Monday, January 31, 2011

Disney on Ice - Giveaway!

Giveaway #1


Lesley Mitchell said...

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Leave a comment below for your chance to win a Family Four Pack of tickets to see Disney on Ice presents Let's Celebrate when it comes to Salt Lake City in March.

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Leave a comment for each entry (or let me know you already follow me) - and check back often - There are giveaways on February 14th, 21st and a final giveaway on February 28th.


Disney on Ice presents Let's Celebrate will have the following performances:
Wednesday March 9 @ 7 PM
Thursday, March 10 @ 7 PM
Friday, March 11 @ 4 PM and  @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 12 @ 11 AM and 2:30 PM and 6:30 PM
Sunday, March 13 @ 11 AM and 2:30 PM and 6:30 PM

Good Luck!!

My Neighborhood Failed with a Walkscore of 37

My neighborhood failed.

I've lived here for almost 5 years, and while our neighborhood has experienced a lot of growth within the last few years, I'm very clear it's not walkable. I can walk to the grocery store, a pizza shop, and a Wendy's. That's about it.

I found this great site that will calculate The Walk Score where you live.

Just enter your address and it will show you what is within a reasonable walking distance (as if you didn't already know) and scores you against other neighborhoods.

Fail for mine.

Hope yours does better. (and mine finds a way to score a bit better)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Bundling Mamas for Snowmobiling

Layering for Winter Activities

After yesterday's post about bundling kids for outdoor adventure and snowmobiling, I had a few requests for what my layers look like when we go snowmobiling.

(ok, ok, that's TOTALLY not me)

First, let me start by saying I'm never more than 3 feet from the fireplace, and usually in a sweatshirt, fleece pants, and thick socks (in the Winter, it's MUCH worse). I'm ALWAYS cold. Always. When Rockstar asked me to go snowmobiling with him the first time, I thought he was out of his mind.

Then I had a BLAST! Snowmobiling is the one winter activity I will bundle up for because I love it so much. But, if I ever get cold during a ride, the fun is over in a hurry.

Here's how I layer to stay warm - and most important DRY while we're riding snowmobiles.

Layer #1:
Nylons. I'm not sure why they're such a great insulating layer, but I notice a HUGE difference when I wear them.

Layer #2:
Long Johns. I scored an awesome new pair from Cuddl Duds and tried them last trip and I'm impressed. They're incredibly thin, but very warm. Every penny you spend here will be worth double when you're in the middle of a ride!!

Layer #3:
Snowboard pants. Yes, these are an inner layer because like I said yesterday, there's snowmobile-waterproof, and there's snowboard-waterproof. If you ride sleds in snowboard gear, you will hate your day and will freeze! But, as an inner layer, they're incredibly warm and comfy.

Thin Socks.

Layer #5:
Thick Socks. (I steal Rockstar's)

Layer #6:
Underarmour. There is a specific winter option of the Underarmour that is amazing. Don't wear the summer one, it won't work.

Layer #7:
Long johns. Wearing the Cuddl Duds top layer too. Love them. I probably defeat some of the wicking properties of the fabric, but here's the deal, I'm a girl. I don't sweat like a guy. I need warmth warmth warmth.

Layer #8:
Long sleeve tshirt.

Short sleeve tshirt. Yes, put them on in this order so the sleeves stick out underneath the short sleeve fits better.

I'll get in the truck at this point.

Layer #10:
Sweatshirt. NO hood. I love hoodies, but when I'm sledding they get in the way of my headgear, and collect snow. Not cool.

Layer #11:
KLIM snow pants. These are expensive. And worth every cent. They are SNOWMOBILE waterproof!!! They are the greatest pants EVER. I wear the bibs because I'm a crappy rider, and in the snow a lot - bibs keep snow out of my underwear, which I find can really ruin my day.

Layer #12:
Snowboarding jacket. Any winter jacket will work at this point. I like the snowboard one because it's cute and I can leave a little princess on the outside. I recommend a LONG jacket to keep your butt warm, but if you spring for the KLIM gear it won't matter much.

Layer #13:
Fleece Balaclava
I like this one for a number of reasons. One, it's fuzzy. Two, it's warm and covers my whole head. Three, the children are wearing all my other ones. Mine is also red so they can find my body when I go flinging off the mountain somewhere.

Layer #14 (wow, I really do wear a LOT of crap):
Mittens. Yes, I wear mittens. Because they're WARMER than gloves. Any ski/snowbard mittens will work. If you can find a pair with the visor/goggle wiper it's a major bonus.

Layer #15:
Helmet. I used to have a full-face with a visor, but there was an incident, and now my full-face has goggles. I don't love it. I prefer the options with the visor, and I move the visor around a lot while we ride: little bit open, lot open when we're stopped.

Add sled.
I get to ride a Bad Ass Ski-Doo. I LOVE this sled. It's light, it's responsive, and I don't feel like I'm about to go flinging off the mountain (see layer #13). Rockstar rides a humongous growling Cat something or other, because, well, he's a Rockstar and can handle it. Me, I feel it's like riding a barely trained stallion and I'm about to go flinging off the mountain at any moment.

The Mama Snowmobile creed:
Hang on, Haul ass, don't get ditched.

100% of the credit for the Mama Snowmobile creed goes to The Notorious Rider, Mama Tonya

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Not Quite Randy - Bundling Kids for Snowmobiling

Cold Weather Wear for Kids

My kids might not look quite like Randy when we head up the mountain, but some days, it's pretty close.
Since we're not exactly building snowmen in the yard, 3 feet from warmth and hot chocolate, I've had to be fairly inventive about layering them to survive a 3-hour snowmobile trip up the mountain.

Last week's weather was a balmy 29 degrees - a heat wave compared to the 0 on New Year's Day - but I layered just the same, because around here you just never know.

Layer #1:

Monday, January 24, 2011

In the beginning....there were chickens - Guest Post

Revellie is back! 

Since I'm hanging out at the Energy Solutions arena this morning collecting canned food for the Utah Food Bank, Revellie was gracious enough to step in and entertain you.

(don't forget, if you swing by the arena between 6 and 9 am, and bring 10 cans of food, you'll get a FREE pass to the Disney on Ice show coming in March!)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Monster Jam Ticket Giveaway!

Monster Jam Ticket Giveaway

Jen (mykidsrmyjoy at gmail dot com)is the winner!!!
Congrats, and email me at within the next 48 hours to claim this awesome prize!

Thanks to all of you for entering - check back for the Disney on Ice Giveaways going on this month!

Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam®
Returns To Salt Lake City
February 18-19, 2011 
More High-Flying, Car-Crushing Explosive Monster Truck Action
Playing Three Shows at the EnergySolutions Arena

Leave a comment below for your chance to win a Family Four Pack of tickets to see MONSTER JAM when it comes to Salt Lake City in February.

Mandatory entry: Follow Me on Google Friend Connect

Additional entry: Follow Me on Twitter
Additional entry: Like Me on Facebook
Additional entry: Post this contest on your Facebook or Twitter

Leave a comment for each entry (or tell me you already follow me)


Friday, February 18                7:30pm
Saturday, February 19            2:00pm and 7:30pm **Pit Party scheduled from 11:30am – 1:00pm 

Here are some other GREAT chances to win!!
Ogden-Roy Macaroni Kid

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Disney on Ice Food Drive & Contest

The WINNER of the Disney on Ice Meet N Greet is:
Jodee Williams!
Congrats Jodee!
Email me within 48 hours to claim this awesome prize!

Because survival is more than food storage, I'm teaming up with other mom bloggers and the Salt Lake City Police Department to help the Utah Food Bank and support our community!

We'll be down at the Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, January 24th, starting at 6 AM collecting your cans and having some fun with Big Budah from Fox 13 Now.

The first 600 people to donate 10 cans of food at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah, will receive one free pass to the opening night performance of Disney on Ice presents Let's Celebrate.

I'll be on hand and on TV with Fox13Now's Big Budah with a chance to win a VIP Family Four Pack of Tickets AND a Meet and Greet with Mickey and Minnie Mouse. The drawing for the VIP Four Pack and Meet and Greet will be on January 31st. Check back on this page after the 24th for details about additional ways to enter.

Disney on Ice presents Let's Celebrate will have the following performances:
Wednesday March 9 @ 7 PM
Thursday, March 10 @ 7 PM
Friday, March 11 @ 4 PM and  @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 12 @ 11 AM and 2:30 PM and 6:30 PM
Sunday, March 13 @ 11 AM and 2:30 PM and 6:30 PM

Good Luck, and come donate on January 24th for your chance to win tickets to Disney on Ice.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

No Buzz Zones

Interested in beekeeping?

You might be breaking the law.

No Buzz Cities

View NO BUZZ ZONES in a larger mapThis map relies on submissions from individuals living in the cities where beekeeping is allegedly illegal, and has not been independently verified. If you perceive an error, contact Kim Flottum at Here's the list, in alphabetical order by state and city:
Bull Shoals, Ark.
Antioch Calif.
Chico, Calif.*
Costa Mesa, Calif.
Eureka, Calif.
Garden Grove, Calif.
Half Moon Bay, Calif.
Hanford, Calif.
Lompac, Calif.
Los Angeles, Calif.
Los Gatos, Calif.
Orange, Calif.
Paso Robles, Calif.
San Diego County, Calif.*
San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Santa Monica, Calif.
Scotts Valley, Calif.
Vacaville, Calif.
Adams County, Colo.
Arvada, Colo.
Bloomfield, Colo.
Jefferson County, Colo.
Lone Tree, Colo.
Thornton, Colo.
Windsor Estates, Windsor, Colo.
Westminster, Colo.
Dover, Del.
Lake City, Ga.
Savannah, Ga.
Addison, Ill.
Forsyth, Ill.
Lombard, Ill.
Anderson, Ind.
Indianola, Iowa
Mount Hope, Ka.
Bossier City, La.
Lafayette, La.
Lewiston, Maine
South Portland, Maine**
Bel Air, Md.
Frederick, Md.
Chicopee, Mass.
New Bedford, Mass.
Bay City, Mich.
Caledonia, Mich.
Redford, Mich.
Eden Prairie, Minn.
Eagan, Minn.
Hutchinson City, Minn.
Luverne, Minn.
Red Wing, Minn.
Missoula, Mont.
Billings, Mont.
Helena, Mont.**
Chadron, Nebr.
Hastings, Neb.
Omaha, Neb.*
Concord, N.H.
Berlin, N.H.
Fair Haven, N.J.
Geneva, N.Y.
Greenwood Lake, N.Y.
Hempstead, N.Y.
N. Hempstead, N.Y.
Oyster Bay, N.Y.
Round Lake, N.Y.
Cape Carteret, N.C.
Cary, N.C.
Garner, N.C.
Raleigh, N.C.
North Dakota (most towns)
Akron, Ohio
Bellbrook, Ohio
Brook Park, Ohio
Dayton, Ohio
Bellbrook, Ohio
Hilliard, Ohio
Jenks, Ohio
Troy, Ohio
Worthington, Ohio
Broken Arrow, Okla.**
Hillsboro, Ore.
Bethlehem, Penn.
Elizabethtown, Penn.
Silversprings Township, Penn.*
Barrington, R.I.
East Providence, R.I.
Hartsville, S.C.
Fort Worth, Texas
Friendswood, Texas
Fredericksburg, Va.
Norfolk, Va.
Vienna, Va.
Princeton, W.Va.
Eau Claire, Wis.
Greendale, Wis.
Greenfield, Wis.
Kenosha, Wis.
Union Grove, Wis.

Read more:

I know this is short and sweet (haha, honey reference) I'm deep in the throes of final edits for BOUNCE HOUSE. (and Karen Marie Moning's 5th (final?) book of the DarkFever series came out priorities are conflicted.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Will Work For Food

There may be a day on the horizon when food and water is the currency of the day. Dollar bills will be fire starters, and insulation. The mama with a garden full of new greens and a pantry full of food storage will be the richest person on the block.

And the companies with the food storage know it. Prices have skyrocketed in the last few years as fears have increased about the future of our economy and whatever may come in 2012.

Mountain House, Morning Moos, and Emergency Essentials are at the top of the heap for expensive. The LDS church is still the cheapest I've found, but I've been working since May to get into a location without much success.

I recently stumbled across EfoodsDirect, a company committed to the taste of food storage instead of a 50-year shelf life, and they've been doing it for the last 30 years. Because of the way they process the foods, it has a 15 year shelf life with the same level of flavor, then loses a bit of the "garden fresh taste."

And it's about a tenth of the price.

I was so impressed I signed up to be a distributor. If you use the link below, I get a kickback, but even if you don't choose to use my link, I highly recommend this product over anything on the market - for price and taste.

To take some of the guesswork and time out of the food storage planning - they also have an option for an autoshipment plan if you want. Even the autoshipment is cheaper than regularly buying Mountain House every time I stop at Walmart.

I'm still going to work to get into the LDS food pantry, but in the meantime, this is a great way for me to fill in the holes in my food storage.

My Efoods Site- The Survival Mama

Monday, January 10, 2011

300...and A Food Storage Spreadsheet.

Do you know what you have? Do you know what you need?

While I"m pretty good with a list, I'll admit every now and then a case load sale catches me off guard and I come home with $300 worth of new goodies to add to the food storage. Occasionally it's a duplication, or something that's not on the list (that's the point of a sale, right?)

The Survival Mama's over at Food Storage Made Easy have come up with another wicked tool, and I wanted to share it with you to keep your food storage organized, and a permanent list in your purse for when you're struck by a case load sale (not the truck, just the sale).

Their tool is not only a calculator to help you figure out what you need for your family, but an inventory sheet to help you keep track of what you have -- and what you still need.

And a BIG BIG shoutout to all 300 followers - thank you for stopping by and spending time here. I"m always open to suggestions if there's something I'm not covering that you'd like to learn.


I have a HUGE surprise for you tomorrow - stay tuned. You won't want to miss it.

Today's Hop:

Friday, January 7, 2011

When Search and Rescue Calls

When the Search and Rescue call comes at 1:30 AM, for a fleeting second, I wish we were chess players with no outdoor skills or resources.

But we're not, and so, in the selfless act of service, my husband crawled out of his warm bed, tossed his snowmobile gear in the truck, hooked up the sleds, and raced toward the mountain to search for a lost brother of an in-law.

The missing man didn't return to his cabin last night, and the rest of the party couldn't search for him because he had the keys to the remaining snowmobiles with him. Helicopters were dispatched to search with infrared, and my husband and brother in law are on the teams of snowmobile riders set to begin searching on the ground at first light.

It's 2:30 AM, and 19 degrees out.

Praying for a safe return of all.

UPDATE: The chopper infrared found him at 4am this morning!! yay!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

The New Apprentice

I'm willing to admit yesterday was a bit of a tirade...all talk, no answers.

So, now what?

What would that look like if we all worked together in a collaborative effort toward a collective goal?

I don't have the answer, and please don't go all socialism on me. I'm talking about something way beyond capitalism and entrepreneurship, I'm talking - feed the hungry, figure out Tesla's wireless energy, clean drinking water across the globe, no more sick babies.


This entire conversation started because I wanted to talk about lost skills - apprenticeship, and mentoring. I seem to have found a soapbox somewhere along the way....but maybe it really does start back at the beginning. Maybe that's where we got off track. We started valuing our "stuff" and that meant longer hours, more independent thinking, less collaboration, more animosity, more money.

I don't think we have much to lose by starting back at the beginning, with simple skills, the labor of our heritage. Maybe we'll find what we've been looking for in a home-baked loaf of bread that cost 1000% less than what it does at the grocery store.

Maybe inner peace will come from the sore muscles of building a bee keeping box.


Seriously, what do we have to lose?

Here are a few ideas to get you started. Save Our Skills.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Apprentice

No, not the TV show with wild-haired Trump.

Although, maybe it is about him too.

When was the last time the world had a truly impactful person? Someone so committed to their cause they caused a speed bump in history?

Nelson Mandela? Born 1918
Gandhi? Born 1869
Mother Theresa? Born 1910
Nikola Tesla? Born 1856
Martin Luther King Jr? Born 1929

Monday, January 3, 2011

Blank Page

The Blank Page.

Untouched. Unmarked. Brimming with Possibility.

And at the same time, a little terrifying.

A new year is the same. At the close of each year, I find myself looking backward in review. Always, there are misses, some big, some small, some meant to be, and it's hard not to beat myself up over a few of them. As I turn to face the incoming year, I swear it will be better, different, stupendous. This. Is. The. Year. I. Keep. My. Resolutions.

Or not.

2011 lays before me. Blank, begging for whatever words I choose to adorn it with.

A few days ago, I heard about the most amazing concept. Go check it out in detail at My One Word. In short, it's about putting aside the lengthy detailed New Year's Resolutions and choosing One Word that embodies the changes you want to see in your life.

What word would you choose?

I chose the word 'Courage,' though it's cheating a bit, because it became my word last May, but it has served me so well during some very difficult choices, that I wanted to keep it for one more year.

May your 2011 be everything you make it.

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