Happy Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgivingtoday is Thanksgiving. there’s so much to be thankful for this year, and it’s been such a fun month to remind me of it all. for one, it’s finally cooling down here in the OC, we are really getting a Fall this year. it’s been such a long time since the weather has been this way…so thankful for that. and two, i love seeing all my friends social media posts about all they are thankful for this November. i too have so much to be thankful for, so much this year i feel my heart could burst. starting off with my boys and hubby – this little guy, his sweet innocence and love for all things new. him starting kindergarten this year, and making new friends. my worries for how he would adjust going to all-day school – washed away with news of him excelling in his schoolwork. just a few things i am thankful for.

this week i got to attend his kindergarten class feast. it was absolutely adorable. they made their very own costumes…that paper baby in a papoose…i die!  they sang us Thanksgiving songs.

Kindergarten Thanksgiving Program

and had a Thanksgiving feast.

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so much joy. i love kindergarten. i’m so thankful i had still one more kid to go to this Kindergarten Thanksgiving feast with. what a sweet escape to attend it with him.

Thanksgiving Feast

it’s funny how little things like a kindergarten Thanksgiving feast can remind you of how much you are thankful for.

i really wanted to take a moment and thank all of you, my readers. yes, i am thankful for you. i’ve been here a long time in this space – writing away on this blog, hoping to inspire parents to get out and take memorable adventures with their kiddies and enjoy life to the fullest. i have met many of you along the way, received comments, emails and messages from you. thank you for the kind thoughts and notes of gratefulness. they leave a smile on my face and i cherish each one. you all mean the world to me…and along the way, i feel that i have build my own little community of moms…and dads. i love the connections we have, and want you to know that you have also helped me more than you know. i especially love the advice and ideas you have given me. thank you.

and being Thanksgiving and all, i just thought you should know that.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Vann's Thanksgiving Feast

The Outlets at San Clemente have Arrived in Orange County

Sponsored by the Outlets at San Clemente.
Shopping at the San Clemente Outlets

something new and exciting has come to Orange County…the all-new Outlets at San Clemente!!!! i had the opportunity to attend the ribbon cutting and tour the Outlets at San Clemente last week and wow….they are so beautiful.

San Clemente Outlets Ribbon CuttingSan Clemente Outlets Ribbon Cutting Celebrationthe Outlets at San Clemente is the first and only ocean-facing outdoor outlet shopping and dining destination in Orange County. upon opening, Outlets at San Clemente will feature nearly 70 retailers, including favorite brands such as Calvin Klein, Cole Haan, Columbia Sportswear, GUESS, H&M, Levi’s, Nike, PUMA, Tilly’s, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armour and White House Black Market. restaurants are due to open so that you can fuel up while shopping. Panera Bread and Ruby’s Diner (food truck until the restaurant is complete) are currently available. soon visitors will be able to enjoy favorite fast-casual eateries, including Starbucks. the open-air center caters to today’s consumers who want one destination to shop, dine, relax in the sunshine, and breathe in the ocean air – even family dogs on leashes are welcome.

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check out some of the great stores and merchandise available at the Outlets of San Clemente

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and there’s more to come. additional stores and restaurants will open throughout 2016. the final 500,000-square-foot development plan includes more than a dozen dining options, including four restaurants with scenic ocean views overlooking the Marblehead Coastal development.

then there are the restrooms! it may seem funny that i am mentioning the bathrooms, but the are some of the most beautiful public restrooms i have seen. luxurious and beautiful, and they have a fabulous mothers lounge. perfect when you need to sit and relax with those kiddies.Outlets at San Clemente Mothers LoungeOutlets at San Clemente Mothers Lounge PhotoOutlets at San Clemente Details

finally, if you want to explore some more, take a walk towards the beach down that shaded pathway.

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here you you will come to a gorgeous ocean view and future home to 4 amazing restaurants that are in the works. they will all host this spectacular ocean view and will provide a great dining experience to compliment all that shopping you’ll be doing.

Outlets at San Clemente Ocean Views from Restaurants

and the Outlets of San Clemente are all dressed up for the holidays.

Santa at the Outlets of San Clemente

kids will rejoice when the hear the sound of jingle bells from the windows with Rudolph, Dancer, Prancers and all the other reindeer visiting the Outlets at San Clemente from the North Pole.

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starting on Black Friday, Santa Claus will be visiting the Outlets at San Clemente. kids can get their photos with him and tell him their holiday wishes. the entire family can enjoy Santa’s company.

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all this is very exciting. a new shopping experience, awesome restaurants to come and the first BLACK FRIDAY event for the Outlets at San Clemente which is happening THIS Thursday night!

Moonlight Madness at the Outlets of San Clemente

celebrate Black Friday at the Outlets at San Clemente’s first ever Moonlight Madness event! starting at 8 p.m. Thursday, November 26th, bargain hunters will be able to get the best deals at the Outlets at San Clemente’s inaugural Moonlight Madness all night shopping extravaganza. after a day of eating turkey, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, watching football and spending time together, families can adopt a brand new tradition of shopping the Outlets at San Clemente for their door-buster deals destination. the shops will remain open all through the night and throughout Black Friday on November 27 until 10 p.m. the holiday savings will last through the weekend. there will also be family-friendly entertainment will be offered among the various outdoor courtyards and promenades.

all this and more is coming to the Outlets at San Clemente! if you can’t make it for Moonlight Madness, be sure to sneak in a trip in the near future. hopefully you’ll enjoy it as much as i did.

Outlets of San Clemente

Building a Gingerbread House for Science of Gingerbread at Discovery Cube

Discovery Cube Science of Gingerbreadthe boys have been off school since last friday, so we have been home the past few days with nothing to do. we decided that it would be fun to build a gingerbread house for the Discovery Cube Science of Gingerbread exhibit that is coming up at the end of this month. it’s one of our favorite events at Discovery Cube OC, which made this activity really exciting for the boys.

so we headed over to the store and bought a bunch of graham crackers, powdered sugar for icing, sprinkles,and candy. we also had a lot of left over candy from Halloween which i have been saving for gingerbread houses, so that worked out perfect. then we found a piece of wood for the base and some small boxes to glue the graham crackers to for the houses.

now that we had all the supplies for the gingerbread houses, the boys went to work on setting up the kitchen to build them. first, they changed into their Christmas jammies. they could wait to start wearing them, so i said they could go ahead and put them on. i usually wait till December 1st to give them to them, but i guess a few days early doesn’t matter. i love that they get to enjoy wearing them the entire Christmas season.  next, they went through the Halloween candy and sorted out the candy we would use into separate dishes.

Decorate a Gingerbread House for Science of Gingerbread

i made a triple batch of royal icing, and helped glue the graham crackers to the small boxes to look like little stores. the boys wanted to make a gingerbread beach town with an ocean.

Royal Icing For Gingerbread Houses

then it was time to start the decorating. first icing and then candy. it takes a bit of patience, but everyone had so much fun. the boys got to be creative and decorate however they wanted. this was a great family activity.

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there might have even been a little bit of taste testing going on.

Tasting a Gingerbread Houseit ended up being a two night project because our gingerbread beach city was kind of big. this is what we got done on the first night. you” have to visit the Discovery Cube Science of Gingerbread event to see the finished product! i am very proud of the boys for doing such a good job.How to Build a Gingerbread House

you too can enter a gingerbread house in the Discovery Cube Science of Gingerbread Annual Gingerbread Competition…but you only have until November 29th to enter. so hurry fast to get those gingerbread houses finished! the categories you can enter your gingerbread house in are:

Best Holiday Theme
Best by an Organization
Best Youth 5 and Under
Best Youth ages 6-13
Best Youth Group/ Classroom Best by a Member of the Cube Best Hot Wheels Inspired
Best Science Theme
People’s Choice

anyone is welcome to enter – local companies, schools, families and organizations are all invited to build their own creations. you can download an entry form here.


i highly recommend entering, it make such a fun an memorable experience to do with your kids, and they will fee so special when they see it on display during the Science of Gingerbread. the-science-of-gingerbread-villagethe Discovery Cube Science of Gingerbread event begins this week, November 27, 2015 through January 3, 2016. there will be a lot going on during the event. besides the beautiful displays of gingerbread, there will also be lots of great festive hands-on activities designed to bring families together this holiday season. the activities will include:

Gingerbread Derby Competition (11 am, 1 pm, & 3 pm)
Kitchen Chemistry Learning Station
Gingerbread Spices Learning Station
Build a House Learning Station
Hall of Traditions
3D Printing of a gingerbread house
Do You Want To Build A Snowman? Science of Snow Stage Show  (select dates)
Cookie Decorating in the Healthy Kitchen  (select dates)
Santa Meet & Greet  (select dates)

there’s so much fun to be had!!! this is one of our family’s favorite events to attend during the holiday season. i can almost smell the wonderful scent of gingerbread that wafts through the Science Center during this special time of year. i hope to see you there. p.s. be on the look out for our finished gingerbread beach town!


Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion with FiOS SoCal

Cruisin Reunion Car Show on Route 66 in Ontario

when you want to see vintage cars all tricked out, you head over to the Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion® in Ontario, CA. an annual car show that car enthusiasts from all over Southern California look forward to attending every year. the boys and i have never been, and were thrilled to partner with Verizon FiOS SoCal to attend the big event and check it out.

the Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion®, is Southern California’s ultimate celebration of America’s love affair with the automobile! it is known as the Main Street of America or The Mother Road, world-famous Route 66.  it stretches from Chicago to Santa Monica and was established in 1926. the Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion® event is three days of cruising, contests, live entertainment and fabulous food. it is held annually on the third weekend of September along the historic, tree-shaded Euclid Avenue in Ontario, California, and is over two miles long. thousands of people gather here  to enjoy classic cruisers, convertibles, hot rods, and Woodies at this weekend of fun.

Cruisin Route 66 Reunion with Verizon

it was very hot the day we attended, over 110º degrees, but the streets were hopin’ with bright color classic cars and spectators. barbecues and smell of yummy fair food wafted through the air.

Cruisin Reunion Car Show on Route 66 CarCrusin Reunionwe had a blast walking down Route 66 and checking out all the cars.  people come here to show off their classic vehicles with a great deal of pride and to enjoy the comradery of appreciating beauty in the form of a classic car.

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here are some of the picture perfect highlights of our Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion® adventure.Cruisin Reunion Car Show with FIOS SoCalCruisin Reunion Car Show in Ontario, CACruisin Reunion Car Show DinerCruisin Reunion Car Show Hot WheelsCruisin Reunion Car Show Best Cars Cruisin Reunion Monster TruckOntario Family Fun Car ShowCruisin Reunion Car Show FoodCruisin Reunion Car Show PopcornCruisin Reunion Vintage Car showOntario Family Fun

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My First HydraFacial Experience

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this is me on the way to my first ever facial. i don’t know why, but i never thought about getting one before. but ever since i partnered with CosmetiCare in Corona Del Mar as one of their mom ambassadors, i’ve been getting the scoop on lots of great non-invasive treatments that not only make you feel good about yourself, but they also help improve your skin, help with anti-aging, and bring back that youthful glow. at first i was hesitant about becoming an ambassador, as i have never been big into beauty treatments and pampering myself. but after meeting with the CostmetiCare group, i really felt that there was some great information that i wanted to share with you readers. this journey has been rather exciting, i’ve found that i really do enjoy a little pampering.

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first up, i wanted to try out the HydraFacial, a safe, non-invasive procedure that combines the benefits of cleansing, exfoliation, extraction and moisturizing. the process is a quick and painless procedure that takes only 15 to 30 minutes to complete. it also is very relaxing and leaves your skin feeling dewy smooth and full of moisture. it’s a favorite of celebrities who often get one right before they walk the red carpet to help their skin look glowing and lifted.
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HydraFacial: The treatment process

when i arrived for my first ever HydraFacial, i was treated to a relaxing bed where i laid back and listened to calm music while steaming my face. the steam helps to open up skin pores and enhance the treatment. (please forgive my pictures, i could only use my phone to take them.)

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this is Lisa, one of the aesthetic technicians at CosmetiCare. she is pretty awesome at this HydraFacial thing. she then began the treatment process using tools and machines for the HydraFacial that involves 3 different nozzle tips that glide across your skin. the first step involves skin cleansing with exfoliation. with the help of a deplaning tool that kind of feels like toothbrush on your face, she gently opens up the pores of the skin, cleansing the uppermost layer from dead skin cells.

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next, she applies an acid peel that does not exhibit any stinging sensation, as acid peels usually do.

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next is the extraction process. with the help of a nozzle that sucks into the skin’s surface, Lisa works on cleaning off clogged pores gently but with precision. normally, this part is done manually, which is why it can feel somewhat intolerable, leading to skin redness. but this process actually felt nice.

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finally, when Lisa was certain that all the areas of my face were covered, a serum was applied using another tool. the serum contains anti-oxidants and collagen that aids in the skin’s smoothness, suppleness and hydration.

The Benefits of Hydrafacial

After My HydraFacial

this is me after my HydraFacial. it’s impossible to show you how fantastic my face felt after getting it. my skin felt full of moisture, and super healthy. my lips also got the treatment and were left feeling plump and full. it’s a really amazing feeling. here my face is a little red, but my skin was glowing. (excuse the messy hair) there isn’t any downtime, you can enjoy your activities right after a hydra facial. plus the effects appear quickly, often with just one treatment, and usually, with no side effects like skin irritation or redness. your skin will immediately feel smooth and completely hydrated, lasting for more than five days!

Hydra Facial

i’m in LOVE with HydraFacial now! i am definitely going to put it into my monthly routine. i love the results, some of my problem spots have disappeared and my skin is much clearer. i love the little bit of mommy pampering time i got and now i want to continue it. you can schedule your own HydraFacial at CostmetiCare by visiting their website. they offer packages at a reduced rate and also single facial rates.

if you would like to see the entire process with more explanation of the HydraFacial process, check out this short video here:

Getting Outside with Our Oceanview Wooden Swing Set and Giveaway

Tracking PixelBest Wooden Swing Set For Childrenhaving my boys play outdoors is something that is very important to my husband and i. we love the outdoors – camping, hiking, playing at the park and having the boys play outdoor sports. these outdoor activities are a big part of our lives. luckily, living in Southern California allows us to play outside all year round. it never really gets too cold to play outside. but we can’t always be on the go, there are times when we are home and i want the boys to get out of the house…off the electronics and outside. i want them to play in the backyard, as i don’t feel comfortable with them playing in the front yard due to our semi-busy street. so i am thrilled to have partnered with Backyard Discovery™ to help my boys get outside and play.

our backyard was just fitted with the Oceanview Wooden Swing Set from Backyard Discovery™. it’s been a very long time since we’ve had a nice swing set. the one we currently had was second-hand, and the wood was starting to warp. it was old and gross…not something the boys wanted to play on. they didn’t want to go in the backyard and play. but that is about to change. they are beyond excited to have received our new swing set. they have been asking me about its arrival for weeks, and finally, this week it did!!!!

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we had an installer set up the swing set in our yard to make sure it was properly installed, put together correctly, and had a six-foot perimeter safety zone around it. i highly recommend getting an installer to put together your Oceanview Wooden Swing Set from Backyard Discovery™, but if you decide to put it together yourself, allow at least two-three days for installation. all the lumber is pre-cut, pre-drilled, pre-stained, has Safe-T-Fuse Hardware and a helpful instruction manual included to help you get the job done. keep this in mind if you plan to get one for the upcoming holidays.

once the swing set was put together, i let the boys check it out. they had the biggest smiles on their faces. you could see just how excited they were to have something this cool in their very own backyard. i could see the wheels turning in their little heads – thinking of all the adventures they would have on their new swing set. my youngest LOVES imaginative play, and i am so excited for him to get to enjoy such a fun swing set. i might have even been more excited for the boys to have it than they where, it really is super cool.

Kids Excited About a Swing Set

i’ve got to show you some of the great features of the Oceanview Wooden Swing Set from Backyard Discovery™ that really sets it apart from other swing sets. it has some of the nicest details i’ve have ever seen on a swing set – it actually compliments the backyard and since it is wooden, it looks so much better than a metal swing set. check out these great features….

first, the boys favorite part of the swing set, the open, airy clubhouse. it’s nice and big…the upper deck is 76″ x 52″ by 5′ high.

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the clubhouse has wide windows AND curtains. play time is going to be a lot of fun up there. the boys are already talking about starting a club.

Oceanview Swing Set Curtains

and check out the beautiful staircase leading up to the clubhouse. the details on this swing set are awesome.

Oceanview Swing Set Stairs

just below the clubhouse, you will find this adorable comfy hammock. the colors are nice and bright, and compliment the smooth cedar wood.

Oceanview Swing Set Hammock

on one side of the clubhouse, there are challenging monkey bars that lead to the clubhouse deck…perfect for my active boys looking to burn off some of that extra energy.

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and on the other side, there are two belt swings and an acrobat bar.

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finally, what is a swing set without a slide?! the Oceanview Wooden Swing Set from Backyard Discovery™ has a fun 10’ wave slide. weeeeeeee!

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as you can imagine, the boys are going to be having a ball with their new swing set. i am beyond thrilled with our choice to get it. getting to the park is not always easy, so now it is going to be much easier as they can play at home. i look forward to the boys getting away from the electronics and getting some healthy play time in the OC sunshine. their imaginations are going to soar.

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if you’re in the market for buying a swing set, i would highly recommend the Oceanview Wooden Swing Set from Backyard Discovery™. it has everything a kid needs to have fun in the backyard, and it’s great for many ages. they are available for purchase at Sam’s Club, on Amazon and on the Backyard Discovery™ website.

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the holidays are just around the corner! so you know what that means…


this has got to be one of the most exciting giveaways i’ve ever hosted. imagine winning your very own Oceanview Wooden Swing Set from Backyard Discovery™! enter below via Rafflecopter to have a chance to win (1) Oceanview Wooden Swing Set – ARV $1,399. the giveaway will run from 11/18/15 – 12/11/15 and the lucky winner will be announced on 12/14/15. winner will need to give approval to Backyard Discovery™ to use their name and picture in publicity. good luck!!!!!!!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Oceanview Wooden Swing Set from Backyard Discovery™.

Season of the Force at Disneyland Resort

Season of the Force at Disneyland ResortHolidays at Disneyland Resort are finally here!!! the boys and i are especially excited because this year there is something new happening. besides all the Holiday decorations, and the Christmas Parade, Disneyland has a brand new Star Wars holiday experience called Season of the Force. the boys and i were already able to check it out, and i am beyond excited to share our experience with you. hopefully you and your family can make it to Disneyland Resort this holidays season and experience it for yourselves. there’s always lots of magical fun at Disneyland…and Season of the Force is the icing on the cake.

Season of the Force at Tomorrowland

Season of the Force is taking place in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland. as you walk in, you will first come to the Star Tours ride. Star Tours has been upgraded to Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, with a glimpse into a new journey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which premieres Dec. 18th. he ride is the same except scenes from the new movie will be added to your experience.

Season of the Force Star ToursSeason of the Force at Disneylandnext up is The Star Trader Shop. before now, it had Star Wars merchandise along with lots of general Disney merchandise. but now is holds exclusively Star Wars merchandise….and lots of it.

New Star War Merchandise at Disneyland Tomorrowland Passport Store

from Star Wars toys, to collectables to boutique style clothing. its a Star Wars fans dreamland.

Tomorrowland Star Wars Merchandise

my boys’ favorite thing was the build your own lightsaber section – where you can build the lightsaber of your dreams. you choose the color, the feature and the blade. Build Your Own Light Saberyou can imagine how hard it was to get my boys to leave this area.Build Your Own Light Saber at Disneyland to the left of The Star Trader, you will come to Tomorrowland Theater where you can see “Path of the Jedi”, a short compilation of the Star Wars saga. plus they also show the trailer to the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. my husband especially loved this, and i really enjoyed seeing a round-up of all the Star Wars films since i haven’t seen all of them yet. big contrast from my husband and boys who have seen them all multiple times.

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next up was my personal favorite part of Season of the Force, Hyperspace Mountain. the beloved Space Mountain ride has been transformed into a Star Wars adventure.

Disneyland Hyperspace Mountain

you get to take a space ship into outer space and be a part of the action. there are Star Wars in the sky and awesome Star Wars music throughout the ride. Space Mountain is like a whole new ride with and awesome sound track!HyperSpace Mountain Ride at Disneyland

after you ride Hyperspace Mountain, you need to head over to the Star Wars Launch Bay. it is located in the lower level of Carousel Theater which previously hosted the Carousel of Progress, America Sings, and most recently, Innoventions.

Disneyland Star Wars Launch Bay Storewalk on in….you are about to be amazed with some Star Wars awesomeness.
Entrance into the Launch Bay at Disneyland

 Star Wars Launch Bay, is full of Star Wars experiences – from character encounters, video games, authentic replicas of film props to Star Wars merchandise and more!

filling most of the space are many display cases with movie memorability, costumes and models. so much, we didn’t have time to check it all out.

Disneyland Launch Bay Experienceyou can sit and relax while watching films about Star Wars…
Disneyland Launch Bayor you can head over to the Star Wars Game Center, and play Disney Infinity to your hearts content. you can even play with the new Star Wars figures. Launch Bay Disney Infinitythe Star Wars Launch Bay Cargo area has lots of Star Wars merchandise for purchase, much of which is exclusive to Disneyland Resort. 
Disneyland Launch Bay Storeplus there is a great selection of boutique style items and room decor. can somebody please get me this cute purse for Christmas?Launch Bay Star Wars Merchandiseand there are lots of great items like this Star Wars sand box filled with kinetic sand and small Star Wars figurines.
Star Wars New Toysthe movie grade costumes really impressed the boys.Star Wars Costumes for Saleand a life-sized replica of Yoda watched my boys as the shopped for Star Wars souvenirs.Yoda at Disneyland then there are the character experiences. you can meet Darth Vader and Chewbacca, and even ask them questions are snap a quick picture.Disneyland Darth Vader Exerienceit was so much fun to see the boys interact with Darth Vader. as you can see, Vann had to hide for a minute.Meet Darth Vadar at Disneyland

the boys had so much fun in the Star Wars Launch Bay that is was hard to get them to leave. there is so much to see that we will definitely be back again and again this season.Star Wars Attractions at Disneyland

finally, when you visit Season of the Force at Disneyland, you are going to want to go on an empty stomach. probably the most exciting thing of all is the new Galactic Grill. located in the heart of Tomorrowland, the Galactic Grill hosts an exclusive menu that is sure to excite Star Wars lovers. from the Cheese 3-PO to the Chopper Salad, there is a Star Wars meal perfect for any Jedi.

Star Wars Food at Disneylandyou have never seen kids so excited to eat as mine were to try all of the Star Wars inspired food. it was a real treat. Jackson got the “First Order” specialty burger, complete with a dark bun.Disneyland Galaxy Grill Foodthere are lots of fun options…you got to check them out on this Galactic Grill menu.Galaxy Grill at Disneyland

the hubby and i got these awesome Dark Side/Light Side drinks. the hubby got The Light Side, which had popping bobas and a light-up Millennium Falcon, and i got The Dark Side which has a light-up Death Star. i guess you could say we each got our personalities LOL.

Disneyland Star Wars Food
and don’t forget to get dessert. there are some yummy options…i highly recommend Darth By Chocolate!

Disneyland Galaxy Grill Dessert
and besides the Star Wars food items you can get at the Galactic Grill, the food carts around Tomorrowland also have some fun food items to indulge your Star Wars Sweet tooth.

from the cute bb-8 driod drink sipper…

BB-8 Souvenier Cupsto Chewbacca popcorn tubs….Star War Chewbacca Souvenier
to this Han Solo Carbonite Bucket!

Star War Souveniers
there is so much fun going on when it comes to the Star Wars food at Disneyland Resort.

Star Wars Popcorn Buckets
we had the best time checking out the new Season of the Force at Disneyland Resort. the boys have told me over and over since our visit that they had the best time. it feels so good to be able to share this special experience with them.

Season of the Force at Disneyland's Tomorrowland
Season of the Force opens November 16, 2015 and will continue throughout the holidays. it’s always fun when new adventures open at the park and we are super excited to visit again and again.

Season of the Force

{photo credit: Disneyland Resort}

Disclosure: We were invited guests of Disneyland Resort. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf with Boysenberry Barbecue Sauce

Bacon Wrapped Mini Meatloavesthe other day, i ran over to the Berry Market at Knott’s Berry Farm to pick up some of their Berry Market brand items to create a yummy recipe. Berry Market has all sorts of jams, preserves, sauces and syrups, many which are famous all over the world. the Berry Market products are also available online, so if you don’t live here in Southern California, you can still get them. i had no idea what i was going to make, but i picked up a bunch of items that caught my eye and headed home to create a delicious recipe. the Berry Market Boysenberry BBQ Sauce jumped out at me. it was one of my favorite things during the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival, so i decided to create a recipe around it. that is how Bacon Wrapped Mini Meatloaves with Boysenberry Barbecue Sauce were born.

the recipe was a hit. the Bacon Wrapped Mini Meatloaves with Boysenberry Barbecue Sauce came out super yummy, and not hard at all to make….even if they look a bit complicated. you can create this recipe in under 30 minutes, and if you prefer to make this recipe in a single loaf instead of individual loaves…that will work just fine. the Berry Market Boysenberry BBQ Sauce has the best flavoring and the surprise of melted cheese oozing out of the loaf, will make this recipe a favorite for years to come.Easy Barbecue Stuffed Meatloaf Recipe

to make Bacon Wrapped Mini Meatloaves with Boysenberry Barbecue Sauce, you will need: ground beef, Berry Market Boysenberry BBQ Sauce, mustard, panko bread crumbs, bacon, mozzarella cheese, Berry Market Boysenberry Honey, salt and pepper.Recipe for Barbeque Meatloaf

in a bowl, combine the ground beef, Berry Market Boysenberry BBQ Sauce, mustard, panko bread crumbs, salt, pepper….Boysenberry MeatloafBarbecue Meatloaf recipe

and finally, the Berry Market Boysenberry Honey.

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use your hands or a spoon to combine the meat and ingredients until fully blended. try not to work meat too much.

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on a baking sheet, start forming the mini meatloaves. you can place them on top of a piece of parchment paper if you would like. this recipe makes 6 palm-sized meatloaves. i like to use the lid of a large mason jar to make all my loaves uniform in size. it works perfectly. use half of the meat to create the bottom halves of the mini meatloaves.

How to Make Barbecue Mealoaf

gently press the meat into to lid until it is formed into a patty, and lift the lid off. be carefully not to press or compact to much, you don’t want the meatloaf to be tough and dense.

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Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf

you will end up with 6 loosely formed meatloaf patties.

Individual Meat Loaves

now place a piece of cheese in the center of each meatloaf. i prefer to use 1/2 of a piece of string cheese cut in half for each loaf.

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using the last half of the meat, create a top for all of the mini meatloaves. i use the mason jar lid again to make sure they are nicely formed. make sure that the cheese is fully covered and the sides are sealed shut.Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf

next, wrap a slice of bacon around each of the meatloaves. i prefer to use thick cut bacon slices. gently squeeze the loaves as you wrap to create a nice round loaf with the bacon neatly wrapped. you can use a toothpick to hold bacon ends together if you need to.

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf Recipe

Bacon Wrapped BBQ Meatloaf Recipe

generously brush each loaf with Berry Market Boysenberry BBQ Sauce.

Bacon Wrapped BBQ Meatloafonce you have brushed each mini meatloaf with barbecue sauce, place them into a preheated 350º degree oven for 20-30 minutes, or until fully cooked. during the last 5 minutes, you can turn up the heat to 450º to get that final caramelization of the bacon. remove from the oven.Boysenberry Bacon Meatloaf Recipe
hear is what the finished Bacon Wrapped Mini Meatloaves with Boysenberry Barbecue Sauce look like when they are finished.
Best Bacon Wrapped BBQ Meatloaf

nice and juicy with great barbecue taste. the crisp bacon adds a nice savory flavor.Best Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf Recipebefore serving, feel free to brush with more barbecue sauce.Bacon Wrapped Meat Loaf Recipe

pair with a side of mashed potatoes and green veggie for a warming meal of comfort food.

Knott's Berry Farm Meat Loaf Recipe

and wait!!! don’t forget about the cheese. when you cut into these mini meatloaves, melted cheese will ooze out creating a meal that is irresistible. doesn’t that look yummy!Easy Barbecue Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf Recipethe Berry Market Boysenberry BBQ Sauce makes these Bacon Wrapped Mini Meatloaves with Boysenberry Barbecue Sauce, taste over the top. The have a sweet barbecue smokiness with a kick and a bit of honey sweetness. a comfort food that everyone will love. Knott’s Berry Farm really knows their food. you can purchase Berry Market products online or at the park. the recipe ideas are endless, so pick some up today.Easy Barbecue Stuffed Meatloaf Recipe

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf Recipe Title

1 pound 90% lean ground beef
½ cup panko bread crumbs
1/3 cup Berry Market Boysenberry BBQ Sauce
1 tablespoon mustard
1 tablespoon Berry Market Boysenberry Honey
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Preheat oven to 350º degrees. in a bowl, use your hands or a spoon to mix together the ground beef, panko, barbecue sauce, mustard, salt, pepper and honey. Do not overwork the meat. shape half the mixture into 6 patties. be careful not to pack the meat too tightly or you’ll end up with dense and tough loaves. place a piece of cheese on top of each patty. top the patties with the remaining meat mixture. wrap a piece of bacon around each of the meat loaves. use a toothpick to hold the bacon together if necessary. brush each loaf with barbecue sauce. bake for 25-30 minutes. remove from oven when finished. brush with more barbecue sauce and serve!