This is a 5 minute Fall Leaf Centerpiece the whole family can help create that will bring the mountain fall beauty indoors.

Five Minute Fall Leaf Centerpiece

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Capturing the beauty of fall is often difficult or time consuming. Creating the perfect table dressing to celebrate the brightly colored changes can end up being costly. However, creating this five minute fall leaf centerpiece is neither difficult, time consuming, or costly. Plus, it’s a fun way to spend time together as a family. The great thing about this craft …

Utah's Hogle Zoo is a fantastic place to spend the day with the family. We went there to celebrate my fifth grader's birthday and enjoyed the experience. My husband even claimed that he saw a few of his relatives in the exhibits.

A Visit to Utah’s Hogle Zoo

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  My oldest turned ten over the weekend. That’s amazing to me. Like any mother, I feel like she’s only been here a few years. She loves animals, dinosaurs, art, and grandma & grandpa. She declared her birthday the best day ever. What did we do to get such rave reviews? We went to Utah’s Hogle Zoo with grandma & …

Some of the most important lessons in life aren't taught in a classroom -- they are taught when we are out connecting to nature and remembering its beauty.

Connecting to Nature

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This summer, my family has spent a lot of time out in the beautiful wilds of Utah. We’ve been fishing places that feel like they have been untouched by humans. My children have learned how to follow trail blazes – even my preschooler now knows what a blaze looks like. We have weathered sudden hail storms, thunderstorms, and ferocious wind …

We finished the summer with a great campout -- including 8 children. Here's my list of the ABCs of camping with children that will make any campout great!

The ABCs of Camping with Children

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We just finished our vacation this summer on a wonderful campout with some great friends of ours. Both families love camping, the outdoors, and hiking. We also enjoy each other’s company – a lot. So, camping with these friends of ours is always an adventure, ever pleasant, and great fun for everyone involved. These friends of ours also have a lot …

St. George, Utah, has a fantastic children's museum where we spent many enjoyable hours on our visit to southern Utah. Check out our favorite exhibits.

The St. George Children’s Museum

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We’ve been spending some time as a family near Southern Utah and Southern Nevada during this and last summer. And, as we’ve traveled we have come across some great places to go as a family. We’ve visited the Bellagio, the Linq High Roller, the Coke Store, M & M World, and Cathedral Gorge State Park. We’ve also added the St. George …

We spent a great weekend camping at Cathedral Gorge State Park -- running around canyons, exploring caves, and enjoying the beauty of the desert.

Camping at Cathedral Gorge State Park

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We recently spent a weekend camping at a fantastic state park, Cathedral Gorge State Park. While there, we found ourselves galloping around slot canyons, formed by run-off through soft bentonite clay after Lake Bonneville drained a few thousand years ago. The canyons and park are great fun – that’s why I recommend camping at Cathedral Gorge State Park. These canyons …