One of the key elements in being a successful parent is being informed. Lucky for us, Orange County has several online moms who can help you find what you need.
The tagline for Jennifer Scheumann's site is "the juiciest finds for OC moms and their tiny oranges." For more than five years, Tiny Oranges has been sharing tips for family outings, events and deals. Other sections include "OC Biz Guide", deals and giveaways focused on Orange County businesses. Jen's site is full of beautiful pictures including many of her family taking part in the activities she covers. Readers from all over love her blog posts for all her great ideas about managing family life such as her creative "Morning Routine" calendar and "Teacher Questionnaire."
OC Mom Blog
Shelby Barone has created an online destination for all things Orange County. With categories as specifics as "Beaches" and "Disney" you will get the local scoop on details like parking, when to go and discounts. The blog has expanded to include a sister site OC Mom Dining that gives recommendations such as date night destinations and restaurants where kids eat free. The site really comes to life with the OC Mom TV section with videos of Shelby's adventures.
Let's Play OC
Mary Tran's blog, Let's Play OC, is focused on promoting social play in Orange County. She also loves to share deals, tips, reviews and family fun. The blog also has lots of information and resources for parents with autistic children in the OC. Let's Play OC is a standout for how wide ranging the coverage is. Something as simple a free activity at a local mall gets equal coverage to a post on an overnight trip to a family-friendly resort. Mary has a passion for photography and her blog is chock full of pictures to inspire parents to get out and explore the county.
The toddler stage can be one of the most trying times for parents. Luckily, OC families have Jennifer Willey's blog to turn to for its thorough list of activities and events. Toddler Trails is really a personalized toddler directory with key information such as Toddler Story times at the libraries, things to do by city, and a section on places for birthday parties. If moms or dads are ever at a loss for ideas, there is a calendar section with multiple events listed for each day.
Just Spotted OC
The blog's slogan is "your guide to living, visiting and dreaming about Orange County" and what a guide it is. Kelly Lewis has crafted her blog into a resource with more than 20 categories including, "always free & cheap," "indoor play" and "nature & outdoors." Parents appreciate the family and kid-oriented approach of the blog content.
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