Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Knott's Berry Farm's new ride: Voyage to the Iron Reef

Knott’s Berry Farm has a new ride! Voyage to the Iron Reef is an astonishing new 4-D interactive ride made for all ages.  Height requirement for this ride is 48 inches and taller.  Riders must be able to aim and shoot with a ray gun to freeze (3-D) Iron Sea Monsters.   
Start practicing your target shooting skills, as the ride tracks your progress through points collected for destroying sea monsters.  There are some secret surprises along the ride so look out for them to rack up big points.  Freeze the Queen of Kraken and her army of Iron Sea Monsters to make it out to the main land.  There are six scenes using a combined total of eleven screens varying from 20 ft. up to 70 ft. in length.
Voyage to the Iron Reef is great family fun allowing for four riders per submarine.  Our family exited the ride dropping us into the newly redesigned video arcade for a game or two then ran back to get in line for another voyage.  We rode five times and each of us found something new every time.  I suggest you take the entire family on a fun date to Knott’s to relax and play together.
Disclaimer: We were invited to attend a media event. All thoughts and opinions are all my own.
  

Alma Bosek's Slidely by Slidely Slideshow

Secret clues: Look for Snoopy Icon's throughout the game. Find hidden Knott's Historical moments in the cliffs. Sssssssssssssssssh don't tell anyone I told you.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Inspirational Monday - Remember to say,"thank you."

It's the beginning of the week and I want to help you get inspired! 
Let's begin with inspirational quotes that have helped to lift me in the past. I hope you find them helpful as well. 

“With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.”  Wayne W. Dyer


“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” Lao Tzu

"Dear God, Please heal my fear-based thoughts, so that I may find kindness, compassion and love." unknown

This week remember to say, "thank you", when you feel grateful for all your blessings. Watch how the week will unfold with great ease. 

I wish you a great week. 

Alma

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Medieval Times special Mother's day offer. Plus a giveaway!

It's Mother's day this weekend.  Surprise her with dinner and a show by taking her to Medieval Times in Buena Park, CA.  If you have never been to the castle, you will want to read my post on our past experience.

See Field TripMom trip goes to Medieval times at:
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Field Trip Mom - Sharing my story with you.

My name is Alma and I live in sunny Southern California with my two kids and husband. Together we are field tripping our way through life. Along the way, we want to share our adventures with our community and hope that it inspires others to field trip more. We want to make educational travel a common activity as well as affordable. When possible I share deals on different upcoming events. Our goal, to help make family units a tighter bond, to learn together through hands on experience and to help develop lifestyles within those families and our communities.

My background started right here in Southern California. I grew up in Los Angeles near 4th and Bixel cast in the shadows of the downtown buildings. I was raised by two very traditional Mexican parents with the help of the California public school system.  My upbringing is a combination of indigenous Mexican values and Middle class American Organic values and  I have a unique outlook on life.  


Growing up, I had no after school babysitter so I depended on our TV to keep me company. The “I love Lucy Show,” re-runs were my usual companion after school. I would laugh for that half of an hour each day and smile at all the crazy stunts Lucy pulled.  I also watched cartoons like "The Flintstones and Bugs Bunny", they were funny as well.  I remember those years with great fondness.


Fast forwarding to getting married and becoming a parent and things get more amazing. Having a child changed both my husband and my life for the better. It made us realize that sitting on the couch was not how we would raise our kids.  Having a balance of school work, play and field tripping would be our family plan for making memories and creating a family life with intention. 

Things are not perfect in the field trip mom household, but there is love. A lot of love to heal, protect, guide, nurture and forgive. These past years have taught us that love can heal past injuries and make family life better.   As in Corinthians love is patient and kind. Always keep those words in mind when you think of your family.

Corinthians 13:4-8
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.


I hope you will continue to follows us on our journey. 

Best regards,

Alma - Field Trip Mom 

Monday, April 27, 2015

How make a succulent terrarium. #giftidea

Mother's Day is just around the corner and a homemade terrarium will be the perfect gift for her.  First, you will have to buy a few items that can be found at a local gardening store or you can look at your local Target store.  Let's start with the tools and materials you will need.


Materials needed: 
Glass Container
Potting Soil for Succulents
Gardening Charcoal
Small Rocks 
Various Succulent Plant Clippings
Dry Moss 
Small Decorations 


How to get started:
1. Start with a medium size glass container. You can use a recycled pickle jar similar to the kind you find at Costco or even a clear vase.  I found the most popular jar for this craft is a medium size fish bowl.  I suggest you look around your kitchen cabinet first and recycle instead of buy.  Really any medium size glass jar will do. 


2. Once you have your glass container, you will need to add small pebbles or rocks.  The rocks will help with drainage preventing the roots from rotting.  The rocks can be found at your local gardening center or in nature.  You will need enough small rocks to cover 1 to 2 inch layer of the bottom of your glass container. 


3. Use the charcoal to help with odor, control moisture and improve drainage. Use enough to cover about 1/2" above the rocks.  Please see the picture below to see what it should like when you are done. 



4. Buy Potting Soil for succulents.  Use enough to cover the bottom of the container so that half of the container is filled.  By now, you should have three layers inside the container. One layer was small rocks, second layer was charcoal and third is the potting soil. 


5. Use various succulent clippings or buy small containers of the different types to add to the soil.  Choose the plants based on your tastes and what appeals to your eye.  Make sure that you place the plant approximately 1/2" into the soil making sure it can take root.  Tip: Colorful plants make a terrarium more attractive. 



5. Moss is used to decorate the terrarium and as decor to cover the soil.  It also acts as protection for the plants.  Now, you can start decorating the terrarium with decorative rocks, shells, ceramic animals or  plastic bugs.  Use your imagination and enjoy.


Photo Credit: NASA
Something to think about:
Quote directly from the NASA Kids page: "A terrarium has its own mini-climate. The container has just a small opening or sometimes even a lid to completely enclose the container. That makes a terrarium like a greenhouse. Sunlight enters through the glass and warms the air, soil and plants the same way that sunlight coming through the atmosphere warms Earth’s surface. The glass holds in some of the warmth, just as Earth’s atmosphere does."


Friday, April 24, 2015

OC Fair of Costa Mesa is hosting Imaginology.

The Orange County Fair of Costa Mesa is hosting Imaginology. It is a three day event that promotes S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). There you will find exhibits, competitions and activities to help you learn more about S.T.E.A.M. In addition you will find engaging makeshops, educational workshops, build-your-own scarecrow contest, scavenger hunts, hands-on activities and more will fuel imaginations.

The event starts today at 9 AM and goes all weekend long. There is no fee to attend the event. Parking is $7.00 (cash). I recommend pack a light lunch or bring cash for the food trucks. Saturday and Sunday the event will run a little longer from 10 AM until 5PM. The address is 88 Fair, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

Food Trucks you can expect to find at the event:

Saturday: Cousins Maine Lobster, Grilled Cheese Truck, TJ’s Woodfired
Pizza, Piaggio On Wheels, Waffle-icious


Sunday: The Burnt Truck, Dogzilla, Cousins Maine Lobster, Falasophy,
Crepes Bonaparte



Did you know that worms don't have eyes or teeth? They are all heart!


Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post. I feel STEAM is important. All thoughts and opinions are all my own. Prints/photographs are owned by OC Fair. No profit was made by this post. 
What is STEAM? STEM + Art = STEAM
STEAM is a movement championed by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and widely adopted by institutions, corporations and individuals. Credit: http://stemtosteam.org/

Why STEAM? To have business leaders, arts professionals, educators and others work together to educate governments, the public and the media to the need for return-ing Arts to the national curricula. China and others have determined, as we must, that STEAM education is a national priority issue. Credit: http://steam-notstem.com/

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California. #fieldtrip

The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California make flower growing look easy.  They have been planting and growing Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers on a 50 Acre lot for 85 years. Over the years, they have produced 10 million flowers.  Only a few miles from the Pacific Ocean, this flower farm is beautiful to experience. The farm has several different attractions that are full of color such as the American Flag made from Flowers, the Sweet Pea Flower Maze, The Artist Garden, Cymbidium Orchid Greenhouse and the Historic Poinsettia Display.  Other fun attractions that many will enjoy include the Antique Tractor Wagon ride and the Carlsbad Mining activity for the kids.
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On this visit, we started our tour with a tractor ride.  For an additional fee, we rode the entire field listening to fun facts about the farm.  It felt adventurous to just sit back and take in the view of all of the flowers with a beautiful Pacific Ocean back drop all at the same time. 

After our tractor ride, we headed straight for the Sweet Pea Maze passing the children's play area to smell our way out of maze.  This area is my favorite because the flowers smell so delicious.  It is hard not to want to cut some of the flowers.  The Sweet Peas are full of color and beauty so much so that you will want to plant your own.  This is a must smell and see attraction.  Watch out for the bees, butterflies and ladybugs, they visit this area the most.
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Behind the Sweet Pea Maze, you will find the Poinsettia Display and Cymbidium Orchid greenhouse.  The Poinsettia display offers several different types of colors and styles that are in the same plant family.  The Orchid greenhouse is smaller but still it was interesting to see. 
Then, we headed up to the top of the hill to get close to the Giant Tecolote Ranunculus.  As we walked up the hill, we could see the different colors that decorate the 50 acres.  It was very exciting to see nature in full bloom.

Around the corner, along Palomar Airport Road, we saw a hillside with an American Flag made from Red, White and purple Petunias.  The strategically planted flowers are a tribute to the United States.  The hillside is approximately 300 ft by 170 ft in size and it can be seen from far away. 

As we walked out to leave for the day, we noticed that there was a mining activity that we all wanted to explore.  The kids had been obtaining stamps on their plant passports for activities completed and explored.  My oldest son gave me his plant passport and said, "Look Mom, it has a coupon for the mining activity."  We gladly took the coupon and proceeded to do some mining. 

As we left the flower fields, we headed towards the Pacific Ocean to experience more of San Diego.  It was a fun day just smelling the flowers. Our hope is that you find your way there one day and enjoy it just as much as we did. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

This weekend only: Legoland tickets $25.00!

Legoland offers discounted tickets once a year.  Partnering with the Carlsbad Educational Foundation and The Kid's College, both organizations will sell tickets to benefit their non-profit organizations. 

Tickets sold through Carlsbad Education Foundation can only be used this Saturday, April 25th, 2015 from 1 PM until 8 PM.  The discounted price is $25.00 per person for Legoland California. Sea Life Aquarium tickets are only $9.00. Kids under 2 years old are free and no ticket is required. It's a great deal for a family of four.  All tickets must be purchased online and are not available for purchase at Legoland California.

To Order, go to  https://www.carlsbaded.org/carlsbadday2015.aspx


The Kid's College is selling tickets for Legoland California for Sunday, April 26th at www.thekidscollege.org.  Tickets must be purchased by April 22, 2015 before 6 PM.  They can be purchased online or in person.  For more information call 760-798-4064


LEGOLAND California is providing an opportunity for local residents and their families to enjoy a fun-filled day to support education! Special event tickets are not available for purchase at LEGOLAND for this event.


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Missing my Papa.

Personal note originally written February 2015.  I dedicate this post to all who have lost a loved one, please accept my deepest condolences.

"Gone yet not forgotten, although we are apart, your spirit lives within me, forever in my heart."

Lately, I have not been feeling my best.  As the anniversary of my father's death approaches, I begin to feel sad.  Missing my dad every year for the past (18) years has been hard on me.  He was a dreamer, a creative type of person who thought outside the box, just like me.  As a parent, he was not perfect. But that did not matter because he was my dad.  I felt he understood me and loved me for just the way I am. 

The last days of his life are still fresh in my mind. He lay in his hospital bed dying as his organs started shutting down.  Diabetes had taken first his kidneys and then his heart.  I think he had a mild stroke around that December and then another stroke that left him almost dead by February. He fought to stay alive for many months because he did not want to leave his family. It was hard to see him suffer all that time. 

I lived 50 miles away, so my free evenings and weekends were spent going to see him while I juggled two jobs. 

I was so desperate for Papa to get better that I promised him a big Easter celebration. Hoping that would make a difference in his recovery. It still hurts to know I can never fulfill that promise. Before the Easter holiday would arrive, my brothers and I would have to make the toughest decision ever; to take him off life support.  “LIFE SUPPORT,” those words still hurt.  The doctor's said it could take days even weeks before he would pass. It took (3) days and he struggled to breathe and fought to stay alive. I can never forget my father's last days. It is seared in my mind and heart. 

As my father began his journey to heaven, he would be in and out of consciousness. We had small conversations.  

It was good to hear his voice.  It felt like hope that he could recover. 

As I listened closer, his conversations were strange.  It sounded as though he were remembering moments from his past. I was (8) eight years old and we were going on one of our trips to the Central Market in Los Angeles to do our grocery shopping.  

Growing up, we would go grocery shopping. It was always an adventure with him because of all the people we would meet along the way.  He knew almost every vendor.  

A few days before my dad passed, I walked into his hospital room and brought him a stuffed animal. I placed it near his hand, so he could feel and touch something soft. I thought it might help him feel like someone was always visiting. As I sat quietly, my dad woke up. He said, "Is that you?" I answered, "Yes, it's me dad." He was blind and could only hear us back then. 

From the hospital bed my Papa asked me, "Let's take tomatoes for mama. What do you think? “I replied, "Yes, mom will be happy."  After this brief conversation he fell back to unconsciousness. That would be the last time I would speak with him. 

My uncle, his older brother and best friend, entered the room in time to see our brief conversation. He said to me, "your dad isn't coming home this time around." 

I screamed, "NO!"  My uncle was my dad's best friend, so I could see how painful this was on him as well.  I hugged him and told him my dad would bounce back. Tio (Uncle) explained that my father was having flashbacks. This meant that he was getting ready to say good-bye to his loved ones. 

My father would take his last breath several days later.  

The days that followed were painful. I had no clue what would happen next. I depended on my friends to help me through those days. 

I was lucky to have known him for that short period of time.

In a few weeks it will be eighteen years that I have been without him.  I still miss him.  If I could talk to him again I would tell him, "Papa I love you from the bottom of my heart and miss you so very much!"

"I have never spoken to God,
Nor visited in heaven,
Yet, Certain I am of the spot."   Emily Dickinson

With all my love,

Alma 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Boysenberry Festival Ends April 12th at Knott's Berry Farm

We had the best time at Knott's Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival. The food was amazing and the shows were fun and exciting. My family and I made some fun memories at the festival as well as tried new foods. The experience was one we won't soon forget. Let me share with you a few of our moments. 



Wine and Craft Brew Garden, located inside of Ghost Town’s Wilderness Dance Hall, sold an assortment of wine and craft brew labels, in addition to a variety of boysenberry inspired gourmet food. My favorite drink was the Boysenberry punch with fresh fruit and yummy crackers. 


The Boysenberry ICEE Float was delicious after a hot day at the park. I had two to cool myself down. Hubby had one and the kids shared one. Did I mention I loved the ICEE float! 


Deep fried Alligator with a Boysenberry aioli made for a hungry family of four was just right. After going on several rides we decided to stop and taste the other, other white meat. It tasted just like chicken! Yes, it was tasty and tender. 



Knott's offers a tasting card that allows you to try (6) food items for only $25.00.  This is a great deal for all who are visiting the park with the spirit of a foodie. I highly recommend purchasing at least one card and trying the Fried Alligator as well as the Spicy Boysenberry BBQ Wings.


We ate like kings and rode rides until nightfall.  Then, we danced until the park closed.  All of us danced to the most popular songs by the large fountain.  There was plenty of room for all of us to show off our mad dancing skills.  It was our first time watching our little kids turn into dancing machines.  Just like that, the night ended and we left to go home.  Our visit to Knott's Berry Farm proved to be a fun and memorable day. 

Disclosure: Sponsored post. All opinions and thoughts are all my own.