I Can Breathe Again

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I was in my prenatal yoga class one night, and we were going around the room (per the teacher’s request) sharing our due date along with any tip that we had to share.   One mom-to-be shared she had found “bra extenders” at Target.  She raved about how much more comfortable she was since using them because of how tight her bras had become over the course of her pregnancy.

I went right out and bought a pack that week.  They are at Target in the bra department, on the rack of “bra accessories.”  The company on the pack is “Lingerie Solutions” and they were really cheap. I  want to say they were around $3 for 3 sets: nude, black and white.   Unfortunately I couldn’t find them online on the Target site.

Let me tell you, these things are a God send!  I don’t like buying many bras during pregnancy, because of how much my body changes from month to month.   One bra bought today might be like a torture device around my ribs by next month.   These little bra extenders give you a couple inches more breathing room so you can use either on your regular bras in the beginning, or on your maternity bras towards the end.    Super brilliant product, just had to share!

And, are MUCH cheaper than buying new bras!

I also found them online at Kmart, Walmart and the Lingerie Solutions website.

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Eco Faire this Saturday at the ENC!

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The Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach is having a Butterfly House Opening and Eco Faire this Saturday, May 2nd from 10am – 3pm when your family can… 

* Explore OC’s only buttterfly house
* Buy native butterfly host and nectar plants to start your own butterfly garden!
* Buy eco-friendly, locally produced, organic, recycled products from “Natures Gifts”
* Get a  butterfly or caterpillar face painting
* Go on a scavenger hunt in the Center
* Create butterfly themed crafts out of recycled materials and brew up some “green” cleaner

If you haven’t been to the ENC before, it is a great place to take your kids for an outing. Admission is free for the ENC and this event (but donations are appreciated!)   Once you are back exploring the walking trails and hearing the rush of the stream, you will feel like you are in another world!  

Environmental Nature Center 
1601 Sixteenth Street
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Phone: (949) 645-8489

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Media Sale at Borders!

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This inside scoop was sent to me by Kali, a local mom and employee at Borders Costa Mesa. She writes:

“Borders Costa Mesa now has tons of DVDs and CDs at 50% off as we are getting ready for a slight remodel and we will be using the space for more books. We will still carry multimedia, just not as much as we have previously. Right now we still have Dora, Elmo and more at 50% off and of course stuff for mom and dad to choose from too. Most other Borders in Orange County will have similar sales going on although the selection may differ from store to store, and the Tustin store’s sale is over already.”

Thanks Kali for the heads up!  Time to stock up on our Dora DVDs!!! 

Borders Costa Mesa
1890 Newport Blvd.
Costa Mesa

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Lil Bean Sprout

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The coolest thing about doing my blog is discovering new companies run by creative and inspiring moms!   Let me introduce you to one of those moms, Amy, the founder of Lil Bean Sprout, a one-of-a-kind  custom photo card company.  Amy’s passion is creating fun, unique, colorful, whimsical cards and pop art creations with an artistic flare to capture special times in your life.   And, here’s the thing, she designs it, but YOU get to print it!

What does this mean exactly?  It means it is an affordable way to get a custom look with a quick turnaround.  She will send you the high res digital file, then you can take it to any photo processing location of your choice.  This saves you money on shipping and you can pick where you want to print it based on your budget.  

She does cards for all occasions…invitations, announcements, holiday cards, thank you notes and more.   Check out her darling website for examples of her designs.  You can choose from her collection of pre-designed cards or have her create a completely custom one just for your event. 

I love her first birthday party design above.  How CUTE is that?  You can do a picture for each month of your child’s first year!  That design is cute enough to blow up and frame since you already have the file! 🙂

Hooray!  It’s a Tiny Giveaway!   Lil Bean Sprout is giving away a custom card design with a matching thank you card design to one lucky reader!   To enter, please do the following:

1. Email me at giveaways@tinyoranges.com.
2. Include your name & mailing address.
3. Tell me: Which design do you love??  Hint: Click here to see her cute gallery of designs!

You can enter all week, just have your emails in before 5pm PST on Friday, May 1st.  Good luck!

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Baby Celebration

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Baby Celebration is taking place this weekend in Los Angeles where new and expectant parents (and the hip grandparents! ) can shop the latest and greatest baby gear, technology, decor, furniture, and fashions for babies, toddlers and tweens.

I went last year, it is a fabulous event.   Soooo many hip vendors and fun finds.  Here are the details:

Los Angeles Convention Center, Hall K
Saturday, April 25th, 2009: 10am – 6pm
Sunday, April 26th, 2009: 11am – 5pm

Tickets available at the Convention Center Box office or buy online.  

Adults: $10.00
Kids: 12 & under free

Click here for directions.

Have a great weekend everyone!  See you back on Monday for another fabulous giveaway!  🙂 Jen

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