Find out what it HOT this SUMMER from MELIKA store owner Melissa Tokstad

Summer is around the corner. Can you believe it? I hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day weekend.
We had our last day of pre-school this week and are already busy planning our summer. { — If you live in Salt Lake and are looking for summer fun activities, check out my sister in-law’s website Sheri’s List for ideas –}
Gearing up for summer, I had the opportunity to interview Melika‘s store owner Melissa Tokstad and get a preview of the new Lolë Opaline Dress. Melika is based out of Hood River, Oregon and has an excellent line of fashionable, comfortable outdoor products for women.
Melika’s store owner  Melissa Tokstad tells a little about herself:
Why did you open the store?  
I always wanted my own business, and I wanted to live in the gorge.  When the opportunity came up to buy the Kerrits swim business, I jumped on it.  I wore Kerrits suits a lot when I was sailboat racing because they worked well under wetsuits, and I wanted to continue the tradition.  The store has changed quite a bit since I bought it.  I still make my own swimwear and activewear, but I also carry other great brands, like Lole.
Why do you like the Lole line?
The fabrics are fantastic and the clothes travel well.  The line has a broad offering, so you can find everything from workout wear to swim, to skirts and dresses for work, to comfy casual clothes for hanging out with friends.  The colors are great, and the pieces all mix and match together well.
What are your favorite outdoor activities?
I used to sail a lot, but haven’t had much time lately. Most outdoor activities these days revolve around what I can do with my two year old son.  Living in the gorge, there is plenty to do!  We take him for bike rides and hikes a lot.  I’m hoping to get him on the stand up paddleboard this summer.  In the winter we go cross country skiing, and my son just learned to downhill ski this year.  He’s so cute ripping down the bunny hill!
What’s your #1 Summer must have? 
The Lolë Opaline Dress! This sleeveless, round-neck, Empire-waist top is a modern romantic. It’s proof positive that opposites attract in Lolë’s Jersey and Chambray Mix, a yin/yang pairing of two 100% cotton fabrics. The shapely bodice, with elastic at the waist, is crafted from sensually soft jersey and complemented with chambray insets, while delicate gathers at the shoulders, back and waist give it a feminine neo-classic appeal.
Living on Hood River sounds like an adventure and a perfect place for raising children. Any mama that takes her children sailing and skiing is a woman after my own heart.
As a thank you for checking out their website, Melissa is giving you a chance to win your very own Lolë Opaline Dress in your choice of color and size.
Colors are Stella (blue), Clay, Black, & Petunia.
I’m head over heels with the Lolë Opaline Dress!
 I received compensation for this post. All opinions stated are my own.

What do Zooey Deschanel and Jessie Steel have in common?

If you guest the first name of the character on New Girl is Jess & Jessie, you WIN!

If you guessed FANTASTIC PAJAMAS, you win, too!

I HEART the FOX show NEW GIRL more than any other show on television right now. If you haven’t seen it, watch it!

New Girl on Fox

Zooey’s character is always in pajames. Each time I see her in pajamas it makes me want a pair. There is this funny skit that the actors do about the character Jess wearing pajamas. Something along the lines of “why do you always wear pajamas”. I tried searching for it on YouTube, but would recommend against doing that. I couldn’t find the clip, but did find some screen shots of Jess in her jammies.

New Girl Pajamas

I don’t know about you, but I sleep in tacky mismatched t-shirts and yoga pants. A few months back I had a pancake breakfast at my house and invited my cute neighbor over who had just had a baby. She showed up in the cutest matching pink pinstripe pajamas and have wanted a cute pair of pajamas ever since.

Jessie Steele makes super cute pajamas and I got a darling pair for helping out with the Breathing Space Blogger Retreat at Daybreak.


These Cottage Rose Lace Cotton Flannel Pajama set is on sale right now for only $39, regularly priced $65!

There are the cutest details on the cuffs, pockets and sleeves.

I also adore these:

{Blog Resource}Tech For Moms: Sarah Kimmel

If you have a blog, you need to know Sarah Kimmel. She is a wizard. Check her out at Technology For Moms.

Sarah runs a help desk where she helps bloggers.

She is helping me transfer over the Danish Mama blog.

In addition, she helps bloggers “fix” things.

I first met Sarah in real life at the What a Woman Wants show when we were exhibiting Little Stinker over 3 years ago! She’s my hero and will be yours too!

Disney Junior’s “Yo Ho, Let’s Go Summer!”




New iOS Apps Available Today for “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” to Launch Summer Super-Site Featuring New Online Games to “Unlock” Each Week and Printable Summer Scrapbook



Disney Junior’s interactive multi-platform “Yo Ho, Let’s Go Summer!” programming event returns with new episodes of “Doc McStuffins” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” cable TV’s #1 and #2 series among Kids 2-5 respectively, as well as other favorite Disney Junior series including “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” “Jungle Junction” and “Octonauts” beginning MONDAY, JUNE 4-FRIDAY, AUGUST 24.  The “Yo Ho, Let’s Go Summer!” programming event will take place across all Disney Junior digital platforms including Disney Junior On Demand, Mobile and iTunes, as well as an immersive online super-site on featuring new games to “unlock” each week and a printable summer scrapbook.  Additionally, new interactive iOS apps for “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” launch today.

                Disney Junior’s “Yo Ho, Let’s Go Summer!” programming event kicks off on Monday, June 4 with a week of new “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” episodes airing on both the Disney Junior programming block on Disney Channel (8:30 a.m., ET/PT) and the new 24-hour Disney Junior channel (5:30 p.m., ET/PT).  Also beginning June 4, kids and their parents can log on to to print out pictures of their favorite Disney Junior characters to take along with them and include in photos of their summer adventures.  Parents can then upload the photos of their child with their character for the chance to be seen on Disney Junior.  The site will also feature a printable summer scrapbook, with new pages added each week through August 24.

Beginning Friday, June 15, new episodes of favorite Disney Junior series will air every Friday throughout the summer on both the Disney Junior programming block and the Disney Junior channel.  During each episode premiere, kids will see a featured Disney Junior character of the day and can go online to to unlock a new game based on that character.

Among the premieres are an episode of “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” where Marina (voiced by recurring guest star Ariel Winter of “Modern Family”) and the rest of the mermaids make Izzy an honorary mermaid, Friday, June 29; a special 45-minute episode of “Jungle Junction,” where Zooter and Ellyvan care for a stranded baby FlaGoGo bird, Friday, July 6; Donald Duck serves as a reluctant babysitter for a mystery egg on “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” Friday, July 13; Jim Belushi guest stars as the recurring character Glo-Bo, a six-handed toy monster in “Doc McStuffins,”Friday, July 20; Jane Kaczmarek guest stars in the recurring role of Red Jessica, a swashbuckling pirate gal who wins over Captain Hook in “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” Friday, August 10; and a heartwarming episode of “Doc McStuffins” where Doc’s toy friends come to her rescue when she becomes the patient, Friday, August 17.

In anticipation of this summer’s programming festivities, the network today launched two new iOS apps, the “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally” appisode app on iPad and “Jake’s Never Land Pirate School” gaming app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally appisode brings viewing, learning and interaction together into one cohesive, fun-filled iPad experience.   Fans 2-7 years old can touch, tap shake, swipe, drag and talk through an entire episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  The activities presented in the “appisode” include valuable counting, critical thinking and problem solving skills.  This is the first in a series of Disney Junior Appisodes to be released this year.

Using the “Jake’s Never Land Pirate School” app, preschoolers can become completely immersed in Never Land, completing pirate-themed challenges presented in Sailing, Music, Flying, and Map and Spyglass classes.  Features include: hunting for doubloons on Doubloon Beach; a customizable pirate certificate signed by Jake; and the ability to import a child’s photo into Pixie Dust flying class.

Disney Channel’s Disney Junior block ended 1Q 2012 with its highest 1Q ratings ever across target demos Kids 2-5, Girls 2-5, Boys 2-5, Women 18-49 and Total Viewers (1.4 million), marking its 5th straight quarter of posting quarterly highs (1Q11 to 1Q12) in Kids 2-5 and Boys 2-5.  Year to date, “Doc McStuffins” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” are the Top 2 cable TV series in Kids 2-5 and Boys 2-5, and the Top 2 preschool cable TV series in Total Viewers and Women 18-49.  “Doc McStuffins” is also cable’s #1 series with girls 2-5 for the year. Moreover, the March 23 premiere of “Doc McStuffins” became the #1 preschool series launch in cable TV history in Adults 18-49. [Source: NTI, 12/26/11-5/20/12, L+7 ratings. “Doc McStuffins” series launch, 3/23/12,  Live + SD; Series ranks based on program level data, most current, includes ties based on rating.]

Disney Junior reflects the emotional connection generations of consumers have to Disney storytelling and Disney characters, both classic and contemporary. It invites mom and dad to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters, while incorporating specific learning and development themes designed for kids age 2-7. Disney Junior’s series blend Disney’s unparalleled storytelling and characters kids love deeply with learning, including early math, language skills, healthy eating and lifestyles, and social skills. Disney Junior launched in February 2011 with a daily programming block on Disney Channel. In its first year, Disney Junior posted the network’s biggest yearly audience in the daypart in Total Viewers, Kids 2-5, Boys 2-5 and Women 18-49, increasing by double-digit margins among preschooler demographics over year-ago levels.  On March 23, 2012 Disney Junior added a cable and satellite channel in the U.S. bringing the total number of channels to 29 worldwide.

{Dedicated Post} Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil

I love coconut but up until this week had never cooked with coconut oil.

Have you ever cooked with Coconut Oil ?

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From the founder: “When I first read about the wonderful benefits of coconut oil, I asked my wife Marianita, who grew up on a coconut plantation in the Philippines, if there was a more natural way to extract the oil from the coconut, so that we didn’t have to buy the refined coconut oils found in all the stores in the Philippines. She said there was a method the older generation used to extract the oil by grating the fresh coconut, extracting the coconut milk, and then letting the coconut milk stand in a covered container for about 24 hours. After about 24 hours, the oil naturally separates from the water producing a crystal clear oil that retains the full scent and taste of coconuts. So we started making our coconut oil that way and using it for our cooking needs with our three children. We couldn’t believe how wonderful it tasted, and how great we felt. We had been living on Mt. Banahaw in the Philippines for almost two years by that time, and in the year 2000 telephone service was provided to our rural farming community, allowing me to put up a website about our Philippine Herbs. I decided to also put our Virgin Coconut Oil up on the website, not really expecting people to order it because it was a bit expensive since we had to hire people to make the oil, and shipping cost a lot because of the weight. We were so surprised when people started ordering, and then re-ordering it because they felt so great after using it! They told us there was no other coconut oil like it on the market. (See a sample of testimonies below.)

Before long we had businesses contacting us asking how to order it in bulk. So we discussed how we could mass produce this kind of oil, and almost abandoned the product because we didn’t want to lose the traditional way of making it. In the end, we decided to just keep making it the same way, by having others in our coconut community also make the oil the traditional way. Many of our producers are in areas so remote, that if they did not use their coconuts to produce Virgin Coconut oil for us, no one would buy their coconuts because it would cost too much to transport them to manufacturing plants. In these areas, the coconuts generally just fell to the ground unused until we started training people to make our Virgin Coconut Oil. We were the first ones to export Virgin Coconut Oil from the Philippines to the US market. The success overwhelmed us.

Today, more than 10 years later, there are other companies now selling coconut oil again in the US, most of them mass-produced by machines from dried coconut. But we are committed to time-honored traditional practices that have produced healthy coconut oil for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Our Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is still produced by hand, using the wet-milling process of extracting the oil from fresh coconuts. Our producers have learned a lot of things over the years, since most of them have been producing this oil for over 10 years now. They have learned how to pick out the best coconuts from each harvest that produce the best quality oil, for example. Independent laboratory analysisshows this to be one of the highest quality coconut oils on the market, having the highest levels of antioxidants. This enhanced Virgin Coconut Oil is now in the US market under the Tropical Traditions Gold Label brand. It meets our strictest standards to earn this designation. Today when you buy Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, you are buying the highest quality coconut oil we have to offer, and it is still made by hand and benefiting families in the rural areas of the Philippines where the coconuts grow.”

Brian Shilhavy, Founder, Tropical Traditions, Inc.


Banana Orange Smoothie

Posted At : April 4, 2008 6:21 PM

  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup orange juice more or less, depending on how thick or thin you want it
  • 3 tablespoons virgin coconut oil – liquefied
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Cream Concentrate
  • 3 tablespoons organic whole milk vanilla yogurt
  • 3 ice cubes

Blend everything together in blender! This is also good by adding 5 frozen strawberries. Enjoy!

Chicken with Citrus-Garlic-Ginger Sauce

  • 3 1/2 lb. chicken, disjointed and breasts de-boned or 1 whole chicken
  • Himalayan salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • 3-4 tablespoons Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 1 cup chicken stock, preferably fresh

1. Disjoint chicken thighs and legs and de-bone breasts, reserving carcass and wings for chicken stock, if using a whole chicken, or use pre-cut chicken; reserve wings and neck for broth
2. Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper on both sides to taste.
3. Heat two tablespoons coconut oil in sauté pan over medium-high heat until shimmering.
4. Brown chicken pieces on all sides until golden brown and set aside (chicken will not be done).
5. Add garlic, ginger, and citrus zests to pan, tossing until softened and fragrant.
6. Deglaze pan with chicken stock, scraping up browned bits in pan. Return chicken to pan, cover, and simmer over low heat until chicken breasts reach 165° F (75° C) and thighs and legs reach 175° F (80° C). Remove chicken to serving platter as pieces reach target temperature.
7. After all the chicken is cooked, finish the sauce by swirling in 1-2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil. Pour sauce over chicken and reserve some to drizzle over spinach and/or red rice.

Serve over steamed spinach or red rice.

Serves 4.

Crispy Baked Coconut Chicken

Posted At : May 13, 2009 2:52 PM

Marinate chicken in coconut milk, lime juice, garlic, onion and salt and pepper for 1-4 hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a large glass pan with coconut oil. Set aside. Mix coconut flour, coconut flakes, and your choice of seasoning together. Dredge chicken in the flour mixture and press extra coconut flakes onto chicken pieces. Place chicken in baking dish and bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, depending on how big the pieces are.This recipe goes well with coconut rice.

*To make Coconut Cream Milk stir approximately 1 teaspoon of coconut cream concentrate to every 6 oz of water or make Homemade Coconut Milk.

Recipe submitted by Karen, Melbourne, FL

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

Posted At : April 6, 2012 7:20 PM
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles photo
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles
photo by recipe author
  • 1 cup almond flour*
  • 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder, or additional almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup powdered whole sugar or honey (adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted (refined for no flavor, virgin for coconut taste)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut milk** (omit if using honey or other liquid sweetener)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Chocolate Coating:

1. Mix flour, protein powder, salt and sweetener in a bowl.

2. In a smaller bowl, mix all wet ingredients and pour into the dry and mix well.

3. Fold in the chocolate chips.

4. Roll into inch sized balls and place on a plate or lined cookie sheet.

5. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes.

Chocolate Coating (optional):

1. In a double boiler or saucepan placed over simmering water, melt the chips and coconut oil.

2. Once melted, remove from heat and dip each ball into the chocolate with a spoon and return to plate or cookie sheet.

3. Place the balls back into the freezer for the chocolate to harden, and store in the fridge or freezer.

*You can grind your own almond flour by placing whole almonds in a blender/food processor and blending until you get a fine meal.

* For the freshest coconut milk make homemade coconut milk. (See video at this link.)

Recipe submitted by Kate, Highlands Ranch, CO

I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by Tropical Traditions. I received compensation in the form of product for this post. While all opinions stated are my own, I make no claims about Tropical Traditions or Coconut oil as a product or its effectiveness.

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{Breathing Space Blogger Retreat} Day 2: Cooking Class with The Food Nanny

The Food Nanny author of “The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner” taught the cooking class at Breathing Space.

These lovely photos of the class are taken by Jenny K Photography, one of my new BFF’s.

Since having children, cooking at home and eating dinner together has been a priority. I have really tried to make an effort over the last three years, since I’ve been home full-time, to cook more. I’ve often wanted to take a cooking class, but didn’t really know where to start.

“There is no more important time than dinner. It’s where you grow up with your family. Bounce your soul to. Gather together.”

I had the thought while she was speaking of “Meet & Eat” and designed this little image:

The Food Nanny is all about eating meals together and that dinner time the foundation of the day. She is big into meal plans. Early on she met with a nutritionist and it changed her paradigm.

A few key tips the nutritionist shared with The Food Nanny:

1. Red meat back to back not healthy

2. Fresh fish 1-2 times a week – Started with frozen to get use to it

3. Pasta back to back can’t do that

4. Meatless meals 1-2 times

5. Bread with every meal, bad habit

She went on to explain that it’s all about portion control. That meat should not be the main center of the meal. She said to, “Push your plate back before you are full” which is something my grandmother always did.

Having a constant dinner time is key. Did you know that you consume 30-50% more calories when eating out?

Cook 5 nights a week, take 2 off (ave family eating out 5 times a week)

The Food Nanny swears by French baguette & Pizza dough. She has a funny obsession with arugalla, too that made me laugh!

{Tutorial} Gardening with Kids: Seed Starters & Garden Markers

How to Teach Your Kids About Seeds and Gardening

Last week I shared some tips on HOW TO TEACH KIDS ABOUT SEEDS AND GARDENING over at Mom it forward and will be sharing

more about seed starters on KSL STUDIO 5.

One way to teach gardening is to plant seed starters together. Seed starters are planted seeds that start growing inside and are transplanted when they are large enough to plant outside. By growing your plants and vegetables on your own, you can save a lot of money by not purchasing plants that have already been started. Planting seeds teaches children to grow their own fruits, herbs, vegetables or flowers.

What You Need to Start Seeds:

1. Seeds: Planting herbs and vegetables are a nice summer treat. We like to involve the children in this process by allowing them to pick out a few seed packets on their own from the store.

2. Seed starter tray or small container: Seed trays can be purchased at your local grocery store or home improvement store for a few dollars. Small cups do the trick as well.

3. Soil, water, sunshine: Some experts prefer to use a soilless potting mix, but it really comes down to personal preference. Make sure the water can drain properly so the seeds won’t drown or get moldy. Direct sunshine outside may be too harsh on hot days, so setting the seeds in the window sill is a good protected place for them to soak up rays.


Seed Starters

For starters – where to buy seed starter kits

My seed starter kids pictured above were all purchased at Smith’s Marketplace.

1. Planders Pride Seed Starter: $5.49

2. Planters price pellets: $3.49

3. Ferry-More Green house: $6.99

4. Jiffy pots 2: $2.49

5. Garden kit: $11.24



Garden Markers

Supplies you will need:

 Supplies above were all found at Michaels

– Picket holders

– Signs

Martha Stewart paint in pearl

– Mod Podge

Avery Labels {love these!}

– Stencil from Royal Design Studio “What’s the Buzz” (below)

To prepare the project, we laid out newspaper on our kitchen table and placed all the wood pieces on the newspaper.

My mother in-law loves bee’s and I’ve fallen in love with bee’s over the last few years, too. I think Bees are such a happy sign of summer and love this template. This was my first attempt at using a stencil since I think Jr. High. I need more practice, but enjoyed the process.

Note to self: I used a little too much paint on here, but for a first attempt they turned out pretty well. I would highly recommend testing your paint with the stencil prior to using it on your project.

The colors and lables make the signs very colorful and a happy welcome to any garden.

We simply glued the post to the sign with Elmer’s school glue.

Other Teaching Ideas

After we planted our seed starters, we saved one seed from each and made a little poster using cardstock and some craft glue. We then labeled the seeds; it turns a family memory into a little science project.

Parents, baby-sitters or teachers can use gardening as an opportunity to teach growth principles:

1. We start as a seed

2. We need soil to sprout our roots.

3. We need sunshine & water to help us grow.

4. We grow and sprout leaves.

5. We see the fruit of our labors.

How do you involve your children in gardening?


Kathy is a marketing consultant and entrepreneur with a passion for social media and parenting on purpose.  She is also the CEO of Little Stinker, a natural skin care line for baby and moms.

Recognized as one of the 40 Under 40 by Utah Business Magazine, she was also a finalist in the American Business Association Awards and finalist in the Westminster Business Plan Competition.  Kathy has been featured in American Baby Magazine, Parents Magazine, Parenting Magazine and Currently, Kathy is writing a book Word of Mom.

Jordan Valley Home and Garden Club

I love beautiful places to take take my family. When I was a child, I remember going for walks along the rolling hills in Denmark with my grandfather. We’d walk through the forest and talk. The weather was cool and often damp from rain. I remember raincoats and galoshes. Unfortunately, we don’t get a lot of rain here, but there are many beautiful places we can take our friends and families and walk together.
One thing that I find challenging is getting out of my rut of the same one or two walks or hikes that we always go on. We enjoy trying new places and look forward to going to the Jordan Valley Home and Garden Club in June for a fun Summer Soiree. I’ll by taking my camera  along for another adventure, too!

Mark Your Calendar for the Opening Party on June 9

The Jordan Valley Home and Garden Club activities will kick off with a Summer Soiree and Garden Tour on June 9, at 1 p.m. Tickets to the Summer Soiree are available online.
The event features some fun bloggers you may be familiar with including Justin and Cassity Kmetzsch, from Remodelaholic; Sausha Khoundet, from Sweet Pickins and Leanne Jacobs from Organize and Decorate Everything, along with several great classes.
The Jordan Valley Home and Garden Club was founded to provide learning opportunities specifically geared to do-it-yourself homeowners. Landscaping is an important part of setting the home’s tone. The Club will provide a wealth of landscaping and garden design education, but there will also be a mix of interior and exterior DIY projects – a little something for everyone. Best of all? There is no club membership fee.
In addition, there will be several giveaways including a gorgeous rug that was featured in Country Living Magazine, as well as furniture from Sweet Pickins and Forsey’s Furniture.


Regular Home and Garden Club classes will begin July 17, at noon. The classes are free – you can register online. Information will be available on the Club’s Facebook page following each class.


Two (2) tickets to the Garden Party
– To enter comment below why you’d like to go to the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy

History of the Conservation Garden Park

Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District began its water conservation campaign in 1999 as a way to extend its existing water supplies and defer costly new water development projects. The Conservation Garden Park was one of its first programs. Originally built to showcase waterwise landscaping examples that homeowners could use, it also included a waterwise retrofit of the District’s headquarters landscaping, which replaced acres of turf . Garden Fairs were held in the new garden beginning in 2001, allowing the public to become familiar with the Garden, get ideas for their own landscapes, and even buy waterwise plants.

By 2003 District staff began to realize that more was needed to educate the public on the principles of waterwise landscaping, so plans were made to expand the Garden. A master plan was created for the entire 10-acre headquarters site, encompassing the original garden and extending all the way out to 1300 West. An aggressive fundraising campaign was launched to help raise money for the design and construction of future garden phases, and a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization was created (the Jordan Valley Conservation Gardens Foundation) to support the District in its fundraising. While not enough was raised to complete the entire master plan, enough funds were generated to add another 2.5 acres.

This addition was completed in spring 2009, and included interactive educational exhibits on how to achieve a waterwise landscape—no longer just examples of finished waterwise landscapes. As a result of this elaborate expansion, visitation shot up dramatically, increasing over 50 percent since construction began.

During the 2.5 acre expansion, plans were already being drawn up for another exciting phase of construction: a new state-of-the-art LEED designed Education Center, including a new entrance drive with bridge and additional parking to accommodate visitors. The Education Center features three classrooms, a catering kitchen, office space, open views to the Garden, an expanded main garden plaza, and much more.

Garden Mission, Vision, and Values


Inspiring, educating and empowering our communities to be waterwise.


A culture that promotes individual, community and environmental well-being by embracing wise stewardship of water resources.

  • Education: We teach personal responsibility for conserving water, and empower people to make the most of our shared water resources.
  • Leadership: We model and advocate the highest and best use of water.
  • Stewardship: We care about the environment and strive to protect it through efficient and sustainable use of Utah’s water resources.
  • Synergy: We partner with others to facilitate efficient and sustainable water use.

{Sew} Scandinavian

One of our prized possessions is my great-grandmothers sewing kit. It’s hand painted and has her initials. I love to think of my lovely great-grandmother sewing and mending her for husband and daughter. It seems so day-to-day, but it speaks of her love for her family.

{Free Download} Perryman’s “Waiting on the Light to Change”



Matthew Perryman Jones has a new album, Land of the Living, set for release on May 29th.

But before that, a bit of his past is resurfacing in the upcoming romantic comedy What to Expect When You’re Expecting, due in theaters Friday, May 18th.

Perryman’s song, “Waiting on the Light to Change,” from his 2006 album Throwing Punches in the Dark, will be featured in the film. The musician, part of the acclaimed Ten Out of Tenn. collective of singer-songwriters proving pop music is alive and thriving in Nashville, is no stranger to being part of a motion picture soundtrack. “Satellites,” from the 2010 EP Until the Dawn Appears, appeared in the film “Something Borrowed,” while other songs have been placed in TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice”and “Bones.

Jones is giving away a FREE download of the song here:

Jones, who was reared in Atlanta before making the move to Nashville, admits the song choice for What to Expect When You’re Expecting is a bit of an unusual one. Though he is a father of three little girls himself (his wife is especially happy about the placement), he says:

“The song is about being in a relationship with someone who won’t let their guard down and being patient with them in the process. Hopefully, the guard will come down eventually and a meaningful connection can be made, thus leading to potential baby making. BOOM.”

He also offered this homage to mothers, five of whom will be featured in What to Expect When You’re Expecting, which traces their journey with their partners to bring a baby into the world:

“Mothers out there, know that you are the fiercest, hardest-working people on the planet and you deserve mad respect. I see how it’s done first-hand everyday and can do nothing but take my hat off, bow on my knees, prostrate myself in the dust and bid you ‘Namaste.”

For more on Perryman and his forthcoming CD, visit

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