Friday, June 26, 2015

This Is The Place Heritage Park #Giveaway {$100 Basic Family Pass}

I have the opportunity to help support a giveaway with a group of local Utah bloggers. Read the details below and then don't forget to enter the giveaway.

Welcome to the BeUtahful Summer Adventure Series, hosted by A GAL NEEDS...We are featuring some of the best attractions in the state of UTAH for tourists and locals alike! 

Giveaway - Sponsored by This Is The Place Heritage Park
Hosted by A GAL NEEDS...
Special thanks to our Co-Host, Garden Inspire
And thanks to the great Utah Bloggers (this includes me!) helping to promote this event.
We are giving away a 1 year family pass with a retail value of $100! 

This Is The Place Heritage Park has been around for a long time! Originally established to pay homage to the founders of the state of Utah, with gorgeous memorial statues lining the drive around the park, it has evolved into much more! Families from near and far come to the park to enjoy the many amenities offered to visitors. 

On any given day in the summer, you can visit so many different places within the park. For the entire summer, you can ride trains, pan for gold, meet the farm animals and ride ponies. Interact with the blacksmith, tinsmith and saddle-maker then card and spin wool, make take-home crafts, do pioneer chores, play old-fashioned games, and so much more. Your summer days and nights will be full of endless fun. Don't forget to also visit the Native American Village and see the native dancers.

You can read about Helena's experience at the park here. 

There are also many special events throughout the year and the park is open on a daily basis from April thru October. 

Special events for 2015 include:

Baby Animal Kick-Off April 2-4 
Little Haunts - October 15-17, 24, & 31 
Haunted Village Oct 10-31
Christkindlmarkt - Dec 3-5
Candlelight Christmas - December 7-23 & 26
Huntsman Day - June 12
Mountain Man Days - June 12-13
Liberty Days - July 4 
Pioneer Days - July 24 

Don't forget "this is the place" for weddings. There are nine venues to choose from to have the wedding of your dreams! 
"TITP was the perfect venue for our wedding reception. It was cozy but elegant and had a unique feel to it that we couldn't find anywhere else. The staff made us feel like family and helped to make it the perfect day" - Chrislyn Woolston

One winner will receive a one-year basic family pass. This pass includes:
FREE general admission, pony and mini train rides
FREE admission to these special events - Mountain Man Camp, Liberty Days, Pioneer Days, & Little Haunts
Monthly “This Is The Place Messenger” e-Newsletter telling of other events and happenings at the park.
50% discount to Haunted Village
$20 per person admission to the October Witches’ Ball
10% discount on purchases at Heritage Park Gift Shop and ZCMI Mercantile Store
What a great prize for someone and/or their entire family! 

The only required entry is to leave a comment about what you love to do in the summertime. All other entries are completely optional, but the more entries you complete, the greater your chances of winning this amazing prize.

Sponsor is responsible for delivery of prizes, not participating bloggers. This blog received no monetary or other compensation for the facilitation of this giveaway. Enter the giveaway on the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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Thursday, June 25, 2015


Here is a secret about me (unless you have played games with me before and already know this info). I am both a sore loser and sore winner. I love to play games. I love to win. And I am not afraid to rub it in your face or make you take embarrassing photos or videos if I win.
Sorry...not sorry.
Game on.

Behold the bocci champion.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Santa Fe Art Supply Artist BRUSH SET

I needed a night to express myself and I like to paint occasionally. So I pulled out my new Santa Fe Art Supply brush set and my acrylic colors.
This is a quality 15 piece paint brush set that can be used with acrylic, watercolor, oil, gauche, ink, and face paints on any canvas. 
The brushes come in a sturdy zipper case (which makes it easy to carry/pack and it also doubles as a brush stand for easy access. 
The brushes have sturdy wooden handles and come in a variety of sizes (000-12) and shapes (round, flat, filbert, fan, wide) that look so professional. I am excited to show off my new masterpieces soon. Stay tuned. #SantaFeArtSupplyArtistBrushSet

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


I watched this amazing video made as a tribute for a man's best friend who went to heaven. At the conclusion of the film, he says, "We can learn a lot from a dog. Like when someone you love walks through the door, even if it happens 5 times a day, you should go totally insane with joy."
I totally agree.

Monday, June 22, 2015


I am getting older and I think that means I wear less t-shirts and have more clothes I need to hang in 
the closet. I hate it when my shirts slide off the hanger so I decided to try BriaUSA heart shaped velvet hangers.
The hangers are slim so they save space in your closet.
They have notched shoulders to keep items from slipping. Yes!
There is a swivel hook at the top so you can maneuver them easily on the rack.
They have a super cute heart design which might encourage girls to use them instead of leaving clothes on the floor.
These hangers are great for hanging suits, jackets, pants, shirts, dresses, blouses and accessories. You can purchase a 10 pack of these hangers on Amazon and you won't regret it.

Sunday, June 21, 2015


The Shops at the Riverwoods in Provo had a fabulous stars and stripes beach party as part of the Freedom Festival celebration. 
Two thousand beach balls were dropped on everyone (sweating from the heat) in attendance and do think I was there for that?
 You bet!

 After the balls fell, there was a big beach ball hitting party.
 Or maybe it was just my friends and me hitting balls at people.
 Thank you Provo.
PS I also discovered jumpers and am in love...except when I have to use the restroom (fashion problems).

Saturday, June 20, 2015


Finding new ways to get exercise in and have fun is great. Sometimes I am busy babysitting and thing I can't get away, but why not include the kids? I was able to try the Velocity boxing children's pro freestanding reflex punching bag
The box comes with everything you need to set it up and is very easy to assemble. Included is a hand pump to inflate bag and a pair of 10" gloves. The height is adjustable 47 to 57" and recommended for ages 5+.
The base diameter is16.5" and it can be filled with 50 lbs. of sand or water for maximum stability and use.

The bag is easy punch and provides a fun way to exercise. I let my nieces and nephews try it out. They loved putting the gloves on and trying to punch and kick the best. We had a lot of laughs, but the most important thing is that we did it together. 
You can purchase this product on Amazon. #velocityboxing

I was given this product free of charge to review in return for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


I used to have a bad attitude about zoos. I had a bad attitude about a lot of things.
But I have learned that Hogle Zoo is a home for some animals who were harmed and could not survive in the wild. Aww...I love this.
 The zoo has pretty animals, 
entertaining shows,

 fun train rides,
 learning experiences, 
carousel rides, 
 and dinosaurs.
 That's right, Zoorassic Park 2 is at the zoo and there are 14 different dinosaurs for visitors to find throughout the park.

 It is fabulous. I have already been twice.
The Zoorassic Park event runs until September 2015 and is totally here in time for all of you who are excited about the new Jurassic World movie out in theaters.

Monday, June 15, 2015


The beauty you see in me is a reflection of you.

Saturday, June 13, 2015


I went to the Utah Scottish Festival & Highland Games at Thanksgiving Point with my friend Joe. We tried some foreign food, watched some games/competitions, learned about clans, and
some Scotts told me what they wear under their kilts. Whoa!

Friday, June 5, 2015


When tempted to fight fire with fire,
remember that the fire department usually uses water.


My friend, Scott Jarvie, is a really great photographer. Don't believe me? You can check out his stuff by clicking his name in the first sentence.
Anyway, he has a super cool photography challenge event in the works that he is trying to make happen next year in Utah. I was lucky enough to be on a test team to do a trial run of the event to get all of the logistics worked out. It was neat. I sat at a dinner with ABC guys (big sponsors) and we discussed everything. Basically, we had to go around a small area in Utah to certain locations and take 10 different kinds of photographs. We shot things like: architecture, cityscapes, landscapes, flora,  night scenes, etc. I don't want to give too much away. Here are some of the photos (we submitted 30 total) from my group.

It was great to discover hidden gems in each area. Will I be participating in the real event next year? You bet! I'm going to clear my schedule that weekend because I had so much fun. Would you like to see this event come to your city in the future? Follow him on Facebook to get updated on his work and news on this event.