Celebrating Fall in Utah County

The leaves are falling and the weather is getting cooler – which means it is time for fun fall festivities. Get out with your friends and family this fall and enjoy what Utah has to offer. We have found some amazing events going on that everyone can enjoy!

Cornbelly’s at Thanksgiving Point

$12.95 – $30.85
Location: Lehi, Utah
https://www.cornbellys.com/

This has been a fall family tradition since 1996, and has always been a favorite. There are so many activities for all ages – huge trampoline, bounce house, wagon rides, large slides, pig races, corn mazes, haunted house and more! Also, Thanksgiving Point members get a 25% discount anytime.

Evans Family Farm

$2 – $13
Location: Lehi, Utah
https://www.facebook.com/EvansFamilyFarmLehi/

Support a local farm turned into a fall festival. There will be numerous fun activities for all ages including big slides, a small corn maze, beanbag toss, bounce pit, a pumpkin patch, farm animals and lots more. You can also enjoy the food trucks that are often parked outside.

 

Pumpkin Train Heber Valley Railroad

$0 – $15
Location: Heber, Utah
https://www.hebervalleyrr.org/specialevents/pumpkinfestival/

The train will take you on a 40-minute ride with karaoke, dancing, and costume characters along the way. Enjoy a trip through the family-friendly haunted car and earn yourself a Halloween sticker. You will also get a cookie and pick out your very own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch.

 

OktoberFest at Snowbird

Parking $10
Location: Salt Lake County, Utah
https://www.snowbird.com/oktoberfest/

Family-friendly festival with activities, food, and of course brews! This festival includes a biergarten offering over 50 varieties of beer. Save a few dollars by reusing your previously-purchased 1-liter Snowbird Oktoberfest beer stein or mug. Or buy a new mug and start a new collection!


Back To School Party Ideas

The kids are back in school, which is kind of an adjustment after spending the last three-ish months being leisurely and spending time with friends. How can you make the transition easier? Throw a back-to-school bash! With these awesome tips that we’ve put together for you, you can help make your child’s school year a hit!

  1. Ask each parent to donate one school-related item and host a supply drive! Not all families can afford to stock their kids up on the essentials, and what better way to give back to the community than throwing a party with a cause?
  2. Host a backyard campout. Pitch tents, makes smores, play soccer, play a movie on the projector, go all in! Kids bond at sleepovers more than just about any other kind of get-together, and you’re guaranteed to set them up for a very social school year!
  3. Serve caramel apples, apple pie, make a cake that’s shaped like ruler– basically, make lots of school-themed food. Adding little touches like serving their food in brown paper bags or on trays makes the theme even more fun!
  4. Send little school supplies like rulers, crayons, notepads, etc. home as party favors. It’s an inexpensive way to help your child’s friends succeed in the school year, too!
  5. For college students try this theme: Athletes and Mathletes. Throw on your favorite jersey (or pair of suspenders) and award a prize to the best costume of the night. It’s a great way to bond with your roommates or socialize with the entire dorm!

 

Going back to school might mean the end of summer vacation, but it doesn’t have to end the fun! Making time for your kids to bond with their peers will make them excited for Monday morning when they get to see their friends and expand their academic horizons at the same time. Are there any tips you have for throwing the best BTS Party? We’d love to hear them!


School is Back in Session!

Summer vacation is over, and I’m sure your little ones aren’t too happy about it. While the new school year brings new sets of homework, and less time playing outside or hanging out with friends, it also brings a lot of opportunities for growth, both academically and emotionally, which should be what you focus on highlighting. Here are a few of our favorite tips on tackling their next academic step!

  1. If you can, visit the school one week before, to help them learn the layout of the building.
  2. Get your kid’s class schedule ahead of time and walk through it with them. You can decrease a lot of uncertainty and help them get familiar with all of the new components they’re facing.
  3. Practice opening their lockers, especially if it’s a combination lock. Furthermore, help them to decorate it. It’s a great way to spend time together and get your child excited for their upcoming classes.
  4. Meet the teacher, especially if your child is just starting at the school. Make sure the teacher knows that your child is new to the school or the neighborhood. Writing a letter to the teacher with basic tips and easy requests is a big help. For instance, let the teacher know that you just moved there or that your child has never been to a school this size.
  5. Make a special purchase. Whether that be the more expensive backpack, taking them shopping for new clothes, or even just splurging on some cool notebooks, allowing your kids to create their identity for the year will ease their anxieties about fitting in.

Talking about the positives of the upcoming year and staying involved will get your child more excited about their education, which will make them more likely to succeed. Not every gesture that you make needs to be grand, just letting your child know that you’re there will be enough for them to tackle their grades!

 


Utah County Date Night Ideas

Whether you’ve been together for on week, one month, or ten years, keeping that spark in a relationship is so important. Life gets in the way, and between work, school, kids, etc., it can be hard to find the time or the funds to indulge in a romantic outing. Luckily, we found some awesome ways to bond with your partner in Utah County:

  1. Wheeler Historic Farm

http://things2doinutah.com/wheeler-farm/

$0-$2

Wheeler Farm is a 75-acre, fully-functioning farm. It’s free to walk the grounds, but the activities will cost you a small fee. Take a wagon ride for $2 per adult, tour the farmhouse for $4, or you can even milk a cow for just $2. My favorite date idea while visiting here? Pack a picnic and a blanket, eat at sunset and do a little stargazing. Total cost? About $15 if you include the price of the food and the gas money. The quality time spent together? Priceless.

  1. See a free concert

http://things2doinutah.com/free-concerts-in-utah-summer-2014/

$0

Utah is full of free music festivals and concerts that would be awesome to take your loved one to. Even if you don’t know the music, who doesn’t love to go dancing and let loose in a new place?

  1. Visit a museum

http://www.museumstuff.com/states/UT.php

Prices vary

Are you an art fiend? Maybe a history buff? This list is jam-packed with different museums across the state that would provide great quality time for you and your significant other. Museum dates offer a chance for you to watch your partner’s eyes light up with wonder as they learn more about their own interests, and they give you a chance to take part in something they enjoy. You can’t put a price on connection!

There are many things to do in Utah, whether you’re balling on a budget or have a little extra cash to splurge with. If you’re wondering what else there is to do, take a look at this list: http://things2doinutah.com/date-night-ideas/ and let us know what your favorites are!


2018 Utah Valley Parade of Homes: Our Faves So Far

The Utah Valley Parade of Homes is underway, and we couldn’t be more excited! The annual showcase of new, high-end and designer homes located throughout Utah valley. This self-guided tour features Utah County’s finest builders, developers and remodelers while showcasing innovative ideas and new trends in home decorating. Don’t forget to stop by the garages of the homes you visit, where the exhibitors will display the latest products for your home and other services. In honor of one of our favorite events, we wanted to give you a rundown of some of our favorite homes on display this year!

Wolf Point

http://uvparade.com/view-homes/home-details/?id=2394

This beauty is 7,980 square feet, is made up of 7 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, and features a jacuzzi tub, a see-through fireplace, and a gorgeous master shower. To call this home “amazing” would be an understatement!

 

Traverse Modern

http://uvparade.com/view-homes/home-details/?id=2412

With 7,478 square feet, 6 bedrooms, and 4 bathrooms, this home has more than enough room for you and your family to live comfortably and build a lifetime of memories. And with a theater room, spacious deck, and gorgeous views of the Wasatch Mountain range, this home is nothing short of gorgeous!

 

Carlisle Prairie

http://uvparade.com/view-homes/home-details/?id=2406

While less extravagant- but not any less beautiful- Carlisle Prairie is made up of 4,274 square feet, 7 bedrooms, and 3 bathrooms. It features vaulted ceilings, Quartz countertops, custom lighting, and beautiful mountain views that add a more personal and classic feel to the home.

 

Highland Fields Estate

http://uvparade.com/view-homes/home-details/?id=2417

This one is most definitely my favorite home in the parade. With 9,535 square feet, 6 bedrooms that each have their own bathroom and walk-in closet, and styled after the classic French aesthetic, I think this modern-day mansion speaks for itself. When visiting this home- and I highly suggest that you do- make sure to check out the entire landscape of the grounds, the spa and pool, play house, game room, theater, and the gourmet kitchen with a hidden butler’s pantry.

 

There are 33 homes taking part in the event, and even if you don’t get the chance to see all of them, I recommend making these 4 a top priority. Tickets are only $15/person and the Parade of Homes can be a fun experience for people of all ages, so grab your friends and make sure to check out the official website to plan ahead! Will you be attending? If you’ve already been, which home has been your favorite so far? Let us know!


Level Up Your Summer Cookouts

Barbecue season is the best season! Getting together with friends and family, eating great food, playing fun outdoor games, and most importantly, creating memories with your loved ones. If you’re looking to liven the party up even more, we’ve got some awesome ideas to help you make the most of it!

Invitations
You could send out a text through the groupchat, of course. Or, you can personalize the occasion by making cute invitation cards, and mailing, hand-delivering them, or emailing them using sites like Paperless Post. If your party is themed, make sure to tie the scheme of the invitations in with it!

Turn the Wheelbarrow Into a Cooler
When it comes to barbecues, the quirkier the decorations, the better. Wash out the wheelbarrow, fill it with ice, and throw your refreshments in with it. It adds a unique touch and keeps your drinks cold! Use Pinterest as a creative hub for crafty touches like this all summer long!

Infuse Your Water
Such a simple trick, but it really will make all the difference to your guests! Adding different fruits will give the water a more refreshing twist, that’ll leave your party feeling refreshed. Try one of these for starters, but the possibilities are endless.

The Food
You can never go wrong with the classic hamburger, but why not kick it up a notch and add a few unique ingredients to the mix like pastrami, mushrooms, etc. Add to the variety by offering menu items like pork chops, wings, Portabello mushrooms, kabobs, the traditional all-american hot dog, and pulled pork. My favorite pulled pork recipe? Here you go: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/92462/slow-cooker-texas-pulled-pork/

Desserts
Slushies make a great dessert during the summertime, and they’ll have guests of all ages smiling. Jell-O parfaits, watermelon, and various flavors of cakes are easy and affordable options, that allow everyone to satisfy their sweet tooth!

Activities
Including things like slip-n-slides, firepits, ring toss, etc. are great ways to start and keep conversations and laughs flowing. Whether it’s an all-adults party or an all-ages bash, the entertainment will be the talk of your group for weeks to come.

If money is limited, just remember that the fun doesn’t have to be. These tips will perk up your summer tradition while saving you time, energy, and money. All you have to do is put the party together- keeping it going is up to the guests, which will be easy to do with these ideas! What are some of your favorite ideas? Let us know, we’d love to hear them!


The Best Camping in Utah

Summer is almost here, which means the kids will be on vacation for the next 2-3 months, the weather will be wonderful, and it’s time to take advantage of that vacation time that you’ve been saving up all year. Whether you’re going for the weekend for a full 7 days, these spots are perfect for an outing for your friends and/or family!

 

American Fork Canyon-

Wasatch Mountains

$6-$45   

You’ll find two campgrounds in American Fork Canyon: Little Mill, with 66 campsites; and Granite Flat with 64 sites. Both are very scenic spots, but the Granite Flat sites are more spacious.

 

Antelope Island

Davis County

$3-$75

There are three campgrounds on Antelope Island with 52 campsites total. The scenery is amazing, but the sites are pretty primitive with just pit toilets. If you want to shower, you can always head over to the day use area.

 

Bear Lake State Park

Rocky Mountains, at the Utah-Idaho border

$15-$25

Camp in one of two areas at Bear Lake State Park. Rendezvous Beach, on the south shore, has three campgrounds with modern restrooms and showers. Reserve these well in advance. Eastside campgrounds are primitive, and most are first-come, first-served.

 

Devils Garden in Arches National Park

Moab, Utah

$10-$25

You’ll find plenty of desert flora at this campground, along with natural arches and fins. Reserve one of the 51 campsites in advance.

 

Mirror Lake

Uinta Mountains

$23-$70

The Mirror Lake Scenic Byway has numerous campgrounds, many with little lakes. The snow melts pretty late this high up, so plan your trip for later this summer. No matter what time of year you head up there, make sure you packed plenty of jackets, flannel, and maybe even a winter coat as this area is known for June snow showers.

 

Utah has an abundance of camping spots, no matter what area you’re looking in, which is one of the many reasons why we love this state as much as we do. Where are your favorite spots to pitch a tent? Let us know!

 


Summer in Utah Done Right

Even though Utah is known for having the greatest snow on Earth, it’s also full of amazing sights and fun activities to take advantage of during the warmer seasons! From family fun to experiencing everything the great outdoors has to offer, both locals and visitors will be enthralled with our great state’s ability to have it all!

Lagoon

Location: Farmington, UT

Renamed and relocated from The Great Salt Lake in 1899, Lagoon has become a staple for summer fun in Utah, home to one of the oldest operating roller coasters in the world, and the Cannibal—the roller coaster with the steepest drop in North America, fourth steepest in the world, and holds the world record for the tallest beyond-vertical drop on a roller coaster. The prices range from $41.95 to $58.95 for all-day family fun.

Museum of Natural Curiosity at Thanksgiving Point

Location: Lehi, Utah

Canopy tours, treehouses, trading posts, and unique activities make this an awesome spot to take the kids for an afternoon of fun and learning. Bring the family in on the third Saturday of each month to spark their inner engineer with the Design Challenge! The second Saturday of every month is dedicated to Curious Critters, an interactive experience that allows your little ones to get up close and personal with exotic animals from all over the world. Admission varies, with the highest-priced ticket coming to $34.95.

Boondocks

Location(s): Draper and Kaysville, UT

There are two locations in Utah making it accessible for people spread across Utah’s metro hubs. They offer many specials, but one of my favorites is $12 Buck Tuesday. For that small price, you get unlimited XD theater, laser tag, rollerball, nowling, kiddie cove and video games until close! And for an extra $8 a person, you can upgrade to go-karts, batting cages, mini golf, and more. What a fun way to spend a Tuesday!

Gilgal Sculpture Garden

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

This wonderfully hidden-away garden contains 12 original sculptures and over 70 stones engraved with scriptures, poems, and literary texts. As a whole, Gilgal Sculpture Garden is significant as the only identified “visionary art environment” in Utah. While adults are more likely to appreciate the free garden, this is a great way to expose the little ones to Utah’s art scene.

Dave & Buster’s

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Utah recently acquired their first D&B location jam-packed with fun for adults 21+ or the whole family. While this location is different from the rest in the way that the bar will be kept separate from the rest of the activities, the brand still promises endless amounts of fun! Bowling, arcade games, Dance Dance Revolution and more make this the perfect hangout spot for friends and family to spend some quality time together! If you go, I suggest the Eat and Play Combo, starting at $17.99 a person.

Brewvies

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

A unique, local business, Brewvies makes for an awesome date night for anyone of legal age to take part in. Have a drink and catch a flick at the only cinema pub in Utah with your significant other, your friends, or even flying solo (nothing beats treating yourself). Hit this awesome spot on Tuesdays for their $6 movie deal.

There are so many new things to go out and experience, why are you spending your time doing the same old thing every weekend? Get out and make some memories with your family and friends this summer, and if you have any more suggestions, comment and let us know!

 


May Activities in Utah County

 

Springtime in Utah is a magical thing to experience, no matter how long you’ve lived here. The flowers are in bloom, the trees become green, the temperature is in its very-rare sweet spot, and the long-awaited sunshine is no longer hidden behind grey clouds. Staying inside on days like the ones we’ve had recently is pointless. Here are a few things you can do to celebrate the perfect month of May!

Now Through – May 31, Woodland Fairies at Gardner Village: Visit the Village with your kids to try to spot these magical fairies. Various events throughout the month will include face painting, fairy parades and fairy house tours. There is also a Fantasy Run on Saturday, May 7.

Now Through – May 7, Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival:

Celebrate the return of spring with over 250,000 tulips in just about every color you can imagine. Garden tours are held daily. Fridays and Saturdays include music, food and vendors. Open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., closed on Sundays.

May 6, May Day on Main:

Visit floral-themed exhibitions at participating Main Street galleries and the eight artist-designed temporary public parks. The evening’s gallery and garden stroll sets the scene for a plethora of creative activities on Main Street.

May 6- May 7: Utah State University Baby Animal Days:

This event takes place at the USU Botanical Center in Kaysville. FREE activities with each ticket include: one FREE horse ride and one FREE miniature train ride. Reptiles, sheep shearing demos, horse rides, miniature train rides, and food vendors. Tickets are $7 per person for ages 3+ or $35 for families of up to six.

May 7, Holi Festival of Colors Salt Lake City:

Festival goers can enjoy interactive dance shows, live DJs and music, food vendors, yoga, crafts and lots of colors at the Krishna temple in Salt Lake City. Tickets cost $5 for general admission, and kids 12 and under are free. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

May 8-14, Amazing Earthfest in Kanab:

Celebrate the centennial of America’s national parks by connecting with the great outdoors. Various activities include arts and crafts, yoga, documentary films, photography workshop, presentations and guided outdoor adventures.

May 12-16, Great Salt Lake Bird Festival:

Renowned nature artist and writer Julie Zickefoose will be the keynote speaker at this event, and attendees can enjoy field trips to wildlife areas in Utah abundant with hundreds of species of birds. Workshops are free, but tickets are required for field trips. Visit daviscountyutah.gov for daily schedule information.

May 20-through September, Sundance Scenic Lift Ride:

Experience panoramic views of the mountain as you glide to the top of Ray’s Summit on a Scenic Lift Ride. Once you reach the top, take some time to explore the designated hiking trails or just sit, relax, and enjoy the mountain’s serene beauty. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, take Arrowhead lift further up the mountain and enjoy lunch at Bearclaw cabin. Moonlight rides are also available on select dates.

Is there anything that we missed or anything you would add to the list? Make sure to stop by our Facebook or Twitter pages and let us know!


Spring Gardening Tips

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Spring is here, which means it’s time to revamp your garden. It’s time to live surrounded by flowers of all shapes, sizes, and colors, assortments of fruits and vegetables, maybe even a new tree or bush for your front yard. No matter what it is you’re planting this year, there are a few essential steps to make them grow to be more beautiful, or delicious, than ever.

  1. Clean Out the Garden

It’s time to clean your garden and remove all the debris (leaves, leftover snow, etc). Get rid of weeds, making sure that you get the roots so they won’t grow back. This is also a good time to sharpen your garden tools, if needed, because you’re going to require them for plant maintenance and soil care.

  1. Revitalize the Soil

Add organic material like compost or manure can add moisture, which is beneficial to your garden because your soil is likely dried out and packed after winter. You might need to test the soil to see what nutrients it needs, so you give it the right mixture. You might also need to add more fertilizer to increase the health of the soil and increase the life of your plants.

  1. Trim Old Plants

Pruning plants that survived the winter will ensure that they’ll grow again in the spring. Make sure to wait until mid-April or even May in case there’s an unexpected freeze. Blooming plants should be pruned right after they bloom to avoid cutting off future flowers. Summer plants should be pruned in early spring.

  1. Add Mulch

You should think about adding mulch to your flower beds and garden in addition to fertilizers and organic materials. One to three inches of mulch helps to prevent weeds and diseases, while also keeping the moisture in the garden and maintaining the temperature. The rule of thumb is to keep the mulch a few inches from the plant stems to prevent roots from rotting.

  1. Plant New Flowers and Shrubs

Once you’ve gotten the garden in shape and handled all of the old plants, it’s time to turn your attention to new plants. Some recommendations for good spring plants include:

  • Pansies
  • Snapdragons
  • Vegetables like lettuce, peas and arugula
  • Redbuds
  • Transplanting tomato plants from indoor pots to outside
  • Lilacs
  • Tulips

Leaning towards perennials can be more cost-effective and less time-consuming than annuals. You should lean towards planting more perennials rather than annuals, because annuals have to be replaced every year where ass perennials can last up to 3 years and can typically survive a few surprise winter frosts even while in bloom.

What to Do for the Rest of Spring?

Once your spring garden is up and running again, it’s important to keep in mind that the work is not quite done. It will need some care so it stays colorful and beautiful throughout the season. Here are some quick tips for garden maintenance throughout the rest of the season:

Mid-Spring:

  • Consider new flower beds.
  • Plant some hardy annuals.
  • Transplant seeds.
  • Mulch.

Late Spring:

  • Deadhead and remove bulbs.
  • Keep up on weeding.
  • Prune flowering shrubs.