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How to Get Into Knott’s Scary Farm Early + Fright & Fast Lane Add-On

I was provided with media tickets in exchange for coverage. All opinions are my own.

Have you had been to Knott’s Scary Farm yet this year? It’s Southern California’s largest and most terrifying annual Halloween event and it’s not for the faint of heart!  Knott’s Scary Farm only happens at night after the regular Knott’s Berry Farm Park is closed. The Park is fully transformed into “Scary Farm” and comes alive with more than 1,000 horrifying creatures lurking in the fog and hiding in every corner. haunted houses, mazes and attractions, sinister shows, a dozen thrill rides in the dark and more!Each night at Knott’s Scary Farm is unique as monsters spill out onto the streets and turn theme park midways into terrifying scare zones. From the world famous Ghost Town Streets to the Boardwalk area filled with evil clowns, there’s nowhere to hide in Knott’s Scary Farm. It’s where nightmares never end! So, if you’re curious about how exactly you can gain early access to Knott’s Scary Farm, there is a way, so lean in while I spill. The Knott’s Scary Farm BOO-fet Grants Guests Early Access to the Park 
Come early and munch with the monsters before you face your fears! Treat yourself to a Knott’s Scary Farm BOO-fet dinner followed by early entrance (included with the BOO-fet) to select areas of Knott’s Scary Farm. The BOO-fet features endless portions of signature Knott’s entrees and desserts + receive a souvenir cup, which is a $14.99 value.)  Buy your Knott’s Scary Farm BOO-fet online HERE and save $5 off the price. Our friends over at Family Review Guide dined at Knott’s Scary Farm’s BOO-fet and the food looks fabulous. You can read about their dining experience HERE.

Please note: A separate Knott’s Scary Farm Admission is required for entry to the BOO-fet and is not included in the price of Boo-fet dinner itself. 

Add on Fast & Fright Lane to Your Knott’s Scary Farm Ticket
If you’re looking for a way to make your night out at Knott’s Scary Farm even better, consider adding on Fright & Fast Lane wristband to your ticket. With this special add-on, you’ll receive unlimited priority access for all mazes plus priority boarding on all Fast Lane rides. You can ride and scream as many times as you want, all night long! Fright & Fast Lane rides include:

  • The all-new HangTime
  • Ghostrider
  • Xcelerator
  • Voyage to the Iron Reef
  • Coast Rider
  • Silver Bullet
  • Calico Mine Ride
  • Sierra Sidewinder
  • Pony Express
  • Montezooma’s Revenge
  • Jaguar!
  • Supreme Scream
  • Halloween Hootenanny (a.k.a. Timber Mountain Log Ride)

For more information about the Fast & Fright Lane add-on, please go HERE. Please note: Admission to Knott’s Scary Farm is not included with Fast & Fright Lane. 

 

 


There are also hotel packages available at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel, which is adjacent to the Park. You can “Scream and Dream” with a Knott’s Scary Farm Hotel Package. Play late and stay just steps away from the park. Nightmares are guaranteed. Click HERE to learn more about package details, pricing and availability.
This year, Knott’s Scary Farm runs select Thursday – Sunday nights through October 31. There are also 2 Wednesday evening dates on October 24 and October 31. The event hours are as follows:

  • Thursday nights – 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Friday/Saturday/Sunday nights – 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Wednesday October 24 & Wednesday October 31 – 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

To view the Knott’s Scary Farm calendar with remaining 2018 event dates, please go HERE.

Some images and logos are property of Knott’s and used with permission. 

 

 

 

Help Wipe Out Breast Cancer at Valvoline Instant Oil Change Locations

I partnered with Valvoline Instant Oil Change for this post.  All opinions are my own. 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I’ve already seen the color pink popping up everywhere. From pink ribbons to special pink products in stores to sporting teams wearing uniforms with something pink on them, so many are showing their support for a great cause.Did you know this year, 252, 000 women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer? That is a scary statistic, which is also why you need to make sure to do monthly self-examinations on your breasts and keep current on your mammograms. Speaking of…when’s the last time you did a self breast examination? Also, are you current on your mammograms? I really appreciate brands that go the extra mile to support great causes , so when I had the opportunity to partner with Vavoline Instant Oil Change to share about their “Wipe Out Breast Cancer” campaign, I was “in”.  VIOC is selling AutoTex PINK Wipers throughout October to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with proceeds going to National Breast Cancer Foundation.Lucky for me, there’s a Valvoline Instant Oil Change super close to my home. If you’ve never been to one before, it’s a full service 15-minute drive thru oil change with no appointment needed. You basically stay in your car during the entire service. It’s very easy for busy people and moms like me, especially if you have your kids in tow. VIOC does much more than just oil changes though. They also perform many other services including:

  • tire rotations
  • belt replacements
  • fluid exchanges
  • battery services
  • air conditioning recharges

Save Money on Your Next Service at Valvoline Instant Oil Change
Right now, you can stop by your local VIOC, save money on a service by using the coupon  I’ve posted below and pick up a pair of full Pink Wipers or Black Wipers with a small pink ribbon to have installed on your vehicle, to show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The wiper blades fit 98% of cars, trucks and SUVs manufactured after 2003 and are available at participating VIOC locations. Check HERE if your local VIOC is participating in this promotion.What’s amazing about this campaign is that VIOC has raised over $86,500 for NBCF through this campaign to date. I’m excited to see the final dollar amount. This is obviously a cause that so many of us are passionate about, all for different reasons and personal connections. On October 19th, National Mammography Day, Valvoline Instant Oil Change is making a
double donation on all wipers sold that day. It’s the perfect day to stop by.

Hey, this is a friendly reminder to schedule your mammogram and be pro-active with your own breast health. To learn more about VIOC’s Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign please visit viocpink.com. Enter to Win Free Oil Changes for a Year
How cool would it be to win free oil changes for a year? Right now, after you stop by your local Valvoline Instant Oil Change location and purchase your own Pink Wipers, you can enter to win by uploading a photo of your vehicle with its new pink blades and telling why you “Pink’d Your Ride” at http://wshe.es/tIUjKeck.

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About Henley Enterprises
Henley Enterprises, Inc. founded in 1989, is the largest Valvoline Instant Oil Change
franchisee. Operating over 174 service centers across ten states including: California,
Delaware, Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey,
Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia

Brick-or-Treat Party Nights at LEGOLAND® California Resort

I was invited to attend LEGOLAND® Brick or Treat Nights in exchange for coverage. All opinions are my own.

Brick-or-Treat Party Nights have returned to LEGOLAND® California Resort. It’s one of our favorite annual Halloween events to attend and you can attend this year, Saturdays through October 27! This event is a separately ticketed party offering exciting entertainment, sweet treats and not-so-spooky thrills and it’s an event where guests of all ages are welcome to dress up in costumes.  Brick-or-Treat is a very family-friendly and a must-do for us each year. This year, Brick-or-Treat Party Nights is presented by Disguise Costumes and will be offered from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the following Saturdays:

  • September 29
  • October 6
  • October 13
  • October 20
  • October 27

The Park is transformed into a monster mash bash for the ultimate family fun Halloween party and features the following:

  • Treat stations with more than 1 million pieces of candy
  • Costume contests and interaction with the “Boo Crew”
  • a new pop-badge challenge
  • Ghost Cruise adventure
  • LEGO Character Meet and Greets
  • Heartlake City Fall Festival with Pumpkin Patch Build and craft time with the LEGO Friends
  • The AstroBash Dance Party
  • “The Curse of the Hallowmeenie” theater show
  • The “Spirits of Halloween” animated light show
  • Bluegrass Band Jamboree
  • a special LEGO Friends meet and greet in Heartlake City, where kids can decorate their own craft

In addition to all of these special Brick-or-Treat Party nights offerings, guests also have access to many of the regular attractions during the party.Admission for Brick-or-Treat Nights can be purchased for as low as $54, if purchased online and in advance. LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE® aquarium are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on select dates throughout October and LEGOLAND® Water Park is open weekends 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. through October 27. With special event admission to Brick-or-Treat Party Nights on September 29, October 6, 13, 20 and 27, guests can extend their day until 9 p.m. at both LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE aquarium to enjoy all of the Halloween festivities-plus- add on a second day Resort Hopper ticket to extend the fun all weekend long. For exclusive savings and more information, please visit http://www.BRICKORTREAT.com or call 760.918.5346.

A very special THANK YOU to LEGOLAND California Resort for hosting us for a fun night out! 

 

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch to Open in Los Angeles on 10/5

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Los Angeles celebrity and family-favorite MrBones Pumpkin Patch in Culver City will be open this year from October 5th through Tuesday, October 30. Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch has been a Los Angeles–area seasonal staple since 1987, offering families a spooky, fun environment to celebrate the Halloween season. The location offers huge selection of fresh and unique pumpkins, lots of exciting activities and an outrageous boo-tique. Visitors can participate in pumpkin carving, straw mazes, face painting and more.

Admission to Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
Weekday admission is always complimentary at Mr. Bones Culver City, except Friday evenings. The weekend entrance fee is $15 per person, and children under 2 are free. Children receive 3 free activity tickets with admission. Adults receive a $5 pumpkin coupon with admission.  Activities are always available for an additional cost.

Daily activities at Mr. Bones include:

    • Life-size pumpkin houses in the Pumpkin Village
    • Tipi Village
    • Mr. Bones straw maze
    • Pumpkin decorating
    • Petting zoo full of sweet goats, sheep and ducks
    • Spooky Spider bounce house
    • Pony rides
    • Capt. Billy Bones Jump and Fly
    • Giant rocking horses (perfect for a photo op!)
    • Creepy and cute face painting
    • Glitter tattoos
    • Jumpin’ Pumpkin bounce house
    • Mr. Bones Super Slide

Special Passes Available for Purchase
This year, Mr. Bones will be be offering a VIP Pass (for Adults and Children) and a Kids Ultimate Pass, available for purchase. Please note: The Mr. Bones VIP EXPERIENCE is available on Saturday and Sunday only from 10 am to 5 pm. 
ADULT VIPs – $45 per person and includes:

  • 1 adult admission (children under 2 included)
  • Expedited Entry
  • Unlimited use of Jump + Fly and Petting Zoo
  • 15% discount on all pumpkins & merchandise (excluding activity tickets and food)
  • Access to exclusive VIP Area featuring:
  • Private toilets
  • Free cold drinks and snacks
  • Private, direct view of stage
  • Secure area to stow personal items & pumpkins
  • Guaranteed wagon access

This pass does not grant front of the line privileges. 

CHILD VIPs – $45 per child and includes:

  • 1 child admission
  • Expedited Entry
  • Access to exclusive VIP Area, if accompanied by a VIP adult
  • One Kids Ultimate Pass Wristband granting, unlimited access to:
  • Dancing Spider or Baby Spider bounce house
  • Captain Billy Bones’ Jump & Fly
  • Straw maze
  • Mr. Bones Super Slide
  • Petting zoo

Please note: Face painting, pumpkin decorating, and pony rides are not included in the Mr. Bones Ultimate Kids Pass. This pass does not grant front of the line privileges. 

Mr. Bones Ultimate Kids Pass – $30 and includes unlimited access to:

  • Dancing Spider or Baby Spider bounce house
  • Captain Billy Bones’ Jump & Fly
  • Straw maze
  • Mr. Bones Super Slide
  • Petting zoo

Please note: Face painting, pumpkin decorating, and pony rides are not included in the Mr. Bones Ultimate Kids Pass. This pass does not grant front of the line privileges. 

Special Events at Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch 

This year, Mr. Bones will be hosting some really fun events you won’t want to miss out on.

  • 10/6 – Slumberkins will be hosting a pop up market at Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch! Drop in from 10AM-5PM to shop parent-approved food and clothing brands such as Munchkin, Fawn Designs and Alice & Ames. You can even pick up a copy of the very first Slumberkins x Mr. Bones children’s book!
  • 10/17 – Howl-o-ween, our annual costume contest for dogs, scheduled from ~5:30 – 7:30 pm
  • 10/26 – Trick-or-Treat Night, a now-annual trick or treating event and costume contest at the patch, scheduled for 5 – 7:30 pm

Weekend Entertainment
Weekend entertainment at Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch this year will include performances from Bank of Harmony, whose members perform as Disneyland’s famous Dapper Dans,
Rhythm Child, The California Feetwarmers and more. For a full calendar of events and activities including scheduled food trucks please visit their site HERE!

Opening Weekend Specials 
Visitors can take advantage of Mr. Bones’ opening weekend specials on October 6-7. Purchase $10 admission to the patch all day, activities are additional, under 2 are free. Children receive 3 free activity tickets with admission. Adults receive $5 pumpkin coupon with admission.

Purchase tickets online
You can skip the lines and buy your tickets online. Advance admission and event tickets may be purchased in advance online here. How convenient is that?

Parking
Parking is available on site for a nominal fee. Pricing is as follows:

  • Weekdays $5
  • Weekends $6
  • Valet $12

Hours for Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch are as follows:

  • Friday and Saturday, 9am–9pm
  • Sunday-Thursday, 9am–8pm

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch is located at

West LA College, 10100 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

For more information, including activity hours and special events, please visit http://www.mrbones.com.

Image is property of Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch and used with permission. 

Small Plates and Sips at MainPlace Mall’s CPK + Enter to Win a Gift Card

I was invited to dine at CPK as a guest of MainPlace Mall in exchange for my coverage. All opinions are my own. 

Let’s talk about food. It seems to be one of my favorite topics and if you follow me on my Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, you already know how much I love to share about food. So if someone invites me to dine out somewhere, you can 500% guarantee I’m going to be all over that! And that very thing happened a couple weeks ago.MainPlace Mall extended an invitation for us to come and dine at their CPK location.  I was excited to head over after work one day. Have you been over to MainPlace Mall recently? It’s located in Santa Ana and has been undergoing a bit of “facelift” lately, a sign of the times. As a teen, many of us enjoyed roaming around MainPlace Mall with our friends, and now the mall is basically growing up, right along with us. I like the idea of the transformation into more of a lifestyle center, offering shopping, dining and family entertainment too. It’s also centrally located in the city and is within close proximity to many of the city’s museums and other hot spots. CPK, otherwise known as California Pizza Kitchen. is just one of MainPlace’s dining options and is located in the “Patio Restaurants” area of the mall. Did I mention how convenient it was for me to pull up and park super close and just go right in? Other eateries in this section of the mall include:

  • Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ
  • Wokcano
  • Applebee’s
  • Panini Kabob Grill

What I love about eating at CPK is whether you are stopping by for lunch, dinner or even small plates and sips after work, the food is always consistently fabulous because they strive to create unique dishes, using the freshest ingredients. You can actually taste how much care they’ve put into creating your made-to-order meal.CPK offers teas, sodas and other non-alcoholic options, as well as a full bar and beer and wine. We started the meal with a Cucumber Reviver, which is made with freshly puréed pineapple & cucumber with Monin. torn mint and agave sour and then topped with sparkling water. We also ordered a Sparkling Cranberry Cooler which is made with cranberry juice, sparkling water and fresh lime. These non-alcoholic drink options feel like a celebration any time of year.We decided to go with a few of CPK’s Small Plates and Appetizers to share, in lieu of ordering traditional meals. Do you ever do that? Maybe add in a cup of soup or a salad too? It’s fun to change it up. We tried to order things off the menu we hadn’t tasted before. If you ask me to choose which of these was my most favorite menu item, I wouldn’t be able to decide as they were all fabulous. Here’s what we tried:

  • Mexican Street Corn – This spin on a traditional favorite is made with creamy, sweet corn that’s been removed from the cob and roasted with smoked paprika, Feta and Parmesan. It’s served with fresh cilantro, lime and house-made Ranchito Sauce.
  • Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower – At first I wondered how this would even be a menu item and then I tasted it! Oh my goodness, it’s so good! Made with fresh cauliflower florets that are battered and fried to a golden brown. Then it’s tossed in house-made Sriracha buffalo sauce and topped with a salad of celery, cilantro, scallions and Gorgonzola.
  • Crispy Mac N’ Cheese – This is a twist on a classic dish. This mac n’ cheese is lightly fried with Panko and served on creamy cheese sauce.
  • Spinach Artichoke Dip – This is generally one of my family’s favorite appetizers and we make it all the time at home but we’d never tried CPK’s. It did not disappoint. It’s served hot with house-made blue and white corn tortilla chips.

We thoroughly enjoyed each of these are were so full after finishing them. However, it just seems unjust not to finish off a great meal with dessert. So we ordered one Butter Cake and a Brownie with Vanilla Häagen-Dazs on top from the Kids Menu. There’s always room for dessert, right?After we finished our meal, we took on the rest of MainPlace Mall for some serious shopping. I love the history of this mall as it has remained an integral part of the Santa Ana landscape over the years. It’s such a comfortable and inviting place to gather with friends and family for shopping, dining and entertainment. You should stop by and check it out soon!

MainPlace Mall is located at
2800 N Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705

I’m hosting a giveaway for one (1) of my readers to win a $25 gift card to CPK. To enter my giveaway, fill out the Rafflcopter below. Good luck everyone!
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For more information including the mall directory, dining options & hours, please visit HERE.

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Fall Into Fitness with These 4 Workout Essentials

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com. All opinions are my own. 

Raise your hand if you had an amazing Summer, filled with relaxation and lots of good food? (*raises hand) Yes, Summer was good to me but now that we’re heading towards Fall, I’m realizing that I need to get myself back into a regular fitness routine. Like in a big way. I honestly feel so much better when I have one in place too. When BabbleBoxx reached out and asked if I was interested in partnering with them to try out one of their fitness-themed boxes to share about on my blog, the answer was a big “Yes!“. The box was filled with 4 must-try fitness and health essentials that’ll help you stay in your workout routine. You’re going to love these so let’s take a look!First off, Tiger Balm is a brand name I’ve grown up knowing and loving. This Tiger Balm Active Muscle Spray is definitely a must-have for someone who works out and has muscle ache and soreness from their workouts.The spray application is easy-to-apply, especially for those hard to reach areas. You can toss it into your gym bag too, so if you’re on the go and showering at the gym after your workout, you can spray it on afterwards. It works wonders, especially for someone like me who is just jumping back into working out. You can read more about Tiger Balm: Active Muscle Spray HERE.How many pairs of headphones do you go through in a year? 3? 4? more than 4? Whether they get lost, “borrowed” by your teen, or break, headphones are something I feel like I’m constantly replacing. It’s nice to have a reliable pair for things like listening to audiobooks or working out. My BabbleBoxx had a pair of AfterShokz: Trekz Air in it. These are like the headphones you never knew you needed but somehow once you try this open-ear design, you’ll never be able to be without them again. I love that they aren’t headphones and don’t even go in your ear. They’re made using bone conducting technology and are so light.  They’re constructed with used titanium everywhere possible to ensure a better fit and sound. When you put them on you realize how light they are.
Right now, you can grab your own pair of AfterShokz headphones for $55 off the regular price by using discount code BABBLE at checkout. To purchase your own pair, go here. I already purchased a second pair for my daughter because she kept trying to take mine. Please note: Promotional discount ends 11/1/18. Goodness, it’s like BabbleBoxx knew I needed these! They sent me 3 pairs of GO Comfort Insoles: All Day Insoles, Work Insoles, and Athletic Insoles.  If you’re wondering how they differ, let’s look a little closer.

  • All Day Insoles – This isn’t an ordinary comfort insole, this is a super one because it delivers 18+ hours of comfort for long-lasting support.
  • Work Insoles – This type of a work insole is what everyone in the work force needs. It provides anti-fatigue support for concrete and hard surfaces. This is amazing news for those who are literally standing on their feet all day at their jobs
  • Athletic Insoles – Whether you’re doing your daily workout or playing a sport, this athletic insole provides long-lasting support with max shock absorption for high impact activities.

I didn’t realize that were different and specific types of insoles but now that I’ve tried each of these GO Comfort Insoles, I can feel how they each provide that extra support I was lacking during different activities. I would definitely recommend using a pair in your own shoes on a daily basis. Whether you prefer a comfort insole, a work insole or an athletic insole, GO Comfort Insoles help relieve arch, heel and lower back pain, which is something we could all do without. Your feet will thank you! To get 20% off + Free Shipping on GO Comfort Insoles, use Code GOcomfortBB20 at checkout. You can purchase your own HERE. Note: This offer is valid until 12/31/18. I have tried so many pre-workout drinks before, each promising something different, and have yet to find one I actually liked. Well that is, up until now! I didn’t know how I’d feel about this strawberry kiwi guava flavor but it was so good! Did you know that according to CELSIUS, drinking one of their drinks and then engaging in physical activity increases the rate at which you burn calories even more? Count me in! If you’re curious to read more about how it works, go HERE. I kid you not, CELSIUS is like your Ultimate Fitness Partner®!

How’s your fall fitness routine coming along? Do any of these great products look like something you’d be interested in adding to your fitness routine? Share with me in the comments!

 

 

Best Ways to Foster Creativity in Children

This post is sponsored written by me in collaboration with Pentel, All opinions are my own

As a mom and an elementary school teacher, I know the importance of fostering creativity in children. I truly believe every child has artistic ability, and regardless of what artistic level they’re at, it’s important for parents and teachers to help foster that creativity.  Having time to be creative is just as important as having ample time to play, as both of these things help a child to develop as a whole. The best ways to foster creativity in children are by modeling your own creativity in front of them, encouraging a child to express him or herself through art and play and by providing the tools they’ll need, such as art supplies.We received a very special package in the mail from Pentel which contained different Pentel POP Pens and Pentel Mechanical Pencils . I took a double take when I saw the pens because I grew up loving some of these very same pens! It was like a flashback to the 90’s! Do you remember these pens from your own childhood? For over 70 years, Pentel has supplied the world with the highest quality products so my own parents probably also grew up with Pentel. It’s fun to see Pentel Pop Pens are back and they’re better than ever! You can choose from Sparkle, Solar and Milky ink or you can just grab them all! I am a big collector of art supplies, as is my daughter.She immediately put the Pentel POP Pens to use at home, colorizing and doodling on things like her monthly calendar, with the help of our cat, of course. The pens definitely make things POP and look extra colorfulPentel Mechanical Pencils also come in handy for things like homework. Now if only they could help with the actual Math equations! As a mom with a child who has a Latex allergy, I really appreciate the fact that all 3 of the types of Pentel Mechanical Pencils they sent us (Icy, Champ, and Sharp), feature a latex-free Comfort Zone™ grip for nonstop writing comfort and control. All of Pentel’s Mechanical Pencils are ideal for home, office and school.

Here are some of the cool features of these Pentel POP Pens:

  • Sparkle – The vibrant ink of these pens is ideal for cards, drawing and doodles, and also for writing on photo paper. You’ll be amazed by their sparkling, iridescent ink, which is almost magical because it appears to color change when you write on white or black paper. These “Sparkle” pens will help you dazzle your doodles every time!
  • Solar – These fun neon ink pens have a latex-free grip for comfortable writing and drawing. Their smooth gel ink makes it easy to doodle and decorate things with a bright POP of color!
  • Milky – I think these are my favorite of the 3 kinds because these are the actual blast to the past pens that make it easy and fun to write, draw and doodle with the smooth gel ink in milky pastel colors. It looks fabulous on white or black paper, with black paper being my most favorite place to use them.  I think that was my students’ favorite time to use them as well.

I  brought these beautiful pens to use in my classroom to use and allowed my students to use them to make bookmarks during “learning center time”. It’s extra motivating for them when they get to use these kinds of creativity tools for simple in-class projects like bookmarks or even for everyday schoolwork like spelling word practice. As an elementary school teacher, I sometimes feel hesitant about allowing my first graders to use pens in the classroom because it can end up being pretty messy. However, the gel ink from Pentel POP Pens dries so fast that even left-handers don’t have an issue with them. There are no smears, no smudges and no globs to worry about with these. My students had so much fun making personalized bookmarks with the Pentel POP Pens and black paper. Didn’t they come out cute? Did you know….Pentel guarantees your satisfaction? Every product of theirs is backed with a lifetime warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. I appreciate brands that stand behind their products. Do you like to draw and doodle? It’s extra fun for me to do so now with my new collection of Pentel POP Pens! Connect with Pentel on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, too.

 

Plaza de la Familia Returns to Disney California Adventure With a Musical Celebration from “Coco”

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. 

Guests at the Disneyland Resort can, once again, enjoy special seasonal experiences this fall, inspired by Día de los Muertos, at both Disney California Adventure Park and Disneyland Park. The festivities and displays, now available through November 4, are a celebration honoring loved ones who have passed and honoring familial bonds that last forever. At Disney California Adventure Plaza de la Familia returns for a limited-time festivity. The area, located at the Paradise Gardens area of the park, celebrates Disney•Pixar’s Academy Award®-winning film “Coco” and the everlasting bonds of family.
Guests visiting Plaza de la Familia will enjoy an immersive celebration that includes:

  • Live entertainment with storytelling
  • folklórico dancers and mariachi musicians
  • delicious Mexican fare

and interactive experiences such as the new craft where guests make colorful masks like
the ones seen in the “Coco” film.

  • A Musical Celebration of Coco – This festive show by the entertaining Storytellers of Plaza de la Familia celebrates the popular songs from the film “Coco”, including the Oscar®-winning Best Original Song “Remember Me”. As the lead storyteller Mateo recounts Miguel’s fantastical journey into the Land of the Dead, guests are immersed in the story of “Coco.” New this year, Miguel appears as a whimsical, hand-animated dimensional figure, joining a musical gathering that brings together a lively troupe of singers and Folklórico dancers dressed in beautiful costumes accompanied by the Grammy® Award-winning Mariachi Divas. A Musical Celebration is performed several times daily.
  • At the Paradise Gardens Bandstand, guests will enjoy an uplifting and moving family celebration featuring beloved Mariachi music and traditional songs that touch the hearts of all.
  • The World of Coco, an evocative art exhibit, allows guests to rediscover their favorite characters and settings from the film “Coco.” The immersive exhibition features framed imagery that showcases the depth of imagination that went into creating the Land of the Living and Land of the Dead.
  • Guests also will encounter a three-dimensional “ofrenda” inspired by the remembrance altar seen in “Coco.” In the film, Miguel, the 12-year-old lead character, builds an “ofrenda” in honor of his idol, the legendary late musician Ernesto de la Cruz. “Ofrendas” traditionally are created by friends and family members to honor relatives or loved ones who have passed away.
  • Guests are invited to take commemorative photos in front of the iconic Mexican “Árbol de la Vida”, or Tree of Life. The Tree of Life at Plaza de la Familia celebrates the everlasting bonds of family and friends. Guests will be able to add a remembrance note on the Memory Wall to honor the many loved ones who have been − and will forever be − part of their lives.
  • Guests visiting Plaza de la Familia can design their own paper “alebrije” (spirit guide) mask as part of a new craft activity.
  • Mexican Food Menu: The Mexican menu at Paradise Garden Grill features delicious offerings such as the traditional Día de los Muertos Pan de Muerto, Mole Verde con Pollo, a scrumptious Pan Dulce Conchita and a special “Coco” cake.

More Día de los Muertos in Cars Land
Guests who cruise into Cars Land will find that Ramone, one of the citizens of Cars Land, also pays tribute to Día de los Muertos at Ramone’s House of Body Art. Ramone celebrates this time when families gather to remember their loved ones with a traditional “ofrenda” display honoring the gone, but not forgotten, Doc Hudson.

At Disneyland Park
Disneyland Park continues to offer its traditional Día de los Muertos display at Zócalo Park in
Frontierland. This immersive setting features marigolds and papel picado, along with a traditional “ofrenda,” sugar skulls known as “cavaleras” and an iconic figure of La Catrina. Nearby Rancho del Zócalo Restaurante offers delicious Mexican cuisine for lunch and dinner.

For more information about these special festivities and more, please visit Disneyland.com.

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How to Prepare Your Teen for When They Start Driving

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

It seems like just yesterday my daughter was still sitting in a carseat. Fast forward to today, she’s a teen, and before I know it, she’ll be learning how to drive. It all happens so fast! One day your child is a toddler, driving around in their motorized toy car and the next they’re practically an adult! It’s exciting to watch my daughter grow and mature, although I do wish with there was a way to slow down the time. Some of my daughter’s next big milestones will include “learning how to drive safely” and “getting her California driver’s license”. It’s a priority for me to prepare her for all of that. Above all, I want her to be a safe and confident driver. As a parent of a soon-to-be-driver, knowing my options for driver training programs is key. Have you heard  of DriversEd.com? It’s a great online resource available to parents to help prepare their teens for this exciting time in their lives. Founded in 1997, DriversEd.com offers high-quality, online Drivers Ed classes, practice for the permit test, and in-car-driving school (currently available in some states) The courses are all offered for drivers of all skill levels. You can also access current DMV information on their site.Online Drivers Ed with DriversEd.com
Having the option to take an online drivers ed course is something I wish I had when I was  getting my license. Their course lets you choose when and where you learn. You can log in anytime, and anyplace you have Internet access, and study at your own pace. Then, your progress is automatically saved, so you’ll always pick up right where you left off.
Online drivers education is the fun and effective way to learn and DriversEd.com utilizes videos, 3D animations and case studies in its courses. Students will feel prepared for a DMV knowledge test, as well as become better drivers. They’ll also be eligible to earn an insurance discount after completing the course. Another great feature of their online classes the the free customer support 7 days a week. In-Car Driving Lessons with DriversEd.com
Students (of all ages) can sign up to take behind-the-wheel driving lessons with DriversEd.com’s patient, friendly, professional instructors. Whether you’re just learning to drive or have been driving for years, they provide the training you’ll need to pass the DMV driving test and become a safe, confident driver! DriversEd.com’s driving school is the only one in the country that is both approved by the Road Safety Educators’ Association and accredited by the Driving School Association of the Americas.Just like with their online Driver’s Ed courses, DriversEd.com’s Behind-the-Wheel lessons can be conveniently done around your own schedule. The driving lessons are tailored to your learning style and you have the ability to request times online through your mobile device. There is free pickup and dropoff for the lessons which will be given in MINI Cooper or Countryman with top safety ratings.  Times have definitely changed from when I learned to drive, as well as the laws. What I love about DirversEd.com is the convenience of being able to learn online, from a laptop and on your schedule. I also appreciate that the behind-the-wheel driving lessons are able to be scheduled around your teen’s other activities and obligations. Teens have so much to balance already, with school and homework and extra curricular activities such as sports.In an ideal world, I would be able to keep my daughter little. Since I can’t do that, I’m content knowing I’m doing all I can to best prepare my daughter for the driving phase in her life. Do you have any soon-to-be teen driver’s in your home? If so, you should definitely check out DriversEd.com!

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