Team Tiny Oranges

How will you make a difference in 2011?

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Tomorrow is the last day of 2010. WOW.  For me this is always a time on reflecting on this past year and looking ahead to the things I want to accomplish in the new one.

If you are in the same mode and want to do something to give back next year - I urge you to consider putting getting involved in our Tiny Oranges PCRF Run/Walk team on your list!  There are several different ways to get involved. You can register anytime, but registration fees go up after 12/31, so if you are considering it, no need to wait, sign up today!

Here are some FAQs and questions I have been getting on our team I wanted to share:

1. I am considering participating in an event, what are the times and options?

The event will be held on Sunday morning, May 1st, 2011 at the Irvine Spectrum. Click HERE to see the courses. Here are the different events you can sign up for:

Half Marathon (my husband and I are running it – WOO HOO!)
10K or 5K Run (these and the above are chip-timed)
5K Walk
1K Kid’s Fun Run
35 Mile Bike Tour

Click HERE to see the times for all the above events.

2. How do I sign up?

Click THIS LINK to go to our team page.  At the top there will be another link for “Join Our Team” – click it – and it will walk you through adding all your information to sign up.

3. How do I sign up my whole family to participate?

Many people have mentioned they want to do the 1K Kids’ Fun Run with their kids because they are too small to run themselves. SO AWESOME!

The best way to register is for both parents to sign up for the 5K Walk and then sign the kids up for the 1K Kids’ Fun Run. The 5K walk starts at 9:30am so it will be great to take your strollers & joggers and walk a nice walk with the entire family.  Then, you can go watch/participate in the 1K Kids’ Fun run at 11:00am with your kids.

I am signing up both my girls (Emma & Morgan) to do the 1K Kids’ Fun run.  I think it will be such a positive experience for both of them to get a bib, a shirt and feel like they are really a part of something special. And to teach the lesson about helping other kids. This is SO powerful to me.

4. Can I bring my kid in a stroller?

Yes, strollers are permitted!

5. Can I sign up for one event and then change to another as it gets closer?

Once you register online for an event, it can’t be changed online.  When you pick up your registration and bib for the race, you CAN change your event at that time.  It just won’t be changed online.

6. I don’t like asking people for money, do I have do fundraise?


Of course, I would love you to give your friends and family the opportunity to give to this cause, but it is not required or mandatory.

7. My family is busy that weekend and can’t participate.  How can I help?

Donate!  Even $1, $5, $10 will help! You can click HERE to donate to my personal page (thank you SO much) or click on my daughter’s names above if you would like to help them (and I guarantee they will get a HUGE kick out of it!)

Two of my team members are doing fundraising events that you can participate in as well!  Erica from is holding two pilates fundraising classes in the new year.  For a $35 donation to her personal page, 100% will be donated to our team.  And you will get a killer workout. Click HERE for upcoming dates. from Tek Salon will also be holding a fundraiser at Tek Salon in Costa Mesa in February called “Love is in the Hair” where you can get a Valentine’s weekend blowout for a $25 donation to her personal page, 100% donated to our team.  Stay tuned for details!

8. This is a mom blog – are just moms joining the team?


My husband is running and in fact would love more men out there representing on Team Tiny Oranges!  Both my parents are walking the 5K and so are my in-laws.  This is an event for the entire family!

9. I am going to run an event and my family is going to meet me at the finish line. What will be there for the kids?

A LOT!!!   Click here for ALL the finish line festivities for the kiddos! Bounce houses, music, puppet show, petting zoo, and on and on and on.  It truly is a FAMILY FRIENDLY SUPER FUN event!

10. What’s in it for me?

First and foremost, you will be helping to raise money and awareness for families affected by pediatric cancer. Not to mention if you want to run an event, it is a great motivator to get in shape in the new year.  And a positive lesson for your kids. And, and, and…I could go on and on.

And, are you ready for this?  The TOP FUNDRAISER (my family excluded) on the Tiny Oranges team will win a ONE NIGHT weekday stay at the Montage in Laguna Beach!!!!  A $700 value.  Is that enough incentive to sign up???

To those who want to purchase a team shirt, Running Divas is making us a SUPER CUTE team tee to wear for a bargain price.  Stay tuned for more details on this.

But most of all, sign up for KNOWING you are going to make a difference!

Go team go!!! I am soooooo excited to see what we can do!

If you have more questions, please comment below and I will respond or email me at   Thanks for your support!!! XOXOXOXO

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Core Athletica Pilates Fundraiser

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Have you been nibbling on a few extra holiday treats?  Need to burn off some holiday calories?

This Sunday morning, take a break from your crazy holiday schedule to do something great for your body, your health and a GREAT cause when you join Erica Ziel (one of our team members!) of Core Athletica for a reformer Pilates class benefiting Team Tiny Oranges and the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation Run/Walk!

The class will be held at Body Design in Newport Beach (above the Edwards-Big Newport Theater) across from Fashion Island at 9:00am. This is the first of three classes she is holding.  <– Click this link for more info on her blog!

Space is limited to 8 people, and 100% of the $35 class fee will be donated to our team!

 If she gets enough sign-ups, she might add an additional class, so please RSVP soon to  if you want to sign up to take her class.

You will leave feeling so energized and ready to take on the last minute holiday errands and feel good about helping to support our team.  Better yet, since you are right by Fashion Island, you can jet across the street and pick up some of those last minute gifts!

If trying Pilates has been on your list of things you want to do, this is the perfect opportunity.  Her classes are A-MAZING.   She will work every single muscle in your body! So forward this to a girlfriend and make a workout date for a great cause.

Email  to RSVP and receive instructions on how to submit your donation.

Team Tiny Oranges Update!

Good news everyone!!!!!!!

As of this weekend, we officially crossed over the $1,000 mark, and have raised $1,038 for pediatric cancer research!  Go team go!  We now have 27 team members and need more!

If you have been tossing around the idea of joining us, don’t think about it any longer, just JOIN US! Registration prices go up on 12/31 so no need to wait!  It is great to go into the New Year with a goal and something you are training for.

If you missed my last post, the TOP fundraiser on the Tiny Oranges team (team captain excluded) will receive one free night weeknight stay at the Montage in Laguna Beach! The great people over at the Running Divas are doing our team shirts and I am working on more partnerships in the new year.

When I get the email that someone new joined our team, it literally makes my ENTIRE day. I hope I get a few of those emails today…




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On my endless list of things I am thankful for, one of the first things is always HEALTH. I am so grateful for my kids health, my health, my family’s health. I feel beyond blessed to have good health in our family.

But there are families this Thanksgiving day and every day whose children are sick. Did you know that each year cancer kills more children and adolescents than any other disease?  Did you know that you can make a difference?

Please consider joining my team Tiny Oranges at the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation Cinco de Mayo Run/Walk on May 1st, 2011 in Irvine to help raise money to help make a difference in a child’s life. The money WE raise will fund research that explores causes, treatments and cures for pediatric cancer.

It’s easy!  Click here to go to the Tiny Oranges team page. Click the “Join Our Team” at the top and the sign up will walk you through the rest.  You can choose any event…half marathon, 10K run, 5K run/walk or 1K kids’ fun run and sign up the entire family.

We have 20 people on our team thus far and have already raised $653 and our team ranks 2nd in the line up! My goal for now is 50 people, so please consider joining us!!  It will be a ton of fun, and the moment you click to sign up, you will immediately get a warm fuzzy feeling about doing something really powerful for an amazing organization.

And, may I have a drum roll please…

It was just announced this week that the Montage Laguna Beach has so generously offered to sponsor our team and will be providing, are you ready for this, a complimentary one-night weeknight stay in an oceanfront room* at their GORGEOUS property to the individual on the Tiny Oranges team who raises the most money for pediatric cancer research!   A value of $700.  I am so excited about this and feel so THANKFUL for their support of our team.  Thank you! Thank you!

I fell in love with Running Divas at the Long Beach Marathon expo when I saw their hip running apparel and fun slogans that celebrate running.  I have been talking with the owner and he has offered to do a custom designed tee or tank for our Tiny Oranges team at HALF price. Could be as cheap as $11!  Again, so grateful for their support.  Stay tuned for more information on our cute team tank or tee!   Click over and check out the cute slogans.

So, lots to be thankful for this year.  And I would like sincerely thank YOU for reading my blog. You inspire me and keep me going every day!  I wish you and yours a very happy holiday!  I am also still working on my place cards & table topics for my dinner tomorrow.  If you want to help me out with any new questions – please click here to join the conversation over at the SoCal Family Connection!   XO Jen

{*A One-Night Stay in an Ocean View Guestroom for 2 Guests including room and tax. Based on availability. Not valid on Fridays, Saturdays or Holidays. Black out months of July & August apply.Valid 05/01/11 through 05/01/12.}

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Team Tiny Oranges Reaches for the Cure

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I have a dream, and I need your help.

Before you get scared that I am going to try to get you to run a Half Marathon, let me be clear, to be on the Tiny Oranges Team, you can choose to participate in any of the events, the Half Marathon, 10K run, 5K run OR walk, even a 1K kids’ fun run!

Now that hopefully your mind is still open, please keep reading on how this idea all came together and what we can do together to make a difference in a child’s life!

Last year on December 31st, I wrote a list of resolutions. Things I wanted to do this year.  #4 on my list was to organize a charity project through Tiny Oranges with your help.   I just didn’t know what it would be.  So I waited and listened because I had this feeling it would just come to me.  And it did.

A couple months back, I got an email from an old friend that wrote this beautiful post on surviving childhood pediatric cancer.  And it sat heavy on my heart.  Because as a mom, I can’t even wrap my head around how you would cope if it was your child.

Then I did some research and I learned how UNDERFUNDED pediatric cancer research is and that made me sad and angry because we are talking about CHILDREN.

Then when I picked up my bib for the Long Beach Half Marathon last month, in it was a flyer for the Cinco de Mayo Reaching for the Cure Run/Walk to benefit pediatric cancer research.  It was right then when I KNEW, in my heart, this was it. This was the project.

So I am asking you {and your husbands, friends & relatives) to please join TEAM TINY ORANGES! Because together we have the opportunity to raise money for this incredibly important cause and make a difference.

$2000 is my team goal to raise.  But between you and me I am hoping we blow that number out of the water! And I think, no, I know, we will!

So, six months from today, on May 1st, 2011, I hope you will join me and Team Tiny Oranges as we get ready to ROCK the Cinco de Mayo race benefiting the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation!

1. Click THIS LINK to go to the Tiny Oranges Team page
2. Click “Join Our Team” at the top
3. Agree to the terms
4. Then you will enter in your information, select your race of choice and enter payment info.  After you register, you will be directed to a personal page where you can put in a personal fundraising goal and find the forms to  email contacts and spread the word to your friends to start raising money.

But this is also an important note! If you are uncomfortable fundraising, please know that this is not a requirement to be on the team!  I hope you do, but you don’t have to.

And that’s all folks!   I have to have 10 people to even be considered a “team” so my goal is by the end of the day today that I can have at least 10 people signed up so I can be “legit!”

I would love you to please post this on your Facebook pages too! Here is the link to this post:

If you have never attached a link before on Facebook, let me tell you how!

1. Select the entire line above from the http part to the last word, then right click and copy
2. In your status update you can write whatever you want
3. In the grey box where it says “attach” click the first icon for “link”
4. It will pull down a white box where you will put your mouse and hit “paste”
5. Then click “attach” and then “share”

Thanks friends! Can’t wait to see our team grow!

And feel free to email, forward, do anything you can to spread the word and help recruite team members!  I am SO EXCITED you guys!   I can’t wait to see what we can do!  XO

{P.S.  If anyone out there is looking fear in the face at this moment, thinking “could I maybe, possibly do a half marathon?

Let me tell you, there is no feeling that will compare to when you cross that finish line. Even if you have never run in your entire life (like me when I trained for my first one.)  I thought I could NEVER do it.  But I did, one foot in front of the other, and it has been a life-changing experience.

Six months is more than enough time to train, and I am so happy to provide tips and encouragement along the way! I applaud you for even considering it!}

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