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10 of the Best Christmas Lights to See in Utah

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Christmas lights make everything a little big more magical, don't they? There are tons of places all around Utah for you & yours to see the lights.

Here are 10 of the best Christmas light displays that you need to see:

1. Lights at Temple Square

Visiting the lights at Temple Square is a holiday tradition for many Utahns. Families and friends bundle up to walk around and see the thousands of lights, visit the life-size nativity, and warm up to hot cocoa. Hop on over to City Creek after for dinner, treats and shopping.

The Temple Square Lights start the day after Thanksgiving and are up until New Year's Day. The lights are turned on at dusk until 10:00pm, except on New Year's Eve until 12:30am. Check out this link to see the other activities & concerts available at Temple Square during the Christmas season. 

2. ZooLights! at Utah's Hogle Zoo

Utah's Hogle Zoo turns into a lit up winter wonderland during the holiday season, and you definitely don't want to miss out on the 200+ light displays. It's open from December 1-31 (except Christmas day). Check out their website for pricing and other information. 

3. Tree of Life at Draper City Park

Over the past few years, Draper City has started a new tradition that is attracting people from all over. They light up the largest willow tree at Draper City Park with over 1,000 strands of lights, creating what is called The Tree of Life. It is quite a sight to see. Located at 12500 S. 1300 E. in Draper. 

4. Luminaria at Thanksgiving Point

New this year, Thanksgiving Point has put one of the most fabulous light shows in Utah County Luminaria. Thanksgiving Point events never disappoint, so this is definitely something you will want to check out, and possibly make a new tradition for your family. Check here for tickets. 

5. Christmas in Color

 Located in Kearns and Provo, Christmas in Color is a drive-through holiday light show set to music. Stay in your warm car while you drive through millions of Christmas lights set to your favorite Christmas tunes. For dates and tickets, check out their website. 

6. Christmas in the Village at Gardner Village

Gardner Village goes all out at Christmas time hanging up lights and decorating. There's nothing quite like a quaint village with shops dressed up for the holiday season. More than just lights, they have other festive activities and delicious food to eat. You don't want to miss out on this fun night out! Visit their website for more details.

 

7. The Shops at Riverwoods

The Riverwoods in Provo is a great designation for holiday lights all season long. Not only are there beautiful lights to see, but you can sit on Santa's lap, hear live music on the weekends and ride the FREE holiday train through the lights. Be sure to get hot chocolate at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and play with the vintage toys & knick-knacks at Blickenstaff's. For more info & activities, check out their website

8. Christmas Village in Ogden

Modeled after Santa's Village at the North Pole, Ogden has put together activities and events for you and your family to enjoy as you walk through the festive lights. For more information, check our their website. 

9. Smart & Richardson Christmas Light Show

Head over to Hidden Valley Club Drive in Sandy to watch this amazing light show synchronized to holiday music. For a peak of last years display, be sure to watch their YouTube Video below...

10. Festival of Lights in Spanish Fork

The city of Spanish Fork is putting on the 24th Annual Festival of Lights running now until New Year's Day! It's a drive-through Christmas light display set to holiday music that you can listen to by tuning into 99.9 FM on your radio. Pricing is pretty cheap, so be sure to head to their website for more information! 

 

Where are some of your favorite holiday lights to see during Christmas time? Let us know in the comments below. 

 

xoxo KJ Team

 

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November Collabs & Influencers

Every month we are able to collaborate with so many talented social media bloggers & influencers. We are grateful for the wonderful connections we make with each of them! 
It also proves to us over and over again that Kortni Jeane Swimmers work for so many different people with their own unique style, body type and age! We absolutely LOVE seeing each of you in our swimmers, showing off your gorgeous selves. 
Want to collaborate with us? Please send an email to collabs@kortnijeane.com to set something up!
Anna Vinnichuk // @cheerful_mamma // website
Jamie Dorobek // @thecraftblog // blog
McKenzie Brelyn Allen // @mckenziebrelyn
Lumi // @lumi // blog
Lauryn Hawk // @lauryncakes // blog
Jacque Muehlmann // @looksforlovelies // blog
Lydia Delides // @fancy_gray // blog
Crystal Escobar // @crystalescobar2 // blog
Christina // @littleboholoves // blog
Stacy Allen // @stacykate // website
Lisa Prang // @lisamarieprang // blog
Cissy Lala // @cissylala // website
Britney Ericksen // @britneyericksen // blog
Olivia // @themetalromantic // blog
Morgan Leigh // @laughing_latte // blog
Paige Brayton // @paigebrayton
Kallie Brown // @kalliebrownie // blog
Shelby Osmond // @shelbyosmond // blog 
Miko Bowen // @mikobowen // blog
Katie Rose Decoeli // @wildrosebudsblog // blog
Kaitlyn Towner // @kaitlynoelle // blog
Jaclyn & Chelsea // @saltedsisters // blog 
Courtney Cooper // @mrscourtneycooper
Amanda Acker // @mandaacker // blog
Aquateque Synchronized Swimming // @aquateque_synchro // website
Jane Williamson // @janeinsanestyle // blog
xoxo KJ Team
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Kortni Jeane Warehouse Sale!

Kortni Jeane Warehouse Sale

We are excited to announce our Kortni Jeane Online Warehouse Sale! This is our biggest sale yet so you do not want to miss out on these huge savings!

Set your alarms and head over to kortnijeane.com on November 25, 2016

7am-10am MST | 40% off

10am-1pm MST | 35% off

1pm-4pm MST | 30% off

4pm-midnight MST | 25% off

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Use code: KORTNISBIGSALE

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Swimsuits no longer on our website will be available again! Popular prints such as Blush Floral, Dalmatian, and Pinstripe are just a few making a comeback! So rest up and set your alarms to get ready for our most exciting sale yet! 
Please be aware, adding items to your cart will not reserve them, once a purchase is made we are unable to combine/change the order or refund shipping costs. So make sure you have the correct size and item before checking out. Reminder that ALL sale items are FINAL sale and cannot be returned or exchanged, no exceptions. To read our full return policy click here.  
These savings are SITE WIDE! 
See you there. 
xoxo KJ Team
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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Who doesn't love some delicious Thanksgiving goodies? We went around to our KJ Team and found some our own personal favorite recipes that our families make on Thanksgiving. We wanted to share those recipes with you, in case your in need of a quick side dish or dessert for this week (or if you just like eating)! 
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One of the best things about fall is pumpkin EVERYTHING.
We've put together one of the KJ Team's favorite chocolate chip pumpkin bread recipes for you to enjoy during this holiday. It's not your typical pumpkin pie, but it's just as delicious and will be a huge hit at your Thanksgiving dinner.
We have some tips and tricks along the way, so be sure to read everything!
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Start by mixing together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside. 
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In a new bowl, use a whisk to mix together the brown sugar and white sugar. You might need to use your fingers to break up any clumps. It should look like sand once all mixed together.
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Now add all of the wet ingredients to the mixed sugar. 
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Be sure to slightly beat the eggs before you add into the bowl. 
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Once the wet ingredients have been all mixed together, slowly mix in the dry ingredients. Don't over-mix! 
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Now, to add the best ingredients of the entire recipe! You can choose any size or type of chocolate chips. These are Guittard Milk Chocolate Maxi Chipsone of our personal favorites. Also, the recipe calls for 1 cup of chocolate chips. If you are a chocolate lover, definitely add more.
Often, chocolate chips will sink to the bottom of bread while baking because they are so dense. To avoid this, toss in some flour and completely cover the chocolate chips. The flour helps them suspend in the batter.  
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This recipe makes 2 loaves of bread. Pour batter into 2 pans with non-stick spray. Be sure to add extra chocolate chips on top!  
Bake at 350° for 1 hour. Every oven is different, and you don't want to overcook. We suggest setting your timer for 45 minutes and checking on the bread at that point. 
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Once the bread is finished, take it out and let it it sit for 10 minutes in the pan. Run a knife around the edges and put the bread on a cooling rack for a bit. Of course, you'll need to adjust the oven timer. 
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And there you go! Delicious, home-made chocolate chip pumpkin bread. 
Not only can you make bread out of this recipe, but you can make muffins! Our favorite is to use a mini-cupcake pan. They come out in little morsels that don't make you feel as guilty about eating 3 (or 10) in one sitting.
Recipe taken from Our Best Bites 

Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour (spooned into measuring cup and leveled)

1 cup whole wheat flour, (again, don't scoop!) or all purpose flour if you like

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoons nutmeg

1/4 teaspoons ground cloves

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon table salt

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 1/2 cup white sugar

6 ounce container vanilla yogurt

3 eggs, slightly beaten

15 ounce can pumpkin puree

1/2 cup canola oil (we used coconut oil as a substitute)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-2 cup chocolate chips (plus a few extra for the top of loaves)

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 2 9x5 (or similar sized) loaf pans with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. Combine flours (after you put your flour in the bowl, just grab a teaspoon or two of it and toss with chocolate chips), cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Whisk gently to combine and set aside.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl combine brown sugar and white sugar and whisk to combine, breaking up any clumps of brown sugar. Add yogurt, eggs, pumpkin, oil, and vanilla extract and whisk until smooth.
  4. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet and mix together, being careful to not over mix. When combined, gently stir in chocolate chips. Divide batter between loaf pans and sprinkle a few extra chocolate chips on top. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a skewer comes out with a few crumbs attached. All ovens are different, so set your timer for about 45 minutes and keep an eye on it after that. Don't overbake!
  5. Let cool for 10 minutes and then run a sharp knife around edge of pan and remove loaves from pan. Let loaves cool on a rack. 
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Thanksgiving Cheese Ball

Who doesn't love some delicious Thanksgiving goodies? We went around to our KJ Team and found some our own personal favorite recipes that our families make on Thanksgiving. We wanted to share those recipes with you, in case your in need of a quick side dish or dessert for this week (or if you just like eating)! 

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This cheese ball is the perfect appetizer as Thanksgiving guests start to roll in! 

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The great thing about this recipe is that it is so easy. You basically throw everything in a bowl, mix it together with your hands and voilà you have yourself a delicious cheese ball appetizer. There is minimal chopping which is always a plus! 
Be sure to let the cream cheese sit out for 30-45 minutes before you start using it. You can also warm it up with your hands. It can be really cold and harder to work with if it isn't softened. 

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You can use any type of shredded cheese that sounds good to you. Colby Jack is also delicious!

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Throw the cream cheese, shredded cheese, chopped onions, Ranch seasoning and red peppers into a bowl. Depending on how much of a kick you like, you can add more or less of the red peppers. 

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**Optional: If you are wanting to add some meat, we suggest getting a packet of Buddig Beef and chopping it up into small pieces. Throw that into the bowl at this time as well. 

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Now, wash your hands and get in there! Mix everything together as well as you possibly can. 

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Once all is mixed in, shape into a ball. 

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^^ without meat

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^^ with meat
If you purchased a bag with whole pecans, you will want to chop the pecans into smaller pieces. It makes it easier to stick to the cheese ball. 

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Pour the chopped pecans into the cheese ball. Gently press the nuts into the cheese ball and all around until completely covered. 

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And that's it! You're done!
Pick some of your favorite crackers to serve with the cheese ball! 

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Ingredients:

1 8oz pkg cream cheese, softened

1 cup (8 oz) cheddar cheese 

1 packet Ranch dressing seasoning

1-2 tsp crushed red pepper, to taste

1/2 cup chopped green onions

1 pkg Buddig Beef, chopped into small pieces (optional)

1 bag pecans, chopped

Instructions:

1. Put softened cream cheese, shredded cheese, Ranch dressing seasoning, crushed red pepper, chopped green onions and chopped Buddig Beef (optional) into a bowl.

2. Mix all ingredients together & form into a ball.

3. Roll ball in chopped pecans. 

4. Refrigerate until ready to eat. Serve with favorite crackers.  

 

xoxo KJ Team

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Up Close Look: Mini Swimmers


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We're not sure what it is, but something about a little wearing Kortni Jeane Swimmers makes our hearts melt. Nothing is cuter! 
Here's why we love our mini swimsuits (& why you will too!):
  • Modest, full bum coverage, & fully lined
  • Two-piece swimmers allow for easy diaper changes & bathroom breaks
  • Allows your little one to wiggle & move as they please
  • Fun colors & patterns that show off their personality
  • Variety of mix n' match options so your mini can have more than one swimmer with just a couple tops & bottoms

Mini Girls

Tops

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Bottoms

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Mini Men

Euro Short

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Nothing cuter, right? Check out all of our pattern & color options for our mini girls and mini men swimsuits.  

 

xoxo, KJ Team

 

 

 

 

 

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Up Close Look: Maternity Swimmers

 

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This year, Kortni Jeane has dove into creating the perfect high-waisted maternity swim bottoms that grow with your belly. They can be perfectly paired with any of our crop-tops to create your own modest swimsuit!  So if you are pregnant, or will soon be this is a great option!
All swimmers are fully lined, cover the bottom completely & a part of our latest swim collection.

Top: Sweetheart Peplum in Tan Stripes
Bottom: Maternity in Black
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Top: Latter-Back Top in Fuchsia
Bottom: Maternity in Flower Fields
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Top: Tied Up in Black
Bottom: Maternity in In The Palms
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Top: Tank-Tie in Grasshopper
Bottom: Maternity in Blue Roses
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Top: High Rise 2.0 in Tan Stripes
Bottom: Maternity in Ditzy Floral
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Top: Circle Back in In The Palms
Bottom: Maternity in Bubblegum
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Top: V-Neck in Blue Roses
Bottom: Maternity in Fuchsia
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Top: Racer Back in Melon
Bottom: Maternity in Tan Stripes
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Top: Scoop Back in Ditzy Floral
Bottom: Maternity in Grasshopper
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Top: Over The Shoulder in Bubblegum
Bottom: Maternity in Melon
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High-Waisted One Piece
This one piece isn't maternity, but it definitely works as a maternity swimsuit! We suggest to size up to make room for your growing belly. It comes in all patterns and colors of our latest swim line. 

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Being pregnant, it can often be hard to find a swimsuit that you feel cute & comfortable in. Our swimmers are sure to show off that darling bump and make you feel like the confident mama you are.
xoxo KJ Team
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Up Close Look: Swim Styles

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Kortni Jeane swimwear is known for the variety of styles to match your unique personality, preference and body type. Take a look at the styles available in our latest swim launch!

TOPS

All of our swim crop-tops have a shelf bra (elastic underlining the bust for added support) with removable bra pads. Also, all tops are fully lined. 

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BOTTOMS  

All high-waisted swim bottoms provide full bottom coverage and are fully lined. 

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Kortni Jeane high waisted swim bottoms

Kortni Jeane high waist swim bottoms

What's your favorite top and bottom combo? Pair it with our newest patterns and colors and you might just be convinced you need to get one or two items... 
xoxo KJ Team

 

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Up Close Look: New Patterns & Colors

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Our latest launch of the 2016 Resort Swim Line has been one of our favorite launches yet! We wanted to give you a quick overview of what's available (new patterns, colors, styles and combos) so that you are well equipped to purchase your next swimmer. We know it can be a hard choice! 
With every new swim line, Kortni chooses never-seen-before patterns and colors so that you always have a fresh mix n' match swimsuit. Below are the new patterns and colors in the current swim line

Ditzy Floral

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Tan Stripes

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Bubblegum

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Flower Fields

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Grasshopper

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Fuchsia

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Blue Roses

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Black

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Melon

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What is your favorite pattern or color?
It's okay if you can't just choose one we can't either.
xoxo KJ Team
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The Swim Skirt—Not Just for Your Mom

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Ladies. We know that when you think of wearing a swim skirt you go immediately to saying “my mother wears a swim skirt— I would never wear that!”. Give us a moment to change your mind!
Swim skirts may have gotten a bad rap in the past, but they are definitely making a comeback. The Kortni Jeane high-waisted swim skirt has been designed to make you feel both cute and confident—no matter your age.
Here is why you should be obsessed with our swim skirts as much as we are.

Back to Classic

Styles always come back around and the same is true for the high-waisted swim skirt. The fashionable swimwear of the 1940s has now made a bold comeback in the 21st century—of  course with a modern twist. These days, classic styles are always in fashion, so a swim skirt is a must-have.

Flirt Skirt

The contemporary design of the swim skirt is shorter now with a slimmer cut, giving a more flirty and sassy feel. It takes away any frump-factor and lets you feel beautiful and radiant (but still modest) in your swimwear!
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Confidence + Coverage

It’s a known fact that a swim skirt offers more coverage. This style of swimwear is stress-free & functional—you can get in and out of the pool with no pulling or tugging. Finally, you will be able to lounge by the seaside without constantly adjusting your bottoms—not to mention complete freedom from those pesky wedgies (we all get them!). Swim skirts allow you to focus solely on having fun with the people you are with and to be confident while you do it.   
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It’s All About the Top

You might think that looking good in a swim skirt is solely dependent on the style of skirt. While of course this may be a factor, the secret is finding the right swimsuit top— it’s the best way to complete your look! Take a look at some of our favorite KJ swim crop tops that will go swimmingly with your swim skirt. There are plenty of mix n’ match swimmers to choose from to make sure you get the perfect look just for you!
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So ladies, don’t take our word for it. Head over here to purchase your first (or 7th!) swim skirt. Your wardrobe will thank you later.
xoxo KJ Team 
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