Frogg’s Bounce House Birthday Parties

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Last month I did a Fancy Nancy party for my oldest daughter’s 6th birthday at our house and I am still recovering. So. Much. Work. Therefore, when planning little sister’s birthday party a mere 3 weeks after, the only thing I knew I wanted was a party NOT at home!

One of Morgan’s favorite places to go in OC is Frogg’s Bounce House in Fountain Valley, so I thought it would be the perfect place to celebrate my soon-to-be 3 year old.  If you are looking for a great OC birthday party venue for kids, Frogg’s Bounce House was a HOPPIN’ good time!

Her party was so easy I almost felt like I was forgetting something.

Frogg’s Bounce House parties include:

* Between 2.5 – 3 hours of Open Play (depending on day of the week)
* Use of The Party Pond party room
* Invitations
* A special appearance by special guest, Frogalina

Although their birthday party packages include invitations, I opted to send a Paperless Post one, as I like the ease of tracking the RSVP’s as well as the reminders. As luck would have it, Paperless Post had three cute frog themed invites to choose from. I had a lot of fun with the frog theme – cute for boys or girls!

If you have not been to Frogg’s before, it is AWESOME!  I take my kids there all of the time.

It is a 9,000 square foot inflatable play zone with a gazillion different bouncers, a special toddler bounce house, kids’ playhouses, riding toys, train table, blocks, disco karaoke hut (hilarious to watch the kiddos in this!), couches for moms to kick back and FREE wi-fi.

But what I love most about Frogg’s is the place is as CLEAN as a whistle. Many of the moms who hadn’t been there before commented to me about the cleanliness factor. At Frogg’s Bounce House:

* No one is allowed in with shoes on, socks are required for everyone! Kids + adults!
* They hand sanitize everyone upon entry.
* Hand sanitizers are on all the tables.
* Crocs are provided outside the restrooms in a basket so you can borrow Crocs to use the restroom.
* Bouncers are completely sanitized each morning upon inflation.  I have seen the staff members cleaning them on multiple occasions.

The Party Pond is a huge area in the back of the facility, where you can set up your party.  There was a door conveniently located next to the party area so you can pull your car up right outside and easily load and unload all your items. When I got there, the staff was SO nice and friendly, offering me party bins for our beverages and they did a cute little sign on the white board announcing Morgan’s birthday. Because it is so colorful and they always have balloons at the facility, you really do not need to provide one thing decoration-wise.

Although 3 hours of play time would have been included since we had our party on a Monday,  I opted to make the party 2 hours long, which for little kids is the amount of time I find to be just about right.  All I had to do for the party was provide the food, drinks, paper goods and favors. It was a mom’s dream!

About an hour into the party, we served lunch. I had pizzas delivered and did an easy fruit salad and a couple Costco salads for the moms. Like I said, it was so easy it was ridiculous. After lunch the kids bounced for awhile longer, then we did cake and “Happy Birthday” followed by Frogalina’s appearance about 20 minutes prior to the party end time.

A very special thanks to Melanie from Sensitive Sweets who did that darling dairy-free frog cake for Morgan who is allergic to milk and eggs. We are so lucky there is a bakery in Orange County that specializes in baked goods for people with food allergies!

Upon leaving, we gave out these cute inexpensive favors from the .99¢ Only Store. I put a $1 jump rope in a green cellophane party favor bag and printed a circle sticker on the computer which said “Thanks for jumping with me! xo Morgan” that I stuck on frog die cuts I found at the Dollar Tree.

I can’t more highly recommend a party at Frogg’s Bounce House. And for the price, I don’t even think these days you can do a party at home for much cheaper by the time you get all the decorations and entertainment.

I also like that this venue caters to all ages, so you can also include the little ones as well as older siblings, and everyone will have a fabulous time.

For more information on hosting a party at Frogg’s Bounce House, click here for their party information page.  You can also call 714.418.0442 to reserve your special day!

[Disclosure: I was provided the Frogg’s party package complimentary in exchange for my time in sharing our experience with you. Love these kinds of win-win situations!]

 

 

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She Rocks Fitness [Giveaway!]

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I have to be honest, just the word “bootcamp” scares me. It conjures up images of a big man in my face yelling at me as I am in tears trying to do 100 push ups or something. So when one of my mommy readers wrote to us raving about She Rocks Fitness, a women’s fitness bootcamp which she credited to getting her back into shape after baby, I was curious but also a little concerned about the bootcamp aspect when she told me I really had to take a class to see for myself.

But then I learned that the workouts are only 35 minutes and I thought, “I can do anything for 35 minutes.” Which I did last week and it was AWESOME!!!

She Rocks Fitness is the brain child of personal trainer Michael Sperling (soooo not scary and no yelling, except for encouragement) who told me he built the business based on objections or excuses to why women didn’t workout. Namely…

1. No time. 2. No money. 3. No idea what to do. 4. No accountability.

Any of those sound familiar?

So let’s talk about the “I have NO time” thing. As a mom I think that must be the number one challenge, but 35 minutes makes it feasible!

Let me tell you what those 35 minutes entail.

It was hard, I am not going to lie, I was sweating big time and my heart rate stayed up the entire time.  While we were doing the strength training exercises and intervals, my heart was beating like I was doing 35 minutes of hard cardio.

I asked Michael about this afterwards, and learned this is the key to its effectiveness.  It’s called high intensity interval training, which raises your metabolic rate and helps to burn fat after the workout is over. What mama doesn’t love that? 

And even though it was hard, the workout went FAST. I found myself surprised when he said, “last exercise!”

The second objection, being money, is another area where he wanted to help.

In this setting you get the benefits of working out with a personal trainer, without paying one-on-one prices. 

And now a little word on accountability. Because the way they do it is very cute.

On the wall, there is a picture of every women that works out there with names, and above all the pictures is a huge sticker chart like you would make for a preschooler! When you are done with your workout, you put a little sticker in the box for the date so you can track how frequently you are going. Incidentally, so can everyone else.  Very clever Michael…

I found the workout to be extremely dynamic and because it is a gym for women, you don’t have that meat market factor. I can’t tell you how much I dislike that about other gyms. The women are all there with the same goal – to get in shape – and it was obvious they love supporting each other as well. I loved it!

It truly is for women wanting to make a commitment to get results. You should watch the success stories on their website. Click here for a video of his clients.  Real women, putting in real hard work, getting real results. I find that real inspiring!

She Rocks Fitness invites you to join them at a free family event this weekend to check out the facility, meet the trainers and learn more.

Saturday, May 19th from 11am-3pm

She Rocks Fitness

8598 Warner Ave. Fountain Valley

Enjoy live music by DJ Kid Fungus, Hula Girls Shave Ice, a Lululemon Trunk Show, Ritual Cleanse, Pure Fit Bars, A Snail’s Pace Running Shop, Soleil Mist Tanning, Sensitive Sweets and more…

Enter a raffle with prizes valued over $3000 which include an iPad 3, gym memberships, Toshiba Classic tickets, restaurant certificates, and more.

[100% of the proceeds will benefit Colette’s Children’s Home.]

One lucky winner will receive a free month of unlimited classes at She Rocks Fitness! Prize must be complete by 9/15/2012. This is my first Rafflecopter giveaway, hooray! I think you will find it super easy to use. Follow instructions below….
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[Disclosure: She Rocks Fitness is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor.]

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Sensitive Sweets Decorating Parties

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Sensitive Sweets, a dedicated gluten-free, nut-free bakery in Fountain Valley is now offering special decorating parties!

As a mom of a daughter with a milk and egg allergy, Sensitive Sweets is a God-send to moms like me who have kids with food allergies. Her goodies are made with NO gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts or tree nuts. And they are amazingly good! 

I keep a stash of Sensitive Sweets cupcakes in my freezer, so anytime we go to a party, I have a special cupcake for Morgan on hand so she doesn’t have to feel left out at cake time.

Sensitive Sweets is now offering extraordinary decorating parties at her darling bakery, perfect for a birthday party or even a Girls Night Out! She even has special take-home kits (if you call 24 hours ahead), so you can do your own decorating party at your home.

Here are her in-bakery party offerings:

Sensitive Sweets Cupcake Party (ages 4 +)

Each guest gets 2 cupcakes, one to eat and one to take home, sprinkles, toppings, and a cupcake box. 60-minute session, max 12 guests. $12/guest.

Ultimate Sensitive Sweets Cake Party (ages 6 +)

Each guest gets a 2 layer 4″ round cake, frosting, sprinkles, cake decorations, and a cake box. 90-minute session, max 12 guests. $24/guest.

Sensitive Sweets Cake Challenge Party (ages 12 +)

Teams will compete with one another on a themed cake challenge. Participants will start with 30 minutes of demonstration and then break into teams with 1 hour to assemble ready-to-use items. Items include ready-to- ice cakes, cupcakes, frosting, fondant, rice crispy treats and a multitude of other decorating supplies. The winner will receive a Sensitive Sweets gift set. 90-minute session, max 12 guests. $29/guest.

[Details: Ask about additional items of your party including drinks, aprons, chef’s hats, invitations and goody bags. Minimum of 6 guests per party, max 12. Deposit is required at booking (non-refundable.) Activities are for paid guests only. No outside food allowed. Prices subject to change.]

Visit www.SensitiveSweets.com for more info or call 714.968.9169.

Sensitive Sweets is open Tuesdays-Fridays 10am – 6pm, Saturdays 10am – 5pm. After hours parties may be available. Bakery is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Photo credit: Sensitive Sweets.

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Dream Dinners Party This Wednesday!

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I still have spots available for you to join me this Wednesday night, May 26th at 6:30pm for a little Dream Dinners Tiny Oranges party at the Fountain Valley location.   Email me at jennifer@tinyoranges.com to RSVP.

It’s so fun & easy! You will come home with a ready-to-make meal and can see how Dream Dinners works.  And, if you are like me (cooking-challenged) or just a SUPER busy mom, you will find out first hand how Dream Dinners really is a DREAM!

Cost is FREE…come have some appetizers, assemble a meal, meet some other moms and enjoy a weeknight out away from the typical bedtime routine!

Hope to see you there!  RSVPs necessary!  Please drop me an email again to jennifer@tinyoranges.com to let me know you can make it!

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Have you heard of Dream Dinners??  I did a post about it a long time ago, but the location I went to originally closed, so I most recently went to the location in Fountain Valley and I loved it as much as I did the first time!

I am not a cook.  I wish I was.  But I am not.

For a person like me, or even if you are a cook, but just a super busy mom, the concept is brilliant.  You go online, choose your menu then schedule your time to go in and assemble your dinners.  When you show up for your scheduled time, there are very well-organized stations ready for each menu item.  Everything is already prepped and pre-cut.  All you do is assemble!

When you leave, you have a bunch of meals ready to cook.  It’s amazing.  I love that I can pull out a dinner and make my family a healthy meal QUICK.   Plus, it makes me feel like a real cook!  🙂

Two quick promos to let you know about!

1. Mention Tiny Oranges and get 10% off your first session. This adds up to a decent amount!   Just type it in the Special Instructions box when you check out.

2. This location also offers a cool program called the “TRI-PROGRAM” where for the last trimester of your pregnancy or for the first 3 months after the baby arrives, this location will assemble your meals for you, without the typical assembly fee ($2/meal.)  Just type in “Tri-Program” in the special instructions box and your due date and any special dietary instructions.  Then, when your meals are ready they will call you and all you have to do is pick them up.

Tiny Oranges Mom’s Night Out!
Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
6:30pm
Dream Dinners Fountain Valley

Join me and other moms at the Dream Dinners in Fountain Valley and make a meal for free!  It’s a great time to try it out, see how it works, enjoy some appetizers and meet other moms.   No obligation to make any additional meals (at the additional cost) unless you want to.

There are 20 spots available, so RSVP’s are required.  Please email me at jennifer@tinyoranges.com  if you would like to come!  Spots might fill up fast, so please email me ASAP if you can make it!  I look forward to meeting some of you in person!

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