Sandy Heit Photography [+ $500 Giveaway!]

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As moms, is there anything you love more than a fabulous photo of your children or family? You know the ones that make you smile from the inside out because it is just so them?

I know I do! That’s why I am thrilled to share Sandy Heit Photography with you today. Sandy is an OC children and family photographer with a gift for capturing those exact moments. She recently took some newborn photos of my new nephew, Gavin. They made me tear up they were so beautiful! Keep reading to see them below! Proud Auntie had to share!!

Sandy is offering a $500 gift certificate giveaway to one of our lucky readers < – WHAT?! So make sure to read this post in its entirety because I don’t want to you to miss out on this giveaway!!

Sandy specializes in modern lifestyle portraiture of babies, children and families. With a fresh and vibrant approach to photography, she aims to makes a connection with each of her subjects to make sure she captures natural expressions, whether the belly laugh of a toddler or soulful glance of love between parent and child.

Although her sessions typically last between 1 1/2 – 2 hours, she has no time limit and will stay as long as needed to get the shots. This is especially important with newborns who, as we know, do not work around anyone’s schedule but their own!

With a tremendous amount of patience, she invests the time needed to devote to your photo session, even allowing for two or three clothing changes if desired.

At the end of the session, she loves to provide her clients with a great variety of photographs to chose from, so she will make sure to get in special photographs with mom and dad alone with the children along with the individual and family shots.

Moms – how often do you look at your photographs and realize that you are not in ANY of them?! Happens to me all of the time.

She also loves presenting her clients with unique ideas for the photo session. Sandy shared with me a fun option she has been sharing with her clients who want to do their photo shoot at the beach.

After getting all the beautiful beach shots with everyone all gussied up, she suggests throwing in the kid’s swimsuits and sand toys so they can play for awhile after the photo session is done.

Allowing Sandy to capture moments like this…

My sister absolutely loved working with Sandy, and especially loved the fact she didn’t feel stressed during the shoot. She said Sandy made everyone feel so comfortable and was so patient and wonderful ~ often reiterating there was no rush. She told me Sandy was great with her three-year-old and was so sweet when she had to stop and nurse baby.  Never making her feel like they were on a clock.

So, please let me share my nephew, the cutest little love bug you have EVER seen, and handsome older brother A.J….

For more information about Sandy, please visit her website at You can also see her latest work by following her on Facebook and by checking out her blog.

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[Disclosure: Sandy is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor ~ check out her cute front and center banner above!]

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Wordless Wednesday: Smitten

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You guys, I am in love. In fact, I am just smitten.

Please allow me to introduce Gavin, our newest family member.

This past Sunday my sister gave birth to that precious little human and I now have two nephews. Auntie Jen is just a tad excited.

I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to being able to enjoy EVERY single moment of the delicious newborn stage ~ without having a newborn myself.

I get to relish in all the cute little newborn moments, but then I get to hand him back and go home to get a good night’s sleep.

Being an aunt really is the best.

Just had to share our happy news. I know I am biased, but seriously, is he CUTE or what?!

For more cute Wordless Wednesday pictures, head over to Angry Julie Monday.

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Granola Babies Upcoming Events

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Granola Babies in Costa Mesa has great upcoming events and workshops for new moms and I wanted to share the dates and details!

New Baby Care Class
Sunday, May 20th, 2 – 4:30pm

Learn how to care for your newborn baby in this comprehensive 2 1/2 hour class for pregnant or new parents, as well as their caregivers.

Topics include: umbilicord care, newborn appearance, bathing, diapering, swaddling, traveling, newborn sleep, calming baby, feeding, carrying and other resources for parents.  Each family will receive a “Gentle Baby Bath and Body” gift set.

$40/family; registration required. Click here to sign up.

Sleep: Getting Better Sleep for Your Baby
Saturday, May 26th at 3:00 – 4:00pm

Learn how a baby sleeps, how many hours your child should be sleeping, how to set up routines, the importance of sleep associations and creating a sleep environment that fits with your family. Class is geared to parents of young babies.

Free to attend; registration required. Click here to sign up.

Pregnancy Support Group
Saturday, June 2nd, 3:00 – 4:30pm

Be inspired, receive support and learn how to make your birth a happy, healthy and inspiring experience. Learn tips and ways to have a natural birth in a hospital setting.

Topics include: creating a birth plan for a hospital birth, overview of Bradley Childbirth Education by The Birth School, pros and cons of having a doula, what you can and can’t ask for in a hospital big, questions to ask your birth care provider, what happens after birth in a hospital and more.

Free to attend; registration required. Click here to sign up.

Prenatal Radiance Yoga
Sunday, June 3rd, 2:30pm

Pregnant moms can come and share in this replenishing, supportive gathering through gentle prenatal yoga and meditation. Each Prenatal Radiance gathering is designed to connect the growing mom with important effective practices of self-care and well being as you prepare your body and mind for enjoying coming adventure.

$15/per person and includes gentle prenatal yoga instructional guide with audio meditation. Registration required; click here to sign up.

Conceiving Naturally
Tuesday, June 5th at 11am

This 1 1/2 hour workshop is designed for women who are struggling with fertility or who are wanting to prepare their bodies before conception for a healthier pregnancy.

Topics include: information on how to conceive naturally, how to work with your cycles and have your hormones be your allies, information on holistic therapies for conception, how to increase your chances of conceiving.

Taught by Joanne Cohen, a Health and Transformational Coach, who will share her 5 step process for conceiving consciously and holistically.

$15/per person; registration required. Click here to sign up.

All events and classes take place at Granola Babies, 3315 Hyland Avenue, Suite B in Costa Mesa.

Granola Babies also carries pregnancy and baby products such as Medela breast pumps and rentals,  breastfeeding pillows, pregnancy and parenting books, diaper bags, eco teethers, strollers and more.

Click here for the entire class calendar.

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

[Disclosure: Granola Babies is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor.]

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Granola Babies March Classes + Coupon Code!

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Hi ladies! Happy Friday! What a week, huh?! Busy one for me over here! Hopefully yours was great! I wanted to share some fun and informative classes offered this month at Granola Babies in Costa Mesa along with a coupon / discount code for 10% off March classes for Tiny Oranges readers!  Details below.

Here are the amazing classes you can find going on this month at one my favorite natural baby boutiques in OC…

Mommy Connections Saturdays (Saturdays March 10th – April 28th from 1:30 – 3:00pm)

Mommy Connections introduces you to programs and services in our community and provides a unique and fun way to bond with your baby and other moms. Learn from expert speakers on a wide range of topics for mom, baby and family such as: detoxifying your home, pediatric dentistry, estate planning, childproofing, infant and toddler meals, and MORE. Amazing topics, right?!

All moms get a swag bag full of discounts, coupons and samples. Babies are usually between 0 – 7 months, but up to age one is fine. Siblings also welcome. Cost is $120 for 8 Saturdays. Registration required, space is limited.

Click here to register and enter code “tinyoranges” for 10% off!

Babywearing and Strollers 101 (Saturday, March 10th at 11:00am)

In this one hour workshop you can learn everything about carrying your baby, whether it be in a comfortable baby carrier or long lasting stroller.  In the stroller part of the workshop you will cover how to choose a stroller, details you want to look for, and demo how to use them (even take a test drive!)

Cost is $25 per family and includes a $15 Gift Certificate redeemable same day as the class. Registration is required, space is limited.

Click here to register and enter code “tinyoranges” for 10% off!

Introduction to Solids: What Every Mom Should Know (Wednesday, March 14th at 10:30am)

Lead by registered dietician, Katie Bartels, in this class you will learn that feeding interactions between parent and child are just as important as proper nutrition.  Topics covered include recommendations by the AAP, timing for starting solids, which to give and how much, common feeding myths and more.

Cost is $15 and includes a handout on starting solids. Registration is required, space is limited.

Click here to register and enter code “tinyoranges” for 10% off!

Baby Tales – Storytime and Songs (Wednesdays at 10:30am starting March 21st)

Storytime, songs and music for babies and toddlers and their caregivers with play time and socialization to follow! This is FREE to participate and no registration is required – just show up!

New Baby Care Class (Sunday, March 25th at 2:30pm)

Learn how to care for your newborn baby. By the end of this comprehensive 2-hour class you will learn all about important topics such as cord care, newborn appearance, bathing, diapering, swaddling techniques, traveling with baby, newborn sleep, calming baby and understanding colic, feeding, carrying and resources. All parents will also receive a “Gentle Bathing” gift set.

$35 per family. Registration required, space is limited.

Click here to register and enter code “tinyoranges” for 10% off!

 All classes take place at:

Granola Babies
3315 Hyland Avenue, Suite B
Costa Mesa

Call 714.445.4948 for more information.

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[Disclosure: Granola Babies is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor. Photo credits: Granola Babies.] 

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