Saturday, November 30, 2019

SnowLand Returns to Great Wolf Lodge! #Snowland #GreatWolfLodge

We Love Great Wolf Lodge!

Great Wolf Lodge celebrates the most festive time of year with its annual Snowland celebration taking place Nov. 29, 2019 through Jan. 5, 2020. 

Families will soak up the holiday spirit with daily snow showers in the Grand Lobby, visits from Santa and a variety of festive seasonal activities. 

During this seasonal celebration families can enjoy an escape from the chilly winter weather at the resort’s expansive 84-degree indoor water park while also experiencing the most magical holiday gift of all - time together as a family.

Beyond spreading holiday cheer during Snowland, Great Wolf Lodge is looking to help grant wishes for children facing critical illnesses by partnering with Make-A-Wish® on a special holiday-themed wolf ear promotion.

Starting Nov. 24, Great Wolf Lodge will sell festive Santa Hat Wolf Ears for $8.99 at the front desk and Buckhorn retail outlet, with $2 from each sale being donated to Make-A-Wish. 

The campaign runs until Jan. 5, 2020 or until supplies run out – the number of Santa Hat Wolf Ears available for purchase is limited to 15,000 ears across all U.S. resorts.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Gift Ideas - Teeth Whitening with GLO Tis The Season for a Bright Smile

Give the Gift of a Happy, Healthy, Confident Smile with GLO Science this Holiday Season

10% of all GLO Lit Teeth Whitening Kit Purchases Will Go to the GLO Good Foundation to Support Those Who Need Dental Care the Most

Red wine, coffee, soda, oh my! Could your teeth use a little whitening action this holiday season?
Mine Can! I am a huge fan of coffee like all day long. I heard there was a new way to brighten my smile....
I am so excited to have the opportunity to review GLO Science! All opinions will be my own. Check back soon.. but first here are some deets.. cause gift giving season is upon us.
Snag the latest craze in at-home professional teeth whitening with the GLO Lit Teeth Whitening Tech Kit with Bluetooth by GLO Science. Dedicated to building healthy smiles and confidence, GLO Science, an award-winning New York City oral health company invented by world-renowned celebrity dentist and oral health expert, Dr. Jonathan B. Levine, encourages users to give the gift of a confident smile this winter.
With the holidays fast approaching, consider giving your loved ones something they can really use, like a boost in confidence from a brighter, whiter smile. GLO Lit, the latest product launched by GLO Science Teeth Whitening, is the perfect solution to attaining brighter and beautiful teeth that will have them showing-off their smiles at every occasion, celebration, and family gathering.

Casa Barilla at South Coast Plaza Seasonal Dish is Delish....

Pasta Goals. Casa Barilla. Must Eat.

Have you been to Casa Barilla at South Coast Plaza?

Fresh, delish, a variety of pasta and pizza all at Casa Barilla, local in Orange County. 

Casa Barilla does an amazingly delicious job of satisfying every pasta craving you may have... so just ask. 

They have seasonal dishes that are perfect for a date night visit out and they serve wine too.

We are super lucky to have the original taste of Barilla Italia here local to us. 

From pizza to pasta with seafood or not and event your choice of sauces to complete your pasta dish with a creative twist.

For a limited time the Barilla US location at South Coast Plaza is offering Spaghetti Scallops & Miso Butter. 

It is tasty, flavorful and filling.

But... we always have room for dessert! 

Thank you for having us out for a Holiday festive yummy tasting! All opinions are my own.

Get social with Barilla #CasaBarilla #Barilla and check out all their news and updates here.  

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Holiday Fun with Visits to the OC Zoo Dec 14th

Holiday Merriment with the Animals of the OC Zoo Dec. 14

So cute! I love it. Did you know that the OC Zoo is located inside of Irvine Park just on the other side of Irvine Park Railroad?!

It's the perfect size for all ages to cruise through while seeing some of our favorite local wildlife and more. 
PC OC Parks

Deets on the event...
The County of Orange, OC Parks and the loveable animals of the OC Zoo are spreading the holiday spirit with the annual Christmas at the OC Zoo on Saturday, December 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  
Families from near and far are invited to spend a winter day at the seasonally decorated OC Zoo located inside Irvine Regional Park.
Throughout the festive day, furry residents will be opening treat-filled gifts and searching for special goodies hidden in Christmas trees. Children of all ages can enjoy holiday inspired crafts and games.
Special guests Mr. and Mrs. Claus, will be sprinkling holiday cheer throughout the OC Zoo as they visit with children and spread holiday cheer. Reservations are not required for Christmas at the OC Zoo, as admission tickets will be sold at the door.
All holiday festivities are free with paid zoo admission. Coupons and passes are not valid for special events.
Join the festive fun with OC Parks and the animals of the OC Zoo!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

LEGOLAND CA Bids Farewell to Star Wars in MiniLand

Visit the LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland Model Display at LEGOLAND as We Bid it Farewell!


Join  LEGOLAND® Parks to Celebrate the Tribute to the Live-Action Movies Before it Departs

Come seek the Force at the LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland model display at LEGOLAND as we say goodbye! For 8 years, millions of LEGOLAND guests around the world have enjoyed experiencing the iconic saga by seeing scenes from each of the seven live-action STAR WARS™ movies replicated in 1:20 scale using more than 1.5 million LEGO bricks.

“Since opening in 2011 with additions made year after year, the LEGO®Star Wars™ Miniland model display has been popular for children and their parents,” said LEGOLAND® California Resort General Manager Peter Ronchetti. “We are thrilled we were able to bring this generational experience to our guests and hope those who have yet to see it, or want to revisit with their friends, will come experience LEGO®Star Wars™ Miniland before it leaves us in January and before we prepare to build new memorable experiences for guests.”

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Ice Princess Lily Movie Warmed Our Hearts This Winter - A Must See! #DirectTV #IcePrincessLily

Last weekend we were given the opportunity to visit ICE at Santa Monica in celebration of #IcePrincessLily movie on DirectTV & see the Premier!

Thanks DirectTV & Viva Kids Films for the amazing fun & super cute movie premiere invite. All opinions are our own.

We started out the festivities at Ice at Santa Monica for some ice skating just a few blocks from the beach.

The rink is outdoors and perfect for family time or a date night even. There was a lot of mixed ages out on the ice and different skating abilities!
Time for the movie! 

Ice Princess Lily... not to give spoilers but here goes a fun recap of how much we loved the movie.

Love all, be kind and stand up for the truth. This is what my kids took away from the movie. 

Friday, November 15, 2019

Sesame Place Coming to San Diego in 2021 #autismmom

Have you heard the news?! SESAME PLACE is coming to SoCal in San Diego!

We are so excited to read that Sesame Place will be opening in southern California in 2021.
As an autism mom I am eager to see and have a special nerds friendly amusement type park like this local to us!
Thanks to Sesame Place San Diego we will bring you all the latest and greatest news & updates...

This new park will be the second Sesame Place in the United States 
SeaWorld Entertainment and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street®, today revealed that San Diego will be the location of a new Sesame Place® theme park.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Century Stadium 25 & XD Theater by Cinemark in Orange Upgrades Your Movie Going Experience

Best Movie Going Experience In Forever! 

We loved our movie theater experience at Cinemark Century Stadium 25 & XD Theater in Orange.


It's been a while since we went to the movies and last time we were at the drive in. Sometimes it's just a bit more comfy with our own seats and car to lounge in.

Thanks to Cinemark we had the best movie night. My daughter and I went on a date and had so much fun... all opinions are our own.

The upgrades to comfort and overall experience are really amazing. The reclining seats are so spacious and comfortable it was like being at home... but... there was also a food tray so we could eat while we watched. 

Eat we did! We ordered popcorn and movie theater coke, as we call it, but we didnt stop there. 

We devoured the deluxe nachos and some candy too. They also have multiple full snack bars with hotdogs, ICEE machines and even serve alcohol.... Why not!


The space between rows is plentiful since the reclining chairs do just that. Not only can you sink into the seats and stretch out but they are heated too. I know right! 

Don't get too comfy or you may end up being tapped by a friend to wake up or in our neighbors case by his wife to stop snoring. Hehe. Talk about relaxing in the moment. 

We loved it so much and as a mom of two that wants to come back with my family I love that you can sign up for their free movie club and recieve $5 admission on Tuesdays! Yes please. 

Our experience was awesome and we can not wait to return for more movie memories. 

Up next... Frozen.. we have to go back for it!

Full deets on the renovation and rejuvenation of Century Stadium 25 Theater...

SONIC is Back In Theaters February 2020! My Inner 10yo is Ecstatic #SonicMovie


I am so excited to see SONIC THE HEDGEHOG with my family.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG is a timeless classic saga that everyone can get hooked on. We've been fans since the early 90's!

We are looking forward to Jim Carrey and his ever so missed comedic performances. I feel like this is going to be a breakthrough to funtertaiment again for him! 

Here are the deets...

"Based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG tells the story of the world’s speediest hedgehog as he embraces his new home on Earth. 

In this live-action adventure comedy, Sonic and his new best friend Tom (James Marsden) team up to defend the planet from the evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) and his plans for world domination. The family-friendly film also stars Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic." 
Directed by Jeff Fowler
Written by Pat Casey & Josh Miller
Based on the Sega Video Game
Produced by Neal H. Moritz, p.g.a, Toby Ascher, Toru Nakahara, Takeshi Ito
Executive Producers Hajime Satomi, Haruki Satomi, Masanao Maeda,
Nan Morales, Tim Miller

Starring: James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Tika Sumpter and Jim Carrey
Follow SONIC THE HEDGEHOG for more updates!

Get social with #SonicMovie 

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Perfect Holiday Family Fun at Queen Mary Christmas...

Fill up on Holiday fun in SoCal with The Queen Mary Christmas this season.

Experience True Holiday Magic at Queen Mary Christmas November 29, 2019 - January 1, 2020
25 Days of Holiday Adventure Featuring an All-New Event Footprint on and off-ship; 6,000 sq. ft. Ice Skating Rink, Live Entertainment, Art & Crafts.

We love Holidays at the Queen Mary at have really enjoyed making memories and making it a tradition over the years.

The Ice Skating Rink has got to be my favorite with the setting it is in, the Queen Mary behind as a back drop is beautiful.
All the details...
The Queen Mary invites one and all to experience the spirit of the holiday season at Queen Mary Christmas, sailing into Long Beach November 29, 2019 through January 1, 2020, on select dates. Queen Mary Christmas will offer 25 days of holiday cheer with on-and-off ship activations, pairing an outdoor wonderland of fun with hints of maritime magic with strolling entertainment, libations, treats, gingerbread and stocking decorating, Santa meet and greets, ice skating on the True North Ice Rink, and much more.

Take in the vintage yuletide atmosphere by strolling down the sparkling tree-lined Promenade Deck, to find Ol’ Saint Nick. When Santa is away from his North Pole workshop, his Captain’s Quarters in the Shipyard are his home away from home. Join Santa here for a meet and greet, help him chart the course to the North Pole, and pose for a souvenir photo with the jolly fellow. Head to the Main Hall to hear the tales of Christmas like never before during Storytime with Mrs. C and sip on hot chocolate topped off with fixings at the hot chocolate bar.

The Christmas Village, located inside the Exhibition Hall, boasts a festive workshop where all elves in attendance can decorate stockings, trim gingerbread houses, enjoy live entertainment and create jolly arts and crafts. From the Christmas Village, wander through a winter pathway of ‘Instagrammable’ backdrops and photo moments to the 4D Theatre for an intimate screening of The Polar Express, that will take viewers on a 4D sensory adventure complete with snow flurries and the smell of hot cocoa.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Sea World San Diego Christmas Celebration Returns with New Additions

The holiday festivities at SeaWorld San Diego are back this year!

Make spirits bright at this favorite family Christmas event, happening daily from Nov. 23, 2019, through Jan. 5, 2020.
Have you been in the past? We have not but I hear it is entertaining, beautiful, fun and festive. This year there are new additions to the event too.

Hot off the press from Sear World, Here we Go, Have a Merry Time
As holiday music fills the air, a sea of over one million lights sparkle, transforming SeaWorld into a marvelous holiday event.
Enjoy live shows like the all-new Winter Wonderland on Ice and Cirque Christmas. Plus, meet festive friends at Rudolph’s Christmastown and the new Sesame Street® Christmas Village.
Savor holiday flavors of hot cocoa and warm desserts as you shop for unique gifts and decorations.
NEW Sesame Street Christmas Village
Oh what fun it is to gather with family and friends at Sesame Street® Christmas Village. Here, treetops glisten with twinkling lights, snow falls and children can dance with their favorite furry friends. Families can enjoy Sesame Street story time with Mrs. Claus and share their wish list with Santa.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

MainPlace Mall Unveils “A Christmas Story”-Themed Interactive New Holiday Experience

More From MainPlace Mall & Holiday Festivities - You Wont Want to Miss This!

MainPlace Mall, a three-story super-regional shopping center in Santa Ana, California, announced it's holiday activities schedule as well as the introduction of an exciting new Santa set inspired by the fan-favorite Warner Bros. film A Christmas Story

The new set modernizes the traditional Santa visit, offering guests a branded family entertainment experience that will appeal to visitors of all ages - not just families with children. The new walk-through set combines the best elements of today’s highly popular “selfie museums” and augmented reality interactive experiences. A rendering of the new set can be viewed and downloaded here:

“The brand-new ‘A Christmas Story’-themed holiday experience debuting this year at MainPlace Mall is an incredible change from the traditional Santa sets shoppers have grown accustomed to over the years,” says Jonathan Maher, Senior General Manager of the shopping center. “The new experience, based on the film, A Christmas Story, features an array of photo opportunities, an augmented reality app that really brings the set to life, and period-specific décor that will immerse our visitors in the Parker family home and the 1940s-era time period. With this new interactive attraction, the journey to see Santa has just become as much fun as the visit itself.”

According to MainPlace Mall’s owner, Centennial, a real estate investment firm with a national portfolio of shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations, the new set is one of four being introduced nationwide this year. Centennial also plans to tour these experiential holiday sets annually among several of its malls to provide visitors at each property — including MainPlace Mall — with an exciting new encounter year after year.

MainPlace Mall: “A Christmas Story” Holiday Set: Debuts November 13th
A cherished holiday film, A Christmas Story is the heartwarming narrative about Ralphie, a young boy in the 1940s who yearns for a special present for Christmas. The experience at MainPlace Mall incorporates many of the most famous scenes from the movie, and because the movie was set in the ‘40s, it provides an opportunity for different generations to share memories as they admire replicas of period-specific food items, appliances and furnishings and hear the sounds of an antique radio playing in the background.


Visitors to the experience at MainPlace Mall can take pictures in front of Ralphie’s family home, inside the Parker family kitchen, and as a paid addition, alongside the movie’s iconic leg lamp. Using the set’s free augmented reality app, guests can even don a pink bunny suit or watch the neighbor’s bloodhounds knock over the table and steal the Christmas turkey - all before visiting and taking professional photos with Santa and sliding down the movie’s famous slide to exit the set.

“Working so closely with Warner Bros. Consumer Products has been an incredible experience,” says John Carter, CEO and Design Director at Parker 3D. “By taking the key scenes from such a treasured Warner Bros. holiday film and combining them with the artistic talents of our very creative design team, we’ve developed an incredible multi-sensory experience that will engage, entertain and amaze families waiting to visit with Santa Claus as well as teens and senior citizens looking for a new and interesting way to experience the holidays.”

 Visit with Santa Claus: November 13th - December 24th

Tuesday, November 5, 2019


MainPlace Mall brings so many festive events all year long.

Much more than a shopping center to us, we love hanging out at MainPlace Mall.
It's a place for family outings, shopping, dining, playing and more.
This Holiday season...
MainPlace Mall has unveiled a series of fun-filled family-friendly seasonal events and activities to make the holidays an extra-exciting time for shoppers and their families. From a very special Santa’s arrival that showcases the mall’s brand-new “A Christmas Story”-themed journey-to-Santa experience to memorable visits with Santa Claus for children and pets, MainPlace Mall is the place to be this holiday season.

Visit with Santa Claus: November 13th - December 24th: Children and their families are invited to drop off letters to Santa, share their Christmas wish lists with Santa Claus and have a professional photo taken from November 13th through December 24th. Santa will be located in his new “A Christmas Story” home on Level 1 in Macy’s Court. The new “A Christmas Story” interactive Santa set, which will entertain people of all ages - from families with children to teens, single adults and senior citizens - is free and open to the public. For more information, including Santa’s hours, photo package selections, and to make reservations to alleviate waiting in line, please visit

Santa’s Arrival: November 15th: The entire community is invited to join MainPlace Mall in welcoming Santa Claus to his new “A Christmas Story” home on Friday, November 15th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Following Santa’s arrival, children and their families will be able to meet some of Santa’s favorite elves, enjoy face painting and balloon twisting, and sip hot cocoa while listening to a DJ play festive holiday music. There will also be exciting giveaways available to the first 300 children to attend. This special fun-filled event, which takes place on Level 1 in Center Court is free and open to the public. No advance registration is required. For more information, including Santa’s hours, photo package selections, and to make reservations to alleviate waiting in line, please visit
Pet Photos with Santa: December 1st and December 11th: