August 31, 2013

Cracking up , and not in a funny way!

Splitting or cracking  tomatoes is quite common in the garden. Even experienced gardeners deal with it once in awhile. What causes the splitting or cracking?
Too much fluctuations in watering. There are some things you just can't control though and that's the weather, all you need is a dry spell. Perhaps just one single day of a dry spell and then the next day you water heavily. This is all it takes to start splitting and cracking.
I usually see this happen in the later stages of the season, as it starts to ripen. As it begins to ripen during that dry spell the outer skin toughens up . Then as the water gets to it, the tomato swells and grows . This swelling under the thick skin results in a rupture , a crack and split. It's fairly minor , it won't hurt you and while yes it doesn't look pretty sitting on your kitchen table it's not harmful unless that is disease sets in. If you happen to catch the early stages of splitting keep an eye on it. Large splits expose the inner flesh and bugs and disease can set in fast.
You can either leave the tomato to finish ripening on the vine or pick it and set in in a cool dry place till red. Or even make some fried green tomatoes! It's up to you,

Tips to try and reduce your the chances of splitting or cracking tomatoes:


  • Water the tomatoes on a regular schedule.
  • Keep an eye on the weather and water before heat waves, this way you can prevent the plant from not getting water during the most crucial harsh weather. Also keep in mind if it rains you won't need to water as much.
  •  "Water from below, not from above" Tomatoes like to be watered deeper than most plants. Water at the deepest root level possible. Make a little hole near the base, and simple water in that each time. Watering from above can do damage, damp leaves can bring on diseases and even spread blight. 
  • Over watering can cause just as much trouble so keep adjusting with weather and ground conditions. 

Even though you do follow all of these tips, you still may see split or cracked tomatoes, sometimes it's just out of your hands so don't beat yourself up if it happens. Keep an eye on those tomatoes though!
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August 28, 2013

Breaking Bad Season 5

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Are you a Breaking Bad fan? I am now a HUGE Breaking Bad Fan! 


Jumping into the obvious, you need to watch the season from the start. I recently reviewed the 5th season and yes I did fall in love with it, I want more, more more! I had to do some back tracking to follow things though and have really enjoyed doing so. If you are a fan already you know what it's all about quick run down on the series and how it started. ( Don't worry no spoilers here) 

The first season aired in 2008 and the second half of the 5th season started Aug. 13, 2013 ( 5th season is broken into two parts I reviewed the first half of 5) 


How it began-




It starts off with a pretty mild mannered high school chemistry teacher unexpectedly adopts a criminal new lifestyle after he finds out he has cancer. Bryan Cranston who plays Walter, who suddenly realizes he needs to secure his families financial situation and that can't be done with his teaching job. What's a man to do? 
He hears about a raid on a crystal meth lab that took place and how million of dollars worth of drugs had been seized. Walter has it in his head that he can make the best meth out there and goes to work. Enlisting a former student and drug pusher Jesse Pinkman ( Aron Paul) They get down to business. 

Fantastic so far, I am currently in the middle of the second season so I won't say much to spoil those who haven't seen the show. Cranston fits the character perfectly he make the man come to life and you really feel for him. The family is typical middle class, average family that most people can relate too- though I wouldn't be jumping into the drug business but the man makes it happen! He lives with his wife Skylar who at the start of the season is pregnant with their second child so it is something that may happen. A man at the end of his rope, a close end in sight, he's dying he needs to make sure his family has when he's gone. 

The show does not hold back, with a cast of believable characters and a edge gripping plot you are pulled within it's story and left wondering what will happen next. I was not surprised at the way it was put together, I watch of Course shows like Dexter and True Blood so no holds barr is something I'm used to seeing but the world Walter partakes in is brutal and he's faced it dead on.  It really took me by surprise how well this was put together. 

Breaking Bads airs on AMC, Sunday 9/8 Central time.  Creator Vince Gilligan (The X-Files), you know it's already got a great start. If you liked Weeds or even the Shield  Dexter True Blood you must see Breaking Bad. It's got the attitude, the flow and the edge you don't want to miss. Great, writing, perfect cast watch as Walter continues to make a killing in his new job in the meth business. 


You can pick up Breaking Bad past season on Amazon, either DVD's or stream them through instant video. Season 5 contains 8 episodes on 3 disks and is loaded with a ton of extra's. 


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August 26, 2013

Book review opportunity



If you're a book reviewer or a blogger who loves to read, Beck Valley Books are currently looking for more reviewers for their book tours online.

So how does it work?



You select which book tours you would like to take part in, then choose your tour date from the list provided and the book is sent to you!



The blog post HTML is sent to you before the tour begins and you simply add your review to it.  Post your blog post on your chosen date, share it and send over your links.  They will also promote your blog post for you over social media.



At the end of the tour they nearly always have a giveaway, which 2 of your social media links are included on the raffle copter,  the giveaway post HTML for your blog is sent to you to promote on your blog and social media when it's starts.



Simple!!



What's more your getting a chance to read some great books, helping up and coming authors as well as gaining extra exposure on your blog.



So if  you love to read, love to share your reading thoughts and can you be relied upon they need you !!



I'm one of their reviewers myself and we have a friendly Facebook group to help each other out on the tours or to catch up with tour updates.





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August 25, 2013

Organic Garden Bug Spray

We all deal with those pesky bugs in the garden and it can not only damage your vegetables but also your flowers. Just one infested plant can spread like wild fire in a garden. With all the time you put into it you don't want to give it up for a bunch of tiny pests.
This is a easy and quick way to deal with bugs , I've had luck using it with aphids which go after squash a lot. White flies also have been a problem in my garden which can within just days take down all my squash plants and that is not fun to handle.
Bugs on my Chives, yuck! 

Garlic spray is as as easy as mashing garlic and boiling water. Can you do that? Then you're ready to kill some bugs.

You will need:


  • One head of garlic
  • 1 quart sized mason jar with lid 
  • One plastic spray bottle
  • A plastic bowl to store leftovers and freeze for later use
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • Strainer or cheese cloth
  • Measuring cup
Directions-
 Peel and smash the garlic and place in mason jar. Pour boiling water into jar and screw on lid. Let this sit over night. Strain the next morning into measuring cup for easy pouring into your spray bottle. Don't fill it all the way up, this stuff will go bad so just use a little and freeze the rest in a plastic container for later use. 

Use around the garden were bugs are infested. You can spray onto a cloth and wipe down any vegetables or areas as well, this discourages bugs from coming back. Use as needed. 

You can also check out my other bug posts, I update when I find something that works well. Posts right HERE


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August 22, 2013

The Lunch Box Challenge!

School is back!  My kids went to school just yesterday and already that battle of "What's for Lunch" has hit.
Let's face it making the same old peanut butter jelly sandwiches with a side of the same fruit, same crackers can get a little boring for the kids. Kids are energetic , funny and cute as can be, they also want variety so why not spruce up the same old lunch this year and get them excited about opening the lunch box? No more simple brown bagging it, I am going to help you and the kids put some fun back into lunch with the-  Lunch Box Challenge!

A wonderful friend came up with this idea and I have no idea why I haven't thought about it before, after all I do a Recipe Challenge once even twice now a year so why not one that we are battling with right now? The challenge won't start till September 1st, just like all my other challenges I will be posting daily with new exciting for the entire month. The recipes will consist of the following


  • Sandwiches- Wraps, Rolls , Roll-Ups
  • Salads
  • Treats - this will be healthy and homemade treats not anything too sweet. 
  • Sides which would be fruit and vegetables and dips to enjoy them with.


 I will include some treats/sweets that would also make a great afternoon snack and give ideas on how to use dinner leftovers into a lunch box meal your child will love! I will share tips on kee

Have your own favorite lunch box food the kids love? Want to submit it and see it on the blog? Simply email me at  mpburbage@gmail.com .  All recipes sent will be credited to sender , please include your source so it is properly listed. 

Have questions or comments? Suggestions you would like to see for this Challenge? Comment below or email me! 




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August 20, 2013

Prepare to be Amazed! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey

This past week we packed the family up and hit the road to head over to get a glimpse of the much anticipated Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s “Built to Amaze” show.


We got a private painting party with Mable the elephant who later on during pre-show comes out for everyone to paint again,  It was a lot of fun , we also got to learn about some neat facts including one very surprising tidbit about their favorite treat- A whole loaf of bread! Mable even tried to sneak off with a loaf when the trainers looked away- ha!


Built to Amaze features Andre McClain as Ringmaster, the legendary King Charles Unicycle Troupe, and the award winning comedic due Alex and Irina Emelin of Russia who were able to talk with me during their very busy scheduling! Alex had come into this business while he watched his Uncle a circus clown perform and simply fell in love, while Irina is a 2nd generation circus performer and had her own monkey act when she was a young girl. Once they got a taste of performing they never turned back and circus life is never boring according to Alex.

All together they have 16 black and white poodles who are all named after famous actors which they practice with daily to get them ready for their amazing act. Traveling with their two daughters 14, and 4 they try to get out and spend some time with either other whether it be at the beach or site seeing. Along with site seeing they enjoy dinner together which is very important to them. It is their time to be a family and simply enjoy each other.
 During Build a Maze Alex and Irina are up to hilarious mischief throughout the entire show keeping the audience on their toes and engaged throughout the night. They did an amazing job captivating us all with their custom build comedian performances.


The show is designed with more than  110 of the world’s best performers representing 17 countries along with 95 exotic and domestic animals , creating never-before-seen heart pounding performances.
Along with the custom built comedic due Alex and Irina, there is Eliana Grace, the Human Cannon Ball which the kids were blown away with and let's not forget the beautiful and majestic tigers led by trainer Tabayara Maluenda.

There are the Tower Tumblers a group of aerial athletes that scale a translucent tower and proceed to repel and flip down to the trampolines. There is so much to see and something for everyone in Build a Maze, so what are you waiting for? Check out to see if they are coming to a city near you, Tickets start at $15 through Ticketmaster

 The show is a must see, pack the family up and enjoy a full night of non stop fun filled entertainment brought to you by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey!

California times to catch -
San Jose
         Wednesday, August 21 – Monday, August 26
Wednesday, August 21           7:30 PM
Thursday, August 22               7:30 PM
Friday, August 23                    7:30 PM
Saturday, August 24               11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, August 25                 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM
Monday, August 26                 7:30 PM

WHERE:         SAP Center at San Jose (formerly HP Pavilion) – 525 W. Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113 


San Francisco 
        Thursday, August 29 – Monday, September 2
Thursday, August 29               7:30 PM
Friday, August 30                    7:30 PM
Saturday, August 31               11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday, September 1             1:00 PM & 5:00 PM
Monday, September 2            11:30 AM & 3:30 PM

WHERE:         Cow Palace – 2600 Geneva Ave, Daly City, CA 94134 

  
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August 19, 2013

A Garden within a Flower

I was taking pictures of flowers in the garden to go along with tags that i ma sending out to those people asking for seeds, and I found this-


It looks like flowers within the flower , and I love it! I was just talking to my kids about slowing down and paying attention to details when this came into view , it was a perfect timing and the kids all enjoyed viewing it. They call it "A Garden within a Flower " which is fitting.

Ever seen something like this? Do you pay attention to details out in nature? If not i encourage you this week to do so, see what you find and enjoy!
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August 18, 2013

Brew Over Ice- Review & Giveaway



Keurig has some refreshing new flavors to try out and they are all about the brewing over some ice! We received all we needed for a cool refreshing afternoon drinks. The flavors we got were:
  •  Peach Iced tea
  • Strawberry pomegranate 
  • Sweet & Creamy Iced Coffee. 
I love coffee so I dove into the coffee first off and loved it. Sweet and creamy it was a great refreshing and I enjoyed being able to use the tumbler - straws included! I am usually outside in the garden so my mug ends up with bugs in it, wasted coffee or tea right off. The Tumbler was a nice , screwed on nice and tight and kept my iced coffee chilled on a hot day! My kids enjoyed the teas, they just barely let me have a taste but I liked the Strawberry pomegranate, just the fact that they drank both up before I could get a picture or even attempt to really taste it says how much they loved it!

Along with the tea and coffee we got an ice bucket with tongs and some coasters. Perfect for that afternoon chat with a friend or entertaining at a party. You can even set up an area for the kids, they can get their own ice, pick the flavor they want and make a drink for themselves! I can't wait to try the other flavors that will keep me refreshed during busy days. Would you like to try some yourself? Now is your chance, Currently Keurig is running a Brew Over Ice Sweepstakes! 





Want to win some more? My Side of Life is offering a Brew Over Ice Prize Pack  will include 3 Brew Over Ice K-Cup samples, a Brew Over Ice tumbler, 4 Brew Over Ice Coasters, plus a Brew Over Ice light-up ice bucket and tongs.

This giveaway is open to U.S. resident only. To enter, follow the simple Raffelcopter below
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August 17, 2013

New Activities from #DisneyPlanes

Weekend is upon us! There rare some new activities added for the kids to enjoy. A stencil craft to make a fun T-Shirt and also a coloring page activity! If you haven't seen Disney Planes, it hit theaters last week on Aug. 9th so be sure to check it out. 

Enjoy your weekend! 



Download Soar Into Theatres! Activities


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August 16, 2013

At the Circus!

We are at the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Baileys Build To Amaze! Before the show we got a one on one with Mable, and enjoyed her painting session! I'll have more pictures after the show but if you are in Oakland here is the information! 

OAKLAND

WHEN:           Thursday, August 15 – Monday, August 19
Thursday, August 15               7:30 PM
Friday, August 16                    7:30 PM
Saturday, August 17               11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday, August 18                 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM
Monday, August 19                 7:30 PM

WHERE:         ORACLE Arena – 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA 94621

TICKETS:      Ticket prices range from $20, $25, $40 (VIP), $65 (Front Row) and $100 (Circus Celebrity)
                                Discount Opening Night tickets available for only $15 each (not valid on VIP/premium levels)
                        All seats are reserved; tickets available thru Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or visit the venue Box Office.  
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10% off at Target + Giveaway: The First Years Breastflow Memory Pump


I have awesome news for my new Mom's or even soon to be Mom's ! Target and The First Years have teamed up to bring you a some great deals and a giveaway. 


The newest product from the award-winning Breastflow line of bottles and pumps, the Memory Pump features an easy-to-use digital touch screen that automatically records data –  for example  date, time, and suction speed. The Breastflow Memory Pump by The First Years takes the thinking out of pumping, so mom can focus more on enjoying those special moments and creating memories with her new baby.



Want to know the best part? The price! Let's face it, babies bring expenses we don't even think about before becoming parents. It's a lot, while most pumps are up around three hundred, The First Years Breastflow Memory Pump retails for $179.99 in Target stores and on Target.com.

Here comes the great part of this, from  Aug. 18 to Aug. 24, all The First Years products will be 10% off on Target.com, including the new Breastflow Memory Pump!

The First Years is holding a sweepstakes as well, through Sept. 1 to give away 20  Breastflow Memory Pumps! Follow this link to check it out on their Facebook page. Link Here


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August 15, 2013

Garden update

I've been falling behind on updating the garden but it's crazy busy around here. Things are going wild, in and out of the garden. The weather has been slightly cold the last few weeks putting a hold on tomatoes and squash which thrive in warm weather. The beans however are exploding!

These are Scarlet Runner Beans, one of my favorites. I've spoken about them before, and they are just awesome all around.  Along with the crazy beans, flowers are going nuts and we have plenty of strawberries coming in. I have some squash as well, plenty in fact despite the cooler weather.


What is growing in your garden? How is the weather? 


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Zact Mobile Services

Did you know that 73% of U.S. parents are concerned about the lack of parent control of their children's activity on any mobile devices? The survey was taken by Zact, to see what was concerning parents today with smartphones.  I'm surprised the number isn't higher. You can do nearly anything and everything with just a click of a button now a days and the technology with phones has come so far it's become our right hand nearly. My four kids already beg to use my phone as it is, so usage is already a problem. There's just so little control for parents to lock up their smartphones in my opinion, so when it comes time when your kids ask for their own that leaves us at a difficult place to be. 
Check out the Zact info graphic below for some more statistics on kids and their smartphone usage!



Check out the giveaway Zact.com is conducting this week! But hurry it ends today ! Here is the link
MomCentral.com is also hosting the giveaway and additional information on Zact mobile services, feel free to link to the giveaway throughMomCentral.com's post. 




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August 13, 2013

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built To Amaze!,



Don't forget Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built To Amaze! is on it's way around California! Here are the dates, ticket information and more! 


OAKLAND

WHEN:           Thursday, August 15 – Monday, August 19
Thursday, August 15               7:30 PM
Friday, August 16                    7:30 PM
Saturday, August 17               11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday, August 18                 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM
Monday, August 19                 7:30 PM

WHERE:         ORACLE Arena – 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA 94621

TICKETS:      Ticket prices range from $20, $25, $40 (VIP), $65 (Front Row) and $100 (Circus Celebrity)
                                Discount Opening Night tickets available for only $15 each (not valid on VIP/premium levels)
                        All seats are reserved; tickets available thru Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or visit the venue Box Office.  





SAN JOSE

WHEN:           Wednesday, August 21 – Monday, August 26
Wednesday, August 21           7:30 PM
Thursday, August 22               7:30 PM
Friday, August 23                    7:30 PM
Saturday, August 24               11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, August 25                 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM
Monday, August 26                 7:30 PM

WHERE:         SAP Center at San Jose (formerly HP Pavilion)525 W. Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113 

TICKETS:      Ticket prices range from $20, $27, $50 (VIP), $75 (Front Row) and $110 (Circus Celebrity)
                                Discount Opening Night tickets available for only $15 each (not valid on VIP/premium levels)
                        All seats are reserved; tickets available thru Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or visit the venue Box Office.  

SAN FRANCISCO

WHEN:           Thursday, August 29 – Monday, September 2
Thursday, August 29               7:30 PM
Friday, August 30                    7:30 PM
Saturday, August 31               11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday, September 1             1:00 PM & 5:00 PM
Monday, September 2            11:30 AM & 3:30 PM

WHERE:         Cow Palace – 2600 Geneva Ave, Daly City, CA 94134 

TICKETS:      Ticket prices range from $20, $25, $40 (VIP), $70 (Front Row) and $100 (Circus Celebrity)
                                Discount Opening Night tickets available for only $15 each (not valid on VIP/premium levels)

                        All seats are reserved; tickets available thru Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or visit the venue Box Office.  
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August 9, 2013

Kids Day at Sonoma County Fair!

Don't Forget it's Kids day here at the Sonoma Count Fair! All kids are free so get down here and enjoy!


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August 8, 2013

#DisneyPlanes Games are available !

I can't wait to see this movie Planes so if you and the kids are waiting like us you can hop on over to Disney Games and enjoy some fun ! Use the links below to head to the games and download. 
 Don't forget the Disney Planes hits the theaters tomorrow! August 9th!



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August 4, 2013

Strawberry growing tips - Keeping them clean

I have been asked the best way to keep strawberries from getting dirt on them while they grow. It's simply mulching. Strawberries need a cool soil to produce so stay away from the black ground cover, simply use straw or pine needles to keep the berries from touching he soil .
After you plant, mulch between your plants with the straw. It keeps the ground cool, and will keep the berries off the dirt. Also throw more straw over your plants during the winter, it will protect the strawberry crows so they come back thriving the next year.
You can get straw for your garden at any local plant nursery . I also recommend a netting of some kind. Birds love berries so placing a bird net over your berries can protect them until you pick them. Easy and cheap fix for those strawberries!
Slugs are also a major berry lover and they can quickly eat a juicy plump strawberry so it's best to keep them out. Ideas to keep them out -

  • Coffee grounds or eggshells, both of which are super helpful to the soil also keep slugs away! 
  • Copper wire, or strips around your plants
  • Pine needles 
  • Sand, slugs won't go over sand so be generous and surround your plants they've invaded with play sand.  
  • The beer pan. Fill a foil pie plate with beer, set it at ground level ( dig a small hole to set it on that way the slugs can reach it better. You'll awaken to a yard full of drunk dead slugs- yes not a pretty sight and yes you need to clean them up but it's better than picking a strawberry with a fat slung hanging off it. 
  • Cornmeal, slugs love to eat it but it kills them. 



Hope that helps! 

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August 3, 2013

Sports Tracker Heart Rate Monitor 2 Review

Radio Shack is making it easy for you to keep track of your fitness once again with the Sports Tracker Heart Rate Monitor .

This can be used stand alone but can be used along with your Fitbit you may be using. Simply sync it up and make sure it logs in while you are using it so the activity is being recorded.

How the Heart Rate monitor is used-


 The Sports Tracker HRM keeps track of your heart rate during training helping you train more efficiently and helps you train smarter while you reach your goals easier. The Monitor is the first bluetooth heart rate monitor that supports  iPhone 3GS/4/4S/5, Android, Nokia Symbian and Nokia N9. No dongles or extra accessories needed which is a plus. Some monitors usually always require somehow plugin- in which actaully slows you down, this way you can keep on the move and just stay active while at the same time seeing results .

Real time measurements are recorded once you start to "record" your activity.  Say you are riding your bike, simply select cycling then hit start. It will then start recording not only your heart rate but your distant and speed. Before you start your activity though, upon getting the monitor you need to set up. This is simple, all you do is download app which is free, then attach the monitor. It fits on a strap that you wrap around your chest making sure  the two back contacts are touching skin. It's as simple as that. You could wear it all day, but I have only worn it during workouts so far. The Sports Tracker App itself may be used without the monitor and that itself records, distance time and speed. The Monitor is just for recording the heart rate. Make sure you always hit end, to stop your workout then his save and sync. This way you may look back on your workout logs!

The charger is included so no need to buy any extra accessories. The strap itself is soft, and is not bothersome mostly comfortable and can be rinsed if needed.
 I love how this is hooked up to my phone and gives you real time information. It's easy , quick and simple making it easier to reach your workout goals. You can share your progress with friends for encouragement and even brag a little about how well you are doing. Get up, get fit and get healthy with the Sports Tracker Heart Rate Monitor 2.

Pick one up at Radio Shack for $71.99
Download the app right here

I received the following product(s) to review. I was not required to write a positive review no other monetary compensation was given . Any and all opinions are my own,  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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August 2, 2013

The Sonoma County Fair

If you are anywhere near Santa Rosa California,  you best get yourself and your family over to the Sonoma County Fair! 77th Annual Fair theme is " Home Spun Fun"  and it is happening right now! A total of sixteen
fun filled days that you cannot miss.

Must see attractions for you and the family-  Have young ones that you don't want to hear the "why can't I ride this!??"  question fifty times? Not a problem. Sonoma County Fair as a Tiny Town area which has kids approved ( and parent approved)  rides and games. This area gives the younger kids ( 10 and under is the best age range)  the best fun because they mimic the adult rides further into the park. You've got the Ferris wheel, bumper cars, the amazing bumpy slide and a roller coaster that the kids can handle. My four  kids range from 4 years up to 11 years so this area rocked and the kids loved it.

As you are passing out of Tiny Town drop by the Hall of Flowers and the Garden building.
 If I could, ( I would too) I'd stay there just to stare and wish upon a million stars that the displays were my very own garden. Take a look

This is one of so many so get down here, check them out! 

Other attractions to hit up with the kids throughout the fair are a must, one of them being the petting zoo! The animals walk right up to you, and literally beg for attention . This one goat wanted to eat my camera, either that or he wanted to kiss me. Not sure on that, either way he liked me.

 There are llama's , ducks, goats, deer , a baby kangaroo baby cute pigs and that one donkey - watch out he's a crowd charmer. 
Need a break? Not a problem, head towards the Mexican Village.  This area is one of the best corner stone places for food and drinks, there's plenty of places to rest in shade to eat and you get some live music. Right between the Kraft building and Garrett Building is the Blues and Brews, that would be live blues music and beer with plenty of seats to sit on down. Ok so the beer isn't for kids ( of course!)  But the music rocks and the family can take a break .


 While you are in the area you must head in the pavilions, the Kraft Hall is full of amazing art, paintings, drawings, photographs. Inspiring at it's best, the attached building ( Garrett)  Is also filled with handmade Crafts.

 The kids enjoy looking at them all. We got to check out the wool that was sheared from the sheep we went to see earlier that week. ( We missed the shearing contest this year!)

Barn Animals, come on do not skip looking at those beautiful cows and other animals, all the barn animals are right near the Racing Grandstand. Judging is over in the barns so go see which animal took home the blue ribbon, most the folks that raised them are still hanging out so the kids can ask questions. Who knows, you may have a born to be farmer on your hands. While you are near the barns you can't skip the next stop-

Daily Horse Racing! ( I'm shouting this as I never miss a race!)  I suggest picking up a program first thing as you get in the fair this way you can walk around between races.


 Parking really is not a hassle we were in and parked in under 3 minutes, easy walk into the fair from parking lot.  Tickets for rides are easy to find. Information booths are scattered around and plenty for everyone to do! Come on what are you waiting for? Join the fun!

Check back later this weekend to see more of what's happening at the fair!

Thinking of coming to the fair? Information/ Links

Check out the Daily Schedule link here which can list games, contests, live shows, livestock auctions, race track information and more.

 Fair days & Hours - July 25 - August 11, closed on Mondays
Gates open daily 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Carnival open daily 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Exhibit buildings open 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

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Ticket Pricing
General admission $10 ages 13 & up
Children $5 ages 7 - 12
Ages 6 & younger FREE!
Ages 7 - 12 FREE on Fridays ( Do not miss Fridays!)
Seniors 60 & up free on Thursdays

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