Sunday, June 28, 2015

GIVEAWAY: Join Us For An Unplugged Summer!

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We are really focusing on spending this summer being “unplugged” from technology. I feel it’s important for kids to learn how to get out and enjoy themselves regardless of income or location. There are so many ways to spend your day besides sitting inside with a video game, internet or television!

Of course there are times when we will need to check our phones, but by limiting the amount of hours spent plugged into technology, we will create more fond memories of a summer that we will never get back!

Why is it so important to be “Unplugged”?

swimmingI recently read an article in Fitness Magazine titled “9 Reasons You Need To Unplug” and it made so much sense. Not only does it improve your relationships, but I find that I am in a much better mood after a day of being unplugged and enjoying my life rather than staring at a screen for hours. I know this is ironic since I run a blog, but I have even cut back on that in order to enjoy time with loved ones. This life is so short, and our kiddos grow up so quickly, it’s time that we will never be able to get back!

By setting the example of going unplugged, we can influence and encourage those around us to go unplugged as well. Even one day of unplugging has great benefits!

Join us and Go Unplugged!

painting with a twistStatistics show that 84% of cell phone users claim they could not go a single day without their device. We want to challenge all of our readers to go unplugged just for one day and see the difference it makes in your life and relationships! Chances are you will end your day feeling much happier and more refreshed. You will probably even sleep better that night!

Upload your pictures of how you are spending your day/summer unplugged to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and don’t forget to use the #EnjoyUtah hashtag, as well as other unplugged hashtags, so that we can see the difference going unplugged is making in our local community!

#EnjoyUtah, #WePlayUnplugged, #PlayUnplugged, #Unplugged

Ways to “Go Unplugged”:

  • Participate in the PlayUnplugged summer program, and watch as your kids enjoy earning brag badges to show what a great unplugged summer they’ve had!
  • hikingGet outside and go somewhere that doesn’t have cell service. An easy hike in the mountains, such as Nobletts or The Fairy Forest, is a great way to “force you” to stay unplugged.
  • Go rock hunting in Utah’s West desert. Again, this is a place without cell service, so you won’t be tempted to check or use your phone.
  • Water sports: Because you don’t want your phone to get wet, chances are you will put it away while enjoying water sports. Boating, water skiing, swimming and even playing at a local splash pad are all great ways to unplug. We went to a local outdoor swimming pool last week, and having my cell phone in the locker while enjoying the sun and water with the kids was one of the most rejuvenating, and much needed, days I have had in a while! I also enjoy water aerobics, and for an entire hour my phone is away in the locker where I can’t even see it, giving me time to concentrate on a good workout to clear my mind.
  • Camping: I am the local camp director in my area, and spending four days in the mountains with girls away from cell service is one of the most enjoyable and replenishing things about my summer. The first day of camp is definitely met with withdrawals from technology, but by the end of the week I am usually dreading turning on my emails and checking my messages. It’s great to be able to take a step back and breath!
  • Read about more ideas on our Utah Adventures Pinterest board.

WIN an Unplugged T-Shirt!

Tell those around you that you are also choosing to be unplugged! Enter to win a t-shirt like the one I am wearing above, provided by Creative Expressions.

Deadline to enter is Monday July 6th 2015 at 11:59pm. Winner must respond to notification email within 24 hours or a new winner will be chosen. I will not be held responsible for any reason email is not received. This includes but is not limited to no internet access, email ending up in junk or bulk folder, or any other reason.

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About Creative Expressions:

529000_10150774279950070_1793479107_nCreative Expressions is a local woman-owned Utah company. Many of my readers can attest to my passion for buying local and supporting local businesses, and this is no exception. Hydee Willis, owner of Creative Expressions, started her business 25 years ago in her basement with one embroidery machine. It has evolved into a 30,000 square foot facility with more than 50 employees. You can read more about this local business on their website.

Contact them to design your own t-shirt! This is perfect for family reunions, messages you want to express to others, and wedding bridal parties!

 

Other ways to spend your day Unplugged:

Click on any of the pictures in this post for more information.

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color run  funtopia

golden spike riding horses at the farm

star party tree house

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Provo Fireworks: A Different Kind of Fireworks Experience

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If you are like most of us, we  buy a random assortment of fireworks from the tent set up in the nearest parking lot. A lot of the time we get home, and even after spending a lot of money, we find that a lot of the fireworks are duds or not as cool as we thought they were going to be.

This year, we are trying something different. Provo Fireworks is a locally owned company, based out of Provo, UT. You know how I feel about buying local! They are able to offer lower prices because their overhead is low, and they only have two employees: the owner and her husband. They run their business out of their home, and take pride in the fact that they are a locally owned small business serving the Utah communities.

Stay tuned in a few weeks for my review of Provo Fireworks! I have been provided with a gift certificate to try them, and will be writing my review after ordering from them and using their product.

It’s not just about the fireworks for the owners of Provo Fireworks; it’s about the memories!

Every year, their neighborhood has a huge party, complete with a mid-afternoon BBQ and water fight for the kiddos. Parachute fireworks are set off in a big circle, and everybody watches to see which way the parachute is going to fall. Everybody chases after the parachutes and tries to catch one.

As the sun starts to set and the temperatures cool, the sparklers, smoke bombs and snakes are brought out for everybody to enjoy as the time draws nears for the “big” fireworks. When the time is right, each neighbor brings out their big box of fireworks and lights them off one by one for all to enjoy.

These are the kinds of memories Provo Fireworks wishes for you this 4th and 24th of July this year!

The buying experience from Provo Fireworks:

96ShotPearlSmInstead of standing in line under a hot tent, trying to maneuver around others also trying to put together their favorite fireworks to purchase, with Provo Fireworks you order online, and then they are delivered to you (see website or contact owner for delivery terms) or you pick them up in Utah County after ordering. Ordering is online only and is free to pick up your order, or only $5 for delivery if you live in Utah County

Browse their online videos to decide which fireworks fit best for your family, and then place your order. All from the convenience of your cool, air conditioned home! They also have many packages available to choose from for a simpler, quicker method of ordering and choosing.

SaturnMissileSm“What if one of the fireworks I order is a dud?” This is one of our biggest frustrations with buying fireworks. We get so excited about a certain one, only to bring it home, light it, and nothing happens. Because Provo Fireworks stands behind their product, they offer a no-dud guarantee. If you get a dud, they will provide you with your option of a refund or to replace the firework. Because they are a locally owned company, they won’t be gone after July 5th like the tents in parking lots; you will know exactly where to contact them should any problems arise.

Learn more about Provo Fireworks:

I have been compensated financially for my write-up, and given a gift certificate to use and review Provo Fireworks, but all opinions and views are my own.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

GIVEAWAY: Kings Of Destruction Derby Tickets

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This Saturday, June 20th 2015, at the Deseret Peak Complex in Tooele is the Kings of Destruction Demolition Derby, and we have a pair of tickets to give away!

Visit their website for complete information on this event and to purchase tickets.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Last day to enter will be Wednesday June 17th 2015 at 11:59pm.
  • Tickets will be at Will Call under the winner’s name the night of the Derby.Winner must present photo ID to pick up tickets, and tickets are non-transferable.
  • Must be 18 years or older to enter and win.
  • Winner must respond to notification email by the end of the day on Thursday June 18th 2015 or a new winner will be chosen.
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Friday, June 12, 2015

Utah 4th of July Events - 2015

Utah 4th of July events

Below is a list of celebrations happening in Utah to celebrate our country’s independence. If you know of one I may have missed, please email me at contact@enjoyutah.org. Thanks!

Click on the link to each event to be taken to the official event page and information. Dates and events may change without my knowledge. Check back often.....more to come as I find them!

Calendar
You can always check our calendar page for a listing of ALL events going on.

Utah Fireworks Laws and Restrictions
The Utah Department of Public Safety has listed the firework restrictions by local communities in Utah. Because this changes frequently, please refer to the links provided on their website for up to date and current information.

Fun Runs and Marathons
There are plenty of Fun Runs and Marathons/Half Marathons happening in July!

Summer Fun
Looking for something fun to do to celebrate the 4th? View our Summer Fun page for more ideas, including Splash Pads, Summer Bingo, Hiking Trails and more!

4th of July Pinterest Board
Check out our board of fun 4th of July activities!

EVENTS:

Salt Lake County

Tooele County Wasatch/Summit County Utah County Davis County Weber County

Rich County (Bear Lake area)

Carbon County Sanpete County

Washington County

Check back often! More events and communities to be added as we hear about them. If you know of an event we have missed, please leave a comment on this post, or email us atcontact@enjoyutah.org.

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Busy Bee Family Summer Camp at Gardner Village

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Busy Bee Family Summer Camp at Gardner Village will be so much fun! Activities include jewelry at The Bead Farm, fairy dust art at Georgell Doll Shop (at Gardner Village), bird houses at Lulu's Boutique, mini fairy garden at Aunt Elsie’s, all day petting zoo pass at The Farm, lunch at Naborhood Bakery, face painting at Spoiled Rotten Children's Boutique, and taffy pulling at Chocolate Covered Wagon, all of this for only $40! What a great deal! You can also add arm knitting at Kamille’s Yan Shop and fingernail painting at Cottage Retreat!

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Monday, June 08, 2015

Pioneer Day Events 2015

Pioneer Day events 2015

July 24th 1847 is the day Brigham Young entered the valley with a group of pioneers after declaring it “the right place”. Many people think July 24th is to celebrate Utah’s statehood, but that didn’t happen until January 4, 1896.

Every year, Utah celebrates with pioneer games, festivals, and other fun activities. Below are some that we have found. Check back often, as we will be adding more and more events as we hear about them.
If you know of one we have missed, please email us at contact@enjoyutah.org.

Original Pioneer Trail Hike
Walk in the shoes of the Utah pioneers and others who have come this way before and hike the original Mormon Pioneer Trail in East Canyon. This is an easy hike for families of all ages, and you can make it as long or as short as you want to.

This Is The Place Heritage Park
What better place to learn about the pioneers than an entire village dedicated to their memory and life in early Utah?! Pull a handcart, sit in a pioneer schoolhouse, watch a Blacksmith at work and many other pioneer activities. Grab your sweetheart and kick up your heels at Brother Brigham’s Ball on July 21, or bring the entire family to Pioneer Days on July 24.

Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum
A FREE admission museum with the largest collection of pioneer memorabilia, including the wagon that Brigham Young was in when he said “This is the right place!”

Family History and Family Discovery Center
Learn more about your pioneer relatives with the new LDS family history website. Even better, visit the new Family Discovery Center in downtown Salt Lake for an interactive experience with your ancestors!

Salt Lake City Cemetery Tour
Take our self-guided tour of the Salt Lake City Cemetery and visit many graves of the early Utah pioneers. Watch for the graves with the “Faith In Every Footsteps” badge on them to signify an original pioneer.

Utah’s First Pioneer Burial Site
In the 1980s, remains of the first pioneers to buried in the Salt Lake Valley were uncovered in downtown Salt Lake City. Among those found were also ancient native American remains. Visit the site where the remains were found, and then pay your respects to them at their final resting place at This Is The Place.

Pioneer Movies:

Events:

Salt Lake County

Utah County

Weber County

Cache County

Davis County

Box Elder County

Tooele County

Wasatch/Summit County

Washington County

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Sunday, June 07, 2015

Utah Summer Activities: Our Guide To SUMMER FUN!

utah summer activitiesLooking for something FUN to do this summer? Below is a listing of many summer fun activities to keep your kids busy! Check back often, as this list is sure to grow weekly!

If you know of something that we may have missed, email us at contact@enjoyutah.org

Summer Pinterest Board
Browse through our Pinterest board of all things Summer Fun!

5ks and Fun Runs in Utah
Sign up for a Fun Run with your family. Most of them are to benefit a local charity.

Fun Ideas:

  • BackyardActivities[18]Play Unplugged
    We loved this new program last year and are super excited to participate again this year! There is no signup involved; simply view the brag badge activities in your area, complete the activities, and pick up the brag badges at the designated local businesses. It encourages kids to get off their electronic devices and out to explore the world they live in. For each activity they complete, they earn a “brag badge”. Make sure to tag your pictures with #enjoyutah and #weplayunplugged so we can see what kind of fun things you are doing!
  • 7 Backyard Summer Activities
    Having fun in the Summer doesn't require an expensive vacation, or a lot of money and effort. In fact, having fun in your backyard can create memorable summer moments!
  • Bake Cookies In Your Car
    A fun and eye-opening project for a hot day.
  • Summer Bingo
    Keep busy all summer long with this bingo sheet and resources of fun summer ideas!
  • Solar Powered S’mores
    No need for a fire....these s'mores cook all by themselves wrapped in foil using the sun's hot rays!
  • Summer Reading Programs[3]2015 Summer Reading Programs
    Summer vacation doesn't have to mean a break from learning. Encourage your kids to read with these summer reading programs.
  • Travel The World.....Through Your Mailbox
    Kids love getting mail, and this is a great way to keep their writing skills up during summer vacation.
  • Utah Road Trip Scavenger Hunt
    A scavenger hunt created by Utah Deal Diva to help you keep your kids busy on your next road trip!
  • Fun Road Trip Games and Ideas
    Going on a road trip? I am a big supporter of NO electronics in the car, even on long road trips. There are SO many things for kids to be doing instead of zoning out with electronics, including having great discussions with their parents! Some of our best conversations with our kids have been when we have them "trapped" in the car! This website will give you lots of fun ideas, including activities, games, songs, travel puzzles,tools and templates,printables and free activity books to take with you on your road trip.You can even download the FREE Utah Kids Travel Passport booklet.
  • 101 Bits Of Summer Fun
    A free downloadable book to keep your kids busy all summer long!
  • Alphabet Summer Book
    This is one of the coolest ideas I have seen! It gives you a TON of ideas of things to do this Summer! It's a downloadable book from a local idea FULL of summer ideas for every letter of the alphabet.

Fun Places To Go:

Kids Summer Movie Programs[3]Enjoy Utah Adventure Guide
Look through out list of fun adventures to be found in Utah, and get out and discover one for yourself!

Kids’ Summer Movie Clubs 2015

A list of the programs you want to make sure and take advantage of this summer!

FREE Star Parties
Star Party[6]Join the Salt Lake Astronomical Society at various locations this summer for fun star and sun parties.

Hiking
A list of favorite hikes from contributors and Randy and Natalie Ockey with Utah Valley Family Adventures. View their list of Favorite Hikes, and More Favorite Hikes. Waterfall Hikes are also really fun! View their most recent post “Cool off with a waterfall hike”.

Splash Pads
splash pads in utahSplash pads are the new thing when it comes to keeping cool this summer. Here is our list of where to find splash pads in your area.

Geocaching
Learn all about Geocaching and how to get started with this guest post from Darcey with LiveLoveCache.

Utah Fairs and Festivals
Summer in Utah means a whole lot of fairs and festivals going on.

Utah Farmers Markets

Many farmers markets in Utah are more than just selling local produce. Enjoy theme days, parades, crafts and more!

Kids Bowl Free
A free program for kids designed to get them off the couch and into a bowling center this summer.

Enjoy Utah!'s Family Vacation Series
Are you at a loss for where to vacation this summer, and don't want to travel too far from home? Every Tuesday we post an idea of where to vacation in or close to Utah.

Utah Summer Camps2015 LDS Pageants
Pageants are a fun way to get away for the weekend and also enjoy a play at the same time.

Summer Camps 2015

Here is our list of summer day camps happening around the State.

Car Shows
Summer in Utah means car shows all over the state, mostly every weekend.

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Utah Summer Camps 2015

Utah Summer Camps

Summer is here, and many parents are looking for fun ways to keep their kids entertained and learning. Below are some Summer Camps that we have found. If you know of one we have missed, email us at contact@enjoyutah.org.


Operation: Military Kids Utah
A great resource of fun activities, events and camps for children of military families.

Red Cross Leadership Development Camp
The Utah Region Leadership Development Camp offers youth one of the most pivotal, introspective, experiences guaranteed to change them forever. Youth have the opportunity to learn about and improve leadership skills, clarify values, and gain appreciation for diversity and community involvement. This is no boring lecture only camp! It’s an extremely fun, positive and powerful week.

Brain Chase
Brain Chase is a 6-week summer learning challenge disguised as a massive global treasure hunt for 2nd−8th graders. A golden globe has been buried somewhere on earth – and it contains the key to a safe deposit box holding a $10,000 college scholarship fund. Participants who complete an hour of online summer learning activities each day will unlock secret animated webisodes that hold the clues to the globe’s whereabouts. Guess the treasure’s location first, and you’ll be the one on a plane to dig it up.Enrollment is limited to the first 5,000 entrants.

Connections Academy Online Summer School
Did you know that most students lose about two months of progress in math computation skills over the summer? Or that they typically spend four to six weeks relearning material at the beginning of each school year? WithInternational Connections Academy (iNaCA), a fully-accredited, tuition-based online school for grades K–12, students can avoid the summer learning slide while still enjoying family, friends, and vacation!

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Salt Lake County

Tooele County Utah County Davis County Weber County Summit/Wasatch County Cache County Sanpete County Washington County

If you do not see your area above, it’s because we have not yet found events in that area. Please email us at contact@enjoyutah.org if you know of any. Thanks!

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Friday, June 05, 2015

Play Unplugged This Summer

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Last summer we participated in the Play Unplugged program and had a blast earning all the different brag badges. We are excited to participate again this year!

Play Unplugged is a summer program designed to get kids away from technology and off the couch and experience new things. For each task they complete on the list, they can visit a local business to pick up their brag badge. Brag badges can be collected on a lanyard for them to wear and show off to their friends throughout the summer and at the beginning of next school year.

Getting started is easy! You don’t even have to sign up…..just play unplugged and start earning badges!

  1. Go online to the Play Unplugged website and choose your area and see what brag badges are available in your part of Utah. From here, you will also receive information on where to pick up the lanyard in your area. (Don’t stress too much about the lanyard….if your area runs out, just head over to Office Max or your local business supply store and pick a few up.)Capture1
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  2. Start playing unplugged and earning your badges. TIP: I like to print out the Brag Badge Booklet and then cut up each brag badge so that we can sort them. Last year we just printed the list and tried to mark them off as we did them, and it was a lot harder to keep them organized as to what badges we were able to do that week. We will be doing the activities all week and dedicating Friday to picking up the badges, or we will pick up the badges available as we do them at the certain places. (Example: We will be swimming at the West Valley Family Fitness Center, which is where the badge is also located, so that badge we can pick up the same day.)
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  3. Pick up your badges at the designated business and display them on your lanyard.

You can view all the different brag badges and where to pick them up on the Play Unplugged website.

Watch for a post in a few weeks of how we are unplugging this summer! Stay tuned to our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to see how we are playing unplugged this summer! Don’t forget to tag your photos with #enjoyutah and #weplayunplugged so that we can see which brag badges you are earning!

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Walking School Bus App a Huge Success!

Walking School Bus app

A few months ago we had the opportunity to learn about the Walking School Bus app. Now that school is out for the summer for most kids, we can take a look back at the number of people that used it this past school year. Needless to say, it has been a huge success!

Thanks to UDOT’s efforts and this app, walking and biking to school is safer and easier than ever.

IMG_6267Here are some of the success stats of the Walking School Bus app since August 2014:

  • 500+ Walking School Bus groups created
  • 91,000 car trips reduced
  • 88,000+ miles walked
  • 8.8 million calories burned
  • 37 million car emissions saved

Parents and students who contributed to these figures were also entered to win prizes as part of the Spring Walk ’N Win campaign (March 15-April 30). 

  • One Walking School Bus group, the Walking Buddies, won breakfast with the Utah Jazz Bear and got to walk to school with him, where UDOT awarded the school and PTA $500. I’ve attached some photos—it was an incredible event!
  • Three parents won gift certificates for an overnight stay at the Blue Boar Inn.
  • Three students won bikes or scooters and helmets.

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The Walking School Bus app has been nationally recognized, and other states and cities are looking into implementing it as well.

The app has received four national awards for innovation and impact. Several cities, counties, and even states are looking into replicating UDOT’s efforts and adopting the same Walking School Bus program. 

Que up for Walk More In Four this fall.

Students across Utah can win prizes just for walking and biking to school and manually logging their trips and/or using the Walking School Bus app to track their progress.

· Last year, 4,200 Utah Students Participated

· In 2014, West Elementary in Tooele won the Grand Prize of $500 for their school

More information about these programs can be found at www.udot.utah.gov/snap/ and on the UDOT SNAP Facebook and Twitter pages. A link to the video can also be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3t0HY7N3aw

SNAP Calendar

About the Walking School Bus app:

Thanks to the Walking School Bus app, more students in Utah are walking and biking to school than ever before.

UDOT's Walking School Bus app is a forward-thinking digital tool that makes walking and biking to school easier and safer than ever. Using the app, parents to search by elementary school for existing walking groups, create new groups and invite neighbors to join, plan walks to and from school, assign parent leaders to walk with students on a given day, and message within the app to coordinate walks and details. It also alerts parents when students have arrived safely at school. It's like a carpool without the car!

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Thursday, June 04, 2015

20 Great Goals for Summer

Three generations living together - happy family cooking together.

Author: Alyssa Craig

New Year’s resolutions took place many moons ago and with the halfway point of the year coming up soon, most of us have not stuck to our goals. Luckily, there is no need to wait for 2016 to make new goals (or renew ones to which you already committed). Summer is upon us and the start of a new season is another great time to add some fresh goals to your life.

The following list can help you get started on a new goal or two:

  1. Participate in at Least One Volunteer Opportunity - Check with your local hospital, homeless shelter, kids day camp, summer tutoring program, or food bank for ways you can volunteer some of your time.

  1. Eat at Least Five Servings of Fruits and Vegetables a Day - Summer is filled with so many fresh produce options! Take advantage of farmers’ markets for especially delicious produce.
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  1. Try Something New - Go skydiving, rock climbing, take a cooking class, or learn some phrases in a new language.

  1. Visit a Place You Have Never Been to Before -  This can be somewhere nearby, on the other end of the country, or on foreign ground. Expand your horizons with a cool trip.

  1. Make 5 New Friends - Look for new ways to expand your social network and make some new real life friends this summer.

  1. Enjoy Time in the Great Outdoors - Go hiking, walking, bird watching, or simply lounge in your hammock. Whatever you do, enjoy some fresh air and disconnect from technology for awhile.
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  1. Clean Out Closets - Go through closets in the house, gather items no longer in use and donate them.

  1. Find Time to Meditate/Pray/Be Still Daily - However you choose to connect spiritually and clear your mind daily will help you to relieve stress, find time for yourself, and add peace to each day.20 Great Goals for Summer 2

  1. Keep a Gratitude List - Add to it daily, weekly, or when the moment stirs you, but add to it throughout the summer. It is especially helpful when times get rough to be able to reflect on all the good in your life.

  1. Let Something Go - This may mean toxic people, bad habits or unrealistic expectations that are bringing you down and keeping you from fulfilling your potential.

  1. Have a Fix-it Day - Go around the house tightening screws, replacing light bulbs, and doing the general fix it jobs you put off for “someday”. Your house will feel like new!

  1. Make a Plan for Paying Off Debt - Student loans, credit card debt, or other debt can hold you back from achieving other financial goals. Make a plan for how to pay it back and fit debt reduction into your summer budget.

  1. Read a Book Outside of Your Regular List - If you usually read mystery, try a classic, self help, or autobiography.

  1. Smile More Often - Smiling, while pleasant to those around you, also helps you to lower stress, improve your mood, and can even better your immune system.

  1. Complete a Physical Challenge Goal - Is there a physical challenge you have always wanted to do? This summer try a triathlon, 5k, half marathon, a boot camp class, a bikram yoga class, or whatever will get your blood pumping and give you a sense of accomplishment.

  1. Go on a Trip to Visit a Family Member You Don’t See Often - If you have cousins, grandparents, or friends that might as well be family that you don’t see often, take a trip this summer to visit them.

  1. Choose One Room in the House to Revamp - Redo the decorations, clean every nook and cranny, and put up that art you’ve been meaning to hang for years. It may even inspire you to keep working on other parts of the house.

  1. Take a Picture a Day - This can be of a special moment, an activity you created, or a pretty sunset. You may be surprised what kind of memories you will have collected over the course of the summer.

  1. Become an Early Riser - As they say “early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise”. Put this to the test if don’t enjoy getting up in the morning and discover the many things you can accomplish as you rise a little earlier.

  1. Attend a Cultural Festival - Summertime is known for being a time saturated with fun festivals. Greek, Shakespearean, Polynesian, and Chinese festivals are only a few that take place. Check your area for a chance to expand your cultural exposure.

Choose your favorite goals to accomplish this summer, but be careful to not take on too much at once! As mentioned here, remember to share your new goal with someone to add responsibility on yourself to follow through. As you take time to set goals for the summer, you can find ways to make changes in your life for the better. The choice is up to you!

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Summer Date Nights in Park City


Author: Alyssa Craig


If you are looking for a way to escape the summer heat and have a special night with your sweetie or impress a potential love interest, Park City should be at the top of your list for a date night location. Nestled up in the mountains, you will find charm, cool canyon breezes, music, entertainment, delicious cuisine, and many opportunities for fun and enjoyment. There are options available for all occasions and budgets, so do your research beforehand and plan a date night that will be sure to thrill your date.



Dining


One of the coolest features you may not have noticed on your previous trips to Park City is the lack of chain restaurants in Historic Park City. As you drive through Historic Main Street, you will not find a McDonald’s, Subway or Red Lobster. This means wherever you choose to eat, you cannot go wrong as all of your options are local and will give you a unique experience you will not have elsewhere. You will find a few options below to get you started and check out the additional choices found here.


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Atticus Coffee, Books & Teahouse


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The Wasatch Brew Pub

Main Street Pizza and Noodle

The Eating Establishment

Bistro 412

Flying Sumo (Japanese cuisine)


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Riverhorse on Main (American)

Glitretind at Stein Eriksen Lodge (New American)

Talisker on Main (America)

Chimayo (Mexican)

The Mariposa at Deer Valley (American)



Activities


Park City offers a wonderful variety of activities that are sure to please, whether you are seeking an adrenaline rush, live music, to enjoy nature, or to do a little shopping. There is sure to be something that will make sure your date night memorable:


Alpine Slide, Alpine Coaster and Zipline: Located at the Park City Mountain Resort, you can buy packages that will allow you to experience one, two, or all three fun activities. The more you bundle together, the more you save.


Hiking and Mountain Biking: Offering over 70 miles of trails, you can add a little exercise and time with nature to your date night. There are a variety of difficulty levels, so you can choose one that fits your style.


Star Gazing: Taking you miles away from city lights, one of the charms Park City offers is being able to take a drive away from Historic Main Street and find a place to park and watch the stars.


Shopping: Historic Main Street boasts many art galleries, speciality shops, and even spas. Depending on what you are looking for, or if you just want to window shop, you can have an enjoyable time here. The Tanger Outlets just off the freeway offer more popularly known shopping experiences.


Olympic Park Attractions: The Olympic Park, a fantastic prize left over from Salt Lake City hosting the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, offers many attractions such as the Flying Ace All-Star Freestyle Pool Show, Summer Comet Bobsled Rides, and Extreme Ziplining. You can also take guided tours of the Olympic Park to learn more about the events.


Free Concert Series at Canyons Resort: If your idea of a perfect date includes live music ringing through a picturesque mountain resort, you are in luck. Canyons Resort hosts concerts throughout the summer and the best part is they are free of charge.



Lodging


With so many great things to do and see in Park City, you might consider making your date night into a romantic weekend getaway. There are many options available depending on your price range and amenities you would like to have provided.


Bed and breakfasts

Weekend rentals

Inns and hotels

Luxurious accommodations at each of the major resorts: Canyons Resort, Deer Valley Resort, and Park City Mountain Resort.


With Park City located just a short drive up the canyon, it seems almost necessary to find a way to choose it as a great summer date night location. With options for dining, activities, and lodging that can fit any taste and wallet size, there is something for everyone. You are sure to create a winning combination that will create memories not only for one night, but for years to come.

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