Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Top 5 Family Fun Halloween Activities 2015 in Utah

I Love Halloween and all the spooky fun times that come with it. As the mom of two little monsters most of my favorite Halloween past times aren't appropriate... Haunted Houses, Horror Movies, but I don't want to let that stop me from celebrating the holiday with some family friendly Halloween fun!

Here's a list of the top 5 Utah Halloween adventures that are fun for the whole family. I searched out all the info and want to share, save you some googling time! So here they are (in no particular order!)

Crazy Corn Maze

Location: 8800 South 4000 West, West Jordan, UT 84088

Attractions: Pumpkin patch, Corn Maze, Haunted Corn Maze

Schedule: Maze Sept 24-Oct 31. Haunt Oct 2-Oct 30

Hours of operation
Mon-Thu 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Fri 6:00pm - 11:30pm
Sat 12:00 noon - 11:30pm
Sun Closed

Prices: Maze $7.50 ages 10+
Maze $4.50 child ages 5-9 (4 & under FREE)
Haunt $14.00 (No waiting in line VIP $18.50)
Combo (maze & haunt) $15.50  (VIP $20.00)


Gardner Village Witchfest

Location: 1100 W. 7800 S., West Jordan, UT 84088

Schedule: Mon – Thur 11am – 7pm Fri & Sat 11am – 8pm, Sunday closed

Attractions: Witch Scavenger Hunt, Witch Displays, 6 Hags Witches adventure

Prices: Scavenger hunt and displays Free, 6hags $6 ages 1 and up includes all activities


Cornbelly’s at Thanksgiving Point

Location: Thanksgiving Point
3003 North Thanksgiving Way
Lehi, UT 84043

Schedule: Grand Opening Oct 2nd Ticket Booth Hours
Monday-Thursday: 4-9 pm
Friday-Saturday 10 am - 11 pm
Sunday Closed

Attractions: TONS! Corn Maze, Climbing Wall, Corn Cannons, Giant Slide, Pumpkin Patch, Cow Train, Insanity Point Haunts, Hayrides, Inflatable and much more!

Prices: Attraction Passes Ranging from $11.95 - $24.95


Pumpkin Point Farms

Location: 11900 S 3600 W

Riverton, UT 84065

Schedule: Tractor Rides (Mon, Fri & Sat 5pm-7pm) 

Attractions: Pumpkin Patch with 35 different varieties, Childrens Corn Maze and Tractor rides

Prices: Pumpkins from $.50 - $12.00 Maze and tractor rides Free with pumpkin purchase

Black Island Farms

Location: 3178 S. 3000 W, Syracuse, UT 84075

Schedule: Sept 25 – 31

Mon-Thurs 4pm – 10pm

Fri 4pm – Midnight

Sat 10am – Midnight

Sun 11am – 5pm

Attractions: Utah’s Largest Corn Maze, Animal Alley, Bonfires, Cow Train, Grain Shoot Slide, Straw Mountain, Pig Races, Corn Box, Bounce House, Pumpkin Patch, Farm Hayrides   

Prices: Corn Maze and Courtyard

Adults $11 Kids (Ages 12-2)$9


Corn Maze and Courtyard + Hayride

Adults $16 Kids (Ages 12-2) $11

Corn Maze and Courtyard + Nightmare Acres

Adults $20 Kids $20

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

First Grader!

The summer seemed to just fly by for us. It seriously feels like Big A's Kindergarten Graduation party was last week. Now First grade is here; Full day at school; Lunch at school; Really getting down to learning, not the fun of Kindergarten.

I am the first to admit I was a complete basket case about Big A starting Kindergarten. I couldn't imagine my little buddy leaving every day. It all turned out fantastic. We all got into a groove. A loved school and made tons of friends. The class really bonded and the parents all seemed to mesh into a great group. His teacher was AMAZING and it was so fun hearing all about his day and seeing all the new things he was learning.

 I thought I'd be good with first grade but I have struggled with the idea of him being gone ALL DAY. I will literally get a few hours with him after school before it's bedtime. I know that we will get into a groove with this too. I know that he will love 1st grade; new friends, more recess, lunch! His new teacher seems really good and I'm excited to see him flourish this year. I know all this will happen but I still stand with a heavy heart as I watch him enter the doors to first grade.


Friday, August 14, 2015

Big Vegas (Birthday) Fun

My Dad wanted to spend his 75th birthday in his favorite place in the world… Vegas! I have been going to Vegas since I was six and My Dad has instilled a great love of the glitz and glamour of Vegas in me. Traveling to Vegas with my Mom and Dad is one of my very favorite things to do. It’s always a fun vacation and we have been so many times that it actually kind of feels like home away from home in a way.

We have always had such amazing times in Vegas. When I was little I loved all the lights and excitement but my favorite thing was Circus, Circus. Now that Big A is old enough to come with us he loves all the lights and excitement but I think Circus, Circus is his favorite. I love that I can share this with him. I love that he loves it too. (Secretly I love letting the kid in me out a little while I play with him, I can still kick butt on the “horse races”!

We had a fantastic Vacation. We lounged by the pool (with a Celebrity sighting! Zac Efron!), we had decadent food (Hello Serendipity! So Amazing). We can chalk up yet another amazing Las Vegas vacation.

Room Service!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Parade of Homes with HGTV Raised Kids

When I think about the Salt Lake Parade of Holmes I am filled with nostalgia. I have wonderful memories of going through these amazing Mansions with my mom as a kid. Awestruck by the pools, tennis courts, kitchens. I have wanted to share this with my kids but I thought they were still a bit too young.
 Then a few months ago we were visiting some friends way out west in the Salt Lake valley in an up and coming area. Their neighborhood was surrounded by new developments all touting open model homes. On a whim we stopped by one to see what it was like. A and a were great, nicely looking through the house, examining the fun new features. When we left Big A said “Mommy do you think we’ll be on TV?” laughingly I asked him “Why would we be in TV?” “Well on “Love it or List it” of course! I didn’t even see David there.” (FYI “Love it of List it is an HGTV show about remodeling your house or buying a new one). We obviously watch enough HGTV that it has filtered down to A and a. As we were headed back home A and A both begged to go see more houses. That was it, I knew the Parade of Homes would be a fun family adventure.
We got our passes, loaded the Parade of Homes app on our phones and off we went. The Parade is a scattered site event but the App provides you perfect turn by turn GPS directions to all the houses. To not overwhelm the kids we did 5 -6 houses at a time. The houses are located in general “clusters” and made breaking up or visits easy.
My worries about the kids being too small were quashed on the first site we visited. They loved exploring the big houses, checking out cool features (Movie Room!, Waterfall Glass Hallway floor!, Hidden Pantry door to the garage!) and pointing out not so cool features (Glass walled showers in the front of the house!, Tiny kids rooms!, a Bidet! EW!).  They have picked up way more HGTV than we thought “Mom doesn’t this look like a wall the “Property Brothers” would have done?” Big A said of a cool reclaimed wall.
Of all the houses though the kids only claimed one was a “List It” (meaning we’d sell our house to buy that one) and Jeff and I actually agreed, if we had $1.5 million to spend. It was heartening that of all the other cool houses they still liked our house better.
After we had hit the houses we’d planned and were headed home both A and a were crying and whining in the back seat of the car “We wanna see more houses!” For all the parents who think that the Parade of Homes isn’t for their kids, reconsider.
Thank you to the Salt Lake Home Builder’s Association for providing us passes to the Parade of Homes. All views and opinions are my own.



Sunday, July 19, 2015

"Hike" at Silver Lake ... Perfect for the kiddos

We are so lucky to live in a place so full of beauty. I'm sure every one thinks this of where they live; be it the ocean, the desert, the bright lights of the city. But to me few things can compare with the beauty of the mountains surroundung Salt Lake City.

I have heard about this wonderful family friendly hike at Silver Lake just up Big Cottonwood Canyon and have been wanting to check it out for awhile now. This Saturday we had the rarity of nothing planned and the weather was gorgeous so I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to check it out.

About 30 minutes away right outside of Brighton ski resort is Silver Lake. It is a breathtaking spot nestled in the mountains. The "Hike" was a super easy and consisted of an even boardwalk for about 2/3 of the way around the lake. It was pretty and fun, long enough to make it worthwhile but short enough the kids weren't complaining at the end. We packed a picnic and ate first. It was a perfect day playing in the beauty of our "backyard"!

Monday, July 13, 2015

"Little" a turns 4

Our little A is 4 today! The time has gone by so quickly! I still think of her as my “Baby.” She is not a baby anymore at all. Little a is growing up so fast! She is a precocious, intelligent, curious, spunky, fun loving, little ball of energy. She is such a sweet little beauty who is such a fun, athletic little tomboy.

…. And no matter how big she gets… She will still be my “Baby”.
Here's some shots from her "4 year-old" photo shoot at the always amazing FOTOFLY studios


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Utah Arts Fest 2015

Jeff and I have been going to the Utah Arts Festival since we first started dating. We have loved seeing all the amazing art and entertainment. Jeff has fun caching up with artist friends that are showing at the fest. Over the years our festival going experience has evolved... or maybe it's devolved, depending on how you look at it. Gone were the days of leisurely strolls through the artists booths, now we spend 90 percent of our time crafting in the kids ART yard. Not that this change was bad, we just missed the art part of the Arts Fest.

This year we came up with a great solution. We did the fest twice.

Thursday, my Mom and Dad graciously had A and a over for a fun sleepover freeing Jeff and I up for an evening of grown-up fest going. We strolled hand in hand around enjoying the artists booths, listening to the funky fun sounds of the "Saliva Sisters" and Jeff got to visit with some old artist friends. It was a fantastic night and we closed the Festival down.

 Saturday we loaded up the kids and headed down town for some family art fun. We Spent 99% of the time at the ART Yard. The YARD had an Egyptian theme this year. The kids painted huge paper mache Mummy's and Sphinx. They created tons of fun free make and take crafts and had a blast at the instrument "petting zoo" hosted by Summerhayes Music. We had some delicious ice cream treats to cool us down provided by "SO Delicious." The kids had a FANTASTIC time at the festival and weren't dragged through the vendor booths.

Doing the Festival twice this year was a great idea. We all got to enjoy our favorite parts of the festival in a fun relaxed way.