Friday, December 28, 2012

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from our family to yours!
I hope you are all enjoying your loved ones!
I will be back with more fun after the New Year!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wow Me Wednesday #80

Welcome to the party!!
It's my favorite day of the week,
and I'm so excited to see all your fun projects!!
Grab the WOW button,
check out other entries that catch your eye,
and leave a little crafty comment love along the way!!
Ready, set, GO!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Fresh & Easy for the Holidays!

Fresh & Easy

I always look forward to visiting Fresh & Easy this time of year
to see what they have in store for the holidays!

This year I was invited to come sample and help prepare a delicious meal!

We started with a savory display of appetizers.
My favorite was the hummus with pesto!
So good, I could have eaten it by the spoonful!

Next we separated into groups and prepared 4 different hearty salads.
They were each different and delicious, and I enjoyed them all!

Chef Cyndi is a master in the kitchen!
She prepared us a plateful of unexpected and delicious delights
paired with Fresh & Easy's yummy ham!

We learned how to make eclairs!
I can't wait to wow my friends with these!

To finish this awesome night we packed up some sweet treats to take home!
My favorites were the spice cookies, mini pies, and peppermint sandwich cookies!

We also took home a big bag of  goodies
 from Fresh & Easy's wide assortment of tasty holiday specialties!
I can't wait to dig into all this deliciousness!

Thank you Fresh & Easy for a wonderful night!!

Do you need a delicious holiday meal for your family gathering??
Make it easy on yourself and order from Fresh & Easy!
We are ordering the ham dinner and I'm so excited to get together
and not have to worry about coordinating a big meal with everyone!
Fresh & Easy will even throw in a free pumpkin pie with each meal purchased!

Click HERE to order!


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Discovery Science Center: Indiana Jones & The Science of Gingerbread!

This week we were SO EXCITED to go to Discovery Science Center!!
They have two fabulous events going on that you DO NOT WANT TO MISS!

My son was WAY EXCITED to see this, 
but we had no idea HOW COOL it would be!

First of all it's an AUDIOVISUAL TOUR!
Everyone gets a headset and a cool handheld machine!
You punch in CODES, scan for HIDDEN TREASURE, and watch MOVIE CLIPS
while you're looking at the coolest props from the Indiana Jones movie series!

When you're done with that amazing display, 
there are PULLEY CHAIRS to test your strength,
TREASURE to dig up, LASERS to shoot, 
and a GREEN SCREEN to put yourself in the movie!

We could go back again and again to this exhibit.
There is so much to see and do!

This exhibit is located all throughout the center.
Amazing gingerbread creations are on display!
You can find everything from carousels, to UPS trucks, to dinosaurs!
All made out of gingerbread!

Upstairs you can decorate a cookie, and eat it of course!
You can also make an edible race car and send it down the racetrack!

On your way out, don't forget to see Santa who will be visiting there until Christmas Eve!

The Science of Gingerbread will be open through January 6th!

Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology will be open through April 21, 2013!
You will want to go again and again to see it all!

Thank you Discovery Science Center for a fun and educational good time for our whole family!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Wow Me Wednesday #79

Welcome to the party!!
It's my favorite day of the week,
and I'm so excited to see all your fun projects!!
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Candy Caramel Corn!

My husband found this recipe in our community magazine and it is totally addicting!!
Every time he makes it we have to share so we don't eat it all ourselves in one day!



5 quarts plain air popped popcorn
1 cup butter
2 cups light brown sugar
½ cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
20 “fun size” Twix candy bars, chopped (or your favorite chocolate bar)


Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Place popcorn in a large bowl and set aside.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil without stirring for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla extract. Pour caramel in a thin stream over popcorn, stirring to coat. Gently stir until all of the popcorn is covered.

Place popcorn on two large shallow baking sheets and bake in preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes, for about an hour. Remove popcorn from oven and let cool completely.

Break popcorn into pieces and mix in chopped Twix candy bars. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.


Thursday, December 6, 2012

GIVEAWAY: Discovery Science Center Indiana Jones/The Science of Gingerbread Event

Have you been to the Discovery Science Center lately??

They have got 2 super cool events going on right now!

First, Indiana Jones!!

You can see awesome props from the movies, dig for treasure, play with lasers, and MORE!!

The Indiana Jones exhibit will be here until April, 2013!

The second event is The Science of Gingerbread!
Check out this cool video all about it!

Every weekend through Dec 9 & daily December 15 – January 6
  • Visit Santa and take your photo with him
  • See our “Matter of Taste” Stage Show
  • Build and race your own candy car in the Gingerbread Derby
  • Learn all about the science of smell
  • Decorate holiday cookies and eat them too!
Activities, times and dates subject to change without notice.
Santa will be visiting up until 12/24/12


I'm going to check out these awesome exhibits next Wednesday, Dec. 12th, 6-8 PM
and I have 4 tickets to giveaway to YOU!!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Did you miss me???


After taking some time off, I have found that I really miss the blogging community. 
I miss sharing with you and seeing your creations you share with me! 
I love sharing fun events with you and opportunities for your families!

Thank you for all your kind words and support!
Come back tomorrow for a fun giveaway here in Orange County!

I can't wait to share the holidays with you!!


Friday, October 26, 2012

Bye-bye Blog...

Sometimes you realize that even though something brings you a measure of joy, it is bringing you more stress and worry.

Blogging has been a great adventure for me!
I have met so many wonderful people and had so many amazing opportunities!
It has also taken time away from more worthwhile causes.

I want my precious time to be spent dedicated to joy!
The joy of myself, my family, my friends and neighbors.
I want to create for the joy and not worry about taking the perfect picture,
how many pageviews it will receive, and how many parties I can link up to!

I don't want to stay up late finishing projects that are due on the blog.
I want to spend more time enjoying all the wonderful things and people in my life!

I don't want to spend time worrying about why people don't like my projects or pictures
on my blog, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.
I want to share for the joy of sharing the joy I feel in my life!

Thank you to all the people who have supported me in my blogging journey!
What an adventure it has been!


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wow Me Wednesday #78

Welcome to the party!!
It's my favorite day of the week,
and I'm so excited to see all your fun projects!!
Grab the WOW button,
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Ready, set, GO!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wow Me Wednesday #77

Welcome to the party!!
It's my favorite day of the week,
and I'm so excited to see all your fun projects!!
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and leave a little crafty comment love along the way!!
Ready, set, GO!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Rufflicious Pumpkin!

I couldn't let the season pass without another design
in the Rufflicious series!

The little pumpkin princesses are all ready for fun fall adventures!

They had a ball jumping and twirling in their new outfits!

There's still time to make a Rufflicious Pumpkin for your princess!
You can see the complete Rufflicious tutorial HERE!

Happy Pumpkin Days!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Handmade Halloween Party!

Last night was our annual Handmade Halloween Party!
(Invite designed by Funky Polkadot Giraffe)

You can't have a party without yummy snacks!
And they must be in cute buckets.

I made everyone a caramel apple smothered in Ghirardelli chocolate
and rolled in crushed candy corn m&m's!

All the ladies brought a yummy festive treat!
We had a puking pumpkin, pumpkin deviled eggs, bacon-wrapped dates,
pumpkin cookies, muffins, apples with caramel dip, and my husband's Twix caramel corn!

Then it was time to craft!
I had my friends at Home Depot cut a couple 2x4's into pieces.
Then I spray painted them orange...pumpkin orange!

We sanded the edges down a little for a shabby chic look.

And mod-podged the letters FALL onto the pumpkin blocks!
My husband cut a dowel into little stem-like pieces,
and we glued them on the top of our blocks with E-6000.

We had so much fun chatting and making our pumpkin blocks!

Tie a little raffia around the stems when the glue dries and display proudly!

P.S. If you want to purchase these blocks instead of making them yourself,
see our inspiration HERE at this fun Etsy shop!


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Mickey's Halloween Party!

Every year Disneyland hosts a special Halloween celebration!

It has been a dream of mine to take my kids to Mickey's Halloween Party for years!
This year Disney made my dream come true!!

My little Jedi was ready to take on the party!

Tinkerbell was so excited for the candy!

Decorations from the parking lot all the way through the park
got us excited for Halloween Time at Disneyland!

When we walked in the park, we were given wristbands.
These identified us as Mickey's Halloween Party guests!

The special tickets for Mickey's Halloween Party allowed us to enter the park
3 hours before the party started to have some extra fun!

We rode our favorite rides, ate and watched the parade.

It was so fun to be there together as a family!

At 6:00 the park closed and the lights came on for Mickey's Halloween Party!

The kids were excited to go trick-or-treating with their special bags from Disneyland!

We had to check out The Haunted Mansion,
all decked out as The Nightmare Before Christmas!
One of my favorites!

The train station sported some cobwebs...

...and some spooky villains for photo ops!

The crowning jewel of the night was the Halloween Screams fireworks spectacular!
My favorite fireworks show ever, with Jack Skellington as the host!
Ghosts floated across the castle, laser beams shot across the sky!
Amazing! I could watch it over and over!!

Mickey, you sure know how to throw a party!
We can't wait to come again!

Mickey's Halloween Party will be open through the month of October!
Hurry and get your tickets, the party sells out fast!

Click HERE for more information.

Thank you Disneyland for making my family's dreams come true!


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