MOMS Orange County

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“We believe every baby deserves the chance to be born healthy.” – MOMS Orange County CEO Pamela Pimentel, RN

Moms-Orange-County Local nonprofit, MOMS Orange County is changing lives – those  of the born and unborn by giving families the resources, information and support they need for the healthiest pregnancy possible.

The Importance of Prenatal Care

Many of us were likely over informed on every aspect of our pregnancy.

We read up and studied every topic having to do with pregnancy.  We knew the importance of prenatal vitamins. We had supportive partners that attended lamaze classes. We anxiously awaited every doctor’s appointment to learn more. We avoided sushi and pasteurized cheese. We did kick counts. We knew about proper nutrition.

For those fortunate women like me, our pregnancy was set up for success to give our babies the best chance for a healthy delivery.

But for many women, right here in Orange County, that is not the case.

Many women in low income communities are at-risk for unhealthy pregnancies because they don’t have access to prenatal care, or even know where to go to get the care they need during their pregnancy.  These women might not have easy access to a computer to read up on pregnancy information. Many are in abusive relationships and don’t have supportive partners. Often their living situations are overcrowded and stressful. Or, they are isolated by a lack of transportation.

MOMS Orange County gives these women hope. 

I had the opportunity to tour the MOMS Orange County facility in Santa Ana last week and I was touched beyond words by the work they are doing for these women and their families.

MOMS Orange County provides services to more than 3,500+ pregnant women annually in underserved communities at no cost.

If a woman does not have the means, but is motivated to participate in their programs, MOMS Orange County will support them during every stage of pregnancy and throughout their baby’s first year.

Services include in-home visits, access to prenatal care, referrals, health and developmental screenings, education, classes and workshops to educate moms on all aspects of pregnancy and parenthood.

Breaking the Cycle 

An involved dad is important to the overall health and well being of the family.

MOMS Orange County believes and research shows children with involved, caring fathers have better emotional outcomes, higher IQs, better linguistic and cognitive capabilities. They are often also more emotionally secure, confident and have better social connections.

But many MOMS Orange County families are Latino and come from a culture where traditionally the fathers are not involved in pregnancy and child rearing.

Juan Diego, the Director of Health Education at MOMS Orange County, works with dads to break this cycle and teach them the importance of bonding with their baby.

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He estimates up to 90% of the dads-to-be he works with had poor emotional connections and relationships with their own father.

He wants to change that, and these dads do too. They want to be better fathers to their own children and better partners to their wives, but many don’t know how.  He gives them the education and encouragement needed to do so.

Workshop for New Fathers 

Juan Diego (incidentally the only male employee!) leads a Workshop for New Fathers in Spanish which focuses on giving men the tools and information to inspire them to be involved when their babies arrive.

The dads are able to ask questions and learn in a supportive environment.

I had the opportunity to witness one of these workshops in person and it almost brought tears to my eyes.  To see the dads holding babies, and the way the babies interacted and looked at them said it all. Total adoration.

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In the Workshop, Juan Diego stresses the importance of their role, and covers the topics of infant safety, diapering, burping, swaddling, feeding, holding, soothing, and bathing their new babies.

Here he is giving a demonstration on the importance of never shaking a baby or playing too rough.

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Perhaps though one of my favorite parts of this workshop was watching the dads talking together in small groups holding infants.  As moms, we have so many opportunities to talk with other parents. Many times the dads don’t have the same opportunities.

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The MOMS Orange County Difference  

The positive difference MOMS Orange County is making in women’s lives can be measured in more ways than solely the words of love and appreciation shown by their families, their results are trackable.

Of infants born to mothers in MOMS Orange County’s in-home Maternal Child Health Coordination program:

85% reach a gestational age of 37+ weeks, have a healthy birth weight and spend no time in the NICU

92.5% of babies are on track for achievement of developmental milestones

97% on on track with their immunizations

It’s a beautiful thing.

Get Involved  

To learn more about MOMS Orange County, visit www.momsorangecounty.org.

Hooray! It’s a Tiny Giveaway! 

In celebration of all dads and dads-to-be, MOMS Orange County is generously giving away a $300 gift certificate to www.fodada.com. Good luck!!

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A Fun Activity at Home for Little Kids

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A Fun Activity at Home for Little Kids

Today, I’d like to share a fun activity at home for little kids this summer…because as much as I love to be an on-the-go mama, with on-the-go kids, sometimes it’s nice to just be at home and enjoy some downtime (especially in the afternoon when it is so HOT to play outside!).

On the flip side, I can only play Legos or My Little Ponies so much before my eye starts to twitch (just keepin’ it real, moms!).  Which means that I am constantly trying to invent (or have the kids invent and create) fun indoor games to play…and if I can get some stealthy learning lessons in there, I will!  Here’s what I call the “Toy Store” game…and it kept them busy for at least two hours!

Prep work

First, I explained that we were going to make a toy store in our playroom – you can pretty much make up any kind of store, but we liked the idea of a toy store the best.  I thought if we played grocery store, they may eat all the “merchandise” before the game even began – lol!

I asked them each to pick seven toys (you can choose any number you want) and set them aside.

“Build” your toy store

Next, I gave them the task of “building” their store.  We have these large play “bricks,” which worked perfectly, but let their imaginations take over.  Part of the fun is letting them create this space!  Get out blankets, blocks, fabric boxes, let them move kid furniture around…whatever they want to do.  My one rule – they had to work together as a team.

Pricing

Then, I had them work on price tags. Here’s where you can sneak in a math lesson and work on fine motor skills.  Each of my kiddos have different things they need to practice, so I assigned each kid a job.  My 5-year-old had to trace rectangles (to immulate price tags) and then carefully cut them out. Next, my 7-year-old assigned each price tag a different monetary value.

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Raid your piggy bank

Here’s my kids’ favorite part – I had them dump out their piggy banks and put handfuls of real money in little ziplock bags. I had them each categorize pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters – then pick them up (a great fine motor building activity!) and put them in their ziplocks.  They thought they were rich!

Set-up your store

Here’s when we put the final touches on their “store.”  I had them place each of their chosen toys in the store space, and then assign each toy a price tag.  Just for fun, I threw in a handful of Dollar Store toys so they had some cool, new things to “buy.”  They were thrilled!

Time to shop!

And, finally…it’s shopping time!  They could each pick out one toy at a time to “buy,” and they brought me (their trusty cashier) the toy and the price tag.  Then, they had to count out the exact change to purchase the item. This was awesome for so many reasons – they practiced counting, money denominations, how they could reach a certain price several different ways (depending on their available coins), adding, subtracting – the math lessons rocked in this game!  Here’s a picture of each of my kiddies, deep in thought (and counting).

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Overall, this was a really fun game that both kids enjoyed…and like I said, it took a good two hours! They worked as a team, used their creativity, practiced math, and even got to “buy” some new toys.  They loved it, and asked if we could play “toy store” everyday.  This is a huge compliment coming from them (even though they had already moved on by the next day – lol!).

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Random Thoughts

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Well, we made it. We made it to summer that is. Friday was the last day of school. But every single year, it never ceases to amaze me just how exhausting the last few weeks of school can be. SO much stuff. Too much stuff. My bestie sent me this text in the middle of it. Yep. Summed it all up.

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Last weekend was my husband’s birthday, and of course, also Father’s Day, so when friends invited us to share their campsite down at El Moro for the night, it was pretty much his idea of heaven. And I couldn’t say no given the birthday/Father’s Day thing.

So we packed up for one night of camping.

The entire back of our minivan was full. We packed for 1 night but could have stayed for a month. Here we are in front of my Dollar Tree birthday tent decoration with my husband forced to do an awkward kneel to get the decoration in the photo.

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We had the most gorgeous 24 hours spent on the beach and camping with a group of friends, so the packing of stuff was worth it for the memories.

And my kids had the time of their lives.

Lesson, if something involves potentially good family memories, just go.

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The very next day we headed home so we could unpack and get over to my parent’s house for a Father’s Day BBQ. I snapped this selfie with my dad and sis and I truly didn’t realize until this very photo just how MUCH we all look alike.

I’m on the left, my sis Suzanne‘s on the right.

I love my dad.

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Emma’s birthday. Check. Hubby’s birthday. Check. Father’s Day. Check. Next up, Morgan’s birthday. Yes, my three family members all have birthdays within three weeks. Um, it’s a lot of celebrating.

One to go.

I recently learned about this company Shindigz and was given a credit to shop for supplies for my little one’s birthday party. We are talking full party themes of stuff. Including lots of personalization options.  I had so much fun. You really could outfit your entire party without having to step in a store. Look out for post to come on all the adorable rainbow birthday party goodies I found.

Squeal.

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Speaking of Morgan, yesterday was her first day on a swim team.  I was on a swim team growing up for many years and I have a lot of good memories of swimming.

I love the culture and the sport.

My heart went pitter patter a bit when I saw her in the cap and goggles. Is there such thing as “Swim Moms”?

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Happy beginning of summer to you! How has yours treated you thus far? 

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Cheap Movies for Kids this Summer in Orange County

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Who doesn’t love to go to the movies?
Wellllll…sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming with little ones in tow.  That’s why I LOVE these cheap OC movie theaters and their summer movie showings for kids! We are talking $1, fun movies for kids this summer  (yes, only $1!), offered at many theaters locations I have compiled for you below.

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These kid-friendly movies are shown in the mornings. Typically filled with other parents and excited, squirmy kids. And it’s okay that your kids laugh extra loud, talk during the movie, spill their snack, and get up and down, and up and down, and up and down…

Cheap OC Movie Theaters

Summer Movie Deals for Kids in Orange County 

Regal Entertainment Group

Summer Movie Express Program

Tuesdays and Wednesdays / Start time:  10 a.m.
(All tickets must be purchased at the box office).
A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.
Cost – $1

Regal’s 2015 Movie Schedule Includes:

Week 1 –
Tuesday, June 23 – Nut Job
Wednesday, June 24 – Annie

Week 2 – 
Tuesday, June 30 – Earth to Echo
Wednesday, July 1 – The Boxtrolls

Week 3 – 
Tuesday, July 7 – Paddington
Wednesday, July 8
 – Turbo

Week 4 – 
Tuesday, July 14 – Rio 2
Wednesday, July 15 – How To Train Your Dragon 2

Week 5 – 
Tuesday, July 21Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Wednesday, July 22
 – The Book of Life

Week 6 – 
Tuesday, July 28 – Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Wednesday, July 29 – Penguins of Madagascar

Week 7 –
Tuesday July 28 – Madagascar 3
Wednesday August 5 – Dolphin Tale 2

Week 8 –
Tuesday, August 11 – Muppets Most Wanted
Wednesday, August 12 – Alexander and the Very Bad Day

Week 9 –
Tuesday, August 18 – The Lego Movie
Wednesday, August 19 – The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Click to enter your zip code and find the closest participating theater to you. And feel good knowing that a portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.

Picture Show at Westfield Mainplace

Westfield MainPlace
2800 N. Main Street
Santa Ana, Orange County, 92705
Discount shows on Tuesdays 

Krikorian Premiere Theatre

2015 Krikorian Kids Series – 6/16/2015 – 8/18/2015
(Buena Park and San Clemente locations)

Krikorian Premiere Theatres is excited to announce the return of kid’s movies throughout the summer! Every Tuesday from June 16th through August 18th, Krikorian locations will be hosting the 2015 Summer Kids Series, a 10-week series of kid’s movies that are fun for the whole family.

Two showings per day will be available at 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Tickets are $1.00 (Buena Park Metroplex 18 tickets are Free – sponsored by Buena Park Downtown), and are the same price for adults and children. Seating will be first come, first serve, so be sure to arrive early!

Buena Park Metroplex 18

8290 La Palma Ave.
Buena Park, CA 90620

(714) 826-7469 (SHOW)

***Movies are FREE at this location!!  Sponsored by Buena Park Downtown.

641-B Camino de Los Mares
San Clemente, CA 92673
(949) 661-7469 (SHOW)
$1 movies at this location

Every Tuesday from June 16th through August 18th
Two showings per day will be available at 10:00 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Seating is first come, first served!

Tuesday, June 16 – Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Tuesday, June 23 – Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Tuesday, June 30 – How To Train Your Dragon 2

Tuesday, July 7 – The Boxtrolls

Tuesday, July 14 – Annie

Tuesday, July 21 – The Book of Life

Tuesday, July 28 – Rio 2

Tuesday, August 4 – Paddington

Tuesday, August 11 – Penguins of Madagascar

Tuesday, August 18 – Dolphin Tale 2

Cinemark – Century 20 Huntington Beach & XD

Summer Movie Clubhouse

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m.
$1 movies (when purchased at the box office)
$5 for 10 movies (when purchased in advanced at the box office)

Century 20 Huntington Beach & XD
7777 Edinger Avenue
Huntington Beach, Orange County 92647

June 16 -18 – Dolphin Tale 2

June 23 – 25 – 
Mr. Peabody & Sherman

June 30 – July 2 – Penguins of Madagascar

July 7 – 9 – Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

July 14 – 16– How To Train Your Dragon 2

July 21 – 23 – Alvin and the Chipmunks 3

July 28 – 30 – 
Dog Days: Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3

Cinemark – Orange Cinemark Century Stadium 25 & XD!

Orange Cinemark Century Stadium 25 and XD!
Stadium Promenade Shopping Center
1701 W Katella Ave.
Orange, CA 92867

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m.
$1 movies (when purchased at the box office)
$5 for 10 movies (when purchased in advanced at the box office)

Tuesday June 16 & Thursday June 18
 – Dolphin Tale 2

Tuesday June 23 & Thursday June 25 – Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Tuesday June 30 & Thursday July 2 – Penguins of Madagascar

Tuesday July 7 & Thursday July 9 – Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Tuesday July 14 & Thursday July 16 – How to Train Your Dragon 2

Tuesday July 21 & Thursday July 23 – Alvin and the Chipmunks – Chipwrecked

Tuesday July 28 & Thursday July 30 – Dog Days: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Tuesday August 4 & Thursday August 6 – The Nut Job

Tuesday August 11 & Thursday August 13 – Rio 2

Tuesday August 18 & Thursday August  20 – Turbo

**Disclaimer and note – I encourage you to always call ahead or check theater websites for updates!

Another great resource I found is Plan a Day Out – this site shares about local discounted movies, movies in the park, movies at your local library…plus lots of other great summer activities and event ideas.  Check it out!

And if you also have little ones, I encourage you to read my blog on “Tips for Taking Little Kids to the Movie Theater” – hope they help!

I love these $1 movies for kids.  It’s cheap, it’s air conditioned, and it’s fun for summer!  Share your favorite thing to do with your kiddos below.  And, where do you like to take your kids to the movies?

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Grill Crashers Giveaway!

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 Disclosure: This post was sponsored by our friends at the National Pork Board to inspire new delicious pork recipes.

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Yesterday I shared our recent Grill Crashers party Susanne and I planned to kick off the summer season and surprise our guests with a flavorful new pork chop recipe – Grilled Pork Chops with Chimichurri Sauce.

The pork chops were a hit and so easy to make for a party!  Grilling pork chops are a great way to play around with new flavors and delight guests with a moist, delicious, lean protein as the star of the meal.

Today we want to give YOU the opportunity to host your own Grill Crashers party and BBQ pork this season with a pork giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a $75 Kroger Gift card and a brand new digital meat thermometer to ensure you cook your pork to perfection. 

Before the giveaway, let me inspire you with the best pork chop recipes you will want to try…

Grilled Pork Chops with Mango Guacamole

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Grilled Pork Chops with Chimichurri Sauce

grilled-pork-chops-with-chimichurri-sauce Brined and Grilled Pork Chops with Grilled Peaches

Brined and grilled pork chop recipe with grilled peaches

Pork Giveaway! 

Is your mouth watering? Do you want to have a party this summer and crash YOUR grill with pork?  Enter the Grill Crashers sweepstakes below and enter to win a $75 Krogers (Ralphs) gift card and digital meat thermometer so you can plan your own Grill Crashers party! Good luck!

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