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2 trips to St. George, UT with a baby child

23 Apr

Okay, so remember that one time when I said I was going to travel all of the time with a baby. Turns out it’s a tiny bit harder to get up and go than one would expect. Don’t get me wrong. We travel. For instance, we have made some serious trips to the following amazing places:

  • Thanksgiving Point
  • Living Planet Aquarium
  • The Library
  • Grandma & Grandpa’s House

You know, the essentials. While that may seem super lame to some of you, I submit that it’s a gigantic task for a new mom. In short, I rock at life.

Anyway, I have managed to make a couple sweet trips to Saint George, UT.

Here are my main takeaways for road tripping with a baby:

  1. Travel at night just before the baby goes to bed — There is nothing like a sleeping baby on a 4 hour car ride. Seriously. There is also nothing quite like a crying baby in a car, especially when you’ve committed to drive longer than…say…10 minutes. Our baby goes to sleep at 7, so we packed up at 6:45, gave the sweet thang a bottle, and she slept like…well…a baby. It was awesome. I’m dreading the day when something goes wrong and she fails to fall asleep for the entire way there and the way back.
  2. Bring someone with you to help (preferably that likes your kid) — We lucked out, because my 15-year old baby whisperer of a SIL came with us on the trip. Any time the baby got bored, someone besides me was there to save the day.
  3. Pack extra baby clothes — Something about traveling makes kids poop. A lot. All over. Seriously. One day my baby pooped all over everything, and there was more poop than clothes, so I had to throw her outfit away (sad), and tote her around in a diaper like a homeless child, until I was able to buy her a new onesie. Luckily, we were at the outlets, we only had to look like a white trash family for like 5 minutes. Okay, I think I’ve used the word poop enough for one article. Moving on.
  4. Get travel clothes right — Okay, this has nothing to do with traveling with a baby, but I think I’m onto something that could be big. Travel outfits. That’s right…something cute on the top, and something either pant-less, or practically pant-less on the bottom. It could be like the mullet of travel outfits. Business up top, party on the bottom. Hmmm…not sure that analogy actually works, but you get my drift. Nothing like lookin’ good and being comfy all at once.

Well, here are some fun pics from our trip. We have the baby in a disguise (this is the only pic I have from our first trip to Saint George), and then some pics of us hiking in Zion National Park. Best. Place. Ever.

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Who is this? I can’t even tell with the disguise on. How did she get on my blog?

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First family hike in Zion National Park.

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Zion National Park in Utah rocks. Go there.

 

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Utah Band Booking Agency Spotlight

30 Dec

Here’s the deal. I’ve mentioned this a few times, but Utah is seriously getting cool. There are a lot of different reasons to visit Utah including skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling…and other non-snow related events like hiking, biking, jeeping, boating, and more. Not only does Utah have a great outdoor scene, but Utah also has a cool music scene. There are a lot of cool bands coming out of Provo and Salt Lake these days, but Utah is also a great place to find a band for your corporate event, wedding, or party. Check out the following band booking agency if you’re looking for some quality entertainment in Utah, or from Utah (they travel!).

Both Utah Live Bands and Dancebands.com offer the following:

  • Party Bands
  • Jazz Bands
  • Country Bands
  • Event Entertainment

Additionally, they offer some of the nations most popular party bands including:

  • Groove Merchants
  • Amplify
  • Dance Doctors
  • The Salamanders
  • TIYB
  • Chance McKinney

Whether or not you’ve heard of these bands, you may have heard of some of the singers that perform with these bands including:

  • Chris Crabb (big time musical crush on this guy), and
  • Amy Whitcomb (big time girl crush and musical crush on this girl)

Anyway, all I’m saying is that if you’re looking for some fun in Utah, or some crazy local talent, you may want to connect with this guy to get your event sorted out.

 

Provo, Utah is Getting Cool!

24 Oct

I know this might sound crazy, but Provo, UT is actually starting to get cool. I know this, because A) I’m extremely cool, duh, and B) I’ve lived here a long time, and it didn’t used to be cool. Before you think I’m crazy, let me elaborate.

Rockin’ Music Scene — In case you didn’t notice, some pretty popular bands are coming out of Provo these days. Some Utah musicians have hit it hugely huge including the Imagine Dragons, Neon Trees, Kaskade, and Lindsey Stirling, to name a few. Others are on the up and up like Ryan Innes, Polytype, and Scott & Brendo. With all the great music coming out of Provo, UT, it feels a bit like a mini Nashville, and it’s fun and cool. On top of all the great musicians, there are a bundle of fun places to attend a concert including Velour, Muse, and the Rooftop Concert Series. Music here is fun.

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Food — Once upon a time, Provo was confined to such boring restaurants as Applebee’s and Chilies. Nowadays, there are a bunch of hip places that are nomnomnommy. Check out Mountain West Burrito, the Tortilla Bar, Community, and be on the lookout for food trucks like Rocco’s, Sweet Burrito, and Waffle Love.

Google Fiber — If I have to explain to you why Google is cool, then we’re in big trouble. Provo is all hooked up and ready to go for Google Fiber and that is rad.

Not only is the music in Provo awesome, the food delicious, and not only are we capturing the attention of Google, but apparently, we have the hottest people here. Come to Utah for a weekend, and put Provo on your list of places to go. Go hiking, skiing, and find a pretty girl/guy to take on a date to a great concert. You won’t regret it.

Sundance Film Festival Warning!

22 Feb

In honor of the Sundance Film Festival (and yes, I know I’m a bit late on this topic this year), I thought I would share a personal story with you…you know, to help you prepare better for when you come to the Sundance Film Festival (a very good idea, if you like fun). Holy long sentence. Whatever. Moving on.

Okay, there’s something you should know about Utah in January before getting hyped up about traveling here. It snows here. A lot. And it’s cold. Not only does it snow here, but the air quality gets super-duper gross in January. And, I mean gross as in go ahead and order one of those intense air masks with a filtration system from China to help you breathe. As a result of the January weather monster we refer to as “inversion” (I refer to it as “joy killer”), it’s extremely foggy in January. Legend of Sleepy Hollow foggy. Driving through milk foggy.

Foggy.

One year, my BFF and I decided to see a film (FYI: you have to call it a “film,” instead of a “movie” at the Sundance Film Festival, or people won’t think you’re hip). After the film, we hit up a party and rocked out till about 1:00 am. That’s when we decided to brave JOY KILLER and head home to Provo.

There are two ways to get to Provo from Park City–you can either head through Salt Lake City, or head through Heber. The roads through Heber and the canyon are a bit scary, so SLC is probably a safer idea in January, but it takes less time to go through Heber. Anyway, we decided to go the Heber way, because we were super tired, and a few hours later, we ended up in…

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…not Provo. In fact, not even Utah. We landed our sorry butts in WYOMING!

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Welcome to Utah! Photographic proof of said event.

Because the fog monster was so thick we managed to completely miss the turn that takes you to Provo and ended up in another state. While Wyoming has its own charms, it was 4:00 in the morning, and we had already had our fun.

Anyway, moral of the story is this. If you’re coming to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival, which you should, plan on snow, cold weather, and fog. Don’t be a dummy and use a GPS if  needs be. Also, pack a few Red Bulls in your car, in case you end up in the same situation.

Visit the Homestead in Midway, Utah

20 Feb
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Homestead in Midway, Utah

Utah is full of surprises. One of Utah’s great surprises is a little city in the middle of the mountains called Midway. You’ll know you’ve run into Midway when you start feeling like you’ve stumbled upon an area that looks more like Switzerland than any place in the United States. Midway is quaint, beautiful, and there are a lot of fun adventures to be had here in this small town.

Last week, it being Valentine’s Day and all, my husband stole me away to a nice getaway at the Homestead in Midway. The Homestead is the perfect place to visit if you’re looking for a fun, romantic, and moderately priced staycation in Utah. Besides enjoying the gorgeous town of Midway, here are some fun things you can do at the Homestead.

Swim – Of course, they have the regular indoor pool and hot tub, but the fun doesn’t stop there. They also offer snorkeling and scuba diving in…get this…a natural cave, similar to a Mexican cenote. The water is warm, the dive is fun, and it’s a great way to enjoy a bit of scuba diving in the middle of nowhere.

Hiking/Snowshoeing – There are a lot of amazing places to hike, or snowshoe, depending on the season. You can either find an empty trail yourself, or ask the front desk what trail they recommend.

Other Activities – There are a few ski resorts that aren’t too far away, if you’re planning to make a weekend out of staying at the Homestead. If not, check out some of the cool ice sculptures around the area. If you’re visiting during the summer, consider golfing, or visiting the spa. Oh yeah.

The Homestead is the perfect little place for a fun getaway in Utah. 

Skiing in Utah!

26 Dec

Since it hasn’t stopped dumping snow for the past few days here in Utah, I thought I would dedicate a post to the wonderful winter sport–skiing. I must say, I am kind of biased to skiing in Utah, because I grew up skiing here since I was 10 years old, and I haven’t really found too many other mountains that are comparable to Utah mountains. Some, but not too many. If you’re looking to enjoy a ski trip to Utah, this is how I see it.

Snowboarders — Let’s get this out of the way from the get-go. While I enjoy both skiing and snowboarding, there is Utah terrain that is better for one, or the other. If you are into sno

wboarding, there are a couple resorts that really cater to this sport. Check out Brighton and/or the Canyons. Brighton has a fun half-pipe, cool jumps, and great terrain for boarding. Also, Brighton has crazy night deals. If you can manage the cold, and don’t mind icy terrain, check out Brighton in the evening.

Skiing– Ahhh, sweet skiing. Okay, the best way to enjoy skiing in Utah is to pick a mountain that caters to your ski level. If you are a beginner, try skiing at Sundance, Solitude, or the Canyons. Brighton is also great, but I would pick any of the other resorts over Brighton for beginning skiing, because snowboarders can be a bit intense. If you are an intermediate skier, you can get away with skiing at any resort, but I would suggest going to one of the bigger resorts with a wide diversity of terrain. Check out Deer Valley, Park City, The Canyons, Alta, or Solitude. If you have years of skiing under your belt, there is really one place for you, and that is “the bird”–aka Snowbird. Snowbird is huge and is probably the most difficult and diverse terrain out of them all, and you can ski on both sides of the mountain. Snowbird is also beautiful. If you are hardcore and planning a long ski trip, consider getting a pass that allows you to ski at both Alta and Snowbird. These are two of the most gorgeous

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resorts in Utah. You will love it!

For discount passes, it’s best to get them in the Fall. You can usually buy 2 for 1 passes at BYU. Since it’s a little late for that this year, you can also consider buying a pass wherever you rent your skis. They usually have better deals than the resorts.

Happy Snowfall! Hopefully, you’ll get some nice powder snow!

Gem #1 from Nashville

9 Nov

I don’t know about you, but a huge part of going on a vacation is finding fun places to eat. By fun places to eat, I mean delicious food, great prices, and one of a kind. If you are thinking Applebee’s, or something, then we’re not on the same page here, and I call you to food loving repentance.

My husband and I spent the last week in Nashville and we stumbled on a few excellent food finds, but the best by far was Sam’s Sushi on the corner of Church and Printer’s Alley. Holy smokes, this place is awesome, and if you go to Nashville, you have to go there.

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It’s a small, dumpy little square building, but it’s run by a cute Japanese man that is down for a good conversation. We managed to talk football, politics, and he even told us the great places to park for free, which is great advice considering parking in Nashville is an expensive beast.

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Not only is the conversation great, but the prices are amazing. It’s anywhere from $2-$4 for a roll. Yes, you heard right. That’s $2-$4 for a whole roll, and they are GINORMOUS. My husband and I will usually order 4-5 rolls to share when we go to any of the popular sushi places in Utah. These rolls were so big that we shared 3 and were stuffed!

The rolls aren’t 100% the best sushi I have ever eaten in my entire life, but they are delicious and the value is amazing.

When you go to Nashville (and you should, because it’s rad), make sure to make the trek to Printer’s Alley and eat at this wonderful place.

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Also, they had this weird drink I’d never seen before, so, naturally, I had to try it.Image

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