Wednesday, July 1, 2015

3 Reasons To Love British Soccer Camp

This is a sponsored review via US Family Guide.
I received a product & am now sharing my honest review.

Soccer camp has come and gone and I can't say enough about it!

P's confidence soared during his week of practicing.  He laughed and was happy.  He got to be himself without B hovering over him.  The Challenger Sports program focuses on building skills, but also teamwork, and belief in self all while having fun.  It was a fantastic choice for him and I think will be for your kids, too.  

Focus on Relationships
The very first day the coaches had the kids "hugging it out" as they warmed up around the soccer field.  There were lots of high fives. Every activity had an element that involved encouraging or working with the other kids on the team.

Building Confidence
Remembering that P came to soccer camp with no apparent soccer skills, I was unabashedly surprised to watch him on the 2nd day proudly performing each soccer skill the coach asked him to do.  He was doing them with some finesse and without the look we're used to seeing that says, "Well, someone else can do that better, so I'm not any good."  He ran fast, and then faster when another kid pulled ahead.

The entire week, P only had one activity he didn't want to try.  It involved balancing a bean bag on his head while kicking the ball, and while beanbags were falling off heads all over the place, he absolutely did not want to try and fail.  I felt sad for him, but watched as the coaches treated him the same as they did in the activities he thrived at-they encouraged him, they showed him how to do it again, but they did not make his refusal to participate into a spectacle.  As soon as the activity was over, he still felt comfortable with them and the other kids and went right back to laughing and trying his best.  

In addition to the physical skills, the Challenger Sports program also puts an emphasis on developing a child's inner confidence.  More than once during the week the kids gathered around their coaches and traded turns standing in front of the group and sharing a joke.  It can be a scary thing, but after each joke the kids and coaches all clapped and laughed and shouted praise.  Kids who had stood up timidly, sat down beaming from ear to ear!

Games, Not Winning
The focus on winning in American youth sports is one of the primary reasons our family has not made organized sports a priority.  We  try to teach our kids the importance of learning skills and developing a love for an activity even when it's not going well.  My biggest pleasure with the Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp is that they never "played a game" of soccer.  Doesn't make sense, does it?  I loved it!

The two camp groups I watched playing each day ranged from 3-6 and 7-10 and they played fun games for an hour and half each day.  The coaches taught them a skill and then implemented it into a relay race or a cone drill or a game of make believe.  One day they were retrieving ice cream cones, the next traveling on world-wide adventures, and the next re-enacting their favorite scenes from Toy Story.  My absolute favorite was a pirate game that involved these 4 elements...



I am sure that as kids get older and advance through the Challenger Sports program, there does become more of a focus on the actual game of soccer.  I, though, could not be more grateful for the emphasis at a young age on skills and having fun.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Celebrate Utah's Dinosaur Heritage: Jurassic World Giveaway

When Jurassic Park came out I was a Midwestern girl who'd never seen a dinosaur bone.  Wow, how the world has changed!  Now, with an even bigger dinosaur movie about to premier, I'm living only minutes from one of the world's largest dinosaur museums and take the kids fossil hunting every time we go out hiking.  It's exciting to be teaming up this week with the gals at The Salt Project to bring you an epic dinosaur giveaway...

Did you know that Utah is a Dinosaur Fossil gold mine?! I mean, Utah, it's a big deal.

So big in fact, that the Utahraptor was found right here in Moab, Utah. That's right people, we have our own dinosaur. It's also a cousin of the Velociraptor in Jurassic Park. Utah has a lot of dinosaur history, so we've compiled a list of our favorite Dinosaur Museums. You'll definitely want to add these museums to your summer bucket list.

Natural History Museum of Utah | Salt Lake City

The Natural History Museum of Utah has the world's largest and only display of 14 ceratopsian (horned) dinosaur skulls. The Museum collection is super unique because nearly all the specimens are from Utah and at least 15 of them are new to science since 2000!

They also have the Lythronax (similar to tyrannosaurus) that was found in Southern Utah and can only be found on display here in Utah!

Museum of Ancient Life | Thanksgiving Point | Lehi

The Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point has 60 complete dinosaur skeletons and is one of the largest dinosaur museums in the world. You've probably driven by it and seen the giant tyrannosaurus rex on the building.

Ogden Eccles Dinosaur Park | Ogden

Tucked in the mouth of Weber Canyon, you'll find dinosaurs hidden throughout the brush by the Weber River. Watch paleontologist clean off fossils or dig for some gems in the cave. The Jurassic-World-like playground will have your kids playing for hours!

St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site | St. George

This museum just opened up in 2000 and is family-friendly. It's built over dinosaur footprints that you can see through the floor. Best part? The footprints were found right here in Utah. It's a small museum, but it is jam packed with fossils! Be sure to schedule a tour, we hear that's the way to visit.
National Geographic just did a story on all the new species that are coming out of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Southern Utah and all the pieces are sent to the Utah Museum of Natural History. Pretty cool right?

So cool in fact, that we've got a giant giveaway!


We will have five winners! Thanks to our amazing sponsors! This giveaway has a little bit of something for every age. Baby, littles, teens and adults will all love this giveaway.

Thanksgiving Point : Tickets
Megaplex Theatres : Movie Passes & Large Popcorn
The Salt Project : 2 Adventure Packs
LeggyBlondeShop : Dinosaur Planter
LovelyLettersDesign : Dinosaur Party Invites and Thank You Cards
SnuggleMeDesigns : Dinosaur Hooded Towel
Cloud9Craftss : Jurassic Park Movie Poster
LittleSaplingToys : Dino Teethers

Here's how the bounty will be divided.  We will have 5 winners.

The Grand Prize Winner
5 Tickets to the Natural History Museum of Utah
5 Tickets to Thanksgiving Point's Museum of Ancient Life
2 Movie Passes & Large Popcorn from Megaplex Theatres
2 Salt Project Adventure Packs
First Choice to 2 other prizes
1 Dino Teether
1 Potter Pack

Second Place
5 Tickets to the Natural History Museum of Utah
5 Tickets to Thanksgiving Point's Museum of Ancient Life
2 Movie Passes & Large Popcorn from Megaplex Theatres
Second Choice to 1 other prize
1 Dino Teether

Third Place
4 Tickets to the Natural History Museum of Utah
2 Movie Passes & Large Popcorn from Megaplex Theatres
Third Choice of 1 other prize
1 Dino Teether

Fourth Place
4 Tickets to the Natural History Museum of Utah
2 Movie Passes & Large Popcorn from Megaplex Theatres
Fourth Choice of 1 other prize
1 Dino Teether

Fifth Place
2 Tickets to the Natural History Museum of Utah
2 Movie Passes & Large Popcorn from Megaplex Theatres
Fifth Choice of 1 other prize
1 Dino Teether

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Giveaway: Trail Ride for 2 at This Is the Place Heritage Park

If you haven't yet, make sure to check out my husband's first post on A Local Wander.  
He's telling all about the great time he had at This Is the Place Heritage Park with B on horseback.  

30 and 60 minute trail rides are offered at the park Monday through Saturday, 9:30am-6:30pm.
Well-trained horses are suitable for ages 5 & up and all skill levels.

Trail rides do include admission to Heritage Village and all the activities there.

We are so excited to be offering the chance for two of our readers 
to take a 30-minute trail ride
 at This Is the Place Heritage Park...

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