California Love For ALDI

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This post is sponsored by ALDI as part of Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

I cry at how expensive living in California is. It’s rough out here for a freelancer. With kids. I can’t say that I’m totally committed to eating better and feeding the family healthy. I want to but reasons. The good food is pricey and the only way we were doing it was shopping 4-6 different stores a week. That got tiring and ridiculous. I couldn’t squeeze in trips to local farmers markets like I’d like and forget finding all the things you want in one store. Grocery shopping was my mission impossible. Until ALDI. I saw the coming soon banners go up in my city and kept tabs on the local newspaper for any info on the grand opening. A homegirl emailed me a list of her favorite ALDI products and I read blogs but nothing prepared me for shopping there. There is nothing like it.

Bring a quarter + reusable shopping bags. You’ll get your quarter back and you’ll finally use all those shopping bags you have laying around. You put the quarter in the slot and it pushes the back lock out. When you return the cart, you put the back lock back in and your quarter pops out. You smart, ALDI. Major key.

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Taking The Queen To Medieval Times

#MedievalTimesCA raisedbyculture.comThat’s my mama. She turned 61 this year. Way back when I was a wee one, I didn’t understand her and swore I’d be nothing like her. And then I got older and see her in my parenting sometimes. I wouldn’t have it any other way actually. I made a promise back when she got diagnosed with cancer that we would see her every year. This year she came out for my firstborn’s (her first grandchild) graduation and was here till after her birthday. We celebrated her birthday last year too. It is tradition now. The pressure is on to top each year cause my mama kicked cancer to the curb. So what do you for the queen? You take her to the castle. Medieval Times Buena Park, that is.

Here are my tips to enjoy the castle:

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Gridiron Grub at Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlours

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Farrell's Gridiron Grub raisedbyculture.comSuper ginormous thank you to Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour Restaurants for inviting us to check out the new Gridiron Grub Menu!

And for Duke’s 9th Birthday weekend finale, we had sundaes on a Sunday. Magnificent, make-you-wanna-sing sundaes. It is the place to celebrate, we not only go for the yummy food but for the fun! Every month, like delicious clockwork, Farrell’s announces their limited time menu. You know this if you signed up for their newsletter or follow on Facebook. This month, to celebrate everything delicious about football, from January 1st-31st; you have to stop in for the Gridiron Grub menu featuring the Tailgate Burger and the 4th and Goal Sundae. Tip #1: Make reservations online! Tip #2: Wear your stretchy pants!

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Our Family Favorite: Knott’s Merry Farm

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#MerryFarm raisedbyculture.com

A family favorite for us is Knott’s Merry Farm. This year Southern California’s Holiday Tradition celebrates the Christmas season from November 22 through January 4, 2015. The park is all decked out for the holidays, amazing festive foods and a shopping wonderland filled with local artisans. The best part: #MerryFarm is included in regular park admission! 

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Treat Yourself: Knott’s 2015 Season Pass

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You know how deep my love for Knott’s is, the pride of my city. This is where I tell you why you need a Knott’s 2015 Season Pass. I’m sharing the reasons bullet point style for easy reading. Memorize it, let it soak in your brain and go get one. Wait, tell me again why don’t you have one yet?! Psst… it is at the lowest price of the year.

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I’m Going To Knott’s Scary Farm

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#ScaryFarm raisedbyculture.com

It’s official, I’m going to Knott’sScary Farm and there’s no getting out of it.  I don’t know what I was thinking when I said yes, I haven’t been since I was 18.  That’s 21 years ago.  I scare easy in my old age.  Does fear come with aging or it comes with having kids?  I don’t know but I’m freakin’ tf out!  I attended a #ScaryFarm photo walk last year, it was in the day but still totally terrifying.

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Living In Buena Park, CA

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When I tell people I live in Buena Park, I always get asked where it’s at – I’m so proud to tell them that we’re a fun, little city in Orange County.  Home of Knott’s Berry Farm!  Right between Los Angeles and Disneyland.  That should give you a better picture of the city I call home.  I moved here in 2005 with my husband Chris, right before Duke was born.  We’re just a little attached to the place, we’re spoiled with everything our city has to offer and the cities that surround us.  I’ve professed my love for the city often, it’s no secret.  I can’t get enough of the Knott’s Berry Farm skyline, I love driving down Beach Blvd. and seeing the Medieval Times castle or the big pirate’s head on the building at Pirate’s Dinner Adventure…  There’s a small farmer’s market on Saturdays at the corner of La Palma and Stanton, my mailman is the same one from when we moved here 9 years ago…

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Dami Sushi & Izakaya in Buena Park

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Dami Sushi & Izakaya raisedbyculture.comDisclosure: I was invited to a media tasting.  All thoughts are my own.

The oyster shooters at the brand new Dami Sushi & Izakaya in Buena Park should be on bucket lists.  It is absolutely phenomenal.  My taste buds were begging for an awakening and this friends, is it.  The shot comes on ice with a lemon slice, the raw oyster is bathed in sake and blinged out in tobiko & quail egg.  The flavors are sweet and salty goodness.  I can’t stop thinking about ’em.  It is culinary perfection.
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Girls Knight Out At Medieval Times

Girls Knight Out - Medieval Times

Girls Knight Out - Medieval Times

Last year we did Medieval Times for my son Damien’s 14th Birthday and it was the best time. Where else can you go and scream your head off at dinner?  I always rank things by my kids having a good time and if Chris and I had a good time.  If all those things align and all six of us agree on the same thing then trust me, it was a good time.  I have been itching to hang out with some local girlfriends but you know it’s hard for mamas to get together because, kids. Any chance you get to go out without the kids basically has to be one for the books… I pitched a fun girls night out to Medieval TimesGirls Knight Out was suggested and we were all over it – oh so cute!

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Our Favorite Knott’s Berry Farm Memories

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Disclosure:  This post is a collaboration with Knott’s Berry Farm.  All thoughts are my own.

I live in Buena Park so I always get warm fuzzy feelings when we pass Knott’s Berry Farm.  I’m always tempted to check-in on FourSquare too.  You would think by growing up in Southern California that I would get used to the Knott’s skyline but the pride never goes away, it only grows.  I just feel a strong connection to the memories I made as a kid visiting the park and now bringing my own kids!  Knott’s is an extension of our family, it is home for us and the memories we’ve made over the years are priceless – worth more than the cost of a season pass!

Knott’s Merry Farm 

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