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February 2016

Inspiration, Stories

The good that comes from the bad

Some weeks ago, a beautiful and talented girl I know wrote something that touched my heart. It taught me a thing or two about endurance, faith and a positive attitude, which we all need especially when things don’t go as we planned. Haley Hilton is a dancer with quite a long list of accomplishments, she has danced professionally and competed on “So You Think You Can Dance”.  Despite the challenges she has had to face for years, she has a gorgeous smile on her face each time she visits our home  and a beautiful spirit that radiated for miles. These are her words:

“I’ve been thinking a lot lately about this girl that I used to know. Gosh she was a stubborn little thing. When she decided she was going to do something, there wasn’t a force in this world that could stop her. She had commitment and work ethic like you wouldn’t believe. She wanted it too bad. She loved it too much.

True, she sacrificed unreasonably. And true she was a little out of balance. But there was something to be admired about her commitment to dreaming. Her commitment to following through. It’s something not a lot of girls that young possessed. At least not back then.

She would be so mad at me today. She’d be screaming, “Why did you let it beat you down? Why did you give in to giving up?

I’d shakily reply that I was sorry. I know we had hopes and big dreams, but life had plans of its own.

And you can’t beat lyme disease by sheer grit. It takes God. And sometimes God takes His time for your sake.

She wouldn’t get that yet. She hasn’t learned about all of the good that comes from the bad.

Fight harder!” she’d say.

I’m trying!” I’d cry back.

The scars on my arms from needles and pic-lines can’t explain it well enough. Truthfully they don’t do it justice at all. The moments of unbelievable physical pain I have endured in order to be whole again, are things she could never understand.

She can’t see that I’ve had no choice but to put our plans on the back burner.

From her perspective we had already fought through so much together. Insecurities, broken hearts, mean girls, disbelieving teachers, broken bones. She can’t understand why I haven’t beaten this by now. She has no idea what’s in store. She has no idea about the things that can break you.

But she’s right. I mean for the past few months at least, I’ve only cried three times about not dancing. It used to be every day that the feeling of loss would consume me. Goodness, I’ve been sad before. But there is something unsettling about when heartbreak hurts a little less. When it feels like fire it means you are just passionate enough to do something about it. When it thaws it’s giving in.

Maybe I could explain to her that I had hit the acceptance phase of the five stages of grieving. At this point she has heard of them before, right?

But let’s be honest. I haven’t accepted it. If I had she wouldn’t even be a part of this. I’ve been beaten down enough that I can forget about my dreams deferred for a time. But then it comes crawling back up, reminding me of how bad I really want it. Reminding me that I love it too much too.

Heavenly Father loves us. He really does. He shows us how to keep on living when opportunities go missing and plans walk away.

And at the same time he let’s us keep a small fire burning for the things that are really important to us.

So for the girl that I knew. For the girl that I am.

Keep dreaming.

Something is bound to come true.”



saltsky deals of the week

Deals of the week

We are pretty excited to start a new series on our website that brings you awesome deals around the state of Utah! Every week we will have a Salt Sky Deals article. When you click on the link below, you will be directed to a page to view and purchase the deal on one of our affiliate links.

We don’t publish every deal that comes our way but the ones that we think our readers will enjoy and have a positive experience when visiting. Let us know which deals you are loving with a comment below so we can cater our articles to your needs and wants.
Salt Sky

Need a quick getaway?

What about a downtown stay at the Hilton with a $25 restaurant credit!
Reg. $129, Now $89

Or how about a 2 night condo getaway to Bear Lake for up to 4 people? This deal also includes some extra great discounts around town.
Reg. $248, Now $99

Visit Ogden Eccles Dinosaur Park to learn all about the giant creatures that used to roam our home.
Reg. $7, Now, $3.50

Pizza Pie Cafe buffet & medium drink!
Reg. $10.25, Now, $6.25

Rice Basil lunch & drinks for two
Reg. $23, Now $18

2 hours of Jump time at Get Air Salt Lake
Reg. $22.50, Now, $12

shoes we love

shoes we love

This past weekend I went shopping and of course ended up looking for some amazing shoes I can start wearing in the spring. You can say I have spring fever. I love shoes so much even though it is hard for me to find them in a size 5. Sole Society has incredible shoes and they carry my size! I can’t tell you how happy I am about that.  Here are the latest from Sole Society. I hope you love them as much as I do.

Sole Society

Buy these here

Sole Society

Buy these here

Sole Society

Buy these here

Sole Society

Buy these here

Sole Society

Buy these here

Sole Society

Buy these here

Sole Society

Buy these here

Sole Society

Buy these here


Inspiration, Stories


My friend Becky Meier gave me a quote written in beautiful calligraphy.

“Be thou an example of the believers”

In the Bible, in 1 Timothy 4:12, the Apostle Paul gives advice to his young friend Timothy.

I have thought about these words all week.

The scripture is an invitation to be an example of the believers,

“In word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”

 I recently had a visit from two young people at my door. They were Jehovah Witnesses and wanted to share a message with me. As they stood on my porch on that cold morning, I remembered my nephew Josh Peters, who is serving an LDS mission in Argentina. He too knocks on doors and shares a Christian message of hope and love. So I invited them in.

Their message was on having a positive attitude in all we do. It was beautiful and it left a nice feeling in my home. We discussed that though we both belonged to different religions, we were all followers of Christ and that brought us great joy.

Thomas S. Monson said: “When firmly planted, your testimony will influence all that you do throughout your life. It will help to determine how you spend your time and with whom you choose to associate. It will affect the way you treat your family, how you interact with others. It will bring love, peace, and joy into your life.”

It’s easy to forget, but this week I will try my hardest to remember Paul’s powerful invitation. Will you remember, with me, that our examples matter? Let’s be a force for good.

This post is dedicated to my dear aunt Blanca Rubio de Gondar (Tia Nena) who died this week at the age of 102.  A life filled with love, laughter, dedication and service to her family, as well as a believer.


exquisite spring salad

our new favorite salad

I’ve made this salad every week since it was introduced to me.  It’s healthy and filling and a little addicting.

Here’s what you need:

Butter lettuce

Roasted yam, cut in long strips

Yellow beets, boiled until tender, peeled and sliced




Arrange it on a salad plate and sprinkle with Creamy Lemon Dressing just before serving.


1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

Lemon zest from one lemon

1 small clove of garlic

1/2 tsp. dijon mustard

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1/2 cup extra light olive oil

1/2 cup sour cream

1 TBLS honey

With electric mixer beat together lemon juice, zest, garlic, mustard, salt & pepper.  Slowly stir in olive oil until well combined.

Add the sour cream and honey and mix well. Refrigerate for 15 minutes before serving.


Thanks Annette Malen for sharing this recipe.





pink and yellow bouquet

seriously gorgeous wedding bouquets

Wedding season is just around the corner, and future brides are searching for the perfect wedding bouquet.  I have gathered some beautiful ideas from the talented  Carolyn May at May Flowers.  If you live in Salt Lake and need a florist this is the person to call for gorgeous, classy and well priced flowers.

broches  white

spring bouqet  thisle

pink       boutiner     summer

And for him, a classy boutonniere  . . . white and purple boutiner                                      green and brown

yellow   grass

white boutiner

May your special day be everything you’ve always dreamed of!


Winter white fashion


Who else is ready for spring? Luckily, the groundhog didn’t see his shadow so let’s hope we’ll have an early spring.  Yahoo! Today we’re talking fashion but not just any fashion. Winter white fashion. These awesome outfits will get us through our last stretch of winter. It has always been said to not wear white until after Memorial Day but times have changed and I couldn’t be  happier!

Here are some photos I love and a link to buy my favorite pair of white skinny jeans. Link here!

Winter white fashion

Winter white fashion


Winter white fashion

White fashion

Winter white fashion



family valentine's day ideas, recipes & crafts

Fun filled Valentine’s Day for the family

This year Valentine’s Day is on Sunday which basically means it’s a whole Valentine weekend celebration!  We are headed to Fox13 The Place today to give you some ideas for an awesome weekend full of things to bring the whole family together and enjoy each other.

  1. DIY Felt Envelopes:  Click here for this no-sew DIY tutorial.  Make these envelopes to hang on each person’s bedroom door or dining room chair.  The kids can make their own special valentines all weekend and secretly deliver them to each other.  Notes and surprises in their envelope will keep everyone feeling extra loved this Valentine’s Day!DIY no sew felt valentine envelope tutorial
  2. Fondu Dinner:  Nothing screams Valentine’s Day like a fondu dinner.  We have easy recipes for cheese fondu and chocolate fondu.  They are fun for kids to help make and eat.  Get creative with dipping foods!  Click here for an easy cheese fondue and click here for a fabulous chocolate fondue.DSC_0065
  3. Scavenger Hunt:  Our favorite tradition on Valentine’s Day is our scavenger hunt.  We hide all the clues around the house and then the kids go in search of their Valentine gifts from mom and dad.  Click here for a printable scavenger hunt clue list & enjoy!
  4. Service:  As parents we try so hard to make great memories for our kids but it’s also important that as we play, we also teach them to be kind and serve others, so they grow up wanting to take care of those around them.  This Valentine’s Day, take some time to make some valentines for people that may feel lonely on holidays.  A neighbor, family member, widow or just someone who might be having a hard time.  Not only is this a fun family activity but it’s a time to teach our kids what is most important. Below are some printable tags to go with your valentines. Just click, save to your computer & print.

somebunny loves you treats for sweet

you donut know

Thank you Fox13 The Place for having us on the show!  Tune in today at 1:00 pm MST.

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Valentine Scavenger Hunt

Our kids’ very favorite Valentine tradition is our scavenger hunt.  We place clues all over the house and at the end, they find their valentine gift from mom and dad.  This is something they look forward to every year.  Below is a printable so you can do your own scavenger hunt.  Just use the ones that apply to your home and add some extra fun ones in too.  This will quickly become a new loved tradition.  Happy Valentine’s Day!  Looking for more great Valentine activities?  Click here for an easy craft and stay tuned all week for more ideas.

valentine scavenger hunt