Saturday, October 10, 2015

Halloween 2015 Home Tour

I love decorating for Halloween and this year was no exception. I found a bunch of really fun new decor, mostly at Target this year. Target always has such fun stuff for the holidays. Last weekend I got started decorating and finished this past week. So I thought I would share some pictures of all of our Halloween decor this year.

Here is the entryway, I put out some of my Yankee Candle Boney Bunch candy dishes and the center mirror is a spooky mirror that has a scary image and a spooky voice. At the end of this post I will include a link to the video I posted on my YouTube channel of my Halloween home tour and you can see all of the animated decor and how they work.

The dining room is one of my favorite rooms to decorate. My dining room is also our library, so I tuck decor into all of the book shelves as well as put out a big basket of our Halloween books.

Here are some of the different decorations I put out on all of the bookshelves, some you will recognize from previous Halloween posts if you saw my home tour posts in the past. :)

I found some really fun new folk art style Halloween dolls, as well as this fun new book and raven candle holder. I only use battery operated tealights in the decor throughout my home, that way I can still have candle light but a lot safer! :)

I had a lot of fun with all of the discount decor I found at Target this year, they had so many different wooden signs and fun sparkly pumpkins!

I found this funky spiked out golden pumpkin, and although it is not normally my style I thought it would be fun to mix with some of my different metal decor. I love the way it turned out as the centerpiece on my dining table. I love to mix metals and wood.

My favorite spot this year is a table under my dining room window. I was going for an old fashioned spooky library look, perhaps the study of a mad scientist! I love the old timey radio I found at Target, it lights up and plays Halloween radio sounds. I also bought some spooky looking succulents and set them around along with a tiny purple orchid, it added to the spooky vibe of the table. I really love how it turned out!

I love decorating the main bathroom, I added some soap and candles from Bath & Body Works, as well as some of my decor pieces and some cute new towels I found at Target.

My living room is largely decorated with my growing Yankee Candle Boney Bunch collection, some of the decor like the train, is in the same space as years before, I love my Boney Bunch Train under my train print, it matches nicely. :)

Here are more of my Boney Bunch figures as well as my Nightmare Before Christmas Tsum Tsums and Halloween Micky and Minnie.

Here is a glance at some of my other living room decor. I love my little chevron pumpkin!

Above the fireplace I put my new metal BOO light up sign, I love the vibrant orange color, I was happy to have found it, it really adds a nice pop of light and color to the living room.

Outside we put up orange lights, and stuck with a pumpkin theme. It was so cute, when we were putting up decorations, the neighbor kids were riding around on bikes and checking up on our progress, when we finished and got everything lit up, they called out and told us that they loved our decorations. It was cute, and made me happy, that is why I decorate the house, it is fun to see the neighborhood become festive! :)

When the decor was all done, I decided to celebrate by surprising the family with yummy Halloween doughnuts. I love how colorful they all are! Krispy Kreme also has a Salted Caramel doughnut this fall which is especially yummy!

We also decided to try out Burger King's Black Whopper. I avoid seeds, so I don't eat sesame seed buns, and I am also prone to many food allergies and I was leery about all that black food color. The boys however were brave enough to try one. They both agreed that they tasted like a normal whopper, but it was odd eating a black bun. Definitely not something I would suggest all of the time, but trying one was pretty fun, and I know my son really got a kick out of it. :) I liked the crowns myself! :) 

So that is what we have been up to. Definitely time for lots more fall cooking, and family spooky movie nights. I am hoping to have some more Halloween fun this weekend!

Here is my Halloween Home Tour video if you would like to see some of our decor in action. :)

Thanks for stopping by, hope everyone is having a nice October weekend! :)

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

(Closed) Disney's The Nightmare Before Christmas Tsum Tsum Set Giveaway

Happy October 1st! I am super excited about the upcoming Halloween season, and thought it would be fun to host a giveaway. This year I have started collecting Disney Tsum Tsums, I think they are so cute. Each month they come out with a new set, last month's set was The Nightmare Before Christmas. I thought that would be fun for the Halloween season, so I decided to host a giveaway for one set of all 8 Disney The Nightmare Before Christmas Tsum Tsums. :) Here is a picture of all eight Nightmare Before Christmas Tsum Tsums.

You can also check out my YouTube video below where I reviewed my set of Nightmare Before Christmas Tsum Tsums. Check out my other videos on my channel April's Home.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Getting Ready for Fall

Fall is my favorite time of year, I love the change in the weather, as well as the focus on getting back to a routine after a busy summer. I always start out the fall season with a nice deep cleaning of our home, similar to a spring cleaning. I wrote a post a few years back about my Big Fall Clean Up. I love getting everything cleaned up and ready for a new season.

The garden had some nice fall offerings this week. I went out and picked all of the mini pumpkins that I grew this year. I ended up with two little orange sugar pumpkins and four little mini white pumpkins. I love little pumpkins and was exited that I was able to grow some this year. Next year I plan to plant even more! The marigolds and snapdragons are still blooming and are just perfect for fall color. Next year I plan to add quite a bit more snapdragons, they do so well in our garden and provide blooms for such a long time compared to some of the other flowers. I love all the oranges and yellow and coral colors of the fall flowers. :)

Another exciting thing this past week was the lunar eclipse. This eclipse was the last of four eclipses in a row, and I was able to see all four. I wrote posts of the last two as well, the one earlier this year, the April 2015 eclipse, and the one last fall the Eclipse of October 2014. Here are pictures from this year. The moon was really low as the eclipse began and hadn't risen high enough to see at first. I was unable to watch the eclipse at the beginning stages as I had been able to easily do for the other three. We decided to drive to a better viewing spot at a nearby park, and were able to see it just as it was completely eclipsed. It was really difficult to capture any photo, but it was a wonderful dark red color. We went back home and watched the eclipse pass and the moon return to normal, the moon had risen more and we were able to see it perfectly from our backyard. Thankfully the sky was clear and we had a lovely view! :)

Last night, although the moon was not full, it was still very large and bright, and looked very cool through the clouds in the sky. Definitely looks like a fall night sky! 

I have been having a lot of fun finding new decorations for fall, I found a bunch of cute decorations at the Target discount section. You can check out my video below if you would like to see some of the decorations I found.

Here is another video with all the decor and fall soaps and candles that I found at Target and Bath & Body Works when I went back for another round of fall shopping. I have found so many cute decorations, I love updating our holiday decor from time to time, and am super excited to start decorating for Halloween and fall this week. 

I am hoping to finish my fall cleanup and decorating soon so I can post pictures. I hope everyone else is enjoying the fall season! Here is one last picture of one of my tiny pumpkins, this one was such a perfect vibrant orange color!

Come back on October first for a fun Giveaway. I thought that it would be fun, in honor of the Halloween and Fall season, to giveaway a set of Disney's The Nightmare Before Christmas Tsum Tsums. I have been having so much fun collecting Tsum Tsums this year, and I thought this was such a fun set for the Halloween season. 

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Classic Hamburger Pie and Star Wars Force Friday Nostalgia

Last weekend we had a really fun time with all of the buzz around the new Star Wars movie that will be coming out this coming December. I was a huge Star Wars fan as a child.  I was a child in the 70's and 80's when all of the original Star Wars movies were being released, and my kids were children when the three prequel movies came out. I am really looking forward to the new movie - Star Wars - The Force Awakens, which if I read correctly, takes place something like 30 years after The Return of the Jedi. So when I heard about various stores hosting Force Friday, the midnight release of the new toys and merchandise for the new Star Wars movie, I knew I wanted to check out all the new Star Wars things.

I decided to go to the Toys R Us midnight Force Friday event, and it turned out really fun. There were lots of people waiting in line, and at midnight everyone entered Toys R Us to see all the new toys. I was most excited to check out the new Micro Machine play sets, Micro Machines were popular in the late 80's and early 90's and I enjoyed them back then a lot. I love collecting miniature toys, so Micro Machines are right up my alley, tiny toys are easy to store and I just love looking at miniature little scenes. So I bought some of the new Micro Machines as well as cute fluffy Chewbacca dolls for me and the kids. It was a really fun evening.

Then Sunday after church I decided to head to Target and see if I could spot some of the Star Wars Cambell's products. I was excited to have found Chicken Soup with all the different Star Wars labels, and some Star Wars Spaghetttios. We aren't huge fans of canned food, but it is nice to have some things like this in the pantry and how fun to have Star Wars labels on some of our pantry goods. These cans definitely reminded me of something we might have had when I was a kid. Since the new movie is coming out in a few months, I decided it would be good if we watched through all the Star Wars movies, the kids haven't watched them since they were younger, and it has been awhile for me and Gary as well. We decided to watch them in chronological order verses release order so that we would end with Return of the Jedi and hopefully that will make sense with where the new movie picks up. I love having family movie night, I like to fix a good dinner and plan something for dessert or snacks after like popcorn or ice cream.

With fall just around the corner and cooler temperatures starting to show up more frequently, I have been baking quite a bit more. With all this Star Wars nostalgia reminding me of my childhood, I decided to cook one of my childhood favorite meals that was always a really great treat when my mom made it for us, classic Hamburger Pie! Hamburger Pie is also a favorite of my whole family, we all love it. So I thought I would share this simple recipe.

Hamburger Pie (recipe for 1 pie)

1 1/2 pounds hamburger
1 Tablespoon dried minced onion
1 can drained corn
1 can Campbell's condensed tomato soup
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground oregano
double unbaked pie crust (homemade or store bought refrigerated crust)

Brown, cook thoroughly, and drain ground beef, then mix in all ingredients thoroughly. Put your pie crust in the pie pan, then fill with hamburger mixture. put on the top crust, seal the edges, and poke holes in the top of crust like shown below. Bake at 400 F. for about 25 minutes or until crust is cooked through and golden brown. This recipe is for one pie, I often double the recipe and make two pies because we like left-overs. Let the pie cool for 5-10 minutes so it is easier to cut. I like to serve this pie with a simple green salad.

This is a very yummy dinner, and everyone always enjoys it, a perfect fall dinner!

Every year for back to school week I make a batch of cookies, one of my favorite cookies to bake this time of year are Molasses Cookies. This year my kids are both college age, and won't be headed back to school until the end of September. However, my son's girlfriend's little sister, who visits here often since our home is so close to the school, and they are often back and forth for soccer and cheer practice, she started school this past week, so I thought I would still make our Back to School week cookies. :) I love this time of year with all of its baking and harvesting out in the garden, and I am looking forward to beginning my fall decorating at the end of September as well.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. Are you excited about the new Star Wars movie?

Here is the video I made about Force Friday if you want to get a closer look at some of the Star Wars toys found. :)

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Welcoming September and Signs of Fall

This past week the rain finally returned, and it was very welcome. The weather has been so hot this summer, and even though I love sunshine and warm weather, I was very happy for a nice pre-fall rain storm. We had lots of wind and rain and the clouds were beautiful, it was nice to get a little taste of fall like weather. Here are some of the pictures I took of our cloudy and rainy weather, we had the most beautiful full rainbow over the neighborhood, my camera had a difficult time catching its beauty, but it was quite a beautiful sight.

I really loved this picture, the tree looked really pretty against the stormy clouds.

My garden was also happy to have a bit of rain. Fall is starting to show its signs out in the garden. The birds have planted sprays of millet everywhere, I pull them up selectively and leave some to watch turn beautiful colors in the fall. The succulents have done really well this year, my hens and chicks are really spreading nicely, and are starting to turn a reddish orange on the edges. The Nasturtium and snapdragons are rambling through the flower beds and I love their bright autumn colors.

The maidenhair fern did really well this summer, I would have thought it wouldn't do so well in the heat, but it actually grew really well, the top right bright pink flower below is my favorite new flower this year, it is a sedum that has flowered almost all summer, I will definitely be planting more of it next year. The bright purple petunias, at least the ones that survived the heat, are very pretty right now as well. I also spotted some morning glories that have planted themselves in the holly bush, I will  have to watch that they do not strangle my holly or get too out of hand, but morning glories used to grow everywhere when I was a child and I loved looking at them, so I was surprised to see some had made its way into my garden.

My little pumpkins are doing nicely and starting to turn a nice color of orange, and I have two little white mini pumpkins growing nicely that will be really cute as decorations. I love seeing pumpkins out in my garden, next year I hope to grow more. :)

Speaking of decorating for fall, this past week we have had some early Halloween fun. Long time readers of my blog may remember from years past that I collect Yankee Candle Boney Bunch Candle Holders. You can see some in my Halloween Home Tour from last year. Anyway, every year in August, Yankee Candle has a premier party to kick off selling their Halloween candles and Boney Bunch products. Usually it is in early August, this year it was at the very end of August, which was nice since it closer to fall. Every year there are a few pieces that I am excited to add to my collection, and some years the favorites sell out pretty fast. I was very excited about the phone booth candle holder as it reminds me of vintage Doctor Who Tom Baker, with his long scarf, so I knew I really wanted that one.  The glittery bat cat sold out online rather quickly, however since I arrived at the preview party early, I was able to get one of the three that they had in the Yankee Candle store, which made me really happy. I originally wasn't planning on getting the cat, but he was so cute, I'm glad I did, he will look really nice in my Halloween display this year. My daughter got the Piano Boney Bunch since she loves music, and we got some other pretty Halloween candles. I am looking forward to decorating the house for fall and Halloween next month.

If all of that early Halloween shopping wasn't enough, today the Disney Store released their newest little dolls called Tsum Tsums, which are darling tiny little stackable plush dolls. Most are in classic Disney characters. I have been collecting them for a few months now. Anyway, every month on the first Tuesday (Tsum Tsum Tuesday) they release a new set based on a line of characters. This month was A Nightmare Before Christmas the classic Tim Burton movie. We are big Tim Burton fans around here, so I knew they would be fun for Halloween. Last night we watched A Nightmare Before Christmas, which has such a great bunch of music and is actually really interesting, although a bit creepy for little ones, we all enjoyed it. Then this morning I was again at the mall before they opened, waiting in line for our Tsum Tsums. I love our Disney store, the whole store is decorated in animated displays that are really fun to look at!

I was happy to have arrived early as the set sold out online very quickly, as well as in stores quite early as well. They are a little spooky looking for sure, but they will be fun to have around for Halloween. My favorite is the little ghost dog ( bottom left) named Zero, he is cute. Most of the Tsum Tsums are of course quite a bit cuter, being as they are based on characters like Pooh and Mickey and Chip and Dale and what not, but these Nightmare Before Christmas ones do match the spookier tone of the movie they are based on, and will go quite well with our Boney Bunch candles and other Halloween decor.

In keeping with the Halloween theme, I thought I'd share about our fun anniversary day. Last month we got to go to a wonderful show, we had purchased tickets to see the Broadway show Wicked a while back, and the show date happened to coincide with Gary and my 21st anniversary. So on our anniversary we all got dressed up and drove into Portland to see this wonderful show. Wicked is the untold story of the witches of Oz, and is a wonderful musical Broadway show. The songs were all catchy and fun, very wonderful music and performance. The lighting and effects were also really well done. The whole family really loved it.

We brought home some fun souvenirs. We save all of our programs from the shows we see, I like to find a nice magnet for our fridge to remember the occasion, we got some pins and buttons as well as the soundtrack, and my daughter got a nice key chain. I splurged and got the plush dragon puppet, I don't collect too many larger plush dolls, but this dragon was a pretty gold color and was a really well made doll and hand puppet. I thought he would be a fun reminder of the event. Overall it was an amazing show, I would highly recommend Wicked to anyone who has the opportunity to see this show if it comes to a city near you.

My sweet hubby is always surprising me with flowers, I had to take a picture of this bouquet because the colors happened to remind me of fall. I love all of the vibrant orange and the bright green Bells of Ireland. Flowers always cheer up the house. :)

When Gary and I were grocery shopping the other day we even spotted Halloween Oreos which Gary decided to bring home to snack on. Even though Halloween in almost two months away still it seems as if we have definitely turned toward fall. It is so strange not having school age children any more, all of our kids are college age now and they don't start school for almost a month. So it is weird seeing all of the back to school things going on, our local high school football even has a home game any day now! Usually I am in back to school mode, so now I will have to make new traditions. I love the this time of year as fall approaches, I am looking forward to my favorite season. The cooler weather has already prompted me to make a big pot of homemade soup, which everyone really enjoyed, and getting back to baking is on my agenda for next week.

I have also recently started a new hobby. I have always collected little toys, I love miniatures, and toys that remind me of my childhood. I love collecting little figures and things. One type of toy I have been collecting for years but haven't discussed much on my blog are Japanese miniatures called ReMent. The are extremely detailed little tiny miniatures, most often of food or household objects. I used to have fun setting up little dioramas or scenes, sort of like little dollhouse rooms. I thought I would share a little about my miniature and toy collections, but rather than just blog, I have had fun learning to make videos. I love learning new things, and have just started learning about video editing and such, I am not technical, so some of the editing process is a bit tricky, but definitely fun and challenging. Reviewing toys provides information for other collectors who are building their collections, as well as allows one to connect with that collecting community, so it has been a pretty fun new hobby. 

Here are a few pictures of my newest little Re-Ment miniature set. This set is a Sanrio set and based on the character Gudetama, who I shared a little bit about in my post about the Hello Kitty Super Cute Friendship Festival, Gudetama is a little lazy egg character and slightly odd but very cute. 

You can see some of the detail in these miniatures, they are very fun to look at and collect. This set is supposed to be a little cafe, with lots of cute miniature foods.

I made a video of me opening up and unboxing this miniature set if you would like to get a closer look. Mind you, I am still very much learning how to film these videos, so it isn't as smooth as I would like, but it was fun to make. My niece and nephew love to watch videos on YouTube of people reviewing toys and talking about games and such, that was also part of what inspired me to try out vlogging a bit. 

So that is what we have been up to around here. Lots of fun pre-fall activities, and definitely enjoying the cooler weather. This week I am starting to tackle the garage organization, we got so much decluttered this spring, but never completed the garage, in the summer it is too hot to organize the garage, so with cooler temperatures this week I decided to get started. Already I have sent off a small load to the Goodwill in my continued goal to declutter and keep things organized. The garden will be next on my list, definitely time to start prepping for fall, finish off the harvesting of the summer garden, get some things planted for fall, and finish up weeding and pruning. With a new season comes new household projects. :) What are you up to this time of year, has the weather started to turn in your neck of the woods? 

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sweet and Sour Turkey Meatballs and Weekly Update

Last night I thought I would try out a new quick and easy recipe for dinner. I love ground turkey and try to swap it out for ground beef sometimes to change things up and make sure we are not consuming too much red meat. I often just brown it up and toss the ground turkey with steamed veggies and a little soy sauce and serve it over rice, the whole family always loves that simple meal. Last night I thought I'd try making turkey meatballs. Here's how I made the turkey meatballs and turned them into a yummy simple dinner.

I stared with a pound of ground lean turkey, and in a bowl mixed in an egg, a 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder, 2 teaspoons of soy sauce, 1/8 cup of ketchup, 1 1/2 Tablespoons of chopped dehydrated onion, and one sleeve of Ritz crackers finely crushed (about 20 or so crackers). I prefer dehydrated chopped onions instead of fresh in both my meatballs and meatloaf because sometimes a fresh onion will not cook as fast as the meat and then you have under-cooked onion inside which makes the texture odd, also it can cause the meatball to fall apart unless it is very finely chopped. Plus I like the slightly sweet taste of the dehydrated onions. I mixed all the ingredients together with a fork until well combined. I made equal portions using a cookie scoop, you could also just use a spoon, shaped the mixture into meatballs and browned in a thin bit of vegetable oil over medium heat, turning until browned on all sides. Then I transferred the meatballs to a parchment lined baking sheet and baked at 375 F. until cooked through. I always test my meat with a meat thermometer to check for correct temperature, especially with poultry.

While the meatballs were baking I got the rice cooking in the rice steamer, just make enough for your family. I also cleaned out pan I used to fry the meatballs and added a couple tablespoons of butter and a little water and sauteed two bags of frozen pepper and onion blend until they were cooked.

When the meatballs were cooked through I set them aside to cool a bit and warmed up the sweet and sour sauce in a large pan (large enough that the meatballs will fit into it), I thinned out the sweet and sour sauce with a little orange juice, you could also use apple juice. When the sauce was warmed I carefully transferred the meatballs to the sauce, and gently tossed them to coat. These turkey meatballs weren't as sturdy as beef would be so I had to be careful not to break up the meatballs. I served the meatballs with their sauce over the bell pepper and onion mixture over a bed of rice. Overall it was a tasty meal, although I would really like to try to make my own sweet and sour sauce, as the brand I used was a little to tangy for our taste, but everyone still enjoyed the meal, and we will definitely have to have it again.

While hubby was picking up a pack of Ritz crackers for my meatball recipe, I asked him to check and see if they had the new bacon flavored Ritz in stock, they did, so he brought home a pack. Have you noticed all of the "special edition" flavors different classic brands are doing lately? Oreo cookies keep coming up with limited edition flavors or colors, and Lay's potato chips have their flavor contest chips the past few years. Although it's a little gimmicky, it is also kind of fun to try out new flavors, sometimes they are yummy, like the new Golden Oreo Thins that I just love!

We have the four new Lay's chips to try out, have you tried them yet? I am waiting for the whole family to try them together and then vote on our favorite.

Since I love bacon I thought I'd try out the new bacon Ritz. I never have too high of an expectation for bacon flavors, often they are too smokey or artificial tasting. As I am writing, I am nibbling on them right now, I will say they got the bacon flavor pretty well, fairly nice and subtle, but sadly the flavor is overwhelmed by too much black pepper. If you like black pepper bacon you might like these crackers. I decided to pair the crackers with a small slice of cheddar cheese and that did help balance out the pepper a bit. Overall, fun to try, but slightly too peppery for my taste. :)

I had to show you this beautiful dahlia my son's girlfriend brought over from her garden. It is so pretty, and we all agree that it looks an very similar to Dr. Seuss' Truffula trees from The Lorax. Such a pretty and fun flower! Thanks Lorene! :)

In my last post I mentioned some of the wildfires affecting the West Coast, last week they got so bad, and then the wind brought smoke all down the valley. I noticed a brownish fog look to the sky towards the north and was wondering if we had a nearby fire. By the end of the day we were covered in a fog like smoke, the air was thick and smelled of smoke. You can see in the pictures below how the smoke looks like a fog covering everything. It was definitely an odd feeling for sure. I called my son at work to make sure if he had to work outside that he wore a respirator since he suffers from asthma, he assured me that the guys spending time outside were wearing masks and luckily he didn't have much outdoor work that day.

On Sunday we went out for church and to stop in town for a bit, at that point it was still smokey looking but not as thick. Last year we had a wildfire one town over and the sky was full of smoke and ash. This year is even worse for wildfires, so many people have lost their homes and some of the brave firefighters have been badly injured or worse, lost their lives. It breaks my heart, and I so appreciate those brave men and women willing to risk their lives to protect others, they and those who have lost their loved ones and their homes are in my daily thoughts and prayers. Today the smoke is much clearer and I am praying we get a nice summer rain to help get all the fires under control!

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Our Day at The Hello Kitty Supercute Friendship Festival

Earlier this summer I heard that a Hello Kitty Festival was coming to Portland. I am a huge Hello Kitty fan, as well as a fan of all of the different Sanrio characters, so I knew I would love an event like this. My hubby and daughter attended with me, and we had a great day. I took lots of pictures and I thought I would share with you about this fun event.

We arrived early and while we waited in line we were able to press some pennies in a special Hello Kitty penny press, which was fun. We were near the front of the line so we were among some of the first to enter, which was nice since I was able to get a good look at the layout before the event got crowded. The festival area was decorated so cute with so many great things to see.

There were multiple little areas decorated for each of the main Hello Kitty characters. They were set up so you could take pictures, which I thought was really fun. Here we are in Pom Pom Purin's living room, as well as Badtz Maru's Motorcycle Shop. We enjoyed walking around all the different stations and getting pictures.

When I was reading other reviews and articles about the event before we went, I saw pictures of this wonderful Hello Kitty themed Spam Musubi kit and I was hoping it would be at the festival. Spam Musubi is Spam on top of rice wrapped with Nori, I've had it before at a Hawaiian restaurant in one of our local malls and I really enjoy it, so I was super excited when I saw the booth and was able to buy the kits.

Here we are checking out Keroppi Frogs pond, as well as some of the display cases of Sanrio items like plush dolls and cute accessories.

There was a temporary tattoo station and we all got a tattoo, Sarah got My Melody, Gary got Badtz Maru, and I got my favorite Sanrio characters- The Little Twin Stars. They were really nice quality and colors for temporary tattoos and lasted for three or four days. They had a bunch of cute designs to choose from. :)

They had a couple stage areas for live shows, a smaller one, and then a large one with a big screen, lives shows happened like every twenty minutes to half an hour or so. You could walk around and attend whichever show s you wanted as well as do all the different activities. One of the stations was a little movie theater behind this giant box of popcorn, I was excited because I had heard there might be a video of some of Sanrio's newer characters.

We sat and watched three little movies. One of the movies was of a newer Sanrio character called Gudetama, he appears to be a little egg, and he is so cute!!

The other new character is called Kirimichan and is a piece of Salmon. Sanrio has a way of even making something odd, like a piece of Salmon, cute. The video was really fun to watch, there was also a slide show of Hello Kitty pictures through the years and a cute dance video of the character Pom Pom Purin who is a cute chubby golden retriever who wears a beret.

Here we are in the Little Twin Stars playground. The Little Twin Stars were on stationary and things when I was young and are my favorite Sanrio characters- I loved seeing this big display!

The stage shows were really fun. I wasn't sure how interested I would be in seeing them, I assumed they were going to be geared for younger kids. Although they were cute and geared for kids, they were equally entertaining for the adults. The music and dance was really well done, I still have some of the songs stuck in my head! The lighting and effects were also really fun, and overall I ended up really enjoying them.

In addition to really great singing and dancing there were really nice graphics on the big screen which were fun to see, and very bright and colorful. Everyone, young and old, seemed to really be enjoying the show.

There was a wide variety of music in different themes all of which were very fun and cute, and even a drum and rock and roll type violin performance which was really really well done. The whole show had a running theme of friendship and caring and it was a sweet message to share and a nice way to teach kids. :)

There were many interesting things on display, one of the thing to see was different Hello Kitty and Friends themed dresses, they were pretty funky, but fun to look at.

There was a miniature Hello Kitty House, on one side of it there was a station to write a postcard to Hello Kitty, along with a mailbox to mail your letter, as a reward you would get a cute button. :) There was also a paper folding station where you could make an origami bow or a fortune teller cootie catcher type folded paper.

Around the back of the house you could see inside and all the rooms where filled with Hello Kitty themed items. I really want to find that Hello Kitty stuffed Taco!!

There were so many things to see and take pictures with. My daughter pointed out that even the staff had funny and cute shirts on that said Supercute Staff, we got a kick out of that! :)

There were multiple displays set up with different Hello Kitty and Friends items, it was set up almost like a museum it was fun to see everything.

Here are more of the cute Hello Kitty dolls and accessories that were on display. I definitely saw a few things I would like to add to my collection. :)

After looking around a bit more there was a final show, that ended up with a cute song and dance with Hello Kitty in a light up dress with her boyfriend Dear Daniel. Then the show ended with a nice light display and streamers and confetti. It was a very very fun show!

We took a few more pictures, including one with me and Sarah inside of a giant Hello Kitty Purse! :)

We left with a nice collection of souvenirs. Overall it was a great day, and definitely Supercute!! If you are a fan of Hello Kitty or have a child or grandchild who is, I would highly recommend going if it comes to a town near you.

I have also recently decided to try out vlogging, and have stared a YouTube channel. I am still in the process of learning how to edit and make videos. I made a video about all of the goodies we brought home from this event as well as a short video with clips of some of the Festival. Here are the links to my two videos.

Hello Kitty Supercute Friendship Festival 2015 

Hello Kitty Supercute Friendship Festival Haul 

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