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In the Spotlight: Dr. Jane Macris

Our “In the Spotlight” series returns to the scene in 2019 with one of our favorite humans on the planet: Dr. Jane Macris of Blooming Chiropractic. We met Jane back in 2015 when we had office space for rent in our Costa Mesa office. Her energy, smile, and warmth are infectious and we love her heart for serving families. Dr. Jane graduated from Life West Chiropractic College West, where she learned a range of techniques (from gentle, low force to instrument assisted) to address the pregnant and pediatric spine. She is currently pursuing her diploma from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and is Webster Certified to better serve her clients. Jane now has her own beautiful office (just across the street from our old one!) and her business is indeed blooming. We had the chance to catch up with Dr. Jane to learn more about how things are going and reconnect after many months had passed and we’re excited to share more about her with you all!

A Family Friendly Summer in Orange County

Memorial Day has come and gone which technically means it's Summer, right?

Maybe not quite, as most kiddos are still in school. But the weather is warming up (this weekend anyway!) and the Summer bug is hitting us big time. So in celebration of all things surf, sand, and sun, we've compiled some of our favorite family friendly events in Orange County!

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Music Makes The People Come Together

Here in the OC we are blessed to have lots of incredible parks and beaches where each Summer the local cities put on a series of concerts throughout the area. This Summer the OC Concert Park Series has 10 outdoor concerts on Thursdays evenings starting June 21st. Some of our personal favorites will be present including Donovan Frankenreiter, Matt Costa, The Fenians, and The Tijuana Dogs! Pack a picnic or enjoy one of the many food trucks that will be on site. Admission is free for the whole family. 

Looking for Movie Nights in the park?? OC parks has that too

Looking to stay in your neck of the woods? Check out your city's Facebook pages or websites for other local concerts in the park - they're everywhere!

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Nature, Nature Everywhere!

If your kids are anything like mine then they love exploring and getting their hands dirty! Luckily there is no shortage of nature related activities nearby!

The Turtle Rock Nature Center in Irvine and the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach are two of our favorite local spots to go exploring. They both have incredible kids programs and nature camps or you can go together as a family and do some free-range exploring on your own. 

Go exploring with an actual Zookeeper from the OC zoo in the Wildlife Explorers Program! Events are held regularly throughout the Summer on Fridays at 10am. 

Looking for some awesome hikes? Santiago Oaks in Orange is great as is Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. Don't forget to pack lots of sunscreen, water and snacks! 

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Reading Rainbow

Storytime is a huge hit around here and if you're looking for some indoor activities on those HOT summer days, these are a perfect option. We recommend you checking out your local library for one close to home, but we're including the ones we frequent as well. Make sure to check out the recommended age ranges to ensure it's appropriate for your own kiddo!

Ponderosa Library in Anaheim has two story times each week, including one on Saturdays at 11:30am! Score! The City of Orange offers several throughout the week including Bilingual story hour and Lapsit story time for those under two. Lapsit is awesome as it includes nursery rhymes, finger puppets, and more interaction to keep the little ones engaged. Switch it up a little with story time amongst the redwoods or an evening option where everyone wears their pajamas!

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Let's Get Moving

It's no secret that kids have lots of energy to burn and summer time seems to accelerate that energy. With all that Vitamin D to be had, Summer is no time to stay indoors! (Except for nap time. Nap time is sacred.) Get moving with a variety of fitness and play options!

YMCA of Orange County is guaranteed to have some great choices as will your city parks & recreation program. From soccer, to basketball, to swim, putting your kids in a summer sports program not only encourages regular physical activity, it helps them stay social when they aren't in school... not to mention it wears them out so they're ready to crash when the come home!

The Oak Canyon Nature Center in Anaheim has some of the best kid-friendly hikes around as does Crystal Cove in Laguna Beach. On a particularly hot day, a short hike in Crystal Cove followed by a dip in the ocean is incredible!

If you & your child are into zen activities, check out KindKarma, a yoga studio with Family Yoga and Kids yoga classes! This Lake Forest studio even has an awesome summer camp!

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Splish Splash

You didn't think we'd forget the ever so popular water play did you?! NEVER. We are water babies ourselves so beaches, splash parks, and tide pools are the best! 

Hands down the best water play area is in La Mirada at Splash! No, it's not free, but it is well worth the money! As is Moe B's at the Newport Dunes which is now double the size (this one is more for proficient, confident swimmers, just an FYI). Looking for some free or low cost options? Check out Sprayground in Laguna Niguel, Pioneer Road Park in Tustin, or Adventure Playground in Huntington Beach.

If you want to mix exploring and water play, we highly recommend the tide pools at Little Corona on Ocean & Poppy in Corona Del Mar, or Shaw's Cove and Treasure Island, both in Laguna Beach. When exploring the tide pools in Orange County, it's a good idea to wear shoes, and remember that collecting sea animals and rocks are prohibited. Pro tip: check the tide before you go or you might find a beach covered with water and no tide pools in site. 


Of course, there are tons more family-centered events throughout all of Orange County! If you have a favorite that wasn't listed here, please share in the comments as we're always looking for new ways to explore. 

Enjoying the Holidays with a Newborn

The holiday season is a time of joy and merriment. The days are packed full with holiday parties, family gatherings, shopping for gifts, twinkling lights and overflowing conversation. But, if you have a newborn or a baby on the way, you may be wondering how to not only survive the holiday season, but actually enjoy it! We're here to lend our best tips for a happy and memorable holiday season with your baby.  

Postpartum Doula or Baby Nurse? What You Need to Know

Have you every wondered what the difference is between a night nanny, a baby nurse, a newborn care specialist, and a postpartum doula? Yeah, so have we! 

The commonality in all of these professions is that we are all here to provide support to new families throughout the months and first year following birth. And while our goals are similar, the scope of practice within each role, along with the training & professionalism required is quite different. 

Let me be straight with you - there are no specific credentials or training associated with a night nanny or a baby nurse. In fact, baby nurses or night nurses are typically not nurses at all, let alone trained to provide any type of medical care. I personally don't know many night nurses or baby nurses that utilize a contract or have many professional systems in place, which can be another red flag for some families. I honestly don't know where these terms came from but they can be confusing and misleading to parents seeking trusted support.

How To Be The Best Postpartum Visitor

We know you're excited to see that baby. We're excited for you to see that baby, to hold that baby, to love that baby!

BUT we're here to tell you: it's not all about that baby.

Being a helpful & encouraging postpartum visitor is about more than the birth and the new life that has emerged, it is also about supporting the transitioning family and helping the new parents stay sane!

To be honest, it's easy to get caught up in the euphoria of being around a newborn. They're just so fun to look at and they smell divine. But while you're staring at that sweet baby, your friend is hungry and tired, and probably hasn't showered in a few days. And she needs your help.

So, what can you do to help??!