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August 2016

The Baby Cubby must visit for the latest and greatest baby shopping
Specialty Shops

The Baby Cubby: Latest and Greatest Baby Gear & Accessories

Located: 71 S. 1380 W.
Lindon, Utah
Social Media: @thebabycubby
Phone: 888-677-5583
Website: www.babycubby.com
Giveaway: $100 Gift Card Giveaway! Enter on our Instagram

There are so many amazing things on Instagram, Pinterest and Etsy for babies and kids… sometimes don’t you wish you could just go to a store to try them out, see if you love them as much as the photo? Well, you can! We were so excited to discover a shop right here in Utah that has just that.

The Baby Cubby in Lindon is a beautiful store with all the latest and best baby gear, local vendor baby accessories and more. It is so worth a visit and here’s why:

  • The Baby Cubby employees are highly trained to know everything there is to know about their specialty, strollers and carseats. They have the best of the best gear and will help you find the perfect fit for you and baby.
  • Want to try a stroller out? Simply take it with baby out on their stroller test course outside.
  • They have the cutest kid corner with toys, books and movies for your little ones to watch while you shop. Mama heaven.
  • The baby bags… they’re to die for beautiful and The Baby Cubby also has a fabulous selection.
  • The accessories and clothing for children are so adorable and unique.
  • Their sales are fabulous! When we stopped by to shop last week, their baby bags were up to 60% off & 50% off clothing.
  • We fell in love with the beautiful art for home and kid’s rooms.
  • The quality is impressive. You walk out feeling so good about your purchases, you can’t wait to come back. And they stand behind their products.

Baby Cubby is giving 1 lucky winner a $100 gift card!  How awesome is that? To enter, visit our Instagram.

Happy shopping, we know you’ll love it.  Not local?  No problem, shop their website!

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Inspiration, Stories

Sometimes We Just Need a Push

As many returned to school this past week after a long and wonderful summer, I was thinking back on a teacher I once had.

For the life of me I can’t remember her name, but the details of her face are engrained in my mind. She taught High School Sophomore English, she never smiled, and was known for being a tough teacher.

On the first day of school, I waited after class to speak to her. I explained to her that I had only moved to the United States a couple of years prior and that I was not confident that I could keep up with all that was required in her class.  I thought that my English was simply not advanced enough to take on the challenge. I thought that the level of literature was a little over my head and even though I knew this course was required, I wanted special treatment.

She said something like this, “Your English sounds good enough to me. I will not take your request into consideration.  If I do, you will not reach your potential. You will be graded just like everyone else, I know you can do it.”

At that moment, I hated her.

And then, I learned to love her.

She was right, I had to put extra effort into her class just to keep up. By the end of the semester I had grown by leaps and bounds.

She saw something I simply could not, I had no confidence in my abilities but she believed in me.

I’m sure she has passed on, but some day, I hope we meet again so that I can thank her and tell her that what she did for me didn’t just help me in her class but it has made a difference in many areas throughout all my life.

This week, I hope you too can take a moment to think of a special teacher that touched your life for good. Maybe sharing the story with our children or grandchildren will help them appreciate their teachers a little more this year.

katty

 

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Restaurants

Padeli’s: fabulous dining with a big city feel

Located: 30 Broadway
Salt Lake City, Utah
Social Media: @PadelisStreetGreek
Phone: 801-322-111
Giveaway: Gift Card Giveaways! Enter on our Instagram

This week we headed downtown for an incredible Greek lunch at the fabulous Padeli’s. It was totally packed when we walked in and we couldn’t believe we hadn’t tried it yet… oh was it delicious. Padeli’s is a great lunch and date night spot. We think you should give it a try and here’s why:

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  • The taste… everything was incredibly seasoned, fresh and delicious.
  • Large portions, you will not leave hungry.
  • Quick and friendly service. There was quite a line when we visited but we got through so quickly, the staff is awesome.
  • Clean environment.
  • We sat outside and felt like we were in a big city, getaway feeling (It’s a must for date night this weekend).
  • Great prices.

Paddle's Street Greek, Salt Lake City restaurant

It’s the weekend and the best time to give Padeli’s a try. You will most definitely want to order anything with rice, heavenly pita bread and the pork was to die for. Our friends at Padeli’s have been so awesome to give 2 of our followers a $25 gift card each! To enter, visit our Instagram.

Paddle's Street Greek, Salt Lake City restaurant

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Must Have Rain Boots to Get Before Fall

This year I’m determined to get me and the kids some fun rain boots.  Living in Utah simply requires it.

I found some seriously great ones.  Take a look and shop for them right here, they’ll be at your door in a few days and you can be ready for fall.  And who doesn’t love fall?

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Stipe Rain Boots, $54.15

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Polka Dot Boot, $32.35

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The cutest owl rain boots, $42.99

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Kids Ladybug rain boots, $20.00

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Navy & Red rain boots, $32.46

What to see more adorable styles? Simply click here!

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Inspiration, Stories

The Key to Peace Among Sorrows

My husband Bob was asked to speak last Sunday to a group of elderly people in a nursing home. I asked him what he was going to speak about, wondering how one could address people who are suffering so much physically and make a difference. I went along to listen to him and was so touched by his words; I’ve taken parts of his talk to share today.

He started by quoting an old Southern poem, which Neill Marriott shared in an address she gave, it reads:

Have Thine own way, Lord…

Thou art the Potter;

I am the clay.

Mould me and make me

After Thy will,

While I am waiting,

Yielded and still.

Then shared this quote from her: “How do we, a modern, busy, competitive people, become yielded and still? How do we make the Lord’s ways our ways?” “I believe we begin by learning of Him and praying for understanding. As our trust in Him grows, we open our hearts, seek to do His will, and wait for answers that will help us understand.”

 Bob then shared these words:

For me, the key to this statement is our willingness to do “His will”. When you think about it, the only thing we can really offer the Lord is “our will,” meaning, our ability to choose, to use our agency. Our Savior created this world, which provides for our needs and wants. We are in his debt in every way. But we do have our agency; we do get to choose our path.

Many of us have spent years learning about our Father in Heaven and about the gospel of His son, Jesus Christ. Admittedly, there is always more to learn. To me, the hardest part is waiting for answers that will help us understand – to understand what our earthly challenges are meant to teach us. What is the Master Potter doing with my clay?

I want to share part of my mother’s story to illustrate this point.

Devona Moss was born a “blue baby” due to a defect in her heart; she had 3 chambers in her heart instead of the normal 4. As a child she suffered a broken back when her father hit her with a shovel in anger. As a teen she had to drop out of high school because of repeated bouts with rheumatic and scarlet fevers, which forced her into bed and temporarily took away her ability to walk. As a young mother, she had to be revived after giving birth 3 times. Later, she died for more that 30 minutes while she underwent open heart surgery and was brought back. She developed breast cancer and underwent a radical mastectomy. At age 56, she lost her husband to colon cancer. Although this is not a complete list of personal trials, you get the idea.

My mother was a lifelong faithful Christian who was tested with many difficult physical trials. Her life was filled with physical pain and suffering. She went to the Lord on many occasions to ask for relief and understanding. I imagine her asking, “What am I to learn? Or, please give me understanding and strength to understand how my trials will teach others what they need to learn. My mother did not get angry and say that a loving God would not let her suffer. She accepted her life, stayed faithful, and sought to understand.

My trials are not like her trials and your trials are likely not like mine. What is the purpose of our trials? What is the master potter trying to mold with your clay?

Neill Marriott taught, “True worship begins when our hearts are right before the Father and the Son. What is our heart condition today? Paradoxically, in order to have a healed and faithful heart, we must first allow it to break before the Lord. The result of sacrificing our heart, or our will, to the Lord is that we receive the spiritual guidance we need. With a growing understanding of the Lord’s grace and mercy, we will find that our self-willed hearts begin to crack and break in gratitude. Then we reach for Him, yearning to yoke ourselves to the Only Begotten Son of God. In our brokenhearted reaching and yoking, we receive new hope and fresh guidance through the Holy Ghost. How do we, a modern, busy, competitive people, become yielded and still? How do we make the Lord’s ways our ways?”

I suggest we consider the following steps to make the Lord’s ways our ways.

First, take time to talk with our Father in Heaven. We are commanded to pray always. Pray that the Spirit of God will touch you – invite the Spirit into your life. Ask to know His will.

Second, take time to read the scriptures, regularly. I find that reading not only teaches beautiful doctrine, it changes the way I think and feel.

Third, ponder the scriptures, ponder the ways that God has blessed your life, and ponder how you can align your will to His will.

Some may think they have failed too many times and feel too weak to change sinful acts or worldly desires of the heart. However, as covenant Israel, we don’t just try and try on our own to change. If we earnestly appeal to God, He takes us as we are—and makes us more than we ever imagined. Noted theologian Robert L. Millet writes of “a healthy longing to improve,” balanced with the spiritual “assurance that in and through Jesus Christ we are going to make it.” With such an understanding, we can honestly say to Heavenly Father:

So trusting my all to thy tender care,

And knowing thou lovest me,

I’ll do thy will with a heart sincere:

I’ll be what you want me to be.

 When Bob finished speaking, I had a deeper desire to find out what God wants me to do, especially at this time in my life.

This week, I hope you and I can take some time to think about where we are and where we want to be.

katty

 

Worlds best and easiest oat pancakes!  Guaranteed to keep kids full until lunch and perfect before school breakfast!
Recipes

Back to school: Breakfast that will keep the family full until lunch

A friend recently shared this recipe with me that has been a favorite at her home and we LOVE it!

Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and kids get so hungry before lunch when they’re at school… this recipe is one that you’ll want to make to give them the best start to their day.

This recipe makes about 48 pancakes so make them all, put them in the fridge and when you’re ready, just pop them in the toaster.  Top with all natural peanut butter, sliced bananas and honey.  They are filling!

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Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 48 pancakes
 
Ingredients
  • 4 C. oats
  • 4 C. buttermilk
  • 1 C. flour
  • 4 TBSP sugar
  • 2 Tsp baking powder
  • 2 Tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ C oil
  • 1 heaping TBSP cinnamon
  • 1½ Tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Combine oats and buttermilk and let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients, mix until combined.
  3. Cook on griddle until golden.
  4. Serve hot or refrigerate. These will last one week in the fridge. Put in toaster to reheat. Serve with syrup or my favorite, all natural peanut butter, sliced bananas and topped with honey.

Worlds best and easiest oat pancakes! Guaranteed to keep kids full until lunch and perfect before school breakfast!

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Giving kids the best tools to succeed in school

One of my favorite memories of school is attending the University of Utah and working on my Child Development degree.  That degree was amazing in teaching me all about how children develop, learn, react and what helps them succeed.

In honor of back to school, here are some ways to best help your children succeed this school year.  Though some things may seem small, they are big to children.

Night before prep:

  • Set out their clothes the night before with your kids.  This teaches them to prepare and makes for a calm morning the next day.
  • Clean room.  Kids’ rooms should be clean before bedtime.  It’s hard for everyone to relax in a mess and even more overwhelming for kids.  Help your kids clean when they seem frustrated.  You don’t do it for them but help them divide cleaning out into tasks and stay by them.  It will make all the difference in learning cleaning habits and building confidence. Do this every night and it will never be too messy.
  • Bedtime snack.  There are varying opinions on this but I am a strong believer that kids shouldn’t be hungry before bed.  Every age will sleep better with a good bedtime snack.  Not junk food, nothing heavy.
  • Bath time.  A warm bath will calm children and help them get into a sleepy mode.  Kids NEED a routine.  It’s so important.
  • Bedtime at the same time every night.  Kids don’t function well on crazy schedules which gives them mixed signals from parents.  Kids want routines, they want rules and boundaries from parents.  It gives them a safety net and confidence.  They may hate it but it will benefit them in the long run.
  • NO screens an hour before bed.  There are so many great things about technology, so many ways to learn.  Limiting screen time doesn’t seem to apply as much today.  It’s more about limiting mindless screen time like entertainment shows and games.  Kids minds (as well as adults..) race before bed, lights from screens make that worse.  Put electronics away one hour before bed and keep them out of bedrooms throughout the night.

School day routine:

  • Get up at the same time everyday.  Soon your body will know when to wake up and you’ll wake up on your own.
  • Get ready.  The clothing was already set out the night before so it should be easy.
  • Eat a good breakfast. You’ve heard it a million times… breakfast is the most important meal of the day… well, that is certainly true with kids.  Kids that eat breakfast have more energy, eat healthier through the day and do better in school.  Kids who don’t eat breakfast and are always in a rush are more irritable, can’t concentrate and get tired easily.
  • After school have a snack, do homework at the same time every day, in the same place, away from distractions like TV (earlier is better than before bed), have free time for kids to unwind and make family dinner a priority.  Kids that have designated time for their family, especially with parents gain more confidence, are more likely to stay out of trouble, more likely to succeed in school and more likely to talk to parents when they are having trouble in their lives.

 

This may seem like a lot and some days, things just don’t go right but keep trying.  Routines will save you and be amazing for your kids.  There’s no better time to start than the beginning of school, it’s a clean slate (I know, I need that… badly).

Happy back to school!

PS…  Some of our followers are still looking for a preschool.  Do you have openings in your school? Comment below and we will compile a list.

  • *Kinder Landing has contacted us to tell us that they have open spaces for this school year season!  Click here to learn more about them.

Salt Sky does not endorse any schools listed.   Please do your research on schools to make sure it fits your child and be proactive in their education.  

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Weddings

Stress-Free Wedding Day

We had the best time transforming this beautiful backyard into an elegant, romantic wedding reception for a lovely couple.

Did you know that we can coordinate your wedding from start to finish? Your special day should be a time to enjoy, and that goes for the parents of the bride too!  We will not only plan every detail with the bride & groom but will set up and stay through the night and coordinate all the festivities.

Take a look at this event and all the details.  Click here to find out about our event planning!

-Visit our “weddings category” on our home page menu bar to see more weddings, tips and favorites.

-Follow our Pinterest Board for latest trends and things we love

Photography by Brooke Bakken

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Inspiration, quote of the week

Advise from one of our favorites

“Please remember tomorrow and all the days after that,

that the Lord blesses those that want to improve,

who accept the need for commandments

and try to keep them,

who cherish Christlike virtues

and strive to the best of their ability to acquire them.

If you stumble in that pursuit, so does everyone;

the Savior is there to help you keep going.

If you fall, summon His strength…

He will help you get back up.

He will help you repent,

repair,

fix whatever you have to fix,

and keep going.

Soon enough you will have the success you seek.”

Jeffrey R. Holland

 

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Specialty Shops

Play in Holladay

The new Holladay Playground is a blast for kids complete with a zip line and all the best playground equipment around.  Located right behind the City Offices and Police Station.  We visit often and the kids can’t get enough.

Bike Shops–  Two must see shops right across from each other.  Flynn Cyclery specializing in bike tune-ups and service.  They even pick up your bike and deliver it right to your home or office! They have good looking jerseys too and biking supplies.  We are impressed with their friendly staff.

Summit Cyclery- Where you will find a large selection of mountain, road, recreation, commuter and kid bikes. The brands include: Giant, Liv, Felt, Ibis and Wilier. Their newly constructed building is impressive.

Visit these great bike shops for all your biking needs and be sure to ride on beautiful Holladay Boulevard!

Hike Mt. Olympus– Hundreds of brave people of all ages make this hike daily.  It is difficult and you will most likely encounter rattle snakes on warn days, so beware.  Take plenty of water and make the trek early in the morning, though many climb it in the evening to see the spectacular sunset.  It is dangerous terrain to hike at night, we see Life Flight and Search & Rescue up there on many summer nights.  So make a plan, be prepared and go with people who have hiked it before.

Our friends at Flynn Cyclery have given one lucky person a water bottle with a gift certificate inside for a free tune-up.  A $45.00 value.  To enter go to our Instagram @SaltSkyUtah.

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Restaurants

Foodie Heaven in Holladay

Until about a year ago, there simply were not many places to eat in Holladay.  Now you can find just about anything!

Here are some of our favorite places to eat within a block radius in the heart of Holladay:

Tony Burgers- Famous for their out-of-this-world burger.  If you haven’t tried them you must, and you’ll see what we mean.  Also great salads and shakes.

Taqueria 27- Fresh Mexican food with serious creativity.

The Copper Kitchen- For a fancier feel but great anytime and for any occasion.  Wonderful dishes.

Tony Capputos- Love their sandwiches, pasta, soup, salads and sometimes they have the best chocolate cake in the world. I also love their market for unique imported foods. Not to mention the atmosphere, patio sitting and live music on the weekends.

3 Cups- Our favorite place for breakfast. A must try is the homemade steel cut oatmeal.

Rice Basil- Quickly became one of our very favorite Asian restaurants.  Incredible sushi!

Meier Chicken- Best chicken in town.  I recently discovered their chicken fingers that come with homemade ranch dipping dressing.  So yummy we get it weekly for dinner especially on nights I don’t feel like cooking.

SOHO- The very busy food truck destination.  This place is a hit for all kinds of food and a place to socialize for the locals.

Lettuce & Laddles– I love the takeout soups and the vegetable sandwich for lunch.

Sharon’s Cafe- Feels like you stepped back in time.  Friendly service and delicious breakfasts.

Come support these wonderful restaurants soon.  Take a walk around the shops and don’t miss the majestic view of Mt. Olympus at sunset.

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Specialty Shops

Unique Shop finds in Holladay

We are super excited to be featuring the city of Holladay this week.  There are so many new and exciting things happening there including new construction, new shops and new places to play.

Today we are talking about all the fun specialty shops!  We have loved that Holladay City has become more of a walking city.  Park and start a fun walk with the whole family or on a date night.  In Holladay Village plaza visit Amy Boutique, a unique and beautiful home decor, gift and clothing shop.  We always find that perfect gift there and the atmosphere inspires creativity.  Denton Home is a beautiful interior design store with unique furniture pieces that we fell in love with.

Around the corner shop the lovely Brown Floral.  Did you know that Brown floral not only has beautiful fresh florals for your home and special occasions but they also have house plants, gifts and home decor items?  Plus, please just take a walk in there this week to smell how amazing it is! Thursday, August 11th they are having a Gypsy Garden Event with their fabulous, miniature fairy gardens.  It’s a must see!

La Maison is a little shop right out of France.  Walk in and feel like you are in Europe.  We’ve found some lovely baskets and linens there, but find an endless amount of beautiful decor in there, you’ll have to take a stroll around several times to see it all.

EM Paper is a favorite for those specialty papers, ribbons and everything that makes your Pinterest heart go nuts.  The Perfect Dress is a bridal shopping dream and feels like you’re in a movie while finding that perfect dress.

Also shop Meier’s Pharmacy for gifts and sweets while you wait for your prescription. The Store Stuff  across the street has a little bit of everything. Spend an afternoon walking through these fun shops, you’ll be glad you discovered this fun area all within a square block in the heart of Holladay City.

There are even more specialty shops that Holladay offers so take a walk and check them out!  Amy Boutique and Brown Floral have been so wonderful to each do a giveaway!  Enter to win a $25 gift card to shop at their stores.  2 winners will be chosen on Instagram next week so stay tuned and enter to win!

Tomorrow, we will be featuring places to eat in Holladay.