Disney on Ice – Giveaway!

Giveaway #1THE WINNER IS: Lesley Mitchell said… I follow you on GFC!lesleymitchell52@yahoo.com CONGRATS Lesley!! Email me at TheSurvivalMama@gmail.com Leave a comment below for your chance to win a Family Four Pack of tickets to see Disney on Ice presents Let’s Celebrate when it comes to Salt Lake City in March. Mandatory entry: Follow Me on Google Friend Connect Additional entry: Follow Me on Twitter Additional entry: Like Me on FacebookAdditional entry: Post this contest on your Facebook or Twitter Leave a comment for each entry (or let me know you already follow me) – and check back often – There are giveaways on February 14th, 21st and a final giveaway on February 28th.THE WINNER FOR THIS CONTEST WILL BE ANNOUNCED FEBRUARY 7TH, 7 PM Disney on Ice presents Let’s Celebrate will have the following performances: Wednesday March 9 @ 7 PM Thursday, March 10 @ 7 PM Friday, March 11 @ 4 PM and  @ 7:30 PM Saturday, March 12 @ 11 AM and 2:30 PM and 6:30 PM Sunday, March 13 @ 11 AM and 2:30 PM and 6:30 PM Good Luck!! Wickers Thermal Underwear – as seen on the History Channel’s ‘Modern Marvels’ Share...

My Neighborhood Failed with a Walkscore of 37

My neighborhood failed. I’ve lived here for almost 5 years, and while our neighborhood has experienced a lot of growth within the last few years, I’m very clear it’s not walkable. I can walk to the grocery store, a pizza shop, and a Wendy’s. That’s about it. I found this great site that will calculate The Walk Score where you live. Just enter your address and it will show you what is within a reasonable walking distance (as if you didn’t already know) and scores you against other neighborhoods. Fail for mine. Hope yours does better. (and mine finds a way to score a bit better) Wickers Thermal Underwear – as seen on the History Channel’s ‘Modern Marvels’ Share...

Bundling Mamas for Snowmobiling

Layering for Winter Activities After yesterday’s post about bundling kids for outdoor adventure and snowmobiling, I had a few requests for what my layers look like when we go snowmobiling. (ok, ok, that’s TOTALLY not me) First, let me start by saying I’m never more than 3 feet from the fireplace, and usually in a sweatshirt, fleece pants, and thick socks (in the Winter, it’s MUCH worse). I’m ALWAYS cold. Always. When Rockstar asked me to go snowmobiling with him the first time, I thought he was out of his mind. Then I had a BLAST! Snowmobiling is the one winter activity I will bundle up for because I love it so much. But, if I ever get cold during a ride, the fun is over in a hurry. Here’s how I layer to stay warm – and most important DRY while we’re riding snowmobiles. BOTTOM: Layer #1: Nylons. I’m not sure why they’re such a great insulating layer, but I notice a HUGE difference when I wear them. Layer #2: Long Johns. I scored an awesome new pair from Cuddl Duds and tried them last trip and I’m impressed. They’re incredibly thin, but very warm. Every penny you spend here will be worth double when you’re in the middle of a ride!! Layer #3: Snowboard pants. Yes, these are an inner layer because like I said yesterday, there’s snowmobile-waterproof, and there’s snowboard-waterproof. If you ride sleds in snowboard gear, you will hate your day and will freeze! But, as an inner layer, they’re incredibly warm and comfy. Layer#4: Thin Socks. Layer #5: Thick Socks. (I steal Rockstar’s) TOP: Layer...

Not Quite Randy – Bundling Kids for Snowmobiling

Cold Weather Wear for Kids My kids might not look quite like Randy when we head up the mountain, but some days, it’s pretty close. Since we’re not exactly building snowmen in the yard, 3 feet from warmth and hot chocolate, I’ve had to be fairly inventive about layering them to survive a 3-hour snowmobile trip up the mountain. Last week’s weather was a balmy 29 degrees – a heat wave compared to the 0 on New Year’s Day – but I layered just the same, because around here you just never know. Layer #1: Mama’s dress socks. Seriously. They look like they’re wearing thigh high stockings, and that’s exactly the layer I’m looking for. Pantyhose/nylons are a great first layer. Layer #2: Sweats. Sure, I could go out and spend $30 on long johns that will fit them for one season, but it’s SO much easier to use their sweats, and they get the same warmth factor. Layer #3: Sweats. Nope, not a duplication. I put one thin pair of sweats on and follow them with a thick pair. I think sweats are warmer, and more comfy – both which keep my kids from getting cranky. Layer #3: Sweats. Kind of. I put the 4 year old in a pair of nylon running pants, with a slick outer covering and fuzzy inside.  Layer #4: Thin socks. Layer #5: Thick socks. Layer #6: Long sleeve tshirt.  Layer #7: Short sleeve tshirt. Minus layer #3 – I’ll put them in the car at this point. The rest goes in a gear bag, and I put it on when we get...

In the beginning….there were chickens – Guest Post

Revellie is back!  Since I’m hanging out at the Energy Solutions arena this morning collecting canned food for the Utah Food Bank, Revellie was gracious enough to step in and entertain you. (don’t forget, if you swing by the arena between 6 and 9 am, and bring 10 cans of food, you’ll get a FREE pass to the Disney on Ice show coming in March!) For my second blog, I thought I would start where Josh and I started…Chickens. Backyard chickens have been a recent hot topic for us hip urban convenience environmentalists (don’t get upset…I am lumping myself in there too).  This IS a good thing though on many levels (click on the links below for more information – that was the plan but then I found http://www.mypetchicken.com/backyard-chickens/chicken-care/chapter-1-why-chickens.aspx which pretty much summed it up for me).    •    Chickens are pretty awesome and personable creatures.    •    Happy eggs come from happy chickens.    •    Stickin’ it to the Man.    •    Grateful gardens. We started off with 4 chickens and a converted rabbit hutch (basically a rabbit hutch with the front panel cut out and 2 laying boxes attached). We were worried about them flying away and neighborhood cats getting wind of them so we locked them in the hutch at night. We actually did lose a one of our Leghorns one evening. Josh and I wanted to look in the neighbors back yards but did not know how to start that conversation with them.  Later we found the chicken in a tree (something we still laugh about today). Then we found a very inexpensive dog run on our local community ad site (similar...