Halloween Fun at Camp Spooky @Knotts #CampSpooky

Halloween Fun at Camp Spooky at Knott’s Berry Farm!

By Erin

 Disclosure: I was invited to a media preview day for Camp Spooky by GigaSavvy. All opinions in this article are my own. I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do I have any official relationship with them. I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content.

Camp Spooky

The other weekend I was able to treat my good friend and her daughter, who was getting ready to celebrate her 7th birthday, to some Camp Spooky fun! Kids can dress up for this, special occasion, so which will it be? Pirate, witch, Snoopy, or my personal favorite, a cowboy? ;). This is a daytime, non-scare celebration, filled with cheer rather than fear, with halloween themed shows, activities and of course, a costume contest that’s all created with children in mind, ages 3-11. Let’s take a look at some of the spooky fun!

CampSpooky Potion Parlour

Kids of all ages can explore their spooky side at the “Potion Parlour,” which is a fun Kool-Aid mixing station where kids use witches cauldrons to create their special potions, and then pour them into test tubes to create “Friendship Potions” and other fun potions. *A small additional fee is required for this experience.*

CS Potions

Here’s the fun potion that Chey made! It’s her “Power Potion” that she said was a Vampire Potion to keep the vampires away. 😉

Snoopys Costume Parade

Kids can take part in “Snoopy’s Costume Party and Parade” and also visit the Camp Spooky Theatre to view Charlie Brown’s new Halloween show where everyone will be singing and dancing in the aisles to all their favorite Halloween tunes. All participants receive a ribbon like the one Chey got here! Some lucky ghouls and goblins will receive special prizes handed out by the Peanuts Gang too! Look who Snoopy chose in the middle! 😉

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Del Taco’s Fresh New Fresca Bowls & Giveaway! Ends 10/30/14

Del Taco’s Fresh New Fresca Bowls & Giveaway!

By Erin

*Disclosure: I received a gift card to try the items mentioned below.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. *Prize will be fulfilled by sponsor*


It’s times like these that I really can use something that’s quick and easy for lunch or dinner. When anything and everything is trying to get in my way and slow me down, and I don’t have any time to cook a meal for myself.  A sore throat and getting sick. A jury duty notice that I have to get switched to another date when school is not in session, car insurance issues that shouldn’t be happening but are because the new guy in charge just isn’t very nice (and I have a VERY OLD car too, no reason for a +$200 price hike! GRRR) that is ending up being very time-consuming to get straightened out. Then you have Del Taco who is ready to step in and help save the day! The answer to what’s for dinner or lunch when I don’t have the time or energy to make something for myself. The perfect escape to take a short break from all the stress that’s going on around me. Wether you are busy with work, life, carting the kids all around town to their activities, or anything else, Del Taco can help you answer the age-old question of what’s for dinner when you just don’t have the time, or you just don’t feel like cooking and want a break.

Then you just have the decision to make on what to order. 😉 I have the perfect answer to that part! Fresca Bowls!

Del Taco recently launched three new Fresca Bowls: premium, made-to-order bowls loaded with fresh ingredients. Fresca Bowls are the latest addition to the Del Taco menu, and are packed to the rim with fresh, flavorful, high-quality ingredients and are the ideal choice when looking for an alternative to the standard tortilla.

Del Taco Fresca Bowls

Perfectly priced at just $4 each, Del Taco’s Fresca Bowls are served on a refreshing bed of fresca lime rice and seasoned black beans, and are offered in the following three varieties:

  • Southwest Grilled Chicken & Veggie Bowl combines fresh-grilled chicken and a blend of fire-roasted, red and green bell peppers, caramelized onions and flavorful Poblano pepper
  • Pollo Asado Grilled Chicken Bowl is made with marinated, fresh-grilled chicken, hand-chopped pico de gallo salsa, onions and cilantro
  • Fire Roasted Veggie Bowl features Del Taco’s tangy green chile sauce, freshly-chopped pico de gallo salsa, and a blend of roasted vegetables

Fresca Bowls

The Pollo Asado Grilled Chicken Bowl (500 calories) and Southwest Grilled Chicken & Veggie Bowl (530 calories) are each loaded with 4.5 ounces of fresh-grilled chicken per serving, significantly exceeding the amount of protein included in bowls offered by Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs) and fast-casual competitors. The Fire Roasted Veggie Bowl (450 calories) is an ideal meatless option.

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Alexander #VeryBadDay Movie Review

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Movie Review

By Erin

*I attended a screening of this film as a guest of Disney for purposes of this post. All thoughts and opinions remain my own. All photos and videos are courtesy of Walt Disney Studios.*


Today is one of those days for me. I started to come down with a sore throat last night, my back is killing me, I ended up having to call in sick to work today, which I rarely ever do, and I needed to finish up this review when all I want to do is sleep. Not the best way to start off your day! It looks like I am in good company though as the Cooper family is having one of those days too, which you can now go see for yourself in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day! No matter what kind of day you are having; good, bad, in-between, the Coopers will have you laughing out loud and making whatever kind of day you were having seem like the best day ever in comparison.

“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” is based on the 1972 beloved classic children’s book by Judith Viorst. It was one of my favorites growing up, I still have it and love to read it to my students. To make the book into a movie though, they of course had to elaborate quite a bit, and add a lot of crazy events to create a feature-length film. It does stick to the horrible day theme very well as we follow the Coopers on all of their hilarious misadventures together as a family.


The movie starts out with Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould)– who is an 11-year old with a birthday coming up, experiences the most terrible and horrible day ever, which started out with getting gum stuck in his hair, and just keeps getting worse with one calamity after another. When he decides to tell his super cheerful and upbeat family about his most disastrous day, he gets little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. The rest of his families lives appear to be pretty perfect. #Blessed.


The movie continues and soon Alexander learns that he’s not alone when his mother (Jennifer Garner), father (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one. Or they just won’t admit to having one. The important part though is that they all stick together as a family and get through the day.

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