Daily Diary ~ Celebrating the 25 Days of Christmas in LA

Good morning from LA!

I flew into LA yesterday morning for the #ABCFamilyEvent and #IntoTheWoodsEvent. It has been a whirlwind 24 hours already and the trip is just getting started.

The day started off hanging out with some amazing blogging friends at the hotel and just catching up. We took an Uber car to In and Out Burger to have the quintessential California lunch.

The #ABCFamilyEvent kicked off last night with dinner and a gift exchange celebrating the 25 days of Christmas on ABC Family!

disney animation studio

I had a total pinch me moment as we pulled into the Disney lot and ABC Building. OH my! These are buildings I have seen on line and on tv but never thought I would be visiting. We had our dinner in the ABC Building and it was so cool to walk the halls and see the old photos of iconic ABC TV shows…. 

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Walla Walla Vintners pioneers in Walla Walla Wine

The first winery we visited on our Walla Walla Wine weekend was Walla Walla Vintners. Winemaker Gordy Venneri gave us an amazing tour of the winery and explained the history of wine making in Walla Walla.

We came out of Walla Walla Vintners with a huge appreciated for not only their wines but what the area in general has done for wine making.

overlooking vineyards at Walla Walla Vinters

Walla Walla Vintners started as a hobby that grew into a 6,000 case full production winery over time.

When Walla Walla Vintners was started they were the 8th winery in Walla Walla according to Gordy. They were worried that the area might not be able to sustain 8 wineries…….. 

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Crock Pot Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

Are you ready for a bit of comfort food straight from the crock pot?

I hear everything is better with bacon so we made Crock Pot bacon macaroni and cheese to test this theory. And after multiple taste tests by my dear husband just to make sure he truly enjoyed the recipe… :-) he agrees! Bacon does make this recipe even better.

crock Pot Bacon Mac and Cheese

I am sure you all feel really bad for John having to taste test all of these recipes…… lol

He tells me it is a hard job some days but he will keep doing it. … 

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All new 2016 Kia Sorento hits the road in Lake Tahoe

Starting in January 2015 Kia will be selling the all new re-imagined 2016 Kia Sorento. I had the chance to learn about the Sorento during the national press debut in Lake Tahoe.

The first thing I noticed was how sleek and stylish the Sorento is. This was my first time driving one so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Would the Sorento have the power to get up the mountain hills?

Would the Sorento be comfortable and stylish at the same time?

How would I feel after driving the Sorento for a few hours?

One of the great things about the press debut is we have the chance to drive the cars and see how we feel about them. I partnered with Jasmine from Simply Real Moms and we spent the day testing out the Kia Sorento.

Kia Sorento Lake Tahoe

Before we headed out to see how the Sorento handled we had the opportunity to listen to the Kia executives update us on Kia Motors and the new Sorento.

I thought I would share a few of the things I learned during the press briefing before I dive into the new Kia Sorento…. 

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