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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Travel to Northern Utah

As summer winds down, children go back to school and cooler weather comes in take a moment for one final family vacation at a destination that holds adventure, beauty and fun for every member of the family. A trip to Northern Utah is just what the vacation gods ordered.

Not only is the area beautiful with spectacular snow-capped mountains, but it is home to a variety of activities and experiences. A vast majority of vacationers travel to Utah during peak skiing season, which is something the area is known for, but there’s a lot to do. Here’s a short list of some of the other favorite spots:

If you’re an animal lover then Antelope Island State Park is a perfect outing for you. Even if you aren’t it’s a definite must see because there’s so much to do. Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake is a 28,000-acre island that’s home to big horn sheep, pronghorn antelope, 250 species of birds, wild deer, coyotes, jackrabbits, and the popular bison who are more than 600 strong. You can take a wildlife safari, enjoy sea kayaking, relax on an island cruise or enjoy the experience on horseback.

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is a 74,000-acre location that hosts shorebirds and waterfowl on the banks of the Great Salt Lake. The property consists of open water, marsh, mudflats, wet meadows and ponds, and a center that features interactive bird displays where visitors can hear the sounds of birds, learn about the life forms in the refuge and purchase souvenirs to take the experience home with them.

Taking a horse-drawn wagon ride through the grounds of the American West Heritage Center is educational and entertaining. You’ll not only learn about blacksmithing, making apple cider and woodworking, but you’ll also see live demonstrations by volunteers dressed in period attire. Sit in a teepee, pull a handcart and participate in workshops… it’s all a wonderful taste of history.

Ogden’s George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park is a favorite of children and adults. It’s home to a collection of more than 100 prehistoric predators, marine animals and even flying reptiles. After checking out the grounds, the museum and the educational building, kids will love relaxing with a little play by sliding down the tree slide, begging for toys in the adventure shop or grabbing a snack at the cafĂ©.

For more information on what there is to see and do in Northern Utah, check out the Davis Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (or, of course, click on any of the links here) and schedule your trip today!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

A Clear Mind

I feel like I’ve been operating in a fog for the past few months. Between sleep deprivation and stressful situations my “on point” wit, organizational abilities and, somewhat, anal retentive ways have taken a vacation. That got me to thinking: How can I clear my mind?

Everyone has their own opinions about that. I could pray. That’s true. Meditate. My mind is not only unclear, but quite cluttered and busy thinking. Do yoga. I've wanted to start, but haven’t been able to fit it in. Hmm? What could the answer be? Then it dawned on me. I just need some sleep. Simple, huh? Nothing complicated – just some good ole fashioned ZZZs.

The thought of sleep prompted this poem. Yes, a poem. No, I didn’t lay down to go to sleep because I have a three month old with me 24 hours a day and when I’m not holding, burping or changing her I’m trying to work (freelancing or looking for work). So, the writer in me, decided to write a poem. It’s not the best, but I think – given my current unclear mind – it’s pretty good. Enjoy…

Sweet Sleep
It’s a fleeting feeling that hides from me
The inside of my eyelids I rarely see
Cries, whines and nursing invade the quiet space inside my head.
Deep slumber, slow breathes and the warmth of still sheets
Are all experiences I want to keep.
Nodding off has become a constant thing
Catnaps are coveted for the joy they bring
And a sweet sleep is all that it’s cracked up to be
I just can’t wait to experience it… endlessly.

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Moms handlin’ business

Here’s a shout out to all moms! You’ll never hear me debating who works more: the stay-at-home mom or the going-to-work mom (I don’t like the term “working mom” because all moms are working). Moms – as a whole – need to stick together. HOWEVER, today’s post is for the moms who work from home. It takes a special kind of balance, organization and dedication to run a business from home as well as care for the home and kids on a full-time basis. Some work-at-home moms are fortunate enough to be able to send their younger children to daycare or the sitters, but that doesn’t necessarily lighten their load. And there are others whose children are right along side of them while they do business.

I say, “Brava!” and to help out here are a couple of resources for all of you hardworking women:

While doing some research for my girlfriend who has her own childcare center I came across Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence, which has a program called Make Mine a Million $ Business®. The program is designed to help women entrepreneurs grow and build sustainable enterprises, create jobs and develop innovative products and services, and inspire them (one million of them) to reach annual revenues of 1 million dollars by the year 2010.

I think that’s an awesome initiative and I encourage women entrepreneurs to check out the program. On their site you’ll also find information about their Micro to Millions program. As I said, we have to stick together and what better way than a program such as this.

Also, check out “The Mom Investors Handbook” by Tamara Monosoff. She’s the inventor of the TP Saver (a device that keeps your children or pets from getting the toilet paper off the roll. Several moms have invented products that are making quite a bit of money. If you’re like me, you probably have a few inventions up your sleeve. Check out Tamara’s website and pick up a copy of her book (it’s a great read, by the way) and not only get your creative juices to flowing, but hopefully make a little money for you and your family.

Speaking of money… check back soon for my next post where I’ll be talking about women and money. More specifically: taking a proactive approach to securing your future.

Until next time… happy mom-ing.
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