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Light Up Your Bath Time

Make Bath Time More Fun

This idea was sent to me from my sister Suzanne, OC mommy of two boys, ages 1 1/2 and 4 1/2, she writes…

Every time we try to get our 4 1/2 year old into the bath, WWIII ensues.  I’m petty sure it’s just the reality setting in that bedtime will be soon after. It can be a complete and total nightmare, so I wanted to share this idea to make bath time more fun.

Now that he has discovered Star Wars, everything has been turned into a lightsaber.

Even the old pool noodles from summer have been cut in half and fashioned into the perfect (and mom-approved) lightsaber.

My son is also obsessed with glow anything, so we took glow sticks and turned them into glowing bath time  lightsabers. This idea to make bath time more fun, has (dare I say?) WORKED!

So, next time you are placing an order on Amazon, stock up on glowsticks like these (affiliate link) and stash them away.

We dim the lights (and leave the hallway one on, for safety of course) and the glow sticks are the perfect entertainment.

I am pretty sure girls will get a kick out of this too – just make them into bracelets and necklaces.

(Note: Children should always be supervised while using glow sticks.) 

Our Minted Holiday Cards

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Happy holidays from our families to yours!

Minted has been a long time friend, sponsor and partner to Tiny Oranges and I just adore working with them. Not only the nicest group of people, but their products are all just so darn cute! I truly can go crazy on that site.

Minted was kind enough to provide both Susanne and I a credit to use towards cards this year as a gift, so we wanted to share our Minted holiday cards and what we loved most about ordering them through Minted.

Happy Holidays from the Scheumanns! 

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I loved this family picture by Kristin Eldridge because it was a different kind of photo than I normally send. Plus, the moment behind what made us laugh makes me smile.

Since I knew the photo I wanted, I used  Minted’s Find It Fast feature, where you can upload the photo you want to use, and then it will automatically put it into different designs so you can quickly scroll and see which ones catch your eye.

The moment I saw this Cherry Merry design, I knew it was “the One.” Perfect sentiment and the words just fit with the photo.

card backer I was compelled to add the rounded corners because I just loved the look, and added a “Backer” with a photo and text so I could add a photo of my girls and a little about the happenings of 2013 in our family.

I really enjoy getting cards from people with a little synopsis of the year. It makes me feel more connected and in touch in these busy, busy days.

If you have not yet ordered your holiday cards, I can’t more highly suggest checking out Minted. Their designs are one of a kind by indie designers and their service is phenomenal, from proofing to delivery.

Happy Holidays!

XOXO Jen & family

Happy Holidays from the Hendersons!

Holiday Cards make me smile, so I really enjoyed the process uploading our photos, again by the ultra talented Kristin Eldridge to Minted and previewing all the different designs!  There are so many to choose from, the filter function which lets me pick how many photos we’d like to use, colors, shape, photo orientation (I knew the pic I wanted to use was “portrait”), etc, is a life saver!

It was hard for me to pick! I would save my favorites, pour over them, and email my husband and Jen for their opinions because it’s just so hard when there are so many amazing designs.

This year was a tight race. Some of my favorite contenders were Glitter Holiday Photo Card and Glitter Garden Holiday Photo Card.  We decided upon Postmarked Holiday Postcard, a POSTCARD (so cute!) with an instagram-y feel to it, and included a bonus little photo spot on the address side.

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When placing my order I included a request in the Notes Section to remove the color filter effect on the card because I loved the colors of our photo this year. Also, our last name is long and I wanted to make sure it worked in the little spot allotted on the front.  The proof came (quickly) and it was perfect!  It’s so great knowing they have a Designer making sure it looks perfect!

Couldn’t be more thrilled with how they turned out, the card stock is so thick!  I’m off to address them now-

Happy Holidays!
Susanne and family

Cakes in a JAR!

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Cakes in a Jar

Brace yourself for cuteness, as these cakes in a jar by POPCAKERY are one of my most adorable finds of late.

POPCAKERY bakes thousands of fresh cake jars every day and ships them directly from their bakery to your front door so you can add a special touch to any occasion with these yummy bites packaged in individual jars ready-to-eat.

The cakes are sealed for freshness and they are are free of preservatives.

The ideas on how you can use these cakes in a jar are endless. I am thinkin’ birthday parties, baby showers, hostess gifts, holiday gifts, unique party favors, and the list can go on and on.

Then when the mason jars are licked clean, you can even reuse them for your own DIY ideas around the house!

Last week I got a fun delivery of POPCAKERY cakes in a jar delivered to my doorstep so I could experience them for myself.

This is what the Baker’s Choice 6-Pack looks like when you open it up.

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Each cake was individually wrapped and packaged in an insulated shipping container for safety in shipping.

POPCAKERY recommends consuming right away for ideal freshness, however, the cakes in a jar will keep for up to 10 days unrefrigerated.

When I started unwrapping each one my girls’ eyes got bigger and bigger and bigger. “What are those?!?” they asked with excitement!

Definitely something my girls had never seen before so I can only imagine what a hit the “Birthday Cake” cake in a jar would be at a child’s birthday party.

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Their delicious flavors include Lemon, Birthday Cake, Mocha, Red Velvet, German Chocolate and Double Chocolate.

I could tell these adorable cakes in a jar were not going to last long hanging around the house so we immediately had to sample. Sooooo moist and yummy! Two thumbs up from our family. I have to say, I was really impressed with how fresh they were.

I loved them so much, I decided to give some as hostess gifts for upcoming holiday parties. Aren’t these adorable? Just put in a cellophane bag or gift bag and tie with a personal tag. They would also make a fun gift for kids to give to their friends.

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You can learn more about POPCAKERY at www.popcakery.com. Follow POPCAKERY on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for some sweet inspiration. 

Team OC Special Offer

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Team OC special offer

My girls have taken gymnastics classes at Team OC for years and we love their facility and programs, which is why I am excited to share a Team OC special offer with you today!

I have taken the mommy and me gymnastics classes with both my girls, which I loved when they were little. My youngest now takes a preschool gymnastics class and my oldest daughter is in their Devo Program which prepares girls for the competitive team. She is all about gymnastics, all the time. It is her passion, and the only activity she wants to do. She is working so hard to make their team.

I have seen them both grow so much in their experience with gymnastics and the skills and confidence it has given them so I asked the experts at Team OC to tell me more about the benefits of early childhood gymnastics from their point of view.

Here is what they said:

Gymnastics education can begin at an early age.

Once your child is walking, a parent & me toddler gymnastics class is a great place to start!

Your child can learn skills to improve balance and coordination with you comfortably by his or her side. Your child can enjoy being around other children but with the one-on-one attention they need. At the same time parents can also learn skills they can use in developmental play at home.

As your child matures, brain growth is very rapid and new skills can readily be learned.

During the preschool years children continue to improve their gross motor skills and develop strength and flexibility. In addition, socialization skills begin to develop and children begin to participate independently away from their parents and cooperatively in a group setting learning how to follow directions from instructors.

Our weekly themed preschool lesson plans focus on fundamental movement education and basic motor skills that help children develop a sense of physical fitness, coordination, spatial awareness, strength, flexibility, balance and FUN!

Team OC Special Offer

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Pre-register online, by phone or on site.

Team OC is located in Costa Mesa, CA and offers gymnastics, cheers, trampoline and dance classes. You may visit our website at: www.teamocfun.com or call us at (714) 444-1144.

Halloween Bug Bash at Pretend City

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With this Pretend City coupon above you can receive $1 off general admission to Pretend City on Halloween day to the Halloween Bug Bash, Thursday, 10/31/13 from 10am – 5pm. This is a Halloween Party at Pretend City your little ones won’t want to miss!

Kids of all ages will have a boo-tiful time at the Bug Bash on Halloween, where there is something for every little trick-or-treater.

Come dressed to thrill in their creepy, creaky, critter city as you trick-or-treat at each of the exhibit spaces every two hours.

The Bug Bash event includes:

Monster Moves with Disco Dracula: Jammin’ tunes for dancing and grooving
Spooky Snacks: Make sure your Halloween is a healthy one with these adorable, healthy Halloween snacks
Bug Bites at Kiosk Cafe: Crickets, bugs, worms is what’s on the menu at Bug Bite Cafe.
Halloween Bugs Story Time: Silly, spooky, scary bugs are featured in this story.
FREE dental screenings: 10am – 12pm (first come, first served.)

Sounds like such a fun event to take your little ones to! If I had a baby or toddler, this would be a great way to spend day day on Halloween because sometimes it can be hard to find OC Halloween events for toddlers.  I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with your cuties. Enjoy!

Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618
949-428-3900