Guest Blog: Favorite Shops in Orange County

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Aimee Della Bitta from Explore Life Daily wrote a fabulous guest blog for me today in celebration of Black Friday and the official start of the holiday shopping season! Here is what she writes…

“I’m so excited to be guest posting today on Tiny Oranges. I’m equally excited to be sharing some of my favorite local OC boutiques, just in time for holiday shopping!

There are so many reasons to shop locally, especially while our economy continues to struggle. For example, did you know that for every $100 spent at locally-owned, independent stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures?*

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The Christmas Company

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Join the Junior League of Orange County this weekend at their major fundraising event, The Christmas Company at the Orange County Fairgrounds where you can shop from over 100 vendors and check people off your holiday shopping list before we even get into the December craziness.

Proceeds from this event benefit numerous local charities helping women, children and families. Shopping + charity = win-win!

And, snatch up this deal on Plum District running through tomorrow, and get two general admission tickets for only $10.

The event runs Thursday, November 17th through Sunday, November 20th with a list of incredible exhibitors like these. You can even stop by to see local artist Timree and order some personalized gifts for those special someones on your list. Isn’t her painting in the graphic above darling? Love, love, love her art!

At the event there will also be many separate ticket  special events including yoga with YAS founder Kimberly Fowler and a Fancy Nancy Tea Party with author Jane O’Connor and illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser. Squeeeeeee! Click here for times & ticket prices.

For more information visit www.shoptcc.com
Follow The Christmas Company on Facebook * Tweet with @ShopTCC

Click here to buy the Plum District deal for 2 for 1 admission

[Disclosure: Plum District is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor/Affiliate & Timree is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor.]

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Learning Train Plum District Deal: $29 for $55 worth of books, toys & games

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This is such a great deal for holiday shopping for kids, I had to fit in a post on it!  The Learning Train Plum District deal today is good for $29 for $55 worth of books, toys & games plus free shipping!  You can buy up to 5 vouchers and this deal could seriously save you BIG on toy shopping for the kids for the holidays.

Check out the site, it’s a great place to go for educational learning materials. Learning Train carries many toys, games, arts and crafts (huge in our house!!), and puzzles all which make perfect holiday gifts.

In addition to educational materials in the areas of math, language arts, science, and social studies, Learning Train also offers fiction and nonfiction books, activity kits, and creative play items (also huge in our house!!) You can even shop by age. Love this site, love this deal.

Click HERE to buy it…scroll to the bottom of the page to see the deal.  You might want to buy the $30 for a one-year subscription to US Weekly while you are at it!

THE FINE PRINT

Voucher must be used in 1 transaction* May not be combined with other offers * One voucher per transaction * May purchase up to 5 vouchers * No refunds or cash back on unused portions of vouchers

[Disclosure: Plum District is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor / Affiliate.]

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The Holidays at South Coast Plaza

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I love Orange County all year round, but I especially love OC during the holidays because of all the fun family- friendly events!  A few weeks back I was invited to a media event at  South Coast Plaza to check out all the festivities they have going on this month to celebrate the season and I wanted to share with you!

South Coast Plaza is one of my favorite outings for the girls.   I especially love Crystal Court because it’s quaint, easy to park and is home to Ruby’s Diner, which I think is the most family-friendly restaurant in Orange County!  I also have a soft spot for Ruby’s as I wore those pinstripes myself when I worked there during college, um, just a few years ago. Hee hee…

For those that are not as familiar with South Coast Plaza, Crystal Court is across the street from the main mall in the Crate & Barrel / Macy’s Home Store wing.

Our group of mommy bloggers, kids in tow, met at Crystal Court and started off the morning with breakfast at Ruby’s. Ruby’s recently underwent a big renovation, so this was my first visit post face lift. Wow!

It is GORGEOUS…

And I know when you think of Ruby’s, you probably think of burgers, fries and milkshakes, but let me tell you, they also serve breakfast and it might be one of my favorite breakfast spots ever. I fell in love with the Cinnamon French Toast back in 1995, so we go waaaayyyyy back!  Ohhhhh…so good!

I was trying to be “good” that day so I ordered the Skinny Tacos, which were whole wheat tortillas filled with a scrambled egg & cheesy mixture so good I had to question the “skinny” part.

These are also not skinny but so delicious they are worth the calories!
Oh, the beignets…

And, did you know that kids eat free at all Ruby’s every Tuesday after 4pm (when you purchase an adult meal)?

Here is my own personal Ruby’s diner, Morgan, my date for the event!


Now that we were fed and happy, our next stop was The North Pole where we went to have our picture taken with Santa Claus.  Fun fact alert! Did you know ALL Santas in South Coast Plaza have real beards?! I don’t know why but I loved this little tidbit of South Coast insider info.

Santa will make an appearance both at The North Pole in Crystal Court and in Santa’s Village in Carousel Court in the Main Mall now through December 24th. All kids will receive a complimentary Santa’s Express Train ride with any Santa Photo purchase.

Morgan was SO scared of Santa this year.  I told him not to take it personally!  I had to sit with her.  Look at her poor little face in this picture post-tears.

But do take a moment to admire Santa’s beard…


After our Santa pic, we headed over to Santa’s Express Train on the second level which will be giving rides now through January 3rd.  It is the perfect size for little pint sized humans.  It sort of cracked me up because it seemed to go FAST! The kids were loving it, totally mesmerized by the huge tree they were circling.

At both Crystal Court and the Main Mall, they also had various craft stations where kids could make holiday crafts (prices vary.)  Here is a pic I snapped at one such spot…

From there, we walked over to the main mall via the Bridge on the 3rd level (only about a 5 minute walk) and headed down to Santa’s Village which is MIGHTY impressive!

Quite the set-up for old St. Nick…


And next to his house you will find the regular carousel we normally love year round transformed this month into the the REINDEER Carousel! The Reindeer Carousel will be spinning now though January 2nd.  Children ride for only $1 and Carousel Express Cards can be purchased for $5, $10 or $25 and would make for a super cute stocking stuffer!

And you can’t miss the balloons! Just a random note, from experience, if you purchase one of these helium-goodies, they will seriously last like 4 weeks (probably longer than you want- ha!)  Basically, you will definitely get your money’s worth!


South Coast Plaza is really buzzing with holiday cheer this time of year, so take your kiddos and make a day out of it and get some of your holiday shopping done at the same time!  You will even find live holiday entertainment now through the 24th performing throughout the shopping center.  And, complimentary cocoa and hot cider will be served on weekends until the 24th in the Garden Terrace if you want to take a break from your shopping.

Thank you South Coast for such a brilliant morning!  I hope all my readers get to experience your festivities firsthand this year as well!

{Disclosure: We received food & festivities complimentary as a part of this review.}

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Rascals to Rebels VIP Shopping Event

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Fa la la la la! It’s December 1st!  Tis’ the season to be shopping and friends of Tiny Oranges have been invited to a Sip & Shop event at Rascals to Rebels boutique in Huntington Beach on Wednesday, Dec. 8th for an exclusive VIP shopping event!

Those attending this special ladies’ night out will receive 30% off the entire store in the biggest promotion the store has ever extended.  You will also have the chance to win great raffle prizes and sip on drinks & dine on treats while shopping for darling holiday gifts.

This VIP event has been offered to followers of Tiny Oranges only and it is an adults-only soiree (no kids please!) But who are we kidding?  If you have the chance to shop kid-free in the evening, we all know that is WAY easier anyway!

VIP Shopping Event for Tiny Oranges Followers
Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
6:30 – 8:00pm
Rascals to Rebels Huntington Beach Store
7101 Yorktown Ave., Ste. 103
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Email Kristin Bush at k10bush@gmail.com to RSVP!

The event is limited to 15 people, so please reserve a spot by Monday, Dec. 6th if you want to attend.  Since there are limited spots, best to email right away if you are interested.

You can also CLICK HERE to download a Rascals to Rebels coupon* for $50 off a purchase of $150 or more which is good now through December 17th, 2010!

A little about Rascals to Rebels…

Rascals to Rebels specialty children’s boutique has two locations in Orange County, one in Huntington Beach and the other in Seal Beach.  From adorable holiday outfits for little ones to gifts for all ages, it is an assortment of unique finds sure to impress anyone on your gift list!  Become a fan of Rascals to Rebels on Facebook to learn about more upcoming holiday events and promotions and to take part in their Facebook Friday Giveaways!

Rascals to Rebels Book & Diaper Drive

From Dec. 4th through Dec. 11th, bring in (3) gently used children’s books for Orange County’s Early Literacy Program OR a pack of diapers for MOMS Orange County and get 15% off your entire purchase at Rascals to Rebels.* This drive is taking place at both store locations.

I hope you be able to shop with you on the 8th!  Have a great day everyone!

{*Coupon & Diaper/Book Drive promotions cannot be redeemed at the
VIP event as the 30% discount will already apply.}

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