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September 2016

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quote of the week

Ah, September

F. Scott Fitzgerald said:

“Life starts all over when it gets crisp in the fall.”

It’s such a beautiful time of year. Get out and enjoy, along with this fabulous free printable!

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Local Reviews, Specialty Shops

The Charbroil Difference

We were treated to the ultimate Charbroiled hamburgers at ASTRO BURGERS this week.  Known for their famous monstrous Astro Burger, which is basically a cheeseburger topped with a ton of pastrami, we simply had to try one.  It was so big, our men were in heaven.

Astro Burgers is locally owned and operated, in business for over 25 years.

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Astro Burgers has a large menu to choose from.  Delicious and hearty salads, gyros done the authentic Greek way, burgers to die for, crispy fries, hand battered onion rings, as well as some Mexican must try food, and thick creamy shakes.

We wanted to try it all!

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Everything is made fresh while you wait.

We were so impressed by the friendly staff and fast service.

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Our friends at Astro Burgers are giving two lucky winners $25.00 gift cards.

To enter simply go to our Instagram @SaltSkyUtah.

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Stop by and visit any of the Astro Burgers locations this week.  Draper, Midvale, South Salt Lake, and South Jordan.

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Salt Sky supports small business, join us in helping to grow our local economy by visiting the businesses we feature.

Huge Halloween activity savings!
Halloween

The Ultimate Halloween package deal

With Halloween coming, it’s time to play with the family!  Here’s an awesome offer that gets you into TONS of great places to play in October.  Click the link below and use the special online code to get some serious Halloween deals.  Have fun!

Halloween is upon us and it’s time to PARTY!!
Snatch up one of the few, Ultimate Halloween packages from Utah Kids Club with
over $120.00 in FREE Halloween passes–check this out–
Your Ultimate Halloween package comes with the following

bonuses!
1 FREE ticket to Castle of Chaos ($23.00 value)
1 FREE Ticket to Sleepy Hollow ($25.00 value)
1 FREE Ticket to Scary Hill at Cherry Hill ($9.95 value)
1 FREE Ticket to Creatures of the Night at Ogden Nature Center ($6.00 value)
1 FREE Ticket to Little Haunts at This is the Place, Heritage Park ($12.95 value)
1 FREE Ticket to Hee Haw Farms ($6.00 value)
1 FREE Ticket to Fall Harvest at Cross E Ranch ($11.00 value)
1 FREE Ticket to Scales and Tails Reptiles ($5.00 value)
1 FREE Ticket for Clas Ropes Halloween River Cruise ($8.00 value)
1 FREE Ticket to Corn Maze on the Farm at America West Heritage Center
SPECIAL $5.00 off each ticket from Cornbellys! Get as many tickets as you want at 5.00 off each!!
(make sure to buy online before Sept 30th, use any day thru the season)
SPECIAL 40% Off tickets to Grimm Ghost Tours!!
SPECIAL 50% OFF tickets to Haunted Theatre Spooktacular
SPECIAL 50% OFF Tickets to Ogden Dinosaurs Carnivore Carnival
PLUS Everyone will receive 2 FREE Kids Meals!
1 FREE Kids Meal to Noodles and Company
1 FREE Kids Meal to Sizzler
That’s over $120.00 in Halloween FUN!

Each membership will also get a Utah Kids Club membership card, valid for over 250 discounts. Buy One Get One FREE and other discounts to Boondocks, The Rush Fun Plex, Red Butte Garden, This is the Place, Heritage Park, Laser Assault, Ogden Dinosaur Park, Treehouse Museum, Fat Cats, Get Air, Jump N Bounce, Kangaroo Zoo, K1 Speed, Fast Kart Speedway, Scera Theatre, Children’s Theatre, Laughing Stocks, Off Broadway, Real Salt Lake, Grizzlies Hockey, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and MORE!

Online today for $29.99

But our followers have been offered an awesome deal:
Use coupon code “vipwitches” and get it ALL for 19.99!

Now it’s time to PARTY

Click the Ultimate Halloween banner at
www.UtahKidsClub.com
and use coupon code “vipwitches”

And Have More FUN!!

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Local Reviews, Specialty Shops

Wasatch Pizza – Yummy!

Our friends at Wasatch Pizza treated us to a wonderful lunch this week, and boy was it good!

We started with their famous cheese bread and dipping sauce.  We all loved the cheese bread so much that we had to fight the kids for the last piece.

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We also ordered the BBQ Chicken pizza which was incredible and had a little bit of a kick.

Sometimes these half latin girls of mine need a little spice in their life!

Wasatch Pizza only uses the best and freshest ingredients and the crust really is something to savor.  There are so many pizzas to choose from, you will love the selection.  Our kids love their Pepperoni the most and our men prefer the Great Scott.  For those who want to have vegetarian options, they have a line up to please.

They have two locations and for those who don’t want to leave home, they deliver right to your door!

We want to thank Wasatch Pizza for giving two of our readers $25.00 gift cards.  Enter to win by simply going to our Instagram. @SaltSkyUtah

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Stop by Wasatch Pizza soon and help us support these great Utah businesses.

 

 

 

Inner Peace, Inner "peas" DIY gift to brighten someone's day!
DIY, Gift Ideas

Inner Peace gift idea to make someone’s day

Sometimes it’s the little things that make a huge difference.  For under $2, this gift tells someone you are thinking about them.

What you need:

-A bag of Inner Peas from Trader Joe’s ($1.49)… Don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you?  Click here to purchase them and have them shipped right to you! (Pricing varies online)

Print this quote on your computer:  

The Ego says, “Once everything falls into place, I’ll find peace.”

The Spirit says, “Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place.”

Punch a hole in the top of the bag and add your favorite ribbons.

You don’t need to spend much to say a lot, and you’ll have a blast delivering someone some Inner “peas”.

Inspired by my sweet friend, Leigh Ann… XOXO

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Recipes, The Home

Make Bread Like a Pro

Pretty much our world has been changed since we started making this bread. It literally takes under five minutes to get ready. The raising part is a different story.  For perfect artisan crusty bread, all you need is this pot available on Amazon.

We make about 10 zip-lock bags of the mix and store them in a basket in the pantry. Whenever you are serving pasta or soup for dinner, all you have to do is think a little ahead of time and get some bread going.

Here is what you will put in each zip-lock bag:

3 cups flour

1 ¾ tsp. salt

½ tsp. yeast

 

To get dough ready:

In a glass bowl simply add 1 ½ cups water to one bag of your zip-lock dry ingredients.

Mix together with a fork until a shaggy mixture forms.

Cover with plastic wrap and set on the counter for 12 hours.

(This bread is just as delicious if you get the dough ready in the morning and bake it for dinner the same day.)

 

To bake:

Heat oven to 450 degrees.

When oven had reached 450 degrees, place the empty cast iron pot with lid in the oven for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, form dough into a ball on a well floured surface, cover dough ball with plastic and set aside.

Remove hot pot from oven.

Place dough in hot pot. (You do not need to grease it)

Cover with lid and return pot to oven.

Bake for 30 minutes.

After the 30 minutes, remove the lid and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

 

Your perfect artisan golden brown crusty bread is now ready.

Enjoy!

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Easy Artisan Crusty Bread

 

Inspiration, Stories

It’s about learning something new

I read a quote this week that said: “WHEN GOD WANTS YOU TO GROW, HE MAKES YOU UNCOMFORTABLE.” It’s a timely quote. This past week I was asked if I would lead the music at an important meeting coming up next week. Little did the person know that I am the least qualified person to conduct music.

I don’t know what came over me but I said yes. I asked what song we were to sing and I was told I could pick any song from the approved list. I chose the shortest song I could find and immediately made a call to a very musically gifted friend of mine. She knows how little talent I have when it comes to music so her first question was “Katty, why did you say yes? Why did you accept this assignment?”

I told her that I’ve always believed that if we don’t share our talents then God will take them away; in my situation since I have no musical talents then I would have negative talent! So I accepted, now I needed her to teach me and I only had one week to learn.

She came over right away and we went over the hymn many, many times. I followed along until we made it through without any mistakes. She patiently taught me and showed me music notations that I had never noticed or paid attention to.

It’s funny how things work out; everywhere I turn lately I am noticing the things my friend taught me. I find musical notes written in odd places and I’m listening closer to the sounds of beautiful music. I was looking at my Facebook this week where someone had posted a beginner’s video on how to read musical notes.

This week I have made my husband sing the song I will be conducting so that I can practice, my girls have had to endure the same, and I just hope I don’t mess it up terribly when I get up in front of those very experienced singers next week.

It’s terrifying and sweet all at the same time. Learning something new can sometimes feel daunting, but if we don’t try, we’ll never grow.

Join me this week in trying something new. You never know, it may just turn out ok in the end.

Here’s hoping!

katty

Salt Sky outfit by Nordstrom Rack
Fashion

Shopping for Autumn

It’s starting to feel like fall!  The leaves are changing, the weather has cooled down and pumpkins are decorating shops.  One of our favorite things about fall is the clothing and we couldn’t wait to get shopping.  Check out this fabulous fall outfit all purchased from Nordstrom Rack.

The top, comfy as it is adorable is by Madewell.

The Farrah high rise skinny jeans, that give you a flattering look.

These shoes (heart eyes all over)… seriously mama was stopped no less than 5 times at lunch to be asked where she got them. The shoes are by 14th & Union.

Salt Sky shoes by Nordstrom Rack

Nordstrom Rack is great for high quality, in style clothing at great prices.

Local Utah locations are:

10379 State Street in Sandy

2236 S. 1300 E. in Sugar House.

360 E. University Parkway in Orem

380 N. Station Parkway in Farmington

Not local?  Click here to find a Nordstrom Rack near you.

Happy fall shopping!

Health & Fitness

Electronics detox in a technology driven world

We live in a technology driven world, but what would the benefits be from a little electronics detox?  Angela Martindale, owner of Meals That Transform has shared a great guest post with our readers today, check it out!

How much time do we spend looking at our electronics (phones, tablets, computers, ipads)? 

The US Department of Health and Human Services estimates that American children of varying ages spend a whopping seven hours a day in front of electronic media.  According to CNN, Teens spend 9 hours a day using social media, report says and this doesn’t include the media time they use at school. According to the Daily Mail, the average adult person now spends more time on their phone and laptop than ever before-8 hours and 41 minutes in addition to the time they spend on their electronics for work.
What was your first thought when you read these statistics? 
AM: We are in an electronic crises.  We must educate ourselves on the impact of spending so much time on our devices and the impact it is having not only in our daily schedule, but on our physical health and emotional wellness of our family members, our friends, our society at large and our personal thoughts and energies.  We need to find ways to get back to being grounded and present in our own thoughts and events of daily life.
What are some of the side effects of spending so much time on our electronics and how can we minimize our electronic use every day so that we can be more present? 
AM:  Find the Unwind 
We have to find ways to unwind and reground ourselves in reality.  When we are devoting so much time and energy to our electronics, we can lose touch with what is really important in our personal lives, the daily things and events of substance that impact our relationships with family and friends.  We get so caught up in having 24-7 access to who is doing what, who liked our posts on social media, you tube, and snapchat, or we become immersed in celebrity gossip, latest news and what’s being marketed to us, that our brains never turn off.  We use so much brain power and emotional energy on our electronics that they become almost like an escape from reality.  Then when we need our energy to think clearly for our own life, spend time with kids, family and friends or mentally process a work or emotional crises, we are already tapped out and too tired to give our real life relationships the attention they need. We have to balance our electronics against the time we have with our family and friends.
Solution:  Have a basket by your front door and as soon as you walk in the door, the phone gets turned off and thrown in the basket until after you can unwind from your day.

Make an effort to have family dinner or have dinner with friends so you can talk to other people about life and enjoy the company. If someone has worked hard to make you dinner and you are distracted by your phone, you will not only offend the chef, but you will miss an opportunity to enjoy the actual food. Once the phone is turned off and in the basket, make sure it stays there and distract yourself with conversation about how everyone’s day went, throw the ball with your kids, walk the dog, mow the lawn or go on a family, couple or group bike ride with friends. Putting the phone out of sight, knowing that it’s turned off, gives your brain opportunities to refocus on the things of value in your life, exercise your social skills and show those closest to you that you are interested in them because they are valuable to you.

Avoid the Bluelight Blues 
Most adults spend the bulk of their electronic time in the later hours of the day and often before bed.  This is so harmful to our minds and our bodies.  Sleep is imperative for your mind and body to reset itself, and our electronics emit shortwave blue light which has a higher concentration of blue light than our natural light, and in high doses (like the light from our phones etc. . . ) fights against the natural sleep inducing hormone  melatonin.  We essentially activate the brain and tell ourselves to stay awake longer which means we don’t sleep well and when we are not getting enough sleep physically our bodies are more susceptible to irritation, pain, weakness and sickness.  When we are not sleeping well we are also emotionally vulnerable, we don’t think as clearly as we need to for problem solving, our cognitive abilities are delayed, and we use all of our energy just trying to keep ourselves awake to get through the day.  We don’t pay attention to the body for nutrition and exercise and basically we are a mess!
Solution:  Turn your phones off at least an hour before bedtime.  Incorporate a few basic yoga exercises into your routine to take the place of looking at your phone to help you breathe, relax and refocus your mind and your body to sleep mode.  I recommend using an actual alarm clock instead of your phone as well, if your phone or smart pad/ipad is by your bed before you go to sleep, you will be tempted to pick it up and start perusing the internet or your social media and your sleep and overall health will suffer the next day.  You can find some great basic but effective yoga moves on my Ultimate Transformation Series at MealsThatTransform.com to help you get started.
Me Before You 
Looking at our phone at the gym kills our workouts!  Seriously.  When we go to the gym we are there to tune out the world and literally focus only on us.  Looking at videos, watching TV or Instagamming while we are working out doesn’t allow the body to maximize its workout because the mind is not fully present in the exercise.  Our body and our mind are tied together and if one is distracted from focusing on putting all of our energy into the workout, then we are just robbing our muscles from reaching their peak performance, while also robbing our mind of the full high our endorphins give us while boosting our energy, helping us release stress and being more in tune with our physical movement. Essentially, worrying about what we are watching, who has emailed us or who liked our posts is just a distraction and we are only achieving half of what we could be if we just simply listened to music instead.
Solution: Download your itunes library, Pandora or iHeart Radio and lock your screen for at least 30 minutes while you give everything you have got to your workout.  Listening to music, although on your phone, engages your mind in a different capacity and your body reacts differently to the music than it does to videos and pictures on your electronics.  Use the down time to listen to some of your favorite workout tunes and tune the world out for maximum results.

Don’t Text Me, Talk With Me  
How many times have you been out on a date and you look around to see couples, sitting across from each other, staring at their phones? Our devices give us access to a million voices that distract us from listening to the voice of the person we love the most. Not only is it bad manners, it’s impacting the health and wellness of our personal relationships and it’s a habit we as couples and a society need to break.   There is no one more important than our significant other, and if we are on a date, sitting across from one another, looking at our phones instead of connecting with the most valued person in our life, then we are not interacting in deeper conversation with them and definitely not fueling the relationship. Who wants to go out with someone that doesn’t talk to them the whole night because they’re looking at their phone while you are enjoying your meal. When we pay more attention to our phones than we do to our significant others, we miss out on valuable time building a stronger relationship. Our youth and our teens are growing up in an electronic world, with little understanding of how to verbally talk to one another. If mom and dad are not shutting down the presence of distractions to spend time together in actual dialogue, but are instead texting links to each other throughout dinner, then how can we teach our youth and teens to interact with their peers, have sustainable healthy relationships and problem solve in person?  Navigating an electronic free date night is a big deal in growing closer together during the short time we have to enjoy our special person!
Solution:  Don’t bring your phone out on date night! Have a no electronic rule when you are planning a night out on the town. Even if you are watching a movie at home, simply going on a walk together or having an adventurous weekend getaway, turn your phones off. Better yet, leave them at home and just be present together in the moment. This small act of intentional focus, will make a huge transformation in resetting your relationship and your priorities as a couple at the end of the day. What’s equally as great as enjoying the person you are with, is enjoying the food you share together right? So, meet, eat and laugh together for a healthier relationship!

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Health & Fitness

TRIBE Transformation program

An awesome new program was just created by nutritionist, Angela Martindale  We think that a lot of our readers would love this program so here are the details and the deal to go along with it that Angela has set up for our readers.  We hope you kick off your autumn happy & healthy.

XOXO,

Salt Sky

“Our brand new 6 week program called TRIBE TRANSFORMATION, which starts on September 20th and goes until October 31st. The program is for people of all ages and every person that registers gets 6 weeks of unique, custom and personalized fresh meals delivered to their door and has a consistent group or TRIBE, of individuals that they work out with for the entire 6 week program. I am the personal nutritionist for every participant, and everyone is supported and uplifted by each other to continue working out and staying positive-I am so excited about the program!

Transformers can register online at www.TRIBETRANSFORMATION.COM and if you refer someone to the program, and they register, you will receive a $50 credit toward our Meals That Transform online marketplace, where we have our amazing OM POWER whole food organic snacks and protein shakes.  Anyone who registers for the program gets 10% off their on-line store purchases for the full 6 weeks of the program too.
In addition to the 10% off of our online marketplace and $50 online store credit mentioned above, we are also offering an additional $50.00 off of the total program price for ALL SALTSKYUTAH.com readers who register for it until September 15th! Visit TRIBE TRANSFORMATION and use the code SALTSKY when you check out! That’s a total savings of $100!
I look forward to getting to know everyone that signs up personally and cultivating a great TRIBE experience for all of my TRANSFORMERS who join the program!

Good luck and hopefully I will see you soon!”

Angela Martindale

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Recipes, Specialty Shops, The Home

Yummy Snacks? Yes, Please!

When we discover something delicious, we just love to tell our readers about it.  This week it is Maretti Bruschetta Bite-Size Taste of Italy Snacks.  

Some reasons we love these snacks:

  • Maretti uses only natural products.
  • No Trans fat or Hydrogenated fat. Yay!
  • No artificial colors, flavors or genetically engineered ingredients.

Now that’s what I’m talking about! Good snack food at its best.

These snack bags are available at your local Harmon’s, Dan’s, Macey’s and The Store.  And you know how much we love to support Utah businesses, so stop by this week for some Maretti Bruschetta Bites and choose from the different flavors.  We got them all!

We keep bags in the pantry for after school snacks, (though you may need to hide them, the kids like them a little too much!) . They are great to serve to guests with your favorite veggie dip, also use on salads instead of croutons, and delicious crumbled over cheesy potatoes and chicken casseroles.

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Try some today!  We think you will love these snacks too.