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I am so in love with this new company I can’t even stand it.

VeryMeri is a website inspiring children to express themselves through art while helping kids who are less fortunate at the same time.

Through the website, kids’ ideas, designs and artwork are shared with their online community, voted on, with winners made into one-of-a-kind lifestyle products and apparel for children and adults.

The Junior Designers will receive a portion of the net sales and have the opportunity to select a children’s charity of their choice to support.

There are several reasons why I am obsessed with VeryMeri:

I love a company that inspires young entrepreneurs, I love creative opportunities for kids, I love kids helping kids, and I love this t-shirt.

Don’t you already feel inspired just looking at it?

Click here to buy for your world changers. Yes, we can sisters!

Visit for more information on their design challenges, how to submit your children’s work and to shop. LOVE. Please share.

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Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to share my favorite finds for unique Mother’s Day gifts. Isn’t it remarkable how after becoming a mother, you instantly appreciate your own mother that much more? Because if anyone deserves something special, it’s definitely mom!

Here are some of my favorite unique Mother’s Day gift ideas…

Mother & Daughter Letter Book

In a world filled with emails, texts and facebook messages, the gift of a hand written letter is more meaningful than ever before. I love this mother daughter letter book because along with the set of 40 cards and envelopes, it also includes hundreds of inspirational ideas that encourage you to share tidbits about your life that you may not have thought to include. It’s a perfect gift for any mom, especially one that you may not get to see everyday. $38

Morse Code Necklaces

How cool are these morse code necklaces by jewelry studio COATT? The dots and dashes make up a word of your choice such as “Love”, “Luck” or, “Mom”. Necklaces are available in three different lengths and six different colors. Also offered as a bracelet. I’m totally hooked! $80

Plan a Picnic Date

I’ve always loved to give (or receive) an experience rather than a material gift. With this Rattan Picnic Basket from Pottery Barn you can do both. Fill this picnic basket with your mom’s favorite goodies and head off on a picnic date. If you need some ideas on what to pack, check out our Tiny Oranges summer picnic board on pinterest. $89

The Gift of Cozy

Do you want to let the special mom in your life know she deserves to kick back and relax? These pajamas from The Marigot Collection are the perfect way to do it. The line offers luxury cotton and cashmere options. I’d happily spend my Sunday mornings lounging around in any of these pretty prints. $120

Something to Make Her Laugh

Last but not least, there’s nothing better than giving your mom a chuckle and I guarantee this funny mug will make her smile! $14

What do you think, would you like to give or receive any of these? Do you have any Mother’s Day plans or traditions you’d like to share? I’d love to hear them.


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Macy’s Believe Campaign 2012

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The Macy’s Believe Campaign 2012 is making wishes come true this holiday season with our help. This is one of my favorite holiday traditions for kids.

Every year I bring my girls to mail their Santa letters at Macy’s in their magical oversized red Santa mailbox. For every letter Macy’s receives, it will donate $1 to the  Make-a-Wish Foundation up to $1 million dollars, and if you mail it on National Believe Day 2012, which this year will be on Friday, 12/14, they will double their donation!

Here is how it works:

1. Write a stamped letter to Santa and address it to “Santa at the North Pole.” Click here if you want to create a letter on the Macy’s site (so cute!) You can also write your letter at the store, as they have stationery there. Just remember your stamps!

2. Go to Macy’s and find Santa’s mailbox to drop it in. Click here to locate a Santa’s mailbox at a Macy’s near you.

3. Macy’s will deliver them to the post office to mail to Santa.

And here is a little video of my girls mailing their letters last year at the Macy’s in Fashion Island. Such a fun Christmas outing for kids! I seriously love this Macy’s Believe Campaign.

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Ticket Discount for The Christmas Company

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I am excited to extend to you a ticket discount for The Christmas Company shopping event happening this weekend at the Hilton Costa Mesa. You can enter discount code TCC12BLG when ordering tickets online and receive 2 for 1 admission tickets. One ticket is good for admission all four days.

This year’s theme, “A Very Haute Holiday,” is a shopping extravaganza featuring more than 90 unique boutique shops.

ll the money raised for The Junior League of Orange County will go to benefit women and children in need in OC through a number of charity partners.

Shopping hours are as follows (November 9th – 12th, 2012):

Friday 11am – 8pm
Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sunday 10am – 6pm
Monday 10am – 6pm

Advance purchase tickets are $10 online (or 2 for 1 with the discount code), and $15 at the door.  VIP Shopping tickets are $25. Parking is FREE for this event.

In addition to the boutique, there are also other separate ticket events throughout the weekend including a preferred shopping breakfast, OC Bachelor Auction, Santa Photos, Junior League Gala, Fancy Nancy Nutcracker Ballet Bash (FUN!) and a special “Women as the Way Forward” Luncheon. Visit their Special Events page for pricing and details.

Susanne and I checked out The Christmas Company shopping event last year and had a ball! Amazing vendors and shopping for a good cause. Doesn’t get better than that!

Visit for more info.

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Where to Take Unwanted Halloween Candy in Orange County

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Come Thursday morning, I am sure many Orange County moms will be wondering where to take unwanted halloween candy, so I wanted to share information on OC Halloween candy buy-back locations.

On Thursday and Friday after Halloween from 9am-5pm, local families are invited to bring extra candy to local pediatric dental practice, Little Smiles of Orange County, and for every pound of trade in candy, they will pay $1 (up to $20 per family.)

Every child who participate will also be entered into a raffle to win a membership to Pretend City and will receive a goodie to take home.

The unwanted Halloween candy traded in will be shipped to troops overseas in partnership with Operation Gratitude, a charity that sends care packages to troops overseas and those recovering in military hospitals.

Visit for more information.

Many local Orange County pediatric dentists are also participating in this Halloween Candy Buy-Back program to benefit Operation Gratitude.

You can visit and put in your zip code to find a dentist close to you accepting unwanted Halloween candy donations for 2012.

I know for myself, I am a tad repulsed when I look at the volume of junk that comes home Halloween night! NO child needs THAT much candy.

I think it’s a great idea to get your kids involved in their candy for trade in so they can understand how not only can they early a little money, but it is also giving back at the same time to help cheer up people working to help our country.

Happy Halloween Eve!  


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