Mommy Movie Mondays

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When was the last time you went to the movies?  Did you just laugh because you don’t remember?  I think I have been to TWO movies in the theater over the last 3 1/2 years. Not kidding.  So how fun is this idea??

Krikorian Theatres is running a special event for the month of November called Mommy Movie Mondays where you can actually take your kids to the movies and enjoy a baby-friendly environment where everyone is in the same {understanding} boat!

These special showtimes feature:

*  Convenient stroller check-in
*  Reduced sound levels
*  Dimmed lights (for diaper bag visibility!)
*  10am showtimes
*  Early bird prices

movieMonday0367_2010_5831 This Monday, November 2nd, they are showing the Michael Jackson documentary THIS IS IT in San Clemente.

I actually really want to see that movie.  It’s supposed to be fantastic.

Click HERE for info and showtimes on this film and the others shown on Mommy Movie Mondays.

Have a very safe and fun Halloween!  See you back on Monday!

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Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Broccoli

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My mom recently made this recipe from Real Simple for a family dinner and it was soooo yummy!  Even my picky daughter loved it!

Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Broccoli
Serves 4
Hands-On Time: 20m
Total Time: 20m

12 ounces rigatoni (about 4 1/2 cups)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, sliced
6 ounces fully cooked chicken sausage links, sliced
1 small head broccoli, cut into florets and stems sliced
1/4 cup grated Parmesan (1 ounce)

1.  Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
2.  Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the onion, stirring often, for 3 minutes. Add the sausage and cook, stirring, until browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the broccoli and 1¼ cups water and simmer, covered, until the broccoli is tender, 5 to 6 minutes.
3.  Toss the pasta with the sausage mixture and any remaining liquid and the Parmesan.

Enjoy!  Click HERE for more easy recipes on Tiny Oranges!

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Little Miss Forgetful

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Well the title of my blog  just proves the fact of just how forgetful I really am!   I swore there was a “Little Miss” book called “Little Miss Forgetful”, but when I went to search it online, I just found a “Mr. Forgetful.”   I guess I forgot that “Little Miss Forgetful” didn’t exist!  Hee hee…

Greetings from Newborn Land!  I am happy to say we have survived almost 16 weeks!  Woo hoo!   Things are (dare I even SAY it) going really, really well.   We went through a bit of a rough patch around week 13 when Morgan went through a growth spurt and my milk supply couldn’t keep up – but after a lactation consultation and help from Milkalicious – again, I love that organization, we are back on track.

The scary thing to me lately is just how forgetful and absent-minded I am.  With two kids and all the endless baby/kid gear, it never fails that I get out the door and forget the ONE thing I need.   Just for an example, in the past month I have had these adventures:

Not One More Penny!
I get both kids loaded up in the car to make our first trip to the dentist for Emma.   I miss the exit even though my Garmin is telling me exactly where to go because my 3 year old will not stop talking in the back seat.  We end up 15 minutes late (which totally stresses me out), I unload the kids and get ready to rush in.  I can’t find my keys in the abyss of my diaper bag (even though I have told myself a million times how that won’t happen if I designate one spot in the oh so convenient separate pockets.)     I have to dump my entire bag out and finally find my keys.  I literally am saying to myself “breathe Jen, breathe.”    Then we  get in to the dentist and I realize I forgot my wallet at home in my other purse!!  Luckily I have my credit card # memorized and that is OK with them, so we are all set. That is until we go to leave the parking structure (of course I forgot to validate my ticket) and I owe $2.00.  I am pleading with the attendant to understand my situation and she just stares at me.  I am able to locate $1.30 from my diaper bag, console and under my seat. She finally lets me go as I tell her, “I seriously do not have ONE MORE PENNY!!!”   Geesh!

This is FUN!
I locate the video monitor I need for Morgan.  They only have it at one Babies R Us in Foothill Ranch which is about  25 minutes away from us.  I have a gift card for BRU, therefore I am thrilled to offset the ridiculous expense of this monitor.   Again, I get both kids loaded up.  Not an easy process.   Morgan starts to cry when we are backing out of the driveway.  I do the lean back and return the binky about 10 times.   By the time we hit the freeway, she is SCREAMING.  Is there anything worse than a baby screaming in the car??  Emma is yelling “Morgan is scaring me!”  It is total chaos.   We make it (barely) to BRU.   I unload the stroller, she is still screaming, so we rush to that mother’s room to nurse.   You know it’s bad when people are staring at you in BRU as you walk by with a screaming baby.   We get to the nursing room and Emma is bored so she entertains herself by rolling around and jumping off on the couch in there.     I think of how many kids have been on that couch and I get so grossed out.    I have to put it out of my head.   Then she yells, “this is fun!”  just as I am thinking just how NOT fun it is.   Gotta love kids.   When Morgan is fed and happy, we go to pay for the monitor and guess what I forgot?  Yep, the gift card is at home in my office.

A Grassy Beach Towel and Flats: The Must Have Look This Fall!
I have to get three pairs of pants altered at the alterations place by my house.  It’s a little hole in the wall, so I wait until my mom can come to watch the girls so I can run there solo.  I go get the jeans, get the shoes I want to wear with them so the hem is right, then I remember I am wearing one pair I want altered so  I go to get a skirt to wear home.   When I get there I realize I forgot the skirt even though I made a special trip to get it.    I end up (and I am not kidding) finding a beach towel with grass stuck to it in my trunk from a recent park trip, and I wear the beach towel out of the place with my flats and normal top.  I figure there is  no way am I making ANOTHER trip there!    Especially since I had the luxury of going by myself.    Can you imagine what I looked like walking across the parking lot wearing flats and a grassy beach towel around my waist?   Again, got to keep your sense of humor!

And that is only the tip of the ice berg.   Want to know the one thing I always do?  Count both kids when I get in the car.   Got a chatty 3 year old? Check?  Is the baby there? Check.    I figure as long as I have both kids, I can pretty much forget anything else, and  I am doing OK!

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Win Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs DVD!

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Your favorite prehistoric pals from Ice Age and Ice Age The Meltdown are back in an all-new ginormous animated adventure for all ages in Ice Age III: Dawn of the Dinosaurs!

As the Ice Age comes to an end, woolly mammoths Manny and Ellie (Ray Romano & Queen Latifah), Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo), and Diego the sabor-tooth tiger (Denis Leary) go underground and discover a lost world filled with ferociously funny dinosaurs.

This movie is released TODAY on DVD and Blu-Ray! 

Hooray!  It’s a Tiny Giveaway!

Enter a comment below and one lucky winner will win a free DVD copy!  Contest runs through Sunday, 11/1 at 5pm PST.  You can enter as many times as you would like, so comment away!

Become a Tiny Oranges Facebook fan (or let me know you already are one in your comment) and receive an extra entry!

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Team OC

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Team OC is an amazing, 45,000 square foot, state-of-the-art gymnastics facility in Costa Mesa offering lots of fun programs for kids of all ages, including  Mommy & Me classes for kids as young as 12 months.   With a wide variety of classes offering gymnastics, dance, cheer, tumbling, trampoline and studio classes, Team OC has something for just about anyone!

Emma and I used to take the Busy Bee class last year (ages 20 – 30 months) and she LOVED it.  Our favorite part was the huge trampoline runway into a huge pool of foam blocks.  Can you imagine anything more fun for a little one?   My parents went with us a few times and their jaws dropped when they walked in – the place is THAT cool.  I guarantee yours will too!    Just to give you an idea – check out this virtual tour!

Get prepared for your jaw to drop this weekend and experience Team OC firsthand at a (FREE) Halloween event they are hosting this Saturday!  Here are the details:

Halloween Open House
Saturday, October 31st, 2009
12:30pm – 3:30pm

Click HERE for a map and directions.

This event is open for kids ages 2-12.  You can dress in costume (but it’s not required!)  There will be fun, games, goodie bags, obstacle course, art activities, scavenger hunt, bounce house and MORE!   They will even be teaching the THRILLER dance!

Mention Tiny Oranges and receive 20% off your first month’s tuition if you sign up for a class!

Click HERE to download a coupon to try a class for free.


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