Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Last Minute Gifts at Trolley Square


There is only a week left until Christmas Eve, and your shopping hours are dwindling fast!

I started my Christmas shopping at Trolley Square a few weeks ago, and found a ton of really great gift ideas for all budgets.

Read my post about Christmas Gift Ideas from Trolley Square, and head down there to purchase all your last minute gifts before time runs out!

You can still visit with Santa until Tuesday December 23rd.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

IM Flash Angel Tree


IM Flash is thrilled to participate in the KUTV 2News / Salvation Army Angel Tree program this holiday season! Come to IM Flash to adopt an angel and help a needy child. We're open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so stop by any time before December 14!

IM Flash
4000 North Flash Drive
Lehi, UT 84043

This is a sponsored calendar event.

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Monday, December 08, 2014

Gifts that Pamper on Any Budget

Author: Amber Brubaker

You’ll want to get something really special for the hardworking men and women in your life. So, for your holiday gifts this year, refrain from gifting the usual movie and music gift cards and get gifts that will pamper the recipient instead. After all, those who have made a real difference in your life deserve some pampering every now and then. Here are a few ideas that will fit every budget.

Under $20

Coupon Book

Men and women alike will love this pampering gift since it can be filled with personalized coupons that will fit the individual’s tastes. For example, if you’re compiling a book to pamper your husband and you know he loves having his feet rubbed, make that one of your coupons. A few other coupon ideas might be a night out, a home pedicure, a 30-minute back massage, a facial, and a morning to sleep in. The best part about it? You only have to pay for paper and printing.

Bath Essentials Kit

Promise your special someone a night of relaxation with a homemade bath essentials kit. Find affordable, but delightful pampering products to make his/her bath time like spa time. This might include bath salts, specialty soap, bubble bath, and a new, soft towel. Colorful towelwith ribbon, soap and shampoo isolated on white

Home Pedicure Kit

This can be kept under $20 if you don’t buy the expensive foot bath, though that would be a wonderful addition to this gift if you have the money to do so. If you want to keep it simple and inexpensive, stick to the essentials. You’ll need a flat-bottomed container large enough for feet, nail polish, nail files, orange sticks, foot scrub, and a callus softening kit. Most of these can be purchased inexpensively at a dollar store.


Slippers and Bathrobe

A great invitation for relaxation for both men and women is a nice set of slippers or a bathrobe. The more plush and cushioned the better. For the slippers, try to find a pair with memory-foam insoles. For the bathrobe, get the softest you can find.

Pampering Gift Basket

Whether you buy this pre-made or make your own, a pampering gift basket is a great gift for anyone. Pay attention to the recipient’s favorite pampering items. For example, if you’re shopping for a man with a carefully trimmed beard, you might want to get items that will help him groom it, like small scissors, beard oil, and a mini razor.

Professional Manicure or Pedicure

Though it’s fun to have your nails done at any time, nothing beats the experience of having a professional manicure or pedicure service. The professionals do their very best to ensure that their guests are relaxed and happy with the beautifying work. Share this fabulous experience with a loved one who deserves it.  


Professional Facial

A facial given by a trusted professional is an amazing experience. Such a facial would include microdermabrasion and a chemical or organic face peel that will leave the skin smooth and radiant. Look for a professional who is known for providing a relaxing and professional experience. Your loved ones will simply glow after they use this gift.

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Full Body Massage

Why not gift 60 minutes of utter bliss with a certificate for a full-body massage? Let a professional work out some of the knots that your hard-working special someone has worked into their body, and give them the day out they deserve. Such treatment will leave them much more relaxed and less stressed than before, which is a priceless gift.

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Over $100

Precious Jewelry

Never underestimate the pampering qualities that come with precious jewelry. Whether your special someone loves diamonds, rubies, pearls, or opals, you can find jewelry to match their tastes and make them feel like a king or queen. If you’re shopping for a man, look into classic jewel-studded gold watches or rings. For a woman, a dazzling new pair of earrings should do the trick.

Spa Getaway

Some people deserve more than just one pedicure or one facial. Go the extra mile for those who have gone the extra mile for you, and book them a spa weekend getaway package. They can enjoy mud baths, facials, pedicures, massages, steam baths, and much much more for a few days of complete relaxation. Some people are worth the extra money.

A gift that pampers really shows how much you care. It’s a gift that keeps on giving, since after they receive their treatment, they are sure to feel more relaxed for weeks following the experience.

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Saturday, December 06, 2014

More Christmas Lights

There are some great private home displays to see along the Wasatch Front. At Utah's Adventure Family, we review some of the places in local neighborhoods that you can see great lights. If you're into commercial lighting displays, you can read more here. We've written about other Family Christmas ideas, too. Below are links from some of the great light displays that we've visited in Utah Valley, Salt Lake Valley, and the Ogden area. Each link connects to our review with directions, info, pictures, and videos. Merry Christmas!

Salt Lake Valley:
Christmas in Cottonwood
Frosty's Winter Wonderland (pictured above)
Winder Lane
Christmas Street in Sugarhouse
Neff Circle Lights
Christmas Street in Taylorsville

Utah Valley: 
Santa's Workshop
Orem Christmas Lights
Schmidt House
Sorenson House

All Those Lights
Harley Davidson Shop

You can also check out our tab for Christmas lights which includes both commercial and private displays that aren't listed here and our tab for all kinds of Christmas adventures.

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Thursday, December 04, 2014

U of U MBA Online Program Information Webinar


12:00 PM | Friday Dec 5, 2014

Price: Free

There are more options than ever for earning your MBA from the University of Utah.   If you are ready to take your career to the next level, we have three MBA programs designed for working professionals. The Executive MBA program is for seasoned professionals and meets two weekends a month on-campus in Salt Lake City.

The Professional MBA program meets two evenings a week on-campus, with the option of taking elective courses online. The MBA Online program offers students the ability to earn the same top-ranking MBA degree, except in an online, interactive format.  
- No pre-requisites required - GRE or GMAT accepted (no preference)/waiver available for EMBA program - Earn your MBA in 21 or 24 months - MBA Online: January, May and August starts available - PMBA: January and August starts available - EMBA: August start available - Now accepting applications for January 2015!

To learn more about our admissions processes, click here (

We invite you to join us for our upcoming webinars to learn more (see details and RSVP below). In addition, our admissions advisors are always available to discuss your specific questions at (801) 587-8872 or


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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

REVIEW: A Charlie Brown Christmas at The Empress Theatre

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A Charlie Brown Christmas
The Empress Theatre in Magna, UT
November 28 – December 20, 2014 (Mon, Fri, Sat)

For the last three years we have kicked off the holiday season by seeing the current holiday production at The Empress Theatre. This year it’s A Charlie Brown Christmas, and is great for those that have grown up loving Charlie Brown, and the younger generation that has recently been introduced to it.

Because this production is based on the classic television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson, it’s shorter than most of the productions we’ve seen at The Empress. This is great because parents will feel more comfortable bringing their younger children, and not just the older ones. It’s a great production for all generations to enjoy together!

Because the production is shorter, with no intermission, the cast members interact with the crowd before the show begins, and afterward as well. Audience members can write a letter to Santa with Sally, or purchase inexpensive concessions inside the theater from Lucy, Charlie, Linus and other cast members. We love how many of the concessions this year have been geared towards the production. At this specific show, we purchased a Crunch bar that had the Peanuts gang on it.

“There is always so much to do at Christmas time,” said director Lindsay Boucher. “It is easy to get stuck in the hustle and bustle of the season and to miss the spirit of the season. As Lucy says, it is a time to set aside our differences and try to be kind.”

A Charlie Brown Christmas is a heartwarming story of a young boy that is having a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit. As he searches for the true meaning, he finds that everybody around him, even his dog, has “gone commercial”.

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- photo courtesy Deanne Jones

One thing we really loved about this production was the characters. In all of the cast members, we could see the resemblance in all of their mannerisms and personality traits as in the cartoon we’ve grown up loving. I laughed hysterically during the dancing in the Christmas Play Rehearsal scene; I loved how the cast members accurately portrayed a dancing cartoon! It was right in line with the cartoon.

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- photo courtesy Deanne Jones

“We hope as you watch these lovable Peanuts characters that you will be able to stop and reflect on the wonderful spirit and power of the Christmas season. Merry Christmas!” – Lindsay Boucher, director

This was the perfect way for us to kick off the holiday season, and we look forward to continuing this tradition for a fourth year in 2015!

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David Sullivan as Pig Pen, Margo Meyer as Lucy van Pelt, and Chalese Craig as Sally Brown
- Photo courtesy Deanne Jones

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Connie Beaty as Frieda, Nathan Unck as Linus, and Kristina Johnson as Violet
- Photo courtesy Deanne Jones

I was provided with two complimentary tickets to attend for my review. I was not compensated financially, nor was I required or persuaded to write any specific type of review. The views and opinions are all my own.

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Kneaders Bakery & Café To Host Evening With Santa

2014_02_04_9999_58_KneadersAll proceeds from the sale of French Toast during the annual Evening with Santa
to benefit Primary Children’s Hospital

Kneaders Bakery & Café’s annual Evening with Santa is right around the corner. The annual occasion will take place at Kneaders’ locations on December 11 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. During the event, 100 percent of proceeds from the sale of French toast will be donated to Primary Children’s Hospital. Kneaders will host Santa Claus for children of all ages to visit.

Guests of Kneaders Bakery & Café, typically, can only order their famous Chunky Cinnamon French toast until 11:00 a.m. Exclusively on December 11, patrons will be able to purchase the meal during the two-hour event to support the local children’s hospital. On the one-day only Evening with Santa event,  Kneaders’ guests have the opportunity to enjoy one of its most popular menu items while spreading joy to children and families in need throughout the local community.

“Serving the local community is important to us,” says James Worthington, CEO, Kneaders. “As an organization, Kneaders’ employees and franchise owners see it as our responsibility to contribute to and strengthen our local communities. This is something that we take to heart. Christmas is the season of giving and we’re happy to give to hospitals that are doing great work in each of our communities all year long.”

All of Kneaders 31 locations will be participating in the one-day event. Each location will be raising money for the children’s hospital in their local communities.

Primary Children’s Hospital is recognized as one of the top children’s hospitals in the country. For over 90 years, the physicians and staff have been committed to providing the best care to children and their families throughout Utah and surrounding states.

About Kneaders Bakery & Café
Kneaders is an award-winning bakery and café franchise that uses only the highest-quality ingredients to create freshly baked artisan breads, delicious sandwiches, homemade pastries, hearty soups and refreshing salads. Kneaders is best known for its European hearth breads, hand-pulled turkey sandwiches, Chunky Cinnamon French Toast, seasonal pastries made fresh daily, and award-winning gift baskets. Kneaders also provides catering services for groups of all sizes, from business meetings to weddings, and offers a variety of retail products, including holiday-themed decor.

Colleen and Gary Worthington are the founders and franchisors of Kneaders Bakery and Cafe. The first Kneaders opened in Orem, Utah in 1997. Shortly after opening, James Worthington and David Vincent joined them and they all continue to operate as the Kneaders franchisor. Their expertise in bread baking and pastry making is unsurpassed, having received extensive training from world-renowned bakers in the art of making artisan hearth breads in the same tradition as European bakeries.

Kneaders has received many local awards, including the 2013 Utah Valley Business of the Year award, numerous consecutive Best of State awards, and has earned national recognition in “Modern Baking” magazine for the Leadership Award for management. They also earned the No. 8 rating on “Restaurant Business” magazine’s Future 50 list, and a No. 100 rating in the Technomic’s 150 Fast-Casual Sales Growth list.

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Holiday Toy Shop and Santa On The Moon


On December 6th, from 10:30am – Noon, Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their merry band of elves will be on site for FREE photo ops ON THE MOON.

View complete details about Santa On The Moon on the Clark Planetarium website.


On Saturday, December 6th, 2014, Clark Planetarium is hosting a Hands-on Holiday Toy Shop at our on-site store Planet Fun. From 10:30am-2pm families and kids can try all of the toys in the store. Makes it easier for Mom and Dad! Also, families can get 10% off all telescopes, 25% or more off a wide variety of toys and gifts.

Between now and December 24th, if you spend at least $100, you will receive four (4) complimentary Dome Theatre passes (they expire February 28, 2015).

View complete details on the Clark Planetarium website.

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Christmas Box Angel Candlelight Vigil

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This Saturday, December 6th at 7pm, is the candlelight vigil at the Christmas Box Angel statue at the Salt Lake City Cemetery. This will be a special year, as it’s the 20th anniversary of the Christmas Box Angel statue and vigil.

Last year, our guest contributor Shari Elliott attended this vigil for the first time after losing her 15 year old son. (You can read her entire write-up on last year’s post.) Shari will be speaking at the vigil this year, and will share her story of losing a child.

On December 6, 1994, "The Christmas Box Angel" monument was placed and dedicated at 340 N Center Street in the Salt Lake City Cemetery. This monument serves as a grieving and remembrance place for all those that have lost a child.  People place white lilies, pictures, roses, teddy bears, and other such objects at the monument site each time they visit.

View and print a map of the location of the Christmas Box Angel.

Interesting Facts about The Christmas Box Angel:

  • The Christmas Box book is dedicated to Sue, the author's little sister. She was stillborn when Richard Paul Evans was only two years old, and his mother felt tremendous grief over the loss of a child. As was custom with stillborn babies, Sue was never buried, and there was never a gravesite. The author believes this story came from Sue to him to help their mother heal her grief. 
  • The inspiration from the woman in the story came from a real-life woman who would go to the Salt Lake City Cemetery and grieve over the loss of her child. Her name and identity is unknown.
  • The Christmas Box Angel monument was constructed by the renowned sculptor Ortho Fairbanks, and his son Jared Fairbanks. Ortho and his wife had lost a child, and found great significance in the statue. They donated much of their time to complete the monument.
  • The monument was financed from proceeds of the book. 
  • All of the publisher's and author's royalties from the printing of a special leather edition of the book go to charity.
  • The face of the angel on the monument is modeled after Richard Paul Evans' second daughter, Allyson.
  • There is much symbolism in the statue, including the word "HOPE" found in the angel's right wing. The reason the arms of the angel are outstretched are to welcome all that come to it, and to be lifted into the arms of a loving parent.
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Great Christmas Light Displays

The lights at Salem Pond.
Utah has some really awesome commercial Christmas Light Displays. At Utah's Adventure Family we have done the research for you. We have a tab for Christmas lights which includes business and private displays. We also have a tab for all kinds of Christmas adventures, which we've featured on Enjoy Utah before. Here's a list of some of the big drive-thru and walk-thru displays across the Wasatch Front. Click on any link for a full review, pictures, directions, and pricing:

Temple Square: This is one of the most famous light displays in the world. This visit includes a live Nativity, live singing performances in the Tabernacle and the Assembly Hall and over a million lights throughout the grounds. This event is free, but super busy!

Salem Pond: This is a unique display because the lights are actually on the pond, which creates a reflection. Visitor's can expect to see the light displays in the shape of trees with a perfect copy of the tree reflecting off the water. You can take a short walk over the bridge and maybe even feed the birds. This display is free.

Thanksgiving Point: This display is one of the largest in the state. Drive through the grounds and enjoy the prefab displays of moving Christmas scenes. The trip includes a retelling of the Nativity story with beautiful pictures and poems.

Festival of Lights: One of our favorites is the drive-thru display in Spanish Fork. Moving pictures of Santa, elves, dinosaurs, cowboys, and castles surround you. You're even allowed to drive through twice. 

Fantasy at the Bay: This display is located at the North Marina at Willard Bay. It is very similar to the Festival of Lights and Thanksgiving Point light displays with moving, prefabricated light displays.

Provo River Cruise: This unique display takes place on the Provo River and features a short boat ride through the lights. If you're lucky, you'll even get a visit from Santa. Who knew he could paddle a canoe?

Zoolights: The lights at the zoo make for a great experience. We like the zoo after dark and there is a new activity almost every night: carolers, crafts, visits from baby animals, and many others. 

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