Spend Quality Family Moments at Knott’s Merry Farm!

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We are all about making family memories and giving children the best childhood they could possibly have.

People.com posted an Adele (the best artist ever!) quote: “I feel like I’ve spent my whole life so far wishing it away. Always wishing I was older, wishing I was somewhere else, wishing I could remember and wishing I could forget, too.”

We can relate to that feeling, right? So when I think about children being adults sooner than we hope, I think about what they are going to look back to. They still have the chance to build great family memories so when they look back, the only wish they have is to do it all again.

You see us at Knott’s Berry Farm throughout the year and we promote all their different themes and events. We do it because we genuinely believe Knott’s is a place to make real family memories; memories of amazing food, of fun activities for the entire family including shows and fun rides. Other parks claim to be the happiest place on earth and although great parks, memories include long lines, extreme crowds and overpriced everything – but how realistic is it for a normal wage earning family to visit these parks without going broke? (Season Pass is 6 easy payments of $13.50 ONLY – that’s a deal!)

Joy is in season at Knott’s Merry Farm and you can start making those wonderful hassle free memories now! Snoopy and a cast of world class ice skaters perform Merry Christmas, Snoopy!, a whimsical ice show bursting with characters and remarkable skating. In Santa’s Christmas Cabin, guests can share their wish lists with jolly ol’ St. Nick and savor some of Knott’s world famous holiday treats.

You can also take a trip back in time and celebrate Christmas in the Old West town of Calico. Climb aboard the Calico Railroad for Christmas on Engine 41 and meet Ghost Town residents eager to share their holiday plans with you. Those looking for great gift ideas can shop Knott’s Christmas Crafts Village, a shopping wonderland where local artisans demonstrate their craft and sell their unique gifts.

In the evening, join Snoopy as he lights up the night in the Snoopy’s Merriest Tree Lighting show, then take a stroll through Ghost Town where snow gently falls while thousands of sparkling lights dance to the beat of holiday music.

Make fun part of your holiday tradition at Knott’s Merry Farm November 21-January 3.

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Walk with us back to the REAL Thanksgiving Tradition – Free Cal State Park Passes

Present your pass at the visitor center for 5 percent off visitor center merchandise on November 27, 2015, only, courtesy of the Humboldt Redwoods Interpretive Association

Present your pass at the visitor center for 5 percent off visitor center merchandise on November 27, 2015, only, courtesy of the Humboldt Redwoods Interpretive Association (Photo credit: Flicker Scrubhiker (USCdyer)

#OptOutside and walk #IntoTheRedwoods

Thanksgiving is a great American tradition that united families and welcomed new friends. Over time it become more about the sales, the food gorging and then the cyber Monday. This year we encourage you to celebrate Thanksgiving by taking your family or gathering a group of friends and go for a walk. Save the Redwoods League and California State Parks wants to make it even better! They want to encourage us to start a new tradition and instead of running to the stores for Black Friday, they are calling for us to run out to the great outdoors! To take a walk through the woods of majestic redwood trees FOR FREE!

The alternative Black Friday movement started with outdoor retailer REI, which in October decided to close its 143 stores nationwide on that day and encourage Americans to #optoutside. – Good for them!

So on November 27, 2015, the day after Thanksgiving, take your families to a redwood state park. Retailers will always be there, offering sales, closeouts and absolutely the cheapest possible deals (yeah right!).

This movement reminds us that Thanksgiving is about sharing time with family and appreciating our many shared blessings. When did it become about the shopping? Come back to the origin of this holiday and hang out with nature and if you absolutely still need some sort of deal, well… the League will cover the day-use cost for anyone who visits a participating redwood state park on the day after Thanksgiving – that’s the best bargain you’re going to find this Black Friday!

Please note that one pass per email address; voucher is good for one pass per vehicle for participating California State Parks on November 27, 2015. You must print your pass and present it to state parks staff at the entry gate. If no state parks employee is on duty, the pass must be displayed on your vehicle’s dashboard.


Buy Beans and Build Dreams! Goya Creates an Easy Way To Help Build an Orphanage in Mexico

Calling all my frijoleros! (I say it with love and respect as I honestly do love beans and consider myself a frijolera!) For every can of GOYA® Refried Beans sold during the month of October 2015, Goya will donate fifteen cents to help build the Casa Hogar Alegria Orphanage in Toluca, Mexico!

Beans are not only among my favorite foods, it is a staple in Latin American cuisine and essential for the nutrition of all our kids at ALL the orphanages we support. It’s an affordable food that provides good nutrients, without it, we wouldn’t know how our kids would survive. So imagine our delight to see Goya Foods create a social good campaign that will help not only help feed children but build a home for them!

Goya Foods“The support that Goya Foods has provided throughout the years has been admirable and valuable to the organization,” says famous artist, Marc Anthony. “Without the support from partners like Goya, it would be very difficult for Maestro Cares to accomplish all that it has in such a short period of time. We are grateful for all the support we have received from Goya Foods. They are valuable partners that have committed their time and heart to the organization.”

Goya has been a supporter of the Maestro Cares Foundation since the construction of their first orphanage in La Romana, Dominican Republic in 2013 and in Barranquilla, Colombia in 2014.  Over the years, Goya has provided financial support, donated over 100,000 pounds of food to feed the children and established a mentorship program with a select group of Goya employees that will help support and guide the children through their school years. “We are so proud to work with a foundation like Maestro Cares which shares our dedication and commitment to bringing aid to the children in Latin American communities who need it the most,” said Bob Unanue, President of Goya Foods.

The Toluca, Mexico facility, set to open in early 2016, will serve 70 girls in the area, providing shelter and schooling to orphans who previously had access to neither. It is the third orphanage opened by Maestro Cares since the start of the foundation in 2012.

Make a difference in the lives of children in need by walking into participating stores and purchasing your can of GOYA® Refried Beans during the month of October.  Show your support online by using #LetsGivetoKids and tag @GoyaFoods @MaestroCares.  For more information about the campaign and how you can help, please visit www.goya.com/letsgive

GOYA will make a donation to Global Impact, a 501 ( c ) 3 donor advised fund, to support Marc Anthony’s Maestro Cares Foundation in building the Casa Hogar Alegria Orphanage.

Fighting Childhood Malnutrition With The #PowerOf5 Campaign

NutriliteIn Guatemala we experienced first hand the crisis that the country is going through provoked by several reasons; politics, lack of education, traditions that people are not willing to change, no jobs and so many other reasons that I’m not getting into. What’s upsetting is that the most affected in Guatemala are the children. The Orphaned Earring’s missions is not to change a country, it is to feed, heal and love so many children that are victims of country’s messed up system.

We feed over 80 children daily in Guatemala with a formula called Incaparina, it looks like powder sugar but when cooked it’s a thick and nutritious drink. For a time now we’ve known that Amway also provides a substance that is as nutritious as Incaparina but they’ve been able to reach so many corners of the world with the #PowerOf5 campaign.

Although malnutrition is a widespread and growing problem, it is preventable and, as a leader in nutrition, Amway is in an ideal position to help. They have developed a micronutrient supplement, Nutrilite™ Little Bits™, that provides 15 essential vitamins and nutrients to children ages 6 months to 5 years old. When given with food once daily, Nutrilite™ Little Bits™ can help children’s brains and bodies develop properly so they can survive, thrive and achieve their potential. Amway has launched the Nutrilite™ Power of 5 Campaign to raise awareness of childhood malnutrition as they work with Amway Business Owners, employees and the public toward a global solution. In support of the multi-year campaign, Amway has implemented programs intended to improve awareness and understanding of this global issue, generate funds to grow the distribution program, encourage ongoing participation, and ultimately help more children and families live better lives.

Learn. Share. Give.

Learn more about the issue of Malnutritionchildhood malnutrition and the Nutrilite™ Power of 5 Campaign. Share the campaign story with friends, family, colleagues and others who want to participate in a program that’s making a difference for thousands of malnourished children around the world. Use #powerof5 in social media. Give what you can, whether that’s time, talent or treasure to help children survive, thrive and reach a healthier adulthood. All money raised will go to CARE and local humanitarian organizations to support the distribution of Nutrilite™ Little Bits™ to families and children.

See more at: http://powerof5.nutrilite.com/about-power-of-5#sthash.rwSx4KX7.dpuf

Flu Shot: Myths and Facts

Flu Myths and FactsDisclosure: this is not a paid post but the author does work with Kaiser Permanente.

As harsh as this seems, abuelita is not always right about everything, especially about how standing in front of a fan will give you the flu. Overtime we pick up unfounded beliefs and practices, either inherited or we “read it on Facebook” but when it comes to your health you can’t take risks or live by chance.

Our friends at Kaiser Permanente say that a flu vaccine (either the flu shot or the nasal-spray flu vaccine) is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal influenza and lessen the chance that you will spread it to others. Now is the time to protect yourself and your family. Everyone six months and older should get an influenza vaccination each year. Here are a few Myths and Facts about the flu shot and how to stay healthy.

There are plenty of reasons people do not get the flu shot. Let’s take a look at some of the myths and facts:

Myth: Getting a flu vaccine can cause the flu.

Fact: You can’t get the flu from a flu vaccination. However, when your body is building its defenses, you may experience a minor reaction after getting the shot, like body aches or a mild fever for a day or two. You may coincidentally experience symptoms from other viruses that mimic flu-like symptoms.

Myth: The flu isn’t serious.

Fact: On average, 36,000 Americans die each year of the flu. Most flu-related deaths could be prevented by immunization.

Myth: You can die from a flu shot.

Fact: It’s rare to have a dangerous reaction to the flu shot. Consult with your doctor before getting a flu shot if you have a history of Guillain-Barré syndrome or if you’ve ever had a serious allergic reaction to eggs or a previous dose of flu vaccine.

Myth: You can wait and see if an epidemic breaks out, then get a flu shot.

Fact: It takes from two weeks or longer to develop immunity. That’s why you need to get your shot before the flu season begins.

Myth: Flu shots are for old people.

Fact: All adults and children should get a flu shot. Even healthy adults and children can catch the flu. Find out why you should get a flu shot.

Myth: You don’t need a flu shot if you got one last year.

Fact: Immunity to the strains of influenza virus in the flu vaccine wears off within a year. And the strains of influenza which cause illness vary from year to year. If you’re not immunized against this year’s expected virus strains, you and those around you are at risk for getting the flu. Get your flu shot soon, so you will be protected before the flu season begins.

In addition to getting a flu vaccine, here are some suggestions on how to protect yourself and others:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
  • Clean your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based cleanser, especially after you sneeze or cough.

Maria Wright, MD, Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center

September is Ovarian and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Disclosure: this is not a paid post but the author does work with Kaiser Permanente.

September is Ovarian and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Here are some facts that will get you thinking about your health.





Ovarian Cancer Awareness:

Studies found that women over age of 50 are at greater risk of ovarian cancer than younger women and that:

  • An ovarian mass may shrink or go away on its own, and surgery can be avoided: source
  • Chemotherapy doses based on body weight may improve survival rates, especially for overweight patients: source
  • Chemotherapy in the abdomen helps women with advanced cancer live longer than those who receive intravenous therapy: source






Prostate Cancer Awareness:

    • Men who are overweight when diagnosed with prostate cancer have a higher chance of dying than men who aren’t: source
    • PSA tests taken over time can lead to a higher rate of accuracy when detecting aggressive cancers: source





Septiembre es el mes de la prevención del cáncer de ovarios y próstata

Aquí unos hechos que te harán pensar en tu salud.

Cáncer De Ovarios:

Estudios recientes encontraron que las mujeres mayores de 50 años tienen mayor riesgo de tener cáncer que mujeres más jóvenes y que:

      • Un tumor en el ovario podría reducirse o eliminarse por sí mismo, evitando la necesidad de cirugía.
      • Las dosis de quimioterapia basadas en el peso corporal podrían mejorar el índice de supervivencia, especialmente para las pacientes con sobrepeso.
      • La quimioterapia en el abdomen ayuda a las mujeres con un estado avanzado de cáncer a que vivan más que aquellas que reciben terapia intravenosa.

El Cáncer De Próstata

KPInfospan-02Sabías que:

      • Los hombres que tienen sobrepeso cuando son diagnosticados con cáncer de próstata poseen un índice mayor de mortalidad que los hombres sin sobrepeso.
      • Las pruebas de APE (antígeno prostático específico) que se han tomado a través del tiempo podrían lograr un nivel más alto de precisión al detectar un cáncer agresivo.

Aprovecha este mes, piensa en tu salud y visita a tu doctor.

Fuente: Kaiser Permanente

American Girl Can Come to Your School! Apply TODAY!

This October American Girl is sponsoring 50 Screenings of The Empowerment Project!

Empowerment ProjectAnd they want to come to YOUR elementary or middle school!

The Empowerment Project is excited to be partnering with American Girl this Fall to provide their inspiring documentary to girls and boys across the US! Here’s the deal: American Girl is hosting screenings of the film in each of their 20 stores around the country and ALSO sponsoring 30 screenings in elementary and middle schools in those cities as well!


They want to come to YOUR community and you can apply for your FREE screening by Wednesday September 16th in order to eligible for an October screening.

Go to http://empowermentproject.com/
Click on “Host a Screening”
Fill out the info, and put AG Free Screening in the comments.
Wait to hear from their team!

They are looking to go to schools in/near these cities:

Chicago / New York / Los Angeles / Atlanta / Boston / Charlotte /
Columbus / Dallas / Denver / Houston / Kansas City (KS) / Miami /
Minneapolis (Mall of America)/ Nashville / Orlando / San Francisco/Palo Alto / Scottsdale / Seattle / St. Louis / Washington, D.C.


The Guardian Angel in Bikes – May Just Save Your Kids’ Life!

Best Bikes For KidsYou know how you can tell a person’s personality and even intentions just by the way he/she behaves? We experienced something like that during a Guardian Bikes event where our kids Abby and Dennis tested the bikes by being among the first to ride the bikes and give their child-expert opinion about them. At the event we met Guardian Bikes CEO Brian Riley and just to see how Riley interacted not only with Abby and Dennis but how he paid attention and dedicated time to each child at the event, really made us feel like our kids were truly in good hands. And they are!

Guardian Bikes CEO Brian Riley’s is like the guardian angel in bikes! His focus on bike safety has a long history. Riley was inspired by his grandfather experiencing a terrible bike accident. He flipped over the front of his bike, ultimately landing him in traction. Wanting to keep other bike riders from experiencing what his grandfather did, Riley invented new braking technology called SureStop. A single hand lever that operates both the front and rear brake simultaneously, making it virtually impossible to flip over the front of your bike due to a sudden stop, that may even save kids’ life!

Guardian Bikes AbbyRiley wanted to take things further and realized there was a whole group of vastly underserved people when it comes to bike safety: kids – now everything made sense to us. He is a genuine guy who cares for his customers as much as he cared for his own family member.

During the event Abby had the opportunity to interview Rile and ask him all the tough questions such as color and design, what the diff levers were for and why he decided to make these bikes:

Riley founded Guardian Bikes with the intention of preventing the millions of bike accidents that happen to children each year. Guardian Bikes use SureStop brake technology, among other features, to allow children to explore the world in motion with confidence.

The Facts about Guardian Bikes

  • For children ages 4-12
  • Designed in 20” and 24” size frames
  • Designed in bold colors and patterns for both boys and girls
  • The only children’s bikes with SureStop brake technology
  • Officially launching September 2015
  • Will be available online and at specialty retailers
  • Priced at $399 (so worth your child’s safety!)

Yep, Riley is the Guardian Angel in all things kids’ bikes!

10 Reasons to Breastfeed Your Baby

BreastfeedThere is so much controversy about breastfeeding in public – to boob or not to boob in public! The Orphaned Earring is all about breastfeeding, where and when your baby gets hungry. We’ve seen so many babies in need during our travels that his is a non-issue for us, we would do anything to be able to take this liquid gold to malnourished babies around the world. There are so many other offensive materials online, on TV, explicitly detailed in music and just everywhere we go, that the ONE time a boob should be seen as something normal, some critics say no way! Hold your horses critics, make a list of all the larger social issue you have to fix, such as celebrating sexuality in the way pop culture does, and leave the breastfeeding issue at the bottom on your list, let’s talk when you get to it, koo?

For those moms that still don’t know if they should breastfeed because they may not want to feed in public, here’s 10 reasons you should do it:

  1. Breast milk provides antibodies that support your baby’s immune system
  2. Holding your baby close when breastfeeding establishes a strong bond
  3. Breast milk is easy for your baby to digest
  4. Breast milk contains an ideal combination of vitamins and iron for your baby
  5. Breastfed babies are at a lower risk of becoming obese later in life
  6. Breastfed babies are less likely to develop allergies
  7. Breastfeeding helps a new mom’s body recover naturally from the stress of pregnancy
  8. Producing milk burns up to 500 calories per day, which can help you lose weight
  9. Breastfeeding can reduce a woman’s risk of breast cancer
  10. Formula can be expensive – breast milk is free

This information — along with helpful tips — can be found at kp.org.

Mady breastfeed

Global Citizen Festival co-host Salma Hayek Pinault leads CHIME for Education campaign


Yesterday, Global Citizen announced that CHIME FOR CHANGE Co-Founder Salma Hayek Pinault will co-host this year’s Global Citizen Festival with Stephen Colbert, Deborra-Lee Furness, Hugh Jackman, Kerry Washington and Olivia Wilde. The free ticketed concert, headlined by CHIME Co-Founder Beyoncé along with Pearl Jam, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay, will take place on the Great Lawn of New York’s Central Park on September 26, 2015. By supporting CHIME for Education, fans will be entered to win two VIP tickets to this year’s Global Citizen Festival. Learn more and support here: https://www.crowdrise.com/chime.

CHIME FOR CHANGE has partnered with CrowdRise to raise funds for girls’ education globally, through its CHIME for Education campaign. The activation is led by team captains Salma Hayek Pinault, Arianna Huffington, Freida Pinto and ELLE Editor-in-Chief Robbie Myers.

CHIME for Education is part of a 2014 Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action (CTA) through No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, a Clinton Foundation initiative to inspire and advance the full participation of women and girls around the world. The No Ceilings “CHARGE” CTA (Collaborative Harnessing Ambition and Resources for Girls’ Education) is designed to coordinate support, expand access and improve quality for girls’ secondary education globally.

Salma Hayek Pinault teamed up with UNICEF for her CHIME for the Children of Syria fundraising appeal, which aims to increase access to education for out-of-school children in Syria and surrounding countries. Hayek in fact visited Syrian refugees in Lebanon on April 25 to draw attention to the urgent humanitarian needs of children and families whose lives have been upended by the brutal conflict in Syria over the last four years.

Other team captains include:

– CHIME FOR CHANGE Advisory Board member Arianna Huffington, raising funds for the next CHIME storytelling workshop, to be held in Athens, hosted by CHIME Managing Editor Mariane Pearl;

– Freida Pinto, Global Ambassador for Plan International, partnering with Plan to rebuild educational opportunities for children and youth recovering in Nepal;

– and Robbie Myers, editor in chief of ELLE magazine in the US, fundraising to send young female leaders to the 2015 G(irls)20 Summit in Turkey.