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Happy Halloween!


It’s one of the most fun times of the year and we have just got to make these! How have I never thought of this simple and super easy but super cute idea before? I mean now that you see them they just make sense for any kind of Halloween get together. These were found on the Hidden Valley seasonings site. Make some and send me the pics!

Meanwhile, here at Universal Studios it is zombie central! Halloween here is not the nice, sweet Halloween of “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!” type. Oh nooooo. Halloween here is of the Walking Dead zombies meet outer space predators and scare the livin daylights out of you type! Holy horror movies Chuckie! There is noooo way we are leavin our hotel tonight! If you love creeps and things that creep in the night, get on down here next year!

Next Stop: Harry Potter World!


Hello Hello Hello everyone! I haven’t run away from posting – I’ve just run away to Disneyland! Ooops, not Disney this time. I’ve run away to Harry Potter World at Universal Studios in Orlando Florida! Lucky me!

Truly, this is like a dream come true to for me. J.K. Rowlings is the author I idolize most. The one I ponder what her life must be like. The one I think on if she has any end to her marvelous creativity and talent. The one that if I could be any other author she is who I would pick to be!


I can’t imagine how incredibly gleeful she must have been watching her books come to life in the two Harry Potter Worlds at Universal Studios. Universal outdid themselves bringing her work to life. They gave Disney a complete run for its money with all the detail and wonder they have brought to all things Hogwarts related.

We started out at Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. First we had to find it where, just like in the books, its hidden from normal view with no markers telling you of the magical Diagon Alley behind the plain wall. Loved it! We made our way through the shops without shopping (tomorrow!) and went straight to the ride. The line was longer than I like at about 45 minutes but we came across country for this so a bit of waiting was in order plus the rooms they take you through waiting makes it entertaining anyways.


Then you make it to the ride where you dawn 3d glasses and climb in a “vehicle” to head down to the safes of Gringotts. Of course there is adventure galore and the glasses make it tons of fun with things flying at you! When we got off we made our way over to the Hogwarts Express which was its own fabulousness. We thought we were just catching an easy ride over to the other park but instead you got to step through the wall at 9 & 3/4 platform and experience a really special, magical train ride unlike any other. We’re totally going to do that again!

Off on the other side, we headed right to the other Harry Potter ride called Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Its located in the charming village of Hogsmead which also has shops galore I plan to linger in later. For now, it was straight to the magical ride — where we waled right on!! How lucky am I living?


It too was so much fun! I think I might like it best but its hard to say. In this one you go flying all over with Harry and his friends while we all play a game of quidditch while dementors and dragons chase us! So clever. So creative. So. dang. fun.

Afterwards, we found ourselves a stand and tipped back a butterbeer drink to celebrate. Brainfreeze! But tasty.

If you love JK Rowling and her magical world of Harry Potter you simply must plan to come. This is a place of dreams come true. When she started her modest first book, she couldn’t possibly have seen it becoming all that it is. So spectacular. She’s my hero and lets me dream of the day when you get off the Harry Potter rides and can’t wait to get over to South Pole Santa world where kindness is celebrated everyday all year long! :) Dream big baby! Book a trip here soon.

Oh Oh Oh! – jingle


Free Book Day!

Woo-Hoo! Starting today and going through Saturday, October 25 you can get The Search for South Pole Santa FREE! Pick one up for yourself and help me spread the word. It’s everyday price is a bargain but FREE is best of all! :) Just hop on over by following the link below. (Its downloadable for Kindle and the Kindle app if you don’t happen to have a Kindle.) Thanks for being wonderful!


Oh Oh Oh! – jingle

Halloween Dessert Fun!

We had the most warm and beautiful fall day here in the Northwest that I can ever remember. Our doors and windows were open, the sun was shining and we had shorts on — in October! Unheard of here. It is such a special treat that the trick is to get your head to believe it is indeed closing in on the END of October soon! In fact, there are only like 65 days till Christmas!

But, while it might indeed be warm it is the marvelous, wonderful month of October and that means the fun, fun, fun holiday of Halloween. We’re not throwing a Halloween party this year but I do have some potluck events coming up so off I went to Pinterest this morning and found all sorts of easy peasy, yummy, creepy things to make for those occasions. Here are more four favorites. Parents, I think your kids would love them too! (I especially love these spider chocolate chip cookies. So easy and so clever! And the “monster eyes” cookies are in South Pole Santa colors!)





What about you? Any spooky specialties you like to serve?

Oh Oh Oh! – jingle

Jingle and the Really Great Day!



I had such a wonderful magic filled 24 hours from start to now that I just have to talk about it with you all.

First, The Santanapping is an ebook! Its available now, like the other two, for Kindle owners and everyone else too simply by downloading the free Kindle app. Just $2.99 for a book full of family fun. 


Second, I hit 400 likes on my facebook page!  Woo-Hoo! Thank you to all of you giving your support over there. So kind!



Third, today I came into my everyday job to flowers, bagels and this wonderful banner from my super fabulous work group. They are always so good to me.


Fourth, I had a flu shot today – but then I didn’t! I was ready for it but got banned since I have a cold. Dang-a-lang about the cold but no shot! (For now.) Woo-Hoo!


Fifth, I had a nice coffee catch-up visit with a new friend. We had some good chuckles together.


Sixth, when I came back to my office after my visit I got my parking spot back! Score! That never happens anymore. Parking spots are like gold at my office these days.


Seventh, we were invited to a wine tasting party after work which was a whole bunch of fun! Great way to kick off the weekend a little bit early. Yummy sparkling wine!


Eighth, there are loads of new sign-ups for The Jolly Jingle newsletter! Thank you! There’s a super fun prize one lucky subscriber will win this month so get in on the fun if you haven’t yet. It’s SUPER easy. Just put your email in the box above and be sure to confirm it’s really you when the email comes through to confirm. Just like that you’re in with the nice crowd! :)


Thank you to you all for helping to put magic in my days! How about you? Was there magic in your day? Did you look for it in all the right places? :)


Oh Oh Oh ! – jingle




Jolly Jingle Gift!


I am so excited about the next gift for the Jolly Jingle drawing that I’m not waiting a minute more to share it! It’s a two parter this month. First you get the fabulous, original, totally all about South Pole Santa Oh OhOh! throw pillow pictured above and you get a copy of the hot-off-the-press newest release, sure to be a bestseller, The Santanapping! Signed by the author of course. :)

Don’t miss out on the fun. If you sign up on the Nice List above you not only get on the Jolly Jingle list for a once a month newsletter on all things kindness, Christmas and all around fun, you also get some fun freebees as well. And every month one lucky subscriber gets a gift from Sandra and me just because we love random acts of kindness and giving gifts! Its a win win win all around! I’d love it if you help me spread the word. Thanks for being wonderful!

Oh Oh Oh! – jingle




Look at these two cute smiling faces! You can’t help smiling just looking at them, huh? They made my day. This is Ally and Sydney and their mom was the lucky winner of last month’s Jolly Jingle drawing! When Sandra heard the winner had two daughters, well, she insisted on sending along a letter just for them and a few extra treats. So much fun! And speaking of so much fun, I am SUPER excited about the drawing prize for this month! The next issue of The Jolly Jingle will arrive in mailboxes on October 24. Don’t miss out on the fun – just leave your email in the green box above if you haven’t already. Thanks so much for the love and support.

Oh Oh Oh! – jingle




A “pear”fectly lovely start to the day



Just swinging by to share how beautiful our glass pear is looking on these sunny fall mornings. This beautiful blown glass, over sized pear that we got at an art auction this year I have on our newel post decked out with some autumn leaves and the sun from upstairs shined down from above and lit it up spectacularly. Don’t  you love it? It made me smile and I just had to share. Love to you all on this beautiful fall day.

Oh Oh Oh! – jingle

Three books!


The paperback of The Santanapping is now available on and the ebook version should be joining it sometime next week. Thank you so much to all of you who cheer me on, spread the word about the importance of kindness and show the love to Sandra and me. It truly means so much.

Oh Oh Oh! – jingle


Oh Christmas Books, Oh Christmas Books . . .

Christmas magic is a wonderful thing year round and helping to spread that cheer is a couple of authors – one of them world famous times ten and one of them a brand new author as far as I can tell. But both of them have great sounding books worth a read.

And first my disclosure – I have not yet read either of these. I’m sharing them here just the same because they sound fun and I know some of you have more time to read then I do so you can start right in.

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Let’s start with the one by Debbie Macomber of Hallmark Channel “Cedar Cove” fame. Macomber has written so many books loved by the masses – and made into movies and even the new TV series — but my favorite by her are always related to Christmas. I have really enjoyed her “Mrs. Miracle” movies with Doris Roberts (mom on Everybody Loves Raymond) in the lead. This year, her Christmas book is called Mr. Miracle and it looks like another that is sure to be a beloved bestseller. Macomber is a Northwest author and this book she places right in our neck of the woods in Tacoma, Washington. It involves an angel and a love story as most of her books do. Most interesting – and envy raising for this author who dreams of the day – the book is coming out in October and debuts as a Hallmark movie in November. How suh-weet is that? Oh to dream.


Now the other author isn’t nearly as popular yet but she is definitely clever starting with her very fun name – Candy Cane Claus! You know someone named JingleBelle Jackson is going to love someone named Candace Jane Kringle and promotes her book as a “memoir!” I love everything about this book on the outside so I’m thinking if it’s anything close to as clever and fun on the inside it has to be good. Her book is North Pole High – A Rebel Without a Claus. Be still my heart. I wish I had thought of it! In this case the plot is all around teens at a high school at the North Pole. I love the coolness of it and how it so perfectly targets the teen/YA crowd. I have author envy for sure.

So many books and so little time! For Christmas lovers though these two sound like they’re worth a look. Put em’ on your Christmas list!


Oh Oh Oh! – jingle