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Big City Moms Biggest Baby Shower Ever

The Biggest Baby Shower Ever LA

The Biggest Baby Shower LA presented by Big City Moms might be unlike any baby shower you have ever seen. So, if you are a new or expecting mom, or if you KNOW a new or expecting mom, send on this info to check out all the Biggest Baby Shower LA has to offer for glowing mamas. Let me tell you what to expect (hee hee…!)

Taking place on Tuesday, March 18th from 6 – 9:30pm in the Guerin Pavilion at The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, attendees can expect to find over 70 of the best companies in the baby industry representing baby gear, accessories, clothing, skin care, parenting services, retailers and more.

Click here for a full list of Biggest Baby Shower LA 2014 Sponsors.

Rub Your Belly For Good Luck

At the event you can play games to win prizes including strollers, high chairs, diaper bags, car seats, bedding, bibs, clothing, decor and more. Plus, everyone will go home with a gift bag.

Register Today 

Many tickets are sold out, however, there are still Basic tickets available for the event only at the cost of $50/person.  A waitlist is also available for the Standard Pass which includes a gift bag, access to seminars, samples, shopping, treats and mocktails.

Susanne and I are going to check it out on Tuesday. Follow @TinyOrangesOC on Instagram to see pics of our favorite baby/moms finds!

www.babyshowerla.bigcitymoms.com

Splat Saver!

Practical Baby Gifts - The Splat Mat

My sister Suzanne wanted to share one of her favorite baby products today. Here is what she writes…

Struggling with what to get a mom on the arrival of her 2nd, 3rd, etc. baby?? We received the Sugarbooger Jumbo Floor Splat Mat (affiliate link) from a friend after birth of our second boy and it is simply the best invention. Ever.

I am a big fan of practical baby gifts people can really use, and this product fits in that category perfectly.

The Splat Mat is a multi-functional product. First and most importantly, it really helps me attempt to keep the floors clean when feeding messy kids.

It’s also great for messy art products. I especially love it for Play Doh time - just throw it on the table and let the kids go crazy. All you have to do when they are done is fold it up, shake it outside and wipe it down. Genius.

We even used this for pumpkin carving last Halloween and it was perfect. Great price point for an item that will get literally years of use.

At the advice of my friend, I now use the zippered case it comes in as my travel make-up and hair brush bag. See, I was not kidding about multi-use!

Click here to see all the cute patterns on Amazon!

Put a Lid on It

LEGO Organization Tips

My sister wrote this guest post today on LEGO organization tips. Thanks Suz!

LEGO Sanity

I’m sure I’m not alone when saying I have a 4 year old that is LEGO OBSESSED. Maybe it was our fault for starting it all too early at age 2 1/2 (and maybe Daddy secretly likes building them too!).

We’ve been collecting the little LEGO sets for about 1 1/2 years now and every few months I find myself swimming in the little pieces. I think my son also feels a bit overwhelmed when he sees his messy bin of all types of Legos mixed together. And with a baby brother who recently became mobile (Lord help me), my fear of finding him choking on a mini figure became enough for me to find some order in the brick chaos.

I hope these LEGO organization tips might help other moms swimming in the pieces too.

My Favorite LEGO Organization Containers

There are a ton of different options for LEGO organization,but I find these bins from The Container Store are the easiest and least expensive option.

We use these Accessory Boxes for the colored bricks and the Shoe Boxes for the completed models. By the way, did you know you can place an order over the phone or online at The Container Store and many locations offer curbside pick up where you can drive up and they will bring it out to your car so you don’t have to unload the kids?!

They are a great size, stack nicely on a shelf and are clear so you can always see what’s in them. They are actually sold as shoe bins for fancy people that keep their shoes in closed boxes. At $1.89, go ahead and buy the case of 20 of them for $33.80. You will find tons of uses for them in your house if you have extras.  And maybe your shoes might get lucky too!

Once you have your containers, it’s time to sort.

Sort. Sort. And sort.

We found it’s easiest to do this by color, wheels and axles, mini figures and mini fig accessories. Set aside any models that are already built and store them in the boxes ALONG with the instruction book. Then on those rainy days or times when you are looking to entertain your little one for awhile, you can get out a box with the instructions and let them deconstruct and build it all again.

The best part is, the lids are great for spreading out the pieces and when it is time to take a break it is all contained!!

I’m sure this OCD organization method will not last us forever, but at least I feel more comfortable that all those little pieces have a good home away from our crawling baby!  Happy sorting!

Do you have any other LEGO organization tips???

Cool Book for LEGO Lovers

LEGO building book for kids

Recently I was contacted with the opportunity to review  a new book called Cool Creations in 35 Pieces, a LEGO building book, by LEGO artist Sean Kenney.

I immediately thought of my 4-year-old nephew, A.J., who at a very young age became a LEGO fanatic. I asked my sister if she would like to put this new book to the test on her LEGO lover, to which the answer was an enthusiastic, “YES.”

Cool Creations in 35 Pieces Review

by Suzanne Burns, mom of a 4-year-old LEGO fan

“I was excited to be able to test out this new LEGO building book by Sean Kenney as I was desperate for some indoor quiet activities while baby brother napped during the last (LONG) week of summer.

My 4-year-old is LEGO crazy so the idea of this book is so smart. Sean re-uses the same 35 pieces to make a variety of images in all different categories.

LEGOS

When starting out, the first thing you do is find these 35 pieces in your own Lego collection. If you don’t have them, you can also order from his website.

I love this because you don’t need the specific piece with the suggested colors ~ but you can mix it up with what you have available. Done…here’s what we dug up!

LEGO pieces for Lego Building Book
Then, let the building begin!

It is separated into sections of robots, silly faces, vehicles, farm animals, etc. And with 35 pieces, the steps are very simple for a 4-year-old to complete on his own. Heaven!!

I actually told him to surprise me with his favorite one and then I went….to shower!! A long shower that wasn’t interrupted through the curtain asking me to find a piece for him or help him when he finish a step.

Over the course of a few days, my little guy kept going back to the book and finding new ones to build.

Here he is in action and with a few of his creations. Most importantly, the Pirate Policeman finally had a giant mouse to ride. I just love to see my kid’s imagination at work!

Lego Building Book
So if you know a Lego fanatic, this would be a perfect birthday or holiday gift at a fantastic price point…only $13!!! It is sure to keep them busy and entertained! We will for sure check out some of his other books in the future!!!”

Sean Kenney is an artist who creates scultpures and models out of LEGO bricks at his studio in New York City. He has toured the world with his creations and produced six inspirational and instructive children’s books. For more info and to see his books and art, visit www.seankenney.com.

[Disclosure: Complimentary copy of Cool Creations in 35 pieces was provided for review. 110% of our opinions are our own. My sister on numerous occasions has remarked on how much she LOVES this book. ]

So Cute

Personalized Plates for Kids

When my sister (another local OC mama of two little boys) loves a product, I always hear, “you HAVE to blog about this!” which is the case with these darling personalized plates for kids from Lima Bean Kids.

This is what she wrote:

“I’m a sucker for a practical gift! And I get even more excited when that gift is personalized.  This is a great idea for a kid’s birthday gift that we use EVERY day!

They also have adorable holiday-themed plates, which would make for a fun personalized Christmas or Valentine’s Day present.

These melamine plates for kids are my favorite for the quality and most options for designs. I ordered these plate/bowl sets for my kiddos and now that my one year old can actually eat on them and not THROW them, I can’t help but smile when I make dinners on these plates!”

I have to agree, there is something about serving a meal on a fun plate for a kiddo that makes dinner just a little more interesting. To check out all of the cute personalized products for kids, visit www.LimaBeanKids.com.