Newport Cottages Children’s Furniture

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Bring your nursery or kid’s bedroom to life with the magic of Newport Cottages children’s furniture, a local USA-made furniture manufacturer that can design any piece, any style to fit your little one’s personality. From modern to classic, frilly to clean-lined, there is a style for every space.

Do you love looking at photos of children’s rooms or nurseries for ideas? Be prepared to drool over the gorgeous pieces of furniture! Click here to visit their “Ideas & Inspiration” page. Love.

Every piece from Newport Cottages’ California Coastal Cool children’s furniture is made to order. That means your order is custom made for you, by real people, using “Old World” craftsmanship techniques. Their individual benchmade construction from hardwoods means that their pieces of furniture will last not just through their childhood, but as they go off to college and longer.

Their heirloom investment pieces are built to last a lifetime.

You can customize size, finish (there are 23 options to choose from), style, you name it.

Or maybe you have a photo of something you like that has been hard to find?  You can bring it to Newport Cottages and their designers can help design a piece perfectly suited to your little one’s space.

When I was searching for nursery furniture, I remember getting so frustrated with the options.  It took me oodles of time to try to find a dresser that had the exact number of drawers and storage space I wanted.  I wish I knew a company like Newport Cottages existed at that time.

Have a baby on the way?

All of the Newport Cottages cribs convert into toddler beds, and their special conversion cribs convert into full size beds.

Or maybe you have a child moving out of the crib into their own Full or Queen sized bed?  Finding a bed frame in a Queen in children’s furniture can be hard to find.  But not to worry, every single style of bed on Newport Cottages can be made into a Queen, even King size to fit your growing kiddo.

Even though it seems odd to have a little one in a bigger bed, when investing in pieces of furniture or a quality mattress, in 10 short years, your 3 year old will be 13 and will likely be much more comfortable in a bigger bed.

That’s why planning ahead can have big advantages when making good furniture purchases.

Newport Cottages furniture is available online as well as through their Newport Beach store in Atrium Court in Fashion Island.  You can even make an appointment to meet with a designer in their store to help talk you through your space planning and design.

They offer a wide selection of beds, bunk beds, dressers, nightstands, desks, armoires, accent tables and more. Stay tuned for a special “Back to School” promotion next month and (I hear) a special desk giveaway!  I will do a post as soon as the contest starts.

Stay up to date on all the fun Newport Cottages promotions on their blog, on Facebook, Twitter and of course, Pinterest.

[Disclosure: Newport Cottages is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor]

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Wordless Wednesday: Smitten

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You guys, I am in love. In fact, I am just smitten.

Please allow me to introduce Gavin, our newest family member.

This past Sunday my sister gave birth to that precious little human and I now have two nephews. Auntie Jen is just a tad excited.

I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to being able to enjoy EVERY single moment of the delicious newborn stage ~ without having a newborn myself.

I get to relish in all the cute little newborn moments, but then I get to hand him back and go home to get a good night’s sleep.

Being an aunt really is the best.

Just had to share our happy news. I know I am biased, but seriously, is he CUTE or what?!

For more cute Wordless Wednesday pictures, head over to Angry Julie Monday.

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Not Finding Out Baby Registry

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I have to admit, I am in AWE of parents who wait to find out the sex of their babies. There is really something so exciting about not knowing whether it is a boy or girl throughout the pregnancy and getting that “It’s a …!” moment.

However, the one thing can be tricky when you don’t know the gender is shopping for a shower or baby gift. I mean, you can only have so many yellow and beige items, right?!  So when Susanne and I got the email introducing us to www.NotFindingOut.com baby registry, we both emailed each other with “WHAT A GREAT IDEA!” at the same exact time!

The idea behind Not Finding Out (NFO) is fabulous as  it allows parents to create a registry, choose their items (which they stock in darling girly or boyish versions) and as soon as the baby is born, the appropriate gift is shipped.

I bet you are intrigued and want more info on exactly how it works now, right?

I did too so let me break it down for you:

1. Parents-to-be create a registry online and choose their items. By the way, I was completely impressed with their variety and the stylish patterns. I can imagine it would be hard to find a great selection that comes in a fabulous girl and boy version, and it is clear they have done their research as their shop is stocked with cute stuff.

2. In their NFO registry Welcome Packet, there will be a Shhhh!!!!!!! card included which will be given to their doctor or ultrasound tech.Once it is determined if it is a boy or girl, the medical professional will fill out the card in secret and mail back to NFO in the self-addressed stamped envelope. This allows NFO to start compiling all the items people have purchased in the correct gender to ship to the family as soon as baby is born.


3. But what about my shower gift?  What do I bring?  
I think this is really fun!

When someone purchases a gift off the registry, they will receive a Preview Card mailed to them to take to a baby shower that is wrapped like a present!

The cute card will show a preview of the item that was purchased and on one side will be a picture of the pink and on the other the picture of the blue.

But the actual item in the correct color will be shipped after baby is born!

4. Baby arrives! After baby is born, someone calls the NFO hotline to share the It’s a BOY! or It’s a GIRL! news.

Then all of the items that have been purchased are mailed in a big box in the correct gender to the happy (and likely tired) new parents.

Isn’t this a darling idea?? I think it would likely save the parents so much time in making returns and there are bound to be gifts one would prefer be not gender neutral. Innovative + practical = we love!!

Visit www.NotFindingOut.com for more information.

Follow  on Facebook * Follow on Pinterest * Tweet with @NotFindingOut 

[Disclosure: Not Finding Out is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor. Hooray!]

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How to Get Your Body Back After Baby [Expert Advice + Giveaway]

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This is an expert advice blog written by the owner and head trainer, Natalie of PURE Fitness OC, who is an OC mom of one and soon-to-be two!  With years of experience, Natalie has written a great article on  how to get your body back after baby. *Sigh* We all know how challenging that can be. But with the right plan, it can happen sooner that you think!

And, please make sure to read below under the “Giveaway!” section to see how you can enter to win two amazing personal training packages (one of which is ONLINE so you can train with her from home! Talk about postpartum workout convenience!

How to Get Your Body Back After Baby
by Natalie Hustad, Pure Fitness OC

OK,  let’s face it.

As amazing as our bodies feel as we are growing a baby, at some point we all think “what the hell happened to my….. (fill in the blank) butt, hips, boobs?!?!

And while we would love to believe we are not vain, we can’t help but feel a longing for a day when our bodies were all tight and smooth.

This article isn’t about looking good naked… because the reality is that I would rather have my back pain free, and be able to run pain free post baby then eliminate the stretch marks.

OK, that’s a lie, in a perfect world I would have both.

So how do you get your body back? When do you start? 

Let me start by saying it is not true that if you have not worked out your entire pregnancy that you cannot start at anytime. The reality is that the more active you are during pregnancy, the easier it will be to get your body back after baby.  So, really the plan to get your body back after pregnancy is most effective if you start during pregnancy.

Most women spend the first 3 months puking in the toilet every morning and are definitely not even thinking about working out. But as you come out of the dark cloud around your 12th week –  START!

OK, OK, first consult your OB/GYN… but don’t just say “I want to start working out” bring them this article and let them know your plan of action.

The term “working out” can mean aerial acrobatics as well as low impact easy restorative yoga, so it leaves a lot up to interpretation!

Once you have a thumbs up from your doctor, be aware that exercise during pregnancy is not going to entail training for a marathon. But here are some things you can do to work on your fitness:

1) Get your heart pumping…BUT…keep your heart rate below 140bpm as a general rule… if you haven’t been working out, get a heart rate monitor!

If you were an average weight before pregnancy, a brisk walk will get your heart rate to 132, so there is room to get a little more intense should you choose.

2) Think light weights and low impact. Seated shoulder press, seated chest press, etc.

3) Easy core activities. Start working on your balance now, because as your belly grows you are going to need to work on ankle stability and basic core moves to keep your posture lined up.

Here are some of my favorite core exercises for mamas-to-be:

a) On your hands and knees extend one arm and the opposite leg, pull the leg in and out 20 times. Repeat on the other side.

b) Push yourself into down dog and hold just for 15 seconds, then rock forward into full push up position for 15 seconds. Rest into child’s pose. Repeat these both 3 times.

4) Think easy stretching – no twisting no pulling. This isn’t yoga class at your peak of fitness – don’t try and pull yourself into any pose that you can’t naturally sit in.

So now you have had the baby… now what?

Again most people think they need to wait 6 weeks before doing anything… wrong. But first, you need to be smart and redefine your definition of fitness.

Within 24 hours of having baby (for those moms that did not have c-sections or for those feeling up to doing these small movements) think easy exercises.

a. Lying in the hospital bed, propped up a bit, let your heel maintain contact with the bed, and just pull your heel into your bottom bending your knee and then simply stretch the leg back to a straight resting position. Repeat 5 times on each side.

b. Now with hands at your sides, reach the arms over head to the ceiling and give a little stretch! Repeat both of these several times a day for 3 days.

This will get blood flowing in your spine and back and will help you eliminate excess fluids after labor.

After 3 days you are going for a walk... not far, just to the mailbox and back, then back in the house to do 10 push ups against the wall (continue to repeat the hospital work and these two exercises for another 5 days. )

Your baby is now a week old and you are going for your first 12 minute walk!

Strap baby on in your favorite carrier and walk out your door for 6 minutes and turn around and walk back. Repeat twice daily.

At 3 weeks post, you can now do the core work you started with when you were in your second trimester, as well as increase your walk to 20 minutes.. strap baby on for your walks! This makes you work harder and gives you great mommy and baby cuddle time!

Once you have hit 6 weeks and have been doing the above consistently and have the OK from your doctor, you are ready for your first weight workout.

Because you have been MOVING and active for 6 weeks, your body is much more receptive to a real fitness workout. I recommend keeping it short, no more then 20 minutes, and keep the high impact stuff out for now.

Doing a quick circuit while baby is on her activity mat, do this 3 times a week:

– Lunges x 20 on each leg. Try and get that knee as low as possible.

– Drop onto your knees for 10 push ups.

– Stand back up for squats. Work on getting low low low… but make sure you go slow slow slow! x 20

Repeat all the above 3 times.

Core work!

– Down dog push back and hold that down dog position for 20 seconds. Let those shoulders and back work! Then, without resting on your knees, rock forward into on-your-toes push up position.

– Hold high push up position for 20 seconds, then repeat down dog → high push up hold 5 times! Really let your back arms and core work!

Abs

– On your back, feet planted, and knees bent. Bring your fingers behind your ears and gently come into a crunch (NOT SIT UP) position. Just curl until you feel a contraction. As you lower back down, only go so far that your abs dont relax and then go right back up, so this is a very short crunch.  x 20

DONE! Go cuddle with your baby! The other 2 days a week get in a long brisk walk 45-60 minutes. Or get into a spin class at the gym!

Be consistent, don’t give up! Lastly, be realistic and forgiving of yourself.  The weight  didn’t come on overnight, and it won’t come off overnight.

But if you consistently put in 5 days a week of 30-60 minutes it will happen for you!

Are you ready to shed those baby pounds and / or get in better shape?

No matter what your stage of pre or post natal fitness… or maybe even perhaps it’s your hubs that needs to lose his sympathy weight… Natalie can help you. Using the magic of the internet she trains clients in New York, Roma Italy and Sacramento live via Skype.

Enter to win 2 fabulous fitness packages!

First prize)  6 weeks of online training with 2- 45 minute sessions per week! a$780 value.

Second prize) one month of unlimited group training in studio in Lake Forest! a $225 value

There are 4 ways to earn entries – PLEASE LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT ON THIS POST FOR EACH ENTRY OPTION:

1)  Fans that “like” pure sports fitness and therapy on facebook will receive an automatic entry, so let me know if you are or became a fan! – 1 ENTRY

2) “Tweet” “I just entered to win online personal training with @purefitnessoc, thanks to @tinyorangesoc.”  And be sure to include the link to this page! (you can tweet this once per day for extra chances to win!) – 1 ENTRY allowed per day

3) Fans that “like” Tiny Oranges on facebook will receive an automatic entry, so let me know if you are or became a fan! – 1 ENTRY

4) Leave a comment on this blog post! – 1 ENTRY

The low down:

– For the online training, you must set up a free skype account, and have access to a webcam. You must be on a broadband or DSL connection, dial up will not work.

– All fitness clients will be sent health history forms, and waivers to sign and scan back to PURE sports fitness and therapy.

– All entries will be put into random.org and calulated on Feb 10, 2012 before 10 pm. Results and winner will be named on Feb 11, 2012 by 10pm on both the Tiny Oranges fb page and the PURE sports fitness and therapy fb page and winner will be contacted via email so please make sure to leave your email address in the comment field (address won’t be published.)

GOOD LUCK!

[Disclosure: PURE Fitness is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor.]

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Urban Kids Consignment Sale

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Mark your calendars as the Urban Kids Consignment sale is going on next weekend, May 20th – 22nd, 2011 in Huntington Beach and there are sure to be some super deals you won’t want to miss out on!

And, there is still time to sign up to be a consignor if you have stuff you want to sell, but the deadline is tomorrow, Friday at midnight, so sign up ASAP if you want in on the action!  Consignors can receive up to 75% of the sale price, shop before the public on Thursday, track sales online and receive a check 7 – 10 days after the event.

I have gone to one of their past sales and scored some amazing buys.  Definitely worth checking out if you are in need of some baby or kid items but don’t want to pay full price!

Click here to visit the Urban Kids Consignment site and more information including hours and location.  And, best part, ADMISSION is FREE!

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