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Knott’s Merry Farm Food Guide 2017

We love our Knott’s Berry Farm season passes for many reasons – but right around this time of the year, we love them even more. Last month, Knott’s Berry Farm invited us to visit the resort so that we could check out all the festivities during Merry Farm opening weekend. We were up and ready to go early in the morning and basically spent the next 10 hours circling the park over and over again as we rode some rollercoasters, checked out all the vendors and devoured holiday treat after holiday treat throughout the park. We had an absolute blast, and it was so different than last year because this year, I opted to take my mom and my nieces with us! It was their first time seeing Knott’s Berry Farm decorated for the holidays.

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I loved walking around the park and showing my mom all of our favorite Merry Farm attractions… especially Santa’s Christmas Cabin!!! We spent a good part of our day there trying out all the foods, chatting with friends, and waiting for the chiclets to come back to us after riding The Pony Express. It was a delicious experience.

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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You can find seasonal foods throughout the park during Knott’s Merry Farm dates (November 17, 2017 through January 7, 2018). We’re giving you a cheat sheet on where you can find all the foods to save you a bit of time…

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Knott’s Merry Farm Food Guide 2017

Hollywood Hits

  • Holiday Pizza

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Santa’s Christmas Cabin

  • Chocolate Dipped Cheesecake
  • Assorted Holiday Pastries
  • Boysenberry and Nutella Crepe
  • Beef and Chicken Tamales
  • Holiday Christmas Popcorn

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Cantina

  • Beef and Chicken Tamales

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Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen

  • Gingerbread and Sugar Cookie Decorating

Grizzle Creek

  • Santa’s Milk and Cookies Shake

Coasters

  • Santa’s Milk and Cookies Shake

Gourmet Churro Factory

  • Candy Cane Holiday Churro

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Boardwalk BBQ

  • Holiday Turkey Sandwich
  • Smoked BBQ Wings

Ghost Town Grill

  • Christmas Stew
  • Open Faced Turkey Sandwich
  • Open Faced Meatloaf Sandwich
  • Salmon Dinner with Jalapeno Jam
  • The Berry Gobbler
  • The Farm sandwich
  • Crispy Brussel Sprouts

Ghost Town Bakery

  • Christmas Stew

Supreme Scream, Silver Bullet and Cave Inn

  • Holiday Vanilla Dippin’ Dots

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All Participating Hot Cocoa and Coffee Locations

  • Merry Farm refillable mug

Knott’s Merry Farm favorites

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

  • Merry Farm refillable mug
  • Boysenberry and Nutella Crepe
  • Beef and Chicken Tamales
  • Santa’s Milk and Cookies Shake
  • Holiday Turkey Sandwich

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There is so much to do during Knott’s Merry Farm, 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/play/merry-farm

Also… don’t miss the Knott’s Merry Farm peppermint cotton candy!

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

Boysenberry Festival
Dates: November 17, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Hours: Fun starts at 10 a.m.

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

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Talk to your kids about Santa with the help of “Love, Santa”

This post is in partnership with Scholastic.

Mom confession? I haven’t had “the talk” with my oldest chiclet. No… not that one – the one about the big guy in the red suit. Yup – we still haven’t sat down at talked to our (almost) ten year old chiclet about Santa, how it’s not really a person, but more of an idea, or anything like that. I mean, yeah, he’s been testing the Santa theory for a few years now (including leaving gifts for him to see if he really takes it, asking him to sign his name if he really shows up, and a few other creative ideas) but I just dread actually sitting down and talking to him about it.

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Having the Santa talk with my oldest chiclet will mean letting go of his childhood. Even if it’s just a little spot in the grand scheme of things… it will forever be gone. And that’s why we haven’t done it yet. I’m afraid that it will sadden me to no end to see that little spark in his eyes go away when I tell him. Of course – this is all assuming that he already doesn’t know. In actuality, he could totally be playing us for years. LOL

And just like any other major milestone, I’m going to need some help in actually getting through it. For this particular job, I’m calling in Love, Santa by Martha Brockenbrough.

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About Love, Santa

In a series of letters, a young girl writes to Santa to ask about the North Pole, Mrs. Claus, and of course, Christmas goodies. Year after year, Santa writes back, and a heartwarming relationship develops, until one year, the girl writes to her mother instead: Mom, are you Santa? Her mother responds to say that no, she is not Santa. Because Santa is bigger than any one person — we bring him out through kindness to one another and the power of imagination. This transformative tale spins a universal childhood experience into a story about love, giving, and the spirit of Christmas.

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Scholastic sent over this book because I told them about what I was about to go through. They knew I was going to need some help – and this book is going to make “the talk” so.much.easier. Especially because I believe in the message, but what I lacked were words to convey the message in a non-confusing manner to my chiclet. And, of course, I don’t want to lie to the chiclet (even more than I already have!) so I needed a few tactful and gentle messages to tell him about the spirt of Santa. Plus… the artwork in the book is gorgeous and it even includes letters that you can pull out of its envelopes to read. Handing the book over to him once we’re done talking can become a tradition and hopefully he can one day give it to his chiclets too.

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I read Love, Santa a few times (even though it’s not even December yet) to prepare and I was thinking of doing a whole outing to soften the blow – both for him and for me. Maybe a nice chat as we walk downtown with all the gorgeous Christmas decorations with hot cocoa in our hands? Or a sit-down meal so he feels more relaxed to ask questions? I’m not sure what we’re going to do yet, but I do know that as nervous as I’m going to be about talking to him about Santa, I know that having read Love, Santa over and over again will make the experience easier. And once I go through it with my oldest chiclet, it will be soooo much easier to do it again in a couple of years with my youngest chiclet.

Pick up a copy of Love, Santa by Martha Brockenbrough to help you through this time (if you haven’t gone through it already). Love, Santa is available in stores now and great for chiclets ages 6-11 years old.

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About the Creators

Martha Brockenbrough is the author of two books for adults and five books for young readers, including The Game of Love and Death, which earned four starred reviews and was a Kirkus Prize finalist, Devine Intervention, and The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and their two daughters. Visit her online at marthabrockenbrough.com.

Martha Brockenbrough

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Lee White is an artist and teacher who loves watercolor, print making, and climbing trees. He spends his days splashing paint in his backyard studio, where there are absolutely no clocks allowed! He has illustrated more than fifteen books and shown in galleries across the country, from Los Angeles to New York. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and young son.

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How to get your chiclets in for FREE to the L.A. Zoo Lights event

This post is in partnership with Denny’s.

You all know how much I love my Denny’s pancakes, right??? And with a little cafécito on the side??? It makes my weekend just perfect. Well this season, Denny’s is partnering with the L.A. Zoo to make sure that your L.A. Zoo Lights visit is a little more delicious! And they’re also the secret to getting your chiclets in for FREE to the L.A. Zoo Lights event.

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So first of all – what is the L.A. Zoo Lights event?

L.A. Zoo Lights

Dates: November 17 – January 7
Time: 6 – 10 p.m.
Closed Nov 23, Dec 24, and Dec 25
Ticket prices: range from $10 to $19.95… but scroll down to see how you can get your chiclets in for FREE! p.s. Some days are already sold out, our ticket giveaway will guarantee entrance regardless of the day you choose!

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Bigger. Brighter. Merrier. L.A. Zoo Lights is a not-to-be-missed nighttime holiday light experience that debuted in 2014 and has glowed brighter each year since. This year’s event promises to be even more magical than ever – with dazzling new displays and details throughout.

  • Take a self-guided 60- to 90-minute tour of a large area of the Zoo featuring creative animal-themed light displays – including 3D projections, lasers, and thousands upon thousands of LEDs.
  • Enjoy new features for the 2017/18 season, such as a reimagined entry plaza, water show with exciting new music and lasers, and an all-new “Wild Wonderland” finale.
  • Capture your holiday memories in a photo with Santa Claus in a glittering new “North Pole” setting on select dates.
  • Get a glimpse of real reindeer!
  • Warm up with hot cocoa and other holiday treats.
  • Become part of the show with glowing merchandise available for purchase.
  • Take advantage of free parking every night!

PLEASE NOTE: Admission for this all-ages evening program is separate from daytime Zoo admission. No live animals other than reindeer and animals in the LAIR will be on display during evening events. Programming subject to change.

Each person in your party MUST have a ticket to enter L.A. Zoo Lights. Children under 2 are free.

L.A. Zoo Lights is a rain-or-shine event and will occur as scheduled in rainy conditions. Bring an umbrella and jacket!

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Want to get a first person review of this event? Hop over to Let’s Play OC to get more tips and a low down on what to expect.

FREE kid’s admission ticket to L.A. Zoo Lights

The promotion Denny’s is running with L.A. Zoo Lights is a FREE kid’s admission ticket with the purchase of two adult L.A. Zoo Lights tickets. Guests are welcome to stop into participating locations in the Los Angeles area to pick up the coupon.

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And because I love you guys just as much as I love my Denny’s pancakes (which is A LOT), I’ve partnered with them to give away FOUR tickets to L.A. Zoo Lights on Living Mi Vida Loca! To enter for a chance to win these tickets, simply do any or all of the different entry options in the Rafflecopter widget below. ¡Buena suerte!

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Disneyland Resort’s Chocolate and Coffee Yule Log recipe

This year, the holidays begin at the Disneyland Resort! I got the opportunity to visit the park and chat with Nubia, dessert chef at the Disneyland Resort, where she also showed me how to make a Chocolate and Coffee Yule Log that is offered during the Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure.

The popular Festival of Holidays is back with the sights, sounds and tastes of diverse cultural festivities and plenty of Disney magic! This heartwarming holiday celebration is inspired by Christmas/Navidad, Hannukah, Diwali, Kwanza and Three Kings Day.

Guests will experience:

  • The new Holiday Sunset Concerts: Fun dance parties featuring performing groups Phat Cat Swinger (Friday-Monday) and Mariachi Divas (Tuesday-Thursday) at Paradise Park
  • The soulful a capella group The Sound, which joins returning holiday performances by Mostly Kosher, Blue 13 Dance Company and the Holiday Toy Drummers
  • The lively “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!,”with authentic music, dance, décor, crafts and special greetings by Disney characters, including Princess Elena of Avalor
  • TheFestive Foods Marketplace, serving multicultural holiday fare at marketplace kiosks, including a range of flavors: beef corn tamale a la plancha with spicy rojo sauce, braised lamb cheeks with Mediterranean cauliflower, sweet potato pie and fruit and nut rugelach
  • Fun family activities, with holiday arts and crafts, face painting and cookie decorating
  • A festive celebration of Three Kings Day in the final days of Festival of Holidays, Jan. 4-7

There really is a lot to celebrate at the Disneyland Resort, and with this Chocolate and Coffee Yule Log recipe, you can make a little of the magic at home too!!!

Chocolate and Coffee Yule Log recipe

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Check out my full interview and bake-along with Nubia Renteria, pastry chef at Disneyland. She also tells us a few shortcuts and tool tricks that we can use to make the dessert!

How to get a letter from Santa

The U.S. Postal Service can help you keep the magic alive with a personalized response from Santa!!! This makes for a great after-Thanksgiving dinner activity, but will also work so long as the letter is received by December 15th.

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Here are the steps for your child to get a letter back from Santa:

  1. Have your child write a letter to Santa and place it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole.
  2. Later, when alone, open the envelope and write a personalized response.
  3. Insert the response letter into an envelope and address it to the child.
  4. Add the return address: SANTA, NORTH POLE, to the envelope.
  5. Affix a First-Class Mail stamp, such as a new Christmas Carols Forever stamp to the envelope.
  6. Place the complete envelope into a larger envelope — preferably a Priority Mail Flat Rate envelope — with appropriate postage and address it to:

North Pole Postmark
Postmaster
4141 Postmark Drive
Anchorage, AK 99530-9998

“Letters from Santa” must be received by the Anchorage, AK, postmaster no later than Dec. 15. Santa’s helpers at the Postal Service will take care of the rest.

Tips

  • To save paper, write Santa’s response on the back of your child’s letter. If you keep them together, your child will also be able to recall what he or she wrote.
  • When responding as Santa, make the response as personal as possible by highlighting your child’s accomplishments over the past year, for example, helping around the house, receiving good grades in a particular subject at school or participating in community service activities.
  • This is a great activity to do at Thanksgiving that the whole family can enjoy, including parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other caregivers.
  • The Letters from Santa program adds to the excitement of Christmas and is ideal for interesting youngsters in letter writing, stamps and penmanship.
  • The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
  • Be sure to share the experience on social media using #LettersFromSanta.

A fabulous night out with Nestle’s El Mejor Nido at the Coco premiere

This post was sponsored by Nestle El Mejor Nido.

Last week I had the best time at the red carpet premiere of Disney-Pixar’s “Coco.” I was there representing Nestle´s El Mejor Nido, who were awesome enough to invite me to share all the fun that happened before the premiere on Living Mi Vida Loca’s social channels – p.s. did you see my Facebook live video featuring some of the Latino superstars as they arrived at the event?!! Spoiler alert: lots of Edward James Olmos and Benjamin Bratt shots.

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I got there a few minutes early so I could get some shots of the carpet. Turns out, more marigold than red – which makes total sense because this uh-MAZING film takes place during Dia de los Muertos.

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Once we got inside, I headed straight to the El Mejor Nido booth to load up on chocolate Abuelita and Nescafé Café de Olla (they were also offering Clásico with delicious pumpkin Coffee-mate  but I was running short on time and had to head into the opening ceremony). So I grabbed a cup of Chocolate Abuelita and found a prime spot for the opening show that featured the always-fabulous, Grammy award winning Mariachi Divas performing songs like “Remember Me” from Disney/Pixar’s Coco. I couldn’t have had a better time there. Between one of my favorite drinks and traditional mariachi music, there’s very little that could have made it more memorable.

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Folklorico dancers at Coco premiere - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

The Mariachi Divas continued to play and the baile folklorico dancers wowed us as the celebrities walked onto the marigold carpet.

I was literally right by the entrance trying to catch everyone and anyone that I recognized via Facebook Live. Some of the LMVL fans on Facebook were awesome enough to spot some of the celebrities and gave me their names… including Angelica Maria’s whom I completely blanked out on because I was in such awe.

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And because I’m never one to miss an opportunity, I also positioned myself behind some of the photographers basically ensuring that I would get online-worthy pics for you to check out. The stars of the movies like Edward James Olmos, who even danced along to the music. The entire event felt like a giant fiesta celebrating Latino culture. It was a proud day.

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I hung around the front for a while (almost an hour!) waiting for everyone to arrive, but I totally wanted to get in on the cookie decorating at  El Mejor Nido’s booth so I walked over there, grabbed some more drinks and got to work. Their booth was located under a giant white tent that hosted stilt walkers, more Mariachi music and all the cafécito and Chocolate Abuelita you could possibly want. El Mejor Nido did a great job at featuring their best (and my favorite) products and so, of course, it was a hot spot. Hey… even Weird Al Yankovich got in on the fun!!! p.s. Al… if you want a great Chocolate Abuelita recipe – here’s El Mejor Nido’s: https://www.elmejornido.com/es/recetas/chocolate-caliente-122172?categoryname=recetas-de-chocolate-caliente

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A short while later we were called into El Capitan Theatre and I could feel myself getting super excited about being able to see Coco in the same theater as the stars, directors, and producers of the film. It was an intense and humbling feeling.

I grabbed my popcorn and drink and sat down just as the Mariachi Divas came on stage to serenade us one more time before the film. If you’re thinking of seeing the film in the L.A. area, I would strongly suggest you get your tickets to see it at El Capitan Theatre because you’ll be able to experience the Mariachi Divas performing before select showings.

And, well… what can I say about Coco that hasn’t already been said by everyone who has gotten a chance to see it??? Yes, it’s just as amazing as everyone says it is. Are you Latina? Well you won’t be disappointed by it. In all honesty, I was worried about this. I was worried that mi cultura would not be represented in a way that was accurate and authentic. I should have known better. My first thought after seeing the film was, “it was well done.” And interestingly enough, when I saw my friend Lala outside of the theater she said the exact same thing!!!

Coco was everything that I wanted the film to be. It gave an accurate description about Dia de los Muertos, it shared the traditions that are observed during this time (and that we have in our home too!) and in true Disney/Pixar fashion, there was no shortage of tears. I love that the cast was mostly Latinos, the family in the film was everyone’s family, and the music is one that I’ve been streaming non-stop since watching the film. It scored high marks on every level.

Easy Chocolate Abuelita recipe

The next day, I made myself some Chocolate Abuelita as I retold my experience to the Hubster and the chiclets. I can’t wait to take them to see Coco during their Thanksgiving break!!! Plus – I just found out that they’ll be playing it en Español here in Southern California too so that’s pretty awesome. I highly recommend you take the familia and chiclets to see the film – you won’t be disappointed.

Want to learn more about Nestle El Mejor Nido? Be sure to visit their website or Facebook pages!

p.s. Did you miss my Facebook Live videos? See them below!!!

Center for Healthy Living by Kaiser Permanente Orange County

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Kaiser Permanente Orange County.

Earlier this week I had the honor to interview Irma Jaime, a health educator for the Center for Healthy Living for Kaiser Permanente Orange County. During the interview she shared tips and resources on how to get started on ways to start living a healthy lifestyle.

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I’m all about working on living a healthy lifestyle – and that’s one of the many reasons why I choose to keep my health insurance with Kaiser Permanente. Whether I need to make changes for a health condition or simply want a healthy change, the Center for Healthy Living is there for me because it focuses on total healthcare. They offer resources, workshops and in-group support for weight loss, weight management and other lifestyle classes as well.

Want more information on resources and services offered outside of the center? Visit KP.org to view a list of additional resources.

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Health Media Balance

Members can visit the Kaiser Permanente website to get more information geared towards people who cannot attend a class every week or simply need flexibility in their schedules. This works by having members create profiles and create goals to lead healthier lifestyles.

Wellness coaching by phone service

If you’re in the market for something even more flexible, Kaiser offers wellness coaching by phone service. This service is great because it’s free and offers flexibility. Each call lasts around 15-20 minutes. The first call is usually a little longer, so that the wellness coach can gather new member information about you and create your profile. The program consists of six calls made by the wellness coach, who will work closely with the member.

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If you want to start living a healthier lifestyle then this is the program for you. The coach is there to encourage members to establish positive and healthy habits. Teaching them to see that in a chain of events, it will make for better longtermlong term choices.

Choose Healthy

If you’re looking for something affordable, the “Choose Healthy” website is a great source to browse and get discounts for Kaiser Permanente members. You simply, go to Choose Healthy, register, and select from the options. If you want to look up discounts nearby, Kaiser also offers fitness clubs and services outside of Kaiser’s fitness clubs and gyms. 

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Senior advantage

Are you or someone you know 65 and over and on medicare? This program allows you to sign up for $20/month. As a member, you get discounts to local fitness clubs and gyms. If you like eating healthy, then this could be for you. Members can be partnered up with Moms Meal Service and will be offered different options for their meals. These healthy options include meals that are low sodium, gluten free, and among other healthy options.

Center for Healthy Living

Like some options? The Center for Healthy Living offers a couple different programs. They have a couple of programs directed towards weight management and weight loss. Their most popular would be the yoga class, and they also offer a Care Yoga course for members that are healing from a recent surgery or with limited mobility. These classes run as a 6 week course program and are $54 dollars. The fee includes all six 1-hour classes. These courses take place at the Orange Healthy Pavilion.

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Healthy Balance

If you like commitment, then Healthy Balance Program is for you. The 16-week course is targeted for individuals who want to change their health habits. The Healthy balance programs is $10/session along with a $50 registration fee. The goal of this program is to make people make lifelong changes. The best thing is that this program is open to other individuals of the community as well. These classes are also available in Spanish.
This program has sessions between 75 minutes to 90 minutes, with 10-15 minutes dedicated to exercises. So if you like yoga and cardio and strength training exercises, this is the program for you. The purpose is to show the members that everyone can do exercise anywhere and anytime.

Medically Supervised Program

Have good self-control? Can you handle restrictive plans? Then this 16-week program is for you. You meet once a week for a one hour class. The program is only open to Kaiser Permanente members in Orange County and teaches people a full exercise routine. It does use a full meal replacement, but by the end of the program they’re doing 3 balanced meals. The first phase is 12 weeks and it is the access weight loss phase. Then they enter the transition phase for the remaining 4 weeks, which is when you transition back to food.

Keeping the Weight Off

This is a free program offered weekly. There’s no excuse not to participate. This program is also known as “The Maintenance Program.” This is a continuous program because Kaiser wants to encourage people to know that they have somewhere to come for support in their new lifestyle, if needed. Because this is a free program, there are not many sessions available. Available sessions are during the morning and evening in the Orange pavilion, and there’s also an evening one in Southern Orange County.

This is a great free resource that someone can use for a long time so long as the participant has graduated from the  16 week Healthy Balance or 16 week Medically supervised program.

Options Program

This program has 12 sessions, meeting once a week for 1-hour session. During the duration of the program they will discuss the process for surgery, on how to prepare and what happens afterwards. They will talk about the goals and understanding of the surgery. They cover topics like gastric bypass surgery available in Orange County.

The goal of all of this program is to provide the individual with the right tools on living a healthy lifestyle and having knowledge of the meals and snacks they can have.

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Physical Activity and Exercise Tips

Want results? The biggest tip to take in is to focus on the goals. We all want to engage in a complete fitness program, but the first step is begin physical activity. This can be as simple as standing up more during the day at your desk, or taking a walk during lunch time, parking further at the grocery store and taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Take every opportunity to move more and be active in your day-to-day living. Per the American College of Sports Medicine, they have designated that if someone is physically active, they are getting at least 10K steps a day.
The biggest thing is to establish the behavior change and the new lifestyle. If you can do five minutes every single day and then move onto ten minutes and keep going so it becomes a lifestyle change. Another suggestion was to split up the time into smaller time increments throughout the day.

Just remember that the key for success in any program is consistency.

In order to get to the goals, you need to establish new lifestyle changes and keep consistent.

Enjoy Seasons of Fun with the Knott’s Berry Farm season pass

We love visiting Knott’s Berry Farm throughout the year because we make so many cool memories. It’s all part of the Seasons of Fun that the park has going on, and we’re happy to be partnering with them to share a few of our favorite highlights this year..

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Boysenberry Festival

Having a Knott’s Berry Farm season pass gives us the option of visiting the park multiple times during the year – and we do a lot of that when they host special events. My fave? The Boysenberry Festival! This is the time when I go absolutely CRAZY at The Wine and Craft Brew Garden.

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Check out all the fun we had this year here –> 5 Things You Must Do at Knott’s Berry Farm’s Boysenberry Festival

I found a new favorite wine (boysenberry flavored!) and the chiclets devoured so many boysenberry treats that they crashed hard in the car on our way home. The boysenberry festival also hosts the craft fair where local artisans sell their goods. It’s fun to walk the aisles and admire their talented work.

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Knott’s Soak City

Summer brings two fun seasons to the park – because Soak City is open! This year, they opened up more new rides and expanded the park by over an acre. We mastered the art of Soak City by day, Knott’s by night combo. For the chiclet’s birthday, we also spent the night at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel. It was fun to go into the park after Snoopy came in for a good-night kiss.

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Check out all the fun we had this year here –> Knott’s Soak City Destination Guide and Ghost Town Alive! at Knott’s Berry Farm

Ghost Town Alive!

Ghost Town Alive! was especially awesome because every day there was a new adventure. The chiclets and I ran around Ghost Town looking for fun things to do, missions to accomplish, and packages to deliver.

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We quickly found our Ghost Town Alive! favorites, and they were so amazing with the chiclets. They treated them like more than just kids and really had a conversation with them. They learned fun new games, and many times it was like they were playing pretend with others.

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Knott’s Spooky Farm

This year we also went pretty crazy at Knott’s Spooky Farm because we basically scoured the park for the best spooky treats for chiclets!!! They so graciously put up with trying treat after treat (ha!) and we found a few winners!!!

Check out all the fun we had this year here –> 5 Spooky Treats Kids Will Love at Knott’s Spooky Farm

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Knott’s Merry Farm

And finally, last year we had the most festive time at Knott’s Merry Farm – including a stop at Santa’s Cabin. We took our picture with Santa, enjoyed LOTS of egg nog and noshed on Snoopy cookies. It was fantastic, and because it rained, we picked up a few tips on how to stay warm at Knott’s Merry Farm. We can’t wait to do it all over again this year!

Check out all the fun we had last year here –> How to Stay Warm at Knott’s Merry Farm

Our Knott’s Berry Farm season pass gives us the chance to visit the park week after week, month after month, season after season. We get the opportunity to see the park transform throughout the year and meeting up with friends there is such a blast!

We fully plan on getting Knott’s Berry Farm season passes, and maybe add some season pass add-ons like the souvenir bottle (my personal fave) and the season pass dining plan. We spend so much time there anyway, we might as well have our food taken care of too!

 

New on our Bookshelf: Bruce’s Big Move

The chiclets have loved the “Bruce” series since “Mother Bruce” was first released last year. Last month, the last one, “Bruce’s Big Move” by Ryan T. Higgins, dropped and the chiclets are all about it – so huge thanks to Disney-Hyperion for sending us a copy!!! Yes, it’s made for chiclets ages 3-5 years old, but my 6 and 9 year olds have read it over and over. And it’s one book that never goes into the donation pile.

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About Bruce’s Big Move

After the events of Hotel Bruce, our favorite curmudgeonly bear shares his home with not only his four geese, but three rowdy mice besides! Fed up with their shenanigans, Bruce sets off to find a rodent-free household. But as usual, nothing goes quite according to plan…

A hilarious sequel for fans of the previous Bruce books, as well as a standalone discovery for new readers, Bruce’s next reluctant adventure is sure to keep kids giggling.

The chiclets love that Bruce is a bit of a grump – but he has a heart of gold (even if it’s hidden away). He’s a great character, the illustrations are very detailed and the stories always keep you cheering for him.

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As mamá, I love that the book is big because it makes for a great bedtime reading. It’s also great for little chiclets just learning to read because of the short sentences. Plus, major vocabulary builder with words like “rodents” and “pesky.”

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Bruce’s Big Move Prize Pack Giveaway

We’re happy to be partnering with Disney-Hyperion to host a “Bruce’s Big Move” prize pack that includes:

  • Copy of Bruce’s Big Move
  • Branded tote bag and stickers
  • Plus a $50 Visa gift card to make your own moves

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About the Author

Ryan T. Higgins (ryanthiggins.com) is an author and illustrator who likes the outdoors and cheese sandwiches. He is NOT a grumpy old black bear, but he DOES like making books about one—starting with the best-selling Mother Bruce, which received the E. B. White Read-Aloud Award and the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor. He lives in Maine with his wife and kids… and too many pets.

New on our bookshelf: The Adventurers Guild

My oldest chiclet is nine years old, which means that his reading habits are constantly evolving (and thankfully he continues to read more and more as he gets older). Suddenly, I see less books with pictures, and more books with chapters. I’m happy to pick up some new books for him because I think it’s so important that he reads a diverse group of books. So of course I was super happy when Disney-Hyperion sent me a copy of The Adventurers Guild for him to check out. They’re also partnering with us for a giveaway where you can enter for a chance to win a The Adventurers Guild prize pack! More on that below.

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The Adventurers Guild is the first book in a new series. It’s important to know this because chiclets seem to get hooked into books when they find that they their interest match up. This book is very fantasy-like with monsters and quests.

About The Adventurers Guild

Few ever asked to join the Adventurers Guild. . . . Their members often died young.
In one of the last cities standing after the world fell to monsters, best friends Zed Kagari and Brock Dunderfel have high hopes for the future. Zed desperately wishes to join the ranks of the Mages Guild, where his status as Freestone’s only half elf might finally be an asset. Brock, the roguishly handsome son of merchants, is confident he’ll be welcomed into the ranks of the Merchants Guild.

But just as it seems the boys’ dreams have come true, their lives take a startling turn . . . and they find themselves members of the perilous Adventurers Guild.

Led by the fearsome Alabasel Frond, the guild acts as the last line of defense against the Dangers—hungry, unnatural beasts from otherworldly planes. And when the boys uncover a conspiracy that threatens all of Freestone, Zed, Brock, and their new allies—Liza, a fierce noble, and Jett, a brave dwarf—must prove their worth once and for all.

This start of a thrilling new series is sure to be a hit with readers who like their fantasies clever and action-packed, with tons of humor and heart.

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The Adventurers Guild by Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos

The book is really easy to read and follow along. It’s smart with a great story that keeps them hooked. My nine year old chiclet read the whole book in about an hour and he’s already looking forward to the next in the series. It’s a great intro book into Fantasy stories.

About the Authors

Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos are both editors based in New York. Best friends, they take a coffee break together every day and play Dungeons & Dragons every week. Zack fervently hopes that magic is real; Nick desperately hopes that monsters are not. The Adventurers Guild is their first novel.

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The Adventurers Guild Giveaway

If you have kids ages nine to 12, then enter for a chance to win this book for them! One awesome reader will receive a copy of The Adventurers Guild, a branded bookmark plus branded baseball cap and hoodie.

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