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$1 Movies for Kids this Summer

OC cheap summer movies for kids

Who doesn’t love to go to the movies?  Wellllll…sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming with a preschooler and first grader in tow.  That’s why I LOVE the these OC cheap summer movies for kids! We are talking $1 movies for kids this summer in Orange County, yes, only $1, offered at many theaters locations I have compiled for you below.

These fun, kid-friendly movies are shown in the mornings. Typically filled with other parents and excited, squirmy kids. And it’s okay that your kids laugh extra loud, talk during the movie,  spill their snack, and get up and down.  And up and down.  And up and down.  Oh, and cruise the aisles.  While watching the movie.

OC Cheap Summer Movies for Kids

Regal Entertainment Group

Summer Movie Express Program

Tuesdays and Wednesdays / Start time:  10 a.m.
(All tickets must be purchased at the box office)
Cost – $1

Regal’s 2014 Movie Schedule Includes:

Tuesday July 1 & Wednesday July 2
 – Arthur Christmas AND 
Despicable Me 2

Tuesday July 8 & Wednesday July 9 - 
The Lego Movie AND 
Free Birds

Tuesday July 15 & Wednesday July 16 - The Adventures of Tintin AND 
Rise of the Guardians

Tuesday July 22 & Wednesday July 23 - Kung Fu Panda 2
 AND Madagascar 3

Tuesday July 29 & Wednesday July 30 - The Croods AND 

Tuesday August 5 & Wednesday August 6
 – Turbo AND 
Walking with Dinosaurs

Tuesday August 12 & Wednesday August 13- 
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
 AND Rio 2

Click to enter your zip code and find the closest participating theater to you. And feel good knowing that a portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.

Picture Show at Westfield Mainplace

Westfield MainPlace
2800 N. Main Street
Santa Ana, Orange County, 92705
Discount shows on Tuesdays – $1 

Krikorian Premiere Theatre

2014 Krikorian Kids Series 
(Buena Park and San Clemente locations)

Buena Park Metroplex 18

8290 La Palma Ave.
Buena Park, CA 90620

(714) 826-7469 (SHOW)

***Movies are FREE at this location!!  Sponsored by Buena Park Downtown.

641-B Camino de Los Mares
San Clemente, CA 92673
(949) 661-7469 (SHOW)
$1 movies at this location

Every Tuesday from June 17th through August 19th
Two showings per day will be available at 10:00 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Seating is first come, first served!

Tuesday, July 1 - The Croods

Tuesday, July 8 - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Tuesday, July 15 - The Smurfs 2

Tuesday, July 22 – Epic

Tuesday, July 29 - Despicable Me 2

Tuesday, August 5 - The Lego Movie

Tuesday, August 12 - Turbo

Tuesday, August 19 - Percy Jackson – Sea of Monsters

Cinemark – Century 20 Huntington Beach & XD

Summer Movie Clubhouse 

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m.
$1 movies (when purchased at the box office)
$5 for 10 movies (when purchased in advanced at the box office)

Century 20 Huntington Beach & XD
7777 Edinger Avenue
Huntington Beach, Orange County, 92647

Tuesday July 1 & Thursday July 3
 - Turbo

Tuesday July 8 & Thursday July 10 - 
Despicable Me 2

Tuesday July 15 & Thursday July 17 - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

Tuesday July 22 & Thursday July 24 - Walking with Dinosaurs

Tuesday July 29 & Thursday July 31 - The Lego Movie

Tuesday August 5 & Thursday August 7 - Rio 2

Tuesday August 12 & Thursday August 14 - 
Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Tuesday August 19th & Thursday August 21 - The Chipmunks – The Squeakquel

Tuesday August 26 & Thursday August 28 - Zookeeper

**Disclaimer and note – I encourage you to always call ahead or check theater websites for updates!

Another great resource I found is Plan a Day Out – this site shares about local discounted movies, movies in the park, movies at your local library…plus lots of other great summer activities and event ideas.  Check it out!

I love these $1 movies for kids.  It’s cheap, it’s air conditioned, and it’s fun for summer!  Share your favorite thing to do with your kiddos below.  And, where do you like to take your kids to the movies?

Unbooked Appointments

Unbooked Appointments is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor and Affiliate Links are used in this post.

Unbooked Appointments: Go when they are slow and get the best price

I love it when I find out about new businesses that simply, just make sense.

For example, recently I blogged about one of my favorite apps, Hotel Tonight, which offers last minute killer rates on hotel rooms day of so the hotel can fill up unbooked rooms. Makes sense, right?

Well, this same sort of philosophy has now come to the service industry, in the form of a brand new company in Orange County called Unbooked Appointments.

The premise is simple and a win-win for everyone involved: consumer and provider.

For any business that keeps an appointment book (think massage therapists, personal trainers, dentists, chiropractors, estheticians, hairstylists, etc.), Unbooked Appointments gives them the opportunity to offer their best price for appointments booked during slower times of the day.

Most people in the service industry would agree they would rather be working at a reduced price vs. having an appointment slot sit empty. Right?

How does Unbooked Appointments work for you? 

Now here’s where you, the consumer, come in. If you are able to be flexible in the time you book your appointment, you can go onto and search for the service you are looking for to see if there is a time that would work.

For example, I have been dying for a massage to work out the end-of-the-school-year kinks.

I went to, searched under  ”Swedish Massage” and bam! I found a place close to my home offering a 60 minute Swedish massage for $50. Yes, please!

Then I clicked on “Promo Times,” selected the day / time slot that worked for me, entered my payment information (you can even opt to pay via PayPal) and booked my appointment.

No voucher code, no need to call and make an appointment, you are done. All that is left to do is show up (they will have your appointment in their system) and enjoy the massage!

Side note: gratuity not included.


Keep Unbooked Appointments on your Radar

The company is brand new to the Orange County market, so keep this in mind when looking for service providers. In the next few months, they intend to grow rapidly, adding more and more service providers to their system every day.

So, if you don’t find a place close to you offering the service you want, keep checking back and you will likely find more.

Better yet, pass on the site info to the service providers you love and encourage them to sign up! It’s free to list their business, and the service provider only pays a commission to Unbooked Appointments for appointments booked.

Again, doesn’t this just make sense?

Celebrating a Milestone this Year?

Fiji Vacation Promo


At my age, (ahem) almost 40, we have moved into the stage of milestone celebrations, or those life events you want to commemorate in a big way.

40th birthdays and 10/15 year anniversaries are becoming quite common amongst our circle of friends.

My 40th is coming up this fall, and I figure no time like the present to live it up.

To me, life is to be celebrated and a milestone celebration is the best excuse ever to go big or go home.

If you are intrigued by the idea of going big in the form of a dream vacation to an exotic locale like Fiji, I wanted to share a special Fiji Vacation promo going on through Fiji Vacations until the end end of June (06/30/14). A perfect trip for milestone celebrations!

Fiji Vacations is a boutique travel agency and tour operator located in Costa Mesa. Why would you want to use a travel agency?

I wrote about it here in detail, but in a nutshell there are no fees for their service, just great deals and a staff that is thoroughly familiar with the destination, the resorts, logistics, flights and activities.

Qamea Resort and Spa

50% Off Fiji Vacation Promo!

One of Fiji Vacations’ partner luxury resorts, Qamea Resort and Spa, is offering a 50% off  Fiji vacation special for stays booked now through June 30th, 2014 with travel good through March 2015.

That means if your milestone falls now through next March of 2015, if you book your trip to paradise this month, you will save 50%!

Click here to see the 50% off travel promo through Fiji Vacations to Qamea Resort and Spa.


Qamea Resort and Spa is an intimate boutique property catering to a maximum of 34 ADULTS.

Yes, adults only.

No kids, no cannonballs, no whining for ice cream kind of adults-only. Well, you yourself would be allowed to whine for ice cream, but that would be up to you.

The resort is a 20 minute drive from the Tavenui Airport, followed by an 8 minute private launch crossing, that will take you to a private white sand beach.


The 17 traditional Fijan style thatched-roof burrs and villas are beachfront, air-conditioned, with large covered decks and open-air river rock courtyard showers.

This resort has been named one of the top 10 resort snorkeling reefs in the world. The scuba diving and soft corals are world renowned.

Qamea Resort Soft Coral

Doesn’t it sound like paradise?

Contact Melissa and her staff a for a free quote. But hurry, offer ends soon.

If you go, will you pack me in your suitcase? Ask Melissa how much the extra baggage fee I would cost…


Cold Stone Father’s Day Ice Cream Cake [Giveaway!]

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cold Stone Creamery

Cold Stone Ice Cream Cake

When I had the opportunity to try the Tall, Dark & Delicious Cold Stone Creamery Cake celebrating dads for Father’s Day, I had to stop myself from squealing, “Pick me, pick me!” Because, what could be better than a Cold Stone ice cream cake?

The name of the cake itself is enough to stop me in my tracks.

Then, when I told my kiddos that we got to go to Cold Stone to pick up a cake for daddy and grandpa, they did the squealing for me.

And here’s the sweet part – Cold Stone is giving away TWO complimentary $25 gift cards to two lucky readers! Enter below!

Check this cake out – my son was in heaven just getting to go and pick it up…

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The Tall, Dark & Delicious Cold Stone Creamery Cake

The Tall, Dark & Delicious cake features layers of moist devil’s food cake, sweet cream ice cream with brownies, and chocolate ice cream with OREO® cookies wrapped in fluffy white frosting and cascading fudge ganache (you had me at cascading fudge!).

I don’t think cake could get any better, if it tried.  We decided to celebrate an early Father’s Day with grandpa – and I had two VERY happy kids and one VERY happy grandpa!

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The Cold Stone ice cream cake was incredible – decadent fudge, moist cake, and creamy frosting – it literally melted in my mouth.

Our cake was perfectly crafted and had “Happy Father’s Day” written across the top.  It was super easy to cut, and the kids were watching my every move as I sliced the cake.

The table went from giggles and chaos, to complete silence. Everyone was enjoying every last lick of their treat (Especially Nathan.  See him licking the bowl???  Lol!)  Happy, chocolate mustaches, and a very happy afternoon with grandpa. The cake really added a special element to our little family celebration.

How to order…

The Tall, Dark & Delicious cake can be ordered online at (which I find is the quickest and easiest way to order), or by calling or visiting one of their local stores to place an order directly with them.  Be sure to place your order 24-hours in advance, so that your cake is ready and waiting for you at pick-up.

Prices may vary slightly by location, so please check with your closest store when ordering your delicious cake!

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It’s a Tiny Oranges Giveaway!

Celebrate dads on Father’s Day! Cold Stone Creamery is giving away TWO complimentary $25 Cold Stone Creamery gift cards!  Yum yum! Good luck!

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Whole Foods Market Sun Care Sale

Whole Foods Market Sun Care Sale

 This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Whole Foods Market.

Several years ago my father was diagnosed with Stage I melanoma and since that time I have been passionate about spreading the word about regular skin checks and sun protection.

We are in the sun year round in sunny SoCal, so we need to be especially careful.

Whole Foods Market Sun Care Sale

Save big this Memorial Day Weekend at Whole Foods Markets nationwide where you can save 30% on all sun care and aloe products. The four day sale will run Friday, 5/23/14 through Monday,  5/26/14.

Such a great time to stock up for summer!

Sun Safety Tips


What is the right SPF number?

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that everyone wear a  water resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.  Broad-spectrum means the sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVA rays. It’s important to make sure your sun block says “broad-spectrum” on the label.

How frequently should I apply sunscreen?

Re-apply every two hours, or after swimming or sweating.

What are physical sunscreens?

Chemical sunscreens protect skin by absorbing the sun’s rays by seeping deep within the skin.

Physical sunscreens utilize zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as active ingredients to sit on top of the skin and physically block the sun’s rays.  They work immediately and do not seep into the skin. Zinc oxide is protective against UVA and UVB rays.

What are nano-particles?

Recently nano-sized physical sunscreens have been developed which apply smoothly on the skin. The use of these ingredients is relatively new and long-term effects are unknown.

What else can I do to protect myself? 

In addition to applying sunscreen, wearing protective clothing like long sleeves and hats are helpful, as is seeking out shade or staying out of the sun during the hours of 10am – 2pm when the sun is the strongest.


Whole Foods Market Premium Body Care

If you are concerned about chemicals in sunscreens, Whole Foods Markets Premium Body Care products prohibit chemical sunscreen active ingredients and are carefully screened for particle size.

So even though these non-nano, physical sunscreens may apply with a slightly white film, you will be assured these products do not contain chemical sunscreens or non-particles.

Look for the Premium Body Care label on products that have been prescreened by Whole Foods Market.

My Whole Foods Market Sun Care Finds


Recently I went to stock up on my own family’s sunscreen for summer at the Whole Foods Market in Newport Beach. I wanted to share some of my finds and faves with you.


Alba Botanica Hawaiian Sunscreen SPF 45 Broad Spectrum

This sunscreen is made from 100% vegetarian ingredients and uses no parabens, phthalates or harmful sulfates.

It is broad spectrum SPF 45 and water resistant for up to 80 minutes.  I like this one for the times when my kids will be swimming a lot due to the water resistance factor.

The scent is super yummy, reminds me of herbs, has a white film, but rubs in nicely.


Kiss My Face Sun Spray Lotion SPF 30  

My kids REALLY prefer a spray sunscreen so it is nice to have a natural spray option.

I like the fact that this one is easy to apply (it sprays on like a lotion) and is easy to rub in. It is free of parabens and nano-particles, is broad-spectrum and water resistant up to 40 minutes.

This one is great for the times when you need to reapply at the beach to make sure those sand castle building shoulders are protected.


Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sport Stick SPF 30

Nothing is more important to me than making sure my little one’s faces are protected from sunburn and this is the first zinc stick I have found that goes on CLEAR. It really does! In addition, it has a pleasant smell.

Although it says Sport Stick, it doesn’t say “water resistant”, so this is more of a stick I would use at the park or for outdoor activities, not necessarily extended periods of swimming.

 It is also broad-spectrum and chemical free.


Alba Botanica SPF 15 Daily Shade

I like this product for the days when I will likely get incidental sun exposure, because as we know, the AAD recommends an SPF of at least 30 for protection.

I use this product like a lotion on the days when I will not be out in the sun for long periods of time, but will be in and out of the sun during the day for short periods, like at school pick up, etc.

Do you have any favorite natural sunscreens to share?

Visit to find a Whole Foods Market near you and follow @WFMOrangeCounty to stay up to date on the latest deals and events on Twitter and here are the local Whole Foods Market Facebook pages by location:

Laguna Niguel:
Laguna Beach:
Huntington Beach:

Happy Memorial Day Weekend Everyone!