Friday, October 24, 2014

Girls Night Out , Erins Night Out

I found a contest on a blog to enter to win tickets for Erin's Night Out, hosted by 100.7 FM which is a radio station I sometimes listen to. I thought I would enter to win and actually ended up getting an email saying that I had won 4 tickets! It turned out that we were supposed to be going to Albuquerque for the balloon fiesta but that got canceled pretty much last minutes - the day we were supposed to go - because of stormy weather. We ended up staying in SLC and I was able to go to this after all! My sister Laura and I went but we were not able to find anyone to use the other 2 tickets. 

I had to get 4 new tires on my car (a story for another day) and when I got done, I picked up Laura and we headed to the event. It was in a hotel and not in downtown SLC like I had thought. I had not looked at the details of the event too closely because I didnt think I would be able to go.


First we went to the room that had vendors set up and shopping. Shopping! So fun even if it was just looking and no buying. We did get free water bottles from RC Willey which was nice.


I paid $5 to get my nails painted. Since we got there a little later, the pedicure sign up sheet was full until the end of the night. Disappointing! I could have gotten a henna tattoo but there were about 10 people in line in front of me and we didnt have all night that we could spend waiting for things.

We did get some yummy dipped treats - they had marshmallows with 3 different kinds of chocolate. The picture on the website shows a bunch more to be dipped than just marshmallows but maybe they ran out of fruit by the time we got there. 

Then there was a short fashion show of some Halloween Costumes

There was music with a DJ, dancing, classes and a fire show outside with firefighters which we just missed and then we werent able to stay for the next round. Better luck next time!

Shelves of fire! I thought this was cool so Laura took my picture. Sadly we got no pictures together.

I love Chihuly glass art!


The view from above before we headed out


We stayed about an hour and a half total. There was kind of a lot to do but kind of not. I had mixed feelings about being here. I am glad we went but wish we had come earlier. It would have been fun to have 2 other people with us and gotten a hotel room for the night to go upstairs , watch tv and eat junk, sleep & go home the next day. Oh well, there's always next year if I happen to win tickets again but I dont think it would be an event I would pay to go to. It was cute to see the moms and their daughters there in matching pjs or slippers.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Blogger Party : My Minds Eye

Bloggers in Utah were invited to a paper company party at My Mind's Eye HQ in North Salt Lake to introduce their new paper line that is coming out and here are some pictures I took from the event! The two papers are Frightful and Sleigh Bells Ring.

I got to walk in to the building on gold carpet. GOLD!

Everything I saw was so fancy!

I loved the tiny balloons so much

Reminders for the hashtags (I usually take a pic of this or else I tend to forget)

Amazing!


Feeling fancy!


Pretty little cakes


So many treats in so many colors


DJ rockin' all of our favorite songs

I had to get cotton candy of course!


The view from above once most everyone was upstairs

We all got to decorate a little picture frame


There were giveaways (while I didn't win anything, I had friends that did!)

Awesome photo wall

As well as an awesome chalk art wall. Wheee


I thought this was cool.
It says "Work Hard, Stay Humble and Give Back"




The swag bags were so fancy and full of the new product line (some were Halloween and some were Christmas). So generous of My Minds Eye! Thank you thank you.

Awesome mini banners and paper decorations

Big thanks to my friend Aimee for driving us! It was great to see old friends at the event and meet new ones as well.

Monday, October 20, 2014

LDS Conference Weekend With Family

I am not too happy with myself for not taking more pictures when my family was in town for conference weekend but we were just having too much fun and so busy that I didnt really take many pictures but here are the ones I did take that I can share!

James arrived Thursday evening. He has visited Laura & I in Utah once before. Julianne , Shawn and Hailey arrived Friday evening and stayed at my place. They have never come to stay with us in Utah before.

We ate at Zupas Friday evening for dinner.

Hailey and Tony were playing a cup game.

They sucked the cups to their faces. It was a contest.

And then Tony's cup fell off his face. Hailey won. We were all laughing so much

Riley stayed entertained for awhile thanks to a phone and free wifi

Hailey had this ice cream cone with a lever that would cause the ice cream part of the cone to pop off at people. Super funny.

After we ate, Shawn and his friend went to see a movie and the rest of us  went to Gardner Village to walk around and check out what was going on there. We got there about 830 and they closed at 9 but we still had fun watching all the nighttime marathon runners and looking at the little shops.

Saturday was the first session of conference which started at 10am. James, Shawn and Julianne went downtown to watch conference with the tickets we had gotten them and Tony & I had Hailey at our house for a bit, then she and I headed to Laura's place for the afternoon session. I dropped off the afternoon tickets to everyone downtown. They had gone to the Gateway for lunch and wanted to be dropped off closer to the conference center which I managed to do without a ton of trouble. 

Reese taking an afternoon nap


Then he woke up and Hailey was so cute with him!


The afternoon session went by fast and everyone headed to my house eventually. Tony & Shawn watched the Priesthood session at the house and James went to temple square in hopes of getting a ticket to get in. Then he walked a mile to Charlie Chows when the session was over to meet us for dinner.

In the meantime, Julianne, Laura & I had so many things we wanted to do for girls night out! Waffle Luv, Tai Pan Trading, The Wood Connection, Quilted Bear, Deseret Book, Plato's Closet and Uptown Cheapskate. We only had 2 hours and we should have gotten started sooner. We went to Platos Closet first and then Deseret Book and entered their contest , hung out for a bit but it was pretty crowded. Quilted Bear was right next door so we stopped in and ran into our friend Nicole F. and her parents visiting from Woodland. Nice! That was so cool to see them. 

I was so excited about this owl that my eyes kind of disappeared. Oh gosh.

We were running out of time fast so we went to Uptown Cheapskate before heading home and then downtown for a late dinner.

Sunday morning selfie in the conference center...

Me, Julianne and James!

Me and Julianne
  

It was great to be in the conference center for the morning session. Sadly I did not see anyone I knew.


Soo many people outside after the morning session


Saying goodbye to Hailey and Julianne and Shawn. They had to head back to Idaho and then on to Washington. It was over all too soon and I was not ready to let them leave. I'm so glad they got to come and visit for a couple days though and go to conference.

James flew back to Arkansas early Monday morning and it was so good that he got to come and was able to get time off from work + his wife agreed to let him come.  He ended up staying with us all 4 nights which was fun. I love when family comes to visit!