Boysenberry Festival at Knott’s

It’s that time of year again! The Boysenberry Festival is back at Knott’s Berry Farm to delight your taste buds with over 70 unique boysenberry inspired food, drinks and more! It’s going on from now until April 23rd.

History

What exactly is a boysenberry? It’s a cross between a red raspberry, blackberry and logan berry. It was created by Rudolph Boysen. Did you know that every boysenberry can be traced back to Walter Knott and his berry farm? He brought some struggling bushes back to his farm and by 1934 had a huge crop of boysenberries which became very popular!

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Disney On Ice Returns to the Southland!

Disney on Ice returns to the Southland later this month in Dream Big! Audiences will be transported into the world of their favorite Disney princesses as they go on amazing adventures and make their dreams come true. Join Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Aurora, Snow White and your favorite sisters- Anna and Elsa as they tell their stories through artistic skating and daring acrobatics.

Disney on Ice presents Dream Big!

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Bargain Shopping at Grocery Outlet

Everyone loves a bargain but we also want quality products for the money. Usually when something is inexpensive, the quality is not as great. When I was younger and single, getting a bargain was thrilling! But now being married, with a child, and living on a single income, getting the most out of our money is essential.

Grocery Outlet is the place to go.

Have you heard of Grocery Outlet? It’s a discount supermarket that has an amazing selection of name brand groceries and fresh produce at huge discounts! There are over 270 locations in California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington. Most stores are independently owned and can be found in small or big cities to serve diverse neighborhoods. I love that it truly is a family business that caters to all types of families.
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5 Lessons in Marriage for the Perfectly Imperfect

Today is our 8 year wedding anniversary. I honestly can not believe that it’s already been 8 years! My husband and I went to dinner last night at Scott Conant’s new restaurant The Ponte to celebrate because the rest of the week is too hectic with some family and work obligations. It was absolutely amazing! If you’re ever in the LA area, you should definitely try it out.

During dinner, it was nice to just spend time chatting. I know everyone says this about their husbands and significant others, but I really believe that my husband is the perfect person for me. I won’t go into the sappy details about why I believe it but I just do. But what I do what to share with you are some lessons I’ve learned and realized in the past 8 years.

Our wedding day

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Tips for a Family Friendly Vegas Vacation

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What comes to mind when you think of a weekend in Vegas? The words “family friendly” is probably NOT one of the first things that come to mind. But I was quite surprised by the amount of family friendly activities that are available behind the glitz and glamour of Sin City. Since A was born, we’ve been to Vegas three times and each time we go, we always end up having a great time (besides that one time when our car got stolen but that’s another story for another time.)

Traveling light is not in my vocabulary and when you have a baby or toddler in tow, you tend to take everything and the kitchen sink in case you need it. Vegas is about a 4-5 hour drive from Southern California and our daughter usually naps on the drive there so we tend to drive. We also like having our car in Vegas even though the traffic on the Strip is horrible at times because it gives us the flexibility to do things off the Strip.

ACCOMMODATIONS

The two hotels we have stayed at as a family are Aria and Vdara. Between the two, I personally like Vdara better because the rooms are bigger and because there’s no casino, so there’s no smoking. They also have a little kitchen or kitchenette, refrigerator, and stove in the rooms. You can request cookware if you want to cook your own food. Some of the rooms even have a washer and dryer! You can also request to have the rooms that face the Bellagio Fountains so you can watch them from your room late at night.

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