April 12, 2017

Traveling with Children

Traveling with Children the Stress-Free Way
One of the greatest parts of being a parent is getting to explore new places and share new experiences with kids. Getting to see the world the way they do is truly amazing! However, bringing the kids along to visit new places can also make traveling much more difficult.

Traveling involves a lot of breaks in action and downtime. Whether driving or flying, a lot of the trip can be spent waiting. Children can’t be expected to have the patience and understanding of an adult, so traveling with them can prove to be difficult. The following tips can help to make traveling with kids more relaxing and carefree.

Keep them involved
This will look different depending on the age of the child. For younger kids, this can be as simple as talking about the colors and shapes of everything you see. Older kids may enjoy taking pictures, keeping a travel journal, or drawing some of the sites they see along the way.
Bring along snacks
Who doesn’t get grumpy when they’re hungry? To avoid having to stop more than necessary, pack lots of snacks that are high in protein and low in sugar. Of course, a sweet treat or two along the way is ok, too.

Limit downtime
Downtime is where a child’s patience is tested the most. Once kids start getting antsy after a long period without excitement, it may be time to stop off and have an adventure. Exploring rest stops, local shops, and parks are small breaks that will have a big impact.

Have a loose schedule
Those who have a regimented schedule at home will have to loosen up during a trip. However, it’s important to have at least a bit of a similar flow to each day. Napping, eating, and sleeping should all be done around the same time each day, especially for young children.

Traveling with children doesn’t have to be an insurmountable task. With a bit of planning and patience, kids can enjoy the journey just as much as the destination all while keeping parents sane.

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April 5, 2017

Packing Light

How to Pack Light for your Next Trip
Preparing for a trip can be exciting, but also a bit nerve-wracking. Travelers want to be sure to pack everything they’ll need without packing too much. There is certainly a delicate balance that must be achieved when traveling for a trip. Oftentimes, travelers will grossly over pack, not wanting to leave behind anything they might find useful. Having the mindset that they want to have everything they could possibly need will lead them to over pack. While over packing isn’t the worst thing in the world, it can certainly make traveling more difficult and packing much more stressful. The following tips help to ensure that travelers will bring everything they need and nothing they don’t, which makes for a more easygoing packing and traveling experience.


Start with Necessities

Every traveler will have a different definition of what a necessity is. While one traveler may consider makeup to be a necessity, another may not even have makeup on their packing list. For the sake of carefree and light packing, necessities should be items that are used daily. This will look different for each traveler, but below is a general list of items that are commonly considered to be necessities.

Prescription Medications
Personal Identification and other Paperwork (Visa, Passport, Vehicle Documents)
Cellphone and Charger
Toiletries (Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Soap, Shampoo, Hair Brush, Makeup)
Outfit for Each Day (Pants, Shirt, Underwear, Socks)

Again, these are the basic items that may be considered necessities for most travelers. Everyone needs and uses different things daily, so necessities will vary from person to person. Those wishing to get a better idea of what their necessities are can be mindful of everything they use regularly for a few days before their trip to be sure they are truly bringing things they need. As a rule of thumb, if it takes more than ten seconds to decide if something is needed or not, it should be left at home. Bringing along items because they “might” be worn or they “may” come in handy is a sure way to over pack.

Consider Planned Activities
All packing lists will look different depending on the type of vacation travelers are planning. If their daily activities will involve lounging on the beach or by the pool, a few basic cool outfits and a bathing suit should suffice. However, for those who are planning a more action-packed vacation, the packing list may become more extensive.
Before a trip begins, it is important to have the trip planned to get a comprehensive list of items needed and avoid taking anything unnecessary. This is where great planning skills are key. When a traveler knows what they will be doing on most days they will be more able to pack efficiently.
A great way to pack everything needed is to make a list of the days of the trip, then the activities that will be done on each day, and, below that, the items needed for the activities. As plans change this list should be updated so that no extra items are brought along. This is a great way to not only be prepared, but also to avoid the hassle of over packing.

Check the Forecast
Of all the things that play a role in what will be packed for a trip, the weather is the most impactful. Whether embarking on a winter journey or relaxing in a tropical paradise, travelers will want to have a basic knowledge of the local forecast before packing.
Obviously, when traveling to warmer areas travelers will want to have lighter, cool clothes and, for cold areas, they will want extra layers. However, the impact of the weather goes much deeper than that. It is a great idea to look up the local forecast of the destination to see if it will be rainy, windy, humid, or have vastly different temperatures from day to day. There is nothing worse than showing up expecting highs in the 90s only to realize the temperature will be in the 70s. This can be avoided by searching for the local forecast and packing accordingly.
If the weather is being unpredictable, travelers should pack a few pieces that will layer over their basic wardrobe. For example, if temperatures are fluctuating from the 60s to the 90s, a basic wardrobe can be prepared for the 90 degree days, with an extra jacket added in for the 60 degree days. There is no need to have multiple outfits for each day if travelers plan accordingly and pack useful layers.

Enjoy the Trip
Once the bags are packed, the only thing left to do is head out and enjoy a relaxing vacation. By packing light, the vacation can be even more relaxing. Keeping bags light using these great light packing tips will reduce packing stress, make travelers feel more confident in their packing selections, and, best yet, there will be less to worry about unpacking once the vacation is over. Start the vacation off the right way by packing the perfect amount for any trip.

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February 4, 2014

Huntsman World Senior Games

A world-class, international, senior athletic sports competition that promotes worldwide Peace, Health, Friendship, and fun! The Huntsman World Senior Games offers 27 sports for men and women ages 50 and better. All skill levels of competition are available, and no pre-qualification is necessary.

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St. George Fourth of July Celebration

Bring your blanket and enjoy some quality time relaxing with family and friends. There will be craft booths, organized games, the 4th of July Downtown Parade, and Fireworks–all at Vernon Worthen Park!

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Cotton Days Celebration

More than 135 years ago, Washington City was the birthplace of the Southern Utah Cotton Mission. Today, Washington City continues to enjoy its reputation as a leading city in Washington County community. The annual Cotton Days Festival is a family friendly event that celebrates the heritage of this great city.

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Dixie Escalante Kite Festival

The Dixie Escalante Kite Festival provides a wholesome, uplifting, family-oriented event that is free and open to the public. This event promotes reading as a habit and encourages students to engage in family-oriented physical activity.

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St. George Arts Festival

April 5 – 6, 2013

The event known as the “Friendliest Festival in the West” is held the Friday and Saturday of Easter weekend and hosts a variety of fine art and artists. Started over 30 years ago, you’ll find food, entertainment and special children’s fun.

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Midnight 5K

St. George Midnight 5K

Come experience a spectacular night run on a spectacular course. THIS EVENT IS A CAN’T MISS RACE WITH LOTS OF ROCKING TUNES, GLOWING GIVEAWAYS, AND GLOW AWARDS! Pre-registration is accepted until Friday, May 16th. Late registration is open until Wed., May 21st for an additional $10 late fee. Day of race registration is available for $45, which does not include a race t-shirt.

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St. George Utah Ironman 2014

Saturday May 3, 2014

St. George, Utah offers breathtaking views of the surrounding canyons, as well as a warm climate for an early-season race.

This striking Southwestern home of one of IRONMAN’s original full-distance races, now hosts one of the season’s earliest IRONMAN 70.3 races. The U.S. Pro Championship race is staged in and around the heart of St. George, with Zion National Park, the state’s most popular national park, only a short 45-minute drive away. The city’s walkable downtown area offers great local fare, boutique shopping and plenty of parks—perfect for enjoying the sunny spring weather. On the opposite end of the spectrum, St. George is only two hours from the nightlife of Las Vegas, with its never-ending entertainment options.


The swim is held a few miles away in pristine Sand Hollow Reservoir, where athletes are bussed to the start line from the parking lot. The bike and run courses are two of the most challenging on the IRONMAN 70.3 circuit, but what goes up must come down and some of the descents are just as epic. Both courses present spectacular views of downtown St. George, Snow Canyon and the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. The Snow Canyon climb is lined with motivational posters from the local tri club, helping to ease the difficulty of the physical task at hand.

IRONMAN 70.3 St. George is also a Regional IRONMAN TriClub Championship race. In addition to members only special on-site events, athletes who are members of a TriClub or Team earn bonus points for their club towards the prestigious IRONMAN TriClub Annual Podium Award. Email triclub@ironman.com for additional information.

From: http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/americas/ironman-70.3/st.-george.aspx#ixzz2sNrK7MfO

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Home & Garden Show

Friday March 28th through Saturday March 29th

2014 Spring Home and Garden Expo

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