It’s Spooooooky!

We were lucky to be invited to attend the opening day of Knott’s Spooky Farm.  I don’t do scary.  The twins don’t do scary.  Caitlyn on the other hand has no fear of ANYTHING.

masked dogSince the invitation was only for myself and 3 family members I was on my own with the grands.  I enlisted the help of some friends who have season passes, and they took Caitlyn on all the big kid rides while the twins and I worked our way through Camp Spooky quite happily.

I posted a ton of pictures on Instagram and Facebook, you are following me on both right?  If you search the hashtag #Knottsspookyfarm you can see some amazing pictures from people who are actually good at taking pictures.

Kids can take part in “Snoopy’s Costume Contest and Dance Party” and also visit the Camp Spooky Theatre to view “The Monsters are Coming, Charlie Brown”, a new Halloween show where everyone will be singing and dancing along to all their favorite Halloween tunes. Kids of all ages can join in the fun with spooky karaoke and mask making at the “Monster Masquerade Ball Karaoke” or go Trick-or-Treating at Ghost Town where friendly ghosts deliver delicious treats. At the “Spooky Hollow Maze” kids will travel through a spooky forest with gigantic jack-o-lanterns and encounter a headless horseman! In the Creepy Crawler Cabin Knott’s Park Naturalist will amaze children of all ages with her slithery, slimy, creepy, crawly critters.  We of course did none of that.  “Too scary”!

halloween-decorations-at-knottsOn our way out we passed through the rest of Knott’s as they were getting ready for KNott’s Scary Farm.  At one point we saw that there were spider webs on everything.  Madilyn about wet herself.  We had a long conversation about it actually being cheesecloth (which they thought the name was hilarious!) and that I had some in my kitchen at home.  After explaining everything she finally got brave enough to touch it and realized it was smooth and soft not sticky like a real spider web.

All in all it was a really good day.  If you take your kiddos post your photos and let me know.  I love kids in costume!


Tis the Season for Knotts

The entrance of Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park...

The entrance of Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park, California, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of my employees at the rink bought her entire family Knott’s Season Tickets for Christmas last year.  She is a part time employee making minimum wage going to community college.  That’s how inexpensive it is to buy season tickets.  She used the easy pay monthly payment system.  For a family of 4 it cost her approximately $50 per month for 9 months to have 4 season tickets with NO BLACKOUT dates and a parking pass (only one).  That’s a total of $450!  That’s almost how much I paid for my lowest on the totem pole all kinds of blackout dates season pass to the themepark just down the road!

There are many different options:

2016 Regular Season Pass

Buy your 2016 Season Pass and enjoy unlimited visits in 2016 with no blackout dates plus discounts on food and merchandise! For a limited time, New Passholders will receive one free 2015 visit. 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!  9 payments of $9.00 = $81!

2016 Gold Season Pass

Upgrade to a 2016 Gold Season Pass and enjoy 2 Parks, including all the thrilling rides at Knott’s Berry Farm and cool slides at Knott’s Soak City Waterpark. It pays for itself in less than 2 visits! New Passholders will receive one free 2015 visit. 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. 9 payments of $10.75 = $96.75

2016 Platinum Pass

Enjoy world record breaking roller coasters and thrill rides at any Cedar Fair amusement and outdoor water parks in the U.S. & Canada. This premium pass entitles you to unlimited admission, free parking, and a huge list of exclusive benefits during the 2016 public operating days. New Passholders will receive one free 2015 visit. Renewing Passholders will receive one free Fast Lane to use on any day when Fast Lane is sold through 12/18/15. For a just a little more, you sure do get a lot! 9 payments of $21.00 = $189!!!!!  And I can go to CEDAR POINT IN OHIO!

2016 Season Pass + Dining

With a Season Pass Plus All-Season Dining, you get all the exclusive benefits of being a Season Passholder, plus one lunch and one dinner at participating locations throughout the park every day you visit Knott’s Berry Farm in 2016. Beverages are not included. 9 payments of $20.00 = $180!  You know you have that one big eaqter in the family!

***NOTE: None of the above passes include special events such as Knotts Scary Farm
Does this sound like an advertisement?  Well it kind of is.  GigaSavvy is allowing me to bring the grands to a special day of Camp Spooky (that’s about the level of “scary” I can handle during the Halloween season) in exchange for this post.  All the opinions and words are my own (except the ones I cut and pasted from their site).  I have no official affiliation or relationship with Knotts Berry Farm (although I am open to any relationship with practically anyone at this point!).


It’s as Easy as Riding a Bike

Guardian_Logo_CyanWhen I took on more responisbilities at work last year, I cut back (WAY BACK) on blogging.  I miss it.  Thanks to the wonderful people at Gigasavvy, they invited me to check out some new bikes that will be safer and easier for the grands to use.

My grands are apartment dwellers.  They don’t get many chances to ride bikes.  They each have a bike at Aunt Kathy’s house but are hesitant to ride them without assistance.  Caitlyn still thinks she needs training wheels, but I think if her confidence grew her ability would as well.

Matthew wouldn’t try riding at all during the event, Caitlyn would only ride with assistance.  Madilyn didn’t want to get off, she was trying so hard to do it on her own but I think her excitement got the best of her.  Bless the hearts of the owners/devolpers of Guardian Bikes and their employees, they all at one point or another held on to the back of Madilyn’s bike and helped her along.

guardian.july2015_prototypes.50Guardian Bikes CEO Brian Riley’s focus on bike safety has a long history. Riley was inspired by his grandfather experiencing a terrible bike accident. He flipped over the front of his bike, ultimately landing him in traction. Wanting to keep other bike riders from experiencing what his grandfather did, Riley invented new braking technology called SureStop. SureStop brakes employ a single hand lever that operates both the front and rear brake simultaneously, making it virtually impossible to flip over the front of your bike due to a sudden stop. But Riley wanted to take things further.  He realized there was a whole group of vastly underserved people when it comes to bike safety: kids. Riley founded Guardian Bikes with the intention of preventing the millions of bike accidents that happen to children each year. Guardian Bikes use SureStop brake technology, among other features, to allow children to explore the world in motion with confidence.

Guardian Bikes come complete with the following safety features:

SureStop Brakes

  • No front wheel lockup
  • Easier for children–only one lever controls both brakes

Easy Ride Geometry

Wheel base is extended and bottom bracket is lowered or an overall lower center of gravity, making the bike harder to tip over and easier to ride.

Sturdier Steering

Guardian Bikes’ steering components make it easier for kids to steer as they ride


Mostly made of aluminum, Guardian Bikes are easier for a child to control due to their light weight

High Quality Components

  • SureStop Brakes
  • Shimano shifting
  • Kenda tires
  • Double wall rims for durability

Some facts about Guardian Bikes

  • For children ages 4-12
  • Designed in 20” and 24” size frames
  • Designed in bold colors and patterns for both boys and girls
  • The only children’s bikes with
  • SureStop brake technology
  • Officially launching September 2015
  • Will be available online and at specialty retailers
  • Priced at $399

I don’t know if that is a price point I can afford (especially times three!), but if they move to a house where they can ride more often it will be well worth it (as a santa gift).


Why Do You Care?

Why do you care

  • which restroom anyone goes in?  Do you have segregated restrooms at home?  Is someone going to see something in a stall through a wall?  Ditch the urinals and make all restrooms unisex.
  • who anyone wants to marry? Are they asking to marry you? Worry about the sanctity of your own marriage.
  • who anyone wants to sleep with? Are they asking to sleep with you?  Are they sleeping with you part of the time?  Keep yourself and your partner happy.
  • what kind of pet someone has?  Are they living in your house?  Is it getting in to your yard? Take care of your animals.
  • what anyone does for a living? Are they paying your bills? Keep your self maintained.
  • what if any religion anyone practices? Are you happy with your beliefs? Let me be happy with mine.
  • what anyone wears? Are they wearing your clothes? If you didn’t give birth to them it isn’t any of your business.
  • how someone adorns their body? Are they forcing you to get a tattoo or a piercing? If it isn’t impaling you it shouldn’t involve you.

Seriously, folks, everyone needs to calm down and reexamine their own worth and beings and keep your hands and beliefs to yourself.


La County Fair Food

Once again I was invited to taste the new treats put out by the delectable food vendors at the LA County Fair. Once again they did not disappoint!
I didn’t get a chance to do an official interview with Chicken Charlie but we did chat for a bit “off the record”.  HA!  We talked about his newest creation the Deep Fried Peanut Butter Pickle.  He said he got the idea when his wife was pregnant and she was craving peanut butter.  He thought don’t women usually crave pickles when they are pregnant?  Why don’t I put the two of them together?  BINGO! As he was telling us this story I thought don’t women (not me mind you) crave pickles and ice cream?  So I said, “Why didn’t you make it a la mode?”  He loved the idea and said we may see that next year.  I completely released any hold I had on it and gave the idea to him fuilly (this is public acknowledgement of that release).  Now when he make his fortune (HA!) off that idea maybe he will toss me a few deep fried oreos in recognition.
The Fair opens this Friday, September 4, 2015 and runs until Sunday, September 27, 2015.  If you are itching to go you can get your Season Pass or buy your ticket at the door.  While you are there you can use the handy dandy Food Finder to find exactly what you want to eat.
I took my friend Sheila with me (she’s like Mikey, she’ll try anything!) and here are her notes about all the food she tried.  My notes will follow hers in RED.  A photo gallery is at the bottom of the post.
Chicken Charlie
  • Slim Fast Bar- All due respect to the Slim Fast people, but the BEST way to eat a Slimfast Bar is breaded and deep fried. It’s kinda sweet, Kinda chocolaty,  kinda bad, but its a SLIMFAST BAR. Try it.  I will never eat a Slim Fast bar any other way again (Hell, I will never eat another Slim Fast bar).
  • Bacon chicken and waffles- the  waffle is a cinnamon batter. The chicken winglette is bacon wrapped maple sweet and deliciousness. If the thought of chicken and waffles makes you say WHAT?! try this.  I didn’t care for the waffle but that could be because it was cold by the time I tried to eat it.  The cinnamon batter had a good flavor but the waffle was more of a belgian waffle than a homemade one like I get at Roscoe’s.  The chicken is a small leg or whatever all dark meat.  I don’t like dark meat (except in my men buh dum ching) so I just picked at the bacon wrapped around it.  That was very well cooked and tasty!
  • Fried Guacamole- yep, me too. It was surprisingly excellent. A fresh and light avocado flavor. If a fried food could taste healthy, this is it. The guacamole went from a Latino delicacy to a Middle Eastern humus- falafel type dish. Nope, not me.
  • Peanut Butter Pickle- Fair Food Challenge….. yea, nope not me either.  Although my friend Jessica said she liked it so there’s that.
Cornucopia Foods
  • Spicy PB&J Burger- sweet and savory heat. Do it. If they hadn’t put Siracha on this, I may have tried it.
  • We missed the Chicken and Waffles in a Cone, but it looks like crispy fired chicken and waffles dusted in powdered sugar presented in a waffle cone. Should be yummy. Dang it!  Definitely getting this when I go back after the Fair opens!
Lori’s Concessions
  • Tasti Chips…. Tasti Chips are hands down my favorite thing to get at the Fair.  I can walk around all day munching on the parmesan garlic chips (and pay for it with heartburn all night long).
  • New Cuban Fusion Burger- With the US-Cuba relations opening, I want a more authentic Cuban Sandwich. What should have been a special kind of tasty ham and cheese was actually salty ham and Spam -type mystery patty with pickles disappointment.  I don’t do Spam.
  • Deep fried Cinnamon Apple Rings – good batter flavor. Be sure to eat these hot.  I really wanted to like these.  I think if they were hot they would have been amazing and will be something Marisa will enjoy.  
  • Deep Fried Pork Roll- Nope, a waste of deep frying. Stick with the beef sundae. The meat flavor is good and smokey. The fried wrap make the meat seem dry.  Looked like a deep fried burrito, no thanks.
  • Deep Fried Battered Corn- Classic Fair food. Once you get through the deep fried corn batter, the corn on the cob inside is in need of your personal flavor additions; which are there for your addition.  Disclaimer – A toothless woman eating corn on the cob is not a pretty picture. So I didn’t taste this one, but I was highly intrigued.
  • Deep Fried Corn- Clearly taste like frozen corn but is fried in good flavored oil. Adding your own seasonings makes this  corn. Because of the aforementioned issue I scraped some of this off the cob and like Sheila said it tasted like frozen corn, but the seasonings on it were good.
Pink’s Hot Dog’s
  • Chili Cheese Pastrami Fries- Salty cacophony of flavors that should have been good, but failed. You couldn’t get me to touch this with a ten foot pole.
  • Bam Hot Dog slathered in jalepeno’s – Neither of us actually ate this, but Jessica devoured it so it must be good!
Los Angeles International Wine Competition
  • Be sure to check out the Wine Education Program. Taste over 200 Gold Medal Winning Wines. View more than 2,000 international wine, spirits and extra virgin olive oil winners.
  • Stella Rosa Peach is featured by the glass. It has a peach nose that actually delivers a pleasant sparkling fresh peach taste.

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Motherland Of Sam: We Are All Born A**holes

motherlandMeet Sam Dean Mavis, writer, producer, hilarious Mommy Blogger, wife, and Mother of three.  Sam has just launched her first book of short essays about her daily adventures with her family and has already landed in the number one spot on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Parenting and Family Humor.
Sam’s laugh out loud, hilarious, honest, raw, touching, and endearing view of motherhood will will keep you in tears, either from laughter or from touching your heart.
Motherland of Sam: We Are All Born A**holes is a book for anyone who finds humor in the trials and tribulations of life, for anyone who is a Mom, has a Mom, or a sense of humor. 

With such chapters as “I Have A Penis Like Daddy And You Have A Vagina Like 
Mommy,” “My Daughter Is Obsessed With My Period,” “The Mommy Tipping Point: When Moms Cry,” “Facing Depression In Parenting,” and “Conversations With My Son: My Poop Is In The Cave,” Sam will take you on a journey into situations that only your closest friends would discuss, at a whisper, and shares them in celebration, or triumph over a difficult time.
Without further adieu, meet Sam, and, Come Join The Journey.

Disney Meet and Greet at D23

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Fans can meet their favorite Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior stars, the biggest among a generation of kids and tweens, at D23 EXPO, the ultimate Disney fan event, FRIDAY, AUGUST 14 through SUNDAY, AUGUST 16, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. The schedule features “inside-the-magic” experiences including a weekend full of jam-packed Center Stage musical performances by Hollywood Records recording artists Sabrina Carpenter, Olivia Holt and Radio Disney’s NBT Bea Miller; a dance party with stars from the Disney Channel Original Movie Teen Beach 2; a sneak peek at Disney Junior’s upcoming The Lion Guard; meet and greets with beloved characters from top-rated preschool series Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins; the premiere of an all-new Mickey Mouse cartoon short and more.

On FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, fans can attend a performance by Disney Channel star Olivia Holt.

Ariel-Winter-In-Dolce-Gabbana-2012-Golden-Globe-AwardsOn SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, Sofia the First’s Ariel Winter will be a special reader during Disney Junior story time. Plus, fans can catch performances by Girl Meets World star Sabrina Carpenter, Disney’s Descendants stars Dove Cameron and Sofia Carson, and Radio Disney’s NBT Bea Miller. Also, popular radio personalities from Radio Disney will be on site for a Radio Disney dance party. Then, fans can join creators of hit Disney XD animation series for the New Disney Storytellers panel, which will offer a glimpse into the vision and inspiration that go into a Disney XD animated series.

On SUNDAY, AUGUST 16, younger kids and their families can start off with Disney Junior story time featuring special guest reader Loretta Devine from Doc McStuffins, and then get up and groove with Radio Disney Junior at a special dance party. Later in the day, tweens, teens, and families can catch the debut of an all-new Mickey Mouse cartoon short entitled “Wishing Well,” then boogie at a Teen Beach 2 dance party, featuring stars from the movie and its choreographer, Chris Scott. *Schedule is subject to change.

Throughout the three-day event, Radio Disney on-air personalities will be hosting electrifying Center Stage performances and events, while casts from fans’ favorite Disney Channel and Disney XD series and movies will be making special appearances and signing autographs in the Disney | ABC TV Pavilion. They include fans’ favorite stars from Disney Channel’s Descendants, Teen Beach 2, Liv and Maddie, Jessie, Dog With A Blog, I Didn’t Do It, Girl Meets World, K.C. Undercover, Austin & Ally, BUNK’D, and Best Friends Whenever as well as Disney XD’s Lab Rats: Bionic Island, Mighty Med, Kirby Buckets, and Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything.

Tickets for D23 EXPO 2015 are available at a discounted price for a limited time. Now through June 30, 2015, tickets are $67 for one-day adult admission and $48 for children 3–12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are $58 for one-day adult admission and $42 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available. D23 Members can save as much as $188 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate. For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for D23 Members and general admission, visit

Additional details and updates about Disney Channels Worldwide performances, signings, and special activities will continue to be updated and on Facebook and Twitter at “DisneyD23” as well as the Disney Channel Media Relations Twitter and Instagram handle @DisneyChannelPR.

Shopping and Signing D23 Style

Bursting with D23 EXPO 2015 – themed official merchandise and other specialty items from Disney Theme Park Merchandise, the Dream Store returns with something magical for Disney fans of all ages. From Disney-inspired apparel, art and collectibles, accessories, books, and more, the D23 EXPO 2015 Dream Store is a Disney enthusiast’s dream come true.  Highlights include:

Official D23 EXPO Merchandise–Disney fans can take home a piece of the magic from this year’s Expo, with an assortment of official D23 EXPO 2015 merchandise including tees, fleece, baseball caps, novelty headwear, D-Tech, jewelry, drinkware, souvenirs, accessories, pins, and Vinylmation™. And for the first time, guests can bring home a selfie party-pack inspired by a few of our favorite Disney characters, as well as an “R4-D23” droid and Princess Kneesaa the Ewok plush. D23 EXPO Tip: Look for a specially themed Walt’s Kingdom collection.

Disney Theme Park Merchandise: Showcasing some of its newest releases and exclusive offerings from ACME Archives Limited, ALEX AND ANI, Steve Adams, Dave Avanzino, Jasmine Becket-Griffith, David Bird, Britni Brault, Stephen Cargile, Bob Elias, Collector’s Choice, Disney Design Group, Disney Dream Collection, Disney Fine Art by Collectors Editions, Disney Parks│PANDORA, Dooney & Bourke, HARVEYS, Ink & Paint Artists, Rob Kaz, Jerrod Maruyama, Bridget McCarty, Miss Mindy, James Mulligan, Rick O’Brien, Robert Olszewski, Maggie Parr, Mike Peraza, Larry Nikolai, Precious Moments, Linda Rick, Tim Rogerson, Javier Soto, George Scribner, Sketch Artists, Michelle St.Laurent, Yakovetic, and more.

ALEX AND ANI will debut several new styles at D23 EXPO 2015. Fans can expect a variety of jewelry designs featuring everyone’s favorite, Mickey Mouse and a very special “Celebrate” wrap.

Disney Dream Collection and D23 Expo-Exclusive Jewelry: Guests can enjoy a sparkling selection of fine jewelry created for the Disneyland Resort Celebration.

HARVEYS– Created especially for D23 EXPO 2015, this new collection features historical “A, B and, C Ticket Media” on some of their most popular silhouettes.

Dream Store Autograph Sessions–Disney fans will get the chance to meet some of their favorite authors, artists, Disney Legends, and other notable celebrities inside the Dream Store. Autograph sessions will be posted daily via the D23 EXPO Mobile App (available later this summer) and daily at the D23 EXPO Dream Store.

Details about Dream Store merchandise offerings, special artist appearances, and more will continue to be updated on,, and on Facebook and Twitter at “DisneyD23”.


 Now through June 30, 2015, tickets are $67 for a one-day adult admission and $48 for children 3–12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are $58 for a one-day adult admission and $42 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available. D23 Members can save as much as $188 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate. For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for D23 Members and general admission, visit

I’m Scared

Taj and I have known each other for almost 26 years.

In that time I have never met his children.

They have always lived in Pakistan.

The past few years we have gotten to know each other via face book.

This weekend his son is coming to Los Angeles.  With his wife and child.

I’m scared.

Taj and I were never married.  Now we aren’t even a “couple” any more.

I had a nightmare last weekend.  I dreamed the kids wouldn’t let me hold the baby and when he called me grandma they corrected him.

Fear is real.

Diamond D23

disneytwenty-three_7.2-summer-2015_cover-copyrightAs Disneyland approaches its 60th anniversary, Disney twenty-three brings readers inside the party, with an in-depth look at how the park is celebrating this milestone with new parades, spectaculars, and enhancements to popular attractions. In preparation for the landmark occasion, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club took Disney Legend Marty Sklar—who worked at Disneyland on opening day—and Walt Disney Imagineering Chief Creative Executive Bruce Vaughn on a walk through Disneyland, where they reminisce about details from the past, such as the park’s legendary opening day, and look ahead at all the excitement yet to come.

Also in the Summer issue, available exclusively to D23 Gold Members, the Walt Disney Archives unveils rarely showcased ephemera from Disneyland’s opening including a media pass and concept art for freeway billboards promoting the world’s first theme park. And for Disney parks foodies, there’s a look at some of the park’s signature snacks, from Dole Whips and turkey legs to churros and Mickey Mouse ice cream bars.

Plus, film critic, historian, and co-producer of the Walt Disney Treasures DVD series Leonard Maltin gives a behind-the-scenes look at Disney’s three big summer movies featuring exclusive interviews with Tomorrowland director Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille), Inside Out director Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc., Up), and Ant-Man director Peyton Reed. Each director offers Maltin—who authored the book The Disney Films—a fascinating look at the creation of the colorful, complicated, and magnificent worlds of their three films.

Also included in the Summer issue of Disney twenty-three:

  • Rarely seen photos from the Disneyland Hotel’s storied history
  • A look inside a Disneyland Pitch Portfolio that was used to sell East Coast investors on Walt’s vision for the park
  • Fifty years of Disney Ambassadors and how they bring magic to people around the globe
  • Newlyweds share the stories of their beautiful Disney-themed weddings
  • An up-close look at the beloved animated feature Pinocchio with historian J.B. Kaufman
  • Regular columns including A Walk with Walt, D Society, and Ask Dave

D23 Members are invited to visit for additional online-exclusive features, including a gallery of more artwork from the Disneyland Pitch Portfolio, used to showcase concepts of the park that would turn Walt’s dream into a reality.

Other features coming to include:

  • Disney Legend Marty Sklar talking about the past and future of Disneyland as the park celebrates its 60th anniversary
  • A robust gallery of images of Disneyland through the years
  • A dazzling display of wedding cakes to bring a sweet finish to any Disney fan’s wedding, from classic confections to truly innovative tastes for all the senses

Disney twenty-three, which is delivered directly to fans’ doorsteps, is offered exclusively to D23 Gold Members as a benefit of their membership. The latest issue will begin arriving late May.

About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($74.99) and General Membership (complimentary) levels at and at To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube.