L.A Mamacitas “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” Pumpkin Decorating Party

L.A Mamacitas “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” Pumpkin Decorating Party

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My Ellie and I took a mini road trip on Monday, October 8th to the Montebello Town Square. We were invited to attend the L.A Mamacitas “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” Pumpkin Decorating Party hosted at the Robles Pumpkin Patch Festival!

The family-owned Robles Pumpkin Patch Festival not only has pumpkins (obvi), but they also have a jumper play zone for multiple age groups (#momapproved); a super cute petting zoo with bunnies, goats, pigs, chickens, and even a pony; many snacks, including popcorn and candy apples; and all of the instagramable photo ops for the whole family!

Having fun with my Ellie and my fellow mami bloggers, and their super cool kids, at the Robles Pumpkin Patch Festival totally has me looking forward to attending the early showing for “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” this Thursday! All U.S. showings start on Friday, October 12, 2018!

Both, my husband and I, read the Scholastic Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine, as kids in the 90s, and love that now the Goosebumps Monsters are in comedy-adventure movies!

Low-key, wouldn’t you like a R-rated Goosebumps movie for us 30-something-year-olds who grew up reading the original series? Just an idea my husband had. I mean, Ken Jeong is already casted, and Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy still scares me! Yep!

Don’t you feel the same?

I was so excited to attend the pumpkin decorating party, as this would be my little girl’s first time decorating a pumpkin!

She happily chose our pumpkins and then we joined the rest of the mamacitas and kids to decorate — some of us may have been distracted by the yummy donuts and pizza generously provided by L.A Mamacitas.

Last year Ellie was a one-year-old and was too tiny to join in the festivities. This year, she was able to participate in the Halloween tradition and was introduced to Goosebumps!

I look forward to handing over my R.L. Stine book collection to her! Yes, I have not donated my collection after two decades — they’re ready for her!


Ellie and her friends decorated their pumpkins with silly faces, stickers, and colorful rhinestones.

However, she took to the awesomely designed “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” movie poster and explored with patterns and compositions to add her own bold and  abstract designs to it! ; )

Don’t you find joy in letting your kid’s imagination run wild?

I love when Ellie creates wooden-block buildings and street-chalk masterpieces. I can already imagine the spooky adventures she will author as she brings Halloween to life à la R.L. Stine!







Thankful to @la_mamacitas for sponsoring this post and being awesome at organizing fun-filled family events in our community for moms and kiddos! And thankful to you, for riding along the nostalgic train with me on this post. Seriously.

Let me know when you go see “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” and your thoughts in the comments section below!

Find me on Instagram @LifeOfTorres and hashtag #GoosebumpsMovie and #LAmamacitas — we can both go down memory lane together!



P.S. Here’s a sneak peek inside the complimentary promotional swag bags!

We will definitely use the tote bag for trick or treating in a couple weeks. I felt like a kid, again, with the pencil pouch goodies and bookmarks (I collected those, too!). Wouldn’t you?!




Goosebumps 2 Haunted Halloween Official Movie Poster
Only in theaters October 12, 2018 | Photo courtesy of Goosebumps, Sony Pictures


Sustainable Christmas Gift Wrapping With Lil’ Libros Printable Gift Tags

Sustainable Christmas Gift Wrapping With Lil’ Libros Printable Gift Tags

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Amiga, Christmas is here and the spirit of extra gift giving is upon us!

I would love to share one of my favorite sustainable ways of wrapping small gifts with a used grocery paper bag while also sharing with you how I used the Lil’ Libros complimentary printable gift tags. If you’re not, yet subscribed to their newsletter, sign up at Lil’ Libros.

If I see an opportunity to recycle and reuse – I will take it! Are you the same? Amen to sustainable living.

I use reusable shopping bags, but there are always those days when I pop-open my car trunk to realize I didn’t place my reusable bags back in my car after my last shopping trip. How many times has that happened to you? #MomLife Right? haha On those days, I purchase paper bags.

If I don’t use the paper bags for birthday gift wrapping throughout the year, I save them and I end up with a nice stack at the end of the year to wrap small Christmas gifts!

 Only one grocery paper bag was needed to gift wrap the Lil’ Loteria: A Bilingual Picture Word Bingo Game (English and Spanish Edition). Excess paper was cut and ends were folded as you would any gift wrapping paper and taped with Scotch Gift Wrap Tape . Any tape will do, but this one is my favorite because it disappears with a nice satin-finish. It’s all in the little details!

When creating crafts where I want to write and even doodle on, I turn to Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens. I love that they provide great color, yet don’t bleed through the page, and the medium point allows me to create thin or thick lettering.

I took the excess scraps of the paper bag and gave the adorable gift tags a mat to sit on and be framed by to give them an extra pop of attention.

Here you can see the detail of the bows tieing these super adorable Lil’ Libros printable gift tags and the bold, yet delicate lettering I was able to create on them!

I purchased the beautiful white and metallic gold twine at HomeGoods. I love how the gold compliments the naturally rustic beauty of the paper bag by adding delicate elegance to the gift!

There’s a very similar twine on Amazon, if you’re interested.

I wanted to create little extra detail for the gift tag portraying Our Lady of Guadalupe, so I took a 6″x6″ square of tissue paper and folded it like an accordion and taped it underneath the bow. Simple and pretty.


I’m so happy with the finished product! I love how these keepsake Lil’ Libros printable gift tags added a personalized touch grounded in our Mexican culture. (¡Gracias Ariana and Patty!)

We spend so much time thinking of a person’s likes and interests to decide on the perfect gift for them to only end up placing the gift into a gift bag — you gotta do what you gotta do, I completely understand. #MomLife is real, but if you can spend the extra time and energy to create extra special gift wrapping, please do! That in itself is a gift. Don’t you agree?

I would love to know if you enjoyed learning how I add a special touch to gifts when reusing a used grocery paper bag, instead of overly expensive gift wrapping paper. Please leave a note with your thoughts.

¡Feliz Navidad! May Los Tres Reyes Magos bring you a gift especially wrapped just for you on January 6 for Three Kings Day!