Orange County Great Park Snow Day & Great Skate!

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The Orange County Great Park is kicking off their Great Skate 2010 with a Snow Day where the park will be transformed into a  winter wonderland with sledding, snowman making and lots of snow play!  No need to bring sleds, they have many there to share.

It all happens tomorrow, Saturday, 1/30/2010 from 11am – 4pm.  Just remember to wear your warm clothes and be ready for a day of fun the whole family will love! Admission is free, parking is $8.

Great Skate will be open from Jan. 30th – Feb. 28th, 2010 from 11am – 10pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only.

FREE admission & skate rentals (but you can also bring your own) & free parking (except for on Snow Day when it is $8)

Click HERE for more info on Great Skate and Click HERE for more info on Snow Day!

Happy weekend everyone – have a great one! xo

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Dove Chocolate Giveaway!

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This is a short & SWEET giveaway!  Read details below on how you can enter to win!

Kim is a local mommy of 3 and an independent chocolatier (sounds fun, huh!?) for Dove Chocolate Discoveries. She writes:

“Dove Chocolate has gotten into the “Home Party” business, and you can now treat your friends to a “Chocolate Tasting” right in your own home.  The entire line of products are made with Dove chocolate, and include martinis, smoothies, brownies and more.

For Valentine’s Day, Dove has developed an incredible box of truffles you won’t find in stores, available only through their new “Home Party” line; Dove Chocolate Discoveries.  Dove commissioned Jin Caldwell, one of the top 10 Pastry Chefs in North America, to create these rich and creamy truffles in 6 delightful flavors:

Tiramisu, Passion Fruit, Cheesecake, Lemon Meringue, Cinnamon Bun, and Chocolate Mousse.

These love-ly truffles are packaged in a gorgeous box, covered in hearts and wrapped with a bow.   Orders are being taken through January 31, and Jin will make them the first week of February, and ship them direct to you (or your love) in time for Valentine’s Day.

Hooray!  It’s a Tiny Giveaway!

Enter to win a box of chocolates  for yourself (or your sweetheart!) NOTE: You can comment as many times as you would like, but only have to tell me once about the extra entry stuff (e.g. only one extra entry for #2 – 5 below)

Here’s how:

1. Simply leave a comment below and tell me: which flavor would you most like to taste?

2. Follow The Chocolate Lady Blog and get an extra entry (tell me in your comment below if you are a follower!)

3. Click HERE to become a fan of Kim’s on Facebook for another entry (tell me in your comment below if you are a fan!)

4. Follow @TinyOrangesOC on Twitter for another entry (tell me in your comment if you are a follower!)

5. Subscribe to Tiny Oranges (top right column) for another entry (tell me in your comment if you subscribed!

Contest ends Saturday, January 30th, 2010 at midnight PST.  I will connect the winner with Kim via email on Sunday.  Good luck!

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Wordless Wednesday – Hey Mom!

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My fellow blogger friend over at Angry Julie Monday has something on her blog called “Wordless Wednesday” where she posts a current favorite picture and many others link up with theirs.

So, here is my first Wordless Wednesday pic. We were at Strands Beach and it was a beautiful, late winter afternoon.  That’s my 6 1/2 month old, Morgan.  I am just loving 6 1/2 months and I also love her bald head.  She is so mesmerized by her surroundings these days.

In this picture,  she looked at the ocean and then looked at me as if to say “Hey mom!  Look at THAT!!” And, I felt the same way.

Probably too many words  for a post titled “wordless!” but oh well!  Click HERE to visit and check out Angry Julie’s pic for the day…

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Pacific Waters Spa Hyatt Huntington Beach

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This past Sunday I got invited to a mommy blogger event to experience the phenomenal Pacific Waters Spa at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa in Huntington Beach.  One of my favorite parts of doing my blog is getting to experience fun, local events so I can share the information with you firsthand.  And, I have to say, it doesn’t get much better than a spa invitation!  I know, it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!

The past month I had 2 trips to the E.R. with both my girls on separate occasions, one of which landed us in CHOC hospital overnight.   I have a whole blog on that coming later this week.   My kids are both fine, but needless to say, it has been a really stressful month.   To say I needed a few hours to relax and unwind was the understatement of the year.

005 The minute you walk onto the property and take a whiff of the clean ocean air, you feel like you are on vacation. I exhaled for the first time all week.  The spa is nestled in a charming courtyard beyond a little koi pond bridge.  From the outside you are unable to tell just how magnificent it really is, but then you step inside and enter into a heavenly retreat.

We were first shown into the ladies lounge and got our lockers.   The changing area is great – lots of lockers and big ottomans and lots of space.   We changed into our spa robes (loooovveeeee the spa robe!) and  were shown two different recipes for body scrubs and foot scrubs you can do at home!  I will do another post on these, it would be such a fun thing to do together with girlfriends.  And, with all natural ingredients.

Then we hung out in the relaxation room with chaises and chairs with cozy blankets next to a warm fire and waited for our treatments. There are so many places to hang out and relax there, including two outdoor courtyards with nice patio furniture and even an outdoor fire pit.

Hyatt-spa-hallway Then we were shown into the hallway of treatment rooms.  So gorgeous! A huge arched ceiling with beautiful lighting and just entirely tranquil.   We were given samplers of their facials and massages.  The minute I relaxed on that heated table I think I almost melted into it with relaxation!   My esthetician, Gloria (or as she told me to call her) “Glo” was fabulous and really made my skin “glow!” She told me to eat Coho salmon from Trader Joe’s to help with my “35-year-old wrinkled from parenting dehydrated forehead”!  I think I might have to eat salmon every day all day to help, but I did appreciate the advice!  The women who did my massage was equally fabulous.  I didn’t want it to end!

We were then taken into the salon for a little mini manicure.   The exfoliating scrub and moisturizer she used was just what the doctor ordered for my poor hands that are so dry from over washing and antibacterializing this winter.

Afterwards we got a sample of the DELICIOUS spa menu!   Delightful sandwiches, salmon (woo hoo – I am on my way to better skin already!), grilled veggies, salads and fruits.

I just kept thinking about how much FUN it would be to meet a girlfriend (or two or three or four) there and make a day out of it.   The amazing treatments aside, the facilities ALONE are incredible….a beautiful indoor jacquzzi, steam room, outdoor spa grotto, lunching in the courtyard, etc.  030

Are you hooked yet?  Are you ready to call your girlfriends and plan a spa day?

Here’s a way to save 20% on a 60-minute treatment!

The Pacific Waters Spa is having a fun little contest for bloggers.   If you, my wonderful Tiny Oranges readers, become a Fan of the Pacific Waters Spa on Facebook (click HERE) or follow @HyattSpaHB on Twitter (click HERE) and, this is the important part, write on the wall or tweet “I became a Fan after reading Tiny Oranges!”  the blogger that gets the most new fans wins a spa day!!!!

039 It is almost too much for me to fathom, an entire day.  A mom can dream, can’t she?

They also have a fabulous Membership program, where for 3 or 6 months, you get three 60-minute treatments and unlimited use of the spa facilities and pool anytime!  Valentine’s Day is coming up mamas…forward this to your hubbys! Click HERE to contact the spa for more info.  And click HERE for the brochure!

Okay, just typing this  makes me want to go back.  I am seriously considering a membership.  Our job as moms is hard – we deserve some kid-free me-time periodically. Good for the psyche and the soul.

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Guest Blog – The Fiona Nursing Jog Bra

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This is an awesome find by a local mom!   She writes…

“I’m a breastfeeding mom to a 10 week old and just started the Stroller Strides workout.   It’s a great way to get out and get active again and take my baby with me!  So, I’m sure I’m not alone feeling a bit of pain in the chest area when I started working out again 6 weeks postpartum.  That stretched out jog bra from BEFORE I was pregnant just doesn’t quite cut it anymore!  Plus, during my maternity leave, I’m finding I’m in my workout clothes for a good part of the day.  I always have good intentions that I’ll get out for that walk soon!  My Stroller Strides instructor recommended the Fiona bra by Moving Comfort.  I found it at Roadrunner Sports in Laguna Hills or many online retailers. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but WELL worth it!  The velcro straps come down easily and also adjust if you need a bit more or less support.  It think it will be great even when not breastfeeding for this reason. It also comes in sizes up to DD/E, which is hard to find in a jog bra.  So, happy pain-free running to new mommies!!”

Hey mamas!  Have a tip to share?  Want to be a guest blogger?  Email me at jennifer@tinyoranges.com  and let me know!

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