Summer Bucket List 2018 | Camping in Utah

Our family enjoys being outdoors.  We like to go hiking and take walks at the park.  Jason and the kids like going on bike rides and as you know, I'm a runner.  However, we just recently started going camping as a family.  I guess you can say we are officially "outdoorsy" now ;) To check out my 5 tips for camping with kids, go HERE

Anyhow, we'd been camping twice and both times to the same place, Navajo Lake in Utah, so for this year's camping trip we decided we'd try someplace new.  We made reservations to a campsite in Central Utah called Kents Lake.  We went with 3 other families, all of which had also been with us on our last camping trip.  We arrived on a Thursday afternoon and spent 2 nights sleeping in tents and enjoying the fresh air.  The weather was a bit warmer than our last trips, but we appreciated it at night.  We had one afternoon of showers and hail, which put a slight damper on our lunch and made Elysse freak out, but it cleared up pretty quickly and all was well again! 

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The main highlight for our family was Diego catching his first fish on the lake! It was so special to see his face light up! Huge thanks to the family fishing next to them for sharing their secret weapon with us and helping him figure out what to do once he'd caught it.  

The camp site was fine, but I wouldn't recommend it as it didn't have flushing toilets.  Now, I understand we're camping and all, but flushing toilets are a basic necessity for me.  They had vault toilets, which is really just an outhouse.  Also, compared to Navajo Lake, there wasn't too much to do around the campsite or on the lake.   Of course, when you're camping with 13 other people and you are all good friends, you don't need much more than that!  We still had a really good time with lots of laughs and new memories were made.  We can't wait to go camping again together, just not at Kent's Lake this time.  We're thinking of changing it up and doing some beach camping in Southern California next summer. What's your favorite camping spot? Have you been camping at the beach? Let me know in the comments below.  

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Summer Bucket List 2017: In Review

Summer has come and gone and we're finally out of the triple digit temperatures here in Las Vegas! Kids have been in school for a month and our days are packed and busy again.  Anyone else out there ready for a break already?!? 

I thought I'd go back and relive a little bit of our summer fun! As you all know, we've been putting together a summer bucket list for years now, but I think this year's was a little too ambitious and it's no surprise we didn't get to do everything on the list.  Some things we didn't do together as a family, such as the grandparents taking the kiddos to Dave & Buster's while we were away in Napa and Jason taking the kiddos to the drive in movies while I had book club.  Diego got to go to Wet N Wild water park with some friends and I took Elysse to Gravady Trampoline Park last weekend with her friend. Sure we didn't get a chance to try rolled ice cream, but we did enjoy plenty of ice cream this summer, including the famous Salt n Straw in Portland! YUMmmm! Although we didn't get to visit Zion National Park, we did visit  Sand Hollow Sate Park in Utah.

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We'll have to try to get to doing some ice skating this winter, try to get a camping trip in this spring, even if it's close to home in Mount Charleston, and Spring Mountain Ranch Super Summer Theater will be back on the list for summer 2018! 

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Hope your summer was fun and that you got to spend time together as a family and make some messy memories together!! XO 

Summer Fun at Pinot's Palette

Last week I was invited to a fun family blogger painting event at Pinot's Palette in Boca Park.  This would be the first time the kiddos went to a painting event, so I was really excited to share this experience with them.  Jason and I had a blast the last time we painted together.  

The event was held in their "open studio" style.  We received a blank 10X10 canvas and we got to choose from lots of options which picture we would paint.  We got written instructions with step-by-set pictures and the specific colors of paint we'd need for our individual masterpieces.  They hold these types of classes once a month at each of their 3 studio locations throughout Las Vegas for only $20.  It's a fun and relaxed way to practice your painting in a less structured setting and the written instructions are easy to follow.  

At first, Diego was getting a little frustrated because his painting wasn't coming along exactly like the sample but, he chilled out after a bit and really enjoyed the process. And, his finished painting turned out really nice.  Elysse was intent on doing her painting with little help and I'm proud to say she did a great job all by herself.  We cannot wait to do it again soon! 

With our crazy hot summers here in Vegas, this is definitely a nice option for a family activity.  It allows you to unplug, enjoy time together as family, and it's indoors with A/C ;) They're also offering kids camp for ages 7+ this month! 

They're offering some discount codes for It's a Messy Life readers for July and August:

FamilyFun - By 3 seats to any Family Day class, get one free ($25 value)

DateNightFun - Buy one seat at any $39 public class, get one at half price ($19.50 value)

These codes are valid for each of their 3 locations at The District, Boca Park, and Town Square.  Check out their class schedule HERE.  Enjoy!