Happiness in Progress

Invest in Memories, Not Things

I teamed up with the Medford Mail Tribune for this giveaway and did receive a 2018 Family Fun Pass. All opinions are my own.




Then laughter.

So much laughter.

The culprit behind it – this emu.

The little guy wouldn’t move from his spot next to our car. Instead, tapping on the window to prompt huge belly laughs from the toddler, preschooler and even me and my husband.

That’s what investing in memories looks like.

Even when you don’t remember exactly what happened every step of a memory, you remember how it made you feel. Your kids remember how being with you made them feel.

When I was a young kid there were a lot of “things” I didn’t get. I have memories of circling toys upon toys in catalogs – which would basically be as close to that toy I’d ever get (American Girl anyone?).

So when I became a mom I was quick to snag deals on all the toys my son could ever want. Sesame Street stuffed animals, check. Disney Cars merchandise, check. Pokemon – you gotta catch ’em all after all, check.

But somewhere along our journey of collecting and stocking up – we realized the toys weren’t bringing joy into our home.

Don’t get me wrong – memories can be created around giving and receiving gifts and playing with those toys. But we don’t need all the stuff to make memories rich, vibrant and full of laughter.

Back to the laughter on a sunny day at Wildlife Safari.

As we drove our way through the wildlife park we saw elephants, a hippo, bears and our favorite – the giraffes.

But probably even more important than what was going on outside our car – what was going on inside.

Less texting, more talking.

Less making deadlines, more time.

Less fighting, more love.

Less anxiety, more laughter.

For Southern Oregon readers, you can make memories all summer-long with the 2018 Family Fun Pass from Rosebud Media, The Medford Mail Tribune and KTVL! The $90 card gives you access to 15 different activities – Rogue Karting, Boingo’s Bounce House & Jac’s Battlefield, Crater Rock Museum, Jerry’s Rogue Jet Boats, Moonbow Archery, Laser Ops Entertainment, Lava Lanes, Rogue Rock Gym, Escape Ashland, Jackson County Fair, Medford Rogues Baseball, Wildlife Safari, HIGS Gym, Wildlife Images.


I’m so grateful to give away one 2018 Family Fun Pass to one lucky reader/listener! First, make sure you like my Facebook page and Instagram page.

You can get a total of three entries!
1) Share the giveaway Facebook post (and comment to tell me you shared it) (It’s the TOP pinned post!)
2) Tag a friend in the Facebook comments
3) Tag a friend in the comments of this Instagram post

A winner will be chosen and notified via social media on Thursday, May 24th at 11 p.m. The passes go on sale HERE Friday morning at 9 a.m. sharp!

Good luck!

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