Fairytales Children’s Boutique

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When I pop into Fairytales, I almost go into “cute overload.”  There are so many cute things to feast the eyes on, you almost don’t know where to focus first!   From girly-girl clothes you just die over to mini uggs to darling gifts for moms-to-be to racks of bejewled barrettes for little locks to …. I could go on and on.   They have it all!   Clothes, gifts, toys, books, diaper bags, you name it.   Just be prepared to have the urge to wander aimlessly for awhile just to take it all in!   With two great locations in San Clemente and Dana Point, if you live in OC, this shop is a MUST visit.   If you are out of the area, all of the darling-ness is also sold online, with more labels and brands be added every day.   Guess what mamas?  Fairytales is about to make someone out there VERY happy because…


Hooray!  It’s a Tiny Giveaway!  Fairytales is giving away a $100 gift certificate to one lucky winner this week to use at either OC location.   To enter, send an email with FAIRYTALES in the subject line to giveaways@tinyoranges.com. Include your name, address and the answer to this question:  Name one of Fairytales Bestsellers (hint: click on the link to find one!)   You can enter all week, just make sure your email is in before 5pm PST on Friday, Sept. 12th. Check back next Monday to see if you are the lucky winner!   GOOD LUCK!  


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Wishcraft

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How is it already September?  I can’t believe how fast this summer went.   It seems way too early, however, October and pumpkin time is right around the corner…that’s why I have to share this new fabulous find!  I came across the Wishcraft catalog (by Chasing Fireflies) the other day and  was blown away by the costumes!   You should see the Marie Antoinette and Queen Elizabeth get-ups for little girls.  They are so elaborate, and really pretty reasonable considering.   I hope I am able to even get Emma INTO a costume this year.  Last year, at 18-months, she was the saddest Tinkerbell you have ever seen.  She only lasted in it for 5 minutes, it was a complete crying disaster.   We had a Halloween party at our house and she was the only kid not in a costume.  Luckily one of my husband’s coworkers got her a little orange candy corn t-shirt, so she wore that to her party.  I am sure everyone was thinking how low-budge I went on her costume!   Hopefully this year will be different, we will see.  I don’t know if I could get her in that Marie wig, but the sassy go go dancer is awfully cute!  

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SOS

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Just a little tip I picked up from a girlfriend.   To help store and drain the numerous bath toys, you can use a large, plastic collander.   Easy to clean and no yucky mildew!  

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YakAcademy

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My family and I were going around the table last Thanksgiving answering the question, which skill or talent do you wish you had?   My dad’s answer was “speak a 2nd language” and I was like “That is a great answer!  Me too!” My real answer was “cook ” but that really perplexed everyone as they considered cooking not a skill or talent, but rather an issue of effort and motivation.  A whole debate ensued, and I argued that my lack of motivation was because of my lack of skill and therefore, I wished I had the motivation to cook!  I had a hard time selling that one, anyhow, I digress…


For those of us that are solo-lingual, wouldn’t it be GREAT to speak another language?  I often wish I had learned another language as a child when it would have been so much easier than learning as a young adult.  That being said, now we have the chance to give our kids an edge and introduce them to YakAcademy, a fun program that teaches foreign language classes for kids ages 1 – 10!   Such a BRILLIANT concept for our little sponge-brained kiddos!  And now, YakAcademy has come to OC!    Opening this month in Mission Viejo, you can enroll your kids in fun language classes taught full immersion through art, movement, song and play.  And, hey mom, you will probably learn a thing or two!   Muy divertido!  (Translation = Very fun!)


Their language program creates a fun, natural learning environment that targets the small window of opportunity (age 6 months – 6 years) when a child most easily acquires a second language.   The organization strives to make you as comfortable at the center as you are in your own home and prides itself on personal care and attention to each student.  And, with the offering of Saturday classes, this makes for a very fun “Daddy and Me” or “Parents and Me”  class too!


If you are interested, register now to take advantage of 20% off the regular pricing between now and September 29th.  You can also register or sign up online for a free class to try it out!     


HOORAY!  It’s a Tiny Giveaway!!!  YakAcademy Mission Viejo is giving away ONE FREE MONTH of classes and FREE (lifetime) registration to one lucky winner (valued at $170)!   The winner can pick the time and class of their choice (Mission Viejo location only.)  To enter, send me an email to giveaways@tinyoranges.com.  Include your name, address, and the answer to this question:  which 3 languages are offered this Fall at YakAcademy Mission Viejo?  Hint: click on “View Schedule” under Mission Viejo on this page to find out!   Make sure your entry is in before Friday, Sept. 5th at 5pm PST.  Winner will be drawn at random next weekend, and posted on Monday.  GOOD LUCK!     

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Bill Barber Park in Irvine

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We love Bill Barber Park in Irvine!    The park has a huge tot lot with equipment for all ages.   There are bridges so kids can get onto the equipment from the upper level and vice versa.  It also has a great climbing area, and distinct separate play equipment for toddlers and big kids.  My daughter also loves the “froggie fountain,” which is a beautiful fountain in the center of a trellis lined courtyard area.   The first time we went there we were a little confused on where to park.  Off of Harvard, you will turn into the parking lot at the light “San Juan.”  There is usually plenty of parking. Click this  link for directions.  There are 4 nice covered picnic areas, the restroom is close-by, and as luck would have it for me this weekend,  a concession was open for the soccer games when I was in dire need of a Diet Coke fix!  Only downfall is that other than the covered picnic areas, there is not a lot of shade, so wear your hats and SPF in the summer months as it can get a bit toasty.   


Thanks to everyone who entered the Wee Gallery giveaway last week!  Check in tomorrow for a fabulous new giveaway!  Have a great Labor Day!


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