Granola Babies’ Herbal Bar

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Awhile back, Giselle, the owner of Granola Babies natural parenting store went to place an order for dried Chamomile and while shopping for other herbs online, thought, “wouldn’t it be great to have a place where you could go learn about herbs, smell them, try them, and learn more about their medicinal uses?”  And thus was the beginning of Granola Babies’ Herbal Bar!

Their organic herbs are available per ounce and are stocked with medicinal herbs commonly used during pregnancy and motherhood.  Some of their herbs they offer and uses include:

Chamomile Flowers: Chamomile is known to relax nerves, reduce inflammation, clear toxins and promote tissue repair. Chamomile is relaxing for both children and adults, and can also be used for pink eye (do not take if you are allergic to ragweed.)

Blessed Thistle: Blessed Thistle infusions have been used for centuries to increase milk supply in nursing mothers. Blessed Thistle is also used to treat digestive ailments.

Nettles: Nettle leaf boosts immune system and can be used as well for skin irritations. It’s also used for hair and the scalp to promote hair growth, hair thickness and can prevent dandruff.

Raspberry Leaf: Raspberry Leaf tea is used to treat canker sores, cold sores and gingivitis in people of all ages, and anemia, leg cramps, diarrhea, and morning sickness in pregnant women, and as a uterine relaxant.

These are just a few of their herbs, click here for the entire list and their uses.

The herbs are $2 each per ounce.  You can learn more and try them in store as well as  purchase them through Granola Babies online.

Do you use herbs as natural remedies?  Please share your tips / experiences in the comments below!

[Important: Not all herbs are safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Check with your medical professional before use.]

Disclosure: Granola Babies is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor.

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Granola Babies June ~ July Events

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Granola Babies in Costa Mesa has great upcoming events and workshops for pregnant moms, new moms and kids’ classes.  Check them out!

New Parent Class – Breastfeeding & Baby Care 
Saturday, June 23rd, 1 – 4pm

This is a comprehensive class for pregnant women and their support person/partner to learn how to breastfeed and care for your newborn baby. The class is limited to 5 – 8 pregnant women (plus a support person) so that each couple has time to digest the information and receive personal attention.

$85/pregnant mother (one support person/partner included); registration required. Click here to sign up.

Baby Sing and Sign – Signing Storytime and Songs
Thursdays at 1pm

Children love to sing, listen to music and dance to different  songs with various rhythms and beats. In this class, the ASL signs are taught that go along with the traditional children’s songs as well as new modern songs. Singing, games, books, signing and FUN!

Class runs weekly on Thursdays and cost is $12/class.

Registration required;space is limited. Click here to sign up.

Movie Night – “Being Dad”
Thursday, June 28th at 7:00pm

Being Dad features dozens of new dads from all over the country who share the thoughts, fears, concerns and joys they experienced from the first time they heard, “Honey, I’m pregnant!” through the first time they held their newborn child.

Children welcome to attend.

Free to attend; donation of $5 per person to DASC is appreciated and also enters you into a raffle. DASC is a non-profit community of doulas.  Click here to sign up.

Breastfeeding Support Group
Wednesdays at 1pm

The breastfeeding support group at Granola Babies is an inviting, friendly and welcoming group for mothers.  Children are welcomed and there’s a comfortable sofa for nursing.  You’ll receive both education and breastfeeding support for a successful breastfeeding relationship with your child.  Each week also features a different parenting topic.

Pre and post baby weigh check available to measure milk intake.

Free to attend; no reservation required.

Gymboree Play & Music “On the Go” for Little Toddlers (10 – 22 months)
Tuesdays at 10:15 – 10:45am July 10th – July 31st

Join Gymboree “On the Go” to laugh, learn, play and grow! Enjoy special activities designed to support your little toddler’s physical, cognitive and social growth as they begin moving and exploring the world. Each week will include parachute, bubble games, and a rockin’ musical dance party with fun instruments, songs, finger plays and activities.

Classes are parent-child participation. Class is held once a week for 30 minutes and cost is $35 for a 4 week session (7/10 – 7/31.) Registration required. Click here to sign up.

All events and classes take place at Granola Babies, 3315 Hyland Avenue, Suite B in Costa Mesa.

Granola Babies also carries pregnancy and baby products such as Medela breast pumps and rentals,  breastfeeding pillows, pregnancy and parenting books, diaper bags, eco teethers, strollers and more.

Click here for the entire class calendar.

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Granola Babies Upcoming Events

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Granola Babies in Costa Mesa has great upcoming events and workshops for new moms and I wanted to share the dates and details!

New Baby Care Class
Sunday, May 20th, 2 – 4:30pm

Learn how to care for your newborn baby in this comprehensive 2 1/2 hour class for pregnant or new parents, as well as their caregivers.

Topics include: umbilicord care, newborn appearance, bathing, diapering, swaddling, traveling, newborn sleep, calming baby, feeding, carrying and other resources for parents.  Each family will receive a “Gentle Baby Bath and Body” gift set.

$40/family; registration required. Click here to sign up.

Sleep: Getting Better Sleep for Your Baby
Saturday, May 26th at 3:00 – 4:00pm

Learn how a baby sleeps, how many hours your child should be sleeping, how to set up routines, the importance of sleep associations and creating a sleep environment that fits with your family. Class is geared to parents of young babies.

Free to attend; registration required. Click here to sign up.

Pregnancy Support Group
Saturday, June 2nd, 3:00 – 4:30pm

Be inspired, receive support and learn how to make your birth a happy, healthy and inspiring experience. Learn tips and ways to have a natural birth in a hospital setting.

Topics include: creating a birth plan for a hospital birth, overview of Bradley Childbirth Education by The Birth School, pros and cons of having a doula, what you can and can’t ask for in a hospital big, questions to ask your birth care provider, what happens after birth in a hospital and more.

Free to attend; registration required. Click here to sign up.

Prenatal Radiance Yoga
Sunday, June 3rd, 2:30pm

Pregnant moms can come and share in this replenishing, supportive gathering through gentle prenatal yoga and meditation. Each Prenatal Radiance gathering is designed to connect the growing mom with important effective practices of self-care and well being as you prepare your body and mind for enjoying coming adventure.

$15/per person and includes gentle prenatal yoga instructional guide with audio meditation. Registration required; click here to sign up.

Conceiving Naturally
Tuesday, June 5th at 11am

This 1 1/2 hour workshop is designed for women who are struggling with fertility or who are wanting to prepare their bodies before conception for a healthier pregnancy.

Topics include: information on how to conceive naturally, how to work with your cycles and have your hormones be your allies, information on holistic therapies for conception, how to increase your chances of conceiving.

Taught by Joanne Cohen, a Health and Transformational Coach, who will share her 5 step process for conceiving consciously and holistically.

$15/per person; registration required. Click here to sign up.

All events and classes take place at Granola Babies, 3315 Hyland Avenue, Suite B in Costa Mesa.

Granola Babies also carries pregnancy and baby products such as Medela breast pumps and rentals,  breastfeeding pillows, pregnancy and parenting books, diaper bags, eco teethers, strollers and more.

Click here for the entire class calendar.

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

[Disclosure: Granola Babies is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor.]

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OC Pregnancy & Beyond Event 2012

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The 2nd annual OC Pregnancy & Beyond Event is coming back to celebrate pregnancy, birth and motherhood on Saturday, May 5th, 2012 from 11am – 3pm and you are invited to attend!

The event, brought to you by Granola Babies and Xpecting Maternity, is FREE and takes place in the beautiful courtyard of the South Coast Collection (SOCO) in Costa Mesa. If you have not yet had the opportunity to check out SOCO and the oc mart MIX, this is the perfect opportunity!

And, seeing that the event is being held on a Saturday, the SOCO Farmers’ Market will also be going on from 9am – 2pm so you can check out the yummy local produce while you are there!

The event will feature:

* Food and drinks
* Fabulous pregnancy and baby vendors
* Gift bag for first 100 attendees
* Organic cleansing juice tastings
* Face painting
* Yummy cupckaes
* Kiddie craft table
* Inspiring workshops
* Live music
* $3000 worth of gift prizes…and more!

So take your family or make it a girls’ day with some mommy friends and check it out mamas! 

3315 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

[Disclosure: Granola Babies is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor. Photo credit: OC Pregnancy & Beyond Event] 


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Granola Babies April Events

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Is anyone else in complete awe that it is actually April already?  Where has the school year gone?! I wanted to share some fresh new classes and events going on this month at the largest green parenting store in Orange County – Granola Babies!

And when you are in the store, mention THIS POST and get 10% off any toy purchase for babies and toddlers during the month of April 2012. Yay!

Here are the offerings, click HERE for the summarized list with links and info on their Events page.

Baby Tales

Wednesdays at 10:30am
 Storytime and songs.
Free, no registration required.

Toddler Tales (18 months – 3 years)

Fridays starting April 13th at 3pm

Storytime and Songs
Free, no registration required.

Breastfeeding Support Group

Wednesdays at 1:00pm
Free, no registration required.

Feeding Your Picky Eater
Workshop led by Katie Bartels, MS, RD (registered dietician)

Tuesday, April 17th at 11am
$15 for the workshop. Registration required. Click HERE to sign up.

Mommy Support + Playgroup

Thursdays starting April 12th – May 17th
11:30am – 12:30pm

(New series will follow as each one ends)

This series is for expectant mothers and new mothers of babies 0 – 8 months.
$75/6-week series. Registration required, space is limited. Click HERE to sign up.

Mommy and Baby Photo Sessions

Saturday, April 21st from 11am – 4pm (30 minute appointments)

Sugar Free Photography is taking appointments through Granola Babies for your own very special Mommy and Baby photo session just in time for Mother’s Day. Photo sessions are free ($125 value) with the purchase of $50 from Granola Babies April 1st – April 20th.
Contact Sugar Free Photography for pricing on images and prints.

Click HERE to make a reservation – only 10 spots available.

All events and classes take place at Granola Babies, 3315 Hyland Avenue, Suite B in Costa Mesa.

[Disclosure: Granola Babies is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor.]

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