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Fire Prevention Week in San Diego

Kids who love fire trucks have a lot to look forward to this weekend and next. Fire Stations across the county will open their doors to families in recognition of Fire Prevention Week. Here’s your chance to meet firefighters,  explore emergency response vehicles and tour fire stations.

Santee’s open house will feature a dunk tank, face painting and a bounce house. La Mesa and Lemon Grove’s events feature a pancake breakfast. And all will provide valuable information about keeping your family safe during fire season.

Saturday, October 13th

8 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Saturday, October 20th

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 


You Are Not Alone

It is highly likely that we all know someone who has suffered a reproductive loss, whether through miscarriage or abortion. Maybe it’s even you.


Anonymous postings of feelings by visitors to the MiscarriageHurts.com website

While it’s women who physically experience abortion and miscarriage, very often the people in their lives are also greatly effected.

Anonymous postings of feelings by visitors to the AbortionChangesYou.com website

We’ve been dedicating time on our blog to feature San Diego moms who have started their own businesses, and this week our feature is on Michaelene Fredenburg who started Life Perspectives, a nonprofit organization based in San Diego that provides hope and healing for anyone who has been impacted by pregnancy loss through miscarriage or abortion. Michaelene, now the mother of two, suffered silently for years following her abortion at age 18. Now her outreach organization works worldwide to equip leaders with training and healing resources. Life Perspectives invites men, women, family members and friends who have been touched by reproductive loss to begin healing with guidance and support that can be sought anonymously through two websites,  AbortionChangesYou.com and  MiscarriageHurts.com.

Reproductive loss touches so many, and not just those who have experienced the loss directly. It affects husbands, boyfriends, parents, grandparents, children and friends. Which is why Life Perspectives organizes its annual Side by Side 5K walk/run. Side by Side is aimed at bringing everyone together to begin the process of healing.

Michaelene Fredenburg at the finish line of the Side by Side 5K

The Side by Side 5K is taking place on October 27th at 10 am at De Anza Cove benefiting Life Perspectives.  The event raises funds to support Life Perspectives services and programs, but this special day also does much more. It lets people who may be suffering in silence know that they are not alone. The Side by Side 5K also provides an opportunity for those who care to show their support in an open and tangible way.

Mom’s Guide readers can use this special code – VIP18 – for a discount on registration. Register today at SidebySide5k.com.

You are not alone.

Win a Ticket Package to SD’s Best Pumpkin Patch!

It’s no secret that Bates Nut Farm is one of the best Pumpkin Patches in San Diego, and our recent trip over the weekend solidified that thought. So what has made Bates so popular for so many families? Maybe it’s the picturesque landscape of the Big Macs, which seem much bigger, and more plentiful this year. Maybe it’s a fall craving for that down-to-earth, simple farm feel, where you can wear your cowboy bots and eat corn on the cob on a hay bale. Whatever it is, Bates has got it. For over 30 years, families have made a tradition of visiting the Bates Pumpkin Patch during the month of October, and you should too!

Bates started out as a walnut farm back in 1921, and although they don’t grow walnuts anymore, they do sell a variety of quality nuts in their retail store, along with homemade fudge, old-fashioned candy, farm antiques, collectibles, and other seasonal items. Their little shop really is the cutest!!

Visitors to Bates Nut Farm can enjoy SEVERAL activities, providing you with a full days worth of fun. The little zoo is open daily from 9a-5p, and you can visit and feed donkeys, goats, pigs, chickens & ducks, sheep, a tortoise, an alpaca, and more! Bags of feed can be purchased for $0.50, or you can get a handful of corn for a quarter from the dispenser.

During the week, Bates offers Hay rides, a straw maze, pony rides, a petting zoo, and of course, the pumpkin patch. On the weekends, families can also take advantage of live music, face painting, animal encounters, food trucks, and kids inflatable slides.

This October, make sure Bates Nut Farm is on your fall family bucket list, so pack a picnic, or grab some BBQ on site, and dress those kiddos in their farm best! We want to help you get started in making Bates a new family tradition, so to do so, we are giving away a family package of 4 tickets to use for either the straw maze, hay ride, kids slides, or petting corral, as well as tickets to collect 2 jack-o-lantern pumpkins from their patch!

To be entered to win our Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Package, just comment below with what your favorite fall activity is! A winner will be selected Friday evening, October 5th!

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