Christmas Pancake Snow Balls #12DaysOfPancakes

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.

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Tis the Season for Trimming the House with the help of Glade® Scents #BestFeelings #Shop #GladeHolidayMood #ad

 
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How I use Glade® Winter Collection to create my #BestFeelings this Holiday Season to get me into the #GladeHolidayMood

  The holidays start at my front door with my home made door garland.

The holidays start at my front door with my home made door garland.

For as long as I can remember my mom would always make our door adornment for Christmas.  Now that I am a mom I love crafting one for my home as well.  Being a mixed cultural house we always mix things up when it comes to holiday foods and treats but when it comes to decorating I take over to get the whole house and family into the holiday spirit.  I start at my front door where everyone from friends to family are always welcome.  It's that first impression, that first smell you get as you walk into our home and it sets the tone for me, the smell of fresh cut pine! I just love that fresh smell, it brings back memories and welcomes new ones all at the same time.  The hunt for the perfect Christmas tree is where I get my main part for our door garland normally, I always pick up the trimmings that are left from the tree stand when our tree gets it's fresh cut right before coming home.  And I always grab a few extra to decorate around the house, it gets my mind and spirit into the holiday season. Glade® Sparkling Spruce line from the Glade® Winter Collection and especially the candles remind me of just that smell....fresh cut pine trees and all the Holiday season brings with it.   So even after the real pine tree trimming's scent fades, Glade® Winter Collection Sparkling Spruce keeps the holiday scent I adore going. You can find the entire collection at your local Kroger Retailer.
   Glade® Winter Collection Sparkling Spruce

 Glade® Winter Collection Sparkling Spruce

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 I used a 9' artificial garland bundle, & examples of what you may have on hand to use.

Here I used a 9' artificial garland bundle, & examples of what you may have on hand to use.

  Cut garland to desired length, layer to desired fullness,add decorations & finish w/Bow.

Cut garland to desired length, layer to desired fullness,add decorations & finish w/Bow.

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.

Santa has gone Hi Tech with Dreamworks Adventure to Santa #A2Santa

Adventure to Santa

Dreamworks Dreamplace

We were invited to the media preview. All opinions are our own.

 Adventure to Santa at Victoria Gardens, Rancho Cucamonga

Adventure to Santa at Victoria Gardens, Rancho Cucamonga

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.

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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!

Autism Pros/Cons:

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.

 Sharing her with list with Santa Claus

Sharing her with list with Santa Claus

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.