PCRF Fun-draisers!

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On May 6th, 2012 ,Team Tiny Oranges will be rocking the PCRF Cinco de Mayo event to fight pediatric cancer.  Want to join us? It’s not too late! Click here for more info. There are a few fun-draisers going on right now that I wanted to share and we would love your support.

Precious Hand/Footprints: One of my favorite keepsakes for any new mom! Elsie, the owner is generously offering to donate 20% off all sales of her precious ceramic baby handprints and footprints now through May 4th, 2012 to PCRF and Team Tiny Oranges. This is also good for gift certificates, which by the way, make an AWESOME baby shower gift! Call or text 949.364.3659 to make an appointment or email babyhandprints{@}gmail.com. Elsie is located in Mission Viejo, but can also make house calls. Inquire for more info. {Please note that this offer cannot be combined with any other coupons or promotions.}

Core Athletica: Have you ever tried a Pilates Reformer class? AMAZING workout! Erica from Core Athletica in Newport Beach is holding 3 upcoming fundraiser Pilates classes. Offered on the next three Sundays, 4/15, 4/22 and 4/29 at 7:30am, for a $25 donation you can enjoy a great workout for a great cause. Click HERE for more info on how to sign up and do it quickly as her classes are 8 pp max and do fill out. Please also take a moment to read on that same post why this cause is close to her heart as one of her good friend’s daughters was recently diagnosed with leukemia. Our thoughts and prayers are with Raelyn’s family.

Thanks for your support friends!

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Knocked-Up Fitness Prenatal DVD’s [Giveaway + Launch Party!]

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For all my pregnant mamas, new mamas, someday might be pregnant mamas, or just want to get in shape mamas, I am thrilled to share with you two amazing prenatal fitness DVD’s recently released by Erica Ziel of Knocked-Up Fitness!

Prenatal Pilates-Infused Fitness

This DVD includes a new (highly effective!) method designed to keep expecting moms active and fit though all stages of pregnancy.

Erica shows moms-to-be how to strengthen and tone key muscle groups while preparing the body for labor, delivery and recovery.

The workout fuses pilates, cardio and conditioning exercises for safe and effective prenatal workouts.

You can even mix and match the 5 different workouts to form your own routine.

Prenatal Core Pilates Workouts

In this DVD, Erica shows moms-to-be how to strengthen deep core muscles safely.

Instead of crunches, she has designed a variety of exercises to specifically target deep core muscles and help support the weight of the baby as well as prepare the body for labor, delivery and recovery.

This workout is a unique mix of core cardio, pilates, yoga and other fitness exercises.

Can’t decide which one to get? Get them both! Buy them as a set, and in addition to a price break, you can will also receive a free exercise band with purchase.

I trained with Erica last year and she is fabulous. Not only is she extremely knowledgable, but her workouts are crazy good!!

Even cuter, Erica herself was pregnant with baby # 3 during the filming of her videos.  As they say, it takes one to know one, so you can be assured that Erica knows exactly how it feels to do her workouts “with child!”

Click here to buy on Amazon.com and visit her website for more info (and a video) at www.Knocked-UpFitness.com.

Stop by Xpecting Maternity Boutique in Costa Mesa this Saturday, 1/28/12 from 10am – 12pm for a special DVD Launch Party and get 15% OFF at Xpecting (excluding strollers), meet Erica, enter fun raffles and more!

Click HERE to download the flyer on this event.

1 lucky winner will receive the combo set including both prenatal DVD’s and exercise band! To enter, please leave a separate comment for each entry option. Here are the entry options:

Simply comment! – 1 ENTRY

Facebook fans of Tiny Oranges and Knocked Up Fitness automatically get an entry, so let us know if you are – Up to 2 ENTRIES (please leave separate comment for each)

Followers of @TinyOrangesOC and @KnockedUpFit also get an entry each! Tell us if you are followers! – Up to 2 ENTRIES (please leave separate comment for each)

Subscribe to Tiny Oranges via email or RSS – 1 ENTRY

Giveaway runs through Thursday, 2/2/12 at 5pm PST. Please leave your email address in the comment field (won’t be published) so I can contact the winner when selected at random.

Good Luck!

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The Benefits of Fiber & Kellogg’s FiberPlus Antioxidants Cereal

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After my second pregnancy and especially when I turned 35 that same year, there was a definite shift for me in my attitude regarding health.

So over the past year and a half I have taken up running and Pilates and have made my health and my family’s health a top priority for me.

This is not easy, it takes time and hard work, but the payoff is WELL worth it!

At my last physical my doctor told me that most people don’t get nearly the amount of fiber in their diet that they should. Did you know a woman under 50 should get 25 grams of fiber per day?  Have you ever counted your fiber grams?  I honestly had never paid attention until she mentioned it to me.  It’s interesting to count how much you are getting in reality. You might be surprised to find out it is less than you might think.

The benefits of fiber in your diet include promoting bowel health and regularity, lowering blood cholesterol levels and can help aid in weight loss.  And as moms, who wouldn’t want help controlling their weight?!

If you find you are not getting the recommended amount, it is easy to make small changes to increase your intake.

This great article on fiber offers six tips on how to boost your fiber intake.

Tip #1?

Wake up to a high fiber breakfast or one with 5 or more grams of fiber and you will kick start your day and it can also help you manage your weight.   I know as busy moms sometimes we are tempted to wake up and GO GO GO and we tend to forget about breakfast.

But eating a nutritious, high fiber breakfast can help give you the energy you need to take on the day ahead!

Recently I was sent two different FiberPlus Antioxidants cereals to try by Kellogg’s which include high fiber content and are rich in antioxidant vitamins C & E.  You can also click here to visit the Kellogg’s website and find a Kellogg’s coupon for $1 off two boxes of the FiberPlus cereal!


The FiberPlus AntioxidantsYogurt Berry Crunch has 10g of fiber, twice the amount recommended for your breakfast and one serving contains 40% of your daily recommended fiber. Love this!  A 1 cup serving with ½ cup skim milk has 210 calories.

The cereal was sooooo yummy!  Crisp whole grain wheat and rice flakes with sweet yogurt and berry flavored clusters sprinkled throughout.  I loved the crunch mixed with the sweet flavor.  I also love knowing that I am getting a super high fiber breakfast.

I am careful to measure out a serving size and not pour a monster “teenage boy” portion however. If you pour a big bowl, sometimes you don’t realize how many calories you are actually consuming.

Yum!  High fiber breakfast and one cup of coffee = happy mommy!

The FiberPlus Antioxidants Cinnamon Oat Crunch has 9g of fiber and a ¾ cup serving with a ½ cup skim milk has only 150 calories and contains 35% of your daily recommended fiber.

This is the type of cereal you can grab a handful for a snack as well.  My two-year-old has food allergies to eggs and milk so finding cereals that are free of these ingredients can be difficult.

I was excited to see that she could have this one (with her Rice Milk of course!) and she loved it!  After taking a bite, she also wanted to offer me one too!

Something to note, both of these cereals do have sugar as the second ingredient (which is probably why they both taste SO good!) so it is not something that I will serve in heaping portions, but I am a believer of all things in moderation.

If you have a challenge getting your kids to eat fiber or if your kids need help with regulating their bowels, this is a great way to help things along!

Something important to mention, both these two cereals do not contain high fructose corn syrup.  This is important to me as a mom.

As moms I know we all strive to keep our families fit and healthy so I think being aware of your daily fiber intake as well as your kids’ fiber intake is something that can help boost your families overall health.

Now I am off to have a bowl of cereal and take on the day!

{Disclosure: This is a paid post sponsored by Kellogg’s.  I received one box of Berry Yogurt Crunch and one box of Cinnamon Oat Crunch to facilitate the review.  My opinions are my honest ones – as always!}

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Get results FAST with Erica Ziel!

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Last summer, I was 6 months into my new running regimen and was training for my second half marathon in October. For months all I did was run.  A lot.  And at 35, my body was feeling it. I was definitely not 18 anymore. After my long runs I would get a sore hip, feel little pains and my muscles felt tight.  I thought it would help me to try to complement my training with Pilates.

I met Erica or rather @CoreAthletica over Twitter last summer.  Gotta love the endless resources and connections I find there!  That’s her in the pictures above.  Yeah, the one with the to-die-for abs and bod.  And, she has two small kids to boot!

She is a personal trainer, pilates instructor and pre and postnatal fitness specialist. Her personal training company is called Core Athletica.  And for you expecting mamas-to-be, she also owns the newly launched Knocked Up Fitness which is (as you probably guessed!) dedicated to prenatal and postnatal fitness.

Click the graphic below to visit her fabulous site, which includes an awesome blog with exercise videos and REAL talk about all things pregnancy and fitness related!

I thought training with Erica would be the best way to get ready for my race, so I had the pleasure of working out with her this past fall.   She trains out of Body Design gym in Newport Beach across from Fashion Island.


I took her reformer pilates classes, and although I had done mat pilates classes in the past, this was my first experience working on the reformer.

Here are some of the reformers in a beautiful room with a peek-a-boo view of the ocean…

Her workouts are DYNAMIC! They move fast and for roughly 50 minutes you don’ t get many (rather any) breaks! Plus side is you are never bored!

Combining reformer work, jumpboard (WOWZA – talk about abs/leg/glute toning!), the bosu ball and light weights it truly is a FULL BODY workout.

After my first session with her, I felt muscles in my abs that had been neglected for over 5 years and two pregnancies.  I am not going to lie, it hurt to laugh because every little ab muscle was sore and my glutes were on fire. But I loved it because it felt like it was working!

We worked out at least twice a week and I noticed results FAST.  When I did my long training runs on the weekends, the next day my hip wasn’t sore and my little tweaks of pain went away.

She was able to spot my weak spots and we worked to strengthen those. In my case, I had weak glutes when meant I was compensating in my hips.  So we did a LOT of glute work!  She is super knowledgeable.

I have dabbled in all sorts of workouts throughout the years and to me the workout that has delivered the most results is pilates. Without a doubt.

And Erica is amazing. One time I was lamenting to her with a …”THIS IS SO HARD!” and she smiled sweetly and said, “I know. That’s when you see results.  I watch and see your threshold and then push you just a little more.”

Now I get it!

Every time I walked out of her workout, I felt AMAZING.  It was so hard, but all my muscles felt alive.

The workouts are not cheap but they are worth it.   But wait! Erica is going to give Tiny Oranges readers (first time clients only) some special introductory prices!

This is for either Core Athletica or Knocked Up Fitness clients!

5 small group sessions for $100 ($75 savings)
5 private sessions for $300 ($100 savings)

Contact Erica at erica@coreathletica.com to schedule your session or to ask any questions.

Want to give pilates with Erica a try for a good cause?

Join her on Saturday, January 15th, 2011 at 11:00am for a group reformer fundraising class to raise money for our
Tiny Oranges PCRF Run / Walk team!

Cost is $35 – 100% will be donated to Erica’s personal page.

Only 8 spots open and the class will fill up, so RSVP by emailing erica@coreathletica.com to RSVP and reserve your spot.   You can make your $35 donation by clicking HERE!


{Disclosure: Knocked Up Fitness is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor}

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Core Athletica Pilates Fundraiser

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Have you been nibbling on a few extra holiday treats?  Need to burn off some holiday calories?

This Sunday morning, take a break from your crazy holiday schedule to do something great for your body, your health and a GREAT cause when you join Erica Ziel (one of our team members!) of Core Athletica for a reformer Pilates class benefiting Team Tiny Oranges and the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation Run/Walk!

The class will be held at Body Design in Newport Beach (above the Edwards-Big Newport Theater) across from Fashion Island at 9:00am. This is the first of three classes she is holding.  <– Click this link for more info on her blog!

Space is limited to 8 people, and 100% of the $35 class fee will be donated to our team!

 If she gets enough sign-ups, she might add an additional class, so please RSVP soon to Erica@CoreAthletica.com  if you want to sign up to take her class.

You will leave feeling so energized and ready to take on the last minute holiday errands and feel good about helping to support our team.  Better yet, since you are right by Fashion Island, you can jet across the street and pick up some of those last minute gifts!

If trying Pilates has been on your list of things you want to do, this is the perfect opportunity.  Her classes are A-MAZING.   She will work every single muscle in your body! So forward this to a girlfriend and make a workout date for a great cause.

Email Erica@CoreAthletica.com  to RSVP and receive instructions on how to submit your donation.

Team Tiny Oranges Update!

Good news everyone!!!!!!!

As of this weekend, we officially crossed over the $1,000 mark, and have raised $1,038 for pediatric cancer research!  Go team go!  We now have 27 team members and need more!

If you have been tossing around the idea of joining us, don’t think about it any longer, just JOIN US! Registration prices go up on 12/31 so no need to wait!  It is great to go into the New Year with a goal and something you are training for.

If you missed my last post, the TOP fundraiser on the Tiny Oranges team (team captain excluded) will receive one free night weeknight stay at the Montage in Laguna Beach! The great people over at the Running Divas are doing our team shirts and I am working on more partnerships in the new year.

When I get the email that someone new joined our team, it literally makes my ENTIRE day. I hope I get a few of those emails today…




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