This weekend at Bates Nut Farm #PumpkinPatch

By Nicole Hughes

Start your fall mornings at Bates Nut Farm this weekend with the Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast from 7-10 a.m. each day.  Enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, coffee and orange juice for just $6.00 for adults and $5.00 for kids. Proceeds benefit local charities.

Saturday October 18th is the 9th annual Costume Contest!  You and your family have worked hard on your Halloween costumes…here’s your opportunity to show them off! While you’re at it, document your efforts with some photos in the Pumpkin Patch at Bates Nut Farm. Participants in the Bates Costume Contest will get a certificate of participation, Halloween treats and a tractor hayride ticket. Not wearing a costume? Come anyway to enjoy the costume parade and cheer for your favorite costumes. Prizes will be awarded in four age categories, so everybody has a chance to win. Registration begins at 9:00, and costume parade and judging begin at 11:00.  Click here for the Entry Form.


On Saturday and Sunday will be mobile foods truck specializing in American comfort food. The menu changes weekly but they always have a special burger, outrageous hot dogs and kicked-up corn dogs. Each week will feature a few regional specials like New England Lobster Rolls, Brooklyn Burger or Seattle Salmon Burgers. They also have Whoopie Pies that are flown from a small town in Maine. There’s always a great selection of unique and retro sodas and chips to match the menus. The ingredients are all fresh, never frozen and hormone free.  There will also be live music and variety-dance music from Calico Ridge on the Bates Stage from 12-3 on Saturday and Bayou Brothers on Sunday.


Don’t forget to visit the PUMPKIN PATCH:  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 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.  Admission and parking are free, for more information click here.

Join a MobTribe and work out with your friends!

By Nicole Hughes

The newest and hottest workout is fitmob which offers challenging and FUN workouts in your neighborhood!  The awesome workouts range from strength training, dance/yoga, and cardio, there really is something for everyone with this workout.  Because every workout is different, you are using different muscels with each workout.  My favorite part is working out outside, and during all hours, morning, noon or after work.  There are of course indoor options as well, but I love being outside as much as I possibly can.

Why is fitmob so different?  Instead of going to the gym where you are charged monthly regardless of how many times you workout fitmob is free for members and you never pay for inactivitiy.  I hate missing a workout when I am out of town because I’m always thinking how many classes (how much $$) I’m losing.  With fitmob you only pay for the classes you choose and attend, plus the more you workout the less you pay!  If that isn’t a reason to workout more I don’t know what is.


New to fitmob is MobTribe, and we are beyond excited to share this with you!  I love having a personal trainer but its a luxury that I cannot afford every time I work out.  MobTribe is shared personal training that is actually afforable, it is 2-6 people matched with a top rated certified trainer.  It focuses on personal attention to each Tribe member with nutrition tips, daily tracking your activity, and coaching you for what fits for your body.  To find a location nearest you click here.

We are so excited about working out with fitmob that we want to give you a gift certificate to Atlhena for workout clothes!  I love buying new workout clothes, its a secret passion of mine, shhhhh don’t tell my husband.  To enter the giveaway simply leave a comment on this blog post, good luck!




Stop the pink washing #ReThinkThePink

By Nicole Hughes

First diagnoses with breast cancer was in July 2011, stage 1, skip ahead to November 2013, it came back and had a party (lungs, liver, bones) and is now stage 4.  Please help us stop the pink washing, and #ReThinkThePink.

Have you seen the commercials for the 3-day walks, and the pink this and pink that for breast cancer?  It would be hard not to, it is everywhere!  To most people it is an inspiration, wow, look at these women, they beat breast cancer, right?  When I see them I feel angry.  I am angry because NO one dies from breast cancer that remains in the breast.  If you have metastasis breast cancer you will die from it, plain and simple.

Metastasis refers to the spread of cancer to different parts of the body, usually the bones, liver, lungs and brain.   It is estimated that about 155,000 Americans are living with metastatic breast cancer.  Metastatic breast cancer accounts for 40,000 deaths annually in the U.S.  But these things are never talked about in the pink commercials, or on any of their products.

I understand the reason for the walks is to ‘Find a Cure‘ which of course I want, I want a cure more than anything in the world.  But they never talk about a woman when her breast cancer returns.  As if “those” women are no longer part of the pink brigade, they are not going to be cured, they are not going to beat cancer.  Less than 1% of the profits from the 3-day walks and pink products go towards research for metastasis breast cancer….  LESS THAN 1%!  Which is kind of a big F-YOU to the women who have it.  My mother is one of those women, and she did the 3-day walks, more than once.  All of this before she even had breast cancer.  She walked in memory of my aunt who died of metastasis breast cancer.  For many reasons she no longer does the walks, mainly chemotherapy, but also why support an organization that no longer supports you?

While on the topic of ‘The Cure’ most of the money raised by the 3-day walks or pink products goes towards education and salaries.  To be exact $140 million is used to spread awareness and education towards early detection.  Early on when Susan G. Komen started the goal was to raise awareness, guess what?  THEY DID, WE ARE ALL AWARE!  One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.  Which means if you don’t have breast cancer you know someone who has been affected by it.  We all have a friend, an aunt, sister, college roommate, co-worker, or neighbor who has been affected.  We are all very aware that breast cancer exists and that early detection is key.  Why then does Susan G. Komen spend $140 million towards this one goal that has already been reached?  How is that helping ‘Find A Cure‘ in any way shape or form?

The PINK products are the most despicable thing in the world, how can they say they support breast cancer when the products being sold have carcinogens in them?  A lot of Proctor & Gamble products like Pantene, Cover Girl, Olay and Max factor cosmetics contain carcinogens, yet they all have a pink ribbon supporting breast cancer awareness.  Do they think if they slap a pink ribbon on it we will forget this fact?  Can we all agree breast cancer is a disease not a marketing opportunity for companies like this?  Please join me in the campaign to #ReThinkThePink and do not support companies like Proctor and Gamble.

Please help because so many women are suffering everyday from breast cancer.  Next time you see a pink product don’t buy it, instead give your money straight to the Breast Cancer Fund.  The Breast Cancer Fund is a much better organization that actually spends the donations on research and finding a cure.  If you or someone you know is suffering from breast cancer please know there are many other organizations out there that can help.  You are not alone!  May an actual cure for not just breast cancer but all cancer be found, and please may that day be soon!

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Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Festival 10/4-10/5

By Nicole Hughes

Start your fall mornings at Bates Nut Farm this weekend with the Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast from 7-10 a.m. each day.     Enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, coffee and orange juice for just $6.00 for adults and $5.00 for kids.    Proceeds benefit local charities.

Next be sure to check out the eighty artisans selling handmade crafts and fine art at the “Pumpkin Festival” Arts ‘n Crafts Fair.   Admire and shop for beautiful jewelry, woodworking, candles, toys and many other unique items.  Bates’ famous Pumpkin Patch will also be open with tractor hayrides, straw maze, pony rides, food & live entertainment both days from 12 – 3.  Valley Center High Jazz performs on Saturday and the Boogie Brothers take the stage on Sunday.  Admission and parking are free, for more information click here.


Don’t forget to visit the PUMPKIN PATCH:  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 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.  Admission and parking are free, for more information click here.

New this year at Bates Nut Farm is “FRIDAY NIGHTS AT THE FARM” Extended hours for more fun in the Pumpkin Patch. Open until 8:00 on Friday, October 10 & 17. Bring a flashlight, and don’t forget your camera!  Weekday hours for the pumpkin patch are M-F 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and weekends Sat-Sun 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Kids Free in October at San Diego Museums

By Nicole Hughes

The San Diego Museum Council is bringing back by popular demand an amazing program for families.  Based on its huge success in the first three years, Kids Free in October, is back for a fourth year inviting families to enjoy free kids’ admission to more than 30 museums across San Diego County with an adult ticket purchase.

The breakdown:

  • The coupon allows up to TWO CHILDREN 12 and UNDER to get in FREE with one paid adult.
  • The ticket does not apply to special events, special exhibits or field trips.
  • Can not combine with any other promo/discount/coupon/offer.
  • Vaild during the month of October only 10/1/14 – 10/31/14.
  • You must provide the PRINTED the coupon, which may be found below.

To take advantage of the offer, download the free coupon from the website for each museum you wish to visit in October.

Visit the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla and see the living tide pools.  The U.S.S. Midway is a fun floating museum that children love!  One of the most popular in San Diego is the Ruben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park and it too is free for children during the month of October.   For the full list of museums participating in Kids Free in October click here.

Kids are also free to the San Diego Zoo & Safari park during October for more information read our post about it here.



San Diego Kids Expo 10/18 – 10/19

By Nicole Hughes


The San Diego Kids Expo & Fair is a fun family event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, and is something children will love! All throughout the event there are fun things to do like a 200’ long Zip Line and a Euro Bungee where 4 kids can jump on trampolines and do flips safely.  We did the bungee on our trip to Vail and my son loved it so much he did it twice!  If you have little ones you can check out the Tumble Gym Bus, which is a rolling indoor gym or jump in the inflatable jumpies. 

Fun activities at the San Diego Kids Expo & Fair include: Zip Line, Human Hamster Balls, Water Rollers, Laser Tag, Xorbing Balls, Parachute Rocket, Coconut Climb, Paint Ball, Euro Bungy, Grand Central Raceway remote contral cars,Trackless Train, around the entire KIDS ZONE Inflatable Jumpies and Slides.  Outdoor KIDS ZONE activities cost between $5 – $10 each except the following:  Jumpies and slides for young children cost $5.00 for an all day wristband to all jumpies and slides.  You can pay with cash or debit/credit card at the ticket sales booth.

Reasons we LOVE San Diego Kids Expo & Fair children 12 and under are FREE!  Adults are only $8, and may be purchased ahead of time here.  The show runs Saturday, October 18th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 19th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  SoCal Savvy Mom is happy to offer a giveaway for a family four pack of tickets to San Diego Kids Expo & Fair.  To be entered into the giveaway simply leave a comment on this blog post, on facebook, or on twitter.

We can’t wait for the San Diego Kids Expo & Fair and hope to see you there!


Summertime in Vail

By Nicole Hughes

Family travel a passion for our family!  The past two summers we have visited Vail and Beaver Creek. We were lucky enough to be in Vail during the Oktoberfest celebration this summer.  Vail Oktoberfest is a family affair, with events my parents, my brothers and I and the kids enjoyed. The event is free and open to the public. This year we watched Klement’s Bratwurst Eating Contests (I think the winner ate 11) and the Stein Lifting and Keg Bowling.  My aunt raved about Keg Bowling and wanted my cousin Chelsea and I to do it.  We tried to sign up but it was already full.  Which was a good thing because kegs are heavy and let’s be honest we are girls and not strong enough to knock over 10 kegs.  After the bratwurst eating contest and keg bowling we took the gondola to the top of Vail Mountain.

Chels nic oktoberfest vail

If you plan to have a beer or two while at Oktoberfest I recommend purchasing the official Vail Oktoberfest mug, it is only $20 and it is a great memento of your trip.  There is no money exchanged it is all tokens, we purchased about $50 of tokens for beer and food and it was plenty for my cousin and I.  My brothers no doubt went through more tokens than Chelsea and I due to their advanced beer drinking skills.
vail group beersIf you are adventurous you may attempt to hike up Berry Picker Trail there is no charge for this but advise allowing at least 2-3 hours.  We had too many people with different ages to attempt the hike.  The gondola ride to the top is beautiful with views of mountain peaks and wildflowers as far as you can see.  Children 4 and under are free, 5-12 year olds are $7 and adults are $28 per person. We always go to the top of Vail when we visit, the view is just as amazing year after year.  Below is a picture of my cousin and I at the top of Vail last summer.

top of vail w chelsAfter the gondola ride to the top of Vail the Adventure Ridge awaits you.  To access Adventure Ridge via the Eagle Bahn Gondola, you must purchase a lift ticket.  Aside from the most incredible views you will ever see there are fun activities for all ages at over 10,000 ft! My son loves the climbing wall, (pictured below) he did it three times!  My niece loved the rebound trampoline she did it twice.  There are also pony rides, miniature golf, kids zip line and low ropes course.

top of vail

vail ropes

If your children would like to do multiple activities I would recommend purchasing the adventure ridge action pass.  With the pass you may choose three activities from pony rides, climbing wall, rebound trampoline, miniature golf, or disc golf for only $25.  The adventure plus pass allows up to four activities for only $35.  We regretted not purchasing the adventure action pass because our kids loved all the fun activities.  We have already started looking forward to next year.

Oceanside Harbor Days Sept 27-28

By Nicole Hughes

This weekend on September 27-28, 2014 the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce present Oceanside Harbor Days at the Oceanside Harbor. The FREE family-friendly event will feature arts and craft exhibits, great food and fun activities for the entire family. The event is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.oceanside harbor days 1

Two fun filled days of sun, sand, and surf provide a great experience for fun activities for all ages.   New this year is the Sandcastle competition, you will not want to miss the Entertainment Stage with live music, there will also be Arts & Crafts. The Food booth areas will not want to be missed, and my personal favorite is the Nail ‘n’ Sail Competition, where people make a boat and then try and see if it floats across the harbor!  It is really fun seeing which boats make it and which boats sink!

Parking – There is free parking in downtown Oceanside at the Oceanside transit parking garage located at Cleveland Street & Seagaze Drive.  Free shuttle on the double decker busses is at the North County Transit Center.  Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  

oceanside harbor days 2014

Medieval Times

By Lauren Moisant

Have you ever been?  There is a full list of special offers for our readers that may be found by clicking here.

Last week I was able to experience a very special behind the scenes tour of Medieval Times.  Redha, the horse trainer, took us around the stables and let us meet the horses.  Medieval Times has around 30 horses that preform in the show.  Redha explained their daily grooming and training routines. Most of their horses are born and raised on a ranch in Texas, and once they are mature enough, they move to their new home to perform in the tournaments.  You can tell the horses are well loved.

IMG_2367We were also able to meet Jesse, the head knight. He showed us the arena where the tournament is played. Jesse explained the weapons that are used in the show.  They are REAL!  The knights train 5 hours daily before the live tournament.  Safety is the number one priority, and since the weapons are real, they practice, practice, practice! Although, most of is choreographed, the weapons used during fighting are real weapons.   The knights train for months before they are able to to preform in the live tournaments.


As soon as you enter the castle the entire ambiance changes.  The decor and costumes are so real it’s as if you stepped back in time.  The staff does an amazing job at making you feel welcome and making it such a magical experience for the whole family. As you walk in, you are given a team color, ours was blue.  The color you are seated in is also the color of the Knight you are cheering for to win.  Before entering the arena, you have a chance to order drinks, take your seat, and watch as people are Knighted.  If it is your birthday, or it is a special occasion, let them know (before you arrive) because you will get called and the king will “Knight” you.  As the doors open up to the arena, I was surprised to see that every seat in the house has a terrific view.  We took our seats and were excited for the tournament to begin!  Who will win?


As it beings, we are introduced to the Knights of the Realm who will be fighting in the name of Honor and Chivalry. Thrilling theatrics, heart pounding battles with real swords, and elctrifying jousting  all for the sake of being honored by the King and Queen.  During the games, dinner is served.  A feast fit for a king! Delicious roasted chicken, garlic bread, yummy tomato bisque, spare rib, and a roasted potato, and for dessert, the castles pastry.  Vegetarian options available. Did I mention you don’t get utensils to use.


During the tournament, cheering on your Knight is the best part.  Kids are really enthusiastic cheering their team waving the colored flags, catching the roses thrown in the crowd, and booing the opposing teams.  Each Knight chooses a “queen” of his color and passes her a sash.  Then, the winning Knight chooses a Queen of Love & Beauty. She will be crowned and referred to as “your majesty” What a thrilling moment for one lucky girl!!


After the show is over, the cast are very gracious and come out to take photos with everyone.  You get a chance to mingle with them and see their costumes up close.

Overall this was a truly amazing experience.  We loved every moment of it.  Everyone was entertained and enchanted.

If you join the Knights Court on their website you can go for free on your BIRTHDAY!

For the most up to date specials and discounts offered visit the website here to check it out and buy tickets.  When you visit please let us know your experience and we will share!

Giveaway to BooMont Park Fall Festival at Belmont Park

By Nicole Hughes

SoCal Savvy Mom is hosting a giveaway for a family 4-pack to BooMont Park Fall Festival & Haunt! Leave a comment on this post to be entered into the giveaway. Fall is just around the corner and we can not wait!  Fall is such a fun time of year with the weather changing and of course Halloween.  Back for the second year Belmont Park will host BooMont Park Fall Festival & Haunt every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout October.  The BooMont Manor Haunted House is a must see!  The famous roller coaster turns into the spooky coaster.  There will be a zombie laser tag, superhero zip line, rockwall, pumpkin patch, costume contests and I saved the best for last TRICK or TREATING!

All of the fun starts every Friday, after 5 p.m and all day on Saturday and Sunday.   The free trick or treating times vary – Fridays from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

BP_Header_BoomontParkFree Trick-or-Treating
Fridays | 6:30-7:30pm
Saturdays & Sundays | 1:30-2:30pm & 6:30-7:30pm

Boomont Manor Haunted House
From the makers of the Scream Zone and The Haunted Hotel,
this scary maze is sure to bring out the chills and thrills of the season!
$6 per person | Recommended for ages 7-12 years

Zombie Laser Tag
A Halloween spin on your favorite game!
Zombie creatures join you on this adventure-packed three flour maze.
$8 per person | $20 unlimited

The Spooky Coaster
The Giant Dipper roller coaster transforms into a ride of chilling dips and turns!
$6 per person | Must be 52″ to ride

Pumpkin Patch & Painting
Pick out your perfect pumpkin to style your way
Pumpkin pricing varies by size; painting is free

Superhero Zip Line & Rock Wall
Dressed to save the day? Receive half off Zip Line & Rock wall play!
Superheros must be between 50-250lbs to participate

Costume Contests
Every Saturday at 5pm. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners score Belmont prize packages!



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