Peppermint Play Dough Recipe

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I take a Mommy & Me class with my youngest at our preschool and they have seriously the BEST play dough I have ever experienced!  The secret ingredient is peppermint extract that makes the play dough smell minty and lovely! It is such a hit with the moms and kids, that the teacher gave us her recipe along with a great holiday gift idea for little ones.

This was my first attempt at making my own play dough, and I have to say it was very easy and so fun!

Peppermint Play Dough Recipe: 

* 2 Cups White Flour

* Liquid Water Color or Food Coloring (as much as needed to get the color you want)

* 1/2 Cup Salt

* 3 Tablespoons Cream of Tartar (This was hard to find, I never saw it before. It was in the area with the salt and looks like baking powder.)

* 2 Tablespoons of Vegetable Oil

* 1 Tablespoon Peppermint Extract (Optional – but this is what makes it smell SO good!)

Ready, set, make!

1. Mix flour, salt and cream of tartar in a large bowl with a whisk.

2. Add 2 cups of water and your coloring of choice to get desired color.

3. Mix well with a wisk.

4. Add vegetable oil and peppermint extract.

5. Mix well with a wisk, then stir/smooth batter with a soft spoon or  spatula.


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Fashion Camp OC: Winter Break Camp

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Does your child have a passion for fashion? A fashionista in the making? Well, then do I have the place for her!

Fashion Camp OC is a unique hands-on learning experience outside of the classroom for those interested in fashion and design.

They offer classes, birthday parties, private parties and week long camps in their unique space in The OC Mart MIX.  We heart the MIX big time.

Their Winter Break Camp coming up this month so I wanted to share the details.  If you register this WEEK, by 12/17/11, you can get 15% off the Winter Camp price with promo code “Tiny Oranges”! Wouldn’t this make a great holiday gift idea?

When I went to The OC Mart MIX for the first time a couple months ago, we saw the Fashion Camp OC facility and met the owner, Erin Bianchi.

While speaking with Erin, her love for fashion and teaching was so evident. I loved that while the camps are focused on the skill of design and fashion, there is also an emphasis on confidence and learning how to express yourself and your unique personality through fashion.

For young girls, I think this is so important! Even though my little girl is too
young now, I keep thinking how much she would LOVE this camp. Someday…


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The Smurfs™ Holiday Gift Set Giveaway!

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Growing up I was not much of a cartoon watcher, but the one cartoon I never missed on Saturday mornings was The Smurfs. So when the Sony Pictures Animation film, The Smurfs, came out this year it made me very nostalgic and happy my little ones could now enjoy these cute little blue creatures too!

Exciting news, The Smurfsis now available (starting today) on Blu-ray 3D, DVD, digital, and also a limited edition 3-Disc Holiday Gift Set which includes Blu-ray + DVD + a new mini-movie, The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol DVD just in time for the holidays. Such a great holiday gift idea.

As luck would have it, thanks to the super sweet folks over at Sony, I have one of these Holiday Gift Sets and a few other Smurf-alicious goodies to give away, so please make sure to enter below.

The film is about the Smurfs adventures when the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village and into a whole new world (ours!) smack into the middle of Central Park.


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Fa la la la spa…Pure Blu Spa Giveaway!

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Looking for a gift idea this holiday season for a special mom in your life (perhaps yourself!?)

How about a gift certificate for a treatment at one of my favorite local OC spas, the fabulous  Pure Blu Spa at the Newport Beach Marriott? I can guarantee it would be a sure fire hit and would have the recipient singing fa la la la….SPA!

So I am thrilled to have a giveaway from Pure Blu Spa today of a gift certificate for a 50-minute treatment of their choice ! Be sure to enter below!


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