Welcome to the Jungle

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We went to Scooter’s Jungle in Aliso Viejo recently for their Open Gym and it was awesome!!   They have open play times on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:30am – 12pm for kids under 6.   There is a GIANT slide (but be careful to keep your elbows up or you might end up with a Scooter’s slide burn like I did!), bounce houses, lots of push toys, air hockey, and an adjacent area with toddler picnic tables if you want to pack your kids a lunch or snack.  Cost is $ 7 / kid.  Make sure to bring socks for you and your little ones.   We had a ball, and at $7, it was not only a ton of fun but also a super afforadable outing.   They also offer birthday party rentals, check the website for details!

25 Journey, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 * 949.349.9090

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Huff Studios

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We are quickly approaching my absolute favorite time of year…holiday photo card time!!     After Thanksgiving passes, daily trips to my mailbox make me absolutely giddy.  My love of holiday photo cards is a bit of an obsession, just ask my husband.  I decorate our doorway with garland and holly, and use little Christmas-themed clothes pins to hang them, so I can see each and every one.  It is a bit of a ritual, getting the mail, opening each one, and then carefully arranging and rearranging them around the doorway, so each has a prime location.   Seeing friends and their families brings me so much joy during the month of December.     

Anyway, whether it is a photo holiday card, birth announcement, invitation or otherwise, I just adore getting cards with pictures on them and seeing friends and their kid’s darling little faces!   Meet Huff Studios, a company that allows you to design and create your own personalized gifts and cards, using your own special photos.    Check out their website for lots of fun products and ideas.   If you don’t see the exact card you were looking for, no problem!  They will work with you to custom design one for you!   

Hooray!  It’s a Tiny Giveaway!!   Huff Studios is giving away 25 custom cards for you to order and use for ANY occasion. This can be for announcements, party invitations, thank you cards, birthday cards….you can imagine the possiblities. Card will be a double sided 4×6 card professionally printed on smooth or linen paper. Please view the website for designs and if you have something special in mind they will  work with you to come up with a card that you will love to share.   And, you are not limited to an order of 25, you can order as many as you need, the first 25 will just be FREE!  

To enter, send an email to giveaways@tinyoranges.com with HUFF STUDIOS in the subject line, and answer this question:  name one photo card item #.   Limit one entry per person.  You can enter all week, just make sure your email is received before 5pm PST on Friday, September 19th.  Good luck!


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Easy Mexican Casserole

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  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 4 cups diced chicken breast
  • 1 (4 oz) can of diced green chilies
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 1 lb. grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 1 (10 oz) can cream of chicken soup
  1. Combine chicken, chilies, onion and chicken soup in a large bowl
  2. Cut tortillas in half and arrange 6 halves in bottom of a 9 x 13” pan sprayed with Pam
  3. Spread ½ of the chicken mixture over tortillas, top with 1/3 of cheese
  4. Repeat layers (tortillas, chicken mixture, cheese)
  5. Just before baking, pour chicken broth over top to add moisture
  6. Cover and bake in 400 oven around 45 minutes until hot and bubbly
  7. Serve with sour cream, salsa, avocado or guacamole

Enjoy!


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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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Rad Reptiles

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Prehistoric Pets in Fountain Valley is a really fun, free outing (unless of course you end up coming home with your own Prehistoric Pet!) It is a huge reptile store, where kids can get up close and personal with lots and lots of crazy looking reptiles. The store also holds a 2000 gallon pond filled with giant tropical fish and 400lb. Galapagos Tortoises. Quite an amazing sight for little ones (and I have to admit I thought it was pretty amazing too!) Jurassic Parties offers private parties at your venue or in-store, most popular being a one hour presentation with 15 – 18 animals. Great hands on learning experience for kids!


18822 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley, CA, 92708 * (714) 964-3525

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Irvine Terrace Park

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We recently discovered a wonderful park, Irvine Terrace Park, in Corona del Mar. It is an amazing playground  with a beautiful harbor view. There are public bathrooms adjacent, tons of running space, climbing walls, teeter totters, swings (baby and big kid) and two picnic tables under covered lattices.  To get there, plug this into Mapquest “Seadrift Dr at Evita Dr Corona del Mar, CA 92625.” This park is # 8 on the OC’s 10 best playgrounds.

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