My daughter loved it too!  You should have seen her face when she took her first bite.  It was a perplexed look as she didn’t know what the spoonful was going to entail, then she did her “yummy” dance when she figured out it was ICE CREAM!   

Dippin’ Dots comes in ice cream, yogurt, sherbert, flavored ice and more!  Take your kids into the store and treat them to a yummy bowl or one of their Dot creations like a Dotwich or Dot Sundae.   

Having a party, fundraiser or special event?  Want to serve something totally fun and unique instead of the same old stuff?   Consider serving Dippin’ Dots at your next party…kids and adults alike will flip out over the unique dessert!   

You can order one gallon party packs or pre-made cups that come packaged in dry ice to keep fresh until serving.  Or, consider serving a Dot Cake with a sugar or chocolate cookie crust or a Dot Sundae Bar or Ice Cream Float Bar! 

They also offer a hand-scooped package where they will come to your location and serve the fabulous Dots from their Dot Cart.   Certain minimums apply, contact the location for more information.

Dippin’ Dots Fountain Valley
18011 Newhope Street, Suite D (at Newhope & Talbert)
Fountain Valley 92708
714-430-1480
www.dippindots.com
email: dtesla@socal.rr.com

Hooray! It’s a Tiny Giveaway! Dippin’ Dots Fountain Valley is giving away a one gallon party pack in one delicious flavor to one lucky winner.  A $70 value!  The party pack serves 35 to 37-3.5 oz cups or 22 to 25- 5 oz cups.   Sooooo perfect in time for a summer party or event!   To enter, please do the following:

1. Email me at giveaways@tinyoranges.com
2. Include your first name and last initial
3. Tell me:  What is the new flavor they are offering at this location??  Click here and find it front and center on their website!

You can enter all week, just have your emails in before 5PM PST on Friday, May 29th.  The winner will be chosen at random and posted next Monday.  Good luck everyone! 

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Two Fabulous Events This Week!

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I am super excited to help spread the word on two great events this week sponsored by Milkalicious! Click here to visit their website and see the full event details.  

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009: 6:00pm

VIP Screening of the documentary film “The Business of Being Born”
Rancho Niguel 8
25471 Rancho Niguel Road * Laguna Niguel 92677 
Free Admission with RSVP!

VIP Guests: Doors open at 5:30pm, please arrive at the theater by 5:45pm to guarantee entry. General public will be admitted at 6:00pm sharp.

The film will be followed by a live Q & A session with a panel of experts including the films stars Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein.

RSVP by calling 949.370.9950 or email events@milkalicious.org.

Thursday, May 28th, 2009: 7:00am – 9:00am

KIIS FM Event / Book Signing of “Your Best Birth” with Ricki and Abby and “The Vaccine Book” with Dr. Bob Sears, Pediatrician.

Milkalicious
27111 Aliso Creek Road, Suite 195 * Aliso Viejo 92656
Ph: 949.831.6455

Get your copies and meet Ricki & Abby and Dr. Sears at the book signing!  Manny on the Street from 102.7 KIIS FM will be there live to host the event and giveaway! 

Free Stroller Strides Class at 9:30am!  Check the event website to see what to bring to participate.

I will be going to both these events!  I am looking forward to seeing that documentary (and how COOL to be a part of a live Q & A afterwards!) and I  am SUPER excited for the giveaway on Thursday morning.  The last one Milkalicious hosted a few months back was PHENOMENAL!  Seriously.  You would not believe the giveaways they have!    I hope to see some Tiny Oranges readers there!!!

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