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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Hello friends – how was your holiday weekend?  I hope it was eggstra special! My daughter has this week off from school and I wanted to do a quick post in case anyone is looking for ideas on fun things to do with kids in OC this Spring Break!

1. 29 Fun Things to Do with Kids in OC: List of my favorites places to visit and things to do with my kids.

2. My 5 Favorite OC Outings with Kids: This is a list of my absolute favorite of 5 fun outings / OC day trips.

3. Our Top 5 Orange County Parks: These are (in my opinion) the best parks for kids in Orange County!

4. Plan a Day Out: Holy Moly, I posted about this one on Friday. In love with this site. AWESOME place to plug in your preferences and get tons of outing ideas and activities for kids!

5. Orange County Splash Parks (If the weather is nice!): Such a great list by my friends over at Just Spotted.

6. Parks and Playgrounds: All the parks and playgrounds I have posted on if you would like more ideas!

7. Fun Orange County Parks: Most complete resource guide on parks and playgrounds in Orange County!

8. Daytripping Mom: So Cal day trips for families.

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I love a great party idea which is why I am so excited to share with you a local OC company called Lovely Paper which offers craft parties at your location in Orange County or LA!

Owned by Patricia Aguilar, an artist and teacher who married her two passions, Lovely Paper is a company that celebrates teaching people to unleash their creativity through whimsical crafts.

Parties by Lovely Paper

Do your children LOVE doing crafts? I know my oldest daughter could spend hours working on art projects, so I can only imagine the fun she would have at a one of these parties!

Parties by Lovely Paper are geared towards ages 7 – 12, but she can do younger if your child is old enough to sit and craft OR even for adults! Think how fun it would be to have a craft party for a baby shower or moms’ night out!

Lovely Paper will come to your event and put on a fun craft party which includes:

* 2 hours of crafting with 5 crafts per participant. Parties are $250 for up to 10 participants, each additional is + $20. Mention Tiny Oranges and book your party before June 1st, 2012 and you will receive 20% OFF – Yippee!!!

* All supplies, drop cloth for the floor, table and tablecloth if needed, and a small treat bag for each of the participants.

You can choose from one of her three most popular themes:

Princess for a Day

This girly-girl sparkly craft party includes bejeweled crowns, fairy wands, castle photo cards, paper jewelry charm bracelets, and a wish box for the party celebrant.

Whimsical Wonderland

This bright colorful craft party includes masks, paper flowers, flower photo frames, paper weave bracelets and a wish box for the party celebrant.

Funky Diva 

This superstar craft party includes an animal print jewelry box, a jewel and animal print paper mirror, an “autographed” photo card, a paper purse with bejeweled ribbon handle and a wish box for the party celebrant.

Or maybe you have your own theme in mind?  Lovely Paper will work with you to create a customized craft party with crafts to fit your theme. Prices will vary due to supplies, call them for a consultation.

And, for extra convenience, for an additional cost Lovely Paper will provide light snacks, appetizers, paper cups, paper plates, and napkins in matching theme colors. Click HERE for more details.

You can also visit and their online retail shop that includes wonderful products by independent designers and click here to follow Lovely Paper on Facebook.

[Disclosure: Lovely Paper is a Tiny Oranges sponsor. Check out their darling ad in the right column!]

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If you haven’t made it over to check out the new Granola Babies location in SOCO (next to the oc mart MIX) in Costa Mesa, it is one of those outings you have to put on your list! This natural baby boutique is the largest natural parenting store in OC, but what some of you might not know is that Granola Babies also offers amazing classes and events for expecting and new parents.

When I was breastfeeding and had an infant, I truly relied on my mommy friends to survive. Being a new mom was not something that was meant to be forged through alone!  That’s why I was really happy to see that Granola Babies offers such great support classes to help moms when we need it most.

Most all of the classes require registration in advance at least a day prior to the class. Please click the title of the class for more information and click HERE for the entire calendar.

Mommy Support + Playgroup – Fridays starting 2/24 from 11:15am – 12:15pm; 6 week series for expecting moms and moms of babies 0 – 8 months old.  Meet other moms, share your experiences and join in a weekly discussion topic.  $75/6 week class.

Breastfeeding Support Group – Tuesdays 1 -2pm and Thursdays at 11am – 12pm.  Inviting, friendly, welcoming group with comfy sofa for nursing. Both groups lead by a Certified Lactation Educator (CLEC). Pre and post baby weigh check available to measure milk intake. Free to attend and no reservation required.

SoCal Connect – New Moms Connect Group – Tuesdays starting 2/21 at 10:30am – 12:30pm. This 8 week education and support program is for first time mothers and their babies (0 – 6 months.) Groups limited to 10 women and facilitated by a family and child development expert. Moms will learn about infant development, baby care, parenting issues and transitions. $400/8 week series

Babywearing and Strollers 101 – Saturday, February 11th from 11am – 12pm. One workshop where you can learn everything about carrying your baby,
whether it’s in a comfortable baby carrier or a long lasting stroller. $25 per family, and $15 gift certificate redeemable same day as class.

Let’s Make a Craft! – Friday, February 10th @ 11am. Recommended for children 2 – 5 yrs and siblings welcome to attend. For this interactive Kids Craft class, kids will create a special nature-based craft to take home. Materials provided.  $10/child.

Please click HERE to see their entire list of classes and special events coming up for Orange County families. This is only a select group of classes and events – there are many more! * Granola Babies on Facebook * @GranolaBabies on Twitter

[Disclosure: Granola Babies is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor and all photos provided by Granola Babies.]


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