And Then There are Those Days…

Posted by on Oct 20, 2017

running away

The other day I took my kids to Arctic Circle (a local fast food place) after school so we could grab an ice cream cone. I was grumpy and chocolate sounded like heaven. So we pulled up to the drive through and I asked what kind of ice cream they wanted. Here is the conversation that followed:

B 5 years old: “Can I get mint chocolate chip?”

Me: “No that isn’t an option. You can choose vanilla, chocolate, or twist. You can also get it dipped in chocolate or strawberry.”

B: “I want mint chocolate chip!”

Drive through attendant: “Can I take your order?”

Me: “Give us just a second, please.”

H 8 years old: “Just pick one! Can I get a shake?”

Me: “No. We are just getting cones today. You can choose vanilla, chocolate, or twist. You can also get it dipped in chocolate or strawberry.”

B: “Can I get cookie dough?”

Me: Sigh. “No. We are just getting cones today. Hurry and choose.”

H: “Hurry up! Pick one! Do they have orange?”

B: “She said no! But I want mint chocolate chip!” He is now sobbing.

Me to the attendant: “I’m so sorry. Please give us one more minute.” To B and H “Choose one. Or we won’t get any.”

B: “I want mint chocolate chiiiiiiiiiiuuup!”

H: “Why are you crying!? Stop crying!”

At this point I slowly rolled my window up realizing the attendant could hear the whole debacle. And then we drove away. No ice cream. None. I drove home and parked in the driveway. H decided he was VERY unhappy with me and not getting ice cream. So he was going to run away. Because obviously I am the meanest mom ever.

I mean, how could I NOT take a picture of that!?

Can anyone relate? Please tell me you can! I need some other mean mom stories.

Sometimes I Just Can’t, But Maybe Tomorrow I Can…

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017


I know some of you are struggling. Some of you are feeling down and like you just can’t. But I promise, you can. Maybe not today, but tomorrow. Or the next day. Things WILL get better! Trust in that and trust in YOU.

Sometimes I just can’t.
I can’t put on a happy face and keep pretending everything is okay.
I can’t smile and make the pain go away.
I can’t stop the fear, the hurt, the ache. I can’t shake the belief that I’m not (and never will be) good enough.
I can’t fill the pit of emptiness I feel deep inside. I can’t stop my body from shaking and the tears from falling.
The only thing I CAN do is to try to focus on all that is good in the world. Because there is so much.

So while today I just can’t, maybe, just maybe, tomorrow I can.

Create Your Own Happily Ever After When DISNEY ON ICE presents DREAM BIG Skates into Salt Lake City

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017

Believing is just the beginning when dreamers throughout Salt Lake City witness the empowering tales of Disney’s most courageous leading ladies told through artistic skating and acrobatics in Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. Audiences are invited to join eight Disney Princesses – Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Aurora and Snow White – as they embark on incredible adventures, determined to make their dreams come true. In addition, experience the sisterly love that has captivated millions as Disney’s Frozen is brought to life on the icy stage. Disney On Ice presents Dream Big is playing the Vivint Smart Home Arena from November 16th– 19th.

Audiences will be transported to a world where imaginations soar and anything can happen. Through enchanted pixie-dust, Tinker Bell takes audiences on a journey of beloved Disney tales. Make a splash with the fearless dreamer Ariel as she yearns to explore life above the waves. Watch Rapunzel, Cinderella and Belle as they learn about the power to make their own magic. Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa and the hilarious snowman Olaf from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love is the greatest magic of all. Be there to discover a whole new world with the daring Jasmine, and join Snow White, Aurora and Tiana as they remind you that strength and kindness go hand-in-hand. High-flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends make Disney On Ice presents Dream Big an experience your family will never forget!

WHEN: Thursday, November 16 – Sunday, November 19
o Thursday, Nov. 16 7:00 PM
o Friday, Nov. 17 7:00 PM
o Saturday, Nov. 18 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
o Sunday, Nov. 19 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

WHERE: Vivint Smart Home Area – 301 S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
TICKETS: Tickets start at just $15 each!
Discount Opening Night tickets available for only $10 on select seating (not valid for premium VIP/Front Row seating)

Tickets available for purchase online at, charge by phone at 800-888-TIXX or in-person at the venue Box Office.
*prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

Hard Candy Fragrances: Long Lasting Yumminess For Your Senses

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017

When you think of hard candy, you think of long lasting yumminess for your senses. Well you will experience the same with HARD CANDY fragrances. This brand is sold exclusively at Walmart and you will NEED to get down there and get these for yourself. The two new fragrances PINK and BLACK are fashion forward and will be an excellent accessory to any outfit, any day of the week.  And bonus, they are named after two of my daughter’s favorite colors.

PINK (fragrance and body mist)


A fashionable fragrance that evokes freshness and warmth. Exhilarate your senses with this romantic, floral must that leaves and endless trail of beautiful scent.


Top notes- California tangerine and pink passion fruit

Mid notes- Fluffy Pink Peony and Sheer Jasmine

Lower notes- Vanilla sugar and sensual musk


BLACK (fragrance and mist)


A fashionable fragrance that evokes a cool sophistication of sweet scents. Exhilarate your senses with this scents that offer an endless trail of floral, fruit and sugared notes.


Top notes- Lush kiwi and Juicy mango

Mid notes- quince blossom and Vanilla Absolute

Lower notes- Sugared Iris and Warm Amber

My almost 11 (going on 15) daughter and I tried both as we wanted to see which were more “us”. We loved both, as they were fresh, light and you could really wear as an everyday fragrance and/or mist. Since we are BOTH obsessed with lotions, fragrances and mists, this was a plus for us. I decided that the Hard Candy PINK seemed more what I was looking for and the Hard Candy BLACK my daughter absolutely loved. I also loved that it “sprays and stays”. We sprayed some as we walked out the door to run errands, ended up going to lunch, a little shopping and a movie. When we got home, I had her put her clothes in the hamper. I could STILL smell her Hard Candy BLACK. Yep the yumminess lasted the entire day without losing its scent!

A great scent. A great deal. A great addition to your fashion style. Hard Candy PINK and BLACK. Decide who YOU will be!

$4 Do It Yourself Monster Door – Great for Halloween!

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017

My cute neighbor put out a call for decorated doors that she can show on her upcoming segment on Studio 5. So how could I NOT respond!? And, in true Mamas fashion, I knew I had to do it on the cheap. So I headed to my local dollar store. Check out how easy it is below!

Supplies list:

  • Two different sizes of paper plates (any colors you choose)
  • Square paper plates or white rectangle gift bags
  • Poster board (any color you’d like)
  • Painters tape (I just used what I already had)
  • Poster putty (or whatever you want to use to stick stuff onto your door)

I put my poster board on with my poster putty and then cut the “hair” to go around my peephole. I then stuck on my bigger paper plates, then the smaller paper plates onto those for the eyeballs. I used my frog tape for the mouth and then used the rectangle gift bags for teeth. And that’s it! Took less than 15 minutes and only $4 at the dollar store!

You can make this as fancy or as simple as you want. We added a bow to make it a girl monster and I liked the idea of eyebrows so I just cut some of the extra pieces of poster board.

What are YOUR easy decorating ideas?

Enter to Win Shopkins Live Tickets!

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017

Shopkins Live! is finally here! The #1 kids toy in North America is live and on stage in Shopkins Live! Shop It Up! Your beloved Shoppies make their theatrical debut in an original new live show featuring musical performances by Jessicake, Bubbleisha, Peppa-Mint, Rainbow Kate, Cocolette, Polli Polish and more! The fun and fashionista Shoppies are joined by the Shopkins – the grocery store-themed mini collectable toys – Apple Blossom, Strawberry Kiss, Lippy Lips, Kooky Cookie, Poppy Corn, Slick Breadstick and Shady Diva. An ensemble cast of multi-talented performers brings the show to life on stage through urban style music, song and dance.

All of Shopville is in a tizz as preparations get underway for the annual “Funtastic Food and Fashion Fair.” Shady Diva showcases her latest fashion designs; Lippy Lips gives colorful advice at the nail salon; Kooky Cookie tries to get in a beauty nap! But wait – no event is complete without a few hiccups! Who has high-jinxed the fashion pageant? Where is the super-secret celebrity guest? Will Slick Breadstick ever find a dance partner? The Shopkins and Shoppies need your help – the show must go on!

Shopkins Live! immerses audiences in the world of Shopville using custom-designed theatrical costumes, creative onstage characters, state-of-art video and set design, and original pop songs and music! Grab your besties and check out Shopkins Live! Shop It Up! Check ya later!

One Mamas on a Dime readers will a Family 4 Pack of tickets to Shopkins Live!

Winner will receive 4 tickets to the November 1st show in Salt Lake City, Utah.

To enter this giveaway: Leave a comment on this post telling us who your (or your kids) favorite Shopkins character is and then make sure to leave your name and email address in the Rafflecopter widget below. (If you’re reading this in our daily email, then click on the title of the post to be taken to the blog so you can enter to win.)

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Back to School With Fruit Shoot!

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017

It’s that time of year again. Time to buy clothes, pick up supplies, and start packing lunches. If you haven’t started doing these things already. One of the things I tend to stress about is what to put in my kids lunches! You can only do so many sandwiches and water bottles before my kids start to complain. So this year I started a Pinterest board and started compiling ideas! But only easy ones, because let’s be realistic here.

I am not the kind of mom that writes notes and cuts sandwiches into cute shapes with homemade hummus and veggies everyday. I’m much more of a throw a lunchable in a bag and call it good kind of mom. That’s why I was excited about Fruit Shoot drinks.

Every bottle of Fruit Shoot is made with real fruit juice from concentrate, plenty of water and no high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors. The resealable sports cap makes it a perfect drink for kids to bring on daily adventures and get their “thing” on.

Not only are there multiple flavors to choose from, they offer both sugar and no sugar added variety. I can be the cool mom without having to get crafty or creative at all! Score!

What’s your favorite back to school shortcut?

Remembering My Grandmother…

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017

I can clearly remember the day my grandmother died. I can’t remember the date. Or even the year, but those aren’t the important details, right? After I heard the news I went out onto my back porch and stared at the sky as the tears fell down my face.

My eyes were drawn to the sunset. The colors were beautiful! The purples and blues, oranges and yellows; Each color reminded me of a different talent that my grandmother possessed. The colors seamlessly meshed together, just as her talents had to produce the awe inspiring woman that she was.

I watched the colors swirling, as they formed different designs and created new shades of colors. As the sun slowly sunk below the mountains I could picture my grandmother at her best. Before long, the sun was completely gone. As was my grandmother.

In that simple sunset I had relived every memory I had ever had with this amazing woman. To this day, sunsets bring me a peace that I can’t describe. I know it’s my grandmother watching over me from heaven.

Lugz: Be Proud of Your Shoes!

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017

LUGZ Boots

I am woman…hear me…walk? Yes. walk. I AM a woman, which means shoes are something that is an innate NEED, not simply a want. So when you hear my walking, it means I am walking with one sole purpose…like what I did there? Yep. I’m walking to show off my shoes, boots or heels! So now I’d like to introduce you to Lugz. Love the Lugz!

Always an innovator and leader in footwear, Lugz first made a name for itself in October of 1993, bringing its first line of boots to market, with the initial product consisting of two styles of boots, a quilted vest and a pair of jeans.

Soon Lugz was endorsed by key players from the world of hip hop and has continued to do so through out the years. One such collaboration led Lugz to breathe life to a whole new category of footwear with the introduction of the first ever celebrity-endorsed “Funk Master Flex” urban driving shoe. This was only the beginning as support then lead to a collaborative line with hip-hop superstar Bryan “Baby” Williams, aka “Birdman” with his own series of sneakers and boots.

From its inception, Lugz footwear has been an innovator in the footwear market from its signature styles, to creating trendsetting styles beyond boots and has added casual shoes and athletics to the mix for the Lugz men, Lugz women and Lugz kids lines.


Just take a look at these beauties! They are the Women’s Seabrook. They are cute, stylish and definitely keep my feet comfy when I’m on them all day teaching little 3 year olds. I LOVE the black and fuschia, but they also come in Aqua/White/Cloud, Black/Nautical Blue/White, White/Cloud,  Onyx/White. and Black/White. CUTE!! So many cute colors to fit your style to a “T”. They also have the following;

  • Canvas upper
  • Cotton drill lining
  • Waxy finish laces
  • Metal eyelets & classic Lugz hardware
  • Durable rubber outsole

Everything you need to strut your stuff in STYLE! And let’s be honest. For THIS woman…wearing stylish shoes is really when I roar…just sayin’. I have worn these and it never fails that I get compliments from my fellow shoe loving mamas. Thanks ladies! And thank you Lugz! You are the jelly to my jelly roll…The Cheese to my macaroni…The perfect fit to my foot.

Plus, don’t forget to sign up for the LUGZ newsletter so you can be entered to win a pair of free LUGZ directly from them!

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

Posted by on Aug 28, 2017


Utah State Fair

The Utah State Fair runs September 7 – 17 

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 August 31.
  • September 7 is Coca-Cola Day – Age 5 and under FREE, Age 6 and above $6
  • On Patriot Day (9/11) all military, law enforcement and emergency services personnel, with proper identification, will be admitted FREE
  • On September 11 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 12 is KSL Free Parking Day – Visit to print your coupon.
  • September 13 is Fox13 Day at the Fair – Age 12 and under FREE, Age 13 and above $8



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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