Twogether is Better at Knott's Berry Farm

January 31, 2012
Truth be told, I have never, ever in all my life been to Knott's Berry Farm. Which is kinda crazy when you think that my favorite syrup in the world is Knott's Boysenberry syrup. I have always wanted to go -- I was raised on the Peanuts Gang, but by high school the cool place was Six Flags (and Disneyland).

My daughter has been begging to go to Soak City for a few years, and I am pretty sure my son went with his dad last summer. I finally have the chance to make Knott's as much a part of my life as Disneyland. And I'll be dragging my mother with me.

This February Knott’s Berry Farm will be celebrating the season of love with special events for teens and kids as well as discounted pricing when you bring a friend. New boy band Midnight Red will perform on Calico Square Stage 2/18. February wouldn't be complete without special "Twogether is Better" food deals including "Double Dawg Love" at Pink’s and a chocolate dipping station in Ghost Town.

  • February 1 - 28 purchase online admission for only $34.99 each!
  • Season Pass holders can also bring-a-friend* for just $24.99 all month long
    *Offer can only be redeemed once per day.
  • Leap Day Special: One day only-February 29, 2012 everyone gets in for $29.00
  • Weekends in February: Cupid’s Craft Corner where children 11 and under can create special tokens for the ones they love, and a special Peanut’s Hugging Booth all of which take place in Camp Snoopy.
  • All Month Long: “Twogether is Better” includes a brand new stage show, Love Is In the Air, Charlie Brown! in Camp Snoopy. This musical show is filled with tales of unrequited love and enduring friendships.
  • Those looking to find that special someone while visiting Knott’s during “Twogether is Better,” just might be in luck. Knott’s cowboys will be on the lookout for unsuspecting guests who might find themselves involved in a Shotgun Wedding at Judge Roy Bean’s complete with marriage certificate and horseshoe wedding rings!
  • Knott’s Berry Farm will also be teaming up with the American Heart Association for “Knott’s Has Heart”. When purchasing their tickets, guests will be asked if they would like to send a special Valentine to Charlie Brown for an additional $1, $5 or $10 donation. Proceeds from this special Valentine will go directly to the Orange County American Heart Association.
  • Guests can make their special someone’s weekend even better by booking Knott’s Sunday Brunch. Served from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm Knott’s Sunday Brunch offers dozens of menu options including a carving station, pasta station and omelet station. Reservations for Knott’s Sunday Brunch can be made by calling (714) 220-5055 or by visiting
Special Events
February 12 1pm-3pm. K-Earth 101 will invite their listeners to get remarried at Knott’s Berry Farm’s Church of Reflection. 25 lucky couples will be re-hitched and enjoy a special reception.

February 18 5pm* Midnight Red, Chi-Town Finest Breakers, Tamara Malleck and Savannah Robinson will rock Calico Square Stage with their electrifying dance moves and sensational music!

February 25 1:30pm-3:30pm*: Anaheim Duck’s Wild Winger Kids Club end of the year party in Calico Square Stage. Autograph session and a Q&A session with Wild Winger Kid’s Club Captain, George Parros and several other Anaheim Duck’s players.

*Both events are included with single day park admission. Pin It

Shameful Actions

January 27, 2012
Today, I am ashamed of Mamavation. Today they are acting like the bullies. I'm probably the only one with this point of view.

I don't know what it's like to be the fat kid. I had the opposite problem growing up; everyone thought I was anorexic. That's teasing and hate of a different sort.

Today, I am raising a daughter who weekly claims that she is fat. Somehow in the two years when she was in her father's custody it got put into her head that she's fat. She's not. She's beautiful and strong and tall, but got her dad's body type instead of mine. Because she is not stick thin, she thinks she's fat. I have to remind her every day that she's not. That she is stronger than most of the boys her age and that she is *FIT*. Being skinny does not equal being healthy. But I am teaching her healthy choices and what it means to have a healthy lifestyle even it if means she will never have my body type. I am teaching her to be strong and healthy so that she won't have to worry about diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. We are all too familiar with these diseases because they run rampant in my family.

Yes, Georgia has a shock campaign that highlights children but is aimed at parents.Seriously, sometimes you have to be shocked into taking action.
Ignoring this problem is what got us here It's time to wake up. We can’t continue to ignore the fact that Georgia has the second highest rate of childhood obesity in the country. Kids are now suffering from diseases once seen only in adults. Start by joining the community. It’s a small step in a long journey, but together we can get there. Now is the time to fight back:
"I'm pretty and I want to help other kids"
Mamavation claims "We are refuting however tactics that would inadvertently harm children in the process. .... Campaigns that have a focus on hope, support, and education are far more beneficial to children."

The children in these ads volunteered. They are intelligent. They know they have a weight problem. Not just a weight problem, a health problem. Children at the age of 10 SHOULD NOT be diagnosed with heart disease, hypertension, type-2 diabetes, or continually told that they are "big-boned". The parents need to be educated. If they aren't listening to their doctors, the First Lady, or being shamed by society, maybe they will listen to their kids.

The obese children in GA, and nation-wide have already been hurt by their peers and others who do nothing to address the problem. GA might not be doing it right, if there is a right way, but they are doing something to bring awareness to the parents that PARENTS need to change what they are doing and bring down the shameful statistic of being the second most obese state in the nation.

Watch this video of one of the participating children in the ad campaign. She knows she's overweight and she chose to speak out. She's also choosing, with her mother, to make healthier choices. She chose to take her health into her own hands and is a role model, showing other kids that they can speak up and tell their parents that they want change. How empowering is that?

By the way, Strong4Life does offer hope, support, and education. Check out the site and decide for yourself.

Wordless Wednesday: Bread of Life

January 25, 2012
Nothing like a fresh loaf out of the breadmaker.

Book Review: Grave Peril

January 23, 2012
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Vampires, ghosts, and righteous men, oh my!

I'm late to the Dresden Files party, but better late than never right? This edition, read by James Marsters, moves along at a good pace.If I had been reading instead of listening, this definitely would have been a page-turner -- do not bother me until I am done -- type book.

In this installment Harry has his hands full on multiple counts, juggling friends, lovers, enemies, and his fairy godmother. It keeps him going from sun-down to sun-up. He gets so tired he misses vital clues, repeatedly. But once he figures it out, he doesn't leave vengeance to the Lord.

Harry survives, but the ending of this book is real tearjerker.

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Soft puppy, sleepy puppy, little ball of fur...

January 18, 2012

Turn this Mutha Out - Happy New Year!

January 1, 2012
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This has been quite the year! Last year about this time I thought I was dying, but it was just a kidney infection. This New Year's Eve I am stuffed up and alternating between being a mouth-breather and imitating Niagra Falls. I can't remember the last time I had a good New Year's Eve. Probably back in Oregon when I threw Shindigs (as in Browncoat parties).

I've been debating for days what this last post of 2011 should be. A Best of? A collage? A worst of? A general summary? I'm still debating. I'm just glad it's over. It wasn't a bad year overall, started out sick, ended sick, and in between ... I managed to finally lose ten pounds and gain about five of it back in the last two months.

I have about (1)50 posts in drafts, so if you read my blog via RSS, you're not going crazy, I'll just be knocking out the relevant ones.

So let's try the recap approach. I take photos almost every day of the year. Big things I put into albums. I love my phone because I can select a bunch of photos and create an album lickety-split. The only problem is when I switch phones and SD cards. I've gone through 3 this year!

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