Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

FREE Elf Scavenger Hunt at Gardner Village

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A fun event for kids and families is the annual Free Elf Scavenger Hunt at Gardner Village. This is a free activity for families of all ages.
Watch a short video of how excited my kids get year after year doing this scavenger hunt!

Elf #utahmama #todaysmama
Go to the Gardner Village website to print the Elf Scavenger Hunt, then head down to Gardner Village at 1100 West 7800 South in West Jordan to find all the elves.
This is one of our favorite family traditions for many reasons:
  • Even though it’s outside, there are many cute little shops around the village to duck into and warm up for a minute. We get a lot of our Christmas shopping done while we are there. In my family, the kids draw names and pick one of their cousins to buy a gift for. When we buy those gifts at Gardner Village, we know that it’s going to be something unique that you won’t find anywhere else.

  • Treats, treats and more treats! With shops like Taste, Naborhood Bakery, and Sweet Aftons, there is never a shortage of goodies! (Side note: We went to a different shopping center a few weeks ago, and was appalled at the lack of food places! You definitely don’t have that problem at Gardner Village!)

  • We love having lunch or dinner at Archibald’s after finishing the scavenger hunt.

  • I love teaching my kids about Utah history, and it’s fun to read the information about each building while doing the elf hunt. Each shop is housed in a historical building relocated from somewhere around Utah.

  • Because of how cute the village is decorated for the holidays, the pictures I take of my kids doing the hunt turn out so festive! (Note: This is also a great place to have your family photos taken for your Christmas card! They do, however, require that photographers check in at the main office.) Gardner Village also welcomes Camera Shy. Visit Camera Shy to book your session today.
Elf Scavenger Hunt #todaysmama
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Today's blog was written by Michelle Powell. Her favorite thing to do is to get out of the house and find adventures. She's the founder and creator of Enjoy Utah!, a site dedicated to helping families get out of the house and see all that Utah has to offer. She contributes as a blog writer for the Salt Lake Visitors Bureau, Today's Mama and co-owns, Squawkbox Sound, a DJ business. She and her husband, Russ, provide the awesome sound at Gardner Village's Friday Night Fever, Midnight Madness Beach Party and Witches Night Out events.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Crio Bru at Taste Culinary Boutique

Taste Culinary Boutique is now serving Crio Bru!

Crio Bru is a healthy and delicious brewed cocoa drink. It has all of the health benefits of dark chocolate and brews just like coffee. It's made with 100% PURE cocoa beans which are carefully hand selected.

It has many antioxidants, is heart healthy and also low calorie. Crio Bru contains a natural stimulant called theobromine which is gentle, long lasting, and non-addictive. This will keep you energized, focused, and on top of the world. 

 Stop by Taste Culinary Boutique to try it. They have products for you to buy and make at home.

What a perfect drink to give you the health benefits you need! 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Christmas in the Village

Spread the holiday cheer by visiting the magical elf displays at Gardner Village! 

Wander the wintery paths and find Santa's helpers.They're up now until December 31st.  Print your Elf Scavenger hunt form here!

It's the most wonderful time of the year!!!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

We want to wish all of our Gardner Village friends and family a Happy Thanksgiving!

We are grateful for YOU!!!! Thanks for your support!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Small Business Saturday at Gardner Village

Come Support Your Local Businesses! 

Gardner Village is encouraging you to shop with us on Saturday, November 30th, Small Business Saturday, a day when America comes together to celebrate the Shop Small movement and support small businesses in Utah and throughout the nation.

For more information on Small Business Saturday, visit Facebook.com/shopsmall.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Elf Displays at Gardner Village

The North Pole Elves are back for the Holidays! 

Starting tomorrow, November 22nd the elves will be up at Gardner Village for you to come and find. 

These pointy-eared charmers are helping Santa prepare for the holiday season. 

Wander the wintery paths in search of Santa's helpers. Bring your camera and kids, and capture the magic of Christmas at the Village. Print your scavenger hunt form Here! 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Midnight Madness at Gardner Village

             Ready to shop till you drop? 

On Saturday, November 23rd from 6 pm to midnight, we'll be having our very own pre-Black Friday mega sales event! Receive incredible discounts, coupons, and prizes at all of our retail shops. With our 22 stores brimming thousands of items, you'll be able to find great gifts for everyone. 

Warm delicious food at our eateries will help you conquer the night. 

Grab your friends and enjoy a fun filled night at our holiday bargain bash! Our shops are open till midnight with special sales through the midnight hour. 

Here are some fabulous finds here at Gardner Village. 

Upon the Shelf

Storybook Nook

Spoiled Rotten

The Village Quilt Shop

Posh Peddler  

Plum Dandy


Just Us Girls

Georgell Doll Shop 

Country Furniture & Gifts

Celebration by Modern Display 

Aunt Elsie's

Sweet Afton's Candy Shop

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Wonderful Savings at Gardner Village!

It's that time of year to start getting ready for the holidays. 

You'll find super savings to decorate your home, Thanksgiving table and to provide great gifts for your friends. 

Let's check out a few of the sales here at Gardner Village. 

Country Furniture & Gifts is having a pillow and plaque sale you can't beat. The sale price is just $19.99. These are fun to decorate your home for your holiday parties or to give to those special friends as gifts. 

If you're the decorative type, Aunt Elsie's is having a tableware and linen sale that would be really cute to decorate your Thanksgiving dinner table with. All regular-priced linens, dishes and glassware are 20% off. They have beautiful pieces to make your table settings delightful for your friends and family. 

Find a full range of gifts for your friends and family at Pine Needles Holiday Open House on November 13th from 10 am - 9 pm. You'll have to show up to see what they have to offer. 

What fantastic savings at Gardner Village! Find more events and savings here! 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Fall at Gardner Village

Fall is our favorite time of year here at Gardner Village!

Let's take a look at some of the wonderful displays and scenery.

 Hurry in to Gardner Village to get one more glimpse of fall!

Sign up for the Gardner Village Newsletter for coupons and events here!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

:Lucinda's Popcorn Recipe

Check out Lucinda the Gardner Village Witch's Popcorn Recipe!

This is her recipe for all your leftover Halloween candy!

It's 100% Witchalicious!!

Lucinda’s Trashy Chunky Popcorn


      1 package microwave popcorn (Light butter)
·         8 ounces white chocolate (almond bark or white chocolate chips)
·         Left over Halloween candy cut into bite size pieces


Step 1: Pop popcorn and put in large bowl with assorted Halloween candy chunks.  
Step 2: Melt chocolate.
Melting Instructions:
Oven:  Set oven temperature on lowest setting (100-150).  Put chocolate in an oven-safe bowl and place in oven for about 20 minutes to melt.  Stir.
Microwave:  Use medium setting and heat for 1 minute.  Stir and repeat until melted.  Don’t wait for chocolate to lose its form because it won’t until stirred.  Be careful because chocolate will burn. 
Step 3: Pour melted chocolate over popcorn and chunks. Mix well.  Then spread out on wax paper to cool.

Super easy right?

Leave a comment and let us know what you think.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Many Bloggers are Talking about Gardner Village!!!

Guest blogger Michelle Powell wrote about one of our fun events this season on the blog Enjoy Utah. Take a look!

Eric Dowdle Portrays “WitchFest” at Gardner Village

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World-reknown folk artist Eric Dowdle is popular for his beloved paintings-turned-puzzles, and has been a well-known name in many homes around the world.
For his latest painting-turned-puzzle, Dowdle has chosen a historical Utah site and event to portray. “WitchFest” is a scene that many of you are familiar with if you have visited Gardner Village during Witches Night Out or any other day in October. I had the pleasure of meeting Eric Dowdle at Gardner Village during his puzzle signing and the Bloggers’ Night Out last Thursday, October 3rd. He is just as charming in person as his puzzles, and shared with us stories of his travels around the world and where painting has got him to where he is today. He enjoys doing what he loves and traveling the world to share that love with others.
We stayed up all night the other night determined to finish the 500-piece WitchFest puzzle. My 7-year old and 9-year old were also intrigued by this puzzle and helped match the pieces to complete the picture.
You can purchase WitchFest by Eric 

Dowdle at Gardner Village. You can also check the Gardner Village website for complete WitchFest schedule. I heard that there are still tickets to Witchapalooza, the comedy dinner show that has become a beloved tradition for many Utah “witches”.
If you want to experience a scene like that of the puzzle WitchFest, make sure you come to Witches Night Out, Oct 11-12 (this weekend) and Oct 25-26. (Make sure to come and say hi to me…..I will be the witch spinning the tunes in the top of the tower at the main stage!) Complete details about all of the festivities of WitchFest for this year can be found on the Gardner Village website.

View Michelle's Blog Post here!

Check out these other blogs that are talking about Gardner Village. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Halloween is Right Around the Corner!!

Here are some fun Halloween facts and jokes to get us in the Halloween spirit. 


  1. Halloween candy sales average about $2 billion annually in the United States.
  2. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups rank as the most popular Halloween candy, followed by Life Savers, Baby Ruth, Tootsie Rolls and Milky Way. M&Ms and Hershey bars are also very popular.
  3. Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.
  4. Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green.
  5. Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
  6. The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips
  7. The word “witch” comes from the Old English wicce, meaning “wise woman.” In fact,wiccan were highly respected people at one time. According to popular belief, witches held one of their two main meetings, or sabbats, on Halloween night
  8. Fifty percent of kids prefer to receive chocolate candy for Halloween, compared with 24% who prefer non-chocolate candy and 10% who preferred gum.
  9. Ireland is typically believed to be the birthplace of Halloween
  10. Halloween has variously been called All Hallows’ Eve, Witches Night, Lamswool, Snap-Apple Night, Samhaim, and Summer’s End.


  1. What room does a ghost not need? Answer: A living room
  2. What do birds say on Halloween? Answer: Twick O Tweet
  3. What does a witch use to keep her hair up? Answer: Scarespray
  4. Who did Frankenstein take to the dance? Answer: His "ghoul" friend
  5. What do ghosts eat for super? Answer: Spooketi
  6. What kind of dessert does a ghost like? Answer: I Scream!
  7. What is the most important subject a witch needs to learn in school? Answer: Spelling
  8. What is a ghost's favorite pie? Answer: Booberry Pie
  9. Who won the skeleton beauty context? Answer: No body
  10. Which ghost is the best dancer? Answer: The Boogie Man

Get in the Halloween spirit and enjoy the festivities at Gardner Village!