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    Salt Lake City: A Travel Guide

    Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

    Clay and I (and the two boys) just got back from a little fall getaway to Salt Lake City and Park City and SHEEESH! I had missed that place! So many great memories living there while going to college. I went to school at the University of Utah and those were some of my best years. The fall time there especially gets me feeling all nostalgic. I wanted to share a bunch of our favorite spots! We were only there for a few days and I was LONGING to just stay for a month and go back to each of our favorite spots. Alas, we couldn’t. haha So writing them down to share with YOU is making me feel a little less sad about that. 😊When writing this little Salt Lake City guide, I didn’t really realize how much FOOD I have been missing! We moved away from Salt Lake about 4 years ago… and when thinking back on EVERYTHING I wanted to share, most of it was the FOOD. HA! I also have to mention we stayed in Park City at the Marriott Mountainside Resort and it was SO nice! Right next to Main Street and Park City resort… the best location.

    We were also there for Halloween… which explains Ezra’s batman mask. 🙂 I had never done Park City Main Street for Halloween in all the years I lived in Utah and I can’t believe I missed this! It was so much fun… everyone went ALL in costume and walked store to store where people were handing out candy. It was so cute. Also, it was during the day! Perfect for small kids AND you get to actually see everyone’s costumes! 

    EATS

    Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    Park Cafe

    A Salt Lake City favorite! Be prepared to wait for weekend brunch. But don’t fret! It’s right across the street from Liberty Park. Take a stroll while you wait.

    Gourmandise

    Hit up this spot for lunch. The Balsamic Blueberry Grilled Cheese or the Cauliflower Tabbouleh. You will NOT be disappointed. But save room for dessert! That’s what this place is REALLY about.

    Sawadees Thai Restaurant 

    This place will always have a spot in my heart. 😂 This is where Clay and I had our second date. Where he ordered his food a #13 on a scale of #1-#10 spiciness. They did not refrain. He was SWEATING bullets and just trying to get through the meal. He thought he was being funny? Or impressive? It worked though, totally broke the ice… (or fire?) Anyway, this place is crazy good. Get the pineapple cashew fried rice and pad Thai. YUM!

    Cafe Rio

    This is just a Utah staple. 100% NON authentic Mexican food but 100% tasty. I get the pork tostada every time. Extra cilantro, house dressing.

    Red Iguana

    Rated best Mexican joint in SLC

    Happy Sumo

    Some of the best sushi I have ever had.

    Eggs in the City

    We used to stop by this place on the way up the mountain to snowboard… really great breakfast.

    Eva

    The best little tapas place! I was obsessed with this place in college… Clay would never go with me because he “hates small food” 😂 But it is my faaaaaavorite. GO!

    The Robin’s Nest

    Best Sandwich in SLC IMO. I used to work in the Wells Fargo Building across the street and would walk here just about every day. It is UNREEEEAL.

    The Pie

    The famous University of Utah / SLC pizza joint.

    Best Coffee Houses/Desserts

    Gourmandise

    This should also go here in the dessert section. Yummy pastries and baked goods… get the eclair or fruit tart!!!

    Hatch’s Chocolates in the Avenues

    The best hot chocolate in the state. Seriously… I’m pretty sure they won that award. Get it with peppermint, its unreal. Also, just the chocolate in general… handmade chocolates, chocolate covered oranges, chocolate marshmallows, you name it. The caramel apples are also 👌🏻.

    Eva’s Bakery

    Cutest storefront and super yummy treats!

    Nostalgia (Coffee House)

    Best coffee house vibe for sure.

    Les Madeleines

    I used to go here with a girl friend of mine and just chat and chat. It is sooo good. Try the Kouing Aman. Wow.

     

    Getting Out

    9th and 9th in Sugarhouse

    A quaint little corner with some really cute shops. The Children’s Hour is one of my favorites. A cute, eclectic shop, not just for kids!

    City Creek Mall

    Here you will find your basic mall shops but in a not so basic setting. Set right downtown across from temple square, this open air mall has a stream running through it. So pretty!

    Park City Main Street

    Park City is just a short 20-30 minute drive up the canyon from Salt Lake City. There is so much to do here, but my favorite is browsing downtown Main Street. Go walk through The Mercantile, Prospect or Flight Boutique… all my favorites.

    Olympic Park 

    The Utah Olympic Park is a winter sports park built for the 2002 Winter Olympics… go check out all of the actives, especially the downhill tubing run and Alpine Slide. Great for adults + kids!

    The “Heber Creeper”

    We took Ezra on the train and he LOVED it! It is an old train set in beautiful Heber Valley. Take the train around the lake while listening to a fiddler and maybe even take part in a “train robbery”. HAHA!  And if you are visiting in the winter time, be sure to check out tickets to do the Polar Express! It sounds magical. Santa Clause, pajamas, snow, hot chocolate… I know Ezra would be LOSING HIS MIND with excitement. 🙂

    Ensign Peak

    Get the best view of Salt Lake City from this gorgeous hike! Sits right above The Avenues, my old neighborhood… such a BEAUTIFUL setting.

    Temple Square

    Get to know the history of the city and what makes Salt Lake really special! Beautiful, serene, you won’t want to miss it.

    Thanksgiving Point

    A nonprofit complex housing gardens, an interactive farm, cafes, shops & the Museum of Ancient Life… so much to do here. They also have a Museum of Natural Curiosity especially for kids!

    Happy and safe travels to you! I’d love for you to add your favorites in the comments section below!

     

    DIY, Lifestyle

    Nothing Wrong with Getting a Little Personal

    Sometimes finding that perfect gift is hard. Sometimes it seems impossible. Sometimes you put it off and then you stuff a basket full of socks, a tie, underwear, candy and whatever else you can find last minute because let’s get real… the holidays can get so crazy! But this year is different!! I am totally feeling on the ball and not going to procrastinate… I will find the perfect gifts!! I actually have a few gifts already which makes me one step ahead from every other year. Woohoo! 🎉  Read more…

    Eat, Health + Beauty

    Moms Against Picky Eaters: UNITE!

    Before becoming a parent, I always said my child would always eat what I put in front of him and I would not have “picky eaters”. I was a nanny to a lot of kids who would ONLY eat Mac n Cheese or Peanut Butter sandwiches. I am sad to say that I scoffed at the parents thinking this was ALL THEIR FAULT! Now, the idea that I scoffed at ANY parent while an early twenty something WITHOUT kids is just hilarious. I mean, come on!! But I had the idea that if you introduce healthy foods to them early enough, they will learn to like. And it was only on the parent that the kiddos weren’t eating broccoli and salmon for dinner. Boy, was I wrong! Avocados proved my failed hypothesis on the first day of solid foods with Ezra… FIRST DAY!!! And so the journey with my picky eater began. Here’s another thing I didn’t take into consideration: how absolutely impossible it was to give my child a “bit of everything” in those first early stages of food introduction. It was hard enough getting him to be interested in solid foods, but trying to plan each meal so that he was being introduced to every type of food seemed like a huge mountain to scale.

    SO! Here is why you should care: Allergies developed as children are becoming more common. Since 77% of people with a food allergy are allergic to something other than peanuts, feeding your child a variety of foods is important. However, this can be difficult to do especially with picky eaters like Ezra. But now there is an easy solution: SpoonfulOne, a daily food mix-in that reduces food allergy risk by training your little one’s system with the foods responsible for most food allergies. Ex: egg, peanut, milk, soy, tree nuts, shellfish, etc. And giving your babes a little bit of everything couldn’t be easier with SpoonfulOne! It’s complete and convenient and comes in proportioned packages… all you have to do it open and add it to your little’s favorite foods!

    It’s made of real foods and developed by a pediatrician, allergist and mother of five. Sounds like she knows what’s up. There are no preservatives, no artificial sweeteners or flavors, dye-free, no high-fructose corn syrup. Only the stuff they need.

    Sooo my picky eater had a few favorites… and things that SpoonfulOne would be great for:

     

    Yogurt

    Mashed banana

    Oatmeal

    Strawberry, banana, spinach smoothie

     

    Things he wasn’t so fond of… but would be great options 🙂 (Maybe if I am lucky, Curren will like these things!):

     

    Mashed avocado

    Mashed sweet potato

    Mashed boiled carrots and peas

     Honestly, it is never too late to start. Ezra is still pretty picky so this would give me just a little peace of mind knowing he was getting some exposure even though he doesn’t have any known allergies. But since allergies do run in my family, I plan on using it for Curren once we introduce solid foods, which the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) recommends between 4-6 months.

     

    Click here to check out their site and see what they’re all about!

     
    Fashion, Lifestyle

    Comfortable, Wearable + Attainable

    Location: Carlsbad, California

    Comfortable, wearable and attainable… the three most important things for me when sharing clothes I love with you guys! It’s gotta be something I think everyone will love and can’t live without… like me! Hanes hoodies checks off all items. I wear them around the house, dress them up, down, all around. 🙌🏻

    Not only are they super comfy, but the EcoSmart products at Hanes keep the equivalent of nearly 50 million plastic bottles from landfills each year. ❤️ Amazing!

    Click here to get my hoodie for only $10!

    And I know I have shared about them before, but while on the topic of Hanes… my Cool Comfort Undies are still my go-to. If you haven’t tried them yet, give them a go! Suuuuper comfortable + keep you cool and dry. Promise, they’ll be your fave too.

    Thanks to Hanes for partnering with me on this post. All opinions are my own!

    Health + Beauty

    5 Fall Skin Care Fixes


    Ahh fall… the best time of year. Hands down. Falling leaves, falling temps, falling for everything Pumpkin Spice. While I sit here writing this, I am ACTUALLY eating a bowl of pumpkin pie ice cream. Could I be more #basic? Definitely not. Is it kind of the best thing ever? 100% yes. Yeah, everything seems magical, wonderful and amazing in the fall, but there are a few issues I have. That is, what it does to my skin. So, let’s talk about those crappy seasonal skincare symptoms and what I have been using to combat them with one of my favorite French skin care brands,
    Vichy USA!!  Read more…

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