Saturday, April 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Point's Tulip Festival - Great for Any Occasion!



As I'm writing this, it is rainy and dull outside and all I want to do is go back to the Tulip Festival!! It was so beautiful! I think the best part about it is that it is all completely enclosed so you really feel like you are in a magical land. When we left I remember thinking, wow I feel like I've been on vacation! My husband and I were going to try and make a romantic date night out of it but between moving in to our new house and his finals week it didn't seem like it was going to happen (yet!) so instead I had a girl's day with my mom and sister! 


We also took my one-year-old Cooper, and I was super worried he'd get bored and make the day less enjoyable, but he actually loved it as well! There were plenty of young kids there and I loved seeing the little girls running around in the flowers! (so cute!!!) Cooper - the busybody - was totally content in his stroller because there was so much to see. I think it also helped that there were a lot of open areas where I could take him out and let him run around without worrying he'd destroy the flower beds. I would totally go back with just him!


If you've never been to the Tulip Festival before you're in for a delight! It is an annual event designed to welcome and celebrate Spring. It features nearly 100 different varieties of tulips in every possible color. Each year features a new and unique display never before seen by past attendees, so ifyou have been before, you won't be dissapointed if you visit again! My favorite area was the Secret Garden because it made me feel like I was in Cinderella when the Prince takes her to his secret swing!

 The Tulip Festival is a great family activity and opportunity to enjoy the warmer weather. To meet everyone's tastes there is food, music and vendors, and even storytelling on the weekends. The colorful flowers also provide families with fun photo opportunities and the chance to enter their photos into an event contest.

The Festival takes place April 10 to May 9 (closed Sundays) from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Thanksgiving Point Gardens at 3900 N. Garden Drive, Lehi, UT. For more information visit http://uvtogether.com/tulip_festival


If you're looking for a reason to go to the Tulip Festival I'd say just do it! It'd be a great family outing, date night, mommy-kid date, or even just a chance to get out in nature by yourself!


XOXO
Amber

Friday, April 24, 2015

Date Night Challenge


It's true, I'll be the first to admit it. I read every single one of those "Mistakes You're Making That Could Ruin Your Relationship" posts I see on Facebook. Not because I'm super worried I'm making mistakes, but because my marriage is the absolute most important thing in the world to me. There is so much nonsense out there telling us that relationships aren't important, or that marriage should be easy, or that divorce is for anyone and everyone. Call me a hopeless romantic but I'm not buying it. And judging by the fact that "Date Ideas" are some of our most sought after posts, you aren't either!


Whether your married, engaged, or in a casual relationship dating is soo soo important. That's why we decided to start doing our Date Night Challenge! Every Friday we are going to issue a challenge. Their will be three challenges in varying levels. Level 1: Crush, level 2: Love, Level 3: Devoted. You can complete the one that fits your relationship best, or complete all three for the ultimate date experience!



A good date needs four things: 1. You feel attractive, 2. You find your date attractive, 3. both people feel a strong emotion, and 4. You leave with something that reminds you of the date. Our goal is to help you bring more of these elements into your regular dating routine, and get you out of your comfort zone so that you can continually build your relationship.

So... It's a Friday, why not give our Date Night Challenge a try!




-- T  H  I  S     W  E  E  K  '  S     C  H  A  L  L  E  N  G  E --


April 24: How often do you truly share how you feel about your significant other? This week's challenge is to make sure they know!

Crush: As you're out and about, be sure to point out things that they do that you like right as you see them.
Love: Devote a moment to telling them why you love them and what exactly they do that makes you happy.
Devoted: Actually write down how you feel and present it to them in a thoughtful way.



-- P  R  E  V  I  O  U  S    C  H  A  L  L  E  N  G  E  S --


April 17: Photos make the best memories (like the one above of my husband and I at prom)! This week's challenge is all about pictures!

Crush: Snap a couple selfies while you're out and about.
Love: Have someone else take photos of you at memorable moments of your date. (a.k.a. make sure the date you plan is a photo worthy one!)
Devoted: Spend the night in looking through old photos and videos of you and your sweetheart!




March 27: This week's challenge is all about your humble abode. It's the place you probably spend the most time together, why not make it a place you love!

Crush: Rearrange the furniture together or do some handy work you've been putting off.
Love: Buy or make some new furniture or create a work of art together to hang in your house. (pinterest project!!)
Devoted: Actually sit down and plan out your dream house whether it's upgrading your current one or finding something new. Set some goals and plan out a budget that will get you there!





March 27: This week's date night challenge is to bring back your childhood.
Crush: Eat at your favorite childhood restaurant.
Love: Play a game you loved as a kid like battle ship or hopscotch.
Devoted: Get out and go somewhere you loved as a kid like an arcade or Chuckie Cheese!




March 20: This week's date night challenge is to get wet!! Or at least out on some water.
Crush: Hit the dollar store and pick out some mini squirt guns and have a squirt gun fight.
Love: Have dinner out by a lake at sunset!
Devoted: Rent a canoe (they are only like $20 bucks!) and paddle around the lake! Bonus if you "fall in".


March 13: When we first got married we decided to try long boarding and it was so fun to learn together! Don't get stuck in a rut doing the same things over and over, this date night challenge is to try something new!
Crush: Go somewhere neither of you have been before for dinner. Bonus points if it's foreign!
Love: Buy a new board game that you've never played and make a night of it!
Devoted: Take a homeless person to dinner and get to know them! Unless of course you've done that... then you can play it safe and take someone you don't know well yet, like another couple, a cousin, a sibling, or a grandparent.


March 6: This date night challenge is to make it sports themed in honor of March Madness!

Crush: Get out moving and play a sport together.
Love: Get ready for March Madness (or any other up coming sports event you like) and read up on some players and teams. It'll make the season a lot more fun for both of you!
Devoted: Buy tickets to a game or at least some swag to deck out in while you cheer on your teams! 


February 27: Do something out of the ordinary and surprise your significant other!
Crush: Send them some flowers or candy, who doesn't get excited about that!
Love: Be waiting for them at their work and whisk them away to a fun-filled night!
Devoted: Buy tickets to a sports game, play, movie or whatever their into and don't tell them where you're going until you get there!!


February 19: Kick the winter blues away and do something that reminds you of summer!
Crush: Go for a walk outside in the fresh air. (Hand in hand of course!!)
Love: Cold or not, pull out the BBQ and do some grilling.
Devoted: Never mind how white you are, put on your swim suit and hit the pool! If you have kids bring them along, or find a hot tub for you and your hubby to sneak away to ;)



February 6: This challenge was inspired by the fact that yesterday my husband and I actually worked out because we stole each other's phones and wouldn't give them back until we both worked out. It was kind of sad how motivating it was, but at least it'll get results right?? This week's challenge is no electronics!!

Crush: Turn off your cell phone and actually give your significant other your full attention the whole night. 
Love: Turn off all electronic media! That includes TV's, radios, phones, etc.
Devoted: Kick it even more old school and turn off ALL electronics included the lights! Candlelight is sooo romantic!




January 30: My husband and I like to keep it simple on Valentine's Day and avoid the crowds by going extravagant early, so your challenge is to get the romance started early by dressing it up!

Crush: Wear nice clothes (that means skirt and tie!) on your date. 
Love: Go a little fancier on dinner. This doesn't have to mean the La Caille or Chef's Table, but it could! There are also quite a few decent priced fancier restaurants you could try, like La Jolla Groves.
Devoted: Get caught up in a slow dance! Bonus points if there's a live band, but nothing says romance more than turning on your favorite love song and swaying back and forth under a street light.



January 23: The idea for this challenge was inspired by the fact that my husband is out of town and little Cooper is going to be subbing in. This week's challenge is to bring someone else along!

Crush: Bring your kids and show them how to treat the opposite gender on a date! 
Love: Bring a younger brother, sister, or neighbor and show them what dating is all about! Don't forget to ask them about their secret crushes ;)
Devoted: Bring along your grandparents! They'll love a night out and telling you all about how dating was different back in their day!


January 15: Getting out and having fun doesn't need to be pricey or extravagant. Dress it down and go casual tonight!

Crush: Wear sweats and watch a movie.  
Love: Hit up your favorite fast food restaurant. Not the drive in though, you've got to dine in!
Devoted: Make dinner with some friends and play some board games! 

January 9: Laughing together is a huge part of growing closer! Make sure that happens on tonights date!

Crush: Make a conscious effort to get your special someone laughing tonight!  
Love: Take some time and research some funny youtube videos, then pop some popcorn and get ready to laugh! (Here are some good places to start! Clean Youtube VideosStudio C)
Devoted: Actually go to a comedy club or see a comedian perform! (I know where we're going, Comedy Sportz!!)

January 2: Nothing says "love" more than giving. With the Christmas spirit still looming in the air, start the New Year off with a little service for others.
Crush: Use this list of Random Acts of Kindness and do a few for others. 
Love: Plan your date around service for your significant other. (i.e. Take them somewhere you don't like but they adore, Take them shopping for something they've been eying, or clean the garage out together!) 
Devoted: While you're out at dinner, count your blessings and anonymously buy someone else's meal for them!

We want to hear from you! 



Remember how I'm a hopeless romantic? After you complete a challenge share with us what you did! Did something funny happen? Did you learn something you didn't know about your significant other? Did he say something that would make any girl swoon? Send us a message and/or a picture on our Facebook wall so we can share it!


Need some date ideas?? Check these out!








Phillip Turns Two - Birthday Video

Happy Birthday to Phillip!! Phillip is the son of the fabulous Tamey of Tea Marie Photography who we featured here a little while ago, and who did our blog design and photos. She is super creative and very crafty which is why I was super excited to get to video her son's birthday party!! Enjoy, but you're in for a shock at the end though because Phillip's parents took the idea of a "cake smash" literally and thoroughly enjoyed smashing one into Phillip's face!







Thursday, April 23, 2015

Golf Ball Wreath

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Okay, it’s true! I’m a little crazy when comes to making wreaths for my front door! I love all kinds of wreaths but it seems like we all get in the habit of sticking to a flowery wreath on our door and calling it good. I’m not any different!

There are so many cute and creative wreaths that people have made and the other night when I was thinking of making a new wreath this idea “popped” into my head. It would be cute on the front door or in a child’s room. You could paint each ball separately and that would be so fun for a play room!

Items Needed:

  • Foam wreath
  • plastic golf balls (depending on the size of the wreath, will determine how many bags you need. I used about 6 bags and they cost under $2 a bag).
  • Hot glue gun
  • Spray paint
  • ribbon

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Hot glue the balls to the wreath. Be careful not to burn your fingers!

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Spray paint the wreath, and let dry. Tie on your choice of ribbon and there you go, super cute wreath!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Kimberly

Chocolate Ice Cream Bites

It's ice cream season! Actually, we eat ice cream year round it just tastes sweeter and better this time of year! We are having friends for dinner and I created a decadent sweet ending!

This simple, sweet treat is all the dessert you need to satisfy your sweet tooth in the perfect bite size chocolate ice cream bite!

This chocolate ice cream bite is rich dark chocolate, creamy ice cream, crushed cookie bits, and topped with more chocolate!
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

How To Make Moving Less Crappy (Part 2)



Jessica wrote Part 1 to this when she moved in so I thought I'd add a few of my tips too now that we've moved in as well. Moving is no easy task!! If you have any other tips please share! I'm still unpacking!

1. Pack a Move-in Day Essentials Box: Click on the link for the full post but this should have everything from toilet paper to scissors!

2. Visit the Grocery Store: If possible, go shopping at what will soon be your local grocery store before you move in so you can familiarize yourself with it. This way getting food into your home won't seem like another stressful thing to add to your list!

3. Prioritize the Unpacking By Bed, Kitchen, Bathroom: Everyone in your house will be a lot happier if they at least have a place to sleep, eat, and shower.

4. Make Freezer Meals: There are a million tutorials on pinterest, just do it!!! It has saved our lives. Eating out every night is expensive so save time, money, and stress and plan some meals ahead of time. I did a bunch of crockpot ones, so for the first three days I'd just throw it in in the morning and we had a mess free dinner to enjoy.

5. Get a Babysitter for More Than Just Move-in Day: Un-packing with kids running around can be a little crazy. Enlist some help so you can get organized first!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Girls Got To Look Her Best!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NaturalGoodness #CollectiveBias

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My baby girl, Lisa, is 12 years old! I can’t believe it! It’s so funny because you go along in your normal life raising this sweet little thing and one day, you turn around and you have a tween! Lisa has always been a fashionista but the time comes that they start to becoming a young lady, things start to change and they have to learn new ways to be fabulous!

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With the weather changing, we are getting into our families favorite time of the year. We love softball and all our girls have been involved with it through the years. Lisa is working on being a pitcher and that takes several hours a week of practice. The other night, she noticed that her deodorant wasn’t working as well as she wanted. You want to work hard at your sports but you certainly don’t want smell like it! I went to Walmart and got her Tom’s of Maine deodorant. It’s great because it smells like Apricot’s and it’s strong enough for a man! If you click here you can get a coupon for a $1.00 off any Tom’s of Maine product if you shop at Walmart.

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We have been trying to find ways to go more “natural” with products that we buy because it seems like they keep finding out things about products that have artificial colors, flavors or preservatives that aren’t good for you. I found a few tips to help you be a little more “natural” with your personal hygiene routine, and help you look fabulous!

  • Baking Soda Shampoo: Did you know that baking soda is a easy way to clean your hair? It’s true! They claim your hair will be healthier and more manageable.
  • Lemon Facial Scrub: Lightens sun damaged areas, exfoliates, helps with blackheads and breakouts. Leavens skin super smooth and soft.
  • Whiten Stained Nails: Get nails white after so much nail polish. Make a paste using 1 Tablespoon peroxide and 2 1/4 Tablespoon baking soda. Let this paste sit on your nails for 5 minutes. There you go, white nails!
  • Vinegar Soak: Soak your feet in vinegar for the softest feet ever! Great for toe nail fungus or athletes foot.
  • Best Moisture for Hair: Leave coconut oil on your hair for 20 minutes and then wash it out.

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This is how my family makes natural choices. What does your family do to celebrate Earth Day?