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Salem Days seeks to involve community with annual summer festival

Variety and involvement are the two words that best describe the goals of Salem Days this year. The Salem City Mayor Randy Brailsford asked for Salem Days to hold a range of activities that appeal to and involve all the people who live in [...]

The thousand dollar ducky: Fiesta Days fundraiser supports the Spanish Fork community

A Spanish Fork rubber ducky will win $1,000 for its adoptive parent. That’s one lucky duck. Spanish Fork Fiesta Days will host the Adopt-a-Duck race July 24 at 2 p.m. to raise funds for the Spanish Fork Fire Department’s charity [...]

10 things to do for Young Men activities now that Scouting is over

When The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints cut ties with the Boy Scouts of America for young men ages 14–18 on May 11, 2017, a new era in the Church began. For a century, young men activities and Scouting activities have been [...]

8 Utah Valley locations to get your Cinco de Mayo eats

Look out, Utah Valley, it’s Cinco de Mayo! And if you missed eating tacos on Tuesday, don’t worry because today is the perfect day to get your Mexican eats on. Chow down on these eight great places and celebrate the culinary victories [...]

9 post-pool season places to use your Pass of All Passes

If you think the Pass of All Passes is just for getting your family into Seven Peaks during the hot summer months, think again. Passholders can continue to get great value out of their passes by visiting any (or all!) of these nine attractions [...]

Books are better: 6 ways to encourage kids to choose books over technology

  With all of the fun games and apps available to kids today, its no surprise reading often takes a backseat. But according to research by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), “Reading is the single [...]

Have kids, will date: 7 creative date ideas to keep your post-kids marriage alive

      My husband and I were married for three and a half years before kids came into the picture. While our children have brought so much joy and fulfillment into our lives, getting out on dates takes a lot more effort and planning [...]

Giving up on mom-perfection  

I wanted to be that mom. You know the one. She makes homemade fruit snacks. Her kids are always sporting the trendiest clothes and the cutest hairstyles. She sews skirts and headbands. She’s heavily involved in her kids’ classrooms. She [...]

6 delicious summer reads by local authors

With summer coming to a close (don’t hate us for saying it), there’s only a little bit of time left to squeeze in those summer reads. With so many celebrated Utah Valley authors, you don’t need to look further than your library’s [...]

Why I don’t give my kids 100 percent

  Being a mom requires a lot. By the end of the day, I feel like I’ve been tugged on, sucked from and sneezed on so many times that I just want to scream “give me some space!” Sometimes I do. The days of working on something without [...]

5 meaningful baptism gifts

Baptism into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is an important right of passage. When a child or convert chooses to be baptized, he or she promises to obey God and to take upon him or her the name of Christ. The confirmation [...]

The (not) farewell: 5 unique ways to celebrate your departing missionary

In 2002, President Gordon B. Hinckley, who was then president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, mentioned the common practice of hosting a missionary “farewell” on a Sunday prior to the departure of a full-time [...]

The 10 worst neighborhood gifts to receive 

Opening the door to a plate full of holiday treats in the weeks leading up to Christmas is a highlight of the holiday for our family. Delivering our own homemade treats is a family tradition that we look forward to and that brings us closer [...]

6 ideas for thoughtful teacher presents

School is almost out, but there’s still time to earn an “A” in one elective: gift giving. When thinking about what to give that special teacher in your child’s life, think useful and thoughtful. Although it’s easy to run out a scented [...]

8 Utah Valley donut shops you need to indulge in

Lest you think this is just some Google-searched article by an indifferent donut commentator, I should tell you that I consider myself a donut aficionado. I come from a long line of donut lovers, and a delicious donut has long been my weakness [...]

Not so Pinterest perfect: Popular Utah Valley mommy bloggers share the truth behind the pretty pictures and success

Utah Valley is home to some of the nation’s most popular bloggers, and most of them are moms. That’s no surprise. Research shows that moms are 20 percent more likely to use social media than the general population, and 1 in 3 bloggers are [...]

10 local activities to make you forget its winter

Utah Januaries and Februaries can be downright dreary. Lack of sunshine and the post-holiday blues can have us dreaming of being anywhere but here. Fortunately, Utah Valley has some spots where you can leave your winter blues at the doorstep [...]

10 Utah Valley traditions that keep Christ in Christmas

Christmas is a magical time of year, especially with meaningful family traditions. Maybe your family always gets together for dinner on Christmas Eve, or maybe your kids write letters to Santa every year. Some families like to take a drive [...]

When you need to send your missionary Christmas package

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — that magical month of family, shopping, snow, sleigh bells, Santa Claus and missionary phone calls. But if you want your missionary to open his or her gifts before you talk to him on Christmas [...]

5 Christ-centered Thanksgiving traditions

Thanksgiving — complete with food, football and festivities — is the unofficial kickoff to the American holiday season. A day of gratitude is just the ticket to starting off the merriest time of the year. But a spirit of gratitude shouldn’t [...]