Embracing Holistic Healing With Dr. Heidi

December 5, 2023

Finding moments of tranquility and healing has become a necessity for me. A couple of weeks ago, I was styling a photo shoot and the model and I were discussing our insane jaw tension, clenching and teeth grinding.

She said YOU MUST MEET DR. HEIDI!!  And that is where this journey begins… because I met a truly modern medicine woman, Dr. Heidi from her recommendation.

First off, I have been dealing with two things. One, the jaw stuff. Yes, I have had Botox to release some tension but at night, the grinding won’t stop. Next, for the past year, I have battled a deep, ongoing pain in my upper back.

My transformative session with Dr. Heidi, a practitioner who seamlessly blends ancient healing practices with a modern understanding of the mind-body connection, relieved both in one session.

Dr. Heidi’s approach to holistic healing involves a combination of acupuncture, cupping,  facial massage and intuitive balancing – each contributing to not only physical but also emotional well-being. From the moment I entered her serene clinic, I knew this would be a unique journey towards healing.

Dr. Heidi’s gentle touch and deep understanding of the body’s meridians created an atmosphere of relaxation, allowing me to release tension and tap into a profound sense of inner calm. Beyond the physical benefits, Dr. Heidi’s work addressed my emotional imbalances, providing a holistic approach to healing.

Cupping, another traditional therapy, involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. This technique promotes blood flow, reduces inflammation, and releases muscle tension. As Dr. Heidi expertly applied the cups to my back, I could feel the tension melting away. But what struck me the most was her emphasis on the emotional release that often accompanies this process. She explained how our bodies hold onto emotions, and cupping serves as a powerful tool to unlock and release these pent-up feelings.

The facial massage that followed was not just a luxurious add-on but a key component of the emotional, jaw-tension-release, healing process. I love this process so much – gloves on, jaw muscles, buccal massage – all of it. More of that in detail later…


(ok hair looks super weird because I took screenshots from video!)

One of the most enlightening moments of my session was when Dr. Heidi identified the source of my upper back pain as the pericardial muscle, which protects the heart. She encouraged me to explore how I might be holding back or blocking emotions, manifesting as physical pain. This revelation highlighted the profound connection between our emotional and physical well-being, underscoring the importance of addressing both aspects for true healing.


  • First, we did Acupuncture and cupping to align the spine, release tension around the organs (especially the heart and heart protector), and open the lymph nodes to flow between the head, neck, and body.
  • Starting with this treatment releases old emotional holding patterns associated with a guarded heart, and fear or intimacy, lack of support, or not being able to see all options in life’s path.
  • Cosmetic acupuncture & facial sculpting open the neck and face to release old emotions held in the muscles of the face and increase lymph drainage to reduce pain, improve circulation in the complexion, and support collagen and elastin production to provide a rejuvenated youthful appearance.
  • Buccal massage with sculpting facilitates the release of any residual emotions and memories held in the facial muscles to let go. This also reinforces muscle memory to tone and lift the face to provide a sculpted look and youthful appearance.
  • Sound healing, aromatherapy, and topical herbal and mineral products are used to enhance the results of this treatment.

Each treatment is custom to each individual and focused on balancing internal health, regulating the nervous system, and facilitating the experience with healing touch guided by unconditional love.

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The Sculptural Face Lifting Technique activates the internal resources of the body to enhance natural facial rejuvenation. It supports tightening or relaxed muscles and strengthening weakened facial musculature, while addressing the emotions held in the face to release inner blocks, soothe the emotions, and melt away stress.

The face becomes more sculpted and this technique and trains the muscles to firm up where sagging, and relax where overly tightened.

Perhaps you notice words you have held back from saying, or emotions you have held back from feeling. The body remembers everything you have experienced, and sculpting facial massage has the ability to bring it up to the surface and flush it out of the body, mind, and spirit.

This method is performed without the use of surgery and injections – it is done manually by toning, strengthening and relaxing the basic facial muscles. As a result, facial muscles relax and muscle tone returns to normal; spasms are removed, which in turn restores the natural posture of the face. Appearance and elasticity of the skin improves via improved blood and lymph circulation, stimulating cell turnover and regeneration.


The procedure is performed first on the neck and face to open the lymph nodes and increase circulation in the neck, bringing more nutrients to the face that may be blocked due to tension in the spine.

With gloved hands, a tailored protocol will be performed usually involving external facial massage followed by internal facial massage.

Internal facial massage includes going into the mouth and massaging the muscles that support the structure of the face and realign the muscles that attach to bones in the skull, and hold the power to balance the cranial bones and hormones. For example, the lateral and medial pterygoid muscle attaches to the sphenoid bone holding the pituitary gland, the master CEO of your endocrine system. Although slightly uncomfortable for this part, each session will go slowly to release these structures and bring your body into balance at your own pace.

Acupressure is also performed, providing a deeper treatment to tone the muscles and release stuck energy.

Cosmetic Acupuncture

Remember when your mother said: “Don’t make that face or it may stay with you forever?” Emotions and stress have been known to show up in the face as expressions get repeated, resulting in wrinkles and tension. As we age, bone loss and collagen matrix degrades, showing signs of sagging, hollowing, swelling, discolored, or dehydrated skin.

Are you seeing the signs of aging but don’t want to undergo painful and invasive procedures? Are you interested in working on your true health to prevent disease and release emotions that have been reflected in the face, along with enhancing your natural beauty and vibrancy?

Discover Cosmetic Acupuncture- a 4,000 year old secret to turning back the clock, addressing the pillars of health, and preventing disease. Acupuncture needles are as thin as a human hair and painless, making this option minimally invasive while working on internal health. You may even fall asleep or go into a trance state!

Cosmetic Acupuncture can enhance collagen and elastin production, smooth tension, lift muscles, and increase circulation in the complexion for a healthy glow. Cosmetic Acupuncture also addresses sleep, digestion, energy, mental health, hormones, and temperature regulation to balance the internal organs providing deep nutrition to the skin.

Have your friends and family members asking “whats different?… because you are glowing!”

These treatment programs are the perfect addition for confidence boosting and looking great for community events such as gatherings, weddings, family photos, social media posts, or new phases of life requiring inner reflection, or because you’re ready to feel like your most vibrant self!

Simply put, you deserve to feel beautiful and radiant naturally.


Cosmetic acupuncture is a beauty-focused form of acupuncture that targets the root cause of health imbalance that is reflected in the complexion of the face. Needles are gently inserted in the superficial levels of the epidermis of the face to stimulate collagen production, improve skin quality, encourage healing, promote blood flow to heal scars, and promote overall wellness to the body to treat the root cause imbalance. By creating a micro-trauma, the skin in turn begins to repair and use collagen and resources to tighten and renew the skin.

In Chinese Medicine, the skin complexion symbolizes circulation, hydration, and longevity. The skin is simply communicating what the body needs for extra support. When the signs of health imbalances are left untreated, over time the skin begins losing it’s elasticity and collagen, or hyper-pigmentation, pustules, or wrinkles begin to form. acupuncture corrects what the body needs and supports regeneration of tissue. With Facial Rejuvenation, the health of the individual is always the focus for the root treatment on the body.


During the initial treatment, facial diagnosis will be recorded to note root imbalances of the skin and constitution. Before & after photos are taken for Electronic Medical Record progress reports during your course of treatment and to provide tracking proof of the changes your skin is undergoing with lifting and tightening. It is encouraged that only generally healthy individuals with no underlying health conditions focus on facial rejuvenation. By avoiding treatment for serious conditions, the body will fight harder to heal itself and mixed messages are given, resulting in mediocre results. This is why an initial treatment is important to discuss options.


During your cosmetic acupuncture sessions you will experience acupuncture for the body to communicate to the organs to send nutrients to the face, facial acupuncture to induce collagen and elastin production, neck and facial massage with clean beauty skincare products, and energy healing.


Fire cupping is one of the oldest forms of medicine recorded, loved by every ancient civilization and still providing pain relief after 6,000 years. Evidence of the Egyptians, Persians, Greeks, Chinese, Indian, and Latin Americans using cupping as a healing modality is very real millenia ago, and still to this day.

This ancient technique is based on a vaso-pneumatic suction system that uses “negative pressure” from fire to pull adhesions, aka knots in tissues apart. This mechanism quite literally vacuums the tissues, and detoxifies muscles and blood overwhelmed with lifelong toxin accumulation.

Tissue is suctioned up into the cup, and stretches the tissues that hold the muscles in place. Cupping relaxes muscles and if a muscle is tight, cupping can stretch and open up the muscle tissue for releasing and re-oxygenation. Cupping also helps with capillary permeability,  relief of muscle and fascia congestion and pain relief. Ultimately it benefits myofascial release,  muscle relaxation, and improved blood circulation.

When we are “toxic”, interstitial debris floats in the blood stream and saturates tissues, which over time creates inflammation and dehydrates the muscles, leading to pain, stiffness, and discomfort.

In studies, cupping has been found to promote the production of heme-oxygenase-1 and 2, which promotes the production of new blood in the body. Cupping also promotes vasodilation of tissues in the body, promoting circulation locally and systemically, creating space for interstitial fluid to move, helps pull toxins out to be metabolized, and removes knots (known as adhesions) and stagnation in the body. Cupping marks tend to disappear quicker the more frequent patients are seen.

Cupping’s effect on the digestive organs is to increase their digestive secretions and enhance their peristaltic movement.  Cupping can awaken the appetite, strengthen the stomach and digestion, improve the bile flow and metabolism, relieve constipation and promote regularity of the bowels.

Cupping has a dramatic detoxifying effect on the skin and circulatory system.  By increasing the flow of blood and plasma through the veins and arteries, cupping enhances the cleansing and removal of toxins.  This detoxification may not be observable after just one treatment, but after about three to five treatments, there will be a noticeable improvement in the color of one’s complexion.

Cupping is beneficial and indicated for multiple disorders affecting multiple organ systems:

  • Digestive system:  constipation, diarrhea, (IBS) irritable bowel syndrome.

  • Metabolic:  low energy, fatigue, anemia, atrophy of the tissues, cellulite, emaciation, weight gain – normalizes body weight.

  • Musculoskeletal:  Local application, as appropriate, for back pain, arthritis, traumatic injuries, lumbago, sciatica.

  • Respiratory & Circulatory:  asthma, bronchitis, common cold and flu, high blood pressure.  Increased blood flow to the skin is therapeutic for many different skin disorders.

  • Nervous system:  headaches, depression, emotional problems – balances the nervous system.

  • Gynecological:  menstrual pain, suppressed or irregular menses



Dr. Heidi Keating L.Ac., DACM is a Doctor of East Asian Medicine and Acupuncture, Visionary Medicine Woman, and leader in the field of Detoxing with Chinese Medicine.

She practices medicine with joy that is rooted in her own experience of acupuncture and East Asian Medicine and is informed by her over seventeen years of study and practice in the world of natural plant medicine.

Dr. Heidi specializes in healing mental-emotional-physical pain, detoxification, and dermatology.

Her style encompasses detaching from the parasite mindset, personal empowerment, and harmonizing the spirit, mind, and body by releasing emotions that no longer serve the person’s desire to transform and elevate.

Seasonal Shifts in Gut Health: How Travel-Eeze Can Help You Stay Regular

December 1, 2023

As the seasons change, so do our lifestyles and habits. From the dietary choices we make to our activity levels, the shift in seasons can significantly impact our overall well-being, including our gut health. One common issue that many people face during these transitions is constipation. In this blog, we’ll explore how seasonal changes can affect your gut health and introduce you to Travel-Eeze, a product designed to help you combat constipation and maintain a healthy digestive system.

Understanding Seasonal Effects on Gut Health

Gut health is a crucial aspect of overall well-being, as it influences our digestion, immunity, and even our mood. Seasonal changes can affect our gut in several ways:

  • Diet Variations: Seasonal foods can be very different. In the winter, hearty, heavy meals are more common, while summer often brings an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. These dietary shifts can impact your gut’s microbiome, which plays a vital role in digestion and overall health.
  • Hydration Levels: Temperature fluctuations can influence our hydration levels. During the summer, people often consume more fluids, while in the winter, we may not be as inclined to drink enough water. Dehydration can contribute to constipation.
  • Activity Levels: In colder months, people may exercise less and spend more time indoors, leading to a less active lifestyle. Regular physical activity is essential for maintaining a healthy gut.
  • Stress: Seasonal changes, such as the holidays or the start of a new school year, can introduce stress, which can impact gut health. The gut-brain connection is well-documented, and stress can lead to digestive issues.

Introducing Travel-Eeze

Travel-Eeze is a product designed to help individuals maintain healthy gut function and alleviate constipation, regardless of the season. This product offers several benefits to promote digestive health:

  • Natural Ingredients: Travel-Eeze is formulated with natural ingredients that are gentle on your stomach. It contains a blend of dietary flaxseed fiber, vitamins and minerals that work together to promote regular bowel movements without causing discomfort.
  • Regularity: Travel-Eeze is designed to help maintain regularity, which is essential for a healthy gut. It aids in preventing constipation and supports smooth, consistent digestion.
  • Hydration Support: Staying adequately hydrated is vital for gut health. Travel-Eeze is a powder formula that you pour in a glass of water that encourages you to drink more water, which can help alleviate constipation and support overall well-being.
  • Seasonal Adaptability: Regardless of the season, Travel-Eeze can be incorporated into your routine to help you combat constipation. Its effectiveness isn’t limited by the weather outside.

Seasonal changes can significantly impact your gut health. By being mindful of dietary variations, hydration levels, activity, and stress during these transitions, you can better care for your digestive system. For those looking for a reliable solution to constipation that’s effective year-round, Travel-Eeze is a promising option. With its natural ingredients and emphasis on hydration, it can help you maintain regularity and ensure that your gut health remains in balance throughout the seasons. Remember that maintaining a healthy gut is a year-round commitment, and Travel-Eeze is here to support you on that journey.



A BAR ABOVE: Cocktail Sets That Will Cause A Stir

November 21, 2023

Stirred cocktails, like Martinis & Manhattans, are some of the most iconic drinks in any mixologist’s repertoire. With the right tools and techniques, anyone can start creating restaurant-quality stirred cocktails at home.

So what are these tools, and how can you be sure that you are getting the best value for your money?

Enter A Bar Above, a family-run premium mixology brand co-founded by Chris Tunstall, a professional bartender & bar manager. A Bar Above’s products are wallet-friendly, durable, and stylishly designed, making them a must-have for any home bar. In addition to offering top-quality tools, the brand also offers a suite of courses that cover everything you need to know to get started and expand your skills in mixology.

You can find A Bar Above on Amazon! There you’ll find several sized Craft Cocktail Sets. They also offer really cool Bar Basics Course which is such a fun creative gift.

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Ward 8 Cocktail Ingredients

To craft this delicious cocktail, gather the following simple ingredients:

  1. Rye Whiskey: Opt for a quality rye whiskey, known for its robust and spicy character. This helps balance the Ward 8’s sweet and sour flavor profile.
  2. Fresh Lemon Juice: Use fresh lemons rather than store bought juice to infuse your Ward 8 with natural, bright citrus notes.
  3. Grenadine: A sweet and tangy pomegranate syrup, a hint of grenadine for sweetness adds depth to the cocktail.
  4. Orange Juice: Freshly squeezed orange juice imparts a delightful, citrusy tang that complements the other flavors, especially when the two citrus juices are mixed together.
  5. Maraschino Cherry or Orange Slice: A maraschino cherry or orange slice (or even a piece of orange zest) serves as a classic garnish, although it’s also common to skip a garnish on this one.


oranges and lemons for a classic whiskey cocktail in a chilled glass

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How to Make a Ward 8

In this week’s video, Chris not only makes the classic Ward 8 cocktail but also shows you his Ward 8.1 version using his secret ingredient… Limoncello! Check it out here:


Ward 8 Variations

Chris himself offers two variations today; before we riff on this Boston classic, let’s look at the basic recipe:

  • 2 ounces rye whiskey
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce orange juice
  • 1/4 ounce Grenadine

While this vintage cocktail is really yummy with its citrus flavor and signature sweetness, here are a few variations to explore:

  1. Ward 9: Swap out the rye whiskey for bourbon, adding a smoother and slightly sweeter profile to the cocktail.
  2. Ward 8 Royale: Top off your Ward 8 with a splash of sparkling wine or champagne for a touch of effervescence.
  3. Winter Ward 8: During the colder months, add a dash of aromatic bitters, such as Angostura or cinnamon bitters, to bring warm notes to your drink– This plays well with the rye mixture.
  4. Tropical Ward 8: Experiment with incorporating a splash of pineapple juice or coconut water for a fruity, refreshing twist. It will play with the other citrus flavors and add a tropical feel.
  5. It’s also popular to use fresh lime juice instead of lemon.
  6. If you’re feeling ambitious and/or creative, make your own homemade grenadine instead of using the overly-sweet store-bought version. Create your own pomegranate simple syrup of sorts by combining equal parts pomegranate juice and sugar with a splash of orange flower water or 1 ounce lemon juice. Note: This natural grenadine won’t produce the same bright color of traditional sweet tart syrup from stores. Don’t be surprised if your final cocktail doesn’t look like our photos!


craft cocktail in a chilled glass

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Gotta Love This Classic Whiskey Cocktail

The Ward Eight is a classic rye whiskey cocktail that brings together whiskey, citrus, and grenadine for a balanced drink.

Whether you’re looking to unwind after a long day or impress guests at your next gathering, the Ward 8 offers a delightful blend of flavors and a touch of American history. So, gather your ingredients & your cocktail shaker and perfect your shaking technique– It’s time to make the Ward 8!

famous drink Ward 8, a classic whiskey cocktail, with 1 ounce orange juice

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Ward 8

A twist on the classic cocktail, this surprisingly bright & bitter is a tasty way to use orange juice in a non-sweet drink, adding Limoncello & subbing in single malt whiskey to round out the drink.
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  • 1 3/4 oz Single Malt Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz Limoncello
  • 1/2 oz Orange Juice
  • 1/4 oz Grenadine


  • Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  • Shake for 10-15 seconds.
  • Use your Hawthorne cocktail strainer and fine strainer to double strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • Optional: Garnish with an orange peel and/or cocktail cherry.

Indulge in Radiance: Ultaceutical’s Ultra BAM Facial Experience At The Fairmont Spa

November 20, 2023

Embark on a journey of indulgence and rejuvenation, prep your holiday skin, or get red-carpet ready with Fairmont Spa Ultra BAM Treatment for Radiance & Glow. Nestled within the luxurious confines of the Fairmont (more on this EPIC spa later!!), this oasis of serenity beckons you to unwind, relax, and treat your skin to the ultimate pampering.

Today, I experienced the Ultra BAM for Radiance & Glow Treatment facial! –  truly a skincare experience that unveiled a radiant and glowing complexion like never before. Let’s call it transformative as I left more than refreshed and revitalized, I am truly radiant!

The secret weapon is the legacy Australian brand used: Ultraceuticals.

The Ultraceuticals philosophy is a ‘progressive rather than aggressive’ approach to a consumer’s skin journey. They focus on formulations that are results-driven without compromising on texture and aroma, and that’s what makes them unique in the cosmeceutical skin arena.

Onto this HOLIDAY GLOW treatment!
  • Goals are to restore skin from premature aging or sun damage with high-strength Brightening Accelerator Mask featuring Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s), Salicylic Acid (BHA) and Vitamin B3 combined with a powerful blend of brightening agents.  (YUM!!)
  • Onto, corrective cosmeceutical serums infused with UltraINFUSION work in synergy to diminish dark spots and hyperpigmentation to reveal a brighter, clearer complexion.

It was divine – and I am deeply in love with this line – (Also how am I just discovering it??). I also loved Ingrid, my aesthetician.

Can’t make it to the Fairmont?

Here are some great gift sets curated for this gift-giving season.

Limited Edition Holiday Skincare Kits:

The Luminous Skin Gift Set ($105)

The Optimal Hydration Gift Set ($145)

The Soothe and Calm Gift Set ($165). 

This legacy brand (started 25 years ago) uses only the highest quality active ingredients, innovative delivery systems like their trademarked Ultra-RETI™ and MicroElastin® technology, while focusing on repairing and maintaining a healthy skin barrier, resulting in the brand being the preferred cosmeceuticals skincare line in over 600 professional salon, clinics, and medi-spas around the globe.


Each Ultraceuticals product is carefully researched, formulated and tested in a variety of environments as well as extensive panel testing before going to market. An Ultraceuticals formulation focuses on innovating delivery system technology for optimum performance.


Absolutely. Before any product goes into market, extensive and strict panel test trials are conducted using a range of volunteers over 90 days to ensure the product’s efficacy and safety. Results are documented using an advanced professional skin scanning camera technology. Ultraceuticals stands behind all its products and claims.


Yes. Ultraceuticals is proudly certified cruelty-free with the Choose Cruelty Free (CFF) organization and PETA. This means that they do not test any of their products on animals and none of the ingredients used in their products are tested on animals. Ultraceuticals proudly conducts internal panel tests on willing and enthusiastic human participants.

A little back story about this storied Australian brand:

Started in 1998, Founder, Dr Geoffrey Heber and his highly skilled team of Australian and international formulators are dedicated to creating potent, effective products under the Ultraceuticals brand. Ultraceuticals is Australian-owned and use the latest and proven available ingredients and technologies to consistently release new products and improve existing ones. With a combination of sophisticated, patented delivery systems and potent renowned anti-aging stars like Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), each product is formulated with safety and maximum effectiveness in mind, so you get results that you can actually see. By collaborating with renowned universities and leading researchers, Ultraceuticals crafts a simple regimen of products that deliver fast-acting and discernible results to reveal healthy, firm, glowing, beautiful skin.



Dr Geoffrey Heber is a Fellow of the Australian College of Cosmetic Medicine and also a Fellow of the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australia. He completed his medical degree at the University of NSW and has an MBA from the University of Sydney. He has spent well over twenty years as a cosmetic physician. His passion for innovation in the cosmeceutical skincare arena saw him launch the first Australian brand, Ultraceuticals, with a superior vitamin C skin serum in 1998.  Today, the Ultraceuticals founder and cosmetic physician, Dr Geoffrey Heber, is considered a pioneer in Australia for leading the way in effective skincare products that offer real visible results.

Elevate Your Holiday Celebrations With Kiva

November 16, 2023


The holiday season is here, and if you’re looking to add some magic to your festive gatherings, Kiva’s got your back some fresh data around entertaining with cannabis*:

  1. 17% of American winter party hosts plan to serve cannabis products at their parties
  2. While three in ten Americans aged 21+  prefer consuming cannabis to drinking alcohol at parties.
  3. However, 65% of Americans say one of the keys to a great party is inclusivity (e.g., making sure everyone has their preferred food/drink/cannabis product).

Isn’t it time to start offering cannabis as an alternative to alcohol for a more inclusive holiday celebration?!

To also aid in the holiday cheer, Kiva is offering two different discounts! Thanksgiving weekend (Green Wednesday – Cyber Monday) Kiva is offering 1-4 for $40 on all Camino products. Additionally, they are offering a stock and save on Kiva products: buy any 2 Kiva products and save 30%, or buy 2 get 1 of equal or lesser price!

Groomed LA’s recommendation? Grab your favorite Kiva products and try any of these festive activities while you’re experiencing the most lovely balanced effects of Kiva!

  1. LA Zoo Lights: A Wild Wonderland  Step into a wild and whimsical world at LA Zoo Lights. The zoo is transformed into a dazzling holiday wonderland with over a million lights, immersive displays, and seasonal attractions.
  2. Yuletide Cinema Land: Outdoor Holiday Movie Magic – Experience the magic of outdoor holiday movie screenings with Yuletide Cinema Land. Enjoy classic holiday films under the starry Southern California sky while savoring Kiva edibles. It’s a cozy and festive way to celebrate the season with friends and family.
  3. Christmas Nights at 123 Farm: Join in on a whimsical ride around Christmas Nights at 123 Farm. This charming farm offers festive food and drinks, tractor wagon rides, s’mores pits, and even a visit from Santa. The farm is adorned with over a million lights, creating a magical atmosphere.