Tinkertoy exhibit at Discovery Gateway $6.50 admission through January 6 #slc #mom #activities

My son is out of school this week. It’s only Monday and we’re getting antsy. So, I’ve been researching some fun local Salt Lake Activities and saw that the Tinkertoy Exhibit at Discovery Gateway is still open and admission is only $6.50!

Would anyone be up for meeting and going together?

Build Your Imagination at Discovery Gateway!

As a gift to patrons, Discovery Gateway: The children’s museum of Utah™ is offering a chance to visit the TINKERTOY®: Build Your Imagination™ exhibit before it leaves the building on Jan. 6, with $6.50 admission Monday-Saturday and $5 admission on Sundays during the month of December

Now  through January 6th

There’s no limit to what kids can do in TINKERTOY®: Build Your Imagination™, a new interactive exhibit at Discovery Gateway!

Giant replicas of the classic TINKERTOY® construction set provide the framework for fun, educational activities inspired by GE technologies that turn imagination into working solutions to real world challenges. Bring the whole family to the exhibit and enjoy a variety of activities that promote imagination and collaboration:

Invent – Children are encouraged to think about where ideas come from, and to explore the emerging field of biomimicry – nature’s influence on design. Visitors can match real inventions with their natural inspiration and create a design of their own.

Collaborate – Dual-sided panels allow visitors to work independently or with a partner to create TINKERTOY designs.

Energize – Children can explore GE’s commitment to renewable energy as they use a kid-powered fan to test their own wind-powered TINKERTOY creations.

Change – A Rube Goldberg-like contraption illustrates the power of creative thinking and how simple mechanisms work. The activity lets children select and position words to build silly – but thought-provoking! – sentences that serve as the springboard for innovation.

Process/Connect – TINKERTOY-inspired equipment lets children explore the concept of filtration, while a companion activity invites them to build ball tracks that illustrate how GE technologies help address the challenge of providing clean water. Finding the correct path through a graphic maze answers children’s curiosity about “Where does the water go?”

Develop – Visitors will enjoy filling a life-size human form with TINKERTOY hubs, providing a great photo opportunity and revealing the elements of a healthy lifestyle – and emptying the piece is fun, too! A special rotating TINKERTOY hub array inspires children to consider the impact of their personal choices, highlighting one of our most important responsibilities: taking care of ourselves so that we can do anything!

Create – This open play area reserved for children age 3 and older features a spectacular assortment of TINKERTOY pieces – the perfect place to build their imagination. Pictures of remarkable TINKERTOY creations and special tips provide guidance and inspiration.

The Tinker Tank – A walk-in size replica of a TINKERTOY canister is the starting point for the exhibit’s challenging scavenger hunt, a must for those with an eye for detail and a nose for knowledge! The Tinker Tank contains a variety of educational materials that attest to the impact of unconventional ideas on some of the world’s greatest – and strangest – inventions, and serve as a reminder that “If at first you don’t succeed…”

Visit The Gateway


The Gateway is located in the heart of Salt Lake City, Utah, along 400 West, between 200 South and South Temple.

Shopping Hours

  • Monday – Thursday, 10 am – 9 pm
  • Friday & Saturday, 10 am – 9 pm
  • Sunday, 12 pm – 6 pm

Macy’s Presents THE READY SET: MyStyleLab

I met up with THE READY SET as part of the Macy’s My Style Lab. The event was a blast!


The Everywhere Society hosted us for a pre-event lunch so the other bloggers could get together before hand. This was my first time at Blue Lemon and fell head over heels in love. My children had fun, too!

We then followed the City Creek (it’s a real creek in the middle of the shopping plaza) that has brown trout (my four year old corrected me when I told our friends they were rainbow trout, “No mom, they are brown trout can’t you see the white on it’s fin?”

MACY’S is holding in-store concerts throughout the nation. Jordan Mark Witzigreuter is the singer for The Ready Set and is 10 years younger than me, my brothers age. I’ll be honest, I did feel a little (ok, a lot old) being there with my two kids, but had a really great time.

When we got there we learned he’d lost his voice! He’s a really nice kid. It was really cool to see all his fans there singing all the words FOR HIM! I sure hope he finds his voice soon.

My little kids liked the music and dancing in the plaza.

Here’s an accustic version of GIVE ME YOUR HAND

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Follow @TheReadySet @Macys #mstylelab concert tour for listing in your city


Disclosure: I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere provided me with compensation for this post about Macy’s and the mstylelab Concert Tour.  However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.  

Macy’s Announces The 2012 mstylelab Concert Tour

Featuring The Ready Set and We The Kings

Are you ready to rock this Fall? Then, grab your friends and catch a very special acoustic performance by We the Kings & The Ready Set! at your local Macy’s. Stick around after the show to scope out the latest styles of the season and discover exciting new ways to amp up your look.Join the band as they perform hits from their hot new album as part of the MStyleLab Concert Tour! The band will be here to play an acoustic set of some of your favorite songs! Don’t miss out on all the fun!Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 2:00PM
The Ready Set

Macy’s Willowbrook
Wayne, NJ

Saturday October 6 , 2012 at 2:30pm
We The Kings

Macy’s Barton Creek
Austin, TX

Saturday October 13, 2012 at 2:00pm
We The Kings

Macy’s West County
St. Louis, MO

Saturday October 20, 2012 at 2:00pm
We The Kings

Macy’s Millenia
Orlando, FL

The Ready Set October 20, 2012 at 2:00pm
Macy’s City Creek
Salt Lake City, UT

The Ready Set October 27, 2012 at 2:00pm
Macy’s State St.
Chicago, IL

Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 2:00pm
We The Kings

Macy’s Westfarms
Farmington, CT

The first 300 people to make a purchase of $25 or more in MstyleLab will have the chance to *meet the band and have your photo taken with them!

Events subject to change or cancellation
*While time permits, limited to the first 300 customers; one autograph and one photo per person.

About Macy’s:
Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc., delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at more than 800 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. Macy’s stores and macys.com offer distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Building on a 150-year tradition, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities that make a difference in the lives of our customers.

BlogPaws SWAG giveaway

I’m giving away extra awesome swag from BlogPaws.


Natural Balance reusable bag, dog bowl, dog food sample  and other sweet items

Purina Dog Chow coupon for FREE dog food (up to $13.99)

–  Hartz Angry Birds Dog toys

Rachel Ray Nutrish Dog food sample

Halo Spots Stew Sample

FURminator pet shedding tool

–  TheWaterBowl.org travel water bowl

– Cute Avant Garde reusable bag

YourDogsHeart frizbee



You must live in the Salt Lake area and be willing to pick up your prize.



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BlogPaws: Your dog blogs?

No, my dog does not blog.

(Heather’s dog Brutus has a twitter account, does that count? @brutusthedane)

But the BlogPaws conference is coming to Salt Lake City June 21-23.

Haven’t hear of BlogPaws? I hadn’t either.

When I first hear of BlogPaws, I pictured the Scary Cat Lady in my mind. You know, the crazy lady in your neighborhood that only goes outside once a week?

But the more I read about BlogPaws and connected with the meeting organizers my mind quickly changed. Yvonne, Carol and Chloe are so welcoming and supportive that I cannot wait to meet them in real life. Their vision and what they are putting together is such an amazing community. What impresses me with this conference is that everyone is welcome, even if you aren’t a pet blogger.

We have two dogs and have talked about them here on the blog, but I’ll be honest. Up until learning about BlogPaws, I hadn’t really thought of blogging about them. When we adpoted Millie I wrote post about choosing a puppy. It’s something I’d like to write more about and feel that I can add value to.

I’ve attended many blog conferences like EVO, SNAP and BREATHING SPACE but this will be my first pet focused blog conference. The event is heavily focused on blogging and really the thing that sets it apart from any other blog conference is that pets are welcome to attend the event with their owners. The agenda and classes look very impressive.

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I’ve started flowing pet blogs like Dogster and it’s been fun to learn more about this community.

There will be a BlogPaws meet up on Wednesday at Squatters for those attending BlogPaws or for anyone intersted in learning more about the event.

Our family is looking forward to meeting Tillman & Norman Thursday night June 21.

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Norman on bike

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Tillman on skateboard


JOIN THE COMMUNITY – http://community.blogpaws.com/

FOLLOW ON TWITTER – http://www.twitter.com/blogpaws

LIKE THEM ON FACEBOOK – http://www.facebook.com/BlogPaws

READ THE PRESS RELEASE http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/5/prweb9555751.htm

{Craft} Paper and Digital Designer Workshop

Hello friends, I would like to share a workshop that is taking place in Salt Lake in February that my friend Carina Gardner has put together.

We are excited to host our first Digital & Paper Designer Workshop! We are staying at the elegant, four diamond Little America Hotel in Downtown Salt Lake City (think girl getaway meets creative design marathon!). On Friday, breakfast and lunch will be catered by this beautiful venue. On Saturday, lunch and a closing dinner will be served by the Little America as well. (Breakfast also served on Saturday morning). Your hotel stay and all classes/materials are included in the registration fee.

This workshop is built around skill-building techniques for creating beautiful papers and accessories for both novice and advanced digital and paper designers. It’s packed full of FUN creative ways to build papers and accessories! Get your creativity and mojo going along with practical one-on-one design advice!

There is a cap of 20 people for this event so that you receive one-on-one guidance with Carina to really help you develop beautiful papers and accessories. Classes include hands-on fun with brushes, design theory, working with color, working a paper over correctly, and developing collections. You’ll have so much fun with the process and receiving feedback as you work. This girls-trip-meets-design-learning experience promises to be an amazing adventure!

Registration is current open
Shared Room Registration is $850.
Single Room Registration is $1050.
Registration includes a 3-night hotel stay at the Little America, all meals during the event (Friday and Saturday) with the exception of Friday night (we will be going out that night! PARTY!), and all workshop classes and materials.

Payments can be made via check or credit card. There is a non-refundable $50 registration fee to hold your spot for the workshop (it goes towards your registration fees). The first half of the registration fee needs to be paid by November 1, 2011 and the second half February 1, 2012. You will receive a full schedule of classes, packing instructions, and more for the workshop in October 2011.

Frequently Asked Questions

What am I responsible for paying for?
Most of the event is covered by your registration fee including meals (catered by the Little America), your hotel accommodations, class materials, and instruction. After the registration fee, you will have to pay for your flight and Friday’s dinner out (and any other shopping you want to do).

When should I book my flight?
You will want to fly into the Salt Lake City airport sometime on Thursday (Feb 2) and leave Sunday (Feb 5). You can fly in and out as early or late as you wish. We begin early on Friday morning and end late on Saturday. We may have an optional get together Thursday evening for those that fly in early (depending on when everyone is coming in).

What do I need to bring?
Most of the classes require you to do design work on your computer (but some do not!). Because of this, you will need a laptop and laptop power cord. You will also need a version of Photoshop and Illustrator. All the other class materials will be provided.

Can I choose who I share a room with?
If you decide to share a room and you know a friend who is also going, you can request to share a room with that friend. We can accommodate 2 people to a room. We will do our best to accommodate everyone’s requests. If you don’t know anyone coming, we will assign you to another participant in the program.

Can I bring a friend or spouse?
If you decide to bring a friend or spouse who is not planning on going to any of the events, you will need to register for a single room to share with them. If the friend or spouse would like to participate in all the events, they will have to register as another participant. If they would like to just participate in one or all of the meals, we can give you pricing and times so they can join us!

Will we have fun too?
You bet! We have a shopping and relaxing outing on Friday night. But other than that, you’ll find the classes fun and hands-on. Not only will you grow as a designer, but this is an opportunity to connect with other new & intermediate designers, get one-on-one time with Carina and Susan, and build a community. Oh, and did we mention the pool? Ya, there might be a few late nights hanging out and putting on nail polish.

What is the Little America’s website and information?
The Little America’s website is http://saltlake.littleamerica.com/. We will be staying in the Tower Rooms.

How long do I have to register?
Until the workshop fills up. If we have more interest, we may add another session.

How does payment work?
We’ve tried to spread out the payments to accommodate participants. There is a $50 registration fee to hold your spot. If you are registering for a shared room ($850), you will need to pay $400 by November 1, 2011 and then $400 by February 1, 2012. If you have paying for a single room, you will pay $500 by November 1, 2011 and $500 by February 1, 2012. You will be able to pay by check or credit card.

Is there homework or things I can do to prepare before I come?
Only if you want to! We will have lots of materials for you before you show up and suggestions of things you can do so you can get some one-on-one time with Carina and your work (as well as improve it while you are there!). But if you don’t want to bring anything and want to come with a blank slate, you can do that too!

Can I come earlier or later for more vacation days?
If it is your plan to get in a day of skiing, snowshoeing, or other mountain fun in before the event, then you might want to come in earlier (or stay later). However, we can only book you for our allotted hotel space so you will need to book separately your rooms for before and after the event.

Hope to see you there! For any other questions, email info@carinagardner.com

KSL Studio 5 – Love List

I love to make new friends, especially mama’s that are in the baby industry. Today I had the opportunity to feature Little Stinker™ baby butt spray (www.LittleStinkerUSA.com) and made some great new mama friends.

Check out these great products and blogs!


Baby Bunting with Blankie and Burp Cloths
Bunting; $26, Blankie; $36, Burp Cloths; $14
Entire Set; $70 (10% discount)

This sister duo has been sewing cute baby gifts out of their home. Hotch Potch, a Dutch term, means “jumbled mixture” which is what they do, a little of this and a little of that.

Necktie Onesies; $18

Bobbi started her Esty shop after her kids gradated High School. She loves to sew and blog.

I love these little necktie shirts. I think they would be adorable for my son to wear at church.

Baby Booties; $12

Sarah is a fantastic knitter and has been knitting since she was in her teens.

These cute booties have been featured on the ELLEN SHOW twice!

Help support these locally owned businesses.

Kathy D

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