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November 2015

Inspiration, Stories

vanquish darkness

When I was in grade school, our school experienced overcrowding one year. Some genius administrator decided that to solve the problem, there would be two school sessions with one being a morning session and the other being a late afternoon session. Enrollment in each session was determined by where your last name fell in the alphabet; unfortunately, my letter of the alphabet fell on the afternoon session. That meant that I was miserable and bored every morning knowing many of my friends were enjoying school. The afternoon session started at 1:00 pm and got out in the evening.

To get home, we sometimes took public transportation. The bus dropped me and my two siblings off near home but we still needed to walk down a long dirt road. It was a road lined with tall berry bushes, which we enjoyed during the summertime because we could pick the berries and eat them along the way. However, in the evenings that road was scary. Our parents warned us that sometimes robbers hid in the bushes waiting for people to walk by. We knew to never wander and walk straight home. Often, there would be light posts with lights that had burned out creating long stretches of darkness. We walked peacefully in the light but as we approached darkness, we would take off running as fast as we could until we arrived at the next area of light where we felt safe again.

Long ago Plato said: “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”           

 It’s easy to get discouraged by the dark acts we read about everyday at the hands of those who choose dark ways. Yet I believe that there is always hope amid darkness.

Today, I was thinking of a promise Christ once made:  “I am come a light into the world.” “He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”                       

I am reminded of a song I learned as a child. I’ve hummed its words in moments of fear and discouragement. It is one of my favorite church hymns.

“The Lord is my light; the Lord is my strength.  I know in his might I’ll conquer at length.

My weakness in mercy he covers with power, and, walking by faith, I am blessed every hour.” -James Nicholson (1828-1876)

This week, let us walk in the light. Letting it shine for all to see and feel of its warmth.


salt sky holiday gifts

Our Salt Sky Holiday Gifts

Due to popular demand, we have brought back our holiday gifts!  Our gifts have been loved for years because the prices are fabulous and each gift is hand wrapped beautifully.  Gifts are available for order or simply stop by our office for pick up.  These gifts are perfect for friends, neighbors, teachers, co-workers and corporate gifts.  Follow us on Instagram (@saltskyutah) for the latest gift posts and pick up instructions.

salt sky holiday gifts

Gift crate $12.95

salt sky holiday gifts

Glass candy bottle $5

salt sky holiday gifts

Jingle Bell candy jar $4

salt sky holiday gifts

Candycane Cocoa $4

salt sky holiday gifts

Assorted stationary & candles

salt sky holiday gifts

salt sky holiday gifts

Glass candy bottle $5

salt sky holiday gifts

Soda & Candy jar, assorted flavors available $8

And so many other gift not pictured that you can pick up in our office.  See you soon!

hair and makeup class 101
Beauty, Community Event

Hair & makeup 101 class

This season with Christmas parties and events it’s so fun to get all dressed up for a night out. Make up pro Kristen Packard and Hair stylist pro Kali Wengreen are holding classes in December to teach you all the tips and tricks to look fabulous.

Date: December 4th from 6-9 pm
Location: The Garden Studio- 2nd floor
678 South 700 East
Salt Lake City
Class cost and sign up, click here

Some of the awesome things you’ll be learning:
  Braids, holiday hairstyles, how to add volume to your hair, how to add stay power to your styles, which styles look best for your face shape.  Choosing the right lipstick, smokey eyes, color theory, eyebrows, false eyelashes, highlighting and contouring, and more!


6:00-6:45 pm: Jamberry manicures (how to do an inexpensive manicure at home) with Megan Mann.

7:00-8:00 pm  Beginner makeup class

7:00-8:00 pm  Advanced hair class

8:00-9:00 pm  Advanced make-up class

8:00-9:00 pm  Beginner hair class

Extras: Raffle to win a free makeover, drinks & treats served, classes catered to skill level so sign up for beginning-intermediate or intermediate-advanced.

We hope you have a great time at this event!

hair and makeup class


The little things that matter most.
Inspiration, Stories

The little things that matter most

This week, we welcomed the newest member of our family.  A little girl who is heavenly and has the most kissable cheeks.

There are so many emotions and dreams that surround bringing a baby into the world. The miracle of their birth, tiny clothes, late nights, dreams of their future, and the love you feel for and from a tiny little body.

However, sometimes everything doesn’t go just as planned.  After bringing her home, she began to have problems breathing and was sent to the hospital. There’s nothing like the fear and pain that comes from watching your child struggle. Her sweet parents have had some extremely difficult days.

At this time of year when we celebrate all that we are grateful for, we are especially grateful for her. We’re grateful for her fighting spirit, for modern medicine, for doctors that have worked tirelessly to help her and for family that rallies around and holds us up when we are falling apart.

At this time of year, let us count our blessings and remember the things that matter most.

We would like to give a special THANK YOU to the wonderful medical staff at Willow Creek Pediatrics and Primary Children’s Hospital who gave the most amazing care to our sweet baby May.

In times of trouble and heartache, let us not forget to have faith in miracles and hope amongst uncertainty.


chapbooks coupon & giveaway on
Professional Services


Chatbooks began in June 2014 by co-founders Nate & Vanessa Quigley. This husband and wife duo with family oriented goals and the belief that photos strengthen families, wanted to create a way to hold onto photos and relive memories with their family that includes their seven children. They realized that there was no longer time to scrapbook everything. Photos they loved were on their phones, Instagram and Facebook. They created a way to easily and quickly save those photos to a book, in turn Chatbooks was born. Chatbooks was an instant success and sold 750,000 copies in the first year.

Chapbooks founders,

So how does Chatbooks work and how do you get in on this growing, must have photo book? Well you have 2 options. The first is called the Ongoing Book Series which prints 60 page books from your social media posts. The second option is  custom books that you can create of your favorite photos from vacations, special events, give as gifts and so much more.   This book allows as little as 30 photos or as many as 365 photos.  Each of these options can be created from your mobile device with an app or on their website from your home computer.


Now all this sounds pretty great but I haven’t even told you the best part! Chatbooks will cost you $8 per book for the automatic subscription.  A custom Chatbook is $8 for the first 30 pages and $1 for each additional 10 pages.  As a mom with plenty of expensive children this is an affordable way to remember all of life’s special moments.

Life gets busy and hard but then your baby takes her first step, tells you you’re the best, makes you breakfast in bed, colors a wall mural for you with crayons, puts lipstick all over her face, jumps in fall leaves for the first time, experiences sand in between little toes and celebrates milestones. These are the moments we want to remember most. Our phone cameras capture all these memories, so why not preserve them.


I hope you’ll enjoy chatbooks as much as I do. My children love to curl up with a blanket and giggle while looking at their photos.  I also love that there’s a new option to reprint your entire series in a hardback book! Now I can have my special set that remains untouched while my kids get to have their own set and take them with them everywhere. Chatbooks giveaway & Coupon

Chatbooks has been pretty great to give all of our followers 20% off everything! This offer is valid November 27-30 just perfect for Christmas shopping. This gives you time to plan ahead. We will give all our followers a reminder about this offer so make sure you are following us on Instagram. Use code SALTSKY at checkout. Plus… Chatbooks is also giving one of our followers a $20 gift certificate! Enter to win today on Instagram and Facebook, winner will be announced November 27, 2015.

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wreath workshop,
Specialty Shops

La Belle Fleur Holiday Workshop

La Belle Fleur, a uniquely beautiful flower shop, is hosting a workshop that we thought you’d absolutely love! La Belle Fleur is going to teach you to make a gorgeous, fresh, holiday wreath with foliages and berries.

There’s just something so elegant during Christmastime about the beauty and smells of fresh holiday wreaths. The Lovely Avenue will also be there with beautifully handcrafted paper flower accents that you can add to your wreath! Yes, it’s a must go to workshop. Seats are limited so make sure you claim your spot soon.

holiday wreath workshop,

paper flowers,

If that wasn’t enough to make you so excited and get you in the holiday spirit… there will also be a Holiday Pop Up Shop and refreshments by the very delicious Birdies Bakery. Find handmade stockings, tree skirts, ornaments, calligraphy holiday signs, gift tags, and more by artists Tinsel, Kassie Howell, Meredith Lund & Loblee Photography.

Birdies Bakery

Can’t make the event and sad as can be now? Don’t you worry, you can also order a wreath kit to make at home or if you prefer to leave it to the professionals, order a wreath made just for you. To find additional info about this event, click here. We hope you have a lovely time and enjoy learning a new skill. We’ve been working with flowers for over 20 years and there’s something so therapeutic and peaceful about creating something pretty and fresh. You will love it!

The details:
Date: This workshop is Saturday, November 28 from 10:00-1:00
Location: 688 Union Square in Sandy, Utah (Portraits by Andra Studio)
Booking your workshop: Click here, choose your options & Email

Check back often and follow us on Instagram for all the must visit events, shopping & more this holiday season!


How to enjoy winter weather.
Health & Fitness

How to enjoy winter weather

I recently read an article by Laura Vanderkam about seasonal depression and how to avoid it.  It is difficult to arrive to work before the sun comes up and get home as the sun is going down, in addition to that it’s freezing outside.  You feel like your entire day is over.

But there is a light at the end of the tunnel and it is possible to be just as happy in winter as it is in the summertime. Kari Leibowitz, a PhD student at Stanford researched this topic, she traveled to the most northern city in Norway called Tromso.  She was there late November to late January when the sun doesn’t rise above the horizon. Leibowitz was there to study the mental health of the residents living there.  Leibowitz was amazed that seasonal depression was almost nonexistent.  When she asked the people, “Why don’t you have seasonal depression?” The answer was, “Why would we?”

The people actually looked forward to winter! It was a time to be enjoyed, not to be endured.  They indulged themselves in winter activities, it was said that spending time outside was a mood booster.  Skiing is an activity that most everyone loves and do often during the winter. They continue to go outside for any activity or event that is happening.  There is a saying, “There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.” The cold is not about to keep a Norwegian indoors.  Nothing is going to stop them from enjoying life. The community has very strong social ties and relationships, they attend social events and festivals.  When they aren’t outside enjoying activities, they cherish their time indoors by lighting candles and wrapping themselves up in a cozy blanket sipping tea and spending time with loved ones.


We may not have the exact festivals and events as the Norwegians do but, there is still a lot of enjoyable things to do in the community.

Plan activities throughout this winter season that will bring joy to you and your family.  Host a get together with friends, maybe even a candlelight evening and provide everyone with a fluffy blanket!  Go outside often to ski, sled, walk, ice skate, attend church or neighborhood activities, bake a cake, learn something new, or serve in the community.

By changing our mindset from “I hate winter” to “Winter is the bomb” you can begin to eliminate seasonal depression, and before you know it, winter has become your favorite season!


a relationship reminder.
Inspiration, Stories

recipe for a happy marriage

In a profound devotional address at Brigham Young University, Jeffery R. Holland shared this:

“I can’t tell you the number of couples I’ve counseled who, when they are deeply hurt or even just deeply stressed, reach farther and farther into the past to find yet a bigger brick to throw through the window ‘pain’ of their relationship.

When something is over and done with, when it has been repented of as fully as it can be repented of, when life has moved on as it should and a lot of other wonderfully good things have happened since then, it is not right to go back and open some ancient wound that the Son of God Himself died to heal. Let people repent. Let people grow. Believe that people can change and improve”

I was thinking today how relationships of all kinds are fragile and need careful attention to maintain. Most of us make mistakes along the way, some mistakes are larger than others, but all require love, compassion and forgiveness. I’m grateful for a husband who is my teacher and mentor, his example has changed my life for the better.

In our home hangs a sign that reads “Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be.” It reminds me that all we’ve been through together, the good and the not so good, has brought us to a point where we can look to the future with excitement, with more wisdom, with hearts full of hope and joy. And some day when it is all said and done, we will be able to look back and be truly satisfied with the journey.

This week, let’s all make a better effort to look forward with a more positive mindset, believing that people can change and improve.




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Have a happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Salt Sky.


The Home

Tips and tricks to use around the house

I have recently learned of some amazing home tricks and tips. I gathered up some of my favorites and have already started using them in my home.  It’s been 5 years since I moved out of my parent’s home and I wish I would have known about some of these sooner.  Here they are:

To get rid of  food odor in plastic containers

Store your containers with paper towel in them, they will absorb the odors.  No more scrubbing without success.

Separate your bananas

This will keep them from ripening too quickly. I wish I would have learned this year’s ago. It would have saved me from lots of brown bananas. Luckily, old bananas are great for making banana bread!

Are your eggs fresh?

This is incredible. Try this before throwing out your eggs. If you aren’t sure if your eggs are fresh, place them in a glass with water. If they sink they are fresh if they float they are bad.

Lemons, lemons, lemons!

Use lemons to clean the hard water off the shower handle.

Clean your garbage disposal with lemon peels, ice cubes and some salt. It will get rid of that awful smell.

After chopping garlic or onions, remove the smell from your hands by rubbing lemon juice, salt and a little dish soap and rinsing well.

Cloudy honey?

Don’t throw out your cloudy or crystallized honey. It doesn’t mean it’s bad. Throw it in the microwave for 30 seconds to clear it up again.

Vinegar is amazing

Use distilled white vinegar to clear up cloudy glassware.

Put 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar in your washer to help get the mildew smell out of towels.

Mix one part white vinegar and one part warm water to clean spills in carpet, especially pet stains.

Bay leaves

Put a bay leaf in with your rice, flour sugar or pasta to repel bugs. Amazing!

Brown sugar

Hardened brown sugar? Put it in the microwave for 30 seconds to soften it again.

Ripen fruit

Need to ripen your fruit quickly? I need to with my pears all the time. Put it in a bag with an apple. Apples releases ethylene gas that helps ripen other fruits quickly.

 Laundry spot remover

Mix 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide 1/2 cup baking soda and 1 cup water. Put it on tough stains. Works wonders.

I hope that these tips will serve you well!





dresses we love to wear

Who loves easy, comfortable but stylish dresses?  We do!  For the colder months we love to pair these dresses with some great boots and a scarf and maybe even a cute hat or a little cardigan sweater over them.

Here are a few of our favorites in stock now in our Salt Sky shop.

The Midway Sweater Dress.  Wear with just about any color cardigan or denim jacket.


The Deer Valley Dress.  This dress comes in gray and in taupe.  It goes with everything.

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The Emery Dress.  The length on this stretchy dress is great and because it’s black and white, it is easily pared with most warm jackets.


The Solitude Dress.  Stripes. . .we love stripes, need I say more?


All these dresses and more are right here on our site. Link here to make it easy. These dresses are all so different from each other but all can be dressed up for church or down for going on a date or hanging out with friends.



The parable of the bunnies. Inspiration story
Inspiration, Stories

the parable of the bunnies

I learned a valuable lesson once that has stuck with me always. I think I’ve never forgotten it because it was so traumatic for me.

We lived on a beautiful farm with green fields and a white Spanish adobe house with a red tile roof. My dad who raised farm animals of all kinds, gave me an adorable Angora rabbit, the best part was that it was expecting bunnies. I was so excited that I told all my friends at school, some agreed to buy one of my bunnies.  Even my teacher agreed to purchase one. I was going to be rich at age 8.

They were soon born and the mother took great care of them. I fed them everyday and cleaned out their cage. I could hardly wait until the bunnies were ready for me to handle.

My father took me aside and said “You must never touch those bunnies without first rubbing your hands with this plant.” It was a fragrant herb that the mother rabbit ate all day long and loved. He warned me that I must never forget to rub my skin with this herb. “If you do not do this” he said, “the mother will not recognize her babies because they will have your scent on them.”

I obeyed and did as he said, but I thought it foolish. How could a mother hurt her own babies? I had watched her and cared for her and I could see that she loved those tiny bunnies.

I remember well that not many days had passed when, in a hurry to play with my fluffy bunnies, I decided to ignore my dad’s instructions. I picked up each of the bunnies, played with them, fed the mother and then returned the babies to her.

When I went back that evening to say goodnight, I was horrified by what I found. The mother rabbit was in a corner panting and frightened and the babies were dead. She had killed them all.

As I ran towards my dad in complete horror, crying, he took me into his arms, held me, and comforted me. He didn’t say “I told you so” he didn’t get mad. He simply held me.

I’ve often compared the love I felt from my father that day with the love of the Savior. He who is waiting with open arms to comfort and heal us. He is right there even when we mess up, even when we disobey his commandments, even when we turn from Him and all we know is right.

The story doesn’t end here, the very next week my father offered me another rabbit, which I didn’t want—I was done with rabbits forever!  However, I learned that a loving father gives second chances. And third and fourth…

This week, I hope that no matter where we are in our progression towards good, and no matter how many times we’ve chosen to ignore good instructions from someone who knows more than we do, that we will remember that  there is always hope. There is always someone who cares. There is always God.