Road Trip Tips and Essentials

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It’s summertime and you know what that means… vacations and road trips! Our family loves a good road trip. Whether it’s some place in our state we want to explore or a cross country trip, bring it on. We love to travel and most of the time we find it easiest to jump in the car and travel that way. Since we do it so often, we have a routine down… a system that works for us and that I thought I would share with you. Though I am no expert, I am full of wanderlust at heart and we travel often, so here are my road trip tips and essentials. This is focused more on road trips and travel with kids, but take whatever info you find helpful.

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  • If you are taking your own vehicle, be sure to have the tires aired up and checked, fluids topped off, and an oil change if necessary.
  • Make your kid(s) a road trip kit complete with a road map, road trip seek & find/BINGO (printables all over Pinterest), book(s), coloring books and twistable crayons (they don’t melt as easily and you avoid paper wrappers and sharpening), Mad Libs, small pillow, and a Kindle or iPad with headphones (loaded with new games, books, music, movies).
  • Download a gas station app so that you can find the best priced gas along the way as well as the nearest gas stations along your journey.
  • Pack easily accessible snacks and drinks. I utilize baggies and plastic containers to the max. I also love personal coolers because they are nice and compact and there’s a flat top to use as a table top in the car.

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  • Utilize rest stops for bathroom breaks and to stretch your legs (and the kids’). Sometimes I’ll have my daughter do a few jumping jacks, sprints, and yoga stretches to get some of the jitters out. It’s fun with the adults participate too!
  • Bring quarters for the kids. We reward good road trip behavior with quarters. Then at rest stops they can be used to purchase a treat or in the quarter machines that have stickers and tiny trinkets.
  • Bring a camera or a phone with lots of empty space for pictures along the way. Don’t be afraid to pull off the road (safely and in the designated areas of course) to take pictures and explore. I love looking back on our family travel photos.
  • Have a road trip play list ready to go. Have all of your family’s favorite songs ready for their listening pleasure. (This can even include audio books!)
  • Research ahead of time! Plot out and find cool and interesting places to stop along the way. This can be natural features, museums, parks, monuments, hikes, visitor centers, thrift and antique stores, farmer’s markets and festivals, historical places, restaurants, etc. Explore!
  • If you’ve done a lot of driving, be sure to check those tires and fluids in the car before you hit the road back home.

And don’t forget to refill those coolers with snacks and drinks for on the way back home! I hope you found my road trip tips helpful.

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This personal cooler is one of my road trip essentials we’ve been bringing on our most recent adventures and I love it (so does my daughter)! It fits my Diet Coke cans nicely as well as my daughter’s road trip snack baggies and water bottle (we refill it with a jug when needed) while keeping everything nice and cool. It’s not too big and bulky, so it fits well in the back seat or on the floor of the car. The flat top lid makes a great surface for snack eating or even coloring pictures.

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I am also loving the new Diet Coke cans with the fun song lyrics on them and felt inspired to add some lyrics to our little cooler. Isn’t it cute?! It’s super easy to do and only took me a few minutes.

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I used my Silhouette Cameo to design and cut a vinyl sticker for the front of the cooler. I used lyrics off of one of the Diet Coke cans I was drinking… because I couldn’t get the song out of my head and I thought it would be clever on a cooler that holds our snacks and drinks. Plus, music is a big part of our road trips, as we are often singing loudly together in the car. No shame here! We love music!

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Head over to your nearest Sam’s Club for Coca-Cola and Diet Coke  and get yourself road trip ready while you sing your favorite song lyrics right off the cans.

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Do you have any road trip tips? I’d love to hear where your family is adventuring to this summer!

Camping at Lake Pleasant, Arizona

Hello there friends! Now that it’s summertime, I’m sure most of you are ready to get out and explore our lovely state. Typically families plan their trips and vacations in the summer due to kids being out of school. So I thought I would share some of our favorite things to do as a family around our home state. We love being outdoors and near water, so Camping at Lake Pleasant, Arizona, is a must on our summer bucketlist.

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There are a few options to pick from when planning your camping trips at your local and state lakes. Though many families go for the corporate owned facilities, we LOVE camping at our state and regional parks. And there are plenty of reasons why, which I will get to shortly.

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Lake Pleasant, Arizona, is located only 35 miles from Phoenix and is the biggest lake in the area with over 10,000 acres of water surface. It’s the perfect place for boating, water skiing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, and more. It’s the perfect place for family fun and of course it’s pet friendly as well. Just keep those pets on a leash and be sure to clean up after them. 

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Lake Pleasant has 2 marinas, a restaurant, and a few options for camping. Our personal favorite is Desert Tortoise Campground. This campground is right on the water and has options for RV hook ups as well. The above photo is our view from our favorite spot.

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If you’re lucky enough, you may see a Bald Eagle or two fly overhead or even a pack of wild burros while staying at the lake. The beautiful sunsets are a backdrop to the wildlife and saguaro cacti that surround the lake. It’s really a great place to hang.

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Two of our favorite things to do when camping are to go on nature walks and cook over the campfire, both of which can be done at Lake Pleasant. Sometimes when the sun goes down, it’s even chilly enough for a light jacket.

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The next time you consider camping, check out Lake Pleasant and the state/regional campsites. The campsites and bathrooms are very clean, you are right near the water, and the view is unbeatable. Plus, the price of the site is extremely affordable and the money you spend goes back into keeping our state and regional parks clean and well kept.

 

 

Hiking Fossil Creek, Arizona

Over the last few years, I have really come to appreciate and love where I live. Born and raised in Arizona, I grew up thinking the desert was ugly and dirty and that no beauty could be found here. So happy to say that I was dead wrong. The more I get out in nature and explore the state I live in, the more I come to love it. One of my favorite things to do is explore new places… especially out in nature or near water. So when I heard about Fossil Creek, I knew that I had to check it out and after about three years, I finally made the time to get there. I also did a little bit of research on it, so I figured I’d share the knowledge with all of you, as I highly recommend this place jumping to the top of your bucketlist. Here are some great things to know about hiking Fossil Creek, Arizona, and I even included a few helpful tips.

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Fossil Creek is located near Strawberry and Camp Verde, Arizona. The 14 mile creek’s water is calcium rich, laying down large deposits of travertine and encasing whatever falls into the stream. Hence forming fossil like creations, which is where the name Fossil Creek comes from. Kind of cool, right? Tons of plants and animals depend on this creek, including past Western Apache who still consider Fossil Creek part of their homeland. 

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Fossil Creek does require a day permit which you can get HERE and you should definitely get it ahead of time (print it out and bring it with you!). There’s also a very bumpy 14ish mile dirt road all the way back to the permitted parking. I highly recommend a truck, SUV, jeep, or something similar for this part. It can be done in a car or van, but know that it will take you a lot longer to get back to the parking. 

Because we were hiking with kids, we decided to try out Waterfall Trail which is a non strenuous hike to the falls. It’s about one mile in and one mile out and absolutely gorgeous the entire way.

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We hiked through greenery and along the creek, listening to the water and the wildlife sounds. It was absolutely peaceful and beautiful. The kids loved collecting leaves and rocks and walking sticks along the way. There were even a few cool bridges to cross over, which is always a hit with kids.

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I recommend packing lots of snacks or a lunch in as well as water (we took our Camelbacks). There are plenty of places to have a picnic. You do need to pack all of your trash out, so keep that in mind as there are no trash cans. Let’s be conscience of keeping this beautiful place clean so we can visit it for years to come.

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After you hike in for about a mile… that’s when you see it. And it is breathtaking, y’all!

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The falls are surrounded by trees and a swimming hole and caverns to explore. We watched a few people jump from the falls into the swimming hole, which the kids thought was super exciting. The kids also spotted fish in the stream and even some tadpoles… it made for a super fun nature journal entry.

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Be sure to bring a towel and shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. The kids wore their bathing suits under their clothes and that worked out well. You should also bring a camera or your phone for picture taking… trust me when I say that you will want to take pictures.

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I would consider a trip to Fossil Creek a day trip, as it takes some time getting there, finding parking, hiking in, eating lunch, playing in the water, exploring, hiking back out, and driving home. I also highly recommend going during the week, as the weekend are CRAZY busy and often times people are turned away due to the parking being too full. I’m hoping that with the permits, less of that will happen.

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We had the BEST day at Fossil Creek hiking Waterfall Trail. Out of all the places I’ve hiked and explored in Arizona, I would say this is one of my top favorites to date and one that I would recommend to everyone. So, put it on your summer bucketlist and get out there and explore, my friends!

Have you been to Fossil Creek yet? If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment and I will answer as best I can.

One Day Trip to NYC On a Budget

A few weeks ago my family went on an unexpected road trip from west coast to east coast. It was a first for my daughter and I and we were thrilled! While we primarily stayed in Connecticut once there, we planned a day in the big apple. I have wanted to visit New York since I was a little girl… how could I miss this opportunity when we were that close to putting a check mark on my bucketlist! So we planned a One Day Trip to NYC On a Budget.

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New York City is huge… there is a ton to see and a ton to do. There’s no possible way you can do it all in one day. But if one day is all you have, I have some tips that might help you plan your trip without breaking your bank.

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1. Plan to take a bus, subway, or even taxi.

Parking in NYC is crazy expensive. And the traffic and toll roads aren’t my favorite things either. It eats up a lot of time and a lot of money. So I highly recommend taking the train into the city. Tickets are cheaper during off peak hours, so you can try to plan your day trip around those times as well. The subway will take you across the city and taxis are always available.

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2. Make a NYC wishlist/bucketlist.

First, my family and I made a list of all the things we wanted to do in NYC while we were there. We knew making the list that we wouldn’t be able to do it all, but with strategic planning, we’d be able to knock several awesome sights off the wishlist.

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3. Map out your day trip.

Once our list was made, we pulled up Google maps and mapped out different sights from our list to see how close things were to once another. From there we checked prices and availability of things to determine what we could fit into the day and within our budget. We were able to do knock 9 things off of our wishlist and we did it for a family of 4 for under $200 (including transportation, food, sights). Don’t forget to plan for food and for walking time between different places.

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Other tips:

  • check the weather before you go and dress accordingly
  • bring a phone charger…there are plugs on the train!
  • pack snacks and water bottles in a backpack
  • bring a camera for good picture taking
  • an umbrella stroller is a good idea for little ones

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What we did on our day trip to NYC:

  • train ride into the city
  • subway to Central Park
  • walk Central Park and play on the playgrounds
  • Times Square
  • Pizza at Bella Vita Brick Oven Pizza
  • Carnegie Hall
  • Rockefeller Center at night lit up for Christmas
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Empire State Building (from a distance)
  • lots of walking and lots of picture taking

 

Have you been to New York City? What were your favorite places to visit?

5 Ways to Keep Kids Busy in Long Disneyland Lines

Hello friends!

If you follow along with Mine for the Making on social media (icons at the top of this page), then you know we sold our home a couple of months ago, down sized a ton, bought an RV and are currently living and traveling in it while we buy land and build our next home. We are loving the RV lifestyle so far and have enjoyed lots of trips together as a family. This Christmas we decided to take a trip to California for a family adventure in the RV and while we were there, we visited one of our most favorite places… Disneyland.

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Typically we like to go to Disneyland during off peak times to avoid the large crowds and long lines, but this year we decided to bite the bullet and experience the Disney magic at Christmastime. Though the lines were long, we made the most out of it! I wanted to share 5 ways to keep kids busy in long Disneyland lines, because I am certain many of you have found yourselves in that situation.

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1.Family App Games

There are lots apps you can play with while in line at Disneyland, but we like to play the games that get our entire family (or at least all of the kids) involved. Here are a few that we really enjoy… feel free to leave a comment with your favorite family app games too!

  • Heads Up
  • Scrabble
  • Ellen’s Know or Go
  • Ultimate Movie Trivia: Disney Edition
  • Charades! Kids

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2. Bring Snacks

Believe it or not, snacks can take up a good portion of the wait time in lines. We bring our own snacks in a backpack, but we also like to indulge on Disneyland treats too. My daughter always goes for a churro and I always go for a Dol Whip! What’s your favorite Disneyland treat to take in line while you wait for a ride?

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3. Disneyland Mapping

While you are waiting in line, it’s a great idea to check your Disneyland map and decide on the next couple of rides you and the kids want to go on. This is a great way to get to know the park, organize your time, pick out which characters you want to visit, and teach your kids about reading maps. We utilize this time to find the nearest bathrooms, treats we want to try, and a place to meet at if anyone gets lost.

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4. Counting Mickeys

This is one of our favorite games to play in line at Disneyland, and surprisingly it never gets old. We play “Counting Mickeys” and it’s so fun! You and the kids try to ‘spy’ as many Mickeys as you can while waiting in line. They can be on the decor, on peoples’ clothing, Mickey shaped food… as long as it’s a Mickey, it counts! It’s funny because the longer the line the more time you have to find Mickeys and this seems to be what the kids focus on rather than the ‘boring’ time spent in line. Try it! Let us know if your kids like it too.

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5. Old School Games

When all else fails, you can resort to some of the ‘old school games’ that we used to play as kids… you know, before electronic devices and smart phones! Some require a small pad of paper and pencil, but that can easily be stored in your backpack with the snacks. Here are some of my favorites… feel free to leave comment with any that your family likes to play!

  • I Spy
  • Paper, Rock, Scissors
  • Thumb wars
  • tic-tac-toe
  • Hangman
  • Celebrity/Character Alphabet game
  • Rhyming words game

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There you have it! 5 ways to keep those kids occupied in the long lines at Disneyland. The busier they are, the less likey you are to be answering the “are we there yet?” and “how much longer?!!” questions. Don’t forget to utilized the Disneyland apps for wait times and be sure to stock up on those Fast Passes for your favorite rides!

How do you keep the kids busy in the long Disneyland lines?

 

My family was given tickets into the park to share our experience. All opinions are 100% my own.

Travel: Lakeside, Arizona

Stand up if you think Arizona is ugly.
 
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Even for those who have something against the desert landscape and find it “barren” or “boring” ( I’ve heard of these people and we will address this issue at a later date), there is some serious variety in this lovely state.
 
 First trip on our agenda, makers? A journey to my best friend, Cece’s hometown; Lakeside, Arizona. Holy gorgeous check it out…
 
 
If you’ve never heard of the place (highly likely), it’s a lovely little gem of a town near Showlow. It is jam packed with lakes and mountains and trees and Cece’s big tight-knit family. She was bred and born and raised right in Lakeside, how lucky!
 
My favorite thing to do while exploring is to sit and to think, just sort of soak it all up. And Lakeside is the ideal place to do so. The fresh mountain air can do wonders for a foggy head, and it is so quiet and secluded. Beautiful places make me feel so close to myself and to God, my best meditations happen in nature. When I came back from thinking, Cece had made me a gorgeous flower crown! Nature crafting is also a great thing to do here in Lakeside, Arizona.
 
 
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I am a firm believer in spontaneous trips, however small or extravagant! This day trip is only a few hours from Phoenix and it may as well have been across the country for how un-Phoenix-y (real word) it was. Though the cacti are pretty, it’s nice to escape the heat and see some trees, mountains, and lakes!
 
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My name is Tori Strode! I am a student in Mesa. I love photography, sewing, decorating, acting, and visiting new places. I’m the very definition of “Jack of all trades, master of none” but my real skill lies in seeing the potential of things and people and places. I’ve been all over the US and most of Europe and my list is still growing! I grew up in a military family and have had a lot of amazing cultural opportunities and now I am learning (and sharing) how to cope with having a tight budget and still managing to travel and finding amazing places near home. I am so excited to be working with Kara as a contributor for a semester! 
 
Five random and interesting facts about Tori:
1. Unpopular opinion: Yellow has been my favorite color since I was a toddler and I remain ever faithful to it.  
2. I have the hiccups. Like perpetually. 
3. I can make fart sounds with my hands.
4. All of my prom dresses were Tori Originals.
5. I have always wanted a French Bulldog, and someday I will have one. 

DIY Wooden Travel Dollhouse

Hey there makers! I am stopping by today to share a great summer project with you. With all the summer vacationing and trips, I thought this DIY Wooden Travel Dollhouse would be great for little girls! Using a We Made It Jennifer Garner kit and a few craft supplies, you can make one too.

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This wooden treasure box has 3 separate compartments and a sliding, transparent lid. After we decided to turn it into a travel dollhouse, we collected scrapbook paper, felt, pom poms, knobs, trim, Mod Podge, hot glue, a tape measure/ruler, scissors or paper cutter, etc. and got to work.

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We measured out the compartments, cut the paper and felt to fit, and Mod Podged or hot glued them into place. Then we added trim and knobs- also known as crown molding and chandeliers in dollhouse world. Using wooden pieces and a pom pom, we made a table and a potted plant to accessorize. Our peg dolls were ready to play! We made a bedroom, a ballroom, and a garden for Cinderella and Prince Charming. 

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Everything fits nice and neat inside with the lid on, making it easy for travel. 

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My daughter has had so much fun playing with her DIY Wooden Travel Dollhouse. We can’t wait to take it on our next road trip and our next camping trip we have planned. It’s also the perfect size for her Disney Princess Magiclip dolls, which have been visiting the dollhouse too.

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I have a feeling that this dollhouse will be getting LOTS of play! 

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To make your own and to check out the other awesome kits in the We Made It Jennifer Garner line, head to your local Jo-Ann Store. Be sure to check out the We Made It Jennifer Garner Sweepstakes too!

What types of things do you bring to entertain the kids when you travel? Let us know in the comments!

 

This post was sponsored by Jo-Ann but all opinions and ideas are 100% my own. I only share products and ideas that I love and I think my readers will love too!

How To Do Knotts Berry Farm In One Day

Hello there and Happy Summer friends! Are your kids on break for the summer? It’s always an opportune time to plan family vacations. Since we are Arizonans, we love to travel to California for vacations because it’s not too terribly far away. We love to cram in lots of fun things while on vacation like site-seeing, trying new restaurants, visiting the beach, renting bikes, and going to amusement parks.  To get it all in, we have to plan each day strategically. So today, I’m going to tell you How To Do Knotts Berry Farm In One Day, since it’s one of our favorite places to visit in California!

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These tips are simple and are bound to help you get through the park in one day while enjoying what Knotts Berry Farm has to offer. And it’s a lot more than just awesome roller coasters!

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1. Stay at the Knotts Berry Farm Hotel

The Knotts Berry Farm Hotel is in walking distance from the park, making it super convenient. You don’t have to deal with or pay for the amusement park parking. Score! The hotel has all the normal hotel amenities, but lots of extras as well! The restaurant connected to the hotel is delicious and affordable and when you check-in you get a free kids entree coupon. There’s also a gift shop, bar, basketball/tennis courts, pool, hot tub, room service, gym, awesome splash pad, and special visits from the Peanuts characters.

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We stayed at the hotel for my daughter’s birthday, so the staff was sure to give her very special treatment… I’m talking birthday pin, Snoopy stuffy, and a brownie ice cream sundae sent up to our room. I can’t even tell you how special she felt! We were super impressed. If you go for a birthday or special occasion, be sure to let the front desk know!

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2. Arrive at the park 30 minutes prior to opening.

This allows you to get your tickets and get in line to enter the park before things get too crazy. Kind of a give-in for any amusement park. Take advantage of the character pictures right as you enter the park. This helps you get it out of the way first thing so that you don’t have to stand in the lines to meet the Peanuts gang. 

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3. Work your way around the park to hit all the rides.

Rather than jumping all over the park, grab a map at the entrance and work your way around the park, riding the roller coasters that you and the family are interested in riding. Pony Express, Jaguar, Boomerang, and La Revolucion are some of our favorites! There’s also Camp Snoopy for the younger kiddos. There’s literally rides for all ages at Knotts!

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4. Eat at the park.

Okay. Let me first say that I think the food prices at Knotts are a bit pricey. But I feel that way about most amusement parks. So the prices are comparable to other parks. I will also tell you that the food at Knotts is DELICIOUS. You can’t go wrong with any of the choices. So, I encourage you to eat at least one of your meals at the park. You can pack snacks and water bottles in your backpack and eat breakfast in the hotel room before walking to the park. Splurge for at least one meal at the park. You can thank me later. If you schedule it right, you can even eat while you watch one of the shows at Knotts and knock that off the list at the same time.

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5. Walk through Ghost Town, it’s a must.

You can do this when the kids need a break from rides and lines or you can do this on your way out of the park, but either way, it’s a must. One of the greatest things about Knotts is that there’s SO much more than the roller coasters. There’s actually a ton of history in the park (I tell about it HERE), so be sure to take advantage of it! The Knotts employees made my daughter feel extra special all day because of the birthday pin she wore. Check out the personalized lucky horseshoe the blacksmith made her! So special. 

I hope these tips help you to not only do Knotts Berry Farm in one day, but to get the most out of your visit. It really is one of our favorite places to vacation and we highly recommend it for families! 

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This post was written in exchange for admission tickets to Knotts Berry Farm, though all opinions and ideas are 100% my own and I only share things I love and feel my readers would love too.

 

 

 

Three Things You Didn’t Know About Knott’s Berry Farm

This past fall/winter, we took a family vacation to California and had the very best time. One of the days was spent at Knott’s Berry Farm and because we went during the week during the school year, there were hardly any lines to stand in. We had lots of time to ride all the roller coaster rides rides AND learn about the awesome amusement park’s history. 

Three Things You Didn’t Know About Knott’s Berry Farm…. 

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1. It all started over a delicious fried chicken dinner.

That’s right. Walter Knott’s (farmer) wife had a one-of-a-kind delicious fried chicken dinner recipe so the family opened a restaurant in 1936. Within a few years, the restaurant became so popular that the wait was often several hours long! The restaurant was also well known for their berries, preserves, and pies, hence the name Knott’s Berry Farm. Let’s hear it for the awesome wives out there! I love learning about successful women who have supportive successful husbands. 

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2. Then came the authentic Ghost Town.

Because those fried chicken dinners were such a hit (serving over 4,000 dinners on a Sunday evening) and wait times were well over a couple of hours, Knott knew he needed to do something to entertain the crowds so that they would continue to wait. Walter Knott’s love and interest in American pioneer history drove him to recreate a ghost town using building relocated from Old West towns.  

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He specifically sought out specific pieces from all over the mid and southwest to create his own ghost town. Often times he’d purchase entire buildings, including everything in them. 

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This authentic schoolhouse made my teacher heart go pitter-patter. We loved sitting in the original desks and walking around the small room, checking out all of the awesome relics and things on the walls and shelves. The maps and teacher rules were two of my favorite artifacts. 

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3. The rides didn’t enter the park until the 1960s.

Knott’s Berry Farm had been open for nearly 20 years before Walter Knott bought or opened any rides at his park. Be when he did, they received rave reviews. And despite Disneyland opening just 5 years earlier and only about 13 miles away, Knott’s Berry Farm continued to thrive and still does today. It is even said that Walter Knott and Walt Disney attended each other’s parks and had a friendly relationship with one another. 

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Here’s a video of our day at Knott’s Berry Farm… check it out and see for yourself! 

 

And when you visit Knott’s Berry Farm, be sure to try that chicken dinner and take time to walk around the ghost town. You won’t be sorry!

 

 I received admission tickets as compensation for this post, yet all ideas and opinions are 100% my own and I only share things I think my readers will love.

 

Family Vacation to DISNEYLAND!

We had such a fun time on our family vacation this summer. We decided to take Luci to Disneyland. Matt and I hadnt been in years…and it is my most FAVORITE place to visit. I was soooo excited to share the Disney magic with Luci. And believe it or not, Luci (2 years old) was able to go on 90% of the rides!! We even had a park hopper pass and spent a day at California Adventures! So fun!

Enjoy!

 
 
 “Hi Choo Choo!!”
 
Pretty sure we rode the “orsies” (aka: horsies) a billion times.
It’s a small world after all…
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our sweet family <3
  Our goofy girl with Goofy (notice her feet crossed…such a lady).
Luci LOVED the parade. She was in awe with all of the music, dancing, and characters.
 My tiny dancer in the parade. Very interactive. LOVE Disneyland!
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We could not get over the landscaping here. Everything was so well kept, green, and colorful. So so very pretty.
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Luci learned a big lesson in patience and Im pretty sure she understands what “wait” means after standing in lines :) The reward at the end of the lines was worth it…
Seriously?! Cutest picture ever, right?! I would pay BIG bucks for this…wait….I did pay big bucks for this LOL!
3D Michael Jackson…we roll old school
“Hi puppy!!” 
What’s in your mouth, White Rabbit? 
 
That’s all for now! I know I have a boat load more…when I find them I will post more later :)
 
What kinds of family vacations have you gone on/are planning on going on this summer?