Potty Training Tips and Tricks for On the Go

With my first child I blocked out a nice long break from all activities that required leaving the house so that we could focus solely on potty training. Now that I am potty training my third child, we no longer have that luxury! From car pools to weekend camping trips, I’ve got to be able to potty train on the go – especially after the first week!

On the Go Essentials for Potty Training

So how do I do it without pulling my hair out and cancelling everything on my calendar? I make sure that I have all of our favorite on the go potty training essentials. We have a camping trip coming up that normally I would dread in the midst of potty training. No fear this time – I’ve stocked up on all our favorite products and potty training equipment for the road! Here’s a peak at what I have packed!

Tips and Tricks for Potty Training On the Go

  1. Pull-Ups from Family Dollar – Undies are fine for at home, but during the first month when we are on the go – I’m not taking any chances! Pull ups can get expensive so I am happy when I can find them for a good deal. I found these Jake and the Neverland Pirate Pull-Ups on sale at Family Dollar this week! Find a Family Dollar near you to see how much you can save, too. Text CARE to 28767 to get Pull-Ups® Training Pants for $8.50 for a limited time only! I love that they are stretchy enough that my kids can get them up and down by themselves, but still provide some extra protection if they have an accident.Tips and Tricks for Potty Training On the Go
  2. 2-in-1 potty training chair – This chair has been a lifesaver more than once. We keep it in the back of our van with a big supply of grocery bags. We try to hustle to the rest room as much as possible, but this has come in handy several times.I love that it doubles as a potty chair as well as a potty seat for the toilet.               Tips and Tricks for Potty Training On the GO
  3. Potty Time Potty Watch – Toddlers get WAY TOO distracted on vacation and so do mom and dad. This watch keeps both of us reminded!Time to Potty App
  4. It’s Time to Potty App – Of course there is a potty training app! Downloading this for the reminders and fun games as well!
  5. Ziplocs and a positive attitude. Accidents happen just like our good friend Elmo says. (PS- My kids all loved this Sesame Street Potty Training DVD. Might not be a bad idea to pop it in the DVD player on long car trips.)  Be sure to travel with ziplocs and wet wipes for any accidents. Be sure to stay as positive as you can! Oh man do I know it is hard when you catch a whiff of a smell that should not be coming from your potty trained child!

Potty training has been so much easier the third time around! Waiting until he was ready and then making sure we had all the essentials on hand has made all the difference.

Check out the Pull-Ups web-site for even more potty training tips!

Thank you to Pull-Ups and Family Dollar for sponsoring today’s post and helping me to set the stage for potty training success!

What are your favorite potty training tips?

Uplift Family Conference + Special Discount Code!

Uplift Families Conference

Pinch me because so much of August was a dream month for me! Sitting down with these like-minded ladies in the Utah Governor’s Mansion reaffirmed to me that uplifting and promoting families is the best possible thing I can be doing right now. These bloggers are passionate about family and being with them brings me hope that there is so much we can do to share the good! Keep reading because we have an exciting announcement to share with you!

Uplift Families Conference

I was lucky enough to get to sit by my good friend Carol Rice of Family Storytelling at the luncheon. This woman understands the vital role of the family in our society and I am happy to stand beside her in promoting families. It is so important that our voices as mothers are heard.

This quote by Henry B. Eyring sums up how I feel about writing about the family.

“You ought to find something that you love so much that when you don’t have to think about anything, that’s what you think about,”

And it is so true! I’m thinking about how to cultivate my daughter’s love of reading or how to help my preschooler better pronounce words he is struggling with. I’m pondering how to best my support my mom who just broke her leg. I’m cheering for a woman from my home ward who just led a group of youth to help families in Fiji (Check out the details of the trip and the post that made me tear  up here.)

But even more then that, I am thinking – How can I help other families? What can I share that might make another mom’s day a little easier? Today I am so EXCITED to be sharing with you the annual Uplift Parenting Conference put together by First Lady of Utah Jeanette Herbert.

Uplift Families Conference. Use code Taralyn2015 for $5 off!

It’s coming up on Saturday, September 19th, and you do not want to miss out! Tickets are $15 a person or $25 for a couple. I’m hooking you up with a $5 discount code to make it even less! Just type in Taralyn2015! Get your tickets here.  Tickets are LIMITED so hurry and get yours TODAY! 

Let me tell you a little more about it! Uplift Families is the official initiative of Utah’s First Lady and a non-profit foundation dedicated to providing resources for parents that can improve parenting skills and keep children safe from negative societal influences. It was my pleasure to hear about it first-hand and you are going to love the resources available on the web-site. From TIPS videos to an incredible database of easily searchable articles, this site is a gold-mine for parents looking for answers.

Uplift Families Conference

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The conference will feature inspiring speakers, dinner and dessert stations, exhibits and giveaways.  Renowned presenters and experts on the family will give Parenting TIPS (Teaching Important Parenting Skills).  Speakers include First Lady Herbert, Matt Townsend, Brad Barton, Carmen Rasmusen Herbert, Clay Olsen, and Lucy Delgadillo. Special musical performance by Joshua Creek.

 

Friends, this is a steal of the deal for a date night. $20 dinner at Thanksgiving Point! You are not going to want to miss it.  Did I mention that a lucky person is going to win a $750 gift package to the Zermatt in Midway? Seriously, get your tickets and come have fun with me!
Here’s a little sample of what you have to look forward to! Past speakers include Stephanie Nielsen of the NieNie Dialogues and Julie de Azevedo Hanks

  Remember, tickets are limited.  Get your tickets here and remember to use the discount code Taralyn 2015. Join me and we will uplift our families together.

Back to School Shopping at Children’s Place + $75 Giveaway!

$75 Giveaway Children's Place

 

If your kids aren’t back in school yet chances are they will be soon. As parents we often times plan ahead to purchase everything for a new school year but then scramble last minute because we forgot something. It’s human nature to forget things but the worst thing to forget would be an awesome new Minecraft shirt or new pair of jeans to get a new school year started. So if you are doing some last-minute Back to School shopping then I suggest you head to The Children’s Place!

The Children’s Place is a retailer that has great clothes at a great price. They almost always have a sale going on that you can stack with coupons and even earn rewards that you can use on future purchases. One of the biggest reasons I shop there is because of the savings. Let’s face it, kids grow fast and they are pretty rough on their clothes so spending a fortune on them is not on my agenda!

I love the outlets in Park City, but when I can’t make it up there you’ll find me online! I always shop through cash-back sites like Ebates,  Shop at Home, and Swagbucks to get the most bang for my buck. These two sites usually tell me the best coupon codes available PLUS give me from 2-8 percent back. Nothing beats back to school clothes delivered right to your door and an automatic rebate check!

When you head shopping at The Children’s Place make sure you sign-up for their free My Place Rewards program. It’s a rewards card that allows you to earn points on your purchases. Those points then turn into coupons that will help you save (and pay) on a future purchase. It’s basically free money just for shopping for your children’s clothes. Plus if you prefer to shop online, you will be happy to know that August is Free Shipping Month! No minimum purchase amount required!

You know what would make your child’s school year even better? A FREE Shopping Spree! The Children’s Place is giving away a $75 Gift Card to one lucky winner to use to shop in one of their stores! All you have to do is enter using the rafflecopter widget below. Giveaway ends 8/28/15. Good Luck Everyone!

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Back to School at Wal-mart #BTSLikeABoss

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New pencils, crayons, paper products, tissues – I love Back to School shopping! But if I have all three of my cuties with me – it’s got to be fast. I am so lucky that a new Wal-mart was built right after we moved to Spanish Fork – it’s the easiest for picking up everything I need for back to school. Plus I am a big fan of the Wal-mart Savings Catcher app and price matching policy. It saves us lots of money!

Here’s a few tips that help me keep my sanity during Back to School shopping.

1. Stock Up! Sale prices for back to school items are the best this time of year. Everything from crayons to Kleenex at Wal-mart are on sale. I have a shelf in my kitchen with all the gluesticks and art supplies.

2. Prep for Parties! Last year I was a room mom and I wish that I would have bought more supplies for school parties at the beginning of the year. Inevitably, something comes up and parents forget to send in supplies. With class parties come class messes so be sure to pick up Viva paper towels at Wal-mart!

One of my favorite supplies for parties – Scott Extra Soft at Wal-mart! Toilet paper is seriously a life-saver for games. We’ve done toilet paper bowling and my personal favorite – Minute to Win it Wrapping. For Halloween, the kids can wrap each other up like mummies. For Christmas – make it a Christmas tree with ornaments! For Valentines – wrap them up and tape on hearts.

3. Be Ready for Sick Days. School is back in session and that means germs are, too! I hate starting cold season without my favorite soft tissues so I stock up on Kleenex at Wal-mart.  Grab some Bear Creek Soup packets (just add water) and saltines and you are set for flu season.

4. Price Match. Be sure you have the Wal-mart Savings Catcher App and price match at Wal-mart. It’s nice knowing that you are getting the best deals!

5. Buy Double for Home. Make sure you are stocked up for home and for school! This year I am organizing my supplies in a rolling cart with individual containers so that my kids can easily access what they need and don’t have to go looking for it. All the extras will go up in the kitchen cupboard.

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6. Give back. We are serious Box Tops for Education collectors at our house. We even recruit grandparents and aunts/uncles to clip them for us. The best thing abut buying in bulk at Wal-mart is the high-value Box Tops.

Hope these tips help your school year start more smoothly! Check out more tips from Wal-mart and moms like you here.  Be sure to share your own tips as well!

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Once I Was a Beehive – Opening in theaters August 14

Once I was a Beehive

It was love at first sight when I saw the movie “Once I was a Beehive” announced on Facebook. I adore, cherish, and still laugh over my memories from Girls Camp as a teenager. Once I was a Beehive perfectly encapsulated all those nostalgic memories and more in a 119 minute family film. From nonsensical camp songs to camp crushes to tear-filled testimony nights, it was a delightful peek back into a classic right of passage for teenage girls.

While my daughter and I giggled through the camp skits (sneak peek here) and camp leader Carrie Carrington’s  (Lisa Valentine Clark’s) spot-on one liners, the core message of the film is what stole my heart. Specifically this quote:

Once I was a Beehive

Before I get any further into my review, here’s a sneak peek into the film that opens in theaters across Utah TODAY and a brief synopsis!

In ONCE I WAS A BEEHIVE, Lane Speer is a 16 year old girl who spends her family vacations camping in the mountains. She takes the memories for granted until she loses her father to an unexpected bout with cancer. Only a year later, as Lane is still reeling from her father’s death, her mother remarries a guy that Lane hardly knows. To top it off, while they are on their honeymoon, they arrange to have her stay with her Mormon step-aunt who takes her away to a bible-themed girls camp with a bunch of young Mormon girls. Confronted with memories of camping with her family, she tries to find peace with her new surroundings and deal with the death of her father.

What did I love most about the film? It was beautifully and hilariously relatable. I saw a little bit of myself in each character in the film.

Take for example the typical Mormon mom Holly Valentine (Hailey Smith) and then note what I unknowingly wore to the prescreening in the picture above and in this typical day outfit below. Nailed it with the colored cardy and polka dots. From the Indiana Jones references to the girl who pushes the side of the tent when it starts to rain, I promise you will be laughing and thinking of your own camping experiences.

Once I was a Beehive

The over-the-top camp leader Carrie Carrington one-liners were definitely highlights for me. From the outburst on the trail with her daughter (Well, we say it in mine!) to the lack luster launch of Noah’s ark, I swear I’ve been there. Poured hours of prayer, preparation, and superglue/glitter into sharing times/activity days/etc. only to have the end product fall a little short. Love the message of doing your best and then it being worth it as long as it brings everyone together.

Once I was a Beehive

The entire cast captured my heart and I love how the characters developed throughout the movie. While the film had some of your typical stereotypes (the diva, the girl who is there because her parents made her, the boy-crazy girl, the wilderness survival leader, etc.) what stood out to me was the humanness and relatability of those characters. We all have our mean-girl moments. We all go over the top sometimes. We all know people like those depicted in the film.

The best part? We all NEED each of those people in our life and that was showcased perfectly in the film. The characters recognized their flaws and when push came to shove – they worked together to help each other. It’s just like life. None are perfect – we all throw a snowball or two – but so much good can be done when we come together.

For any who have lost a loved one, Once I was a Beehive will warm your heart. The scenes between Lane (Paris Warner) and Nedra (Barta Heiner) by the fire as well as the closing scene between Lane and Phoebe (newcomer Mila Smith – who is darling!) spoke of the hope and the subsequent joy that will come when we are reunited someday. The movie made me want to squeeze my little ones a little tighter and take one last camping trip before school starts.

Once I Was a Beehive is the perfect family activity for this weekend before school starts. Check out showtimes here and make sure to request it in your city! Opening week is so important for films like this – let’s fill the seats and show Hollywood that we need more family films like Once I was a Beehive! I, for one, would love to see more from producers Maclain Nelson, Lisa Valentine Clark, Hailey Smith, Jake Van Wagoner, and Claire Niederpruem.

Check out what other bloggers and Youtubers have had to say about Once I was a Beehive:

How Does She – Alison was at the prescreening with me in Logan. My daughter was over the moon excited that she won one of her darling penguin sleeping bags. Thanks Alison!

Behind the Scenes on LDSLiving

Good Things Utah

Top 10 Reasons to Watch Once I was a Beehive by Something to Shout About

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Be sure to check out Once I was a Beehive on their social media for more behind the scenes and updates!

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How to make Family History Bingo

Family History Bingo

It’s no secret that I LOVE family history. I’ve been pouring over pedigrees and journals since elementary school. Attending Roots Tech earlier this year fueled my family history fire and since then it’s been my goal to get my family just as excited about exploring their roots.

We’ve done Family History Jeopardy and have a trip to the Family History Discovery Center  in Salt Lake coming up later this month, but one of my favorite ideas so far has been Family History Bingo. Everyone LOVES BINGO – it is a classic game. Adding in ancestors and stories to a game that children are familiar with makes it a win/win for everyone.

Family History Bingo was uber easy to make! Here’s how I did mine.

Log on to FamilySearch.orgIf you don’t have an account, it is free and easy to sign up! From my account, I was able to access all the family photos you see above and download them. While you are collecting the family photos, be sure to copy and paste a fact or story for each person into a word document for the individual BINGO photo cards that you draw.

Make a collage in PicMonkey.  Use a photo program like Pic Monkey to make a collage.

Click on collage and upload your pictures. I saved all of mine in the same folder for easy uploading.

Next click on layout – the boxes.

PicMonkey Tutorial

 

Click on Square Deal for the BINGO format. I used 4×4, but you can also use the traditional 5×5 for BINGO.

Once you have your layout, click back on the photo icon at the top. Drag and drop each of your photos into the squares.

Voila! You have a BINGO card. Repeat the process for each BINGO card.

Print and laminate. I printed mine off at home, but you may want to go with a professional printing service to get the best quality.

Once printed, I laminated mine for durability.  Here is my favorite laminator and sheets.

For the key, I made a regular bingo card, laminated it, and then cut out the individual photos. Before I laminated the pictures, I wrote the person’s name on the back along with a fact or story about them. I put all the pictures in a bowl for the children to randomly draw from.

If your family doesn’t have much info on FamilySearch.org (it’s a great time to add it!), you can do it from personal family photos and stories as well.

 

Family History BINGO

Family History BINGO is such a fun and easy way to introduce your children to their ancestors. My children, nieces, and nephews loved matching the pictures on their cards to the pictures I was holding up. Plus it created an easy environment to share their stories. We talked about Great-Grandpa Vic who jumped over a ditch everyday on the way to school and went on to set jumping records for the state. We giggled over the serious picture of Great-Great-Great-Great Grandma Celia who was known to be quite the jokester.

Family History is a Family Afffair

I hope you have just as much fun with your Family History BINGO cards as we did! Tag me on instagram if you make a set – @Keepmovingforwardwithme – I would love to see.

What are your favorite ways to explore family history with your children?

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Favorite Places to Back to School Shop + Gymboree Giveaway

Gymboree - Back to School Clothes

School starts oh so soon! It’s time for back to school shopping. I am excited to share with you a few of my favorite places to shop as well as a fantastic giveaway for Gymboree!

Back to school clothes

1. ONLINE. Stores like Gymboree are having fantastic back to school sales. I always shop through cash-back sites like Ebates or Shop at Home to get the most bang for my buck. Those two sites usually tell me the best coupon codes available. Nothing beats back to school clothes delivered right to your door!

2. OUTLETS.  I make a visit to the Park City Tanger Outlets at least twice a year. My shopping secret – I buy the next size or two up for my kids when I find a good deal. I go with my mom and sisters and we make a weekend of it. Shopping is more fun in a group and more eyes see more deals!

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3. ONLINE DEAL SITES.  Zulily is one my absolute favorite deal sites. They post all my favorites from Jelly the Pug to Disney at marked down prices. I’m watching Zulily daily for Christmas present ideas along with back to school clothes shopping!

4. CONSIGNMENT/YARD SALE/FACEBOOK SALES.  I prefer buying new and usually do with killer clearance and markdown sales. However, I’ve had lots of luck with facebook yard sale sites as well. Check and see if your town has one. Last week I got two bags full of name-brand clothing in good condition for my kindergartner – all for free! I’ve also been selling all of my daughter’s too-small clothes on there as well. My daughter’s Gymboree clothes hold up really well and always resell for a great price. Definitely helps to build up some cash for this year’s clothes!

Hope those tips help you get the most bang for your buck this year during back to school shopping! I’ve teamed up with my blogging pals to give one luck winner a $75 shopping spree to Gymboree. I adore the matching outfits at Gymboree as well as the high-quality materials.

Check out some more reasons why I love Gymboree and enter the giveaway below:

Gymboree has been dressing children since 1986. The brand’s fashionable clothing and accessories are created to celebrate kids being kids in unique head-to-toe looks. Available in sizes newborn to 10 years, Gymboree clothing is designed with colorful, high-quality fabrics and detailed touches throughout.

Whether your child has already started school or is starting in a few weeks, Gymboree is the place to shop. Currently they are offering an extra 30% off markdowns which means you can save even more on your back to school shopping! Plus new arrivals are 20% off!

Now want to know the really awesome part about Gymboree? Well, when you refer a friend, they will give you $20 to spend at Gymboree! That is like a totally free outfit for sharing with your friends how awesome Gymboree is! Check out all the details here.

So what are you waiting for? Head into your local Gymboree store and get shopping (and saving).

Giveaway Time!

Gymboree wants to help make back to school shopping a little easier on your wallet. So they are giving away a $75 Gymboree Gift Card to 1 lucky winner! All you have to do is enter using the giveaway widget below! Giveaway ends 8/17! Good Luck Everyone!
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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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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