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Exploring Utah Valley

Carri Ward
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Carri Ward

Carri is the creator of @JoyofAdventuring on Instagram. Her passion is to inspire others to create meaningful experiences together through outdoor adventure and family travel. She graduated with an Exercise and Sports Science degree, is the wife of a professor, mom to 3 boys and a dark chocolate lover. She calls Utah Valley home and many of her adventures can be found on her blog at www.joyofadventuring.com.

Gifting Experiences in Utah Valley

The twinkle of lights, the smell of freshly cut Christmas trees, homemade cookies, holiday shopping, the newest Hallmark movies (much to the chagrin of my boys), and finding the perfect gift for my loved ones are all reasons I adore Christmas time. The anticipation of the Christmas season fills me…

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Utah County Fall Traditions in the Making

Fall is quickly becoming my favorite time of the year. I am not sure if it is the fresh pressed apple juice and wagon rides at Rowley’s Red Barn, the pick your own pumpkins and find your way through the corn maze at Glen Ray’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch or the beautiful leaves changing colors up…

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Finding Fall in Utah Valley

"I can’t miss them again!” I always have the best intentions of seeing fall crash the party with an amazing show of colors, yet I am always a week too early or a week too late. Can you relate? Maybe it is the kids’ sports, home learning, or work that takes my time, but this year I vowed “this will…

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Summer's End in Utah County

“You only have 18 summers with your kids”. Have you ever heard this statement? While true, I like to remember that I also have 18 falls, winters and springs with these boys of mine. Summer ending doesn’t mean all the fun is over. As school starts up again and time commitments increase, we look…

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The Great Summer Cool Off in Utah Valley

“Utah County heat wave pushes families to get creative with ways to cool off” could be a news headline. Some love the heat and others don’t. I fall into that second category. With all this heat and school right around the corner, I wanted to find fun ways to stay active and cool while spending some…

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Summer Fun at Payson Lakes

“And at the end of the day your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling” - Shanti. Summer brings the opportunity to explore, to do hard things, and to stoke the fire of curiosity and adventure in children and in ourselves; to experience something new is to be childlike again…

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Orem's Artisan Scene

When I hear the word “May”, yard work, flower pots, BBQ’s, spring cleaning, and family time come to mind. To me, May feels like a fresh start with trees blossoming and flowers blooming. Anything is possible, including gardening. According to a study by a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service…

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An Artisan Mother's Day in Springville & Spanish Fork

“A mother is a person, who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.” - Robert J. Quillen. We all have a mother or a mother figure in our life. With mother’s day coming up, I am sharing some fun ways I celebrated my mom in hope that you…

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Downtown Provo's Local Artisan Scene

How did I not know about Provo’s artisan scene? With spring right around the corner, I am itching to get out, have a little fun and discover some new stomping grounds. Can anyone else relate? I realized, I have gotten far too comfortable in my sweats and leggings lately. First things first: a…

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Adventure Sledding

Flying down the mountain on my sled, I knew that adventure sledding would become our next family tradition. There is nothing quite like it. Santa must have known because we found brand new, super-fast sleds under the Christmas tree this year. You may be asking, “What is adventure sledding?”…

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