Saturday, July 30, 2016

2 Buck Tuesdays at Thanksgiving Point in August

Get all the information on 2 buck Tuesday's HERE

-The BEST week's to go are the 1st (before everyone hears about it) and the last week (when most everyone is back in school!) 
-Arrive 20 to 30 minutes before opening. Bring a snack and a game while waiting in line. This will save you time in the end... promise. 
-If you can't go early, go LATE! Go 2-3 hours before closing time.
-Have your cash ready to go, so you can get through the line as quick as possible.
-If you head to the Farm first, RUN to get in line for the horse rides the moment your through the door!
-If your headed to the Curiosity Museum, hit the Rain-forest area first. (The climbing/jungle gym area.) As the museum fills up they will limit the amount of time you can spend in there, or not let you in that area at all.
-Be patient. It will be busy, but you are saving TONS of money, so just enjoy what you can, and have a good attitude!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Back to School Dinner

Having a "Back to School" dinner the Sunday night before school starts is quickly becoming a favorite tradition.  Each year I pick a goal/theme for the school year, and base the decorations and food off of that!  (If possible!)  I love spending the night talking about the goal, and getting excited for the year ahead.
Last year we did "Be Positive!"  My kids love to come home and tell me all the bad things that happened in their day.  While I want to hear that, I also don't want them to dwell on it either.  So for every negative thing they said, they had to tell me 2-3 positive things.

For the table I whipped up a couple Chalk Arts, printed a few be positive quotes, use a yellow table cloth, black plates, and Bee paper's I found at Utah Idaho Supply.

Super easy/cheesy Bee Brownies for dessert.

Another year our theme was WORK HARD!  I wanted my kids to learn that they can do hard things.  That we are hard workers at our house.

So of course a construction theme came about!

Nothing says work hard like hard hats!  Hobby Lobby sells great cheap ones!
This year I am thinking the theme will be "Be Kind" because our world could sure use more kindness right now, and no better place to start than at home.
So keep it simple, or go all out, but I promise you, you won't regret setting a family goal for the school year ahead!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Olympic Birthday Party

For my son's 7th birthday he wanted an Olympic themed party!!  It was so much fun!!  

When the kids arrived we had them make their Country flags, and did the march of the athletes to some fun Olympic music!  Of course my son held the Olympic torch at the front of the line!  

Then we did our Olympic games!  Each event had a sign like this to make it feel official! 

We did the Javelin (throw a water squirter as far as you can!) 

Shot Put- (Throw a Bocce Ball or any heavy ball... as far as you can!)

We did the Long Jump

Soccer Shoot Out

Other games... 4X100 Relay, 
Hurdles, Basketball, and a 100 Meter Dash!

And finally it was time for the Medals Ceremony!  We had each child stand on the podium!  Then my son award them all with a Gold Medal!

Then it was time to dig into the treats!

Gold Medals: Vanilla Oreo's with Fruit By The Foots!

Olympic Torches: Ice Cream Cones filled with Cheetos

Olympic Rings: Donuts!

Instead of having the kids bring birthday presents, we asked each of them to bring sporting equipment to donate to Camp Kesem!  My kids have more then enough toys, so we decided to pay it forward.  Camp Kesem was so grateful for our donations!  Nothing better then giving.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Fettuccine Alfredo

This is ONE meal my family ALL agrees on!  I have tried Fettuccine at so many restaurants and this one is still my favorite! I love to use Penne noodles instead of Fettuccine noodles, but feel free to use what you like!  It's all about the sauce!!!  

Fettuccine Alfredo Sauce
1/2 cup butter
1 (8oz) package of cream cheese
2-3 minced garlic cloves
2 cups milk
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/8 tsp. pepper

Melt butter in medium saucepan.  Add cream cheese and garlic.  When cream cheese is mostly melted slowly add milk with a whisk to smooth out lumps.  Stir in Parmesan cheese and pepper.  Remove from heat when reaches desired consistency.  Serve over your favorite noodles with some yummy veggies or grilled chicken!

I highly recommend you use Kraft Parmesan Cheese, and 
Philadelphia Cream Cheese!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Believe There is Good in the World

 I made this simple print for my sons bedroom awhile ago... I feel like this message is needed more today then ever. (If you want a copy, make sure you click on the size you want, wait for it to show up big, then right click on the picture, copy and paste!)



Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Place to Visit- Neptune Park

NEPTUNE PARK- 452 W 400 N, Saratoga Springs, UT 84045

I've had this park on my list of places to visit for a long time, and finally this morning we went!  Such an amazingly FUN park!  We arrived at 8:45am and nobody was there!  By 9:45am the park was getting pretty busy!

A great space for BIG kids to play!

And a great space for LITTLE kids to play!

A fun stage area, basketball courts, big pavilion, bathrooms, soccer field, ton of grass area to play in, and paved walk-ways for scooters/bikes/blades.

For reals.  Such a cool park.  Unique things you haven't ever seen!

Even electronics incorporated!

Watching my daughter conquer this pyramid was awesome.  She was so proud of herself!  This is 1 of 3 like this in the world!

Prepare to get dizzy!  Lots of spinney features!

Have you seen a more unique rock wall?

Pack and lunch, head out early, and enjoy an awesome park!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Host a Back to School Party!

My amazing Mother always hosts an awesome Back to School Party for her grand-kids!  They all LOVE it!!
The party always involves a yummy lunch, and of course cuteness!  Check out these awesome pencil Pringles, and pencil Rolos!  So cute!!

We usually just enjoy playing in water in her back yard, 

or one year we went to the splash pad!

One thing is certain.  We always make homemade ice cream.  THE BEST. Find out how to make it HERE or HERE

Cute themed toppings.... well of course!

So gather your family, gather your friends, and PARTY before school is back in session!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Free Lego Mini Builds Every Month!

Do your kids love Lego's as much as mine?  How about getting Lego's for FREE!!!  Every month at each Lego store they do FREE Lego Mini builds (Ages 6-14).  You register for a specific time, go into the store and build your free Lego set!  It is super fun, and going to the Lego store alone is worth the drive! (In Utah it is located at the Fashion Place Mall!)  

The tricky part?  Getting a spot.  You must register on the 15th of each month, for the following month at 9AM EST.  So that means if you live in Utah you must register at 7AM in order to get a spot.  They go so quickly.  Make sure you are registered as a VIP member before sign ups, so that you can grab a spot as quick as possible!

Don't forget to sing up for the FREE Lego Magazine!  My kids love it!