Find OC Babysitters with UrbanSitter

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UrbanSitter is a new cutting edge online resource for OC parents to search and find occasional, part-time or full-time babysitters quickly and efficiently.

By creating a platform powered by your social media networksUrbanSitter searches for Orange County babysitters the friends and people in your circles use and love.

That means you can see the babysitters that have been personally recommended (used and reviewed) by your friends, local parents in your MOMS club, sports team, child’s school, etc.

Tiny Oranges is giving away a $100 UrbanSitter gift certificate compliments of UrbanSitter to one lucky reader to use towards babysitting so get ready to line up a date night or some much-needed mommy time!

We are also offering a $20 off code for the first 50 readers who sign up for UrbanSitter. Details below!

How UrbanSitter Works

Once you log in via Facebook (yes, you do have to have a Facebook account because that is how the magic happens) you can search for sitters by a specific date and time or for a recurring booking.  Once you have your date(s) and time set, you can sort the results using filters like background check, hourly rate, experience, reviews, etc.

Once you narrow down your list of sitters, the badges on the sitter’s profile show all sorts of things like whether they have completed a background check, if they accept credit cards, their average response time, how many families have repeatedly booked them and other important information.

If the babysitter has a connection to someone in your social network, there will be a section titled, “You both know.”  I think this is absolutely brilliant.

Sitters also keep their schedules online so you are able to book jobs and interviews for a specific date/time with the click of a button based on their availabiliy.

I love how efficient this makes the process – no going back and forth to find a time that works!

You can also use the site to stay organized with handy email reminders and access to your babysitter bookings.

Tech-loving parents will love their free UrbanSitter iPhone app allows you
to access your account and book sitters on-the-go!

But perhaps the most convenient service UrbanSitter offers is the option to pay online via credit card.

The first online transaction is free, others will incur a service fee of $7.50 per transaction.

For now, UrbanSitter is FREE for parents to use and register. I hope you take advantage!

So say good-bye to the days where you had to miss out on things because you couldn’t find a sitter.

Tiny Oranges Exclusive UrbanSitter Discount Code!

The nice folks at UrbanSitter are offering the first 50 readers who sign up for UrbanSitter a $20 credit (Woo hoo! Book your date night for this weekend mamas!) with code 73LPJC8C*. 

* Enter code on the Credits page under My Account. Use your credit by 12/31/13 to pay any sitter listed as accepting credit cards. 

Hooray! It’s a Tiny Oranges Giveaway!

Enter our Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win $100 towards babysitting services ~ good luck!

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A couple weeks ago I did a post on SeekingSitters OC which is a babysitting referral service that will find you a great, reliable, background-checked sitter when you need one. In doing my research for that post,  I spoke with Kim Kane, the local Orange County owner, for almost an hour about her company and the service they provide.

At the time, my husband and I were planning on having to cancel on friends for an upcoming fun dinner event because we didn’t have a sitter available. Because I have never left my kids with someone I hadn’t previously met, it didn’t occur to me to use a service like this. In fact, the thought of it before would have made me nervous.

But after talking to her I felt so comfortable with her and her company that I went ahead and asked her if I could give SeekingSitters OC a try so we could go to our dinner. Which we did this past weekend, and I am thrilled to share my personal experience today!

Bottom Line: I LOVED IT. My entire experience from start to finish was stress-free and completely delightful.

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Care.com Free Access Weekend

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Are you looking for a nanny?  Or a part-time babysitter?   Care.com is a website that helps match families with care givers, and I know many mommies out there are always on the endless search for a super sitter!

This weekend (November 6-8), Care.com is offering a Free Weekend of access.   They are offering this special promotion to raise awareness for National Family Caregiver Month while giving families the chance to meet great, local care providers and screen lists of backup caregivers.

Take a few minutes to check out the website.  They even have an exchange feature where you can trade babysitting with registered families and a care-on-call option to broadcast a message to sitters if you are in a bind at the last minute.

During the coming Free Weekend, all visitors to Care.com will get to experience the benefits of a premium membership to their service. Families can see full profiles for nearby care providers, contact them directly to set up interviews, check references, and request background checks for free!

I met a darling nanny at the park awhile back.  I got to chatting with her and thought she was so great I asked how the family found her and she told me through Care.com.  It was the first time I had heard about the site.   I am for sure taking advantage of the free weekend to look for another sitter for back-up.

On another note…do you have a fabulous caregiver that you love?   Visit Care.com’s Facebook page to nominate a heroic caregiver in your life and they could win an evening out worth $500!

Happy Friday!  You still have time to enter the Hot Mama $100 gift certificate!   See you Monday!

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