Thursday, May 14, 2015

Blogger Event at the Train Shoppe

Recently we held a local blogger event at The Train Shoppe in Salt Lake City. We have posted about The Train Shoppe before, it is Utah's only destination model railroad store. It is amazing! We really can't say enough good things about The Train Shoppe.

They have a great store full of everything you need for model trains with employees who really know their stuff. Plus they have a special area that was designed to resemble an old time western town. The little town has three party rooms you can rent at a low price, dozens of model trains that are coin operated so you and your little ones can control them. They have touch screen controls so they are super easy to use.

And our favorite part, is the 1/8th scale train ride. The train goes through a little mining town and each rider gets a little gun for the interactive shooting gallery. It is so much fun!

This back room is open during business hours but the train ride runs during specific hours. Check the schedule to see the hours. It is usually running on most weekends, during the summer months and during school holidays. Get updates from The Train Shoppe on Facebook.

The Train Shoppe was so great to host us! We recommend going there for your next birthday party.

We served delicious cookies from The Fix. You can read more about The Fix here. They made train cookies and of course I Heart SL cookies too. Their cookies are really so good! If you haven't tried them yet, go and pick yourself up a traditional sugar cookie and a coco cream cookie. Oh, and don't forget a drink too! Follow The Fix on Instagram and Facebook.

Sara from Confetti Sunshine put together a fun train kabob for the kids.

All the supplies are from Oriental Trading Company.
Train sucker, marshmallow poles, salt water taffy,  and gummy X and O's. You could make these for any party, just switch out the sucker to fit your theme.

Sara also made a train conductor certificate for the kids and they each got a train conductor badge.

A big thank you to those who attended and for our great sponsors.

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Patisserie

Recently we were able to taste the deliciousness that is The Patisserie. Owner Janessa's love for baking shows in each of her tasty desserts.

The Patisserie offers pies, tarts, macarons, cookies and cakes to order.
The sugar cookies would be perfect for a party, shower, BBQ, gift or just to enjoy. The frosting has a hint of almond, it's delicious!

The Patisserie cakes are so good, we tried 5 different mini cakes and we loved them all!

We tried the chocolate mousse, almond, spice with cream cheese frosting, coconut and lemon cream.
They were all amazing! We loved the how moist the spice cake was, the fluffy and light consistency of the lemon cream, the flavor of the almond, coconut and the chocolate mousse. We would order every single one of them again.

Janessa is so easy to work with and her cakes not only taste great but they are beautiful too. Call The Patisserie for your next event, you will be happy you did.

Follow The Patisserie on Instagram or check out the website here.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Pizza Studio

By Aimee from The Elephant of Surprise  

Nothing says a family-style weekend like a pizza dinner. We recently had the opportunity to test out Pizza Studio in Fort Union, and it did not disappoint. The most popular route is a build-your-own with loads of options. You can choose your crust, cheese, and toppings. I tried things like kalamata olives, zucchini, and tomatoes, and it was sooo delicious. My hubby went the bbq direction, and my boys split a classic pepperoni.

All the pizzas are served personal sized, which I love because it gives you the chance to sample a few different ones. There have been lots of more "gourmet style" pizzerias opening lately, and the taste of Pizza Studio ranks right up there with the best, but without a hefty price. We loved that. Also, it has to be said that the service was outstanding! The staff was super friendly and gave us lots of helpful tips and suggestions when ordering. Not only that, but the manager checked in with us during our dining experience and was so nice. 

Gotta love a family-friendly joint, right?? Be sure to visit Pizza Studio at one of their 4 (soon to be 5) locations here around Salt Lake.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

JulieAnn Caramels

We want to tell you about JulieAnn Caramels, a local candy company that specializes in caramel.

JulieAnn Caramels are made with fresh cream, real butter and all-natural wholesome ingredients. Every batch is hand stirred to ensure the highest quality and flavor.

We love the original caramel flavor but also enjoyed some of the new flavor combinations. Some of our favorites include cinnamon, vanilla, lemon, chocolate, maple and cashew. There are so many different flavors that we have yet to try like caramel apple, raspberry, pumpkin, peppermint and more.

Julie Ann Caramels also offers gift baskets, specialty orders and of course these to die for caramel rice krispie treats.

You can purchase from Julie Ann Caramels online or through other local retailers like Western Nut. Check for more locations here.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Utah Children's Theatre and Zorro

By Kim Cracroft

Tucked away on State Street is an amazing acting theatre company called Utah's Children's Theatre "UCT".  A couple weeks ago I was able to hit the Jackpot visiting this place and finding out what this place is all about!    Young actors and actress with incredible talent grace the stages putting on productions like Rapunzel, Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe, and I was able to catch Zorro, which was amazing.  Zorro was repelling into center stage and the sword fights were my favorite!  My family ranged from young to old and each and everyone of us loved every single minute!  The stage may be small in size but the Actors and actresses bring big talent!

As you walk in the double doors of this hip theatre you are welcomed by the ticket box office and to the side there is a concessions stand where they sell yummy treats and drinks!  This place has it all.  During the summer months they offer camps for your budding artists!  Feel free to make a donation anytime to this local theatre.  Just head on over to their website  Do not wait to go and visit this wonderful place!  Make it a priority to go and support the growing Utah Children's Theatre.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Pay It Forward Free Printable

Did you know that April 30th is the national pay it forward day? We have this great printable for you and your kids to use to help remind others to pay it forward. This printable was created by Salt Lake local, Leslie from Dylbug.Check out her website, it is full of personalized products for the little ones in your life.

Last year Leslie and her kids attached the pay it forward cards to ice pops and passed them out to kids walking home from school. What a fun idea right?

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Utah Children's Theatre and Giveaway!

Have you been to the Utah Children's Theatre lately? It is such a fun way to introduce your children to the theater arts. Now through April 25th you can see Zoro or Winnie the Pooh starts on May 1st and runs through May 30th. We are even giving away 4 tickets to see Winnie the Pooh (scroll down for entry form).

Based on the beloved book by A.A. Milne, you can join Winnie the Pooh and friends during their silly adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood.

The Utah Children's Theatre has some great information on teaching your children theater etiquette. Go here to read more about it.

Before we get to the giveaway we want to share 15 % ticket sales with you. This discount is good until May 30, 2015. Use code: IHEARTSL2015

Win 4 tickets to see Winnie the Pooh
To enter the giveaway fill out the form below.
This giveaway is closed. The winner is Kim J!
Giveaway ends at midnight April 23, 2015.

Winner will be chosen at random. 

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