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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

8 Incredible Summer Fashion Pieces

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Shopping local and U.S.-based companies feels so good, doesn’t it? It seems like the perfect way to spread some American love during this patriotic time of year. And as the summer heats up, it’s also a great time to shop fabulous fashion pieces for cooling down. We’ve managed to combine the two with this list of our picks for the best summer fashion created by incredible designers based out of the western United States. Take a look at what great companies have come from Utah, Arizona, Idaho, and more. These trend-setters are making beautiful and functional fashion while changing the world with powerful causes and responsible sourcing.

ASHLEY LEMIEUX

Polka Dot Jumper

If you caught our #WomanWednesday piece on Instagram this week, you already know we are obsessed with Ashley Lemieux. As the creator of two incredible fashion and lifestyle brands, The Shine Project and Ashley Lemieux, her example motivates us to enjoy the sunshine, smell the roses, and try fabulous new summer fashion. And also…don’t you just LIVE for a great jumper?! When done right, this vintage classic look can have a gorgeous rebirth. And Ashley’s brand has done it right. The tiny polka dot is so clean and fresh, while the cut will be flattering for many body types. Sizing is tricky on jumpers at times, so air on the side of caution if you’re questioning where you fit.

ROOLEE

Makenna High Rise Shorts

High waisted shorts are having a great moment; and the front tie on this pair is polished but quick and easy. These shorts are super comfy and easy breezy in a soft playful color and lightweight linen fabric. Plus, they have pockets–so how can you go wrong?

MIKAROSE

Texture Floral Skirt

Florals have also been super in right now as feminine style of late combines classic ladylike elements accented with hard or sharp pieces. We think this would look stunning with an unexpected leather jacket or some chunky metallic accessories and boots. It’s also super beautiful as is…so you’ll still look great with a more simple outfit adding a white top and sandals.

KODIAK LEATHER CO.

Buffalo Leather Duffel

If you’re like us, you’ve been itching for a weekend getaway. This little duffel is the perfect size for a quick overnight with your honey. The incredible leather this company produces is a real investment and, with proper care, will last for years to come. The style is simply classic.

DOWNEAST BASICS

Crafty Crush Top

This boho piece is soft and easy, with a feminine aesthetic that could be dressed up or down. Pair it with a pencil skirt in the day for the office, and then throw on some classic blue jean shorts to carry you through the evening for going to a picnic or one of Utah’s many firework shows.

DILLARD’S

Eliza Crepe Stripe Pants by Antonio Melani

We all agree pants are difficult in the summer. Those legs gotta breathe! But if you work in a professional setting where shorts just won’t work, these adorable wide leg beauties are the best option you’ll find. The light fabric will stay cool in summer heat while the subtle print is ideal for being business-appropriate and stylish.

INDY BRAND

Go Outside Classic Fit Tee

So cute and comfortable, we are obsessed with the calming green tone and retro word art on this perfect summer top. The fabric is high quality with a bit of stretch, so it fits lots of body types. Plus you’ll be so motivated to embrace the day with joy when you wear this inspirational message.

THE SHINE PROJECT

18K Gold Plated Mantra Necklace

The Shine Project has had college students make gorgeous jewelry by hand from the beginning. Through the program Ashley Lemieux started, The Shine Project works to support struggling college youth by offering them jobs and a marketable skill. The company also allocates a percentage of each purchase toward scholarships for more young adults with limitless potential but limited resources. The organization has given away more than 80 scholarships and offered many jobs to underprivileged adolescents in the U.S. through the years.

Fun with Dad: Activities to Make this Father’s Day Awesome

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Play Golf (or Mini Golf)

It’s hard to go wrong with this family favorite. If you’re in a family of golfers, eighteen holes in the morning make for a great start to your dad’s special day. In a family with small kids or if your dad isn’t the Phil Mickelson type,  a rousing round of putt-putt is always a good choice. Glendale Golf Course, Topgolf, and Fat Cats are all great options if you’re in Salt Lake valley.

Go Fishing

A Father’s Day classic, we love this pastime. It has all the great elements desired for spending quality time with your old man: fresh air, the great outdoors, peace and quiet, and he’ll get to teach you techniques or tricks from his “good old days.” If your dad is the strong, silent type…this is also a perfect time to get him to finally, just maybe open up. For a quick day trip in the Salt Lake City area, check out Holmes Creek Reservoir, Highland Glen Park, or Mabey Pond.

Baseball

The greatest benefit to taking your father to a baseball game is the afternoon will be low-key, easy, and fun. Purchase tickets to a Salt Lake Bees’ Game here. Or if you are a more hands on family, it’s also a blast to organize your own neighborhood game. Reserve a local park, gather people your dad loves spending time with in your community, and complete the evening with a potluck picnic. It requires a bit more planning and effort than attending a Minor League game, but it will be a memory you won’t soon forget.

Visit an Amusement Park

Sometimes the best gift is a good time. Save your pennies spent on presents your dad will most likely forget in a few months, and allocate those funds instead on doing something different and exciting. Get Air is an indoor trampoline park, Seven Peaks water park is great for the summer heat, and Lagoon is a Utah classic with rollercoasters and carnival games.

Grill or Cook His Favorite Meal

A lot of dads out there consider themselves the household “master of outdoor cooking.” He may be impressed however with all the things he’s taught you over the years. Get dad to take a seat and show him the skills of a new family “flame master.” You also can get some help from local pros if you’re not really that great of a chef…we won’t tell. Sugarhouse Barbecue, R & R Barbecue, and Pat’s BBQ in Salt Lake City all have incredible sides and delicious barbecue.

Utah’s Fabulous Vintage Decor Community

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We all love a bargain. And let’s face it, interior decor can get real pricey real quick. At the same time, we all want our homes to be comfortable, beautiful, and a unique reflection of our own personal style. Jennifer Reed from Orem, Utah was facing this very problem years ago when she started to have a love of vintage and antique pieces…a passion she has now grown into a family pastime, business, and community project. As the owner of vintage decor company “3 Dotters Vintage” and founder of the “Provo Vintage Market,” she certainly knows how to be thrifty and get a good deal, while finding quality, unique items. She gave us the scoop on the best flea spots in Utah.

Best Places to Shop Antiques in Utah

Acorns Antique & Vintage Show in Ogden, Utah

This fun country show takes place at the Weber Fairgrounds and is usually riddled with real-deal antiques from farms, barns, homes, and historical sites across Northern Utah. If Victorian or Farmhouse styles are your jam, this show is definitely for you.  This is also a great show for those with a knack for DIY or restoration. There are plenty of items to find that have already stood the test of time and with some creativity and elbow grease will continue to provide years of use.

Provo Vintage Market in Provo, Utah

Exclusively in the evening, this flea market founded by our friend Jennifer Reed of 3 Dotters Vintage focuses on serving the working population, students, and busy parents. Currently located at the Bright Building in Provo, Utah, the antique charm of the location speaks well to the handcrafted and quirky items inside. To know when the next show will be, check out their facebook page. Every season it’s a party with food, music, and Utah County’s best vintage and antique vendors.

The Market Beautiful in Salt Lake City, Utah

Formerly known as The Vintage Whites Market, 5 vendors, a stuffed garage, and a dream started what is now the largest antique/vintage show in Montana. The vendors now move across 5 different states, including Utah, and have incredible collections as they move across the Western United States. Learn more about the show’s organizers Jana and Vanessa on their blog.

Urban Flea Market in Salt Lake City, Utah

As one of the few flea markets that takes place in the state on a regular schedule, Urban Flea offers consistency in timing while bringing new and unique vendors every month. You can shop great secondhand pieces like vintage furniture and antiques; but you’ll also see local artists and craftsman selling anything from handmade wooden sculptures to fashion-forward jewelry. Check their website to see the schedule.

Photographs for this post were provided by Jennifer Reed @3DottersVintage

‘It Was Our Privilege’

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“‘It Was Our Privilege’ – Women: Home and Abroad” was originally published in Valor magazine February 2017. We publish the article here again to pay homage to the incredible women who took part in supporting the World War I efforts. We thank them for their sacrifice this Memorial Day, 2018, and remember them this entire year, a full century after the end of World War I. Special thanks to Tammy M. Proctor, who wrote this article, and Michelle Bridges, the editor of Valor.

In their 1920 memoir about World War I, Addie Hunton and Kathryn Johnson described their sense of service and responsibility. They wrote, “It was our privilege to go overseas…under the auspices of the YMCA…we can can conscientiously say that we had the greatest opportunity for service that we have ever know…” Hunton and Johnson, African-American women who served in France by operating a canteen, were only two among the thousands of American women who served in the Great War, both at home and abroad. Women worked in war relief, entertainment, heavy industry, medical services and offices. Most of these women who saw themselves as patriots and citizens who were “doing their part” to end the war.

Lending a Hand

 

When the United States declared war on April 6, 1917, women mobilized alongside men. Women volunteered for service that fit into their roles at home and also for those jobs that broke the mold. Girl Scouts sold Liberty Bonds to raise funds for the war and they planted Victory Gardens. Homemakers sought to learn new recipes so that they could conserve meat and wheat for the war effort. Women volunteered for organizations such as the Salvation Army, the Red Cross, and the American Friends Service Committee (Quakers); they built huts for refugees, rolled bandages, served coffee and doughnuts, met trains, and completed a million other tasks that the war required. Thousands of women replaced men in paid jobs in factories, transport and policing. If the First World War was a coming-of-age moment for the United States and its male citizens, it served a similar role for many American women.

One of the most visible ways women participated during the war was as auxiliaries in the American Expeditionary Force (AEF). More than 16,000 women donned uniforms in sex-segregated environments in non-combat roles. This was waged work, so it attracted young women interested in serving but without the means to fund voluntary war service. Uniformed women of the AEF were expected to remain “feminine” while driving, cooking, typing, and digging.

Females also travelled to France and Italy with American forces in order to serve in hospitals as doctors, nurses, orderlies, aides and drivers. Maud Finch, of Eureka, Utah, was one woman who worked as an ambulance driver in Europe during the war. Drivers remember getting quite a few stares from French people as they whizzed by in their motor cars. Other medical personnel included trained nurses and doctors, some from Utah. One interesting new job for women emerged during the war: reconstruction aides. The RAs specialized in massage, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. These women used handicrafts to help men heal, so they taught weaving, woodworking, carving, and sewing to help men relearn their motor skills.

Validating Success

 

The war also helped legitimize the women’s suffrage legislation making it through the ratification process in 1918, as men vocally supported the important part women had taken in the war. Women’s vote on equal terms with men helped validate their claim to citizenship in the nation. Finally, the war established a precedent–a test, if you will–of women’s capacity to serve overseas. Their success in World War I meant that a new generation of women would be called to work for the wartime nation in even larger numbers during the Second World War.

 

Tammy M. Proctor, PhD, is a Professor of History and Department Head at Utah State University. She teaches courses in modern world history, war, gender, and empire. Her publications include four single-authored books focusing on women in World War I and a century of Girl Scouting.

Let’s Go Ride a Bike

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With the three-day weekend ahead and the end of Utah’s Bike Month approaching, there are a lot of reasons to get outside in this beautiful season and ride your bike. Utah has a variety of trails for all skill levels to explore. Here are four options listed from south to north:

 

Provo area

Provo River Parkway Tail

  • 15 miles
  • Starts at Utah Lake and goes into Provo Canyon
  • This is a beautiful trail to take into the canyon following the Provo River. You’ll pass Bridal Veil Falls at the northern end for a rewarding view (and a cool-down if needed).

 

Orem to Lehi

Murdock Canal Trail

  • 17 miles
  • Goes from 800 North in Orem to Timpanogos Hwy in Lehi, passing through seven Utah County cities
  • The original Murdock Canal was built in the early 1900s in an effort to bring water from Provo Canyon down to farms throughout the valley. Now the water runs through a pipe that the Murdock Canal Trail sits on.

 

Lehi to Salt Lake City

Jordan River Trail

  • 45 miles — but you can start and stop at any point
  • Parallels the Jordan River going from Utah Lake to the Great Salt Lake
  • This trail includes urban fishing bonds, cultural centers, demonstration gardens, shopping areas, parks and more!

 

Draper

Porter Rockwell Trail

  • 3.5 miles
  • Begins at Draper City Park in Draper, UT and goes to The Point of the Mountain Trail (which you can continue on)
  • This trail follows an abandoned rail corridor through the suburbs south of Salt Lake City. This trail is great for both walking and biking and offers beautiful views of the valley and mountains.

 

In addition to getting out on the trail, there are some engaging bike events tomorrow and in the upcoming weeks! Check out the dates and locations below or click here for all the details.

 

There are so many great bike trails to choose from — what are your favorites?

Loving Your Body by Veggie Lisa

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We are pleased to have Lisa Danielson, also known as “Veggie Lisa,” as a guest writer this week. She is a vegan nutritionist, High Fitness instructor and personal trainer. She has helped thousands of people in Utah and across the nation learn to love their vegetables. Subscribe to her blog VeggieLisa.com, or follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and More.

Being in the health and fitness industry, I have heard many times “Oh it must be so easy for you to stay in shape,” or “You are just a naturally small person.” Yes, that is partially true, I have a small build and bone structure, but there was a time in my life when I was overweight, and not just 20-30 pounds, but 60 pounds overweight.

When I look back at photos during this time in my life, I am smiling in each one. It wasn’t a fake smile, I was truly happy. Did I want to be thinner? Sure. But did it affect my self-esteem? Not really. I had just become a mother to a beautiful and healthy baby boy. He was perfect in every way. I couldn’t believe that my body had created him and he was mine, to love and to take care of. Although this baby boy is now a teenager, I cherish those days of wider waistbands, bigger bras, and a body that didn’t seem quite mine.

Over the last 12 years, I have gained and lost and gained and lost the same 40 pounds with three other pregnancies. My body has changed with each one. I’ve been a size 2 and I’ve been a size 14. But with every passing year, and the new changes that I see (hello, wrinkles!), I have learned the importance of loving my body, at any stage.  Here are some things that I have learned along the way:

How we look at ourselves, and how other people look at us can be very different 

A ‘flaw’ that we might focus on might be unrecognizable to others. Often what we see as insecurities, are most likely the things that others love most about us.

Your self-worth has nothing to do with what you look like  

Your best qualities are more than your face or body.  It’s quite possible that you have a sparkling personality, love to serve others, or put 110 percent into being a great mom and wife.

Be proud of your body

I have stretch marks above my hips from pregnancy. The other day I was at the gym and noticed my shirt had come up a little and they were showing. Instinctively I pulled my shirt down not wanting anyone to notice one of my “flaws.” After thinking about it, I thought I shouldn’t be ashamed, my body has gone through heck bringing four kids into the world, and here I am at the gym, despite my insecurities, to make myself better and stronger. For me that is a symbol of love, not something to be ashamed of.

Media images aren’t real!

I have been a part of the fitness industry long enough to know what tricks can be used, how lighting can be manipulated and what crazy diets models do to make themselves look good.  For the majority of women to have a six pack, you need to be less than 16 percent body fat. I did that once, and must admit I had some pretty great abs. Then my hair starting falling out and I no longer had a menstrual cycle. Not a healthy trade off.

Accept compliments

As women, we are programmed to not have the focus be on ourselves. Now if someone compliments us about our children, we will gladly accept that, especially if that child is a teenager or a toddler. But when was the last time someone paid you an honest, genuine compliment and you said “thank you”? I find myself making excuses or deflecting from the attention whenever I receive a compliment. As I’ve gotten older, I appreciate them more and try to respect the fact that someone felt the need to say something nice.

Loving your body doesn’t mean giving up on your goals  

I would say 99 percent of the female American population would like to change something about their bodies.  Does that mean they shouldn’t love it the way it is? Absolutely not. If you don’t love yourself at 190 pounds, I promise you, it will be the same at 120 pounds. The scale might change, but the mind is slower to catch up. Love yourself now, love yourself through the process, and love yourself when you reach that goal.

Be patient with yourself

This can take years to accept and implement. Don’t end up in a perpetual state of body hatred. Write a list of all the things your body has done for you. Chances are it will be longer than you think.  Trust me, there is no such thing as the perfect child, the perfect marriage, or the perfect body. And when I start to get anxious about getting older, I remind myself what a privilege it is to age, experience life, and most of all, love myself.

A Little More About Lisa Danielson:

My name is Lisa but some people call me Veggie Lisa. I am a mom of four kids who loves to dance, cook, exercise, shop, decorate, and enjoy all the beautiful things the state of Utah has to offer. I have had a very long journey to get to the place that I am now, strong and confident but most of all happy. At one point in my life I weighed 200 pounds. It took 11 long years and 4 babies later to finally learn how to nourish my body properly and be comfortable in my own skin. Being a lifelong vegetarian, I have a passion for vegetables and love teaching my kids how delicious they can be. Most people find veggies very, very, very boring. And gross. But not me! I love all things green and the more colorful my plate is, the happier I am. Vegetables don’t have to be boring! My motto is eat good, feel good, look good. When we eat good food and treat our bodies with respect, the rest falls into place.

Fun with Mom: Activities to Make this Mother’s Day Memorable

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It doesn’t take a big budget to make mom’s special day unforgettable. Try one of the activities we’ve listed and have a great time without breaking the budget.

Have a Picnic

This one is easy to plan and fun to execute. Throw a blanket in your car, stop at a deli for some subs, and you are ready to take mom out for a calm and relaxing afternoon. Pick a great spot near the woods or a river to connect  with your mother and Mother Nature alike.

Do Something Adventurous

Everyone has something they’ve always wanted to do or try, and just keep chickening out. Mark off that bucket list item together. Sign both of you up for scuba classes; do the big roller coaster at your local amusement park; or try an exotic food for the first time.

Take a Trip Down Memory Lane

Spend some time feeling nostalgic with your dear mother. Take her to a place you loved visiting as a child, go through old photos together, or make a recording of her talking about her own family history or childhood memories. You will learn a lot and feel a new sense of pride or understanding in your lineage.

 

Check Out a Museum or Art Gallery

Learning with someone else links you in a fun new way. Take in a new exhibit or visit the museum up the street you’ve been taking granted.

Get Active

It’s great to try new physical activities together, or simply add yourself to the mix of something your fit mom already enjoys. Try a HIIT class for the first time, or tag along on your mom’s run. Neither of you are exercise-inclined? Getting back on track with a new regimen as a team is a great way to bond!

Make a Night of It

If you’d really like to make this Mother’s Day a treat, a staycation or local getaway may be just the ticket. Cheap hotel rooms can be found online easily, even with a short notice, and you’ll definitely see a part of your hometown you wouldn’t experience otherwise.

Get Much Deserved R & R

Splurge for an all-inclusive spa day for two; or if you’re on a budget, set one up at home with DIY foot scrubs, face masks and manicures. The new calm and zen you feel doing something special for yourselves will be almost as good as the one-on-one conversation.

Help Her at Home

Is pulling weeds tough on your mom’s back? Or maybe she just hates dusting the top shelf of her curio cabinet. Volunteer for a job that your mom may not love doing and she will be sure to love YOU just a little more today. Accomplishing tasks together is also a great way to chat and reconnect. Let her have a seat and tell you about Aunt Cyndy or the neighbor’s dog while you achieve something for her.

Game Night!

Sometimes the best ideas are the most simple. Dust off the boxes in the game closet and pull out some classics to have a low-key evening. We guarantee Clue, Parcheesi and Uno are way more fun than you remember.

Give the Gift of Time

Time is often our most precious resource. Going all out and planning something for the two of you is lovely; but if you don’t have much else to give we’re willing to bet she’ll gladly take just having a few hours with you one-on-one as well. Stop by and visit without fussing too much. Hang out. Talk about your lives, watch a movie, help her cook dinner. Don’t overcomplicate it and instead focus those precious moments getting to really know your mom. You’ll be glad you did.

Utah-Made Gifts to Show Your Mom You Love Her

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In case you missed all the incredible vendors we had at this year’s Salt Lake Women’s Show, we have gotten together a list of some of the best for giving your mom a great Mother’s Day. Take a look at these local merchants who do incredible handmade work right in your backyard.

For the Chronic Picture-Taker

She values memories above all else. Take the work out of it for her a get a professional to take photos of her and the whole clan. Pink Rose Photography does gorgeous work in Salt Lake and Utah Counties and will make your entire family feel comfortable and look beautiful.

For the Active Mom

Clothing: Get your mom some high quality workout wear from Belcorva. Perfect for runners, yogis, and weightlifters, Belcorva’s pieces offer versatility, quality, and unique pocket designs perfect for any busy mom.

Workouts: There is no better gift than spending time together. Register you and your mom a great activity to do together like a kickboxing class with I Love Kickboxing, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) at Etude Fitness, or Barre Sculpt with Core 7. Working up a sweat together is a great time to bond.

For the Sweet Tooth Lover

If your mom is always happy with chocolate or strawberries, give her something a little different this year from one of these gourmet boutique brands. Sweet Tooth Fairy has cupcakes in every shape and flavor; while Farmhouse Fudge makes rich and decadent gooey goodness.

For the Mom Needing a Night Out

Today is the perfect day to try something new. Spice things up for your mom by sharing a great memory with her. Topgolf has a casual, super social atmosphere with the easiest golf you could play, food and drinks; and Painting with a Twist hosts evenings that give you a chance to get back in touch with your creative side.

For the Interior Decorator

There’s certainly no place like home, and if you’re anything like us, you know that part of home’s appeal is Mom’s unique and cheerful aesthetic. Check out handmade crafts from CB Creations, get some high quality paint from Chalk Couture for the Do-It-Yourselfer, support women from Kenya with Imani’s handmade home furnishings.

For the Mom Who Needs Some Zen

It’s no secret that being a mom is stressful. For the momma who has a lot on her plate, there will be nothing she’ll appreciate more than the chance to unwind. Set her up for some much-deserved rest and relaxation with a luxurious bath bomb from Bombin Baths, give her skin the royal treatment with products from Beauty Counter, and then finish with a new makeover utilizing locally made boutique makeup from Lemon Loves Meringue.

For the Fashionista

We all know that clothing is the trickiest gift to buy for others. These Utah home-grown brands provide great customer service, have modern, fresh takes on apparel, and make quality the highest priority. Your mom’s fabulous look will be covered from head to toe with hats from Gigi Pip, dresses from EmmaLou, and shoes from Copper Threads.

Brushless Beauty: How to Be Beautiful Without Makeup

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We all love a good winged eyeliner or popping matte lip color, but today our objective is to focus on what’s beneath all that. Try one of these tips or all of them, and we guarantee you will feel more centered, alive and naturally beautiful.

Believe You Are Beautiful…and it Will Be True

Step one of today’s tutorial… is to take all your makeup off, sit yourself in front of a mirror, and take five uninterrupted minutes to appreciate just how gorgeous you truly are. Try to find personal time and a quiet place where you will be able to enjoy the silence and stillness while taking in your own demeanor just as God created it. Stripped away of “tools,” tell yourself the features you have that are unique and lovely. What is your favorite thing about your face, skin, eyes, lips, etc.?

It’s even more reassuring to go as far as thanking yourself or complimenting your features out loud. We know it may not be for everyone, as it toes the line of some new age jiggy woo-woo, but if you’re open to it, you’ll be amazed at the power of talking to your own being. Practice finishing the phrase, “Thank you {blank} for {blank.}” Such as “Thank you nose, for the sweet way you upturn just slightly,” or “Thank you eyes for the flecks of green you have that sparkle.” Think of the session as a form of meditation, and by the end of a short 5-10 minutes, you should feel a renewed sense of peace and self-assurance…a state of being that will make you look younger right off the bat.

Feed Your Body the Nutrition it Needs

Water, whole food, vitamins…and repeat. One of the best ways to keep your teeth white and skin firm is to start from deep beneath the surface. The right food and sustenance is imperative to keeping all of your parts looking their best. Olive oil is great for keeping the skin soft and supple, green tea increases elasticity, and kale keeps your largest organ firm. Soft cheeses help your teeth stay white, and eggs will make your nails strong. Also recommit to taking in ALL the water you need every day, and make the multivitamin sitting on your shelf a consistent part of your daily routine.

Care for Your Skin From Head to Toe

Finding the right facial mask or peel for your skin type is a great way to start when you’re looking to go foundation-free. Once you’ve tested a few products out and you think you have a winner, start doing treatments to your face at least twice a week. Freeing your face from dead skin while cleaning pores and addressing any other skin issues you may have will create the gorgeous canvas needed to let your eyes, lips and other unique features pop. But remember that your face isn’t the only skin people see: using a mask or exfoliant for the rest of your body will make your showers more luxurious and more productive for you in the long run. There are also great DIY recipes all over the web to keep costs low.

Determine the Finishing Touches

Now that you’ve done everything you can to bring your inner beauty outward, decide what small physical elements would make you feel polished and put together even when you’re makeup free. Shaping your eyebrows by waxing or microblading, hydrating and styling your hair with organic products, and choosing your wardrobe thoughtfully are all great ways to express personal style and confidence without ever picking up a brush. This is especially liberating during the warm months of spring and summer—so give it a try today! It’s time to stop stressing that all your makeup will sweat off (because you’re not wearing any), wear that springy dress you weren’t sure you had the legs for, and work that hairstyle you’ve been obsessing about on Pinterest. We hope these tips will help you feel even more beautiful inside and out.