5 Things I Don’t Like About Halloween

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Confession: I am a tad of a secret Halloween Scrooge.  On the outside, I will be smiling from ear to ear tonight watching my girls go house to house filling their buckets to the brim with candy beaming with excitement.   But on the inside, as a mom, I have to admit I don’t really care much for the holiday. At all.

And when I thought about the reasons why, it made me laugh so I am going to tell you 5 Things I Don’t Like About Halloween.

1. Gory decor. There is a house a few blocks away from us that has a yard full of bloody baby dolls and Barbie body parts hanging in the trees with a sign that says, “Happy Hell oween.”  I have issue with a holiday that celebrates the fact that it is actually OK to display a scene of this nature on your lawn.

2. Costume drama. Every year there is always some issue with my kids and picking their costumes. This year’s drama had to do with the fact that my oldest is obsessed with matching her little sister.  So I got them matching cheerleader costumes early October because we had an event to go to.  Now last week my two-year-old announced she is going to be Snow White and pulled out the wrinkled dress from our dress up box. She will not budge. She insists she WILL be Snow White. Then my oldest told me since her sister wasn’t going to be a cheerleader anymore, now she wants to be a fairy princess and pulled out another wrinkled dress up costume we had all along. So I am wondering why I didn’t just pull out our dress up box in the first place and tell them to go shopping?

3. Oversized trick-or-treaters. Nothing bugs me more than teenagers that are WAY too old to be trick-or-treating standing at my door in jeans, sweatshirts and some stupid mask to pull off as a costume with a bag full of candy. Glory days are over kids. If you are as tall as me, you are TOO OLD to be trick-or-treating. Come to think of it, maybe I should mark an amusement park-style line in masking tape at my door that says, “anyone taller than this line is not eligible to receive candy.” I wish.

4. The most offensive trick-or-treater of all. No joke, even more offensive than the trick-or-treating teenager is a trick-or-treating parent. Yes, I have actually had on occasion a PARENT carry their own candy bag in addition to the one their child is carrying collecting candy. Seriously?

5. The candy. Here’s where I am really going to be a scrooge.  When the candy comes home and gets dumped out the sheer quantity of it makes me crazy. Sugar highs and tummy aches are all I see in that stack. What kid needs all of that candy?? So I will allow them to delight in the pile and then the candy will tucked into the back of a cupboard until it is forgotten and I will throw it away. But then of course, guess who ends up sneaking a bite sized Snickers in the meantime? Hello most unwelcome extra lbs. 🙁

BOO HUMBUG!

Have a very Happy Halloween and enjoy your little cuties in their costumes!  Be safe and see you tomorrow…

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Pumpkins and Pancakes at South Coast Plaza 2011

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Are you ready for a fun-filled weekend of OC family Halloween events?  This Sunday, October 30th, 2011 from 8am – 11am you will have a chance to bring your kids to the MOST FUN Halloween party ever and give back at the same time at the 20th annual Pumpkins & Pancakes Halloween Extravaganza at South Coast Plaza.

What I especially love about this event is with every ticket purchase, you will be able to choose whether you would like your money to benefit one of three amazing Orange County charities helping local children: Casa Orange CountyCHOC Children’s Foundation and Orangewood Children’s Foundation.

I have gone to this event several times and it is one of my favorite seasonal family events in OC.  At it, you will find the Macy’s and Crate and Barrel wing of South Coast Plaza completely transformed into a multi-level rocking Halloween party!

You can enjoy a delicious gourmet pancake breakfast by one of my favorite breakfast spots, Plums Café and Catering, along with music for dance parties, a petting zoo, face painting, balloon artists, arts & crafts, caricature drawings, professional photos, hair feather artists, surprise characters, silent auction, opportunity prizes and more!

All kids dress in their costumes, so make sure to dress them up and take advantage of all the great photo ops!

Tickets are $30 per person if purchased by noon TODAY (10/28) and $35 at the door. Children under two years old are free.

For more information, visit the Pumpkins and Pancakes 2011 website.

Have a great weekend everyone! See you back on Monday!

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I used this darling company for my daughter’s first birthday party invitation after falling in love with their products at an event a couple years ago. A completely unique stationery design company, PosePrints allows you to create your own custom stationery with look-alike caricatures in less than five minutes!  They recently launched a new line of custom business cards and super cute mommy calling cards and I have two sets to give away, make sure to enter below.

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When I saw that image above on www.tinasteinberg.com I almost exclaimed “Be still my beating heart!”  Did you look closely?  Those are actual fingerprints on the charms!

Tina Steinberg’s personalized fingerprint jewelry can be found in the Love Touch Collection on her website – beautiful sterling silver charms and pendants with your loved one’s fingerprint and a little inscription on the back.  Swoon. Can you think of a better holiday gift for the moms in your life? I think not.

So it’s your lucky day as Tina is giving away a gift certificate for $100 to one lucky winner.  She is also offering free shipping for the next week, through 11/2/11 with coupon code “tinyoranges!”

I am sure you are thinking, like I did, how does the fingerprinting process work?

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Precious Hand/Footprints, a ceramic impression company that makes priceless handprints and footprints of your little ones here in Orange County, is giving away $75 to be used towards a special keepsake! Please read below on how you can enter to win. She is also doing a special event in Orange County on December 3rd, 2011. More details below.

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