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March 2015

Tips on managing your stress.

Managing Stress

Stress can hit anyone, at any moment and when you least expect it. Prolonged periods of stress can affect your health, relationships, work and the ability to cope with just about anything in life. Self-care and support are crucial.

I ran a business for 20 years and found that positive stress can sometimes be a good thing. In the workplace, it helped launch the business into new and bigger things, accomplish projects and grow the business.

However, stress can be harmful when it is severe enough to make you feel constantly over­whelmed.

The Center for Decease Control (CDC) lists the following symptoms of Stress to watch for:

  • Tension and irritability
  • Fear and anxiety about the future
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Being numb to one’s feelings
  • Loss of interest in normal activities
  • Loss of appetite
  • Anger
  • Increased use of alcohol and drugs
  • Sadness and other symptoms of depression
  • Feeling powerless
  • Crying
  • Sleep problems
  • Headaches, back pains, and stomach problems
  • Trouble concentrating

CDC’s recommended tips for self-care

 Avoid drugs and alcohol. They may seem to be a temporary fix to feel better, but in the long run they can create more problems and add to your stress—instead of take it away.

Find support. Seek help from a partner, family member, friend, counselor, doctor, or clergyperson. Having a sympathetic, listening ear and sharing about your problems and stress really can lighten the burden.

Connect socially. After a stressful event, it is easy isolate yourself. Make sure that you are spending time with loved ones. Consider planning fun activities with your partner, children, or friends.

Take care of yourself.

  • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Give yourself a break if you feel stressed out—for example, treat yourself to a therapeutic massage
  • Maintain a normal routine

Stay active. You can take your mind off your problems by giving— helping a neighbor, volunteering in the community, even taking the dog on a long walk. These can be positive ways to channel your feelings.

At Salt Sky, we want all our readers to stay healthy. If you are feeling the stresses that come along with life, you are not alone. Take a minute and make a plan to take care of yourself today.


Eye make-up to dazzle

Eye make-up to dazzle

Today we are lucky to have Kristen Packard show us how to do eye make up correctly. I have been doing it wrong my whole make-up wearing life!  I loved getting some tips from her so I can improve my make-up and have it last longer.

Here is a little background on Kristen. She is a professional makeup artist who specializes in commercials, film, high fashion, print, weddings and formal events. She graduated from the renowned Makeup Designory in Los Angeles and also has a BFA in photography from Westminster College. With special training in beauty and character application, she has provided makeup for actors, dazzling looks for the Emmy’s red carpet, done special events for Sundance, wigs and makeup for the Utah Opera and Symphony, unique costuming for Jazz players, and bridal makeup for wedding parties.

Kristen appears regularly on Channel 2 News, and teaches classes specializing in beauty makeup application. She also has makeup tutorials featured on Tyra Bank’s website and and has work featured in Rolling Stones Magazine and With her employment at MAC Cosmetics and ten years of experience in the field, she now owns and runs her own business as a freelance makeup artist. Kristen also has her own studio in Holladay, Utah.


Kristen Packard, makeup artist


Here is what our awesome expert, Kristen Packard had to say:

1. Start with a clean face. Make sure you remove any old mascara or eyeliner. Makeup wipes are great for this. I love Burt’s Bees sensitive makeup remover wipes.

eye make up tutorial

2. With a stiff  brush, apply an eyeshadow primer all over the lid. I used MAC’s “painterly” paint pot here. This evens out the skin tone, makes eyeshadow colors more vivid, and helps keep your eye makeup on all day. This product has a 12 hour wear time.

eye make up tutorial

3. With a fluffy, tapered brush, start working a mid-tone, matte color into your crease. I used MAC’s “kid” eyeshadow here. It is the perfect neutral brown to help blend any color. Use windshield wiper motions to blend the color back in forth. Blending is key.

eye make up tutorial

4. Add a highlight onto the lid and under the brow with a stiff brush. I used MAC’s “All that glitters” on Paulina’s eyelid and MAC’s “Shroom” underneath her brow. I wanted to keep this look very glowy and fresh since she has such nice dewy skin.

5. Add a deeper color in the corners of the eyes to create a smokier look. I used MAC’s “blackberry” here with a small, tapered blending brush.

eye make up tutorial

6. Add your deepest color to the corner of the lids (almost like a horizontal, small, filled in letter V ). I used MAC’s “carbon” black to smoke out the corners with a small, tapered brush.

eye make up tutorial

7. Add your eyeliner. If your eyelids are small, concentrate the liner only on the outer corners and make it as thin as possible. I used MAC’s “dipdown” brown fluid liner here for a softer look.

eye make over

8. Apply false lashes if needed. This really helps open up the eye! I used Ardell’s demi wispie lashes in black.

9. Since I wanted the eyes to pop with this look, I kept the rest of her features soft. I used MAC’s prolongwear concealer in NW15 to brighten up her undereyes and MAC’s mineralize skinfinish in Light/Medium to set the concealer and take away any shine on her skin. I wanted to let he freckles show through!

10. Shape and fill your brows. I used Anastasia’s brow wiz in dark brown and then brushed the color through with a spoolie. Begin by tracing the bottom line of your eyebrow with small strokes and then perfecting the top of the arch to create the appearance of “lifting the browbone”.

eye make up

11. Finish with a soft lip. Pink looks great on Paulina’s cool skintone so I used NYX’s “nude pink” lipliner with a soft pink gloss ontop.

Eye make up

Voile! Ready for date night.


“No matter our circumstances, no matter our challenges or trials, there is something in each day to embrace and cherish. There is something in each day that can bring gratitude and joy if only we will see and appreciate it.” Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Inspiration, Stories

Gratitude, a Healing Balm

Have you ever been through a period of time when everything seems to be going wrong? It’s difficult at these times to focus on the positive. I have found that it is during these times when it is crucial to keep a positive mindset.

Last year, we welcomed a little granddaughter to our family. She was born prematurely and her birth was not only hard on her mother, but life threatening and very scary. I remember thinking that one hard thing after the other kept happening in our family, but somehow in the end everything, though difficult, worked out. I spent a lot of time asking God to let this tiny, fragile baby live. As I held her in my arms, I felt as if my heart would break.  I wondered how she could endure the pain of tubes and IVs and the constant pricking of needles. I watched as her sweet mother held her, rarely taking breaks and constantly expressing her gratitude for the miracle of this tiny life.

I have a little journal I keep on my nightstand. Inscribed on the first page are the words: “Now this is my joy, a notebook of the things I love.” From time to time I write things that I love, things that bring me joy, things that I am thankful for, things like a full moon, taking long walks with my husband, eating dark chocolate, when my doorbell rings over and over again and I know it’s my grandbabies, butterflies, looking at the stars on a clear night, tulips of all colors, the sound of crickets on a warm summer night, Mt Olympus in the fall.

On days that I am sad or discouraged, all I have to do is open this little journal and read. It quickly reminds me that all these things I love are blessings from God and gratitude fills my heart and I am able see his loving hand in my life.

Dieter F. Uchtdorf said:

“No matter our circumstances, no matter our challenges or trials, there is something in each day to embrace and cherish. There is something in each day that can bring gratitude and joy if only we will see and appreciate it.”

What would you write in your little book? What brings you joy? There is something healing that takes place in our hearts when we focus on gratitude. This week, I hope you will take the time to write down some things that you are grateful for that bring you joy. If you haven’t started, start today.



Easter Children's Luncheon

Children’s Easter Brunch

Easter is one of my favorite times of the year. The flowers are starting to bloom, it’s getting warmer and the kids are dying to get outside. I have always loved Easter but there is definitely some added excitement and fun when there are little ones to share it with.

This year, it might be a fun idea to put on a children’s Easter brunch. Not only is it a fun activity for the kids, but a great excuse to set up a beautiful table, dress your little sweeties up and take some fabulous photos.

I think that there’s just nothing better than building memories with your children. Get creative, have fun and Instagram those Easter photos, I want to see them all. Tag @saltskyutah on your photo and we might just re-gram or post it on our website! I hope you all have a wonderful Easter and enjoy it with those that make you smile.


Easter Children's Luncheon

Easter Children's Luncheon

Easter Children's Luncheon



Easter Children's Luncheon

Easter Children's Luncheon

Easter Children's Luncheon

Easter Children's Luncheon


I simply love these dresses and accessories!  If you’re looking for something gorgeous that your little ones can wear for Easter photos then you’ll love Sweet Bijou.  Read their Local Review Here.

Happy Easter!  XOXO


"The big 5" reasons to visit Krugar National Park in South Africa before you die.
Family Adventures & Travel

South Africa: Kruger National Park

There are a million and one reasons why South Africa is the perfect place to visit for adventurers but for this post I’ll stick to one. Kruger.

Kruger National Park is a territory about the size of Israel that is home to some of the most amazing animals you could ever imagine.  Whether you rent a car and drive through it on your own or go with a safari car, like we did, you’re going to find yourself feet away from rhinos or stuck by a roadblock of elephants.  South Africa is home to what they call “The Big 5” which includes elephants, rhinos, lions, leopards and cape buffalo.  Although it’s rare to see all 5 in one day, it’s not impossible, we pulled it of (with the help of some very experienced guides).  If you’re going to visit Kruger, here are some tips on how to find certain animals.

1.  Rhino.  Of all the animals, rhinos and elephants are the easiest to find.  Rhinos aren’t elusive and sneaky, they don’t hide behind trees and only emerge when it’s quiet and calm, they go wherever they want whenever they want so you might get lucky and see a million or none at all.


2. Elephant.  I have never met anyone who ever had a difficult time seeing an elephant while in Kruger.  If you are there long enough, you will find yourself surrounded by elephants of all sizes, and it’s amazing to see! We had to park our car at one point because the elephants crossing the road in front of our car were endless!


3.  Lions.  Lions aren’t the most lively of animals, which must be a given since they sleep over 20 hours a day.  The best place to find them is in shady grassy areas.  Unfortunately, they blend in with the terrain so you might only see them if one of them turns over in the grass.  If ever you find yourself in Kruger, I wish you luck.  These ones are hard to come by.


4.  Cape Buffalo.  Since buffalo don’t have very protective skin from the harsh African sun, the best place to find them is in the mud.  Herds of buffalo are very protective and dangerous so keep your distance from these ones, even in a car.  (side note: NEVER LEAVE YOUR CAR IN KRUGER)


5.  Leopard.  Now these are the most elusive of the big 5.  If you drive away from Kruger with no leopard sightings, I wouldn’t feel bad about it.  If you want to find them, your best bet is the trees, that’s where we saw ours.  And unlike the lions, leopards are usually alone.  The picture I have to show for my sighting isn’t very impressive but I’m grateful I got to see one!


Here are a few more animals we saw! The diversity of wildlife in Kruger is amazing.










signature-ElizaMay your travels take you to this magical place someday!


sweet bijou local review
Specialty Shops

Sweet Bijou

Sweet Bijou is a local company that sells the most beautiful, unique and chic baby & children’s clothing. It was started by 3 life long friends; Lauren Kennedy, Shelby Fenton & Jennifer Hart. They are all mothers that enjoy coming up with timeless outfits for our little angels.

Sweet Bijou sells their product at boutiques around the state, with a large selection of items.  I have dressed my girls in their clothing for a wedding, easter and family pictures. Every time they wear their dresses people always ask where I got them. Sweet Bijou also has a line of unique tops, pjs, skirts and pants for girls. So if you are dressing them up for a special event or just want to send your darlings off to school looking fabulous, they have it all.

Sweet Bijou Local Review

I love that not only is their clothing line beautiful but so are the accessories. They have recently introduced lace glittered crowns and flower head wreaths along with their classic jewelry and gorgeous headbands. Have you ever seen those Pinterest perfect photos of little girls and wondered, where on earth you could find that outfit or unique accessory? Well chances are, Sweet Bijou has what you’re dreaming of!

My little girl was having her picture taken this year, and I couldn’t find anything that would be different and classically beautiful on her until I found the perfect dress and headband at Sweet Bijou.

Sweet Bijou 2

Sweet Bijou Local Review

Sweet Bijou Local Review

Sweet Bijou has a special giveaway for our readers and it’s pretty exciting! They are giving one lucky winner one of their favorite pieces, “The Sophia,” a classic dress AND a petti skirt, a combined value of $60! Dresses come in sizes 2-6 and will be ready to ship in 4-6 weeks. Enter to win on our Instagram and Facebook. Winner announced April 1! Sweet Bijou is currently working on a website for online purchasing but for now you can purchase through their traveling shows and on their Instagram, @shopsweetbijou. Stay tuned, we will announce the launch of their website as soon as it’s up and they’ll even have a special coupon for our followers to use!

Sweet Bijou Local Review

Giveaway! The Sophia dress and a petti skirt! $60 value



The Perfect Spring Salad!

The Perfect Spring Salad

If you are like me, you live for yummy salads. There is nothing like sitting outside on a warm day with a fresh salad filled with bright berries, and of course a little bit of bacon! This recipe is from my amazing mother-in-law Carolyn May, she is the queen of salads.

You will need:

Lettuce of your choice (I like to do iceberg lettuce and  spring mix)

Bacon bits

Berries (blueberries, raspberries and strawberries)

Sugared Pecans (You can buy these ready to eat, or just put any kind of nut you like.)

If I am serving this salad for a party and want to make it more filling, I add:

Cooked chicken (rotisserie is best)

1 can of canned mandarin oranges, drained

1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese

Organic Pansies, to garnish

Mix all ingredients, add the dressing just before serving.

Place the pansies on top.  These flowers are editable and delicious, not to mention they make the salad look gorgeous.


1/8 cup  Red Onion

1 cup  Sugar

2 tsp.  Salt

1/2 cup Red Wine Vinegar

1 cup  Vegetable Oil

Place all ingredients in the blender until smooth.

Now all you need is some delicious bread. Enjoy, it’s just that easy!


4 reasons your man needs to go on a backpacking trip.

4 reasons to connect with nature

My husband loves camping and backpacking in the rugged backcountry of Wyoming.

I fully support his yearly trips to commune with nature. I even support the purchase of expensive gear to make the whole thing more comfortable.

Connecting with the four elements of nature is not only important but necessary to cope with the stresses of everyday life. He and our sons-in-law love not only going on these trips but the planning that goes into it.

Here are 4 reasons why you should consider planning a trip to the backcountry this year.

AIR– There is nothing like breathing in the fresh air of the mountains away from all the pollutants of the city. The scent of pine trees invigorates and gives new energy to the body. These days, we are more distracted and stressed than ever, finding little time for relaxation and meditation. Setting time away from screens and apps is vital to your health. The remedy is simple…get outside to the deep woods. Studies have shown that this simple practice can help fight off depression and lower your blood pressure.

WATER– There is something magical about being near water. Proximity to it increases calmness and diminishes anxiety. The clear streams, rivers and lakes can make for some unforgettable moments, especially when the fishing if good. Forest bathing in the cold, clear lakes can be invigorating and healing.

FIRE- Men love building a fire and take pride in it, from gathering sticks and wood to maintaining a good fire and cooking a meal over it. This whole fire ritual is a spiritual experience for some. Food tastes extra good because of the effort and care put into that fire especially if cooking fresh, recently caught trout. Sitting around a fire and gazing at the stars on a clear night, has to be one of the most grandeur moments of life.

EARTH- From time to time, we all need to get away from the city and commune with the earth. To be among wildlife in the middle of a forest or a meadow is not only healing but can be a reminder that we live in a beautiful world that needs to be taken care of. Walking through these stunning sights is the perfect time to sort out thoughts and work through them, to meditate and make plans. The mind becomes more clear when away from the noise of the city.

I hope you will take time for yourself in the near future. It is not only necessary to connect with these four elements, but much needed to maintain a healthy body and mind.

Get some of your friends, family or work associates to join you and start planning an adventure that is sure to be memorable.



Finding the best skirt for your body type

The best skirt for your body shape

I absolutely love skirts. There are so many different styles of skirts out there, and finding the right one for your body type can be tricky. Not all skirts work for every person. The first thing is to determine what body shape you have. Keep in mind that not everyone will fit into a particular category, so pick one that is closest to your body. The best thing about skirts are how feminine they make a woman look.  I love to dress up my skirt with some awesome heels or go casual with some cute sandals or flats. Either way, skirts are always a great choice!

Hourglass shape– curvy with a narrow waist.

Pencil skirts are a great option for an hourglass body shape. When picking out a pencil skirt, go for one that has a flat front to smooth out your thighs and not make them look bulky. If you are wanting to look professional, pick out a skirt that hits at the knee or just above.

Lace pencil skirt

Lace pencil skirt from Anthropologie

Pencil skirt

Pencil skirt from Gap

Apple shape– carry weight in your upper body, slim legs and thighs.

Look for a high-waisted skirt or a belted skirt to draw attention to the smallest part of your torso masking your mid section. You can also look for an asymmetrical skirt to draw attention to your legs. Midi skirts (hit mid calf) are a nice option for this body type. Short skirts are not recommended for apple shape bodies.

Midi skirt- asymmetrical

Asymmetrical midi skirt from ASOS

Belted skirt

Knee length belted skirt from Apostolic Clothing Company

Banana shape ( also known as rectangular or boyish shape)- waist, hip and shoulders are about the same width.

Look for a pencil skirt that has a peplum to help create a curvier physique. Banana body types can usually get away with any skirt, like a maxi skirt or bubble skirts. The goal with a banana shaped body is to create an hourglass shape.

Peplum pencil skirt

Peplum pencil skirt from ASOS

Maxi skirt

Maxi skirt from Old Navy

Pear shape– hips are the widest part of you body with a smaller bust and waist.

A-line skirts and full circle skirts look great on pear shaped bodies. It highlights the smallest part of your waist and flares out at hips, therefore minimizing the bottom half of your body.

A-line skirt

A-line pleated skirt from Anthropologie

high waisted skirt from Torrid

High waisted skirt from Torrid


If you are wondering about length, knee length skirts work best for all body types. If you are wanting to make your legs appear longer, wear heels, especially nude or light colored. If you prefer flats, go with a pointy toe to also create the longer leg illusion.

Remember, when picking out a skirt, find one that makes you feel beautiful and comfortable. Don’t choose a skirt that will make you feel self conscious or a skirt you are always having to adjust or pull down.

No matter what body shape you are, you are beautiful! Have fun and feel pretty in the skirt you buy. Happy shopping ladies.



"Progress, and improve upon and make beautiful everything around you. Cultivate the earth and your minds. Build cities, adorn your habitations, make gardens…and render the earth so pleasant that angels may delight to come and visit your beautiful locations."
Inspiration, Stories

Beautiful Places

“Progress, and improve upon and make beautiful everything around you. Cultivate the earth and your minds. Build cities, adorn your habitations, make gardens…and render the earth so pleasant that angels may delight to come and visit your beautiful locations.”        Brigham Young, Settler and first Governor of Utah

 I read this quote recently, and decided to look at my house and try to make something around me more beautiful. I decided to paint a room that I had neglected for years.

I had forgotten how much I dislike all the preparations that go into painting a room. Taking down pictures, moving furniture, washing walls and baseboards, patching holes, sanding, taping and cutting in. All before you can get to the really enjoyable part, my favorite part, which is the rolling of the fresh paint on the walls.

As I worked on this room, I was thinking that life is very much like painting. To get to the beautiful part, the part that makes all the difference, we have to first go through unpleasant things, hard things, things that take time and effort. But, it’s worth it. Creating something beautiful fills my heart with joy.

Dieter F. Utchdorf said:

“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before. You don’t need money, position, or influence in order to create something of substance or beauty. Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty. You may think you don’t have talents, but that is a false assumption, for we all have talents and gifts, every one of us. The bounds of creativity extend far beyond the limits of a canvas or a sheet of paper and do not require a brush, a pen, or the keys of a piano. Creation means bringing into existence something that did not exist before—colorful gardens, harmonious homes, family memories, flowing laughter.”

This week, I hope you will take the time to create something special. A friendship perhaps or a project in your home you’ve been putting off…and who knows? You may even find yourself painting a room. Just remember to give thanks for the hard things that became beautiful.




Baby shower color schemes

Baby boy shower color scheme

Planning showers for friends and family is so much fun.  The arrival of a new baby is one of the best reasons to celebrate!  To start planning your party, start with a color scheme.   A party is always easier to plan when you choose the colors and start the planning with a theme.  Everything will come together beautifully.

I love this color palette for a boy shower.  My friend Melanie Bowers recently used these colors to throw a fabulous party.


baby boy shower color scheme

These striped little favor bags held home made pop corn drenched in chocolate.  The sign read “She’s ready to POP corn”

The chocolate pudding had a crust of crushed “girl scout thin mint” cookies in baby food jars tied with ribbon that held a tiny spoon.  Everyone loved this dessert.

baby boy shower

For a tablecloth, Melanie used black butcher paper.  With white chalk marker, she wrote some fun messages all over it.  Don’t forget the elephant cookies, they look too beautiful to eat but are delicious, I love how they add just the right touch.

I just love parties! If you have one that you’d like to share, I’d love to pass it along to our readers.

As always, we love your feedback. You will be entered to win a gift when you leave a comment!  Winners announced at the beginning of each month.


Easy way to make an italian soda bar at home.
Birthdays, DIY

DIY Italian Soda Bar

A few months ago, I went to a party where my friend Deb Swonson set up a beautiful Italian soda bar, it was a hit.  As guests arrived and we mingled, everyone fixed one of these delicious and fun drinks to enjoy with appetizers.  It was the perfect thing to do before sitting down for dinner.

Here is what to do …

Fill 2/3 of a glass with crushed ice.

Pour in Sparkling Mineral water, (just enough to cover ice) you can use any kind.

Add the flavoring.  About 3 squirts or a little more if you like more flavor.  DaVinci Gourmet Classic Syrups are  available at Standard Restaurant $4.75 a bottle. The spigot is $1.06

Add some French Vanilla Coffee Creamer.

Finish with some whipping cream and a cherry on top.

Insert a straw and enjoy!

There is an unbelievable amount of flavored syrups to choose from.  The favorites at our house are cherry, raspberry and peach.  It is so much fun to offer guests one of these, my sons in law love them and will drop by often for a quick treat, seldom stopping at just one.

These bottles do not need to be refrigerated and look beautiful in a corner on the kitchen counter.

Easy way to make an italian soda bar at home