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Here is a quick weekend post for you. I heard about a fantastic promotion that is going on if you live here in Utah and want to take your kids out for a fun outing (or your husband). The Broadway musical Mary Poppins is playing in Salt Lake City at Capitol Theater and you can get tickets 2 for the price of 1. Just use this link and the coupon code utahmama.

Here are the dates and prices:

Thursday, September 1st matinee
Original price $62.50 = with offer $31.25
$42.50 = $21.25

Saturday, September 3rd evening
$85 = $42.50
$65 = $32.50

Sunday, September 4th matinee
$65 = $32.50

Sunday, September 4th evening
$55= $27.50

The recommended age is 6 and older. For those of you who don’t live in Utah, I’ll let you know if I hear of anything else.

I love both of these cake paintings, probably because of the subject. For our recent cake stand giveaway  we asked for your favorite cake flavors. I thought it would be fun to tally the results. From over 800 responses, here are the top 31 cake flavors (do you see your favorite?):

1. Chocolate (by a landslide)
2. Lemon
3. Carrot
4. Red Velvet
5. White
6. Yellow
7. Strawberry
8. Coconut
9. German Chocolate
10. Funfetti
11. Cheesecake
12. Banana
13. Tres Leches
14. Orange
15. Pineapple
16. Peanut Butter
17. Apple
18. Almond
19. Spice
20. Key Lime
21. Ginger
22. Caramel
23. Angel
24. Hummingbird
25. Cherry
26. Butter
27. Guava
28. Champagne
29. Pumpkin
30. Oatmeal
31. Black Bottom

Here a few unique cakes, each listed only once:
Custard Apple
Better Than Sex
Boston Cream
Ice Cream Cake

Painting #1 by Wayne Thiebaud; painting #2 by Paul Ferney.

Our Butterfly Lunch was recently included in the darling Styled. magazine, created by Victoria Hudgins at A Subtle Revelry. We wanted to share it with you as well, as a fun springtime activity or birthday party idea.

If you’re heading to the park or just having a picnic in your back yard, this hobo style lunch with an extra surprise will make an ordinary day special. So simple to make, all you need is a butterfly net, a magnetic butterfly, and a bandanna or 21” square piece of fabric. You can buy magnetic butterflies or make your own by gluing a small magnet to the back of a faux butterfly. Pack up a lunch into the netting of the butterfly net and tie opposite corners of fabric together to help support the weight of the lunch. Secure the knot with a clothespin and stick the butterfly to it. Once you arrive at your destination, your child can untie the fabric from their net and use it as a place mat while they eat their lunch. This will reveal the surprise, a butterfly net for post lunch play time. In case the butterflies aren’t out, attach the magnetic butterfly to the metal rim of the net. Your child will have fun catching (or pretending to catch) butterflies while you enjoy the sun and a good book.

Sources: butterfly net,; butterflies,; sandwich bag,; red and white box liner sheets, So Delish. ©One Charming Party.

This is a test picture. We are messing with files. Let me know if this picture looks better than the one below.

Make a special Valentine’s Day dinner at home for your kids (or your sweetie). Add some heart shaped pepperonis to a store bought or homemade pizza. It’s so easy. Just buy sliced pepperoni, cut heart shapes out with a small cookie cutter, and add to the pizza before cooking. This is would be a sweet addition to any Valentine’s Party as well.

Photo by Sara Westbrook.

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