Preparing for Disney on Ice + Discount Code

Prepearing for Disney on Ice - What to Take and Activity Ideas

The snow is coming down in Utah and my seven year old princess is so excited to go to Disney on Ice at the Energy Solutions Area! Time to snuggle up with some hot chocolate and get a sneak peek of the fun that awaits us.

While the children check out the preview, I’ll be packing up and laying out costumes for tonight. My little ones look for every excuse to wear their Disney outfits! Lily will be wearing her new Ice Queen dress from Little Adventures and the boys are wearing their Buzz and Woody shirts from the Disney Store.

The Buzz and Woody shirts came as part of pajama sets, but I think they work perfectly with jeans. When you shop at the Disney Store be sure to go through a cash back site to get the best deal! Over Christmas I shopped at the Disney Store through my Ebates link and it was nice to get some money back. I also check Swagbucks and Shop at Home to see who is giving back the highest amount. May as well make money  back if you are already shopping at the Disney Store online!

Other items I am packing are:

Must Have Items for Disney outings

Disposable Bibs to protect their costumes through dinner and any snacks at the venue. We bought this brand for our Florida trip and they have protected us from many a Mickey Mouse popsicle and Disney treat!

Toy Story Look and Find book for the boys. We have several of these books and they are great for during dinner and while we are waiting for the show to start.

Glow Sticks. We got ours at the dollar store, but you can also get them in bulk on Amazon.com. Then you will be set for the 4th of July, any Disney trips, and lots of summer fun!

These few items seem to help keep our Disney on Ice experience a little cleaner and calmer. Be sure to follow me on instagram to see our favorite parts of the show! If any of these tips help you, I would love to see! Use the hashtag #keepmovingforwardwithme on instagram and I will check them out.

Need more tips for your first Disney on Ice? Check this out!

Tips for your first Disney on Ice

And if you need help choosing costumes, I’ve got you covered here at Dress up tips for Disney on Ice.

Dress up Tips for Disney on Ice

I hope you’ll join me this week at the Energy Solutions Arena for Let’s Celebrate – Disney on Ice. Here are the details – be sure to scroll down for the SPECIAL DISCOUNT CODE! 

WHAT:            Make an ordinary day extraordinary when Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! – Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt brings more than 50 Disney characters from 16 beloved Disney stories together in Salt Lake City for one colossal party on ice!  This fun-filled show features a magical montage of celebrations, holidays and festivals from around the globe set to a blend of contemporary music and favorite Disney songs, playing at the Energy Solutions Arena from March 4 – 8, 2015.

Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse on a delightful tour as they celebrate a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains; a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; Mardi Gras with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen; a Valentine’s Day Royal Ball with the Disney Princesses; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; traveling to far-off exotic places including China for the Chinese New Year, Brazil for Carnival and Japan for the beautiful Cherry Blossom festival Sakura.  Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! – Presented by YoKids is the ultimate jam-packed celebration of the century featuring fun and surprises for the whole family!

WHERE: Energy Solutions Arena

301 West South Temple

Salt Lake City, Utah, 84101

WHEN: March 4 – 8, 2015

Wednesday, March 4th 7:00 PM

Thursday, March 5th 7:00 PM

Friday, March 6th 3:30 PM & 7:00 PM

Saturday, March 7th 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday, March 8th 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM

TICKETS: Ticket price levels are $20, $25, $40 (VIP) and $52 (Front Row)

Special Opening Night discount tickets available for only $15 each (not valid for VIP/Front Row)

Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Energy Solutions Arena Office.

Use the code MOM to get $5 off your tickets! The code is valid for the following performances Thurs. 7:00pm, Fri. 3:30pm, Sat. 11:30am, Sun. 4:30pm. The code is valid for the $25 and $20 tickets only and limited to 6 per order. Only valid online and it is good through show time!

To discover more, go to DisneyOnIce.com. Be sure to follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Eating healthy with Carissa from Carissamiss.com + $100 Meal Plan Giveaway

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I met the lovely Carissa of Carissamiss.com at Roots Tech earlier this month. Best words to describe her: vibrant, passionate, and full of knowledge. This girl knows her stuff and loves to share it.  Love her DIY fashion style (check out her insta feed!) and her creativity (adore these FREE glitter animal silhouette printables). But that is not what we are going to talk about today. Carissa is guest posting to share with us the meal plan that has changed her life. A lucky reader is going to win that meal plan and daily subscription! Be sure to enter at the end of this post.

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Hi everyone, I’m Carissa and I blog at Carissamiss.com. I have had amazing success since starting to eat healthy. My changes have cured my migraines, helped me lose weight, and improved my overall energy. I want to share how easy it is to eat healthy! I’ve worked really hard to put together a meal plan that does all the work for you and pleases the whole family so you don’t have to cook two different meals for every meal. Keep on reading to learn more!

We want to get you excited about eating healthy! Enter to win a What to Eat Daily subscription and access my 30 day meal plan for ONE YEAR! That’s over $100 value! Scroll to enter
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On the set of The Cokeville Miracle + 2015 LDS Film Festival debut

Behind the Scenes look at The Cokeville Miracle movie

I’ve worked on a movie set before, but last June was my first time crying on one. As a blogger, I was invited to the film set of The Cokeville Miracle in Layton, Utah. When I arrived, the scene was set much as it looks in the above picture. The extras were taking direction and reenacting the scene where parents and community members arrive at the elementary school after the horrific hostage and bomb situation.

The Cokeville Miracle

The mood was somber and I carefully watched the faces of the people in the crowd. Take after take, I took note of their pained expressions – skilled actors had surely been hired. Much to my surprise, I discovered that many in the scene had actually been there in Cokeville, Wyoming, when it happened. Children now grown up and adults who had witnessed the crisis firsthand now played an integral part in the making of the film. The tears that had been welling up before now came down as I imagined the raw emotions the filming must resurface. What unimaginable grief and worry must have struck their hearts as they wondered about their children and friends inside the school. As I thought about my own school-aged daughter, the film suddenly became very real to me. What happened that day and what pulled these strong people in front of me through it?

The Cokeville Miracle

Witnessing this scene filled me with gratitude that they have allowed their story to be shared and agreed to be a part of something that was clearly not easy. The story of The Cokeville Miracle will be screening at the LDS Film Festival March 7th and I am looking forward to seeing the film in its entirety.

The movie is a true story of 150 people, including 135 children, held hostage for almost three hours at a Wyoming elementary school in 1986. You may have seen the preview before Meet the Mormons. Teachers and students were confined to a small area in a classroom by the hostage taker. When the children became restless, the teachers led them in prayer.  The bomb did accidently go off in the small classroom; however, none of the hostages were killed.

The Cokeville Miracle

Children were hurt and badly burned, but they all survived.  Being in the classroom used for filming that was approximately the same size as the original classroom increased my amazement at this story. It truly is the Cokeville Miracle. Bomb experts did not have an explanation as to why the bomb did not do incredible damage.

The Cokeville Miracle

I’ll let the preview do the rest of the talking:

The film is directed by T.C. Christensen and comes from a line of Christensen’s faith-promoting films such as Ephraim’s Rescue, 17 Miracles, Work and the Glory.  “I have two real themes for my work: There are still miracles and there’s power in prayer,” Christensen said in an interview with the Deseret News. The Cokeville Miracle definitely reflects these themes in spades and I am looking forward to seeing it.

The Cokeville Miracle

My friend June of Simply June was able to speak with several of the survivors about their experience that day in 1986 as well as their experience filming the movie. You can read her heart-warming remarks and about her experience on set here.

For more behind the scenes footage, be sure to check out this video:

It was my pleasure to be on set with the talent cast and crew of The Cokeville Miracle. The vulnerability and the strength of the survivors who helped make this movie possible touched my heart. This is their story and TC Christensen honored that in the making of this film. Hope to see you at the debut.

The Cokeville Miracle

Assistant director Bob Conder on the set of The Cokeville Miracle

Tickets are on sale now for the debut screening of The Cokeville Miracle at the 2015 LDS Film Festival. Join me in seeing this faith-promoting film!

Where: 2015 LDS Film Festival – Scera Center for the Arts, 745 S. State, Orem

When: Saturday March 7 at 7:30 pm

Tickets: Tickets can be purchased for $7 at scera.org\ or by calling 801-225-2787.

Take the Temple Challenge – Family Forward Friday

Family Forward Friday - Weekly Linkup

It’s the second week of Family Forward Friday and your stories are incredible. Here’s a quick glimpse at the posts that were linked up last week. Thanks for sharing!

If you are looking for a indepth look at Roots Tech, you need to check out Becky’s blog post! Her photo story of her experiences is already making me excited for next year. My friend Paula from the Housewives of Riverton gives us another sneak peek at Roots Tech including her takeaways from interviewing Olympian Noelle Pikus Pace. Carly from Living the Scream and I toured the new Family Discovery Center together and she will tell you all about why your family needs to go as soon as possible!

For my post this week I am sharing one of my favorite action items from Family Discovery Day at Roots Tech – the Temple Challenge by Elder Neil L. Anderson. Click over on the temple challenge to watch it for yourself. Did you take the challenge last year? How did it go? Did you see that that eight words were added to the challenge for this year?

Take the Temple Challenge + Family Home Evening Resources

This speaks to my heart. Knowing and doing is good, but sharing that process is even better! My family has hundreds of names ready to be taken to the temple thanks to the efforts of my mother-in-law. Much work has been done on my own side as well. Up until now, I’ve paused my own searching efforts to get all the currently found names taken to the temple. But with this challenge, I am determined to find a name. It is important that I understand the process so that I can teach it to my own children.

Find, Take, Teac - Temple Challenge

Image from LDS.org

 

As luck would have it, my good friend Breanna posted this week about how she found 100 family names to bring to the temple (How I Found Family Names to Bring to the Temple) and she linked up to our Family Forward Friday series. What a wonderful experience to have in the temple with nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters, and parents – all thanks to a simple breakthrough on FamilySearch. Check out her story and her tutorial on how she found the names and the stories behind them. She gives me hope that I will be able to find a name with my daughter!

How I Finally Found Family Names to take to the Temple

Image from BreannaOlaveson.com

Are you ready to being? Let’s go:

First, go to this page and accept the challenge! You’ll be joining 28,000 youth and adults around the world. This page takes you through all of the steps needed to find a name and get it temple ready. There are also several videos that you can share with your family. I bawled through all of them this morning – love the inspirational stories about family history work.

Take the Temple Challenge - Family Home Evening Resource

Photo courtesy of LDSDaily.net

What’s next? Share it with your family! While I was at Roots Tech, I had the chance to connect with two writers from LDSDaily.com. I love the family home evening lesson that they have created in response to the Temple Challenge. It includes the challenge video, scriptures, songs, activities, and even a recipe for a treat. Scheduling this for Monday’s family home evening at the Parker house!

Take the Temple Challenge and see the difference it makes in your family! Please leave a comment on this post after you sign up for the challenge or if you took the challenge last year. I would love to hear your story!

Taking the Temple Challenge is just one way we can strengthen our families. What other ways are you moving your family forward this week? Please leave a comment or link up your family-friendly post!

What to Wear to Disney on Ice – Let’s Celebrate

Dress up Tips for Disney on Ice

(Be sure to enter to win tickets to the March 4 Disney on Ice! Today is the LAST day. You have until noon MST!)

Raise your hand if your child dresses like a Disney character several times a week. At our house, Lily rotates through Elsa, Rapunzel, Belle, Cinderella, and then back again. The moment she heard we were going to Disney on Ice, Lily began planning what she was going to wear. When we went last year, the the Energy Solutions Arena was filled with little princesses and Mickey Mouses.

We are busy mom’s so I’ve scoped out the cast of characters for Let’s Celebrate and collected all the cutest and most wearable costumes from Amazon.com for you. Two-day shipping is my fave!

My hands-down favorite brand for princess dresses is Little Adventure. They are a local Utah brand, but they are in shops everywhere and on Amazon.com. See all the reasons I love them (machine washable, non-itchy, GORGEOUS!) in my post Tips on Finding the Perfect Costume for Your Princess.

On to the costumes!

      

Your little Tiana will love this Lily Pad princess dress-up set. My boys have been giggling about this Plush Frog Hat – One Size, too. In these ensembles they will be set to have fun at the Mardi Gras with Tiana and Naveen.

Little Adventures does not have an Alice in Wonderland costume on Amazon, but I did find this darling one that is machine washable.

      

My boys will be going as Buzz Lightyear and Woody! Love this Buzz Lightyear Classic – Size: Child S(4-6) and Buzz Lightyear Gloves Costume Accessory.

Your daughter will be ready to play in the winter wonderland with Jesse in this Jesse Deluxe Child – Size: 3T-4T costume.

Now for the princess dresses. My daughter wears all three of these dresses and LOVES them! My favorite part – machine washable. I don’t have to worry about her spilling during dinner or during the show.

                                

Make sure your daughter has the princess hair to match with these Frozen Hair tutorials.

Frozen Hair Tutorial - Elsa Side Braid

I hope you are as excited and ready for Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! – Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt now. There will be more than 50 Disney characters from 16 beloved Disney stories together in Salt Lake City for one colossal party on ice!  This fun-filled show features a magical montage of celebrations, holidays and festivals from around the globe set to a blend of contemporary music and favorite Disney songs, playing at the Energy Solutions Arena from March 4 – 8, 2015. Now let’s get you some tickets!

WHERE:           Energy Solutions Arena

301 West South Temple

Salt Lake City, Utah, 84101

 

WHEN:                        March 4 – 8, 2015

Wednesday, March 4th            7:00 PM

Thursday, March 5th                7:00 PM

Friday, March 6th                    3:30 PM & 7:00 PM

Saturday, March 7th                11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday, March 8th                   1:00 PM & 4:00 PM

TICKETS:          Ticket price levels are $20, $25, $40 (VIP) and $52 (Front Row) Special Opening Night discount tickets available for only $15 each (not valid for VIP/Front Row)

Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Energy Solutions Arena Office. Use my special code MOM to get $5 off at the following performances: Thurs. 7:00pm, Fri. 3:30pm, Sat. 11:30am, Sun. 4:30pm. Discount code is valid for $25 and $20 tickets online only. Limit 6 per order.

Don’t miss these Tips for your first Disney on Ice!

Tips for your first Disney on Ice

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A sneak peek into my time at Roots Tech + first ever Family Forward Friday link up

Family Forward

Have you ever had a month where inspiration just pours in? That has been my February. I spent last week at Roots Tech, the largest family history conference in the world. I filled up a notebook with ideas that I want to start in my home.  Best part – my seven year old filled up some pages as well. Here’s a little sample of what she wrote while Olympian Noelle Pikus Pace and Al Fox Carraway were speaking:

“Get a 3 subject notebook. Write every day. Make three goals every day. I am so glad I am here. I love indexing. Al Fox’s baby is cute.”

That’s the good stuff my friends. This week I have been thinking, how can I savor all this good stuff and help my daughter to do the same? How can I apply it to my life and to my family? I don’t want to let my inspiration be forgotten in a notebook. So here’s the plan. Every Friday, I will be blogging about how my family is moving forward with our goals and dreams.  I invite you to do the same. If you attended Roots Tech and are moving forward with what you learned there, please leave a comment or link up what you posted about it. If you didn’t attend, no problem. I want to hear about anything that moves your family forward. Do you have a weekly game night – fantastic! Is there a book you read that changed the way you are parenting – do tell!

I am a Cousin - Global Family Reunion

My posts for the next few weeks will be all the juicy tidbits from Roots Tech that I am applying in my home.

My biggest takeaway –

We are all connected. 

I sat down with journalist and keynote speaker AJ Jacobs and asked him what he hoped to learn from his Global Family Reunion project, a project that seeks out how each of us is related to each other by blood or marriage. The answer,

Inspiration from Roots Tech #globalfamilyreunion

Here’s the fun part. Because of Roots Tech, I discovered that I am not so distantly related to two bloggers I follow. When I got home I was pleasantly surprised that the visual aids I had been planning to use for sharing time had been made by my new found distant cousin – Allison Kimball (Check out her beautiful art work here in this family history unit and here for these cute family history badges.)

Family Discovery Center

Photos like the one above sparked conversations with my mom’s cousins and my second cousins on Facebook and Instagram.  All of those women in the picture graduated from BYU in the 1920s and 1930s with their degrees. I love that that their passion for education has trickled down through the generations. Having these discussions and making these connections made my life just a little bit richer this week.

So that is a quick sneak peek at how attending Roots Tech is helping my family move forward. Making connections with family members and extended family members brings an extra bit of happiness into my life. As AJ Jacobs commented, “It makes us feel part of something bigger than ourselves.”

How is your family moving forward this week? Did you attend Roots Tech? What was your favorite part and how are you applying it in your family? If you have a blog post about how your family is moving forward this week, post it below! Or leave a comment!

Temple to Temple Run 2015 with LDS Charities + Discount Code

Temple to Temple 14.5 Mile Race - May 16, 2015

Time to get excited for all the races coming up in the spring and summer! I’ve been pretty solid in the 5K camp (Love the Color Run and Running with Angels at Thanksgiving Point!), but I think I’ve found the 14.5 mile run to initiate me into longer distances – the Temple to Temple Run!

Mark your calendar and come join me on the Provo River Trail and Murdock Canal Trail to run from the Timpanogos Temple to the Provo Temple.  I’ve jogged on other portions of the Provo River Trail and loved it!

Proceeds from the run go to LDS Charities. LDS Charities is near and dear to my heart. They have world-wide humanitarian programs that include Clean Water, Emergency Response, Immunization, Neonatal Resuscitation Training, Vision Care, Wheelchairs, and Community Projects. Being involved with these activities, LDS Charities seeks “to ensure that all of our humanitarian initiatives are built upon the principles of personal responsibility, community support, self-reliance, and sustainability.”

I love that my participation in the Temple to Temple Run will help support these initiatives! In graduate school, I had planned on spending a summer working in Romanian orphanages, but ended up staying home and starting a family of my own instead. Humanitarian problems still speak to my heart and I am glad that I can help in a small way like this until the day that I can help in a big way!

Here are the details:

Temple to Temple Run

Date: Saturday, May, 16, 20115

Time: 8 am

Location: Drop off at Timpanogos Temple in American Fork, UT, and pick up at Provo Temple in Provo, UT.

Register for the Temple to Temple Run

Forward10 is good for $10 off a group of 4 registration

Forward5 is good for $5 off an individual registration

Be sure to follow I Run Utah to find out about all the races this year!

Now friends, I am in my comfort zone with 5Ks and I love all the advice you gave me about them a few years back (Tips and Tricks for Running Your First 5K).  It’s February, what should I be doing to train for this big race in May. Training tips and race day tips are much appreciated!

What are your favorite races to run in Utah?

Have you been able to be a part of humanitarian efforts?  I would love to hear about it!

Let’s Celebrate with Disney on Ice + Giveaway for a Family Four Pack!

Disney on Ice - Let's Celebrate

Remember how googly-eyed my children were over Disney on Ice Rockin Ever After last spring? We are so excited that Disney on Ice will be back March 4- March 8, 2015, at the Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City. My kids can’t wait to dress up and go see some of their favorite characters.

Disney on Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! This delightful show transports audiences to exciting events with over 50 Disney characters from 16 beloved Disney films, including a Valentine’s Day Royal Ball with Princess Tiana; a Very Merry UnBirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; Jack Skellington’s frightfully festive Halloween party with the Disney Villains; and a Hawaiian luau with Lilo and Stitch. My three year old’s favorite Disney character is Stitch so I know we are in for a treat!

Disney on Ice

Here are the details:

WHERE:           Energy Solutions Arena

301 West South Temple

Salt Lake City, Utah, 84101

 WHEN:                        March 4 – 8, 2015

Wednesday, March 4th            7:00 PM

Thursday, March 5th                7:00 PM

Friday, March 6th                    3:30 PM & 7:00 PM

Saturday, March 7th                11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday, March 8th                   1:00 PM & 4:00 PM

TICKETS: Ticket price levels are $20, $25, $40 (VIP) and $52 (Front Row)

Special Opening Night discount tickets available for only $15 each (not valid for VIP/Front Row)

Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Energy Solutions Arena Office.

Two special gifts for my readers! Use the code MOM to get $5 off your tickets! The code is valid for the following performances Thurs. 7:00pm, Fri. 3:30pm, Sat. 11:30am, Sun. 4:30pm. The code is valid for the $25 and $20 tickets only and limited to 6 per order. Only valid online and it is good through showtime!

Now for the fun part, I have four tickets to GIVEAWAY for opening night! Enter in the rafflecopter below! Be sure to check out my Tips for your first Disney on Ice as well!

Tips for your first Disney on Ice

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To discover more about Disney On Ice, go to www.DisneyOnIce.com, or visit them on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. 

Cobbler Cove and My Station Park + $300 Valentines Giveaway

Top Reasons to Shop Stay and Play at Station Park in Farmington, Utah

Station Park is Farmington’s hidden gem and I am so excited to give you a little sneak peek into some of my favorite things there. Be sure to enter to win the $300+ prize package from Station Park’s amazing businesses (scroll to the bottom)! If you need a date night with the hubby (hello couples massage!) or you are looking for something fun to do with the kids (ice skating and yummy cobbler!), Station Park is your place.

My first Station Park experience was in November for the dessert restaurant Cobbler Cove’s grand opening. I immediately fell in love with the thousands of twinkle lights, the family friendly activities, and all my dining and entertainment options. I’ve visited several times sense then and it just gets better every time!  I love Station Park so much that I invited 50 Utah bloggers and Instagrammers to experience it for themselves. Here are the top ten reasons to visit Station Park that I shared with them and that I am now excited to share with you!

Must try the Cobbler Cove at Station Park in Farmington!

1. This cobbler! I have to start with this yummy cobbler as that is how we began our evening at Station Park.  Check out the #cobblercove and #stationpark on Instagram to see all the fun we had and their reviews of Cobbler Cove! My favorite is the chocolate cobbler with mixed berries topped with Farr’s vanilla ice cream and an oat crumble. There are 15 flavors to choose from as well as a myriad of tasty toppings and sauces. Next time I am going to try out the pineapple!

Cobbler Cove at Station Park

Cobbler Cove is brand new to Station Park and has the coziest dining room complete with a couch in front of a fireplace as well as seating that faces out to the beautiful surroundings of Station Park. One of my favorite things about Cobbler Cove is that they try to use local fruit as much as possible – go local! Be sure to check it out on your next visit to Station Park!

2. The fountains. Think Bellagio in Vegas and Disney fountain shows – just as amazing! You can see them anytime, but there are amazing shows on the hour to the music of Van Halen and Adele. Check out this night-time instagram video of the fountains by Like Mother Like Daughter. You need to see the fountains at day and night for the full effect!

3. The family-friendly amenities. With upscale retail, dining and entertainment, a children’s play area, an outdoor winter skating rink, and a world-class show fountain – there is definitely something for everyone. Station Park expertly combines luxe surroundings with family-friendly amenities. Did you know that there are darling wooden toys for children to play with in the lululemon dressing room? That scores them major mommy points in my book! My daughter gets so bored while I am trying on clothes and I love that lululemon came up with a solution! I am sure that my kids will be making full use of the playground this summer while my husband and I trade off shopping, too.

ParkStone at Station Park

Photo courtesy of Station Park

4. The restaurants. Station Park boasts over 20 restaurants from casual to fine-dining. One that I am excited to try is ParkStone and they are included in our giveaway! Love the location by the fountains and the beautiful indoor/outdoor seating areas. ParkStone, like Cobbler Cove, likes to spotlight local and fresh ingredients. Looking forward to trying their asparagus fries and the spicy egg and bacon burger - yum! For a review of Parkstone check out The Morrell Tale. The pictures look scrumptious!

Things to do in Utah - Family First Mondays at Station Park in Farmington

Photo courtesy of Station Park

5. The community activities. From free Family First Mondays to free exercise classes at lululemon every Saturday morning, there is something going on at Station Park every week. Family First Mondays are filled with activities, entertainment, and discounts that your kids are going to love. For special event dates, be sure to check out the schedule on Station Park’s web-site.

lululemon Saturday Sweat at Station Park in Farmington. Free classes every Saturday at 8 am!

I love that the classes at lululemon are taught by local exercise experts from places like Dance Factory, Crossfit, and Centered City Yoga. Stop by this Saturday at 8 am and check them out for yourself. You can even get a sneak peak of the classes from the videos on their facebook page.

DownEast Basics at Station Park

6. The shopping. With over 45 stores, Station Park is a shopper’s dream! One of my favorite stores there is DownEast Basics. Remember all the darling finds I made with Alicia from Chic on a Shoe String? I love this purse and these pants that I discovered Saturday night. I am excited to go back since their new line launched TODAY! Check out their online and in-store specials!

7. The convenience. You will want to shop, stay, and play at this beautiful shopping and entertainment destination right off of I-15 with easy access to Front Runner. Literally five minutes off the freeway. I live in Utah County and I have already been up to Station Park three times since Thanksgiving – worth the drive! Station Park has their own hotel in the works – it is going to make the perfect staycation! Putting it on my bucket list.

Concierge at Station Park in Farmington

Photo courtesy of Station Park

8. The luxe. I love that Station Park is the complete package – a movie theater, a gym, restaurants, shops, and outdoor entertainment. The beauty of Station Park is that they didn’t stop at convenience, location, and selection. Station Park takes it up a notch to provide you with a luxe shopping experience. One of my new favorite places to walk through at Station Park is the concierge area. Isn’t it beautiful?

Visit Station Park in Farmington, Utah

And the luxe carries over to the stores. I went gaga over these light fixtures at lululemon and Sanctuary Aveda.

9.  The spa. Speaking of luxe, a trip to Station Park wouldn’t be complete without stopping by Sanctuary Aveda. Can I describe you to my dream day? Shop til I drop in the morning with a lunch at ParkStone (remember that amazing hamburger and appetizer!!!). Next, a deep-tissue massage at Sanctuary Aveda followed by a movie at the Cinemark. Top it off with chocolate raspberry cobbler by the fire and I am set!

One feature of the spa that a fellow blogger and I were loving is the membership service. Typically with a membership service you get a monthly massage. At Sanctuary Aveda, you can select from several services including a facial or pedicure. Fun to mix it up a little!

Membership Services at Sanctuary Aveda

10. The date nights. Doesn’t every thing I mention sound perfect for date nights? Hello Valentines! Spoil your kids with ice staking and a movie in the early afternoon and then come back for a massage and cobbler by the fire at night. One date night that is on my list this year are the cooking classes at Harmon’s. Love the variety that they offer!

Harmon's Cooking Classes

Now, for what you have been waiting for! The giveaway!

Whether you are checking out the latest in fashion at DownEast Basics, dining at the ParkStone wood-fire grill, grabbing groceries at Harmon’s, working out with lululemon on Saturday morning, or having a spa day at Sanctuary Aveda, you are going to want to cap off your fun with fresh-baked cobbler from Station Park’s newest dessert restaurant Cobbler Cove! You are going to want to cozy up by their fireplace and enjoy America’s favorite dessert.

One lucky reader is going to be spoiled with some of our favorite things from Station Park!

Station Park Valentines Giveaway

$30 gift card to Cobbler Cove
Cooking Class from Harmon’s
A $25 Gift Certificate from ParkStone Restaurant
A Couples Massage with Stress Fix Soak from Sanctuary Aveda
A $50 Gift Card from DownEast Basics
Six ice skating passes from The Salt Project
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I organized an event for bloggers and instagrammers for this post. We received complimentary cobbler and hot chocolate to review. Thank you Station Park and Cobbler Cove!

52 Weeks to Fortify Your Family + Giveaway!

52 Weeks to Fortify Your Family -  five minute inspirational messages to start your day

Is your life as crazy-busy-run from one lesson/meeting/event to the next as mine? I was talking to Nicole Carpenter, creator of MOMentity, about how I feel like I am putting out fires in my life instead of  building my dream life. I jump from one crisis to the next maintaining our family life, but never quite creating the life I want for my family. Sound familiar to anyone?

So how do  we move from maintaining to creating? One way I have learned is through meaningful traditions and family routines. As I’ve mentioned before, my family does much better when we tie these traditions to something we already have to do every day. Prime example = meal time! Everyone has to eat! Confession time, in year’s past we have not been perfect about our scripture study together as a family. Sad, but true! For example, our mornings sometimes resemble a jumble of looking for shoes, gobbling up French toast, and running out the door just in time.

In my head, I’ve envisioned us snuggled up together on the couch reading scriptures or them coloring printables from LDS.org as I read inspirational things to them that will strengthen them during the day. That just hasn’t happened every morning! So this year we are doing our family scripture study at the breakfast table and I am so excited to introduce you to a book that has made it so much easier! This book is perfect for busy families and can be used a meal times, in the car, or even as part of your bedtime routines (which we have ended up doing a time or two!)

Nicole Carpenter has created an amazing book, 52 Weeks to Fortify Your Family, that is PERFECT for a year’s worth of daily devotionals. The book includes:

A new theme for each week

Scriptures to read together

Quotes from Latter-day prophets

Discussion questions to get you thinking

The book is divided into four sections: Value Lessons, Life Lessons, Gospel Lessons and Holiday Lessons. From there it is divided into 52 gospel topics Tithing, Good Works, Temples, Talents, Divine Worth, etc. Each week has scriptures, quotes, discussion questions, and additional resources to go along with theme.

I love that this is one way that I can improve our scripture study this year. So far, we are doing the five minute devotionals in order, but I definitely plan to switch it up depending on the needs of my family that week. I already have Week 42, Temples, book-marked for the week of the Payson Temple Open House. Each week is a gold-mine of spiritual nuggets. I love that Nicole has included videos that can be looked up online, supporting conference addresses, and well-known quotes like this one:

Inspiration Quotes - 52 Weeks to Fortify Your Family

I plan on laminating some of my favorite quotes and scriptures from the week to put under our clear table cloth for the kids to read during the rest of the meals.

52 Weeks to Fortify Your Family is one of my favorite books that I have added to our family’s collection this year. Simplifies my life and helps me to create more of the family culture that I desire! You can find Nicole’s amazing book on Amazon.com at 52 Weeks to Fortify Your Family! Right now it is #1 Best Seller!

52 Weeks to Fortify Your Family

I have a little surprise for you! I am giving away one copy of the book to a lucky reader! Enter in the rafflecopter  below!

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What are your favorite family traditions?

How has scripture study worked best for your family?

I received a copy of this book for review purposes. This post contains affiliate links.