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Easter

EASY Easter treats to make with kids

Today we are showing you some very easy and fun Easter crafts to do with the kids.  Check out Fox13 The Place today at 1:00 to see these fun activities and how to do them.  Visit our shop for darling Easter printable tags and other printable downloads. Click on all the highlight items below to see the products we used for each activity.

Chocolate dipped bunny Oreos

These edible watercolor markers are so fun for kids to decorate all their fun projects.  Click HERE for the fine tip markers and HERE for the bigger tip markers.  We bought both and love them.

Rice Krispy Dipped Eggs

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Salt Sky birthday cake
Birthdays

And then there was cake

When your day ends with a cake this beautiful it’s a perfect day.

Made by Brittany with the help of some little girls who wanted to make chocolate petals but soon discovered that eating them was more fun.

The details

So many little details. I just loved them.

chocolate accents

I didn’t want to cut it because it was simply too pretty.

Delicious coconut cake

Thanks for making this day special wonderful family! And a special thank you to all of you for the sweet birthday wishes on Instagram.

 

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Baby, Specialty Shops

Addie & Jack

Online Shop: Addie & Jack
Social Media: @addieandjackbundles
Giveaway: FREE bundle Stork Set, details below
Deal: 15% off your online purchase, code SALT15 at checkout, valid now-3/10/17

We love everything about babies and this week we are excited to feature the super adorable Addie & Jack.  They have taken baby and mama favorites and combined them in bundles called Stork Sets.  These bundles include swaddle blankets with THE cutest prints and 1-2 accessories; baby moccasins, hat, hair bow or toy.

These little bundles take the guess work out of gift giving for new moms.  And how cute would these be for grandma to have at her house when grand babies visits?  Too sweet.

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As if the look wasn’t the best part, you’ll love their prices as well.  Addie & Jack is giving one of our followers a stork set!  To enter, visit our Instagram.  Plus, ALL of our followers will receive 15% off any purchase at Addie & Jack when you use the online code, SALT15 at checkout.  Click here to get shopping! Offer expires March 10, 2017.

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Valentine's
Giveaways, Valentine's

Valentine Giveaway

We have a fun Valentine giveaway!  One lucky follower is going to win:

  • your choice of a Lip Sense starter kit, gloss & remover ($55 value)
  • a $10 gift certificate to The Park 5
  • a cute cosmetic bag
  • plus a few extra goodies

To enter, visit our Instagram!

DIY chocolate dipped Glutino Pretzels
Recipes, Specialty Shops, Valentine's

Sprinkled with love, Valentine treat

We were in the Valentine mood today and decided to make these adorable little snacks while we got together to play.  We are trying to make some snacks for sensitive tummies that a couple of kids have right now so we used Glutino Pretzels.  Honestly… Gluten free treats usually just don’t taste fabulous but recently we’ve tried a few that are delicious, one of those being Glutino Pretzels.  And loving them a lot more than regular pretzels!

Here’s how to make these super easy and delicious treats that are perfect to make with kids too.  Use this printable tag below to wrap them up cute and give to friends.

Dipped Valentine Pretzels
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Ingredients
  • Glutino Pretzels
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • Valentine Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. In the microwave heat chocolate chips and heavy cream for 30 seconds.
  2. Mix and heat again for 30 seconds.
  3. Stir until everything is melted together and smooth.
  4. Dip Glutino Pretzels in Chocolate and place on parchment paper
  5. Sprinkle right away with sprinkles & let cool
  6. Eat when cooled completely & wrap up to give to friends!

sprinkledwithlove free printable

sized to 2″x3″

Just save to your computer & print!

Details, details, details… “I received these products complimentary from Influencer for testing purposes.” Yup, these Glutino Pretzels were sent to us to try, review and share our honest opinion.  Feeling the love, thanks Influencer!

DIY chocolate dipped Glutino pretzels

New Year’s Eve traditions around the world
New Year's

Fun Twist & Ideas on Celebrating New Year’s

CLICK THE LINK ABOVE TO SEE THIS SEGMENT ON FOX13 THE PLACE!

For New Year’s the world seems a little smaller, together we all celebrate a new beginning.

Everyone celebrates a little differently, so this year we want to teach the kids about countries from around the world and how they usher in the New Year.

Get out a map and every hour leading up to midnight, talk about one country where it’s already turned midnight, do something they do to celebrate and even watch their celebrations online.

Here are a few ideas for you to share with the family:

  1.  CHILE (of course we have to pick this one because that’s where our mama is from!):  Eat grapes! Chileans eat 12 grapes at midnight for good luck, one for every month of the year.  When midnight strikes, the party begins!  A huge dinner, dancing, and fireworks with family and friends.  chile-flagNew Year in Chile
  2. RUSSIA:  Make a wish.  At midnight Russians write a wish for the New Year on a piece of paper, burn it, throw it in their drink  and drink it.  We might not be drinking ours but we are definitely making a wish and burning it.  The kids are going to love this one. russiaCelebrating the New Year in Russia
  3. JAPAN: Ring bells & write a postcard.  Buddhist temples all over Japan ring their bells 108 times to rid their sins from the past year and ward off worldly desires in the upcoming year.  People also send out postcards that will be delivered to their family and friends on New Year’s day with well wishes.  Celebrate with Japan by writing postcards to your loved ones and run through the house or yard ringing bells. japan-flagjapanese-New Year japanese-new-year
  4. NORWAY:  Masks, singing & candy. In Norway, kids wear masks to disguise themselves and go door to door singing Christmas songs where neighbors give them candy.  This year, we’ll make masks with the kids and have candy for them when they run around the front to ring the doorbell and sing us a song.  Norway also has a huge fireworks display that we’ll watch online.  norway-flagnorway-masks
  5. ITALY:  Out with the old and in with the new.  At midnight, some Italians throw things like furniture and appliances out the window to symbolize letting go of the past and getting a fresh start.  They eat pork at dinner to symbolize richness in the New Year and also have a firework and dancing celebration.  I am going to let the kids pick something old (and small ;)) and throw it out the window.  I’m sure dad is going to love that cleanup on New Years day!  italy-flag

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What are your special celebrations on New Year’s Eve?

We hope you have a happy and safe New Year!

Christmas

It’s not too late to call Santa

This week, we had our little boys call Santa on the Santa Hotline. It was pretty sweet. When you call the number, you hear a recording of Santa talking for a little bit and then, after the tone, your child or children can leave him a message telling him what they want this year for Christmas.

My little 3-year-old thought this was the best thing ever. He went on and on telling in detail what Transformer Rescue Bot he wanted, what it looked like, and how it’s supposed to transform. It was fun to listen and he was so happy making the call. The initial call is free and after your child completes the call you receive a text message, if the call was made from a mobile phone, explaining that you can listen to the message anytime within the next 48 hours. I’m not sure if there is a charge to call back the number provided on the text to retrieve the message. Your kids will light up and love leaving a message on Santa’s hotline, you may want to give it a try.

Merry Christmas!

Santa Hotline 951-262-3062

Christmas, Inspiration

A Salt Sky Christmas Message

For hundreds of years it was prophesied and taught that a sign would be given prior to the most anticipated birth that has ever occurred on earth. A star would appear, a king would be born. However, he was not born in a palace. People were not preparing a special place for Him or his mother. In addition to the new star, His birth was announced by angels and heavenly choirs sang. In the most humble of circumstances, this king was born, in a stable where animals were kept because there was no room for Him anywhere else. All was peaceful when this king was welcomed by his parents. A new mother wrapped her baby, held him tight and kissed his precious face. She knew that He would do many great and wonderful things.

Two thousand years ago this baby grew up to be the only perfect man to walk the earth: Jesus Christ. He was the son of our Heavenly Father and an earthly mother. He taught men truth, gave His life to be the Savior of this world and gave us an example to live by so we could know the way to pattern our lives making it possible to return home to our Father in Heaven.

This time of year we remember this sacred birth of the King of Kings.  This season we also want to remember his mother Mary because she was a strong, confident and an obedient daughter of God.

Heather Farrell wrote a book called Women in the Scriptures and said: “We often talk about how much God loves us because He was willing to sacrifice His son, but Jesus was Mary’s son just as much as He was God’s son. What great love Mary must have had for all human souls to be willing to offer her son as a sacrifice for all our sins. What a magnificent and amazing woman she must have been. One can only imagine how her soul must have rejoiced at what glorious blessings awaited the world, but how, at the same time, her heart must have broken into pieces knowing what she knew her son would have to suffer. My soul rejoices in her and I will be forever grateful to this magnificent and beautiful woman for all her sacrifices and immensity of her love.

Mary, more than anyone knew of the plan for her son, for our Savior who would come into the world to atone for our sins and die for us. She had to have amazing faith to help carry out the Father’s plan, which included unimaginable suffering for us in the Garden of Gethsemane and evil men taking His life. And yet, she still stood by her son to the end, mourned His death, and suffered as only a mother would. She did this for Him and she did this for us.

Winston Churchill said: “To every woman there comes that special moment when she is figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a special thing, unique to her and fitted to her talent. What a tragedy if that moment finds her unprepared or unqualified for the work which would be her finest hour.

What if Mary would not have been ready or prepared? What if we are called upon to do something with our abilities and talents and we are not prepared?

We know that Mary stood near the cross at the end of her Son’s ministry. Standing by Jesus in what others perceived as a shameful predicament, Mary communicated that her fear of God was greater than the fear of man. Whatever accusation a bystander could fling at her, Mary’s stoic stance beside her Son communicates that unlike others of his disciples, she would not deny her association with Jesus. More than remaining loyal to a son, Mary was a stalwart disciple of her redeemer.” (Mary, Mother of Jesus by Camille Fronk Olson.)

This Christmas season, let’s take a moment to reflect on how we are living our lives.  One day we will each meet our Savior, and won’t we want him to say:  “Well done, thou good and faithful servant”.  It is our moment to be strong just as Mary was, to fear God more than man and love others as Christ did.

Sending all our readers our love this beautiful Christmas season.

Mary, Mother of Jesus

Nailed it!
Christmas, Inspiration

Nailed it!

During a season of best smiles, picture perfect families, sparkling decor, incredible meals and presents (Pinterest wrapped to perfection); let’s remember the reason for the season.  That just being together is the best and sometimes when you’ve nailed your family Christmas card, like we have, you laugh and realize that you’d take this perfectly imperfect family any day because we’re super blessed to have each other.

With the busy rush of the season, we hope you’ll remember what matters the very most and take a moment to slow down and celebrate it.

 

Candle Light Christmas
Christmas, Community Event

Candlelight Christmas

Located: This is The Place Heritage Park
Event: Candlelight Christmas
Hours: 5:00-9:00 pm
Dates: December 9-23, 26 2016
Admission: $5, free for children 0-2 yrs
*This is The Place Booster members, Free admission
*all other memberships receive half priced admission

Candlelight Christmas featured on saltskyutah.com

We are continuing our #saltskyholiday with Candlelight Christmas. This event offers an old fashioned Christmas complete with Father Christmas, a live nativity, shopping, create your own handmade gifts, hot cocoa by the fire, hot soup and sweets.

This is a sweet event that you don’t want to miss.  Bundle up and enjoy an unforgettable evening.

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The whole family can enjoy the magic of Christmas at This is The Place this year. We are giving 6 tickets away to this event. Enter to win on our Instagram.  We hope you enjoy this wonderful Christmas celebration

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Christmas, Decor, Professional Services

Plate of the Month Club

This is too much fun to not pass along to our Salt Sky friends!

I just joined the “Plate of the Month Club” at New Orientation.  This beautiful store has the most elegant and unique dishes around, and I happen to have a love affair with dishes.

When I found these handpainted Christmas dishes I was instantly drawn to them, but if I came home with an entire set, my husband would probably have a heart attack.  So I joined the club!

This is how it works:

You go into New Orientation (1400 Foothill Drive #162, Salt Lake City)

Choose your dishes. There are so many choices.

Give them your credit card which they will safely store and every month they will charge you for one dish.  On the day that you choose, they will run your card and call you and let you know that it is all wrapped up and ready for pickup.

My set is so sweet and delicate, it is called Reindeer Games.  Each dish is of a different sport.  Dasher is one of my favorites because we like to ski.

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To see the full set of these dishes, visit our friends at New Orientation.  It is a good idea to not take small children in as well as strollers, there are too many breakables.  This store is a must visit, there simply are too many beautiful treasures to enjoy.

 

 

Christkindlmarkt at This is the Place Heritage Park
Christmas, Community Event

Christkindlmarkt this week!

This week we are headed over to visit Christkindlmarkt at This is the Place Heritage Park. It is full of fun activities food and shopping!

When:
Dec. 1-2: 11:00-8:00 pm
Sat. Dec. 3: 10:00-8:00pm

Admission: FREE

Enjoy 50 unique vendors who sell everything from hand crafted items, toys, ornaments, jewelry and more. You will find traditional German gifts such as smokers, pyramids and lebkuchen along with tantalizing food.  The magic of Christmas abounds at this market. Activities for children include the Nicholas tent, daily parades, live nativity animals, the Gnome fest and more.

Rich Schwemmer will be performing the following days and times at the market:
Dec.1 @ 5pm
Dec. 2 @ 5pm
Dec. 3 @ 3&5pm
Whimsical and fun, the daily parades are the highlight of the Market and act to celebrate the kind deeds of children. Thursday evening is the the St. Martin’s Lantern Parade, which is the signature event at Christkindlmarkt SLC. and a favorite for the children in our family.

See you there Salt Sky friends!

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