The Next Chapter

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My oldest starts kindergarten on Tuesday.

I wish I could say I am totally calm and zen about it, but I am most certainly not! I have been a somewhat stressed (but trying really hard not to be stressed) mixture of both anxious and excited nerves.

It has also been a nostalgic time for me realizing the first chapter of her life is coming to an end and a new one is beginning.

Not just for her but for us as parents as well.

And it’s sort of a big change. For a Type A sort of planner like me, change is a challenge and I feel like I am losing a bit of control.  Then the “Mama Bear” in me comes out and just wants to protect her!

But I have realized I cannot control what friends are or are not in her class, if she will like her teacher, if she will be able to reach the monkey bars at recess, if she will find friends to sit with at lunch, if she will wash her hands before snack, and on and on and on…but I have to know that she will be OK.

My cousin who has older kids and has been a mommy mentor to me in so many ways had a really beautiful quote.

Her advice was to go into the year with an “open heart” trusting in the fact that she will end up with the teacher she is supposed to have and things will work out the way they are supposed to and that everything will be OK.

I love the open heart reminder.

So with an open heart and also some nervous butterflies, I will go with her on Friday for orientation to meet her teacher and then on Tuesday to take her for the first day.

Wish me luck.

To the mamas that have been there before, I would love your advice!

As always, thanks for reading. xoxo

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Timree Art Studio’s Paint Parties, Cute Classes & Private Lessons

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I had the pleasure of meeting artist Timree Gold of Timree Personalized Gifts and Art this summer at a Smarty networking meeting and I have to admit I was a little star struck as I have been a huge fan of her art and personalized gifts for years now!

When I met her in person it was easy to see why her work is so special and that is simply because Timree the person is special! She actually sparkles. From the twinkle in her eye to her bright smile and bubbly personality, to know Timree is to love her.  And when you look at her amazing, one-of-a-kind pieces you can see her happy personality shining through in every creation.

Timree shared with me that just this last year she opened an art studio in Newport Beach which has been coined the “cutest art studio ever!

When I visited the studio myself last week, I could see Timree’s magic sparkle dust all over it, from the moment you pull up and breathe in the ocean air to the enchanting walk up the good luck steps (you have to go to see the steps for yourself) you feel like you are entering another magical little world.  Visiting her studio is an experience.

There is much to cover about Timree it is hard to know where to start!  From her personalized platesunique gifts and school supplies to her custom murals and special live event painting, there are so many ways to experience her amazing work.

But for this post I wanted to highlight some very special offerings for OC moms and kids – most specifically –  Timree’s paint parties, cute classes and private art lessons.

Weekly Art Classes

Designed for ages 6 years and up, Timree offers weekly classes on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons from 4:00 – 5:30pm.

Starting at the beginning of the month, the weekly sessions are only $175 for 4 classes and your child will receive personalized instruction from Timree and create their own masterpiece on the provided canvas.

I think this would be such an amazing class to enroll your kids in for the Fall after school starts.

Art is so therapeutic and what a wonderful way for your kids to express and channel their creativity while while easing into the hub-bub of the busy school year.

The next session begins on September 6th, so email soon if you are interested as spots fill up quickly!

Private Lessons with TIMREE!

Timree also provides private art lessons that are only $225 for 2 hours.

During that time, Timree will sit with you one-on-one and help you or your child create a piece that holds special meaning to you.

Whether it’s a special piece of art for a bedroom wall (you can bring pictures of the decor or bedding for inspiration) or a very special one-of-a-kind piece of art for a parent or grandparent as a special gift, the goal is to embrace the fun and creativity involved in painting and walk away with a completed painting that holds personal significance.

What an amazing gift for a milestone birthday or anniversary for the person who has everything!

There is truly no better gift than one that is hand made with love and to have personalized instruction from an artist I think is incredible!

Mother / Daughter Classes

On the 2nd Sunday of each month from 2 – 4pm, mothers and daughters can attend this special class together and create their own paintings based on one of Timree’s inspired themes. Timree provides not only the canvases, tips and themed-treats – but also a special afternoon of bonding while creating.  The next class is on September 11th and the theme is “basket of apples” to celebrate back-to-school time.  Only a few spots left so sign up ASAP if you are interested! Cost is only $65/pp.

Paint Parties!

How many times have you have looked for an original venue in Orange County to host your child’s birthday party because you are tired of the same ‘ole same ‘ole?  I know I have! Now you can book your party in the cutest art studio ever and give your guests a magically creative experience.

The parties are designed to be intimate in size for 4 to 14 guests ages 6 + and include:

– 2 hours of party studio time on weekdays after school or on Sundays
– Birthday girl (or boy!) picks the theme for the painting
– Friends all paint the same picture but can get creative with their colors
– $50 per guest / $300 minimum
– BYOT (bring your own treats!)

You can also gather a group of friends for a mom’s night out!  Inquire for more details.

“Timree jeans”

For all Timree’s paint parties and classes she encourages the girls to wear special “Timree jeans” which are fun painting jeans, jean shorts or jean skirts that can get deliciously splashed with creativity.

She told me the girls love wearing their “Timree jeans” and she will personally sign the back.

This art studio is truly one of a kind. As is Timree.  She reminds me of a Disney Princess in the most flattering of ways. I guarantee your girls will be completely enchanted by her and her studio.

For more information or to sign up for private lessons, classes or parties,  contact Timree at timree {at}
Follow Timree on Facebook and Twitter.

[Disclosure: Timree is a new Tiny Oranges Sponsor. Look for her banner ad coming up on September 1st. Hooray!]

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Last week to enter + Montage Summer Sale Boutique

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Simply because my husband and I had the most incredible, memorable stay of our lives at Montage Laguna Beach this past June for his 40th birthday, I felt compelled to post a reminder that this special giveaway to win a night at Montage Laguna Beach ends this Thursday so enter, enter, enter mamas!!!

You will find all the details on how to enter to win HEREGOOD LUCK! And….

I wanted to share the information on the Montage Summer Sale Boutique! Now through September 9th, 2011 at Salon One at Montage Laguna Beach, receive up to 70% off all items including women’s and men’s fashion apparel, handbags, and accessories from designers such as: Bailey 44, Catherine Malandrino, Diane von Furstenburg, Milly, Trina Turk, Ya-Ya and more!

Hours of Operation: Thursday – Sunday each week from 11 a.m.– 7 p.m.

For additional information please call 949-715-6190. Please note all sales are final, no returns or exchanges.

[Disclosure: Montage Resorts is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor.]

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Pretend City Coupon for Martha Speaks Event

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I know I have a lot of Pretend City fans out there, so I wanted to share this special Pretend City coupon good for one free entry into the museum with the purchase of a child’s ticket, this Sunday, August 28th, 2011 for the PBS SoCal day Martha Speaks event.

Click HERE to download the coupon!

The event takes place from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.and is a a fun-filled day with a special guest visit from Martha of Martha Speaks!

Highlights of the day include story times and video clips from Martha Speaks, an alphabet soup game and even photo opportunities with Martha herself! This fun event will help your kids discover the power of speech as they learn new words and their meanings.

Martha Speaks is part of PBS KIDS Raising Readers and focuses on helping children learn to read.

You can learn more about how Pretend City’s child development initiative, Good To Go From Head To Toe, helps you better understand your child’s development.

RSVP: Not required
Fee: Included with museum admission

Have a great weekend everyone! See you back on Monday!

[Disclosure: Pretend City is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor.]

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Back to School with RoseArt

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There is something about fresh, brightly colored school supplies that makes me really happy. Is it just me??

Since I am sure many of you have back to school supply shopping on the brain, I wanted to share a post about RoseArt, a company that carries an extensive offering of stationery, pens, pencils, markers and crayons to ensure your family will be set when the first school bell rings!

I met the nice people of RoseArt at BlogHer earlier this month. I was so touched when, at the end of the Expo, they offered some leftover crayons for me to take back to donate to our local public school.  Our school was so appreciative and I love meeting companies with big hearts.

Earlier this summer RoseArt also sent me an activity craft set for review. It was a “Me & You Activity Time!” set that was available for a limited time at Target stores.  I don’t know if they are still in stores, but do keep your eye out for RoseArt craft and activity sets because my daughter loved it!

While browsing the site, I also came across these free coloring sheet downloads! I love free printables, click here to see them.

You can visit to shop supplies and find a RoseArt retailer near you!

[Disclosure: I received a couple free samples of crayons and pencils from RoseArt at BlogHer and received the above mentioned activity set complimentary. This is not a compensated post and all my opinions are my honest ones!]

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