Downtown Gems

good things about living downtown #8

R & R BBQ

600s 307w SLC, UT

It’s a great restaurant because it’s not only filling it is also refreshing.  Normally I don’t opt for BBQ because it is heavy and large portioned.  R & R doesn’t give you that I wish I hadn’t eaten that feeling.  They have 3 delicious homemade BarbeQue sauces that go well on all their entrees.  (I love to put the sweet sauce on my salad :) ) They also have paper towels at each table so you don’t have to keep running back for napkins! People think of everything!

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A to Z

One of the best things about being married to Chris is the fact that he is a CREATIVE GENIUS. Before meeting Chris I thought I knew how to go about creative processes.  That couldn’t be further from the truth.  Chris has shown me how to collect and organize my thoughts and look at the world in a whole new way.  When growing up I imagined my husband as this total jock who would leave me be.  Never did I ever think I would marry a man who can not only play sports like a champ but can work photoshop and a camera like a complete pro.  I love being married to a videographer/art director/designer/conceptor.  It’s led us to so many fun collective creative efforts like our wedding, kickstarter videos, and even our home.

Our Latest Collaboration: A to Z

My brother recently married a darling girl from Boston Massachusetts.  They differ in so many ways that it’s kind of crazy how they go together so well.  My mom had the wonderful idea for the wedding dinner to base it off the theme of their initials and how wide of a spectrum they have.

Asia (A) & Zeke (Z).

Chris and I had a blast coming up with props, voice over lines, and locations.  In a way I act as Chris’ producer/prop manager/co-creative director.  This has brought us together in such a fun way.  Hope you enjoy the video we created! Look up more of his videos at Chris George Films

We also helped my cousin with this video for her wedding! ENJOY!

MAX Adventure Zip Line

Here’s the thing.  I wished I loved hiking… I really do.  I haven’t found my love for it… yet.  Hopefully, I will soon or eventually.  Luckily, there are some outdoor things to do besides that for now. For example:

MAX Adventure Zip Line    in Provo Canyon

Directions

The guides were helpful and the lines were fun and fast. They use a great braking system and participants go on 5 zip lines from start to finish. You can get some great deals if you schedule a spot with several people! So get a group of 7 or 8 and go for $20 cheaper. I recommend going earlier in the morning so you aren’t in the scorching heat.  We went at 9AM and it was perfect timing.  Little kids will have blast too!

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The last line is the longest and takes your right back where you parked your car.  BOOYA.

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Downtown Gems

 

 

Good things about living downtown #7

Eva’s Bakery

We finally went into Eva’s! (not to be confused with Eva’s Bakery)

It’s a scrumptious Small Plates & Drinks Restaurant. Located at 317 s. main street in Downtown Salt Lake. It’s such a fun place to eat because the portions are perfect and you can share everything family stye.  The whole point is to get a lot of different things and let everyone have a few bites of each.  Overall it was a good time.  The service was great and the food delectable.  The only thing I wasn’t crazy, head over heels in love with was the mac n cheese.  The Oink Oink Oink and Tri Tip were my favorites.  Go try it!

Click Here for other Yelp Reviews of Eva’s

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They have a gorgeous patio area in the back.  It is between to buildings in an alley way.  It gave this cool urban feel to our meal. Hey that rhymed…

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We forgot to take a picture of our first plates before we ate them!!! WE WERE STARVING.

-Slow Roasted Tri-Tip bruschetta-

-French Fries w/ Parmesean and Rosemary-

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Second Plates:

-Baked Greek Mac & Cheese-

-Oink Oink Oink– Pork Belly, Pork Loin, and BACON-

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had a great time! Thank You Eva’s!!!

Capitol Croquet

The Capitol building has acted as a backyard since we’ve lived downtown.  There have been numerous occasions where we’ve need some grass for picnics, star gazing, and of course croquet matches.  It has a gorgeous view and plenty of space.  It’s quickly becoming one of my favorite places in the city.  Fortunately, the capitol is barely one minute away from our apartment!

If anyone wants to play a friendly/really competitive game of croquet give us a call.

thanks for playing today julia & lance

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Egans Take Oceanside

Oceanside as usual didn’t disappoint. Let me give you a few reasons why it is and forever will be my favorite trip.

it’s the perfect place for penny boarding and beach biking to the park.
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It’s where my cousins went from cousins to best friends and bridesmaids.

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MORNING ZUMBA / WERQ / TONING

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They are second to Utah for prettiest sunsets.

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You learn to prepare to be surprised.  (my poor dad)

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THE VIEW FROM THE BEACH HOUSE… (perfect for seal and dolphin sightings… which occur daily)

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Endless searching for sand crabs with Clara

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Daring strangers to make a cooler sandcastle than us.  (it’ll never happen.)

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The Girls pedicure outing to happiness salon.

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Mostly because it’s the place where some of my most cherished memories are.

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This year was even better because my best friend got to spend the whole week with me there.  We even got to celebrate our six months of marriage. (not too exciting but it’s crazy how time it flying!) and California is the only place where I will let Chris have a mustache.

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Random Elizabeth Egan concerts.
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You get to spend everyday laughing with Nate the Great.

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Because I spend several wonderful hours planning the Annual Oceanside Jeopardy game with Missy.

We even went digital this year.  Missy had all the questions and answers on her iPad.

The Categories this year:

Ocean Sider

Sing- A -Long

Elite Eganomics

Beach Edition

and of course… Is That a Challenge????

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Thanks for another great trip! SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!!!!

#eganelite

(Thanks to all of you whose instagrams I stole.. Love you.)

A Pearl Of Great Price | YW Camp 2014

How in the world can I be a Young Women leader in my ward???  I’ve barely been out of the YW program for two years. However, this opportunity has helped me grow tremendously. Young Women’s Camp is something I looked forward to every year as a girl. I loved hanging out with the cool leaders, singing camp songs, and staying up all night. Yet, when told I would be going to camp as a leader I was SO nervous.  I wondered: Would the girls like me outside of church? Would I even be useful? How could I be in charge of the safety of four girls on the drive up to Jackson, WY? I was becoming increasingly overwhelmed.  GOOD NEWS. I had the most amazing time.  (We made it there safely)

Our Theme: I Am A Pearl of Great Price

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A pearl used to be considered the most valuable gemstone on earth. However overtime, Many jewelers have decided to culture their own pearls because Natural pearls have become increasingly rare and difficult to find… Similarly, in our world today young girls have a false view of what it means to be a woman. Our society tells us to be sexy, vain, and selfish when really a woman should be kind, virtuous, and loving.

I know we hear this all the time but I think it’s worth repeating:  “We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more purity.” – Margaret D Nadauld

Like many, pearls are my go to jewelry. It may be because it’s my birthstone. But mostly I think it’s because pearls can not only stimulate your femininity but, can also lift ones spirits and remind one to walk with dignity. They symbolize so much and help me remember that I am and should strive to be pure, kind, and genuine.

No two pearls can be identical. The latin word for pearl literally means unique.  Here are some of the unique pearls in my life.

My sister Lizzie is a pearl because she has passion for life and shows it with her music. She lights up a room with her voice and isn’t afraid to share it and her feelings through songs.

My mom is a pearl because she has unconditional love. She Continually forgives me and those who have wronged her. Helping me understand that love is more important than being right.

My grandmother is a pearl because she teaches everyone she sees the gospel. She is the ULTIMATE member missionary.  She is proud to be an LDS woman and makes sure that you and the whole world knows it.

And My young women are pearls, never have I seen such conviction to live the gospel righteously.  I grew up in a place where it seems like everyone lives the gospel because that’s what everyone is doing. So when I see you walking to church on your own because you want to learn more about our savior I am almost moved to tears.  I am so impressed with your poise and maturity and ability to include others and to be like Christ.

My last girls camp was one full of strange memories.  The first day we went on a hike to Legacy Lake.  We were all smiling and laughing enjoying each other’s company. Sophie Barton, my friend and fellow H25 ward member, seemed the happiest of all of us.  She was doing what she did best, singing along the whole trail. I had no idea that this would be one of the hardest days of my life.  While on the way back from our hike Sophie collapsed and was sent to the emergency room.  What we thought was only severe dehydration turned out to be something much more serious.  A leader returned hours later with the news that Sophie had died. This like nothing else was a trial of my faith. I remember going home that night on the bus in tears wondering what to think.  Sophie was strong and had an unwavering testimony of the gospel.  She gave me and our whole community the best example and brought us together more than anything ever could. Sophie even at 17 years old touched so many people and continues to today with Sophie’s Place. She showed me that even though things seem difficult and hard they are worth it. She lived with kindness and charity in her heart and was the happiest person alive.  To remember her the color white was chosen. Ribbons, candles, clothing etc. was and still is seen all over the neighborhood. White was chosen because of her purity, selflessness, and love. To this day when ever I see a white ribbon, butterfly, or even when I put on my white pearls I think of Soph and all she stood for.

A pearl is made when something irritating or parasitic enters the mollusk.  The mollusk then builds layer upon layer to turn something bad into something beautiful.  Despite all the sand, mud, and gunk in an oyster a pearl is made. Just Like a pearl, we too have been shaped through trial and tribulation building ourselves layer upon layer. To the world it seems hard to be a natural pearl but let me stress that it is so worth it to be a christlike LDS woman.  Fake pearls, although beautiful on the outside are just plastic on the inside. Use the Young Women organization to build yourself layer upon layer like a pearl from the inside out.  Gain values to become a real pearl filled with faith, individual worth, virtue, etc. to help make you truly happy and strong enough to stand as a witness at all times and in all things and in all places. Most people opt out of finding a real pearl and decide to settle on something they think will make them happy because it may seem easier or more convenient.  We must remember that natural pearls were not made in a day! Pearls are made after many years of new experiences and learning from mistakes.

We are ALL pearls and you are God’s PERFECT creation who he loves eternally. You are a rarity, so be different than the world. Do the things that are hard and unpopular.  As you act kind, genuine, and selfless like daughters of God that heavenly father intended you to be, you will become the happiest you have ever been.  You will be a pearl of great price.

-Janie George

Now a few pics of our fantastic camp!

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10 Ways To Make Your 4th of July Party Awesome

The Fourth of July! One of the coolest holidays.  Namely, because the U.S. is an amazing place to live!
I know most of you will be celebrating with a fun Barbeque so here are some ways to liven up! ENJOY!
 
1. MUSIC
I am the biggest advocate of background music at parties.  It sets the tone! It can make a party less awkward.  It is the ultimate Ice Breaker. Luckily, I made a fun American themed playlist ( MERICA )! Follow me on Spotify @ SaraJane George to get the playlist!
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2. Patriotic Prizes & Giveaways
I got patriotic socks, windmills, decals, etc.  It’s also handy to have red, white, and blue stuff that others can wear in case they forgot to come in MERICA attire.
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It can be difficult to make the Independence Day thrilling without fireworks.  However, some kids are way too young to participate.  Martha Stewart had a great idea.  Fill balloons with confetti and pop them!  A colorful explosion without letting your kids near fire. Another idea… Have a bike parade! Let the wee ones decorate their scooters, bikes, and trikes!  Let them strut their stuff on the sidewalk!a0d7e2544a357c36b9c93c7a238176324. Food Decor
I am no cook.  But what I can handle when it comes to BBQ-ing is the presentation.  A hamburger or hot dog looks even more beautiful when its accompanied by a fun lined basket, paired with festive napkins.
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These pictures can be so fun for young and old alike.  It brings out creativity and imagination!  July Fourth also happens to be the perfect time to do them because of SPARKLERS!!! Here is a link to a tutorial post I did on Long Exposure Shots.
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6. Outfit Competition
Encourage your guests to wear patriotic and festive attire! The more outrageous the better! Best outfit gets a prize.
fourth87. GAMES GAMES GAMES
- water balloon dodgeball- played exactly like dodgeball except you get soaking wet!
-Baseball or Football- what’s more American than those sports?
-croquet- it really brings the classiness factor up at a barbeque.
-Potato Bag race or Three legged race- I love these games because it gets every age involved.
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8. Trivia
Have U.S. history and trivia questions ready while dinner is being prepared.  It’s fun to see how much we really know about our AMAZING nation. Here’s a few links to some trivia questions: American Trivia, More American Trivia, Even More American Trivia
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9. Flag Hunt
Take some mini flags and hide them through out the yard.  Similarly to an Easter egg hunt, little ones go searching!  The one who finds the most flags wins a prize.  Another way to have a flag hunt is to make it a counting competition.  Hide flags everywhere, little ones and big ones, on napkins and plates. etc.  The only rule: Flags that people are wearing on their own body do not count.  Know before hand how many flags there are in the yard.  The person with the correct answer wins a prize!
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10. Sweet Treats
Pinterest had this awesome idea of taking a classic American treat, Root beer floats, and making them even more patriotic.  I changed the idea slightly but you could do any variation really.
-Cold mug
-Vanilla Ice Cream
-Jones Soda- Strawberry Lime and Berry Lemonade (Red & Blue)
-Fresh Rasperries
AWESOME.  It is honestly so refreshing and tasty!
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Crowd-funding

So my wife wanted me to clarify that this is me (Chris) writing this post. Sorry you won’t be hearing about love, religion, or life of Janie too much today.

I wanted to tell you a bit about Crowd-funding, why it’s so popular, and how I started my own business to help projects.

I just recently helped work on a crowd-funding project. Check it out here: Anne B Designs | MADE

Crowd-funding is just as it sounds. It’s funding by a crowd or every day individuals who are contacted typically via social media. Funding to start a business or project of some sort typically was done in the past by approaching a rich dude and asking him for a large sum of cash. Thanks to platforms like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, GoFundMe and many others, anyone with a pretty cool idea can get their project funded. The benefit of crowd-funding is that it’s low risk; entrepreneurs rely on their social network to help spread the word. Usually as a reward “the funder” gets the product or service before it goes into market. If the project doesn’t get fully funded, everyone gets their money back. Hopefully little money was spent (zero to a couple hundred bucks) to find out that the idea wasn’t that great. Here’s a link for more on crowd-funding.

Something that each crowd-funding project should have is a videoIt enables individuals to see in 1-3 minutes what the project is about and why they should help fund it. While some choose not to have a video or spend little time making one, a good video can be all the difference. Kickstarter themselves have stated that projects without a campaign video have only a 30% chance of being funded. However projects with a video have a 66% higher chance of success. While Kickstarter urges everyone to have a video, I want to encourage entrepreneurs to take it one step further to increase their success by having a well thought out, high quality video. Unfortunately that can be time consuming and really expensive. Your typical production company will charge you over $1500 for simple 2 minute video. For that reason I started my own business called KickstarterVideo.net. I help make high quality videos for crowd-funding projects. Since entrepreneurs are looking for a good deal (cheap), I have a unique business model that everyone can afford.

For a 2-3 minute video (scripted, shot in HD and edited) crowd-funders will only spend around $300-700 upfront (Which could include graphic animation if the project requires). After the project launches our team will even help traffic people towards it. When the project gets funded, a percentage of the winnings (anywhere from 4-9%) goes to Kickstarter Video. Entrepreneurs can rest easy knowing that Kickstarter Video will take on the same risk as them, because if the project doesn’t get funded then both parties walk away empty handed.

So like I mentioned before, I just helped launch a project for one of our first clients Anne B Designs. Here’s the video we made for her. Check it out and go help fund her project or share it for us:

 

We have more videos coming as we’re working with 2 new clients already. Stay tuned and check out Kickstartervideo.net for more information. If you have a project with which you need help; we’d love to make your video.

It has been super fun doing all this as a side project while working full-time as an Art Director at Struck downtown. Janie is amazing. She puts up with me spending my days and nights working all the time on these projects. She’s an amazing wife and she even helped me edit this post. Let’s just say there is a reason why i’m the guy who designs and makes things look good instead of writing about them. Which leads me to my last item; I work with an amazing writer, Taylor Crane, who does all the scripts for the videos as well as helps write out the project descriptions, emails to bloggers, and much more. Thanks.

Class of 2K14

Had some fun with my sister and her friends today!  Needless to say they are ecstatic that they have graduated from Olympus High School this year! So naturally we had to celebrate by taking some fun pics!

What would you leave behind if you could? What would your legacy be?  I was always sort of bummed that I didn’t get to have a senior quote in the yearbook.  It would have been nice to leave my fellow classmates with something I found interesting, exciting, and what I believed in.  This year I am trying to live by my wannabe senior quote… “Wherever you are be all there.” - Jim Elliot.  It can be difficult with all the distractions to focus on where you are at the moment and what is really important.  Having a husband and an iPhone with games, social media, texts, etc. can make it difficult to really spend time together.  I hope that when I leave this Earth I will leave others feeling like I made time for them and appreciated the memories made.  Look up and smile at one another!  Let’s be all here.

I’d love to hear what your life motto or senior quote is! Let me know!

If the yearbook would have let them have senior quotes this is what they’d be:

Brooklyn: “What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t happened yet.” – unknown

Faith: “Grateful for the friends i’ve made but I’m excited for a new scene. Peace and Blessings.” 

Anna: “Take care of all your memories for you cannot relive them” – Bob Dylan

Elizabeth: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

CONGRATS ON GRADUATING CUTE GIRLS! #classof2014

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