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June 2016

Community Event, Independence Day

Utah 4th of July celebration locations

Looking for a fun activity to do this 4th of July with the whole family? Here are some fun activities happening around our state.

Head over to Liberty Days at This is the Place.

  • When:  July 2 & 4, 10:00-5:00
  • What:  Enjoy a day of good old-fashioned FUN while you celebrate the birth of our great nation. Join in a watermelon eating contest, stick horse races, or roll up your sleeves for a game of tug-of-war. There’s pony and train rides all day long, and don’t forget to be on the look out for a train robber!
  • Admission:  FREE with annual pass, $12.95 adults, $10.95 65 years+, $8.95 children ages 3-11, kids 2 and under free.

Holladay City:

  • When:  July 4, 7:00 pm at the Holladay City building
  • What:  Entertainment at 7:00 pm, fireworks at 10:00 pm
  • Admission:  FREE

Murray City:

  • When:  July 4, 8:00 am
  • What:  8:00 am 5K, 9:00 am kids race, parade 8:30 am.  Parade begins at Fashion place mall and ends at Murray Park.  Several activities going on throughout the day!  Click here for more info.
  • Admission:  FREE, click here to sign up for race and other events.


  • When:  July 4, beginning at 7:30 am with a 5K run, 10:00 am parade, Oakely rodeo followed by fireworks.
  • What:  5K, parade, rodeo, fireworks
  • Admission:  Click here for info on tickets.

Sugar House Fireworks:

  • When:  July 4, fireworks at dusk but arrive early to reserve your space and festivities.
  • What:  traditional firework show.
  • Admission, FREE

Many cities around the state are having celebrations, check your local paper for locations.

Have a very happy and safe 4th of July weekend.

Addition from one of our readers!  Visit the Magna parade and fireworks at noon, a tradition for over 100 years!


Independence Day, Recipes

Independence Day Fudge

Making Fudge has been a popular pastime in our country since George Washington’s day. It’s much easier to make today and it’s still a great American favorite.


4 squares (ounces) unsweetened baker’s chocolate

1 ¼ cups light cream

3 cups sugar

¼ cup light corn syrup

½ teaspoon salt

¼ cup butter

2 teaspoons vanilla

Walnuts if desired


  1. Combine the chocolate and cream in a saucepan. Stir constantly until the chocolate is completely melted and mixture is smooth.
  2. Add the sugar, syrup and salt, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Continue cooking over medium/high heat until a small amount of the candy dropped into a glass of water forms a soft ball. Remove saucepan from the heat.
  3. Now add the butter and vanilla. Allow mixture to cool (about 15 min.) without stirring it. Then beat it hard until it begins to hold its shape and its glossiness.  Add nuts.
  4. Grease a pan with butter and pour the fudge into it. With a spatula, spread fudge into an even layer. Put into the refrigerator for several hours and then cut into squares. Yield 36 pieces.



Memorize the 50 nifty states!
Independence Day

Fifty Nifty United States

Here is a great way to keep your children’s minds sharp during the summer. And no better time to memorize the 50 states than the 4th of July week of celebration.

From the 13 original colonies.

Fifty nifty stars in the flag that billow so beautifully in the breeze.

Each individual state contributes a quality that is great.

Each individual state deserves a bow, let’s salute them now.

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut,

Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana,

Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland,

Massachusetts, Michigan,

Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana,

Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York,

North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania,

Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas,


Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.


Independence Day

The First Fourth of July

This year, we are going to start our 4th of July celebrations by reading to our family this story, simply written so children can understand. Join us in remembering the brave men, women and soldiers who made it all happen.

“Clang!, Clang!” The music of the great bell floated over Philadelphia. It was calling the people to the State House yard. There they would hear a man read the Declaration of Independence.

Until 1776, the American colonies had been ruled by England. Now the Americans had decided to rule themselves, they would build a new nation.

It was a brave thing for the Americans to do. For they knew it meant a long war with England, England had a really big army and navy.

When the people in Philadelphia heard the bell, they poured into the streets and raced into the State House. Most of them knew that Congress had voted for the Declaration on July 4th and this was their first chance to hear someone read it.

As soon as the crowd gathered, the bell stopped ringing. A man stood up and read the Declaration of Independence just as Thomas Jefferson had written it, Jefferson was a leader from Virginia.

The Declaration of Independence told the world why Americans wanted to be free. It told of the many unfair things England’s King George III had done and it said that the colonies were now independent.

“Hurrah!” the crowd shouted. Up in the State House tower a man rang the bell again, he thought of the words written on it, “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land, unto all the inhabitants thereof.” These wonderful words are from the Bible. The bell they are written on is now called the Liberty Bell. The State House is now called Independence Hall.

News of the Declaration of Independence spread slowly throughout America. It went by men on horseback and by boat. There were no telephones, radios or computers then.

General George Washington was in New York City where a copy of the Declaration was sent to him. He had it read to his soldiers.

The American soldiers had already been fighting the English. They had been fighting for their rights, now they had something greater to fight for – their freedom!

The soldiers knew this meant a hard fight; they felt sure they could win. We call the war they fought the Revolutionary War.

There was a big statue of King George III in New York, it was made of lead. Some of the soldiers pulled the statue down and cut off its head using the lead from King George’s statue to make bullets. The Americans then fired the bullets at the king’s soldiers.

When news of the Declaration reached Boston, the people went wild with joy. American soldiers fired their cannon thirteen times in honor of the thirteen American states. Bells rang, drums beat, and the people began to pull down all signs that said King George III was king. They also made a big bonfire with all the signs and danced around it happily.

News of America’s independence spread to all the states. Finally, a copy of the Declaration reached a little settlement in South Carolina. Not many people there could read but a nine-year-old boy named Andrew Jackson had learned to read in school. The grown-ups met at a farmhouse where the boy stood up and read the Declaration.

Everyone clapped when they heard the boy say “All men are created equal,” then cheered when he read that everyone has a right to “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

The nation called the United States of America was born on July 4th, 1776.


All our posts this week are dedicated to the brave men and women of the armed forces and their families.


DIY, For Kicks & Giggles

Growing your organic summer veggies

It’s not too late to start growing some organic vegetables in pots. I am loving that my pots are just outside the back door on my deck.

I planted zucchini, yellow squash, two kinds of tomatoes and some of my favorite herbs for cooking.

The grandkids love to come over everyday and water the pots. It’s so fun to see how excited they get and I can’t wait until we can cook together something delicious that they helped to harvest.


It’s so easy to get a garden going in pots. And you don’t even need to go to the store and break your back lifting the heavy bags of soil. Simply order your potting soil for organic gardening right here. I like using Espoma because it’s all natural and no pesticides have been added.


Here are some other helpful things to have on hand.

Tomato & Plant support cage.  This is a must have for supporting your plants, they get huge fast.


Gardman 8330 Galvanized Watering Can with Copper Accents, 1.9 Gallon. I love this charming watering can.


Dr. Earth Organic 5 Tomato, Vegetable & Herb Fertilizer Poly Bag.  For healthy plants and big juicy vegetables!


Happy planting, growing, harvesting and cooking!

Family Adventures & Travel

Must do… Draper Cycle Park!

If your family is just beginning to bike or is advanced, you want to check out the Draper Cycle Park.  It is located at 1485 E. Highland Drive (13600 South) in Draper, Utah.  The park is a pump track starting at little beginner babies on their Strider bikes with their own little track and also for pro riders as well.

Our family just visited and it was so much fun.  The kids loved riding the beginner tracks and also watching the adults ride as well.  When it was time to go, we had the hardest time getting them to leave so we promised to go back.

Some things you need to know:

  • It’s not shaded well so on a hot summer day it will be extra HOT.  Morning and evening are great times to visit with little kids.
  • There’s a drinking fountain but probably a good idea to go with plenty of water.
  • It is dusty.  Tracks are dirt so even if you’re just going to watch, wear the right shoes.
  • There’s a Strider Beginner track for little kids.  It’s a great place for them to practice pump tracks in a safe environment.
  • Check out the rules of the park and follow them to stay safe and keep the park awesome.
  • Follow the signs for level of difficulty.

Have so much fun!  For more summer activities check out our Ultimate Guide!

Draper Cycle Park



Oh Millennials . . . The Constantly-Swiping-Right Generation

Do you realize that millenials are the first generation to be raised with the Internet?

I think that technology is one of the most significant sources of misunderstanding between the generations.

Our website recently experienced a crash. We quickly had to hire a tech professional to fix the problems. Of course my daughters who are very tech-savvy immediately went to work in getting it back up and running. On one particular day, they asked me to call our web designer with some questions. The scary part is that as he was explaining things to me, I had to stop him. I told him he was speaking Chinese and I simply was not following, he politely told me that it would be easier if he just communicated with my daughters.

Ugh? I wonder why.

I realized then, as I should have long ago, that it’s vital for us “older” people to keep sharpening our technological skills to maximize opportunities and keep communication with younger family members and friends flowing.

Recently, my husband and I were at dinner with friends when one of them said: “I really like your daughters’ Instagram posts but I have no idea what ‘Link in bio’ means.”

We laughed because I told her that I had said the same thing and that my daughters had replied: “Mom everyone knows what that means.”

So here’s a few things to know for all the boomers out there who may need a little help:

Link in Bio – the term used in Instagram to give you a direct link to a website.  On Instagram, you cannot post a link to a website that viewers can click on and go directly to the site.  Instead, bloggers and shops tell you to click the link in bio.  In other words, click on the username above the photo (this will take you to the account page), then click on the link highlighted in blue.  You can then click the link in blue and be taken directly to the website to see what the account wants to show you. Here is an example:

link in bio tutorial


what is link in bio


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Emojis – a small digital image, an unspoken language that millennials use instead of words. I recently sent emoji face to my youngest daughter thinking it meant “Yikes” but apparently it didn’t. The quick response was “Wrong emoji mom.”

Hashtag: (#) used on social media as a search tool, for example: If you click on #fashion on a social media post, you will see other posts that also used the same hashtag.   It is also used as an after thought in a social media post, for example: A photo of kids with their face covered in lipstick could have a caption that says: “Dang kids got into my lipstick again! #naughty”

And these are just three of the basics.  There is so much more to learn each day.  Have questions? Just ask your kids and even the grandkids, you are sure to learn something new and exciting!











Rustic Countryside feature
Specialty Shops

Add a little bit of “Rustic Countryside” to your home

Shop: Etsy Shop
Coupon: use code “SALTSKY20” For 20% off your purchase!
Giveaway: Win this awesome rustic clothespin frame!  (more info below)

A new shop just opened on Etsy by locals Joshua & Rebecca Moore called Rustic Countryside. We are happy to feature this great couple and their line of handmade, rustic photo displays today!

Why we think you’ll love them:

  • The clothespin frame and clipboard frames are so great for switching out photos of memories or current things happening in your family.  It would also be so great to hang wedding invitations, cards, and things that are special to your family.
  • Pinterest style frames!
  • So great for wedding displays
  • Handmade and local… always a winner.

Rustic Countryside

Rustic Countryside is giving ALL of our followers 20% off your purchase when you enter code SALTSKY20 at checkout!  Click here to start shopping.  Plus, one lucky winner will win the fabulous clothespin frame, photographed above, that we just love.  To enter, see our Instagram.  Good luck and happy shopping!

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Deals, Shop

Pop-up Shop This weekend

Friday and Saturday

June 24 & 25

11:00 – 4:00

inside the fabulous Brown Floral in Holladay


We are making room for our fall line, so this weekend Get 20% off your entire purchase

AND if you spend $100 or more you get a FREE Salt Sky workout shirt!


happy father's day blog
Inspiration, Men

To the men we love

Since we posted this a year ago, Griffin became a new dad, and what a great dad he is.

Wishing all dads a very Happy Father’s Day.
To all you dads that play with us endlessly,
consider cereal a food group,
give us ‘the look’ and tell us to go back upstairs and change…
to the fathers who scare away monsters,
build forts,
have ‘the dad voice,’
and “can’t hear” babies crying at night… we love you.
Thank you to our dads who work so hard, that their kids can experience everything they can give them,
believe in us,
who pick us up when we fall,
and who don’t need to tell us how proud they are because their face says it all.
To the dads who make everything better with a hug
and teach us what it means to love,
we are so blessed to have you.

Happy Father’s Day from all of us at Salt Sky


The Delicious GR Kitchen

Located: 7702 Union Park Ave.
SLC, Utah
Phone: 801-352-7406
Social Media: @GRkitchen
Giveaway: Enter to win a $25 gift card! See details below.
Coupon: BUY ONE GET ONE FREE ENTREE! Show coupon below when visiting.

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This week we went to eat at GR Kitchen and oh wow, it was Greek Cuisine heaven!  GR Kitchen is located in Midvale by the Union Heights movie theaters.

GR is the first original venture by brothers, George and Chris Tsoutsounakis. Also run by the Tsoutsounakis family is Astro Burgers. George and Chris’ father opened this first location in 1982 after immigrating to the U.S. from Crete, Greece several years earlier. Having grown up in the restaurant business, and following Chris’ completion of culinary school, the brothers were anxious to start a new concept that could offer people the best of Greek flavors in a fresh, modern way.

GR is a family start-up in every sense. Together with George’s wife, Elpitha, and Chris’ fiancé Cassi Georgelas, the family has spent hours pouring over every detail.

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Here are some things we absolutely loved about GR Kitchen and why we can’t wait to go back:

  • Portion sizes are big.  We got a couple entree’s with 2 sides and took food home.  You’ll have plenty of food and love it.  Kids plates are also huge and my kids loved it.
  • The taste of everything we ate was rich and so delicious.
  • Their yogurt for dessert is made in house and topped with your choice of honey, fruit, nuts & jams… oh seriously, just try it, it was a hit.  Visit GR Kitchen
  • Fresh!  Their food is so fresh and made with high quality and good for you ingredients.
  • GR Kitchen has a clean, modern and bright environment.  It’s a great place to meet friends for lunch and night time date night, especially before or after a movie. Visit GR Kitchen
  • Friendly service.  They were so nice and great to our kids.  I love that they are family friendly as well, the kids have already asked when we can go back.

GR Kitchen is giving one of our followers a $25 gift certificate!  Keep an eye on our Instagram today and enter to win.  They are also giving ALL of our followers a Buy one, get one FREE entree deal!  Just show the coupon below when you visit, this offer is valid through the end of June.  Put them on your list of places to visit this week, you will be so glad you did!


GR Kitchen BOGO coupon


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Save BIG with the Dine & Stay package at the Chateaux Deer Valley
Deals, Family Adventures & Travel

Save Big with the Dine & Stay Deal at The Chateaux Deer Valley

Located: 7815 Royal Street East
Park City
Deal: Dine & Stay Package
Coupon: use code “dine”
Or click here to book

This past weekend I took my husband to celebrate his 35th birthday at The Chateaux Deer Valley.  We did the Dine & Stay  package and I just have to say… wow.  It was incredible.  This was the first time we had stayed at The Chateaux and will not be the last.  I think it’s going to have to be a birthday tradition.

Save BIG with the Dine & Stay package at the Chateaux Deer Valley

The Dine & Stay package includes your room, a 3 course dinner and a buffet breakfast for two.  The room was beautiful with detail that felt very “Park City” with a cozy fireplace (I think we’ll need a winter getaway too).  Then we headed to the pool that had an amazing view of the mountains.  We could have stayed there all day talking and relaxing.

Dinner was incredible!  The 3 course dinner included an appetizer, main course and dessert for each of us.  It was so much food and we had to try it all.  The hanger steak was probably the highlight of Bubba’s birthday dinner, it was heavenly.

Save BIG with the Dine & Stay package at the Chateaux Deer Valley

Save BIG with the Dine & Stay package at the Chateaux Deer ValleyDine & Stay package at The Chateaux Deer Valley

After a relaxing night sleep where no kids were invading our bed or kicking us in the face… we headed to the breakfast buffet that was, well, just as amazing as the dinner the night before.  The food was delicious and the perfect way to start our day.

There are so many other things to do at The Chateaux in the summer that we didn’t do but are going to add to our list next time like, world class mountain biking that is just steps from the hotel, golfing at a private course, horseback riding, hot air balloon rides and of course so many activities in Park City and shopping at nearby Main Street.  They have a shuttle that will take you around town so you can experience it all.

Save BIG with the Dine & Stay package at the Chateaux Deer Valley

The service was so great.  Everyone was friendly and helpful.  There are family packages available as well if you want to take the kids and they’ll eat for free…. or you can do a much needed romantic getaway.  Life gets a little busy, especially with all the kids running around so take a break and give yourselves some alone time.  You may just talk to each other more in the weekend than you have in the entire month like we did, ha ha.  EXTRA BONUS!  They will also give you a bounce back deal.  If you stay again between now and December 1, you’ll pay for the first night and only $25 to stay a 2nd night!  Yeah, we’ll be doing that too.

Deal Breakdown:

  • A one night stay without the package is $220.79 (with room, taxes & fees)
  • A 3 course dinner at the hotel came out to be about $125.00 for us.
  • Buffet breakfast for 2 would have been $42.00 per person
  • WE PAID:  $287.36 for a one night stay, a 3 course dinner for 2 & breakfast buffet.  This included all taxes and fees (not including gratuity for our 2 meals that we left).
  • Everything we did would have cost $429.79.  We saved a total of $142.43 (over 30%) and had a luxurious, romantic and relaxing getaway.  You NEED to do this!  Here’s the link to book this deal, I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.  Save BIG with the Dine & Stay package at the Chateaux Deer Valley

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