The Great Serta Mattress Heist

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How many of you reading this could use a NEW mattress? But not just any new mattress, an out-of-this world, sleep like a baby kind of mattress?

Let me fill you in on a little secret, Serta, the Maker of the World’s Best Mattress (no joke – I sleep on one and it IS the BEST) runs fun sweepstakes all the time where you can enter to win your own Serta and there is one going on right now called “The Great Serta Mattress Heist” you just have to enter! Like I always say, someone has to win, it might as well be YOU! Here is the scoop on what is going down at Serta’s HQ.

The disgruntled Counting Sheep have finally done it. After years of neglect and being put out of a job after people discovered they no longer had to count them once they slept on a Serta mattress, they decided to take matters into their own hands.

These sneaky sheep have broken into Serta’s World Headquarters and Sheep # 1 has escaped with a Perfect Sleeper Mattress!

Sources say his accomplices will be releasing clues on where it is hidden, so now Serta needs the help of their Facebook fans to help find it.

Every week, Serta will offer clues and different weekly prizes. Collect all three clues pointing to where the sheep have hidden the mattress, and after all the clues have been delivered, participants can complete a simple form and submit their guess as to the location.

Those who guess correctly will be entered for a chance to win a brand new Serta Perfect Sleeper mattress set complete with a full Sleep to Go top-of-bed back, a personal letter from Sheep #1 and an exclusive Serta Counting sheep gift basket.

Ready to help them out? It takes TWO seconds, click here to get the first clue.  Make sure to make a note of each one so you can make your final guess!  GOOD LUCK Serta Super Sleuths! 

I am also beyond thrilled to announce that I am one of a select number of bloggers from across the country asked to be a part of Serta’s Blogger Program for 2012.

Working with this World Class Brand in 2011 was one of the highlights of my year, and receiving the iComfort mattress that my husband and I sleep on every night has been life changing. I love our bed so much it is hard to put into words!

To feel so passionately about a brand and product and then to have the opportunity to share their products with my readers is an honor.

Stay tuned in the months to come for all sort of great posts related to SLEEP. Comfortable, restful, delightful, well-deserved sleep. The kind of sleep that you can only experience on the comfort of a Serta. Zzzzzzzzzz…….

[Disclosure: I received a free iComfort Prodigy bed and Motion Perfect Adjustable Base from Serta along with a stipend for tax purposes in 2011. I am being compensated for my time and participation in the 2012 program.  My family will also be receiving Serta products for my participation in the 2012 program as well. Any post related to Serta are my 100% honest opinions.]

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Bel Bambini Grand Opening Weekend

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If you are a mom and live in Orange County this Grand Opening event this weekend at Bel Bambini Newport Beach is not to be missed!

So Cal families are invited to join them this Saturday and Sunday, March 24th and 25th for two fun-filled days of food, music, kids’ entertainment, overflowing (ROCKIN’) raffle prizes, gifts with purchase and more. The event is free and open to the public.

Click HERE to see the itinerary of activities, including a special story time reading of Monster Removal Guide on Saturday by author Garett Gruber, which I just reviewed. Yay Garett!

At the event, you can save 10% off your baby registry for your friends and family when you make a registry appointment in person this weekend and you can save 10% off the ENTIRE STORE (with the exception of furniture, strollers and car seats.)

But speaking of furniture, car seats and strollers, they have RAFFLES of those items and others on the hour EVERY hour.  Seriously mamas, please CLICK HERE and scroll down to see the list of raffle items. I mean a stroller worth $1,100 and a $400 mini crib to only name two?! Unbelievable. Like I said, this event is a MUST!!

Give back and get a gift! Bel Bambini is a supporter of Baby2Baby.org and customers are encouraged to bring in new or very gently used baby items (or a monetary donation) during their event and you’ll receive a free gift from Bel Bambini. Click HERE for a list of accepted donations.

Last month I got to attend a special preview of Bel Bambini’s newly opened second floor fashion boutique at a special blogger event co-hosted by Ciaran of Momfluential Media. There, amongst the yummy treats and fun activities for kids, we got the check out their couture baby and children’s lines and my daughter got to participate in the fashion show. Let me tell you, she was feeling like hot stuff in her delicious coral dress by Little Marc Jacobs. Swoon.

The boutique features pint-sized fashions by Baby Chloe, Baby Dior, Baby Fendi, Baby Hugo Boss, Baby Jean Paul Gaultier, Baby Stella McCartney, Baby Marc Jacobs, Baby Roberto Cavalli and more.

You might need to pack your own bib when you visit so you are prepared for your “mommy drool.”

Now between the lower level stroller park, beautiful gifts and chic nursery decor vignettes, there is now a FULL second level totally devoted to clothing and layette items. There is no other baby boutique quite like it in OC. Have I told you that you MUST go? Hope to see you there!

[Photo credit: Bel Bambini, with the exception of my iPhone shot of my model in the coral dress above collage lower left!

Disclosure: My daughter and I attended the event and were fed yummy treats and left with a fun swag bag with goodies. In addition, we will be receiving a gift card to Bel Bambini to thank us for our participation. This is not a compensated post and all words and opinions are my own.  Especially the enthusiasm regarding the RAFFLE.]

 

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“You’ve Just Been Spotted” OC Blog Awards!

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The darling gals over at Just-Spotted {a must-read OC family guide} just announced yesterday that voting is now open for the 2010 “You’ve Just Been Spotted” OC Blog Awards!  And I received the exciting news that Tiny Oranges was nominated in not just one but TWO categories: Best Kid & Family Site and Favorite Local Blog!

I am thrilled to pieces! Happy, happy!  I put sooooo much heart, soul and time into Tiny Oranges {it’s sort of like my 3rd child} so just being CONSIDERED makes me giddy. And to win would make me one very happy mom blogger!

Will you take 30 seconds right now to vote for me?

CLICK HERE TO VOTE!

That page will take you to their post on the nominees. To vote you will click on any of the highlighted HERE’s in the first paragraph!

You will find “Tiny Oranges” alphabetically listed under “KID & FAMILY SITES” (2nd category down) and under “FAVORITE LOCAL BLOG” (last category.)

All you do is select the circle next to Tiny Oranges on both (or one, I won’t be greedy!) then click submit at the very end and you will get a message that your votes have been counted.

And, if you love blogs, and have time to visit the other nominees, take some time to look at the blogs nominated and linked HERE.   So many talented bloggers in OC!  I really am honored to be included.

Again, CLICK HERE TO VOTE, and click on any of the HERE highlights in the first category of their post to take you through to the voting page!

Voting is open today through September 12th, 2010 at 11:59pm. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Happy Wednesday! Visit me tomorrow for a very fun giveaway!

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OC Blogger Ball 2010

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So I had a mom’s night out last Friday night, but it was not just any night out…it was a BLOGGING night out at the OC Blogger Ball!  It is an annual event (my first time attending – last year I was in loonyville with a newborn) organized by Marcy of The Glamorous Life and Suzanne of Alive in Wonderland at OC Family. Together they have formed BlogCrush {an organization of Orange County Bloggers} and put on this event to bring bloggers together to celebrate all things post-worthy, but most importantly each other!

I have to admit, I  really, really looked forward to the ball. After telling my 4 year old daughter I was going to go to a Blogger Ball, you should have seen the look and expression of dismay at my lack of appropriate “ball attire” when I was getting dressed! The poor thing was probably picturing mommy as Cinderella only to find me pulling out the same black tank I have worn before.

However, Tera Rae Stephens (photo – right) from Ty Alexander Salon in Newport Beach did happen to make me feel like Cinderella with a complimentary blowout in honor of the ball! Tera is my hair stylist (the best in all of OC!) and the one that did my Keratin Smoothing Treatment. I have actually never had a blowout for an event before and it was, quite simply, pure LUXURY.

So Shanna from My Favorite Everything and I were going to be carpooling, so we met at the salon and had the best time chatting while Tera was working her magic.  Shanna got the most gorgeous color and fabulous new cut.   That’s Shanna below to the left – gorgeous!

Then walks in Sarah from Whoorl & Hair Thursday and it was a “full circle” moment as we had never met before.

It was Sarah who saw my tweet last spring asking for referrals for OC hair stylists that did the Keratin Treatment, and she is the one that enthusiastically told me Tera is the BEST! Coming from a women with a fabulous blog dedicated to all things “hair chic” that said a lot!  I am so happy our Twitter worlds met that day because she is just a doll.  So enjoyed meeting her, I can’t even tell you!

After we were all styled, off we went to the ball!  The event was held at the lovely Embassy Suites Anaheim – South, an all-suite family-friendly resort located one mile from Disneyland in the Anaheim resort area.  The resort welcomed the bloggers with open arms, delicious bites and a bar featuring Twittertinis. Do you love it??

It was SO MUCH FUN to actually MEET people in person!  I feel like I already somewhat know people from their blogs and Twitter, so to actually put a face with a blog and avatar was really exciting.

Here are some of my cute bloggy peeps…

From left:  Tera Rae Stephens, Me, Shanna from My Favorite Everything, Kara-Noel from Eli’s Lids and Sarah from Whoorl & Hair Thursday.

And here are two more lovelies! Lindsey from The Modchik (left) & Kathleen from Sugar and Spice.  I had never met them before and was so excited I think I was a little giddy!

Once everyone was settled, Marcy welcomed everyone and announced some seriously amazing items that were going to be raffled off including an iPad from Atwater Collection!

Here is The Glam Life herself, Marcy the Alive in Wonderland Suzanne…

Photo courtesy of the talented Modchik!

They had amazing sponsors for the event, many of which offered raffle items… They were…

Snapfish, Broughton Hospitality, Fresh & Easy, Smith & Vandiver, Disneyland Marketing, Eli’s Lids, Pampered Chef, Lisa Merins Life Illustrated, Smartly, Discovery Science Center and Asics.

I am not going to lie, I wanted to win that Atwater Collection sponsored iPad SOOOOOO badly!

Fingers crossed, I might have even said a prayer (bad, I know) but seriously I could almost TASTE what it would be like to hear my number called and run to the stage to get my beloved prize.   I was 4 numbers away.  Darn it!

But that’s okay because the winner was the super nice & talented Tracey Clark.  Her raffle ticket was a meaningful lucky number plus it was her birthday the next day so I had no choice but to be happy for her!  Congratulations Tracey!

You lucky girl you!  Here she is admiring her new prize….again, SO lucky!


And you KNOW it’s a blogger ball when they had a screen showing the live feed of all the tweets with the Twitter event hashtag on it!

Love it!

I would like to extend a very special thanks to Marcy, Suzanne, Embassy Suites Anaheim-South and all the sponsors for making it a night to remember!  It was so inspiring to be in the same room with people sharing the same passion…writing, blogging and celebrating life in Orange County!   I am honored to be in your presence and it was an  an absolutely twitterific event!

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ZaZa Gallery Photos on Canvas

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I found ZaZa Gallery awhile back when I started following them on Twitter (@PhotoCanvas).  Recently they tweeted a special coupon for 20% off until the end of the month using promo code “JUNE” so I wanted to share!  To me, photos turned into canvas art for your walls, is just about the coolest way to personalize your living space.

I recently did a ZaZa Gallery canvas of this beautiful photo, one of my ALL TIME favorites by Kristin Eldridge, taken when Morgan was about 4 weeks old.   It is one of my most treasured pieces of decor.

There is nothing I would rather look at on my wall than the faces of my children!

The quality is absolutely fabulous, crisp and clear, and I was just thoroughly impressed with the product, especially for the price.  8 x 10’s start at $25, click HERE for their pricing.  And, it is so easy, you just upload your file online. Love the idea of making your family into pieces of art!

www.zazagallery.com

{Disclosure: I received my canvas for free in a special Twitter promotion for bloggers, but this is in no way a compensated post. I was honestly, thoroughly impressed with the quality, I know you will be too!}

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