Friday, November 21, 2014

Holiday Shopping at Trolley Square


Holiday shopping is in full swing at Trolley Square Mall! This week I had the chance to get some Christmas shopping done and eat a good meal at The Old Spaghetti Factory. All the decorated trees, lights and Christmas decorations definitely got me in the Christmas spirit.


Trolley Square has some unique stores that you won't find at other malls. Some of our favorites are Tabula Rasa, Williams Sonoma, Weller Book Works, Pottery Barn Kids, Pottery Barn, SPARK, American Apparel, Alice Lane and many more.


We love all the lights and decorations at Trolley and of course we think their Santa station is pretty cool too! We love that you can get in the sleigh and take pictures of your little ones even if Santa isn't there.


I hope you get a chance to stop by Trolley Square this holiday season to eat, shop, play or visit Santa. 



I heart Salt Lake received compensation for this post, although all opinions (and love for Trolley Square) are are ours.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

See's Candy in Sugarhouse

By Aimee from The Elephant of Surprise  
'Tis the season for all the best things--like gift giving, chocolate . . . and, well those are about the best things that I know of! See's Chocolate is pretty much a holiday tradition, so it's perfect timing that a new shop has opened nearby for us Salt Lake locals in Sugarhouse. You can find this "Quantity Discount" store (which means that this location supplies the candy for fundraisers and bulk business orders, etc) at 2107 S and 700 E. Come down and check it out!



A few things you might not already know about See's Candy:

-You can build your own box. Meaning that you can choose each and every chocolate that goes in the box you buy, so you can be sure every one is a favorite. 
-See's Candy is gluten free
-They are the only company that ages their chocolate. I don't know what that means exactly, but when it comes to wine and cheese that's supposed to be the best, right??
-They use no added preservatives.
-You get a free piece of chocolate every time you visit!



Friday, October 31, 2014

Discovery Gateway Children's Museum and a Giveaway

The Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum in Salt Lake City is ready to celebrate Halloween with their Spooktacular Halloween celebration this Friday, October 31, from 11 am – 7 pm. They’ll have Trick-or-Treating, puppet shows, a princess meet and greet, magic show and more. Tickets are $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers.
They also have a Dia de los Muertos celebration Saturday, November 1 from noon to 4 pm.
Changes at the Museum: 
I was able to take a look around this month to see some nice updates they’ve made since I visited this past spring. They put in a giant tree this past year that my son immediately climbed. I also noticed new signage and wall d├ęcor in several of the exhibits which helped it look updated. The helicopter pad has been greatly improved with the addition of the operation room that has more interactive technology aspects.

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They have a new Sensory Room designed to help families with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Children explore their senses through lights, water bubbles, touch boxes, vibrations and plasma balls.  It is one of only 2 rooms like this in the country.

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The construction zone and grocery store will be updated during the winter months.

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Remember admission is only $6 after 5 pm on Friday and Saturday and all day on Sunday with a coupon from DiscoveryGateway.orgClick here for the coupon.

GIVEAWAY
We also have a family day pass to give away this week on I Heart Salt Lake. The winner will receive one ticket good for: One time use, for up to 6 people on 1 visit. Valued at $51.  Winner must be 18 years old with a valid Utah mailing address.

GIVEAWAY INFO.
To enter the giveaway fill out the form below.
This giveaway is closed. The winner is Evonne S! 
Giveaway ends at midnight November 6, 2014.


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Monday, October 27, 2014

Eva's Bakery

By Tim Tinker



Eva’s Bakery has opened for lunch, dinner and brunch service. Eva’s has been a mainstay in downtown Salt Lake, centrally located on 155 South Main. 


Eva’s creates what they describe as the European bakery experience based on pastries and light for breakfast and lunch, with more elaborate dishes available during their Thursday through Saturday dinner service. A vegan menu is always available, if you’re into that kind of thing.  



The Wife and I were treated to a special three course event. Starters were Roasted Duck Chowder, and Organic Green Salad. Entrees were Mary’s Organic Pecan-Crusted Chicken Breast and Braised Local Pork Roast. Desserts were Molten Chocolate Cake, and Lemon Chiffon Cake. This menu set up very nice for us to try six favorites, and get a good feel for the hip urban surroundings. Simply put, the dishes scored a perfect six for six with the Wife and I, who essentially split all six. 



My favorite was the Braised Local Pork Roast—and local is a common theme this fall at Eva’s, who strive to use fresh locally produced ingredients. The pork itself was extremely tender, and the flavor was an interesting fresh take on a timeless dish. The Wife’s entrees description is symbolic of what Eva’s is all about: Mary’s Organic Pecan-Crusted Chicken Breast served over local vegetables, currant-tomato chutney & Dijon cream sauce. I must also mention an overlooked perk of Eva Bakery: the Fresh Sourdough and Garlic Butter. 


155 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 
(801) 355-3942 

Open for  breakfast, lunch and dinner Thursday-Saturday, 
Breakfast and lunch Monday-Saturday.

European Style Bakery in the heart of Downtown, Wine and beer available.



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cakeballz in Utah




Have you heard of Cakeballz? They are a concoction of both cake and frosting rolled into one to create a delicious flavor wrapped in tasty chocolate. You have probably seen them on sticks and called cake pops. Cakeballz are the same amazing taste with out the hassle of a stick.

We were so excited to find that Cakeballz are now sold at local Costco stores! They come frozen and are good for one year and good for up to 60 days thawed. Cakeballz come in three flavors, Red Velvet, Birthday Cake and Chocolate.



Trying to make these yourself is a time consuming task so we were thrilled to know we could just pick them up on our regular Costco excursion. They are great for parties, showers, gifts, after school treats or just because you want a tasty treat!

We love the taste of Cakeballz and think you will too! Next time you are at Costco make sure to grab a box to try.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Power of Your Purse 2014



For over 100 years United Way of Salt Lake has served and straightened the greater Salt Lake Community. United Way of Salt Lake's promise is to change the odds, so that all kids and families regardless of their circumstances, have the same chance to succeed in school and life.  UWSL's mission is to improve lives and build string communities by uniting individuals and organizations with the will, passion, expertise and resources needed to solve problems.
United Way of Salt Lake has a powerful and generous network of donors and United Way of Salt Lake's Women's Leadership Council is hosting their signature gala on October 30th. Come find out how you can be a part of the collective power, wisdom, and generosity of women in your community and learn how you can take a leading role to help young girls reach their potential through education.

The new hotness is the Power of Your Purse. The Power of Your Purse is a much anticipated charitable event held at The Grand America Hotel’s Imperial Ballroom. An inspirational program will be held in honor of the success and potential of the women living in your community. Learn how your contributions can fuel the fire for the girls and young women in your neighborhood.

Jane Pauley, journalist, author and philanthropist will be the keynote speaker.

Power of Your Purse is a great opportunity to get out on the town and experience Salt Lake’s premier hotel offering at The Grand America. You will be inspired, and more importantly, your contributions will inspire the incredible women who are determined to succeed, and pay their success forward. 


Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m. - Reception |7:00 p.m. Dinner and Program
Location: Grand America Hotel | Imperial Ballroom | 555 S Main St, SLC
Cost: $1500 – Table Sponsor | $1250 Table of 10 | $125 – Individual ($70 tax-deducible)
Parking will be complimentary 



Make sure to RSVP to Power of Your Purse by October 27th.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Tracy Aviary Little Chicks Classes

By Aimee from The Elephant of Surprise  



When was the last time you went to Tracy Aviary? I just went today with my little ones to attend one of their "Little Chicks" classes, and we were all SUPER impressed. If you haven't been lately, you must--and if you have little ones between the ages of 2 and 5, click here to check out their Little Chicks classes. They offer these classes during the spring and fall, and although this week is the first week of classes, there's still time to sign up! Or you can register for the classes a la carte and do just one. 

The series is 6 weeks long, with 1 class a week. Classes last for an hour and include activities, songs, stories, and a snack. And the most exciting part is a new and special bird visits each class. 

Below is my son feeding our bird friends today.


Here is our cute teacher, Jenn leading the kids in bird exercises.


Today they got a little science exploration kit, and they even painted their own bags. So cute!


If you're a member at the Aviary already, the classes come at a discount. If you're not, you get to explore the aviary as part of the class fee each time you come. 

These birds are awesome, and there is lots of fun things for your kiddos to do.


Head over to the Tracy Aviary website to check out all the fun things they have going on there, and to register for their fun and educational Little Chicks Classes! You will love them.