Maui!

Abe and I spent a lot of our holiday season working on “I Will Make You Mine,” and then entertaining out-of-town guests. So we decided to take an impromptu vacation to Hawaii. We went to Kauai last year and decided to try a different island this time.

We stayed at Lumeria Maui, which was pretty magical. Honestly, we chose it because it was much cheaper than other hotels in the same area and loved how removed it was from everything. Plus, there were free yoga classes (and a sound bath!) and a pretty solid breakfast buffet.

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I followed pretty much the exact itinerary that my friends (and Maui locals) Lily Diamond and Alana Kysar had on their blogs (Molly Yeh had a great guide too). It’s really fun to read Susan Orlean’s Maui Surfer Girl article (that the movie “Blue Crush” was based on) too.

Highlights included The Road to Hana, Ululani’s Shave Ice, Coconut Glen’s and our favorite tiny little town, Makawao. We also ate pretty much exclusively from the Mana Foods Grocery Store in Paia.

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Holidays at Disneyland (2018)

Disneyland provided complimentary passes for this visit.

Remember when I visited Disneyland after hours and watched them put up the Christmas tree? The beginning of December is my favorite time to visit the park - right before the crowds start, and just in time to be filled with the holiday spirit.

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The bow on my Minnie Ears faded to gold sequins in the sun - I kinda like the vintage look, and now it's one-of-a-kind!

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Both parks were fully decked out with the Fa La La spirit, and so were the snacks. We wound up having lunch at the new Lamplight Lounge at Pixar Pier. We didn't make a reservation, so we waited 10 minutes to be seated at the bar, where you can order appetizers and drinks rather than their full menu. I loved that they had so many allergy-friendly options.

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Lobster Nachos for me and Potato Skins for Abe.

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It was raining when we went (just like our last visit) so the line wait for rides were short. It was a perfect day, even though I was cold!

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December!

Already! I can't believe it!

I'm feeling the spirit! Kicked off December with my dear friend Dawn McCoy's birthday on the rooftop of Louis Vuitton on Rodeo Drive.

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Lady knows how to put together a cheese plate...

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...spent all of Saturday morning decorating veterans' homes with my favorite volunteer organization, Big Sunday...

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...and visited an old favorite - Clementine - where the Hannukah goodies were plentiful.

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I had a vegan roasted veggie salad, and Abe got a bowl with egg salad, couscous, and brussels sprouts. It's been so long since we've visited this place, and we still love it - even though it's not the most convenient to find a seat/parking spot.

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Thankful.

We wrapped production on the second half of "I Will Make You Mine" just a few days ago.

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A lot of what you have seen on this blog over the years is in the movie - from a funeral scene using my dad's photo, to food bloggers at my favorite neighborhood restaurant, Vernetti.

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You can see more behind-the-scenes on the @IWMYMfilm Instagram Stories. It was a lot on me emotionally and physically so I took a day to get off the grid in the desert with Abe...

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...ultimately I decided I would rather be home in my own kitchen, working on my movie. I roasted a Kabocha Squash, threw together a quick corn/zucchini/tomato salad, and roasted some cauliflower with a ready-made curry sauce.

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Hoping your Thanksgiving is full of love and exactly what your heart needs.