Wordless Wednesday – When Did This Become Normal?

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So I was sitting at my desk last night working and realized I have had eggs and a chocolate muffin from my daughter’s play kitchen sitting on my desk for weeks now. And it hasn’t even occurred to me that it is out of the ordinary. Then I thought, when did this become NORMAL?

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My family was recently invited to preview “A Clutch Powers 4-D Adventure” at Legoland a couple weeks ago and we HAD A BLAST!   My mom took the day off work and my husband stayed home with our baby so we could do a girls’ only trip to the park and take Emma, just the 3 of us.  Such a special day!

Clutch Powers is a brand new LEGO character and this 4-D movie brings LEGO to life with daily shows in LEGO Show Place.  Seeing all the kids in those 4-D glasses and watching them all squeal and try to grab the air was hilarious.   It was about 10 minutes long, perfect length for young attention spans, and included nonstop action and special effects like wind.   When I asked my daughter at the end of our visit what her favorite part was, she said, “the movie!”  She absolutely loved it!

It was our first time to Legoland and judging by how much fun we had, it definitely won’t be our last!  The park was about a million times more fun than I even expected.  I had NO IDEA.

It’s easy to get to right off the freeway, parking was a breeze, and there was SO much to do for a kid in her age group. She is now 3 years 9 months and it was a total wonderland for her.  Lots of rides for her age and hands-on sort of things.

Many of the rides did have a height restriction though, and required an accompanying adult, so something to keep in mind as 1:1 adult to kid ratio would be pretty important if you go with little ones.

I am seriously considering getting our family a Membership.  You could really go and just focus on one area and be entertained for hours.   And, a brand new Legoland Water Park is opening this summer!

It was super clean, easy to get around, and for being seemingly pretty crowded we didn’t have to wait long for hardly any of the young kid rides.

On the way out we walked through and explored Sea Life, the family aquarium located next door.  Boy oh boy, so much to see and do!

Here is a little slide show of our time at Legoland.  If you do end up going, do yourself a favor and MAKE SURE to get some Granny’s Apple Fries in Castle Hill.  I am still dreaming of those cinnamon-y whipped cream topped goodies!

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{We received free admission to Legoland for this special preview event – lucky us!!!!  And especially lucky Emma!}

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Bag the Habit Giveaway!

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I have a fun and environmentally kind giveaway to kick off the week!  Make sure to read below on how to enter to win!

Bag the Habit is a eco-chic line of reusable shopping totes and produce bags that are hip, stylish and functional.  Their line of bags is characterized by fresh prints & fun colors designed with thoughtful detail to make the bag more fun and comfortable to carry.

I love that the Luxe Totes come in an easy to fold up pouch so you can carry yours in your purse. Personally I am guilty of carrying reusable bags in my trunk, but sometimes forgetting them in the car.   This way, your bags are always with you!

Bag the Habit has offered Tiny Oranges a special coupon code for the week!  Receive a set of 2 free 100% recycled reusable produce bags with any order of $30 or more. Use the Bag the Habit coupon codeFREEPRODUCE!” upon checkout, and yes, there is an exclamation point at the end!  Offer good through Friday, 4/2/10 at 11:59pm PST.

Hooray! It’s a Tiny Giveaway! Bag the Habit is giving away one Luxe Tote Trio Set in the popular multi-colored feather print to one lucky winner!  Here are the entry options, please leave a separate comment for each one!

1. Simply leave a comment and let me know which Bag the Habit tote print you love! – 1 ENTRY

2. Become a fan of Bag the Habit on Facebook – 1 ENTRY

3. Become a fan of Tiny Oranges on Facebook – 1 ENTRY

Contest runs through Sunday, 4/4/10 at 12pm PST.  I will post the winner next week! Good luck!

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OC Family Summer Camp & Activities Fair

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I found out about this event on Twitter via @OCFamily this week and wanted to share it with you because summer will be here before we blink an eye!

OC Family is having a Summer Camps & Activities Fair tomorrow, March 27th, 2010 from 9am – 5pm at Pretend City in Irvine.   If you are looking for a fun summer activity for your child, this is the place to be!

For your $10 admission to Pretend City, you can explore a variety of ideas for summer fun!  Plus, the first 500 attendees will receive a goodie bag valued at $50.

Congratulations to the winner of the Bubblefest tickets, drum roll please…..Brian V.!

Happy Friday everyone!!  See you back on Monday with more great giveaways next week!  If you are looking for another fun weekend activity, visit my friend Daytripping Mom for more info on a Movie on the Lawn event tomorrow night at the OC Great Park.  xo Jen

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Reviving an old post on the terrible twos

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I wrote this post on September 4th, 2008, when my daughter was 2 years 3 months old and for some reason I never published it and it has been saved all this time.

Yesterday we were at the park with a friend whose daughter is 2 years 4 months and she asked me “did you guys go through the terrible twos?”   The answer was “YES” we went through the terrible twos and now we are onto the challenges of the threes, but I have to say it doesn’t hold a candle to the twos, at least for us.

It was good to go back to read this and laugh because it does really show, like everything, this TWO shall pass (pun intended.)

Here’s what I wrote back on that fateful day in September at the end of my rope…

“I am convinced my two-year-old has been body snatched by aliens.   If anyone has had the same thing happen to them, and your child has been safely returned, please advise.  To keep myself from crying after I finally got her down for a nap,  I sat staring at my computer to get my mind off of today’s unbelievable episodes.  None of which are logical.

I am not a cartoon fan.  I don’t even read cartoons, but I was so desperate for some sense of comic relief from the events that have transpired the last few days, I actually Googled “terrible twos cartoons.”  Desperate times call for desperate measures.

The one with the parents tied up reminded me of my husband and I this weekend;  we were held hostage by a 25 pound bully.   One minute she would be playing and happy, the next moment something totally irrational would set her off.  My favorite was when she flipped out when  daddy asked her what she had for lunch.  Threw a complete fit as if it were the most offensive question she had ever heard.

The one with the suntan lotion cracked me up, as I am so tired today I didn’t even GET it.  I actually studied it for a few moments to get what was funny.   For those in my same position, look at the spelling of the lotion.  If you can’t read it (sorry it is so small) it says “Total SON Block.”

And, the Supernanny one hit home because we had to do a few time-outs this weekend, and I had Jo Frost in my head the whole time.  I wish Jo Frost lived with us to counsel me on this SO unchartered territory!  Sigh.”

{Cartoons found on www.cartoonstock.com}

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