Oh yes the weather is finally changing in SoCal and we are finally experiencing coldness. Time to get our scarves out and head out to Knott's Merry Farm for the festivities.Read More
Here is a map of Southern California tagged with any cool holiday displays of Holiday Lights. Please let me know if I am missing anything that is not on the list, update on a site that no longer displays, or incorrect information. With the community help we can enjoy our nearby neighborhood lights and make a trip to those that worth it.Read More
We were invited this past weekend to the LA Zoo Reindeer Romp where you can see live reindeer! This is included in the price. They have about five of them and you will find each of their names at the bottom of the gates. Their are docents there talking about them. It was incredible to learn that both male and female reindeer have antlers.Read More
The holidays are coming and with the weather getting cold we are spending more and more time inside with the family playing board games and watching movies. A favorite recipe that I make to get my family into the holiday spirit is Christmas Pancake Snowballs. These are really easy to make with the Aunt Jemima products and you can even freeze them. We have them for breakfast and even dessert. I once made these for a potluck at my work and people were going crazy over them.Read More
If you are looking for something fun to do with your family this winter break, Winterfest OC at the Orange County Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa offers some winter fun. We were invited to check out this winterfest adventure!Read More
Everybody loves going to Legoland California for all the fun rides and activities they have, but during the Holiday Season they make it extra special with Legoland Holiday Snow Days. We were invited to attend last Monday and my son was thrilled to see that they had real snow there!Read More
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How I use Glade® Winter Collection to create my #BestFeelings this Holiday Season to get me into the #GladeHolidayMood
If your looking for a change from the standard round wreath and want to try something different, check out my super easy "How to" below.
Here is what you will need to make my Holiday Garland Door Trimming:
- Fresh Cut Tree trimmings OR Artificial Tree Branches/ garland (used in this how to)
- Bows, ornaments, bells, artificial flowers/dried flowers, battery powered twinkle lights whatever you may have on hand
Here's how to make this simple door Garland:
- First you will need Tree trimmings or Artificial garland. 3-5 pieces total
- Next arrange creating a fan like shape, laying one atop another.
- Secure tops about 2" down with craft wire and loop to create a hook for hanging. If using artificial the garland already has a loop at the ends.
- Add desired decorations securing along the way as needed. When using artificial use the garland itself to secure the decorations, it's all made with wire.
- Hang at eye level and enjoy!
The benefit of using artificial garland for this project is that you can reuse the garland year after year and just change out the decorations according to the theme or color you are going with. This door garland literally took me less than 15 minuets to put together and I used mostly things I already had on hand. So what do you think? Easy right. I would love to hear your feedback if you make one.
So which Glade® Winter Collection fragrance will inspire your holiday tradition this year? You can purchase them at your local Kroger in the following scents and in a variety of products from Room Sprays to candles.
- Sparkling Spruce™
- Apple Cinnamon Cheer™
- Frosted Cookie Party™
- Gingerbread Jingle™
Find coupons for Glade on 12/7/14 in most Sunday newspapers in the coupon section, you can also find digital coupons for Glade on coupons.com.
Let's visit Santa at Irvine Park RailroadRead More
When: November 26th - January 4th
Where: Dana Point Harbor
From octopus and sharks, to starfish and surfers, the dazzling displays are highlighted by a towering glow-motion tree, light tunnels stretching longer than a football field and over a dozen gigantic lighting sculptures — so big visitors can walk through and inside the belly of a glowing 40-foot Blue whale!
As visitors stroll through the colorful collection of immersive attractions, every step is filled with vibrant sights and sounds while roaming street performers entertain crowds, glow merchandise shines and “Whale Eyes” 3D glasses give a must-see holographic look at this holiday spectacle.
Adventure to Santa
We were invited to the media preview. All opinions are our own.
No more waiting in cramped mall lines for hours with your kids for their yearly picture with Santa Clause, oh no, that's a thing of the past thanks to Dreamworks Dreamplace! Dreamworks has taken the Santa meet and greet to a completely whole new level and into the 21st century by making it a Hi Tech-fun interactive experience for the entire family.
Go to the website www.dreamplaceexperience.com or download the mobile app to your phone. Select the closest location near you (we are lucky in Cali we get 2 Locations) and make your reservation for your sleigh ride to the north pole to see Santa, oh I forgot to mention, it's free!
Next pick your day and time you would like to visit from the available slots.
Then you will enter your families name and a picture (so Santa and his helpers know you, cool right?) So personal and again no more waiting around in the mall lines.
The Dreamworks Adventure to Santa Experience is located in the Victoria Gardens Town Square.
The outside your family enjoy seeing some of Shrek's friends appear around the house. Have dinner at the Yard House and sit outside to watch the show. Great way in keeping the kids entertained.
As you walk inside the kids will be surprised that Santa is not at Victoria Gardens. They will have to take a trip with Shrek to see Santa!
The families design their own sleigh and then the elves help put the sleigh together.
When your sleigh is ready you take a magical ride to Santa's Workshop. The ride was really cool. You feel like you are on the sleigh and the effects were amazing.
As you wait your turn to see Santa the elves help your kids play games on touch screens.
Then you see Santa! You get a couple of minutes with Santa and you take your picture. You can then purchase your picture. When you purchase there is a code that you can download the digital image, even the image you didn't select. Here is our picture!
The entire "trip" inside the Adventure to Santa is about 15 minuets and after getting your picture taken with Santa you decide on which photo package you want to purchase, but again the Adventure to Santa is Free, but you do need a reservation. There is also a great souvenir shop with tons of Shrek goodies too!
We had a great time and as you can see Catheryn went along too!
I have to say this was way overdue. We normally can only do Santa meet and greets during the Silent Santa event due to the waiting and the over all mall volume level/stimulation. To have a reserved time is just genius and very appropriate for kids on the spectrum. Inside the activities are very organized and you are moved along efficiently. The intimate setting you get with Santa is also a bonus without all the noises of the mall crowds. The sleigh ride my high functioning daughter absolutely LOVED! It wasn't extremely loud and the sleigh itself did not move. It did have very fast visuals at times and it was in surround sound which did not bother her at all. My daughter who is 7 absolutely loved this experience and is NOT familiar with the Shrek series.
To make your reservation click on the "Learn More" Button below
BTW they also have this in Glendale!
I would like to thank Dreamworks Dreamplace and Victoria Gardens for having us, I'm sure it will become a family tradition for may for years to come.
Pershing Square Holiday Ice RinkRead More