Labor Day Weekend Fun at Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Competition

I have received complimentary tickets in exchange for sharing this information.

There are so many things going on in Utah over Labor Day Weekend. Our family has decided to spend a day at the Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Competition and think you might like to be there as well!  Here are a few activities to entertain the all ages:

Sheepdogs, of course, with sheep herders from 6 different countries.

Splash dogs, flying dogs, and agility dog courses.

  • Utah State Highland Games Championships (9 competitions with roots in Scottish and Celtic history)
  • Bee Keeping Demonstrations
  • Information on Backyard farming, gardening, and canning
  • Weaving, Wool Spinning,  & Sheepdog training demonstrations
  • Earthwings Raptor Show
  • Wild Wonders Animal Show
  • Bagpipe Perfomances
  • Greek, Basque, Canadian, Mexican, and Hawaiian Foodstands
  • A children's area full of coloring, activities, and a chance to milk a makeshift cow.

Tickets are available to purchase online or at the gate. Purchase online and receive a FREE $10 poster at the gate. Parking is $5 and benefits the Soldier Hollow youth programs. 

Tips for attending: Bleachers are available for watching the competition, but lawn chairs are also allowed. An area is also available to set up a canopy tent. 

     Friday, Saturday, and Sunday tickets can be upgraded to attend the championship on Monday as well. 

Want to win tickets? We've teamed up with Homeschool Opps & Outings to bring you this giveaway: 

See you there!

Great Time to Be Buying National Parks Memorabilia

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I'm curious, do you spend time exploring the visitor center while you are visiting the national parks? Our family usually has great intentions to (at least to run in and get our junior ranger packets), but too many times we get so absorbed in what we are seeing that we miss closing time. My kids hate me a lot of the time. Missing closing time means they miss looking through the gift shop at all the cool park related books, games, and toys.

The eParks website has more than once been my saving grace. I watch the clearance, and I watch for good deals. Right now eParks is having a 20% off sale (read to the end of this post for code), as well as some other great shopping incentives. This is huge as some of these items in a park visitor center will NEVER go on sale. Below I'm sharing some of the items that have my caught my eye...

The National Parks Passport  is guaranteed to never be on sale at a national park visitor center, so grabbing it today for the 20% off is an amazing deal. You can get it for less than $8.00!  The passport contains information about every national park with color pictures and maps and spaces to fill with national park cancellation stamps. It's a great record for all your national park adventures! And don't forget to grab the youth passport as well. 

Want to track your digital visits as well? The new national park passport app makes it easy to keep track of the places you've already visited.

For our family the worst part about missing visitor center hours is also missing our opportunity to buy the patch for the park we are in. Several years ago the boys each made a banner to hang their junior ranger badges on, and since then we've made it a tradition to buy a patch to commemorate our trip to the park as well. I love knowing that if we miss one, I get one on eParks when we get home. As of my writing this post, they have 312 park patches to choose.  

The same is true for window decals, and I especially want to grab one of these...

This isn't a park we've been to yet, but these cards would be so helpful in teaching the kids an important part of our nation's history....
And these are toys my boys would definitely be begging for if we were in the store...

Here's how to get the good deals: 

1. Visit eParks and shop around. Use code EXPLORE20 at checkout to receive 20% off your entire purchase. 


2. Online Special. Shop & Save $5.00 off your order of $25 or more. Use coupon code SAVE5. Coupon Code: SAVE5

3. After a purchase of $10 or more you'll receive an offer for a FREE Shutterfly photo book to create a beautiful reminder of your next national park visit!

Winter Vacation Planning in Steamboat Springs

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We have 1 little guy who has quickly picked up some great ski skills, and even though it's still the middle of summer, I'm making plans for getting him out on the slopes this winter as much as possible. One of the destinations on our bucketlist? Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Although we often look for off-the-beaten pass lodging, I'm intrigued by the ski-in/ski-out opportunities available at the Chateau Chamonix, Mountain Resorts' vacation property.  Sitting directly on the slopes of Steamboat's Mt Werner, it looks like the ideal location for a Rocky Mountains vacation.

A huge plus? It is only steps away from the Steamboat Snow School, where I would love to enroll all the kids.  In addition, the Chateau Chamonix has an indoor/outdoor pool, hot tubs, sauna, fitness center and a complimentary shuttle for a quick trip to the grocery store or downtown Steamboat Springs. 

The condominium layout will still allow us to feel like we're staying independently with a full kitchen, gas fireplace, washer/dryer and wireless Internet. But there are also complimentary hot beverages and pastries, as well on-slope ski valet and storage to make the stay as comfortable and relaxing as possible. 

Here's why I'm expecially thinking about a Steamboat Springs vacation right now...

Book your winter vacation to Steamboat Springs early and receive up to 35% off lodging and 30% off lift tickets. 

Also, if you book and pay in full by August 31 you may be eligible for a lodging credit of $100-400. This early booking offer is available at all 350-plus Mountain Resorts managed Steamboat Springs vacation rentals. Click Here to See All Special Offers -