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July 2018

Best Utah Destinations for a Summer Weekend Getaway

By | All Posts, Entertainment, Inspiration

A vacation does not have to include an elaborate plan, thousands of dollars or two weeks away for an international excursion. Sometimes the best way to truly “vacate your life” is by booking a spontaneous weekend to explore all the wonders in your own backyard. So pack the car, put some snacks in the cooler, and head off to these close-by gems for a great weekend trip.

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For the Adventure-Lover

Bear Lake: Garden City, Utah

A mere two hours from downtown Salt Lake City, Bear Lake is an idyllic spot to swim, jet ski, fish, four-wheel and lots more. There are great facilities for campers all along the lake and hikes in the surrounding hillsides. Anyone wanting to reconnect with nature and get much-needed sunshine should spend some time here. Also, you won’t want to miss their famous raspberry shakes.

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For the Quirky Hobbyist

Union Station: Ogden, Utah

Formerly the junction of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads, the Ogden Union Train Station is now a fascinating museum with relics and information covering a broad range of interests. The museum’s now housed in the old station include the Utah State Railroad Museum, the Spencer S. Eccles Rail Center, the John M. Browning Firearms Museum, Utah Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and the Browning-Kimball Classic Car Museum. Take a few days to learn a wealth of knowledge about the history of the Old West and find some great souvenirs that are both beautiful and educational. In the station itself and the surrounding neighborhood, you’ll find great shops selling everything from books and antiques to jewelry and clothing.  

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For the Stressed-Out Sally

Sundance Resort: Sundance, Utah

As a famous ski resort, Sundance may not be the first location that springs to mind when considering a summer vacay. The truth couldn’t be further from what you’d think as Sundance offers plenty of fun and relaxing activities including an exceptional spa, art classes, great restaurants and unique summer concerts. You can also take a scenic lift ride to hikes or to the top for lunch at Bearclaw Cabin.

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For the Foodie

Staycation: Salt Lake City, Utah

With so many cultures represented in the greater Salt Lake area, you certainly won’t go wrong by having a cute and quiet “staycation.” There are several funky and up-and-coming neighborhoods that offer diverse and awesome fare for a good value to boot. Book yourself a sweet little Airbnb to feel like a home but away from home; and then check out our picks for the best food spots right now in SLC: Feldman’s Deli offers Jewish deli classics in the New York City tradition; Takashi has the best authentic Japanese cuisine and sushi around; Valter’s Osteria is traditional Italian including fresh pasta made right before your eyes; and Saffron Valley does delicious Indian dishes with a contemporary twist.

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For the Thrifty Budgeter

National Park: Bryce Canyon, Utah

The canyons and ridges in this red rock area make this location a national treasure. By camping and sticking to activities like hiking or exploring, there are many clever ways to keep the cost of this trip very affordable. For example, get creative with food by packing lunches, grilling over an open fire (when allowed), and making breakfasts easy with items like fruit and oatmeal.

Summertime Recipes You’ll Crave: Shrimp Tacos

By | All Posts, Cooking

Shrimp Tacos

10 Corn Tortillas

1 Pound Shrimp (Peeled and Deveined)

2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Teaspoon Chili Powder

1 Teaspoon Cumin

1 Teaspoon Salt

1 Teaspoon Black Pepper

 

For Slaw:

2 Cups Cabbage (Shredded)

½ Cup Fresh Lime Juice (Approximately 3 Limes)

1 Clove Garlic (Peeled and Crushed)

1 Small Jalapeno (Minced)

½ Cup Red Onion (Diced)

½ Cup Sour Cream

2 Tablespoons Milk

 

Optional (For Garnish):

1 Avocado

1 Cup Cilantro

 

  1. In a medium sized bowl, combine olive oil and seasonings for shrimp and mix into a paste. Toss the shrimp in the spice mixture until fully coated. Allow to sit and marinate 10 minutes or more before grilling shrimp on a cooktop or flame.
  2. Prepare ingredients for the slaw, chop and dice according to list. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until the vegetables are coated with sour cream and milk mixture. Add salt and pepper as needed to taste.
  3. Warm corn tortillas approximately 20 seconds per side on a hot pan or grill.
  4. Build tacos by putting the slaw in the middle of the tortilla first, then top with 3-5 shrimp per taco, depending on their size. If desired, finish with slices of avocado and sprigs of cilantro.

Summer’s Best Beauty Products That Won’t Smudge

By | All Posts, Beauty

It’s summer, and easy breezy looks are what it’s all about. When everyone is melting in the sun, no one will be surprised to see you with simply a little SPF, lip balm, and waterproof mascara. But for the times when you still want a gorgeous “beat face,” we recommend these smear-proof products.

Sephora Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation

A smooth canvas is the crucial first step to a fabulous makeup look. These airbrush foundations apply light and oil-free. You can keep the coverage subtle or apply a bit more with a beauty blender for a more full-coverage look without appearing cakey.

Laura Mercier Creme Cheek Color

This all-season cream blush from Laura Mercier has stood the test of time. It continues to be a favorite for beauty bloggers every year, and we are completely on board with their sentiment. The creamy texture blends super well, but then leaves a satin finish that isn’t at all greasy. The peachy tones in “Sunrise” are so cute for a fresh face.

Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer

While the price tag on this product is a little steep, the formula has such great pigmentation that one container is sure to last you the entire summer. The Amazonian Clay in the bronzer makes it completely waterproof, and helps control oil to keep the rest of your makeup last a whole lot longer.

Beauty Bakerie Matte Lip Whip

This long-lasting matte liquid lip color stays put through all the elements. It feels super light and won’t smudge; and the colors are fun and flirty. The “Berry Pop” shade is a classic mid-grade pink that looks fab on pretty much any skin tone.

Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade

Your brows will be sure to keep their shape when they are set with this creamy matte pomade from Anastasia Beverly Hills. Once set in place, this formula stays put without feeling heavy. And as we all know…as long as your brows are on point, your entire face will be.

Smashbox Always On Gel Eyeliner Pencil

Gel liners are great year-round, but especially when you know heat is going to be a factor. The control of a pencil makes for easier use, but the smooth application gives the bold look of a liquid. This particular gel pencil from Smashbox is waterproof and guaranteed to last up to 24 hours. So it’s ideal for sweaty days in the sun–wear it to the all-day outdoor wedding you’ve been dreading.

L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara

This affordable product from L’Oreal is a drugstore WIN. Having tried virtually all the waterproof mascaras out there, we can say with confidence this one gives you thickness, length and zero smudging. Even if you’re having a more simple day, this mascara, along with great brows and a dab of lipstick, will still be a bomb look. Seriously, try it. Buy it. Like right now.

Northern Utah’s Most Unique 4th of July Firework Shows and Fun

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Utah is such a patriotic place to live, we have not only one but two incredible holidays in July to celebrate the founding of our country and our great state. Independence Day and Pioneer Day are classic institutions for cities all across the state with parades, fireworks, carnivals and so much more for your entire family to enjoy. To start the month off right, we have put together the quintessential list of unique and fun Fourth of July pastimes in Northern Utah. Make memories to last a lifetime with your loved ones and try one or several of these patriotic activities.

This Is The Place – Heritage Park Liberty Days

Set in an old timey pioneer village with huge fields of grass, historic buildings, and the largest authentic Native American teepee in the state, your family will get a great feel of what life was like in the early days of our country. This grand park has plenty of space and many activities to enjoy all day long including gold panning, horseback rides, Native American dancers, and a Colonial-style flag ceremony.

Details:

The 4th of July FUN Place for Everyone!

Wednesday July 4th, 2018

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

This Is The Place Heritage Park

2601 East Sunnyside Avenue Salt Lake City, UT, 84108 United States

Salt Lake Bees Game and Firework Show

There is nothing more American than watching a baseball game with a hot dog and cold beer followed by an epic firework show. Watch the Bees play the El Paso Chihuauhuas this 4th and introduce the kiddos to the greatest U.S. sport.

Details:

Salt Lake Bees vs. El Paso Chihuahuas

Wednesday July 4th, 2018

Game starts at 6:35 PM

Smith’s Ballpark

77 West 1300 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84115

Oakley Independence Day Rodeo and Celebration

Set in the middle of the Rocky Mountains about an hour east of downtown Salt Lake, Oakley may be a small town, but it is a small town that really knows how to party. Independence Day revelry is incredible there with a 5K race, parade, rodeo, patriotic program, a barbecue, and an impressive firework show to end the day with a literal bang.

Details:

Oakley Independence Day Rodeo and Celebration

Wednesday July 4th, 2018

7:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Oakley Recreation Complex

4300 North SR 32, Oakley, UT 84055

Lehi & Thanksgiving Point Independence Day Celebration

Enjoy music, food, and prizes before settling in with a blanket to enjoy Lehi City and Thanksgiving Point’s annual firework show. There are lots of vendors to enjoy before the sky is lit up at 10 pm.

Details:

Thanksgiving Point 4th of July Celebration

Wednesday July 4th, 2018

4:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Electric Park

3003 Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, UT 84043

Orem City Colonial Fest and Cries of Freedom Presentation

If you’re all about historical authenticity, the Colonial Fest in Orem, Utah is the perfect place for you to “geek out” in a patriotic way.  You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time to the early days of our country’s birth with a myriad of fun and educational activities.  There are colonial artisans, exhibits, and demonstrations ranging from cannon firings to colonial children’s chores. Watch a full Continental Army and British Redcoat battle or take in unique aspects of frontier life including an apothecary shop, blacksmith, and printmaker studio.

The Cries of Freedom Presentation just next door to the Colonial Fest features incredible patriotic music and a special ceremony to honor the lives of fallen veterans. Bring tissues for the beautiful and touching tribute.

Details:

Orem City Colonial Fest and Cries of Freedom Presentation

Wednesday July 4th, 2018

9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

SCERA Park

600 South State Street, Orem, UT 84058