Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Witches Wanted: Get paid to be a Gardner Village witch

Welcome, Witches! Are you tired of feeling witch discrimination? Never any place to park your broom! Shoe stores that don’t cater to the pointy-toed! Grocery stores fresh out of the toad and wart ingredients you need to make your latest concoctions? Yes, enough is enough. It’s high time you find yourself in a place of true witch acceptance—a new home where you’ll run supreme. That place: Gardner Village! And it’s looking to add new members to its witchy wonderland at WitchFest 2015. So open up that spells-and-appointments book and mark August 29th on your calendar!

That’s right; we’re hosting Witch Auditions this Saturday, August 29th at 10 AM, and we want to meet you! 

What does it take to be a Gardner Village Witch, you ask? Well, you must be willing to keep up with the landscaping. Well, maybe not.

You had better have an insatiable sweet tooth.

You certainly must know your way around a spell or two. 

You should have a willingness to kiss errrrr, walk the various Gardner Village animals as needed. 

And you must play well with others. 

Ohhh.. and the following qualifications don’t hurt either:

1. You must have full availability during October, as a witch’s work is never done. Also, there will be four days in September that your Six Hags Witches Adventure habitat at Cricket Hollow Swamp will be open, so we ask that you have availability in September also.

2. Availability to take part in early morning television spots to promote Gardner Village.

3. You must be at least 18 years of age. 

To prepare for your audition, have the following ready: 

* A full understanding of your background and witch persona, as well as a life story for your witch.

* Your own costume in a genre that fits with your specific witch.

* Be prepared with a three-minute performance/interaction, highlighting your witch persona, including attention getters and ways to interact with Gardner Village guests. 

Witchy Wisdom
Wanting to help you prepare for your time in the slime-light, two of our witches, Lucinda (left) and Brazzilla (that's double Z, double L,-to the right), have answered a few questions for you here: 

Q1: How did you get started as a Gardner Village witch?

Lucinda: I was flying on my broom during a full moon. I looked down upon Gardner Village and saw with my old, worn out eyes the magical witch displays. I knew then, I belonged with like-minded witches. 

Q2:  What advice do you have for other witches who hope to join your Gardner Village gaggle of witches?

Brazzilla: Know who you are as a witch, get a fabulous wardrobe, and practice your witch voice and cackle! You don’t have to be perfect—just be outgoing and fun and willing to learn from the best. We will help mold you into your best witchy self. 

Q3: Describe a typical day for a Gardner Village witch.

Lucinda: We meet at Cottage Retreat Day Spa to have our warts enhanced. Before going out for an enchanted evening, we always spray our long rat-nest locks with scare spray. We gather slimy toads in the pond and occasionally Crazy Cora makes us trap a mouse to help train her black Halloween cats.

Won't You Be Our Witchy Neighbor?
We're looking for 10-12 new witches to join our brew-haha! One of those 12 spots might as well belong to you! Join us this Saturday, August 29th at 10 AM in The Gathering Place for your chance to have a cackling good time this Halloween season at Gardner Village's WitchFest. Click here for more information, including a contact phone number and a link to your online witch application. 

And the Winner Is…
Before we go, we have a winner to announce. These lucky ladies knew the correct spells to cast to each win a $25 shopping spree to Spoiled Rotten:

Congratulations Melissa Morris & Jayne Vance! Please e-mail us at for details on claiming your prize.

Megan Hoeppner

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Back-to-School Cool at Spoiled Rotten - Win a $25 Gift Certificate!

If you like the sound of that, please read on!

Send your kiddos back to school in style with fresh fashion from Spoiled Rotten, a children’s boutique here at Gardner Village. 

If you haven’t had an opportunity to visit this shop before, you should know they have fashions for newborns on up to pre-teens, including clothing for boys and girls. 

Plus, they offer an impressive assortment of shoes, hats, hair bows, and other fashion accessories.

Plus, just right for this time of year, they even offer unique backpacks and lunch boxes your children will love. 

If you’re feeling stuck in a rut or simply want a little expert advice when it comes to styling your young students, Spoiled Rotten has a friendly staff available to answer questions.

Plus, there are sweet outfits on display throughout the store. Here are just a few of the fun ensembles you’ll find.

I assure you, you won’t want to walk away from this sassy shop empty handed. I paid a visit to prepare this blog and couldn’t resist leaving without a few pieces of my own. I bought this darling denim and lace jack and sweet floral shirt for my daughter. She wore them today and we received several compliments. So nice! 

Spoiled Rotten can’t wait to help your child make his or her new-school-year statement soon, whether they’re starting their first day of pre-school or getting ready to make the big move to jr. high. 

ENTER TO WIN! Spoiled Rotten Children's Boutique is offering a $25 gift certificate to 2 lucky blog readers. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post, or tag a friend on social media through Facebook or Instagram on our Spoiled Rotten posts, between now and Monday, August 25th. The winner will be announced on our Wednesday, August 27th post. Good luck!  Note: Must be 18+ years to enter. 

Congrats to Jenn Hadfield Curtis. Jann wins the purse and scarf from Shopaholics at Gardner Village. Please email to claim your prize.

Megan Hoeppner

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Fashion Advice from Your Friends at Shopaholics & ENTER TO WIN!

Accessorizing isn’t always an easy task. Does this necklace go with this top? Do these colors work together? Is this style of handbag yesterday’s news? It’s impossible to keep up with all of the do's and don’ts. Never fear, your friends at Shopaholics at Gardner Village are here to help. And while we're at it they're going to GIVEAWAY a purse and a scarf to one lucky reader. So stay tuned and read on. 

Extremely knowledgable, the staff at this women's clothing shop stays on top of all of the fashion trends from season to season and are more than happy to share their wisdom with you. Here are just a few of the latest tips they have to offer.

Q. Purses: What’s in?

A. The two extremes—either large or tiny. The in-between sizes are currently on the back burner. 

When they say small purses are in, they mean wallets on chains. Now THAT's small. And chic! 

Are you unable to travel lightly? Well, you're in luck. Big is, well... big! 

Q. What about belts?

A. Tiny belts, worn around the waist are hip. 

No need for belt loops. Instead, this is the business on the belt—tied! 

And layering more than one bitty belt is boss! (That’s right, boss!) ;) 

Q. What style is in?

A. One of the popular styles right now is Bohemian. 

Shopaholics has a difficult time keeping this section of their store stocked. 

A. Layering is also in, with lots of lace. Lovely! 

Q. What about accessories?

A. Go big or go home? It’s all about the statement jewelry. 

Little pendants like this are taking some time off. 

A. The same is also true for sunglasses. This season's fashions would make Jackie O. proud. 

Q. What about scarves? Are they just for cooler weather?

A. Nope. Scarves can be worn year round. They make an excellent layering option. And Shopaholics has many choices to choose from. 

Q. How do I select accessories to go with my ensembles?

A. If you’re wearing a top with lots of color, let those colors guide your accessory choices, and keep those accessories relatively monochromatic to balance the busyness of the top. 

And, the reverse is also true. If your top is solid, it’s okay to go with more color and pizzazz in your accessories. 

Q. And now, a question for YOU. Did you know that Utah often leads the way in national fashion trend-setting? Two prime examples of popular fashions that begin right here are boot socks and skirt extenders. Who says you have to go to the coastal cities to find the latest in cool?

Q. Feeling inspired and ready to update your wardrobe? Whether you want to add a few new layering pieces for fall or still want to embrace the summer sun, there are plenty of styles waiting for you at Shopaholics. See you soon! 

ENTER TO WIN! Shopaholics is offering a a FREE purse and scarf to one lucky blog reader. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post, or tag a friend on social media in our Shopaholics post, between now and Monday, August 17th. The winner will be announced on our Wednesday, August 19th post. Good luck!  Note: Must be 18+ years to enter. 

Megan Hoeppner