I haven't written here over three years!? How is that even possible?

Can you feel it in the air?


The tree has been trimmed, the stockings have been hung and I have caught myself a great big case of holiday cheer! Have you? Personally, I just adore the sound of my children plotting to catch Santa Claus in our house, the sight of glittering ornaments on a sweet smelling tree and the taste of champagne. I also love sipping cocoa and singing carols while light-riding with my family. What makes the holidays feel special to you?

The only things bringing me down are the darn warm weather and the fact that my 9 year old son's classmates are having way too many talks about Santa Claus for my comfort. It seems that he comes home with a little more doubt every day and it's breaking my heart. I'm not ready to have that conversation. For those of you who have had "the talk", how did it go? I would love to know how other families handle the topic.

Carter Family Xmas 2009

It's all just too much!


This Halloween, the kids received so much candy that Noah's bag burst twice from the weight and he had to carry it like a sack of potatoes. We had to help Cole with his bag because it was too heavy for him to lug around. The boys were thrilled by all of the full-size candy bars and handfuls or mini treats, but now what? After a rather large pile of "yucky" candies were tossed out and many handfuls were eaten by the four members of our household. This is what is left on Wednesday!
(Note: the candy from trick-or-treating at Disneyland is already long gone.)

How do you handle the Halloween candy situation at your house? Is it better to ration it out slowly to the kids over the next couple of months or just let them go crazy, eat it until they are sick & throw the rest away?
So far, we have been rationing it out to the boys in small amounts but I feel like I am the one nibbling on most of it. It's tiny, so I grab a piece here and there throughout the day and don't think much of it. By the end of the night, I am ashamed when I look back on how many pieces I ate. At this rate, I might as well just start applying it directly to my hips.
I just want it to go away!

drumroll please....


I reached inside Oogie's bag of tricks and pulled out a name.
The lucky winner of two tickets to see Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" in 4-D on Halloween, courtesy of the El Capitan Theatre is...

Kristen "Rotten O" Nelson!

Congratulations! I know you and Harry will have a wonderful time!

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No Trick... Just a Really Fabulous Treat!


I am absolutely thrilled to have TWO TICKETS to give away for Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" in 4-D on Sunday, October 31st at the El Capitan Theatre! Can you think of anything better to do on Halloween? The lucky winner even gets to choose which show time they would like to attend. (Show times are 10am, 12:15pm, 2:30pm, 4:45pm, 7pm and 9:15pm.)
Want a chance to win the tickets? Just leave a comment on this blog post telling me about your favorite scene or character in "The Nightmare Before Chistmas" and don't forget to leave your name and contact information and tell me which show time works for you.
If you don't want your contact information in the comment section here, please send me an email to CupcakeVonRotten@me.com with your information after you make your post. I must be able to contact the winner.
(Your contact information will only be shared with DC Publicity in order for them to have your tickets ready.)

I will draw a name at random on Monday, Oct 25th.
The winner will be announced here!

Good luck!

Tickets are courtesy of El Capitan Theatre.

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  • I'm Karen (Cupcake) Carter
  • From Orange County, California, United States
  • I am happily married to my best friend and proud to be the Mommy of two sweet little boys. My world revolves around these three handsome guys. Everything I do is for or because of them. I am happy to the core!
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