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If You Like Haagen Dazs…

… check out your local Albertson’s to get pints for a little over $2 each! You have to be a Preferred member AND spend at least $20 in participating merch to get the biggest discounts though — otherwise the sale is just $3 for each pint.

I had some time to kill yesterday afternoon, so I figured that if you buy EIGHT pints at $3 each, that’ll be $24. However, since they’ll take off another $5 for spending over $20, your subtotal should come down to $19 — or $2.38 for each pint.

I say go for it if you like Haagen Dazs, have room in your freezer, and/or actually enjoy having ice cream in chilly weather!

Parking Nightmare at SCP

If you’re brave/silly/insane enough to head out to the malls today, be warned that parking is going to be a nightmare. South Coast Plaza has some traffic backed up on Bristol and the ramp off the 405.

After Christmas Sale for Chi-Chi Parents

I just got an email from Hush Baby announcing their Winter Sale. Hush Baby is a fancy baby and children’s boutique near Whole Foods at the District in Tustin, and if you’re the type of parent who’s willing to spend $60 on one piece of clothing for her kid, then you’d probably be interested in checking their stuff out when they’re on sale for 20%-70% off. (For the record, the only thing I’ve ever purchased there was a gift for a friend’s new baby.)

They have some real cute stuff, including drool-worthy designer diaper bags by Petunia Pickle Bottom, but it ain’t cheap even if it IS on sale. It’s also fun to just browse in there or check out their free storytime events (Mondays starting at 11 A.M.). And hey, they offer free lattes and hot chocolate!

Hush Baby Winter Sale

Brea Mall Hell!

I just survived the trauma of shopping at the Brea Mall. Barely.

Why is it a form of torture?

Because the way they have the parking lot set up, people coming in to the mall have the right of way (sorry suckers that are trying to leave, we’ve already taken your money and there’s nothing you can do!), making it pratically impossible to get out. Add to that the general lack of parking and the shitty way the parking structures are set up with anybody being able to go into any lane, and you have an experience that leads to an inevitable rise in blood pressure. It took me a half hour just to get out of the structure. I would have been better off parking across the street!

Whoever thought up the design for that kind of parking lot should be forced to spend their afterlife trying to find a parking spot during the holiday season, the Brea Circle of Hell, if you will.

Holidays in OC: The Horror of Macy’s


[Photo by yours Truly – Inside the Main Place Macy’s]

Good Christ! Just because something costs a fortune does not mean it’s in good taste. Case in point: this wall of overpriced holiday sweaters at Macy’s. See, this is what happens when you ban WAL-MART Super Centers in Orange County – other retailers steal their inventory.

Cotton Candy Menorah

This afternoon at the Irvine Spectrum Center as I took my break I was greeted by a large crowd and a cotton candy menorah. (last year it was made of donuts, I believe) Music was playing, people were dancing, people of all faiths and backgrund were dancing. A great time. It is the first night of Chanukah and the Chabad of Irvine is hosting it’s annual celebration at the Irvine Spectrum Center.

They will also be celebrating Tuesday evening at The District in Tustin.


I walked into IKEA in Costa Mesa today to nab one of their play tunnels ($18), when I noticed all the BIG SALE banners hanging everywhere. While some of the items don’t seem to be any less expensive than usual, it might be worth a look if you’re planning on doing any home or furnishing renovations for the new year.

Plus, get here early and grab breakfast for only $0.99!

Holidays in OC: Knott’s Merry Farm


[Evening in Ghost Town at Knott’s Merry Farm]

It’s holiday time in Orange County and that means the Theme Parks are going all-out as usual. Of course there is always Disneyland but Knott’s Merry Farm has been in the seasonal fray for a long time now. Some people don’t care for Knott’s at the the holidays. I’m not one of those people. I love it!

Don’t get me wrong, if you are going for some sort of Disneyesque experience then you are going for the wrong reasons. Knott’s has never been about the same things that Disneyland has. Yes, I know the coasters are literally taking over the joint, but if you cast your gaze into the original areas of the park you’ll find Christmas charm bursting at the seems. There’s something to be said for the soul of a place – the kind of mom n’ pop attraction that is almost a thing of the past. So if a big corporate christmas is not your thing then Knott’s may be just the holiday ticket you’ve been looking for. Yes, it’s quaint but I like quaint. Quaint is underrated.

Be sure and check out:

Snoopy’s Cool Christmas on Ice (Charles Schultz theater).
A Peanuts Holiday Parade
Christmas Crafts Village
Elf Mountain Log Ride
Camp Snoopy’s Winter Wonderland
Gift of the Magi (Bird Cage Theater)
A Christmas Carol (Bird Cage Theater)

You can see the Holidays at Knott’s Quicktime movie by CLICKING HERE. It’s cheesetastic!

Get the Bargains Before They’re Gone…

I know I won’t be able to make it in time before there are only ripped/broken things left on the shelves, but you might still have a shot.

Two stores at the Block are closing, and they are currently having clearance sales.

Fare thee well, Ron Jon Surf shop. I always wanted those cute surfing bathroom accessories.

And as for you, Virgin Megastore, I think I only browsed your aisles one time. Which might explain why you aren’t going to be there anymore, as most people seemed to have followed suit.

However, you two were some of the best stores in that godforsaken place. The Block is going to suck even more now.

Sawdust Festival Opens this Weekend

The 18th annual Sawdust Festival starts this weekend in Laguna Beach and runs every weekend through December 14th. Saturday is the official kick-off, with a tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m., plus free cookies and apple cider, choir and band performances, a balloon artist and, of course, Santa!

Featuring 175 crafters and one-of-a-kind gifts, the Festival also has low cost art lessons for kids and adults, demonstrations, entertainment, a kid-sized holiday themed fun house, and three cafes to satisfy your hunger during all that exhausting shopping.

There is an ArtisTree Ornament Fundraiser, which features original ornaments created by local artists, with proceeds from the sale going to the Art Education Fund.

And the best thing? Snow! Every day during the festival, snow will fall throughout the day in the Town Square. Time to turn the beach bunnies into snow bunnies, even if only for a day!

Information Line (949)494-3030
Hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends only (open rain or shine)

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