B.Y.O.G (Bring Your Own Gown!)

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B.Y.O.G, which stands for Bring Your Own Gown, is the hip alternative to the boring, used hospital gown!  These cute gowns come in lots of fun prints, have removable bows, snaps in the back for full coverage, and easy to unsnap sleeves for nursing.   Is anyone willing to admit they watched Tori & Dean (yes, that would be the Tori Spelling reality show on Oxygen)?  I will admit it,  I got sucked right in this past summer!  Tori was wearing a B.Y.O.G (just did my fact check on the B.Y.O.G. website) when she delivered her daughter.  She wore the Havana Rose print gown with a sassy hot pink bow,  so much cuter than those old faded hospital numbers!  And, isn’t this also a great, uinique idea for a baby shower gift?    

Hooray!  It’s a Tiny Giveaway!  B.Y.O.G. is giving away a free gown (a $95 value) to one lucky winner!  If you can’t use it for yourself, enter anyway, because wouldn’t this make for a great gift?   To enter (one entry per person), send me an email to giveaways@tinyoranges.com.  In the email, put BYOG in the subject line, include your first name and last initial, and tell me which print is your fav!   Click here to see the cute fabrics.   You can enter all week, just make sure your email is in before 5pm PST on Friday, Oct. 10th.   Winner can select their favorite print (subject to availability!)    Good luck!

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Fun Filled Weekend Events!

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In case you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, there are two fun family events going on in the OC.  Kidsfaire is coming to the OC Fairgrounds this Saturday, 10/4 and Sunday, 10/5 from 10am – 5pm.   Tons of entertainment, and admission is reasonable.  $8 for adults and $5 for kids 2 – 12.   Click here to buy tickets and get a discount, or you can buy at the gate. 

The Orange County Children’s Book Festival will be held at OCC on Sunday, 10/5 from 10:00am – 4:00pm.  Admission and parking is free!   Tons of fun activities for kids of all ages and multiple stages with author and illustrator presentations.  

Have a great weekend everyone!  We will see you back on Monday with another amazing giveaway and the winner to this week’s Healthy Skin Naturally $100 gift certificate!  You still have time to enter!  Send an email to giveaways@tinyoranges.com by 5pm PST today, Friday, 10/3.   Good luck!

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Pasta with Chickpeas and Spinach

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This recipe was sent from one of our readers, Dru, she writes “…it’s great for vegetarians (like me!). And, my husband who’s a total carnivore loves it too :-)”

Pasta with Chickpeas and Spinach (Recipe from Emeril Lagasse, 2001)

  • 1 pound fusilli or penne
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped red bell peppers
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onions
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine
  • 2 cups vegetable stock, or canned vegetable broth
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 8 ounces fresh baby spinach, rinsed well and stems removed
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup cubed mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup grated asiago

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain well.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the bell peppers and onions, and cook, stirring, until soft, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, and cook for 1 minute. Add the wine and stir to deglaze the pan. Add the vegetable stock and chickpeas and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the chickpeas are tender, about 5 minutes, and almost all the broth is gone. Crush the peas lightly with the back of a spoon against the side of the pot. Add the spinach and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes. Add the cooked pasta and toss well to coat. Adjust seasoning, to taste. Add the extra-virgin olive oil, cream, and cheeses, and toss to combine. Divide the pasta among serving plates and serve immediately.

Tiny Tip: To print this recipe (or any Tiny Oranges posts) click on the title above the image. In this case “Pasta with Chickpeas and Spinach” then you have an option to “View Printer Friendly Version.” Open that version and print. And, if you want to send this article to a friend, “Email Article to a Friend” is right below it!

Hey mamas: Please send me your easy recipes! I want to post ideas and recipes from lots of moms out there!!! Email them to info@tinyoranges.com with RECIPE in the subject line… THANK YOU!

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Read for the Record!

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I just found out about this event today (Tuesday), otherwise I would have posted earlier!  But, there are still lots of remaining times on Wednesday and Thursday this week to participate!

You can help set a World Record!  READ/Orange County and Jumpstart are teaming up with families across the nation to break the World’s Record for the most adults and children reading the SAME book on the SAME day!    This campaign was designed to bring attention to the importance of early childhood education and celebrates Corduroy’s 40th birthday with a story time, a craft and a copy of Corduroy for each family.  Emma and I went to the one at the Irvine Library on Tuesday, it was a darling event, and she loves her new Corduroy book.  It brought back so many memories for me too as it was one of my favorite books growing up!  Don’t you remember cute little Corduroy missing his button? πŸ™‚

If you can’t make one of the story times this week, you can support the cause online by purchasing the book or click here for other ways to get involved.  100% of the book’s profits go to support Jumpstart, an organization that provides books and adult mentors to read one-on-one with low income children for a full year to help them prepare to enter school ready to succeed. 

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The Next Generation of Work Flexibility

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Are you a mom considering re-entering the workforce?  Do you wish you could find a job that would allow you to work around your schedule? Are you frustrated with the lack of professional, part-time work opportunities that allow flexibility so you can also manage your other full-time job being a MOM? If you answered β€œyes” to any of the above, you must be introduced to FlexWork Connection, a recruiting firm in So Cal promoting flexible work opportunities!  Isn’t that awesome? Jessica Riester, founder of FlexWork Connection (and mompreneur extraordinaire) started her company out of a passion for helping professional mothers like herself find rewarding work and achieve the BALANCE every working mom wants. The company helps match experienced professional moms with local employers on board with flexibility in either interim, part-time and/or full-time positions. 

FlexWork Connection is hosting an exciting event called The Next Generation of Work Flexibility on Thursday, October 16th, 2008 at the UCI Merange School of Business. The event will feature 2 pre-conference breakout workshops, a cocktail hour for networking and book signing and a panel of experts sharing information and insight on new work flexibility programs following by a Q & A session.

You can register online through this link.  What a great way to find out about the opportunities out there and enjoy a night of networking at the same time!  

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