scenes from christmas – our evening at disneyland

There’s no place most festive around our area than Disneyland. Now that Baby H is older, we are able to spend time at disney for longer hours (currently about 4-5 hours before he poops out and needs a long nap). We braved the crowds and spent an evening at disney on a weeknight and enjoyed seeing all the decorations light up and celebrated the season as a family.


We found a spot along Main St. and waited for the firework show to starts. This is one of my favorite thing to see during the holidays, listening to the music and the seeing the fireworks, I still get goosebumps every time. Here’s a video on you tube.

Baby H is  not scared of the fireworks, but he really doesn’t know what to make of it either. If you see his face, he seems to be mesmerized by it. He cuddled with dad during the whole firework show. It “snows” after the fireworks and boy did he loved that. He kept pointing at it and squeaking with joy. I was so happy seeing him enjoying it.


Our visit to Disney would not be complete without going to Baby H’s favorite ride right now, It’s A Small World. Some days it’s so busy that all we get to do is go on this ride and the petting zoo area. Since the ride is decorated differently during the holidays, he is taking time to look everywhere and examining the changes. Other times during the year, he would dance and point at all the familiar characters, but during the holidays, not so much. He is more mellow with awe in his face.



We stayed until the park closed and was able to walk around the park with no crowds on our way back to the main gate. It was a wonderful evening and glad that we were able to make holiday memories with our little one. We go often during the day time, but the parks transforms at night into this Christmas wonderland and it’s something we try not to miss every year. Our passes are now blocked for the rest of the month, but the holiday decorations stay up until the first week in January, so we’re hoping to enjoy the decorations one last time in January.


designing holiday cards with Minted


I used to be indecisive, until I had baby. When you are a new mom, there is no time for being indecisive, you just do it and hope it will be good enough. It is good enough, because it was your best at the moment. So pre-baby, I used to take weeks to decide which designs to use for our holiday cards, but surprisingly, this year, I knew what I wanted even before I saw it.

I wanted to create something simple. Simplicity has been on mind this holiday season. The folks at Minted got in touch with me and see if they could help with our holiday cards. Of course, I said yes! I love their designs and how creative they are.  You can check out more of their favorite holiday card designs on their website.

One of the things I look forward to every year during the holidays is sending and receiving holiday cards. I call it “happy mail”. I display them in our DIY card display wreath, picture below is from last year. It’s possible I might need to make a second wreath this year. We have family that live far, and that we don’t see often, so it’s amazing to see the kids grow up from year to year.


I’ve designed a few cards already, saved them and will make the final decision this week. Here are the ones that I loved, I am really all about “JOY” these days.

I loved the font on this card design and how beautifully it loops into the message.

joy (minted)

A different picture, same design but with gold foil as the font.  I love using gold for special occasions and I find it very fitting during the holidays.

gold_joy (minted)


This year, Minted is also offering new and completely different families of products. I’ve already been eyeing some pieces from their art collection and especially love the foil pressed art options, so excited to add them to our gallery walls.

{recipe} pecan pie mini-cupcakes

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october in pictures


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