OC Mommy and Me Groups

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This post is for anyone that might be interested in OC Mommy and Me groups for moms of babies in their first year.

Even if that isn’t you, please forward this to your new or expectant mommy friends, because a mommy and me group like this for baby’s first year might be a dream come true for new moms needing a little support.

OC Mommy and Me groups meet once a week for 8 consecutive weeks for 1.5 hours in a beautiful office suite in Newport Beach. The groups are for moms with babies birth to one year old and are organized according to the baby’s birth month so the babies are all approximately the same age. 

The brain child of Alexandra Spitz, an OC mommy of a toddler son, the goal of OC Mommy and Me was to create a place where moms could come together for information and support. Unlike activity type of groups for the babies or a meet up scenario, these groups are meant to support the MOMS.

Can I get a “hallelujah!” sisters?!?

Her philosophy is that every baby, mother and family is unique and while every new mom is inundated with hearing all the things they “SHOULD” be doing, her intention was to create a group where all moms are accepted for their choices, and what feels right for their family in a supportive environment.

Alexandra is a Certified Parent Educator, Certified Newborn/Infant Care Specialist as well as a seasoned mom.

Each meeting will cover a parenting topic to discuss ranging from things like the transition to motherhood, bonding with your baby, connecting with your partner, sleep issues, feeding, separation anxiety, etc. to a variety of other first year discussion starters.

The meetings are meant to be an open-forum discussion and a place to ask questions.

Realizing that many moms also go back to work soon after birth of baby, she also has a Working Moms Circle, which is a weekend group that meets on Saturday mornings. Isn’t that awesome?

Tiny Oranges Registration Special! 

The fee for an 8 week group is $250, but when you mention “Tiny Oranges” at registration, you can register for a February group for only $175.

There is a special registration link for you to receive this discounted rate, click here, then proceed to check out via PayPal. When you check out, you will need to put your baby’s birth date and whether you want to enroll in a weekday or weekend class. This promo is good for registration through January 31, 2013.

Being a new mom can be an isolating experience; one filled with many emotions. This “come as you” mommy group is there for you, and who knows the babies might become future BFF’s in the making!

For more information visit www.OCMommyandMe.com.

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Limeapple Active Wear Sets at Costco!

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As a mom of two girls, I personally love the growing popularity of active wear lines. After all, “Strong is the new pretty” and I think that is a really powerful message for young girls. What I don’t love are some of the price tags that come along with some active wear lines which is why I am thrilled to share Limeapple active wear with you today AND a special Costco promotion they are running this month. For a steal.

See those four cute tank and capri sets above offered in girls’ sizes 6 – 14? In (Western U.S.) Costco stores now for a very limited time and also on Costco online they are selling for, are you ready…only $18.99! Ordering online? Shipping is free. Mommy like!

Limeapple Active Wear

Limeapple sent me a set for review and I tested it out on my SUPER active 3rd grader.

Give her a cute active wear set and a camera and she was on fire (below), and loves the pieces.

Note: She is a petite 8-year-old (51″ and 56 lbs) so the set she is wearing is actually a size 6. We also received a size 7, but it was too big on her.

Limeapple Costco

Limeapple also carries boutique pieces for school, active wear for weekends and afters school activities and also a darling swim line.

Mamas, if you have active girls stock up on these cute sets because I am telling you, the price is phenomenal for the quality and cute styles.

But you have to jump on this QUICK because they will only be available for this price at Costco through early May!

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When Good Kids Bring Home Bad Words

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Don’t you love it when your kiddo comes home and repeats an oh-so lovely new “phrase” they learned at school or on the playground? I like to call it playground smack talk.  And today I’m talking about how to handle it when good kids bring home bad words…and am asking you to share how you do, too!

My two cents…

I know there’s only so much we can do to protect our kids, albeit from owies, hurt feelings, dangerous or embarrassing situations…and being exposed to kid “smack talk.” Because part of our job as a mom is to let our little ones experience the world.  Experience their own emotions and feelings, and experience expressing them.

And with that, comes the constant testing, pushing boundaries, and pushing buttons.

One of my buttons?  Potty talk.  Recent example from my 4-yeard-old – “You’re a big fat poopy head!”

Lovely, right? (Yes, I’m cringing right now).

And I know that they are probably repeating something that they heard and are simply testing it out.  You want to know how I know this?  Because Disney Junior does not use the phrase “big fat poopy head.”  And neither do my husband and I (scout’s honor).

It also goes the other way…”Mommy, so-and-so called me a silly old chicken on the playground.  What does that mean?” (lip quivering). This makes my heart hurt.

Ugh. I know that with my kiddos, they can be both the instigators AND the recipients of smack talk, depending on the day and the situation.

So how can we help curb this kind of talk and equip our kids with how to best handle it if it happens to them?

Five ideas to combat playground smack talk…

1. Teach them to report it to an adult
Notice how I said “report” and not “tattle” – lol.  I just wrote a blog on teaching kids the difference between the two!  If they’re in a school, playground or park situation, then I tell my kids to first ask the child “who’s not talking nice” to stop – and try to resolve it themselves.  If they continue, I instruct my kids to tell a teacher, parent or adult on-duty.  Sometimes our kiddos need that extra help.  And I believe it’s easier to nip it in the bud immediately, if possible.

2. Consistency
Kids are constantly testing their boundaries, right?  So my hubby and I try to stay as consistent as possible in correcting potty talk and back-talk every time we hear it.  Same rules every time – in our home, it’s unacceptable language, especially when you are using it against someone else.

On a side note…I believe this “smack” talk is a completely normal part of growing up.  But it can’t be funny sometimes and disciplined other times.

3. Teach empathy
Whether my kid is the instigator (and I catch them) or they come to me with hurt feelings because someone else has said something, I ask them how it makes them feel.  How does it make them feel to have it being said to them…or how would it make them feel if someone called them that? We talk about it from this angle, and I try to use it as a lesson in empathy.

4. Different families, different rules
Ooooo, this is a toughie.  We’re all doing our best as parents, and we all have difference rules in our homes.  That’s hard for kids to understand sometimes, especially in a group social setting.  So I emphasize with my kids that in our home, it is okay to say “x,y,z,” and not okay to say, “x,y,z.”  I get confused looks and sometimes, ‘that’s not fair” – but to my kids, I say this:  it is what it is.

5. Apologize
Of course, I think this goes without saying.  If my kiddo was (gulp) the instigator, I ask them to apologize to the child they may have hurt or offended.  If my baby is the recipient, I give extra hugs, TLC, and listen to what they have to say.

Okay mamas, help me out!  What do you do to combat smack talk?  What do you do when good kids bring home bad words? What works for your family?  Please share below!

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Meet Our Team

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The past several months I have seen a huge jump in traffic to our site (and if you are reading this now, I have YOU to thank for that!) so I thought it was a good time to make some introductions for any new readers of the women behind Tiny Oranges in an “Meet Our Team” post!

jen That’s me, Jennifer Scheumann, and I founded Tiny Oranges in the summer of 2008.

At the time, I was a new mom to a two-year-old daughter, contemplating going for another baby at the time and I was looking for a way to share ideas with other moms.

For the first three years I ran the blog myself, barely, especially with a 3-year-old and colicky infant with reflux. Sometimes I look back and wonder how the heck I did it.

My blog was also a business and I was doing all the writing along with all the sales. It had grown to a point where I really needed a sales person to take care of that part of the business so I could focus on blogging, which was and is my passion.

I knew I wanted it to be someone who already read (and hopefully liked) my blog, so I did a help wanted post looking for a sales person back in 2011.

Going in I had decided I didn’t want to hire someone I knew, because God forbid, it didn’t work out. I didn’t want to have to run into that person around town and have it be…awkward.

SUSANNE Susanne, a mom I knew (and really liked) from a former Mommy & Me class we took together, emailed me to “apply” and I wrote back and politely explained how I wanted to hire someone I didn’t know and the reason why.

But Susanne didn’t take “no” for an answer, so she politely wrote back to tell me she really thought she would be a great fit. She told me she was a “no drama mama” and would love the chance to meet and at least talk about it and if it didn’t work out,  no big deal.

I went on a run that morning, and out of all the emails I had received, I just had a gut feeling Susanne was the One. We met that week and my instinct was confirmed, she seemed like the perfect fit.

She was and has been for over three years now.

Susanne is Tiny Oranges’ Sales Director and works with all of our sponsors to put together marketing proposals, contracts and manages our ads. I can’t imagine doing Tiny Oranges without her.

Susanne also happens to have a culinary degree, so I often rope her into sharing her talent with easy recipes from time to time. I joke and call her SUS Chef! This recent garlic maple pork roast recipe was to-die-for and her “How to Properly Cut an Onion” video was also one of our most popular posts.

Friends of mine, even to this day talk about how she was the one who actually taught them the correct way (including me!) to cut an onion!

Susanne’s a mama of two girls, ages almost 8 and 5, and a third on the way (gender will be a surprise) in December. For those of you who read her “To Third or Not to Third?” post awhile back, well, there’s the answer. For the record, I have a gut feeling it’s girl #3, and their house will be full of little women. Can’t wait to find out!!!

You can read more about Susanne here.

christy It was always my goal to keep our site full of fresh content so I have consistently blogged five days a week since the beginning.

But that’s a LOT of blogging, and once again, as work got busier I realized I needed someone to come on as a contributing writer.

About a year and a half ago, I did another help wanted post and received a great response with many talented moms wrote in with a sample writing piece.

I met Christy when she submitted this post entitled “Babies, Crosses and Sprinklers” and I fell in love.

Christy has been writing for Tiny Oranges since that time and is the mastermind behind some of our most popular posts including Top Ten Trips for Visiting Disneyland with Toddlers, Disney California Adventure Tips for Little Ones, An Easy Way to Teach Your Kids Their Phone Number and Reward Charts for Kids.

Christy’s a mama of a girl and boy, ages 4 and almost 7 and a passionate advocate for The Moms in Training Program for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In fact, just this past weekend she ran a half marathon in San Francisco to raise money for the organization.

She is a huge inspiration to me, and just about the most energetic, on-the-ball person you will ever meet!  She often has things to me before I even realize I needed them.

You can read more about Christy here.

suzanne When I first started Tiny Oranges, social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter did not exist or, if they did, were not mainstream.

In fact, the way I first spread the word to start my blog was to send a mass email to my contacts along with a POSTCARD in the mail to everyone I could think of.

Yes, my social marketing in 2008 included snail mail.

No one could have fathomed what would happen in the realm of social media at that time.

But in recent years, with the demands of so many emerging social media platforms, I found that trying to keep up with updating our Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google + accounts was a job in itself.

Suzanne (yes, I work with TWO – one with an S and one with a Z!) is my younger sister who happened to leave her full time job to stay home with her kids a couple years ago.

When her youngest was out of the baby phase, one day she asked me if I needed any help and the answer was a resounding YES! I desperately needed someone to help with my social media accounts and she was the perfect person to do so.  It was once again, a match made in heaven.

Suzanne does our regular updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages, and is responsible for many of the amazing Facebook shares the last 6 months along with growing our following with her amazing social media content.

Recently she has also started pinning for me as well, which is fab for me, because she also has impeccable taste.

Suzanne is a mama to two boys, ages 2 and 5, and I am very lucky to have a sister that I absolutely love and also love to work with.  She has also contributed content as well including 5 Must Have Baby Items for a Second Time Mom and LEGO Organization Tips which were both extremely popular.

Being a major foodie, she recently wrote this Tamarind of London Review, which is hopefully the first of many OC restaurant reviews to come.

You can read more about Suzanne here.

So, those are the talented women that make up our team and make it happen here at Tiny Oranges. To say I am lucky is an understatement.  Running a blog is a ton of work. A ton. To have such a support system of women to help me has made all the difference. Blogging has always been fun, but they make it extra fun. I am one lucky mama in more ways than one!

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