Favorite Apps for Girls

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I thought it might be helpful to share our favorite Apps for girls and I am hoping you will be willing to share yours in the comments below because we need some new Apps!

Since I just have girls, we have a lot of girly ones, but some that are unisex too.  Boy mamas, would love your favorites as well, so I can do a favorite Apps for boys post next!

Morgan’s Favorites (she is newly 3 years)

* Talking Tom Cat (Out Fit 7 Ltd.)
* First Words Animals (Learning Touch)
* Wheels on the Bus (Duck Duck Moose)
* Strawberry Shortcake (Soma Creates)
* Starfall ABCs (Starfall Education)
* Monkey Preschool Lunchbox (THUP Games)
* Letter Tracer Preschool (Niftybrick Software)

Both Girls’ Favorites (ages 3 and 6)

* CookieDoodle (Shoe the Goose)
* TieDyeDoodle (Shoe the Goose) – They LOVE LOVE LOVE this one
* Art Set (LOFOPI)
* CakeDoodle (Shoe the Goose)
* Monkey Math School Sunshine (THUP Games)
* Cupcakes! (Maverick Software LLC)
* AniMatch: Animal Matching (Lima Sky)

Emma’s Favorites (6 years old)

* Math Bingo (ABCya.com)
* Math Magic (Anusen Inc)
* Word Magic (Anusen Inc)
* Make Me a Princess (Captive Games)
* Make-Up Girls (Touch Apps)
* iDress (Toy Box)
* Mermaid  Dress Up (Captive Games)
* Fair Food Maker (Sunstorm Interactive)
* Minnie Bow Maker (Disney)

Your turn! Do share!

Have a super weekend everyone!


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We Love Tiffany’s Dance Academy

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My oldest daughter, Emma, has taken dance classes at Tiffany’s Dance Academy of Costa Mesa for the past two years and we absolutely love their program so I wanted to share it with you as their 2012/13 season opens for registration on Tuesday, April 24th. The next season starts on July 9th.

The studio offers dance instruction and classes for all ages and abilities in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Hip Hop. The studio is owned by Tiffany Henderson and Directed by Christie Ball.

Their children’s programs include Twinkle Babies Dance™ , a 30-minute class for 2 – 3 year olds and Twinkle Stars Dance™  which are 45-minute classes for ages 3 – 4, 4-5 and 5-6.

My daughter took a Twinkle Stars Ballet/Tap combo last year and this year she is in Twinkle Stars Pre Jazz. The classes are once a week and the season ends with a recital in June. The recital last year quite simply was one of the cutest things EVER! My cheeks hurt from smiling so much. It was so cute to see my shy little girl get up there on the stage and shine. I think dance is so amazing for developing self-confidence in girls.

What I love the most is that the classes are FUN, yet also structured and educational. They are expected to listen and follow instruction, yet it is done in a caring way. My daughter adores going to class every week.

It is in an convenient location on 17th Street in Costa Mesa, easy access to the freeway and close to Newport Beach, Corona del Mar, Huntington Beach, Santa Ana and Irvine.  In fact, many of the moms I have met in my daughter’s classes have driven from Irvine to take their little ones to Tiffany’s.

All the instructors are professionally trained and come with many years of teaching and performance experience. Their goal is to provide an education in dance that will foster a well-rounded, balanced dancer capable of performing dance to the highest standards.

And on a side note, as a mom I love how well run the studio is. They are great with communication on upcoming events and the recital is extremely well-organized. All our family members that came to watch the recital were so impressed. Can you imagine getting all those little ones on stage for number after number and being ON TIME? It was! Nothing short of a miracle.

For more information, you can call 949.574.4905. The schedule will be available to preview on Sunday, April 22nd, and again, registration for next year’s season opens on Tuesday, April 24th at 9am. You can call to register or also do it online HERE.

AND, don’t forget, you can click HERE to sign up to get a SquareSpot card for free per my last post using promo code TINYORANGES and Tiffany’s Dance Academy is running a deal if you are a SquareCard holder good for a free dance wear kit for Twinkle Babies and Twinkle Stars participants! BIG savings!!


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[Disclosure: As a result of Emma being a Tiffany’s student, the studio subsequently became a Tiny Oranges Sponsor. All the opinions above are my genuine ones and we adore Tiffany’s. You will too!]

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Who Made That Bow?

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I have Shanna at My Favorite Everything to thank for this find – Who Made That Bow? on Etsy.

Not only are they the best barrettes for little girls I have found, but they are SUCH a good deal – $1 each!

You can get 10 in whatever combination of the color of the rainbow (and she has a great color selection), and get 10 for $10  +  shipping.

I have been SUPER happy with how they stay in and how they lay nice and flat against my daughter’s head to keep her growing out bangs out of her eyes.

One of my favorite finds as a mom of girls! From one girl mom to another, thank you Shanna!

Click HERE to visit Who Made That Bow on Etsy.

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Wordless Wednesday: Anticipation

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I haven’t done a Wordless Wednesday post in awhile and I couldn’t resist sharing this one of my girls walking out to see if Santa arrived on Christmas morning.

I love that they are both holding their lovies and blankie.

I love that they are holding hands.

I love that my five-year-old does not get out of bed without a matching hair accessory.

I love matching Christmas jammies.

And most of all, I just love the look of joy and anticipation on their little faces.

Want to see more more Wordless Wednesday pictures? Head on over to www.AngryJulieMonday.com!

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My Current Mommy Struggle

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That’s a loaded title, huh?  I mean, I have so many “mommy struggles” some days I almost don’t even know where to begin!  But I will start with my current one.

So I signed my 4 year old up for a little 6 week summer school program for a few hours 3 mornings a week to keep her entertained & allow me some time to work.   We originally signed up with a little boy she has known since birth so she would have a friend to go with.  Unfortunately 2 weeks into the program they decided to stop going due to unforeseen circumstances and subsequently my dear daughter has been miserable this week not wanting to go to this new school without a friend.

A little background on her personality.  At home she is rambunctious, extroverted, spirited, and never stops talking. But at preschool school, she is more quiet, shy and much more introverted.  Which is so weird to me!  It is almost like she is a different kid sometimes.

Last year at our first parent conference in the fall when my daughter’s preschool teacher described her as “quiet”  I almost had to laugh out loud as that would have been the last word to describe her. Luckily she made some best little friends from almost the beginning, which made her love preschool because she loved her friends so much. All good things.

Fast forward to her first experience at a new “school” this summer.  Monday getting her there was OK, but afterwards she said she never wanted to go back because she missed her friend, and yesterday there was so much drama in the morning about not wanting to go, it was almost unbearable.

I went on Monday morning and asked the teachers to help facilitate her playing with some of the other girls and tried to introduce her to some of the other kids.   I named one in particular, and said… how about you try playing with {I will call her Abby to protect the innocent} Abby today? After school on Monday I asked her who she played with and she said “no one.”  She told me Abby didn’t want to play with her.

Oh my God moms.   My heart just BROKE.

So I told my husband, in a total emotional “Mommy Bear” state, if she doesn’t like it after this week I am not going to send her!!!

My hubby and I agree on most everything philosophy-wise in parenting, but this has been one time we are not seeing eye-to-eye.  And it is frustrating the heck out of me – mostly because I can also see his points as well.

His point is we are NOT sending her to a torturous place.  It is a cute program with art, puppets, water play, etc.

He thinks if we say “OK, if you don’t want to go, you don’t have to” and pull her out of the program it will send a bad message that anytime there is a tough situation in life or when she doesn’t want to do something or when she is out of her comfort zone, there is an escape.  She’s a creature of habit and routine (definitely her Father’s daughter!) so it’s new and she doesn’t like change, but we have to give her a chance to get used to it.

Interestingly enough, he was the shy kid in school too, so he thinks it is good for her to be in a situation that facilitates her making new friends.  His point is that she made friends in her preschool last year, and she will make them at this program. The problem is that hasn’t happened yet.  Albeit it’s only been 2 days since she she has been there alone.

What I am also struggling with is the fact that this is only going to be the beginning.  My gut instinct is to want to protect her.  To keep her from anyone or any situation that is at all unpleasant or short of SO MUCH FUN.  But I realize I am not going to be able to protect her from everything in life. That’s just life! Mean girls included. Oh God, don’t even get me started on that one.

As a mom (but also the little girl in me) wants to scream YOU NEVER HAVE TO GO BACK!   But I do think it is unfair to not at least give her the chance to make a friend on her own.

So, I will send her tomorrow, it’s water day, and hope that she can bond with someone (God PLEASE!) over the sprinkler. And if not, well, we will just have to cross that bridge next week…

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