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Cherry Hill Farms, Genola Utah

Over the weekend we had the opportunity to visit Cherry Hill Farms located in Genola Utah, right outside of Santaquin. We had the best time learning all about how cherries are harvested, the difference between the organic and in-organic farming practices, and even got to pick some right off the trees ourselves. It was such a fun family outing that I'm glad we got to experience. 


Who Owns and Operates Cherry Hill Farms?
When we got there we watched a quick video all about the family history of the farm and how it's been family owned for four generations. One of the family members working there told us that aside from migrant workers hired through the USDA and their various farming programs, there were only six people working on the farm that weren't part of their large and extensive family. I also loved that they have two large processing centers nearby where they hire 600-700 high school age students to come and work throughout the summer. So while it is a family owned business, they do give back and provide work opportunities for so many throughout the local community. 



We also learned how a lot of the produce they grow (mainly cherries, peaches, and apples) are actually the same produce that we purchase in our local grocery stores. If you shop locally at Smith's Macy's, Harmon's, or any of the smaller local Utah grocery stores, you'll likely find produce that was harvested from Cherry Hill Farms. 



How Are Cherries Harvested?
One of the most fascinating things we got to see was how the cherries are harvested. They drive a large machine up to the side of a a cherry tree, and then the machine shakes the tree until all the fruit falls out. The fruit is caught by a large conveyer belt that carries the cherries to a fan that blows away all the leaves and stems, and spits the cherries out into a cold water bath to keep them fresh until they can be brought to the processing plant. 





U-Pick Cherry Picking in Utah:
The part our kids loved the most was getting to pick the actual cherries. Each of the kids got their own little basket and we got to fill them up with perfectly ripe cherries. I think this was actually the first time our kids had gotten to pick fruit of any kind, so it was a really fun experience for them! 



Cherry Hill Farms is doing a U-Pick Cherry Harvesting Tour July 22-25, 2020. Admission is $7 per person, unless you have a group of 5+, then admission is $5 per person. During the Cherry Harvesting Tour you'll have the opportunity to see how all the cherries are harvested just like we did, pick your own cherries, and eat delicious cherry treats! It really is such a fun afternoon and something the entire family will enjoy! Make sure to check out their website for the specifics on time, date, location, etc: http://cherryhillfarms.com/Events

Our Stay At Zion Wildflower Resort

Over the weekend Derek and I headed down to Southern Utah for a little child-free getaway for the first time since we've had kids. While we did miss them, it was so nice to get away for a couple nights and to not be needed between the hours of 10pm and 8am. I'm convinced world peace can be achieved with good sleep. 

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We were lucky enough to get to stay just 15 minutes outside of Zion National Park at the new Zion Wildflower Resort. We've been looking forward to this for a couple months now, and The Wildflower did not disappoint. We stayed two nights, the first night in the two bedroom bungalow, and the second night in one of their covered wagons. Everything about the stay was perfect, and the decor and details they put into everything is just above and beyond. 

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The Two Bedroom Bungalow at Zion Wildflower Resort:
If you want to feel like you're in a five star hotel in the middle of the desert, this is for sure the room you need to get. They have both a king size bed, and a Love Sac sofa that can be configured into additional sleeping space. 

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These bungalows also come equipped with a fully stocked shower, towels, and bathroom, along with a mini fridge and microwave. Other little details we really loved were the swing in the main bedroom, the industrial towel racks, the full length mirrors, and the clothing rack. All the decor was the perfect blend of boho meets modern, and they did such a wonderful job of blending that through the entire resort. 

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One of our very favorite details were the rocking chairs that are on the porch of every single bungalow. There is something so peaceful about sitting outside watching the sunset in your own little desert haven. It's a first class experience that you're not going to want to miss out on during your stay.

What to Eat at The Zion Wildflower Resort:
When we were there, there was a food truck serving dinner, but they also have a small selection of food available in the office. There are grills along the property for you to cook your own food, and you have the option to dine at several local restaurants. When you're done adventuring for the day though, don't forget to head out to the campfire where you can make s'mores with your loved ones with your personal s'mores kit provided by the office upon arrival. 

The Shared Green Space At Zion Wildflower Resort:
There is a green space/front lawn area that has a huge canopy with outdoor furniture for your to get cozy under. There are also many yard games to play like oversized Jenga, spike ball, corn hole, and a ping pong table. Derek and I loved heading out when the temps cooled off a bit to refine our corn hole and ping pong skills. 

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There is also the cutest kids space ever. A little magical and dreamy playhouse, along with a swing set, and a mini library of books for your children to enjoy. I actually missed my kids when we were here because I knew they would have loved playing in this space so much! 

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There is also a fire every night between 8-10pm. This is a great time to bust out your s'mores kit and enjoy a summer treat with your family.

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The Covered Wagon at Zion Wildflower Resort:
The second night of our stay was in one of the covered wagons on site. In case you don't know, the people who settled Utah came across the country in the 1800s in covered wagons and handcarts, so the wagons are a fun little nod to the Utah heritage. 

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The covered wagons are more of a "Glamping" (glamorous-camping) experience, but are still equipped with a kind size bed, and twin size bunk beds. There are also different bed configurations in the wagons, so be sure to check them all out and pick what will work best for your family. 

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The fun boho theme gets a bit of a western flair  in the wagon which I personally love. There are some really great touches like having A/C (all the bungalows, tents, and wagons are equipped with A/C which is amazing!), lanterns to use when you go outdoors at night, and even a fun little seating area where you can play games or read books before bed.

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The wagons are equipped with electricity but do not have a mini fridge and microwave setup like in the bungalows. I highly recommend bringing a cooler with ice (available at the office!), and utilizing the grills if you're staying in one of these fun wagons. 

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The covered wagons do not have a bathroom, but there are private bathhouses for you and your family to use. Each bathhouse building has two private bathrooms inside that have a fully stocked shower, a sink, and toilet. They're kept immaculately clean, also have AC, lock from the inside, and are honestly a really enjoyable experience. There are towels in each of the tents and covered wagons, so don't forget to bring them down to the showers when you use them (ask me how I know).

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If you love camping (or are new to camping), but also love sleeping in a real bed with AC, the covered wagons and tents are an awesome way to go. While we didn't personally stay in the tents I know the experience is quite similar, and you can't go wrong with either one. 

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We honestly had such a great time at The Zion Wildflower Resort and can't wait to come back next summer with our kids. Huge thank you to everyone at the Wildflower for hosting us this weekend! Be sure to click here to book your stay for summer 2020!

Self Care in the Summertime

This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

We've all been through a lot the last several months, and with everyone being home all the time, I personally feel like self-care is so important for one's mental and emotional well-being. I'm sure we've all felt like we're carrying a lot of the load in terms of our family's productivity, entertainment, and overall wellbeing, which is why it's so important to remember to carve out some time to care for ourselves, even if it's just an hour on the weekend. Providing that space for yourself is crucial. 


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My Favorite Form of Self Care in the Summertime:
I've always loved going to the beach during the summer whether that was the ocean, lake, or even a local pond like we have near where we live. Being in the water just feels like summer to me, and I love to take advantage of it when possible.

For me, this looks like loading up on sunscreen, putting on my bathing suit, and grabbing my Original Spring Float from SwimWays. The Original Spring Float has a hammock-like style that cradles your body just below the surface of the water, keeping you cool on hot summer days. I love using this float because with typical floats that hold you completely above the water, you get extremely hot a lot faster than you do with The Original Spring Float. Being partially submerged in water is amazing. 

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If you want something that helps you stay a little more upright instead of laying completely flat, I also really love the SwimWays Spring Float Recliner. You're still partially submerged in water where your seat is, but it allows you to have full upright back support, and a footrest. Perfect if you want to sit up and read a book!

What to do while you're out in the water:
If I'm out in the water floating on my own, I love to listen to an audiobook or some of my favorite music (thank goodness most phones are waterproof nowadays right? I love to let myself aimlessly float around while listening to something that is calming and relaxing. If music or a book isn't your thing, just simply enjoy the sounds of nature and being away from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life. This is also a great time to clear your mind and meditate. 

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Yoga on the beach:
Once you're done in the water, dry off and put your SwimWays float back in it's convenient carrying case, and then take some time to stretch and do a few yoga poses on the beach. This will help you to feel more relaxed before you head back home and get back into your normal routine! 

What is your favorite way to do self care in the summertime? We're so lucky to have several ponds and lakes that we can visit right now, and I'm so grateful to be able to take advantage of them and get a little head space! 

How To Plan A Family Reunion

At the beginning of the week we all piled into the car and headed up to Idaho. This was the first year that Derek's immediate family hosted a family reunion, and I'm pretty sure it's something that we're going to repeat each summer. It was honestly so much fun and it was such a great way to be able to get the entire family together, have fun, and not spend 10,000 years cleaning up Derek's parents house afterwards. I've had a lot of people ask for details about the reunion, so I'll share as much as I know in case anyone else is wondering how to plan a family reunion.

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I do want to start off by saying Derek's sister planned this first reunion and did an amazing job. I think the plan is for it to rotate among Derek's family who plans it in subsequent years and Keriana honestly did such a fabulous job this year that it really made an awesome blue print for us moving forward. 

How to Plan a Family Reunion:

Where to host a family reunion?

We did ours in Driggs, ID. This was a one hour drive from Derek's parents house, and a 4-5 hour drive for us from Utah. Most of Derek's siblings all live in the same town as his parents, or the next town over. Most people had a short dive except for Derek and I, and his sister who lives in Pocatello.

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If you're planning a reunion, picking a place that is within a good driving distance for most families is ideal. I think we originally picked Driggs because it was a short driving distance to Yellowstone National Park, which I think originally we were going to go to, but with covid-19 I think the entrance was closed so we wound up doing other activities instead, but it wound up being just as fun.

Try picking a location that has a huge focal point such as a lake, a national park, or some sort of key highlight, and then it will make it easier to plan activities around that. Then look for places that are big enough to host all of you. I think we found our place on Air BNB, so look on home rental sites like that to see what you can find. We wound up having enough space for each family to use two bedrooms. 

Who to invite to a family reunion?

Honestly, you can make it as big or small as you would like. Derek has a large family (his parents have 9 kids, and there are 20 grandchildren so far), all together there was 36 people. It might have been a little unreasonable to plan an event for anyone outside of the children, spouse, grandchildren circle, but if you have a smaller family you could totally include extended family to make it more inclusive. 

How to plan meals for a family reunion?

Each of the married spouses and Derek's parents took turns rotating through the meals. Derek's sister and her husband were in charge of dinner the first night, and then his other sister and her husband cooked breakfast the next morning, Jacob and Krista were in charge of lunch on Monday, and Maurcine and Dakota were in charge of Monday dinner. Derek's mom and dad were in charge of breakfast on Tuesday, and Derek and I were in charge of Tuesday lunch. This made it really easy for delegating responsibility and knowing what to bring. We all brought additional snacks and pretty much shared those in between meals for kids when they were hungry.

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How to divide expenses for a family reunion?

This was a question someone sent me on Instagram and I'm not really sure the exact answer. Everyone who was in charge of cooking a meal purchased all the food and supplies for that meal. I believe all the married couples and Derek's parents spilt the cost of where we stayed six ways (there might have been others who did contribute but I'm just guessing). Most of the activities that we did didn't cost anything (aside from some prizes and candy and things like that, and I assume Derek's sister paid for those so thank you Keriana if you're reading this!). One night the entire family went horseback riding for two hours and I'm sure there was a fee for that, I'm assuming paid for by Derek's parents. 

What activities to do at a family reunion?

I'll share the full schedule we used for the reunion at the bottom of this post but here is an extensive list of all the activities we did at the reunion:

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  1. Face Game: Derek's sister asked for everyone to send an individual picture of everyone in the family, she then took two different people and morphed their faces together, and everyone had to guess which to people in the family were morphed into one photo. Everyone had a piece of paper numbered 1-36 and whoever got the most guesses right at the end of the game won a prize. I don't know what app Keriana used to make the photos, but there seems to be a lot of options when you google it. 
  2. Minute to Win it Games: The first night we were there we played a bunch of minute to win it games with all of the nieces and nephews and they had a ton of fun. You can find a ton of options for games to play on pinterest! 
  3. Family 5k and Running Events: We held a family 5k that went from where we were staying and ended at a local high school track. The family members that weren't running met us there in their cars, and manned the streets directing the runners where to go. Once everyone was done running the 5k we did 100m and 400m races for all the kids and adults to participate in. 
  4. Outdoor games: After the races we did some games on the football field like a family relay race, a freeze dance competition where one kid would pick which dance to do (most of ours turned into dancing like some animal) then the music would stop and we'd pick a new dance and did this 5-6 times before going onto the next activity. We also tapped a bunch of candy to a plain t-shirt and put it on the oldest nephew and had him run around the field with all the other nieces and nephews chasing him and trying to rip the candy off. 
  5. Horse Back Riding: We paid to ride horses for two hours and each kid had about 10-12 minutes on the horse before getting down and letting the next person have a turn. If there aren't horses where you're staying maybe you could rent some ATVs, go boating, some sort of big adventure that everyone can participate in. 
  6. Hike/Picnic: We were originally going to go on a hike around a lake near where we were staying on the last day, but it rained and we all ended up going home early. But hiking is a super easy go-to activity. 
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What to do during down time in a family reunion?

We had lots of downtime at night after dinner, and during the afternoon between lunch and dinner on the second day. Where we stayed had a big yard, a hot tub, TV for movies, and we brought lots of board games. During the downtime everyone kind of did their own thing and it was really nice. Most of the kids all played really well together, I got a nap at one point, and a lot of the adults played board games, cards, or just simply talked. It was really chill and didn't feel like it needed to be planned or overly scheduled.

How to keep everyone on schedule at a family reunion?

Derek's sister wrote an itinerary and had it hanging up on a lot of the walls where we were staying, and sent it to everyone a week or so before we got there. Everyone knew what to expect and what time all the meals were happening, and when we had to be in certain places for horse riding and major activities like that. Did we stick to the schedule perfectly down to the second? No, but we stuck to it pretty well and it was just really nice for everyone to be on the same page about when certain things were happening so we had general idea for what to expect.

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Family Reunion Awards:

Derek's sister made medals for all of the nieces and nephews out of canning lids and ribbon that said "Flamm Reunion 2020" on them and were super cute. She also bought 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals for each of the running events that were held, and ribbons for other things like best chef, the freeze dance competition, and other fun little games. She also gave gift cards along with some of the awards as well which was super fun. Derek's family is really into Boggle and they even bought a trophy that will travel to all future reunions and get engraved with the Boggle campion's name on it for that year.

This is pretty much all the information I have on how to organize and plan a family reunion. If you have any tips or suggestions that have worked well for you, I'd love to know about it in the comments below!

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Zion Wildflower Resort: Glamping Near Zion National Park

One thing our family is interested in doing this summer is still making time and space for vacations and trips, despite everything going on in the world right now. The best way we can practically do this is by camping, and focusing our trips on nature and the great outdoors. 


Derek and I have lived in Utah for six years (three when we first got married, and three more since moving back in 2017), and have never been to Zion National Park, or any of the National Parks in Southern Utah. 


We have friends who just opened the most amazing glamping experience: Zion Wildflower Resort, and are planning on heading down next month for a little anniversary getaway without the kids. The Zion Wildflower Resort is beautiful, and our friends didn't miss a single detail when creating this space from the ground up. Even though we're not visiting for another month, I wanted to give you guys a preview of the resort so that it can be on your radar, and so that you could book a stay for your family.

Lodging Options at Zion Wildflower Resort:
When you book your stay with Zion Wildflower Resort, you have three lodging options. The first option is the large canvas tent that comes with a King size bed, two twin sized beds, and comfortably sleeps four people. 


The next option is the covered wagons. This is such a fun experience and gives a little nod to our Utah heritage. There are two options: one that sleeps four people with a king size bed and two twin size beds. The other wagon option has a king size bed, and two twin size bunk beds, and allows you to sleep six people. 



Finally, there are four different bungalow options. The bungalows are essentially mini houses built on the property, and the four styles fit a wide variety of guests. There is a two bedroom option with a king size bed and a queen size bed that sleeps four people, another bungalow option has two queen size beds and sleeps four people, the third option has a king size bed along with a full on full bunk bed, and then there is a single king size bed option for two people. 


What Amenities are Offered at Zion Wildflower Resort:
There are so many fun things to see and do while you're at the Zion Wildflower Resort. Not only do you get to experience and lodge in the great outdoors, but there are fun activities for the entire family to enjoy. There are oversize yard games, plenty of outdoor space for yoga and other exercise. There are large fire pits to keep you warm and cozy with your family at night, along BBQ pits, and even painting activities provided at the office. 


If you're not staying in one of the bungalows, there are luxury bath houses available for guest use. Each bath house has multiple private bathrooms inside that have a sink, vanity, toilet, and shower, that are fully lockable for privacy. There is no wifi available on the property to encourage unplugging and connecting with those you're with, but the property does have strong LTE cell coverage so that you can still be connected to family and make phone calls/text messages as needed. 

How Far Away is Zion Wildflower Resort from Zion National Park?
The best part about Zion Wildflower Resort is getting to be a quick 15 minute drive from Zion's National Park. If you're going to be visiting Zion this summer and need a place to stay, take advantage of the amazing rates and wonderful lodging opportunities that Zion Wildflower has to offer. The benefit to Zion Wildflower is getting to extend your time at Zion into the great outdoors where you can rest and unplug from a day of hiking and exploring, and still be outdoors experiencing all that southern Utah has to offer. If you're looking for a way to unplug from the hustle and bustle of life, and be one with nature, you're not going to want to miss out on this wonderful luxury camping opportunity. 

Zion Wildflower Resort is currently booking for the 2020 season. They have contactless check-in to ensure all their guests are safe and healthy, and are ready to provide you with the ultimate camping experience this summer. To learn more about room rates and availability, head over to their site today!

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