Disclosure: I was provided tickets and tasting cards to enjoy Knott’s Berry Farm with my family. All opinions are my own.
Disclosure: We received tickets and food vouchers from Knott’s Berry Farm so that we could share our thoughts on the limited-time Knott’s Spooky Farm weekend event!
It’s officially Halloween Season! Yes, Halloween is totally a season. My favorite one at that. I do everything I can to cram as many activities and events into the 31 days of October. And one of my favorite things to do is spend the day at Knott’s Spooky Farm.
During this special weekend-only family event, the cobweb-lined streets of Ghost Town have more fun than frights… [Read more…]
“This post about stretching your organic food budget was sponsored by ALDI as part of Influencer Activation for Influence Central.”
When I heard ALDI was opening 25 new locations in Southern California, I was very curious. I had never been to one before, but had heard plenty of stories from my mom of amazing deals on meat, produce, and more. Now, I’m not perfect, but I do try to feed my family mainly organic and GMO-free foods. So when I learned that ALDI offers a variety of private-label USDA Organic foods at low prices, I was excited to see how far I could stretch my dollar. [Read more…]
Disclaimer: We received free admission and food vouchers to attend the Boysenberry Festival at Knott’s Berry Farm. All opinions are my own.
When it comes to berries, California is probably most well-known for its strawberries. After all, over 80% of the fresh and frozen strawberries in the country are grown in California. But there’s another berry that’s taking Southern California by storm. It’s sweet, plump, juicy, and purple. And it’s the reason Knott’s Berry Farm is what it is today. I’m talking about the Boysenberry.
Back in the early 1920’s, Walter Knott, moved his family to Buena Park, California in an attempt to make a living in farming. At their roadside stand they sold their crops – rhubarb, asparagus, and some berries. Walter’s wife Cordelia made homemade jellies and jams which they sold as well. The family was doing alright. But it was the experiment of a close friend that changed the Knott family’s life forever. [Read more…]
Disclaimer: I attended an event for influencers at Tortilla Jo’s that included free food and drink.
When you’re in Southern California you have to take part in one of the favorite local past times – weekend brunch! Just about everyone I know looks forward to gathering with family and friends on the weekend for delicious foods and a main staple of brunching; bottomless mimosas.
If you’re planning a trip to Southern California soon, I have some great news for you! The LEGOLAND® Hotel at LEGOLAND® California has some exciting new residents! As a LEGOLAND® Insider I get to share all of the fun new additions to the park over the next year. There’s always something going on!
LEGOLAND® Hotel guests have some really great options for room themes – Pirate, Kingdom, and Adventure! We stayed in an Adventure-themed room when the hotel first open and it was an absolute blast. My three LEGO-loving boys enjoyed all of the awesome perks. But starting March 10th, guests will be able to stay in the newest themed rooms [Read more…]
Disclaimer: I was invited to attend this event for free. My insights and opinions are my own.
“New Year, New You: The Beauty Within” was the title of the Mindful Her event that I attended two weekends ago. And it couldn’t have come at a better time. I didn’t make any real resolutions on the first of the year. I didn’t pick a word, I didn’t set intentions. I simply told myself that the recent changes I had made were working, so I’d stick to those. (Spoiler alert: I haven’t!) The goal of this Mindful Her event was to “help women adopt healthier practices one step at a time for a slow evolution to being healthy in mind, body and spirit.” Baby steps. That’s what I need.
I woke up on the morning of Mindful Her an exhausted mess. I usually sleep in on Saturdays and let my husband do all of the parenting. He doesn’t mind spending some time with our wild bunch of kids, and I get an extra hour or two of precious sleep. To be honest, my first thought when my alarm was blaring in my ear was “I don’t want to go to this thing today.” I do that a lot, actually. I psych myself of things all of the time. But when I remembered that it would be a day in Laguna Beach without any kids and I got ready in record time. [Read more…]
Disclosure: Earlier this week we were invited to a media event check out the Holiday Snow Days & Winter Nights offerings at Legoland California. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
LEGOLAND California is having a SNOW DAY! Well, lots of snow days, actually. From now through January 3rd, 2016 you can add snowman building, snow ball throwing, and sledding to your list of fun things to do at LEGOLAND! [Read more…]
Disclaimer: The opinions in this article are my own. I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do I have any official relationship with them. I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content.
(Photo courtesy of: Knott’s Website)
Knott’s is our favorite place for Halloween fun! They really do go all out for Knott’s Scary Farm! My family has loved the Camp Spooky events in the past, and this year it’s not just confined to that one section of the park. The whole park goes spooky for their family-friendly weekend celebration: Knott’s Spooky Farm. This daytime event is a non-scary celebration of cheer rather than fear with shows and activities all geared for kids ages 3-11.
The Knott’s Spooky Farm event is definitely different from the family Halloween events of Knott’s past. This year, guests can trick-or-treat their way through the Ghost Town streets, and be greeted at each door by only the friendliest ghosts and ghouls. My boys loved chatting with the non-scary characters, and of course they loved the treats!
(Photo Courtesy of: Cynthia Duarte)
The whole family can enjoy the winding maze of Spooky Hollow, located in Fiesta Village. Together you’ll travel through a spooky forest complete with gigantic jack-o-lanterns, creepy characters, and more. At the end, you can decorate your own pumpkin for a small fee. We also spotted some Peanuts characters posing for photos inside!
(Photo Courtesy of: Cynthia Duarte)
In the Monster Masquerade Ball, kids can make their own not-so-scary masks, and join in some spooky karaoke. If you didn’t bring a costume, the masks were a great way to participate in the dress up fun.
Other great activities include the Creepy Crawler Cabin, Snoopy’s Costume and Dance Party, and “The Monsters are Coming, Charlie Brown” in the Camp Spooky Theatre. All of the Spooky Farm activities are included in regular park or season pass admission.
If you want to enjoy Knott’s Spooky Farm and more, now is the time to buy a season pass! For a limited time, the 2016 Knott’s Berry Farm Season Pass includes one free 2015 visit for new Passholders. Renewing Passholders will receive a special renewal price and one free Fast Lane to use any day when Fast Lane is sold through 12/18/15! (But hurry, this offer ends November 2!)
The 2016 Knott’s Berry Farm Season are an unbeatable deal at only 9 payments of $9! For more info or to sign up for your pass, click here!
If you’re not local, but plan on visiting Southern California a few times a year, passes are a great investment as well! You can also buy tickets in advance online for a one-time visit and save up to $27 off admission!
We hope to see you at Knott’s in 2016!
Disclaimer: We were invited to attend an event and learn about Guardian Bikes with our friends at GigaSavvy. No compensation was received. All opinions and experiences are my own and not influenced in any way.
I actually haven’t really talked about it on the blog much, but I have a special needs kid. Our family and close friends know about my oldest son’s autism diagnosis, but I am not very vocal about it. He is high-functioning, so my goal as a mom is to just guide him and help him navigate life and try to achieve the same goals as his peers without too much intervention. Basically, I just want him to feel like a regular kid. [Read more…]