Centennial Farm

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I love free outing ideas when you are looking to get out, but don’t want to spend money.   Upon a recent (and miserably hot) trip to the OC Swap meet, we ventured into the Centennial Farm to look at the animals adjacent to the entrance.   For some reason, I thought the animals were only on display during the OC Fair, but upon asking an older,  surly volunteer if they were open all the time, he asked, “How LONG have you lived here??”  I guess I was supposed to know the answer!

Centennial Farm is a 4-acre working farm at the OC Fair & Event Center.  The Farm is home to fruit and vegetable gardens, livestock, and Millennium Barn. Kids and adults can view pigs, peacocks, cows, honey bees and more while strolling though gardens of lush vegetation. Open most afternoons and on the weekends.  Check the website for hours.  Parking and admission is free!  

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Ouch!

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With the hot temps this summer,  I have been spending tons of time outside with my daughter playing in her little inflatable pool.   I think the bees must love the bright colors on her pool, and I got to thinking, what if she (or I) got stung?   Luckily it hasn’t happened yet, and I was a kid myself the last time I was stung, so I looked it up. I am glad I did because I would have totally thought that you should get tweezers to get the stinger out like a splinter.  Not the case!  Here’s what you should you do (information found on babycenter):  


A bee’s stinger works like an automatic pump — the longer it stays in, the more venom it releases — so get it out as quickly as you can. Look for a little black dot in the center of a reddened area and scrape it off with a fingernail or credit card. DO NOT squeeze the stinger with your fingers or tweezers, because that could release more venom. Once you’ve removed the stinger, wash the area with soap and water. Then apply an ice pack for 15 minutes or so to minimize swelling and relieve pain. (If you don’t have an ice pack, grab a package of frozen vegetables or drop a few ice cubes in a plastic bag. Wrap whatever you’re going to use in a washcloth so it doesn’t touch your child’s skin directly.) You may want to apply a paste of baking soda and water to the area, to soothe it and draw out some of the venom. (Simply dab it on, let it dry, and rinse it off.) Luckily, the pain usually begins to go away after a few hours, although the swelling may increase for another day or two.


In the meantime, you may want to give your child the appropriate dose of acetaminophen to ease his discomfort. Continue to apply icepacks, and, if your child is still really uncomfortable, you can try an over- the-counter children’s antihistamine to help relieve any itching and swelling.


Image and more information can be found on Kids Health.

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Fun Book for Lil Grommets

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The Adventures of Kirra & Rincon Li’l Kids, Big Waves
is such a cute book for our So Cal kiddos.  My daughter loves the bright pictures and melodic prose and this mommy loves the positive messages throughout like eating healthy snacks, picking up trash on the beach and appreciating friends and nature (not to mention the inspiring “girl power” when Kirra is the first to catch a perfect barrel wave!)  If  you are wondering where the names came from, Kirra is a famous surf spot in Australia, and Rincon is a surf break near Santa Barbara.  The book was written by a married couple and inspired by their love of the ocean, surfing and the peace of mind found while enjoying the beach.  You can buy the book on the Kirra & Rincon website.   And, speaking of beaches, for those So Cal famillies out there, what are your favorite beaches to take your kids to??

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Diapees and Wipees

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One of my favorite, most used gifts I received when I had my daughter was my pink polka dot diapees & wipees bag (top left above.)   It is a unique bag that  fits a travel size wipee container along with 2 to 4 diapees perfectly.   I love that you can grab it and go, and  move it from diaper bag to regular purse to the stroller with ease.  It is also so nice to have the diapers and wipes together and organized.   Say it with me gals, “no more wadded up diapees in the bottom of my bag amongst crushed Cheerios!” I give these as gifts to new moms all the time, as I know firsthand just how much use they will get out of it!  Plus, aren’t the fabrics just so cute and hip?   Vist the website for retailers or to buy online

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