Pretend City’s Egg-cellent Easter Extravaganza

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Here comes Peter Cottontail, hoppin’ down to Pretend City Children’s Museum for an Egg-cellent Easter Extravaganza and an OC Easter event for the entire family!

This Easter party will be filled with sweet treats, beautiful bright Easter hats, and a few egg-xtravagant surprises. Word on the street is they have invited a special long-eared guest—could it be the Easter bunny himself? Come and find out!

Activities will be held between 10am – 3pm and include:

Lil Me Morning: Sensational Story Time – Play and learning will go hand in hand as children learn about the Easter holiday through a story, song, and activities.

“Good to Go” Activity: Egg-cellent Easter Games – Hop on over for some very bunny fun! These bunny-themed games will have children hopping, twisting, turning, twirling, and building their gross motor skills.

Engaging Afternoon: Symbols of the Season – These sweet Easter treats are sure to delight your little one’s taste buds as they learn about the symbols of Easter.

Pretend City Parade: Bunny Hop – We’ll close the day with a fun twist to our daily Pretend City Parade! Hop on over to join us in the Bunny Hop complete with new egg-cellent instruments.

Pretend City Easter Extravaganza 
Saturday, March 30th, 2013
10am – 3pm

Have a wonderful Easter everyone!  

[Pretend City is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor]

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Drypro Waterproof Cast Protector Review

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I didn’t know I would be doing a Drypro Waterproof Cast Protector review and a blog about what to do with a kid in a cast on the beach, but unfortunately, I am. However, as you can tell by her happy popsicle-ladden face above, things turned out OK and this product ended up being the best thing to come out of a crappy circumstance.

So last week took an unexpected turn when Morgan broke her elbow at the playground. It was awful. One of those stupid, freak accidents on a last minute run to the park which resulted in a 3 hour doctor visit, and a full arm cast two days later.

It happened in the blink of an eye, within one moment of me turning my back to talk to a neighbor, she climbed up the ladder to reach the first monkey bar, slipped and fell on her arm.

I turned around to check on her, saw her start to slip, ran to catch her, but couldn’t. She went down in slow motion, me yelling, “Noooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!” in my head.

When I picked her up I knew. It’s a terrible feeling.

Of course, there is never a good time for this to happen, but the incident happened to fall (no pun intended) the week before we were going away for the weekend to stay at one of the historic Crystal Cove beach cottages.

If anyone has tried to reserve one of these cottages, you know, it’s not easy.  You have to try to reserve them six months in advance and they sell out within like 10 seconds. So we got very lucky.

But now I had a three-year-old in a full arm hot pink cast. That + the beach is not an ideal combo. Mommy was a little stressed out.

My husband ended up buying this Drypro waterproof cast cover at a medical supply store by his office, which turned out to be AWESOME.

The cover is made out of a heavy duty latex with a vacuum seal, so literally nothing could get in that puppy.

My little one was so resilient and completely unfazed by her arm in the cast cover. She didn’t mention it or complain about it one time. She just went about her beach day as if she wasn’t wearing a waterproof oven mitt.

We used it mostly for protection from splashing and the sand, as well as for showering, and it was fabulous. I don’t know how it would do for swimming and full submersion in water, but for our purposes of protecting a child’s cast at the beach, it was perfect.

So if anyone lands on this page looking for a Drypro waterproof cast protector review, first off, I am sorry. Secondly, the product rocks.

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Wordless Wednesday: Love

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This might be one of my favorite photos of my girls of all time. I find irresistible joy watching my kids on the beach.

And in case you were wondering why my little one is wearing a plastic blue oven mitt on her arm, will tell the full story tomorrow. Stay turned.

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ACU-LIFE True Easy Syringe Review

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As a mom, I have a few pet peeves, one of which are the dosing syringes included in children’s medications and the AIR BUBBLES that leave me to wonder how much medicine is actually in there.

I have tried shaking the syringe to bring the bubble to the top, but what ends up happening is a portion of the medicine gets caught above the bubble, the rest below. Ugh! Usually I end up dosing in two phases, just to make sure I get the right amount without the bubbles. It seriously drives me crazy!

Recently I was contacted by representative of ACU-LIFE True Easy Syringe asking if I would be interested in trying out their product for review. It’s the world’s first color-coded, accurate dose syringe that delivers a stress-free, bubble-free dosage every time. I told them, why, yes, I would be interested.

I was a little skeptical, because I have yet to meet a syringe that can fend off the bubbles, but mamas, let me tell you, this one WORKS. It really works.

I like you can turn the dial at the top to the correct dosage (which is based on color) and then when you pull up the stopper, the medicine goes right to the line it should, with zero air pockets. It’s accurate and easy ~  a good product that I am happy to share with you.

Plus it is BPA free.

It’s available in some drugstores and grocery stores nationwide, but not yet in Orange County, so for now you can purchase online. Retail price is $4.99.

Stay healthy!

[Disclosure: I was sent a complimentary product for review.]

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A Super Fun Stay-at-Home Activity for Your Kids

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Fun at Home

I threw a birthday party for a lamb. Lamby-lamb to be exact, my five-year-old’s well-loved stuffed lamb given to her as a baby.  Take note mamas – this was a FUN three hour stay-at-home activity for both kiddos – and a great (sneaky!) way to get some educational lessons in.

Now, this wasn’t just any stuffed animal’s pretend birthday party.  The celebration included a real cake and candles, a wrapped present for Lamby-lamb (what’s a birthday without a present?) and decorations.

I am a mama on the go.  My babies and I are always out and about, doing something. But, sometimes rainy days, sick munchkins, or even just overtired kids (or mamas!) require a day at home.

I found myself staring down one of these days, wondering how to entertain my two very active little ones.

My little girl had mentioned that Lamby-lamb had recently turned four (she loves imaginative play and is always making up stories for her animals and dolls), so I suggested we throw a real party.  The kids were beyond thrilled (probably because I mentioned birthday cake).

Party Planning

This is what we did – you can vary to cater to whatever you need (or already have at home):

1. Make a small, one-stop outing for supplies

First we raided the kids’ piggy banks and they each clutched two dollars. Teaching moment: have them count out their money.

Then we went to the Dollar Tree, but you could find the same products at the Target dollar spot…or your local store of choice.

They each had two dollars…and they each got to choose one card and one present…not for themselves, but for their friend Lamby-lamb.

My oldest actually counted all of the money to the cashier.  They took this step very seriously.  (What would a lamb like, anyways?  They each had ideas.) Teaching moment: how to shop on a budget.

Mommy’s present to Lamby-lamb was cake mix and frosting – for the birthday cake, of course!

2. Make a birthday card

Next came coloring at home in their birthday cards – I asked my older one to practice writing her name and a personal message.

Crayons, stickers, and a good 20 minutes of fun. Teaching momentcoloring works on fine motor skills, plus letter recognition and practice.

3. Time to bake! 

Each put on an apron, got their little step stools and we started cooking together. Teaching moment: read the instructions together, have them measure, stir and talk about setting the timer for the correct amount of time.

4. Wrap your presents

While your treat is baking, wrap your presents! 

Teaching moment: practicing with safety scissors, working on fine motor skills and learning how much tape to use.

5. It’s time to decorate!

We have a birthday box in the garage with leftover or recyclable birthday decorations – get as crazy as you want!

We always include hats, plates, napkins and banners. Teaching moment: talk about the colors on the decorations, where to place them and count out the correct number of hats/plates/etc.

6. Get on your party clothes

I always frost the cake myself (it just gets so messy and crazy with two kids trying to do this with me) – so while I was frosting, they went to get dressed up for the party.

Teaching moment: pick their outfit and use their imagination! My little girl actually dressed up Lamby-lamb, too!

7. Celebrate

PARTY TIME!!!  Light candles, sing happy birthday, have a treat, let their friend “open” their presents, read them their cards…and take LOTS of pictures!

Happy party planning!


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