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Spring Photo Session Giveaway

Kristin Eldridge Spring Photo Session Giveaway

Kristin Eldridge has been our family photographer since my youngest (now almost five) was a newborn. She is wildly talented and has the perfect disposition for working with young children. My girls just adore her.  So do I.

Every single time after I view the images from our photo shoot, I want to get in my car to drive up and hug her in person because she always makes me cry. In a good way.

Now I want to make you cry (kidding!) with a special Spring Photo Session Giveaway from Kristin Eldridge Photography. Squeal!

I asked Kristin to write me a little about her special spring photo sessions, and this is what she said,

“One of my favorite parts of my job is scouting new locations.  I love finding little gems like this park in Trabuco Canyon.  It’s got big trees and a luscious bed of green.  The light filters in beautifully.  It’s just swoon-worthy!

Which such a perfect location, you can’t go wrong!  There isn’t a better time to get gorgeous images of your kids. I specialize in taking those everyday moments of childhood and finding the right angles to make them art.  Parents are welcome to join in for the photo session.“

Giveaway Details

Kristin Eldridge is giving away one free spring photo session on April 26, 2014 (4:30-5:00) at a park in Trabuco Canyon.

Important: Winner must be able to attend the photo shoot on that date, time and location, so please make sure you can swing it before you enter!

The photo session is 30 minutes long for kids or a family.  One week after the photo session, you’ll be proofed approximately 25 images.

As part of the giveaway, you’ll get to pick 6 free re-touched digital images to print and share from the gallery (with the option to purchase additional if desired.) Click here to view her pricing.

GOOD LUCK! I am soooo excited for one of you to have the chance to win!

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Bubblefest 2014 [+ Giveaway!]

[Complimentary Media Tickets Provided]

Bubblefest 2014 is back at Discovery Science Center this month with shows running through April 20th, 2014 and believe me when I say, it truly is, a must-see event for kids. I have 4 tickets to give away today which include general admission plus the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show! ENTER BELOW!!! Seriously. Your kids will love it.

Every year around Spring Break time Bubblefest returns to The Cube for a day of hands-on family fun.

The Mega Bubblefest Laser Show is a separate ticket event featuring Bubble Scientist Deni Yang as he works his magic and does things with bubbles you would not think were possible unless you saw them with your own eyes!

There are bubbles, bubbles, and more bubbles! Spinning bubbles, kids in bubbles, bouncing bubbles, bubbles within bubbles, even smoking bubbles!

I had the opportunity to experience the show this week with my four and seven year old. Both of which were in awe during the entire experience.  As if the show weren’t spectacular enough on it’s own (it is), Discovery Science Center has an entire Bubblefest XVIII exhibit outside the main attraction tent, which is included with general admission.

There were multiple bounce houses, bubble exhibits for the kids to make their own giant bubbles, learning centers about the science behind bubbles, even a Bubble Sphere Activity where the kids could be IN a bubble on water. Haven’t seen smiles that big on my girls in awhile!

We spent a few hours in this area alone.

Bubblefest 2014 Information

Bubblefest Ticket Prices:

Adult Admission w/Laser Bubble show: $22.95pp
Child Admission (ages 3 – 14)  w/ Laser Bubble Show: $19.95
Senior Admission (ages 62+) w/ Laser Bubble Show: $19.95

The Mega Bubblefest Laser Show Times run day at 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm and 3:30pm.

Click here to buy tickets.

Hooray! It’s a Tiny Giveaway! Going to be a quick one! Get your entries in ASAP. Good luck!
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Yo Ho Ho [Giveaway!]

pirate adventure dinner buena park

Recently we were approached by the folks at Pirate’s Dinner Adventure  with an opportunity to review their Pirate’s Dinner Adventure Christmas Show, “Pirates Take Christmas.” You can enter to win 4 tickets too! Enter below! I reached out to my sister to see if she would like to take her pirate-loving son for some holiday fun and here is what she wrote about her experience…

Pirate’s Dinner Adventure in Buena Park (across from Knott’s Berry Farm) is a dinner show experience like no other.

We took my pirate-obsessed son for his 3rd birthday and he was in awe the whole time.  So, when we got the opportunity to go again a year later, I jumped at the chance. Especially since we would get the chance to see the ”Pirates Take Christmas” holiday extravaganza featuring Santa, Mrs. Claus and an elf, who are taken captive by the pirates. Well shiver me timbers!

The performance is so entertaining with impressive acting, singing and amazing acrobatics.  To get everyone in the Christmas spirit, the show includes some Christmas songs and the theater is decked out in holiday trimmings.

You might think a pirate show would be geared towards little boys, but I am telling you, even if you have girls, there are several ariel artists that are stunning to watch. The show definitely has universal appeal.

The Experience

Showtimes vary, but you can arrive up to 1 1/2 hours early to have a drink, enjoy complimentary passed appetizers or do some browsing in the gift shop.

The earlier you get there, the better your seating assignment will be. But I have to say there really isn’t a bad seat in the house. The show takes place on the authentic replica of an 18th-century Spanish galleon measuring 46 feet long, 18 feet wide with 40-foot masts anchored in a 250,000-gallon indoor lagoon with night sky lighting.

Surrounding the lagoon is a six-sided showroom of six additional “ships” where the audience is seated. Each of the six ships has its own pirate mascot to cheer on.

Before the show begins, the pirates make a surprising grand entrance into the bar waiting area to escort their “team” into their ship by color section. I didn’t know to warn my son about this part, and he was a bit jumpy seeing these big, gruff pirates so up close and personal.  So, if you have a timid little one, make sure to warn them the pirates will be coming in to start the FUN.

The show involves the audience, so audience participation and cheering your team pirate on in a MUST!  I would say ages 3 and up would appreciate the action the most.

Pirate’s Dinner Adventure Special Offer

The Pirate’s Dinner Adventure Christmas show runs every day now through December 25th. Tickets include complimentary appetizers before the show and a special 4-course Holiday Feast.

Now through 12/30/13 if you call and book your tickets over the phone and mention “Jolly Web” you will receive a huge savings on tickets ~ adults $32pp and kids $28pp. Children 2 and under on laps are free. Call 714.690.1497 to reserve your dates.

Hooray! It’s a Tiny Giveaway! 


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2-for-1 Ticket Offer to The Christmas Company

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Black Friday is coming one week early this year with the OC holiday shopping event you don’t want to miss, The Christmas Company is coming to town.

Mention the word “BLOG” at the door and get a special 2-for-1 ticket offer ($10 savings) on general admission boutique shopping tickets. If you chose to purchase your ticket online, simply mention BLOG when you arrive to get your free ticket.

The Christmas Company 2013

The Junior League of Orange County presents their 38th Annual The Christmas Company at the Hilton Orange County / Costa Mesa from Friday, Nov. 22 - Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 – a fabulous boutique shopping experience featuring special events we know you’ll love.

With more than 100 unique vendors to shop from, there is literally something (or a handful of somethings!) for everyone.

I have personally shopped The Christmas Company in past years, it immediately puts me in the holiday spirit.

This is a great opportunity to invite some girlfriends, grab your mom, sneak out and leave the kids with your husband, or even bring your little shoppers with you.

Special Events

Girls Night Out
Friday, November 22
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
General Admission $50

Grab your girlfriends and join Tenley Molzahn, America’s Sweetheart from TV’s “The Bachelor” and “Bachelor Pad,” for the perfect combination of retail therapy and a fun personal care appointment.


Timree Paint Party
Saturday, November 23
Times vary – see website for details.
General Admission $45

World renowned artist and Orange County’s own Timree Gold throws quite the party and sets the perfect environment to bring out the artist in anyone. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind painting experience with Timree for the entire family! Each ticket holder gets to paint at this fantastic event, and you don’t want to be left out of the fun.


Fancy Nancy’s Fanciest First Tea Party
Sunday, November 24
Two seatings available – visit website for more info.
General Admission Child $50 | General Admission Adult $40
VIP Child Admission $65

Aly Bloom, Off-Broadway’s Fancy Nancy of “Fancy Nancy, the Musical,”  and Erika Miller, from Orange County’s The Chance Theater will entertain the little ones during their first real high tea.

Bring your child’s favorite doll and her best friends to enjoy a musical performance and a reading of one of the newest books in the series, Fancy Nancy: Fanciest Doll in the Universe. Buy your tickets early before the events sell out, and be sure to upgrade to VIP in order to request your seating.

(Almost) Guilt-free shopping

Funds raised from this event will benefit women and children in need in Orange County. Fifteen percent of all sales from shopping purchases will go directly back to support 
the JLOCC mission and their community projects.

Hours and Information

Friday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Self-parking is FREE for all shoppers and Special Event attendees.
Valet is available for $8.00 per day.


You can purchase online tickets to any of the events at You cannot enter a promo code online, so you can purchase one general boutique shopping ticket online, and mention BLOG at the door to get your free ticket for a friend.

Happy shopping!

It’s a Holly Jolly Holiday with Minted



It’s a holly jolly time of year over at where you can can find everything you need to make your holidays shine with personalized cuteness! This was one of my favorite posts to put together because of the amount of time I got to spend on Here is a Minted holiday gift guide of my favorite finds.


Personalized Gift Tags

I am all about the beauty of the gift wrap. To me, the special care and attention put into the presentation of the gift is almost as important as the gift itself. Minted has the CUTEST personalized gift tags, including ones you can add a photo to!


Top to bottom, left to right: Ivy BrightPricketMagicalBright Stripes

Personalized Gift Wrapping

This one is an “are you kidding me with the CUTENESS?!” find. Minted has a variety of personalized gift wrapping! Yes! Gift wrap you can personalize with your family’s name, even photos! Dying.



Photo Art 

These  photo art gifts almost make me want to tear up. Ok, that was a little dramatic, but seriously, I love these so much!

You can customize with your photo, text, size and even add a frame. Can you imagine what a special gift this would make?!


Left to right: Colorful StagesWithin Letters of YouFloral Cousins (consider customizing to say “grandkids” for the grandparents – LOVE!)

Photo Calendars 

Calendars are a great grandparent gift and Minted has a great selection of customizable photo calendars to chose from.  You can even customize the days of the month to add in special birthdays, anniversaries, etc!


Left to right: Book ShopWatercolor BrushVintage Script

Custom Art Prints 

If you are looking for a sweet gift to add you your child’s room, you have to check out Minted’s custom art prints which include inspired sayings and images customized with your child’s name.


Left to right: Gig Info Guitar Case, Three WishesDream BIG  (hairstyle and color can even be customized!)

Personalized Stationery

Personalized stationery is one of my favorite gifts in the world because it is a gift every person can use! Great gift idea for teachers, teens and kids (and good inspiration to get going on those holiday thank you notes!)

I love Minted has personalized stationery where you can even add a photo!


Top to bottom, left to right: Alpha blocks,Big AppleSpring Blossom,Doodle Initial


Holiday Party Invitations

If you are planning a holiday soiree or new year’s eve bash, please check out Minted’s festive holiday party invites. Here were a few that caught my eye. They almost make me want to plan a party to go with the invitation.


Top to bottom, left to right: Oh What Fun, Special Guest, Retro Swank Poster, Cocktail Party, Wonderfully Wacky White Elephant, Diamonds & Champagne Glasses, Bee’s Knees, Annual Cookie Party

Holiday Party Decor 

Now that you have chosen the perfect invitation, check out Minted’s Holiday party decor to personalize your party with signs, bunting banners, flag stickers, and even personalizable photo backdrops!


Happy Santa Party Decor

I seriously have to stop blogging now because I am overwhelmed with cuteness and am about to head over and spend quite a bit of moolah on gifts I found while writing this post!!!

Happy Friday everyone! Have a great weekend!

[Disclosure: Minted is a Tiny Oranges sponsor and all links in this post are affiliate links, which means you are going to help support my Minted addiction. My husband thanks you.]