BEGIN October 2016 | Corina's Corner

Elsa and the Gnome + GIVEAWAY


This year for Halloween we had Elsa and a Garden Gnome. Reagan originally wanted to be Minnie Mouse (which I was really happy about) but then Sam's Club didn't have her size so we went with Elsa (which I was fine with but, let's be honest, it's not the most thrilling costume idea ever...). That given, Reagan was the cutest Elsa and would freely sing "Let it Go" on command which was fantastic. And that Gnome costume! Oh my gosh. Is that not the cutest thing you've ever seen? Naomi's nicknames are Nomi or Nomes, so I knew that I had to dress her like a garden gnome at some point in her life and I figured I better do it now before she has any say about her Halloween costume.

^^All garden gnomes have pink cell phones right? (There is no taking that thing away from her...)

^^Trying to take pictures of Naomi was just about impossible. She would SPRINT away from me at full speed every time I tried to take a picture. I generally consider myself an OK photographer, but these girls make me feel like I have NO talent whatsoever because 99 times out of 100 they don't cooperate for photos. #thestruggleisREAL

To go along with these cute costumes, I also have an awesome giveaway today, 2 tickets to Disney On Ice Passport to Adventure which is coming to Salt Lake City November 10th– 13th at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

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I also wanted to mention that since the event is so close to Thanksgiving, Disney On Ice is partnering with The Utah Food Bank to provide hot meals to those in need. The Thanksgiving Turkey Drive is taking place on Thursday, November 10th, where you can donate a Thanksgiving Turkey for free tickets to the show.

This post was created in partnership with Feld Entertainment. All photos and opinions are mine alone. #PassportToAdventure

Black Island Farms


On Saturday we went to Black Island Farms. Earlier in the week I saw that they had a KSL deal for tickets and jumped on the opportunity (this isn't the exact deal I bought, but I think it's still a fair option). In hindsight I wish we would have waited until next Saturday or gone one evening this week, because with the 5K early Saturday morning we had a REALLY long day and the girls were SO over it by the end of the outing. We still had a good time though, Reagan loved the cow train and all of the slides. Naomi was terrified of the corn box, but loved the ghost water storage container. The pig races were pretty fun to watch, and I'm not totally sure if I've ever seen a bigger pig than I saw there that night.

This was only my second time going to a pumpkin patch in my whole life (the only other time being when I was about 8, and I don't remember it). I'm excited to continue going to pumpkin patches with our girls. As I learn more about this parenting thing, I'm really seeing the value of family traditions and how they can be a tool to strengthen family relationships and make it easier to spend time together as a family.

A few more pictures from our little outing below. (P.S. Reagan's face paint was slowing coming off, and by the time we got home only the littlest bits were left around the edges. Funny girl.)

Huntsman 5K Recap


Saturday morning was the Huntsman 5K. I wasn't able to do my packet pickup the day before so we arrived a little early to do that, but also had enough time for Reagan to get her face painted and for her to go down the bouncy house slide about 38 times. I was able to keep my pace on the run and was able to finish in my goal time. I loved seeing all of the different teams running in tribute to someone they love with cancer. It was a great race. I'd love to run it again in the future. I feel like if I'm going to run a race with a registration fee, I'd rather run one where that money goes to a good cause.

^^I used to LOVE getting my face painted as a kid, so I'm glad Reagan was excited to get hers painted.

^^Reagan's best effort to encourage the runners. Haha!

^^The girls were only in it for the free candy. Thanks for supporting me family!

This post is in partnership with the Huntsman Cancer Foundation but all pictures and opinions are mine alone. Like usual!

Huntsman 5K + GIVEAWAY


I recently started training for my 4th half marathon. I wanted to run one this summer but it was a bit too busy and the training kept getting delayed. I'm excited to be running this next half marathon with my brother, Dylan. It will be his first, and hopefully not last. Our half marathon is in the middle of November so when I was asked to promote the Huntsman 5K, which will be on October 15th, it seemed like the perfect fit! I have already been training and it will be good practice for my race. But most of all I'm excited to be participating in a very meaningful race that's all about cancer research and finding cures.

It seems like all of us have been affected by cancer in one way or another. I know that every person has been affected differently and some have had parents, spouses, siblings, or even children die from cancer. I haven't been affected quite like that but I have had two great aunts die from cancer, one with breast cancer and the other with multiple myeloma. Both of my grandpa's had cancer, one with non-hodgkin's lymphoma and the other with prostate cancer, and I also had a great grandpa with prostate cancer.

Because we all have been affected by cancer in different ways, the Huntsman 5K allows runners and donors to designate where they would like their donations to go. For example, if a person has been affected personally by breast cancer, they can allocate their registration fees or donation to breast cancer research. I think it's so cool!

The Huntsman 5K is a family-friendly fun run, like I mentioned, on October 15 and takes place in Salt Lake City. There is also a Kids Fun K, for kids 12 and under. All are welcome and can choose to walk, jog or run.

And now a giveaway! The Huntsman Cancer Foundation is giving away a free registration to one lucky reader. I'm excited for the opportunity to participate in this race and I think you will find it rewarding and meaningful too. (Or if you're not interested in running here is my donation page if you're so inclined but don't feel pressured!) Enter the Giveaway below.

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This post is in partnership with the Huntsman Cancer Foundation but all pictures and opinions are mine alone. Like usual!

General Conference Cookies


I really wanted to make cookies last weekend because it had been forever since I had made them last. It seemed much too early for Halloween cookies and since it was one of the best weekends of the year, General Conference, I decided to make some General Conference Cookies. I included the CTR shields, some thought bubbles with a few often repeated General Conference phrases, and of course some thumbs up. It was pretty fun to say, "Hey Jordan, would you like a tender mercy?"

October Visiting Teaching Message Printable Handout



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