Brody’s Two Sweet Ice Cream Birthday

Remember this post a few weeks back where I shared our plans and inspiration for Brody’s 2nd birthday party? We had his ice cream bash a couple of weeks ago and as his birthday month is coming to a close, I am so excited to share his special day with you.

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The awesome team at Gold Medal Gymnastics hosted the party for us. They made the party so fun for the toddlers and extra special for Brody. For parties, they clear out the entire gym so we had the whole place to ourselves. A toddlers dream! Brody and his friends could run free jumping on the trampolines, hanging from the bars, walking across the balance beam and the ever-so-popular rollercoaster race car. I need one of these things in my backyard!

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The gymnasts hosting were awesome. Helping with everything from set- to serving the food and entertaining the kiddos. The little details like “Happy Birthday Brody” written in chalk down the long trampoline made it extra special. There were so many laughs and smiles from Brody and his friends as they ran and played through the gym. Do not be surprised if his 3rd birthday is here as well.

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We decided on an ice cream party theme and tried to play in the phrase “Two Sweet” wherever possible. I printed labels that said “Two Sweet” and attached them to soda jerk hats in lieu of traditional party hats.

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Since we overloaded the kids on sugar at the party, we did a non-edible party favor that went along with the theme. Using simple bath loofahs stuck in an ice cream cone and pairing them with a mini bottle of Babyganics bubble bath was the perfect solution. We placed them in gift bags and tied a custom favor tag on as a finishing touch. Setting them out on the table made an easy centerpiece.

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I used this tutorial to create the “We All Scream For Ice Cream” statement wall and I LOVE how it came out. A little spray paint completely transformed the balloons. We used gorilla tape to secure the balloons on the wall. I cannot wait to repeat this little project for other events.

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We lucked out because All in the Cards (Target Dollar Spot brand!), has a bunch of festive sprinkle themed paper products out right now. I used the roll of sprinkle wrapping paper as a color pallet for the party and it also made the perfect table runner down all of the tables. For the ice cream bar, they had the cutest ice cream cups, which ended up being the perfect size for toddlers. All of the party favor bags also came from this collection.

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And can we talk about the cake? This sprinkle-covered goodness is one of the standard cakes from Cold Stone Creamery. Seriously! I thought about slaving over a cake, but picking one up was so much simpler. We had them leave the top empty so I could personalize it with a cake topper. Best of all, it tasted as good as it looked!

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As much work as birthday parties can be, they always end up being one of my favorite days of the year. There is no such thing as too much celebration! Now onto dreaming up a theme for the next party!

Sources:

Invitations: Minted

Location: Gold Medal Gymnastics, Chandler, AZ

Balloons for "We All Scream For Ice Cream" Wall: Bargain Balloons

Soda Jerk Paper Hats: Prairie Moon

Sprinkle Table Runners: All in the Cards (Target Dollar Spot)

Cake: Coldstone Creamery (Gilbert & Germann location)

Party Favors Bags: All in the Cards (Target Dollar Spot) | Favor Tags: Minted | Bubble Bath: Babyganics (smells so good!) | Loofahs: Dollar Tree

Cake Topper: Joanne Fabrics

Gift Tent Tutorial: DIY | Tassel: All in the Cards (Target Dollar Spot)

Ice Cream Cups: All in the Cards (Target Dollar Spot)

Photography: Pictiur Photography

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Now who else is craving ice cream!?

Related: Ice Cream Birthday Bash!

A Babymooner's Travel Guide to Bermuda

When we found out we were expecting another little one, JD and I started bouncing around ideas for our annual vacation. When we got engaged, we made a promise to add a stamp to our passports every year. A way to make sure our love of adventures together continued to grow no matter what life threw our way.  

Our first year of marriage was a babymoon in Spain and Morocco. It was a wild adventure—camping in the Sahara desert, riding camels, and eating enough tangine to last us a lifetime. It was a trip we will never forget.

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Once Brody was born, we decided a trip to Ireland and England would be a good way to touch our toes in the waters of international travel with a baby in tow. Ireland still remains at the top of our list for favorite places visited.

Last year, we took Brody on an epic two-week Italy trip racing through Venice, Rome, Sardinia and Cinque Terre. Days filled with gelato and incredible sights.

When we started to think about our trip for 2017, two words kept coming to mind: relaxing and beach. Relaxing meant we were going to make very few plans. No big bucket list to check off. No reservations we would have to keep. And also no toddler to chase after.

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Being pregnant quickly dwindled down our choices of international beach destinations thanks to Zika. Bermuda kept popping up on lists of destinations that were Zika free and the more we looked into it, the more we started thinking this would be the perfect babymoon spot. Only a 2-hour flight from the East Coast, turquoise waters, and the most beautiful hued building with white roofs dotting the island.

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We just returned from our trip to Bermuda and I think JD and I are both still on a high from the wonderful trip we had. The beauty of Bermuda astounded us and the time we were able to spend together relaxing sans toddler was something we will treasure for years to come.

So if you are thinking about a babymoon or a trip to Bermuda, here is a little recap of what we did, where we stayed, and some of our favorite meals.

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Gibbs Hill Lighthouse: Climb to the top for stunning views of Bermuda from every angle. This place is a bargain! Only $2.50/pp for entry. It is walking distance from the Hamilton Princess Beach Club.

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Hamilton Princess Beach Club: If you are staying at the Hamilton Princess, access to this heavenly spot is included with your stay. If not, you can buy a day pass. It is about a 20 minute ride from Hamilton to reach this unbelievable destination. Hammocks in the water, private areas to hike around for sweeping sea views, the nicest beach bathrooms I’ve ever seen and access to paddle boards and other fun equipment. Oh yea, there’s wi-fi as well! During off-season, the hotel only makes two trips to the beach club a day. During busy season, they offer trips every hour. Since we were visiting during off-season, both afternoons we spent at the beach club, we had the entire place to ourselves. Talk about a dream!

Shopping on Front Street: One of my favorite parts of traveling is shopping. Front Street in Hamilton is one of the most famous areas for high-end shopping in the country. The shops are beautiful with dreamy pastel exteriors. Even if you are not a big fan of shopping, it’s a picturesque area to walk around.

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Warwick Long Bay & Jobson’s Cove: Besides the beach club, these were two of our favorite beaches we visited. You can be dropped off at Warwick Long Bay and hike to Jobson’s Cove, a rocky beach with stunning views. The sand had pink flecks from coral in it and the color of the water was stunning. There were also pretty pieces of sea glass scattered down the beach. This is where we filmed our little gender reveal video.

Crystal Caves: This was one place we ran out of time to visit, however it will be on the top of our list when we return. These subterranean caverns are filled with stalactites and stalagmites making an incredible sight to see.

Stay

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Hamilton Princess: This slice of paradise, coined the “pink palace”, was where we stayed for our babymoon. One of my sweet Instagram friends recommended this as our home base and it did not disappoint. The hotel grounds are perfection. From the tropical plants to the heated infinity edge pool overlooking the harbor. The interior and exterior are dotted with modern art you would expect to see in a museum rather than a hotel lobby. The staff was kind and friendly—particularly the bellhops. And the private beach club a short drive from the hotel? Incredible! The location was also great for walking to restaurants and exploring Hamilton.

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We stayed in a newer room and it was not our favorite. I’ll admit I am a bit of a hotel snob, but the walls were paper thin, so we heard all of the conversations of both guest rooms next to ours, along with the chatter of housekeeping and the maintenance crew all day long, ugh. Thank goodness for the beautiful hotel grounds we could escape to. The room was what I would consider a 2.5 star experience, while the rest of the hotel was 5 stars. Regardless, we still had a wonderful stay!

Eat

Pickled Onion: Be sure to make a reservation if you are going for dinner. The banana split brownie on the dessert menu cannot be passed up! JD also loved the beer flight of local Bermudan beers.

Bouchee: This was our favorite breakfast spot. Lots of locals. We visited twice it was so tasty and JD and I both left with a love of eggs benedict—how had we never tried these before!

Portofino: The best local spot for Italian! They have a takeout window that stays open late. Portion sizes are huge. We used the takeout window on our last night in Bermuda and pigged out on Italian food in bed while watching the travel channel. Oh the simple things in life!

The Lobster Pot: One of our hopes for the trip was eating as much seafood as possible. The Lobster Pot was a great local seafood restaurant and easy to walk to from the Hamilton Princess. I ordered the lobster pasta and ate every last bite.

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Henry VIII’s: If you are visiting the Southern shores or Gibbs Hill lighthouse, this restaurant is in the area. We stopped here for lunch and had a meal of delicious pub-style food. Crispy French fries, huge portions, and sweeping views of the sea from inside.

Crown and Anchor: This is one of 3 restaurants inside of the Hamilton Princess. Our first night in town we were jet lagged and tired from a red-eye flight, so this was the perfect spot for convenient dinner. I had a grilled wahoo sandwich—very tasty. On the weekends they have a traditional afternoon tea—I wish we had the time to try!

Buzz: This quick-stop eatery has locations around the island. It is a great spot to grab a fresh squeezed juice or smoothie or even a tasty wrap for lunch. We stopped here multiple times.

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Try a rum swizzle. If you’re expecting, you’ll have to forgo the rum swizzle this time around, however be sure your partner treats himself to one. The iconic drink of Bermuda earned two thumbs up from JD.

Flying in and out of Bermuda is a breeze. Did you know Bermuda is only a 1.5 hour flight from NYC or just over 2 hours from Atlanta? Coming back to the US was also simple since you go through US customs in Bermuda before you leave—no waiting in line when you return!

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Food is expensive. JD read a list of most expensive places to visit and Bermuda was at the top of the list. Expect to spend $30-$40 on an entrée per person at most of the restaurants in Hamilton. Prices seemed to be about 30-40% higher than you would pay in the US when it came to food. Even our trip to the grocery store gave us a bit of sticker shock. $3.50 for an avocado made me appreciate our stores here in the US.

Busy season is Easter to Labor Day. We lucked out and landed in Bermuda during one of the slowest weeks of the season. Not a single cruise ship was docking during our stay. As the host country for America’s Cup, tourists had not begun to arrive. And the beaches? Nearly empty! The weather was a bit chillier than we expected, but it was a fine tradeoff for an empty island!

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Tourists are not able to rent cars. The current laws in Bermuda do not allow tourists to rent cars, so expect to take quite a few taxis or rent a scooter. We took many taxis during our stay and the drivers were all so friendly—acting more as tour guides to their beautiful island. The taxis were regulated, so we did not have to worry about getting nickel and dimed or taken advantage of during our travels.

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Dresses: I have officially reached the stage of pregnancy where pants or anything around my waist sounds uncomfortable. I am living in dresses, which was perfect for Bermuda. This yellow dress is one of my favorite new wardrobe additions (this similar dress also caught my eye).

Beach Bag: We packed this Baggu tote with us to use as our beach bag. It is big enough to hold a lot of gear and takes up hardly any space in our suitcase. I am also drooling over this Sunnylife mesh beach bag. A chic alternative for sure!

A Good Read: When else do you have a chance to read a book undistracted for hours at a time! I started reading All The Missing Girls per the recommendation of my sweet friend Nicole. It’s a page turner mystery that I could not put down.

Comfortable Sandals: Visitors are not able to rent cars in Bermuda and taxis can be quite expensive, so staying in a central location and walking is often your best option. I wore these nude sandals every single day---from the beach with a bikini to dinner in a dress. They were so comfortable and versatile (and a bargain!), I am seriously contemplating buying the rose gold and black versions as well.

Sunscreen: The clouds came and went all day long in Bermuda and of course, I managed to get a sunburn. Don’t forget to lather up when you are out walking around or on the beach.

Beachwear: Wearing a swimsuit while pregnant can be a bit scary. With Brody, I do not think I ever wore a swimsuit, except for the first month or two of pregnancy before I was even showing. With this baby being a summer baby, I have a feeling I will be living in my swimsuits come May. The moms in the Momma Society Private Facebook Group suggested bikinis with a kimono. This option worked out perfectly on our babymoon.

Have you visited Bermuda? Are you planning a babymoon? Where do you dream of visiting?

Old Wives Tales About Baby Gender & My Prediction for Baby #2

Today is the big day. The 20-week ultrasound! It feels a bit like Christmas Eve waiting for our appointment—I’m anxious, excited and oh, so curious to know who is growing inside of me. We’ll be sharing with the world in the next couple of weeks—likely when we’re babymooning in Bermuda. All of the light pink and light blue buildings in Bermuda seem like the perfect gender reveal spot.

Everyone wants to know whether we want a boy or a girl. Ask me one day, I'll have one reply, ask me the next, it's the opposite. I’m split straight down the middle. On one hand, I want a girl because the cute outfits and the mom & daughter adventures. I grew up with all brothers, so it would be a whole new territory for me. I want a girl because we have so many girl name options. I want a girl because many of my friends are having girls and how fun would it be to watch them grow up together.

On the other hand, I want a boy because I daydream of Brody having a little brother—a playmate, a forever best friend. I have adored being a boy mom. I love watching the bond between my husband and Brody. I feel like I would be more prepared with what to expect if we have another baby boy. A girl would be a bit foreign to me. There is just something so innately sweet about boys. I can picture myself being a boy mom with a gaggle of little guys filling our home.

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I thought it would be fun to go through a few old wives tales on predicting the sex of your baby. Thanks to the moms in the Momma Society Private Facebook Group for filling me in on all of these fun tales. Although there is virtually no scientific data to back up any of these claims—it’s crazy how one sided they are for this pregnancy!

Baby Dreams

The theory: I’ve heard this tale go both ways, but the consensus on most round-ups of baby dreams say you will have the opposite sex of what you dream.

Verdict: Girl (I’ve had one pregnancy dream and baby was a boy)

Heart Rate

The theory: If the heart rate is above 140 bmp, it’s a girl. If it is below, it’s a boy.

Verdict: Girl (heart rate at last appointment was 148)

Sweet vs. Salty Cravings

The theory: If you are craving sweets, it’s a boy. If you’re craving salty, it’s a girl.

Verdict: Girl (All salty. I usually have a serious sweet tooth!)

Hand Smoothness

The theory: Soft hands mean girl, dry hands mean boy.

Verdict: Girl (I usually have very dry hands.)

Morning Sickness and Nausea

The theory: If you have excessive morning sickness & nausea, it’s a girl. If not, it’s a boy.

Verdict: Girl (Little to no nausea during my pregnancy with Brody)

Pregnancy Glow

The theory: Clear skin and beauty shining through means boy. Acne and #hotmessmom means girl.

Verdict: Girl (with Brody, my skin was so clear during pregnancy--the opposite this time for sure.)

Citrus Cravings

The theory: If you’re craving sour and citrus, it’s a girl. If not, it’s a boy.

Verdict: Girl (Grapefruits, lemon everything, and OJ have been my BFF.)

Wedding Ring on String

The theory: Lace the ring on a string, thread or strand of hair. Have your partner hold it over your belly. If the ring moves back and fourth, it’s a boy. If the ring moves in circles, it’s a girl.

Verdict: Girl

Chinese Gender Chart

The theory: Using your age at conception and month of conception, this chart is thought to predict the gender. Try the Chinese Gender Chart here.

Verdict: Boy

Body Hair Growth

The theory: If your body hair grows quicker and on your belly, boy. If not, girl.

Verdict: Girl (This theory was true with Brody!)

Mood Test

The theory: If you’re moody, girl. If you’re extra pleasant, boy.

Verdict: Girl (My husband would fully agree on this one.)

Brody’s Prediction: Girl

My Prediction: Girl

JD’s Prediction: Girl

So what do you think?  Are we in for a big surprise this afternoon? What other old wives tales have you heard on sex predictions?

Related: Our Favorite Baby Names & A Cute Video

Are You Taking The Best Prenatal? Make Sure These 3 Nutrients Aren’t Missing

Baby making is full of all sorts of magic. But there is also getting through first trimester nausea. Picking out baby names. And making sure you're body has all it needs to build a perfect little human. But when it comes to the best prenatal vitamins, you will find that there are two kinds — whole food and synthetic. Which is best?

Generally speaking, the body has an easier time using whole food supplements. It turns out that some of the other things in food — like flavonoids and other plant nutrients — support absorption. Examples of whole food prenatals include Pure Synergy PureNatal, Garden of Life Raw Prenatal, and MegaFood Baby & Me.

That said, if you have ever looked at your genes or done genetic testing, you may have discovered that you have a variation of the MTHFR gene (it’s suuuuuper common). If this happens to be you, a more synthetic supplement like Seeking Health Optimal Prenatal or Smarty Pants Prenatal Complete is your jam. This is because with a MTHFR mutation, your body will have an easier time using these already-converted nutrients.

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Do You Need A Prenatal?

Let’s face it — human beings thrived and have had babies for thousands of years…without taking a prenatal. But this doesn’t mean your prenatal vitamin isn’t necessary.

Why? For starters, your diet is dramatically different. Even if you cook every meal from scratch with organic ingredients, your ancestors ate what they could find and this included meat raised in the wild. Their eating patterns were in tune with the seasons. And organ meat (like liver) was awesome.

To fully illustrate: Back in 2014, researchers looked at the remains of a group of people living on an island north of Japan. This community flourished, had lots of babies (a sign of health to scientists), and members lived to an old age. So to figure out what made this hunter-gatherer community so fertile and healthy, researchers looked at when babies weaned and what they ate: pre-chewed fish liver, salmon, bear ribs, herring roe aka fish eggs, some roots, and seal oil.

I don’t know about you, but I shop for food at a grocery store and eat my fair share of packaged stuff. I love seafood, but it’s not an everyday thing. And I have never eaten truly wild game meat. Which means my babies aren’t getting any of this either.

Before my second pregnancy, I was already taking a prenatal and some fish oil. Because the bottomline is this: our modern diet has some gaps. And a prenatal makes sure you’re getting what you need.

But — as you might guess — some prenatals are less than amazing. Here’s my list of what the best prenatals have…along with some recommendations.

1. Choline

If you’re interested in book smarts and good mental health for your little one, take note of choline. It’s a nutrient that is uber important for brain power and the integrity of cell membranes. During pregnancy, it plays a role similar folate.

Like folate, choline supports early fetal development. According to reports, choline in your amniotic fluid activates a gene that protects against schizophrenia. And this study published in 2013 shows that mommas who take choline while pregnant are less likely to have a child with attention problems and signs of social withdrawal.

Weirdly, not all prenatals offer choline. So check your labels. And find a way to fit choline-rich foods into your diet.

Foods rich in choline:

  • Liver

  • Egg yolk

  • Scallops

  • Salmon

  • Chicken breast

  • Peanut butter (woot!)

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2. Vitamin K2

Wanna make sure your child has beautiful teeth that aren’t crooked or overcrowded? Pick up some vitamin K2.

Not just any vitamin K2 will do — you’re looking for a nutrient called MK-4, or menatetrenone. MK-4 helps vitamins A and D do their job, ensuring strong bones, beautiful teeth, and robust immune health. Many prenatals only have vitamin K1, which comes from green plant foods and supports blood clotting. And of those prenatals that do have vitamin K2, all of them offer MK-7 from fermented soybean.

MK-7…MK-4. What’s the diff? Let’s put it this way: your body stores MK-4 in your brain and other organs like your liver. Your breast milk gives MK-4 to your baby. Not MK-7. Since the body makes and stores MK-4, this tells us it has a unique function in the body and it’s worth paying attention to.

That said, both MK-4 and MK-7 do good things for bone development. In addition to food high in MK-4, you can also supplement MK-4 with something like Thorne Research vitamin K2 drops.

Foods rich in MK-4:

  • Foie gras

  • Grass-fed beef, chicken, or lamb liver

  • Eggs from happy hens

  • Meat from grass-fed animals

  • Milk from grass-fed cows

3. Vitamin D3

There are many reasons why you need enough vitamin D during pregnancy — I cover seven of them here.

For your baby, vitamin D (with the help of vitamin K2) helps to form strong bones. It protects against preterm labor. And it packs some serious mojo when it comes to immune balance and related disorders. Like asthma, allergies, and autoimmune disease.

And yes — absolutely all prenatal vitamins have vitamin D. The problem? It's not nearly enough. According to the Vitamin D Council, pregnant mommas need 4000 - 6000 IU a day to meet the demands of pregnancy and breastfeeding. The most vitamin D you'll find in a prenatal is 2000 IU...while several others offer less than the bare minimum, 400 IU.

When reading labels, check to see if your prenatal contains vitamin D2 or D3. This is because vitamin D3 is what the body makes, meaning it's easy to pick up and use. Vitamin D3 raises blood levels of vitamin D. Whereas vitamin D2, not so much.

Where to get vitamin D3:

  • Wild-caught salmon, sardines, and other fatty fish

  • Beef liver

  • Egg yolks from happy hens raised outdoors

What do you think is the best prenatal? Let me know in the comments!

As always, be sure to chat with your care provider to see what they recommend for you.

About Megan Garcia

Megan Garcia is *really* into baby and momma wellness. And she's on a mission to create tools that help you nourish your baby. You can catch up with her on Instagram or find out more at megangarcia.com.

My Favorite New Tool To Find Local Events

Thank-you to @SunDevilRewards for sponsoring this post and helping us share our Alma Mater with Brody. 

I often find myself with cabin fever. With an active toddler at home, finding ways to get out of the house and fun events to attend has become a top priority. A full day in the house with a toddler is almost a guarantee for a cranky little one, so we love going places.

Living near one of the largest universities sure has its benefits—particularly lots of awesome events to attend and things to do. Go Devils! I recently found out about the new Sun Devil Rewards app and if you are a Phoenix mom, you need to download it now! Not only does it list out tons of local events connected with Arizona State University, but you can also earn really cool free gear (more on that in a minute).

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This past week we found about The Night of the Open DoorNight of the Open Door events that Arizona State University hosts on its 4 campuses across the Phoenix area through the app. We attended the Polytechnic campus’s event last Friday evening and had so much fun! If Brody wasn’t already obsessed with the mascot Sparky, he sure is now!

We wandered around campus through classrooms and buildings where different programs and majors shared hands-on activities and experiences. JD and I both took many classes on this campus during our college days, so it was a bit surreal to be back in some of the buildings, now with a toddler in tow. Oh the memories it brought back!

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A highlight included Brody pretending to drive an off-road go-cart with all of the engineering students surrounding him.

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My favorite part was touring the printing studio and watching the process behind Sparky masks being printed, die cut, and assembled. It was so interesting to see!

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JD loved making a huge paper airplane with Brody, then teaching him how to throw it outside.

The whole event was free, well-organized and truly a blast for all 3 of us.

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There is another Night of the Open Door event coming up at the main campus this Saturday. We had so much fun at the Polytechnic campus, we may be checking this one out as well. You will be able to fly blimps, make wildflower seed bombs, learn how to wrap Saris, receive a Henna tattoo and more!

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Here's a little tip.

When you attend ASU events like this, make sure you download the Sun Devil Rewards App! You earn pitchforks, which are basically like points, for attending. The pitchforks can be redeemed for really cool prizes like tickets to sporting events, fan gear, and one of a kind experiences.

Want to earn some free gear?

Just for Momma Society readers, follow the 3 simple steps below before Sunday (2/26) and you will earn 500 pitchforks, enough to redeem for a prize.

  1. Download the Sun Devil Rewards App (50 pitchforks)
  2. Click on the “Secret Word” button on the main screen and enter “LOVEASU” (400 bonus pitchforks!)
  3. Connect your social accounts (50 pitchforks)