Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Must Have Baby Clothes This Spring!

One the perfect accessories this season are the beautiful Dressies n Ruffled Short look. The perfect little addition to any little ones wardrobe these also make the perfect choice for baby gifts! I love the soft and sweet combination of pinks, lavenders and blues on buttery soft cotton. Super cute and super comfy for baby this Spring! You can find this and many other designs for little boys and girls at and one pieces by Giggle Moon! Anything but ordinary these little Dressies at, or call your rep for a private home showing.

May 2nd Boutique...Come visit us for a great cause

Lil’ Lighthouse Preschool’s First Annual


Saturday ~ May 2, 2009

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Lighthouse Coastal Community Church

Fellowship Hall

301 Magnolia Street - Costa Mesa 92627

(corner of Santa Ana Avenue & Magnolia Street)







Door Prizes

Silent Auction Baskets &

Teacher Donations!!

Refreshments Onsite:

El Sabor de la Vida (soft tacos)

Big Jim & Marcial’s Smokin BBQ

& Mexican Grill (slider sandwich)

Coda Kettle Korn

Bakery Corner

All proceeds from this event will be used towards new playground equipment, educational carpets for classrooms, and the Lil’ Lighthouse Scholarship Fund (to help support local families in need).

Featured Boutique Vendors

31 Bits - Jewelry created by impoverished Ugandan women

Arbonne International Skin Care

Bag This - Handbags, women’s clothing, accessories & more

Bodega Chocolates

Bow Creations - Hair accessories

Build-A-Bear Rescue – Furry friends at fabulous prices

C Perez Designs - Original, handmade women’s jewelry

Cookie Lee Jewelry

Designs by Tara - Jewelry, hair clips

Discovery Toys - Educational toys, games & CDs

Donny & Fern - Vintage finds, cake plates, pepper jelly

Earth Tones by Kathleen - Original, natural material jewelry

Friends Forever Boutique – Faith-based sports jewelry

Glitz N Glamour – Trendy glitzy clothing (missy/junior)

Gold Canyon Candles – Home products and gift baskets

Gurrlie Girl Jewelry – Little girl jewelry

Hold Yo Place Bookmarks – Handmade unique bookmarks

Ipo Ink – Handcrafted wood items & gifts; quilts

Jafra Skin Care – Make up, baby, spa, nail & body care

Little Black Dress Jewelry – Sterling silver & gemstones

Little Fit – Infant & toddler baseball hats

Luna + Reece – Ceramics, kids shirts, handmade art & cards

Pampered Chef – Cooking products

Riley Grace Designs – Heating/cooling pads, tag blankets

Rolie Polie - Infant/child play & lay mat

Shellhaus – Vintage shell encrusted boxes, bottles & pillows

Southern Living at Home – Home decor

Tastefully Simple – Delicious food products

Wine Shop at Home – In-home wine tasting & products

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Where can I recycle my trash?

Before you toss out today's trash, find out what you can recycle—it could make all the difference for tomorrow!

Where to Recycle
  • Electronics
  • Computers
  • Floppy disks and videotapes
  • Cell phones and rechargeable batteries
  • Business clothing
  • Eyeglasses
  • Formal dresses
  • Appliances
  • Carpets
  • Paint
  • Packing peanuts
  • Tires

The Facts: How Long Does It Take to Biodegrade?

Brown paper bag
1 to 5 months

Cigarette butts and filters
12 years

Plastic bags, caps, and lids

Aluminum cans
2 to 5 centuries

Styrofoam cups and clamshells
Virtually forever

Saturday, April 11, 2009

We are so excited to be participating in the upcoming De Portola Boutique ( - check it out to see all the fantastic vendors that will be there!) on Saturday, the 18th of April from 10am - 4pm. It's a great chance to stop by and see all the new rage in couture baby clothes

The Boutique is going to be fantastic, with 77 vendors to wander through. And we're very proud to be part of this event as it's also a fundraisier to benefit the Kindergarten grade level at De Portola Elementary School.

If you're local, we'd love to have you stop by - and if you're NOT local then take a fresh look at our website to see what we've been up to!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The 5 hidden Benefits of spring cleaning...Debbie Mandel

It’s spring and from the ground up we are all thinking about spring cleaning. Some of us are actually doing it while the rest of us are procrastinating. All that decision-making of what to throw away presents the primary impediment. Besides, throwing out what we have already purchased invalidates the money we spent as well as the intent – could we have been wrong?

Maybe you don’t realize it, but all of your stuff is piling up altering your perception: the various knickknacks, the hundreds of similar photographs, the piles of magazines and mail and the layers of dust. Your space becomes uninviting (embarrassed to let people drop in) which contributes to the loneliness – “Why don’t I have more friends?” Maybe you don’t really see the person who lives with you and loves you and he or she doesn’t see you anymore because the view is obscured. Here are some reasons why de-cluttering will immediately invigorate your life and renew your relationships.

* Toss out the toxins in your life. Why do you clean out your refrigerator? You know that if you don’t periodically throw away old foods, they will spoil and release toxins like mold and bacteria. As a result, bad odors will be overwhelming and there will be no room for fresh wholesome foods which anyway would be contaminated by the spoiled food. Do you see the analogy to your own life: how physical and mental clutter can spoil your life? If you don’t get rid of what you don’t need, mental junk overwhelms your life, keeping you stuck in the past: failures, criticism and grief. There is no room for self-improvement.

* Look for a pattern to your clutter. Are there dead plants? Too many paintings on the wall? The same pants in the same color you bought last time and forgot about? Most of us keep duplicating what we already have, like dating the same type of person we have divorced or the usual repetitive arguing. What are you always buying and why? Is emotional programming the reason? Is there something about yourself you want to complete with all this stuff? Find the answer and you will change your life by doing things differently.

* Learn to be selective. If you photographed everything, would anything be special? If you like everything, then you like nothing. Designate what you treasure and release the rest. Keep making choices about what you want and don’t want. “I choose to do it” versus “I choose not to do it.” You will stop being a people-pleaser which makes you resentful while you will find some compassion and happiness for yourself. It is important to realize that you absorb the energy of the people with whom you associate, so choose good energy.

* Liberate your true identity. Realize that you accumulate things to fill an empty heart or make you feel accomplished – “Look at what I own” versus “Look at me.” If you are living amidst the nostalgia of what has happened in the past, you are not maximizing your present life. By cleaning out your stuff you can channel your energy to discover your hidden assets because nothing is in the way to confuse and distract you.

* Make room for the talent of your space to emerge. How wonderful to reorganize and create a space just for yourself to percolate ideas that go from inspiration to aspiration. You can clean up and set up even a corner of a room to contain your personal, beautiful, inspirational objects - perhaps a window with a view, to be in a wonderful state where art happens. Your creativity and productivity will soar in all areas of your life.

Now that you have worked on yourself and your mental clutter, you are ready to simplify your love life. Are there obstacles to your sensuality and sexuality? Check out your bedroom. Your bed should be the focal point of the room and not have to compete with a desk. Are there photos of the whole family on your night table when there should be photos of the two of you? Are your sheets worn? The rewards of getting rid of negative energy in the bedroom should be quite clear. Set the stage for romance.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Mommy Clubs in the OC


Offering a variety of activities for mothers and children, MOMS Clubs meet regularly in areas throughout Orange County. Events include Park Days, playgroups, Mom's Night Out, field trip and more. Call the group nearest you. To determine if a group is affiliated with the MOMS Club, a nonprofit support program for stay-at-homes moms, visit

• Aliso Viejo North: 949.360.8714,
• Aliso Viejo Southeast: 949.448.7192
• Aliso Viejo Southwest: 949.215.2414,
• Anaheim:
• Anaheim Hills North: 714.921.4727,
• Anaheim Hills West: 714.323.9977,
• Brea North:
• Brea South: 760.808.6268,
• Costa Mesa North: 714.688.6841,
• Costa Mesa South: 949.209.9911
• Cypress:,

- Cypress Mom’s Club represents Buena Park, La Palma, Stanton, Garden Grove and Cypress
• MOMS Club of Dana Point/San Juan Capistrano,
• Foothill Ranch:
• Fountain Valley:
• Fullerton East: 714.926.2507,
• Fullerton Central: 714.447.9414
• Garden Grove Mothers' Club:,
• Huntington Beach: 877.230.6835
• Huntington Beach North Coast: 714.594.5779
• Huntington Beach South: 714.335.1505,,
• Irvine Central:
• Irvine Marketplace:
• Irvine Northwood:
• Irvine Northwest:
• Irvine Southeast:
• Ladera Ranch: 949.284.0011,,
• La Habra:
• Laguna Hills: 949.224.3065,
• Laguna Niguel: MOPS - Mission Lutheran Church: 949.837.8820,,
• Laguna Niguel North: 949.305.7978,
• Laguna Niguel South: 949.481.2711,
• Laguna West:
• Lake Forest:
• Mission Viejo Northeast:
• Mission Viejo South:,
• Monarch Beach:
• Newport Beach:
• North Huntington Beach: 800.571.3924
• North Orange County Luna Moms Club: 800.676.1506
• Orange Northeast:,
• Orange Northwest:
• Orange South:
• Placentia North: 714.423.8757,
• Placentia South:
• Plano Trabuco: 949.709.1440
• Portola Hills: 949.709.0096
• Rancho Santa Margarita South: 949.637.6037
• San Clemente: 949.481.5144
• Seal Beach: 562.544.0811,
• Trabuco Canyon: 949.459.5704,
• Turtle Rock: 949.509.1902,
• Tustin North:
• Tustin Ranch:
• Tustin/Santa Ana:
• Westminster: 714.387.3881,
• Yorba Linda Central: 714.792.0948
• Yorba Linda East: 714.463.4315,


• Laguna Beach Parents Club:
• Luna Moms Club of South OC:
• Mended Little Hearts: 888.589.3687;;
• Orange County Fun Working Moms:
• Part-Time Professional Moms Meetup:
• Society of Socialpreneurs Meetup Group: 949.637.4354


Orange County Dads' Group meets weekly throughout Orange County. Offerings include dads night out events. Visit 949.559.6844 or