Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Ellie Goulding Concert.

My cute neighbor invited me to go to the Ellie Goulding concert last minute. I have never left Drake for an extended amount of time, but Paul was willing to suffer through any crying that may occur while I was away.
It has been more than a year since I have been to a concert. I always forget how much I love listening to music live. She put on a great show, and we were all able to dance, sing, and forget about our worries for a few hours.

My favorite part of the show was when she asked everyone to put away our phones for the next song. She told us how she doesn't see faces anymore, it is a bunch of phones in front of people's faces taking video/pictures. Can I just tell you how different it looked watching everyone put their hands up in the air, no phones, and just enjoy the music? It was awesome! 
So glad I was able to go enjoy some time with friends, and act young again.

And guess what? Drake didn't even wake up the entire time I was gone. Which was lucky for us all. 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Bumble Lou Photography

Not sponsored.
Our adorable neighbor Ashley runs Bumble Lou Photography, a cute little photography studio out of her basement. When Drake was born she invited us to come and play with some of her props, and I knew after that she needed to capture some pictures of my kiddies.
I am one of those crazy people who would love to hire someone to follow us around to take pictures of every day life. Not because I feel like I look good or anything, I just love pictures of my kids that much. It has been a few months since we had pictures done, so we were definitely in need {says me, not Paul!}.
For Easter we picked out matching outfits for the girls, and matching for the boys. It was everything I have ever dreamed of. Boys and girls to dress matchy, my favorite! Makes me all sorts of happy!
I don't know what was in the air the day of the shoot, but Devin was the best one...followed by Drake. That is saying a lot around these parts when the boys are better than our girls. Sabrina wouldn't sit still, and Savannah was throwin' serious shade.
Ashley rolled with the punches well, and we ended up getting some cute pictures of all 4 of our babies. Can't wait to get these printed, and put up on our wall. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Natural History Museum of Utah + Giveaway

This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are mine..and well the kids that went with me too!

We were lucky enough to be invited to the Natural History Museum of Utah to take one of their highlights tours, and see the traveling Geckos Live! Exhibit. This is one of those adventures we haven't done often, and it was quite the treat!
The Highlights Tours cost a couple of extra dollars on top of admission, but we really enjoyed it. Maybe because we haven't visited this museum a lot, or maybe it was our awesome tour guide. Either way, we would spend the money to do it again! Our tour guide told us so many fun facts that we would have never known otherwise. Our favorite fact was that she told us which dinosaur bones were real, and which ones were casts. The tour only runs for about an hour, so we were still able to go and explore the museum on our own.
The Natural History Museum of Utah has 10 permanent galleries, and as if that wasn't enough they bring in at least 2 traveling exhibits a year. The current one is the Geckos Live! which will be there until May 1st, 2016...and should not be missed. We loved that every gecko habitat had a number on it, so you had to find that many geckos inside. Not as easy as it sounds with some of those little critters. With 55 different geckos the kids were absolutely amazed.  They surprised us with a special behind the scenes look at what they feed the geckos, gecko eggs that are waiting to hatch, and they even took a couple out of their habitats for us to touch. It was awesome!
You know what I really loved about this museum? I have a wide variety of ages in my kids, and there was something for each of them! Sabrina loved the cute little Our Backyard exhibit, Devin loved all the dinosaurs, Savannah loved the gems and minerals. There really was something for everyone.
So, now to the good part. The Natural History Museum was generous and gave me a family 4 pack of tickets to giveaway to one of my readers! Take a looksie at the rafflecopter below. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway will end April 15th. 

Information:
Name: Natural History Museum of Utah
Address: 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Admission: $9.00-$13.00 + $2.00 for Highlights Tours

Monday, April 4, 2016

Old Farm

We have been going to this spot to feed ducks our entire marriage. When we can't think of anything else to do, we somehow always end up at Old Farm feeding the ducks. It is a beautiful little pond, and the ducks don't seem to be overfed...so they are excited to see people come visit.
A long time ago switched over to corn to feed ducks with instead of bread, and it is surprisingly so much easier. This time Bina wanted to use peas, and the ducks didn't seem to mind at all. 
Information:
Name: Old Farm
Address: 514 E 4090 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84107
Admission/Cost: Free

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter 2016

Sometimes I like to mix things up for holidays, but after this year I decided I am stickin' to what we like and not going too far from it in the upcoming years.
Our neighborhood has a really fun tradition of doing a flashlight Easter egg hunt. You just have to donate a dozen filled eggs per kid, show up after dark, and get your hunt on. I have never had disappointed kids, and everyone goes away with enough candy to make it fun.
This year I decided to go to the local grocery store for the Easter egg hunt. I am sure not all of them are this way, but it was miserable. So many people, Devin didn't get one single piece of candy, Bina got 3. Lots of rude people with a baby that couldn't even walk, and a basket overflowing with candy. It was the worst. So, I tried something new, and I won't make that mistake again.
I have 2 things I switch back and forth from that the kids both love. The first is, each child is assigned a color egg, and they only hunt for that color Easter morning. The second is, I assign each child a color of string that they follow around to find all of their gifts/eggs. This year since Drake is too little, and I am too exhausted...I just went with the egg colors. The kids were still happy, but next year I will go back to the string.
We enjoyed ham and funeral potatoes, and called it a successful Easter day!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Hogle Zoo.

It has been a long time since we went to the Hogle Zoo as a family. We had a annual pass once upon a time, but I always took the kids while Paul was working.
We were invited to go with friends, and that always makes things more fun. Also, the weather was absolutely perfect. 
Drake had obviously never been to the zoo, and was alert and looking at everything for most of the time we were there. 

I love that no matter what we do together, we still have fun!

Friday, March 18, 2016

#BYOC - 7 Eleven

Last year when 7 Eleven did the BYOC day, I wanted to do it. So this year I was not about to miss out. I started seeing the ads for it, and totally marked it on our calendar so I wouldn't forget. Turns out Paul was out of town on the day of, which made it more of reason to do it...because Momma needed to get her drink on.
We decided our container of choice would be our Easter buckets, which turned out nicely. We figured out we got close to 100 ounces in each bucket, yes that is an insane amount of Slurpee.
We carefully drove to the park so we didn't spill any of our liquid gold, and played and sipped on our deliciousness.