fodada men’s wear line [giveaway!]

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Over the past couple months I started hearing about an Orange County company called fodada.  The company, founded by a dad, is focused on offering stylish, yet comfortable clothes that can transition from day to night.  fodada is giving away two pieces for a Tiny Oranges reader just in time for Father’s Day, make sure to enter the giveaway below!

When I clicked over, and checked out their 2012 men’s line, I thought, these pieces would be right up my husband’s alley!  Simple, clean lines, practical and comfortable.

So when the owner, Bobby, personally contacted me to tell me about his company and sent over a few pieces for review firsthand, I was thrilled to try them on the “best dada” in our lives.

And let me tell you, the fabrics are delicious!

A blend of poly, cotton and rayon, the shirts are super soft and dare I say, have a sexy fit.

My husband usually wears clothes that are a little baggier, so when he put these on, I was like, WOW, you look GOOD!

He is going to be so embarrassed I am writing this.

He is the most humble guy you would ever meet, but seriously, the pieces fit his bod in all the right places and every time I caught a glimpse of him, I couldn’t help but admire my handsome hubby.

Here he is in the Baba T.  So soft for giving hugs, yet also nice enough to put on with a great pair of jeans and wear out to dinner. The tee has washed beautifully and retained it’s great shape.

And the Papa Polo has become a staple, as he is really a polo shirt kind of guy. What guy couldn’t use a good polo?  It’s the same tri-blend and a nice length that can be worn tucked in or out.  I love that it is a polo shirt, but has a splash more style.

We also loved the Dada Hoodie. Not your everyday version, but a form fitting style that fits more like a tee. The perfect soft and stylish piece for hanging out on the weekends. I told Bobby that I loved my husband’s so much, I wish they made one for women!

And you all know how much I love a company with a charitable soul, so I must share with you the part of fodada I love the most…

fodada has teamed up with Giving Children Hope and Austism Speaks to give back.  When you purchase fodada wear, a portion of the proceeds will go to these two organizations.

I heart you fodada. Click here to learn more!

Ok ladies, want to give the best dada in your lives a couple new pieces of fodada wear this Father’s Day? Enter our giveaway and you could win one tee and one hoodie to appreciate your man this Father’s Day!
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[Disclosure: fodada pieces provided to facilitate review.  Opinions are 100% my own!]

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Deal Blade: You save, They give!

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I’m sure you’ve noticed the surge of daily deal sites in your email inbox- well we wanted to let you know about a different one- it’s called Deal Blade and when you save, they give!  Doesn’t that just feel gooood?

It works like this: they pair their featured retailer’s deal with a fitting charity and a portion of the proceeds go directly to that charity.  Saving & giving all wrapped into one pretty little discounted transaction!

Here are some of their featured Charities:

Don’t Worry Be Happy Shirts

Friendship Shelter Laguna Beach

Lestonnac Free Clinic

The Pet Rescue Center

LOVING that each deal features a video explaining the details and virtually takes you through the doors of  the featured biz so you can get a feel for the establishment before you buy!

Be sure to sign up for Deal Blade’s deal updates so as not to miss upcoming steals & deals from these local high end products and services:

Vogue Salon in Newport and Laguna Beach ~ Fine Italian Wine
Barolo Café in Tustin ~ Electronics and Gadgets
Extreme Bootcamp in Yorba Linda ~ Espresso Coffee from Pasquini
Julian Hans salon in Laguna Hills Mall ~ Crossfit Laguna Niguel

For you pet-obsessed deal seekers out there:

Starting today on Deal Blade is a special offer at Pet Country located in South Orange County, which specializes in high-end, grain free, natural pet foods.  They even have a refrigerated section for their raw pet foods!

$20 for $50 worth of pet products:

$35 Gift Certificate to Pet Country

Personal ID tag for your pet

Premium Sample of dog or cat food

A portion of the proceeds go to The Pet Rescue Center to help save the lives of dogs & cats at risk of euthanasia.  SUCH an important cause!

Check out this video with the details:

If you have a charity you’d like featured on Deal Blade, click here to learn more!

(Deal Blade is a valued Tiny Oranges Sponsor- we heart a deal site with a heart 😉 )

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Taste of the Nation at Montage Laguna Beach

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Taste of the Nation is a premier culinary benefit where the nation’s hottest chefs and mixologists donate their time, talent and passion to raise money for Share Our Strength, an organization with a goal to end childhood hunger in America by 2015.

If you want to get involved to support this cause (AND enjoy an over-the-top amazing evening), Montage Laguna Beach is partnering with Share our Strength to host the second annual Taste of the Nation on Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 at their gorgeous waterfront property.

100% of the ticket sales from this event will be donated to locally benefit Share Our Strength as well as three location organizations working to end hunger in Orange County.

Here’s what’s in store for attendees of this delightful charity event:

Seven celebrity chefs are coming together to prepare farm-to-table delicacies and guests will enjoy an afternoon of delectable dishes, wine, signature cocktails, live music and of course, the picturesque ocean views.

Do I have any fellow Top Chef fans out there? My husband and I loooovvvvve that show, so I was beyond excited to see former chef-testants from the show on the list! To us, Chef Michael Voltaggio is a culinary rock star!

Speaking of the culinary talent, Executive Chef Craig Strong of Studio, Montage Laguna Beach’s Signature Restaurant, will be joined by the following celebrity chefs:

Chef William Bradley, Addison at the Grand Del Mar
Chef Floyd Cardoz, North End Grill, New York City
Chef Jen Carroll, Concrete Blonde, Philadelphia
Chef Suzanne Goin, The A.O.C., Lucques, and Tavern, Los Angeles
Chef Lee Smith, Executive Pastry Chef, Montage Laguna Beach
Chef Michael Voltaggio, ink., Los Angeles
Chef Alan Wong, Alan Wong’s Restaurant’s, Honolulu

If you would like to attend, you can choose between two packages:

Celebrity Chef Tasting: 4:00 – 7:00pm
Tickets can be purchased in advance for $150 per person; $175 per person at the door.

or

VIP “Meet the Chefs” Reception: 4:00 – 9:00pm
The Celebrity Chef Tasting will be followed by an after party to mingle with the chefs. Valet parking and post-event gifts are included. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $250 per person; $275 per person at the door.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.MontageLagunaBeach.com/TasteoftheNation.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone and I wish you the best, most amazing, Mother’s Day!

xo

Jen

[Disclosure: Montage Resorts is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor.] 

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Tiny Oranges Reached for the Cure

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I had an awesome day this past Sunday. Friends, family and readers came together in Irvine to walk or run in the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation Cinco de Mayo event as we all reached for a cure for pediatric cancer.

The team spirit and feeling of community was intoxicating. Every person there gave up their Sunday morning to support those fighting this disease. Just awesome.

We had 52 team members join this year, and raised $5,450. Although not the $24,000 we were able to raise the year before, I was still happy to see that we were able to raise this amount, and over the course of 2 years, over $30,000 for pediatric cancer research!

I wanted to thank these companies that donated items for our event:

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market (Newport & Harbor in Costa Mesa) donated a ton of water and granola bars. The manager couldn’t be nicer. I told him what we were doing and he said, “I’ll have stuff ready for you on Friday.” Just like that. Thank you Mike!

Sensitive Sweets in Fountain Valley donated some of her delicious mini cupcakes and a special cake for us. Her baked goodies are soy/dairy/egg/gluten-free, so my little one who is allergic to eggs and milk could even enjoy. People that came by were floored at how tasty they are! Love you Melanie!

xist Publishing in Tustin was kind enough to donate our banner again this year and went above and beyond to help us. Thank you Calee!

The following people were team members and I wanted to give a little shout out to their businesses too because I am so grateful for their participation and support:

Erica from Knocked Up Fitness and Core Athletica
(Erica raised $1000 for our team!)

Elsie from Precious Hand/Footprints
(Elsie raised $560 for our team!)

Dave from Snowden Industries~ Johnny from Daft Daddy ~ Christine from Happy Healthy Mamas
Lani from Merlina Design ~ Angie from Whiz Kids

And to the following companies for so graciously donating to my fundraising page:

Jessica Bennett InteriorsAngelique Ink Apriori Beauty
JustAskBoo OC ~ Pier to Peer ~ Healthy Skin Naturally  ~ Fun Orange County Parks

The biggest gift I have received from being involved in raising money for PCRF has been perspective.

Many of the teams on Sunday were created in honor or in memory of a child with cancer. I would get overcome with emotion as I saw the t-shirts and signs.

On Monday, I got to go back to my regular routine… blogging, carpool, dance class, Mommy & Me, gymnastics class, play dates, etc.

Many families regular routines include chemo, surgery, radiation and hospitalization.

Whenever I think my day is rough all I need to do is think about this event and I realize if my kids are healthy, there is nothing going on in my day that I can’t face.

My eyes were also opened up to the generosity of my friends and family. I had a personal goal of raising $1000. A week out, I was barely at $500, even though I had been trying and trying to raise money, and I thought it was going to be impossible.

But then, one by one I got donations rolling in that not only helped me reach my goal, but exceed it!!! In the end, I was able to raise $1,345. I wanted to jump through my computer and hug each person every time I got a donation email notification. Thank you so much!!!

Please keep PCRF in your mind and heart whenever you are looking to help a charitable cause. 80% of funds raised helps to go towards research to find a cure for pediatric cancer. And money is needed for research to help.

To the families and children facing cancer I have met along the way, please know that you are in my heart and prayers and thoughts everyday.

Thanks for following our team everyone! Life is precious, go give your little ones that extra hug and kiss today!

XOXO
Jen

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Gavin’s Story

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I started Team Tiny Oranges last year because I wanted to do a charity project through my blog.

I knew I wanted it to benefit a charity that helped children, so when I heard about the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation’s (PCRF) annual Cinco de Mayo Run / Walk event which happened shortly after I posted this guest blog from a mommy reader who was a pediatric cancer survivor looking to raise awareness, I knew this was the cause I wanted to support.

I wanted the opportunity today to share the story of a mom I met last year through PCRF, Kim, and her son, Gavin.

When you are not personally affected by pediatric cancer, those words are just that, words. But what I learned through doing our team, is that behind the words, “pediatric cancer” there are countless stories of families facing this horrendous disease. Families that need our help. 

If you are inspired today to do something to help fight for Gavin and all the families like Gavin’s who face the unfathomable, please join us on Team Tiny Oranges 2012!  Click here for info on how to join our team. There is no minimum fundraising, and you DON’T have to run a half marathon! There is a 1K, 5K, 10K and half, an event for everyone.

May Gavin’s story also be a reminder, that even on your most challenging, craziest of days, to have healthy kids is a blessing beyond measure.

You can read their amazing story in more detail in her book she published last year, Hope Room. It gave my life an entirely new perspective.

Gavin’s Story

“In 2009, I was the happy mother of an infant daughter, Mia, and a 4 year-old son, Gavin. My husband and I were enjoying watching our healthy, happy family grow. We had a great summer enjoying Mia’s first year and Gavin’s first real swim lessons.

Gavin started preschool that fall, and suddenly was getting sick all the time. We, along with everybody else, chalked up his fevers and recurrent ear infections to his body being exposed and getting used to all the germs in preschool. Fall turned to winter and when Christmas finally came, Gavin was too miserable to come out of his room. We saw the ENT right after the holiday weekend, who diagnosed acute mastoiditis and immediately admitted us to the hospital. The pediatrician on the floor looked at Gavin’s blood work and told us that we should be transported up to CHOC, on the oncology floor. She believed that there was more going on in Gavin’s body than the mastoid bone infection. After a bone marrow test at CHOC, the doctor led us to another room on the oncology floor, where he sat us down and told us that 75% of the cells in Gavin’s bone marrow were cancer cells. Gavin’s diagnosis was acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Gavin’s oncologist informed of the good news: he had the most treatable form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL, which is itself the most common type of childhood cancer. There is a distinct and well-established protocol for treating his cancer. Then the bad news: the treatment protocol would involve 8 months of intensive chemotherapy followed by 3 years of less-intensive chemotherapy called “maintenance.”

It’s been a long road. Gavin endured many phases of chemotherapy including scores of different drugs. He lost his hair and grew it back. He puked everywhere. But today, he is 6 years old and child-of-the-week in his kindergarten class. He just started playing T-ball. His best friend in his class, coincidentally, also has ALL. They compare the toys they get when they go in for chemo, which is served up either through an IV or spinal tap monthly.  Gavin takes his chemo pills every night and he will continue his chemo regimen through May 2013. They’re normal kids, who happen to have cancer.

Our family supports PCRF because the money they raise goes directly to pediatric cancer research. It goes towards finding better treatments for the 1 in 330 kids who will be diagnosed with cancer before they turn 18. It goes towards finding drugs with fewer horrible side effects. It goes towards finding long-term cures for these children who deserve to live out the full life that lies ahead of them.

I have so much respect for Jen for starting Team Tiny Oranges to raise money and awareness for PCRF. I am grateful for her commitment to a cause that doesn’t directly affect her family. I’m involved because of my son and because of all the other kids who fought cancer, are still fighting, or who passed on far too early. Jen is involved because she wants to be, and that’s simply awesome.”

Thank you so much Kim, for sharing your personal journey with us. Kim’s family and supporters will be out in full force on Team Gavin this year at the PCRF Run / Walk. They also wear Orange (Gavin’s favorite color).  Gavin, you know what? It’s mine too! If you would like to make a donation to support Team Gavin, please click HERE.

[Photos compliments of the Rowe Family.]

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