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Monday, October 21, 2013

Pumpkin Palooza

Get ready for a PUMPKIN fest this week on A Very Sweet Blog! Are you ready?
Note: None of the posts this week are sponsored. I'm including links, but I'm not being paid for them :) 

Great American Cookies
After I enjoyed my Godiva milkshake, I stopped by Great American Cookies. Great American Cookies has been in existence since 1977. I remember getting cookies from them when I was a little girl. They have delicious, freshly-baked cookies, cookie cakes and brownies. I thought their Halloween treats were so cute and wanted to share them with you. Did I purchase any cookies? Hmm, maybe one or two...three or four! HaHaHa Ok, FULL DISCLOSURE! Their cookies are buy 5 get 1 FREE! I always go with the special. LOL >.< I'm so cutting back after Halloween.

Pottery Barn For Kids
I was on my way to Bath & Body Works, when the windows for Pottery Barn for Kids stopped me in my tracks. How cute are these Halloween costumes for little girls! That pumpkin dress is so frickin' cute! I think the white one is a fairy of some sort. They had the neatest costumes for children. I didn't look at the price tag though! HaHaHa I know they're pricey.

Bath and Body Works 
What was at Bath & Body Works? These cute lamb slippers. I posted these on my instagram page. FYI - they run really small you guys :( so for those with small feet, get them before they're gone. Only $16.50 too!

I wanted to show you a couple of pics inside Lakeside Shopping Center. Due to our climate, we have lots of palm trees. So they've incorporated them in the decor (inside and outside) of the mall. They're really pretty. Stores are on both the left & right side of the mall and iron-wooden benches are in the middle. Something new! They've incorporated fountains in various spots. I thought they were very pretty. Large pumpkins and gourds were nestled throughout the surrounding greenery. There are benches all around these sunken spots. It was nice to sit and just listen to the water. Very peaceful. Just listen for yourself (Vine pic above) :) (hover around the top left of the Vine pic & click on the red X)


Lakeside decorates every holiday! There's usually a little train for the kiddies, picture taking, and over-sized decorations. There were pumpkins galore! I thought you guys would get a kick out of this. CHOO-CHOO! I wouldn't be able to fit one foot in that train. HaHaHa Isn't it funny, when you're a child you cry because you don't want to get on the ride (at least I did) and then when you're older you can't fit! LMAO Go Figure! >.<


Romeo! Romeo! Where Art Thou Romeo? I saw the movie Romeo and Juliet this weekend. It was ok. I LOVED Douglas Booth (Romeo) and Hailee Steinfeld (Juliet). They really got into character and had amazing chemistry. I cried from beginning to end. HaHaHa

However, it was the supporting cast that failed (at least to me). Either they were too silly or too serious. The storyline at the beginning went too fast and gosh I never thought the death scene would end. Very dramatic. I was like, please take me out MY misery. HaHaHa Beautiful scene at the end, but make sure you bring a box of tissues. LOL I suggest waiting for this movie on DVD and rent it even then. 

Went to Ted's Frostop (pic above) and it made everything better :) Cheeseburger on french bread and fries! Yummmm Remember I did my MAC Archie's Girls post there! LOL

Stop by tomorrow and I'll show you the Halloween Themed Treats from my Orange Glad Box Subscription.



  1. Oooh, gotta love the pumpkin themes this time of year! Haha, I looove pumpkin recipes :)
    And ahhh, can't wait to see this movie!

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

  2. Those pumpkin cookies are the cutest! We don't go in for Halloween in such a big way here - but I wish we did!

  3. Those cookies look sublime!! I love all the decorations, I miss all the decorations for holidays, they just don't do it like it's done in the states. I do miss that. Not sure I can be bothered seeing another version of this movie, but I may...just wait to rent it, no way I'd pay to go and see it. Shame some of it was a downer. Happy Monday doll xx

  4. I'm not a huge fan of all these mega-sugary looking cookies, but they do look fun. Did you know that we have palm trees too here? Yep, in the south west of the UK, apparently it's down to the gulf stream passing along that way... I don't think I'll bother with this Romeo & Juliet version, I liked the Leo & Claire version too much to spoil it ;-) Have a lovely start to the week xo

  5. Wow! I never cease to be amazed by how the US go full out for Halloween. It's much more subdued here in Europe (quite nonexistent in the Med). It's lovely seeing all the wonderful creations that are produced for getting into the mood ;-)

  6. Hi Kim! I'm so ready, have already told you how much love Halloween and see how it is celebrated around the world from web. Everything you featured just made me into the holiday mood, wish I was in the States to see all the decorations. The lamb slippers are so tender but most of all I enjoyed Great American Cookies stuff, the cookie cake is appetizing!:) I want to see the movie too, the meal you took then looks sooooo delicious!:) Happy Monday dear, kisses! xo

  7. The decorations look great! Nothing really gets that decorated here for Halloween. Although I am thinking about going to the street party again this year. Maybe if it doesn't rain like last year, haha!

    And those cookies look great - I so want the cookie cake! :)

    Away From The Blue

  8. I'm going to enjoy this pumpkin palooka as much as I did enjoy my pumpkin lasagne this weekend :D
    I like those pumpkin decoration and the cookies look delicious! And huge too, I wonder how big they really are ...

    Have a great week, Kim! Enjoy the Halloween celebrations!
    xo Irene

  9. Fave holiday! Lovin' it!!! Hugs, T.

  10. Hi Kim, your local mall is so wonderfully decorated for Halloween. The treats look yum! How cute is that pumpkin dress and lamb slippers, so sweet. Thanks for the review of the movie, its bad that a movie can be let down by the supporting cast. May your week get off to a great start!

  11. Love all the festive decor and treats!

  12. In the States you really do know how to celebrate Halloween. Here we just got out and bought a few packs of sweets in case any kids turn up. :)

  13. That is seriously one of the awesomest Halloween mall decorations I've seen. And Kim, let me just say how jealous I am of the palm trees! Last time I've seen one of those was in LA aeons ago:P
    And OMG! Did pass by Pottery Barn awhile back and saw the most beautiful witch costume for the little tempted to buy it.
    Anyhoo, hope you have a fab Monday:) XOXO

  14. I'm sorry to hear R&J didn't rock. I think I'll wait for video. :)

  15. Mmm all those cookie cakes look delicious! Thanks for the movie review...I will definitely wait to see that one on DVD :)

    The Tiny Heart

  16. PUMPKINS!! I so love Fall for that very reason and Halloween. I am totally stoked for that day. I have no idea what I will do tho. Great post

  17. Halloween is so fun & I adore all these Halloween goodies you spied~

    always, koru kate

  18. AHH! The most adorable shopping center ever! I totally am drooling over those cookies, YUM. I used to get a giant cookie every trip to the mall too!

    I wanna see Romeo and Juliet! I saw Carrie with Kyle, I liked it more than I thought, the end was better than the original.

  19. Those cookies are making me hungry! I'm such a sucker for sweets these days. And those Halloween costumes are SO cute! Love the pumpkin dress.

  20. Wow, look at all of those fun treats and inspired decor for Hallowween. I am hoping that we go get a pumpkin this weekend. Enjoy your week. Great post Kim. x/Madison

  21. So fun. All of those cookie look so yummy and is making me hungry. And how cute are those costumes!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  22. Since it's been so warm I haven't really gotten into the Halloween spirit but this fun post of yours is certainly helping Kim. It's always awesome when stores really deck out for Halloween and I do prefer the cute to the creepy kind of decor ;p Have a fab week girl!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  23. Kim, if u love zombies, you definitely have to watch World War Z:D
    And I didn't live in LA but my older sis did and have visited her a few times when she was there. She's in Vancouver now, but I did love seeing those palm trees.
    Love yah back:)

  24. OMG!!! Kim this is such a cool post but Mannnn.... I don't like halloween,It's too scary for me and i suffer from anxiety,Have got phobia for such things, it's sad i can't do some scary stuffs with my kids.

  25. Ah I love the Pottery Barn pumpkin costume A-dorable!

    Ali of Dressing Ken

  26. Oh, now I want to stuff my face with Mrs. Fields cookies from the mall. Those are so yummy.

    I like your review of R&J. I had a feeling it would go that way. Nothing compares to the Leo/Claire version in my eyes.

  27. It looks fab there Kim....I love sitting and listening to water features! Have a great week:)

  28. The Great American Cookie Co cookies look amazing! I would definitely go for the special every time, too - and then cut back later ;) Sorry to hear that Romeo and Juliet was such a bust. I was a little nervous to see it because it's such a hard story to do well, especially on film and, well, you've confirmed my suspicions!

  29. The cookies are the cutest!:-) I have never celebrated halloween. We don't do it in my country. Would love to see how you dress up for it:-)))

  30. The cookies are the cutest!:-) I have never celebrated halloween. We don't do it in my country. Would love to see how you dress up for it:-)))

  31. Love th pictures, the decorazioni an all!

  32. can't wait for Halloween !!!
    great photos!
    maybe you want to follow each other?
    let me know :)

  33. That mall is full of cute stuff! Cookie cravings before bedtime!! And your slippers are just too cute! I always walk on fluffy animals in winter :-)
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  34. Love those cookies <3 Looked totally scrumptious and drool worthy .. Oh btw!! You an impressive blog out there :-) Following you via GFC, would love if you visit my blog and if you like can follow me too :-)

  35. Great! Love the Cookies :)


  36. fun cookies! I love this time of year when all themes are over the top and fabulous! haha

  37. Everything pumpkin is the best thing about Fall! :) Excited to catch up on your blog this week! & glad you enjoyed the movie!

  38. Hi Kim! you're right, pumpkin dress is so cute, you gave me some ideas, this year will do a meeting halloween for my children, you have a great week!

  39. gotta love halloween. Love all the display, it brings out the child in me. Those cookies are so delish !!!!! Have a great day Kim.


  40. Great American Cookies is my jam! I love the PB and rainbow sprinkles!

  41. Hey Kim, I love the Halloween cookies and decorations. I visited Daiso (something like the dollar store, but most of their items are $2, and mostly Japanese products). They have lots of Halloween stuff too. Do you guys have it there? I'm sure you would love it! Can't wait for Halloween! Have a good day!

    xo Jo

  42. Mmm cheeseburger on French bread- YUM!
    I love, love the Pottery Barn pumpkin tulle skirt! I would totally rock an adult version!

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  43. i love when the malls decorate. they don't do too much for is the big one here. gets you in the mood! cheeseburger on french bread?? yes, please!

  44. Love the Halloween decor and the tiny pumpkin dress is to die for (wish we could buy stuff like yours here:-) Glad you went for the cookies special - he he :-)
    Have a great day love,

  45. Oh my! Those lamb slippers are soooo cute! And are those pumpkins/gourds fake? Because they look real to me. Hahaha. I'm really glad you had a fun day.

  46. I'm pretty sure I NEEEEED those lamb slippers in my life!! LOL

  47. Those cookies look so delicious! We don't celebrate Halloween in such a big way here in Finland. It seems like such a fun holiday!

  48. How lovely, Kim.
    I have to start pumpkin away, lol

  49. Oh wow! So many Pumpkin themes things! Love the cookies, reminds me of Millie's Cookies we have in England :D

    I've never tried to carve a pumpkin before, cos I dunno how to but would really like to try to be festive this season.

    The lamb slippers are soooooooo cute! WANT!

    Amy |

  50. oh how cute are those decorations :) also I loved that sheep slippers =)

  51. Those cookies look so good I want one now lol great pictures!

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