Teacher Gift Ideas

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I posted last week looking for ideas on great teacher gift ideas.  Because we got some great suggestions on our comments and Facebook page, I wanted to compile and share them with you!

* Gift card to Lakeshore Learning.

* Thoughtful cards telling your teacher how they made a difference in your child’s life.

* Gift card for Target, Amazon, Barnes & Noble so teachers can buy classroom materials.

* Gift card for Burke Williams for a spa pampering day.

* Gift card to Starbucks, Panera or another favorite local restaurant.

* Beach bag consisting of a monogrammed tote, monogrammed towel, magazines, and Barnes & Noble gift card for good beach reads.

* Scrapbook documenting the year’s events or photo book created online.

* Framed artwork from your child.

* Written letters from your child.

* Gift card to Nordstrom.

* Personalized desk pads, note cards, note pads or teacher planners from Erin Condren.

* Video:  Take a video of each child in the class sharing their favorite things about their teacher and use a program like iMovie to put together an end of the year video with these clips and photos from the year.

So, as it seems, from a lot of the teachers that commented, the most APPRECIATED gift is the GIFT CARD! Good luck with the end of the school year push mamas!  I am soooooo ready for summer!

Any more ideas? Please comment!


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The SquareSpot Card: You Gotta Get It!

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Recently I discovered a company called SquareSpot which launched in Orange County a few weeks back. As a SquareCard carrier, you can get special deals and discounts from participating local OC companies by simply showing your cute teal green SquareSpot Card when visiting your favorite businesses.

Even better, you can click HERE  to “Get Your SquareCard” for free with promo code TINYORANGES through May 10th, 2012.

Not only that, every person that signs up to receive the card with our TINYORANGES code will automatically be entered to win a $150 gift card to Burke Williams Day Spa! Can I hear a big  “WOO HOO!!”?

So when I heard about this company the first thing I did was check out the OC deals of course!

And I was so impressed I signed up immediately and was excited to start tracking my savings. I am telling you mamas, you gotta get it!

So far SquareSpot OC has 70 + partners on board (with more being added daily) to cater to the discerning mom that loves a great deal, but doesn’t want to sacrifice on quality.

One of the reasons I was so excited when I saw the list of benefits, was that a good number of Tiny Oranges Sponsors were on board already. And you all know by now, that Tiny Oranges only works with the best and brightest family-friendly companies!

Here are the deals from our Sponsors that caught my eye:

* Fashion Camp OC: 10% off all classes and camps. Not applicable to birthday parties or private events.

* Granola Babies: Free snack tray with stroller purchase with promo code “SQUARE” at checkout.

* Knocked Up Fitness: 10 small group reformer Pilates classes (Mon/Fri 6am) or 10 group prenatal Pilates classes (M/W/F at 10:30am) for $300.

* Milkalicious: 10% off purchase.

* Morgan Law Group: Complimentary family wealth planning session ($750 value), including optional legal documentation for naming guardians for your children.

* Precious Hand/Footprints: 15% off your purchase.

* Pretend City: Yes! A Pretend City coupon! Buy one regular priced ticket and receive one 50% off!

* SeekingSitters: $15 pay per request fee waived for up to 3 sitter bookings for new members only.

* Team OC: 20% off first month’s tuition for new members.

* Tiffany’s Dance Academy: Free Dancewear Kit for Twinkle Babies and Twinkle Stars participants.

* Totsie Boutique: 15% off your purchase.

* Xpecting Maternity: 20% off your purchase (excluding strollers.)

…and you can click HERE to sort by “Orange County” to see all of the amazing offers.

The Orange County representative told me that companies can change their deal or promo offer every two months if they want to, which means that companies have the flexibility to offer different promotions throughout the year.

They are also working on launching a Marketplace coming soon, which will be a series of weekly deals you can take advantage of in addition to the standing ones. And one of the advantages of signing up for this card now means that you will be on the mailing list when it goes live.

After the introductory free card offer, people that wish to purchase the SquareCard can do so at an annual membership price of $50/year. So, now is a great time to GET IT FOR FREE and track your savings!

SquareSpot has certainly cornered the market on the types of deals mamas want to see . Click there –> to get square!

[Disclosure: SquareSpot is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor – Check out their cute ad in our right column!]


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Burke Williams Day Spa: A Suburban Retreat

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The car is too quiet.

No one is demanding a different song on the CD. No one is asking for a snack. What is going on?

I am in the Mission Viejo Kaleidoscope center parking structure. As I wind up, I automatically think, “Am I going to Jump N’ Jammin? Did I pack a change of clothes in case newly potty-trained Morgan needs them?”

But wait, no one is in the car except ME.

When I pull into the Level 5 parking lot, I see the lovely doors and the gold BW sign calling to me…whispering….no one needs you for a few hours…relax…unwind…breathe. I remember why I am there, I open the doors and exhale.

Welcome to Burke Williams Day Spa, an idyllic suburban retreat where OC moms can escape and enjoy some well-deserved time to do nothing but focus on yourself. Imagine that!

I had the pleasure of going last Friday afternoon and got four solid hours of relaxation to enjoy every aspect of the lovely Burke Williams Mission Viejo.

From the moment you enter the elegant foyer, the soft lighting and soothing music transport you to another world.

The facility is spacious and heavenly.

Prior to your treatment you can enjoy amazing amenities like the steam room, sauna, expansive jacquzzi and cool mist room.

[Photo credit: Burke Williams]

No cell phones, cameras or computers allowed. Turn ’em off and leave ’em in the locker. It is a time to unplug and reconnect in a different way.

What impressed me the most about Burke Williams were the details!

To me, it’s the little things that all add up to make a seriously phenomenal experience. It seems like Burke Williams is committed to making your stay as comfortable as possible.  Let me tell you my favorites…

My floor length locker, cozy hooded bath robe, full size bath sheets, hair ties, toothbrush & toothpaste available on request, geranium & mint infused washcloths, bathing suit bags, products galore, fresh water & lemonade…pretty much anything you would need to make your pampering day just all around delightful.


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Erin Condren Gifts for June!

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Can you believe it is June 1st today?  It is CRAZY to me how fast this school year went!  Since is officially June, that means it is the month of teachers, dads & grads and there are the CUTEST personalized gift options for all the above over at Erin Condren.  If you do shop Erin Condren, PLEASE start your shopping by clicking over to her site from Tiny Oranges as I am proud to be an Erin Condren affiliate!

Struggling to think of the perfect gift for your child’s teacher? Erin now has DARLING personalized deskpads. This is such a great gift that will last the whole year through!  And, you can never go wrong with personalized stationery or gift labels. Can’t decide? Give the gift of an Erin Condren gift card and let them choose!

Got a grad in your life this year?  Make their life a little easier by giving the gift of personalized stationery to write those zillion thank you notes after the announcements have gone out!

And, this is  a new one, and such a great idea…Erin Condren now has a men’s collection! I personally LOVE the deskpad with the family photo!  Great idea for dad or grandpa!  And don’t forget about Erin’s beautiful canvas collection where you can create a meaningful piece of art out of your favorite family photos.

Happy shopping!

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Laura Rauch Photography Cutest Kids Contest

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I am thrilled to welcome a new sponsor, Laura Rauch Photography to the Tiny Oranges family!   Just check out her logo – it was love at first click for me!   She is having a fun contest kicking off today to find the CUTEST kid!  Here are the details…

Laura Rauch Photography is hosting a Cutest Kids Contest!  Email a picture of your kid/kids to laurarauchcutestkids@yahoo.com with the LRP Contest in the subject line from Monday, May 31st – Monday June 7th.  Voting begins June 7th.  The winner will receive a $150 gift card to Chasing Fireflies and “The Complete Package” from Laura Rauch valued at $375.  The runner up with receive a $50 gift card to Chasing Fireflies and the “Mini Package” valued at $200.

For complete rules & details on this fun contest, visit www.laurarauchphoto.com!


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