Ghost Town Alive! at Knott’s Berry Farm bring the Wild West to life

Knott’s Berry Farm launched Ghost Town Alive! last year and we were bummed to miss the Summer long event. We weren’t about to make the same mistake again this year. So thanks to our Knott’s Berry Farm season passes, the whole familia has experienced Ghost Town Alive! at least five times this year (and we’re not even a month into our Summer vacation!).

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The best way to describe Ghost Town Alive! at Knott’s Berry Farm is like this – a Western-themed create-your-own-adventure throughout California’s first theme park’s ghost town. The adventure begins at park opening and ends with a Hoedown at 5:30 in Calico Park. Here, all the townspeople come out to dance and hang out with visitors – a great way to wrap up the day. But before the Hoedown happens, there’s A LOT you and your family can enjoy and do together.

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Ghost Town Alive! at Knott’s Berry Farm

This summer, the story continues a year after the notorious Mayfield Gang escaped the custody of Sheriff Wheeler. Word around town is the Mayfield’ s have been spotted back in Calico and the townsfolk are in need of some help in capturing the bandits and keeping the town safe. Ghost Town Alive! will offer guests a firsthand experience to play an important part in this unfolding story of the wild west, with specific tasks and activities and an essential role as an honorary citizen of Calico.

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There’s so much fun to be had during Ghost Town Alive! that we’re sharing this photo hunt list (provided by Knott’s Berry Farm) that we used during our first visit. We found it to be great way to get the best of what Ghost Town Alive! has to offer, but also to be a great jumping off point to many unplanned adventures.

Ghost Town Alive! Photo Hunt

  1. Reading the latest news in the “Calico Gazette”
  2. Learning something new in the town Schoolhouse
  3. Joining a posse, adventures are more fun with new friends
  4. Meeting the defenders of the town near the Sherrif’s Office
  5. Fulfilling your duties as a Calico citizen
  6. Making friends with the farm animals of Calico in the Livery Stably
  7. Tapping your toes at the Town Hoedown
  8. Visiting the town jail, now whether you’re there as a prisoner or a law abiding citizen, that’s up to you

Here are a few pics we took when we did the photo hunt:

Reading the latest news in the "Calico Gazette" at Ghost Town Alive! - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Learning something new in the town Schoolhouse at Ghost Town Alive! - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Joining a posse, adventures are more fun with new friends at Ghost Town Alive! - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Meeting the defenders of the town near the Sherrif's Office - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

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Visiting the town jail, now whether you're there as a prisoner or a law abiding citizen, that's up to you - livingmividaloca.com

The chiclets had an absolute blast on our first visit and every week they ask to go back (thank goodness it’s only a 20 minute drive and our season passes includes parking). While most times we kind of just walk around Ghost Town and see what’s going on for the day, we also make sure to squeeze in some cool shows going on at Knott’s Berry Farm, like the Wild West Stunt Show, the Circus of Wonders and Snoopy’s Magnificent Magical Revue.

TIP: Stop by Ghost Town Grill on Sundays between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a special brunch! It’s only $10 and every week there’s a different entree offering.

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There are also other fun activities that you can do while visiting. For example, maybe learn a new game? Visit the dress shop at design a tuxedo? Get a mustache to match your personality?

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Every visit has been different, and the kids still get just as excited as the last time they visited the park. It’s fun to be a part of an unfolding story – so make sure to get there early so you can enjoy it from the very beginning.

If you want to get dressed up and cosplay your visit, check out these budget-friendly cowboy costumes and accessories that you can take with you on your Ghost Town Alive! adventure:


Of course, you can also pick up some accessories while you’re visiting Ghost Town at Knott’s Berry Farm – they have countless shops with really cool costumes (and boysenberry treats).

I hope you get to visit before Ghost Town Alive! goes away after September 4th. It’s such a blast to become a part of the story.

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Where to stay in Buena Park

  • Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel – our first choice because it’s literally within the resort. Your hotel stay also includes parking and if you book the Snoop room, Snoopy himself tucks you in (plus, you get two Snoopy plushies).
  • Courtyard by Marriott Anaheim – within walking distance to Knott’s Berry Farm (only half a mile away). Hotel stay includes free self-parking.
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Anaheim Buena Park – one mile away from Knott’s Berry Farm. Hotel stay includes breakfast and free self-parking.

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Upcoming Events

Celebrate Fourth of July weekend and Labor Day weekend at the park with a special nighttime firework display. The Buena Park skyline will glow with a brilliant fireworks show on July 1-2 & 4, and September 3rd,.

Share your day with Knott’s Berry Farm

Facebook: /KnottsBerryFarm
Twitter: @Knotts
Instagram: /KnottsBerryFarm

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This is not a sponsored post. I received complimentary entrance plus meals in exchange for this post. All thoughts and ideas remain my own. 

You’re Invited: FX’s Snowfall Event

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Looking for a new show to watch after the chiclets go to bed? Well FX has a new show debuting on July 5th, SNOWFALL. It’s super not kid-friendly, so great for after-bed time and when they’re out of the house. The Hubster and I always have a show that we watch together, and this one looks like it’ll be our next series.

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About Snowball

Los Angeles. 1983. A storm is coming and its name is crack. Snowfall is a one-hour drama set against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it.

The story follows numerous characters on a violent collision course, including: Franklin Saint (Damson Idris), young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo “El Oso” Zapata (Sergio Peris-Mencheta), a Mexican wrestler caught up in a power struggle within a crime family; Teddy McDonald (Carter Hudson), a CIA operative running from a dark past who begins an off-book operation to fund the Nicaraguan Contras; and Lucia Villanueva (Emily Rios), the self-possessed daughter of a Mexican crime lord.

SNOWFALL, FX’s new original series from Executive Producer John Singleton, is premiering July 5th at 10pm.

Find out more, here –> http://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/snowfall

and follow them on Facebook, here –> http://www.facebook.com/FxNetworks

FX’s Snowball Event in Los Angeles

To celebrate the launch of Snowfall, FX is hosting a FREE 80’s immersive throwback experience in Downtown Los Angeles – and you’re invited!

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What

· DJ academy where you can learn to spin old-school vinyl with the pros
· Meet and greet with Lonzo Williams, the godfather of early West Coast hip-hop
· Barber shop featuring John Mosley, aka The Popular Nobody, giving classic 80’s fade-ups
· Free food from world famous Bludso’s BBQ Sliders and Trejo’s Tacos
· Giveaways and more, including a pass to attend the premiere screening of Snowfall on Monday, 6/26 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel*

*Seating not guaranteed and on a first come, first served basis

When

· Friday, June 23rd from 12pm-8pm
· Saturday and Sunday, June 24th and 25th from 11am-7pm

Location

· Hudson Loft, 1200 South Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

RSVP

RSVP and learn more about the activation: FX’s Snowfall at Hudson Loft Facebook event page

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WATCH: Snowfall trailer

This is a sponsored post in partnership with FX. All thoughts and ideas remain my own.
 

What you need to know about the Atari Flashback console

I had two game systems growing up, the first being an Atari. So when AtGames announced that it would be releasing an Atari Flashback console… I knew that I would be first in line to get one for me the kids.

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I rounded up some questions that I thought you might have (because I had them too)… and let me know if you get it!!! I’d love to hear what you think.

What you need to know about the Atari Flashback Console

What is it

The Atari Flashback consoles has everything that you loved about the original Atari and features depend on which console or game player you purchase.

What are the different Atari Flashback consoles

The all-new Atari Flashback® 8 Gold features 120 built-in all-time favorites. It also has two all new, high performance 2.4ghz wireless controllers, styled after the Atari 2600 originals, as well as two legacy controller ports for optional wired joysticks or paddles. Other all new features for the Atari Flashback® 8 Gold include 720p HDMI output, scan line filtering, and a save/pause/rewind feature for every game.

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What you need to know about the new Atari Flashback console released - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

The Atari Flashback® 8 Classic Game Console returns in a new value-priced edition, complete with 105 all-time favorites. It also has two wired controllers, styled after the Atari 2600 originals, as well as two legacy controller ports to add your own optional wired joysticks or paddles.

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The Atari Flashback® Portable Game Player features an amazing selection of 70 built-in games, including the legendary BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment arcade hit, PAC-MAN™. You can also add your own games with an optional SD card. It has a built-in, rechargeable battery, so the on-the-go fun never has to end. Games can be played on the portable’s built-in, high resolution 2.8” display, or on a TV via optional cable.

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What you need to know about the new Atari Flashback console released - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

When are they available

Consoles will be available at all major retailers in Fall 2017.

Pre-orders will start on July 28th and will be shipping Fall 2017. Pre-orders will be available via the websites of major retailers including Target, Best Buy and GameStop.

How much are the consoles

The Atari Flashback 8 Gold ($79.99)

Atari Flashback Portable Game Player ($59.99)

AtGames Atari Game List

(titles vary by system):

3-D Tic-Tac-Toe

Air Raiders, Adventure

Adventure II

Air·Sea Battle

Aquaventure

ArmorAmbush

Asteroids

Astroblast

Atari Climber

Backgammon

Barnstorming

Basketball

Beamrider

Black Jack

Boxing

Bowling

Breakout

Bridge

Canyon Bomber

Centipede

Championship Soccer

Checkers

Chopper Command

Circus Atari

Combat

Combat®Two

Cosmic Commuter

Crackpots

Crystal Castles

Dan Kitchen’s Tomcat

Dark Cavern

Decathlon

Demons to Diamonds

Desert Falcon

Dodge’Em

Dolphin

Double Dunk

Dragster

Enduro

Fatal Run

Fishing Derby

Flag Capture

Football

Freeway

Frog Pond

Frogsand Flies

Frostbite

Fun with Numbers

Golf, Gravitar

Grand Prix

Hangman

HauntedHouse

H.E.R.O.

Home Run

Human Cannonball

Ice Hockey

International Soccer

Indy500

Kaboom!

Keystone Kapers

Laser Blast

Maze Craze

Megamania


Millipede

MiniatureGolf

MotoRodeo

Night Driver

Off The Wall

Oink!

Outlaw

Pong® (Video Olympics)

Plaque Attack

Pressure Cooker

Private Eye

Radar Lock

Realsports® Baseball

Realsports® Basketball

Realsports® Soccer

Realsports Volleyball

Return to HauntedHouse

River Raid

River Raid II

Robot Tank

Saboteur

Save Mary

Seaquest

Sea Battle

Secret Quest

Skiing

Sky Diver

Sky Jinks

Slot Machine

Slot Racers

Solaris

Space Shuttle

SpaceWar

SpiderFighter

Sprintmaster

StarShip

Steeplechase

StellarTrack

StreetRacer

SubmarineCommander

SuperBaseball

SuperBreakout

SuperChallengeBaseball

SuperChallengeFootball

SuperFootball

Surround

SpaceAttack

Stampede

Starmaster

StarStrike

Swordquest:Earthworld

Swordquest:Fireworld

Swordquest:Waterworld

SwordFight

Tempest

Tennis

VideoCheckers

VideoChess

VideoPinball

Warlords

Wizard

Yars’Return

Yars’Revenge

 

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What you need to know about the new Atari Flashback console released - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

What you need to know about the new Atari Flashback console released - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

If you’re a fan of Sega Genesis, they will also be releasing a Sega Genesis Flashback for $79.99 and the Sega Ultimate Portable Game Player for $59.99.

Play an active part in Colgate’s Oral Health Month

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Colgate’s Oral Health Month is just around the corner and I’m on the bandwagon once again because it’s a cause that I truly believe in and support. I grew up watching my parents get ready for work and I distinctly remember my dad brushing his teeth with the afternoon news running in the background. Years later, it’s a practice that I still do whenever I go out to meet clients. It became a habit because I saw my parents do it day after day, and it’s what I hope will also happen with my chiclets (even if it does take a little prodding).

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This year, I’m going to put our oral care for the world to see with the hashtag #TimeToSmile. Not only will I share our moments as a familia that does the usual brush in the morning, brush at night and floss routine, but I’ll also use the hashtag to share our smiles outside of the routine because every smile counts in the “Share More Time, Share More Smiles” campaign (running now through June 30th). This campaign aims to improve oral health for everyone to have a future they can smile about because for each image liked, shared or posted on social media tagged with the hashtag #TimeToSmile, Colgate will donate $1 to the ADA Foundation’s Give Kids A Smile® program that provides free oral health care, education and screening to underserved children! The money that is raised is put back into la comunidad , into neighborhoods like the one that I live in, and gives families the opportunity to survey results like the one where 47% of Hispanic moms (ages 18-34) said that getting their chiclets to brush their teeth was a challenge. We need to do something about that.

If you’re in the Houston area, you might have seen this initiative take place live with TV personality and Colgate spokesperson, Karla Martinez as she invited consumers to meet her, take photos and speak about the importance of oral health practices. The Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® van was also onsite to provide free dental screenings and oral health education to children, and Colgate products with the ADA Seal of Acceptance was featured.

Colgate oral health event at Plaza Mexico

Bright Futures mobile dental van

Colgate dentist checking child's teeth

You can join me in celebrating Colgate’s Oral Health Month by not only sharing your #TimeToSmile pictures on social media, but also by reading up on oral care resources provided in partnership with the ADA and printing out some fun activity sheets for the chiclets to do on their downtime (they’re great for car rides)! Bilingual videos, articles, downloadable family activities will also be available on the ADA’s site MouthHealthy.org/OralHealthMonth.

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Pattie Cordova and chiclets celebrating Colgate's Oral Health Month - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Set a goal for Colgate’s Oral Health Month

Ready to join me on Colgate’s Oral Health Month? Start out by setting goals. Maybe it’s making sure that the entire family is brushing twice a day. Maybe it’s making sure that everyone flosses daily. Or maybe it’s making dentist appointments (and showing the chiclets that the dentist is no one to be scared of). As a community, we need to pass down the importance of healthy habits to the chiclets. Especially healthy oral care practices so the grandchiclets will have as gorgeous smiles and teeth as yours.

WATCH: Celebrating Colgate’s Oral Health Month at Plaza Mexico

For oral health tips in Spanish, follow and engage with Colgate on Twitter @SonrisaColgate.

To learn more about Colgate’s Oral Health Month, visit the campaign’s bilingual website at http://www.Colgate.com/Sonrisas or call 1-800-468-6502 to find out where free dental screenings will be available via the Colgate’s Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® van.

Between June 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017, Colgate-Palmolive will donate $1.00 to the ADA Foundation’s Give Kids A Smile program, with a minimum donation of $10,000 and a maximum donation of $40,000, for each share/like of the video content or picture that is shared on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Google+ with #TimetoSmile. No purchase required.

 

Last minute Father’s Day gift guide

So you waited until the last minute to pick up something for your Hubster, huh? Well, I’m here to tell you… 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 major retailers too, or 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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The links below include affiliate links so we can keep the lights on at home. Happy shopping!

Last-minute Father’s Day Gift Guide

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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Van der Hagen Shave Set

I got this set for the Hubster because he’s been wanting to try a different kind of shaving. I love how nostalgic it looks, and it’s a great price for a starter set.

Buy it! $15.33; Amazon.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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Jack Spade Men’s Bandana Barrow Leather Slim Billfold

I found a Jack Spade wallet in a different design for the Hubster a few years ago and he used it until he bought a wallet case for his phone. I love their designs and the quality of the product is amazing for the price point. Also, sometimes you can find these at TJ Maxx.

Buy it! $138.00; 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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Contigo Transit Stainless Steel Travel Mug

This is the best hybrid stainless steel travel mug that I’ve come across. It keeps drinks super hot, and super cold, depending on what it is that you’re drinking. The autoseal also keeps drinks from spilling, even if it’s thrown around in the gym bag day after day.

Buy it! $21.99; Amazon.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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