Friday September 19, 2008
I had to share this mommy must have! The Tide to Go stick is miraculous! It is like white out for stains! In my years as a wedding coordinator, this was the most important item in my bridal emergency kit. From red wine on the front of a gown to a bride that walked through something very yucky in the grass during pictures, it has saved the day on numerous occasions. All you do is blot the area, and then use the little pen to “color” away the stain. It dries completely invisible. I now carry it in my diaper bag for daily spills, not necessarily for my daughter, I am really the one that needs it! You don’t know how many times I have spilled coffee down my shirt while driving! Click here for a $1 off coupon!
T.G.I.F! Have a great weekend everyone! See you back on Monday with an ultra-fabulous new giveaway!
Thursday September 18, 2008
I am really inspired by people who are truly committed to doing their part to help the environment. Here is a great tip from a local couple ( ..and I didn’t even know Starbucks had an “in-house” mug!!!) She writes…
”My husband and I talk about cutting out waste all of the time and want to do our part so that our children may enjoy the planet. At first, we thought that ‘going green’ involved a lot of sacrifice. The deeper we get, however, the more we seem to enjoy it. Going green ‘feels’ good!!! We now ride our bikes to the local Farmers’ Market on Sunday mornings….stopping off at Starbucks along the way. We bring our own cups to Starbucks or we ask for their ‘in-house’ mug. Nothing to throw away. Buying our produce at the Farmers’ Market means our food is grown closer to home on organic farms. The upshot of this is that we’re eating more vegetables and fruit. We bring our own canvas shopping bags to avoid using the plastic.”
– Taylor and Steve, Laguna Niguel
Note from the peanut gallery: I took my daughter to the Farmers’ Market at the OC Fairgrounds recently, and we had so much fun! It is held on Thursday mornings from 9am – 1pm. It is small, so you can make your way through quickly. Most of the vendors had samples. My daughter LOVES fruit more than anything, so she was in heaven tasting the fresh peaches, strawberries, apples and mangos. The quality of the produce doesn’t compare to anything you would get in a store. Parking was right adjacent, super easy to get to. I plan to make this a weekly outing on Thursday AM’s to buy our produce for the week. Bonus is that it is a fun little outing to boot!
Here are two websites that list local OC farmers’ markets, the Farm Bureau and the California Federation of Certified Farmers’ Markets.
Wednesday September 17, 2008
I am a big supporter of “mompreneurs” and thus, let me introduce you to one of my favorites. Meet Michelle Barto, founder of La Dolce Mama, an online retailer specializing in, are you ready, actually STYLISH nursing wear and accessories! La Dolce Mama was founded after the birth of Michelle’s first child, when she searched and searched for stylish nursing lingerie, and became frustrated with the lack of attractive products and coherent advice. I remember feeling the same way! All my nursing bras looked like horrible flesh-colored sports bras with snaps! So NOT cute and SO frumpy! What new, tired mom needs that?!
As a certified lactation educator and nursing mama herself, she knew firsthand the importance of helping nursing women feel a little more like their old self again! All her items have been tested and approved by breastfeeding mamas and as her cute tag line says, are …”baby tested, daddy approved” too! Best part is that not only are her bras cute and sexy, but they are also reasonably priced. Also check out her Breastfeeding Blog, a forum for breastfeeding mommies.
Tuesday September 16, 2008
We went to Scooter’s Jungle in Aliso Viejo recently for their Open Gym and it was awesome!! They have open play times on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:30am – 12pm for kids under 6. There is a GIANT slide (but be careful to keep your elbows up or you might end up with a Scooter’s slide burn like I did!), bounce houses, lots of push toys, air hockey, and an adjacent area with toddler picnic tables if you want to pack your kids a lunch or snack. Cost is $ 7 / kid. Make sure to bring socks for you and your little ones. We had a ball, and at $7, it was not only a ton of fun but also a super afforadable outing. They also offer birthday party rentals, check the website for details!
25 Journey, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 * 949.349.9090
Monday September 15, 2008
We are quickly approaching my absolute favorite time of year…holiday photo card time!! After Thanksgiving passes, daily trips to my mailbox make me absolutely giddy. My love of holiday photo cards is a bit of an obsession, just ask my husband. I decorate our doorway with garland and holly, and use little Christmas-themed clothes pins to hang them, so I can see each and every one. It is a bit of a ritual, getting the mail, opening each one, and then carefully arranging and rearranging them around the doorway, so each has a prime location. Seeing friends and their families brings me so much joy during the month of December.
Anyway, whether it is a photo holiday card, birth announcement, invitation or otherwise, I just adore getting cards with pictures on them and seeing friends and their kid’s darling little faces! Meet Huff Studios, a company that allows you to design and create your own personalized gifts and cards, using your own special photos. Check out their website for lots of fun products and ideas. If you don’t see the exact card you were looking for, no problem! They will work with you to custom design one for you!
Hooray! It’s a Tiny Giveaway!! Huff Studios is giving away 25 custom cards for you to order and use for ANY occasion. This can be for announcements, party invitations, thank you cards, birthday cards….you can imagine the possiblities. Card will be a double sided 4×6 card professionally printed on smooth or linen paper. Please view the website for designs and if you have something special in mind they will work with you to come up with a card that you will love to share. And, you are not limited to an order of 25, you can order as many as you need, the first 25 will just be FREE!
To enter, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with HUFF STUDIOS in the subject line, and answer this question: name one photo card item #. Limit one entry per person. You can enter all week, just make sure your email is received before 5pm PST on Friday, September 19th. Good luck!