Get Fit Festival

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Kaiser Permanente encourages you and your family to “Find Your Thing” and discover healthy activities you love at the 2012 Get Fit Festival taking place this Sunday, September 16th from 7am – 5pm at Angel Stadium. Admission is free.

This family fun day will include…

~ Prizes! Pick up your Passport to Health at the entrance and learn about healthy lifestyles. When you visit a booth with a Passport flag you’ll receive 1 punch for each booth, and 2 for participating in a fitness class. Receive a raffle ticket per punch (up to 20) and be eligible to win dozens of awesome prizes!

~ Meet Sports & Personal Training Celebrities

~ Experience Kaiser Permanente and learn more about their programs.

~ Rev Up and jump into Zumba or other creative dancing workouts

~ Ease In and explore relaxing yoga and mini-exercises to try at home

~ Sign Up for the 5K Family Fun Run/Walk/Bike Tour.  Start time is 7:30am for the run/walk and 7am for the bike tour. All fitness levels welcome. All participants will receive a t-shirt and Angels ticket. Entry fees are $20/adult and $10/kids 12 and under. Click here for more info.

~ Team Up and register for the Get Fit Relay Team Challenge. A 50-mile relay-style run/walk for teams of 6 through the beautiful neighborhoods of Orange County. Click here for more info.

~ Bring the Kids! Kids can enjoy rock climbing, a bounce house, obstacle courses, coloring area and a 1K for 10 year olds and under.

~ Eat! Visit the farmer’s market produce tents then follow your nose to the healthy food truck roundup.

~ Shop! Come shop the latest health and fitness gear, eyewear and skin care.

~ Watch! Check out the main stage showcases including dance routines, performances and celebrities.

For more information on this event, you can visit Gotta love an event focused on health and wellness. What a great experience for our kiddos to see just how FUN healthy can be!

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Primal Justice Training Center Grand Opening Event

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Primal Justice Training Center, a unique fitness facility in Irvine, is hosting a Grand Opening Event this Saturday, August 4th to celebrate their recent expansion and they invite you to stop by and check out all they have to offer in the realm of fitness, health and wellness.

They believe there is an athlete in all of us, and their facility has been designed with that in mind. I don’t know about you, but aren’t the Summer Games inspiring? If you are feeling the same, there truly is no time like the present to find the inner athlete in YOU!

Offering a great deal of workout options for all levels, at Primal Justice Training you will find a variety of fitness options including:

* ZUMBA Fitness with Janel Gauger
* Fitness Redefined: Group Training with Scott Perry
* Kaia Fit Irvine
* Primal Barre
* Kickboxing
* Personal Training
* Adult Indoor Soccer League
* Weight Training
* All-weather Sprint Track
* Indoor Turf Practice Field
* Massage Therapist
* In-house Nutritionist

Their Grand Opening Event will be held from 12:00 – 4pm this Saturday, August 4th, 2012.

DJ Nick Hogan of VH1’s “Hogan Knows Best” will be spinning tunes while you can check out the facility and enjoy free food, prize drawings, a Zumba showcase, mini bootcamps and more.

<- Just check out all the cool classes / showcases being offered at this event!

Prizes will be drawn every hour, with the Grand Prize drawing at 4pm.

Mention “Tiny Oranges” and receive an additional entry into the Grand Prize Drawing!

Whether you are looking to get in shape, lose some extra baby weight, gain muscle and feel stronger, or are ready to dedicate some “me time” to work on your health and wellness, the motivating and knowledgable Primal Justice Training staff is there to help you reach your goals through commitment, consistency, discipline and determination.

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[Disclosure: Primal Justice Training is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor]

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An iComfort Mattress Review ~ One Year Later

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Serta changed my life.  I am not being dramatic. It’s the honest truth. In 2011 I was selected to be a part of a program for bloggers which included a complimentary mattress for review, and it has truly changed my life.

I am sure you must be asking yourself, “how on earth could a mattress company change her life, right!?!?” But, please let me explain.

It has now been a little over a year since my husband and I have been sleeping on our iComfort Prodigy mattress so I thought it would be fitting to do an iComfort update because when I look back, it has truly made an remarkable difference in our lives.

For those of you who weren’t following my blog last year when I originally did my iComfort mattress series, you can click here to read about their unique (FABULOUS) memory foam, here for my original review and here for my review of the motion perfect adjustable base.

I love my mattress so much that I feel the need to tell anyone that will listen about how amazing this bed is.  In fact, I happened to be walking in the mattress section of Macy’s Home Store the other day, and noticed a man looking at the iComfort mattresses talking to the sales guy. I overheard him asking how they were, and I couldn’t help myself, so I walked over, apologized for interrupting, but said, “This mattress is LIFE CHANGING!!” And again, let me disclose we were provided our mattress for free, but I mean EVERY single word.

I thought the sales guy might hug me. Or he might have thought I was a little crazy, but I couldn’t help myself because it’s the truth!

And here is WHY it is so AMAZING...

Before I slept on our iComfort mattress, on average, I would remember waking up at least one, if not two times a night. And often, I would have a problem going back to sleep right away. In the morning, I would typically wake up still feeling tired, even if I had gotten 8 hours of sleep. But looking back, it was 8 interrupted hours due to the tossing and turning.

Now, when sleeping on our iComfort mattress, 90% of the time, I go to sleep and do not wake up until it’s morning. Yes, I will sleep for a solid stretch of  an average of 8 hours. And it is AWESOME!!!! I now wake up earlier on my own, like 6:15am or so, and even have a nice hour to myself before the kids wake up. Even better, when I wake up, I feel rested and ready to start the day.

I fully attribute the fact that I am getting this solid, quality sleep to the iComfort Cool Action Memory Foam, which isolates movement. When my husband rolls over or gets up earlier or goes to bed later, his movement doesn’t wake me up. This has been the number one reason I think this bed is so incredible.

When you wake up night after night of quality sleep, it begins to affect other areas of your life. I exercise more, I am healthier and overall I have more energy. And all of these things work together to make for a better well being. Now I am not saying that the mattress talks to me and encourages me to exercise, but because I wake up early in the morning not feeling tired, I have more energy to get my workouts in.

I don’t think you can underestimate the importance of sleep (quality sleep) to your health and well being.

My husband has also noticed a BIG difference. On our old mattress, most mornings he would wake up with an achy back. His back pain completely went away when we got our iComfort. He loves the bed so much that when we ever sleep away from our home, he will always mention how he can’t wait to get back home to our bed. And I feel the same way. It is the BEST BED EVER.  Again, let me disclose, we were provided a mattress for review by Serta complimentary.

Before getting this mattress, I would probably have not have even considered a memory foam mattress. I had heard they could sleep hot, were rock hard, and I don’t know, and it seemed a little foreign to me after sleeping on an innerspring mattress for my whole life.

But the iComfort is NOT hot, thanks to the Cool Action Gel in the memory foam, and our model is plush, yet also super supportive, far from being rock hard. After sleeping on our iComfort Prodigy for the year, I can safely say, I will never sleep on another type of bed again, and I am a Serta memory foam fan for life.

If you are in the market for or need a new mattress, I can’t more highly recommend you find a store by you and go and test them out for yourself. And if I happen to see you in the store, don’t be surprised if I come over and tell you myself just how much I love this bed.

Serta also offers a 120-day in home trial, where you can sleep on your new mattress for a minimum of 30 nights, and if you are for any reason not satisfied within 120 days, you can exchange or return it (policies set by local retailer, ask your store for details.)

And don’t even get me STARTED on the Motion Perfect Adjustable Base.  That is a whole other post on it’s own. Stay tuned.

We were blessed beyond words to receive this mattress complimentary from Serta as a result of my involvement in their Blogger program last year when the iComfort mattresses first came out, but knowing what I know now, if my husband and I would have had to purchase a new mattress, I would have saved our pennies until we could afford to buy it ourself. It is worth every single dollar.  It’s that good.

So, when Serta contacted me again about working with them for their 2012 program, I almost jumped through my screen yelling, “YES!” Because when I love something this much, it is my absolute joy to be able to share it with the world.

Nighty night friends, thanks for listening to my Serta iComfort love affair!


[Disclosure: I was a participant of the Serta Blogger Program last year and received my iComfort mattresses compliments of Serta. For the program for 2012 I will also be receiving additional products for our household for review. All opinions are my 100% honest ones, as always!]


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*The Coconut Oil Cure All*

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I feel like everywhere I turn people are talking about the benefits of  using Coconut Oil as a cure all for almost everything!   So I picked up some Organic Virgin Coconut Oil at Trader Joe’s the other day and was a little confused when I saw it in a jar in a solid form?

After doing a little reading I found out it’s because of its high saturated fat content. But here’s the deal- it’s the RIGHT kind of saturated fat.

I opened the jar to the most divine scent- smelled like vacation!  But when I tasted it I was surprised that the flavor wasn’t as coconut-ty as I expected which I guess is good for those non-coconut lovers out there. And maybe helps to lend itself better to some of the different uses?

One of my friends loves spreading it on her toast instead of butter… here are some other ways to work it into your life…

Some Obvious Uses:

*Cooking – Coconut Oil can sustain high heats, so try subbing in a little the next time you sauté something.

*Baking – I recently substituted 50% coconut oil (I heated slightly to make it liquid) 50% vegetable oil in a carrot cake (recipe called for vegetable oil) & it turned out so moist & delicious!  (And my husband who doesn’t like coconut LOVED the cake.)

Some Not-So-Obvious Uses/Benefits:

*Hair – Use a little on the ends of to add shine & condition dry or damaged hair.  You can also rub onto your scalp to keep it free of dandruff, lice & lice eggs! (Wow- keep this in mind next time you get a call from the school nurse)

*Skin – Helps with dry skin (makes sense when you think about the coconut scent of the yummiest smelling sunscreens) but is also supposed to delay wrinkles and sagging of skin from aging.  (Um, yes please!)

*Heart Health – Coconut Oil contains lauric acid which helps prevent of high cholesterol and heart disease.

*Metabolism – It contains short & medium-chain fatty acids that help in shedding excess weight and is known for increasing metabolism.

*Aids in digestion – by helping the body in dealing with various bacteria and parasites that cause indigestion.

*Immunity Boosting Coconut Oil has antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties to help boost immunity.

*It’s good for your teeth – Coconut Oil helps with the absorption of calcium & is known to stop tooth decay!?!  (If you have a minute, Google “Coconut Oil Pulling.“)

Coconut Oil is also known to be beneficial for the liver, kidneys, bones, and diabetes by controlling blood sugar.

The list really goes on and on…

I’m a fan of the “Everything in Moderation” mantra… but I’m going to start trying to work a little more Coconut Oil into my family’s diet!

Click here to watch a Dr. Oz video segment about it.

Do you use coconut oil? Please share any tips / uses you might have!

(Info on the health benefits of coconut oil from Image from

(Disclosure- I’m not a doctor nor a dietician, I’m just learning about the benefits of this wonder-oil & thought I would share with all of you!)

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Health & Wellness Fair at Pretend City

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Top of the morning to you all! Pretend City is hosting it’s 3rd annual Health & Wellness Fair this Saturday, March 17th, 2012 from 9am – 2pm (thus the St. Patty’s Day green!)

The event is FREE for the general public and is a part of a child development initiative called Good to Go From Head to Toe! Click here to view a full size flyer about the event.

The fair will take place outside of Pretend City Museum and will include food, live music, performance by Claddagh Irish Dance Company (FUN!), face painting, giveaways and more.

Plus, every child that participates in at least 3 free screenings will receive a free ticket to Pretend City with purchase of a regular adult admission.

Some of the free screenings include:

* Speech & language
* Developmental
* Fine, gross & oral motor skills
* Social / emotional
* Hearing
* Dental
* Orthodontics
* Health & nutrition
* Body Mass Index (BMI)
* Ages & stages developmental questionaires

I happened to be at Pretend City with my two year old one day a couple months back when they were holding a free speech & language screening.  Even though I didn’t have any concerns, it was still fascinating to watch her go through the process and I learned a lot about her speech development at her age.

If you don’t have any St. Patrick’s day plans, this is a super fun OC family event! *
29 Hubble, Irvine

[Disclosure: Pretend City is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor]

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