Family

A Staycation At The Hilton Salt Lake City Center + Visit To City Creek Center

hilton Salt Lake City centerHas it registered to you that Christmas is one week away! Settling back in Utah for the season took up a lot of my time and energy, unpacking, organizing, and decorating the house for Christmas! Until yesterday, I still had two people to shop for, and let’s not even mention the wrapping that needs to get done (luckily wrapping is therapeutic for me and just a bit time-consuming)! The boys have been a little stir crazy also. When we lived in Utah last season we were out and about going to so many places and now with COVID still around we are no longer going to the museums and play places. A staycation is what we need.hilton Salt Lake City center

Planning fun activities for the boys, while I can be productive, is pretty much how I plan everything these days. They can play with cars and cardboard boxes while I open the boxes and organize them! Switching up our home routine and staying at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center and being able to finish my Christmas shopping at City Creek Center is just what my family needed! I let the boys know we were doing something fun and packed our bags!
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We entered the immaculate lobby of the Hilton Salt Lake City Center and dropped our bags off in our room. We headed to City Creek Center to burn some energy and run around the enormous Christmas tree and finish our shopping, shopping here during the holidays is truly a Christmas experience. The boys hadn’t been there since last Christmas and Myles remembered everything. He knew all about the storybook lanterns and this year they are contactless! You just have to wave your hand over this one spot and the storybook lanterns turn on.

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city creek center contactless story lanternscity creek center contactless story lanternsI surprised the boys with being able to go swimming, they could not believe it! We had wrapped up our afternoon of shopping, finished an early dinner, and went back to our rooms to grab our suits and do a little swimming! I was very happy watching the boys enjoy themselves so much. Myles is such a little fish, swimming everywhere, and Noah is completely content sitting on the steps squealing and splashing. Eli and I were easily entertained by the two of them!hilton Salt Lake City center

The boys took their baths back at the room and we all got into our matching winter pajamas and just has fun. It was later than I had planned but sometimes it feels good to let loose and not be so strict on the schedule. We had such a wonderful stay at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center and loved being able to walk over to City Creek Center for some shopping and Christmas fun! This is something I would love to continue to do with my family and will be a great family tradition.hilton Salt Lake City center

Live votre rêve!

This post is sponsored by City Creek Center. As always, all opinions are my own. 

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Lifestyle

Small Business Saturday || Black-Owned Businesses

The gift guide my followers wanted most this year was to know where they can shop Black-owned Businesses. RewardStyle had a list of small business and let us know which ones were Black-owned so we can share with you guys. As a reminder, I do make a small commission on purchases made through my links. All of the stores below are new to me and I really enjoyed looking at their websites and seeing what they had to offer. In the image, I added the gifts I loved most from these black-owned businesses but please check out their websites for yourself!

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Black-Owned Businesses to support during Small Business Saturday:

|| 54kibo – Contemporary African design. You can find anything from light fixtures to baby gifts. This is a new favorite site for me!

|| Mocha Whip – Body butters made up of simple ingredients like shea butter and essential oils.

|| Rebdolls – A women’s and plus size clothing site with sizes ranging between small – 5X wanting to bring about size diversity awareness in the fashion industry.

|| Pretty Well Beauty – A website full of beauty and wellness products that are clean, natural, and sustainable. There are also categories for men and babies! Hello, new mom gifts! Pretty Well Beauty also offers a Clean Beauty Edit which I’m sure my vanity needs.

|| The Crafted Prints – As the title says, you can find beautifully crafted prints. A variety of cards, thank you notes, art,  planners and more! I love this coffee bean print, I think it would look adorable on anyone’s coffee station!

|| Peak + Valley – Mushroom and herbal supplements for holistic wellness. I read the “about” page and this woman has done her research! I enjoyed her story and believe she has a lot to offer!

|| Cheola Designs – A fashion brand of clothing and accessories that are sustainable and affordable.

|| Focus and Frame Eyewear – An eyewear site that offers styles that suit anyone’s moment of expression, for those who need a prescription or not. All the options are very affordable.

|| Grace X Lovejoy – Streetwear and lifestyle brand of t-shirts and facemasks.

|| Jenny Bean Candles – Homemade candles from autumn scents and holiday ones.

If there are any additional Black-owned businesses I should know about please leave me a comment!

Live votre rêve!