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.
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.
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:
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• The Cleaner: Ice cream #fail! Watch how HUGGIES® Wipes saved the day from this on the go mess!
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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 Parkand I am excited to be giving away a family-membership to a lucky reader.
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.
Train rides (there are three)
Petting farm animals
Panning for gold
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!
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.
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.
Be sure to check out the schedule so you don’t miss your favorite child’s favorite 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
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!
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!
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.
Photo Courtesy of https://disneyland.disney.go.com/events-tours/60-years-diamond-anniversary-celebration/
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.
Photo Courtesy of https://disneyland.disney.go.com/entertainment/disneyland/paint-the-night-parade/
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!
Photo Courtesy of https://disneyland.disney.go.com/entertainment/disney-california-adventure/world-of-color/
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.
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 endsMay 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!
I’m excited to share with you one simple tip that will completely change how you take notes and apply what you learn at any conference you attend.
But first – confession time. Prior to discovering this tip, I barely glanced at the notes I took from the very first blog conference I attended. Page after page of contacts, tips, and action items got buried and forgotten. Who has time to dig through notes to find that one great idea – not this blogger! I told myself I would, but it just didn’t happen.
That is why I needed this tip. What is the point of paying for a conference if you are not going to remember and put into action what you learn? The key is to organize your notes BEFORE you even take them!
My tip is easy as four simple clicks of a pen. Buy a multi-colored pen and color code your notes. For example this is the coding I use for the blog conferences I attend: Green = Money Making Ideas, Blue = Networking, Purple = Action Items, Pink = Blog Post Ideas.
This one tip made my notes much more usable and saved me a lot of time. With a quick scan of the page, I could quickly see the bloggers I wanted to touch base with after the conference or the notes I had made about a specific sponsor. After the conference, I set my timer for at least 15 minutes a day to focus on each of the color-coded items. More connections were made, more ideas were put into play.
Do yourself a favor! Get a multi-colored pen and make your conference notes the most colorful and productive ever this year.
If you are reading this after having already attended a conference, don’t worry! I have another easy tip for you. Grab a pack of highlighters and color code your notes right now. Reading over all of them will make them fresh in your mind and highlighting them will enable you to quickly sort them into action items.
Friends – my camping world has been rocked forever. No more run-of-the-mill crumbly cracker S’mores for this foodie. Take a look at the ooey gooey goodness above and meet the new and improved S’More. The S’MOreo!
I seriously crave these now. This new creation got a big ole thumbs up from everyone in our family. Shhh … we may have had them for breakfast our last day camping at Snow Canyon.
Want to modernize this classic, favorite camping treat? Here’s what you need:
Roast your marshmallow to a golden brown. Open up a double stuf Oreo and add the melted chocolate. Sandwich in the perfect marshmallow and voila – campfire dessert perfection! I dare you to eat only one.
It’s Spring cleaning season at the Parker house and boy oh boy do we need it! Ready to open the windows and let in the fresh air and sunshine. Today I am sharing something that I would absolutely LOVE to have in my home – a steam machine! Ever since I saw one on my local news show, it’s been on my wish list. Hint, hint for Mother’s day, honey. My readers are in luck because I am giving one way – read on to see how you can win!
HomeRightoffers a full line of power painting, automotive and home care products to help you get your project done right. Whether you are removing wallpaper from your walls or wanting to clean and sterilize your floors, they have a product for you.
I want you all to have a clean home one that you can be proud to host parties and barbecues in this Summer. That is why I have teamed up with Brittanie from Simplistically Living to offer you a chance to win your very own HomeRight SteamMachine like the one pictured above!
The HomeRight SteamMachine is the absolute fastest and easiest way to remove wallpaper, plus its chemical free! Simply use the steam plate to apply steam and peel the paper away. Get the most out of this multi-purpose steamer by using the attachments to disinfect and clean floors, stovetops, ovens, bathrooms and grills. The SteamMachine leaves behind no chemical residue and kills 99% of all germs and bacteria. Plus it features:
Two wheels for easy mobility while working
Handle for easy carrying
User-controlled trigger to deliver steam to any surface
Continuous Steam Lock
205° F at Steam Nozzle
45 PSI at Steam Nozzle
40 minutes of steam time
8 foot hose, reach high or low on your surfaces
8 foot electrical cord for extended reach on projects
2 Year Warranty
One lucky winner will win a HomeRight SteamMachine courtesy of HomeRight. This is a $99 value!
Entering is simple! Use the Rafflecopter widget below. Giveaway is open to United States Residents 18+ years of age. Giveaway ends April 27th! Good Luck!
You don’t have to look far to find a real-life hero.
That is what stood out to me while speaking with Marcus Menti, one of the eight LDS missionaries who miraculously fled the Liberian civil war in 1990 and whose story is told in the new movie Freetown. I attended a pre-screening of the movie and had the privilege of speaking with Menti as well as the makers of the movie.
The film details the missionaries’ 370 mile treacherous trek across Liberia to the safety of the mission home in Freetown. Accompanied by their driver, a member of the local branch presidency, the eight men set out in a Toyota Corolla with the odds stacked against them including being pursued by rebel fighters. From the joy and vibrancy of the opening baptism scene to the heart-stopping and soul-searching moments in a line-up confronted by rebels, this film reminds us that there is a time to laugh, a time to weep, and a time to speak (Ecclesiastes 3:4).
When director Garrett Batty (Saratov Approach) and producer Adam Abel (Saints and Soldiers) set out to film Freetown, they also faced the process of locating the original eight missionaries – a task that could be compared to finding a needle in a haystack. Several of the missionaries were found in Canada and Africa, but they were still looking for Menti at the completion of the film.
Unbeknownst to them, Marcus Menti was living in Utah. He contacted them after hearing about a movie preview for Freetown appearing prior to Meet the Mormons. Menti attended many of the screenings of the movie and brought an added perspective and personal touch at the question and answer sessions held after. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from the original missionaries and actors from the film at the premiere on April 6th – tickets available here.
Photo Courtesy of Freetown
Often the most life-changing stories are discovered in the least likely places. From letters in archives to the big screen, Freetown brings to light the story of these missionaries as well as the history of the Liberian civil war.
Batty and Abel were thrilled to connect with Menti whose story the movie is based on. The movie came about after Batty was inspired by an lds.org article detailing the missionaries struggles and triumphs (read more here) and he set out to further research the story in the LDS Church’s archives. There he discovered letters the missionaries had written to their mission president describing their heaven-aided experiences during the civil war.
These letters were written at the encouragement of a senior missionary, Walter Stewart, then serving in Freetown. As the missionaries recovered from their long journey and bouts of malaria, Stewart urged them to write down their experiences. As a result, we now have this real-life story of modern-day miracles.
Speaking with Menti, a theme from Freetown becomes quite clear – keep moving forward. This theme is close to my heart and the pulse of this blog. As we learn what keeps others moving forward, often we find the strength and inspiration needed to keep moving forward in our own lives. Underlying Menti’s soft-spoken voice and humility, I sensed a deep current of faith and conviction of his beliefs.
Photo Courtesy of Freetown
When I asked Menti what he hoped that people would gain from the movie and the sharing of his experiences, he responded,
“The spirit is the same. It doesn’t matter whether you are a member in Africa or a member in the United States, whether you are a Relief Society visiting teacher or missionary. You are where you are for a reason. Whatever station you are in, keep creating opportunities to keep pressing forward.”
As we further talked, the intense emotions brought to the surface from revisiting the events in the movie were apparent, but even more visible was a strong desire for the message of the movie to be shared. Both Menti and those who made the movie hope that movie goers will recognize the role God plays in the crossroads of their lives.
Photo Courtesy of Freetown
Freetown continues Batty and Abel’s history of films promoting faith over fear.
“We hope people will see the relevancy of eight missionaries in Africa in their own life. The obstacles they face are different, but the approach can be similar. You have to keep moving forward,” said Abel.
Throughout the movie, the missionaries sought divine help as they surmounted what seemed like an impossible task. From pot holes to perilous rebel check points, the missionaries attributed their safety to God and the help of Saints and good people along the way.
Photo Courtesy of Freetown
Freetown was filmed on location in Ghana with many of the main characters and all of the extras being from Ghana. Read more about the world-wide premiere that took place there in this Deseret News article. Batty and Abel were able to take an inflatable movie screen and sound system to the remote villages where they filmed to provide the extras with what turned out to be the first film experience for many people .
Photo Courtesy of Freetown
Get tickets here to Monday night’s premiere at Megaplex 17 at Jordan Commons. Freetown will open in theaters across the country on April 8 including in Los Angeles and Times Square. Tickets are available right now nationwide here.
“It’s an inspiration and a gift,” said film distributor, Brandon Purdie, “It’s made for everybody.”
To hear more about the movie, check out this podcast interview of Garrett Batty and screenwriter Melissa Larson by Radio Gold Productions
As a counselor for my ward’s Primary (read more about the LDS church and the Primary program for children at these links), I’ve been pondering how to help our children prepare and get the most out of General Conference. General Conference is a twice a year event when we get to hear from our church leaders. I grew up loving to listen to General Conference and I want to pass that on to my own children and the children I teach.
The answer came to me as I was reading The Friend magazine for this month. This beautiful girl and her mother had the best idea. Read about it below:
Photo from LDS.org
My seven year old will love drawing her own hearts during sessions, but I know my three year old will do better if I print out hearts for him to color in. I decided to make a printable for the little ones like my son. You can click on the picture to print or click on this link. I think this will be a great way to keep them engaged while also learning to recognize their feelings during General Conference.
For this activity/treat. we matched the picture of the apostle on the TV to the prophet on their snack. We watched the youtube video on this post to help us get to know more about the apostles beforehand so we would recognize them better.
This year, I wanted my children to focus more on the words, but I’m not quite ready for the mantel of candy jars for all the different key words. Instead, I am going to have a tray with Easter eggs filled with treats. There will be an Easter egg for each apostle. Each time that apostle testifies of Jesus Christ, they can have a treat from their Easter egg. Pretty sure the kids will sneak extra treats, but I hope it encourages them to listen closely for mentions of the Savior. You can cut out the apostle pictures from the friend or print them from lds.org. I laminated mine so that I can use them every year.
For more General Conference Activities and ideas. Check out these posts.
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What are your families favorite General Conference traditions?
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The Easter bunny came early to the Parker house and, as you can tell from Lily’s picture, the kids were pretty excited. When a lovely little package from Walt Disney Records arrived on my door step last week, I knew the four latest CDs from Disney Music Emporium would be the first thing I packed for our road trip. Thus these CDs became the first early addition to our Easter baskets!
Growing up, I have so many memories of listening to Disney cassettes in the car with my family on road trips. Love that I now have Into the Woods, Frozen, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Disney Junior DJ Shuffle 2 for our collection! Get your family read to hop into spring with these fun collections! Check out our favorites and be sure to enter to win all four below.
I’ve been ever so patiently waiting for this musical to come out on DVD (March 24 – it’s out NOW!) so Into the Woods was my clear favorite of the four CDs. Perfect to listen to while I waited for the movie to come out! Musicals have had a special place in my heart since my high school drama days. The story telling, the orchestra, the unforgettable lyrics and performances – I love them all. I’ll admit to you that I’ve had Meryl Streep’s voice in my head singing “Greens, greens, nothing but greens” every morning as I’ve made my green smoothie this week.
This ultimate mix tape CD from the movie Guardians of the Galaxy made it to the top of my husband’s list. Personally loved the cover and the role the mix played in the movie as a gift from the main character’s mother on her death bed. Songs that got the thumbs up from the Parkers included Hooked on a Feeling by Blue Swede, I Want You Back by Jackson 5, and Come and Get Your Love by Redbone. So many memorable hits! My children begged to listen to Hooked on a Feeling on repeat during our road trip and I happily obliged.
7 year old Lily’s Favorite
Pretty safe to say that most little girls would be THRILLED to find a Frozen DVD and soundtrack in their Easter basket. This CD was the first Lily requested (aka begged) to listen to in the car. Frozen had the most sing alongs and we may have belted Let it Go and Do You Wanna Build a Snow Man? a time or two. Adore the vocal talents of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, and Santino Fontana. My new favorite is the quirky Fixer Upper – there are some great one liners in there!
5 year old Cort’s and 3 year old Kyler’s Favorite
My little boys thought that the Disney Junior DJ Shuffle 2 was fun, fun, fun, fun! Everyone in the car couldn’t help but sing along with that line from the first song. This collection of songs from all their favorite Disney Junior shows was definitely a crowd pleaser with the littles. Two by Two and Believe in Your Dreams from Sofia the First were most often requested by Lily for repeats on this CD. The boys giggled every time during the Captain Hook Destroy the Book song from Jake and the Neverland Pirates. Definitely a fun CD for your collection and a great listen for the car.
All four CDs can be found at Disney Music Emporium. I am excited to be teaming up with Disney music group and giving one lucky reader all four of these CDs. Cross your fingers and enter to win below!