Dohm Sleep Conditioner

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For anyone looking for the best white noise machine for babies and kids, I wanted to share with you a favorite recent find called the Dohm Sleep Conditioner.

I have used sound machines with both my kids since birth.  I am a big believer in sound conditioning for sleep, and that sort of Pavlov-dog type of association with a certain noise and sleepy time.

The Dohm is made by Marpac, a company that has been around for 50 years, and the creator of the original sound conditioner. This model was also selected as the Official Sound Conditioner of the National Sleep Foundation.  You don’t get a bigger seal of approval than that!

I was sent the Dohm Sleep Conditioner for review and now use it with my three-year-old Morgan and it has worked beautifully.  Her room is closer to our main living area AND she still naps, so this sound machine has worked like a charm to cut out additional noise from big sis in the afternoons.

It is also useful to drown out the neighbor’s 50-somethin’ garage band practice. We have the Dohm to thank for sparing her from renditions of “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Time of the Season” which goes on until 10pm every Thursday night. Don’t even get me started.

The machine is not fancy, but doesn’t need to be. It features a dual speed (high and low) and you can twist it to adjust to your desired level of noise at each level. When turned on, it creates the sound of rushing air, or “white noise” and is not only great for the kiddos, but if you have a snoring spouse!

Click here to buy online. I was also recently shopping at Bed Bath & Beyond and saw it in the Costa Mesa store. You can also purchase it through BB&B online. So save that 20% off one single item coupon!

And speaking of sleep and kids, I thought you might be interested to click here for a past post on 5 Things That Helped My Babies Sleep Better.

[Disclosure: I was sent the Dohm Sound Conditioner complimentary to try out since I am a big believer in using a white noise machine with kids. This is not a compensated post, and my opinions are 100% my own! I highly recommend this product! I think I now need to buy one for my older daughter as well.] 

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3 Less Obvious Reasons for Hair Extensions [Giveaway]

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Most of us can probably think of the obvious reasons why an OC mom would want to consider getting hair extensions. Just the word “hair extensions” conjures up images of celebrities with long, flowing, va va voom type of locks. You know, the type of tresses most of us would love to have, but most of us aren’t blessed with naturally? But when talking to local hair stylist, Tera Rae Stephens, an Orange County hair extensions specialist at Tek Salon in Costa Mesa, she mentioned that many women now days are opting to get hair extensions for other not so obvious reasons.

Ever been curious to try them?  Tera is GIVING away some below ~ make sure to enter!

Here is what Tera shared about why some of her clients are choosing her Hot Heads hair extensions

 “Extensions can be used to add highlights and lowlights without the commitment of a chemical service.

Using extensions in a different color can add dimension, texture and depth without damaging the hair like color could. This is my client Kim. We added some light brown and caramel pieces to change up her color.  It adds a fun “pop!” and took 10 minutes in the salon rather than 2 hours and the cost is only $100.”

“This is my client Nancy.

Nancy isn’t the typical extensions client, she decided to try extensions because her own hair was thinning.  As we age, our hair loses its vitality and can become thinner and less youthful looking.  Extensions can be worn shorter, with the purpose of adding volume.  They are fantastic on her!”

“Another lesser known reason women are choosing hair extensions is for growing back hair after chemo. My client Lesa couldn’t wait to have her hair back so she could feel more herself again after her treatment for breast cancer. She started wearing Hot Heads extensions as soon as her hair was long enough.  She wore them for an entire year as her own hair grew back in.  She is now cancer-free and rocks her own locks!”

Here was her first round of Hot Heads:

And after her second round of hair:

Thanks Tera for sharing!

But for whatever reason you might choose to explore getting hair extensions, if the end result is a more confident YOU, that is reason enough!

For more info:
Watch Tera on Fox 5 San Diego demonstrating how Hot Heads hair extensions work.
Tera on Facebook ~ Tera on Twitter

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Team OC Summer Camp [Giveaway]

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Summer is here! Hooray!

If your kids are almost out of school and you are starting to panic looking for ways to keep them entertained this summer, look no further than the fabulous Team OC in Costa Mesa!

Today I have a giveaway for one week of summer camp for your kids along with a promo code for 10% off if you book your child in a summer camp by this Friday, June 22nd, 2012 with the mention of “Tiny Oranges 10.” This % off offer is good for new clients only, not existing.  However, giveaway is open to everyone so ENTER below! Your kids will LOVE this camp! Woo hoo!

Team OC summer camp is the perfect opportunity for your child to have a blast when school is out and enjoy the incredible offerings of the state-of-the-art Team OC gym.

Activities for camp may include:  gymnastics, cheer, dance, trampoline, arts and crafts, games, Rockwall, themed props, structured play, balls, sports equipment and an inflatable slip-n-slide!  Each camper will also receive a free t-shirt when signing up for camp.

Safety and FUN are the combination your child will enjoy at a Team OC Camp. The staff is AMAZING. They are all so fun and ready to show your child a great time! My oldest daughter has attended the Team OC Camps and she loved it.  Truly is kid heaven! 

Team OC Camps run weekly, Monday through Friday, starting now through August 31, 2012 with Half Day and Full Day Programs (full day is for ages 5+)

You can sign up by the week, or purchase their Fun Pass, which is a 10-day pass, or 5-day Play Pass, which is good for one camper for one designated month. On the passes, you must pre-pay and make a reservation a minimum of 48 hours in advance.  I love the flexibility this offers.  Click HERE for pricing.

Hooray! It’s a Tiny Giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive one free week for one camper of Half Day Camp at Team OC! Winner may choose their choice of week (subject to availability) with advance reservations. Please click HERE to make sure the week of choice fits the age of your child. Please note the age and potty-training requirements as well! It’s a Quickie giveaway, get your entries in by Wednesday! Good luck!

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[Disclosure: Team OC is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor]



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Granola Babies Upcoming Events

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Granola Babies in Costa Mesa has great upcoming events and workshops for new moms and I wanted to share the dates and details!

New Baby Care Class
Sunday, May 20th, 2 – 4:30pm

Learn how to care for your newborn baby in this comprehensive 2 1/2 hour class for pregnant or new parents, as well as their caregivers.

Topics include: umbilicord care, newborn appearance, bathing, diapering, swaddling, traveling, newborn sleep, calming baby, feeding, carrying and other resources for parents.  Each family will receive a “Gentle Baby Bath and Body” gift set.

$40/family; registration required. Click here to sign up.

Sleep: Getting Better Sleep for Your Baby
Saturday, May 26th at 3:00 – 4:00pm

Learn how a baby sleeps, how many hours your child should be sleeping, how to set up routines, the importance of sleep associations and creating a sleep environment that fits with your family. Class is geared to parents of young babies.

Free to attend; registration required. Click here to sign up.

Pregnancy Support Group
Saturday, June 2nd, 3:00 – 4:30pm

Be inspired, receive support and learn how to make your birth a happy, healthy and inspiring experience. Learn tips and ways to have a natural birth in a hospital setting.

Topics include: creating a birth plan for a hospital birth, overview of Bradley Childbirth Education by The Birth School, pros and cons of having a doula, what you can and can’t ask for in a hospital big, questions to ask your birth care provider, what happens after birth in a hospital and more.

Free to attend; registration required. Click here to sign up.

Prenatal Radiance Yoga
Sunday, June 3rd, 2:30pm

Pregnant moms can come and share in this replenishing, supportive gathering through gentle prenatal yoga and meditation. Each Prenatal Radiance gathering is designed to connect the growing mom with important effective practices of self-care and well being as you prepare your body and mind for enjoying coming adventure.

$15/per person and includes gentle prenatal yoga instructional guide with audio meditation. Registration required; click here to sign up.

Conceiving Naturally
Tuesday, June 5th at 11am

This 1 1/2 hour workshop is designed for women who are struggling with fertility or who are wanting to prepare their bodies before conception for a healthier pregnancy.

Topics include: information on how to conceive naturally, how to work with your cycles and have your hormones be your allies, information on holistic therapies for conception, how to increase your chances of conceiving.

Taught by Joanne Cohen, a Health and Transformational Coach, who will share her 5 step process for conceiving consciously and holistically.

$15/per person; registration required. Click here to sign up.

All events and classes take place at Granola Babies, 3315 Hyland Avenue, Suite B in Costa Mesa.

Granola Babies also carries pregnancy and baby products such as Medela breast pumps and rentals,  breastfeeding pillows, pregnancy and parenting books, diaper bags, eco teethers, strollers and more.

Click here for the entire class calendar.

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

[Disclosure: Granola Babies is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor.]

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Gorgeous Va Va Voom Hair in a Snap!

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My hairstylist whom I adore, Tera Rae Stephens, is now a TV star.

This week she was featured on a Fox 5 San Diego segment on how to get gorgeous, va va voom hair in a snap with Hot Heads Extensions. Tera works out of Tek Salon in Costa Mesa is the leading expert in Hot Heads Extensions in Orange County.

Have you ever watched someone get extensions done?

It’s fascinating! I was compelled to watch the whole segment to see how they are put in and hear about how Hot Heads differ from other methods.

The problem? Now I want them.  Badly.

Click here to watch the segment. Tera, you are a natural! I hope when I am saying “I knew her when…” you will still be willing to do my hair mama!

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