10 Favorite Memories of High School Summers

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High School Summer Memories

I had a mini reunion with 5 high school girlfriends last week and it brought back so many high school summer memories circa ’88-’92.

It was a life without the internet, laptops or cell phones. Which made me wonder, what did we do!?  Worked on our tans, of course. Oh Lord.

Looking back here are 10 of my favorite memories from my high school summers, I would love to hear some of yours.

Top 10 High School Summer Memories 

1. Driving to Blockbuster on warm nights to rent a movie with friends.

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2. Daring my friends to ask the cute lifeguard what time it is. Which would never fly now days with cell phones.

3. Beach bonfires.

4. Taking the bus to Huntington Beach and getting strips with cheese at the snack bar (photo below found here).
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5. Rocking my high waisted neon bikini and these….

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6. Sleeping until 11:00am.

7. Laying on the beach with my pastel ghetto blaster waiting for my favorite song to come up and frantically hitting record. I had this exact one!!!! —>

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8. Driving around in my friend’s convertible listening to “He’s a Cold Hearted Snake”

9 Foster’s Freeze Chocolate Dipped cones

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10. And of course…Sun-In. The blonder, the tanner, the better.

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I would love to hear your high school summer memories!! Please do comment below…

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Top OC Parks to Visit In Summer

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Top OC Parks to Visit This Summer

Summer is in full swing and for those of us with little ones, that means a lot of OC park time!  I’ve complied a list of Tiny Orange’s best park “picks” through the years, as well as some of my new favorite hangouts.  Here are my top OC parks to visit this summer.  Happy playing!

Tiny Oranges’ Recs

– We are huge fans of Michele’s NaturePlayTrips.com FREE Family Guidebooks Club which now includes a FREE Crystal Cove Guidebook plus a free weekly play trips email. Once you’re a member you’ll get future guidebooks for free like the Parks in Orange County with Restrooms Guide AND a Beginner Guide to Family Camping. Since 2008, Michele has personally scouted pretty much every park and outdoor play space for families in OC, and has shared the inside scoop on her blog FunOrangeCountyParks.com. To this we say, thank you Michele!

 – You can read all about Jen’s favorite parks in Our Top 5 Orange County Parks.

– Here’s a great Tiny Oranges’ write-up on TeWinkle and Angels Playground and Park (Costa Mesa).

– Check out the adorable Citrus Ranch Park (Tustin) in this blog.

– Coastal Peak Park (Newport Coast) looks so beautiful, and you can read about the playground details in this blog.

– Another gorgeous park is found at Lido Island Playground (Lido Island, close to Newport) – this one makes me extra happy and extra appreciative to live in beautiful Orange County!

– Settlers Park (Irvine) is a really great park and playground, and Tiny Oranges reviews it in this blog.  Check it out!

My New (and Old) Favorites

Baker Ranch (Lake Forest) – This is a super fun park that just opened last year.  It has large rock areas to climb for big kids (pictured above), a huge tunnel slide, a “big” kid playground, a “little” kid playground, grassy areas, picnic areas, and a nice park bathroom.  My kids love this one!

Crown Valley Park (Laguna Niguel) – This newly renovated (and I mean, newly renovated!) park just re-opened this month…and it is fabulous! A super cool, super entertaining splash pad that kept my kids giggling and busy (bonus – two life guards on duty!), a playground for littles, a playground for bigs, and a family-friendly hiking trail.  This very pregnant mama wan’t up for a hike while we were there, but it’s nice to know it’s available. Just be prepared for crowds – because it is so new, everyone seems to be checking out this new little gem.

Florence Joyner Olympiad Park (Mission Viejo) – This is a park my family has enjoyed for years…and we actually had my daughter’s 1st birthday party here (many moons ago)!  It’s an awesome, interactive park designed to keep both littles and bigs busy and happy. Slides (my kids LOVE the tall, bendy slide!), swings, sand areas, a “pirate ship,” lots of room to run and play, equipment for all ages, grassy areas, and bathrooms.

Lake Forest Sports Park and Recreation Center (Lake Forest) – I recently discovered this (almost brand new!) park and it is amazing! This is huge, clean, community property opened last year, and has two amazing parks that are separated – one designed for the littles and one designed for the bigs – and both areas are BIG. With LOTS to do.  It boasts every type of playground equipment you’d ever want (and it’s mostly shaded!), plus expansive grassy areas, picnic areas, immaculately kept sports fields, and a beautiful community center (with super clean bathrooms!).

Heritage Park (Irvine) – I’ve only been here once, but I can’t wait to take my kids again this summer. Not only does this park offer a fabulous playground, but it also features a water play area and splash pad!  Tons of great playground equipment and a beautiful area.  Just make sure to bring a towel and/or a change of kid clothes with you!

Pavion Park (Mission Viejo) – Okay, I can’t wait to check this one out.  My mama friends say this park rocks!  It’s also pretty new (as of Dec. 2014), and looks like it will be a kid crowd pleaser – and it’s universally accessible!  Tons of different “spinners,” a new type of “zip line,” slides, tons of places to climb, spacious “sitting” areas for adults and/or kids to socialize, a ground maze, lots of space to run and play…I think the only special thing to note is that there is not a bathroom on site (so plan ahead, if you can!).

 

What are some of your favorite parks, moms? Please share below, and let’s add to this list! 

 

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Summer Mom Fail

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How did it get to be August already?

Going into summer I had all sorts of scholastic plans for my girls to ensure their little brains would not turn to mush over the summer.

They were going to read at least 30 minutes every day.

I was going to print out worksheets from Teachers Pay Teachers for my going-into-1st-grader to do.

I put a summer incentive plan in place to reward good behavior, including reading.

You get the idea.

But this summer so far has gone down more like this.

Both girls have played so much Subway Surfer I am afraid they have killed brain cells.

I have every line of every Sofia the First memorized.

Neither one has been reading enough to make their teachers proud.

Not one worksheet has been completed.

Since we have a month to go, I still have time to make changes. However I have no energy to rectify any of the above.

The other night I told my husband, I am a total Summer Mom Fail.

Please tell me I am not alone.

But then again, on the other hand…

My six-year-old learned how to dive and compete on a swim team.

They both discovered the fun of stand up paddle boarding.

Both perfected the art of being able to applying their own sunscreen, and then how to each do the other’s backs. Really, truly. Life changing.

They learned how to do a successful potato sack race at their grandmother’s Swiss Festival.

Both girls (and I!) learned how to do the “Watch Me Whip, Watch Me Nae Nae” dance. 

They got bank accounts and went shopping for the first time taking their birthday money out with their own ATM card. And did the math on how much change they were supposed to get.

We discovered the joy of watching So You Think You Can Dance together as a family (with me editing of course) and learned about the different styles of dance.

An usual weekend of warm tropical rain taught them that summer rain is especially fun while jumping on the trampoline.

They learned how to fold a dollar bill into a heart for their cousin.

My oldest learned how to French braid my hair.

So on the other hand, maybe summer isn’t a complete mom fail.

I mean, everyone should know how to do the Nae Nae dance, right?!

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Not Scary Movies for Kids

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Not Scary Movies for Kids 

20 Not Scary Movies for Kids

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Last week I went out to dinner with five of my class of ’92 high school girlfriends I hadn’t seen in years.  Old photos were passed around and we laughed our you know whats off at the styles back then. I think the shoes were the most offensive – does anyone remember Reebok high tops with big scrunch socks?!  How on earth was that ever considered cute? Wow.

We had four hours to catch up and many parenting topics arose, which gives me endless parenting blog fodder. I love it.

This post was inspired when a friend mentioned her kids are so sensitive to “scary” stuff, that she has been forced over the years to find not scary movies for kids her family could watch together.

Of course, what scares a kid can differ from child to child, so these movies listed below are not necessarily scare-proof. However, a great way to check out the details on a movie before you watch it with your kids is www.commonsensemedia.org. The age recommendations for the movies below were taken from that site.

You simply plug in the movie and you can get the full rundown of the story line and ratings on things such as educational value, positive messaging, violence & scariness, and more.

Please add any not scary movies for kids you have discovered in the comments. Would love to keep this list going!

20 Not Scary Movies for Kids 

1. Winnie the Pooh Movies (ages 3+)

2. The Aristocats (ages 4+)

3. Tinker Bell (ages 4+)

4. Sesame Street: Follow That Bird (ages 4+)

5. My Neighbor Totoro (ages 5+)

6. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (ages 5+)

7. The Sword in the Stone (ages 5+)

8. The Mouse and the Motorcycle (ages 5+)

9. Kiki’s Delivery Service (ages 5+)

10. Homeward Bound (ages 6+)

My friend’s recommendations (geared towards older children):

11. Mary Poppins (ages 6 +)

12. The Sound of Music (ages 6 +)

13. Shirley Temple movies (Curly Top, The Little Princess, Heidi and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm were her favorites – ages 6+)

14. The Parent Trap (original version – ages 6+)

15. Charlotte’s Web (1973 older cartoon version – ages 5 +)

16. Doctor Doolittle (original version – ages 5+)

17. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (ages 6+)

18. Oklahoma (ages 8 +)

19. Singin’ in the Rain (ages 6+)

20. American Girl Movies (average age 6+ but check each movie individually for age rec)

Please add to this list in the comments with your “not scary movies for kids” recommendations…

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Golden Tote On Sale Tomorrow!

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Links to Golden Tote in this post are referral links, meaning I get a little credit of you click through and order a tote. Thank you in advance for supporting my Golden Tote obsession. My husband thanks you too.

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This might sound crazy, but I really hate to shop. Taking the time to go into the stores, digging through racks while trying to hold complaining kids at bay is honestly not my idea of fun. Which is why I am obsessed with Golden Tote, because they do the shopping FOR you!

I get more compliments on my Golden Tote pieces more than any other item of clothing in my closet. Things I wouldn’t have thought to try on, but end up loving. Cute, hip, stylish pieces that put a little extra pep in my mom step.

It’s very easy. Here’s the run down.

1. The totes go on sale the first Monday of every month at 9am PST at www.goldentote.com. Set a reminder in your calendar to ping you and remind you to go online and order yours, because the very cutest pieces can sell out, quick. Shopping early ensures the best selection.

2. There are two totes to chose from – a $49 one with 2 – 3 pieces or a $149 with 5 – 6 pieces. If you can swing it, go for the $149 one because you will be amazed at the number of cute things you will get.

3. In your tote, you will be prompted to pick 1 or 2 items you want. Then, Golden Tote surprises you with the rest! It’s like Christmas in August when that box arrives.

4. Finally, you will create a style profile with your height, body type, likes, dislikes, styles you love, etc. which helps match your Tote to your style.

I am sure you are wondering what happens if you don’t like something or it doesn’t fit?

It’s an all or nothing deal. You can return the entire tote for a full refund, but you can’t return individual pieces. There is although, a private group on facebook.com/groups/Goldentotetrades where you can buy, sell or trade pieces that you don’t want.

When I get my totes, I usually end up loving say, 5 out of the 6 pieces, and the one I don’t, I will give to a friend. But for the price, it’s totally worth it for the 5 pieces I wear all of the time.

Try it. You will love it!

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