Renting a room out to stranger? Trying to make some cash on the side? Or, are you renting a room from a stranger to save some bucks? Either way, you'd better think it through before you do it. Here's the stuff you need to know (for both renter and reenter). The latest cool thing in hospitality is people renting out their houses, cottages, apartments, condos and even boats. And that's great. But, it's not like you sit back and just rake in the money. First of all, check line 17 on the cherished IRS 1040 form: Rental Real Estate. The government (Federal, state, city and county) are all your partners (isn't that special). And trust me, they are not doing the laundry or fixing that toilet. Then there is the hard part, you are responsible for that space, and if you are not on call 24/7, you need to have someone who is to deal with everything from lost keys to no hot water, from smoke detectors going off to no Wi-Fi. Stuff happens, as they say. All the freaking time. If you're set on listing your apartment, think through a few of these questions: Who is really cleaning the place (and are they washing Read more
This Mother's Day, do something a little different. Instead of a fancy gift, we suggest taking time to sit down with mom and share stories together. Perhaps you didn't know about your Mom's first crush, or her brief stint in marching band....There's a new way to get to know your mom and other loved ones all year around, and it's called StoryWorth.   A great gift idea, StoryWorth makes it easy and fun for you, your mom, or any other family member across generations to write and share stories about their lives, and share them with the people they love most. At the end of the year, StoryWorth can bind the stories you gather from your relatives across generations into a beautiful hardcover book to keep forever.   You’ll strengthen your bonds as you get to know your family members in a whole new way. Here’s how it works:   Each week, StoryWorth sends a story prompt, like “What's the best prank you’ve ever pulled?” or “What's the bravest thing you’ve ever done?” She responds with a story, either by writing back or recording by phone. You get the stories every week. Whenever she’s ready, her stories can be bound into a beautiful hardcover book. There's also a new StoryWorth companion Read more
With 14 mountain ranges, more than three million lakes, nearly 22 million acres of national forest and 20 national parks, preserves and monuments, Alaska is most definitely one of the wildest places on earth. Add in the wildlife, wild seafood and wild adventure and you have the perfect vacation destination for the family that loves to experience nature and the outdoors. One area that is especially known for its untouched wilderness is Denali National Park & Preserve. In the heart of the Alaskan Bush, Denali spans six million acres and is home to a large variety of wildlife, as well as North America’s tallest peak. Denali Park Village, just outside Denali National Park, is the best 'home base' destination for families to experience all things wild. The wildlife at and around Denali Park Village is just one of the many qualities that make the area memorable. Kids will enjoy seeing grizzly bears, caribou, moose and Dall sheep just roaming the wonders of the park. There are also over 150 species of birds including arctic tern, American golden plover, arctic warbler, willow, ptarmigan, and golden eagles that can be spotted in Denali. The wildlife is best seen by taking one of the interpretive land tours, such as Read more
Catching Fireflies – a Timeless Tradition No Comments
By Donnie Cranfill, author of “The Adventures of Camp Nana Papa” and founder of Do you remember the first time you caught fireflies? As a child, as soon as the weather warmed up and summer grew near, those first firefly sightings were something I looked forward too. I remember trying to catch as many as I could of those delicate bugs and placing them in a mason jar with small holes poked through the lid. I’d sit and hold that jar mesmerized by the beauty of those yellow blinking lights before releasing them back into freedom. Throughout my childhood, I never outgrew chasing fireflies. Even as a teenager my friends and I would go to Milliken Research Park, a 660 acre scenic campus in Spartanburg, SC, to watch fireflies. It’s a great open space, full of natural beauty – perfect for hanging out with your friends and sitting around talking while fireflies light up the space around you. Decades later, I still love fireflies. That first yellow blink of light each season brings back all those fond memories as a child. I’m not the only one who has great memories catching fireflies. When I was developing the characters for “The Adventures of Camp Nana Papa” story, Read more
Odysseo Flash Giveaway #OdysseoUT @Cavalia 16 Comments
UPDATED: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED   CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS Odysseo Flash Giveaway - be among the first to discover Odyssey by Cavalia in Salt Lake. If you live in Salt Lake City, you've more than likely driven by the big pop up tent for the Odysseo by Cavalier show. We've been watching the commercials on TV and seen the billboards, but weren't really sure what the Odyssey show was all about. It looks like it is part Las Vegas show and part circus. Our daughter is 5 years old and loves horses. This looks like a fantastic show to take her to. Does anyone else want to go? We are running a flash giveaway for only 24 hours to win a pair of tickets to see the show. You must be available to attend PRIZE: Two pairs (2 tickets per pair) of Gold category tickets. Valid for the Friday, April 22 show at 6:30PM (Mountain) in Sandy, Utah. We will pick the winner by tomorrow midnight Thursday April 21) COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER - Who would you take to the Read more
National Parks Week No Comments
There's something immensely calming about being outdoors. I've always enjoyed being able to go out with a nice book, lay a blanket down and spend an afternoon soaking up the sunshine. At least, that's what I like to do when the weather is nice. Now that Winter is retreating and Spring is fast approaching in my neck of the woods, spending more time outdoors has become a promising possibility. My family is already busy planning the sorts of outings we'll have now that the weather is warming up and we can actually spend more time outside rather than stuck indoors waiting for the snow to lift. Speaking of spending more time outside, I bet my readers weren't aware that it's National Park Week. Between April 16th and the 24th, there's no better time to pack up the family and make the trip to your closest national park. Did you know that national parks aren't limited to places like Yellowstone or Yosemite? You may think you knew all there is to know about national parks but in truth, they aren't limited to a handful of locations in the US. Yosemite and Yellowstone are only 2 of over 400 parks that are part Read more
Celebrate Earth Day with Go Adventure Mom + Giveaway 7 Comments
Earth Day is April 22 Mother earth is a beautiful place. Since the beginning of time earth has been home to mankind and its fellow inhabitants. For generations we've lived in harmony with the land but over the generations earth has lost its purity and progress took its toll on the land. Where the earth used to be untouched, now humans have made it their mission to tear down forests, build homes, buildings and hunt down earths animal inhabitants. Ever year the buildings get taller, the trees scarcer and the air thicker with pollution. As human beings, it is our job to put a stop to the desecration of our home and transform our planet into the healthy, clean place that it once was. There are many ways that we can aid in our ailing planet. To ensure that we nurture our home back to health we can take part in the smallest ways that can bring about big benefits to the planet we call home. Once a year 193 countries take part in a day long event with the purpose of helping to restore the earth to its former beauty. For over 46 years people worldwide have been celebrating the movement Read more
4 Simple Tips for Talking To Kids About Emotions No Comments
Talking to young children about how to understand, express and handle their emotions can be tricky, especially when the are little and aren't able to use their words. Sitting down a 2 year old after an angry episode in the middle of the hiking trail can be a challenge. We are working with our two year old to help him express his emotions better and thought this tips from emotional intelligence expert Rosie Linder would help you as much as they help me! Rosie shares: Make it comfortable and fun. It's not easy to get your toddler to sit down and even harder to talk about feelings and empathy. Try to make it engaging and playful, by for instance playing a game outside, using different tools like apps or simply use crayons and draw your thoughts and feelings. That way it's easier to explore your children's innermost thoughts. Example: Start by discussing how to express different emotions; Happiness, Anger, Greed, Fear. Draw the feelings together on different pieces of paper. If you're feeling creative you can even create a Feelings Tree.  Make sure not to judge. All emotions are allowed when you're discussing different scenarios or issues your children have experienced. For instance, they might have gotten Read more
Spring Cleaning No Comments
  Just a few short weeks ago our favorite groundhog predicted that the long winter we've been experiencing would be coming to a close. Spring is officially on its way! We can finally say goodbye to the cloudy weather and dreary days and welcome the sunshine back into our lives. Oh, how I've missed good sunshine. The patchy, inconsistent sunshine we've experienced over the last few months just doesn't come close to the natural heat and vibrancy that spring sunshine brings to our lives. In fact, I love the look and feel of natural light and sunshine so much, that when we remodeled our basement I made it my mission to install windows that would welcome as much of it into that part of our home as possible. As much as we love the natural light that now spills into our home, windows do require a lot of upkeep to keep them clean and keep the sunlight filtering through. Especially after all the snow we experienced this winter, our windows desperately needed a good cleaning. If you live in a state where there was a lot of snow then you know the struggle all too well. Snow has a tendency to leave Read more
9 Ways to be a Better Parent No Comments
  Being a parent is tough. There isn’t one book, one article, or one guide that tells you everything that works perfectly for your child or children. That’s because each child is uniquely made and requires a different approach to learning. However, you can always be a better parent. Here are 9 ways to be a better parent: Be an example to your kids: Most kids will learn through example. If you don’t want them to do something, then you shouldn’t do it either. Some things are for adults only and it may be ok for your child to do it when they are an adult (have a glass of wine), but make sure to explain this to your child. Actively listen to your kids: You kids may come home excited and rambling about their day, and get an “Oh,” “Uh-huh,” or “That’s nice” from you. If you want your kids to come talk to you about bigger problems or issues, the listening has to start when they're young. Instead, actively engage in the conversation by asking questions and getting excited about them. Speak calmly to your kids: It may be difficult not to hell in the heat of a situation, but Read more
27 Gorgeous Spring DIY Home Decor No Comments
With spring being in full bloom, I thought it might be a good idea to liven up my house for the season. I'm not much of a crafter, but found love to bring the outdoors inside. I went online for some nature inspired projects. Now, I'm now having a hard time deciding which crafts I should choose. They all look amazing so I decided to share them with you. I'm sure you'll find something you'd want to make in my DIY decorating projects for spring roundup. I absolutely love the ombre painted mason jars, they can definitely bring any room to life! From frames and flower pots to wreaths and paper flowers, there's something for everyone in there. If you need a bit of spring-themed inspiration for your crafts take a look at some of my favorite DIYs and let me know what you think! Petal Filled Shadow Box from Muslin & Merlot May Flowers: Crepe Paper Poppies 1.0 from Urban Comfort Pretty Polka Dot Flower Pots Craft Idea! from Mom 4 Real Painted Mason Jars†from Mason Jar Crafts Love Spring Inspired Striped Jars from The Crafted Sparrow Decoupaged Terra Cotta Pots from Place Of My Taste Springtime in Paris from Ash and Crafts DIY Dahlia Flower Read more
7 Airport Hacks to Make Flying Easier‏ No Comments
I absolutely LOVE traveling. I think it is absolutely amazing to be able to go around the world and see different places, see parts of history, and experience new cultures. However, I don't know about all of you but flying can be a huge hassle because of all of the steps and struggles that it take to get through the airport. Well, what if I told you that your airport experience could be much simpler and it will save you a whole bunch of time. Today I am going to be sharing with you 7 hacks that will make your airport experience much better.   1. Get There Early: It is so important to get to your airport early. You never know how long it will take to get through security and everything you need to do before boarding your flight, It is recommended to get there at least 1 hour early for domestic flights and 2 hours early for international flights. 2. Dress Accordingly: You don't want to dress too heavily because you will have to go through airport security and get everything checked out. Be sure to wear some slip on shoes because that is something you have to take off in security Read more
How to Use Your Tax Refund to Travel No Comments
Have you always wanted to travel? If you are getting a tax refund back this year, you can easily travel without worrying too much about your budget. Even if you are getting a large tax return back, you don’t want to spend it all on one vacation. There are several things you can do to make your travels more inexpensive. Check out these tips on using your tax refund to travel. Road Trip It’s pretty well known that you can stretch your money further by driving instead of flying. Flying can get super expensive unless you get a great deal on your tickets. Road tripping with your family may be stressful at times, but you’ll love it. Visit National Parks Since National Parks are free, this is a great way to stretch your tax refund for vacation. Visit National Monuments as you come to the National Parks. I think you’ll be amazed at how much is free in these parks. Just taking in the natural beauty is something that you’ll never forget. Give Camping a Try Camping instead of staying at a hotel room is another way to make your tax refund go further. Staying at a hotel can really eat into your vacation Read more
National Geographic Kids Mission: Polar Bear Rescue No Comments
When I was in middle school we watched a lot of videos for our geography class. Like the rest of my classmates I enjoyed these movies because it meant there was little to no actual classwork for that period and I could catch up on homework from another class or in some cases, if I was really brave, lay my head down and catch a few winks. Of course, there were the odd days that these videos were shown when I'd actually perk up and pay attention, especially if the videos had animals in them. Some of my favorite periods of Geography were when they showed clips from Antarctica or one time we watched a video about wildlife in Alaska. If there's one thing I love more than animals it's cold weather, so, two in one video was a good day for me. One of my favorite animals from when I was a kid was the Polar Bear. It probably all started when we visited my local Zoo and were able to see the Polar Bear on exhibit there. This was years ago of course but I still have some pretty vivid memories of when I was a child. Seeing the Read more
What to do for Utah Adventure Week this weekend No Comments
Utah Adventure Week wraps up with a few family friendly tips for this weekend. During Adventure Week, over 30 outdoor recreational activities have taken place. At Go Adventure Mom we believe in getting families outside. We know that somedays adventures are a simple nature walk or playing in the sandbox, but no matter where your adventure takes you, Go Adventure Mom knows having kids only ads to the adventure. Here few talking points focused around the adventures in our National Parks: National Parks Centennial this year: Celebrating 100 years of our parks Utah has 5 National Parks a. Plan a road trip to one of our National Parks! National Parks Week is April 16 - 22 with free Admission to National Parks b. Take your friends and family to see the new National Parks iMax Movie c. National Geographic Kids books focused on national parks (review on Go Adventure Mom and Giveaway for the book bundle - Funny Fill-in Books - National Parks Guide USA with amazing sights, scenes and cool activities from coast to coast - Junior Ranger Activity Book - Buddy Bison's Yellowstone Adventure d. Etsy has great National Parks Check Lists just search "National Parks Checklist" on Easy Connect with Kathy and Go Adventure Mom All social channels @GoAdventureMom and on Twitter @kathydaltonslc     If you're in Utah and Read more
3 Insider Tips For Capitol Reef National Park 2 Comments
Capitol Reef If your family is anything like ours, you probably love to travel. One of our favorite places is called Capitol Reef Country, Utah. This is a great place to have an adventure. We could easily spend a whole week here if time allowed for it. We were thrilled when Cooperize asked us to share our experience and honest options about Capitol Reef favorite things to do while in Capitol Reef Country. Here you’ll find everything from breakfast inns to restaurants to attractions for Wayne County, Utah. Biking Routes: While at Capitol Reef, one of our favorite things to do is by far the biking routes. There are all sorts of Mountain Biking Trails to check out. Of course there are easy ones and hard ones, you choose what suits your needs better. Multiple Physical Activities: I think what our family loves most about this place is the amount of physical activities that can be accomplished. And there’s something for everyone. We always take turns doing each other’s favorite activities. You can do everything from hiking, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, and so on. Services Available: If you are going to stay for a few days, you’ll need places to eat and drink. At Capitol Reef Country, you’ll Read more