Orange County Moms Blog

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I am very happy to share that I am one of the contributing bloggers over at the newly launched, Orange County Moms Blog!

This new blog is a regional blog operated by the SV Moms Group and each sister site is focused on sharing the ups, downs, outrages, struggles, victories and humors of everyday motherhood.   The posts will make you laugh out loud, shout at the screen “me too!” or sometimes tear up because, as a mom, you just know.   It is amazing to be a part of such a great group of mommy bloggers that truly exemplify just how CONNECTED we all are as moms, regardless of geography!

It has been so much fun (and also a tad cathartic) to share some of my personal experiences with motherhood.

You can CLICK HERE to visit my category “Jennifer S” and find four of my recent posts including  my thoughts on Barbie, my confession of being a germ-phobe, me as a mommy circus act and my upcoming Half Marathon in two days {GULP} and the lessons I have learned in my training journey. Wish me luck on my 13.1 miles.  I need it. Hopefully I survive to be able to blog about it!

On a totally different note, I just got back from a little 2 day trip out to Scottsdale, Arizona where Bosch Appliances hosted an amazing blogger event called “From Hamper to Hanger” – an event focused on laundry and tips on how to make it easier!  Everything from stain treatment tricks to organization tips from The Container Store. It was incredible and came away with a ton of great ideas.  Look for my posts to come!

Happy weekend!  Have a great one, see you back on Monday! xo Jen

{Disclosure:  The laundry event and travel expenses were paid for by Bosch.}

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My Favorite Everything

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One of my fellow OC mommy bloggers, Shanna Coady, creator of the ultra-fabulous, My Favorite Everything was kind enough to invite me to guest blog when she was on her maternity “leave” last month.  Shanna’s family recently welcomed her beautiful daughter, Piper, to the family and that makes Shanna a mommy of 3 little girls under age 2!

Her blog is one of my FAVORITE blogs!  I look forward to receiving her daily email with the update each morning.   Her site is  full of fun finds, simple tips, great recipes and lots of ideas for making a mom’s busy life just a little bit easier.  So, click on over, bookmark it, and subscribe!

Here are the links to the 3 guest blogs I did for her…one on my all time favorite panties, the SUPERSOFT HIPHUGGER, feminine and comfy!

One on my favorite BEAUTY FINDS post-baby.  The best cosmetic discovery of my adult life, seriously!

And, another on my MOST USED BABY TOY in the 3 years and 10 months so far that we have been parents!

I guarantee you will love Shanna’s blog & it will for sure become one of YOUR favorite everythings!

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Wordless Wednesday – My MINI Minivan

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We have a Mazda5 and sometimes when my little minivan is sandwiched in parking lots between big SUV’s it makes me giggle because, well, my minivan is just so MINI!   I shot this one in such a situation with my iPhone. I love my mini- minivan.  For a mom with small kids there is nothing better than SLIDING DOORS!

Zoom, zoom, zoom.

For more Wordless Wednesday pics, zoom on over to Angry Julie Monday!

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Jenner Rose Photography Giveaway

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Spring has sprung and what better way to kick off the spring season than with a professional photo session of your kids? Jenny, the fabulous talent behind Jenner Rose Photography, is currently offering a “Spring Fling” package and ONE lucky winner will receive this for free!  Details below!

Jenny took my entire family’s photos for our Christmas card last year. You can click here to see the magic she worked behind the lens! That is my sister’s family and my little nephew and my parents too.  We all LOVED our pictures and had so much fun!   On top of being sooo talented, she (and her husband!) are just the nicest people and so easy to work with. The last one of my nephew with the lip out is one of my all time favorite pictures.  Priceless.  Here is the scoop on this spring package and what it includes:

The Spring Fling Package
{$185 value – Package offered thru 6/1/10 – so book now!}

* 45-minute photo session
* Online gallery of 10 – 15 images
* 5 full res images on CD with usage and print rights
* Free 3 x 3 mini accordian album
* 15% off all prints and products ordered through Jenner Rose Photography

Hooray! It’s a Tiny Giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive a FREE Spring Fling package including the above***!   And, 3 runners-up will receive an email with a $50 credit towards any regular priced package!  This is one super duper giveaway!  Here is how to enter, please leave a separate comment for each entry!

1. Simply leave a comment below – 1 ENTRY
2. Become a fan of Jenner Rose Photography on Facebook – 1 ENTRY
3. Follow @JennerRose on Twitter – 1 ENTRY
4. Become a fan of Tiny Oranges on Facebook –  1 ENTRY
5. Follow @TinyOrangesOC on Twitter – 1 ENTRY
6. Subscribe to TO emails (top right column) – 1 ENTRY
7. Log into our Tiny Oranges Forum and leave a comment or new post – 1 ENTRY

Contest runs through 5pm PST Monday, 5/3.  Good luck!

***Photo shoot limited to Orange County, CA locations only and the winner must book their session prior to 8/31/2010.!

{Disclosure: Jenner Rose Photography is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor}

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Social Butterfly Designs Giveaway

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If you haven’t read my About page yet, one of my 25 Random Facts I listed about myself is I am a stationery freak .I love, love, love cute stationery, personalized cards & darling invitations.  In fact, I get a little rush when going to the mailbox and see I have some sort of fun social mailing.

Therefore, when Jill, the owner and creator behind  Social Butterfly Designs contacted me and introduced me to her boutique stationery company, I was instantly intrigued by her eclectic assortment of beautiful vintage and modern designs.  In the words of Fancy Nancy, “Ohhh la la!”  I spent a long time browsing each page and admiring her lovely cards, labels and invitations.   You will love them too, so  make sure to read below on how you can enter to win a $100 gift certificate!

This card one has to be one of my favorites!  It says “Peace, Love, Happy Birthday” with a little birthday cake in the middle.  You can even enter in your family name in the “Special Instructions” box, and get a personalized card that is ready to mail for any special birthday!    And, when you buy a box, it usually comes out cheaper (and cuter) than buying a store bought card for $3 or $4 each.  I don’t know about you, but sometimes I have the hardest time finding decent birthday cards in the store.  This is the perfect solution.

Also make sure to peruse her “Everyday” designs where you can personalize your own stationery or do a family card.  I love this design with the flowers.  The retro circle ones also allow you to put your family member’s names in each of the circles.  Perfect for a note of thanks or any other sentiment you want to send.  I am such a fan of the written word and written thank you note in today’s world of technology.

I also love these labels for birthday gifts!  No need for a separate card & so cute and personal! Not only for children’s gifts but for ANY gift!

And what little princess wouldn’t love receiving a cute sticker label like this on her birthday gift?

So, click on over, say hello, and fall in love yourself with her whimsical designs and custom possibilities!

Hooray! It’s a Tiny Giveaway!

Social Butterfly Designs is giving away a $100 GIFT CERTIFICATE to one lucky winner!!!  Here is how you can enter!  One entry for each, please leave a separate comment for each one!

1. Simply leave a comment and tell me which card caught your eye?  Click HERE to browse her cards. – 1 ENTRY
2. Become a fan of Social Butterfly Designs on Facebook – 1 ENTRY
3. Follow @SocialBDesigns on Twitter – 1 ENTRY
4. Become a fan of Tiny Oranges on Facebook – 1 ENTRY
5. Follow @TinyOrangesOC on Twitter – 1 ENTRY
6. Subscribe to TO emails (top right column) – 1 ENTRY

Contest runs through 5pm PST on Sunday, May 2nd, 2010.  Good luck everyone!

{Disclosure: Social Butterfly Designs is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor and I received two sets of complimentary note cards – which I am in LOVE with! This one and this one! Thanks Jill!}

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