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Halloween Party Ideas – Van Gogh Candy Corn Shooter

Hosting a Halloween Party this year? These Van Gogh Candy Corn Shooters are the perfect addition to your spooky soirée. Made with premium Van Gogh Flavored Vodka, these sweet, smooth shooters will be a crowd pleaser for sure!

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Universal Orlando CityWalk

What do you get when you put some of the best restaurants next to the best night clubs connected to the best theme park? You get Universal Orlando’s CityWalk – THE place to go for amazing Nightlife at Universal Orlando.

Universal CityWalk

Every day that I was in Orlando for the FacingFearsTogether trip I spent some time at CityWalk – whether it was to grab a bite to eat, do some shopping for the girls, or have a couple several lot of cocktails. Though CityWalk is family friendly by day – sporting a cool putt putt golf arena and movie theater – at night it goes to the adults with live bands, killer night clubs and great restaurants. Our first night there Mickey and I dined at Margaritaville where you absolutely must try the friend cheese curds dipped in ranch dressing. Yes, I totally abandoned Whole30 for this little indulgence – and it was amazing. We then went to Pat O’Briens and watched the dueling pianos for a while. And you know – to sample the cocktails… just to make sure they were safe for everyone… we are thoughtful like that.

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Universal Orlando Islands of Adventure Theme Park

The whole time I was walking through the Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando I was wondering what the heck I had gotten myself in to. I am such a scaredy cat – I send The Teen to movies with Mike when I am worried they might be scary. Yes, she is 15 and less of a coward than her mother. Don’t judge. I think pretty much the only thing that helped me make it through (besides the death grip I had on Mickey’s right arm while I was nestled in between Summer’s shoulder blades) was the promise of a full day at Universal Orlando Islands of Adventure Theme Park the next day.

Islands of Adventure Logo

I haven’t been to Universal in years… like… since Back to the Future ride was still cool. (Didn’t I say no judging? Stopit.) And man have things changed. Now, I of course got to scope out a few things while I was walking through Halloween Horror Nights, but since you know that it was seldom that I actually had my eyes OPEN it felt like the first time. I was super excited to ride the Hollywood Rip Ride RockIt – their newest roller coaster that lets you jam out to your favorite tunes while zooming through the air at 65 miles an hour. I chose Evanescence “Bring Me To Life” for my song – HOLYWOW. The tune is timed *perfectly* with the coaster – it was absolutely amazing. I could have ridden that one over and over and over. It was as incredible as it sounds – times a thousand.

 Universal Orlando Resorts UOR

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Universal Orlando Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Now that things have finally settled down (read:  I can sleep again without visions from Halloween Horror Nights seeping in to my dreams) I am excited to tell you about all of the other amazing stuff I did when I joined the Two Traveling Moms and a handful of other friends for the #FacingFearsTogether event. The first – and maybe most awesome – was the resort where we stayed. The Cabana Bay Beach Resort is Universal Orlando’s newest hotel – and by far the coolest one I have ever stayed in.

From the moment you pull on the to Cabana Bay Beach Resort’s property, you are propelled back in to the 1950’s and 60’s – from the architecture to the music playing to the hotel staff uniform. Even the sign out front boasts “Cool Air” and ” Color TV”… how cool is that?! Inside the front doors you will find a huge open concept with a great seating area and cute little bar nestled in the corner. The center of the lobby boasts a huge atrium of palm trees. I was waiting for a Jetson’s robot to round the corner.

Check in was quick and easy and then we were off to our rooms. I had no idea what to expect when we opened the doors – but I loved it. Suddenly I felt like I had fallen on to the set of MadMen and I was determined to find Don Draper. I have some ummm… suggestions for his advertising.

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Trick or Treat Cake Pop Cupcakes from #DuncanHines

Back in July I had a blast making Fourth of July Surprise Cupcakes with Duncan Hines Summer Velvets cake mix. When I was given the opportunity to review their new Autumn Velvets, I wanted to make something similar… but with a twist. I have had a love for cake pops for years and thought how cool would it be to have a cupcake and a cake pop in one?! An idea – and a very tasty treat – was born. Check out my Halloween Trick or Treat Cake Pop Cupcakes.

halloween cupcakes

The Duncan Hines Autumn Velvets comes with two packets of cake mix – one brown and one orange. Their website has great ideas for how you can get creative with these velvets – making everything from swirl cakes to biscotti. But I kept thinking about biting in to a soft, rich cupcake… and finding an extra sweet “treat” inside. So I gathered up a couple of ingredients and got to work – not sure how, or even IF this would turn out.

duncan hines halloween cupcakes

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