A California Coastal Office

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I fell in love with Jessica Bennett Interiors when she did my living room makeover last year so anytime she finishes a project, I can’t wait to see the photos as I am a sucker for design ideas.

This recent project was for Darlynn Morgan of Morgan Law Group, a long time Tiny Oranges friend and sponsor, so I was excited to share photos of their beautiful new office in Newport Beach.

Darlynn is an Orange County Estate Planning Attorney.

When she moved into her new space, she wanted to create an office where clients would feel like they were coming into her home and sitting at her living room coffee table.  At times estate planning can be difficult, so she wanted a calm and soothing environment that would put clients at ease.

When I saw what Jessica did with her vision, I don’t think they could have designed a more perfect space!  Here are the photos and the descriptions and details as written by Jessica.

A California Coastal Office
by Jessica Bennett Interiors  

We actually picked this blue based on the color of Morgan Law Group’s logo….we thought it would be a perfect tie in, plus we  just loved the color.

To offset the light gray-blue, we had all of the wood trim in the office stained to this dark espresso color (you should have seen how it looked before!!) and stuck with a warm, but neutral, carpet.

We wanted to maintain a traditional design with a fresh new appeal.

It was important to Darlynn that the space feel inviting, homey, and comfortable. The chairs are traditional staple pieces, but the pillows, oversized mirror, and lamp provide a modern twist.

Accessories are an essential in any space…and they are actually our favorite part of the whole design process.

In the Morgan Office, it was imperative to select accessories that made the space feel like a home yet were simple and understated. Here, a few pieces of blue coral, our favorite white scented candle, a fun silver “OK” sign and of course framed photos of Darlynn’s son did the trick.

Have you ever seen a conference room like this?? Bet you haven’t!

Again, playing on our subtle beach theme and our love of mixing traditional and modern elements, we created a conference room that felt more like a fun dining room.

We LOVE the slipcovered chairs, the bold accent pillows, and our soft and breezy window treatments.

This little space is another conference room, used when clients need to meet with Darlynn or one of her associates to review and sign documents.

We loved this table and chair combination…they had such unique silhouettes, yet worked seamlessly with the serene coastal artwork and accessories. We also loved how the black and blue play off one another perfectly.

 www.JessicaBennettInteriors.com * Click here to follow her on Facebook
Click here to see her blog and ideas * Tweet with @JBInteriorsInc on Twitter

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[Disclosure: Both are Tiny Oranges Sponsors]

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Brody’s Story

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This beautiful little boy is my neighbor’s nephew. Brody has cancer.That picture was taken in the hospital when he was receiving treatment.

Doesn’t that smile just melt your heart?

You can see his strong spirit shining through, no doubt giving his family the strength they need to get through each day. Can you even fathom it? I can’t even comprehend.

But here are the facts:

* 1 in 300 kids will be diagnosed with cancer before age 20.
* Each year cancer kills more children and adolescents than any other disease.
* The incidence of cancer amongst children in the US is rising almost 1% a year.
* Only 10% of the money budgeted by the National Cancer Institute is directed to pediatric cancer research.

Money is desperately needed for research to find causes, better treatments, and a CURE for pediatric cancer. No child, no family should have to endure this diagnosis. 

In one week, on May 6th, Team Tiny Orangeswill be in Irvine participating in the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation Run/Walk to raise money to support pediatric cancer research.

I hope you might be moved today to want to do something to help – you can click HERE to make a donation of any amount on my fundraising page. Or click HERE to make a General Team Donation. Even donations of $5 or $10 will add up. I urge you to take two minutes right now to make a quick donation. You will be making a difference in a child’s life.

Why I support PCRF:

* The cancer death rate has dropped more dramatically for children than for any other age group.
* This is attributed solely to research.
* 80% of all funds raised by PCRF goes directly to research.

Now those are just statistics, but behind those statistics are babies, children, and teenagers and their families fighting this disease. Children like Brody.

My neighbor was kind enough to let me share Brody’s story with you. I think it is such an inspiring story about strength and intuition and hope. Here is what she wrote…

This story began around October.

My nephew Brody started having what we thought were reflux issues at 7 months.  My mother (Grandma) felt that this was an odd time to start having trouble keeping food down but there is so much reflux going on, it got lost in the reflux shuffle at the pediatrician’s office.  He also had torticollis around the same age or earlier.  So his head/neck tilted slightly to one side.

Brody is the first and only child of my sister and her husband.   Grandma attended each Doctor’s appointment and kept trying to tell the pediatrician that something didn’t seem right (she is a mother of 4).

We traveled as an extended family to Hawaii over the holidays.   Brody had an appointment scheduled for early January to see a gastro specialist.  During our vacation, Brody threw up much of what he took in which was mostly formula and baby food.  It was progressively worse as the two week vacation progressed.  Brody had lost weight and was clearly not feeling well some of the time but his energy and spirit are so amazing that he kept us from worrying too much.

In early January, Brody saw the gastro specialist who prescribed a special medicine to help keep the food down.  This did not work.  A few days later, my brother in law decided to stay home from work with Brody and ended up taking him to the ER that afternoon.  He was transferred to CHOC.  They ran all kinds of tests and kept him overnight.  All gastro tests came back negative.

By the following day, Friday, January 13th, they decided to do an MRI of his brain.    My sister and her husband were both at the hospital.  My mother and I instinctively decided we should also drive to the hospital.  Within minutes of our arrival, we were all escorted into a conference room with a ton of doctors (including medical school students) and a social worker and we were told that Brody had a 2 inch by 2 inch tumor on his brain stem.

I will never forget that day.

Nothing can prepare you for that kind of shock.  There are no words to adequately describe the feeling.  Kind of like you are floating.  I had recently become a big Grey’s Anatomy fan and I had this surreal feeling that I was somehow a part of a TV episode.  This was not about our family.  This was not about our Brody.  This was not possible.

We knew that this was very serious when Brody was immediately scheduled for surgery 3 days later.  We met with a topnotch CHOC neurosurgeon who kept telling us how very very serious this was and how tough it would be to get all of the tumor.  The barrage of medical information was overwhelming.  Was it malignant or benign?  Was it definitely cancer?

It was so frightening.

Life stopped.

Time moved in slow motion.

My brother in law and I met with the neurosurgeon who told us all of the things that could go wrong during surgery.  It was like he was preparing himself for battle (the surgery) and we were witnesses to his private thoughts.  I was amazed by how much frightening detail he shared.  He scared us to death.  He was not very positive about the possible outcomes.

That doctor would eventually become our hero. 

On Monday, he successfully removed 99.9% of Brody’s tumor – all that could be seen by the human eye.  He gave us a thumbs up after the surgery.  That was one of the longest days of my life (our lives).  There was many of us gathered in the waiting room trying to keep our thoughts positive but we were petrified.

Then the real waiting began. 

A sample had been sent to topnotch hospitals to analyze the tumor.  While we focused on Brody’s healing (which was amazing to watch – how quickly children can heal and bounce back), we researched and researched and wrote to everyone we knew trying to get thoughts and feedback and ideas of where to go to treat whatever Brody had.  The results of the biopsy were taking too long.  We began to be concerned by this.

We finally received the terrible news that Brody had AT/RT, a brain cancer that affects about 30 kids per year.  The odds of this result were astronomical.   We didn’t know what had hit us.  We had been researching the spectrum of brain tumors in terms of seriousness and prognosis, etc.  This was the worst possible outcome.

By some miracle, we learned about a doctor at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles who specializes in brain tumors with AT/RT as the basis of 20 plus years of research.  We met the doctor, fell in love with him and his positive outlook on life, and Brody was at CHLA within days.

My sister, brother in law and Brody have basically lived in hospitals since January 13th.  Brody is much loved on the 4th floor of CHLA.  The  nurses come in to visit just to see him smile and wave.  Brody has been amazing.  He has been poked and prodded and poisoned with chemo yet every day he graces us with smiles and claps and laughter.  It has been amazing to see him bringing us strength.

Brody is receiving his 4th round of chemo.  This doctor does not believe in radiation at this young age, so my sister and brother in law will soon be faced with a very very serious decision.  Do you expose this young child to radiation to kill this monstrous cancer and hopefully save his life yet possibly leave him with long term issues/disabilities/consequences from the radiation?  This will be a tough tough decision. Would love any feedback/experiences from your readers.

There are so many more details between the lines of this story –  about the many different ways that each person grieves and handles crisis and tragedy, about family and friends and community pulling together and how much strength is garnered from that, and of course, about the importance of research for pediatric cancer!!

There are friends who don’t know what to do with my news.  They don’t know what to say.  They have no concept of what we are experiencing.  They know only their daily lives.   There are others who are right there for us and incredibly supportive.  It is amazing to observe.  It is like the discomfort that some people feel about dealing with or talking about death.

I understand.

Before this, this kind of story was not ours.  It was the story of a neighbor or a friend of a friend of a friend.  I always felt very sad when I heard these stories and counted my blessings that we were all healthy.

But now, it IS our story and pediatric cancer is a big part of our lives.

Research shows that there is historically only about a 10% survival rate for AT/RT.  We feel so strongly that Brody will fight this fight and make it……  There is just something incredibly special about him.  So far, he is doing incredibly well and the doctors are very very encouraged but of course, no one really knows what will happen.  I guess God knows.  So, we can only put our faith in Him and in Brody and in our amazing doctor.”

Team Brody will be out with us at the event on May 6th.  Please click HERE to make a donation of any amount to Team Brody. Team Tiny Oranges will be there to support your family!! And we will have your family in our thoughts and prayers.

 

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Eco-friendly Party Ideas

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Welcome to my fourth post in the SCOTT Naturals™  series celebrating Earth Month and the little changes all of us can make to live a little more green. Today’s post is on how to throw an eco-friendly party for your little one!

Have you ever thought about how much trash and waste goes into a birthday party? Why not give your next party an “Every Day is Earth Day” theme? This green theme is a ton of fun and there are so many ideas you can play off of. Here are a few to get you started…

Invitations:

Of course the most eco-friendly invitation is one that is paperless.

Create an emailed invitation for your eco-chic party on a site like Paperless Post or Echoage.

Brainstorm on invitation wording like a party that will be “Out of this World.” Or “Reuse, Recycle, Rejoice. Join us for an Earth Day Birthday Party for…”  Or, “The Best Friends are Sustainable Ones. Celebrate with us at an Earth Day theme party for…”

If you want to take the idea further and reduce the waste associated with gift wrapping, Echoage allows you to pick a favorite charity (you can opt for one focused on environmental projects) and guests can make a donation in lieu of gifts. This is the greenest giving of all! 

Decor / Supplies:

Playing on the Earth Theme, pick a color palate of browns, white, green and blue for a global-flare.

Use cloth tablecloths and SCOTT Naturals™  hybrid napkins and paper towels.

Opt for reusable plates and silverware versus paper.

If that isn’t practical, consider purchasing party supplies from Susty Party, an eco-friendly party supply company that sells items that are compostable and biodegradable.

Food / Drinks:

When going eco-friendly, think local when it comes to your food. Shop your favorite farmers’ market for fresh fruits and vegetables.

Make your own mini organic pizza crusts, and let kids top theirs with a choice of toppings (including local organic veggies and cheese.)

Serve homemade lemonade with fresh lemon slices in reusable cups.

Activities:

* Have kids first make their own pizzas so those are ready to pop in the oven when the time comes.

* Planting Station: Buy mini terracotta pots and paint them with chalkboard paint ahead of time.

Set up a table with colored chalk so kids can decorate their own pot to take home. In center of table set up soil and seeds, and help kids scoop their own soil into their pot and then plant their flower seeds of choice. Send their decorated pot home as their party favor.

* Make your own binoculars.  Let kiddos make and decorate their own set of binoculars out of SCOTT Naturals™  hybrid bath tissue rolls to take on their nature scavenger hunt.

* Nature Scavenger Hunt: Let kids explore around the backyard or take a walk around the block as they search for various items found in nature.

* Go Green Story Time: Read a favorite eco-friendly children’s book.

Dessert:

Playing off the nature theme, have the kids make their own earthy “mudpies” using homemade organic chocolate pudding and toppings with such as whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles, pretzels, gummy worms, smashed up organic chocolate cookies, etc.

Thank You’s:

Take a picture of your child with each guest and send them a sweet emailed thank you with a sentiment like “Thank you for being a sustainable friend.

As you can see, you can have a ton of fun with this green theme. And events like this can spark many teachable moments about the Earth and our care of it.

And while we are thinking green, SCOTT Naturals™ invites you to take the 4 Week Test Drive during the month of April.

Simply go to scottbrand.com and pledge to switch to SCOTT Naturals™ for four weeks and try their selection of hybrid products.

When you make the pledge, you will enter in your zip code, and the state with the most pledges can win $50,000 towards local forest and land conservation efforts to preserve America’s great outdoors. Click HERE and take the pledge!

[Disclosure: SCOTT Naturals™ is compensating me for my time and participation in this campaign. All of the above are my honest opinions, as always. I have made the switch to SCOTT Naturals™ and have taken the 4 Week Test Drive pledge! I hope you will too!]

Resources: Paperless PostEchoageSusty PartyHomemade Pizza Recipe, Homemade Lemonade Recipe, Fruit Cake Recipe on Family FunHow to Make Paper Tube Binoculars, How to Make Terracotta Pots with Chalkboard Paint, Eco-friendly Children’s BooksOrganic Chocolate Pudding Recipe,  Worms in the Mudpie Recipe

Photo credits: Forks from Susty Party, Fruit Cake from Family Fun, Terracotta Pot from Scissors and Spatulas, Worms in the Mudpie from Raspberri Cupcakes.

 

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OC Pregnancy & Beyond Event 2012

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The 2nd annual OC Pregnancy & Beyond Event is coming back to celebrate pregnancy, birth and motherhood on Saturday, May 5th, 2012 from 11am – 3pm and you are invited to attend!

The event, brought to you by Granola Babies and Xpecting Maternity, is FREE and takes place in the beautiful courtyard of the South Coast Collection (SOCO) in Costa Mesa. If you have not yet had the opportunity to check out SOCO and the oc mart MIX, this is the perfect opportunity!

And, seeing that the event is being held on a Saturday, the SOCO Farmers’ Market will also be going on from 9am – 2pm so you can check out the yummy local produce while you are there!

The event will feature:

* Food and drinks
* Fabulous pregnancy and baby vendors
* Gift bag for first 100 attendees
* Organic cleansing juice tastings
* Face painting
* Yummy cupckaes
* Kiddie craft table
* Inspiring workshops
* Live music
* $3000 worth of gift prizes…and more!

So take your family or make it a girls’ day with some mommy friends and check it out mamas!

www.OCPregnancyandBeyond.com 

Location:
3315 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

[Disclosure: Granola Babies is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor. Photo credit: OC Pregnancy & Beyond Event] 

 

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Succulent Style [Giveaway!]

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Succulent ~ isn’t it such a fun word?  I find them fascinating- the different colors and textures and shapes- some of them are so pretty they almost don’t look real!  I just love their fresh California Coastal feel…and that they don’t take a lot of water (or care!) Make sure to enter to win an arrangement in our giveaway below!

I was so inspired by them and the different arrangements I was seeing around that I took myself to the store determined I had DIY project- I was going to make some of my own amazingly beautiful succulent arrangements.

Yeah, that didn’t go so well.

I found myself having no idea where to start?  How many of each type to get?  And I was unimpressed with the variety the store had to offer, and the containers were less than attractive.  My DIY project was doomed before it began.

So a few weeks ago when I found myself at Pelican Courtyard Open Air Market  I was quickly drawn to the tables of beautiful-whimsically-arranged-glorious-succulents made by Succulent Style.

In chatting with the owners Denise and Joan about their creations their passion for these eco-friendly plants was apparent. Each creation was a beautiful mix of colors and textures artfully arranged in different vintage and unique containers to showcase the beauty of the succulents.The best part  is they offer them at an affordable price point (most arrangements are from $25-$75!!!)  I would have spent more than that on my sad little “craft”.

And, they make such a great gift! Perfect for Mother’s Day! Instead of the short lived bouquet of flowers- wouldn’t you love to receive long lasting/low maintenance arrangement of succulents that allow you to enjoy the pleasures of gardening at a relaxed pace?

In Denise and Joans own words:

“Our love affair with succulents are just as much about their beauty and personality as the life enhancing ways in which they uplift our souls and bring fun and energy to our spaces.”

Mommas~how fun would it be to have Succulent Style create some small little adorably contained succulents as a favor for your kiddos next birthday party?  Such a fun way to get them thinking about what it takes to care for a plant, be earth conscious & explore their green thumb!

I’m loving that this post is taking place during Earth Month because aren’t succulents just the GREENEST of the green?  A live plant that stores water in it’s juicy tissues – they’re just smart little devils!

Be sure to go visit Denise and Joan at the following upcoming local fundraising Boutiques they’ll be at this month and next and pick up a special Mother’s Day gift for the mothers in your lives:

April 28, Saturday 9am-2pm, LCP Spring Boutique, La Cristanita PreSchool, 35522 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente

May 10, Thursday, 4pm-8pm, American Legion Auxiliary Ladies Boutique, 215 15th St. , Newport Beach

You can also call or email to place a custom order their one of a kind, priced to fit {almost} any budget.  They deliver to the LA, OC & SD areas (a delivery fee may be required).

Succulent Style  info{@}succulentstyle.com  949.235.6357

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Hooray! It’s a Tiny Giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive this amazing water can succulent arrangement (a $35 value)

To enter, please leave a SEPARATE COMMENT for each entry option!

1. Subscribe to Tiny Oranges  – Under main nav bar up top. Enter email, then confirm subscription and head back here to tell me you are a subscriber! BTW, your emails are private and safe and you will get an email anytime there is a new post. If you find it annoying, unsubscribe anytime! – 1 ENTRY

2. Follow @TinyOrangesOC on Twitter – 1 ENTRY

3. Tweet up to once per day, “I just entered to win an amazing Succulent Style arrangement today on @TinyOrangesOC! -. http://wp.me/p1MmcT-30R”  – 1 ENTRY  (Please leave permalink to your tweet in your comment. Can tweet and comment once per day.)

4. Pin your favorite Succulent Style on Pinterest!  – 1 entry

5. Follow Jen & Susanne from Tiny Oranges on Pinterest – 1 ENTRY

6. Pin a recent favorite find on Tiny Oranges on Pinterest – 1 entry

7. Simply comment and tell me what you like most about Succulent Style’s arrangements! – 1 ENTRY

Contest runs through Friday, 5/4/12 at 5pm PST. Winner will be drawn at random and notified via email so make sure to leave your email address in the comment field (won’t be published.)  Good Luck!

[Disclosure:  Succulent Style is a Tiny Oranges sponsor- look for their Ad in our OC Biz Guide under Great Gifts!]

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