Thursday, October 30, 2014

Reef Indy Halloween Fun
At The Bates Nut Farm

Reef explores the Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch.
Over 50 years of fall traditions and memories have been created at the Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch. Family and friends enjoy the tractor hayrides, straw maze, petting corral and pony rides. Grab a wheelbarrow and pick from variety of pumpkins: Big Macs, Ghost, Cinderella, Jack O’ Lantern, minis, squash, gourds and other fall décor. In addition, weekends at Bates include live entertainment from 12:00 -3:00, BBQ, kettle corn, food trucks, rock climb, bounce, slide and other family friendly events.

Admission and parking are free.

Reef with Mom & Dad at the Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch.

 Bates Nut Farm History

In 1921, Gilbert and Beatrice Bates moved their nutty family to the beautiful, picturesque oak filled valley of Valley Center, where they purchased the Walnut Slope Ranch. They raised their family of 5 boys, with all sorts of old fashioned farm things like geese, ducks, goats, horses, rabbits, sheep, tractors, and plows. Little did Gilbert know that 80 years later his family farm would provide joy and pleasure for 5 generations of his family, along with thousands of visitors from around the world that take that special trip to the Bates farm each year.

How did the Bates farm became so famous? Perhaps it’s the beautiful setting, the picnic and park areas, the farm zoo, or the casual, down home environment. Or maybe it’s the reminder of simpler times and childhood farm memories. Farm antiques and tools line the walls of the Bates store that is filled with fresh, delicious nuts, candies, dried fruits, chocolates, homemade fudge and gourmet delights. 

Reef enjoys the Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch.

Reef enjoys the Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch.

Reef enjoys the Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch.

Reef with Mom & Dad at the Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Reef Indy
Balboa Park Halloween Family Day

Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre urban cultural park in San Diego, California, United States.  In addition to open space areas, natural vegetation zones, green belts, gardens, and walking paths, it contains museums, several theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

Reef Indy - Balboa Park Halloween Family Day

Reef Indy - Balboa Park Halloween Family Day

Reef Indy - Balboa Park Halloween Family Day

Reef Indy - Balboa Park Halloween Family Day

Reef Indy - Balboa Park Halloween Family Day

Reef Indy - Balboa Park Halloween Family Day

Reef Indy - Balboa Park Halloween Family Day

Reef Indy - Balboa Park Halloween Family Day

Reef Indy - Balboa Park Halloween Family Day

Mom and Dad took Reef Indy to the Balboa Park Halloween Family Day on Sunday, October 26, 2014. Over two dozen participating museums and cultural attractions throughout the Park presented creepy craft projects, scary gallery tours, spine-tingling storytelling, costume parades and contests, and other fun surprises from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Highlights of this year’s park-wide Halloween Family Day include mini-carnival games and costume contests for prizes hosted by San Diego Park & Rec., a doggie costume contest in the Spanish Village, the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s annual rooftop pumpkin drop, a free children’s concert and activities in the Spreckel's Organ Pavilion, and free activity and prize-drawing booths on the Prado and walkway to the Prado.

Friday, October 24, 2014

New Exfolimate, Your Best Mate for Silky Smooth Skin Review #facebodytool

Who would not love a product that promises to reduce the visible signs of aging and clear skin naturally? The New Exfolimate Kit does just that! Exfolimate's innovative micro grooves gently glide across the skin to lift and remove dead skin, dirt and debris that harbor in the surface layers of the skin.

Oma loves facials and tries to spoil herself with one at least every other month. Exfoliation involves the removal of the oldest dead skin cells on the skin's outermost surface, and has been used for many years to help maintain healthy skin. Oma found that the New Exfolimate did a great job cleansing and clarifying her face.

The secret is Exfolimate’s innovative micro-groove technology etched into the smooth metal edge. The micro-grooves gently lift and remove lingering skin cells and debris to unveil younger, fresher skin. Oma found that using Exfolimate was a great addition to her health and beauty regime.

Each Exfolimate box set comes in a two-piece Face and Body combination. The smaller tool easy exfoliates the face and neck. while the larger body tool exfoliates the arms, legs, chest and back.

Product Description

  • Leaves skin feeling softer and looking brighter and Improves skin tone and texture. Younger skin - naturally. Cleaner base for better cosmetics application.
  • Use pre-shave for a smoother shave and to lift ingrown hairs. Perfect pre-tan preparation for better spray tan results.
  • At-home pedicure for touchable feet. Easily remove lingering sun crème and oils right in the shower.
  • Increase circulation to the capillaries for younger healthier looking skin with Instant results every time - you actually see what is removed from your skin under the skin smoothing edge. Provides deeper cleansing, enhanced exfoliation and superior moisturisation. Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and Increases the absorption of skin care products.
  • What is Exfolimate? This new revolutionary personal exfoliation tools for the face & body to gently exfoliate prior to any skincare, shaving or hair removal treatments. The secret is its patented laser formed edge with micro grooves which combine with warm water in the bath or shower to exfoliate gently, naturally, quickly & easily. Enjoy fingertip controlled exfoliation to remove dead skin cells, oils, pollution, dirt and grime, but not the hairs....Exfolimate is not a shaver.In one step you can clean, stimulate and smooth the skin! It is chemical free, safe, hygienic, and easy to use on the face or the whole body. It helps clear the pores, smooth away dead skin cells and rough, bumpy or dry patches of skin. Whether its dry, sensitive, oily skin or blemishes. Exfolimate can help. Also great for any shaving, waxing and problems with ingrown. It can also aid the absorption of all your skin care products and smoother skin also means your makeup or sunless tan goes on better! You receive two ergonomically designed personal face & body tools, cords & a comprehensive directions brochure.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Hot August Night!
A Tribute to Neil Diamond
Starring Dean Colley

Dean Colley, Neil Diamond impersonator
Dean Colley, Neil Diamond impersonator

A dear friend and Oma are huge Neil Diamond fans. Therefore, a girls outing to the “Hot August Night” Neil Diamond tribute seemed perfect.

Well not really perfect. Dean Colley, the Diamond impersonator was more like “diamond in the rough.” His raspy voice failed to capture the original’s smooth yet earthy tones.

Hot August Night
Hot August Night

Nevertheless, the evening of Diamond music, from the 60’s on, proved to invoke many favorable memories. Particularly noteworthy was the audience participation in the song “Song Sung Blue.” Additionally, historical notes, like Diamond’s involvement in the Monkee’s song, “I’m a Believer” was enlightening.

Stacey and Oma started the night with a small pizza from Urbn Pizza (203 Main St, Vista, CA 92084). This ‘Back-to-Basics’ pizzeria chain serves coal-fired pies featuring a choose-your-own gourmet toppings options; A little pricey, but well worth it.  My small Red Sauce Eggplant with Bacon pizza was delicious! Hint: a small pizza pie will satisfy two people easily.

Oma had never been to the AVO Playhouse (303 Main Street, Vista, CA 92084) before and found it very picturesque. This Quonset hut-style theater was opened in December 1948 as a neighborhood movie house.

 It was designed by architect S. Charles Lee. It was purchased by the City of Vista and elegantly restored to accommodate live performances in 1995. The seats were comfortable and accommodates an audience of 382.

Photo Credit: Stacey Kuhns

Garlic Press and Peeler Set
Review #AlphaGrillers

With the Alpha Grillers Garlic Press, you can easily press garlic cloves, both peeled and unpeeled. It is well built and sturdy. The Press is also ergonomically designed for easy squeezing and its sleek and sturdy design is aesthetically appealing.

The Press is packaged with a Peeler. For more years than Oma wishes to count, she has been struggling to peel garlic. It is a difficult job that leaves your hands both sticky and smelly . . . . right?  Not anymore :

The Best Peeler on The Market:

- Simple to use: insert clove -> roll back and forth -> tip out perfectly peeled clove - Extensively tested to identify the best texture and thickness of silicone for optimal peeling - Highly durable and dishwasher safe

Really dishwasher safe too!?! Oma wishes she would have found this invaluable kitchen tool sooner.

The Alpha Grillers Garlic Press and Peeler Set is the perfect give for anyone who likes to cook! To make it even more of a no brainer, buy today and you will receive a 100% MONEY BACK LIFETIME GUARANTEE.

But that’s not all, with your order, you get a BONUS EBOOK: "50 Delicious Recipes Using Crushed and Sliced Garlic"

With the Alpha Grillers Garlic Peeler and Press, there is no need to buy the “already-minced garlic.” Fresh garlic tastes so much better and is easy to prepare with these quality kitchen tools.

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Sports Armband Review #sportsarmband

 iArrow Sport Armband For Apple iPhone 5 / iPhone 5S

Oma uses her iphone to map her hikes. It is always so awkward to hike with a phone in your pocket. The iArrow Sports Armband solves that problem nicely.  As advertised it is very sturdy and strong.

The Velcro strap is also very strong and super thick. The best part of the iArrow Sports Armband is that it easily and comfortably fits any arm - big or small!!!  It comes with a case, arm band, and screen protectors.

Right now the iArrow Sport Armband For Apple iPhone 5 / iPhone 5S is on sale for just $15.99.

Product Description

  • Ultimate iPhone 5 Exercise Accessory - With 3-1 functionality, the iArrow is a custom-fit armband, phone cover and screen protector. If you exercise frequently and you have an iPhone 5 or 5s, this is the protection tool that you need to safe and functional!
  • Lighter Weight For Better Performance - Forget about bulky, non-adjustable and uncomfortable iPhone 5/5s armband cases because the iArrow is lightweight, easy-to-adjust, and versatile. Experience unmatched comfort! No other case comes close.
  • High Quality Indestructible Design - The case you can't break-and if you do, we'll replace it. Our 200% guarantee proves it. If the iArrow breaks for any reason, we will give you a new one and give you your money back. Who else does that?
  • Function, Form, And Fit - More than a fashion accessory! You'll look great, but you'll also be able to exercise in comfort while protecting your Apple iPhone. The iArrow stands out while showing off your iPhone. It also fits perfectly too!
  • Included SCREEN PROTECTOR - Forget about plastic covers with built-in screen protectors-these only scratch your phone! The iArrow includes a custom-fit screen protector that retains functionality and protects your screen.


We Are Putting All the Risk on Our Shoulders Giving You What Has Never Been Seen Before in This Industry. The iArrow Armband Is Backed by a Lifetime No-Hassle Money-Back Guarantee. Besides the Refund, We Will Ship to Your Address a Brand New Armband. Simply Send Us an Email with Your Order ID And We Will Be Happy To Attend To Your Need.

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