Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Pre-teen Co-Ed Success - Outing Ideas at Kaleidoscope Mission Viejo

Tween Night Out... When Where What... Ideas for Success!

I don't know about you but the thought of wanting to plan a tween night out can be scary.  
These tweens today are so much more advanced and have so much pressure, I always want to keep the outings age appropriate yet fun. Kaleidoscope was a hit... 
With tweens it's also important to me to support coed friendships.

When the kids are friends just hanging out building friendships and strong trust worthy relationships with both guys and girls I feel that it keeps them supported with a go to group. 
A few weekends ago we decided to try a coed tween night out.
Starting at Laser Quest the group had an awesome time playing 2 rounds plus some arcade games. The timing of each round is perfect for a quick game play prior to dinner or an additional game while waiting for dinner. 

Since we had at least one adult within the mix, in our case two, it was easy to keep a distance yet keep an eye on the tweens. 
Laser Quest is perfect for small group or larger groups too and they even have an escape room you can play. 
Perfect for November...  Laser Quest at Kaleidoscope has teamed up with Summit Entertainment on a couple of exciting Robin Hood promotions (opening in theaters November 21.) 

Sunday, October 28, 2018

5 Family Favorites At Adeventure City's Bootastic Halloween Event

We Loved Adventure City's Bootastic Halloween Event

In Orange County there are always a lot of family fun activities to seek out. New to us this year was Adventure City's Bootastic Halloween event.
Our family had so much fun at this event and we feel Adventure City did an amazing job all around.

Here are our favorites and tips on the event, Keeping Autism friendly in mind, Bootasic was great for all ages and families.
* Short Lines and this is number one for us. For sensory and autism friendly this was perfect. Music not over bearing nor were the decorations. Perfect for all ages.


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Festival of Arts Laguna Beach Announces Return of Pageant of the MONSTERS

Festival of Arts Laguna Beach Announces Return of Pageant of the MONSTERS

Resurrecting at the Festival of Arts this Halloween Season October 26, 27, 28, and 31

Just when you thought it was safe to go backstage the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters brings a monster of a good time back to Laguna Beach. Only returning to the Festival grounds every five years, the Pageant of the Monsters will offer attendees a frightfully fun time with ghoulish tricks, treats, and “spook-tacular” art surprises October 26, 27, 28 and 31, 2018.
Resurrecting an event from years past, the Pageant’s backstage will transform into a haunted house with an artistic twist. The Festival of Arts grounds will be filled with ghoulish tricks and treats including art activities, live music, wandering zombies and other “spook-tacular” surprises. Funds for this event are provided in part by the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach. This event is not recommended for children under 5 years of age.
October 26 – 28, and 31, 2018
6:00 – 9:30 pm
Adult tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door
Children tickets (12 and under) are $10
Did you make it out this year? Let us know what you think! We hope to check it out next time... it's doesn't happen often so get spooked when you can!

Universal Studios Hollywood Horror Nights Extended & Newsflash for Haunt Season Stranger Things Maze!!

Universal Studios Hollywood Horror Nights BIG News & Updates!

Who else has been following along with all the Haunt Season frightful fun!? I can not get enough...
Hot off the press... this is a ghoulish one too...
Universal Studios Hollywood Invites Guests to Enter the Upside Down for a Daytime “Lights On” Experience of the “Stranger Things” Maze to See How the Popular TV Series Authentically Comes to Life Nightly at “Halloween Horror Nights” - wow!
The exclusive Self-Guided Tour Runs Daily from October 29 – November 2 so act fast!
A lot of first for Universal Studios Hollywood this fall!
For the first time, Universal Studios Hollywood offers guests a “lights on” walk-through experience of the all-new “Stranger Things” maze during the day, providing an authentic, behind-the-scenes look at how the Upside Down comes to life at “Halloween Horror Nights” from Monday, October 29 through Friday, November 2.
The self-guided tour of the movie-quality sets featured in the “Stranger Things” maze is included in the price of daytime admission to the theme park.
This is extremely cool you guys.... Have you ever seen what goes into making the maze that terrifies you when you walk or in my case run through it!?

Trick or Treat at Universal Studios Hollywood - First Family Halloween Event Ever!

It's a first for Universal Studios Hollywood but these movie makers do everything above and beyond so we know Trick-Or-Treating family fun will be a smashing hit!

Hot off the press... here are the details of
Universal Studios Hollywood newest addition to their fall fun for this October.

You read that right... there is another awesome opportunity to celebrate all things movie magic and fall family fun in so cal.

Universal Studios Hollywood is always amplifying guest experiences and this year USH invites kids to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes and go Trick-or-Treating with some of the park’s beloved characters on Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28 from 10am to 4pm.

What can you expect and be ready for...

· Halloween-themed characters include Hello Kitty as The Bride of Frankenstein, Illumination’s Minion Monsters, SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star, Scooby Doo and the gang, Curious George, Woody Woodpecker, Dracula, Frankenstein and The Mummy.



· Other entertaining activities include a Halloween Party in the Plaza with a live DJ, music, games and costume showcase.

Side note... Halloween treat decorating will be available for purchase.

All children 12 years of age and under will receive a free carnival game voucher redeemable at Super Silly Fun Land, located adjacent to the “Despicable Minion Mayhem” ride or Krustyland’s Carnival Games, located adjacent to “The Simpsons™ Ride.”

Best of all, if you are already planning a visit, guess what!?!? The Halloween celebration is included in the price of theme park admission to Universal Studios Hollywood.

Don't worry you will make the most of your day on the lot with a specially-designed activity map that will be provided to help navigate the many memorably-ghoulish moments. Cameras ready!?
Schedule of events features:
10am – 4pm Trick-or-Treat and Character meet and greets at select theme park locations

11am – 2pm Halloween Party in the Plaza

1 – 2pm Costume Showcase at Universal Plaza

There is still time to plan some family fun and my kiddos love dressing up and trick-or-treating as often as they can during October.

Plan your visit now... information is available at

Keep up to date with all things Universal Studios Hollywood on
Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.
Get social with #UniversalStudiosHollywood

Happy fall fun all!

Monday, October 22, 2018

Family Volunteer Day Ideas & Details On How You Can Participate Too

Family Volunteer Day is on November 17th!

There is so much going on during this time of year. I feel like between sports, school, girl scouts and life, Fall just runs into winter and before we know it the Holidays are upon us.
The holidays always get me thinking of what more we as a family can do to give back and volunteer our time with efforts to grow our hearts.
It is very important to my family to volunteer where we can and teach our kids that giving back doesn't have to come with a large monetary value but volunteering time where needed is just as much of an impact.
This year we are learning more about Family Volunteer Day with the help of an amazing organization called GenerationOn.
Did you know that every year, GenerationOn hosts Family Volunteer Day, a global day of service that celebrates the power of families who work together to support their communities?!
It's okay I didn't either... but the more I read up on and look into it, I am seeing that it's a great opportunity to teach and do some volunteering.
PC GenerationOn
A Day Of Service On Any Day
I find that locally it is hard for us to find stand alone locations that are asking for volunteers that will also accept children under 13yo to do the volunteering.
We attend a few local give back volunteer locations here in Orange County as often as we can but because it is not always easy to make that happen due to age, we also think of many DIY giveback opportunities.
As a family we love to volunteer our time to the school, to girl scouts, events, beach clean up, back pack drives, animal shelters, food banks and more.
It's the little things like gathering clothes to donate, hanging red ribbons pre red ribbon week, gardening at the school over summer when not many are around, picking up trash at the beach, organizing pet need drives and education on adopting.... there are so many ways you can be involved with volunteering as a family locally.
Details about Family Volunteer Day with GenerationOn
Powered by GenerationOn, the youth division of Points of Light and sponsored by The Walt Disney Company, it's a great way to be inspired by the power of helping others.
It’s an amazing day to bring your family together and make your mark on the world. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity!
How To Get Involved
* Pledge to participate or share your family volunteer story and get more info here .
* Get social and spread the word to get others excited too with #FamilyVolunteerDay
* Check out local opportunities by zip code or keyword that will be available for volunteering. I have checked our local zip and see a lot of volunteering that is age appropriate to under 13!! Yay.
* Create your own DIY volunteer project. It could be beach clean up, park clean up, painting a local fence that needs it, helping at a school event, checking in with your local girl scouts to see how they may need help with their projects. So many fin ideas to volunteer together!
Here are some amazing and super family friendly ideas on GenerationOn YouTube.
Don't forget to share your moments with #FamilyVolunteerDay , #Disney and tag @GenerationOn too!
We can not wait to volunteer and make our mark on Novemebr 17th....

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Are You Ready for #TeenTitansGOMovie


Who else has loved Teen Titans since they were younger and now enjoys it with their kids too.... show of hands... me me me!!

Here is the latest and greatest from these little super heroes...
When the Teen Titans go to the big screen, they go big! “Teen Titans GO! to the Movies” finds our egocentric, wildly satirical superheroes in their first feature film extravaganza—a fresh, gleefully clever, kid-appropriately crass and tongue-in-cheek play on the superhero genre, complete with musical numbers. Get ready to LOL when “Teen Titans GO! to the Movies” arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital.
The first-ever big-screen version of DC Entertainment and Cartoon Network’s animated TV show stars Greg Cipes (TV’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) as Beast Boy, Scott Menville (TV’s “Spider-Man”) as Robin, Khary Payton (TV’s “The Walking Dead”) as Cyborg, Tara Strong (the “My Little Pony” franchise) as Raven, and Hynden Walch (TV’s “Adventure Time with Finn & Jake”) as Starfire, reprising their roles from the series. Will Arnett (“The LEGO® Batman Movie”) and Kristen Bell (“Frozen”) also lend their voices as the evil Slade and Hollywood director Jade Wilson.
Peter Rida Michail and Aaron Horvath directed the film from a screenplay by Michael Jelenic and Horvath, which is based on characters from DC. Horvath, Jelenic, Peggy Regan, Michail and Arnett produced the film with Sam Register serving as executive producer. The music is by Jared Faber. Superman was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
“Teen Titans GO! to the Movies” will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and DVD for $28.98.

Our Top 5 Favorite Go To Restaurants in OC!

Restaurant Hot List OnTheGoOC Style...

There are so many great sit down Restaurants and hang out spots in OC but these are currently my top 5 for a variety of reasons.
From how well they accommodate our OnTheGoOC lifestyle when we're out, date night friendly and also how their menu holds up to our ever changing need for different tastes as a family! 
Let's jump right in... You may want to visit one of these tonight...
The FIFTH OC Rooftop is rolling in for us at number 1!

We just enjoy it and have in so many different ways over the last few years.

So, since it's family friendly, has live music most nights, is date night perfect, offers views of the Disney fireworks, brings a tasty menu & delish desserts and of course weekly specials that can keep any budget friendly for family time or date... it's our style!
I have brought a whole club soccer team up to The FIFTH, some with allergies but, everyone was able to eat and enjoy the evening.

Dietary can be accommodated and autism friendly is key, there are often large games out to play and the views of the Disneyland Resort are top notch while keeping little occupied until the Fireworks. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Easy DIY Chocolate Dipped Oreo Truffle Pumpkins for Fall #oreoballs

Happy Fall!! Sweets and Treats, No Tricks!

It's super easy to make these do it yourself homemade sweet treats.
How cute are these mini pumpkin oreo truffles!?

Tasty and super craft looking but oh so easy to pull together.
Here are the quick steps and everything you will need to make these cute Oreo truffle chocolate dipped pumpkin treats.
1 pack of large family size oreos
3/4 sour cream or frosting
Orange melting chocolates
Caramel bite, pretzel or candy corn for stem

Let's Get Started...
Blend the oreos to a fine consistency.

Add in the frosting or cream cheese little by little until you have a formidable consistancy to shape that's holds it shape.. not too much frosting!

Shape into pumpkins and let chill in freezer. Add grooves to the shape if desired for pumpkin effect with a small toothpick or dowel.

Melt chocolate while pumpkins are in freezer about 15 minutes... sometimes you may need some coconut oil to thin it out.

Dip pumpkins into chocolate and as they cool, place the stem into place and let harden.

Use an edible color pen or food dye to draw vines.

Done. There you have them.... mini pumpkin oreo truffles ready for teacher gifts, neighbor surprises, pot luck dish or a snack for the family.
I'll take two.... or 5!
So easy and while you are in between steps you can craft, clean up, do things around the house or help with homework.
Try them... let me know what you think and what version you make... frosting or cream cheese!?

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Dare to Explore More On Board The Queen Mary This Fall #QueenMary

Celebrate Grand History, Harrowing Hauntings, and More Aboard The Iconic Queen Mary in Long Beach

Explore the vintage halls of the historically haunted ship and enjoy nightly shows, tours, attractions, dining and hotel packages

This Halloween season, venture aboard the legendary Queen Mary for the ultimate haunting experience where the spirits aboard set sail all year long with unique tours, nightly shows, delectable dining and hotel packages.
Check in to stateroom B340 to spend the night in the axiom of all alleged paranormal activity at the Queen Mary, or dive deep into the spirits of past and present with a series of tours and attractions that explore the haunted past and paranormal activity aboard the legendary vessel.
To purchase tickets or book your room today visit
Deets on the Packages and more...

Monday, October 15, 2018

Listen to the Music from Hollywood Horror Nights on Spotify Now

Universal Studios Hollywood and GRAMMY Award-Winning Guitarist, SLASH Strike a Chord with an Original Score Composed for Halloween Horror Nights’ “Universal Monsters” Maze Now Available on Spotify

The original score GRAMMY award-winning and Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame guitarist, SLASH, released the score composed and produced for Universal Studios Hollywood’s “Halloween Horror Nights” maze, “Universal Monsters,” which can now be heard around the world on Spotify, the free music streaming platform.
Click Here to Listen to the Score on Spotify; Here for a Peek of the “Universal Monsters” Maze and Here to Purchase Tickets

“Halloween Horror Nights” pays homage to iconic classic Monsters in this new maze by underscoring each of their unique attributes and reimagining them into terrifying modern day characters.  The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, The Phantom of the Opera, Dracula, Dracula’s Bride, Frankenstein’s Monster, The Bride of Frankenstein and The Mummy are among those featured in the maze, to which SLASH composed a unique, complex composition that added a haunting dimension to the experience.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Portola Walk in La Habra Now Open - Plus Model Home Tour Video #PortolaWalk

I love where we live!! OC is the place for me…

Orange County has the best of both, well, all worlds, with the beach and mountains only a short drive away. La Habra is centrally located in North Orange County.
Thank you to Portola Walk for Inviting me out to tour the property and model homes - all opinions are my own.
Have you been to La Habra?
With roots of rich CA history, a children's museum, an old town feel with modern updates, and a community involvement, La Habra proves itself to be a wonderful city.
Situated at the center of the greatest La Habra has to offer; Portola Walk by Olson Homes boasts in-town living and a connected lifestyle.

Models Now Open and Tours offered daily…
After taking a 3 hour tour around Portola Walk, I was surprised at how long I was exploring the new homes.
Okay, so let's get into some of my favorite things about Portola Walk in La Habra!
Highlights of the beautiful quaint community and its homes… 
* Close to the East San Gabriel Valley and just moments away from Beach Boulevard. 10 min from the freeway and 30 minutes to beaches. Also, only 30 minutes to south county cities such as Mission Viejo.

* Close proximity to work and school, plus local access to neighborhood shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. New developments of specialty dining are popping up within close proximity, raising the value of social and local exploring to support the community. Also, I love museums and did you know La Habra has a children's museum!?
* Best of all—each of Portola Walk’s 50 (45 market rate and 5 affordable) townhomes feature energy efficient designs, created with quality craftsmanship that’s been perfected with over 25 years of homebuilding experience.
* Open and Welcoming Floor Plans. I love the feeling of being able to not only see what my kiddos are doing, but also ask them to help me out in the kitchen or offer them help on homework.

The open floor plan dining and living with an amazing kitchen island makes all the difference to me. I love being connected and spending time with family and friends! 

* Bright with Windows Everywhere! Each room is filled with natural sunlight. It's wonderful!

* Optional first floor bedroom or den in Plan 6. During my tour, I was able to really navigate through each of the model homes. Plan 5, the three bedroom floorplan, is just as magnificent and modernly equipped as Plan 6, the four bedroom floorplan.

I have to mention the Plan 6 home has access to an optional bedroom on the first floor through the garage or front door. This is great for an older teen or office but really stood out to me on a personal level. Having a room on the first floor makes it convenient for a grandparent or someone who may not be able to do stairs all the time.

There's an attached powder room as well, so it's also perfect for someone who may need to have access to daily living comfort or special needs capabilities, too.
Bonus...take a peek at my videos from the grand opening of Portola Walk this past weekend here and here
Double bonus...Portola Walk is less than 20 minutes from Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm!!
Portola Walk is also only a short drive from the beach and the mountains so you can hit the sand and the slopes in the winter!
If you are interested in pricing and availability, I can direct you here for more information!
Book a tour today and discover the ideal neighborhood for a connected life. Details here.
Happy house hunting, SoCal, and when you stop by the Portola Walk Welcome Center, let them know Penny from OnTheGoOC says hello!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Moms Meet WOW Summit Details Plus #Giveaway to Attend! #WOWSummit

The Moms Meet WOW Summit is headed our way Orange County!!

WOW Summit will be held on November 2–3, 2018 in Anaheim, California.
I am so excited to attend this powerful two-day event, filled with inspiration and education. Thank you Moms Meet for the invite!
Join me & hundreds of moms, mom bloggers and influencers committed to leading a healthy lifestyle.
WOW Summit is geared to uplifting, inspirational and positive education on healthy living!
Healthy living to me is mind, body, soul. I think the most over looked path to health is balance and the priority to give that to yourself. It's not easy and it takes hard work and dedication but as with anything else... once you put your mind on it and set that goal, it can be achieved.
I love surrounding myself with strong women, women who are leaders, compassionate yet passionate to press on towards their goal and do so without damaging, knocking down or playing mean girl to other women!
I want my family to not only live well, live healthy and promote healthy living but to also understand how to make that happen.
With my son being on the Autism spectrum we have changed a lot in our lives and the way we live, eat and do things for him but it has helped us all.
From colored artificial dye, to hormones and what we are consuming in our daily lives, it is important to me to help my family be educated on healthy living for the better of us all.
Autism plays a big role in our lives and when I changed my son's diet, the rest of the family shortly followed, we saw significant improvement in his social, behavioral and speech!
We have never turned back....

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Popcornopolis Scores Big with LA Kings Mascot

Popcorn Get Your Popcornopolis.....

Popcornopolis Scores a Win as the Sponsor for NHL’s #1 Mascot, Bailey of the Los Angeles Kings Celebrating 14 Years as a Sponsor for LA Kings with MORE Giveaways, MORE Donations, and MORE Deliciousness.
 A New Tasty Partnership...
Popcornopolis, the family-owned and operated gourmet popcorn company, is proud to once again sponsor NHL’s Los Angeles Kings and the Los Angeles Kings’ mascot, Bailey the lion, who is ranked as the number one mascot in all of the National Hockey League for the 2018 - 2019 by ESPN.

Proudly supporting the LA Kings for over 14 years, Popcornopolis is sold at concessions all year long and crowd favorite recipes including Zebra® Popcorn, Caramel Corn, Kettle Corn are available for purchase at the Staples Center.
“Supporting family outings and being a part of memory-making is something we at Popcornopolis believe in. We are honored to share our gourmet popcorn treats with LA Kings fans looking for high-quality, mouthwatering snacks,” says Wally Arnold, owner and Mayor of Popcornopolis. “We have sponsored the LA Kings since 2004 and are proud to not only sponsor the team again this year, but also sponsor a larger than life persona who brings excitement, happiness, and charm – the beloved Bailey.”

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Family Traditions at Irvine Park Railroad During Christmas Time Plus #Giveaway

Irvine Park Railroad is Our Family Favorite all Year Long!

We love the Irvine Park Railroad Seasonal activities.... The Christmas Train to Santa is coming soon...
With so much to do there is something for everyone at every age!

My kids favorites each year from The Pumpkin Patch leading into Winter for the Christmas Train...
* cookie decorating... always a hit with my kids. They decorate and show off their food art then eat their cookies before we move onto the next activity.
* games all the games... the kids love the games.. parent do too since everyone is a winner no one has every walked away empty handed. Bonus!
* hay maze... my older kiddo thinks it's fun to ditch her brother in the hay maze then lap him through to the exit another round. I love watching them play!
* spooky house... a very take haunted house that gets everyone excited with black lights and fun frames and scenes to make you jump but not too high.
* pumpkins... of course there are pumpkins of all shapes, sizes and colors. It's hard to pick just one so we usually end up taking a few home. You can also decorate a pumpkin for 2 tickets too.
* train ride... it's fall the colors are changing and we love to take time to ride the train around the park. It's always so lovely.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Disney Channel Brings Surprises & Inspiration in their Fall Line-up!

A Magical first time visit to the Disney Studios in Burbank seeing some previews of what's to come on Disney Channel this fall!

Thanks to Disney Channel PR & Kristin for a morning on the Walt Disney Animation Lot we will never forget.

All opinions are my own, well and my daughters, we are grateful to have been invited & loved the previews.
Zoe and I have Disney Channel show marathons. It's hard to keep up with Girl Scouts, Soccer and of course school but we have mom daugjter date nights in home for just this!
We get connected to the shows we love and we sure do love the Disney Channel Fall Line up... we have our favorites so this was such a special treat. We may have cried a little at some Andi Mack cliffhangers, laughed a lot and felt the pixie dust today with my girl!
We have got the full scoop and some hints to some surprises this week...
Andi Mack - New Andi Mack was our highlight. Watch tonight as the new season picks up where last season left off but it will definitely leave you wanting more next week. Can't wait to watch it again tonight after soccer. Monday's at 8pm. I don't even want to say too much besides you have to see what happens next...

Ravens Home - Of course my girl (I swear right lol) Raven-Symone cracks me up... now she and her costars hab e my daughter laughing too. When I told my kiddo about the history of watching Raven when I was young and now having kids I can still relate to her.. we made the connection of Disney Channel greats together. Go girl go! Have you seen Ravens Home? It's a really funny show with a lot of reality day to day life in it. Love it. New surprises to watch out for Thursday Oct. 11th
Coop and Cami - New to the line up Coop and Cami is super cute and comedic. I mean what isn't funny about a great game of "would you rather"... I know right! The kids will love it, the parents will relate and everyone laughs! Check it out.
There will also be a sweet surprise that is motivational, inspirational and of course empowering! I can't say too much but look out tonight for a special peek later this evening too.. you will know what I mean!!

It's one you will want to jam to and love... it will be LEGENDARY!

Generations of  love for the Mouse House...
In our home we grew up on Disney Channel and now my kids love it too. My 11yo had the most pixie dust filled time on the Disney Lot meeting some of her favorite Disney stars.
My Zoe has always had dreams to become a Disney Kid and one day make the Mickey ears on T.V. so it was a mamas dream to see her mingle with the sweet kids. Since she wants to interview kids too this was a great opportunity to ask a few questions.

Her favorite question & answer... to Sofia from Andi Mack. Question.. When did you start dancing and sports? Answer.. when she was nine. A simple connection to bring kids together... chatting!! Loved that moment for Zoe so much.
More to come...
Fun tip.. follow along on social media too.. you can get all the latest news, updates and more deets on surprises on line too!
Hint hint.. here are the hashtags to keep up with too...
#AndiMack  #RavensHomeRemix  #CoopandCami
Okay so who else is excited to see what Disney Channel has lined up for fall!?
As always we want to help Disney spread love and hope you too #ChooseKindness !

Don't forget it all starts tonight!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Free Ghoulish Glam Make Overs By Sephora for Universal Studios Hollywood Horror Nights Guests!

Guests Invited to Get Glam during “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood with Complimentary “Ghoulish Glam” Makeovers

Wow!! Courtesy of Sephora on CityWalk guests attending HHN can get a free Ghoulish Glam Make over!
What's this all about?
Universal Studios Hollywood invites “Halloween Horror Nights” guests to step out in style this season with all-new “Ghoulish Glam” makeovers, applied complimentary courtesy ofSephora on CityWalk.
With two dramatic looks to choose from that can be applied within 15 minutes, guys and gals can go from ordinary to “Sinfully Smokey” or can pucker up with the “Vampire’s Kiss.” 
The process is simple: while en route to “Halloween Horror Nights” guests can detour to the new CityWalk Sephora to receive the complimentary “Ghoulish Glam” look, and stock on supplies for later. 

Guests can book their “Ghoulish Glam” makeover reservations by visiting Sephora’s website.
The “Vampire’s Kiss” features a wicked black lip with bloody accents to entice the most horrifying of fanged creatures, while the “Sinfully Smokey” includes a winged liner with glitter accents and a kissable dark half-lip.
HHN Updates and Must Do's...

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Winter Family Fun Favorites Must Do for 2018

Winter Family Fun Orange County and Beyond....
Fall turns to Winter pretty quick in SoCal and doesn't last too long.
I wanted to give us a jump start on some winter activities and things to do as well as places to go.. some of our favorites from last year we hope are returning for 2018!
So... a quick "favorites from last year for winter fun in OC" .... 
Christmas Train at Irvine Park Railroad - A tradition for our family. The train to the North Pole sells out every year. Activities at Santa's Village are fun for all ages. Face painting, games, cookie decorating, story time too... you can visit Santa's Village without having a train ticket but to see the Big man himself you will need one. Photo opps available. More info here.
Winterfest OC - Back for 2018 Yay! This is where my son first did tubing and fell in love. We've been going back for a few years and love it.
Winterfest OC has given me a bunch of the details on what we can plan to do and see....
Some highlights for this year and a few sneak peeks...
Dec. 20th – Jan. 6th with 40,000 square feet of new attractions.
SoCal Dicken’s Village - Take a trip down memory lane with holidays past, present, and future. Decorate Christmas cookies, listen to holiday storytelling, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus (through Christmas Eve), take a pony ride, and visit the new Victorian holiday shops.
Candy and Snowflake Wonderland - An interactive wonderland full of candy and snowflakes offer a new selfie experience that is sure to delight visitors and capture the picture-perfect Instagram moment.
Festival of Lights - Winter Fest’s 100-foot-tunnel of two million lights and 5 lands with animated displays. Our Favorite... just look...

Orange Ball New Year’s Eve Celebration - Ring in the New Year not once, but twice, with a special countdown, Orange Ball drop, fireworks and an unforgettable balloon drop at both 6pm and midnight. Multiple live bands will be playing to commemorate the end of the year, and the start of a new one.
Club Winter Fest - Private, ice rink-side VIP cabanas are available nightly and offer the ultimate destination for holiday office parties, family retreats or date nights. Enjoy the all-new lounge area with exquisite views of the nightly Christmas tree lighting ceremony featuring fireworks, snow flurries and a free drink upon entry. Tickets are limited. More here.
Oh also there will be a giveaway for Winterfest OC coming so check back soon. 

 Winterfantasy in Laguna - Combining the beach with the festivities of Winter. Winterfantasy is beautiful. Crafts, shopping, local sights and perfect location for the family fun experience. Santa makes his appearance in his toy shed and his sleigh is in front so make sure to bring your cameras! More info here.
Legoland Holidays - Everything is awesome even during the Holidays at Legoland CA. With lego trees surrounded with lights around you, meet and greets of LEGO friends & all your favorites, holiday themed shows and of course the tree lighting... holidays at the Legoland Resort in Carlsbad are bricktastic!! More info here.
Knotts Merry Farm - It's Merry Farm at Berry Farm! We love Knott's Berry Farm and all their seasonal events. There is always something for everyone. Rides, decor in holiday fashion, carolers, festive food items, themed shows and of course you can not only greet the Peanuts Gang but Santa too! More info here.
Medieval Times - Since the 80s we've been feasting on dinner while watching a tournament of champions competition in the Castle! Themed shows for holidays are always the best. A new little twist but the classic story of good vs bad! A joust to the finish while you dine on a Medieval meal. A must see and do! More info here.
Pirates Holiday - Ahoy matey!! Pirates Dinner Adventure does a stellar job of transforming the storyline to each holiday themed festivity. Delish food and a show with appetizers pre show too! During the Holidays enjoy merry decor and specialty shows but don't forget to keep an eye on the Pirates.. they always surprise you! More info here.
Disneyland Holidays - Disney always brings the best of each Holiday to the Disneyland Resort. Even if you do not go into one of the parks there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy Holiday time at the DLR. Cruise the hotels and take in all the magical efforts Disney puts into each step of your adventure on Disney soil! The food options and sweet treats are always thoughtfully planned out to make the most of the Holidays for each guest. Special outfits on characters, shows, parades and of course the amazing scenery at Down Town Disney is always a pixie dust filled visit! Where ever you find yourself this holiday season it's magical at the Disneyland Resort. More info here.
Look out for more detailed posts on all our favorites as we get closer to the Holidays... we will be adding more to the list.

There will be a lot of fun details coming soon for all of our favorites and some new adventures too with of course some giveaways!
Happy Pre Holidays Festivities..... don't forget to follow our favorites on social media for all their updates too!