Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day!  Today, couples from around the world recognize Valentine’s Day. For most, Valentine’s Day is a day of love, a day to shower your beloved with gifts and tokens of appreciation, to enjoy a nice meal with them, and to have moments of romance. Many consider it to be a “Hallmark” greeting-card holiday, created by the retail business in order to get people to spend money on flowers, chocolates, stuffed animals, jewelry, travel, meals, and other luxuries. However, Valentine’s Day is not a modern creation. Rather, it is a day with ancient roots, both cultural and religious. With many legends and tales surrounding Valentine’s Day, the supposed day of love, it can be difficult to ascertain exactly where and how Valentine’s Day originated. Valentine’s Day is not a global holiday. It is celebrated in many countries, but its classification as a holiday is somewhat limited. It is also referred to as St. Valentine’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Valentine, which gives the impression that the celebrations on February 14 have Christian roots. However, the day is also said to have Pagan origins. So with that said, no one can say for sure where Valentine’s Day originated from. Many people will argue that the holiday has Pagan roots, perhaps inspired by the Roman festival of Lupercalia.  Meanwhile, other people view it as a Christian holiday, started by a brave St. Valentine who went against the law and married those who were in love, or a St. Valentine who fell in love with a warden’s daughter, and who lost his life due to the love letters he wrote to her, signed “Your Valentine.” Regardless of the roots of the holiday, Valentine’s Day remains a popular day to be in love. –

http://www.ancient-origins.net/history/day-love-complex-origins-valentine-s-day-002672

By |February 14th, 2015|General, Holidays, life|0 Comments

It’s Friday, 13th! So Where Does All the Superstition Come From?

images-1With today being Friday, 13th I thought I would share this from Wikipedeia.  Happy reading!

Friday the 13th, also known as Black Friday in some countries, is considered an unlucky day in Western superstition. It occurs when the 13th day of the month in the Gregorian calendar falls on a Friday. There is no written evidence for a “Friday the 13th” superstition before the 19th century, and the superstition only gained widespread distribution in the 20th century. The fear of the number 13 has been given a scientific name: triskadekaphobia; and on analogy to this the fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia, from the Greek words Paraskeví (Παρασκευή, meaning “Friday”), and dekatreís (δεκατρείς, meaning “thirteen”).[1][2]

It’s not known for certain how the superstition surrounding this day arose, but both Friday and the number 13 are connected with the crucifixion of Christ (Friday being the day the crucifixion took place, commemorated weekly in Catholic practice, and 13 being the number of people present at the Last supper). According to Phillips Stevens, Jr., associate professor of anthropology at the University at Buffalo (SUNY), “There were 13 people at the table (at the Last Supper) and the 13th was Judas. The Last Supper was on a Thursday, and the next day was Friday, the day of crucifixion. When ’13’ and Friday come together, it is a double whammy.”[3]

Friday has been considered an unlucky day to undertake journeys or begin new projects at least since the 14th century, as witnessed by Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.[2]

However, folklorists maintain that there is no written evidence for a “Friday the 13th” superstition before the 19th century.[4][5][6] An early documented reference in English occurs in Henry Sutherland Edwards’ 1869 biography of Gioachino Rossini, who died on a Friday 13th:

He [Rossini] was surrounded to the last by admiring friends; and if it be true that, like so many Italians, he regarded Fridays as an unlucky day and thirteen as an unlucky number, it is remarkable that on Friday 13th of November he passed away.[7]

 

Other possible contributing factors include:

In numerology, the number twelve is considered the number of completeness, as reflected in the twelve months of the year, twelve hours of the clock day, the twelve deities of Olympus, twelve tribes of Israel, twelve Apostles of Jesus, the 12 successors of Muhammad in Shia Islam, twelve signs of the Zodiac, the 12 years of the Chinese Buddhist cycle, etc. In contrast the number thirteen is considered irregular, transgressing this completeness.

There is a superstition, thought by some to derive from the Last Supper or a Norse myth, that having thirteen people seated at a table results in the death of one of the diners.

On Friday, 13 October 1307, hundreds of the Knights Templar were arrested in France, possibly giving rise to the fear of a curse on that day. This connection between the Friday the 13th superstition and the Knights Templar was popularized in Dan Brown’s 2003 novel The Da Vinci Code and in John J. Robinson’s 1989 work Born in Blood: The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry, and also in the Maurice Druon historical novel series: “The Accursed Kings” (French: Les Rois Maudits). However, experts agree that this is a relatively recent correlation, and most likely a modern-day invention.[2][9][10]

 

By |February 13th, 2015|General, life|0 Comments

Disneyland to Launch New Parade & Firework Display for 60th Anniversary

 

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I cannot believe that Disneyland has been around for 60 years already.  If Walt Disney was alive, I think he would be quite proud of what has become of his company and the leadership of those at the helm.  This is an article that came out today from the LA Times.

The Disneyland resort in Anaheim will celebrate its 60th anniversary this year with a new parade, an upgraded fireworks show and other changes that park officials describe as “amazing.”

Disney officials unveiled details of its Diamond Celebration during a presentation Wednesday night that included a brief explosion of fireworks and a light projection show on Disneyland’s Main Street.

The new celebration is set to start at the park May 22 with no end date scheduled. “It’s really going to be amazing,” said Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

Officials said the celebration will include a new nighttime parade, inspired by the Main Street Electrical Parade, which ended at Disneyland in 1996. The new parade, dubbed “Paint the Night,” is to feature more than 1.5 million LED lights that will be in synch with the music and the lights of the costumed characters in the parade.

The park’s nighttime fireworks show will be upgraded to include light projections that will extend beyond Main Street to splash images on such attractions as the Matterhorn, It’s a Small World and Rivers of America, said Steve Davison, executive of parades and spectaculars.

The “projection mapping technology” will be used to project characters and scenes from popular Disney and Pixar films throughout the park, he said.

In addition, Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in Disneyland and the Carthay Circle Theatre in Disney’s California Adventure park will be overhauled with diamond exteriors to reflect the diamond anniversary, said John Addis, senior show director at Disneyland.

“It’s going to look sparkly,” he said. At Disney’s California Adventure, the “World of Color” light-and-water show will also be remade to use fire, water and lights to tell the history of Walt Disney and his park, officials said.

By |January 29th, 2015|Disney News and Events, life, Uncategorized|0 Comments

To Vax or not; that is the question

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In light of the recent measles outbreak in Southern California, I thought I would chime in on this topic since I happened to be one of the people visiting the area at the time. I am also a parent, and I too long ago had to once weigh the pros and cons of the vaccine debate. For me it was a matter of medical concern and not a religious belief, as autism runs in my family. This past week, Californian health officials recently warned people with unvaccinated children including babies under 1 year old, to avoid Disneyland and other crowded venues that attract people from around the world. I concur.

Both of my children are fully vaccinated. I believe in order to eliminate certain illnesses in this world, people need to be vaccinated. I also believe that to not do so is harmful to both our society and the world–this includes the elderly, those with compromised immune systems, as well as those of us who have been inoculated. However when my children were babies, I too was faced with the decision whether to vaccinate or not. In my situation, two close similar-aged female family members each have a son who is autistic. I therefore had to do some serious soul searching, as I was the last female relative having kids at the time. In making my decision, I not only wanted to do what was best for me and family, but what was best for society as a whole. This was also the time when the English doctor Andrew Wakefield released his study linking autism to the MMR vaccine. As a first time mom having children, this was not a pleasant time for me.

Within the past 16 years though, the CDC, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and many other well respected medical reporting agencies have stated they cannot find a link between vaccines and autism. The research that has been done during this time clearly states that autism is genetic. It begins in utero in the early stages of development far before a child is born into the world. I fully believe this to be true and my family’s history lends support this research. As a person and as a parent, I understand that it can be extremely difficult if not gut wrenching to see families struggle with this disorder, but to not vaccinate your children because of either autism or a possible rare side effect occurring is harmful. What you need to understand is that there is a bigger picture to consider; you cannot look at just a small portion of the painting. When you choose not to vaccinate, that is what you are doing. Andrew Wakefield by the way, was stripped of his British medical license in 2010 after his autism research had been discredited,

An illness such as the measles and polio is highly contagious and poses a real risk to everyone. Measles can linger in the air, infecting people even two hours after a sick person has left the room. Take FDR for example. It is believed he was exposed to the polio virus while visiting a Boy Scout camp. At the age of 39, this vibrant man was left paralyzed from the waist down. As we saw in Disneyland, people who are both unvaccinated as well as those who are inoculated are at risk. One of things that I love about Disneyland is that it attracts people of all ages. It’s not just people that are young with small children going there. I was blown away how many elderly people I saw this time around. I am talking people in their 70’s and 80’s zipping around in their wheel chairs. It is the elderly, the ill and the young who have the most susceptible immune systems. The reality is vaccines have turned many childhood diseases into distant memories in industrialized countries. However, questions have been raised about the safety of some vaccines because of rare but serious adverse effects that have sometimes been attributed to them. As mentioned, no substantial evidence links measles-mumps-rubella vaccine to autism. The same is true for the hepatitis B vaccine to multiple sclerosis. Thimerosal is also being eliminated from routine childhood vaccines because of concerns that multiple immunizations with vaccines containing this preservative could exceed recommended mercury exposures

I know it is also hard when you have celebrities in the news like Jenny McCarthy, Bill Maher and Katie Couric taking an outspoken stance on vaccines. The thing that you need to remember there is that they are not part of the medical community. I know it’s easier for us to want to put the blame on something, but you cannot deny the genetics. Does that mean environment does not play a role? No. Does it mean that there are not going to be rare, unusual side effects? No. If you feel that strongly about vaccines, then delay and space them out. That’s what I chose to do with my younger daughter. A newborn’s immune system takes between 6 months to one year to kick in. Breastfeeding your child during this time is extremely important. I also believe in using organic and natural foods.  Stay at home with your child or hire a nanny if you can’t. The key though is to vaccinate your child before they begin school, and to not take them to large, crowded places such as airports and Disneyland while they are unprotected. I waited until my youngest was about two and a half before I started the vaccination process and spaced them out.  I also did all of the above. A California High School has now barred dozens of non-vaccinated students from school on Wednesday over concern that a classmate may have contracted measles in a rare outbreak that began last month. The order, which affects 66 students at Palm Desert High School near the resort community of Palm Springs, marks at least the second time a California school has prohibited non-vaccinated students from classes since the outbreak began. More than 90 people have been diagnosed with measles in California and nearby states since an infected person, likely from out of the country, visited the Disneyland resort in Anaheim between Dec. 15 and Dec. 20. This is very sad since in 2000 it was declared that measles was eliminated from the United States.

By |January 27th, 2015|General, life|0 Comments

Disney, You Truly are the Best!

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My family and I visited Disneyland over the Christmas holiday for my older daughter’s birthday.  I was warned beforehand about the overwhelming number of people that would be there, but we still opted to go because it was the only time we could go do so.  Having been to Disneyland many times before, they never ever cease to amaze me about how well they are dialed in.  The Disney Corporation does not post daily attendance figures, but the maximum amount is 85,000 people and that is in addition to 10,000 cast members working there.  In reading an online article this week, both Disneyland and Disney World had to close their doors at 2pm on Christmas day due to reaching their maximum capacity.  I was there several days before Christmas and at the time I had heard the attendance was about 68,000.  That is not only a whole lot of people, but having to happily serve them, deliver an incredible product and experience, while managing your property at the same time is not only overwhelming but mind blowing.  Way to go Disney because you do it so well!

At one point while standing in line for the Indiana Jone’s ride, my husband began questioning the way the stanchions were being routed before I snapped back at him with a pointed finger, “Do not question the mouse!” It’s so true!  Disneyland is open 24/7 roughly from about 7am-midnight.  With the amount of hours they are open and the amount of people visiting, the place is always clean!!!!  You will never see an overflowing trash can because they are always emptied and polished clean.  The same thing goes for the bathrooms. The bathrooms are always spotless and fully stocked.  Emergency staff and security is always nearby. Guests that are visiting for the most part do behave.  With the exception of some loud frat boys, no one that we saw was out of line. Rides that do break down are usually fixed within a reasonable amount of time.  Service staff is always polite, very helpful and fabulously dressed of course.  People in wheel chairs and those needing assistance are are helped carefully and efficiently.  And I have to add that the wait times for rides are pretty accurate and reasonable considering the volume of people.

Not bad for a place that was predicted to fail!  When Disneyland opened its doors in 1955, opening day was such a disaster that pretty much every press organization that attended the celebration had predicted the park’s failure within one year. It opened on a day that was 101 degrees and the street asphalt still wasn’t dry, leading to it sticking to shoes. By the end of the first day, all but 2 of the 48 Autopia cars were crashed and about half the rides were broken. Fast forward 60 years, and The Happiest Place on Earth is completely dialed in and has been for many years.  As a consumer and a business owner, how great would it be if every business operated the Disney
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By |January 3rd, 2015|Disney News and Events, General, Holidays, life, Organization|0 Comments

Happy Birthday Walt Disney!

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If a magical genie was able to grant you a wish to meet one person from the past (non biblical/prophet), who would you choose? For me, that person hand’s down would be Walt Disney.   Mr Disney’s love of life, people, and family– his creativity, imagination, and work ethic, all inspire me on a daily basis to do the same. Today marks the 113th anniversary of his birthday!  Born in 1901 in Chicago, Walt Disney in my book is America’s most iconic filmmaker. Sadly, he passed away far too prematurely at the age of 65 due to lung cancer in 1966 before I was even born. And even though he no longer lives, his legacy and star shines bright in the form of the highly successful Walt Disney Company in which he left for all of us to enjoy.

In celebration of his life, here are some of my favorite Disney quotes.
1. “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”
2. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
3. “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”
4. “You can dream, create, design and build the most wonderful place in the world – but it requires people to make the dream a reality.”
5. “All the adversity that I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and my obstacles have strengthened me. You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”
6. “Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever”
7. “When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.”
8. “I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along without it.”
9. “When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.”
10. “The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.”
11. “If you can dream it, you can do it. This whole thing started with a dream and a mouse.”
12. Why worry? If you’ve done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it better.
13. Whatever you do, do it well
14. That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up.
I5. I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along without it.
16. Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.
17. First I think, second I believe, third dream and finally dare.
18. I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic to know that life is a complex matter.
19. Faith is the most important thing. If you believe in something believe it til the end unequivocally
20. Many of the things that seem impossible now will become realities tomorrow
21.The difference in winning and losing most often is not quitting.
22. Disneyland is the result of love. We did not go into DL to make money

By |December 5th, 2014|Disney News and Events, General, life|0 Comments

Why do Hackers Hack?

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Some of you may have noticed that we have turned the comments portion on our blog off.  This will remain off temporarily because someone has been inundating us with spam comments.  We have also had our fair share of someone trying to disrupt our site for their own use.  I don’t know about you, but every time I turn around, another large company has been breached by hackers– 6 months back Target stores were breached, JP Morgan and more recently Home Depot.  It is so completely frustrating and alarming, because as consumers we are constantly having to cancel credit cards and change our passwords in hopes that no one steals our personal information.  This leads me to ask, why?  There are four reasons I can tell you why people hack.  I will also share how we can prevent this from happening .

Hacking to Steal:

One of the main reasons that people hack a system is to steal information or money. A large portion of hacking attempts fall into this category. Banks and large companies are common targets for hacking jobs, but sometimes smaller companies or even a specific person’s computer are targeted, as well.

Hacking for Fun:

Some hackers make attempts on computers, servers or network systems just for their personal gratification. Others may feel that they need to prove something to their peers or friends, and hack something only for the challenge.

Hacking to Use:

They want to use your computer. They will use your computer like an internet relay chat so they can discuss openly things they do not want to discuss on their own servers. They store illicit material (pornography, pirated music, pirated software etc.) on your computer so this illegal activity does not lead to their own computer.

Hacking to Disrupt:

There are also some hackers, including hacking groups; that target a company for in order to disrupt business, create chaos and just be a nuisance. These groups often be trying to make a statement with their hacking, demonstrate security inadequacies, or to show general disapproval for the business itself. Examples of hacking groups that made headlines are Anonymous and LulzSec.

So now that you know why people hack, here is some additional information to consider.

What are hackers?

Hackers are people who try to gain unauthorised access to your computer. This is normally done through the use of a ‘backdoor’ program installed on your machine.  You can protect yourself from these by using a firewall and a good up-to-date anti-virus program. You would normally get such a backdoor program by opening an E-mail attachment containing the backdoor program. It is normal for such a backdoor program to send out more copies of itself to everyone in your address book, so it is possible for someone you know to unintentionally send you a malicious program. A few backdoor programs can work with any e-mail program by sitting in memory and watching for a connection to a mail server, rather than actually running from within a specific mail program. These programs automatically attach themselves to any e-mail you send, causing you to unintentionally send out malicious programs to your friends and associates.

What damage can a hacker do?

This depends upon what backdoor program(s) are hiding on your PC. Different programs can do different amounts of damage. However, most allow a hacker to smuggle another program onto your PC. This means that if a hacker can’t do something using the backdoor program, he can easily put something else onto your computer that can. Hackers can see everything you are doing, and can access any file on your disk. Hackers can write new files, delete files, edit files, and do practically anything to a file that could be done to a file. A hacker could install several programs on to your system without your knowledge. Such programs could also be used to steal personal information such as passwords and credit card information. Some backdoor programs even allow a hacker to listen in on your conversations using your computer’s microphone if one is attached!

The first step that your criminal hackers undertake is to find known or common weakness in the various website platforms. Popular platforms that are regularly under attack are WordPress, Joomla, Magento, osCommerce, and Zen Cart. These platforms are popular with hackers because they are popular with masses who are attracted to their open-source nature and the fact that they are free. Hackers will obviously be able to attack and reach more computer systems the more popular the platform.

Advice on Protecting your PC:

A skilled hacker will do whatever it takes to break into your computer. Just ask Microsoft. Even a giant software company is not completely safe. The company was hacked by a Trojan-horse program hidden inside an innocent-looking email attachment. The Trojan horse replicated itself throughout Microsoft’s internal network and eventually emailed proprietary secrets back to the originator of the Trojan horse. Follow these six steps to protect your computer from being hacked:
* Don’t let other people onto your computer unless you really trust them. A great way to do this is to password-protect your computer.
* Don’t ever open attachments. Avoid Trojan horses and viruses by following this rule. For more information, go here.
* Turn off file sharing if you don’t need it. If a port scan is done on your computer, a hacker may find a back door to your machine and access your files.
* Use an antivirus program and keep it up to date. For more information, go here.
* If you have a constant Internet connection, use a firewall. For more information, go here.
* Routinely update Windows software. This is extremely important. Updates fix many bugs and known security holes within the Windows operating system.

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How do I know if a site is secure?

Internet security is a matter of great concern for internet users. It is important to know if a website is secure or not while surfing the internet. A secure website creates a safe connection between the website and the web browser so that entered data, such as personal information, credit card details, banking information, etc, is not accessible to unauthorized entities. When the browser opens a secured connection, “https” can be seen in the URL instead of just http. To know if a website is secure or not, look for the locked yellow colored padlock symbol on the lower right corner of the browser window.

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There are two general indications of a secured web page:
1) Check the web page URL
Normally, when browsing the web, the URLs (web page addresses) begin with the letters “http”. However, over a secure connection the address displayed should begin with “https” – note the “s” at the end.
Try it! – Visit our home page (http://www.ssl.com). Note the URL begins with the “http” meaning this page is not secure. Click the link in the upper-right hand corner to “Log in”. Notice the change in the URL? It now begins with “https”, meaning the user name and password typed in will be encrypted before sent to our server.
2) Check for the “Lock” icon
There is a de facto standard among web browsers to display a “lock” icon somewhere in the window of the browser (NOT in the web page display area!) For example, Microsoft Internet Explorer displays the lock icon in the lower-right of the browser window:
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As another example, Mozilla’s FireFox Web Browser displays the lock icon in the lower-left corner:
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THE LOCK ICON IS NOT JUST A PICTURE! Click (or double-click) on it to see details of the site’s security. This is important to know because some fraudulent web sites are built with a bar at the bottom of the web page to imitate the lock icon of your browser! Therefore it is necessary to test the functionality built into this lock icon. Furthermore, it is very important to KNOW YOUR BROWSER! Check your browser’s help file or contact the makers of your browser software if you are unsure how to use this functionality.
Try it! – Visit our home page (http://www.ssl.com). Click the link to “Log in” to initiate a secure session. Note the lock icon display in YOUR browser. Click the icon, or double-click (varies by browser), and examine the security information displayed about the web site. If there is no display at the bottom of your browser try clicking “View” in the main menu and make sure “Status Bar” is checked.
Other Indicators of a Secured Web Page
Many SSL Certificate vendors (Verisign, GeoTrust, SSL.com, etc.) also provide a “site seal” to the owners of these web sites. Common characteristics of these site seals include:
High Visibility – Online merchants want you to see these site seals. They want you to know they have made every effort to make their site a safe shopping experience. Therefore, the site seal is usually located where you, the customer, can easily see it.
Difficult to Duplicate – The site seals are designed to be difficult for thieves and scammers to duplicate. Many times the site seal will have a date and time stamp on it.
Verification Functionality – The site seal should have some functionality whether by clicking on the seal or by hovering your mouse over the seal. The functionality should display detailed information about the web site you are visiting.
These site seals should not necessarily be trusted on their own, but should serve as a reminder to “investigate further”…
1) Check for that “https” in the prefix of the web page address.
2) Click on that “lock icon” in the status bar of your browser.
If everything looks good, the company or individual(s) running that web site have provided you with a safe means of communicating your sensitive information. The web page is “secure”.
Browse Safely!

By |October 26th, 2014|General, life|0 Comments

Let it Go

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 I really can’t help but use the phrase, “Let it Go” right now.  Today we had to cancel  several of our large Halloween events throughout the Northern CA region that we spent a lot of time preparing for, due to the rain.  Although it was very sad and disappointing to have to do that, Jennifer and I kept our emotions in check and dealt accordingly with what needed to be done.  This of course got me to thinking.  As people, how do you react when life throws a curve ball?  For me personally, when I was a bit younger and my children were small, I didn’t always take unexpected challenges in stride.  I really hate having to admit that, but it’s the truth.  I can vividly remember certain challenging situations happening, and I found myself becoming somewhat emotionally charged over them–okay, very emotionally charged.  And there was my husband right beside me telling me to calm down; thank God for that!  The reason that I say that is because these were not serious life and death issues–no one was hurt in the process, it was simply a matter of my having high expectations and wanting what I wanted.  As I’ve gotten older though and I have grown as a parent, a business owner and a person, very little phases me now.  I totally understand that “life happens” and “it is what it is”.  As people, we can either spend our much needed time and energy worrying, being sad or complaining about something that we have no control over, or we can accept the situation at hand, deal with it as best as possible and then move on from it.   I promise, the faster we let go of something the faster we will pass through the situation. So as I have learned to tell my kids, “if life hands you a bunch of lemons, make some lemonade out of it! ” For you adults, I suggest vodka and tonic.

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By |October 25th, 2014|life|Comments Off on Let it Go

Your Guide for Halloween Events in Roseville, Rocklin & Lincoln

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Top Kid-Friendly Halloween Events for Placer County & Sacramento County from Macaroni Kid Blog

We wish you a safe, extraordinarily fun time celebrating Halloween all month long with your family.

Beginning this week, we will be continuously updating our home page with dozens of LOCAL, KID-FRIENDLY HALLOWEEN EVENTS in Placer County and Sacramento County. Events range from library activities, crafts at local stores, Halloween parties and carnivals, trunk-or-treat events and more! Be sure to scour every section of our home page each week (the ‘plan ahead’ section is packed with Spooktacular ideas).

Here are 15 upcoming Halloween events that we’d like to highlight (by date). More detail is provided on the home page about each of these events:
Callson Manor Haunted House – October 3rd – November 1st in Roseville
Looking for a good scream this Halloween? Callson Manor, a haunted house theme park at the Placer County Fairgrounds, is the place for you!

Address: Placer County Fairgrounds, 800 All America City Blvd., Roseville, CA 95678

‘Family Fest’ – October 11th from 11 – 2 PM at Vernon Street Town Square in Roseville
The event features a kid’s zone, truck exploration area, food trucks and kid-friendly vendors who will update you on the latest about local family services!

Lantern Tours at Sacramento Historic City Cemetery – October 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th
Sign-up in advance for a lantern tour at night through Sacramento’s oldest cemetery, which was built in 1849. This guided tour will take you through a bit of Sacramento’s history, if you can pay attention to the details while ducking under spider webs…ah ha ha!

Address: 1000 Broadway, Sacramento, CA
Friday Flicks (The Haunted House Movie) – October 17th at 7:30 PM – Vernon Street Town Square in Roseville
The Haunted Mansion will be playing on the giant outdoor screen to help get into the Halloween spirit. The movie starts at 7:30 PM at the Vernon Street Town Square in Roseville.

Sacramento Children Museum’s ‘Monster Bash’ – October 18th from 6 – 8 PM
Travel through a haunted hallway, dance to live DJ monster music, participate in a costume parade and snack on refreshments. Tickets go fast!

Address: 2701 Prospect Park Drive, Suite 120, Sacramento, CA

2014 Placer Grown Harvest Festival – October 18th and 19th
The festival will feature family-friendly games, a scarecrow contest, live music and food trucks.

Hours: Saturday from 11 AM – 6 PM and Sunday from 10 AM – 4 PM.
Address: Johnson-Springview Park, Rocklin, CA

Halloween Carnival at Tiny Tumblers – October 24th from 4 – 8 PM
Meet Elsa, Trunk-or-Treat, have fun in a bounce house, play at the Open Gym, participate in a costume parade and MORE! As one of my favorite place for children, you’ve got to read more about the event here.

Address: Tiny Tumblers, 6015 Fairway Dr., Rocklin, CA

Safe & Super Halloween at Fairytale Town – October 24th – 26th from 5 – 9 PM
Experience a unique way to trick-or-treat at Fairy Town.

Address: Fairy Tale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento, CA

Folsom’s Night of 1,000 Pumpkins – October 24th at 5 PM

On this night, the city lights up 1,000 carved pumpkins, which line the historic Sutter Street. Bring your children in costume to trick-or-treat. Please note: Bring a carved pumpkin to the event in order to be admitted.

Address: Historic Folsom – Sutter Street, Folsom, CA

Rocklin’s ‘Family Halloween Festival’ – October 25th from 10 – 2 PM
Rocklin hosts a wonderful and FREE event for the community. Children will be able to trick-or-treat at dozens of vendor stations, take hayrides between 11 – 2 PM & participate in a costume parade at noon. There will also be live entertainment on the stage all day.

Address: Johnson-Springview Park, 5460 5th Street, Rocklin, CA 95677

Halloween fun at the Roseville Utility Exploration Center – October 25th from 10 – 2 PM
At this SPOOKTacular event, children will meet Roseville Electric Utility’s Count Watts, carve pumpkins, play Halloween games and make crafts.

Address: Roseville Utility Exploration Center, 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville, CA

Floating Pumpkin Patch – October 25th from 1 PM – 4 PM at the Mike Shellito Indoor Pool in Roseville
If you’re looking to celebrate Halloween in an original way, take your kids for a dunk in the Mike Shellito Indoor Pool to pick a floating pumpkin. You must pre-register by 10/20 in order to reserve a spot.

Address: Mike Shellito Indoor Pool, 10210 Fairway Drive, Roseville, CA

Wee Halloween at Crocker Art Museum – October 29th from 10 AM – 1 PM in Sacramento

Children under 5 years of age will have a grand time at the Crocker Art Museum as Halloween approaches by decorating treat bags and participating in a guided walk through some of the exhibits to gather treats. Dress in costume! You must register in advance.

Address: 216 O Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Boo at the Zoo – October 30th and 31st from 5 – 8 PM at the Sacramento Zoo
Boo at the Zoo is back! For this event, the front section of the zoo is opened at night, and your children can have an enjoyable time trick-or-treating between 25 different candy stations. Kids will also have a blast seeing the magic shows and participating in a costume party dance. The Spooky Train and Creepy Carousel will also be available at an additional charge. Best suited for children 10 years of age and younger.

Address: Land Park Drive & 16th Ave, Sacramento, CA 95822

Adventure Church’s Annual ‘Trunk-or-Treat’ event – October 31st Time is TBD.
This year’s ‘Trunk-or-Treat’ event is sure to be the best EVER!! You’ll have a blast going from car trunk to car trunk to trick-or-treat. Enjoy carnival rides, train rides & bouncy houses. As the event draws closer, we will update the details.

Address: 6401 Stanford Ranch Road, Roseville, CA 95678

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Best Pumpkin Patches for Kids Near Roseville, Rocklin & Lincoln

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Here in Northern California it’s still way too hot, but I am determined to enjoy the month of October and all of the events that take place.  Last week I took my children to a pumpkin patch in Petaluma and they had the best time.  They were able to milk a cow, pet the baby calves, go through a maze, play in a corn sandbox and eat some farm-made pumpkin ice cream!  Here’s a list of farms in the Roseville, Rocklin and Loomis if you live out that way.

Below is this year’s Macaroni Kid Roseville-Rocklin-Lincoln guide to the BEST Pumpkin Patches nearby! These patches will leave you with a memorable experience. Check back in frequently because we’ll be adding more pumpkin patches.

And, be sure to check out our GUIDE TO THE BEST KID-FRIENDLY HALLOWEEN EVENTS IN ROSEVILLE, ROCKLIN & LINCOLN, which will be published in next week’s newsletter!

Best Pumpkin Patches in Placer County, Sacramento County and El Dorado County:

‘The Flower Farm’ in Loomis, CA – Pumpkin picking starts mid-October

Not only is this place super cute for little kids, but it’s AWESOME for parents who love a bit of beauty while sipping wine. Let your kids run wild in this small, country pumpkin patch and then meander over to Le Casque Winery, which is on the same property, for a wine tasting. Or, fill your belly with a small meal or coffee at the Flower Farm Café, which is also on the grounds. The Flower Farm sits on a beautiful piece of land in Loomis. This patch won’t give you the petting zoos, corn mazes or face painting experiences, but it will soothe your soul.

Address: 9280 Horseshoe Bar Road, Loomis, CA. 95650

Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm in Wheatland, CA – Sept. 20th through November 2nd

If you haven’t been there yet, you’ll need to take the drive to Bishop’s Pumpkin Patch at least once to experience the Halloween craze as you’ve never experienced it before. This is a traditional pumpkin patch on mega vitamins and your kids will LOVE it!! As with many patches, your child will be able to pick from a variety of sizes in an extensive and scenic pumpkin field. But unlike others, you can take a hay ride out to one of the pumpkin fields for a more entertaining hunt that’s worth the ride. This farm also has pumpkins that are bigger than small children. It’s amazing. In addition to the pumpkins, the farm offers fun pony rides with cute photo opportunities, a cool miniature train ride around the property, yummy food from a food stand that looks like a barn, a corn maze, sunflower maze slides and much more! It’s worth the drive and your children will never want to leave. This may become a family tradition.

Address: 1415 Pumpkin Lane, Wheatland, CA 95692

Horton Iris Garden in Loomis, Ca – Open Weekends in October from 9 – 5 PM

During the weekends in October, this quaint iris garden and farm is open to the general public for pumpkin picking. It’s set in the middle of Loomis in nature, and will bring you back to the days when picking pumpkins outdoors was simple, but still fun. Chickens and goats run around the farm, which are sure to be a hit with your kids.

Address: 7440 King Road, Loomis, ca 95650

For more information visit: http://www.hortonirisgarden.com/events/

Fog Willow Farms in Wilton, CA– October 1st – October 31st

This charming pumpkin farm is only open to the general public during October. It offers hundreds of pumpkins to pick from in a patch, pony rides, hay rides, a petting zoo, a picnic area with shade and a shack that sells sweet treats such as pies, fudge and candy. There are said to be over 100 farm animals at Fog Willow Farms, which makes this a great excursion for children. And last but not least, Fog Willow Farms has opened a new experience for families – mining! This pumpkin farm is a short drive from Old Town Elk Grove.

Address: Fog Willow Farms, 11011 Cecatra Drive, Wilton CA 95693

Poppy Lane Christmas Tree Farm and Pumpkin Patch in Auburn, CA

This pumpkin patch, located in Auburn, CA, will bring an hour or two of fun to your children and family. You can pick pumpkins from a traditional pumpkin patch and then play in the bounce houses, take a tractor ride, be a cowgirl or cowboy on a pony ride (available on weekends only) and jump over haystacks.

Address: 12110 Poppy Lane, Auburn, CA 95602

For more information visit: http://www.poppylanechristmasfarm.com/pumpkin_patch_services

Impossible Acres in Davis, CA – October 1st – October 31st

Impossible Acres is an actual farm that grows produce and sells to local stores. During October, the small family-owned farm opens its grounds to invite locals to pick pumpkins. The pumpkin patch is located by ‘Grandpa’s Barn,’ and while finding the right pumpkin, you’ll get a view of the expansive farm land for miles. If you’re looking for a more quiet experience, and you’ll be out near Davis anyways, this may be a good pick.

Address: Grandpa’s Barn is located on the corner of Road 31 and Road 98 in Davis, CA.

For more information and pictures visit: http://www.impossibleacres.com/index.php?pg=home
The Pumpkin Farm, Citrus Heights – October 3rd – October 31st

This nearby pumpkin farm in Citrus Heights offers a variety of activities for kids including a haunted barn, corn maze, farm zoo, train and a HUGE pumpkin patch! It’s a family favorite and if you’re looking for one just a short drive away, this is the place for you.

Address: 7736 Old Auburn Rd., Citrus Heights, CA 95610

Pick from one of Apple Hill Farm’s pumpkin patches – October 1 – October 31st

Going out to Apple Hill to pick apples and pumpkins during the Fall is a family tradition for many in the area, and its breathtaking views are worth the drive. This stretch of land called Apple Hill Farms winds between forest-covered hills and will make you feel like you’ve escaped to nature. Apple Hills offers a number of different farms to choose from (make sure you research and choose one that grows pumpkins and lets you pick them). If you do decide to make this a tradition, start early, as traffic can be grisly in the hills during the Fall, when everyone wants to escape to the foothills and Sierras for a day trip. This is a must-do at least once! Following is a link to the main website, where you can find information which farms offer pumpkin picking: http://www.applehill.com/apple-hill-growers/pumpkins/

Address: There are dozens of farms in ‘Apple Hill’ in Camino and El Dorado County. Check with each specific farm for directions.

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