Crazy for Crocs

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I have to admit, I didn’t used to get the Croc craze. They were kind of weird looking to me, and I was always surprised at how it seemed like EVERY kid at the mall or park were sporting a pair. Then, my daughter started toddling around and I realized how much time it took to take her tennies off and on when she just wanted to run outside for a minute. I thought, maybe these parents are onto something, and I bit the bullet and bought her a pair.  We opted for a light pink pair, and after the first day, we both were HOOKED.  They are easy for them to get on and off, they are waterproof (great for summer) and easy to clean.  I love the Croc Kiosk at the Irvine Spectrum (by Nordstrom’s and Anthropologie) under the big ferris wheel.  Great selection to pick up some “flare” AKA. Jibbetz! 71 Fortune Dr. Irvine 92618 – 949.450.9218

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Crocs is sponsoring an awesome program called Soles United , which takes used pairs of donated Crocs and recycles them for distribution to people in need around the globe.  Check out the website for participating locations for drop off or instructions on how to mail them. The Irvine Spectrum has a collection bag. What a beautiful way to spread the love, one croc at a time! 

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Guest Blog “It’s a Miracle!”

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“My all-time favorite diaper cream is Mustela Vitamin Barrier Cream. It’s a miracle! My daughter always seems to have a diaper rash or at least irritation. NOTHING worked… finally I splurged and bought this and it has been well worth it. If a rash is starting, I put this on and by the time she wakes up in the morning it’s all cleared up. Now I use it daily as a preventative and the difference in her diaper area is amazing. I can’t recommend it enough!”

Pam, Aliso Viejo

Note from the peanut gallery: I can’t help but add my own favorite Mustela product!   I love the Foam Shampoo for Newborns.  My newborn had pretty bad cradle cap, and this shampoo TOTALLY took it away! You can put it on and use a gentle toothbrush to massage the scalp.  It was amazing how quickly it cleared up.  

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Bluebird Park Laguna Beach

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To describe this park in one word would be LOVELY.  It is just lovely.

In a peaceful, gated area off Cress Street in Laguna Beach, this is truly a park that has it all.   Toddler play areas, older kid areas, tricycle/bicycle trails, a little bridge, trees for shade, gorgeous green grass, picnic tables, and my favorite, a CLEAN bathroom complete with kid’s size sink and potty.   What more could you need?

To get there, take Cress Street off PCH away from the ocean (it’s a light), and it will be on your right hand side before you hit Bluebird Canyon Road.  Mapquest address is: 798 Blue Bird Canyon Drive, Laguna Beach.  You can also turn right on Temple St., and there are a handful of parking spaces above the park.   I found this one on OC Family, and this park was # 1 on the 10 Best Playgrounds in OC list.  I plan to visit each one.  Stay tuned.

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Crystal Cove

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Grab your jogger, load up the kiddos and take a walk back in time!  If you are looking for a fun outing, we love visiting Crystal Cove and looking at the refurbished vintage beach cottages.  To get there, park in the public lot at the “Los Trancos” light off PCH. In the peak months and weekends it is $10/day to park, but most times we have been there during the week, and the parking is free.  From the parking lot, there is a shuttle that runs down to the beach through the Beachcomber Restaurant for $1/pp or you can take the walking path down under the freeway. The kids can explore the beach and adjacent tide pools, and you can walk along the beach and check out the cottages. Make sure to take the road (or wooden staircase) up top where it says “check in” and you can enjoy the view from a huge wooden deck and get more information on renting the cottages.  My family has stayed down in the cottages many times, and it is amazing.  You feel like you are in another world.  Visit www.crystalcovebeachcottages.org for more information.

{2 images above from www.daytrippen.com – Featuring lots of fabulous Southern California Day Trips!}

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