A Year In Review: Turning 39

Today I turn 39!  I know.  Why is it that the older you get the faster time goes?! 

This last year has been full of Camera Coats, Legos, TV segments, fencing, little trips, and...did I say Camera Coats? To remember this year I picked out a few highlights that I'd like to share with you. Lately my poor blog has not received the attention it deserves so I'm making amends starting right now.  I will expand with posts about these events in the next few weeks.  Grab your popcorn people...yes, I'm back. :)

(Photo: The boys and I featured on Fresh Living Ch 2 sharing a "Fun in the Snow" Segment.)

Coming soon: Our play by play tips and tricks of Legoland and the Legoland Hotel.  We've been huge Legoland fans for a few years now. You can see some of my previous posts about our Legoland visits, but more will come! We love Legoland!


Cars Land wasn't bad either. Our trick to a happy Disneyland experience is to leave Dad aka Bob at home. He hates spending so much money to stand in line.  The boys and I had a great time. :)

Fencing. I'm not an expert, but our little man is loving the sport. More to come.

Mom's Birthday Hike. Every year my mom picks a hike and all of the kids are invited to come! Because we live in Utah we haven't been able to hike with everyone...but last year we made the trip to Oregon and did it!

Timothy Lake Camping Trip. Mt. Hood Oregon. Highlight of the summer and the year.

20 year Reunion! Yes, we must have a recap of this great event...complete with before and after shots!

Family Beach Trip. Love it.

Boys + Mindcraft = True Love

Thanksgiving in Oregon.

TV Time. Regular TV segments have keep me on my toes this past year! KSLAM Ch 5 (NBC) morning news has been a lot of fun as well as KUTV Ch 2 Lifestyle Show, Fresh Living.

Coming soon will be a play by play on how I started these segments, how I get my ideas, and what its like getting up at 4 AM to get ready for segment! :) Here's a link to some of  Toad's Treasures TV segments from the past year.

And Camera Coats. Running a business is quite the experience. I'll expand on that soon as well.  But for now...I'm off to get some Diet Coke, homemade birthday cake, and enjoy the moment.

XOXO, Emily
 +Emily Ashby


Great Products for the Snow PLUS Win a Zipfy Freestyle Mini Luge

{Best Ideas for Snow Fun}
Looking the best products for the snow?  Here you go!

KUTV Ch 2's Fresh Living (SLC- ABC Affliate) and I bring you 3 great products for 2014 for more fun in the snow than you can imagine! Here's a link to the segment (Fun Product For The Snow | KUTV.com) and here's the play by play!  All we have to say is...

let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

I have seen these around, but I have to admit I was a bit skeptical about whether they could really be any better than a regular sled.  The boys and I decided to take them to the slopes to see if how they would do...

We actually had to head up to Park City (about a 20 minute drive) so that we could find some good "testing" snow.  The boys could hardly wait to get to the top of the hill and go for it...as you can see, they gave the Zipfy 2 thumbs up!

Taken directly from the Zipfy website:

"Zipfy is a lightweight, compact snow sled that makes for an exhilarating downhill ride.
Zipfy is incredibly safe - to stop simply drop your heels to slow down or come to a complete stop. Zipfy is also very maneuverable - you can steer by leaning into the side and carve down the hill.
Zipfy is the must-have item for anyone who loves to play in the snow, engineered for all ages making it the perfect family fun sport!
  • Recommended ages 5 & up
  • Weight: 3.5 lbs  Capacity:250lbs
  • Size: 21"L x 13"W x 16"H
  • Material:HDPE Plastic
  • RealSimple Magazine Best Product 2009
  • RedBook Magazine Best Product 2009
  • Best Selling Sled on Amazon 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Top Toy of the Year Award 2009, 2010
- See more at: http://zipfy.com/product.php#sthash.Z2w0UVhu.dpuf"

One of my favorite things about the Zipfy was just how easy it is to transport!  Easy in the car & up the hill!

And I'm giving a cute pink Zipfy away! To enter, just leave us a comment letting us know who you think would love to have one these great toys and we will randomly select a winner on Tuesday Feb 25 & announce it here.

If you can't wait to win you can get your Zipfy at local sporting goods stores, Costco, or on Amazon. 

Retails: $40

#2 Sno Kits

Be prepared for hours of fun with these great DIY kits via Poof Slinky!  Create a "Sno Man", "Sno Art", or an amazing "Sno Sculpture"!

The Sno Art Kit proved to be great fun!

You can find these kits at local sporting good or big box stores as well as online at www.poofslinky.com.

Retails: $23

#3 The Blueberry Hill Hat Co.

The hat fight is over. Your kids will be happy to put on their hats & keep them on while they play in the snow with these cute knits hats by The Blueberry Hill!  This sweet hat company is a local Salt Lake Company started by Utah native & designer Jenn Davis. These hats are hugely popular for both photographers and families alike!  

The Blueberry Hill specializes in baby and toddler hats but also has some great styles for girls and boys as well.

My favorite things about these hats is how soft they are! 

You can find these in locally (SLC, UT) in Babinski's, Oopys Daisy, in a number of Nordstrom stores, or online at www.theblueberryhill.com. 

Retail: $28.

Now go have some fun in the snow!



Cute Owl Valentine's Day Card DIY

{Valentine's Printable}
Looking for a cute and easy Valentine's Day printable that will add the perfect touch to any Valentine? Here you go!

You can you this printable as a gift tag...

a card...

or a sweet little treat tag.

Just print out this little valentine's printable and you're sure to bring some love into someone's life! :)

{This printable is a popular so I pulled it out of the Toad's Treasures vault to share it with you again! Happy Valentine's Day!}

+Emily Ashby
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