Rainy Day Activities for Kids

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As I am preparing this post, it is a windy, rainy Sunday so I felt inspired to share this awesome post from the gals over at www.PiertoPeer.net on creative rainy day activities for kids!

Of course by the time this publishes tomorrow, I am sure it will be sunny again, but rainy day or not, Pier to Peer has come up with some really great ideas on ways to keep the kiddos entertained indoors. Personally I am going to use some of these with my older daughter when my little one is napping.

Pier to Peer is a local So Cal blog written by three mamas sharing their thoughts, opinions and adventures with their beach city friends.  Although focused on South Bay happenings, their blog covers topics that appeal to moms everywhere.

Fresh, real, and full of great ideas and articles, book mark it and add it to your list of mom blogs to follow! I am a Pier to Peer fan!

www.PiertoPeer.net * Follow on Facebook * Tweet with the @PiertoPeerGirls * Follow on Pinterest

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How to Properly Cut an Onion [Video]

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Do you know how to properly cut an onion??

In this video, my Tiny Oranges partner, Susanne (aka Your Sus Chef), shows us how she was taught in culinary school.

I have never seen this before! The technique is brilliant! Even my mother-in-law who is a fab cook learned something. I hope you do too!

Think you know how? Watch to find out!

And would LOVE your feedback on these vlogs! Please comment! Do you want to see more?

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Welcome to our new design!

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After four long months  I am so excited to introduce our new design and new look!!

It’s extra special we got the new look launched this week of all weeks, because tomorrow is my 3rd blog birthday!

To celebrate our new design AND  birthday, we will be posting our biggest giveaway EVER tomorrow! Make SURE you come back and enter. Believe me, you will want to enter! Here’s why.

So, about the new design…what do you think? Do you like?

Please take my new comment field for a test drive and let me know!

Speaking of test drives, with projects like this, sometimes right out of the gate there might be a few bugs and things that might not work exactly how they should. If you catch one, please do let me know.  And thanks in advance for your patience.

I would like to extend an ever-so-grateful heartfelt thanks to the tremendously talented Lisa of VentureSom who is the incredible woman behind our new look.

She took my ramblings of abstract wishes like…”I want a clean, modern look, but with a touch of whimsy, and oh yes, I have always wanted a modern looking “tree” to symbolize a family tree, and you know, with the whole ORANGES theme, I love the idea of an orange tree, and, oh,  I just want it to be SUPER CUTE, like a site you want to visit because you love to look at it, and, and, and…”

…and she brought my vision to life.

I don’t know how she did it, but she did.  Thank you Lisa, for everything.

Thank you for being here today and reading. I love you all – really I do. You have no idea.

You are the reason I have so much passion behind this blog. Now speaking of love, can you show me some love by testing out my comments and letting me know your thoughts?!

Thank you!!!!!!


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On to Baby

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Before I started this blog, I was a wedding planner for six years.  I have mentioned that before, but will do so again so this post makes more sense in case you didn’t know that fact.

Before I had kids it was an awesome career. Then 4 years into my business, I had my first baby and had NO clue how my life would be turned upside down {in a good way!}

I could no longer take phone calls at a whim, and in case you didn’t know, every bride’s call is very urgent {I am joking, but not really.} I couldn’t be readily available for meetings at a moment’s notice and the 13 hour event days away from my baby were hard.  Not to mention stressing about finding a break in the timeline to find a semi-discreet to place to pump!

Isn’t it funny how your idea of life with a baby before kids can differ so drastically with REALITY?  I had visions of my angelic newborn sleeping next to my desk in a bouncer chair and being able to conduct business as normal.  That still makes me laugh.

So, about 3 years ago, I was contemplating trying to get pregnant again and I realized my wedding planning days were probably going to be numbered and I was ready to move on.  But what was going to be next?

It was at that same time when two of my friends in the wedding business were starting a wedding blog called The Wedding Chicks.  One day I was sitting with Amy, co-creator of The Wedding Chicks, talking about her (then) new blog and gushing over how much I LOVED it.  I loved the design, simplicity, eye candy, everything.  I told her, I wish I could create a blog like yours for OC moms.

She said, “why don’t you?” And the rest was history.

I  have a very fond place in my heart for the Chicks for giving me the confidence and inspiration to start Tiny Oranges.

Their blog has now become so huge I am able to say, “I knew them when.”  It’s amazing what they have accomplished in 3 years.

Recently Amy and I had lunch to catch up and she told me about an exciting new project that I am so excited to share with you all.

What do women do after “happily ever after?”  They move On to Baby, their new blog dedicated to all things lovely for mom & baby!

So once again, The Wedding Chicks, along with their fabulous editor, Susie,  have sprinkled their magic blog dust over this new project, and once again, I am swooning.

The site is is filled with amazing party and shower ideas (in their delicious eye candy way), amazing nursery decor, free printables, a shop and so much more.

You will love this blog! Bookmark it, subscribe, follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

Gets my wheels turning once again on what my next blog will be…Tiny Tweens? 🙂

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