10 Simple and Low Cost Saint Patrick’s Day Ideas!

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017

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One of my favorite holidays is Saint Patrick’s Day. I love that you can do as little or as much as you want and it is absolutely perfect! There is no stress or pressure like on some of the other holidays. That being said, here are some of my favorite Saint Patrick’s Day ideas, crafts, and traditions.

  1. Green food coloring: This is an absolute MUST for this holiday. You can use it for so many different things. We use it to color our milk, make green pancakes or any other food, and sometimes to color our toilet water green.
  2. Lucky blocks from Heartfelt Wall Hangings: Heartfelt Wall Hangings has SO many adorable crafts at amazing prices. Snag these LUCKY blocks in a kit for just $5.50!
  3. The Lucky Leprechaun Hunt: Print this hunt or make your own! It’s super easy and you can do it with stuff you already have at your house with absolutely no preparation (my favorite) or hide the items for them to find beforehand.
  4. The Night Before Saint Patrick’s Day: We absolutely love The Night Before books and this one is just as good as the rest! It’s a must to read the night before.
  5. Rainbow & Pot of Gold craft: Another easy craft that is crazy cute. One of the amazing preschool teachers at my daughter’s school does this with her class and they LOVE it. Frankly, so do I. 
  6. Saint Patrick’s Day Would You Rather: Such a fun, silly way to enjoy the holiday. Answer questions like Would you rather catch a leprechaun or have a pet unicorn? Plus, it’s a FREE download.
  7. Green treats: Our family leprechaun always leaves a few green treats at our house. Usually a can of Sprite and some kind of green candy. If you don’t want sugar you can do a green apple and colored milk or something similar.
  8. Silly Leprechaun Tricks: When the leprechaun visits our house he plays silly tricks. They are never harmful or malicious and they are always easily cleaned up. Usually just things like leaving all the cupboard doors open, switching which drawer pants and socks are in, or turning couch cushions upside down. My kids think this is hilarious.
  9. Green Hair Spray: If you want to add a little extra green to your ensemble you can grab some green hair spray. Of course I grabbed it when it was on clearance after Halloween. That’s just how I roll.
  10. Set a Leprechaun trap: Who DOESN’T want to catch that silly leprechaun? It’s so fun to set a trap to see if you can catch that pesky little guy. We try to lure him in with gold or treats with some kind of spring to trap him when he picks them up. Sadly, we’ve had no luck so far. But that doesn’t mean we won’t keep trying!


Snuggle Up at Cinemark All Year Long + Enter to Win!

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017

I laugh at the jokes. I cry at the sad parts. I smile, I oooh and awww when appropriate; usually when the girl and boy get together in the end. Yep, I am any director or producer’s perfect audience. Basically, I LOVE movies. I love getting immersed into the emotions and forgetting about whatever is going on in my life at the moment.

It has been this way for as long as I can remember. Plain and simple; I LOVE movies. As I’ve had kids I have loved being able to share that with them. I get more excited to see their reactions as to feel my own. And with the new luxury loungers at Cinemark? Yeah. That just makes the whole experience that much better. You can recline, put your feet up, and relax! No fighting over the armrest or worrying about putting your feet up and disturbing the person seated in front of you. Pure heaven, I tell you.

Which means I’m extra excited to share this blissfulness with YOU! Scroll down to see how you can enter to win now!

Win It:

Four Mamas readers will win a Cinemark Date Night Prize Pack!

(Four winners will receive one $100.00 Cinemark gift card, two 2017 Cinemark refillable popcorn tubs, two 2017 Cinemark refillable cups, and two Cinemark branded luxury lounger blankets)

Just leave a comment on this post letting us know what movie you are most excited to see this year (or your favorite of all time). Then head to the MoaD Facebook page and Instagram page for more chances to win!

There will be one winner from the blog, one from Instagram, and two from Facebook entries!
This giveaway ends Monday, February 13 at 11:59pm MST, and the winner will be chosen randomly, contacted by email, and posted on the blog the next day.
The Rules:
*Only ONE entry per name/email address (excluding bonus entries).
*Open to US Residents Only
*Winner has 48 hours to contact us, or another winner will be chosen.



Utah: Kisses and Fishes at Living Planet Aquarium!

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017

Kisses and Fishes is back, and there are two nights to choose from. Spend a quiet, romantic evening at the Aquarium for Valentine’s Day. There are limited tables still available for Kisses & Fishes on Saturday, February 11 and Tuesday, February 14. The evening includes a gourmet dinner in front of our 300,000 gallon shark tank, live music, and photo ops. Enjoy dinner while watching sharks, turtles, stingrays, and colorful reef fish swim.

This date night includes a table for two with a gourmet dinner, live music, a fun photo op, and a chance to see the Aquarium at night without the crowds. Join us for a relaxing evening at the Aquarium with your special someone.

My family absolutely LOVES the local aquarium and this event sounds super fun. Don’t miss out. Get your tickets now.



Personalogy: Fun For The Whole Family!

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017

It’s Winter. That means it’s cold outside and Spring break is on the horizon. That means you need something to keep your kids happy (and let’s face it, hold on to your sanity) asap. This is when my family likes to pull out the games! There are so many great ways to occupy your kids and help them to use their minds. Personalogy is one of our new faves.

I cannot describe how much fun we had and continue to have with this game! It is super easy and required zero parent involvement to set up and get started. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love playing games with my kids. But sometimes it’s nice to know I can sit one out every once in a while and they will be able to continue to play and have fun. I love that there are multiple choice answers for the questions you (or your kids) aren’t sure of. I will say that most of the time we just ignored those options. We tend to have more fun and longer conversations if we come up with our own answers. Plus, there are parent/adult questions as well as questions that anyone can answer. If you haven’t checked out this fun game, then now is the perfect time!

Personalogy: A Laugh-out-loud discovery card game for the family (ideal for kids 7-11). Brings families together instantly – the playful, heart-warming and silly questions gets everyone talking, laughing and having fun! Questions have multiple choice answers to make it easy for kids.Play at family meals or game night.Discover something new about your family. perfect for birthday or holiday parties, family gatherings, A perfect antidote for traveling with kids, road trips, and plane rides. Triple AAA recommends it for road trips too! The speciality box is designed to be small enough to put in your purse, backpack or glove box. Cards are the same size as a regular deck of playing cards. Many of the questions were co-created by kids 7-11. Great for family dinners gatherings, birthday parties, goodie bags and a hostess gift. A great game for grandparents to connect with their grandkids! Three ways to play, with or without points and can be played in teams. 122 fun, silly, laugh-out-loud and memorable questions and even more surprising answers. Made Amazon’s Best Sellers Top 100 Card Games for 2015! Enjoy! Made in the USA. Check out our Personalogy Party Edition for adults, great for dinner parties, Game night, Road trips or hostess gift.



Disney on Ice Passport to Adventure Coming to a Town Near You!

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016

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Pack Your Bags for the Ultimate Tour of Disney Destinations in
DISNEY ON ICE presents PASSPORT TO ADVENTURE
Coming to Salt Lake City, November 10th – 13th 
**Tickets On-Sale NOW**
Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as your tour guides a magical globetrotting getaway as they travel to the timeless worlds of Disney’s The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and the #1 animated feature film of all time, Frozen, in Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure!  Celebrate some of the most memorable Disney tales and landscapes with all your favorite characters in one fun-filled ice production, coming to Salt Lake City from November 10th – 13th  at Vivint Smart Home Arena.
Mickey and Minnie will take audiences on a sightseeing adventure created for the entire family to explore the African Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa; voyage deep under the sea to Ariel’s mystical underwater kingdom and tour London with Peter Pan and Wendy before flying to Neverland to meet up with Tinker Bell.  Plus, travel to Arendelle for an extraordinary adventure with sisters Anna and Elsa, rugged mountain man Kristoff and everyone’s favorite, huggable snowman Olaf, as they journey to discover that true love is the most magical power of all.
Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure features an international team of award-winning figure skaters, high-energy choreography and a colorful set that captures all four unique worlds. Upbeat music, lovable characters and unforgettable moments make this an experience families will cherish forever!
WHEN:                               Thursday, November 10 – Sunday, November 13
Thursday, Nov. 10          7:00 PM
Friday, Nov. 11                7:00 PM
Saturday, Nov. 12           11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, Nov. 13               1:00 PM & 4:30 PM
WHERE:             Vivint Smart Home Arena
301 West South Temple Salt Lake City, UT, USA, 84101
TICKETS:         Ticket prices start at just $20!
                                Special Opening Night discount tickets available for only $15 each (not valid for VIP/Front Row levels)
All seats are reserved; tickets are available for purchase online at AXS.com, charge by phone at 800-888-TIXX or visit the Vivint Smart Home Arena Box Office.
*tickets prices are subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply
Visit http://presale.disneyonice.comfor the shows and dates coming to your hometown.


Ghostblasters at Desert Star + Enter to Win Tickets!

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016

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I love to laugh. Like REALLY love to laugh. I love musicals, dancing and funny jokes. And my 9 year old son? Yeah, so does he. So when the opportunity came up to see a spoof of some of my favorite shows? I was all over that!

 

Since 1989, Desert Star Playhouse has built a solid reputation for producing hilarious, family-friendly entertainment. Desert Star produces original musical comedies. We offer outrageous parodies of classic movies, TV show, and Broadway hits, with a melodramatic twist! Each show also features a high-energy variety show we call “The Olio” following the play with more singing, dancing and Desert Star comedy. It’s 2 shows in 1! Audience Interaction. Outrageous Parody. Unpredictable Fun.

I decided to take my son (because he didn’t really give me a choice) who really “gets” this kind of humor to this Desert Star experience. We were able to see “Ghostblasters: We ain’t afraid of no jokes” I will state it here. Run. Do not walk. Get to your computer or phone and buy Desert Start Theater tickets. You will NOT be disappointed. The actors are amazing and the comedic timing is great! They interact with the audience and as an audience member you get to BOO for the villain and CHEER for the hero. My son and I loved it.

One of the perks of seeing the show in the first few weeks is watching the actors forget their lines and make stuff up on the spot. Not gonna lie: this was maybe my favorite part. They are hilarious!

 

Set in a western theme, the theater itself looks like you have stepped back in time to watch dinner theater at it’s prime. Even the servers are in costume. The food was great and the drinks a plenty! He has already asked to go back again (season tickets maybe). Even if it is to watch what we just saw. Which is exactly part of the fun! You will NEVER see the exact same show twice! Whether it be different actors, a different audience or different impromptu jokes, it will always be a great time! With season tickets also available, it is the gift that will keep you laughing all year long. Get on down to Desert Star Theater! You will pat yourself on the back that you did.

Win It:

One Mamas reader will win a Pair of Desert Star Tickets!

(One winner will receive two ticket vouchers to any play at Desert Star)

Just leave a comment on this post letting us know something that makes you laugh, then fill out the giveaway form below. If you’re reading this in our daily email or a feed reader, then click on the title of the post to be taken to the blog so you can enter to win.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway ends Thursday, September 22 at 11:59pm MST, and the winner will be chosen randomly, contacted by email, and posted on the blog the next day.
The Rules:
*Only ONE entry per name/email address (excluding bonus entries).
*Open to Utah Residents Only
*Make sure you include a valid email address so we can contact you. This is the only thing your email address will be used for.
*Winner is chosen using random.org.
*Winner has 48 hours to contact us, or another winner will be chosen.



The Circus is Coming! Plus, Enter to Win!

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016

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I am so freaking excited to check out the circus this year! It sounds amazing! Check out all the deets below. Including how to score discount tickets, dates, times, and enter to win a pack of tickets!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Out Of This World

** First-Ever West Coast National Tour Debut Blasts Off

      In Salt Lake City from September 23-26**

Through the lens of a magic telescope, Out Of This World transports the entire family on an unforgettable outer space journey as Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson and “Circus Starseeker” Paulo battle evil forces, the Intergalactic Circus Queen Tatiana and her bumbling henchman Davis, to return the most talented circus performers in the universe back to Earth.

Families will be amazed by the cosmic voyage storyline exploring extraordinary new worlds and captivated by the twinkle in their child’s eyes as they visit far away planets of ice, fire, sand and water inhabited by gravity-defying acrobats, orbital aerialists, majestic animals and fearless daredevils that will ignite wonder with Children Of All Ages®The newest edition of The Greatest Show On Earth® features several unique performances throughout the story including:

Simet Family Astronauts launching the show, this one-of-its-kind aerial “spacewalk” features three astronauts balancing zero gravity maneuvers on a spinning wheel

Heilongjiang Provincial Acrobatic Troupe – original presentation for the first time in America showcasing the mastery of skilled Chinese acrobatics (such as an 11-person human pyramid and hoop diving) – all performed on ice!

Thrill Skaters introducing a new genre of ice skating, combining lyrical figure skating with energetic freestyle skaters performing tricks and stunts on ice

Sway Pole lead character clown Davis Vassallo climbs a 47-foot pole to complete a handstand five stories above the audience as he sways and tumbles around with a surprise ending; this daring performance can currently only be seen at Ringling Bros.!

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Additional Out Of This World show performance highlights include tigers & lions presenter Alexander Lacey; edge-of-your-seat Cossack Riders equestrian stunts; Globe of Steel motorcycle daredevils; awe-inspiring trapeze artists (performing the Ringling Bros. exclusive dual triple somersault routine with two flyers attempting the trick at the same time); unicycle courtside comedy routines from the King Charles Troupe; the hilarious antics of the Ringling Bros. Clown Alley and more!

 

Free with every ticket purchase, be sure to arrive early for fun-filled interactive elements before the show starts with the Starseeker’s Early Access pre-show experience where families can enjoy sneak peek performances, unique mobile app interactions, clown appearances right in your seats leading up to an exciting dance party show countdown.  Guests are encouraged to download the all-new interactive Ringling Bros. mobile app where families can become part of The Greatest Show On Earth like never before with exclusive content, games and more!

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WHEN:                 Friday, September 23 – Monday, September 26

Friday, September 23                     7:00 PM

Saturday, September 24               11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday, September 25                  1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

Monday, September 26                7:00 PM

 

WHERE: Vivint Smart Home Arena – 301 S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

TICKETS: Discount Opening Night tickets for $15 each (select seating only; not valid on VIP/premium levels)

All seats are reserved; tickets available for purchase online at Smithstix.com, select Smith’s Grocery locations, charge by phone at 801-355-SEAT or 800-888-TIXX and in-person at the EnergySolutions Box Office.

Win It:

One Mamas reader will win A Family Four Pack of Tickets to the Circus!

(One winner will receive 4 tickets to the Friday, September 23 7:00pm show in SLC, Utah)

Just leave a comment on this post letting us know your favorite thing at the circus and then leave- your name and email address in the giveaway form below. If you’re reading this in our daily email or a feed reader, then click on the title of the post to be taken to the blog so you can enter to win.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway ends Thursday, September 15 at 11:59pm MST, and the winner will be chosen randomly, contacted by email, and posted on the blog the next day.
The Rules:
*Only ONE entry per name/email address (excluding bonus entries).
*Open to Utah Residents Only
*Make sure you include a valid email address so we can contact you. This is the only thing your email address will be used for.
*Winner is chosen using random.org.
*Winner has 48 hours to contact us, or another winner will be chosen.



Giveaway: Win a Utah State Fair Prize Pack (3 Winners)!

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016

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We picked our winners, but didn’t hear back from one of them! So we are extending this giveaway for one more day! Woo hoo!

Utah State Fair

The Utah State Fair runs September 8 – 18 at the Utah State Fairpark. For more information and continued updates on the 2016 Utah State Fair, visit www.UtahStateFair.com.

Utah State Fair Giveaway

My Family at the Utah State Fair in 2012

My family absolutely loves going to the Utah State Fair every year. It has become a tradition and we love it! There is so much stuff to do and it’s great for all ages. No, really. There are rides, food, animals, exhibits, food, vendors, kids activities, and food! Wait, did I mention there is food? Because there is. And lots of it!

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Me eating Saturday’s Waffle at the Fair in 2014.

There are way too many things to do and see at the fair to list them all, but here are some of my favorites: Little Hands on the Farm (This is my kids absolute favorite thing to do every year), Giant Yellow Slide, Fishing Pond, Bovine Exhibit, Turkey Legs (these things are HUGE! And delicious!), Dutch Oven Cook Off, and the Rodeo. And tons more. There is so much fun stuff at the Fair! If you haven’t been before you have no idea what you are missing. I’ll be adding a full review of this years fair as soon as we get a chance to visit.

 

Buy It:

In case you’re wanting to go there are some great discounts available including;

  • Family Savings Bundle $95 includes four (4) gate admission tickets, two (2) regular All-You-Can-Ride carnival wristband vouchers, and $40 of food coupons that can be used for any of your favorite fair foods or drinks. Available online through September 7th
  • $3 off coupons at Smith’s stores
  • On Patriot Day (9/11) all military, law enforcement and emergency services personnel, with proper identification, will be admitted FREE
  • On September 12 it is ABC4 GOOD4UTAH Family day – Age 12 and under FREE, Age 13 and above $8, Purchase one All-You-Can-Ride Carnival Wristband
    at regular price and receive a second wristband FREE
  • September 13 is Fox13 Day at the Fair – Age 12 and under FREE, Age 13 and above $8
  • September 14 is KSL Free Parking Day – Visit www.ksl.com to print your coupon.

 

 

Win It:

Three Mamas readers will win a Utah State Fair Prize Pack!

(Three winners will receive five admission tickets, to the Utah State Fair)

Just leave a comment on this post letting us know your favorite thing at the fair (or what you are most excited to see) then fill out the giveaway form below. If you’re reading this in our daily email or a feed reader, then click on the title of the post to be taken to the blog so you can enter to win.

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway ends Thursday, September 15 at 11:59pm MST, and the winner will be chosen randomly, contacted by email, and posted on the blog the next day.
The Rules:
*Only ONE entry per name/email address (excluding bonus entries).
*Open to Utah Residents Only
*Make sure you include a valid email address so we can contact you. This is the only thing your email address will be used for.
*Winner is chosen using random.org.
*Winner has 48 hours to contact us, or another winner will be chosen.



The Utah State Fair is Almost Here + Discounts!

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016

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The Utah State Fair is almost here! We love going to the fair and make sure to go every year. One of our very favorite activities is the super cute (and free!) “Little Hands on the Farm”. My kids love it! The fair runs from September 8 – 18, 2016.

Stay tuned for a giveaway coming soon!

In case you’re wanting to go there are some great discounts available including;

  • Family Savings Bundle $95 includes four (4) gate admission tickets, two (2) regular All-You-Can-Ride carnival wristband vouchers, and $40 of food coupons that can be used for any of your favorite fair foods or drinks. Available online through September 7th
  • $3 off coupons at Smith’s stores
  • On Patriot Day (9/11) all military, law enforcement and emergency services personnel, with proper identification, will be admitted FREE
  • On September 12 it is ABC4 GOOD4UTAH Family day – Age 12 and under FREE, Age 13 and above $8, Purchase one All-You-Can-Ride Carnival Wristband
    at regular price and receive a second wristband FREE
  • September 13 is Fox13 Day at the Fair – Age 12 and under FREE, Age 13 and above $8
  • September 14 is KSL Free Parking Day – Visit www.ksl.com to print your coupon.


It’s Fun to Be One and All Things Pink Party!

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016

I can’t believe it’s almost time for another party for my little girl! She will be 3 this October and I can’t wait to plan another party for her. Seriously having a girl is SO different than having boys! And I love every single second of having her as part of our family. My daughter is as girly as they come. She loves princesses, pink, music, dancing, and every single thing Frozen related.

In honor of her upcoming birthday I wanted to throw out this refresher of the All Things Pink Party we had a couple of years ago and ask for YOUR ideas for this year’s theme. What would be fun, easy, and not crazy expensive?

Cake

Remember how I told you I wanted my mom to make a cupcake cake for my cute little girl’s first birthday? Well, she did! And it turned out AMAZING! I am so happy with how it turned out. You can check out her cooking blog to see some of her recipes and she will have a cupcake cake tutorial coming soon. And I think it was a fairly easy cake to make since it’s all cupcakes. My mom also made the smash cake (pictured below) for a one year photo shoot. She is one talented woman.

Smash Cake

There were so many fun things at this party that I have to share a few. I found a ton of cute ideas on Pinterest. I have an entire board dedicated to my daughter’s first birthday party. One of the things at the top of my list was a highchair tutu. Buy some tulle, cut it, tie it around ribbon and put it on the highchair. I mean, come on. Anyone can do that, right? Wrong. Not this girl. I am craftily (totally a word) challenged. I bought some super cute pink tulle. And I cut it. But it was awkwardly crooked. Some pieces were just meant for the garbage. I tied the crookedly cut tulle onto the ribbon. And tied. And then tied some more. I felt like I was tying tulle for a LONG time (at least three episodes of Supernatural long). At this point my tutu just looked like a big, puffy, not even remotely straight mess. So how did I solve the problem? The dollar store!

I snagged two tutu’s, a princess skirt, and a chair cover. All I had to do was to untie both tutu’s and cut the skirt down the middle. I secured all of them to the high chair with glue dots and put the chair cover on the back. Done. Best $4 I’ve ever spent.

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A couple of weeks before the party I had some pics taken by the absolutely amazing Maganda Studios. I had to post a couple to go along with this birthday party post. But don’t worry, there will be a whole post dedicated to this awesome shoot and a discount (squee!)

I mean, come on. Could my baby girl be any cuter? Oh, and the adorable Birthday Girl dress? Scored it for $3.20 from BabiesRUs last January when I posted about their awesome clearance sale. Fingers crossed it happens again this year.

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