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Fun Filled Weekend Events!

In case you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, there are two fun family events going on in the OC.  Kidsfaire is coming to the OC Fairgrounds this Saturday, 10/4 and Sunday, 10/5 from 10am – 5pm.   Tons of entertainment, and admission is reasonable.  $8 for adults and $5 for kids 2 – 12.   Click here to buy tickets and get a discount, or you can buy at the gate. 

The Orange County Children’s Book Festival will be held at OCC on Sunday, 10/5 from 10:00am – 4:00pm.  Admission and parking is free!   Tons of fun activities for kids of all ages and multiple stages with author and illustrator presentations.  

Have a great weekend everyone!  We will see you back on Monday with another amazing giveaway and the winner to this week’s Healthy Skin Naturally $100 gift certificate!  You still have time to enter!  Send an email to by 5pm PST today, Friday, 10/3.   Good luck!

Pasta with Chickpeas and Spinach

This recipe was sent from one of our readers, Dru, she writes “…it’s great for vegetarians (like me!). And, my husband who’s a total carnivore loves it too :-)”

Pasta with Chickpeas and Spinach (Recipe from Emeril Lagasse, 2001)

  • 1 pound fusilli or penne
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped red bell peppers
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onions
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine
  • 2 cups vegetable stock, or canned vegetable broth
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 8 ounces fresh baby spinach, rinsed well and stems removed
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup cubed mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup grated asiago

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain well.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the bell peppers and onions, and cook, stirring, until soft, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, and cook for 1 minute. Add the wine and stir to deglaze the pan. Add the vegetable stock and chickpeas and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the chickpeas are tender, about 5 minutes, and almost all the broth is gone. Crush the peas lightly with the back of a spoon against the side of the pot. Add the spinach and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes. Add the cooked pasta and toss well to coat. Adjust seasoning, to taste. Add the extra-virgin olive oil, cream, and cheeses, and toss to combine. Divide the pasta among serving plates and serve immediately.

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Hey mamas: Please send me your easy recipes! I want to post ideas and recipes from lots of moms out there!!! Email them to with RECIPE in the subject line… THANK YOU!

Read for the Record!

I just found out about this event today (Tuesday), otherwise I would have posted earlier!  But, there are still lots of remaining times on Wednesday and Thursday this week to participate!

You can help set a World Record!  READ/Orange County and Jumpstart are teaming up with families across the nation to break the World’s Record for the most adults and children reading the SAME book on the SAME day!    This campaign was designed to bring attention to the importance of early childhood education and celebrates Corduroy’s 40th birthday with a story time, a craft and a copy of Corduroy for each family.  Emma and I went to the one at the Irvine Library on Tuesday, it was a darling event, and she loves her new Corduroy book.  It brought back so many memories for me too as it was one of my favorite books growing up!  Don’t you remember cute little Corduroy missing his button? 🙂

If you can’t make one of the story times this week, you can support the cause online by purchasing the book or click here for other ways to get involved.  100% of the book’s profits go to support Jumpstart, an organization that provides books and adult mentors to read one-on-one with low income children for a full year to help them prepare to enter school ready to succeed. 

The Next Generation of Work Flexibility

Are you a mom considering re-entering the workforce?  Do you wish you could find a job that would allow you to work around your schedule? Are you frustrated with the lack of professional, part-time work opportunities that allow flexibility so you can also manage your other full-time job being a MOM? If you answered “yes” to any of the above, you must be introduced to FlexWork Connection, a recruiting firm in So Cal promoting flexible work opportunities!  Isn’t that awesome? Jessica Riester, founder of FlexWork Connection (and mompreneur extraordinaire) started her company out of a passion for helping professional mothers like herself find rewarding work and achieve the BALANCE every working mom wants. The company helps match experienced professional moms with local employers on board with flexibility in either interim, part-time and/or full-time positions. 

FlexWork Connection is hosting an exciting event called The Next Generation of Work Flexibility on Thursday, October 16th, 2008 at the UCI Merange School of Business. The event will feature 2 pre-conference breakout workshops, a cocktail hour for networking and book signing and a panel of experts sharing information and insight on new work flexibility programs following by a Q & A session.

You can register online through this link.  What a great way to find out about the opportunities out there and enjoy a night of networking at the same time!  

Healthy Skin Naturally

I have to warn you, I am going to sound like an infomercial because of how much I love this skin care line! I have always had problem skin, since I was a teenager.  I thought it would get better in my 20’s and 30’s, but no such luck. In fact, my skin was the worst ever during my pregnancy. Pregnancy glow – yeah right!  I have tried so many products over the last 20 years…both drugstore and fancy-schmancy expensive. Nothing worked  for me. Then I started using this private label called Healthy Skin Naturally that was sold at a place where I get facials in Costa Mesa. I use the Clear-Up Now! products, and let me tell you, I swear by them!  

Here are some descriptions on how some of the products can help us moms challenged by skin care issues:

Clear up during pregnancy and post pregnancy with Healthy Skin Naturally™ ! Pregnancy and post pregnancy can leave the expecting mom with unexpected skin care problems. This is simply one of the side effects of the baby-making factory: the body is using so many of its resources to create life that this flood of hormones can result in the appearance of facial blemishes.

Clear-Up Now! Trio to the rescue: $89  (this is what I use!)

This system of cleanser, toner and repair lotion provides a simple system for clearing the problem.

Prevention Product Recommendations: Oak Cleanser, Clear Up Scrub, Clear Up Mask, Moisture Balance.

Most post pregnancy moms seem to notice these particular ravages: Fine lines around the eyes appear like “crows’ feet” and the face can look drawn and dull. So many of the body’s resources are used for nursing and repair of the former “baby factory” that skin can look tired and lifeless.

Anti-Aging Product Recommendations:

Luxe Citrus Gel Cleanser, Vitamin C Therapy, Ultra Luxe Moisturizer, Stop-the-Clock Moisturizer, Daily Dose, Nutricare Eye Crème or Eye Luxe.

Tiny Oranges readers can take advantage of special promotional pricing on skin care services for a limited time at their location in Eastside Costa Mesa! 

The Clear Up Now! Facial (1 hr) – $95.00 (reg $125)
Each treatment includes enzyme exfoliation, extractions, home-care instructions, and hi-frequency antibacterial purification. Home skin care kit included.

Healthy Skin Enzyme Facial (1 hr) – $85.00 (reg $120)
This treatment includes deep tissue cleansing, extractions, exfoliation, and an infusion of enzymes, to return your skin to its natural, healthy glow. This treatment is recommended monthly for healthy skin maintenance.

Microdermabrasion (1 hr) – $99.00 (reg $145)
This treatment offers deep tissue cleansing and the maximum in skin resurfacing. Experience the ultimate therapy for minimizing fine lines, enlarged pores, acne, and acne scarring, while gradually reducing irregular pigmentation, with no discomfort or down time.

The Stop-The-Clock Facial (1.5 hrs) – $120.00 (reg. $175)
The combination of Glycolic Acid rapid exfoliation, microdermabrasion, and enzyme masking result in immediately smoother, firmer, and more radiant skin. This is the recommended facial treatment for those in search of a younger, more radiant appearance. This treatment also helps to balance irregular pigmentation.

Contact Kristin Scott for appointments (reference Tiny Oranges for the special pricing), product information and ordering:

Nature Technologies
1770 Orange Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(800) 778-8332

Hooray!  It’s a Tiny Giveaway!!!   Healthy Skin Naturally is giving away a $100 gift certificate that can be used to purchase products or for a facial!  To enter, send an email (one entry per person please), and include your first name and last initial to with HEALTHY SKIN in the subject line.  You can enter all week, entries just must be received by Friday, Oct. 3rd at 5pm PST.  Good luck!

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