Last week I got to meet up with Jennifer…the mastermind behind Tiny Oranges blog. It’s a blog dedicated to Orange County moms and their little ones. I can’t remember exactly how I found Jennifer’s blog. It’s one of those rabbit trail things…you know you sit down to look up movie times and the next thing you know you’ve found the latest and greatest new site!
I emailed Jennifer, we hit it off and ended up meeting for coffee. Or tea in Jennifer’s case. 🙂 Starbucks was kind enough to coordinate their cup cozies with my whole theme for the day.
As a mom and entrepeneur I wanted to ask Jennifer how she started her blog, how she comes up with WHAT to blog about and basically how she got to be so dang talented! Turns out she was inspired by The Wedding Chicks…a blog I also frequent! She thought there should be something equally as cool for moms. Specifically moms in Orange County. And even though starting a blog was unfamiliar territory, she wrapped her experience in the dot com industry, her years as an event coordinator and of course her experience as a new mom into Tiny Oranges.
The blog has great tips, giveaways and fun things to do in Orange County. I love how easy it is to navigate and she has something new just about every day! Next week, I’ll be doing a spot on her blog about practical things you can do to improve your pictures.
Because Jennifer has her finger on the pulse of all that is new and cool for moms, I wanted her to share with us what she couldn’t live without and what’s she’s dying to have! Soooo, her must have is this shopping cart cover and she can’t wait to get her hands on a new UPPA Vista Baby Stroller. Go check it out…it looks awesome! And make sure you frequent her blog for tons more eye candy!
She was kind enough to pose for a photo, so you can put a face to all the fun stuff that’s coming out of Tiny Oranges. Oh and if you’re in the know about a cool new place for kids or the product that all your friends are buying, send her an email. She loves to include contributions from local moms!
Last but not least! I promised to share info about the Spring Mini-Sessions that are coming up at Rascals to Rebels. Here’s the 411. The Huntington Beach Store is now taking sign ups for March 13 and 14 from noon to 2pm. The store is hosting complimentary 15 minute mini-sessions and prints can be purchased a la carte. You need to go by the store to sign up, so go quick…last time it filled up in 2 days!
I finally made it to the Fresh Foods Cafe to enjoy a lunch on the water and see my wall art! Way back in October, I photographed different fruits and vegetables for the restaurant. The grand opening was last week and I had a job, so I wasn’t able to go. Brent told me all about it, so I was so excited when Cindy invited me to go to lunch today.
I highly recommend the chopped salad! There’s a huge selection of fresh vegetables and once you choose your favorites, they chop the whole thing and add your choice of dressing. I had cilantro vinagrette and it was delicious!
The restaurant also roasts its own coffee beans, so I had to try a coffee while I was there. Ben suggested the latte with chocolate syrup and it was soooo good! I’m thinking about going back this afternoon for another. 🙂
Oh and the flatware is so cool! I loved my demitasse spoon. Cindy and I kept joking about sneaking a few pieces out the door every time we go.
Speaking of…Ben took this picture of us when he was checking in on our table.
Cindy got the tea and we were in love with her little steeping pot. Not sure what its real name is, but it makes having tea that much more enjoyable.
My friends and family only slightly roll their eyes when I take pictures of my food and people pouring tea and things like that. What can I say, I have to take a picture so I can share it with my invisible internet friends!
…that the best part of shooting at the beach is under the pier. There’s something about the way the light comes in. I know I’ve mentioned that before, but it’s also the pillars of the pier. Seal Beach has amazing wood pillars and I found out the Huntington has perfectly grungey cement. The depth of field is perfect, the sun flare, need I go on??
Brice and Lindsey also happen to be the cutest engaged couple in Huntington Beach…
They will be getting married in Dallas this May…woo hoo!
Lindsay is actually an aspiring photographer, so I was talking as I was shooting (dangerous combo, I know!) telling her what I was doing, my settings, etc. I even let her take some pictures of me to try it out…sorry no shares of those pictures, my hair was a little wind-crazy! But, then I turned the camera on her…and I will share those!! She’s adorable. FYI, these were taken on top of the pier.
In other news, this morning the rain was pelting down…the hardest we’ve seen since we’ve lived here. So, do we curl up under a blanket with hot cocoa? NO. Brent turns on the jacuzzi and we sit out in the pouring cold rain. It was a fun way to kick off our weekend!
So, I wrote this post yesterday and it crashed write before I hit publish…so it sorta took the wind out of my sails (along with a million other little things) and I decided tomorrow is a new day!
Everything Hume Lake does is amazing, fun and purposed! We had a blast…as usual. And the kids fully think they are in high school now after hanging around 900 of them for the long weekend.
For the first time this year, the tube run allowed you to hook up to a “lift” and get pulled up the hill. There were people at the top that turned you around and pushed you down the run. It does sort of take the calorie burning out of sledding, but great when you have little kids and you don’t want to carry all their tubes up the hill!
Here’s what it looked like from the bottom…
And here’s what the kids looked like when they came down the hill!
We went in for some hot cocoa after a few hours in the cold. Brent was outside drawing on the window for Cooper…too cute!
Another fun thing we got to do was ice skating!
When Brent speaks at high school camps he always tells the students that our kids are super friendly, so come up say hi…and Cooper will probably even tell you a knock knock joke. The high schoolers were amazing and totally took our kids in…even helping them on skates!
And I’m not a landscape photographer, but the views there are spectacular!
Thanks Hume Lake for a great time! We’ll be back this summer!!