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Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival Food Guide 2018

My favorite event of the year at Knott’s Berry Farm is their annual Boysenberry Festival. This year, we had the opportunity to check out some of the food offerings at their media tasting. It was a reminder that it has come a long way since it was known as Knott’s Berry Bloom (remember back when the Boardwalk was under construction?). Anyway, we are super excited about the Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival because it features our favorite berry in every shape and form. We put together this Boysenberry Festival Food Guide that will help you navigate the park as you jump from eatery to eatery.

p.s. If you want to visit more than once, I highly recommend picking up the Knott’s Berry Farm season pass.

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Boysenberry Festival Food Guide

There are a few different ways to enjoy Knott’s Berry Farm’s Boysenberry Festival. You can purchase pre-organized tastings choosing either (or both!) tasting cards – the Boysenberry Festival Tasting Cards and/or the Wine and Craft Beer Brew Garden Tasting Card. If you’re feeling frugal I would suggest you purchase one of each and share the tastings with someone.

Boysenberry Festival Tasting Card Items

You’ll purchase the card and go throughout Ghost Town picking up the different plates of food. The tasting card includes generous portions of eight treats that you can choose from…

  • Slow Cooked Boysenberry Short Rib with Boysenberry Hoisin Sauce, Buttery Basmati Rice and Chopped Green Onions. Where: Spurs Chop House
  • Three Cheddar Cheese Pierogis with Boysenberry Sour Cream and topped with Fresh Frozen Boysenberries, Sautéed Yellow Onions and Applewood Smoked Bacon. Where: Spurs Chop House
  • Boysenberry Cheese Quesadilla (Mozzarella & Cotija Cheese) served with Boysenberry Salsa and Boysenberry Sour Cream. Where: Ghost Town Bank Stand
  • Boysenberry Elote (Corn on the Cob on a Stick) with Boysenberry Mayo and Boysenberry Butter. Cayenne, Lemon Pepper and Parmesan Cheese optional. Where: Gold Trails Hotel Stand
  • Boysenberry Coconut Macaroon dipped in Chocolate (purple) Ganache. Where: Ghost Town Bakery side window
  • Boysenberry Humus with Grilled Pita BreadWhere: Indian Trails Stand
  • Mini Sausage on a Bun with Boysenberry Ketchup, Relish and Mustard. Where: Wilderness Dance Hall Stand
  • Half a pound of Boysenberry Chicken Wings with Boysenberry Buffalo Sauce. Where: Spurs Chop House

Price: $30 plus tax
Where to buy: Purchase online or at the following locations at the park: Sutters Grill, Pemmican Pickle, Calico Saloon, Churro Factory, Ghost Town Bakery, Spurs Chop House, Gold Trails Hotel, General Store, Little Spurs, Ghost Town Candy, and the California Store. If you purchase online, you’ll redeem the e-voucher at one of the locations where you can purchase a tasting card.

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Boysenberry Festival Wine and Craft Brew Garden Tasting Cards

The Wine and Craft Brew Garden is located inside of Ghost Town’s Wilderness Dance Hall. It’s my happy place, and I love that I can bring the chiclets in there too because they have non-alcoholic treats for them too! The Wine and Craft Brew Garden will offer four craft brews (try the boysenberry cider) and over 50 different wines from 36 producers including boysenberry beer and boysenberry wine. Stop by the dance hall during the day to cool off, and return in the evening because it’s super pretty when the lights come on. Don’t miss the Snoopy-shaped topiary outside the dance hall. It’s fun and cute and will make for a great Instagram pic.

The tasting card includes six tastings paired with snacks.

Price: $25 plus tax
Where to buy: Purchase at Ghost Town’s Wilderness Dance Hall

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Create your own foodie tour

Knott’s Berry Farm is a blast during the Boysenberry Festival. There’s always something new to try, and a favorite dish to come back to again and again. If you’re not sure where to start, we listed a few favorites loved by fans as well as the new dishes debuting this year. Oh, and don’t forget to use hashtag #BoysenberryFestival when you’re sharing your photos online so we can all see them.

New boysenberry dishes for 2018

Every year the amazing chefs come up with new boysenberry treats. This is what’s new for 2018:

  • Boysenberry Pie Milkshake
  • Slow Cooked Boysenberry Short Ribs
  • Cheddar Cheese Pierogis with Boysenberry Sour Cream
  • White Chocolate Covered Boysenberry Cheese Cake on a Stick
  • Corn on the Cobb “Elote” w/ Boysenberry Butter and Boysenberry Mayo
  • Boysenberry Humus with Grilled Pita
  • Mini Sausage on a Boysenberry Bun
  • Boysenberry Cheese Quesadilla
  • Boysenberry Macaroon
  • Boysenberry Bubble Tea/Boba
  • Boysenberry Corn Bread
  • 2 ft. Hot Dog on a Boysenberry Bun

Boysenberry favorites

Don’t know where to start? We recommend these treats:

  • Boysenberry Pie Milkshake
  • Boysenberry BBQ Chicken Wings
  • Deep Fried Alligator with Boysenberry Aioli
  • Fun Bun
  • Boysenberry Elote

If you’re looking more for a create-your-own foodie tour then stop by these restaurants and try the specialty boysenberry dishes. Remember that these dishes are not included with admission.

Calico Fry

  • Regular Shoestring Fries in a Cone
  • Deep Fried Alligator & Fries with Boysenberry Aioli in a Cone

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Churro Factory

  • Boysenberry Stuffed Churro
  • Boysenberry Churro Sundae with Boysenberry Ice Cream

Boardwalk BBQ

  • Boysenberry Corn Bread
  • Boysenberry BBQ Sauce
  • Boysenberry House Salad with Fresh Berries and Boysenberry Vinaigrette

Cordelia’s Pie Kitchen

  • Build-Your-Own Mini Boysenberry Pies

Fireman’s BBQ

  • Boysenberry and Apricot Pulled Pork Sandwich with chips

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Ghost Town Bakery

  • Boysenberry Pie Slices
  • Whole Boysenberry Pie
  • Boysenberry Tart
  • Boysenberry Turnovers
  • Boysenberry Cheese Cake
  • Boysenberry Cup Cakes
  • Boysenberry Panna Cotta
  • Boysenberry Macaroon

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Ghost Town Grill

  • Daily Specials
  • Boysenberry Salad
  • The “Walter Knott” (Ice Tea & Boysenberry Punch)
  • Boysenberry Milkshake
  • Boysenberry Ice Cream
  • Boysenberry Pie
  • Boysenberry Cheesecake
  • Boysenberry Wine

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Ghost Town Grub

  • Fun Bun – Fried Cinnamon Roll with Boysenberry Cream Cheese Topping
  • Fun Stick – Fried Cheesecake on a Stick with Boysenberry Sauce
  • Boysenberry Flautas

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Wilderness Broiler

  • Two foot long Hot Dog on a Boysenberry Bun

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Gourmet Coffee Hut

  • Boysenberry Latte
  • Assorted Boysenberry Pastries
  • Boysenberry Hot and Shaken Tea
  • Boysenberry Bubble Tea/Boba

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Mix-It-Up

  • Boysenberry ICEE
  • Boysenberry ICEE Floats
  • Boysenberry ice cream cones
  • Boysenberry Cookiewich Sandwich
  • Boysenberry Lemonade

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Pemmican Pickle & Popcorn Cart

  • Boysenberry Cotton Candy

Spurs Chop House

  • Slow Cooked Boysenberry Short Ribs
  • Cheddar Cheese Pierogis with Boysenberry Sour Cream
  • White Chocolate Covered Boysenberry Cheese Cake on a Stick

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Spurs Chop House Stand

  • 1/2 pound Boysenberry Chicken Wings

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Spurs Patio:Wine & Beer Bar

  • Boysenberry Draft Beer
  • Boysenberry Wine
  • Assorted Wines

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Strictly On A Stick

  • Boysenberry Corn Dog (also with fries)

Gold Trails Hotel Stand

  • Corn on the Cobb “Elote” with Boysenberry Butter and Boysenberry Mayo

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Indian Trails Stand

  • Boysenberry Humus with Grilled Pita

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Wilderness Dance Hall Stand

  • Mini Sausage on a Boysenberry Bun

The Bank of Calico Stand

  • Boysenberry Cheese Quesadilla

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Wagon Wheel Pizza

  • Boysenberry Pizza
  • Whole Boysenberry Pizza

Calico Saloon

  • Boysenberry Draft Beer
  • Boysenberry Wine
  • Boysenberry Cream Soda

There is so much to do during the Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival, other than eating I mean. There is also a whole row set up at Ghost Town from artisans selling their gorgeous handmade goods, there is live entertainment, special shows and folksy festival fun. Plan out the rest of your day here: https://www.knotts.com/boysenberry

Knott’s Berry Farm
8039 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park CA 90620

Boysenberry Festival
Dates: March 16 – April 8, 2018

>>> Get Knott’s Berry Farm discount tickets for the event! <<<

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A Family Guide to Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration

Thank you to Knott’s Berry Farm for hosting our family! The Knott’s Peanuts Celebration is well under way at Knott’s Berry Farm! We had a blast on opening day and put together this Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration Family Guide so that you won’t miss out on any of the fun! Better yet – we put it in chronological order so you can keep track of the day. Follow this PEANUTS Celebration guide and your chiclets will be in the car and ready to head home by 7:30 p.m.

PEANUTS Celebration at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park. This is the complete family guide with great tips and where to find the best food during the PEANUTS celebration! - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

A family guide to Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration by Pattie Cordova on Living Mi Vida Loca.

Our family was at Knott’s Berry Farm at 10 a.m. – as soon as the park opened we added the FunPix season pass to our Knott’s season passes and did every photo opp at the entrance. I absolutely LOVE being able to get the photographers to take our picture and have it show up on our FunPix account later in the day. RELATED: FunPix at Knott’s Berry Farm lets you be in the pictures

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A Family Guide to Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration

We have two chiclets, ages 10 and 6, and every Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration event was perfect for them. There were a ton of chiclets running around, dressed in cute PEANUTS-inspired outfits and soooo many stuffed PEANUTS characters. It was a blast!!! Make sure to pick up your Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration map at the gate to make it easier to get around OR get the Knott’s Berry Farm app!!! It’s FREE and has all the information you’ll need to make sure you get to where you need to go.

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PEANUTS Celebration at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park. This is the complete family guide. - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Peanuts Sketch School

Location: Bird Cage Theatre
Suggested time: 11 am

  • This tutorial is about 15 minutes long. Make sure to get there on time because they do close the doors and you won’t be able to get in. Clipboards, paper and pencils are provided. The tutorial is led by a talented artist, and depending on which time you attend (there are multiple opportunities throughout the day), is what character you’ll be drawing. Don’t worry if your littlest aren’t drawing yet – the staff also provides coloring pages and crayons.

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PEANUTS Celebration at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park. This is the complete family guide. - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Peanuts Cowboy Jamboree

Location: Calico Park
Suggested time: 11:30 am

  • I definitely recommend you get to Calico Park on time for this one because only a limited amount of chiclets will be able to participate in the games. The Knott’s staff brings out PEANUTS characters and then has the chiclets line up for the games. Again, games change depending on the time of the day. The staff leader will cut the line depending on how much time they have. We were there in the morning and about 15 chiclets got to play their bowling game.

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PEANUTS history museum

Location: Ghost Town
Suggested time: 12:00pm

  • Visit “town hall” at Ghost Town and take a trip down memory lane to see how PEANUTS came to be. The museum chronicles Charles M. Schulz history with storyboards along the walls, a film on loop and plenty of seating to take it all in. This is also where you can find the cute Snoopy doghouse!!! A great photo opp.

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PEANUTS Celebration at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park. This is the complete family guide. - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Lunch Break

Suggestion: Grizzly Creek Lodge

Lucy & Charlie’s Balancing Act

Location: Camp Snoopy Theatre
Suggested time: 1:00pm

  • The Lucy & Charlie’s Balancing Act show is super popular, so if you’re wanting to get good seats – make sure you get there early! If you take my suggestion on where to eat, you’ll be super close to the Camp Snoopy Theatre. The show has a bit of dialogue at the beginning, but then the music kicks in and it’s a lot of fun. A bit of audience participation, but not too much.

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The Music Goes Round and Round

Location: Calico Mine Stage
Suggested time: 2:00 pm

  • This new show has also proven to be popular. Get to the Calico Mine Stage early for this one. If your chiclets are hungry, this is also a good place to sit down and enjoy a snack. Seating is first come, first served, but the stage is big enough that you can even watch it standing up.

Pig Pen Photo Opp

Location: Livery Barn
Suggested time: 2:30 pm

  • Pig Pen is only at Knott’s Berry Farm during this special event. Catch him intermittently throughout the day. My best advice? Hang out with the piglets, burro and horse until the character comes back. Then quickly get in line because he is super popular.

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A Trip to Beagle Bonanza

Location: Grand Sierra Railroad
Suggested time: 3:00 pm

  • In Camp Snoopy, the Grand Sierra Railroad invites kids to celebrate with the PEANUTS Gang as they head to the Beagle Bonanza in this new ride overlay.

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Camp Snoop Photo Opps

Location: Camp Snoopy
Suggested time: 4:00 pm

  • My absolute favorite addition to Camp Snoopy has been all the fun photo opps. Camp Snoopy has the best comic-book like settings (besides the ones at the front entrance). There are word bubbles throughout the area, a huge dinner table set up and lots of kites in trees. Have fun with them and the chiclets – and you can even get your partner in too!

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PEANUTS Celebration at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park. This is the complete family guide. - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Dinner Break

Suggestion: Boardwalk BBQ

Lucy & Sally’s Fiesta Fantasy

Location: Fiesta Plaza Stage
Suggested time: 6:00pm

  • My favorite area in the park is also a part of the Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration!!! It’s here that you can see Lucy and Sally learning how to dance baile folklorico have taken a journey south of the border as they have been introduced to the colorful dancing of Mexico. Lucy and Sally’s Fiesta Fantasy will bring lively music, traditional costumes and live performances to the Fiesta Village stage.

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Woodstock’s Musical Festival

Location: Calico Mine Stage
Suggested time: 6:30pm

  • The Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration keeps going strong at night with Woodstock’s Musical Festival. The stage transforms into a musical extravaganza with a show featuring the PEANUTS gang and a family-friendly indie band The Jelly of the Month Club. It’s a great way to wrap up the night (and maybe tire out the chiclets before going home).

What to eat at the Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration

One other “must do” during the Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration is to try as many special treats as you can!!! The awesome culinary team at Knott’s Berry Farm has put out a list of treats offered during this time. My chiclets love the frozen banana and the Fruit Loops crisp bar is my personal fave! Click here for the full Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration food guide.

PEANUTS Celebration at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park. This is the complete family guide. - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

PEANUTS Celebration at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park. This is the complete food guide. - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

PEANUTS Celebration at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park. This is the complete family guide. - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

PEANUTS Celebration at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park. This is the complete family guide. - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

PEANUTS Celebration at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park. This is the complete food guide. - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

p.s. Don’t forget to look up as you walk throughout the park – you might see a kite (or two) stuck up in the kite-eating trees… AND keep an eye out for the PEANUTS characters riding the trolley around the park. They’re soooo cute!

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The Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration will take place weekends starting January 27 through February 25, 2018, plus Presidents’ Day. Admission is included with a regular park admission ticket or a 2018 Knott’s Season Pass.

For more information, visit the Knott’s website, and please share your photos online using the hashtag #KnottsPEANUTScelebration. See you there!!!

p.s. Don’t forget to add FunPix to your season pass!!! You’ll get UNLIMITED photos by Knott’s photographers with the cute Knott’s frame.

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A first look at the LEGOLAND Castle Hotel

LEGOLAND California welcomed the media in front of the LEGOLAND Castle Hotel with Merlin the wizard as he unraveled his scroll officially declaring the Hotel’s opening day: April 27, 2018.

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During the hard hat tour, guests received a first look at the 250-deluxe-themed room Hotel as they walked through the Grand Hall, Dragon’s Den Restaurant, Royal Courtyard and got a sneak peek at the three room themes: Knights and Dragons, Royal Princess and Magic Wizard. While in the Grand Hall, Idris and Ronchetti provided an overview of the Hotel, described key features and discussed the economic impact created by the 200 new job openings for LEGOLAND Castle Hotel. Details were also shared about the large LEGO Wizard model that will greet guests as they enter the Grand Hall, a slide that will connect the lobby to the first floor and a knock knock door created to entertain guests.

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LEGOLAND Castle Hotel at LEGOLAND California is officially opening on April 27, 2018. This is a first look at the new LEGOLAND hotel in Carlsbad. - LivingMiVidaLoca.com | #LEGOLANDCA #LEGOhotel

Inside Dragon’s Den, the head chef shared insight to the dining options available at LEGOLAND California Resort’s only full-service sit down restaurant. Dragon’s Den will include an open kitchen for guests to watch chefs preparing their food, LEGO models, entertainers and locally-sourced food creating a unique dining experience. Breakfast will be included with each guest’s stay and includes made-to-order items along with a buffet.

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LEGOLAND Castle Hotel at LEGOLAND California is officially opening on April 27, 2018. This is a first look at the new LEGOLAND hotel in Carlsbad. - LivingMiVidaLoca.com | #LEGOLANDCA #LEGOhotel

The Royal Courtyard outside is designed to immerse children in a fairy tale of their own creation with a DUPLO play area for the younger kids, larger play structures for the older kids, giant movie screen for nighttime movies, a stage for live plays and shows, a gradual incline pool and hot tub. The pool bar and grill will offer smoothies, sandwiches and salads prepared fresh to order.

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LEGOLAND Castle Hotel at LEGOLAND California is officially opening on April 27, 2018. This is a first look at the new LEGOLAND hotel in Carlsbad. - LivingMiVidaLoca.com | #LEGOLANDCA #LEGOhotel

Guests also explored each room theme and had a chance to view one of the 20 suites available. A Resort Master Model Builder greeted guests in the Magic Wizard theme room and treated them to a sneak peek of a few of the 2,100 LEGO models made out of more than three million LEGO bricks that will be featured inside the rooms and throughout the Hotel.

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LEGOLAND Castle Hotel at LEGOLAND California is officially opening on April 27, 2018. This is a first look at the new LEGOLAND hotel in Carlsbad. - LivingMiVidaLoca.com | #LEGOLANDCA #LEGOhotel

LEGOLAND Castle Hotel at LEGOLAND California is officially opening on April 27, 2018. This is a first look at the new LEGOLAND hotel in Carlsbad. - LivingMiVidaLoca.com | #LEGOLANDCA #LEGOhotel

LEGOLAND Castle Hotel at LEGOLAND California is officially opening on April 27, 2018. This is a first look at the new LEGOLAND hotel in Carlsbad. - LivingMiVidaLoca.com | #LEGOLANDCA #LEGOhotel

LEGOLAND Castle Hotel at LEGOLAND California is officially opening on April 27, 2018. This is a first look at the new LEGOLAND hotel in Carlsbad. - LivingMiVidaLoca.com | #LEGOLANDCA #LEGOhotel

We can’t wait to visit the new LEGOLAND Castle Hotel in April!!! The chiclets are going to have a blast playing with all the LEGOs, discovering all the treasures in the rooms, and swimming in the pool (while the adults visit the pool bar). It’s proximity to LEGOLAND California means that we can jump back and forth between the park and the hotel, and the new restaurant means that we can enjoy delicious eats during our stay. Can’t wait to see more!!!

WATCH: A first look at the LEGOLAND Castle Hotel

LEGOLAND California Resort is accepting reservations for the LEGOLAND Castle Hotel. For more information on booking hotel reservations, please visit: http://www.LEGOLAND.com/castlehotel. To discover job opportunities for LEGOLAND Castle Hotel, please visit: http://www.LEGOLAND.com/jobs.

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  • Valpak puts REAL $100 checks inside random envelopes every month to reward folks for opening their Valpak blue envelope to look for savings.
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  • Click here for more info on the program!

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Turns out, the little blue envelope has been making the rounds at homes since 1968, and they go to nearly 40 million households each month!!! That means that millions of households have the opportunity to save some serious money with the Valpak blue envelope that come filled with coupons for services in their current area. For me, it is extremely convenient since it automatically come in mail with no effort needed from me (one less thing on my to-do list). I seriously have zero time to spend clipping coupons or looking through numerous online couponing sites, so yeah… the Valpak mailing is kinda perfect. How easier can it be to save money on products and services I already purchase?!

Relaxing in the patio outside our townhome

The blue envelope is hard to miss in the mail pile (don’t let is slip into the junk mail pile!). Valpak envelope is mailed once a month and each month the coupons are different depending on local deals. The coupons are so diverse – they go anywhere from oil change deals, flowers (my fave!), to pet services. Valpak makes sure each monthly mailer offers services right in your neighborhood, and that makes it super easy for me to use.

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This month I will make sure to look for the blue envelope since now it has great grocery coupons! Every cent counts when it comes to groceries. My chiclets and Hubster are constantly scavenging through the fridge. Which means multiple grocery trips always seem to happen. The Valpak grocery coupons will be getting great use at our casita.

Next time the mail pile is enormous fight the urge to trash everything and look for the blue envelope. It has great deals in everyday services we need. Now with the addition of grocery coupons, I will definitely be looking forward for my Valpak envelope. This mamita needs to save where ever she can, if she wants to get her daily cafecito.

How to get your Valpak coupons digitally

If you miss the Valpak envelope, you can also get the deals digitally:

  • Visit Valpak online to get FREE coupons available in your neighborhood.
  • Get FREE mobile coupons via the Valpak app, available in the App Store and Google Play.

From Oprah to Anna, quotes that inspire perseverance

As an entrepreneur, sometimes it’s hard to keep going after you’ve been kicked down a few times. In these moments, I’ve taken to celebrate success stories to inspire perseverance and keep going. Go Compare has illustrated 10 inspirational people, who have proved their critics wrong and succeeded in their chosen field. I’ve chosen to showcase five of the females in their project here…

Next time you’re feeling down about yourself or hear skeptics about what you’re doing… remember that these business women were once there too. The trick is to persevere and focus on your work.

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Inspire perseverance with these quotes from five amazing women

Oprah

Quote: “Unfit for TV and too emotionally involved”

People are calling for Oprah 2020 after she spoke out against sexual harassment in the entertainment industry at the Golden Globes. But can you believe the talk show host and media proprietor was once fired from a news show because she was “too emotionally involved” in the stories she was reporting about?

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Anna Wintour

Quote: “You’d never understand the American market.”

Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue and artistic director at Condé Nast, was fired from her position as a fashion stylist at Harper’s Bazaar after only 9 months. However, the fashion icon believes that setbacks are just another part of life and recommends that everyone go through this experience at least once.

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J.K Rowling

Quote: “Get a day job. It’s impossible to make a living writing children’s books.”

Not many people have ever been as wrong as the person who told J.K Rowling that she would never be able to make a living out of her biggest passion. Over 400 million copies of the Harry Potter novels have been sold, making them the best selling book series of all times. Rowling went from depending on welfare to one of the richest women in the world and is now the UK’s best selling living author.

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Sheryl Sandberg

Quote: “I would never hire anyone like you.”

It is hard to not get discouraged when the CEO of a tech company tells you he would never hire someone like you, but that is exactly what happened to Sheryl Sandberg during an interview. In 2001, she was struggling to establish herself in the tech industry – since 2008, she has been Facebook’s chief operating officer.

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Arianna Huffington

Quote: “This website venture is the sort of failure that is simply unsurvivable.”

Arianna Huffington is no stranger to rejections and failure: her second book was rejected by publishers 36 times and she suffered humiliating results during her 2003 run for governor in California. Likewise the launch of the Huffington Post blog was accompanied by lots of ill-wishes and expectations of certain failure, but Huffington surprised everyone by co-founding one of the most influential media outlet of recent times.

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I’m Possible has been brought to you by GoCompare. I’m Possible features ten people who persevered and succeeded, despite being harshly criticised by peers, former employers and sometimes the press. See the full list of ten inspirational quotes on GoCompare.com!!!

Make your Instagram Story Highlights stand out with custom covers

Do you want your Instagram stories highlights to standout?

You spend time documenting your life on Instagram’s highlights feature, now you can combine them into different categories and organize them for long-lasting content!

In this article, you’ll discover how to make Instagram story highlights into albums and make those albums standout by creating custom covers. Use this tutorial for personal (like this one) OR business accounts (like this one)!

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How to make your Instagram Story highlights standout by Pattie Cordova on Living Mi Vida Loca.

Step 1: Create an Instagram Highlights Album

The Instagram Highlights feature is available to all Instagram users – whether or not you use Instagram stories. The Story Highlights show up on your profile under the bio section. If you haven’t created an Instagram highlight, the circles will be gray.

To create a highlight album, click the + sign in the Story Highlights section under the profile bio. A screen will pop-up with all your Instagram stories. Decide what the “theme” is going to be and select which Instagram stories you want to put together.

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Step 2: Name Your Highlight Album

Once you select your images, you’ll need to name it. It can be as long as 16 characters long – and it doesn’t always have to be letters!!! Try mixing in some emojis if your cover has words (more on that below).

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Step 3: Highlight Album cover image

Each of your highlight albums will have a cover based on which image you first uploaded to the highlight.  And more often than not, the images are not aligned. You can adjust the image by going into the Instagram Story highlight, click the three-dot More button on the bottom right hand corner (where it says more) and then choose “edit highlight.” This will pop up the cover to the highlight. Click “edit cover” and choose which image you want as the cover – every Instagram story in the highlight will be on the bottom. You can scroll to see all of them. Once you have the right cover image, move it to adjust inside the circle. Tap done and you’re good to go! Your new highlight album will show up on your profile.

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Keep reading to see how you can create custom Instagram Stories covers to make your profile stand out.

Add or Delete Posts From a Highlight Album

You can add and delete posts from a highlight album. To do either of these, tap on the three-dot More button at the bottom. You’ll get “remove from Highlight” and “Edit Highlight” pop-up options. All the posts in the Instagram Story highlights will be faded and have a blue checkmark. Here you can remove the highlight. Click the “Archive” tab and you can add more to your highlights.

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How to create custom Instagram Stories highlights covers

Creating custom covers for Instagram Stories highlights is easy! It just takes a bit of patience and pre-planning.

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First, you’ll need to decide which Instagram stories you want to group together. You can either put together these Instagram Stories highlights before you create the covers, or after.

To create covers similar to the ones above, download Font Candy and Monogram – both are free apps.

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Step 1 – Monogram App

Open up Monogram and choose a background. Delete the letters so that it’s blank inside the circle.

The circle shape can be customized (if you wish to do so). Play around with the shapes until you find one that you like. Once that’s done, enlarge the circle to fill up more of the surface area. Afterwards, change the color to match your profile. Save to your phone.

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Step 2 – Font Candy App

Open the app and the image you just created on Monogram. Keep the original size.

Double tap inside the template to edit the words. Type in your category name. Change the font as needed. Enlarge the font so that it fills up more of the circle. You can do this by tapping on the three bar icon next to the “A” icon.

Save the image by clicking the up arrow on the upper right hand side of the app.

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Step 3 – Instagram App

Open the Instagram app. Click the camera icon on the upper left hand side. Drag down to open up your camera roll. Choose your Instagram Story Highlight image.

Here you can go the extra step and add a hashtag to your cover. Click the sticker icon and choose the #HASHTAG icon. Based on your profile, choose a hashtag that best fits your category. Add the image to your Instagram Stories.

Following the steps above, add the cover to your Instagram Stories highlight and then follow step #3 by making it the cover image.
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Repeat the steps above to create multiple custom covers. It’s a great way to make your brand stand out (if you’re a business) or to easily categorize your highlights (as a personal brand).

Here are a few more examples of custom Instagram Story Highlights covers:

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More on Instagram Highlights

  • Add up to as many as 20 Instagram Story Highlights albums. Only the first four will be clearly displayed, with the last albums showing up clearly. Visitors will be able to view the remainder of the albums by scrolling over.
  • Add the same Instagram Story to more than one highlight album.
  • Consider creating albums for niche projects (seasonal, tutorials, blog posts, brand work, upcoming events, etcetera).
  • The cover art and name of the album will show up on the top left hand corner. This is where those 16 characters come in handy.
  • If you’re a brand, use albums to highlight products and services.
  • Group series like #TBT, tips and weekly recipes into Instagram Story Highlights.
  • If you’re an influencer, showcase an event in an album. This type of real estate on your Instagram profile is a great selling point!

Do you have any other ideas on how to use Instagram Story Highlights? Have you created your own custom covers? Share your thoughts in the comments below!!!

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Easy white menudo recipe

The Hubster was in charge of Christmas Day lunch and he decided to make his mom’s delicious white menudo. The ingredients are simple – easily found at your local Mexican market. Best of all, you can throw everything together in under 30 minutes. A few quick tips – ask the butcher to chop the trip into bite size pieces and the beef foot into chunks. It’ll cut down the prep time even more. And if you want to make menudo rojo (red menudo) instead of leaving it white, follow the steps we did in this pozole rojo recipe.

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Easy White Menudo Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 gallons of water
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1 tbsp of cumin
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 3-4 bay leaves
  • 1 pound beef foot
  • 3 pounds of tripe
  • 1 large can of hominy

Directions

  1. Pour water into large pot.
  2. Add salt, cumin, garlic and bay leaves to the pot.
  3. Rinse beef foot and tripe, add to pot.
  4. Drain and rinse hominy, add to pot.
  5. Cover pot with aluminum foil and add lid.
  6. Simmer menudo over low heat for four hours.

Menudo is delicious as it is, or you can add toppings to it as well. We have our staples, including cilantro, chopped onion, menudo mix, lemons and we serve with bolillo. This menudo recipe has been passed down for generations now and we hope you’ll give it a try. Enjoy!

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Holiday Gift Guide for Him

Are you waiting until the last minute to pick up something for your Hubster, huh? Well that’s okay!!! I’ve rounded up some of my favorite gifts based on what I like to gift my Hubster, while being on a tight budget, and basically leaving gift shopping until the last minute too. I prefer ordering via Amazon or Target, so that’s where I’m linking these gifts (because… prime shipping). Of course, you’ll be able to find these gifts readily in other major retailers too, or sometimes in discounted shops like DSW and TJ Maxx. And if you still feel like it’s not perfect enough, then add a “love gift certificate” to it and you’ll take it over the top. ¡Buena suerte! and let me know if you like to gift something else so I can get some ideas off of you too.

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Some of the links below may include affiliate links so we can keep the lights on at home. Happy shopping!

Holiday Gift Guide for Him

UE Boom 2 Phantom Wireless Mobile Bluetooth Speaker

UE Boom 2 is the 360-degree wireless speaker that blasts loud, insanely great sound with deep, powerful bass in every direction – everywhere you go. Its waterproof, shockproof and crafted from the sexiest and most uninhibited premium materials in the known universe. We love to take ours on camping trips.

Buy it! $129.99; Target.com

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Jaybird Freedom In-Ear Wireless Headphones

Great for dads who workout because these wireless headphones have a universal fit and they won’t slip out even when the guys are sweating. They’re wireless and only take 20 minutes to charge. Jaybird Freedom wireless headphones also come with their own case.

Buy it! $99.99; Amazon.com

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Pair of Thieves dad/son socks

So cute because dad and son can both sport cool socks with the same design! These socks are super comfy and they last quite a while.They also have a lot of different designs.

Buy it! $9.99; Target.com

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The Give Winston Set

You know how guys’ razors always get dull super fast… maybe it’s because the girls take the razors too, I don’t know. LOL But this subscription service from Harry’s has him covered! This set includes a Winter Winston Razor Handle, 4 oz. shave gel, 3 German engineered blade cartridges and a travel blade cover.

You can even get a FREE trial subscription. The trial includes a Truman razor, travel-sized foaming shave gel, and travel blade cover for just the cost of shipping ($3 in the US and $6 in Canada).

Buy it! $30; Harrys.com

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LEGO Architecture, New York City

The chiclets love building LEGO sets with their papá – and this set from the LEGO Architecture line was perfect! They relived their memories of our travels and now they have a keepsake as well. Sets come with a booklet that discusses the buildings featured in the set.

Buy it! $59.99; Amazon.com

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Jack Black Turbo Wash Energizing Cleanser for Hair & Body

I bought this for the Hubster a few years ago and he’s been hooked on it every since. I LOVE the way it smells (and I admit to using it a few times myself). The rosemary scent is not overpowering and you leave the shower with a scent of freshness.

Buy it! $50.00; Amazon.com

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Oral-B Genius Pro 8000

I got this for the Hubster a few months ago and it’s A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! I actually use it too because it comes with extra brush heads. It’s totally what you would expect from a high-tech toothbrush. You can use it as is, or you can use your smartphone and pair it with the toothbrush to enable Position Detection which uses facial recognition to help you know where you’ve brushed, so you never miss a zone. It also has a customizable multicolor SmartRing that provides real-time visual coaching on brushing time and pressure to help you brush like your dentist recommends. When you go off track, it goes red (super easy to use). This toothbrush also has pressure sensor technology that automatically slows brush speed and visibly alerts you to protect gums from over-brushing

Buy it! $111.20; Amazon.com

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Wood Watch Box Organizer

Guys have a thing about watches, and this is a great way to display them and keep them organized. Best of all, the box is small enough that it can be tucked into a drawer if they want their collection set aside. Bigger boxes are also available if your guy has a large collection of time pieces.

Buy it! $30.00; Amazon.com

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Vans Men’s Classic Leather Slip-On Trainers

Casual shoes are a must, and these go great with a pair of shorts or jeans. They’re a nicer version of their classic slip-ons, so you know they’re also comfortable.

Buy it! $60.00 – $72.11; Amazon.com

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Call of Duty: WWII

Got a gamer at home? Pick up a copy of Call of Duty: WWII. According to the Hubster, it’s a good multi-player experience and takes the gamer back to basics. The zombie level is also a deeper experience (you get to customize players, choose offense vs. defense, etc.).

Call of Duty returns to its roots with Call of Duty: WWII—a breathtaking experience that redefines World War II for a Image resultnew gaming generation. Land in Normandy on D-Day and battle across Europe through iconic locations in history’s most monumental war.

Rated: M – Mature (17+)
Platforms: PlayStation®4, Xbox One® and PC

Buy it! $39.99 (Standard Edition); $39.99 (Digital Standard Edition); $99.99 (Digital Deluxe); $99.99 (Pro Edition); CallofDuty.com

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Mission Enduracool Cooling Towel

Favored by athlete superstars like Dwight Howard and Georges St-Pierre, this cooling towel bring the bodies’ temperature to 30° below average body temperature. He’ll thank you after every workout!

Buy it! $22.99; Amazon.com

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Nike Kobe A.D. Basketball Shoe

Even though he’s not playing anymore, Kobe still has a loyal fan base. If your guy is one of them, these classic basketball shoes designed by Black Mamba himself will be a huge hit.

Buy it! $105; Amazon.com

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Hanes 4-Pack Ultimate Stretch Crewneck Tees

These are literally the only white t-shirts that the Hubster wears. They have a great feel to them, stay white after each wash and the collars never wear out! You can typically find them on sale at Kohl’s too, so that’s a major bonus. Even though he’s not playing anymore, Kobe still has a loyal fan base. If your guy is one of them, these classic basketball shoes designed by Black Mamba himself will be a huge hit.

Buy it! $36; Kohls.com

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HGTV’s Santa HQ is the Santa experience you’ve been wanting

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Santa HQ.

The holiday season is in full swing and we have more than a few Santa pictures under our belt thanks to his appearance at different events. A Santa mall picture though? THAT we didn’t have until this weekend when we visited Santa at Santa HQ at Los Cerritos Center.

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HGTV’s Santa HQ adds a whole new dimension to the traditional family Santa Claus visit by guiding visitors through an immersive, interactive holiday extravaganza that uses of state-of-the-art digital technology.

 

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Santa HQs across the country are set up in a similar manner where you get to be fully immersed in the Santa experience – it’s way more than just waiting in line. They’re all set up for families to experience different things while you wait to see Santa, including:

  • Elfie Selfie: Where visitors take a selfie and star in their own holiday video
  • Elf-Ray Vision: Guests can explore Santa’s Observatory through the use of special goggles that trigger a series of augmented reality experiences at multiple locations throughout Santa HQ including two triggers at Entrance Arch; one trigger on exterior of the Workshop; Toy triggers underneath the Christmas Tree in the Workshop, and enhanced triggers in the observatory
  • Naughty or Nice Meters: Where visitors can stand next to an interactive board to find out which list of Santa’s they made
  • Light Show: With more than 10,000 individual holiday lights synchronized to the tune of “Carol of the Bells” to create an illuminated orchestra

and then, of course, you get a traditional photo opportunity with Santa Claus!!!

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We all know that waiting in line to see Santa can get a little rough, especially if you have young chiclets. Santa HQ was set up to ease this experience and have you actually enjoying your visit to the North Pole!!! In fact, if you’re not up to waiting in line, you can go online and select the date and time of your photos session by making reservation online at http://www.santa-hq.com/reservations.

The reservation system enables users to select and pre-pay for your photo package, and they’ll even text you a reminder to provide a reminder about your Santa photo session reservation. Once you arrive at Santa HQ, go to the line marked “reservations” and check in.

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You have a few different options when it comes to purchasing photos – major bonus? You get digital downloads when you choose either package! You’ll go online with a code that is provided at checkout and access them once you get home.

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Each Santa HQ is also participating in HGTV’s Help Through Holiday Giving Drive. The program encourages visitors to donate new, unwrapped toys for local children in need with the goal of collecting over 1,000 toys per center! You’ll see huge collection bins at Santa HQ – so make sure to bring a little gift for a chiclet in need.

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Our Santa visit at Los Cerritos Center was a blast because Santa HQ made it flawless. We sped through the line thanks to our reservation. The chiclets were tested in the “naughty or nice o meter” (both got “nice,” YAY!) and their names were listed along with others in the screen next to it. They played with the control center, took a few easy photo with kid-friendly photographers, and chatted with Santa about what they want for Christmas. It was a great Sunday morning and we were out of there in time for brunch.

For more information about Santa HQ and

a list of locations visit https://santa-hq.com.

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