DOLE® Bananas and Pineapples featuring Disney’s Frozen 2

Disney’s Frozen 2 is coming to theaters November 22, and to celebrate there is a Frozen Fanfest happening right now! Head over to your favorite social media channel and follow hashtag #FrozenFanFest to see creations from artists & brands around the world featuring Disney’s Frozen 2!

I am honored to be among the first to reveal Dole’s partnership with Disney’s Frozen 2. There will be 20 different DOLE® Banana tags as well as a Dole® Pineapple tag featuring Frozen 2. You should begin seeing DOLE® Bananas and Pineapples featuring images of Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Sven and Kristoff on October 4th. Look for them in the produce departments of supermarkets throughout the U.S. and Canada.

For even more frozen family fun, Disney and Dole fans can participate in the DOLE® Banana Sticker Peel and Play Game by downloading the official activity sheet on www.dole.com/Disney. You can collect the entire blizzard of 20 Disney’s Frozen 2-inspired stickers on DOLE Bananas across North America. This exclusive download will be available starting October 15, 2019!!!

Dole’s specially branded fruit and activity sheet are part of “Empowering the Hero Within, a three-month healthy-lifestyle celebration of Disney’s Frozen 2 kicking-off Oct. 15 and continuing through January 2020.  The campaign will feature a flurry of unique activities designed to make healthy eating fun including 20 Frozen 2 character recipes, family meal-planning and tips.

So be sure to head over to the Dole website on October 15th and check out the flurry of healthy family fun including exclusive Dole recipes inspired by Frozen 2!

{ Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I was given exclusive images to share with my readers since we are big fans of Dole® and Disney’s Frozen! }

Fun Products to Up Your Tailgating Party Game

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com.

Football season is finally here, which means a favorite past time of so many football fans. Tailgating! There’s nothing better than pulling down the hitch of your truck, setting up the barbecue and spreading out your favorite fixings for a game day meal. Even better is doing it all with your closest friends.

Now, there are always the standard game day favorites such as burgers, hotdogs, chips and dip. But sometimes you got to mix it up and add some new mouthwatering favs. How about some bold new flavors and a kick of heat. Check out these fun products that can make your annual tailgate party at little more exciting!

First up we have Légal Brazil’s Original Hot Sauce! It’s handmade in Brazil from all natural ingredients – Malagueta Peppers (which are native to Brazil), Carrots, Vinegar and Salt. Légal, pronounced /Lay-Gal/ means “cool” in Portuguese. But this Brazilian hot sauce is anything but cool. Your tailgating guest will love adding a kick to all their game day foods including their hotdogs, burgers, sides and snacks. Since it’s gluten free and vegan, all your guests can enjoy a helping or two or three.

Right now, you can get Légal Brazil’s Original Hot Sauce for a special offer@ Use promo code TAILGATE to Buy 1 Get 1 Free. Offer valid September 9 – September 30, 2019.

This next product is one of my all-time favorite party snacks! popchips. They make the perfect game day snack – a great-tasting, crunchy, better-for-you option that won’t leave you feeling greasy or guilty. In particular, I am LOVING the popchips ridges buffalo ranch because it has a spicy, tangy buffalo sauce combined with creamy, cooling ranch on thick, ridged chips.

The authentic buffalo ranch flavor has a great kick…I like the spicy. Bold & Crunchy! Just how I like my chips. And did you know they are non-GMO, kosher, have nothing artificial and are gluten free! popchips ridges are popped, not fried, which means they are full of flavor but with only half the fat compared to fried chips. Use special promo code 25BUFFALO on amazon.com to get 25% off your order of buffalo ranch popchips ridges. (Promo starts 9/15)

Next up, we have Mr & Mrs T Bloody Mary Mix! Bloody Mary’s are all the rage these days. And now, whipping up Bloody Marys for a crowd of tailgaters is as convenient as it is delicious with the premium-quality, made-from-scratch taste of Mr & Mrs T® Original Bloody Mary Mix.

Here’s a really fun idea! How about a Bloody Mary bar, where guest can get a freshly prepared Bloody Mary and top it with their favorite garnishes. Simply combine Mr & Mrs T Original Bloody Mary Mix with vodka and ice – on the rocks or blended. You can also enjoy it non-alcoholic like I do. Set out different bowls of your favorite garnishes, and let your guests go to town. It’s a delicious game day favorite is ready for enjoyment in less than a minute.

You can find Mr & Mrs T Original Bloody Mary Mix in multiple sizes, from 1-liter bottles to single-serve cans, Mr & Mrs T Original Bloody Mary Mix can be used to easily prepare the cocktail for multiple tailgaters or simply for one.

Finally, it’s not a tailgate party without something savory and meaty! Your tailgate party will be a hit when you make these Roasted Garlic Short Rib Stuffed Ciabatta sandwiches. Made with the new RAGÚ Simply™ Roasted Garlic Sauce, simplicity meets flavor with this easy recipe.

New RAGÚ Simply™ Roasted Garlic is made with 100% Olive Oil and has no added sugar. It’s just simply delicious flavor. Grab a jar and enjoy the rich taste of roasted garlic, plump tomatoes and onion.

Use RAGÚ Simply™ Roasted Garlic to make this Roasted Garlic Short Rib Stuffed Ciabatta recipe…the perfect tailgater meal.

Perfectly seasoned and tenderly grilled boneless short ribs nestled under a marinade of sauce and vegetables make for the perfect tailgating treat. Cook the meat before leaving for the game and marinate them vegetables and sauce in advance for enhanced flavor and easy transportation.

This is such a simple tailgating recipe, that you’ll want to make it again and again. And the best thing about it is that it is a prep ahead tailgate recipe.

I hope these awesome products have given you a bit of tailgate party inspiration! After all, a tailgating party sets the mood before the game and leave some of the best memories…probably even more so than the game.

So enjoy the food, enjoy the company, and finally, enjoy the game! Hope it is one to remember.

10 Ways to Celebrate Fall in Orange County

Fall is officially here in Southern California….even if it still feels like summer!

I personally love having warm weather all year round, but it is nice to wake up in the mornings and smell that little hint of Fall…we do get that from time to time. However, we aren’t lucky enough to get the beautiful Fall colors that rest of the country gets when the leaves turn shades of red, yellow and orange. Because of our warm and beautiful weather, it can be hard to get in the Fall spirit here in the OC. So, I thought I would put together a Orange County Fall Bucket List to get you in the spirit of the season.

Here’s my list of the top 10 Ways to Celebrate Fall in Orange County.

Orange County Fall Bucket List

1. Visit Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch

The Tanaka Farm’s Pumpkin Patch has become one of the favorite pumpkin patches here in Orange County. This year it’s been decorated Sanrio style with the cutest Hello Kitty decorations all over the place. and not only are there hundreds of varieties pumpkins in rows of pumpkin vines, but fun photo opts, tractor rides, carnival games, vegetable picking, and a petting zoo. new this year is the cutest sunflower patch where you can walk through and enjoy a variety of beautiful sunflowers. on your way out, you can enjoy the farm store and lots of Hello Kitty merchandise. it’s a great pumpkin patch for all ages.

2. Get a Pumpkin Milkshake from Ruby’s Shake Shake in Newport.

Right now it’s Pumpkin Spice season at Ruby’s Diner, and they are serving up Pumpkin milkshakes topped with whipped cream and candy corns. not in the mood for a shake? they also have pumpkin waffles and pumpkin pancakes!  you will then want to head down to the beach and enjoy a stroll on the sand. it may be Fall…but it’s never out of season to enjoy the fresh ocean air and some crashing waves. Crystal Cove Beach is one of our faves!

3. Go to the Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Festival.

The Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Festival only happens one weekend each year. we always go because it’s enormous, and…it’s one of the most unique pumpkin patches in Southern California. The Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Patch is pretty incredible…there are pumpkins as far as the eye can see. thousands and thousands of them. people pick them and pick them, but the patch looks as full as ever! It’s great because it give you more of a farm feel than a commercial patch. Plus at the festival, there are food booths, fruits and veggies to purchase that are grown right at the college, games and fun for the kiddies, a petting zoo, a corn maze, pancake breakfast and more. If you don’t make it to the festival, there are field trips available, or you can visit it anytime after.

4. Get a Pumpkin Shaped loaf of Sourdough from Boudin’s.

Did you know that you can only find Boudin SF in California? This sourdough magic originated in San Francisco…but we are lucky enough to have 6 of their restaurant/bakeries here in Southern California. In October, Boudin’s sells their sourdough in the shape of pumpkins and Jack-o-Lanterns. So much fun. pick up a loaf or two, and have fun family evening complete with soup or chili, sourdough pumpkins and watching “It’s a Great Pupkin Charlie Brown” or a “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”.

5. Go to Discovery Cube OC’s Annual Pumpkin Launch.

The Annual Discovery Cube Pumpkin Launch at Cal State Fullerton is a yearly tradition for many families. It’s just one of the awesome FREE events that Discovery Cube OC offers to the community. families from all over Southern California attend to see pumpkins launched through the air by teams competing for the record of launching the most pumpkins – the farthest and closest to the targets. it’s quite a show, and very entertaining. in addition to the flying pumpkins, there are crafts, and games for the kids and food trucks!!!  We look forward to this event every year.

6. Buy ALL the pumpkin stuff at Trader Joe’s!

Trader Joe’s is known for their yummy seasonal treats. The Fall means pumpkin everything! pumpkin cookies, pumpkin bread, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin cereal, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin candy….an more!  Eeverything is super yummy…you won’t want to miss it. Get there earlier in month for the best selections as the favorites run out quickly. you can also get regular orange pumpkins for under $3, fun gourds and Cinderella pumpkins or Fall flowers.

7. Go apple picking in Oak Glen.

One of the best family outing is heading up to Oak Glen to go apple picking. you can stop at Riley’s Farm, Los Rios Rancho (our favorite) or one of the 30+ farms on a 5-mile loop, and pick apples, raspberries, or pumpkins, run through a corn maze, petting zoo or hay ride. you can get yummy ti-tip or a mile high apple pie, taste apple cider or different kinds of apples. don’t forget to press your own apple cider….that is an exciting experience for the kids. it cost around $20 and is a great learning experience. head up to Oak Glen Village and check out the mountain stores, go to the zoo or eat at one of the restaurants. everyone finds their favorites and visit them every year as a tradition. Check out our Oak Glen Apple Picking Guide.

8. Check out the Hocus Pocus Boutique at Roger’s Gardens.

Every year, Roger’s Gardens has an AMAZING Halloween themed boutique. This year it’s the Malice in Wonderland…a spooky version of Alice in Wonderland. There are so many spectacular Halloween decorations and props – vintage inspired, Harry Potter inspired, creepy and cute! many are pretty pricey, but even if you don’t buy anything, it still makes a nice family outing. There’s also lots of pumpkins, interesting gourds and beautiful Halloween flower arrangements at Roger’s Gardens. Bring your camera!

9. Take your picture in front of the Orange County Great Park Balloon

The Great Park Balloon at the Orange County Great Park is iconic to Orange County. it’s big and orange and flies high in the OC sky. during the month of October, it turns into the Great Park Balloon Jack-O-lantern. it’s FREE to visit the Orange County Great Park, so you can head over anytime you’d like and snap a picture with it. i recommend taking the family before dark. have a picnic dinner and take a walk or bike ride on the Thrive Walk around the park. weather permitting, you can take a ride on the balloon. $10 for adults & kids ride free with paying adult.

10. Apple Fritter Fridays at Sidecar Donuts in Costa Mesa


Apples mean Fall…and what goes great with apples? Apple Fritters. Sidecar Donuts is serving them up this Fall. you can get the yummiest Apple Fritters on Fritter Fridays ONLY at Sidecar Donuts’ Costa Mesa location. their take on a classic – made with fresh Granny Smith Apples and topped with house made apple cider glaze. yum yum!  (Photo credit: Sidecar Donuts)

Festive Fall splurges….

I wanted the main list have the best least expensive options. But i wanted to include these more expensive options, as they are excellent Fall activities.

Knott’s Spooky Farm

Knott’s Spooky Farm takes place at Knott’s Berry Farm every weekend in October. Kids can trick or treat through Ghost Town or enjoy various Halloween festivities throughout the park. be sure to have your little ones dress up in costumes for an extra fun day. the great thing about Spooky Farm is that it is included in the price of admission or your season passes! you can read about our time at Spooky Farm here.

Halloween Time at Disneyland  AND Disney’s California Adventure

for so many, Halloween Time is the favorite time to visit Disneyland Resort. not only is there are giant Mickey pumpkin, everything else has been dressed up for Halloween. this year, Disney’s California Adventure has been decorated too…so make sure to check out Cartland in particular. it’s pretty awesome! there are fun themed treats, fall colors everywhere, and of course Halloween magic as only Disneyland could do.

Howl O-ween at Great Wolf Lodge

Our family loves loves loves Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove. It has been the perfect place to enjoy a staycation for our family numerous times. during October, Great Wolf Lodge has Howl-O-Ween, which includes, trick-or-treating, fun Halloween activities and decorations. Don’t forget your costumes!  Click here for a great deal on your Great Wolf Lodge Howl-O-Ween stay.

Spooky Science at Discovery Cube OC

Want an educational Halloween experience for your kiddies? Then head over to the Discovery Science Center and check out their festive Spooky Science Exhibit. You get to learn fun facts about pumpkins, visit Frankenstein’s laboratory, spend some time making your very own slime and join in on the Monster Academy Talent Show where each monster will be showcasing their hidden science talents!

These are our top choices of Fall fun activities in Orange County. if you are looking for some fun family Halloween Events, make sure to check out this post of 100+ Family-friendly Halloween Events in Orange County.

or visit on of these 30 Awesome Pumpkin Patches in Southern California.

Disney’s Descendants 3 in Vancouver AR Adventure

This August, our family got an exciting invite to head up to Vancouver Canada. We have never been to Canada, so that was exciting in itself. But not only did we get a chance to explore this amazingly family-friendly city in British Columbia, but also to attend the launch party of the new Disney Descendants 3 in Vancouver AR Adventure App! This was all in celebration of the new release of Disney’s Descendants 3!

All three of the Disney’s Descendants movies were filmed Vancouver and Vancouver Island, so this new app is a really fun and exciting way for both Disney’s Descendants fans and those visiting Vancouver and Vancouver Island to see spots where the movies were filmed. Once at the locations, the app creates a Disney’s Descendants Adventure for you to play.

Each filming site features adventures such as – augmented reality, scavenger hunt-style missions, trivia, geocaching, movie clips and photo opps where you can take AR photos of the characters. Fans can immerse themselves fully into Descendants 3 with a tourism twist!

Disney Descendants 3 in Vancouver AR Adventure app first-of-its-kind self-guided adventure. Created by Vancouver-based QuestUpon, it’s now available for free download on App Store and Google Play. The itinerary takes you to key spots in the Descendants films, and requires you to traverse the waters between two distinctive yet equally visit-worthy cities: Vancouver and Vancouver Island. We were lucky enough to visit both of these cities on our trip, and highly recommend both as family vacations.

Some of the location included on the app are Britannia Mine Museum, Lynn Canyon, UBC, Rogers Sugar, BC Parliament Buildings, Hatley Castle and Woodwinds Estate. There are 37 Mission in all!

At select points in the Disney’s Descendants adventure, users can snap selfies with lifelike avatars of some fan favorite characters like Mal, Evie, Uma and Audrey.

At the Disney Descendants 3 in Vancouver AR Adventure Launch Party, we had the opportunity to try out the app, enjoy some Descendant’s themed food, do crafts, and also watch Descendants 3! Dani and Vann dressed up for the part and we enjoyed trying it out a mini version of the app. We answered trivia, found Descendants 3 characters and took selfie photos with them.

Here are some photos from our evening spent with Disney Descendants 3 in Vancouver.

Once the reception was over, we headed up to the screening room to watch the new Disney Descendants 3. Check out how they set up the screening room. The decorations were amazing – all the details were perfectly themed to Disney Descendants. There was also fog and twinkle lights.

We loved the movie so much – it was SO GOOD!!! My kids and I loved it, especially Dani and Vann. And since we had just visited Victoria B.C. Canada, it was exciting to recognize some of the places we visited in the movie. Vancouver and Victoria are so beautiful, they made the perfect backdrops to film the Disney Descendants movies.

So first watch Disney’s Descendants 3, then, grab your selfie stick and dive into the world of Descendants 3! To watch this itinerary come to life, download the free Disney Descendants 3 in Vancouver AR Adventure, housed on the QuestUpon app (available on App Store and Google Play). Make sure to share on social media using #DisneyDescendants3inVancouver. Such a fun app to play whether you live in Vancouver, Vancouver Island, or just visiting. Time for an AR adventure!!!

{Disclosure: We we invited guests of the Vancouver Tourism Board. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.}

Mommy and Me Playdate with Our Ballerina Dreamer Doll

This post is sponsored by Hunter Products.

We are heading into the new realm of ballet! My boys all love to dance and two of them are enrolled in Hip Hop classes, but none of them have wanted to try ballet. But little sister, who has been dragged to all the dance lessons, has fallen in love with watching all the little kids dance ballet. And this week the day finally came for her to join the toddler ballet class. She was over the moon…and to celebrate the big day, we went out to buy some ballet shoes, had a treat at one of our favorite tea shops, and opened up a new Ballerina Dreamer Doll.

What a fun day it was to celebrate this milestone. I always dreamt of these kind of days when I found out I was having a daughter. We dressed up in a pink tutu, put on her new ballet shoes and chatted over milk and homemade cookies. Of course our Ballerina Dreamer Doll had to join us…and she fit right in at one of our favorite tea shops in Orange County, Morning Lavender.

The Ballerina Dreamer Doll is a really fun toy. Your little one can watch the Ballerina Dreamer doll dance just like a real ballerina! By pressing its magic tiara, the doll can pirouette, spin on both toes, kick forwards and backwards, do the splits and more!

It’s pretty easy to make her work, even for three-year olds. Just stand the doll up on her toe shoes and hold the special tiara knob. When you slightly press down, she spins and twirls. If you stop and press again, her leg changes direction. She’s like a real ballerina.

Not only does the Ballerina Dreamer Doll spin, she also plays music as she dances, and her tutu magically lights up. It is recommended for ages 3+ and I think that so many little girls around this age would love to play with this doll. Dani hasn’t put it down since we opened her up.

You can play with her like a normal doll, and her legs can do the splits and her arms can move up and down. There is a switch to turn her on and off.

The Ballerina Dreamer Doll is currently available for $29.98 at Walmart in two different styles. The brunette Ballerina Dreamer Doll as shown with my daughter Dani, and the blonde Ballerina Dreamer Doll like this one.

Now Dani is all ready for her first ballet class. I’m sure it’s going to be absolutely adorable with all the little ones in tutus and dance shoes. I will definitely keep you updated. And Morning Lavender made the perfect backdrop to document this milestone in my girlie’s life. What more could you ask for…pink, tutus, cookies and sparkles.

There are also other Ballerina Dreamer Doll accessories to make all your little ones ballet dreams come true. Check out this cute little video that show the Ballerina Dreamer Doll in action. Isn’t she cute!