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So, we know you don’t really need tips on enjoying something as AWESOME as summer, but here are ways that we’re LOVING summer around here.

1. Go to the beach.

Yes, just grab the kids, some snacks (use our reusable snack containers for easy packing and eco-friendly), some towels and your bathing suits (bikini body or not…who cares!), our natural sunblocks and spend a few hours (or more!) playing with sand or in the waters of our beautiful beaches here in Orange County.

2. Try something new!

For me it’s been paddleboarding! This girl had never been paddleboarding up until a couple of weeks ago (can you believe it!). And now, I’m in love with it and so happy I did it. There are so many opportunities here for new adventures. Take one.

3. Go camping…or a road trip!

We’ve been here about five years and I still feel really lucky to be living where I can just as easily go to the beach as I can to the mountains. And eve better, I can also go camping every weekend if I wanted to. Go camping. For real, if you haven’t in a while or at all, just do it. As rustic as it can be, it is also peaceful and calming. And it brings the family back to what matters…each other.

Whatever you do this summer, come and visit us, attend one of our classes, do some fun shopping and then let us know how you enjoyed your goodies through your summer days. Peace!

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 Back when we opened Granola Babies, it was nearly impossible to go to a store and purchase a quality wooden toy. As a mother, I was so frustrated with only being able to purchase online that I made sure to stock our little store with as many quality wooden toys as I could fit into my small space. And even today, now that we are in a bigger space then when we first opened, we proudly stock our shelves with toys that are aesthetically beautiful, grow with the children and encourage creativity and imagination, as well as being non-toxic and sustainable. You will NEVER find cheaply made plastic toys on our shelves, annoying toys that require batteries nor toys that are full with more toxins than they are worth. 

Now years later, other stores have stocked the same toys we found and brought in first to OC. And as wonderful as that is to the enhancement of GOOD toys being available to children, I am constantly itching to find the most UNIQUE and new lines and be first to bring them to our community. It’s what makes Granola Babies so much different than other stores. 

And so I did just that!  I flew across the country to a FABULOUS toy fair, spoke to the toy makers directly, asked our series of questions that distinguishes a Granola Babies worthy toy and placed orders for the best of the best toys in the fair. And it was sooooo much fun!!  I mean seriously, what is more fun than getting to play with fun toys? It brings out the kid in you in every way! Plus being able to speak to the makers directly about how the toys are made is something I, and our customers, really really value.

In the next few weeks, these fun new toys will start to arrive. I can’t wait!

 

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What’s more fun than enjoying delicious cupcakes and sipping on Californian wines? Exactly. That’s what we thought too!  So starting Thursday, May 28th from 5pm – 7pm, we’re kicking off our monthly “Cupcakes & Wine” evening at Granola Babies.

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We’re serving wines from our wine boutique neighbor, LCA Wine and cupcakes from our yummy neighbor, Susies Cakes. And each month, we’ll have a featured sponsor at Granola Babies, especially for you.

So, mark your calendars, book a sitter (small babies and up to non-crawlers welcomed to come with you) and come out to have fun at Granola Babies!

 

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Our Spring styles have started to arrive at Granola Babies. Each time we receive a box, we get a little giddy with how incredibly adorable everything is. Our customers are loving these so styles are going fast but come and visit us soon to shop. Here’s a preview of some of our unique styles.

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 Having four kids and a business means I have very little “me” time.  And very little “me time” these last few years has meant very little exercise besides chasing little ones.  But as I turned 40 years old this year, I made it a resolution to make a way to work out.

And lately, I’ve done just that. I plan out the night before lunches and snacks, put finishing touches to them in the morning, I’ve made a weekly breakfast menu and at times even set my oven to turn on at a specific time (for when I’m baking something for breakfast). I’ve laid out clothes the night before and basically streamlined our mornings so that I can have the extra time to go for a brisk walk in the beautiful park a few blocks from my house.

Being able to get moving has been so fulfilling for me. I would even go as far to say that it’s made me a better mother. The first day I went for a walk, I had literally the best day I’ve had in forever. Everything, I mean, everything just fell into place. Those endorphins were working big time for me. I really wish I had done it earlier!

Currently, I go for a walk four days a week. Starting this week, I’ll be riding my bike to the local gym to work my upper body with weights and next week, I’ll do yoga once a week. Super excited for this and loving how it’s becoming part of my life. And one I plan to keep for as long as possible. Good feeling.

 

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Chocolate, chocolate, how I love thee.

It’s all about chocolate this coming Valentine’s Day at Granola Babies! I feel extremely lucky to be surrounded by other small businesses and one such [wonderful] place is ST Patisserie Chocolat by master pastry chef Stephane Treand. To show our love for our customers, we’ve teamed up with ST Patisserie Chocolat to offer the first […]

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