Bates Pumpkin Patch open 9/24


Bates Nut Farm is opening its Pumpkin Patch on Saturday September 24th and will remain open until October 31st. Over 50 years of fall traditions and memories have been created at the Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch. Family and friends enjoy the tractor hayrides, straw maze, petting corral and Snows Pony Rides.

Grab a wheelbarrow and pick from variety of pumpkins: Big Macs, Ghost, Cinderella, Jack O’ Lantern, minis, squash, gourds and other fall décor. In addition, weekends at Bates include live entertainment from 12:00 -3:00, BBQ, kettle corn, food trucks, rock climb, bounce, slide and other family friendly events. Check our calendar for details and schedule.

$5.00 parking on October weekends.

Dogs on a leash are welcome at the farm.

$2.50 tickets can be used toward any activity vendor: hayride (1), straw maze (1), bounce (1), slide (1), pony rides (3), petting corral (1), face painting (varies), rock climb (2), kids ‘n paint (varies), caricatures (varies), Frisbee (varies), horse drawn carriage (2), tattoos (varies), balloons (varies).Note: Does not include food. A cash different may occur for various vendors.

Family Fun Day Package:

  • 4- Pumpkins $7.00 or $28.00 for Pumpkin Patch
  • 30 Tickets- $2.50 each
  • Value $103.00
  • For $90.00
  • Save $13.00

Entertainment Package:

  • 22 Tickets- $2.50 each
  • Value $55.00
  • For $50.00
  • Save $5.00

Bates Pumpkin Package:

  • 1 Pumpkin $7.00 value
  • 2 tickets $2.50
  • Value $12.00
  • For $10.75
  • Save $1.25


Visiting Rancho Valencia


Rancho Valencia is a beautiful resort set on 45 acres of gardens and olive groves, in Rancho Santa Fe, a 20-minute drive north of San Diego. A few years ago the property underwent a 45 million dollar renovation, and there is not one stone that when unturned. Most recently Rancho Valencia was voted #1 resort in the U.S. by U.S. News & World hotel rankings. It is no surprise as everything at Rancho Valencia is 5 star down to the heated toilet seats, and all is perfection. The resort features a spa, fitness center with exercise classes, sports facilities (including tennis, croquet and bocce ball), 2 heated pools and hot tubs (1 adults-only), 2 restaurants and a wine bar, plus complimentary use of luxury cars.

Rancho Valencia PatioRancho Valencia really does stand apart from most 5-star hotels, you will find everything has been perfected. There are no resort fees, no parking fees, complimentary WiFi, and waiting for you in your room are delicious snacks and drinks to enjoy during your stay at no extra charge. In the morning any newspaper you would like will be delivered to your door along with fresh squeezed orange juice. Enjoy coffee on the private patio, while reading the newspaper.

Rancho Valenica Fireplace

Suites feature flat-screen TVs, stereo systems and private patios, plus high-thread-count linens, espresso machines, designer toiletries and 24-hour in-room dining. My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at Rancho Valencia during this trip. The resort knowing it was a special anniversary celebration for us, had a bottle of wine and an artisan cheese plate with dried fruits and nuts upon arrival.

Rancho Valencia Hot Tub

After we were settled in, we hopped down to the Pony Room for a drink by the outdoor fireplaces while watching the sunset. For dinner we decided to opt for in-room dining and we ate out on the private patio. The patio hosts an outdoor fireplace, and a two person hot tub, perfect for a romantic getaway.

Rancho Valencia

After dinner we took a stroll around the property and found the beautiful brick lined Wine Room. The room is perfect for an intimate birthday dinner or just nice dinner for a small group of friends. The wine cave has over 250 of some of the finest bottles of wine I have ever seen, the sommelier is one of the best in California. With wines from France, Italy, Turkey, Mexico, South Africa and of course California you will be able to find a perfect wine for the occasion.

IMG_1651For breakfast we went to Veladora, one of the two restaurants on property. Veladora is beautiful and refined without being over the top, although can you really have too much luxury? We enjoyed latte’s and fresh pressed slow juices, as well as the famous fresh squeezed orange juice. My husband ordered the crab Benedict with vine ripe tomatoes, grilled asparagus, country bread with a chipotle hollandaise. I ordered the California breakfast panini with free range eggs, smoked bacon, avocado, white cheddar and herb roasted potatoes, it was divine! The only problem with breakfast is we couldn’t finish it all, but they were nice enough to box it up for us and had it waiting for us to pick up after we dined.

Rancho Valencia Bedroom

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa is offering an exclusive offer right now of 15% off room rates. During the summer and during Del Mar Race season the resort will be booked solid, don’t wait make a reservation to visit this beautiful resort now!

Accommodations, meals, and spa treatments were complimentary, all thoughts and opinions are my own. See full disclosure policy for more information.

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Why we Love Meal Delivery Services & 3 Free Meals for You


Meal delivery companies are everywhere these days, and we have tried a lot of them, so you don’t have to! How it works is pretty standard across the board, you are offered different meals to choose from each week. Most plans are 3 meals per week, which at first sounds odd because there are 7 days in a week, but it really is perfect because most of us don’t cook at home 7 days a week. Some meal plans you can switch out a dinner for a breakfast, order more than 3 meals per week, or order for more than 2 people.


We started with Blue Apron last year when my husbands co-worker gave us a free week of meals. It was great, we enjoyed the delicious meals and having all of the ingredients sent directly to our door. What we didn’t enjoy was that the meals took 45 minutes to an hour to prepare, and all the ingredients were thrown together in the box, not divided up per meal. When one meal from Blue Apron can have 20 ingredients this becomes an issue, especially when some meals call for the same ingredients. Nearly every part of the meal is cooked in a different pan, so after dinner there is a huge clean up, which isn’t fun for anyone.

Blue Apron

Blue Apron

Next we tried Plated, again I especially enjoyed having the food sent directly to my front door. I am famous for having everything for a meal but forgetting one ingredient, which most of the time isn’t an issue, but when you are making chili it is harder when you forget the chili powder.  The food from Plated was pretty good, however it too took a while to prepare and they charged you more if you wanted to switch out a chicken dish for a steak dish.



Next we tried Hello Fresh, the food was probably my least favorite of the three, not bad by any means, it just didn’t stand out. I did enjoy the recipes were easy to follow and unlike Blue Apron didn’t have a thousand ingredients. I also liked that the meals were separated by meal, and that I could choose a larger serving size for 4 people, as pictured above.

Hello Fresh

Hello Fresh

Next we tried Sun Basket it is organic and non-GMO produce, sustainably sourced with seasonal ingredients, from local farms in California. All of the meat is grass-fed, and antibiotic-free, there are also a lot of options for different diets. The healthy options you can choose from are Chef’s Choice, Rise and Shine, Paleo, Gluten-free & Vegetarian options. We usually opt for the Paleo options every week, however we do try other options if they look tasty. The meals take less than 30 minutes to prepare and are delicious, the meals are separated by meal, making it very convenient when you are pulling items out of the refrigorator.

Sun Basket

sun basked

The recipe cards are written well which makes them easy follow and turn out like the picture every time, the competitors pictures don’t always turn out like the picture. Nearly every recipe only calls for you to use a cutting board, and one pan, making clean up a breeze. Generally you will need a couple items out of your own pantry such as olive oil (we always substitute for Avocado oil and turns out perfect) butter, or salt and pepper. Be sure to have some type of oil and salt and pepper on hand when making any of the dishes. Below is one of my favorite dishes it is Thai turkey lettuce cups, they taste delicious an only take 20 minutes to prepare.

sun basket

To order your three free meals use this link and choose between the many options Sun Basket has, next week the menu item above the Thai Turkey wraps are one of the options! In order to receive the three free meals you will need to purchase an additional three meals at the total price of $34.47. With that you will receive 6 organic, non-GMO meals delivered to you and shipping is included in that price! I don’t know about you but I can’t make 6 organic meals for under $35 in a week. I hope you enjoy Sun Basket as much as we have over the past year. Please let me know if you enjoyed it after your free meals and if you plan to continue to use it.


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Early Bird Brick-or-Treat discount for Legoland


Brick-or-Treat Party Nights is back and better than ever at Legoland this year. Brick-or-Treat is a family tradition in our house, Legoland AND trick-or-treating? We are so there! The park is open for five spooky-kooky nights – October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, starting at 5 p.m. There are costume contests, dancing, live entertainment, treats, dancing, rides, giant Lego Halloween models. Find full details below:

Legoland halloween


Brick-or-Treat Party Nights at LEGOLAND California Resort is back with more Halloween excitement and extended Park open hours! The entire Park is open every Saturday night in October and filled with:

  • Live entertainment – including new shows!
  • Character Meet and Greets
  • Costume Contests
  • Treat stations
  • .. and more!

Plus, don’t miss special treats and decorations in SEA LIFE Aquarium and take a spook-kooky ride on our updated Ghost Cruise adventure. The home of Halloween fun awaits for your next family adventure!

Brick-or-Treat Party Nights Full-Day Package

Brick-or-Treat Party Nights Full-Day Package
Early Bird Offer! Online exclusive!

Price: $60.00
 for a FULL-DAY admission to LEGOLAND® California and SEA LIFE® Aquarium, and Brick-or-Treat Party Nights!Includes FULL-DAY admission to:

  • LEGOLAND® California
  • SEA LIFE® Aquarium
  • Brick-or-Treat Party Nights

Brick-or-Treat Party Nights Only

Brick-or-Treat Party Nights Only

Early Bird Offer! Online exclusive!

Price: $35.00 NIGHT-TIME ONLY admission from 5-9pm to:

  • LEGOLAND® California
  • SEA LIFE® Aquarium
  • Brick-or-Treat Party Nights


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SeaWorld Kids Free in October


sea world

SeaWorld kids go, eat, and play FREE October 1st to October 31st 2016.

For the entire month October, children can receive a FREE single-day admission, FREE animal interaction and a FREE Dine With Shamu® experience. At SeaWorld® San Diego, connect with the sea and go on exhilarating rides and amazing adventures. Sore, dive and twist like a ray on our Manta® coaster, get up-close and personal with dolphins, immersed in our interactive Turtle Reef attraction, and be inspired by our biggest star, Shamu®. Or at Aquatica San Diego come experience a tropical oasis where you can splash down waterslides from serene to extreme, drift alongside flamingos or relax in private cabanas. With the purchase of each full-paid adult single-day admission at either park, you will receive one free child single-day admission.

  • Kids FREE Single-Day Admission — for SeaWorld & Aquatica San Diego
    • During the entire month of October kids (ages 3-9) get in FREE to SeaWorld and/or Aquatica San Diego. It is a 1-to-1 ratio, one free child single-day admission per full-paid adult single-day admission.
  • Kids FREE Dolphin Interaction Program SeaWorld San Diego only
    • Kids (ages 10–12) are FREE with each paid adult.
    • Kids FREE Reservations must be made by calling (800) 257–4268 or at the park. Reservation products not available online.
  •  Kids Free Beluga Interaction Program
    • Have you ever touched the smooth skin of a beluga whale while standing in the water next to one?
    • Buy one full-priced adult Beluga Interaction Program and receive one free child reservation.
  •  Kids Free Dine With Shamu
    • When you reserve one spot for a full-priced adult Dine with Shamu, you will receive one free child reservation as well.
    • Sit poolside of our killer whale habitat and enjoy a presentation from an expert trainer as you enjoy a full buffet of delicious offerings.
  • Kids Eat for FREE at Breakfast With Shamu 
    • Receive a FREE child’s (ages 3–9) meal with each paid adult.
    • Kids FREE Reservations must be made by calling (800) 257–4268 or at the park.

SeaWorld San Diego Kids FREE Single-Day Ticket with Each Full-Paid Adult

  • Limited offer – valid for visits from Oct. 1  through Oct. 31, 2016, only
  • One free child ticket for each full-paid adult ticket purchased
  • Go straight to the turnstiles.

This ticket product is valid for visits through Oct. 31, 2016, ONLY. Only one free child ticket with each full paid adult ticket purchased. To receive your free child ticket(s)YOU MUST ENTER THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN IN YOUR PARTY IN THE CHILD TICKET QUANTITY.

For more information or to purchase adult tickets to SeaWorld San Diego Kids FREE pass click here.

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Food4Less Hot Back to School Specials!


Food4Less knows it is the time of year to stock up on the many items that go into our children’s lunch boxes. They are helping us with a great sale on everything need to fill those lunch boxes. From now until August 30 enjoy special prices on bread, lunch meat, chips and snacks and much more. My favorite for this sale is the Kool-Aid Jammers on sale for only $.99 for a ten-pack of 6 oz. drinks.


Don’t forget to download the Food4Less DigitalFood app from the App store for more coupons and to see the ‘Hot Item of the week’



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