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!


Not So Wodless Wednesday – End of Summer

Well, not literally. The end of summer is still over a month away. But with the beginning of school happening so early now and the weather that has been tormenting the midwest you wouldn’t know it.

So in the mean time just enjoy this face.


Just Keep Those $100 Gift Cards Coming!

Makobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon Pinterest blast where one lucky reader will win a $100 Amazon gift card. The giveaway is open to everyone and provided by Makobi Scribe. Good Luck! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for this blast here.

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Star Wars Cos Play

Let me preface this with – I have never seen a single Star Wars movie, nor do I ever plan on seeing one.  Also, I have never participated in Cosplay, nor do I ever plan on participating.  But I do work WonderCon every year and one of my favorite parts is seeing all the amazing costumes people wear.  Some are full on studio created/approved and some are ragtag homemade with duct tape and staples.  All are very cool.

But I am thinking next year’s WonderCon will have a little added something since the Force will be strong with STAR WARS fans this spring when ANOVOS Productions LLC unveils its first line of STAR WARS replica costumes designed to be both displayable and wearable.

Pre-sales begin on May the 4th for these licensed replica costumes.  The collection of STAR WARS replica costumes by ANOVOS will premiere with three extraordinary creations based on the unforgettable adventure of STAR WARS: Episode V-The Empire Strikes Back. Pieces from the collection will premiere during the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo from April 25 to 27.

“Our new Star Wars collection goes way beyond simple costumes – they’re based on the original costume designs and patterns used in the production of these classic movies,” said ANOVOS CEO Joe Salcedo.

EpV - Bespin Luke

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Luke Skywalker’s Bespin uniform and holster will lead the release of the STAR WARSreplica costumes collection by ANOVOS, followed by Han Solo’s iconic costume from The Empire Strikes Back and – later in the summer – a wearable full-length Darth Vader costume.

ANOVOS plans to expand its new STAR WARS offerings later in the year with STAR WARS by ANOVOS Collection / 2-2-2 the addition of wearable armor-based costumes under the banner of “Kamino Armor Works.”  Items from this line will include a bounty hunter Jango Fett costume from STAR WARS: Episode II-Attack of the Clones, and Clone Troopers costumes from STAR WARS: Episode III-Revenge of the Sith.  A sampling of prototypes will be displayed in the ANOVOS booth #408 during C2E2.

The STAR WARS replica costumes collection by ANOVOS will be available for pre-ordering beginning May the 4th at Sizes for the costumes, which are created to be unisex, will range from small to XXL.

“Entering the Star Wars universe is a dream come true for us,” Salcedo said.  Since its inception in 2009, ANOVOS has created wearable fandom for a wide range of popular entertainment properties. “There are no fans more passionate, more excited and more engaged in wearable fandom than Star Wars fans.”

As the STAR WARS replica costumes collection by ANOVOS grows, plans include expanding Kamino Armor Works to encompass wearable costume replicas of Sandtroopers, Biker Scouts, Stormtroopers and other variants of Clone Troopers.

For more information about ANOVOS Productions and the STAR WARS replica costumes collection by ANOVOS, please visit or find ANOVOS on Facebook (, on Twitter (@ANOVOS) or on Instagram (@ANOVOS).

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Not So Wordless Wednesday – I Stir Fry You in My Wok

The illustrious Kim Prince thought it would be fun to give us an oddball phrase for this week. But I think I’m up for the challenge.

Last night I had dinner with Adam and he mentioned he had the day off and had some errands to run today so I offered to loan him my car. I figured I would call the boss and ask him to give me a ride or ask my son-in-law, somehow I would find a way to work.

At some point at the night I decided I would walk this morning. It’s 1.8 miles not really that far, some actually do consider that walking distance. Me not so much.

A good friend texted me this morning and offered me a ride after she dropped her son off at school, but I declined. I can do this I kept telling myself.

I started out shaky my ankles were weak the left one was hurting really bad. But I soldiered on. Because I favored that ankle my hip then started to hurt so about halfway through I was ready to stop.

I had already put it out to the world all over Facebook that I was going to walk and I was getting encouragement from family and friends. Humiliation kept me going I couldn’t stop because then what you can’t even walk a mile.

I made it to work in under an hour – 1.8 miles. I don’t know if that’s a good time or a bad time but all I know is I made it.

Oh yeah, I forgot I stir fry you in my wok, my face looks like it’s been stirfried after 1.8 mile walk.

adrienne van houten



I Will Never Race for the Cure, But I Can Support #KnottsPink

This is the pin worn by employees.  I love the vest!

This is the pin worn by employees. I love the vest!

I have a lot of friends who vehemently dislike the use of the color pink for Breast Cancer Awareness. They think it “pretifies” the cause, they think it is too “feminine”. They purposely don’t participate in or support any causes that use the pink ribbon or merchandise pink items. Good for them. They have an opinion and they feel strongly about it.

What I feel strongly about is the fact that Breast Cancer is still one of the leading causes of death amongst women.  In Orange County alone one in eight women will be diagnosed with Breast cancer in their lifetime.

It is preventable, it is curable, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation is one of the hardest woring foundations in the fight.  Thanks to Komen’s funding of research, new treatments and awareness of the importance of annual mammograms to detect breast cancer in its earliest and most curable stages, the survival rate for breast cancer has risen dramatically over the 33 years of the organization. The Orange County Komen Affiliate provides mammograms for uninsured women and works with other organizations to bring breast health information to people throughout the county.

Knott’s Berry Farm is joining in that fight with their #KnottsPink promotion.  The promotion will provide guests with the opportunity to enjoy Knott’s world class entertainment, attractions and specially-themed “pink” décor, while supporting an important cause that touches many women. Starting February 1, through March 31, guests can purchase “Pink Tickets” for theme park admission online at A portion of the “Pink Tickets” proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen Orange County.

Knott’s has kicked off the promotion with a $25,000 to the Orange County division of the Komen Foundation.

The money that the theme park has already donated will provide 400 women in Orange County with life-saving breast health services.
Guests entering the theme park during the time of the promotion will be greeted by a pink Knott’s Berry Farm for the Cure display adorned with Snoopy and his pal Woodstock. Guests can purchase a commemorative limited edition magnet to place on the special display in honor of, or in memory of, someone affected by breast cancer. The magnet will be sold at select merchandise locations inside Knott’s Berry Farm and all proceeds will benefit Komen Orange County.  Kind of like the balloons sold for the Children’s Hospitals and the stars sold for something else.

Today I am attending a media release with all the details and you can follow and join the conversation by using #KnottsPink on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  By the way after the media event I will be staying and enjoying the park courtesy of Knotts (just in case you were wondering).

If you would like to enjoy the park courtesy of Knott’s all you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway below for a chance to win 2 tickets!

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For more information on the fight against breast cancer, please contact the Susan G. Komen Orange County office at (714) 957-9157.

For Knott’s theme park information including hours of operation please visit or call (714) 220-5200.


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A Food Network Thanksgiving

Food Network’s 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Live Broadcast. Food Network All-Stars Alton Brown, Giada Delaurentiis, Bobby Flay, and for the first time Ina Garten are on-call for Thanksgiving live! Viewer Questions Answered and Advice offered in Real-Time During Live, Two-Hour Interactive Event on Saturday, November 23rd from 12-2pm ET.


During the live show, viewers can submit questions via Facebook (, Twitter (, handle @FoodNetwork, hashtag #ThanksgivingLive and Skype. 



Culinary experts and co-hosts of the upcoming daytime series The Kitchen @ Food Network Sunny Anderson, Katie Lee, Jeff Mauro and Marcela Valladolid log-in to hang out with Alton, Bobby, Giada and Ina post-Thanksgiving Live!, continuing to dish out holiday food advice in an exclusive Thanksgiving leftover-themed Google+ Hangout on  Saturday, November 23rd at 2pm ET. Participants can join the event and interact with the cast at


In advance of the Google+ Hangout, participants can submit questions via Facebook (, Twitter (, handle @FoodNetwork, hashtag #ThanksgivingLive and Google+.


My only question is – WHERE”S REE!?!?!

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