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

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016


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

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!

Saturday's Waffle

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 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.


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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.
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*Only ONE entry per name/email address (excluding bonus entries).
*Open to Utah Residents Only
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The Utah State Fair is Almost Here + Discounts!

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016

utah state fair

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 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?


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.


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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Days of ’47 Rodeo Family Night Discount

Posted by on Jul 10, 2016


July 19-23 There’s Something for Everyone

The Days of ’47 Komatsu Equipment Rodeo features a number of fun activities for all ages to celebrate the Days of ’47 holiday. Plaza events, held from 4-7pm each day, are open to the public and most activities are free! Events that will take place on the Vivint Smart Home Arena or at the Days of ’47 Rodeo include:

  • Championship rodeo competition
  • BBQ vendors on the plaza
  • Mechanical bull riding
  • Live concerts and dancing on the plaza
  • Mutton busting
  • Petting zoo with over 100 animals
  • And more!

Family Night Discount- Come on down with your family on Wednesday, July 20th, for Days of ’47 Family Night. With discounts on tickets and food for all your cowboys and cowgirls, it’s a perfect excuse to give us your best “yee-haw!” Don’t worry; we hear it all the time.

On Wednesday, July 20th you can get 4 Silver Buckle rodeo tickets and 4 hot dogs for only $47! Available by calling the Vivint Smart Home Group Sales department, 801.355.DUNK (3865). Ticket prices increase $1 per ticket when purchasing tickets on the same day of event.


Upcoming Summer Fun Guide

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016


I know many of you have been asking so I wanted to let you know that my Summer Fun Guide will be ready and posted soon! There are so many fun things for you to do and play with your family. There will be a good mix of things as well as places this year. And a wide range of prices, with nothing that will break the bank. I’m so excited to be able to share with you. Stay tuned!

If you have a product, place, or idea you would like shared in this guide please shoot me an email to so we can get it included.

*HOT* Utah Deal: Pass of All Passes Just $13.60

Posted by on May 19, 2016


Right now you can score an amazing deal on the Pass of all passes. If you don’t have your 2016 pass yet, then this is the deal you have been waiting for. Just use coupon code SALE3 at checkout to score this deal.

Keep in mind that you can use this code multiple times, but you can only buy one pass at a time to get the discount.

I’ve debated on getting these passes for the past few years. I think this is the deal I’ve been waiting for. If I only used the pass once for one event it would still be worth my money. And I have no intention of only using it once. Grab yours now before this deal expires.

FREE Summer Reading Programs

Posted by on May 12, 2016



It’s that time to of year again! Temperatures are rising and school is almost out for the Summer! Make sure to keep your kids reading this summer. For some added incentive here is a list of FREE Summer Reading Programs…

Barnes & Noble – This summer reading program through Barnes & Noble gives your child the ability to earn a FREE book after reading 8 books and keeping track of them in a reading log.

Book Adventure – Sylvan offers this FREE reading incentive program. Your child reads books and then takes a simple quiz to make sure they understood what they read. The quiz is usually about 10 questions long. They earn points based on how much they remember from reading the book. There are hundreds of books to choose from in all reading levels. Once they have earned enough points they can trade them in for prizes.

Books-a-Million: Free Camp Half-Blood Tote Bag when you read four books, and turn in your journal to your local store.

Half Price Books – Kids ages 14 and under can earn a $5 Gift Card for reading just 15 minutes each day. Once they reach 300 minutes your child can turn in their completed reading log to get their $5 HPB Back-to-School Bucks.

Scholastic Summer Challenge – Log your reading minutes at the Scholastic site and your child will be able to participate in a World Record challenge as well as earn prizes.

TD Bank Summer Reading Program – Read 10 books and write them down on their Summer Reading Form. When you turn it in your child will get $10 added to their Young Saver Account FREE!

Local Public Library – Don’t forget to check with your local libraries to find out if they’re offering programs this summer.


Salt Lake County Summer Reading: Salt Lake County offers an extensive summer reading program for the entire family. The library system is offering a big summer reading kickoff celebration on Saturday, June 4 in West Jordan. Those who finish the program will receive a free book or a $5 fine waiver.

Salt Lake City Library Summer Reading: Kids can mark down their summer reading with their Summer Reading Tracker, available at all City Library locations and earn fun prizes every month. There are even reading trackers for the tiniest readers! There will also be lots fun events at libraries throughout the city all summer long.

Utah State Fair Read and Win: Children ages 6-12 who read 10 books and fill out & mail the reading record form (print it from their site) can get a FREE ticket to the Utah State Fair in September and a voucher for one free carnival ride and a small lemonade.

Dream Big: Read/Provo: Provo City Library has a summer reading program with prizes, events and an end-of-summer party.

Some of these programs are limited to certain regions so you’ll want to check for locations in your area and verify that they are participating. Let us know if you know of any others that we don’t have listed here.

R.E.V’s Robotic Enhanced Vehicles

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016


My boys’ race. They race to the bathroom to brush their teeth. They race to the car when I pick them up from school. They race to bed…oh wait. Ok. Maybe not that. But they are always on the move and moving FAST! When they are not on the move racing from one place to another, they are on some sort of electronic device. Well. Did I have a surprise for them! Because of the genius of which, simply put, is who I am…ok. No. I am not the genius inventor, but I sure am the user of these amazing toys! The name says it all. REV.

R.E.V’s are Robotic Enhanced Vehicles that are designed for combat. Leave the track behind, and the let the world be your battlefield. Equipped with cutting edge Artificial Intelligence, in conjunction with BeaconSense technology, Each vehicle is outfitted with BeaconSense technology, a proprietary indoor GPS system that enables them to sense their surroundings and navigate accordingly. REV does not require a special surface or mat to play on, and up to 16 different vehicles can enter the game at any time. Introducing REV by WowWee. REV are Robotic Enhanced Vehicles that are app-enabled and built for battle. REVs can think, drive and fight for themselves- no player two required. REVs are hardwired to outwit, outplay and outlast YOU, their human opponents.

  • REV set includes two cars; pick the car you want to control with your smart device
  • In single player mode, battle a series of A.I. Characters that can drive, think and fight all by themselves.
  • In multiplayer mode, play against multiple human- or A.I.-controlled cars at once. Up to 16 different players can enter the game! Choose from different modes such as team battles or free-for-alls.
  • REV vehicles track the status and location of other REV vehicles and adjust their tactics in real time.
  • Handle most surfaces, including carpet, hardwood and tile


My boys had a REVving good time with these cars! I loved that I did not (well unless I wanted to) keep them cooped up in one small area of the house. They were able to make a racetrack going through our Living room (carpet) and into the kitchen (tile) and these little suckers took it like the champs they are!! Gone are the OLD SCHOOL remote controls that you really had no control over…and welcome to the age our kids live in. My kids picked a car, grabbed the smart device and were cruising! And if one of the boys didn’t want to play (or…maybe was put in a time out for being mean…just sayin) the other boy could still play solo- against a computer. WHA?! Yes. The movie Terminator may have flashed across my mind…but so far, no machines have come to the door looking for their version of Sarah Conner….

What has entered my house is HOURS of fun had by my boys with these REV cars. If you’re feeling really over achiever like, you could always have your own car safety course….or not. Just let boys be boys. And they can with these REV cars. So ready. Set. GO!

Utah: Celebrate Easter at The Gateway for FREE

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016
Celebrate Easter Fun at The Gateway
Saturday, March 26 from 2 – 4 PM
Inside the old Anthropologie Space (across the street from Abercrombie & Fitch)
Activities will include selfies with Easter Bunny, Easter activities, puppet show, balloon artist and Fat Boy Ice Cream!


Host a 40 is the New 20 Party on a Budget – Including a DIY Photo Booth!

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016


Recently (Okay, it’s been almost a year now) my friend Charity turned 40. So of course we had to celebrate! I started to plan a birthday party for her with her husband, but really, he’s just not the party planning type. So when Charity got wind of it she was completely on board to party it up on the cheap! Seriously, this girl should start her own party planning business. She is THAT amazing. We had so much fun creating labels and such as well as decorating. So here is what we came up with and what you can do to have your own party!

40 is the new 20 party

It seems like the photo booth is the new party must have. Which means it was included here as well! The first thing we did for our DIY photo booth was printed a few thought bubbles and laminated them with my Scotch Thermal Laminator from Amazon. Then we set those out with dry erase markers and baby wipes so they could be used over and over again throughout the night.


You can see from the pic below that we just used a dollar store tablecloth for the background for our photo booth. So simple and crazy cheap! You can also see the thought bubbles, markers, and wet wipes on the table.

photo booth

Then we put a poster board together with directions for our DIY photo booth. This way we didn’t have to keep telling everyone how to do it and it added to the decor. Plus, we added an Instagram hashtag so we could post pics online and all the party guests could see them!prop sign

For our photo booth props Charity and I just raided our kid toys and dress ups. Zero money out of pocket. If you don’t have dress ups from your kids you can borrow from friends or just hit the dollar store. You know you can find tons of fun stuff there.


I also got onto PicMonkey and made some adorable signs for different things for decorations. We did Forty Rocks! and added Pop Rocks we got from Amazon for party favors.forty rocks

Along with the Pop Rocks I grabbed a bag of Dums Dums and used those as a center piece on one of the tables. Then added the Suck It, Forty! sign to cuten it up. (That IS a word by the way.) I made sure to let all of the kids attending snag one so there wouldn’t be too many left over.

suck it 40

Along with the other party favors I also did water bottles to match the overall theme. They said Fun, Fierce, Fabulous…Forty! And when I had them printed I went to OfficeMax and did them on sticker paper. This made it so ridiculously easy to just peel and stick.



We had a TON of fun! We also had other drinks, snacks, music, adorable forty sayings all over the room, and also more decorations that matched the overall theme. It was amazing! And we spent very little money to make it rock! Which means there is no reason you need to spend hundreds of dollars to make your party rock, at any age!