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?

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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.

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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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Days of ’47 Rodeo Family Night Discount

Posted by on Jul 10, 2016

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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.

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Upcoming Summer Fun Guide

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016

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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 jacki@mamasonadime.com so we can get it included.



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

Posted by on May 19, 2016

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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

 

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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.

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UTAH PROGRAMS:

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

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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
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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!



Marvel Universe Live is Coming! Plus, Score FREE Tickets!

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016

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To celebrate local heroes, Marvel Universe LIVE is kicking off its run in Salt Lake City with a costume contest and hero appreciation night! Marvel fans of all ages are invited to come test their super skills and find the super hero within at this exciting costume contest.
The first 300 people to arrive in costume will receive a free ticket to see Marvel Universe LIVE!
Ultimate Marvel Super Hero Costume Contest (open to the public)
6 – 8 PM
Wednesday, February 10
Grand Hall, The Gateway: 18 North Rio Grande Street

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SUPER HEROES WILL UNITE IN SALT LAKE CITY

FOR AN EPIC BATTLE TO SAVE THE UNIVERSE!
Marvel Universe LIVE! Debuts in Salt Lake

First Ever Action-Packed Arena Tour February 11–14, 2016

(Salt Lake City, UT)Marvel fans, assemble! Marvel Universe LIVE! is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole new groundbreaking level, with a mind-blowing stunt show unlike anything experienced before! Watch your favorite Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man and the Avengers (Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk and more) plus menacing villains come to life in an action-packed arena extravaganza debuting in Utah for the first time ever playing February 11th – 14th at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.

Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original story that brings more than 25 Marvel icons together on one awesome quest.  The Cosmic Cube, the source of ultimate power and one of the most feared and coveted treasures in the Marvel Universe, has been shattered into pieces by the Mighty Thor in order to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. With the pieces scattered across the globe, Thor’s villainous brother Loki devises a scheme to clone its powers, inciting a threat that could not only decimate Earth but also obliterate the Universe.

 Feel the energy and excitement with cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and stunning video projections that completely immerse the audience into the epic action and story.  Nearly two years in the making, Marvel Universe LIVE! is being hailed as the most technically advanced and innovative live touring shows ever (in the more than 40 year history of Feld Entertainment). Join Marvel fans of all ages for this once-in-a-lifetime, monumental performance…the fate of the Universe depends on it!

 



Glowcicle: Have a Yummy Treat AND Get Your Glow On!

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016

Bringing in a New Year. Birthdays. Just because parties. All bring to mind a sense of FUN. I love to plan little activities for my littles and love even more to surprise them. Regardless of which Holiday or Fun day you are choosing to celebrate- Might I suggest using GLOWCICLES?! No, seriously. These are the real deal!

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My kids love glow sticks- I mean what kid (or most adults) don’t love to get their dance on with some glow sticks? Now you can have a super yummy treat AND get your glow on! The Glowcicle is made with natural fruit flavors and colors, NON GMO and made right here in the USA!

We recently celebrated the New Year. I was in charge of the entertainment for my kids as well as nieces and nephews. I of course thought of the Glowcicle! They each were able to pick which yummy fruit flavor they wanted and had the glow in the dark stick to boot. How you ask? Each patented Glowcicle has a side pouch that holds glow stick & causes treat to glow. Who says you can’t have your fun and eat it too?! J We had a dance party, a flavor testing test and had a blast all in the dark with just our glow sticks for light. EPIC!

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I am already SUPER excited for the next bday or heck, whatever day we have coming up. These little babies, the GlowCicles, will DEFINITELY be on the invite list!

Charity