Five Ways to Raise a Sustainable Family + #GetMessyGetClean Festival

5 ways to raise a sustainable and happy family

Getting my family outside playing together and enjoying the sunshine is a top priority this summer. Our day at the Get Messy Get Clean Festival at Thanksgiving Point fit the bill perfectly.

Whether my children were creating and popping massive bubbles (you’ve got to see the video HERE) or planting an herb garden in pots they decorated themselves, they loved every minute and begged to stay longer. I had Annie’s cheddar bunnies and Justin’s almond butter packets to snack on, so I was happy to oblige!


What I loved most about the festival was the message that as a family you can get messy and get clean in a way that is healthy for your body, the planet, and even your pets!

5 ways to raise a sustainable and happy family

Target brought together so many of my favorite brands – Mrs. Meyers, Justin’s, Ella’s Kitchen, KIND, Hyland’s, Annie’s, and Yes To – and introduced me to a few new ones as well – Ecoscraps, Paddy’s Bathroom, Freshpet, and Angie’s. All the brands believe products should be #madetomatter and that is something I can get behind as a mom.

5 ways to raise a sustainable and happy family

Here are a few of the the things that we learned (or relearned!) at the festival that I am excited to make even more of a priority in our home.

5 Ways to Raise Sustainable Families

1. Get in the garden. The Ecoscraps play tables made from recycled materials were a huge hit with my three year old. He dug in the tables for at least half an hour while his siblings were at the bounce houses.

Kyler is exactly the same way in our garden at home. Whether he is planting or harvesting, this boy loves to be in the dirt. Added bonus if he finds grasshoppers or roly poly bugs! Here’s my secret if you have picky eaters like me, they are much more likely to eat the fruits/veggies if they have grown them themselves! Plus this study is food for thought, playing in the dirt could help children be smarter – check it out.  Gardening is the perfect skill to teach your little ones.

5 ways to raise a sustainable and happy family

2. Know what you are eating and where it comes from. This goes hand in hand with the gardening. Help your children make the food choices that are best for their bodies. At our house we adore Annie’s macaroni and cheese. It is a staple!

3. Start ‘em young. Kids gravitate toward what they are used to. Start when they are young with habits that are good for their bodies and the environment. For example, my daughter loves eating what we call “Mac and Peas.” I make up a box of Annie’s White Shells and Cheddar and add frozen peas in while the noodles are cooking. She will not eat macaroni and cheese any other way now! Score for veggies!

5 ways to raise a sustainable and happy family

4. Make it fun. Mary Poppins has it right – a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down! My kids loved the Mrs. Meyers hand-washing stations throughout the festival. Lemon Verbena and Lavender were the favorite hand soap scents from our family. When we are washing up, we like to sing the ABCs. It’s an easy way to know that we are washing long enough (and hopefully thoroughly enough, too!) Combining good-for-you products with sustainable habits and fun activities is a win for the whole family!

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5. Do it together. My children watch EVERYTHING I do. And that means that they are often repeating the same actions. If I am out in the garden and enjoying the fresh air, my children are most likely right by my side. Whether it is blowing bubbles or visiting the local animal shelter, do it together and make healthy habits as a family! When my daughter was in kindergarten, we declared the school break our “summer of service.” We had a blast picking up litter on hiking trails and collecting pop cans to recycle.

This year was the first Get Messy Get Clean Festival by Target and I hope that there will be many more! Find out more about the Made to Matter brands here. 

This post is sponsored by the #GetMessyGetClean Festival. All opinions and fun are my own! 

Favorite family games + Salt Lake Gaming Con Giveaway!

Salt Lake Gaming Con

Confession, I am a little bit of a gamer. A tabletop board gamer, but a gamer none the less. My husband, on the other hand, has his favorite video games and totally dressed up like this for Halloween. Now picture him trying to keep track of our three little trick or treaters in that get up. It was a fun night!

Halloween Costume for Adults

Whether you are a traditional board gamer or a competitive video gamer, be sure to enter the giveaway for tickets to Salt Lake Gaming Con at the end of the post!

Tabletop games are a huge part of our Trost family gatherings. We’ve been playing Ticket to Ride for almost five years every Sunday night. I triple dog dare you to challenge me to a cross-country route race! The United States board with the expansion pack is my favorite, but the European version is growing on me. Before that it was Settlers of Cataan interspersed with games of Aquire.

Board Games for Children

Growing up it was Risk, Monopoly, and Life. I learned to NEVER trade with my older brother. His analytical game strategy far surpasses mine. We’ve started our own kids on Sequence and Phase 10. 

With all this gaming background, it was so fun to discover Salt Lake Gaming Con and I am excited to be giving away tickets! Here’s the 411 on what you can expect at the convention.

About Salt Lake Gaming Con:

Salt Lake Gaming Con is a 3 day convention that will focus on video games, tabletop games, and cosplay. The convention will feature top game developers from all over the country who will be demoing their games and running tournaments. They will be hosting tournaments for different skill levels so everyone has the chance to participate and have fun!

In addition to interacting with major game developers, fans will have the opportunity to meet some of the biggest celebrities in the gaming industry. They will also be hosting and promoting nightly parties and concerts as part of the SLGC weekend—access to these events will be free with purchase of a 3 day pass.

The main goals of SLGC are to provide as much fun as possible to convention goers and to eliminate the less pleasant aspects of a con. SLGC will provide constant entertainment throughout the weekend offering entertainment, attractions and activities for everyone and anyone interested in attending the con.

So when exactly is this amazing convention?

August 6th – 8th 2015 and will take place at the South Towne Expo Center 9575 S. State St. • Sandy, UT 84070.

Ticket Prices:

Tickets start at $20 (for a single day pass), $25 (3-day pass), and $75 (for a VIG pass).

So far, Steven Ogg (AKA Trevor Philips from Grand Theft Auto V), Amber Goldfarb, Elias Toufexis, Nicki Rapp and more special guests have been announced.

If you live and breathe for video games, this is your kind of convention! Make sure you get your tickets now and get ready for a fun-filled day of video games!

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Giveaway Time!

Don’t think for a second I wasn’t going to offer you all something totally AMAZING! Salt Lake Gaming Con is giving you the chance to win 1 of 5 prizes! 1 Lucky Winner will win 2 VIG Tickets to the convention. 4 Additional Winners will each win (2) General Admission Tickets to the convention! How awesome is that?

Entering is simple. Just use the Rafflecopter widget below. The winners will be announced August 3rd, 2015! Good Luck everyone!

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#GetMessyGetClean Free Kids Festival at Electric Park at Thanksgiving Point

Looking for a FUN and FREE family activity this Saturday? Join me at the Get Messy, Get Clean Family Festival at Thanksgiving Point. 

Get Messy Get Clean Family Festival

We’ve hit the point during the summer where if the kids are home, they tend to gravitate toward electronics.  So I am always on the lookout for fun and educational activities that get us outside and moving. Here are just a few of the activities from the festival that my kids are excited about:

1. Monster bubbles and bubble play from Paddy’s Bubbles.

2. Coloring and hand-washing station from Mrs. Meyers. 

3. Painting and planting with terra cotta pots from Ecoscraps.

4, Small space gardening classes from Ecoscraps.

5. Soccer activities. 

6. Kids Yoga.

7. Police dog demonstrations and puppy adoptions from Fresh Pet. 

8. Face painting.

9. Bounce houses.

Fun, right? Pack up the kids and join me Saturday, July11th from 10 am to 4 pm at the Thanksgiving Point Electric Park. Each guest receives a Made to Matter gift bag with samples from some of my favorite brands – Annie’s Homegrown, Mrs. Meyer’s, Justin’s, Ella’s Kitchen, Hyland’s Homeopathy, Yes to Carrots, Kind, and more!

Get Messy Get Clean Family Festival

When you come, be sure to share your fun experiences on social media using #getmessygetclean and #madetomatter for a chance to win giveaway prizes from those fantastic brands. For the moms and dads, there will be a food truck round up. I’ll be on the lookout for some of my favorites! Hope to see you there!

Now for the fun part, the sponsors are giving away a $50 gift package full of Annie’s Homegrown products. My family personally loves Annie’s from the macaroni and cheese to the fruits snacks. Be sure to enter to win!

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Things to do in Utah for the 4th and 24th of July

 Things to do in Utah County for the 4th and 24th of July

July is one of my favorite months. I love celebrating the 4th of July and pioneer day on the 24th. I’m a history geek so I try to expose my children to as much historical goodness as I can. From learning about our pioneer heritage to celebrating the freedom of our country, there is so much to do this month! I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite family-friendly activities in Utah to help celebrate the 4th of July and the 24th of July.

1. Freedom Festival in Provo, Utah. Provo is the place to be for the 4th of July. Stadium of Fire is always a favorite with the big-name entertainment as well as plenty of local talent. I’ve only been once, but it was the year Brad Paisely sang and it was fantastic! However, some of the lesser-known Freedom Festival activities are actually at the top of our list of family traditions in July.

2.  Colonial Heritage Festival in Provo, Utah. I came across this free four-day event at Scera park by accident one year and it has been a favorite ever since. My kids love traveling back in time with the interactive exhibits.

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From attending Colonial School to spinning yarn, we easily spend at least half a day at the Colonial Fest. Be sure to take some cash for the homemade bread and cookies!

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It’s always fun to see the kids doing the children’s chores, too!

Things to do in Utah for the  4th of July

3. Balloon Fest in Provo, Utah  was our very first new 4th of July tradition. It is a fun way to start your day early! We typically go on the 2nd or 3rd. Be sure to get there before 6:30 am so that you can see the balloons being filled up. The launch happens pretty quickly so you want to be on time. We take a picnic breakfast and chairs.


4. Fireworks! We like to mix it up with community firework shows (so excited for Fiesta Days in Spanish Fork!) and our own fireworks with family and neighbors. This year we are trying something new – Provo Fireworks. Did you know that you can have your fireworks delivered to your home in Utah County for only $5 or free with an order over $100? For this Amazon Prime loving mom – that is music to my ears! You order online and either have the fireworks delivered or you can pick them up in Provo. Such a great variety and the owner offers a no-dud guarantee! I’m getting minethis week and will let you know how it goes! Check out this video for more information – I love supporting local businesses!

5. Days of 47 Float Preview Party – Sandy, Utah. Growing up, I loved getting up early and going to parades downtown with my family. As a mom of littles, that just doesn’t work out for us anymore. I was thrilled to discover a different way to experience the floats with my children – the float preview party! Each year we head to the South Towne Expo Center and get up close and personal with the floats. All the floats are on display and many of them have interactive elements to engage and entertain the children. This is when the public votes on their parade favorites, so the float owners pull out all the stops! We still watch the Days of 47 parade on TV, but from the comfort of home. The kids have fun trying to spot their favorite floats from the preview party.

Days of 47 Float Preview PartyJust typing up this post has me giddy for all the fireworks and excitement this month! If you are looking for things do in Utah this month with your family – be sure to add these events and activities to your calendar!

What are your favorite 4th of July traditions?

Do you celebrate the 24th of July?

This post is sponsored by Provo Fireworks. All opinions and ideas are my own. I love sharing events and products that my family loves! 


Jurassic World Giveaway + Four Dinosaur Museums to Check Out in Utah

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It’s been over 20 years since Jurassic Park debuted in theaters. You better believe I am excited for Jurassic World. The original sci-fi adventure classic directed by Steven Spielberg still pops into my mind whenever I see the mirror sticker “Objects in rear-view wIndow are closer than they appear.” The preview from Jurassic World had me at the first few notes from the original Jurassic Park sound track.

As a teen who read all the books by Michael Crichton and watched all the movies, I was always dying to know what it would really be like in the parks. PS – you are going to want to head over to the Jurassic World website to check out the park maps and web cams. The details are too much fun for an avid theme parker visitor like me.

To celebrate the debut of Jurassic World this week, I’ve joined forces with some of my favorite Utah bloggers to put together a Jurassic Giveaway of epic proportions. Dinosaurs are no strangers to Utah after all!

Did you know that Utah is a Dinosaur Fossil gold mine?! I mean, Utah, it’s a big deal. Check out the details of a few of our prizes!

So big in fact, that the Utahraptor was found right here in Moab, Utah. That’s right people, we have our own dinosaur. It’s also a cousin of the Velociraptor in Jurassic Park. Utah has a lot of dinosaur history, so we’ve compiled a list of our favorite Dinosaur Museums. You’ll definetly want to add these museums to your summer bucket list.

Natural History Museum of Utah | Salt Lake City

The Natural History Museum of Utah has the world’s largest and only display of 14 ceratopsian (horned) dinosaur skulls. The Museum collection is super unique because nearly all the specimens are from Utah and at least 15 of them are new to science since 2000!

They also have the Lythronax (similar to tyrannasaurus) that was found in Southern Utah and can only be found on display here in Utah! This was one of my daughter’s favorite field trips in first grade.

Museum of Ancient Life | Thanksgiving Point | Lehi

The Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point has 60 complete dinosaur skeletons and is one of the largest dinosaur museums in the world. You’ve probably driven by it and seen the giant tyrannasaurus rex on the building. My children and I can spend hours in this museum – I kid you not. With over 50 hands-on exhibits including a dinosaur dig site and erosion water tables, it’s one of our favorite ways to spend summer days.

Ogden Eccles Dinosaur Park | Ogden

Tucked in the mouth of Weber Canyon, you’ll find dinosaurs hidden throughout the brush by the Weber River. Watch paleontologist clean off fossils or dig for some gems in the cave. The Jurassic-World-like playground will have your kids playing for hours!

St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site | St. George

This museum just opened up in 2000 and is family-friendly. It’s built over dinosaur footprints that you can see through the floor. Best part? The footprints were found right here in Utah. It’s a small museum, but it is jam packed with fossils! Be sure to schedule a tour, our guide was fantastic. He entertained the little ones, but included tons of fascinating facts for my husband and I.

National Geographic just did a story on all the new species that are coming out of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Southern Utah and all the pieces are sent to the Utah Museum of Natural History. Pretty cool right?

So cool in fact, that we’ve got a giant giveaway!


We will have five winners! Thanks to our amazing sponsors! This giveaway has a little bit of something for every age. Baby, littles, teens and adults will all love this giveaway.

Natural History Museum of Utah : Tickets

Thanksgiving Point : Tickets

Megaplex Theatres : Movie Passes & Large Popcorn

The Salt Project : 2 Adventure Packs

LeggyBlondeShop : Dinosaur Planter

LovelyLettersDesign : Dinosaur Party Invites and Thank You Cards

SnuggleMeDesigns : Dinosaur Hooded Towel

Cloud9Craftss : Jurassic Park Movie Poster

LittleSaplingToys : Dino Teethers

The Potter’s-Place : Potter Pack

Here’s how the bounty will be divided.  We will have 5 winners.

The Grand Prize Winner

5 Tickets to the Natural History Museum of Utah

5 Tickets to Thanksgiving Point’s Museum of Ancient Life

2 Movie Passes & Large Popcorn from Megaplex Theatres

2 Salt Project Adventure Packs

First Choice to 2 other prizes

1 Dino Teether

1 Potter Pack

Second Place

5 Tickets to the Natural History Museum of Utah

5 Tickets to Thanksgiving Point’s Museum of Ancient Life

2 Movie Passes & Large Popcorn from Megaplex Theatres

Second Choice to 1 other prize

1 Dino Teether

Third Place

4 Tickets to the Natural History Museum of Utah

2 Movie Passes & Large Popcorn from Megaplex Theatres

Third Choice of 1 other prize

1 Dino Teether

Fourth Place

4 Tickets to the Natural History Museum of Utah

2 Movie Passes & Large Popcorn from Megaplex Theatres

Fourth Choice of 1 other prize

1 Dino Teether

Fifth Place

2 Tickets to the Natural History Museum of Utah

2 Movie Passes & Large Popcorn from Megaplex Theatres

Fifth Choice of 1 other prize

1 Dino Teether

Tips for getting the most out of your visit to Discovery Gateway + Family Membership Giveaway & Discount Tickets!

Visit Discovery Gateway - Things to do in Salt Lake CIty

Now that is school is out it’s time to start thinking of how you will keep your kiddos busy this summer. While they can certainly play outside, there will be days where it will be miserably hot. A great place to visit that will keep them cool and entertained is Discovery Gateway!

Discovery Gateway - Things to do in Salt Lake City

We’ve already made our first visit to Discovery Gateway this summer. As you can tell from the picture above, it’s been one of our favorite things to do in Utah since Lily was a baby. And that’s one of my favorite things about Discovery Gateway – there is something for all ages. On our latest trip, we arrived at opening and didn’t leave until 4 pm. The kids loved every second of it!

Things to do in Utah - Discovery Gateway

Be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post as well as check out some tips of how to get the most out of your visit. But first, here’s a little about this fun museum!

Discovery Gateway children’s museum is located in the Gateway Mall in downtown Salt Lake City. Discovery Gateway offers 60,000 square feet of interactive, hands-on fun. You can explore their engaging workshops, programs, and exhibits that invite the whole family to create, learn, and play together!

Exhibits Include:

  • The Garden- A 30-foot beehive greets visitors to The Garden, an exhibit where children and adults work together to keep things “buzzing.”
  • Kid’s Eye View- In the Kid’s Eye View exhibit, children can explore the big, wide world on a kid-sized scale.
  • Story Factory- From classic stage to modern multimedia, the Story Factory exhibit offers visitors numerous ways to explore telling a story.
  • Media Zone- Anchor the evening news or report the weather using the green screen in our Media Zone exhibit that takes visitors behind the scenes.
  • The Studio- The worlds of the artist, scientist, and engineer combine in this hands-on creative space.
  • The Terrace- Put your rescue skills to the test as a pilot, paramedic, or commando.

Now, we’ve been quite a few times and we’ve learned a few tips along the way about how to get the most out of your day.  Ready for some insider tips?!?!?

Things to do in Salt Lake City - Discovery Gateway

1.  Be on the look out for good deals! When we went last Friday, this was the best deal out there!  Loved saving 37 percent off my tickets!

2. Be there when it opens so that you can sign up for the extra classes before they fill up. They do put out additional sign-up sheets for the later classes around noon so you will want to check back in before you have lunch. These classes are one of my favorite things about Discovery Gateway. From counting fun with octopus art projects to learning about and creating their own Matis masterpieces, the classes are fun, up-beat, and educational. Our favorite day to go is Friday, because there are three different classes offered during the summer. It is the perfect way to break up the day. Check out all of the classes and times here. 

Things to do in Utah - Discovery Gateway

3. Take a sack lunch to enjoy at their picnic tables on the bottom floor by the entrance. I put string cheese and frozen gogurts in a small insulated bag and they were perfect for lunch time. Food and drink is not allowed in the museum so plan for snack times/meals down at the picnic tables.

4. Establish expectations before you enter the museum. My children are ages 7,5, and 3 and all love different exhibits. Before we got out of the car, we made a plan to rotate who chose the next exhibit to visit. We would stay at each exhibit for 30 minutes or until the person who chose decides it is time to go. This seemed to work pretty well for us. We also made the rule that you had to be able to see Mom at all times.

Lily cycles to turn on the lights at the new recycling exhibit at Discovery Gateway

5. Ditch the purse/diaper bag and wear a backpack. I put our lunches, my wallet, changes of clothes, etc. all in a backpack so that I would have my hands free to play with the kids. This made it so much easier than having to keep track of a purse. You need both hands free to take fun videos like this of the Hurricane Simulator.

For more details about our favorite exhibits, check out this postThings to do in Salt Lake City - Discovery Gateway

Giveaway Time!

I am excited to be giving you the chance to win a 1-year family membership for 4! This is a $115 value!

Enter using the rafflecopter widget below. You must be a Utah resident to win. Giveaway ends 6/22/15. Good Luck!

Disclosure: This blog is not responsible for prize fulfillment or shipment. I was not compensated to participate in this giveaway.

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My Secret Sanity Saver in the Car – Huggies Wipes with Triple Clean Layers

This post is sponsored by Huggies but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Being a chauffeur is one of the many hats I wear as a mom. My trusty Toyota Sienna and I spend many a mile transporting my three darlings where they need to go. One of the hazards of this on the go lifestyle is the down-time waiting to pick up a sibling. Happily singing songs in our car seats only lasts so long.

Enter my sanity saver – Huggies Wipes from Walmart!  Seriously friends, I keep my small and convenient pop-up tub in the back pocket of the driver seat ready to work its magic. The moment we are safely parked, I whip those wipes out and the fun begins. My kids are still young enough that they think it is fun to wipe down every surface in the car. Believe me, with three kids under the age of 7 – those surfaces need to be wiped down A LOT! Waiting for her brothers and Dad to get to the car at a dance recital – no problem! We can clean the dashboard while we wait.

Things to do in the car

When we are done wiping down the car, it’s safe to say that at least a child or two needs to be wiped down themselves. Today we ate the most amazing s’more brownies right before we went to Lily’s dance recital. Huggies Wipes saved the day and within seconds those cute little faces were presentable with no s’more crumbs in sight. All of my children have sensitive skin so the gentle formula plus triple clean layers is a major bonus. Only had to use one to get my three year old clean.

Things to do in the car - Huggies Wipes for Messes

My Huggies Wipes are not just a lifesaver for my children. On the times my daughter forgets her backpack in the car, I am sure happy that I have wipes to quickly remove the mascara smudges under my eyes before I run the backpack into the front office. I love having them on hand when I head into the grocery store as well to wipe down the front of the carts. Can you see why I always have a wipes clutch in my car? I love the darling new designs as well.

Now tell me, how do you use wipes? I am sure that even when my youngest is out of diapers, that we will still be frequent users. Because kids outgrew diapers, not messes! Check out these darling videos by Huggies on Wal-mart’s page:

101: HUGGIES® Wipes, the ONLY wipes with TripleClean* layers. Because Kids Outgrow Diapers, Not Messes.* #tripleclean
• Explorers: Don’t let a little mess get in the way of a lot of fun! HUGGIES® Wipes helps ALL explorers stay in the adventure. #bestfriend
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• Playtime: Playtime can be a dirty job. HUGGIES® Wipes. Keep the play. Not the dirty.

Summer to do list – This is the Place Heritage Park + Giveaway

This is the Place State Park Membership Giveaway

My daughter’s last day of school is on Friday. That means its time to calendar in all of our favorite fun and educational activities to do in Utah during the summer. One activity we always love is going to This is The Place Heritage Park and I am excited to be giving away a family-membership to a lucky reader.

This is the Place State Park - Things to do in Utah

In case you haven’t heard of This is The Place Heritage Park, it contains over 50 historic homes and structures to visit and countless fun activities to help visitors learn about history and step back in time to see how things used to be. I love that they are continually adding new activities. We can’t wait to try out the splash pad.

Activities include:

  • Train rides (there are three)
  • Pony rides
  • This is the Place State Park - Things to do in Utah
  • Petting farm animals
  • Panning for gold
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  • Playing in the splash pad
  • Shopping in the gift shop
  • and much more!

All the activities are included with your admission ticket so you can enjoy and entire day of fun without breaking the bank! Right now is baby animal season which makes it the perfect time to visit!

This is the Place State Park - Things to do in Utah

In addition to all the fun activities, you and your family can grab a bite to eat at the Huntsman Grill and you can also find other tasty treats like Brigham’s Donuts at the Social Hall and soft serve ice cream at the Ice Cream Parlor.

With so much to do, there is no reason you won’t want to take the kids there several times with summer.

Now with that being said, you all know how much I love hosting giveaways so…

This is The Place Heritage Park is giving away a 1-Year Basic Family Membership to the park! This is a $100 value! That means the winner will be able to visit the park all year long plus receive:

  • Unlimited FREE general admission, Pony and Mini Train Rides
  • FREE admission to Mountain Man Camp, Liberty Days, Pioneer Days, & Little Haunts
  • Monthly “This Is The Place Messenger” e-Newsletter
  • 50% discount to Haunted Village
  • $20 per person admission to Witches’ Ball
  • 10% discount on purchases at Heritage Park Gift Shop and ZCMI Mercantile Store

To enter this awesome giveaway just use the rafflecopter widget below. Giveaway ends 6/1/15. Good Luck!

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GIVEAWAY – Celebrate Spring with Baby Animal Days & Cobbler Cove

Things to do in Utah - Baby Animal Days

My daughter’s favorite time of the year has arrived! Lily has been asking me for months when we get to go to Baby Animal Days in Kaysville again. I am excited to tell her that it is coming up next week – May 8 & 9!

Be sure to scroll down to ENTER TO WIN a family pass to Baby Animal Days and a $25 gift card to Cobbler Cove. Spend the day with the darling baby animals and then top it off with delicious cobbler for the family at Station Park – it’s only 8 minute away! Talk about spring time fun! You’ll find me by the Station Park fountains enjoying an enormous bowl of apple blueberry cobbler with all my favorite toppings.

Things to do in Utah - Cobbler Cove at Station Park

Now back to Lily’s highly anticipated event – here’s a little peek into what is in store for you at Baby Animal Days! You can see just how excited Lily is to check out the baby animals at .24 seconds. She’s the cutie in the red coat holding the baby chick.

Come meet baby pigs, goats, lambs, ponies, calves, baby chicks, rabbits, and new for this year, a miniature yak!

Don’t miss out on the other fun activities as well – horse rides, miniature train rides, climbing wall, and bouncy houses to name a few.  We spent several hours at Baby Animal Days last year and my kids still talk about it.

Things to do in Utah - Baby Animal Days

Be sure to check out the schedule so you don’t miss your favorite child’s favorite show.

3:30 p.m. Sheep Shearing Demo
4:30 p.m. Scales and Tales Show
5:30 p.m. Chemical Chaos Show
6:30 p.m. Sheep Shearing Demo
7:30 p.m. Scales and Tales Show

11:00 a.m. Sheep Shearing Demo
12:00 p.m. Scales and Tales Show
1:00 p.m. Chemical Chaos Show
2:00 p.m. Sheep Shearing Demo
3:00 p.m. Scales and Tales Show
4:00 p.m. Chemical Chaos Show

Things to do in Utah - Baby Animal Days

Avoid the lines and pre-order your tickets here. Here’s the details about tickets and times! Use the discount code blogger15 to get $5 off a family pass!

Things to do in Utah - Baby Animal Days

Now for the fun part! I am so excited to be teaming up with USU Extension and Cobbler Cove to offer you a fun-filled day in Davis County! One lucky family will be receiving a family pass and a $25 gift card to Cobbler Cove. Enter in the rafflecopter below!

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I received a family pass to Baby Animal Days to review.

Seven Reasons to Visit Disneyland in 2015 + Discounts on Disney tickets!

Visit Disneyland in 2015 - Disney Diamond Celebration

Let’s be honest. It doesn’t take much to convince me that a Disney vacation is needed! Give me my mouse ears and I’ll be on my way. In case you do need an excuse to visit Disneyland in 2015, here are seven reasons you do not want to miss out! Plus – scroll down to get an AMAZING deal on Disneyland tickets.

Disneyland Diamond Anniversary Celebration

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1. It’s the Disneyland 60 Years Diamond Anniversary Celebration this year. Disney is pulling out all the sparkly-studded stops to celebrate 60 years from the grand opening on July 17, 1955. Sleeping Beauty Castle and Carthay Circle Theater in California Adventure will glisten and gleam with special Diamond Celebration enhancements.

2. Diamond Celebration Daily/Weekly Disney Prize Winners. Once in a life-time experiences! Disney has surprises in store that are sure to make the guests eyes sparkle as well!  Starting May 22, unique in-park experiences will be awarded to some lucky Disneyland Resort Guests. These same-day prizes include VIP experiences such as individualized tours of the parks, preferred viewing for evening entertainment experiences, and priority access to select attractions.

In addition, Disneyland Diamond Days will offer weekly chances to win amazing prices like a private party in Fantasyland, authentic diamonds custom-engraved for the celebration, a tailgate party in Cars Land, and – for the Cinderella fans – a clear-crystal Cinderella slipper adorned with a diamond and topaz pendant!

As if it couldn’t get more exciting for Disney fans, some lucky guests will win an overnight stay in  the Disneyland Dream Suite along with a 1-carat white Disney Diamond. The Disneyland Dream Suite is a magical private apartment above the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in New Orleans Square of Disneyland Park. Staying in that suite is on my Disney bucket list so you know I’ll be entering to win! You can find all of the exciting details for all of these prizes for Disney Diamond Days here. The fun begins May 22nd.

Disney Paint the Night Parade - Must see in 2015!

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3.  The Iconic Electrical Light Parade. Disney is bringing back the famous nighttime parade with a new twist – the Paint the Night Parade. I adored this parade as a child and took my youngest to see it before it left California Adventure in 2010. Thrilled that it is back with some of children’s favorite Disney and Pixar characters from Monster’s Inc, Toy Story, and Cars!

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4. Dazzling Diamond Celebration updates to World of Color. Look for some new adaptions to the California Adventure World of Color as part of the celebration. I’m thinking I need one of those magical hats that coordinate with the show as well!

5. Upgraded Attractions – Haunted Mansion, Peter Pan, and the Matterhorn. Long-time Disney fans are most excited for the return of the Hat Box Ghost to Haunted Mansion. This classic ghostly ghoul was only in the Haunted Mansion for a year and will be returning after a 45 year absence. The Matterhorn Bobsleds have been closed since January and are set to reopen in May. Rumor has it there may be a revamped abominable snowman! Be on the lookout for some reimagining on the iconic setpieces of Peter Pan’s Flight as well.

Disneyland Discounts  - How to save for Disney

6. Discounted Disneyland Resort Tickets – up to $18 per ticket off.  I’m always on the look out for Disney deals! To celebrate the Diamond Anniversary, my friends at Get Away Today are lowering the price of their already discounted tickets so that you can save up to an additional $18 per ticket! This offer is good for travel any time in 2015, but you have to book now by clicking over on this link! This offer ends May 2nd. Check out all the deals on park-hopper tickets here. This deal can be combined with Get Away Today’s hotel specials as well – including 20 percent off your stay or getting your third/fourth/or fifth night FREE certain nights! Plus save $10 off your package by using a special code only for my readers – KMFWM


7. My #1 Reason: My children are growing up too fast! I’ve never regretted taking my children to Disney. It’s been worth every penny scrimped and saved. They are only little once and I love seeing their joy whenever we go – so many good memories!  Let’s be real – it costs a pretty penny so that’s why I share the amazing deals above from Get Away Today with you. Be sure to check out my other posts about how I saved for our Walt Disney World vacation last year! It is DOABLE!

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