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OC Parks Summer Concert Series

Ahhhh, summertime! I love summer. Long days, warm nights and sleep-in kind of mornings. And with this glorious season comes an annual Orange County FREE family-favorite event, the OC Parks Summer Concert Series 2015.

OC Parks welcomes back its annual outdoor summer concert series with five free concerts at Mason Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park and Craig Regional Park where Southern California artists will be performing live under the summer sky on Thursday evenings now through August 27, 2015.

All of the OC Parks Summer Concerts are part of the KROQ ‘N Surf summer series and take place from 6 to 8 p.m.. They offer free admission and free parking and are open to the public of all ages. Friends and families are invited to come out, bring a blanket and a beach chair and enjoy great local live music under the stars at OC Parks this summer season.

OC Parks Summer Concert Series 2015 

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July 30th

Tomorrow night at Mason Regional Park in Irvine there will be a knee-slapping free show with folk artist Tom Freund and the local country sensation Downtown Country Club.

Location: 18712 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612

Contact: (949)

Date: Thursday, July 30

Artist: Tom Freund with Downtown Country Club

August 6th

The following week the series visits Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley with Southern California’s own Santana tribute band Savor who will headline Thursday’s concert along with 2014 OC Music Awards’ Best New Artist nominee, Big Monsta, who will kick off the show.

Location: 16801 Euclid St., Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Contact: (714)

Date: Thursday, August 6

Artist: Savor with Big Monsta

August 13th

On August 13th, Irvine Regional Park will  be hosting a free summer concert series performance where and indie rock group Venice will hit the stage with soul singer Quinn Archer.

Location: 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA, 92869

Contact: (714) 973,6835,

Date: Thursday, August 13

Artist: Venice with Quinn Archer

August 20th

The series continues to the rolling hills of Craig Regional Park where audiences will relive the magic of rock & roll with Fleetwood Mac tribute band Rumours and jam out to local favorite Yukon Gold.

Location: 3300 State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92835

Contact: (714)

Date: Thursday, August 20

Artist: Rumours with Yukon Gold

August 27th

The final concert of the 2015 OC Parks Summer Concert Series returns to Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach where rhythm and blues sensation Nick Waterhouse will take the stage on August 27 with pop/funk tunes of the band Melted opening the show.

Location: 33333 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, CA 92629

Contact: (949) 923-2280

Date: Thursday, August 27

Artist: Nick Waterhouse with Melted

Here are some photos of the first show on July 23rd at the beautiful Salt Creek Beach park. See you there?! For more information visit

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A Fun Way to Eat More Veggies!

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On the list of things for me to do every day, making sure I consume an adequate intake of veggies has not been high on my list of priorities.

Until now.

A few weeks ago, the pilates studio I go to and love, Core Reform, had a sign up for a two-week vegetable eating challenge called Project Vegetable.  I was intrigued to learn more because I know I need to eat more vegetables.

Project Vegetable is a way for you to “report” your veggie intake and get daily tips and encouragement to eat more veggies. Sounded good to me so I signed up.

How Project Vegetable Works

You sign up on and every day, when you eat vegetables you can upload your photo to Instagram using #ProjectVegetable or text your photo to Project Vegetable and they track your veggie consumption. The first 30-days are free, then after the 30-day trial, it’s only $1 a week.

Seriously. $4 a month is the cost of a fancy coffee!

Project Vegetable Has Been Life Changing for Me

I went into the challenge thinking it would be fun, but after two weeks of doing Project Vegetable, I truly had no idea just how much I would learn from this process (and how good I would feel!)

Here’s what I have learned.

1. Being held accountable is the best way to keep you on track. Instead of grabbing a box of crackers for a quick snack, I remember Project Vegetable, and get out my cut veggies with hummus instead. Then I take a pic and feel proud of myself!

2. My kids are eating more veggies.  When I am snacking on veggies while making dinner in that hungry hour, my kids will come by and graze on them as well. Awesome.

3. I am thinking of new ways to incorporate vegetables into my diet.

I made omelettes last weekend, and typically would have skimped on the veggies. Or, made them with ham and cheese and skipped the veggies entirely (the horror!)  Instead, I made vegetables the star of the omelette. Then took a photo and felt proud to share.

Last night, I made pasta and with Project Vegetable in mind, I sautéed broccoli, onions, garlic and tomatoes to add into the pasta and it was so good! And once again, I took photos to send to Project Vegetable. And felt so very proud of myself.

4. The Project Vegetable daily tips are really good. Every day Project Vegetable sends an email with tips on how to incorporate more veggies into your life.  For example, one of the tips was to wash lettuce, cut veggies, cook quinoa or prep anything else you would like to put in salads for the week on Sundays.  I did this, and when I am hungry for lunch, I don’t have to make a salad from scratch, I simply pull out my prepped salad stuff, throw in a bowl, and my lunch is done.

5. They say it takes 21 days to develop a habit. Who “they” is, I don’t know, but I have heard this. The beautiful thing about Project Vegetable is it develops and encourages good vegetable habits.

Sign up and try it for free for 30-days. You will love it.

Ruby’s 93!


Shooby Dooby down to Ruby’s Diner on Monday, July 27th, 2015 from 11:30am until closing and you can get a Ruby’s Classic RubyBurger and fries for only $1.93 to celebrate Ruby’s 93rd birthday!

reCAP lids are reALLY reMARKABLE

pourable mason jar lids

Every day I get lots of emails from companies and PR agencies showcasing products products moms might like. Because of the volume of emails, it’s hard to be able to investigate every one, but the email I got telling me about reCAP mason jar lids stopped me in my tracks – brilliant. 

In a nutshell, reCAP lids are universal pourable mason jar lids and caps that fit any mason jar so you can reuse your beautiful jars in a gazillion new ways.

I told them I would be interested in getting some samples to see if they were as awesome as they looked so they sent me a few to try.

When I feature products on Tiny Oranges, I have to really love it.  Enough to feel compelled to want to share with my girlfriends (and I consider my readers my girlfriends). So let me tell you how much I love this product.

The pourable mason jar lids are perfect for smoothies, protein shakes, my cucumber water and also homemade salad dressings.  You can shake it, pour it, drink from it, what have you.

Here are my two favorite everyday uses for my reCAP pour caps (click here to get the how-to on the amazing homemade salad dressing recipe.)


reCAP also carries flip lids which make the jars perfect for storage, snacks, really anything and Adapta caps which have sprayers and pumps for cleaning or beauty products.

And for anyone who loves Classico Italian sauces like we do, the 24 oz mason jars the sauces come in are the perfect container to reUSE with your reCAP products.  If you are inspired to share your ideas on how you reUSE your Classico jars with reCAP lids, tag them on social media with #ClassicoMakeItYourOwn!

Or share any of the ways you reUSE your mason jars using hashtag #WhatWillYouReCap!

2015 OC Fair Ticket Giveaway

2015 OC Fair Info

It’s here! It’s here!

Today is OPENING DAY of the 2015 OC Fair, themed “One Big Party,”celebrating it’s 125th year in Orange County so gear up for an extravaganza of food, rides, entertainment and fun at one of Orange County’s favorite family events.

The OC Fair is open Wednesdays through Sundays today through August 16th, 2015.

OC Fair Ticket Giveaway!

Yippppeee!!! I have a family four pack of tickets for OC Fair Admission and Austin Mahone/ Kalin and Myles concert in the Pacific Amphitheater on Sunday, August 16th at 7:30pm. Enter below!

Ways to Save Money at the OC Fair

We all know how much we love the fair, and how quickly things can add up to make it an expensive outing for a family. However, there are ways you can save money, here are some of the OC Fair discounts offered.

Opening Day:

Friday, July 17, Noon-1 pm: Free Opening Hour, FREE admission & parking for everyone

Daily Discounts:

Active Military & Veterans
Free admission for active-duty military and veterans with appropriate military ID (DD214, etc.) Not valid for spouses or dependents.

Read & Ride
Bookworms ages 5-11 can read 2 books to earn 3 free carnival rides. Click here to download the book report form. Completed book report forms can be redeemed for ride tickets at the Centennial Farm Information Booth during Fair hours. Tickets are valid July 17-August 16, 2015 only. Official OC Fair Read & Ride Form must be used in order to participate in program.

Super Pass
Enjoy 23 days of Fair fun, food and more with a 2015 OC Fair Super Pass.

We Care Wednesdays:

FREE admission and one (1) free carnival ride per person each Wednesday with appropriate donation (donation changes weekly.)

Food Drive – July 22, Noon-3 pm
FREE admission with donation of 5 cans of food

Children’s Book Drive – July 29, Noon-3 pm
FREE admission with donation of 3 new or gently used children’s books

Clothing Drive – August 5, Noon-3 pm
FREE admission with donation of 5 new or gently used clothing items

School Supply Drive – August 12, Noon-3 pm
FREE admission with donation of NEW school supplies valued at $5 or more. Receipt required.

$30 Unlimited Carnival Ride Wristband

Enjoy all the rides you can handle for one price plus 2 free games. (Sold until 5 pm. Valid until 8 pm. Required Fair admission sold separately.)


Kids Day
Children 12 & Under FREE Fair admission All day.

$30 Unlimited Carnival Ride Wristband
Enjoy all the rides you like for one price plus 2 free games. (Sold until 5 pm. Valid until 8 pm. Required Fair admission sold separately.)


Seniors Day (60+)
$2 discount on Senior admission plus FREE Ferris wheel and merry-go-round rides all day

$2 Taste of Fair Food
Enjoy $2 samples of select Fair treats. Click here for the $2 Taste of Fair Food List.
Valid Noon-4 pm

$2 Rides and $2 Games
Rides and games are only $2 each in the Main Carnival and Kiddie Carnival.
Valid Noon-4 pm

Saturdays + Sundays

Rise & Shine
Early admission pricing every weekend of the Fair
$3 general admission for everyone
10 am – 11 am
Discounted tickets are sold until 11 am and must be use by Noon on the day of purchase.

FREE Off-Site Parking (Weekends Only)
Free parking and shuttle service is available on Saturdays and Sundays from the Experian parking structure located off the Bristol Street exit of the 405 Freeway. Follow the signs to “Experian.” The shuttle operates from 10 am-1 am Saturday & Sunday only.

Things to Do at the OC Fair 

There are so many things to do at the OC Fair, the question becomes, what is there not to do at the OC Fair? Visit the Things to Do page for a full list of attractions, entertainment and special events.

Hooray! It’s a OC Fair Ticket Giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive a family four-pack of tickets to win a family four pack of tickets to the Austin Mahone/ Kalin and Myles concert in the Pacific Amphitheater on Sunday, August 16th at 7:30pm and four free Fair tickets for the same day. Good luck!

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